Planning a Destination Wedding

5 Can’t Miss Destination Wedding Photo Ops

One of the best parts about tying the knot in a tropical paradise is all the incredible photo opportunities you can have with your partner and guests! The tropical backdrops, sandy beaches, sunsets, and more all create romantic settings for memorable photo ops. Whether you choose to incorporate the local culture or document your celebration from start to finish, here are some can’t-miss destination wedding photo ops to include in your dreamy day:

Beyond the Beach

Destination wedding couples should take advantage of the beauty of their destination, including going beyond the beach and exploring the resort grounds. We’ve seen beautiful wedding portraits in lush palm jungles, secret gardens, sleek yet charming building backdrops, rooftop terraces, etc. Don’t be afraid to change things up and have your photographer suggest unique settings for your wedding portraits.

Sunset/Golden Hour 

While it may be difficult to pull yourself away from the fun of the reception, we highly suggest taking a few moments at golden hour/sunset to capture stunning portraits on the beach. This is a can’t-miss opportunity, especially if you’re having a destination wedding in a tropical setting. The sunset shots turn out so dreamy; they often become some of the most cherished images.

Local Atmosphere 

If you’re getting married in a unique destination, don’t miss out on incorporating the local culture into your wedding shots. Take some portraits at a cenote in Mexico, a vineyard in Italy, or a waterfall in Costa Rica, for example! These local spots not only add a touch of magic to your photos but also highlight the beautiful surroundings that drew you to this destination in the first place.

The Whole Experience 

One of the best parts of having a destination wedding is the multiple days you get to spend with your loved ones, as opposed to just one night. We love when couples have their photographer capture all aspects of the celebration, from the welcome party on the beach, catamaran/snorkeling excursion, reception entertainment, etc. This way, your wedding album will showcase your entire destination wedding experience.

Group Shot

Destination wedding guest lists tend to be smaller than traditional weddings, so it’s easily feasible to grab one big group shot with all of your guests together at your ceremony/reception! Plus, it’s a great way to make everyone on your guest list feel included on your special day. 

Get Inspired

Capture the romance of your destination wedding with one or more of these fun photo ops. From the golden sunsets on the beach to exploring lush jungles and charming resort grounds, each setting offers a unique backdrop for picturesque shots. Get ready for a wedding album filled with joy, romance, and unforgettable memories! 

Need more inspiration? Browse through our real wedding photo galleries to see how our couples captured their celebration in paradise. 

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