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Megan & Sean // St. Barthélemy Destination Elopement

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
By Daniel Colvin Photography
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After shooting hundreds of weddings, I've seen it all - from quiet evenings with families to huge celebrations with raging afterparties.  I'm addicted to that variety of style and size and personality, but truthfully it's the common thread of a couple's love and excitement that makes them each special.  That's one of the many reasons I was so pumped to document this private elopement ceremony for Megan and Sean.  Most wedding days are whirlwinds of excitement and emotions, full of details to remember and places to be and people to greet, with very little time for a couple to settle into the happiness and importance of the small moments together. After going through the possibilities in their minds, Megan and Sean decided to forgo the traditional route and instead focus on the experience together.   Private destination weddings and elopements may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a treasure of incredible times for a couple: a way of crafting a wedding day that isn't weighted by the details or pleasing the Joneses, but purely about making the most of every moment. 

And boy, did these two pick a hell of a spot.  St. Barthélemy (or St. Bart's, to those like me who would butcher the full pronunciation) is a luxury resort island in the French West Indies, and the most exclusive destination in the Caribbean.  There are no direct flights in, so it's only reachable by boat or tiny puddle-jumper planes from larger nearby islands.  It's crawling with celebrities, but without any of the fan fare or tacky tourism one might expect - it's tasteful in every way, overflowing with the perfect romanticism of adventure and solitude.  Megan and Sean are beautiful people inside and out and fit right at home there, which made my job of location scouting and documenting their excitement such a treat.  But in all truth, even if these two were getting married in a parking lot I'd feel honored to be a part of it.  They're hilarious and an absolute joy to hang around, and it was beyond humbling to be able to document this week with them.  Their affection and appreciation for each other is so genuine, and it's that pride in each other that made it all so special.  All the love to them and their future adventures together :)





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