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Remember that Caribbean Trash the Dress session from last week? That wasn’t even half of the awesome that went down when I tagged along to second shoot for my good friend Terra Dawn in Aruba. Justin and Brianne’s wedding was a complete stunner- from the breathtaking ambiance of the Riu Palace Resort to the incredible, golden light during their ceremony; this is one for the books, my friends.

Destination weddings are incredibly unique and offer so many different opportunities for photographs, I already can’t WAIT to shoot another one! Terra- thanks for being awesome. 🙂 Justin and Brianne- thank you for being gorgeous subjects, gracious hosts, and hopelessly in love.

(I apologize in advance for the overabundance of imagery)

The morning began at the Riu Palace Resort‘s salon…

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I’ll just preface these photos with this: the Riu has some AMAZING backdrops for detail shots!

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Justin surprised Brianne with a stunning silver bracelet that morning.

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I LOVE it when couples opt to do a First Look- we have infinitely more time for relaxed, romantic portraits and you get to keep that special moment to yourselves instead of sharing it with all of your guests.

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LOVE!

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I’d been dying to shoot in this hallway all week and when we finally had the chance, Justin and Brianne didn’t disappoint.

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AH! So much gorgeous going on all at once!

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Coolest bridal party ever.

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I should probably explain now that 3/4 of Brianne’s girlfriends are dancers. So intimidating- they made my 7 years of ballet look like chump change.

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And then everyone jumped in the pool.

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Happy Wednesday!

Love Everlasting- Justin and Brianne

December 28, 2011

  1. Hannah Rancourt

    December 28th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I love the end. What a perfect memory!

  2. Beth Hamilton

    December 28th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Beautiful! You’re right, the light during the ceremony is soooo pretty!! Great job Abby!

  3. caitlin

    December 28th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    THESE IMAGES ARE TO DIE FOR!

  4. Elizabeth Victory

    December 28th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    …”and then everyone jumped in the pool…”
    Yup, that was a wow factor for me! These are just stunning; I have been waiting to see these since the first teaser you posted, because I love her dress!

  5. Brad Butcher

    December 28th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    These are so much fun Abby! Great job

  6. jamie

    December 28th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    i love the pictures too in the hallway!

  7. Mary Marantz

    December 28th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Love! Gorgeous everything!!

    M:)

  8. Clarisse

    December 29th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I love these photos, Abby! They are just so GLAMOROUS!!!!! G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S!!!!!! This wedding looks like it was so fun!

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