Sunrise Trash the Dress at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica

Sunrise Trash the Dress at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica

Sarah and Joe had the most amazing destination wedding weekend!  To read more about the first few days, including their wedding day, click HERE!  It was 5:30am the next  morning, and we were getting up, hoping and praying for a beautiful sunrise!  It rained the night before, but we absolutely lucked out with the most beautiful sunrise! We absolutely loved capturing Sarah & Joe’s sunrise trash the dress in Jamaica at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall!

The Story of Sarah & Joe

Since our last post was mostly about their wedding day, I figured I’d make this post more about the couple!

Joe and Sarah met when they were around 18.  They both worked at Friendly’s together, and were immediately inseparable.  Sarah and Joe have both always been family oriented, so it didnt take long for their families to get to know each other, and spend every holiday and special occasion together. It was perfect.

After about 3 years together, they found out they were having a baby boy! And once Joey was born, they weren’t really focused on the whole marriage thing, and weren’t really in a rush.  Their main focus was their beautiful baby boy! (Which made it easier for Joe to surprise her!)

It was November 2nd, 2016 – Sarah’s birthday.  They made plans to go to Riverwinds Restaurant with their best friends.  However, when they arrived, ALL of their family and friends were waiting there screaming SURPRISE!  Joe did a great job planning, especially because the entire night, Sarah was under the impression that it was just a surprise birthday party!

At the end of the evening, they brought out a cake, and everyone sang Happy Birthday!  Sarah was a little confused as to why everyone was still videotaping after they were done singing.  Joe then got down on one knee and proposed! Of course she said YES!

They started all of their wedding planning, and since they are untraditional, they planned for a destination wedding!  However, some of their family and friends would not be able to make it to their wedding.  SO, Sarah and Joe decided to have a legal ceremony here in the United States at Villari’s Lakeside, first for the family that couldn’t make it to Jamaica.  They officially became the Juliano’s on November 5th, 2017.  And exactly 6 months later, they had their dream Jamaican destination wedding! They now have an anniversary every 6 months!

A Sunrise Trash the Dress in Jamaica

On to the photos! Sarah and Joe got down to the water just in time to catch the perfect sunrise! From there, we played on the rocks and in the water, and then ended our morning jumping into the pool for some underwater romantic fun!

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A Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding | Sarah & Joe

A Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding | Sarah & Joe

Sarah and Joe are not a traditional couple, so having a traditional wedding at home never interested them. They wanted a wedding that was a lot more personal and romantic and included their closest family and friends.  So, having a Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding was the absolute perfect choice for them!  Destination Weddings are our favorite weddings to capture, because its more than just one day.  We are able to spend so much time with our couple and get to know all of their family and friends before the big day arrives!

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Destination Wedding – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Upon arriving to the resort, we were greeted with a tropical drink, sunny skies, pristine beaches and sparkling swimming pools! We walked around the resort to get a feel for the property and to choose some amazing photo locations for our bride and groom!  We were also treated to a thoughtful welcome bag from the bride and groom! Thank you, Sarah and Joe, for making us feel like one of the family and for such an amazing location to photograph you both at! It was a blast!

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A Dreamer Catamaran Cruise Welcome Party around Montego Bay

Sarah and Joe opted out of having a rehearsal dinner. Instead, they decided to do a Catamaran Cruise Welcome Party for all of their guests! Dreamer Catamarans, is Montego Bay’s premier sailing operations, offering first-class scheduled tours, exclusive private charters with outstanding service for the ultimate sailing & snorkeling adventures.  For many of their guests, it was their first time snorkeling, and they all had a blast!  From the coral reef to the fish and eels, it was absolutely beautiful and such a fun time for all!  We definitely made sure to bring our underwater camera gear with us on the cruise!

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Chic, Beach Details for a Modern, Destination Bride

Sarah chose a beautiful Jewel Collection bridal gown from David’s Bridal. To say it fit her like a glove would be an understatement! Her beautiful blush bridesmaids dresses were also from David’s Bridal and was the perfect choice for an island wedding. Sarah’s pearl necklace and earrings from Zales were pure perfection. You can’t go wrong with pearls! She even found her bridesmaids the most unique bouquet’s on Etsy – completely made out of seashells!  They may have weighed a lot, but they were absolutely beautiful!

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Getting Ready with the Girls at the Zen Spa and their Ocean Front Suite

Sarah and her ladies started their day at the Zen Spa where they were pampered with hair and makeup services. While getting her hair and makeup done, Sarah’s wedding planner Denisha came by with some weather updates. Although Sarah chose to still have their ceremony outside, rain or shine, they decided to move their reception from the Ocean Gazebo and Deck, to the covered Grand Ballroom Terrace (which was actually their first choice anyway! haha!)  Spoiler alert:: It was such a great decision, because, after the ceremony, the sky opened up and it poured all night!

After the salon, the ladies headed over to Sarah & Joe’s ocean front suite for everyone to get dressed! Sarah’s Matron of Honor Joelle helped her to get into her dress and get ready to see Joe for the first time!  Their son Joey, walked her down to their first look and gave his mama one last kiss before we got there…

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Getting Ready with the Guys in an Ocean Front Suite

Joe and his guys kept their attire simple, yet beachy.  With their attire from Old Navy, everyone seemed comfortable and very dapper! Joe and his guys had an easy morning, just hanging out, waiting for the ladies to get ready.

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A Thrilling First Look for the Bride & Groom

Sarah and Joe’s son Joey was so excited for his mom and dad to see each other for the first time on their wedding day! Joe was so eager to see Sarah, and the way she looked in that dress, sure did not disappoint!

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Bride & Groom Portraits at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

Sarah and Joe were such troopers in the rain!  It drizzled for almost all of our portrait time together, but it did not damper their mood or the day. They were too excited!  So, we walked around under umbrella’s and as soon as we got to our next location, they would suck it up and go out in the rain!  We could not be more thankful for their willingness to get a little wet to still have some amazing photos on their wedding day!!

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Bridal Party Photos at the Ocean Gazebo and Sun Deck

We ventured over to where Sarah and Joe would have had their reception with the Bridal Party, while the rain took a break for a bit of the afternoon! The people that Sarah and Joe chose to be in their bridal party, are so special to them, and they were SO much fun!  One that I’d like to point out specifically is Joe’s Best Man – Sarah’s Dad!  When I heard that Joe had chosen Sarah’s dad as his best man, I started to tear up! Joe and Sarah’s dad do everything together, including playing on a softball team together. It is so amazing to hear when a groom and a bride’s dad are that close and it just means that much more!

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Ceremony at the Wedding Gazebo

The Wedding Gazebo offered a gorgeous beach backdrop for Sarah & Joe’s ceremony! Their guests encircled the couple as they exchanged vows.  Sarah and Joe chose her Uncle Bob to officiate their ceremony, and he was able to add so many personal touches!  I love when couples choose meaningful family/friends to be their officiants on such special days! The best part was the Sand Ceremony, where they joined pink sand for Sarah, blue sand for Joe, and their son Joey used sand that was taken from the beach there in Jamaica!

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Reception at the Grand Ballroom Terrace

With a view of the ocean and palm trees, Sarah and Joe danced and partied the night away with their guests! Before dinner, Sarah & Joe lit a unity candle, a family tradition.  This candle was used at her Uncle Bob and Aunt Sue’s wedding, and will be used at every family wedding thereafter!

Sarah and Joe’s first dance song was Perfect by Ed Sheeran, but funny enough, it was originally something else.  One day, while driving in the car, this song came on, and their son Joey said that it is “Mommy and Daddy’s wedding song”.  He continued to tell everyone, and would make them listen to it once a day and dance with him to it.  So, it did become their wedding song!

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A Sunrise Trash the Dress Session at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica

I’ll save this for another blog post… You can read more about Sarah and Joe’s love story, as well as their beautiful sunrise photos HERE

 

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