We recently traveled to Jamaica to capture Deyanna & Brandon’s destination wedding at Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay. They couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful location! As you approach Sangster International Airport, you can see Secrets from the plane. The resort is located on a small peninsula with long rocky paths leading out into the water, distinguishing it from other resorts that line the beaches in mountainous MoBay. Talk about getting married in paradise!
With turquoise water behind them, Deyanna & Brandon said “I do” in front of a close group of family and friends. Their happiness couldn’t be contained. The day was FINALLY here, and the smiles on their faces just said it all. All of the long distance planning and all the details came down to this one day and this moment – the day they became husband and wife!
As the ceremony concluded, the storms clouds approached from behind the mountains. We wished them away, and we raced against time to shoot their portraits before heading inside for the reception. I think if we had stayed a few minutes longer we would have been caught in the rain, but it was hard to pull away from the amazing spectacle created by the storm clouds and the brilliant sunset. I knew if we just waited for it we’d get the most incredible shot, and you can see below where the sky went from pretty blue and yellow to a brilliant gold! Inside I was just begging for that storm to stay away long enough to get an amazing silhouette shot, and the lovely island granted our wish!
Safely in the reception and unaware of the rain pouring outside, guests enjoyed dinner, cocktails, and an amazing dessert bar while the DJ played one great song after the other. Even the wait staff couldn’t help dancing off to the side! A soul train formed a couple times throughout the night, but my favorite parts were Brandon & Deyanna each singing to each other. Brandon can be a quiet guy, so when he started singing everyone got such a kick out of it! And when Deyanna and her girls started performing Beyonce’s “Love On Top” I saw a side of this driven and ambitious woman that I had not seen before! She put her all into it. Now, I don’t know if they had practiced and planned this, but it was a phenomenal performance. Brandon watched with a huge smile on his face while recording it on his phone! : )
And I still have a huge grin thinking about that day! It was just too much fun! It’s hard not to enjoy shooting a wedding in such a beautiful place, but really it was the people who made this wedding so amazing. Deyanna & Brandon and their guests were all so wonderful that it was bittersweet when we had to head back. Thank you for letting us share this amazing trip with you! Matt and I wish you both blessings and happiness in your marriage!
I’ve had this song in my head the whole time while editing all your photos. I think it just captures the vibe and complete joy from your wedding celebration and every time I hear it I’ll be taken back to that day! : )