Chelsey + Marc An Atlantis Resort Wedding | Paradise Island, Bahamas

I still remember the first time I chatted with Chelsey on Facebook. She had just come home from a coaching session with a photographer that we both love and adore, and that photographer suggested that she reach out to me about potentially being my second shooter for the year. At the time, I was actually looking for a permanent second shooter, so we decided to plan a date to get lunch! Chelsey had just gotten engaged to Marc, so the majority of our lunch date was spent chatting all about the proposal, how they met, wedding plans + the excitement of all the fun things happening in her life! She was planning a dream wedding day at Atlantis resort in the Bahamas…I was so excited for her!!! Then, at the end of the lunch, she casually said “oh, by the way, I’ll be emailing you soon about booking you for the wedding!” Uhm…WHAT!? I laughed out loud because I thought she was kidding and said “Chelsey, seriously, don’t feel like you need to do that!!” and she responded with “No, seriously…we’ve wanted you since we started planning!!!” I almost died right then and there. She wanted me to travel with her to the Bahamas to shoot her wedding!? AHH!! Sure enough, a few days later we were all booked and I could not WAIT for April 2016 to come around! Over the next few months, we shot over 15 weddings together and became such close friends. I am so blessed to have Chelsey in my life and even more blessed to have been celebrating alongside her on her wedding day!!

When Drew and I arrived in the bridal suite on the afternoon of the big day…the room was filled with so much joy. Some wedding days become rushed and crazy because of a crunched timeline and things to do…but not this one. Chelsey was intentional about ensuring that she enjoyed every moment of the day from getting ready to the ceremony exit and I am so glad that she did! The girls all sipped mimosas while Chelsey got her hair and makeup done and the constant laughter in the room was contagious. After a first look with her bridesmaids and some stunning bridal portraits, we headed downstairs to meet Marc for the first look…there was not a dry eye nearby! Afterwards, we did a first look with Marc and their daughter, Harper. Again, so many tears!!!!

The breathtaking ceremony took place on Cove Beach where Chelsey and Marc exchanged their own handwritten vows kept in white leather-bound notebooks. We watched the sunset behind the water as Chelsey + Marc said “I do” and captured the most incredible portraits on the rocks following the ceremony. The reception space was adorned with gold sequins, pink peonies and a beautifully styled candy buffet and the night was finished with a confetti canon exit…their big day could not have been more of a dream!

Chelsey + Marc: I could not be more thrilled for you both and I want to say one more HUGE congratulations on finally being Mr. and Mrs. Lux!!! Thank you both for being such wonderful friends and for allowing us to be a part of your incredible day…we love you!

Enjoy some of my favorites from Chelsey + Marc’s big day!!! Warning: there’s quite a lot of them!!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6581HopeTaylorPhotography_6582HopeTaylorPhotography_6583HopeTaylorPhotography_6584HopeTaylorPhotography_6585HopeTaylorPhotography_6586HopeTaylorPhotography_6587

Oh, my heart…gold charm heels + fluffy peonies!!! I was in detail heaven!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6588HopeTaylorPhotography_6589HopeTaylorPhotography_6590HopeTaylorPhotography_6591HopeTaylorPhotography_6592HopeTaylorPhotography_6593HopeTaylorPhotography_6594HopeTaylorPhotography_6595HopeTaylorPhotography_6596HopeTaylorPhotography_6597HopeTaylorPhotography_6598HopeTaylorPhotography_6599HopeTaylorPhotography_6600HopeTaylorPhotography_6601HopeTaylorPhotography_6602

I just LOVE these girls!!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6603

First look with the bridesmaids!!!! She looked AMAZING!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6604HopeTaylorPhotography_6605HopeTaylorPhotography_6606HopeTaylorPhotography_6607HopeTaylorPhotography_6608HopeTaylorPhotography_6609

Harper couldn’t get enough of the picture time-haha!!! She’s the cutest!!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6610HopeTaylorPhotography_6611HopeTaylorPhotography_6612HopeTaylorPhotography_6613HopeTaylorPhotography_6614HopeTaylorPhotography_6615HopeTaylorPhotography_6616HopeTaylorPhotography_6617

First look time!!! Best reaction ever!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6618HopeTaylorPhotography_6619HopeTaylorPhotography_6620HopeTaylorPhotography_6621HopeTaylorPhotography_6622HopeTaylorPhotography_6623HopeTaylorPhotography_6624HopeTaylorPhotography_6625HopeTaylorPhotography_6626HopeTaylorPhotography_6627HopeTaylorPhotography_6628HopeTaylorPhotography_6629HopeTaylorPhotography_6630HopeTaylorPhotography_6631HopeTaylorPhotography_6632Favorite!!! Drew is a pretty good veil thrower if I do say so myself!!! 🙂

HopeTaylorPhotography_6633HopeTaylorPhotography_6634HopeTaylorPhotography_6635HopeTaylorPhotography_6636HopeTaylorPhotography_6637Daddy daughter first look with Harper…I couldn’t stop the tears!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6638HopeTaylorPhotography_6639HopeTaylorPhotography_6640HopeTaylorPhotography_6641AHHHH!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6718

HopeTaylorPhotography_6643HopeTaylorPhotography_6644HopeTaylorPhotography_6645HopeTaylorPhotography_6646HopeTaylorPhotography_6647HopeTaylorPhotography_6648HopeTaylorPhotography_6650Ohhhhh this ceremony location…I die.

HopeTaylorPhotography_6719

HopeTaylorPhotography_6651HopeTaylorPhotography_6652HopeTaylorPhotography_6653HopeTaylorPhotography_6654HopeTaylorPhotography_6655HopeTaylorPhotography_6656Not a dry eye around!!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6657HopeTaylorPhotography_6658HopeTaylorPhotography_6659HopeTaylorPhotography_6660HopeTaylorPhotography_6661HopeTaylorPhotography_6662HopeTaylorPhotography_6663MARRIED!!!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6664HopeTaylorPhotography_6665HopeTaylorPhotography_6666HopeTaylorPhotography_6667HopeTaylorPhotography_6668HopeTaylorPhotography_6669HopeTaylorPhotography_6670HopeTaylorPhotography_6671HopeTaylorPhotography_6672HopeTaylorPhotography_6673HopeTaylorPhotography_6674HopeTaylorPhotography_6675HopeTaylorPhotography_6676HopeTaylorPhotography_6677OW OW!!! Hottie!!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6678HopeTaylorPhotography_6679HopeTaylorPhotography_6680

That LIGHT!!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6681HopeTaylorPhotography_6682HopeTaylorPhotography_6683FAVORITE!!! It may or may not have been illegal to climb these rocks…WORTH IT!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6684HopeTaylorPhotography_6685HopeTaylorPhotography_6686HopeTaylorPhotography_6687HopeTaylorPhotography_6689HopeTaylorPhotography_6690HopeTaylorPhotography_6691HopeTaylorPhotography_6692HopeTaylorPhotography_6693HopeTaylorPhotography_6694HopeTaylorPhotography_6695HopeTaylorPhotography_6696HopeTaylorPhotography_6697GAH! Love!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6698HopeTaylorPhotography_6699HopeTaylorPhotography_6700

The first dance turned into a hip hop dance Drew choreographed to Yeah! by Usher!!! They killed it!!!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6701HopeTaylorPhotography_6702HopeTaylorPhotography_6703Harper had quite a lot to say during her impromptu speech-SO SWEET!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6704HopeTaylorPhotography_6705HopeTaylorPhotography_6706HopeTaylorPhotography_6707HopeTaylorPhotography_6708HopeTaylorPhotography_6709HopeTaylorPhotography_6710HopeTaylorPhotography_6711HopeTaylorPhotography_6712HopeTaylorPhotography_6713HopeTaylorPhotography_6714GO CHELSEY! GO CHELSEY!

HopeTaylorPhotography_6715HopeTaylorPhotography_6716HopeTaylorPhotography_6717

A HUGE thank you to all of the incredible vendors who made this day happen:

Venue: Atlantis Resort

Hair: Nora Battey

Makeup: T’s Artistry

Florals: Cacique

Planner: Love Atlantis- Myoshi Higgs

Gown: Ava Laurenne

If you enjoyed this post, you might also love:

We Were in the Bahamas!!! 

Packing Gear for Traveling

Kelsie + Byron

POSTED

April 13, 2016

  1. Brooke Michelle

    April 13th, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    HOPE! this is so insane and incredible! So your brand 😉 I love it! Congrats to the newly weds!

  2. Eric

    April 26th, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    OBSESSED.

  3. Sam

    May 19th, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Absolutely love the colors & venue. Great job capturing the joy and sincerity of their special day!

  4. Amanda Nelson

    May 19th, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Favorite post. Hands down THE most gorgeous wedding ever. Beautiful bride, perfect details and colors incorporated with the natural Caribbean hues of the Bahamas. Seriously, amazing. Loved every photo!

hi, y'all!

I'm Hope Taylor, an international Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer based in Charleston, SC. I'm also an educator, international speaker, and the host of multiple sold-out workshops each year!

WELCOME TO MY BLOG

socialize:

 Newsletter

THE HOPE TAYLOR COMMUNITY

For access to free, exclusive educational content not found anywhere else, priority access to workshop registration and occasional discussion of chicken nuggets.

@HOPETAYLORPHOTOGRAPHY

ON INSTAGRAM

Follow Along