Samantha and Josh were married on August 4th 2017 on the island of Roatan. Their destination wedding was at The Meridian Resort at Lighthouse Point and they were married under palm trees looking out over the sea. The couple had an intimate wedding with their close friends and family who all traveled down for the week. Most of the wedding party was from Texas so there was a constant feeling of warmth, southern hospitality and of course lots of great dancing. Samantha and Josh love each other fiercely and you can see it the moment you are around them. Their love shines bright and it is clear they are soul mates, what a beautiful thing that they found each other.
I met Samantha years ago when she was living on Nantucket. She loves Nantucket and has family on the island. She even has Nantucket tattooed on her wrist, now that is true dedication to the faraway island! When she told me of her engagement and upcoming plans for a destination wedding on another beautiful island and that she wanted me to be their photographer. I was all in! Here is a little more about their story and why they chose Roatan, Honduras, to tie the knot….
“We choose our wedding location because it was where we fell in love, it was our first vacation together. We joked about us getting married and if we were to get married it would be in Roatan, I believe I messaged you after our trip that I wanted you to be my photographer. Its special to us because we fell in love with each other but also Roatan. We want to move there some day. Its a magical place, amazing people, the culture, and of course the beauty of the entire island. ”
The island was nothing short of magical. With teal water, white sand and all kinds of surprises, the couple and their guests enjoyed a week to remember. In Roatan everyone is on the water and at the beach all day to well past sunset. Before the wedding day we spent a day on Little French Key and got to visit a Sloth and Monkey Sanctuary which made for many fun photos. Roatan was full of surprises too, we had a wild rain and lightning storm that hit just as the welcome party began the night before the wedding. Samantha and Josh ran through the rain and showed up with all smiles. It didn’t matter if it was sunny, raining or lightning, everyone was there to celebrate nonstop! They even had fireworks and a fire dancing performance at the wedding! Moments after their first dance, fireworks shot up into the night sky on the little beach at The Kismet, the Meridian Restaurant where they had their reception. The rain showed up again on the wedding day too, once as the bride walked down the aisle and once during the fire dancing performance, but the rain didn’t last long and everyone just enjoyed the moment. If what they say is true and rain is good luck, then Samantha and Josh will have plenty of that luck to last a lifetime! Needless to say Roatan kept us on our toes with excitement around every corner and I was thankful to be photographing a couple who embraced all of the surprises and who was thankful, above all, to be marrying the love of their life.
“The most memorable part of the day for me was when my parents and I walked down the aisle, it started to lightly rain, it was still so beautiful out. When I approached the aisle and saw Josh was teared up and we were seeing each other for the first time that day and not being able to share a kiss. We also set off lanterns in honor of our loved ones who are no longer with us. His twin brother and my my best friend. The entire day was memorable, one for the record books. At the end of the night we stood in a heart ring of fire in the sand, it was pretty awesome!”
This highlight post took a while to make simply because there were so many wonderful, fun and exciting moments that came out of the week! It’s a collection of a few photos from around Roatan, the adventure to Little French Key, the Welcome Party (with lightning) and of course the Wedding Day! There are so many more photos that accompany these, but for now, here’s a glimpse into our journey to Roatan to celebrate the love of Samantha and Josh! Two souls that became one, two people that couldn’t be more in love with one another. Thanks for trusting me to capture your beautiful week!
Shannon and Aaron were married on June 24th 2017 at The Unitarian Church and had a lovely reception at The Nantucket Hotel. This couple has amazing energy! Throughout the day they were all smiles and often cheering, with arms in the air, “Shantucket” their wedding hashtag! These two are so full of love and appreciate for everyone in their lives. Their wedding was a special celebration and I am sure their whole life is a celebration as they spread joy everywhere they go!
I loved hearing more about their reasons for getting married on Nantucket…“I was so excited to mary Aaron in Nantucket and to introduce him to one of the most special places to me. I fell in love with Nantucket when I was a little girl when my family used to spend summers there. Nantucket is a small island off the coast of Massachusetts with a special charm like nowhere else I have ever been. It’s a quaint place where you will see whale inspired everything, shingled houses, lightship baskets and the prettiest hydrangeas lining all of the cobblestoned streets. I think it’s safe to say my love of whales comes from Nantucket!”
We have seen a lot of amazing moments at weddings but never have we ever seen a groom get on stage and play the drums! Aaron got on stage and played with the band as they belted out “Living on a Prayer'” by Bon Jovi and the crowd went wild! Such an unforgettable moment and we are so happy to have captured it for them! The couple also got on stage to sing with the band which made for some of our favorite moments of the evening!
We look forward to seeing Shannon and Aaron again on Nantucket as they continue to live life to the fullest! Congratulations to this lovely couple!!
Special thanks to Cary Tozer for joining me to photograph this wedding!
Wedding Coordinator: Carolyn Hills, Music: Sultans of Swing, Floral Design: Soiree Floral, Ceremony: Unitarian Church, Cake: Cake Nantucket, Church Music: Jeffrey Shamu on Trumpet, Diane Lehman on Organ, Jordan Delphoos on Violin + Flute, Photography: Katie Kaizer photography, Videography: Getter Hitched Films, Hair & Make-up: RJ Miller Salon, Princess Car Rolls Royce Rental: Highland Drivers, Minister: Tom Edwards, Reception: The Nantucket Hotel, Linen rentals: BBJ Linens
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Sarah and Carter were had a beautiful Spring Wedding on June 17th 2017. They were married at The First Congregational Church and had an incredibly fun reception at The Westmoor Club. Sarah and Carter spend lots of time on the island as Carter’s family has a home here. The night before the wedding they enjoyed a Rehearsal Dinner and Welcome Party on the beach at his family home and after a many heartfelt speeches it was time to rest up for the special day!
Here’s a little more about this fabulous couple and their love for the island…“We chose Nantucket because Carter grew up coming to the island and I fell in love with it as soon as he introduced me to it. Our favorite moment was absolutely saying our vows and being pronounced man and wife and turning around to see all the beaming faces in the audience!”
Immediately following the church the couple exited with a petal toss which made for a lot of big smiles, something we always love to capture. From there we hopped into an 1970’s Land Rover and headed for the iconic and ever beautiful Brant Point Lighthouse. The sun came out for our portraits and the wedding party joined us at the beach. After another fun ride in the antique Land Rover we got to the reception where a classic Nantucket Fog rolled in and the party got started. After the traditional parent dances Sarah danced with her grandfather which was so very special.
As the band turned it up a notch the dance floor was full for the evening! We can honestly say that their wedding band, RickExpress, was one of the best we’ve ever seen! Everyone danced the night away and we must say the kids at this wedding had some epic dance moves!
Congratulations to this incredible couple! They are off in Greece on their honeymoon now and we love seeing their photos of non-stop adventures! We are honored to have photographed their story and look forward to seeing them around Nantucket!
Big thanks to my 2nd shooter and amazing friend Cary Tozer for joining me to shoot this wedding!
Wedding Coordinator: Maggie Stewart of Nantucket Island Events, Florals: Flowers on Chestnut, Photographer: Katie Kaizer Photography, Videographer: Meg Simone Wedding Films, Bride’s Dress: Lelite Bridal, Hair & Makeup: RJ Miller Salon, Transportation: Rovers of Nantucket & Cranberry Transportation, Cake: Cake Nantucket, Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church, Wedding Venue: Westmoor Club, Tent: Nantucket Tents, Band: RickExpress Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Nantucket Catering Company
Enjoy! – Katie K.