Destination Wedding Photography

2018 Year in Review by Lia Giannotti Photography

Hi everyone! Happy New Year!

Ok, ok, I know I say it every year, but THIS WILL BE THE YEAR I START BLOGGING CONSISTENTLY! There, I just put it into the universe, so I have to do it. Honestly though, I always have the best of intentions, and I’m always aware that I have to blog more, but in the midst of shooting, editing, delivering galleries, office end, etc, etc, it gets put on the back burner. So this year, I promise you, it’s getting written into my calendar, and I’m holding myself accountable. So stay tuned for wedding and engagement magic hitting the blog this year!

The other day, New Year’s Eve to be exact, I sat down at my desk and spent countless hours trying to pull images from all of this past years weddings and engagements. It was no small feat! Of course I had way too many photos, and couldn’t possibly include all of my favorites, but I was able to pull some gems from each into this video. If an entire year can be put into a few short minute clip, I suppose this is it. However, it doesn’t nearly cover all the emotions I’ve felt being able to capture these moments.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone for their support, in trusting me to capture some of the biggest moments of your lives this past year. Because of you, I was able to do what I'm truly passionate about, and that's capturing these fleeting moments in time, so that they live on forever. The happiness, joy, laughter, tears, and every single emotion in between is what I'm driven to capture. I want you to FEEL and not just see these photos. The friendships and relationships formed along the way are just the icing on the cake, and I value each one of you. I am forever grateful to you, and excited to see what 2019 brings. I wish you all the very best in 2019! I hope you enjoy what I put together! xo, Lia

The Morning after the Big Day // Adventures in Punta Cana, a Caribbean Wedding

A few weeks ago I blogged Patrick + Lisa's Caribbean, Punta Cana destination wedding. If you missed it, you can check it out by clicking here.  On our first day on the island, we were walking along the beach discussing the wedding day, and we came across this abandoned hacienda tucked far back, behind a forest of palm trees.  The estate and surrounding property had never finished being built. It was pretty fantastic, and literally, stopped us in our tracks. At this point, we knew we had to do a photo shoot there, so the morning after the wedding, we took a field trip back to this jaw dropping estate, and had a fun little session. I wish I could take home the amazing "palm tree forest" located on the property. It was like nothing I had ever seen in all my travels. I hope you enjoy this little bit of paradise! I most definitely have to head back here someday. It was just too good!! 

Patrick + Lisa // A Tropical, Caribbean Destination Wedding // Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."  -Jacques Yves Coustea

This quote is me in a nutshell. All of my happiest memories growing up were by the water. It's why my husband and I chose to live on the water, and why I constantly strive to be surrounded by anything that reminds me of it. The water is what brings me my biggest sense of calm and peace. You can most definitely say, I am cast in its spell. 

I don't typically begin my blogs with a paragraph that's all about me, but I feel like for this, it's quite fitting. When Patrick + Lisa originally reached out to me to photograph their family reception here in Michigan, I thought, absolutely, but who's photographing your actual wedding? We all know how much I am in love with photographing love, and a couples wedding day is the epitome of that greatest love. So when I got the opportunity to photograph a wedding by the sea, it really was a dream come true for me. My heart honestly couldn't have been happier to be there by their side, in such a majestic setting.

So a month ago, we made our way to the Caribbean, and landed in the beautiful, sunny, and tad bit windy island of Dominican Republic. I could feel the excitement and anticipation of photographing in a new place, which allows me to step out of my comfort zone, and be challenged by a new environment. The day of the wedding was windier than normal as the locals confirmed, but it really did work in our favor. I mean, Lisa's dress + that wind were pure magic!

This day really was so special to everyone present. As a wedding photographer, it's my job to document the day. Yes, there are times where I will give directions or prompts, but my absolute favorite moments of the day are the ones I can just stand back and capture what is happening in the moment. Whether it's a mother helping her daughter get ready, or the groom seeing his bride for the first time. Being able to capture those brief, split second moments of the emotions that ensue, the sheer happiness that comes from friends and family, and the couple themselves, are what feeds my soul, and drives this passion of mine. There were so many of these moments present on this day. The wedding was small, intimate, and perfect in every way. Patrick + Lisa were radiating happiness, as were their family. I can't fully express how much joy I felt just being there to witness it and document it. Thank you so much Patrick + Lisa for allowing me to be a part of your incredible day and trip. I can't wait to capture your family reception and continue to celebrate you both! xoxo