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This wedding was so incredibly special and unique with the fact that Vas is from Russia and Julia is from Ukraine. They met in the USA, got engaged in Paris and were married in Jamaica. There is no doubt this couple is up for an adventure as one of their favorite things to do together is travel the world. I love that! They had family and friends fly from ALL OVER THE WORLD to come and take part of their special day. Again I, along with Michael, feel HONORED that we got to be two of those lucky people to experience this beautiful occasion. 

Jewls and Vas- you guys are AMAZING and we really appreciate you giving us this amazing honor. : ) 

And so part two begins… 

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Mikey shot this of Julia and her father as they waited to walk down the aisle. 

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Vas as he made his way to the front to wait for his soulmate.

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I love this shot Mikey took of the flower girl with her mom right before she headed towards me…

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She was SO CUTE and came all the way from Germany to be a part of their big day.

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Looove this. (Good job Mikey!)

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The location and time of day was perfect.

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And of course, as you know… I love all the pink!

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I have to give Michael mad props for taking this shot – it’s wicked good!

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They’re married!!!

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They released two doves right after they were pronounced husband and wife. I adore this shot of Julia trying to calm the dove.

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Mikey shot it from this angle…

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And I shot it from the front! Such an amazing moment!

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Julia is also Jewish so they incorporated the breaking of the glass as well… cool huh???

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How happy do they look? You can’t help but smile.

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As I shot a few photos of the newlyweds, Mikey got this shot that I think is hilarious of the flower girl. He is soooo good at capturing children and all of their wonderful emotions!

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Love this.

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A night shot of the cocktail hour. 

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The storm that had previously passed right over us before the ceremony moved further down the beach and by this time you could see the lightning. I took this opportunity to attempt capturing it and I’m proud to say I did it!! Hollla!! I know most of you are toootttallly not impressed right now but I’m still going to show it off cause it’s my blog and I can! Ha!

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Next up: the reception & trash the gown shoot!!

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  • Gorgeous Courtney! I love it. You are on fire.

  • Karen Sablich

    Courtney, these are AMAZING! I wish I had a better arsenal of adjectives for your work, because amazing doesn’t even do these pics justice! I LOVE the night shots and the one with them nuzzling and kissing each other that you placed side-by-side-just beautiful!! You just keep getting better and better!

  • Jennifer Le

    WOW!!! This wedding is so incredible! BEAUTIFULLY done!! You must have had so much fun too!!! :) Very pretty!

After spending several days with Julia and Vas, it’s evident to me, and the world, that these two were made for each other. Julia’s spirit, drive and the way she makes you feel when you’re around her… are just a few of the things Vas told me that he adores about the woman of his dreams. They met 7 years ago through friends at school and have been in love ever since. Vas has taken Julia all over the world to see places like Italy, Spain, Germany, the Caribbean and even proposed to her under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Is he romantic or what?! As I got to spend some time with them, I began to grow infatuated with them not only as individuals, but as a couple. I feel truly honored and blessed to have been given the opportunity to know such beautiful people, inside and out. I have AMAZING clients, who I consider friends… how did I get so lucky?

Vas and Julia’s wedding was held in Negril, Jamaica. I will be blogging their event in parts because I picked out way too many favorites to post all at once. 

destination_wedding_photographer0001 destination_wedding_photographer0002We arrived the day of the rehearsal, so I snapped a few photos while they rehearsed everything–

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THE BIG DAY- getting ready

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Beautiful Julia-

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Her super fab shoes from my favorite store in the whole world… ALDO. I knew I liked this girl for a reason. ; ) 

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I was in LOVE with her mermaid style wedding gown. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT. 

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It started POURING about 45 min before the ceremony, and lasted for about 45 minutes. In Negril, it does that almost every afternoon – so it wasn’t a surprise. We all kept our fingers crossed and said a few prayers believing it was going to pass. Well, it did, YAY! Only making the ceremony start 30 minutes late… everyone was relieved it passed. It actually was a blessing in disguise because it ended up making a beautiful sunset, which is what Negril is actually famous for. You’ll see photos of that later.

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Stunning.

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As Julia finished up, I came downstairs to see what Vas was up to. My best friend and second shooter, Michael, captured this shot of Vas as he waited for his bride-to-be. 

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They opted to do a “First Look” right before the ceremony. I totally dig when my couples decide to do this because it not only gives me the opportunity to capture some really amazing and emotional pictures, but it allows the bride and groom to share such an intimate and special moment of seeing each other in private right before they commit to each other forever in front of a crowd.

Michael got this shot of Vas as Julia made her way down the stairs. 

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I just love this moment!!

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Completely in love–

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NEXT UP: the ceremony

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  • Yevgeniy Pusin

    LOVE all the pictures! The one where Jewls is looking up at the mirror, is like an “Ah-Ha!” Moment. The first looks is awesome as well! I can’t wait for the next 2 updates :)

  • Leah Ray

    Hi, Courtney. I was introduced to your page through Jason Allen. I have been combing through your pictures for weeks and am so impressed and inspired. I have been obsessed with photography for a couple years and was wondering if you have any advice for an aspiring artist? I live in a beautiful part of the country – Kansas City, not far from the Ozarks – and it is a big part of my inspiration. I am originally from Baton Rouge and love the whole Southern take on photographs too. I was just hoping you could share with me how you got started and how to have a successful career as an independent photographer.

  • kristine lacombe

    LOVE IT!!! We leave in less than 24 hours to get married in Jamaica and this is making me SO excited!

  • These are beautiful!!

  • Elizabeth Tujague

    You pictures are beyond amazing!!! I cant wait to get engaged and schedule something with you!!

I LOVE to travel… the more I do it, the more I fall in love with it. I absolutely cannot get enough of it. There are SO MANY places I want to go!! I started making a list of all the cities and countries I want to visit and began to wonder if I would live long enough to go to them all! I am just so grateful God made this beautiful planet for us to live on. There is so much out there to see and adventure to experience. Not only do I obsess over seeing new places, but every time I go somewhere new, I am constantly reminded of how blessed I am. There are SO many people in the world who don’t have a smidget of what I am so fortunate to be blessed with. Food, freedom, material things — but more importantly, I am LOVED by so many wonderful people in my life who I don’t know what I would do without. I never want to take any of them for granted and God forgive me if I do. I know it’s only because of Him that I am so lucky. I am amazed at how many special people He sent into my life… that changed me forever. I am who I am because of these incredible souls and would take a bullet for them in a heartbeat. 

People are who matter in this world and nothing else in the end. That’s why I also feel extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity to do what I do and share the gifts and talents God gave me. I would never trade my job in the world. I have never been happier than I am now and it is my goal to constantly share that happiness with everyone I encounter. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to even read my silly little blog and all of the support and encouragement I receive daily from so many wonderful people. I am so appreciative and grateful to you ALL. 

To end this little post, here is a photo from the ceremony location where Vas and Julia’s recent wedding was held. I’ll be blogging their photos soon!

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I just got done shooting Vas and Julia’s wedding and trash the gown here in Jamaica. I cannot wait to blog these photos. I am having such a great time here! It’s completely gorgeous here and I’m looking forward to relaxing for a few days!

Here is a little teaser from this morning’s shoot – we found this awesome cave to shoot in!! More to come!
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  • WOW, beautiful! Looking forward to the rest, enjoy your time on the beach.

  • absolutely stunning courtney! what a fantastic teaser…now i really can’t wait to see more :)

  • Maria

    Pretty cool post. I just found your blog and wanted to say
    that I’ve really liked browsing your blog posts. In any case
    I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you post again soon!

I’m so excited that boudoir is becoming such a huge part of my business! It’s always been a dream of mine – so I couldn’t be more thrilled that I get to call myself a “boudoir photographer”. The following boudoir album recently came in and I wanted to share a few images of it. I think it turned out super fab! Soon I will have my boudoir website and blog done which will be full of information and pictures. I can’t wait because I think you’re all going to love it!!

The following album is an 8×8 bombshell designer album. It’s super chic, sexy and completely unique! It comes in one of my larger packages and is custom designed for every client. I adooooore this album!! Every guy would love to have a gift like this! 

Pink leather? Yes please!! (Don’t worry, if you aren’t a fan of pink, there are plenty of other color options!) And don’t you just love that cute little slip it comes in?

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A couple of days ago I blogged Brooklyn & Alexa’s shoot from the beach. (See below.) I had hard time picking a few for the blog because every single shot was adorable. You’ll see what I mean because I decided to put together a slideshow of all of their pictures from the shoot. Look for more slideshows in the future because I decided this is something I should have started doing a long time ago.



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  • steppa peppa

    oh my goodness, courtney!!!!!!!!!! you certainly have captured the personality of both of those precious girls! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Gabie

    These pictures are beautiful!! It almost made me cry to see my little nieces growing up so fast!!!

  • cristy

    this was beautiful…Don’t even know thoses girl, but it was beautiful..

Another blog post! I’m on a roll today! Holllla! You know how sometimes you just get in these moods to see how much you can accomplish in a day? I do. And today was one of those days. I just sat my little (or not so little! ha!) tush down at my computer and kicked some serious booty!! When I have days like today I get all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I LOVE the feeling of accomplishment. I love feeling like a personal success in my own little Courtney world. I love making myself proud! There is something just so great about knowing you are striving to become the best you can be everyday. Mmmm… sigh. 

Okay enough of my babbling for now, and onto the real reason I am making this post. The following photos are of an old friend of mine and her husband. (We used to be roommates back in the day- yeyah!) Karen and Jamie were married a year ago and are actually currently celebrating their anniversary in Italy. (Soooo jealous right now of you K!!) Karen asked me to do a “newlywed” shoot of them and of course I was honored and thrilled! We headed to downtown New Orleans on a perfect evening and I totally love how their photos turned out– 

Yummmmy light in in the French Quarter —

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They are so cute!!

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I am in LOVE with this wall and this shot. Totally dig it. 

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I looooove masquerade masks. They are soooo cool!

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I just had to capture a little New Orleans culture while there. Why not right?

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Love it.

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  • I love the one’s of them sitting on the Step! So awesome!! Great job! They look so good!! I love the cross processed look!!
    :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    -Tim

  • Okay… you’re officially ripping! Awesome images!!

    Bobby

  • Stunning images!! love love love them all!!!

  • Ada

    My favorite is the one in front of the church~ Jamie looks like he’s just waiting for her to get it together… hehe!

  • Karen Sablich

    LOVE them Courtney and I love you! Thanks so much for making this an amazing experience! I cannot tell you how great of a time we had! xoxoxo