Andrea and Brian | Celebrity Century Cruise Ship | Cozumel, Mexico | Destination Wedding

It’s not as though this is my first year as a destination wedding photographer. I’ve shot so many weddings that I stopped counting years ago. I’ve never tired of it; I still love it.

But before every wedding, I get a little nervous—my stomach is a little jumpy, I indulge in a little worrying. After all this time I wonder, Will my photos look too similar to the wedding I shot the week before? I’ve got to get it right, I’ve got to nail it, I’ve got just one chance to hit one out of the park.

Not so surprisingly, certain changes in the arrangements for a wedding can calm my nervousness and worry. A destination wedding will do it every time. Because I know that it’s impossible for this wedding to look like any other I’ve ever photographed. I can relax—a little—but I still have to be at the top of my game. Great! I think to myself.

Then a curious little fellow enters my mind. He says, “Dude, how can you document a wedding without being overly obvious, practically shouting, ‘This is a fine example of a destination wedding!” I must remember, this is not about the trip or the place, it’s still and always about the bride and groom, it’s about their love for each other, and the celebration that marks it.’”

Wedding photographers juggle a number of elements: the location, the weather, the lighting, the bride and groom, the mood of the day.

What I can tell you for sure is that Andrea is a photographer’s dream of a bride. She has it all, just look at the photos! And Brian is a cool dude, nice smile, easy going.

From the moment I walked onto the ship I knew there would be tons of great photo ops, some natural and some created by me so it’s possible later to claim that those were real moments—a combination of a shot from a shot list, photojournalism, and me as a director of a shoot.

The first day of the cruise began with a small gathering in Andrea and Brian’s suite. When I shoot in a crowded room, the light is usually dim so I always use a prime lens. This, combined with my new Canon 5DMKII camera, really helps getting those really natural, photojournalistic shots of family and friends rubbing elbows and enjoying their time together. We took a few really nice shots in the cabin and on the cabin’s balcony as well.

I quickly thought, This is not enough, and I took them to the stern of the ship hoping to get a “Titanic type” picture of Andrea and Brian. I didn’t get the shot (obviously) but I did succeed in walking dozens of wedding guests through the narrow corridors of the ship, single file. I was the Pied Piper of Photographic Possibilities. When we finally arrived on the deck, the sun was down and I got some really nice photos of the family hanging out together, enjoying each other and the ocean breeze. After that (phew!), I took Andrea and Brian for some night shots before dinner.

The day of the wedding began in the beauty salon on-board the ship. Andrea seemed relaxed but was giving the mirror a critical eye every now and then. How is this looking? she wondered. She was pretty much glued to the chair while family and friends were popping in to say hi.

Next stop, check out Brian and his groomsmen. The day for them doesn’t usually start as early as it does for the bride. Was I surprised to find Brian standing in his shorts drinking a beer? Nope! I got a couple of shots of the guys and headed back to the salon.

Fast forward to leaving the ship for the ceremony on the beach. There was the usual instant “shopping mall” of stalls you see at ports. Everyone at the “mall” cheered as Andrea and her bridesmaids passed by. They were all singing (something I didn’t recognize but it sounded full of enthusiasm), there was the beat of drums, and cheers and sounds as we walked by.

When we got to the site for the ceremony, I got to work capturing the beauty of the ceremony set-up, how it looked before anyone arrived. I worked quickly and also shot the reception site. Wow! Crystal from Amazae Special Events did a sensational job putting this wedding together. Chatting with Crystal after the wedding, I found out that it took three days to prepare the wedding venue, and doing it in Mexico, there was no shortage of obstacles. That’s a whole other story!

So there I was, running like crazy to get all the amazing details before the wind and the sun changed them into something less photographically ideal. Man, it was great walking in the sand, the sun appearing then disappearing behind huge clouds, the fresh ocean breeze, a totally amazing view. And a really cute couple under that amazing sky gazing at each other, taking in and digging every single moment. I wasn’t feeling those exact feelings myself—because they’re Andrea and Brian’s—but the feeling is “catching,” and it feels somehow intoxicating.

From that point on, it was pure celebration. I was jammin’ trying to get as many candids as I could. Thought to self: Maybe too many?

The whole celebration wasn’t over until the last day of the cruise when we had a little TTD (Trash The Dress) session poolside. Andrea, again in her beautiful wedding gown, and Brian jumped into the pool with the entire family and other onlookers watching.

It seemed such a cool way to say, “It’s over! We’re married. Let the fun begin!”

  • Rich - April 23, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    Great pics! I especially like the red flower petals with the blue sky. Nice foot shots, as usual :-)

  • Tara Gillin - April 23, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    I am the Matron of Honor from Andrea and Brian’s wedding. the wedding was so much fun and as for the pictures…and all i can say is WOW. cant wait to see the rest! these are absolutley breathtaking.

  • Hoffman - April 24, 2009 - 12:42 am

    WOWOWOW! These are some of the coolest wedding pictures I have EVER seen. What a GREAT venue and fun couple. The detail shots are beautiful and one of my favorite shots is the girls in the green VW. Way to go! Hoffmann

  • Jamie Lynch - April 24, 2009 - 4:40 am

    Congrats again Brian and Andrea. These pictures are simply amazing.

  • Joe Lynch - April 24, 2009 - 4:42 am

    These pictures are awesome! We had such a great time at the wedding and I was so honored to be a pert of it. Can’t wait to see more.

  • Ron Balliet - April 24, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    Looks like an amazing time guys.  I am sorry I missed it.  Happy life to you both

  • Lori Balliet - April 25, 2009 - 5:35 pm

    I now know why Brian and Andrea chose Joseph – the pics are incredible! The wedding was personalized, classy and most of all fun. I am so happy to have such a great little brother and now little sister too!

  • Joseph Kohn - April 26, 2009 - 8:03 am

    :) I see. Trying to make fun of me hah…

  • Joseph Kohn - April 26, 2009 - 8:04 am

    Thanks, supporting actress!

  • Andrea - April 27, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Josef, I don’t understand… who was making fun of you?

  • Leslie Red - April 30, 2009 - 11:28 pm

    Best wedding pictures I’ve ever seen Mr. Kohn :) I realised that your favourite theme is wedding but I’m really intrested in another themes from you :)

  • Joseph Kohn - May 1, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Rich… he thinks I am shoe fetish…. Can you believe this?!

  • qing qing - May 7, 2009 - 12:43 am

    seems like a lot of fun…
    joseph, i kinda of believe you indeed have shoe fetish… and feet fetish, if i need to go a step further…but i’m on the same boat with you, haha

  • Gail Blas - May 8, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Look forward to pics! : )

  • Andrew (aka Big Shirley) - May 17, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Brian,

    Congratulations to you and Andrea. I am so happy for you and as I told Mike Stringer I couldnt believe it but it is true you are a married man. I wish you all the best for the years to come and I am expecting many babies (lol).

    Take care and great pictures.

    Your brother,

    Andrew

  • Pammy - June 11, 2009 - 8:38 am

    looks like you guys had the most amazing time of your life. Its been real fun watching the snaps.

  • Tarkan Kocoglukan - July 22, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Brian,

    These are awesome pictures of a very special and awesome day.

    Tarkan

  • wetsuit - January 25, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    Wishing you a good year with many visitors!

  • Liz - May 18, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    Wow, one of the best destination weddings, I’ve seen.

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  • Arnold - November 3, 2010 - 1:37 am

    I am planning my destination wedding and your photos truly inspiring!

  • Tom Hawkins - June 21, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Great Photo,captured perfectly always. Very impressive,will look forward with more of your photos.

  • Vencanje Na Brodu - February 15, 2012 - 3:49 am

    I have heard that cruise wedding are hugely popular these days?

  • Vencanje Na Brodu - February 15, 2012 - 3:51 am

    I have heard that cruise weddings are hugely popular these days?

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