Jodi & Doug’s Wedding at Dreams Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Jodi & Doug’s Destination Wedding Photographs from the stunning Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in the Caribbean!

It was just the two of them in an incredibly gorgeous location, and we had a lot of time, so my goal was to push myself and my equipment to the limits. We started with a three hour evening session a few days before using off camera lighting, using as many as three Nikon flashes at a time, controlling the flash power wirelessly using Pocket Wizard radio transceivers, and an array of colored gels to add flare to an already dynamic location. All of that set us up perfectly for their wedding day, which I started by photographing the sunrise… and then taking another two hour nap…

The light and weather for their ceremony ended up being fantastic. I set up a tripod at their ceremony hidden away and triggered again by Pocket Wizards. In non-nerd speak, that means whenever I take a photograph with my primary cameras, my third camera on the tripod photographed, too. That let me be in two places at once, like getting Doug’s reaction while following Jodi into the ceremony, and I moved the camera a few times throughout the ceremony to gain different perspectives. More great moments, peace of mind, what’s not to love? This is a technique from the photojournalism side of my work, and it’s fit perfectly into how I document weddings. It was a short ceremony but full of emotion, which lended itself even more to working with a remote camera.

Coming into the trip with Hurricane Matthew looming over us, I knew that night photography wouldn’t reflect the weather conditions if it were overcast, and I strongly wanted to make the resort feel totally their own. Even with guests abound and three other weddings taking place that day, it was about them, their journey, on this beautiful day in paradise. I’ve photographed Jodi & Doug a number of times over the years, including at engagement proposal at Longwood Gardens, but because of the trial run, they knew what to expect on their wedding day and we were able to photograph quickly with precision at a few locations. Off camera flash is a really technical and creative way of photographing, it usually takes a little more time than easy golden light but that makes it all the more special. Those trial photographs are attached at the end and are among my favorite formal photographs I have ever had the honor of making. Because of the time we had, and Jodi & Doug being super chill (how many brides will eat a hot dog during a break between photographs while still in a stunning dress?), the trust we’ve established over the years, I am extremely proud of these photographs, as well as who they’ve become.  Congratulations Jodi & Doug! Wishing you the best and a happy birthday today Jodi!


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