Tory & Pete – Sunset Bay Wedding

Tory and Pete met over 4 years ago at a local bar in Cayman through mutual friends. Pete’s rather clumsy approach won Tory’s heart.  Tory had not been on the island for very long when they met, while Pete is born and bread in Cayman. They are a true Cayman couple enjoying everything that the islands have to offer. They both share their love for rugby and spend nearly every weekend at the local club, where Pete trains with the National Rugby Team.

Tory’s family is spread all over the world from the UK, Brazil to the US. Against tradition, the wedding took place in the groom’s neighborhood. It was a beautiful vintage wedding at Sunset Bay.

Too many beautiful photos to share. Click on the slideshow below to see more!


 

Natalie and Scott – The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Originally from Maryland, Natalie graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH.  Scott is a Wisconsin native and graduated from the University of Wisconsin.  Natalie and Scott met through mutual friends first in September 2006 then again in July 2007.  Natalie was visiting one of her college girlfriends (who is also one of her bridesmaids) in NYC who happened to be dating a friend of Scott’s.  She was briefly introduced to Scott when his band played at CBGB, the original New York City hardcore and punk rock club.  They reconnected a year later at their friend’s wedding and started dating right after, long distance DC – NYC for about a year.  Natalie then moved briefly to NYC, then they both moved to MD in 2009 and made a home there.  Scott proposed in September 2011 and not long after, they decided to get married in Grand Cayman.  They took their first trip to Grand Cayman in December 2010 and loved it!  They both love to travel; and with family and friends so spread out, they realized that many people would have to travel to attend their wedding.  They figured why not make it somewhere that all their friends would love experiencing as well!  The Cayman Islands proved the perfect destination for their wedding.

Stars in Little Cayman – Thats the Milky Way Folks!

When a photo gets over 100 shares and almost 300 “likes” on facebook, I guess it deserves a blog post.  This is a view of the night sky and the Milky Way galaxy over South Hole Sound in Little Cayman. The image was made with a single 30 second exposure and the camera on a stable platform.  I say “stable platform” because I didn’t have a tripod handy; so I improvised with a fish cleaning table, a Grey Goose vodka cork, and a small piece of brain coral.  Whatever it takes, right?  So, the picture isn’t fake; but is it Photoshopped?  Yes, but only a tiny bit.  I tweaked the levels to add contrast and removed some unsightly debris from the beach.  That’s not cheating, its just getting the most out of an exposure.  Even Ansel Adams used to shoot for the darkroom.  If he made a straight print from his negatives, his photos would have appeared flat and uninteresting.  The manipulation he did in the darkroom turned his photos into the beautiful works of art we admire today.  People think these photos look fake because they never see images like this appear on their own cameras. But it isn’t because I took a NASA image of the Milky Way and pasted it into my beach photo.  That would be much more difficult.  Its because there are a lot of other things going on during that 30 second exposure.  Without giving everything away, I can tell you that I was out of breath.  To be fair, most people will never have an opportunity to take a photo that shows the night sky in such detail.  I live on Grand Cayman Island and can’t get star pictures like this on Grand.  Little Cayman has less light pollution. so the stars are much more visible in the night sky.  The orange glow you see on the right side of the image comes from the few street lights we have in Blossom Village.  If there were fewer street lights, the night sky would be even more impressive and, if I had things my way, I’d remove every street light from that little island. That would sure make the turtles happy.
After making the image above we took a drive over to the north side of Little Cayman where my wife and I own a piece of paradise on Bloody Bay, home to the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.  This second image (using almost no photoshop) is of a few friends standing on my cabana.  By chance a 400 pound green turtle has nested right under the cabana!  Turtles nest on our beach every year precisely because there are no lights nearby. We hope to keep it that way and hope to see the eggs hatch in the coming weeks.

Larry Peterson - Beautiful images!August 14, 2012 – 3:52 pm

Garth Humphreys - Wow David, awesome shots!August 15, 2012 – 5:27 am

Sheree - I am with you,,,,,NO street lights at all, There is one right right on the road at the house that I am going to get! 🙂
Lovely, wish I was there to see how you “got out of breath!” 🙂September 1, 2012 – 3:16 pm

David Wolfe - I think you can asked the district officer (nicely) to remove it and they will. Let me know how that goes 🙂September 24, 2012 – 11:03 am

Mark Lewis - I keep coming back to look at this photo David – time and time again. A remarkable shot.November 21, 2012 – 12:10 pm

Its nice to be appreciated

There is something special about a handwritten note. Its even more special when someone takes the time to produce a card using your own photos and write a Thank You note on that card! Things like that always makes me feel great about what I do for a living. I really do feel fortunate to have found something to do in life that makes me happy and makes others happy at the same time. By the way, Ashley & James, You’re most welcome. I had a great time!

Gretchen and Chris’ Pappagallo Beach Wedding

Its often tough enough just getting along with your neighbors so, when my next door neighbors, Gretchen and Chris, asked me to photograph their wedding, I was doubly honored.  As neighbors, they are great, aside from the constant smooching on their back patio and gazing into each others eyes over a candlelit dinner on the veranda.  But that’s OK.  We are growing the hedge taller so we don’t have to look at that all the time 🙂  As bride and groom, well, they are a poster couple.  Gretchen really got into some terrific shape for her wedding and that dress looked fantastic on her.  I’d like to thank my wife, Melissa, for helping with the photos on this one.  It really makes a big difference having a second photographer at a wedding and there isn’t another photographer I enjoy woking with more than my wife.  Melissa and I would also like to to thank the wedding couple for inviting us to stay for such a wonderful meal at Ristoranté Pappagallo.  We did enjoy the evening out.  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed taking them.

The images above were captured at the same moment.   Having two photographers at your wedding is a great idea.

Chris & Gretchen Fenn - Dear David & Melissa,

Wow! What amazing photographs and slideshow! Thank you so much for capturing and preserving our special day and for sharing the evening with us.

Many thanks from your next door neighbours,

Chris and Gretchen FennJuly 22, 2012 – 3:07 pm

David Wolfe - You’re very welcome! We really had a good time. Please don’t forget, there is an open invitation for the two of you and your little Yorkie, Fergie, to come around anytime. We are just next door! Don’t be shy.July 23, 2012 – 7:45 am

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