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virgin islands wedding: peter & chaundra

Before we knew it, the week was wrapping up and the biggest day had arrived: Peter & Chaundra’s wedding.

She slipped on her mother’s wedding dress from the late ’70’s – revamped to Chaundra’s design – and went to see her groom for their first look. That took place at 8:30 am and flowed right into the beach ceremony. Quite literally: as we wrapped up photos of the two of them, their families had gathered and Peter took Chaundra’s hand and the stretch of beach become their processional. A ukulele was played, rose petals were tossed, and the bride and groom made their way into the circle of family members. By approximately 9:30 am, Peter and Chaundra were pronounced husband and wife by his sister, the officiant. And then they devoted the day to celebrating.

At the house, the back deck had been transformed by Chaundra’s mom and sisters – colourful banners and little white lights fluttered in the breeze, palm branches graced the place settings and there was champagne ready to pop. Over brunch, Peter and Chaundra had a little announcement for their guests: they had booked a yacht for everyone for the afternoon.

Peter and Chaundra (and families!), we cannot thank you enough – for trusting us to document your wedding week and for welcoming us with such warmth. We are so grateful to have crossed paths with you and spent time with you, and we wish you nothing but the best in your new journey as husband and wife!

Proof that ‘first looks’ are the best…

 Two things I love: love & morning light.

Beautiful on the inside and out.

  • emily - March 8, 2012 - 8:26 am

    Wow! This wedding looks so intimate and fun and breath-taking! Your photos are gorgeous! Love all the colours… I had so many favourites. Love them all. What an amazing job you have!!! xoReplyCancel

  • Laura - March 8, 2012 - 8:29 am

    So pretty! I love how you captured their day.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Tree - March 8, 2012 - 8:34 am

    So gorgeous! I love their ceremony, and the boat photos! <3ReplyCancel

  • Emily Crall - March 8, 2012 - 8:36 am

    Ooooh, I love this wedding! It’s so beautiful, intimate, and organic! What a perfect day!ReplyCancel

  • ali w - March 8, 2012 - 9:11 am

    Mikaela! I’ve never met you, but I’m a huge blog stalker! You have such an honest way of photographing. I love your images, and this wedding [I’m partial to coastal weddings-obsessed with the beach] is no different. Such a sweet couple, fun details, and great light! Keep it up!!ReplyCancel

  • Carlee - March 8, 2012 - 9:12 am

    What a dream!! Your photos are so beautiful!! I am pretty sure I need to go see this place for myself asap!!ReplyCancel

  • Kevi Zupancic - March 8, 2012 - 11:34 am

    Her dress is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey Loewen - March 8, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    Completely unforgettable, beautiful, and original.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - March 8, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them! Really enjoy reading your blog – you are a great encouragement for those of us who are just starting out in our businesses!ReplyCancel

  • Yasmin Sarai - March 8, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    that beach and the ocean looks so beautiful… oh I wish I could go there! these are gorgeous photos! :)ReplyCancel

  • Susana Cristina - March 8, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    The whole wedding day seemed so relaxed and family oriented… the way it is supposed to be!
    What fantastic memories these families will have of this whole week, memories that you were able to capture so beautifully and that are full of emotion and love.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences so openly… I think we all lived vicariously through you while seeing all the pictures from your island getaway!ReplyCancel

  • Meagan - March 9, 2012 - 6:23 am

    Stunning event coupled with authentic, gorgeous photos = drool-worthy blog post! Kudos to them on a ethereal day & to you for capturing it beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • ashlee - March 9, 2012 - 10:08 am

    this wedding is simply stunning…there aren’t many weddings i see that make wanna do mine over again but this one is amazing! gorgeous photos :)ReplyCancel

  • kristin - March 10, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    She is the most naturally beautiful bride I’ve ever seen! This reminds me of the Mamma Mia movie and my time in Greece – gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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