St. Thomas Wedding Photography

Liz and John's Caneel Bay Resort Wedding

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I’m so thrilled to share this truly magical wedding that takes place at one of the most magical destinations I know of in the Virgin Islands, Caneel Bay Resort.

It's always a giant compliment when a friend or past client recommends my USVI photography to their friends. That's how I met Liz and John. A mutual friend from New York City suggested that I take the photos for this St. John wedding. It was a true honor to document their amazing wedding day.

We started with photos at the sugar mill ruins for a first look. Liz was beautiful in her dress, which was stunning and the perfect beach wedding gown. John also looked very handsome in his baby blue suit. The contrast of the colors next to the green grass and turquoise waters worked so well to bring together the theme and decor of their special wedding day.

John's father performed the ceremony at Turtle Point. He used to be a minister, so he was the perfect person to officiate their special day. This ceremony was so beautiful and perfectly spoken that it gave me goosebumps. John's dad was a wonderful speaker and made the ceremony so personal and unique to our lovely couple.

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Right after the ceremony, we all hopped onto a golf-cart and headed over to the dock to get some photos of the new husband and wife.

After photos, we joined their guests enjoying cocktails on the beach with a steel pan player, which set the tone for the dinner. One of the signature cocktails was a Painkiller. The reception was held at Caneel's Beach Terrace. Roses Too had set up some perfectly chic and tropical centerpieces with beautiful succulents.

It was a beautiful day on St. John from start to finish! Wishing Liz and John a lifetime of happiness!!!!!

The Awesome Wedding Team

Wedding Planner: Allison Sells    Beauty: The Beauty Lounge    Flowers: Roses Too    Music: Chris Robbert     DJ: DJ Adonis   Photos: Crown Images

Virgin Islands Engagement Photos

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Congratulations to Becky and Brent!

Becky contacted me for their engagement session while they where vacationing in the Virgin Islands. She wanted some fun photos that would be "great conversation starters" and to show off the beauty of the USVI. She couldn't think of a better backdrop for these photos then the Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins located on St John.

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We started with a few fun beach photos at Maho Bay Beach.

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I love how much energy these two brought to the photos. I feel as though you can see how much fun they have together.

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Crown Images Best Photos: 2016

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Here is a quick review of the best photos from Crown Images for 2016. Let's just say 2016 was an incredible year for weddings in the US Virgin Islands. I met so many wonderful people and constantly felt overwhelmed with the beauty of St. Thomas and St. John. I know there are about 30 other photos that should be in this post, so here are just a few of my favorite wedding photos and other lovely gems from last year.... 

Engagement Session: Peterborg Point

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I love collaborating with friends for photos of special times in their lives like birthdays, weddings, engagements, and more. I recently got the opportunity to photograph a fellow vendor and friend for her engagement shoot. Laysha and Tim are having their wedding at Lindquist Beach, so they chose to have their engagement session at Peterborg Point, which is a beautiful area on the northern-most point of St. Thomas. They wanted to choose a venue that had a different feeling than that of their wedding venue.

Doing an engagement session is valuable for many reasons. It gives you a great idea of poses you’ll want to do on the day of the wedding. It’ll help you get more comfortable being in front of a camera. St. Thomas also provides an amazing background for an engagement session, it also gives you the advantage of having more photos of our beautiful island! Lastly, it also lets you get to know and be more comfortable with your photographer. 

Peterborg is a rocky point on the north side of St. Thomas. It’s a beautiful place for St. Thomas photography. It’s a little known spot where you can have weddings and other various events. It’s high atop a cliff with a view of islands such as Hans Lollick and Jost Van Dyke. On very windy days, you even get spray from the ocean. It’s really quite magical!

Laysha chose to have her hair and makeup trial with Sugar and Spice Salon before they did their photos. By doing so, she was able to see how her hair and makeup would hold up in the photos and weather. Being a wedding vendor, she found it tough to relax and be the bride for once.

During the session, I had a hard time getting them to pay any attention to me. They’re so in love, it was like I wasn’t even there. They were also very silly throughout the whole photoshoot, which is fitting, since their wedding is on April Fool’s Day.

Laysha and Tim chose to have their engagement session at sunset. The session started around 5:00PM, which gave us just under an hour of light. The sunset was perfect. She was hoping for wind, and Mother Nature definitely delivered. Her beachy waves and beautiful dress flowed perfectly in the wind.

It was so fun doing their St. Thomas engagement session. I can’t wait to attend their wedding!

Check out Laysha's wedding story on her blog here.


Engagement Photos: Saint Thomas

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Once in a while I get to hear a love story that gives me chills. That’s how it was when Lynn and Frank told me their love story while I took their engagement photos at Limetree Beach. 

This gorgeous couple met in the states and reside in New York City. They went to the same high school… in China. Not only did they go to the same high school in a country literally on the other side of the world, but they also graduated in the same graduating class! They even have mutual friends from the high school! It’s just amazing that they were so close together during a younger age, but it took them both travelling to a distant land to finally meet one another and fall in love. It seems that fate wants them together no matter what. 

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Lynn and Frank were traveling on a cruise ship through the Caribbean celebrating their upcoming nuptials when they landed in St. Thomas. I met them at one of my favorite spots to photograph, Limetree Beach at Bluebeard’s Beach Club. They got right off the ship and came straight to the beach, so they could capture my favorite light for the tropical water and white sands—the morning light.

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Along with the amazing story, they’re an amazing couple. I’m thrilled to have gotten the chance to photograph them. Throughout the post, you’ll find some of my favorite shots from their session.

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