This was my first wedding in Aruba, and definitely not the last. I am heading over there again in two weeks. The one thing I remember the most was how good their surf and turf was. When it comes to outdoor evening receptions, I actually wish for a videographer’s tungsten lamp. It adds a dynamic light that can be offset from the camera. Sure you could bring your own flash and stand, but that’s kinda hard with a destination wedding.

There have been a good amount of weddings nowadays that don’t follow the tradition of bride and groom separated until the ceremony. There are a few reasons why this happens, and there are also advantages and disadvantages. The first and most practical reason is scheduling. When you have a tight schedule between the ceremony and reception, it leaves little time for formal portraits sometimes, so you are forced to take them while there is still day light, before the ceremony. The second reason is sometimes the couples just don’t care about certain traditions, and they don’t want to go through more trouble trying to hide from each other than not. The practical advantage of having formal sessions before the ceremony is to “get it over with.” I also like that feeling because for me, the formal session may be the most stressful part of the day. It feels great to know after all that posing, I can continue my photo journalistic style. The disadvantage I see that might occur during such early formal sessions is the lack of “fun factor” to the photos. You can’t trash your attire before the ceremony, so you have to be extra careful. It is also too early during the day to take high-energy photos, and you don’t carry over that “woohoo! the ceremony is over!” feeling/energy/vibe-instead you might still have butterflies. Fortunately with this crowd, there was no problem with them getting wild and dangerous during the “formal” session before the late afternoon ceremony. Not to mention, we were in Aruba. It was like shooting monkeys in their natural habitats.

13 Comments Aruba

  1. pan November 9, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Nice works! Your photos are so pretty. I love wedding pics. lol
    By the way, what kind of cameras and lens did you use?

  2. Jeyona November 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Tony.. last picture is fantastic idea.. im telling you once again.. you make me really really really want to get married..

  3. Joe Lin November 9, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Great work Tony. Love the shot where you scatter the wedding party through the rocks under the blue sky.

  4. Tiffany November 9, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Dude, I love your freaking work man. You’re a genius!

  5. Panda November 10, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    This is my favorite wedding series by far.

  6. Steve November 13, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Awesome work tony.. mind me asking what lens you used for this particular shoot? Again, gorgeous work!

  7. Jen November 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Tony,

    We received the photos yesterday, they were beautiful! I want to do it again, and soon! Maybe we can have our renewal of vows next year!lol.

    I love the Maldives pics! I like the walking on water pic, and love her dress.

  8. Jenny November 13, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    This is my favorite wedding series too! 😉 😉

  9. Tony Yang November 14, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Steve: I use my collection of 5 lens for weddings, so each shot is a different lens from zoom to primes.

  10. Jules November 14, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I was one of the guests in this wedding, it was the best wedding I have ever attended, I’m sooooo glad I’m able to relive the memories through your pictures. Your work rock!

  11. Cora November 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    OMG…This is such a pretty wedding. The bride looks beautiful, love the different dresses. I was recommended to your site by a friend, I gotta tell you, you are really great. If ever should I get marry again I think I know who to look for. Fantastic work.

  12. Fan January 5, 2009 at 6:33 am

    tony you rock.

  13. KT March 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    These photos are so beautiful. You capture the greatest moments so well!

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