“I’m going to take you out later”, Allan said. Melanie enjoyed his confidence and agreed. With one simple sentence, Melanie and Allan began what is now a strong, humble, sincere relationship complete with a sense of humor and tremendous love.
Melanie contacted me last year about the possibility of shooting their wedding in St. Lucia and we scheduled a call to chat about it more. I instantly adored her sweet and bubbly personality and was so excited about their wedding plans. Eight or so months later, after checking into our own Villa, we traveled up and down the bumpy windy roads of St. Lucia to finally meet Melanie and Allan. Just moments after meeting, it felt as though we were old friends. Melanie, Allan and their families welcomed us like we were part of what was a very small group. I’m not sure I’ve ever been treated with such hospitality, but Melanie and Allan would have it no other way. That is just the kind of people they are.
They decided to have their wedding at the place that they were staying, the Casa Blanc Villa in St. Lucia. This villa, was the most incredible piece of architecture I’ve ever seen. No detail was spared when building this incredible home. The views literally took your breath away. Needless to say, there was not a shortage of places to do their portraits. On the days surrounding their wedding it poured in St. Lucia. We were so fortunate to have just an hour of rain during the day, followed by sun and a beautiful sunset! Melanie and Allan exchanged vows with the infamous St. Lucian Pitons behind them. Combining Allan’s Filipino traditions into the ceremony along with their own personal vows, made for a beautiful and emotional ceremony. Melanie and Allan allowed us some creative freedoms to really get close during the ceremony; which gave us the opportunity to get some unique vantage points. (notice the exchanging of rings). Their ceremony ended with just over an hour of day left, which is the most beautiful light of the day. We took advantage of the gorgeous settings in and around the Casa Blanc Villa in St. Lucia and finally headed over to the Boucan for the dinner reception. The Boucan is a very beautiful and unique restaurant that offers food that is infused with chocolate. Everything from their water to their steaks has a hint of chocolate in the mix. It was quite an experience! We enjoyed it so much that we returned the next day!
We ended the night back at the Casa Blanc Villa with a bit of dancing and one last torrential down pour and it was honestly the perfect ending to an incredible day. This wedding and meeting Mel, Allan, and their families, was truly a very special thing for us and I am so very fortunate to have been a part of it and to have a handful of new friends!