Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Destination Wedding Photographer in 2024


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This is Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Destination Wedding Photographer in 2024


In the realm of love stories and wanderlust, an extraordinary journey is about to unfold. Imagine the best long weekend you’ve ever experienced. A celebration that resonates so deeply with who you are as a couple infused with the essence of your favorite destinations and pastimes – the charm of the South of France, the allure of exploring and experiencing the Almafi Coast, the vibrancy and rich culture of Morocco, and the tranquility of the Maldives.


Your wedding is more than just an event; it’s a masterpiece of memories with your favorite people in the world, enjoying life together! Your destination wedding isn’t just a celebration; it’s a journey back to the heart of your fondest memories and the places where love and exploration intertwine. With hearts full of nostalgia and a thirst for adventure, you choose your dream wedding destination and I for one deeply respect the amount of thought, time and creative thinking that goes into planning this dream celebration and all of the thoughtfully curated excursions you’ll experience. Together with a team of top professionals who are passionate about what they do, you are essentially crafting an adventure of a lifetime!


You are in for an epic adventure as you choose the ideal spot for your awe-inspiring union, one to be remembered for a lifetime. This extravagant and memorable adventure with your favorite humans is truly unforgettable. Leaning on your exceptional wedding planning team to curate an elevated guest experience eternally etched on your hearts. An experience that will profoundly impact your lives for the better.


For some, a destination wedding is a way to rekindle the embers of childhood memories. Those you hold dear, the moments spent vacationing in these locations – the laughter, the shared adventures, the quiet reflections. Your chosen destination is a vessel that carries you back to the embrace of nostalgia, where you can relive the joy of yesteryears while creating new memories that are seamlessly woven into the fabric of your love story.


Perhaps in your journey of exploration and wanderlust, you stumble upon a place that captures your hearts. The you who has ventured far and wide, uncovering hidden gems and experiencing the allure of uncharted territories. Your love story blooms against the backdrop of a location that beckons you with its charm, its history, and its promise of new experiences and shared memories.


Your desire to share the enchantment with your loved ones is truly a dream come true. Your destination wedding becomes an opportunity to invite your closest friends and family into your world of cherished memories or your newfound treasure trove. From joyful reunions to heartfelt conversations, every moment is an echo of your love and your journeys intermingling to create an unforgettable celebration.



Crafting an Adventure of a Lifetime

 The allure of these chosen destinations isn’t limited to your wedding day alone; it extends to the realm of experiences and excursions. It’s about crafting an adventure of a lifetime for your favorite people. Whether it’s exploring cobblestone streets, tasting local delicacies, or embarking on breathtaking excursions, every activity is a manifestation of your love for the place and your desire to share it with your nearest and dearest.


As your wedding day approaches, your chosen destination is more than just a venue; it’s a testament to your love story. Your vows exchanged carry the weight of nostalgia and the thrill of discovery, as they promise forever against a backdrop that has imprinted itself on your hearts. Every detail – from the décor to the ambiance – mirrors the essence of the place that holds your most cherished memories.


In the realm of destination weddings, you are pioneers of love who have discovered the beauty of intertwining memories and passions. With hearts full of nostalgia and a deep sense of adventure, you choose a location that shares your journey as a couple. As your guests gather to celebrate, they’re not just attendees; they’re companions in a journey of love, exploration, and shared experiences. Your destination wedding is more than celebrations leading up to your wedding day; your destination wedding tells the tale of how love blooms against the canvas of cherished memories and discoveries yet to be made.



In this comprehensive guide, I take you through the art of selecting the perfect destination wedding photographer who will convey the essence, magic, magnificence, and extraordinary moments that define your love story celebration.


As I see it, my role as a destination wedding photographer is crucial in translating your vision, emotions, and treasured moments with your loved ones into timeless images to be relished for generations to come. As your destination wedding photographer, I specialize in capturing unique love stories. Every event I photograph is a one-of-a-kind reflection of the couples who choose my team and me to document their special day. My photography approach is entirely customized, tailored to showcase your individuality and what inspires you. When you entrust me with your wedding photography, you’re not just hiring a team; you’re collaborating directly with me. Together, we’ll bring your vision to life, ensuring that your love story is captured in a way that’s as distinct and authentic as you are.



Navigating the Landscape of Excellence

Your journey towards choosing the best destination wedding photographer begins with research and planning. With over fifteen years of experience in destination weddings and over two decades mastering my craft, I would suggest you look for photographers who are artists of emotion, capturing the essence of breathtaking locations, the joy of gathering, and the beauty of love and life. As a professional, I am not just an observer; I am a storyteller and documentarian who ensures your wedding collection is a culmination of your celebration, documented in photographs consisting of pure artistry, infinate creativity while also capturing the heart and soul of your destination wedding celebration and what it felt like to be immersed in the location you choose.


Crafting Style and Soul

From fashion to culture, your tastes are as diverse as the destinations you love. As a visionary, you want a photographer who can seamlessly transition between styles, bringing to life the unique aura of each location. Whether it’s the elegance of the South of France or the serenity of the Maldives, your chosen photographer is a visual chameleon who harmonizes with your vision. For those who could not attend in person will share in the delight and magic of this carefully curated adventure, through your images.


Beyond Budgets – Investing in Memories

In the world of celebrations, price is merely a reflection of the value placed on memories. Allocate a budget that befits the journey you’re about to embark on. Remember, the images that result from your investment will not only capture the moments but also preserve the emotions and heritage that make your love story unique and authentic. The perfect destination wedding photographer for you is truly the solution to capturing the essence of your wedding celebration.


Collaboration and Captivation

Planning a wedding is a symphony of orchestration, and as your chosen photographer I am your partner in perfect harmony. With over twenty years of experience mastering my craft, I am committed to capturing your destination wedding, an experience of a lifetime, with heartfelt intention and excellence. Beyond the click of a camera, we destination wedding photographers are collaborators who understand the intricacies of your celebration. We prepare ahead of time to make sure you are set up for success in all ways. We are part of your wedding success team and are always refining our approach to add to the success of your experience and that of your guests. We are not just capturing moments; we are enhancing them, elevating your experience to one that’s truly extraordinary. Many times, I’ve had top destination wedding planners thank me for making our clients day look truly magical as if there were no delays and as if everything had truly been seamless. This is what I absolutely love to do and I am a thousand present committed to showing up as my best self each and every day. This is the life I lead and how I show up in the world. This is how I prepare for your destination wedding, shoots worldwide and for everyday life. I am always looking for and implementing ways to support myself, my team and you in leading our best lives and therefore capturing the beauty and essence of your lifetime adventure, one that I know will be truly unforgettable and cherished forever.


The Art of Destination

Destinations are more than locations; they’re threads in the tapestry of your love story. Look for photographers who understand the soul of travel – from the romance of Paris to the cultural richness of a place like Turkey. Their familiarity with the nuances of traveling to far off places and supporting themselves as they explore and capture the beauty of it all will breathe life into every photograph. Some of the ways I support myself as a destination wedding photographer who travels often to exotic locations is with my morning practices and self-care routine, I enjoy taking great care of my body and mind and this is reflected in the way I show up with a kind, creative, confident, calm, optimistic, thoughtful and professional team player spirit mentality. For all destination weddings I make sure my team and I have time to travel, settle-in and ample time to scout and capture the beauty and essence of the locale all scheduled in prior to capturing your weekend of events, celebrations and explorations.


Personal Connection: The Heart of the Matter

As you embark on this journey, let’s remember the importance of personal connection. Beyond images and technicalities, your photographer becomes a collaborator, a friend who understands your journey. Connect with your chosen photographer over a video call or in person. Conversations reveal not just their professionalism, but also their commitment and personality – a factor that influences your comfort and chemistry throughout your weekend of celebrations and experiences. Meeting or speaking with your potential photographer provides insights that go beyond emails and portfolios. Their demeanor, communication style, and passion for their craft come to life in personal interactions. This connection allows you to gauge not only their professionalism but also whether their personality aligns with yours.



Reviews: The Echoes of Excellence

Reviews are the whispers of couples who have experienced the photographer’s artistry firsthand. These testimonials are insights into not just technical proficiency but also the emotional resonance between the photographer and their clients. Seek reviews that articulate not only the visual quality of the images but also the photographer’s ability to capture moments that embody love, joy, and authenticity. How past clients feel about their experience is a great indication of how your chosen photographer shows up.


Insights from Explorers

Another idea is to connect with fellow adventurers and luxury aficionados who appreciate the depth of your journey. Look for recommendations from those who understand the language of wanderlust and elegance. Reviews that echo not just technical prowess but also the emotional resonance between photographer and couple provide a glimpse into the caliber of the photographers work, how they show up for their clients and their personality.


The Portfolio: A Visual Journey

When embarking on this voyage, our photography portfolio becomes your map. It’s a visual journey that transports you to the heart of our artistry. I encourage you to explore our portfolio’s on social media platforms and on our official website’s. See how we’ve framed emotions, infused colors, and orchestrated moments in different locations. Our portfolios are a testament to our versatility, style, and ability to encapsulate the essence of diverse settings and visually capture emotions and special moments that touch your heart and soul. My role as a destination wedding photographer is crucial in translating your vision, emotions, and treasured moments with your loved ones into timeless images to be enjoyed and shared for generations to come. As a professional destination wedding photographer, I am not just an observer; I am a storyteller who captures the essence of your wedding celebration in photographs consisting of pure artistry while also capturing the heart and soul of your destination wedding celebration and what it feels like to experience the location you choose.


Here are a few questions to ask yourself: What is it about their work that resonates with you? Is it their ability to capture candid moments? Do you see the intimacy they are able to convey through photographs? Is it the way they infuse emotions into every frame? I suggest identifying the aspects that draw you in and make you feel a sense of connection. When you find love in their work, you’re aligning with an artist who speaks your language and understands the nuances of your vision. This is truly priceless.



The Collective Dream Team

Bringing your dream celebration to life requires a collective of visionaries who understand your pursuit of elegance and the way you want to feel, what you want to experience with your loved ones. From the top destination wedding photographer to your personal stylist who helps you select the perfect wedding gown and accessories to the creative wedding planner with exceptional taste, each member contributes their expertise to weave your celebration into a work of art that’s simply unforgettable and undeniably the experience you want your most cherished loved ones to experience with you.



Demonstrating Authority

An artist’s authority isn’t merely defined by our technical skills; it extends to our ability to navigate the unique dynamics of destination weddings. Look for photographers who have documented celebrations and stories in diverse locations, demonstrating their expertise in handling the challenges and opportunities that come with each setting. Their authority is evident in the seamless fusion of their creative prowess with the logistical intricacies of each location. How many years of experience do they have capturing destination weddings? Do they scout the location and capture images ahead of your weekend of celebrations? How many weddings do they photograph a year? You want to know that you are going to be truly taken care of in your experience as their client. Ultimately you want to get a sense of how they work to capture your destination wedding and create a gallery of beautiful and authentic imagery that will showcase the authenticity of your weekend of excursions.


The Value Offered

Value goes beyond the price tag; it’s about what a photographer brings to the table. A top destination wedding photographer understands the significance of capturing memories that are part of your legacy, shared and appreciated for generations to come. Look for professionals who offer not just images but a visual narrative that tells your love story in a way that speaks to your heart. The value they bring lies in their commitment to crafting a visual legacy that mirrors your dream vision.



Embracing Love and Legacy

As your journey unfolds, your celebration takes on a life of its own. Against the backdrop of the timeless beauty that is Africa, Tuscany’s fall colors, the vibrant palette of Greece, and the serene waters of the Maldives, your wedding becomes a legacy. It’s a love story written in photographs, a testament to the journey you’ve embarked upon.


Destination Wedding Locations

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River, your wedding celebration in Africa is a transcendent experience. With the falls’ misty embrace and the river’s gentle flow, the ceremony exudes a sense of wonder and romance. Candlelit dinners, a sunset cruise, guided safari tours, spotting elephants, zebras, giraffes, and many bird species, encounters that create a sense of wonder and excitement. A starlit reception under the African sky all of the moments and memories create unforgettable experiences, leaving everyone in awe of this extraordinary celebration.


Picture this: A breathtaking sunset ceremony on the stunning Amalfi coast, surrounded by your closest family and friends. The gentle Mediterranean breeze carries the scents of fresh blooms and exquisite cuisine, tailored to your taste. The Amalfi Coast is a captivating blend of fashion, culture, and art, where the stunning coastal landscape meets Italian elegance. Boutique shops in towns like Positano offer a taste of high-end fashion, while linen clothing and resort wear reflect the region’s breezy, sun-soaked climate. The area’s rich history, influenced by ancient civilizations, is evident in the architecture and cultural traditions. Traditional dishes like seafood pasta and limoncello play a significant role in local culture, and festivals celebrating music, film, and culinary delights provide a glimpse into the vibrant way of life. Skilled artisans create intricate ceramics, while art galleries showcase the unique artistic expressions inspired by the coastal landscape. With a heritage of historical art and contemporary installations, the Amalfi Coast offers a multifaceted cultural experience against its picturesque backdrop.


Or perhaps, you envision an opulent affair in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco. The vibrant colors of the souks, the ornate architecture, and the enchanting riads set the stage for an immersive experience that truly captivates your guests. Wander through the labyrinthine streets of the historic Medina, Indulge in the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. Enjoy the rejuvenating rituals of a Moroccan hammam, a traditional bathhouse that offers relaxation and cleansing. Visit iconic landmarks like the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace to witness stunning Moorish and Islamic architecture. Stroll through beautiful gardens like Jardin Majorelle and the Menara Gardens, offering serene oases amidst the city’s hustle and bustle. Marrakesh’s culture invites you to engage with its enchanting traditions, culinary delights, and the warmth of its people, creating a sensory journey you and your guests won’t forget. Every detail is carefully designed to blend seamlessly with the rich Moroccan culture. Marrakesh’s fashion and art scene offer a fascinating blend of tradition and innovation, providing ample opportunities for you and your guests to explore and appreciate the city’s rich cultural creativity.


Imagine arriving in the enchanting world that is Greece. Creating a transcendent and awe-inspiring wedding celebration where every moment exudes luxury and grandeur. Against the backdrop of the azure Aegean Sea and the ancient charm of Greece, your vows become a timeless declaration of love. Beachfront dinners, yacht cruises through the iconic Greek islands, explore the rich history by visiting ancient temples and archaeological sites and starlit receptions under the Mediterranean sky create unforgettable memories. This epic celebration in Greece, where history meets opulence, promises a long weekend of pure splendor and romance. Greek culture is a tapestry of ancient traditions and Mediterranean charm, savor authentic Greek cuisine, like freshly caught seafood and fish. Engage with the warm-hearted locals who welcome you with open arms, and make sure to join in on traditional Greek dancing and music. Experience the healing properties of local olive oil and take in the mesmerizing sunsets over the Aegean Sea. Greek culture invites you to savor life’s simple pleasures in a setting of timeless beauty.


Amidst the timeless beauty of Lake Como, where your wedding celebration weekend unfolds as a truly transcendent and awe-inspiring experience. Imagine exchanging vows with the pristine lake as your backdrop, the Italian Alps framing each moment, and a gentle breeze carrying the promise of love. Candlelight illuminates the faces of those you love as you dine by the water’s edge, the soft ripples of the lake create a symphony of serenity. On a boat ride across glassy waters, you and your beloved are surrounded by the breathtaking Italian landscape and when the sun sets, your reception under the starlit sky is nothing short of magic. Lake Como’s enchanting beauty casts a spell that leaves you and your guests in awe of this extraordinary celebration. Your Lake Como wedding celebration, a dream come true in one of the world’s most captivating settings. The lakeside towns of Bellagio, Como, and Tremezzo offer a taste of timeless Italian elegance, where classic style effortlessly mingles with modern trends. Fashion-conscious locals and international visitors alike stroll along cobblestone streets, adorned in chic attire. Linen ensembles, sun hats, and sunglasses are popular choices for the lakeside climate. Italian craftsmanship shines through boutiques that showcase designer wear and artisanal creations. Beyond fashion, Lake Como’s rich culture is steeped in history, with grand villas, art galleries, and lakeside promenades offering a glimpse into its artistic and aristocratic heritage. Dining is a delightful cultural experience, featuring culinary traditions influenced by the bountiful lake and surrounding region, offering the perfect blend of fashion and culture against the backdrop of breathtaking alpine vistas.


For a tropical paradise, Thailand’s lush landscapes offer a backdrop of serene beauty, turquoise seas and lush green forests. Imagine an elegant pavilion nestled among swaying palm trees, overlooking the crystal-clear waters. You and your loved ones enjoy Thailand’s laid-back island life and are treated to custom tailored and deeply relaxing spa treatments, traditional Thai performances, and sumptuous feasts that celebrate the country’s culinary artistry.


Let’s not forget the allure of a fairytale wedding in the Scottish Highlands. Amidst rolling hills and ancient castles, your celebration becomes a grand adventure. Tartan touches, local delicacies, and even a touch of traditional bagpipe music create a cultural experience that is both regal and immersive.


If it is a tropical haven you seek, the Maldives beckons with its overwater bungalows and stunning coral reefs. Here, your wedding celebration becomes a serene escape, blending luxury with nature’s wonders. Imagine an underwater excursion surrounded by the vibrant marine life, followed by an unforgettable island ceremony and a starlit reception on white sandy beaches.


These are just a handful of ideas that cater to your adventurous soul and desire to share a culturally immersive and rich experience with those you love. Each location becomes a canvas to create unforgettable memories that perfectly reflect your love for one another, love of culture, adventure, epic experiences, and shared moments with family and friends. Truly the only limit is your imagination.


Top Luxury Destination Hotels

These luxury hotels in destinations around the world are meticulously designed to offer you and your guests an unmatched experience of luxury, culture, and personalized service for your dream weekend of wedding celebrations.


Greece – Amanzoe

This exclusive resort offers panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. With private beach access, lavish villas, and a focus on wellness, Amanzoe is a haven of tranquility and sophistication.


Morocco – Royal Mansour Marrakech

A masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, this hotel offers lavish riads with private plunge pools, intricate décor, and a world-class spa. It’s a true oasis of luxury in the heart of Marrakech.


Thailand– Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

This resort offers private pool villas with breathtaking ocean views. It’s known for its impeccable service and stunning infinity pools.


Dominican Republic – Amanera

Overlooking the stunning Playa Grande beach, Amanera offers clifftop casitas, a world-class golf course, and breathtaking views of the coastline.


Montenegro – Aman Sveti Stefan

Set on a private island, this resort features charming stone cottages and suites. Its medieval architecture and Adriatic Sea views make it a one-of-a-kind wedding destination.


Sweden – Treehotel

For a unique experience, Treehotel offers stylish treehouse accommodations in the Swedish forest. It’s a blend of luxury and nature, perfect for a fashion-forward bride.


Scotland – Inverlochy Castle

This historic castle offers Victorian grandeur amidst the Scottish Highlands. With opulent rooms and gourmet dining, it’s an elegant choice for a lavish wedding celebration.


Brazil – Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Located near the Iguazu Falls, this hotel offers stunning views and a colonial-style ambiance. It’s a luxurious gateway to the natural wonders of Brazil.


Maldives – Gili Lankanfushi

This overwater paradise provides spacious villas, each with a private water deck and direct access to the turquoise lagoon. It’s the epitome of tropical luxury.


Amalfi Coast – Belmond Hotel Caruso

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Amalfi Coast, this hotel offers old-world charm, infinity pools, and terraced gardens that provide a truly romantic setting.


Africa – The Royal Livingstone Hotel

Situated on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It offers spectacular views of the Zambezi River and the mist rising from the falls.


Mexico – Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

Set along the pristine beaches of the Riviera Maya, this luxury resort offers overwater suites, private pools, and access to a championship golf course.

Rio Chico – Jamaica

Rio Chico is a luxurious and exclusive private estate located on the northern coast of Jamaica. It is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, privacy, and upscale amenities.


Slovenia – Vila Bled

A lakeside mansion with a rich history, offering a romantic setting on Lake Bled.


Peru – Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

The only hotel located at the entrance of Machu Picchu, providing an exclusive experience.


Mongolia – Three Camel Lodge

An eco-luxury lodge in the Gobi Desert, providing authentic experiences while ensuring sustainability.

Portugal – Six Senses Douro Valley

A stunning retreat in the heart of the Douro Valley, offering wine experiences, a spa, and breathtaking views.

Maldives – Soneva Jani

An overwater luxury resort with stunning villas, private pools, and a focus on sustainability.


Lake Como, Italy – Villa del Balbianello

A picturesque villa offering breathtaking views and an intimate setting for special events.


Bora Bora, French Polynesia – The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Overwater bungalows with private pools, and personalized butler service for the ultimate tropical luxury.


Tokyo, Japan – Aman Tokyo

A tranquil oasis in the heart of Tokyo, offering a blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics and modern luxury.

Queenstown, New Zealand – Blanket Bay

Set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, this lodge offers access to thrilling activities like bungee jumping and jet boating.



Patagonia, Chile – Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Located in Torres del Paine National Park, this lodge offers adventures like trekking, horseback riding, and kayaking.


Alaska, USA – Ultima Thule Lodge

A remote lodge accessible only by bush plane, offering backcountry adventures like glacier trekking and wildlife watching.


Namibia – Little Kulala

luxury desert lodges that provide access to epic adventures like hot air ballooning over the dunes and exploring desert landscapes.


Iceland – The Retreat at Blue Lagoon

Luxurious accommodations in the midst of Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes, with opportunities for geothermal spa experiences and glacier hikes.



Designed for You


This guide was designed with you in mind to provide a comprehensive and engaging resource for selecting the perfect destination wedding photographer for your epic weekend of celebrations, experiences and excursions. I hope you have found it useful and that it aligns well with your perspective as the solution to hiring the best destination wedding photographer to capture the essence of your wedding celebration.


My role as your destination wedding photographer is crucial in translating your vision and emotions into timeless images that tell your authentic love story through heartfelt images. Images to be treasured and shared for generations to come.


In the anthology of love stories, yours stands as a chapter that’s both exquisite and one-of-a-kind. By following this guide, you’re poised to secure the perfect destination wedding photographer for you. One who captures not just moments, but memories that become part of your legacy. As your celebration unfurls against the canvas of your favorite destinations, may your chosen photographer capture the romance, the vibrancy, the fun, the essence and the soul that makes your love story one for the ages.

My hope for this blog post is that you found it useful and that it inspires you to dream, to grow and to create in fabulously authentic ways. May we all deepen our sense of self-love, creativity, cultivate positive change, peace and joy in our lives. May we take time to acknowledge all that we have to be thankful for and recognize that we are straight-up MAGIC!

I truly appreciate your time. If you have any suggestions, questions or thoughts please call or email judith@judithrae.com. I look forward to hearing from you!


wishing you epic travels ahead!



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