grand palladium jamaica wedding photographer. {jasmine + jonathan}

February 21, 2013

While I was leisurely getting my psychology degree, it just so happened that all my close girlfriends were in law school. I met Jasmine at a birthday party in this group of friends in our hometown of Edmonton, Alberta – little did I know we would have the honour of documenting her wedding in Jamaica years later!!

Jasmine & Jonathan are one of the sweetest couples we’ve ever met. (And we meet a lot of couples!) Their kindness, generosity, care & compassion make you feel like all is right in the world. Being in their presence is a gift!

They met when Jonathan was the bartender at the University of  Alberta dive bar, Avenue.  Jasmine was in law school. Law students frequented the bar on Thursday nights and that’s where Jonny & Jasmine noticed each other early on in the school year, but both were too shy to take their conversation beyond, “Diet Coke?” and “Yes, please.” One night, one of their mutual friends, Shawn, became extremely intoxicated at Avenue.  Jonathan hadn’t seen Jasmine for three Thursdays, so he asked Shawn where Jasmine was.Shawn joked, “She thought you weren’t interested so she’s never coming back.”  Jonathan was saddened by this turn of events, so he wrote his phone number on a scrap of paper, with a smiley face, and asked Shawn to give it to Jasmine. Mortified, Jasmine felt she needed to call him to apologize on Shawn’s behalf (or something like that). Drinks at Sugarbowl followed… the rest is history!

For the proposal, Jonathan whisked Jasmine away to New York City, on a surprise romantic trip…

My favourite from their ‘homework’:

Favorite gift the other has given?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Jonny says: ‘A bitchin’ watch that still gets compliments from random strangers.’                                                                                                                                       

Jasmine says: ‘A stuffed retarded-looking sock monster called Torki.’ 

Their perfect intimate wedding took place at a fabulous Montego Bay, Jamaica resort ‘Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton.’ We flew in from Punta Cana for just 3 days and loved absolutely every minute with these two!!

Jasmine & Jonathan – we love you dearly and can’t wait till you start having babies!!!! xoxoxoxo

Landing in Montego Bay, Jamaica right over the turquoise waters. Feels close enough to reach out and touch! 

Early morning location scouting! It’s always so exciting to work in a new location… 

Love this resort even more! (Although some Punta Cana resorts are sloooooooowly starting recycling programs too).

Jonathan & Jasmine’s first look was so touching, they had me in tears even before their ‘I-do’s’

View from the garden wedding gazebo, Grand Palladium Jamaica.

Awesome steel drum band for their ceremony.

I bet you also can’t help but think … Jasmine & Jonathan will have THE cutest babies!! 

Their breezy intimate wedding reception, Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Jamaica.

For the Day After Beloved session, the four of us ventured out off-resort property to explore and visit Rose Hall, a breathtaking (and spooky) historical landmark near Montego Bay, a popular tourist destination for tourist AND brides. Rose hall is also available for weddings!

According to the legend, Annie Palmer aka the ‘White Witch’ had practiced voodoo & witchcraft, murdered a few of her husbands, as well as tortured & killed many male plantation slaves. She was eventually killed by a slave herself and was laid to rest on the plantation grounds. Yikes!

Having our stunning couple in this majestic place had me excited like a kid in a candy store. I’m in love with these portraits!

Our formidable guide shares chilling stories as the wind whistles through gaps in the window panes… 

Down below, a dungeon turned into a pub. The walls and stone floor seemingly breathe history. As we sip our rum punch, the bartender shares a very realistic ghost story… He recalls that just a few days prior, he noticed a woman in a red gown walking in the adjacent room and was quick to get behind his bar, anticipating her arrival to the main salon. He thought it was odd that she didn’t reappear, and later asked in ticket sales if anyone had indeed taken a tour that morning. No one had. 

Perfect halo of light.

We love you, Jamaica. Until next time!



  1. kristin

    February 21st, 2013 at 21:22

    Wowza! What a gorgeous couple and collection of photos! I always love your work Katya!

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