As you know I love to go back and review the year for my favorite photos. 2017 was another wonderful year of photography for me with Crown Images. I love love love what I do and that I am literally surrounded by a celebration of love while I photograph weddings on St. Thomas and St. John. This year in the U.S. Virgin Islands I met and worked with some amazing people to make all these photos. It was SO hard to pic my favorites, here are just a few...
It has been about 3 months since the storms and I hadn't been over to St. John yet. So, last week I headed over to check things out, I really wanted to see how the beaches had changed and how the progress of cleaning up was going.
I took the North Shore Road all the way out to start with the Annaberg Ruins. The ruins had very little damage, not suprising since they are so old, and looked as beautiful as ever.
Next up was Maho Beach. There was a lot of work happening at Maho for clean up. The kissing trees that everyone loves are gone but the bay looked pretty.
Cinnamon Bay Beach area had a lot of damage, the old building right on the water was a pile of debris, yet the beach looked stunning and the water looked inviting. There were a few sunbathers at the beach.
It was extra special to run into a few wild donkeys on the road, such a St. John must see.
Trunk Bay Beach had some damage and the photo above is my attempt at making it look bad... it's just so darn pretty that it doesn't have a bad side even after 2 cat 5 hurricane storms. Hands down Trunk Beach is still stunning.
Hawksnest Bay Beach had the most people on it, kina made it feel a little more normal. It really didn't look that bad overall. You can see that Gibney Beach lost a bunch of palms in the background. The water feels like it's higher on most of the shoreline overall and I noticed it a lot more at this beach.
The overlook from Cruz Bay (above) was stunning. Looks like the harbor and water has really been cleaned up. Ran out of time and didn't make it into town but Mongoose Junction seemed fully open and happening.
As always it was a nice day on Love City!!!!
Here is the link to check out Saint Thomas's Beach update.
Congratulations to Caity and Tyler!!!!!
They arrived via cruise ship on November 20th 2017 to beautiful St. Thomas with a bunch of their favorite people. This was the first wedding I photographed since hurricane Irma and Maria, so I'm extra excited to share some photos with everyone....
I met up with Caity at Sugar and Spice Salon for a few fun pre-wedding photos of the ladies getting ready.
Caity shares my love of vails blowing in the wind!!!!!! I'm so thrilled she got a long vail just to make these fun photos.
They exchanged their wedding vows out at Pretty Klip Point with Saint John as their backdrop. The wedding guests all received a sun hat to wear (which I loved) while Island Mike performed a beautiful ceremony. The day couldn't have been more beautiful.
I'm completely in love with Blue Sky Ceremony's new arch and love how it looked out at the point.
These two are SO stinking cute, I can hardly take it :)
After the wedding we headed over to Lindquist Beach to celebrate. I love it when a wedding turns into a beach party!
The biggest thank you for having me photograph your St. Thomas Beach Wedding and wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!!!!
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