Karen & Jason | CANEEL BAY Part I

I am happy to share the first of two blog features from the much anticipated Wedding Day of Karen and Jason in St John Virgin Islands!

Karen and Jason are a busy couple reigning from Philadelphia. While planning their destination wedding on Caneel Bay, the Bride to Be began researching vendors from all over the country. As faith would have it, Karen and Jason stumbled upon my website through Marit Hanson Weddings' 'People Recommended' section (Thank you, Marit!).  After numerous phone calls and emails, it would be months before I would be able to meet at least one of the them in person. Jason, a Concert Lighting Director, was on tour at the time with popular indie-rock bands, Saint Vincent and Andrew Bird, and invited me to the show while passing through my town last Autumn. Needless to say, the show was awesome and after meeting him, I could not wait until their wedding!

As the day approached, we stayed in close contact while Karen shared with me the array of details she'd been collecting, including her Carolina Herrera gown and all-things-Etsy! Having been to Caneel Bay various times, she'd describe to me this incredible location and all of her ideas for 'photo-ops'. I gotta say, the girl's got wedding planning and style in the bag! Her excitement and attention to detail (and the fact that she and I still hadn't met in person!) held me in joyful anticipation for quite some time. One thing that struck me all along was the couple's enthusiasm for focusing their day around portraits of the two of them and I was all on board!

Fast forward a few months and here I am SO pleased to share my favorites from our entire afternoon of portraits that I captured of Karen and Jason on their Wedding Day! Come back soon for an additional feature from the celebratory event of their day!

Moments after Karen and Jason saw each other for the first time as Bride and Groom on their day, I captured this shot. It might just be one of my top favorites!

On the property of Caneel Bay, lies the ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill, a majestic setting for Weddings and Portraits.

The hammocks lining Scott Beach at the resort offered a proper scene for Jason to serenade his bride.  

Karen had fallen in love with this lush Royal Poinciana tree at the entrance of the resort on a previous trip and even drew a sketch of the scene months before her wedding!

A short taxi into the town of Cruz Bay in St John and we were surrounded by the bustling streets vibrant with sounds, colors and people. I absolutely LOVED their idea to stop at a local fruit and smoothie stand!

Late afternoon quickly settled over the town and we headed back to Caneel Bay for the Marriage Ceremony. A few hours later, just after their beautiful ceremony on Caribbean shore, Karen and Jason were up for even more portraits!

Karen had the idea to lay in the sand and said, "Why have a 'Trash the Dress' session when you can do it on your Wedding Day?!". I couldn't have agreed more!

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More from their entire event coming soon!