Turks and Caicos Wedding Photography
Destination Wedding all Around Grand Turk
Danielle and Cory went all out when they decided to get married on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos. And we at Paradise Photography were glad to be part of such a unique wedding day. In fact, I decided to shoot with my black and white infrared camera knowing that Grand Turk had some amazing potential for this type of surreal imagery.
Most Grand Turk destination weddings are short, one hour events that take place on the overcrowded beach in front of the cruise ship terminal. They are nothing fancy. But Danielle and Cory wanted a more unique wedding experience. With the help of Destination Turks and Caicos we organized a whirlwind tour of the island after the ceremony was over.
We decided to have the ceremony at a secluded spot on Governors Beach, free of the throngs of scantily clad cruise ship tourists. The weather was perfect and the ceremony intimate. Several of the bride and groom’s family members attended. Cory’s best man, an ordained minister himself, performed the ceremony beautifully.
After a brief photo session on Governors Beach they traveled to three very interesting locations on the island starting with a walk down Grand Turk’s historic Front Street. This first stop was a great opportunity to incorporate the many historic and interesting buildings into the compositions, including the Osprey Hotel, The Salt Raker Hotel and the Turks and Caicos National Museum. Our walk ended at a beautiful dilapidated dock and from there we hopped in the car and passed by one of the many salt ponds filled with pink flamingos on our way to Chukka Horseback Riding.
After a short ride up and down the beach and around the horse coral in their wedding attire I took the happy couple to Turks and Caicos’ only working lighthouse which overlooks the northeast tip of Grand Turk. Built in 1852, this recently renovated historic lighthouse is a beautiful white structure that is a spectacular backdrop for a wedding photographer. As we arrived at the lighthouse grounds, a herd of feral donkeys was exiting the premises. On the way back to the cruise ship terminal we passed by a small group of these furry legends. We jumped out of the car to quickly photograph several unique shots of Danielle and Cory surrounded by these Donkey Island mascots. There are around 300 – 400 feral donkeys on the seven square mile island of Grand Turk. These photographs are amazing.
The last two shots of the day came unexpectedly. Photographing one the favorite locations, English Point, provided a shot of their cruise ship leaving port at sunset. This was an amazing ending to what was a one-of-a-kind Grand Turk wedding tour.