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Amber Ridinger & Duane McLaughlin wedding in Puerto Rico pt 1

‘This wedding is split across 4 posts to allow each part of the wedding to shine’.

So, this is where it all started. I touched down in Puerto Rico honored and ready to document the amazing wedding of Amber Ridinger and Duane McLaughlin. Destination weddings are amazing, but they also have their negatives. Issues with visa’s, tiredness and working out of your comfort zone can be a challenge bigger than some assume. However one of the biggest reasons why I shoot mainly destination weddings is because I tell stories. I arrive a stranger but leave as family. For me this hold weight far bigger than a transaction. I will live my life documenting people and making friendships. Connecting to two with my art completes me and when I am old, I will look back and smile over the value I have created in peoples life. Most destination weddings span across a number of days and involve a number of events. This wedding started here, on an amazing beach in the Ritz Carlton Puerto Rico.

The small details are important. They hold the key for many triggered memories and tell the story of why a couple decided on that particular destination.  I arrived with my assistant Yiannis to find Duane in the sea, feeling right at home kite-surfing, this is where it all started. Hanging out with people, observing them, their family and friends to build a mental picture of their story is why I shoot stories. I am more focused on a series of images over single imagery. It is a case of watching, building trust and connections first. Trust is a major part of what I do and I know at this stage I had their trust…..this was precious to me. After some fun times on the sand, friends and family started to casually arrive, so naturally where is there life, there are stories and moments. It was beautiful to see people come together and embrace this experience. When I saw Duane’s reaction when he first saw his ‘Boyz’ I knew how special this day would be for him. So I introduced myself to his friends and after no time I was accepted into the crew as one of the ‘Boyz’, the only Greek one which gave me immense pride. Now it was a case of documenting the moments between friends, the moments they will all remember for ever. I thank Duane and Amber again for allowing me to be a part of their personal memories.

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  • Tina Bailey /   1 May 2013

    Adam, the colour in these pictures come right up to you and smack you in the face. they are stunning. all your work is amazing but these stand out. helped by this is incredible destination, of course, but mostly i think it is because you have captured the comeraderie of the 'boyz' and the flavour of local life so well. you can't even really tell who is part of the group and who isn't. the shots integrate everyone and everything into one big party that i want to be invited to. it makes me think i know them personally.

  • Bhavna pandya-barratt /   1 May 2013

    I am with what Theresa Said you Hsbe captured this perfectly. Love the laughter :) x

  • Juan Martin /   1 May 2013

    WOW! The spirit...the energy...the abs! amazing!

  • Thanos Asfis /   1 May 2013

    This is not about technique.. This is about content, this is about life, this is about being human, sharing a relationship, giving into a feeling.. There are many good photographers out there but very few are giving as you are mate.. and giving is the first step for receiving, for getting back love and true emotions. This is what makes you an artist, all the other stuff you can learn.. Keep on giving..

  • Michael & Debby /   1 May 2013

    Fantastic Work adam! stunning pictures as always! we love the mood you bring out in the pictures! going through these pictures makes you almost feel like you were there (well - we really wish we would have been there!!!!!!)! cant wait to see part 2-4....