michelle sullivan photography

January 19, 2010

Tara-Louise + Brett :: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 7:41 pm

I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this post.  First and foremost it is about two amazing people who met and fell in love.  They were on vacation back in June and Brett decided to propose to Tara-Louise and this is the view from where he proposed:

They loved it so much in St. Thomas that they decided to come back and have their wedding here!

Tara-Louise is a violinist and she became friends with Danielle, another violinist, who’s wedding I did back in June.  They were both staying in New York for a good part of the summer and happened to meet.  Danielle had just gotten married and Tara-Louise had just gotten engaged.  Tara-Louise knew that she wanted her wedding to be in January so she had to start planning right away. She found her beautiful dress online:

And then Danielle told her about me.  I would have never dreamed that my very first destination wedding would be somewhere as awesome as St. Thomas so when I got an email from Tara-Louise asking if I’d be willing to come to St. Thomas for her wedding, I couldn’t even believe it!

Tara-Louise and Brett were so hospitable and kind – they treated us like family.  They made arrangements for us to stay in the same house that they stayed in when they were there back in June.  It is a wonderful place called Hawk’s View. The owners, Theresa and Ed were also so hospitable and accommodating, making sure that we had everything we needed and that we had a wonderful stay.  While we were there we found the entry that Brett left in the guest book. I love how it says ‘until we meet again’ =)

So this time, they decided to rent a different place with a private beach to have their wedding on.  The Beach House is so beautiful and serene.

Here is Tara-Loise getting ready:

The ceremony was simple and meaningful:


First we did some portraits on the beach:

Then we wanted to do some portraits at this abandoned house Eric and I had seen while driving to the wedding.  It did not disappoint.  It reminded me of the scene in Ever After with Drew Barrymore (Yes, I love Drew Barrymore movies!) when they went to a place that had trees and leaves growing inside of the abandoned castle or home.  It didn’t have a roof, so that let in some light but by the time we got there the sun was pretty much gone.  This place was incredible – wouldn’t it be fantastic if we had places like this in Orange County?

Then it was too dark to do any portraits w/o a flash and you know I’m not a fan of flash……so we headed back for dinner.

It was an intimate dinner with close friends and family. Brett’s brother gave the first toast:

Then after we left I took I picture of the tiny road you take to get to the Beach House and a jeep is pretty much a necessity =)

Thank you so much Tara-Louise and Brett for choosing me to document your wedding! It was an amazing experience!

Wedding Coordinator: Jen Hall

Florist: Ali Slimming from East End Flower Shop



  1. That’s so cool. Congrats on your first destination wedding.

    Comment by Adam — January 20, 2010 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  2. You outdid yourself yet again Michelle – stupendous work! And glad to know you had such a wonderful time.

    Comment by Auntie Sharon — January 21, 2010 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  3. Wow!Those pictures are incredible!You have an amazing talent and it was an absolute pleasure to meet both of you.Thanks again for taking our guests up the treacherous driveway so I could give the toast.

    Comment by Derek Lukasik — January 22, 2010 @ 6:18 am | Reply

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