Covering Jill & Kevin’s destination wedding in the beautiful island of St. Kitts over this past week was truly an experience of a lifetime! The travel to and from there was long but enjoyable thanks to the company of photographer Hether Miles, with whom we had collaborated on the wedding of Kevin’s sister Jennifer a few years ago. The mountains and beaches of the island itself reminded me of Kauai with its abundance of natural beauty unblemished by major development, and the jaw-dropping view of the island from the air was a vision that I will never forget. The expansive St. Kitts Marriott Resort was a great locale for most of the festivities (volleyball, golf, spa, etc.) enjoyed by their 30 or so guests.
The ceremony itself on Thursday was certainly not your typical gazebo wedding at a pretty resort. Instead, it took place miles away on an unpopulated beach near the black, jagged wall of a cliff. Tonya Shadoan of Circle City Planners, who referred the couple to us did a superb job in scouring the whole island with the couple to find this unique and memorable spot. The cool breeze, setting sun, crashing waves and steel drums made for a postcard-pretty backdrop. Even more palpable was the genuine affection the couple had for each other, which was apparent during their emotional, personalized vows.
The reception followed soon after next to the resort’s north swimming pool, where everyone was greeted by a cute and hilarious little diapered monkey who gamely posed for photos with each guest and stole sips of their cocktails. (I hope he had a ride home!) The local band kept a Caribbean vibe going throughout dinner and then kept everyone in a dancing mood with disco and R&B classics for the remainder of the evening.
In addition to being an incredible time, the whole week LOOKED incredible in HD, so I can’t wait to put all this footage together and share it. The festivities are not yet complete, however, as there will be a formal reception for the couple at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in a couple of weekends. The video that I will be producing for the reception highlighting our week in St. Kitts is intended by the couple to be a focal point of the evening, so I will look forward to putting Hether’s beautiful shots together with my footage to bring the islands to the IMA!