It’s fun to travel to places like Jamaica to photograph weddings. Exotic landscapes, unseasonably warm temperatures, and new sources of inspiration are part of what make the allure of weddings like these so exciting. But even when I’m wiggling my toes into the sand feeling the cool island breeze tickle my skin, I can’t escape that the joy of this job is the people I document. Heather and Luke have been dating for 21 years. How many couples, married or not, do you know who have been together that long? It’s an astounding statistic, and the story behind it came alive over the few days I spent with them. A story that began in 6th grade when Luke fell in love with Heather at first sight. It continues through college, across multiple creative careers in places like Oregon, LA and Wyoming, and pauses briefly today to be formally recognized today by 28 of their closest family and friends.
Heather and Luke wrote their own vows for the wedding ceremony, which took place on a small beach outside their Coral Cove Villa in Discovery Bay, Jamaica. They exchanged words that were honest and inspiring. They talked about how much strength they had given each other over the years, how the arc of their lives was a path they could have only taken together. It was simple and beautiful. It’s these moments that inspire me as a photographer and business owner, and transcend venues and latitudes. For me, it’s always about the people.
These invitations were handmade by Heather and Luke. I am so envious of their PhD in DIY!
Luke and Heather rented 2 adjoining villas to host many of their guests and the actual wedding site. It was beachfront and straight up beautiful.
Heather’s friend, pictured above, made this dress for her wedding. I love all the personal touches in this wedding!
The Coral Cove Villas were fully staffed, making renting a house an alluring option over staying at a resort.
Heather and Luke have a really unique connection and chemistry. It’s beautiful and enviable.
Heather and Luke’s officiant and long-time friend, Ben, was with them when they got engaged at Machu Pichu last year. He showed me the shots he got of Heather saying yes. It’s so amazing that they have documentation of this moment!
From slow dance to a surprise synchronized performance, I’ve never seen any couple transition quite as well as these two.
Karen is a Boston-based photographer specializing in family history. You can see more of her work online at www.kkpforlife.com or on Facebook. If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at firstname.lastname@example.org.