Jillian + Michael

Ok, I will warn that this blog is going to be a little bit gigantic. 😉 I’ve been SO excited to post this one! Firstly, it also has to be said that this Wedding had to be my favorite of 2012 for obvious reasons. Jillian got in touch with me in 2011 requesting a photographer for her Disney cruise wedding. To be honest, I get some crazy requests that typically don’t materialize because the ideas can sometimes be that off-the-wall. But somehow after months of emailing how we could make this work and meeting with Jillian and Michael a couple of times, we were suddenly booked to photograph their September Wedding aboard the Disney Dream. 🙂 Originally, I was so excited but then so nervous because I had no idea what to expect from a cruise Wedding or even how to prepare for it. As the date got nearer the nerves quickly went away. Then, day we drove to the cruise and saw the ship in person (I had only seen it in pictures previously) I literally squealed with excitement. When we got on the ship we had a meeting with the wedding coordinator who was also from England and called Laura. yay! They went over “day of” plans and such which was great as I had an opportunity to piece the day together in my mind and work out picture time slots. The next day was the Wedding and we went to Jillian’s grandparents room to capture her getting ready process. She was so relaxed and just generally enjoying the hours leading up to her walk down the aisle surrounded by her friends and family. Danielle had helped on this shoot and covered Michael and his best man getting ready and their portraits. Anybody planning a cruise wedding, I would say (and I’m sure Jillian would agree) definitely have a second photographer. I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without Danielle there. The ship is far too gigantic for one photographer to get from one place to the other during a wedding day. I was glad for her assistance more than ever on this one. Jillian managed to fit in a great amount of details into her wedding, even some “pixie dust” sprinkled onto her hair and bouquet. 🙂 And after getting laced into her gorgeous ball-gown and a 2-year long engagement to Michael she was ready to finally walk down the aisle looking absolutely stunning. The Ceremony was so cute and it was lead by the Captain of the ship. How cool! The very different but cool thing about Wedding ceremony’s on the Disney cruise is as soon as you walk back down the aisle with your new hubby they quickly announce you back into the same room where you have a champagne toast, cut the cake, and have your first dance. After that, the Ceremony part is pretty much over and everybody has a couple of hours to get ready for dinner while we have all that time to take pictures of the Bride + Groom around the ship…..AH-mazing! Loved every minute!! And of course the guests don’t hardly mind as there’s so much to occupy them during that period. The day was just gorgeous and perfect. I’d almost consider a cruise wedding myself if and when. lol! The next day, we got up super early and shot a day after session with Jillian + Michael on Disney’s Castaway Cay. Even thought it was SO hot for those couple of hours, I really loved this session and the feeling we captured between them. Just relaxed, finally married, and in Love. STUNNING! All in all this was an amazing wedding and I was honored to have been able to capture such fabulous moments of Jillian + Michael’s special day. 🙂

  1. canvas print says:

    Really great pics here guys. the disney touch is so amazing to. i wish i had done that at my wedding.

  2. Jeanette Bollinger says:

    OMG I can’t even!!!! These are SO amazing! I am planning a vow renewal on a Disney cruise and as a wedding photographer myself I have been worried that there would not be enough places for really great shots, you have totally just settled my brain lol! Now I can go ahead and continue my planning without worry 🙂 Cheers!

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