Kimmi & Dwayne’s Wedding | Negril, Jamaica | Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel

As photographers, we strive to create images that communicate what words cannot. And yet here I am, trying to find words to communicate what these photographs cannot. The absurdity of this paradox isn’t lost on me, but alas, you just weren’t there. Or maybe, if you’re one of the few who actually read this, you were (and so you know what I’m trying to say). But for anyone about to experience this wedding solely through these photos… you just weren’t there. You weren’t there to witness the way Dwayne melted the instant he saw Kimmi in all her jaw-dropping glory… to behold the complete and utter cuteness of their kids, Landon and Logan… to feel the salty spray of the turquoise Caribbean waters crashing around their cliffside ceremony… to feel the unbridled love between (and for) Kimmi and Dwayne… to hear what they mean to their friends and family… to experience that legendary, ganga-brownie-fuelled dance floor… with Jamaican bass in your bones… overproof rum on your lips… gyratory whining on your hips. Gratefully though, despite one hell of a commute (icy roads, international flights, layovers, delays and flat tires — yes, plural), we were there with our cameras for a poignant dose of everything we thrive off… expressive, loving humans… beautiful relationships… unrestrained celebration, and most honourably… trust.

Kimmi and Dwayne’s outright trust in us was implicit; extra humbling, given that Kimmi is one of the most sought-after event planners in all of Jamaica, and Dwayne is the country’s leading wedding photographer! Together, they’re just — magic… full of infectious good vibes that reflect in the wonderful friends they choose, the gracious way they treat everyone, the caring parents they are for Landon and Logan, and their beaming smiles… brought on so easily and thoroughly when they look at each other. Their wedding, unsurprisingly, was a felicitous concoction of all of that… good vibes, awesome friends, adorable kids and wholehearted smiles. It filled us (and our memory cards) up with memories (and photos) for which there aren’t really words.

Thankfully though, photography can be a powerful language… one we strive to master, but never will. Here’s hoping these photographs embody what it looked and felt like to be a part of this extraordinary wedding experience.

Dream team makes the dream work! Big-ups to The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel (venue), M Style XP (decor and production), Reynaldo Martin Studios (videography), Floral Fantasies (flowers), Sue Gregg and Tiffany Lawson (make-up), Rochelle the stylist (hair), Michael Lewis (pastor), Kerie Thombs (MC), Smoke and Denvo (DJs), Leanne Cooke (cake), Alon Livné White (Kimmi’s dress), Carlton Brown (suits for Dwayne & groomsmen), Island Lux (catamaran), and Logisticsbyk2 (planning & coordination).

Kimmi and Dwayne, what can we say? You chose us. You trusted us. You made us part of something incredibly special. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

  • Confetti and emotions fly during a bride and groom's first kiss at a seaside ceremony.
  • Silhouettes of friends on a boat during sunset.
  • Bride and groom share a kiss while lounging in a fishing net.
  • Dresses flare as wind blows across the deck of a boat.
  • Preparation at sunset for a seaside wedding ceremony.
  • Young girl holds dad's hand and drinks from a juice box.
  • The back of a man's head
  • Bride relaxes as she gets a scalp massage in preparation for the wedding.
  • Groom getting her makeup done is seen in the crack of a pair of wooden doors.
  • Woman applies mascara for the bride.
  • Peak into a man's shower.
  • Young girl rests on the shoulders of a man.
  • Groom getting ready.
  • Reflection of bride is seen with the wedding dress.
  • Man gets dressed to the backdrop of a wooden ceiling fan.
  • Young girl is intrigued by wedding makeup.
  • A man helps another man get ready.
  • Dressing in white, a young girl watches wedding makeup get applied to the bride.
  • Man lets out a laugh as a man helps him tie his bow tie.
  • Big smiles on the wedding day!
  • Groomsmen and groom adjust cuffs and put on watches.
  • Groom prepares to see his bride for the first time.
  • Taking pictures as the groom sees the bride for the first time.
  • Bride and groom laugh together among tropical vegetation.
  • Friends help bride get ready on a sailboat.
  • Bride and groom share a moment on a sailboat.
  • Bride and groom share a peck to the backdrop of yellow sand and blue seas.
  • Young girl claps with mom.
  • Bridesmaids help bride in wedding dress down stairs.
  • Groom and groomsmen in a huddle before the wedding ceremony.
  • Bride adjusts her hair as she gets ready for her wedding ceremony.
  • Bride prepares to walk down the aisle.
  • Groom watches intently as the bride is walked down the aisle.
  • Blue skies and blue waters at this wedding ceremony.
  • Bride and groom exchange weddings vows.
  • Bride and groom stand on pier during wedding ceremony.
  • Wedding ring exchange.
  • Confetti flies; guests cheer; bride and groom share their first kiss as man and wife.
  • Bride and groom leave the ceremony with their daughter.
  • Reflection of the sky surrounds the newly wed couple.
  • Bride and groom arrive at the wedding reception.
  • Bridesmaids prepare a toast at the wedding reception.
  • Bride and groom look off in the same direction.
  • Three ladies sit together laughing and smiling.
  • Bride looks earnestly at the groom at their wedding reception.
  • A wedding reception and speech under an umbrella.
  • To the backdrop of lights groom delivers a speech.
  • A bride and groom's first dance.
  • Bride and groom lean into one another as friends and family look on.
  • Bride puts her hands around the groom during their first dance.
  • Drinks flow freely at the wedding reception.
  • Hands and drinks wave on the dance floor.
  • Man has a drink poured into his mouth by a friend.
  • Man dances with a drink in one hand.
  • Happy faces on the dance floor!
  • Breaking it down on during the wedding reception.
  • Bride and groom take selfies on the dance floor.
  • Friends dance with the bride.
  • Dancing with hands in the air!
  • Groom gets the last drops out of his drink.
  • Groomsmen help rip off groom's dress shirt.
  • Groom dances with bride at their wedding reception.
  • Excited bride dances with the groom.
  • Bride and groom show off their dance moves.
  • Bride is lifted into the air by party guests.
  • Groomsmen lift the groom into the air.
  • Bridesmaid creatively holds three drinks.
  • Wedding reception guests dance together.
  • Multitasking on the dance floor.
  • Shenanigans on the dance floor.
  • Man has powder poured on him as he dances.
  • Drinks drench dancers at the wedding reception.
  • Nothing to see here!
  • Man and woman perform a shaky dip.
  • Lanny Mann shows off his moves at the wedding reception.
  • Friends and family pose at the wedding reception.
  • The newly wed couple walk off together into the sunset.