I know I've said it before, but I just love what I do, because of the amazing people I get to meet. This fun St. Thomas Engagement Session was full of love, inspiration, energy, and takes place at Sapphire Beach prior to sunset. Everything about it makes me happy! Here are a bunch of my favorite photos from this session.....
Last week I met up with a group of St. Thomas wedding vendors for a Lindquist Beach style shoot. This group came together after the hurricanes to inspire each other. It’s a unique group, since most of these vendors don’t normally work together and some of them are providing the same service. They wanted to create something to show the world that the U.S. Virgin Islands are just as beautiful as ever, even after Irma and Maria.
It felt amazing to be on the beach shooting and inspiring to see so many wonderful people working together. Here are a few of the photos from the session:
Huge shout out to these wonderful folks for all their hard work:
· Photography by: Mermaid Rebecca Ruth Photography + Crown Images
· Flowers by: East End Flower Shop + Forever Flowers
· Hair + makeup artistry: Sugar and Spice Salon & Spa
· Coordinated by: Irie Matrimony + Flawless Weddings & Events VI + Island Bliss Weddings + Island Wedding Services + Blue Sky Ceremonies
· Officiates: St. Thomas Wedding Officiate Island Mike + St. Thomas Wedding Officiate Stuart Scott
· Catering by: St. Thomas Restaurant Group Special Events & Catering + Passion Fruit Chefs
· Cake by: Island Sweet Stuff
· Videography by: Dow Studio VI
· Bride’s dress by: Grace Loves Lace
· Groom’s suit by: Hugo Boss
It has been about 7 weeks since Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands. I just had to find out what the beaches looked like after the storm on Saint Thomas. My friend Mike and I spent the morning driving around the island beach hopping. This is what we found….
Our first stop was Limetree Beach. Prior to the storm this was one of my favorite beaches to photograph at. Unfortunately, Limetree Beach is a bit washed-out and lost a lot of sand. I’m sure it’s a matter of time before the sand will shift and make it beautiful again. Bluebeard’s Beach Club doesn’t plans to reopen for some time while they rebuild some of the supporting buildings around the property.
Bolongo Bay Beach also lost a lot of sand from flooding. One of the owners, Richard Doumeng, was kind enough to give us an update. They are already housing a bunch of workers and islanders that have been displaced from the hurricane. Iggie’s Beach Bar has moved over to the pool area, they’re now calling it Iggie’s Oasis, and is serving drinks and food. The pool looked amazing and I have plans to go back and hang out. The Bolongo sailboat wasn’t harmed and is back at the dock and ready to go sailing. They don’t have an exact date that they will reopen fully but it sounded like it could be as soon as the beginning of 2018. Everyone at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort seemed very positive and welcoming as always.
The next stop was Secret Harbour Beach Resort. This resort looked great overall. The sand on the beach is in the process of being groomed. The Cruzan Beach Club at Sunset Grill is open for lunch and dinner. They didn’t say an exact date they will be reopening but I do know for sure I have a bride and groom staying here the week of Thanksgiving.
Sapphire Beach looked more amazing after the storm. Really, it does, there wasn’t any seaweed on the beach. The palm trees need to regrow out on the point but the view of St. John is still stunning. It looked like the beach bar is open and I would imagine you could still stay here since a lot of the rooms are listed privately.
Lindquist Beach looks amazing as always. The sand has changed a little bit, there is less of a slope and the point on the left looks smaller. The water looks amazing and was so inviting. This has to be my favorite beach on Saint Thomas right now!
Magens Bay Beach was our last stop. They are working hard on getting this beach cleaned up and ready to open the first week of November (next week.) I wasn’t able to see most of the beach, so I don’t have a ton to report on it. I know there was a lot of damage but from what I could see it still looked stunning. As soon as they open I will have more photos.
There are a few more St. Thomas Beaches on my list that I didn’t get to, like Emerald Beach and Brewers Beach. I have heard that Hull Bay Beach is looking better then ever with a bunch of new sand that has washed up. Please let me know if there is a beach you would like an update on that I’ve left out. I’m ready to go swimming!!!!!
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Olusegun!!!! They recently were married at beautiful Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. Here are a few of my favorite photos from their day....
There is something so exciting about photographing an engagement session. I had a wonderful time meeting up with Emily and Zach while they were vacationing on St. Thomas for their engagement session. We met at Limetree Beach just prior to sunset. Here are a few of my favorite photos from their shoot......