Lisa and Chris’s Magical Wedding on Gibson Island

June 29, 2009

I’ve had the opportunity to photograph a number of weddings on Gibson Island.  It is  truly a magical  place and a fantastic ‘destination’ for  a wedding by- the- sea.

Lisa had a charming cottage where she and her attendants dressed for the wedding and was just a stone’s throw from the Gibson Island Yacht Club, the ceremony and reception site.

Elizabeth Bailey, of Elizabeth Bailey Weddings was the wedding planner for this event. Beth is considered, by far, to be the best in her field. Our events with Beth always go smoothly and our clients are worry free since Beth and her team are attentive to the smallest details.

The flowers for the bridal party, ceremony and reception were by Karen Lock of Karen’s Flower Markets, my friend whom I’ve known for years and who always imbues her highly original work with unique color  and design.

shoes and flowers gibson island

Lisa who had her heart set on a outdoor ceremony, was, naturally, a little worried when a storm passed through early in the day. Isabelle, my talented second photographer, saw a small patch of blue on the horizon amidst the clouds and we guaranteed Lisa that it would be blue skies  for the ceremony.

And so it was.

bride black and white gibson island

A ‘p.j.’ (photojournalist) image. Lisa is probably looking at the weather radar on weatherunderground.com. I’m frequently asked by my brides ” What if it rains/ snows/ is too hot?” I tell them that I’ve spent years learning how to make even the worst- case scenarios, indoors and out, look magnificent. It is what we do.

bride gibson island

The clouds have parted, the weather now gorgeous and Lisa and her bridesmaid’s are as excited as we are to go have some fun with photography.

bride and bridesmaids gibson island

The men are wearing classic khaki, perfect for this event, and the women are in navy blue. The lime color  of the bouquets are a great visual compliment to the dresses.

bridal party gibson island

Lisa looking radiant.

Lisa looks natural and un -posed because  of the relationship we established early on, and which is one of trust. One of the first things I tell a bride is that they cannot do anything ‘wrong’, and that they are in very good hands. Not every image we create is a winner however I can guarantee every bride that they will be overwhelmed by the number of great images that we do capture. The ability to allow people to be themselves means that they are actually giving me great images. We  work as  partner’s in doing so.

We used the trees and the horizon  to  frame Lisa  for a stunningly beautiful full length portrait.

bride full length gibson island

Lisa’s hair and make-up by Up-Dos for I Dos.

Please notice the exact point of focus is on Lisa’s eyes and that there are ‘catch-lights’ in her eyes,  showing the life within. From the eyes, everything else recedes into a softer and softer focus. Both myself and my second photographer have spent years perfecting our craft to the point where it is effortless and lets us work intuitively.

The eyes are the windows to the soul.

bride close up gibson island

A moment.

bride and groom gibson island

The site for the wedding ceremony.

gibson island wedding

The little guys, resplendent in their hand- tied bow ties carrying the wedding rings in a really cool floral arrangement by Karen Lock.

ring bearers gibson island


ceremony gibson island wedding

Lisa provided the guests with blue parasols to ward off the suns rays. Elizabeth Bailey is fantastic at coming up with fun, visual elements that add to the occasion- and have a practical use as well.

ceremony gibson island wedding

ceremony gibson island wedding

Lolly-pops doubling as seating assignments. One of the creative and highly original elements that this wedding had an abundance of.

gibson island wedding

gibson island wedding

During the cocktail hour, The Mellowtones, a steel drum ensemble, serenaded the guests, in keeping with the island theme.

gibson island wedding

Cake by Graul’s Market. The D.J. was  master mixer Evan Reitmeyer  of Mydeejay.com who had everyone dancing all night long.

gibson island wedding cake

Again, Lisa’s color and flower arrangements work in perfect harmony with the environment.

gibson island wedding

gibson island wedding Chris and Lisa’s first dance.The guests were totally enchanted. They earned a standing ovation when done.

gibson island wedding

An example of a scene we captured in a, albeit brief, lull during the reception. We look for the contrasts and situations that are ‘a-typical’ but tell the story of the wedding from many perspectives.

Truly a magical wedding.

gibson island wedding


One comment

  1. Love the lime and navy color combination. That last photo is a nice touch!


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