{destination wedding} ~ waverly & david ~ harbour island, bahamas

I know I’m breaking some sort of rule here, because when you find a place as special as Harbour Island, Bahamas, you’re not supposed to share it with others, you want to keep it to yourself. But Harbour Island did something to me. It’s not all that easy to get there. You have to fly a propeller plane from Miami to Eleuthera, Bahamas, then jump in a cab to the harbour and then travel the last bit by taxi boat.

As soon as I set foot on Harbour Island, Waverly came up and hugged me.

We had only talked once on the phone, and then just in a conference call with several others, so I didn’t know her and David at all. But as soon as we arrived, all that changed. Waverly and David made sure we were part of their family and friends, invited us to their dinner parties and treated us like guests. Maybe it’s a Texan thing, Waverly and David live in Dallas. I don’t think I’ve heard people say “y’all” that much in my entire life.

“Y’all are family now”.

“Y’all call us when you’re in Dallas. Don’t you dare not to”.

“Y’all having a good time? Let us know if you need anything”.

Add the perfect planning by Stefanie from Yifat Oren & Associates and the absolute bliss of Harbour Island to that and our five days there was some of the most fantastic in my career, if not my life.

Good times with beautiful, sweet, sweet people.

Be still my heart.

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For the camera nerds. This wedding was shot on both digital and medium format film. The film was scanned and developed to perfection by Richard’s Photo Lab in Los Angeles.

Today’s wedding is also featured on Once Wed. Head over there for more details (here and here)

Planner: Stefanie Cove from Yifat Oren & Associates

Friday: Catering by Little Island Design
Saturday: St. John’s Anglican Church, Reverend Russell and Rev. Paul Rasmussen of Highland Park United Methodist Church – Dallas, Texas
Saturday: Hair and Make up: Karen Catalyn of the Island Spa
Saturday: Cocktail Musicians: Rocky and Ersly
DJ: Daddy D (Devon Sawyer)
Saturday: Florals – Little Island Design

Venues:

Welcome Reception – The Dunmore
Brunch – The Landing
Wedding Reception – Pink Sands
Church – St. John’s Anglican Church
Bridal Breakfast – Ocean View Club

 

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    Anya - It couldn’t have been anything short of amazing. Hats off :)

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    gladys jem - wow. i dont even have the words. well yes, i do. but these image leave me breathless. you are the most incredible. that is all! thanks for sharing your talent!

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    cole - Epic. Can’t beat the colour of the ocean eh?

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    eadwine - thank you for sharing such a beautiful wedding jonas!

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Dustin Francis - Hell yeah dude…these are sweet! Love your vision, your coverage of their day is so honed and I can’t imagine anyone not getting a feel for their day through this imagery. Great job!

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Nirav - Woah.

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    Veronica Varos - Just stunning.

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:18 pm

    alyda - whoa

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    alyda - ha! someone else said the same thing. Amazing work jp.

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    Walter Carrera - great! great! great!

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Eleanor Gannon - Awesome, just awesome.

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Lauren - wow, i always look at your stuff but never comment, but I just had to this time….

    what a stunning wedding and you did such an amazing job. awesome, just awesome. :)

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    April - Fantastic!! Job well done!

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    Kristi wright - So blown away by this wedding. How fortunate you are, Jonas!

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:30 pm

    David - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    J Shoda - You’re an amazing storyteller, but I really love the way you photograph “things”. The context to the story is just so beautiful. Nice work.

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Michelle - Wow. Amazing location and just amazing photos Jonas.

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Jen O. - Completely amazing. It looks like such a fun and beautiful wedding! Love those shots of the bride in her veil. Stunning.

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    annette - what!!! aaaaaaaah SOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD YOU ARE AMAZING!

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    charlie - breathtaking

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    Kip Beelman - The hybrid is seamless. You’ve managed to slay the dragon down the beaten path. What else is there to say?

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    Joshua Gull - Beautiful storytelling Jonas. Very nice work.

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Dan O'Day - beautiful work mate

  • March 30, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    samm blake - arrhh jonas. you just made my heart beat faster and fall in love with life a little more. you are so friggin talented friend. xo

  • March 30, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    David MacVicar - Everything here is just so…tasty.

  • March 30, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    Sarah D. - love with all my heart can muster. jonas, you rock.

  • March 30, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    jeff marsh - super duper mate

  • March 30, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    ken kienow - what the freakin’ crap…

    welcome to planet earth, jonas. here we’re not quite as skilled at wedding photography, but your kind inspires us. carry on.

  • March 30, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    Rafa - Once again, Jonas in action. Inspirational.

  • March 30, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Camilla - Oh my.
    These images will be in my head for a long time, along with the music.

  • March 30, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    Michele - You have tied the knot for film and digital with this set. Great work at making a cohesive, gorgeous collection.

  • March 30, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    Que Mushins - Hey mate…Simply stunning images…Such a fab story with images Jonas.

  • March 30, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    Felicity - Gorgeous shots, Jonas.

  • March 30, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    Micke - What a wedding! And you’ve really outdone yourself on the portraits this time.

  • March 30, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    Gemma - You tell an amazing story Jonas. Amazing.

  • March 30, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    Doktoranden - This is, hands down without a shadow of doubt, the most amazing wedding you have ever photographed. Awe-inspiring. Stunning.

    Wow.

  • March 30, 2011 - 7:14 pm

    trish - Wow oh wow….I just keep staring. This has so much heart + fire in it….love!

  • March 30, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    Åsa R - WOW.
    Fantastiska bilder!!!

  • March 30, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    Sebastià Pagarolas - Wonderful! Every post of yours is a feast for the eyes … thanks!

  • March 30, 2011 - 7:47 pm

    Johanna Ericson - Fantastiska bilder! Mycket inspirerande.

  • March 30, 2011 - 7:59 pm

    Kirsten Mavric - I run out of superlatives with you, Jonas.

  • March 30, 2011 - 8:14 pm

    Jonathan Ong - Sweet.

  • March 30, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Justin Aaron - best post-processing by far. love the natural tones!

  • March 30, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    Birgit - I feel like I was there! Stunning.
    (P.S. Also, I lived on another island – Bermuda- for 6 years and this brought up a lot of good memories. Thanks for sharing.)

  • March 30, 2011 - 11:28 pm

    charly - Dina bilder är fantastiska..älska´rom! :)

  • March 30, 2011 - 11:45 pm

    morgan - helt utrolig. du er konge.

  • March 30, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    Linus Moran - Amazing presentation Jonas, can almost imagine being there at this incredible celebration.

  • March 30, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    Jen Lynne - Jonas, this blows my mind!! WOW, these are fantastic! I love how this whole posts tells a story. I feel like I was right there with you. Just gorgeous, job well done!!

  • March 31, 2011 - 1:00 am

    jonathan canlas - i quit.

  • March 31, 2011 - 1:04 am

    Brian Davis - Think my head exploded.

  • March 31, 2011 - 1:10 am

    Drew W - I viewed this wedding about 4 times before commenting. There is just so much to take it. All the details of this unique day were captured so well. Great work sir.

  • March 31, 2011 - 1:15 am

    Lynette J - Just wow. Every single image is just stunning. Your storytelling here is just out of this world amazing.

  • March 31, 2011 - 1:36 am

    morgan eve - love this jonas. she reminds me of natalie portman. love the locale and bride and bridesmaids dresses and the ridic party. well done

  • March 31, 2011 - 1:55 am

    *Mette* - Lovely!

  • March 31, 2011 - 2:22 am

    Sheila - HOLY SMOKES-amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • March 31, 2011 - 2:42 am

    Paul Krol - awesome job on this one.

  • March 31, 2011 - 2:51 am

    Tenielle - The Bahamas is a magical place, this brings back memories of beautiful people. Seems you found something even more magical there with Waverley, David and your lovely vision. Beautiful

  • March 31, 2011 - 2:54 am

    Jeremy Gilliam - Gorgeous location and wedding! Was the parade just for the wedding or was it a happy coincidence? Beautiful storytelling. I can vouch for Dallas, we’re nice folks here.

  • March 31, 2011 - 3:43 am
  • March 31, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Natalie Champa Jennings - Stunning. My favorite. Thank you!

  • March 31, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    erika verginelli - Amazing! And biggest blog post in the whole world ever!

  • March 31, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Shu - Amazing as usual. Totally brightens up my day (:

  • March 31, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    Samuel Burns - oh man, I wanna be there.. now! Dig the light in some of those night shots

  • March 31, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    Nessa K - You’re ridiculously talented and this wedding is amazing. Also, how gorgeous is that couple? This is my favorite wedding of yours ever. Ever. Love it, amen.

  • March 31, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    Johanna Hietanen - You’ve captured the soul of this wedding perfectly. And that is what you do best (in my opinion at least :), capture the soul. It isn’t just a wedding, it becomes something more. You make the photos come alive.

  • March 31, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    Dennis Pike - wonderully done, sir

  • March 31, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    James Boddington - Awesome work Jonas. I can smell the smells and feel the balmy tropical air. This has got to be one of the best blogged weddings I’ve ever seen!

  • April 1, 2011 - 12:22 am

    Cecilia - I don’t know what to say other than.. WOW!

  • April 1, 2011 - 3:40 am

    Mickael Tannus - Amazing.
    Stunning.
    Awesome.

    Words are not enough.
    Source of inspiration.

  • April 1, 2011 - 3:56 am

    Andreas - Fantastic!!

  • April 1, 2011 - 4:02 am

    elin - du är sannerligen bröllopsfotografernas håkan hellström och det är det enda jag tänker skriva för jag tror att du förstår.

  • April 1, 2011 - 5:52 am

    Eileen Garcia - Wow! That ocean is gorgeous and so are these images! Wish I was under the warm sun!

  • April 1, 2011 - 7:29 am

    Kelsey - I don’t think there are words to explain how awesome your work is. Such a beautiful wedding and beautiful couple.

  • April 1, 2011 - 7:37 am

    Laura Burlton - Don’t know what to say other than these are just stunningly gorgeous and heartfelt. It’s very rare that I want to escape into the fairy tale land of someones wedding, but this is one of those occasions. Well done, sir.

  • April 1, 2011 - 7:44 am

    Steve - Jonas. There is a naturalness about your photos which inspires the mind. I love visiting your site from time to time. I am also very envious of some of the destination weddings you achieve. Keep away from the UK, we need the work!
    Steve

  • April 1, 2011 - 10:28 pm

    Wedding Venue Sydney - All your picture rocks.. Really great photos dude.. Professional photographers makes the difference :) Will stay in touch with you dear

  • April 3, 2011 - 5:27 am

    Porter Watkins - “Dilly Dally” made me laugh out loud, great work Jonas!

  • April 3, 2011 - 9:58 am

    Luciano - Genius.

  • April 3, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    Camilla - Ehm…

    OMG?

    Yes.

    OMG.

    Beautiful.

  • April 4, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    clipping path - You’ve done really excellent job! what a nice photography!

  • April 5, 2011 - 2:19 pm

    Hayley Lane - Such fun images! Each one is so unique and full of life!

  • April 6, 2011 - 8:55 am

    imthiaz houseman - wow. wonderfully done Jonas.

  • April 7, 2011 - 1:52 am

    Destination wedding secret - bubblerock studios - [...] Thank you Jonas for letting me share this amazing pictures. And people, yes, there are PLENTY more… Go and see it here! [...]

  • April 7, 2011 - 3:35 am

    Anna - As always, you whisk me away Jonas.

  • April 7, 2011 - 6:01 am

    Kent Wedding Photographer Nick Rose - Great destination wedding photography here – so much colour and so many awesome shots. I would love the chance to shoot a Bahamas Wedding!! Nice work.
    Nick

  • April 7, 2011 - 11:10 am

    Amanda Basteen - Amazing. Really no other words!

  • April 8, 2011 - 5:44 am

    Steve Edwin - Hey Jonas, I read your article in ‘Turning Pro’ and just checked out your beautiful pics. Just wanna say a huge thank you because I feel more inspired now than ever to persue my photography. Keep taking those stunning shots bud and we’ll try to follow in your footsteps!

    All the best,

    Steve.

  • April 8, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    Manel Tamayo - Only one word… fresh and amazing !!! (ups sorry, two words…)

  • April 9, 2011 - 8:08 pm

    Adam Cavanagh - Amazing work as usual :)

  • April 9, 2011 - 11:07 pm

    Holly - L O V E xx

  • April 11, 2011 - 12:11 am

    Alicia Swedenborg - Love the light and colors! Gorgeous!

  • April 11, 2011 - 8:01 am

    Kelly Tunney - You’re the best story-teller EVA Jonas…what a collection

  • April 11, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Christy - Oh Jonas. Had me in tears just a little way into reviewing the photos. I am always so engaged in your storytelling… makes me feel the love, energy, mood… everything. Amazing work as always.

  • April 12, 2011 - 12:08 am

    Natalia - I’ve only recently come across your work and just cant take my eyes of it. Fantastic storytelling, yet amazing simplicity. And thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  • April 13, 2011 - 12:58 am

    ayesha - absolute magic, man. i got so lost in this story. thank you…

  • April 13, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    michele bowman - such a fun wedding and wonderful coverage!! i always love looking at your blog.

  • April 15, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Natalie Champa Jennings - Thank you for telling the “whole” (as in many photos) amazing story. Musical instruments, for me, are the icing on the cake…so vibrant and beautiful in all ways!! One of my favorites, definitely.

  • April 16, 2011 - 8:47 am

    jason starr - Beautiful work! Truly captures the energy of the location and the day.

  • April 18, 2011 - 12:26 am

    Caroline Dixey - Love this set! The casual island photos remind me of a trip I took last January, and it was nice remembering it. :)

  • April 18, 2011 - 8:29 am

    Shella - I’m gonna stop checking your blog Jonas, your work is so flippin’ good it’s depressing me. That is all.

  • April 18, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Krista - I am crazy about this wedding! Candy for the eyes and heart.
    Well done, sir!

  • April 18, 2011 - 8:04 pm

    ibiza wedding photo - Splendid pictures! Well Done!

  • May 4, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    Heidi - That looks like the most amazing wedding! You must be very proud with the justice you have clearly done it. The shots of the musicians are particularly special!

  • May 15, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    Matt Foden - wow.. what an amazing wedding, and a beautiful record of the day!

  • May 30, 2011 - 7:33 pm

    park kyoungho - good job

  • June 7, 2011 - 4:59 am

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  • June 11, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    lita - beautiful color, sir!! awesome..well done..! :)

  • July 1, 2011 - 6:12 am

    Michael - Bilderna med musiken=MAGISKT. Fan vad bra du är, blir så grymt imponerad!

  • September 2, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Photography lighting - I really enjoyed the Photos of Beach Breaks, they are awesome, thanks.

  • October 19, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    Austin - I once visited Harbour Islands. It is a great place for vacation. Thanks for the Photos.

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    Sofia - Very nice work.

  • January 3, 2012 - 3:45 am

    Katherine - Great photos! Why did some of the night shots come out with squiggly lines?

  • February 11, 2012 - 11:21 pm

    toni - des edw

  • February 11, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    aggelos - check this bossis

  • March 21, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    wedding photographer melbourne - i just need to say love your website and work

  • May 21, 2012 - 9:00 am

    TAMMY ZIMMERMAN - Looking into a destination wedding at ideas

  • March 4, 2013 - 4:07 am

    V. - WOW!! what a beautiful example of how a destination wedding story should be told, amazing work Jonas! V.

  • October 17, 2013 - 5:20 am

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