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Jamaica Wedding | Russell & Josephine

For my first shoot of 2013 I was fortunate enough to be the wedding photographer for a beautiful destination wedding in Jamaica. This wedding is extra special to me because the bride, Josephine, happens to be my cousin. Last year, I took her and Russell’s engagement photos in Ottawa. Afterwards they asked me to shoot their wedding! Josephine and I were playmates when we were younger and I didn’t want to miss out on taking part in the celebrations with family and friends. So of course I said yes! I felt incredibly honoured that Josephine and Russell would ask me to shoot for them. This would also be my first solo wedding as Charles de Jesus where I was not shooting for a company or another affiliation.

The flown-in wedding party and guests stayed at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton resort & spa, an all-inclusive paradise of soft white sand and clear blue waters with unlimited food, drinks, and parties at all hours of the day.  There was so much to do which was great because we had a few days to relax and have fun before the wedding day.

You couldn’t have asked for a better day to get married. The sun was up and there was a nice, cool breeze keeping everyone in a cheerful mood. It was a nice and intimate wedding where everyone knew everyone and most of the people in the audience played some part in the wedding. After the ceremony ended, the bride and groom greeted their guests as husband and wife and the guests greeted them in return with loud cheers and rose petals.

The reception was held in an open air restaurant and was really fun and unique. Usually, in order to make the bride and groom kiss, the wedding guests tap on their wine glasses. However, because Josephine and Russell are both soccer players, they had the guests try to juggle a soccer ball and the number of consecutive bounces was the the amount of seconds the couple had to kiss. The longest kiss was half a minute long!  There was also a cultural African performance which included all sorts of things like fire breathing and head balancing. My favourite performance of the night was when my cousins all went up to do a Filipino dance called Tinikling, using two large sticks that the African performers used in their own dance earlier on. Check out the video at the bottom of this post to see Josephine do some pretty intricate moves in her wedding dress!

It was a fun evening that led into late night dancing at the resort’s disco room. The following morning, we did a “trash the dress” session where we had all the guys carry the couple onto platforms in the middle of the pool and took some shots there.

It was a very awesome wedding and I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Congrats to both Russell and Josephine and best wishes:D

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