• Justin + Chasity

Today is the PERFECT day to blog a beautiful tropical wedding because it is the furthest thing from “tropical” around here! It is nasty outside!! I’m curled up with my puppy, next to the Christmas tree and it’s pouring on this 40 degree morning. I’m secretly hoping it turns to snow tonight!! Michael and I were so spoiled this past weekend. We spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Dominican Republic with a super sweet couple from Anchorage, Alaska!! Talk about a climate change! Justin and Chasity recently moved to Alaska for his job and they left sub-zero temperatures to come and get married in paradise! (Smart move!). It was beautiful, warm, and an absolutely STUNNING location to start a new life together!

Chasity is a photographer and when she contacted me about photographing her destination wedding, I was honored. I was honored because I know that if you’re in the photography world, you know of DOZENS of photographers that could capture your wedding day and do a great job! Why Chasity chose a redhead from Virginia? I don’t know…. but I’m so thankful that we were given the chance to get to know this sweet couple and capture this amazing celebration.

Destination weddings are SO different from our normal weddings that we shoot. Sure, they are smaller and less stressful but what a lot of people don’t realize is that for a photographer, it’s a very intimate experience because you’re spending time with the  couple and their BEST friends and family for over two days (in most cases!).  After meeting Chasity for breakfast, meeting their families, waving to them from across the pool, passing them and chatting on the beach, hanging out at rehearsal and then photographing the rehearsal dinner and doing a quick engagement shoot…. I felt like I had known these people my whole life! Both their families and their friends were so welcoming to Michael and I. We immediately felt like a part of the group and that’s important when the whole wedding is less than 50 people!

Justin and Chasity actually had a large destination wedding. 40 of their friends and family flew into Punta Cana to celebrate with them!! Justin mentioned during rehearsal that you know you have amazing friends when they’ll travel out of the country for your wedding!! From beginning to end, their day was perfect. Of course it was a little windy being right on the water but beautiful view was worth a little hair in the face! I’m so excited to share some of my favorites from this gorgeous Dominican Republic wedding at the Secrets resort in Punta Cana!! Enjoy!!

And Justin and Chasity, thank you for allowing us to be there to celebrate with your friends and family! We absolutely LOVED capturing your day and we can’t wait to share your full gallery so that you can share your day with all of your friends back home!!



Chasity’s dress was custom made just for her! 

Loved these Kendra Scott earrings!! 

Just beautiful!!

Chasity!! You’re gorgeous!!!!!

First Look! 

Ohh tropical light is AMAZING! 


Love these bridal shots! 

Sweet sisters! 

What an amazing ceremony location!! WOW!!

Watching Chasity come down the aisle:)

Annnd there was a rainbow. Could this be more perfect?! 



Just beautiful! 

They had all of their guest write postcards as a guest book!! So fun! 

Hanging out before the reception…

Now THAT is an awesome reception venue!

Annnnd SURPRISE!! They surprised their guest with FIRE dancers!!! 


Perfect shot to end this tropical, colorful post! I hope you enjoyed it! 

xoxo, Katelyn
33 Comments Weddings
  1. Kristina W. reply

    This post is so wonderful! I love everything about it! The bridal party shot where they all have their arms around each other looking at the water is so fitting for a small intimate tropical wedding! My favorite portrait is the kissing under the palm tree one. :) Congratulations Chasity and Justin!

  2. Ashley Lester reply

    Does anyone else think she looks exactly like lisa kudrow?!

  3. Beth reply

    Just beautiful! I would love to shoot a destination wedding somewhere tropical! Fantastic job as usual. It’s no wonder why Chasity chose you to be her photographer!

  4. Anna d reply

    Que Belleza!!! I would love to be there right now :) Beautiful images as always!

  5. Kathryn Grace reply

    Wow! Beautiful job, Katelyn!

  6. Kat reply

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I love that peach wall :)

  7. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    WOW those portraits are gorgeous! You found the most amazing light in so many places! I especially love the colors of the beachside portraits – so so beautiful! What a FUN wedding! Oh, and those ring shots in the green plant are SO cool!!

  8. Abby reply

    she looks a bit like Phoebe from Friends :)

  9. Anna Grace Paulovkin reply

    WOW. wow.

  10. Kristen reply

    I really love the ring shots in the trees. Great job!! It looks like such a beautiful place to have a wedding and vacation! :)

  11. Rebekah Carter reply

    Wowww!! Love, love, love the blue flowers & bridesmaid dresses. And the wind just adds to the shots, making them even more amazing. Fabulous job.

  12. Meredith Sledge reply

    Dream wedding!!! WOW! You captured this wedding SO well! Love it! And that ring shot?! You know the one I’m talking about…. OH MY GOSH. Great job!

  13. Gabrielle C reply

    Oh my! All of those bright colors make me so happy. This makes me want to be somewhere warm. It looks like they had a perfect day.

  14. ashley barnett reply

    Nailed it!!! These are amazing Katelyn! Got me even more excited for our wedding here next year…I’m LOVING her gorgeous dress and I think the wind adds so much to these images!!

  15. ashley barnett reply

    Oh, and she most definitely looks like Lisa Kudrow! STUNNING! :)

  16. kristina bills reply

    WOW just beautiful!!! I love the ocean side pictures! Just gorgeous! makes winter look beautiful!

  17. Carrie Logan reply

    STOPPPP this is BEAUTIFUL. And exactly what I needed with 5 inches of snow coating the ground outside here in Lancaster!! ;) Ahhhh! There are so many different lighting situations here and you nailed each and every one… what an awesome day!

  18. Erin reply

    So amazing!!!! I have been waiting for this post:) Love all the tropical colors! Great job Katelyn!

  19. Sabrina reply

    SO GORGEOUS!!! I love the shots of them after the ceremony, but goodness I love the ring shots in the greenery too! So amazing, Katelyn!!

  20. Amanda reply

    this makes me warm all over to look at! Beautiful work, as always!

  21. Maureen reply

    AWESOME SHOTS!!! CHASity is a great friend and was my wedding photographer so to see her pictures turn out so wonderful and the wedding day look perfect is the best!!

  22. ashley link reply

    i love the location, i love the light, and i LOVE all the colors. i want to get married here. so pretty! great job! i might stow away in your suitcase if you do another destination wedding in this dreary weather! haha.

  23. jennifer Weems reply

    Oh my I’m in love with every singe one of these! Amazing photography and beautiful bride!!

  24. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    I was going to list my favorite pics but the list would be exhaustive! Amazing job!

  25. Stephanie Stewart reply

    So gorgeous, so fun, so colorful! Love this wedding – the wind, the light, the trees, everything! now they can cover their walls to remind them of such a warm, perfect, love-filled day!

  26. Rachel Kronke Guerrero reply

    OMG! Just gorgeous! Absolutely everything was perfect. Bride, groom, venues, flowers, PHOTOGRAPHY! All just picture perfect! I am in tears after viewing! Great job and congratulations! Much love and continued blessings!

  27. Annamarie reply

    Wowww Katelyn…you nailed this one!! Their portraits are so amazing! Especially the bridal party shots with the amazing light! Love!

  28. I always | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Katelyn James Photography reply

    […] I absolutely LOVE this shoot because of the COLOR! My style is naturally colorful and so I was in heaven!  I really wouldn’t mind shooting in a tropical location more often!! Enjoy seeing more of this beautiful couple and if you missed their tropical destination wedding, you can view it here!  […]

  29. Danielle reply

    Beautiful shots of a gorgeous wedding day! the bride looks so much like Lisa kudrow it’s crazy. :)

  30. Savvy Images – Capturing Moments That Make Life Worth Living reply

    […] After some pretty amazing wedding festivities in the Dominican Republic over the past couple weeks, it is SO good to be back at it. As most of you can imagine, I am BEYOND excited to share some of the AMAZING photos that our destination wedding photographer Katelyn James took while we were there!! I cannot even explain just how INCREDIBLE she and Michael (her husband, second shooter & travel companion) were!! I could use so many wonderful words to describe them: Passionate, Talented, Detailed, Flexible, Prompt, Friendly. Those are a handful off the top of my head, but I cannot think of one word that could even express just HOW grateful I am that they did such an incredible job photographing our wedding weekend. I will seriously cherish their photos, and the memories that they captured for the rest of my life! There are WAY to many that I love to share them all, but below are some of my favorites so far. If you are a bride or groom to-be reading this blog post, I hope you take at least ONE thing from it… BE SURE to hire a wedding photographer that you absolutely LOVE. You spend ALL day (if not longer with them), so you want to make sure you get along well, and that their work is in line with your expectations. With all the other chaos going on, the last thing you want to do on your big day, is question your photographer! Also, you can’t go back and/or have a do-over if you aren’t happy with your wedding photos for some reason. Planning a destination wedding, from what seems to be like a destination (aka Alaska) was extremely stressful, but having so much trust in Katelyn definitely helped keep my nerves somewhat in check. Haha. To see more of our wedding photos on Katelyn blog, please check that out here! […]

  31. Bobette Kyle reply

    Wow, Amazing, beautiful photos. Love the scenery and you’ve captured Chasity’s beauty so well. Found myself just staring at her in several of the photos.

  32. There were | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Katelyn James Photography reply

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