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Why I Love Destination Weddings

Posted on January 28, 2009

Below: I shot this while photographing a destination wedding in Avignon, France.


Originally from the New York/New Jersey area, I then moved to Los Angeles where I stayed for about 20 years, followed by a move back east to South Florida, I must say I enjoy photographing weddings wherever they might take me – even if they are in my own state! I am lucky enough to have had the experience to have photographed many, many weddings all around the Los Angeles metropolitan area, including Beverly Hills, Palos Verdes, the San Fernando Valley, and Orange County just to name a few. By the time I made the move to South Florida, it was time for a change and this was a welcomed one! I instantly felt as if was photographing destination weddings because, for me, it was still new territory and everything was fresh. I soon realized that South Florida is a HUGE destination wedding spot. I noticed that a large number of my clients did not live here; rather they were from all over the place, with most hailing from New York, Chicago and Georgia. I continue to be amazed at just how many of my clients here are from out of town – Michigan, Tennessee, California, Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, New Jersey, Virginia and Canada. We’ve even had clients from as far away as London, Australia and Japan.

It’s really unbelievable. I seem to have stumbled upon something I never thought about. I knew that the South Florida area was growing when I moved here, meaning the area primarily between West Palm Beach and Miami, but what I hadn’t thought about was the enormous destination wedding factor. Everyone seems to want to have his or her wedding in South Florida. The weather is the main reason and the beaches are another. When much of the country is dealing with sub zero temperatures and difficult weather, South Florida is enjoying sunshine and a very comfortable climate. Another important factor here is the fact that there are an endless number of hotels and venues to choose from – at all price levels. One can plan a simple beach wedding under a tent, to an enormously elaborate destination wedding at a place such as The Breakers in Palm Beach or any one of a number of Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the state. We have photographed small destinations in Key West and Pelican Grand Beach Resort to large destination weddings at the Breakers, the Diplomat Hotel, Diplomat Country Club, and the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne just to name a few. Another reason why many brides/grooms from the north decide to have their weddings here is that a) they are originally from here and all of their friends and family still live here OR b) they are from the north, but the parents and/or grandparents have relocated to South Florida and it is just easier for them to have the wedding here so that those key people are there to help them plan the wedding and not have to deal with traveling.

So many of my South Florida weddings are actually destination weddings. It is a pretty large percentage, I think close to fifty percent. Robin, my wife, and I find ourselves taking on the role of wedding planner, as many of our out-of-state clients need extra help in planning their far away South Florida weddings. We help direct them to other vendors who will do an excellent job for them. It is hard, as many of these clients do all of their planning from their homes and actually do not even have the time to come to South Florida to meet with many vendors in person. We pride ourselves on making these clients feel as assured and comfortable as possible as they make their decision to hire us. We will speak to them extensively on the phone, direct them to our blog and even mail them a presentation to review. All of these elements are extremely important to the client, as hiring a photographer for their wedding is one of the most vital decisions they will make in the planning process. If you regularly check out our blog at www.destinationweddingphotographerflorida.com you’ll be sure to see a variety of weddings both photographed here in South Florida and in other locations as well.

In addition to photographing destination weddings here in South Florida, I also welcome the opportunity to travel other locations to shoot weddings. I have been fortunate enough to have photographed weddings in Mexico, France, New York and currently have weddings scheduled in Washington DC, Virginia and Vermont. As a destination-wedding photographer, I absolutely love shooting weddings in new and exciting locations. I thrive on exploring different cultures, exotic locations and enjoy observing how this all plays into weddings in different cities and countries. Every place is so unique, with landmarks and traditions that are often factored into just how a wedding is planned. For instance, to capture the essence of the wedding I photographed in France, I made it a point to shoot items written in French or of cultural interest, such as the distinct architecture in Avignon. For the upcoming wedding in Washington DC I am photographing, I will be taking the bride and groom around the city against the many incredible and recognizable monuments there are in town.

I love photographing all weddings – but destination weddings, near or far, are among my favorite


Below: This one was shot while working in Jamaica.


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