harbour island wedding photographer

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.


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


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


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  1. Lance Jekel says:
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    I am Chandra galappaththi here After retiring early from building family homes,and other professional roles in engineering and IT, I decided to take my photography to the next level; creating vibrant family-centered memories. I believe photography is an opportunity to capture fleeting emotions and heartfelt sentiments, holding them still in an image that lasts forever.
  3. Congratulation Waverly & David and thanks for choosing to have your wedding in the Bahamas. Your pictures shows that you and your guest has a wonderful time on Harbour Island.

    Thanks Jonas, for sharing this wedding with us…

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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,


  11. 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!

  12. 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.

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

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

  15. Amazing.

    Words are not enough.
    Source of inspiration.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!!

  23. 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.)

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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. :)

  28. 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!

  29. 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!


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