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!
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!
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!
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…
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.
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!
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!!
Sarah & Joe’s son Joey helped me take the photo on the right 😉
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!
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!
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!
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.
Amazing Destination Wedding Vendors:
Bridal Jewelry : Zale’s
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Old Navy
Wedding Coordinator: Denisha with Hyatt