After a picturesque engagement session, our featured couple had an intimate backyard wedding filled with a host of awe-inspiring and artistic DIY touches, crafted by family and friends (be sure to read on for more on that!). A vibrant and tropical turquoise palette was balanced beautifully with the muted ivory and blush tones of textured, home-grown blooms and we couldn’t be more in love with the cozy, romantic setting captured to perfection by Corynn Fowler Photography!
From Corynn Fowler Photography: Georgie and Ray grew up in Barbados, and chose to get married at Georgie’s family plantation home and the Best of Barbados head office, Welches Plantation, where three generations of her family have lived. The bride comes from a family of artists, and the wedding was filled with amazing creative DIY details she envisioned, while the groom’s wild and adventurous spirit made for a beautifully emotion filled day and fabulous party that felt like half the island was in attendance.
They spent the entire year leading up to the wedding tending to the garden and growing a beautiful array of greenery and flowers for the big day. Many of the flowers incorporated into the garlands, hair, and bouquets were harvested straight from the backyard garden before the wedding. The place cards at the table settings were handmade by the bride’s mother using sea-glass collected from the beaches, the napkins were printed with the maid of honor’s ocean-inspired artwork, and the bride purchased a simple beachy dress, embellishing it at home with pearls and lace to create her own custom wedding gown.
They had an early morning ceremony, following family tradition, as the sun was rising over the yard, then escaped the heat of the day by heading to the beach for a swim and a surf before getting dressed again for the evening’s festivities.
We’re particularly excited about today’s double feature because it’s set in Barbados, the home and heart of Bajan Wed! When you’re on an island, famously known as the ‘gem of the Caribbean sea’, an outdoor engagement is an absolute must and we love the way this couple’s relaxed session shines with their playful personalities and affection for each other, while showcasing some of the most scenic views around the country. Corynn Fowler Photography has us mesmerized with these idyllic photos!
From Corynn Fowler Photography: I met Georgie and Ray in Barbados for their wedding and engagement session. Georgie is passionate about ecology and the environment, while Ray is an avid surfer and outdoors-man. They did a fabulous job of creating an engagement session itinerary that represented who they are as a couple, and gave me the most gorgeous tour of their island home at the same time.
We started out driving over winding island roads, which turned into grassy tracks through cow fields, which eventually ended at cliff sides and abandoned surf lodges. We visited their favorite private locations where Ray often goes to surf while Georgie hikes the surrounding cliffs. The whole time we were taking photographs along the cliffs together, the waves were pounding into a froth against the rocks many feel below us, blow holes were spouting up through the rock and coating us in salt spray, and Ray kept declaring that it would be the most beautiful surf day, while Georgie and I agreed that jumping into the mess below was a bit outside of our wheelhouse. After touring one gorgeous photo location after another, we headed up the hill to their new island home they had built, and finished their photo session in front of their beautiful canary yellow Bajan-designed home. The sun was setting over the water, their view down into the surrounding towns was spectacular, and the tiny plants Ray had begun landscaping their yard with from his greenhouse provided the perfect final location from our shoot. The whole experience left me so incredibly smitten with this couple, and endlessly excited to photograph their beautiful creative wedding on the island a few days later.
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