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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 :)





 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Daniel Colvin
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I truly love what I do.  


Perhaps it's due to my obsession with art, or my addiction to variety, or my passion for people and their stories...but wedding photography is immensely fulfilling to me.  Every wedding is its own adventure, bursting with emotions and experiences and offering a small glimpse of something larger than life.  

 

There is no doubt in my mind that I will always photograph the lives and loves of people.  

 

While that is so meaningful to me and something I truly believe God has placed on my heart, I do also just really enjoy the art of photography.  In the past I've stuck my hands in quite a few photo pies, be it live music, products, fashion, nature, etc.   But aside from lifestyle and weddings, my greatest photography interest is easily overseas travel: flora, fauna, colors, cultures, everything.  I'm obsessed with new experiences, and I can easily say that my travels have made a huge impact on how I (and my camera) see the world.  

 

There's a point to all of this, promise:  It's been a long time goal to somehow combine my two loves of photographing weddings and destinations. 

 


[Cue my amazing friends Chris and Julia] 


I had a blast getting to know Chris and Julia and photographing their engagements last year, and as usual we kept in contact.  We began talking about wedding photography possibilities, and soon booked dates for their wedding in St. Thomas, USVI (and let's just say I had a reaaally hard time waiting patiently for that week).  To skip the novel of a blog post I could write about their wedding festivities I'll just say this: more people should consider destination weddings.  While they aren't for everyone, they certainly offer some unique experiences (I don't often photograph couples snorkeling before their rehearsal dinner, for instance).

The small group and privacy of the events made it incredibly personal for everyone: there were no strangers, just people who loved Chris and Julia and wanted to share in their excitement.  So while the setting would have been wonderful alone, what really stood out was their friendships and character.  Their group of friends is super tight and has been since many of them were just kids - they've supported each other through thick and thin, and the bonds show.  I also seriously think that they were one of the most wild, fun-loving crews I've ever had at a reception (in the best way) which is really saying something. 

 


All in all, the entire weekend was one big-hearted celebration, which is exactly what a wedding should be.  



So I am super excited to share this set of images: from our 'rehearsal' day on the catamaran, the wedding day, and a newlywed/trash the dress session for the last day. 

It's a lot of images, but worth the time :) 

 

 

 

    Day One | Catamaran 

     (Catamaran trip by Daydreamer & Coconut Cruises)


 

 

 

 

Day Two | Wedding

(Wedding venue: Secret Harbour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Three | Newlywed Session

 

 

 








Thank you for taking the time to follow these three days...we had an amazing time capturing and creating these images, and hope that you enjoyed looking through them too!  

{ If you or someone you know is looking for an international destination photographer, do not hesitate to reach out.  I will be offering custom destination discounts through the end of 2015. }





If you're STILL reading, you can browse some of my personal travel photographs on instagram for kicks. 

 

 

 

 


 
Saturday, May 25, 2013
By Daniel Colvin
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Julia wanted something 'a bit different' for her senior photos - nothing too posey or dull, just a lot of fun-having by the beach with some retro styling to boot.  Thankfully we got all of that and some: she has personality for miles and was an absolute blast work with.   All of the goofy spontaneity kept me on my toes, so most of our shots were caught on the fly (always a good time) :)