A cruisin' destination wedding anyone? Hop aboard Royal Caribbeans Independence of the Seas sailing to the destination of your dreams, and along the way exchange your nuptials amongst your dearest family and friends! Yes! Please!
Thank you Jill Blue Photography for sharing with us this delightfully fun Royal Caribbean Intimate Wedding!
I love cruising, it is one of my favorite ways to vacation. There is just something magical about being out on the open sea, breathing in the salty air and feeling the beautiful breeze grace your skin; so when my husband’s coworker asked us to photograph his wedding onboard the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, I was elated to say the least!I met the bride and groom at my husband’s work Christmas party, where the four of us sat together at dinner and hit it off immediately! Paul is hilarious and Charmaine is such a sweetheart!
The two met at Emmanuel College where they both were involved in sports and have been together since 2010. They have a sweet way about their relationship, that simple knowing of one another and the genuine friendship they share is obvious. As I sat with Charmaine on her wedding day, in a brief moment of solitude, she admitted she had wanted to elope at a courthouse, and that Paul was the one who preferred a bigger wedding. After learning some disappointing news about the decor on the ship, and being told that they could not actually light their unity candle due to ship safety precautions, she told me, “It’s fine, all I want is to see Paul at the end of the aisle”. Her simplicity is so refreshing in a world that pushes weddings over marriages. I reminded her that if that is her focus, then their marriage will be golden indeed!The day of the wedding was an interesting one for me as I have never photographed a wedding at sea. Something you forget about is that there is no cell service on board! So, planning beforehand was crucial. Fortunately for me, the bridal party was exceptional, showing up to the planned meeting places on time and dressed! This made the entire process much easier, as we were not having to manually track people down all over the ship! The ship provided all of the necessary decor, the cake and the flowers, which made things much easier for the Bride, as she did not have to bring everything onboard with her! There was a cake and wine reception immediately following the brief ceremony where the bride and groom entertained their 40 or so guests.
The bride danced with her father, the groom with his mother and then the bride and groom shared a sweet twirl on the dance floor. The ships DJ played a fun mix of songs which eventually got the floor filled with guests!After the ceremony and reception I took the bride and groom outside to take photographs with one another. The wind was INTENSE! We all were blown away, literally, by the force of the winds. However, it did lead to some pretty gorgeous images of Charmaine’s hair and dress blowing beautifully behind her as they looked out over the ocean.
We enjoyed the rest of the week, sailing and stopping in Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica. We also loved getting to spend time with the bride, groom and their bridal party. They were a hilarious group that loves to have a good time!I am so grateful for this opportunity as I was able to sail with my darling husband and spend time soaking up the sun and getting some much needed quality time together was priceless!!
Photographer: Jill Blue Photography
Venue: Private Residence
Transportation: Royal Carribbean Cruise Lines
Dress Store: David's Bridal
Happy Wedding Planning!