Less than a month ago, I had one of the biggest blessings in my life: I met Amber & John for their destination elopement. This wasn’t a common wedding, and I can’t say how excited I am to have been part of this day.
In early July, I got Amber’s information. She was getting married last-minute in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (not Puerto Rico), and needed a photographer for her destination wedding. I had no clue about her & John, but I’m always up to a challenge, so I contacted her.
John and Amber's Story
She called me to tell me a bit of her story. She’s a 28 year-young, mother of 2. Two days before we talked for the first time, she’d just been diagnosed with breast cancer. That same day, without hesitation, John pledged to fight the battle along her as a husband. They would get married at the end of the month, one year after they first met, before Amber started the treatment procedure involving a bilateral mastectomy and chemo.
We quickly established a timeline and I flew to Punta Cana; we met them on the most beautiful, magical, best wedding day ever. This intimate wedding was in a secluded spot on the beach of Al Sol Luxury Village, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic.
The Bride and Groom say their vows
I met Amber for the first time while she was getting ready for her photo session. I was immediately charmed by her smile and her excitement for that day. We were transported to the beach, where I met John. He’s a pretty cool, charming guy, and he was VERY nervous, but it was like the world stopped when he saw her walking towards him. I’m amazed my pictures came out well, because I was crying the whole ceremony. Yes, after 7 years of weddings, I’m still crying.
A Blissful afternoon full of Faith and Strength
We spent a blissful afternoon witnessing beautiful, intimate, personalized vows, an improvised bouquet toss, many jokes, passionate looks, and a beautiful sunset. It was really special for me; this was my first wedding overseas, and I couldn’t have had a more charming couple than John & Amber.
I’m really happy that I was taking part in that gorgeous and unexpected day.
I keep you both in my prayers, may God give you the strength and faith to overcome the rough days.
Wishing you many decades of sweet, sweet honeymoon.