Destination Wedding Photography at RIU Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Okay, weddings like this make it really hard for me to convince anyone that I have a hard job. Palm trees, white sand, blue ocean and reggae music, where do I sign up? Janice and Hamid’s beach wedding in the RIU Ocho Rios was a homecoming of sorts as her family roots are there. Friends and family were graced by the most beautiful Caribbean breeze coming right down the beach, swaying the palm trees and cooling the air. After a beautiful ceremony we wondered the amazing grounds for photos and ended the night at the Plantation Restaurant for an emotion filled reception. The next day we met early to do some local flare shots. We started by heading towards Ocho Rios to Bauxite Pier for a different feel for the photos. I love to include something local and not touristy in the shoot. The sweet lady at the security gate even let us though the gate for some pics. Thank You again! We then headed to Dunn’s River Falls for some more fun. We were even given the inside scoop on a great location by a local photographer. Thanks Bryan! After a couple of hours it was back to the resort to lie by the pool. I told you it’s a hard job didn’t I. Thank you Janice and Hamid for choosing us. We love your energy and spirit. Part II of the wedding with the local flare / trash the dress session coming in a few days.
Here is the couple’s story: “We both meet each other at work; our relationship was one that started as a friendship. We’d have little conversations here and there, which then became a little longer. After a few months, something changed and I started to see Hamid more than a friend; I thought he felt the same but you never know! I decided to take the plunge and I gave him my phone number. By the second day, he still hadn’t called and I was a bit bummed. So much so that I had a conversation with my then 13 year old niece about this. She asked me on which day I gave him my number, I told her it was Tuesday. She said “boys normally call by the 3rd day so he’ll be calling tomorrow” (sad when you have to resort to the advice of a kid). And surprisingly, she was correct. He finally called the Friday night and we talked all night until I had to end the call to get ready for work at 8am! We went on our first date on March 29th, 2005 and have been together since.
After over 6 years, he finally proposed on Christmas Day. His proposal wasn’t that you’d read in a romance book but one that is just how we both are. Shortly after dinner, all the kids in my family was about to open their gifts. He pulled out the little blue box and slide it across the table and said “I think it’s about time you have this”? So many thoughts and emotions were running through my mind as we have been dating so long, I never thought the day would come. But dreams do come true!
We are best friends and this has been a big part of the foundation of our relationship. We balance each other, when one may be weak, the other is strong. Our love is just for the two of us, about us as individuals and as a couple. As individuals we are tough as nail but together we’re a force to be reckoned with! We inspire each other to be a better person; always making time for each other even if it’s just a quick call in a busy day to say hi or sending silly message to let the other know they’re thinking of them. We both come from different cultures and religions and against all odds, we made it. But most importantly, we’re ourselves with each other, no make believe.
On our wedding day, I look forward to having Hamid finally seeing me in my dress, just to see that look on his face that’s just for me. To take those finally steps as a Ms. to become a Mrs.! He looks forward to finally wearing his ring (awe) and all the meaning behind it! Together, we look forward to celebrating with our family and friends this important day in our lives and continuing this journey officially as husband and wife with plans to start a family in the near future.”
Ceremony: Beach Gazeboo, Riu Ocho Rios,Jamaica
Reception Venue: Plantation Restaurant, Riu Ocho Rios,Jamaica
Photography: Paul & Sylvia | Photography & Design
Wedding Gown: Angelica Faccenda by Morilee, purchased at Amanda-Lina Boutique, Woodbridge ON
Tuxedo: Linen suit – Studio Suits
Maid of Honor dress: Vera Wang, David’s Bridal
Bride’s Wedding Accessories, Veil, Jewelery:
Shoes: Franco Sorto and George
Bracelet: Sparko Bridal & Fashion, Woodbridge ON
Necklace: Red-I by Chelsea
Veil: borrowed from the bride’s cousin
Hair Flower: misunbridal, ETSY.com
Barefoot Sandals: DIY by the Bride
Shoes: Polo Canvas – www.macys.com
Hair and Makeup: P.G. Rose
Flowers: Botanic Florist, Brampton ON
Menu and Thank you cards: DIY by the Bride.
Wedding Cake: Provided by the resort
Invitations: Invitations 4 You
Favour boxes: creativebags.com
Handkerchiefs for Mom, Dad, siblings from bride: DesignsByGloria, ETSY.com
Handkerchief for Groom: EmbroideryByLinda, ETSY.com
Bride/MOH/Groom Personalized Hangers: MyAmberColouredWorld, ETSY.com
Sand Ceremony: SayAnthingDesign, ETSY.com