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Jamaican destination wedding?
I've shot 10 weddings in Jamaica over the
past few years and I absolutely love the place.
I shot weddings in Port Antonio at
the Trident Castle, in Ocho Rios, in Montego
Bay, at Round Hill Resort, at Half Moon Bay Resort,
and at the Rock House in Negril.
A note from the Bride about this slideshow below....
After a decade of being
together, Leroy and I wanted to create an event that reflected and highlighted
our journey together.
The Rockhouse Hotel located on the cliffs of Negril, Jamaica served
as the perfect backdrop to our momentous day.
Acceptance, understanding and communication are the fundamentals to
a lasting relationship, as well as for strong friendships.
Bringing all of our friends together from every possible culture was
truly beautiful. We love them all, as they are.
The wedding day had not one cloud in the sky.
Only our closest family
and friends were there to celebrate with us, which made for an intimate,
relaxed, and unforgettable affair.
Love is magical, and everyone
present that day experienced true love with us.
Our wedding will be in
our dreams and in our hearts forever, as will our love for each other.
Thank you Glen for capturing every moment without judgment, and for
exploring the rural hillsides of Jamaica without limits.
The day trip to the Roaring
River felt like a wedding gift from Jamaica itself, as it transported
us to a quiet place of peace and gratitude.
We couldn’t have
trusted anyone else to document our wedding. You have truly exceeded
Amy & Leroy
A note from the Photographer...
After corresponding for two years with Leroy and
Amy it was great to finally meet them in person in Negril. We met on
the day before the wedding at a beautiful cliffside restaurant called Rick's Cafe. After an
evening of dinner and drinks, the party bus came and took us all back
to the Rockhouse Resort.
The party gathered again back by the pool...
The highlight of the evening was the Queh Queh
ceremony (an old Guyana tradition) where everyone danced and sang songs in a circle around the
bride and groom. Then the bride was taken away to a hiding place (which
is easy to do at the Rockhouse since the place is like a maze anyway).
Then everyone formed a long line behind the groom (still singing and
dancing) and snaked around and around the area searching for the lost
bride. And of course if she couldn't be found then the wedding was off!
Or so the tradition goes. I suppose in the old days this gave the bride
one last chance to run for the hills! But Amy was in no mood to run
and Leroy eventually found her hiding in the shadows.
Like Amy said, the wedding day had not a cloud
in the sky and everything fell into place perfectly. The reception lasted
far into the night
One of the most hilarious things I've ever seen
in the several hudred weddings I've attended was the "danceoff"
that took place very spontaneously between the local Jamaicans (the
DJ and Rockhouse staff) and the Groom's relatives from Guyana. Pictures
simply don't do justice to something as fast moving as this dance but
I can tell you it was a RIOT! I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.
Two days after the wedding (and barely recuperated
from waaaay too much rum punch) Amy, Leroy and myself met up with my
long time Jamaican friend Ricky, for a drive out into what I call "the
real Jamaica." We drove out to Roaring River where we swam in the
river and got the royal tour from a very real Rasta. He chopped open
fresh coconuts, pick local wild fruits and herbs, and even cooked us
lunch in what was perhaps the most humble setting I've ever eaten anything.
But the food and the Jungle and the swimm in the river and the leisurely
stroll through this humble pastoral village could not have possible
been more filling both to our stomachs, and our souls.
More driving through the countryside and up into
the hills along twisting bumpy rocky roads that would barely meet the
standards of a goat trail in the US, finally brought us to a private
bird sanctuary nestled back into the thick Jamaican jungle. We arrived
late in the evening as the bird life was at it's busiest. Strange calls
floated out of the Jungle, and the strangest of them all was the high
pitched twittering of the Doctor Bird, Jamaica's national bird. This
is a creature much like Tinkerbell that may have actually been conjured
up by Walt Disney himself. A tiny hummingbird that glows and sparkles
irridescent green and blue as it rushes here and there on wings that
create a loud twittering sound as it zooms through the forest. The tail
feathers split into a V and trail behind the tiny bird nearly a foot.
So busy is it that most human activity goes completely ignored and it
often passes so close that you can feel the wind from it's tiny wings
on your face.
Leroy and Amy, I can't thank you enough for inviting
me to share in your Jamaican adventures.
If there are any new brides out there wanting something
like this for their own wedding, please let me know.
My brother Ricky and I would absolutely LOVE to put together a little
adventure to get you off the beaten path and out into the real Jamaica.
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If you're planning a Jamaica wedding ceremony, I hope you won't hesitate to call or email me.
In addition to the great photography, the experience I've gained in my travels around Jamaica could be a very valuable asset to your wedding plans.
Use the form below to contact me if you're wanting to know prices. I'll send you a quote that includes all travel expenses to major cities in Jamaica.
I would also love to be able to travel around the countryside a bit with you to shoot images in any locations that you find interesting.
Basically, after traveling all that way, I would want to make the most of the trip for both of us.
Here are some of my favorite
wedding locations in Jamaica...
Resort and the Rockhouse Resort in Jamaica… Both are extremely nice
The Rock House is not good for groups with small
children because of the cliffs. Round Hill can accomodate
large groups if necessary.
Half Moon Bay might give you trouble about bringing in your own photographer
so check with them first about that.
However, I've shot several weddings here and the place is very beautiful
and very large.
Negril I am very fond of the town of Negril. Of all the citied I've visited in Jamaica, this one is by far the most friendly and easy to manage for tourists.
Mayfield Falls is a place that I think could make a fantastic Jamaican wedding location.
(see pictures here) It is situated in the mountains near Negril and it has an extremely nice rustic feel to the location.
If you want something that is really off the beaten path, this would be a great option.
Richmond Hill is a stunning wedding venue located high up on the hill overlooking Montego Bay.
Hummingbird Hall is another great location with a great setup for weddings.
This venue is a smaller part of the Rose Hall Estate located about 15 minutes outside Montego Bay.
For more information, and more slideshows, please visit my Home Page and contact me through the form below.
My name is Glen and I've been a full time wedding photographer
for the past twelve years, during which time I've shot well over 200 weddings. I live in a beautiful place called the Willamette Valley, in Central Oregon. From that home base, I travel the world shooting weddings for clients that care deeply about having their wedding day captured as a story, told by an artist. I just recently completed my 58th Destination wedding outside the continental US.
I absolutely LOVE what I do. I love meeting new people, making beautiful art with cameras and computers, and traveling around the world.
I often find myself in some beautiful or exotic location and I'll stop, take a long look around, and think to myself, "I'm the luckiest person in the universe for having found this profession."
My style... is to shoot quietly and unobtrusively in the background throughout most of the day, and then work with you to create dramatic and unusual environmental portraits when we've got a few minutes alone. My greatest compliment is when a bride looks through the photos and says, "I didn't even know you were there when that happened."
Your style... is bold, fun loving, adventurous and totally in love with your new partner. You appreciate photography as an art and you want an outgoing, friendly photographer that you feel comfortable hanging out with. You don't want to worry about being embarrased by an egotistical photographer who tries to take over your day. You're not looking for the cheapest photographer - you're look for quality and expect it to cost more because it's the best. Finding a photographer who can tell a story with a camera is of the highest priority to you. You shudder at the thought of seeing your own faces in the cheesy wedding photos that are so typical these days. You want a large collection of natural, unstaged images that capture a moment, and all together, they tell the story of your day.
Some advice... You are almost certainly a new bride or groom just venturing into the confusion of shopping photographers for your wedding.
I've talked with hundreds of people in that place and I've personally seen enough weddings that I think I can provide some advice for you!
First of all, when you interview a photographer, perhaps the single most important thing to know is that it's very easy for new or moderate quality photographers to
buy a website that
them look as good as the really great
photographers - at first glance.
The thing to remember is that most photographers will pick
out their favorite 20 images from
each wedding and show those on their website, but
that should leave you wondering what the
heck they were doing for the
rest of the wedding day.
You need to know that any beginner can get 20 good shots during a 10 hour wedding day and that is NOT something to brag about.
So don't ask a photographer to "Show me your best picture."
What you should be asking them to do, is.... "Tell me a story." And believe me, there is a HUGE difference between the photographers that can get 20 decent shots, and those that can get the hundreds of great images it takes to tell the whole story of a wedding day.
The slideshows below tell stories. Each show may contain over a hundred images but this is still only a small selection of the images taken at that wedding, and I hope you'll agree that each show tells the story of the day.
I hope that someday I have the pleasure of working with you, to capture your story.
These slideshows are from Oregon weddings.
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I've been a full time wedding photographer, since 2000.
During that time I've shot over 300 weddings, with 58 of those being in other countries outside the US.
In 2010 I was invited to become a founding member of an association called Best of Wedding Photography. This is a gathering of the best wedding photographers on the planet. Membership is free, but it is by invitation only and there are less than 500 members worldwide. I was also invited to be an official board member for this organization. So now I am one of 8 Internationally know photographers on the board who are responsible for providing guidance about the formation of the organization, and also for actually interviewing other photographers around the world to decide who gets invited into the organization.