Ashley and Jeff’s destination wedding in Jamaica was an absolutely dream to photograph and privilege to be at. The day was so laid back and filled with love from friends and family who made the trek to be with them while they exchanged their vows. Thank you, Ashley and Jeff,  from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us the opportunity to photograph your big day. Xo

Here’s what they have to say about their wedding:

When Jeff and I first met almost 4 years ago (online, even though we actually only lived less than a block away from each other and went to the same high school – albeit 3 years apart, and knew a lot of the same people), we instantly bonded over our love and desire to travel and to see and experience knew things outside the comforts of our boarders. Given this, when we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do for our own wedding to make it special and unique, deciding on a Destination Wedding quickly became a no brainer. We immediately started looking into which Caribbean countries could be potential options and looked into the legal requirements of some of the popular travel locations for Canadian tourists.  Our research and consultation with a travel agent quickly lead us to Jamaica.  As is not the case with places such as Mexico or the Dominican Republic, there is no real language barrier between us English speaking Canadians and Jamaica.  (Which as a cost-saving bonus meant we didn’t have to have any of our legal documents translated from English to Spanish and then back to English again post-wedding). Another huge advantage with getting married in Jamaica was that we didn’t have to jump through any extra hoops to have a legal ceremony that would be recognized in Ontario once we returned home. We didn’t have to do anything crazy like pre-marriage blood tests like they do in Mexico for legal ceremonies.  It was pretty simple and the wonderful Wedding Coordinating staff at the Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica in Runaway Bay took care of getting all of the legalities in place and obtaining a marriage license for us once we had copies of our birth certificates and passports notarized and emailed directly to them. After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing and happy planning.

If you like to and need to be in total control of organizing everything yourself, then maybe a destination wedding isn’t necessarily for you.  But if you can let go of the reigns a bit and let someone else (who you’ve never met save for a few emails back and forth over the months leading up to your wedding day) plan things for you, then this is definitely the way to go! I would recommend this route to any couples currently debating a destination wedding. The resort had many different levels of wedding packages available for your wedding day celebrations based on the number of guests and the amount of “extras” you want included in your celebration. You could basically pick anything and add as much or as little to your wedding day as you wanted – for a cost! We initially waited to see how many guests would be making the trip down to Jamaica with us to decide on what level of package we would pick depending on our numbers.  We thought we could expect somewhere around 40-45 people to make the trip  Imagine our surprise when it came time to finalizing numbers and making final payments that we had 60 of our closest friends and family committed to coming down to Jamaica.  CRAZY!! 

Planning and celebrating in Jamaica was probably one of the easiest and best decisions we ever made (after me saying YES and us saying I DO!). A week away with 60 of your closest friends and family is incomparable to any trip we’ve ever taken. Throw in the wedding of your dreams to the love of your life smack in the middle of the trip and it was honestly the trip of a lifetime, never to be forgotten.  #onelove 

-Ashley & Jeff

For more personal adventures while we were in Jamaica check out THIS post!