We are big believers in…”when you know, you just know”. Today’s beautiful couple Nicole and Richard, are the perfect example of this. They met at University, and remained good friends throughout the years, but began dating in 2016. Coming from West Indian backgrounds, this sweet couple knew that tying the knot in the Caribbean was a no-brainer, and so decided to plan their elegant wedding in the gorgeous island of Jamaica.
Thank you so much to CHINPHOTOGRAPHICS for sharing Nicole and Richard’s love story with us!
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE COUPLE. HOW DID THEY MEET?
Richard is a native of NYC and Nicole is a Jersey girl. They met in 2005 while studying at Penn State University and always remained good friends throughout the years but did not start dating until 2016. Richard comes from a Jamaican background and Nicole’s background is Haitian and Trinidadian. Getting married in the West Indies was a natural fit because of their love for their cultures.
WHAT WAS THE WISH LIST THAT THE COUPLE WANTED FOR THEIR SPECIAL DAY?
When Nicole contacted me, I knew that she knew exactly what she wanted. She was very specific in her requests and communication was a breeze! She informed that she was having a destination wedding in Ocho Rios and was looking for an experienced photo and video team to capture her day. We set up an initial consultation and went over her expectations. She explained that choosing a photographer is a big deal to her. After showing her my portfolio, she was convinced she was ready to book. She told me that her engagement photos were non-traditional and were her inspiration when looking for a destination wedding photographer. She wanted their wedding photos to exude the same non-traditional yet, natural, classy, sexy and elegant vibe. In her words “We didn’t want traditional wedding photos and Chinphotographics fit our vibe perfectly. Chinphotographics was non-negotiable when it came to our wedding photos and video”.
HOW DID THE COUPLE DECIDE ON THEIR WEDDING VENUE?
They decided on Moon Palace because of their standard of luxury while also accommodating children. They anticipated a large crowd and have three young nephews that they couldn’t leave out from our special weekend.
TELL US ABOUT THE BRIDE AND HER GORGEOUS DRESS!
Nicole was the epitome of class! She was gorgeous, elegant and radiant. She possessed an extremely calm demeanour even while dealing with the million other things happening on the day. She knew exactly what she wanted and she managed to get everything done, all with a beautiful smile on her face.
Her dress was absolutely gorgeous! The moment I took the dress out of the closet to get photos of it I just knew it would look great on Nicole. When she got dressed I was not surprised at how well it fit and showcased her figure. It was perfect!
WERE THERE ANY SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHY REQUESTS FROM THE COUPLE?
They specifically wanted shots of their details as well as family photos, bridal party photos and most importantly, dope portraits of bride and groom.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR SERVICES FOR DESTINATION WEDDING COUPLES.
Chinphotographics is a Destination Wedding and Lifestyle photographer and cinematographer based in Jamaica. We offer a variety of wedding photography and cinematography packages to couples getting married in Jamaica. We serve all the major locations, including Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril, Kingston, Treasure Beach and Kingston. Wherever you are getting married, you can count on Chinphotographics to be there to capture your day. We also offer a number of a-la-carte offerings including premium wedding albums and photobooks, as well as wall prints.
To initiate the booking process persons can simply complete the contact form on my website at https://chinphotographics.com/contact
WHAT WERE YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENTS FROM THE WEDDING?
There were so many favourite moments from this wedding! Early in the day it rained quite heavily but stopped just a few moments before the start of the ceremony. This created a really cool and somewhat overcast conditions which allowed for great lighting. The couple had their own vows which were totally awesome! – the best vows you will hear ever! Immediately after the ceremony, we began taking formal portraits and I realized we were losing light. This was a total blessing as we had the most amazing sunset which resulted in the most amazing photos ever! The sunset stood out the most and this is quite evident in the photos! Their reception was also really hype! Wherever you have Caribbean people you can be sure the party is going to be lit – especially when these Caribbean people are Jamaicans, Trinis and Haitians!
Thank you to Richard, Nicole and CHINPHOTOGRAPHICS for sending this gorgeous album to us!
Photography & Videography: CHINPHOTOGRAPHICS | Wedding Dress Designer: Galia Lahav | Bridal Stylist: @avecgraceevents | Bridal Accessories: Twigs and Honey | Shoes (Bride): Badgley Mischka Bridal | Shoes (Groom): Christian Louboutin | Wedding Venue: Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios | Flowers: Tai Flora Luxe | Cake, Catering & Bar Service: Moon Palace Jamaica Grande | Bridesmaid Dress: Jessica Angel Collection | Rings (Bride): Custom from Gemsy NY, (Groom): David Yurman | Hair: Bride Install: @nikita_g of @manedivaco & Bride Hairstylist: @hairbyshanelle | Bridal Makeup: @deedzmua | Bridesmaid Makeup: @g_loymua | Groom & Groomsmen attire: Charles Tyrwhitt (styled by @ethinini) | Wedding Planning: @_msfortunate of @luxebylafortune | Wedding Stationery: Minted | Music/ DJ: @1supreme876 | Lighting & Decor: Tai Flora Luxe | Guest Accommodation: Moon Palace Jamaica Grande |