Destination Wedding Photographer: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

T.J. & Michelle’s Sneak Peak: Wedding at Riu Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

bride and groom at sunset on the beach in Jamaica

bride and groom at sunset on the beach in Jamaica

I first met Michelle & T.J. when they hired me for their engagement pictures in Denver about a year ago.  I’ve gotten to know them pretty well since then and I was thrilled when they decided they wanted me come to Jamaica to photograph their destination wedding.  On May 10th their closest friends and families came together to celebrate their love and watch their dream come true as they married barefoot on the beach.  Michelle & TJ held their wedding at Riu Hotel in Ocho Rios, an all-inclusive resort on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

shoes on the beach in Ocho Rios

shoes on the beach in Ocho Rios

Shoes were rarely worn in Jamaica, but the pearl beaded jewelry was perfect for the beach.  Its actually “jewel sandals” that fit around your ankle and toes to add some bling to your feet.  The bride made a pair for all the girls in the wedding party.

beach destination wedding in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

beach destination wedding in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

One of Michelle & T.J.’s best friends was their officiant and the bride and groom each wrote their own vows which was a great way to personalize the wedding ceremony.  It was a beautiful and romantic beach wedding and it was so great to finally see all of their planning and hard work come together so well.

unique artistic Jamaica wedding pictures

Bridesmaids in Coral at the beach wedding in Jamaica

The bridesmaids had beautiful coral dresses and calla lilies for the wedding ceremony.

destination wedding at Riu Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

destination wedding at Riu Resort in Jamaica

Michelle & T.J. got married at 11am when the water was still a bright teal color.  The intimate beach wedding was followed by a brunch and then their guests had the rest of the day to lounge around on the beach.

fun wedding party on the beach in Jamaica

fun wedding party on the beach in Jamaica

About 30 of their closest friends and families came together for their Jamaican wedding.  It wasn’t just a one day celebration, but more like a long four day weekend,  or for the lucky ones, a week long celebration in Jamaica. Having more then just one day to celebrate with your guests is certainly a big plus about destination weddings.

unique artistic wedding pictures at Riu Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

unique artistic wedding pictures at Riu Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The groom and groomsmen stayed cool on the beach in their thin cotton white & tan suits.

bridesmaids on the beach of Jamaica

bridesmaids on the beach of Jamaica

The bridesmaids were just as cool in their matching shades.  Michelle & T.J. had custom glasses made for everyone at their wedding that had their wedding date and names printed on the sides.  It was definitely needed for this bright sunny day.

destination wedding picturesat Riu Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

destination wedding pictures at Riu Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The wedding party had a blast soaking up rays in Ocho Rios.  It was most of their first times in Jamaica, but I have a feeling most of them will be back sooner or later.

bride and groom on the beach in Jamaica

bride and groom on the beach in Jamaica

My favorite shots are the unexpected.  This one above under the palm tree wasn’t planned.  Everyone had started to walk away to go to lunch, including myself.  But I kept an eye on Michelle & T.J. and caught this candid shot of them taking in the moment alone on the beach.

fun unique beach wedding pictures in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

fun unique beach wedding pictures in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Later that evening I met back up with Michelle & T.J. for sunset portraits on the beach.  This nearby restaurant had a unique Jamaican style with its bamboo walls, bright blue doors, and thatched roof that worked great for pictures.

fun unique beach wedding pictures in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

fun unique beach wedding pictures

Having some fun!  Nothing beats jumping on a bed in your wedding dress on a beach.

bride and groom at sunset on the beach in Jamaica

bride and groom at sunset on the beach in Jamaica

The sun set quickly over the ocean and produced a beautiful sunset for their beach wedding pictures.  You can see the love radiating between Michelle & T.J. every time they look into each other’s eyes…such a perfect match.

bonfire beach wedding reception pictures in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

bonfire beach wedding reception pictures in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Later that night Michelle & T.J. hosted a bonfire on the beach for all their wedding guests.  The hotel crew wrote their initials in the sand and let the bride and groom light a strip of lighter fluid that sparked the bonfire in the middle.  The bonfire was a great way to end the wedding day.

Play the slideshow below to view a few more pictures of their destination wedding in Jamaica.

Thanks so much Michelle & T.J. for having me be a part of your Jamaican wedding, and I will see you tonight at your Denver wedding reception at the Artwork Network!

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Denver Wedding Photography: Michelle & T.J. at Artwork Network « Nicole Nichols Photography - […] may remember Michelle & T.J. from their legendary Jamaican destination wedding back in May.  As Colorado natives this couple has more friends and family then could fit on the […]July 5, 2013 – 12:44 pm

Michelle - Nicole,
We cant even begin to tell you how wonderful it was to have you with us in Jamaica. You are an incredible photographer!! After we saw our beautiful engagement pictures we knew we had a photographer for life! Now you have blown us away again and we haven’t even see all of the pictures. We can not wait to see the rest of them and get our fabulous book together!June 13, 2013 – 9:56 pm

Nell Roberts - This looks like it was so much fun for everyone involved! Great job catching these wonderful moments, Nicole!May 27, 2013 – 6:13 am

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