April 11, 2013
How do I even start to describe how awesome this experience was? I really have no idea where to even start… First of all, getting to shoot a wedding on Carnival’s biggest and best ship The Magic was one thing. But getting to go on the 8 day cruise and shoot Bride and Groom portraits in Grand Cayman, (the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen) too? I have all of the photos and the memories, and I still have a hard time convincing myself it actually happened. It was spectacular!
I do have to admit… shooting a wedding on a cruise ship is pretty stressful. They normally only give you a couple of hours for the ceremony and reception. So what normally takes 6-10 hours to do, we have to cram into 2. Not to mention, at the end of the ceremony, everyone not sailing had to be escorted back off of the ship, while the crew is letting new guests onto the ship… I do not envy the job of the carnival cruise wedding planners! Crazy stressful! But also, a ton of fun!
Matt and Nikki are such an awesome duo. Throughout the whole process, they were on the ball! I even called Matt one day (pre-cruise) to let him know that we were thinking about bringing my parents along to celebrate my dad’s retirement, and to check to make sure that was alright with them. Not only were they totally cool with it, they called the travel agent and made all of the arrangements for us! Throughout the entire cruise, they were checking in on us to make sure we were doing good, and I’m like, “Guys! This is your wedding/honeymoon! Don’t worry about how we’re doing!”. haha. Just crazy nice people! Oh… and Matt is kinda royalty in Grand Cayman. I’ll explain below…