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Turks and Caicos beach wedding

Lia and I used to work together and one thing I remember her saying was that if she ever were to have a Turks and Caicos beach wedding, she would want me to be her photographer!

Three weeks ago, Lia and Joe had their wedding and sure enough, I took great pride in being their photographer. After looking at a few different locations for their wedding ceremony, they decided on it being on Little Water Cay.

Lia got ready at a rented private villa in Long Bay whilst Joe got ready at the home of his parents, also in Long Bay. Unbeknown to most of their guests, Lia and Joe had their ‘first look’ at The Palms Resort and Spa before heading to Blue Haven Marina to catch their respective boats to the small island.

Joe and his family and the rest of the wedding guests boarded the beautiful sail boat, The Atabeyra, whilst Lia, her mother and sisters and some of her girlfriends were taken over to the island on Caicos Catalyst.

Around an hour before sunset, Lia arrived to the Island where the ceremony was going to take place. Joe and the Atabeyra guests were waiting in anticipation for the beautiful bride. And boy was she a beautiful bride! The ceremony took place under a stunning driftwood arch, put together by some of their friends.

Following the ceremony, we had some time to spend taking photographs of friends and family on this beautiful deserted island, as well as pictures of the happy couple. Before heading back to Providenciales on the Atabeyra, everybody enjoyed a few cocktails while watching the sunset.

The wedding reception took place at Opus restaurant and was the start of an evening of celebration that went on into the early hours! Congratulations to Lia and Joe on their beautiful wedding and thank you for letting me be the one to capture it.

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elopement in Parrot Cay

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a secluded elopement in Parrot Cay, one of the finest islands of the Turks and Caicos. Anett and Miklos are a couple who spend half of each year living in New York for work and the other half in their home country of Hungary. With the intention of doing a larger wedding in Hungary later with family and friends, they first chose to get away together for a more secretive and intimate beach wedding at a beautiful private villa in Parrot Cay.

On March 15th, I took a twenty-five minute private resort ferry to the island where I met Nadia, the lovely wedding planner, who was waiting for me at the dock. After a short drive to their private and very beautiful villa, I met Anett and Miklos and knew straight away that not only was this going to be a special day, it was going to be a fun day!

The wedding ceremony took place on the beach in front of their private villa. Seeing as it was just the two of them, we could afford to start the ceremony a bit later. After the ceremony, we had plenty of time to take photos along the beach and as the weather was faultless, we even had the chance to fly our drone for some extra special aerial pictures.

Following a beautiful sunset and a fun wedding shoot, it was time for me to make my way back to the marina to catch the private resort ferry back to the island of Providenciales.

Wedding location: Parrot Cay Resort. Wedding planner: Nadia Razak. Officiant: Dee Connolly. Flowers by Environmental Arts. Hair and Make up by Shenique by Sheque Perfections

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Turks and Caicos most exclusive wedding

Brilliant Studios has been photographing weddings here for the last twenty years and we are proud to have now photographed Turks and Caicos most exclusive wedding yet. Anita and I first met with Robin Lathrop the owner of ByRobin, Inc an Event Management Company who specializes in logistically challenging events all over the world, Lindsey and Cody and Lindsey’s mother a couple of months prior to discuss the plans for their big day. It didn’t take long for us to realize that this was going to be a spectacular wedding. With over two hundred guests and activities that were planned to take place over three days, it was going to take three photographers and a team of videographers to capture this wedding extravaganza of the year! And where would be the perfect venue to hold such an exclusive wedding event? The Gansevoort, Turks and Caicos. To achieve Robin Lathrop’s vision her team needed to bring in containers including such things as lighting, sound, video and specialty decor that could not be sourced here on the island. Over fifty work permits were arranged for her team of specialist brought in to set up and execute the events.  In addition, she brought two bands to perform at the wedding and the beach party. Extra catering staff on island were employed by the Gansevoort to ensure that Lindsey and Cody and their wedding guests had every need attended to. One of the most incredible things about this whole wedding, for me, was where the ceremony and wedding reception took place… The ByRobin team custom built a platform over the resort swimming pool. The flowers, the decorations, the music, the lighting, the food and, of course, the bride and groom and their families made this a beautiful and impressive event. An event that we, here at Brilliant Studios, were extremely proud to have been chosen to capture. Location Wedding: Gansevoort Resort Turks and Caicos. Event Management Company ByRobin, Inc.  A big Thanks to Chrystel  Loyer from Chrystallize photography for all her assistance. For more information about our wedding photography go to Brilliant Studios 

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First destination wedding on South Caicos

We were delighted to find out that Brilliant Studios was going to be photographing the first destination wedding on a small uninhabited island called Long Cay, just a short distance from South Caicos.

After a very short flight from Providenciales, we arrived in South Caicos and met with the Bride and Groom, Rachel and Markus, at the East Bay Resort. This beautiful resort has not long been open and is located on a stunning stretch of beach. While Marcus and his two young sons got ready together, Rachel got ready with her sister. This was a small destination wedding with just seven guests including Marcus’ parents who came all the way from Germany.

Another first for us, as well for Rachel and Markus and their guests, was being taken to the ceremony on Long Cay by hovercraft! The smooth ride dropped us in no time straight onto the sand – we didn’t even get our feet wet. The wedding ceremony actually took place on a small cliff with stunning views of the shallow banks on one side and the deeper water of the Atlantic on the other.

After the beautiful ceremony with a local minister we had time to take photos around the Cay where we could have spent an entire day as there were so many cool spots! We had the perfect contrast of shallow and deep water with rocky terrain on one side and white sand on the other. This perfect background is not as easy to come by on Provo so we made the most of it by taking lots of pictures.

We returned by hovercraft to the East Bay resort where we took more photographs on the beach before everyone headed back to their rooms to freshen up. As the sun was setting we took some great pictures of the bride and groom and the kids before meeting the rest of the party at a private gazebo for a very relaxed wedding reception.

Many thanks to: East Bay Resort. Wedding planner: Audra  Simmons. Officiant: Pastor John Malcolm. Hovercraft operated by Cherif Benchalal. Airline used from Providenciales to South Caicos: inter Caribbean Airways.

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Turks and Caicos trash the wedding dress

A couple of days after we photographed the wedding of Nikki and Peter at the beautiful private villas of Grace Bay Club on Grace Bay beach, it was time to ‘trash the wedding dress’. This is one of our favorite photo shoots to do here in the Turks & Caicos because we both love to be under water taking photos.

For the first part of the shoot we wanted to capture the turquoise colors of our beautiful waters.  We chose the Leeward end of Grace Bay beach; the perfect location for color and seclusion plus as this was a morning session, the colors were even brighter and more vibrant.  The water was a little rough that morning but it actually helped us to create some very cool images. It was a good job Nikki and Peter weren’t afraid of getting hit by the waves 🙂

As we needed calmer waters for the second part of the session we decided to take a short drive to the other side of the islands. Long Bay beach was the perfect spot as the ocean was flat calm with crystal clear water.  Nikki and Peter had a blast getting into the water with their clothes on and after doing some split shots (half underwater, half above water) it was time to go fully underwater 🙂 A difficult task because Nikki’s dress and Peter’s jacket were very buoyant, making it impossible to stay under the water for longer than three seconds but three seconds was all that was needed to capture one good picture!

After a few more images and lots of laughs it was time to end the session and get back to the Grace Bay Club. Here are a few images from their Turks & Caicos ‘trash the wedding dress’….

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Somerset Resort wedding. Michelle and Neal

We first met with Michelle and Neal in August when they were making plans and preparations for their upcoming wedding to be held at the beautiful Somerset Resort in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

After hearing and seeing how excited the bride and groom were for their big destination wedding which would take place in the heart of Grace Bay, I knew this was going to be a great wedding to capture.

Michelle and Neil had family and friends traveling from all over the world to be a part of their special day. The Turks and Caicos was to be the perfect location to bring everyone together, almost one hundred guests in total, to celebrate in style with Michelle and Neal.

On the actual wedding day, Anita and I began shooting photos of Michelle and Neil getting ready in separate rooms in their large suite. What many of the guests didn’t know was that Michelle and Neil were planning to do a first look at the close by resort of The Palms before the ceremony took place. The big surprise was for Neal because he didn’t know that his wife-to-be would be wearing stunning traditional Indian clothes instead of the white dress that she was originally going to wear for the ceremony.

The wedding ceremony took place on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Grace Bay, just a few feet away from beautiful turquoise waters and with the Somerset resort behind them.

After the ceremony on the beach, we had just enough time to photograph the family members and close friends, all of whom were overjoyed for the happy couple. The hot sun gradually started to set over the tranquil ocean and everyone was ready for the next part of the wedding, the wedding reception.

Michelle and Neal’s wedding reception took place a few feet away from the beautiful driftwood wedding arch where they had said their ‘I do’s’ just moments before. DJ Dayoh was the one in charge of getting everyone onto the dance floor which was a specially made wooden structure just begging to be partied on.

The wedding party was scheduled to finish at 11pm but it went on for a little longer as none of the guests wanted to stop dancing! We were all enjoying a great night in the company of great people.

Many thanks to:

Tendra Musgrove from Villa del Mar . All the wonderful staff at the Somerset Resort. Flowers: Flowers by EA. Venue: The Somerset Resort . Music DJ Dayoh. Officiant: Pastor Wayde Coleby.

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