Kelly + Chris Celebrate with a Sandals Negril Wedding

Destination Wedding

January 21, 2021

It’s only January, but I have a feeling this will be the blog post of the year! Kelly + Chris celebrated with over 30 of their closest family and friends with a Sandals Negril wedding in beautiful Jamaica! It was a three day celebration, and I was pinching myself the whole time that I got to be there to not only meet these new friends, but have a BLAST celebrating with them!

Family and friends arrived throughout the week, and the wedding weekend kicked off on Thursday with a gorgeous beach side welcome party.

beach side bar at sandals negril wedding
jamaican musicians play at wedding welcome party
drinks served in coconuts at sandals negril
couple inviting their guests to cheers at beach side wedding
orange cocktails at sunset beach party

One thing I LOVE about destination weddings is that because I’m there for the whole weekend with the couple, I have lots of time for beautiful travel photos of the guests! Everyone deserves perfect photos on vacation!

couples pose for photos on the beach
beach side musicians perform in jamaica

The local band Chris and Kelly chose was PERFECT and really set the scene for this gorgeous welcome party. After a sweet welcome speech from the couple and a cheers of a coconut drink or two, everyone partied into the night!

Before we knew it, it was Friday! Wedding day! Kelly and Chris got dressed and hung out with family and friends in the spacious suites at Sandals Negril.

invitation and wedding details against a pink background
jamaican wedding details
three rings sitting in a box against a white light and airy background
grooms details at sandals negril wedding
wedding gifts for parents
getting ready hugs at destination wedding

Kelly shared the sweetest first look with her dad before walking down the aisle. Their relationship was so special – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house during their first dance to Tim McGraw’s My Little Girl. I loved it so much!

bride's first look with dad

The gorgeous ceremony was short but oh, so sweet! Can bubble exits always be a thing?! It was absolutely dreamy!

first kiss under awning at sandals negril resort
bubble exit at destination wedding
couple celebrates after their wedding ceremony at sandals negril

Let’s talk about this crew! Y’all, I didn’t know a single soul at this wedding coming in and by the time we left, we felt like we had 30 new best friends! Seriously, not only were Kelly + Chris the most wonderful people, they obviously surround themselves with them, too. Casey and I couldn’t have been more thankful that they invited us into all of the fun and treated us like just another couple at the party!

bride and groom share a kiss in front of their bridal party with tropical details
wedding party gives bridal couple a group hug surrounded by palm trees
tropical florals at destination wedding
bridesmaid bouquet at jamaican wedding
guys cheer with beer at destination wedding in jamaica

If you thought you’ve seen a lot of photos already, here come the bride and groom portraits! Kelly + Chris are absolutely gorgeous both inside and out. They worked so hard to make this celebration happen! The couple had to reschedule their flights 6 times, coordinate dozens of room changes for guests and waited nervously for over thirty negative COVID tests! Even though they went through so much to get there, you could tell everyone was just thrilled to finally celebrate this amazing couple.

When they had been dating just six months, they visited Jamaica and decided they HAD to get married at Sandals Negril one day! Everyone understood the second we walked off the plane why they fought so hard for this Sandals Negril wedding! The country is beautiful, the resort is unforgettable and the whole celebration was truly something I’ll cherish being a part of forever!

bride in white dress with tropical flowers and groom in grey suit at a sandals negril wedding
couple twirls on the beach in jamaica
bride and groom celebrate at their jamaican wedding
bridal portraits with backless wedding dress
bright photo of couple on the beach during a destination wedding
sunset photos at destination wedding
photos of wedding couple waving a jamaican flag
couple running on the beach with a flag in jamaica
husband leading bride up the stairs in a white room

It’s going to take me a while to get over these photos! Ahh!

Next, it was time for the most gorgeous cocktail hour on the deck overlooking a gorgeous beach sunset. If you need a reason to have your own Sandals Negril wedding, this might just be it!

Greenery on table at sandals negril
cocktail hour details and bar at destination wedding
tropical florals at wedding place setting

As the sun went down, the couple literally danced the night away with family and friends. Y’all, the dance floor was EVERYTHING. Casey and I definitely got down with our bad selves right along with everyone else. All of the hard work Kelly, Chris, and their families put into this week paid off in every way. It was truly just the most beautiful day!

bride dances with the staff at sandals negril
couple shares the first dance and cake cutting

On the final day of the wedding festivities, Kelly + Chris treated everyone to the most incredible Catamaran ride! It was not only unbelievable to get to ride on the gorgeous Jamaican seas, but we even got to jump in! It was something I’ll never, ever forget!

the katt catamaran at sandals negril
party people jump into the water at rick's cafe in jamaica
groom enjoys boat ride in jamaica
sunset catamaran ride arrives at sandals negril

I know there are SO many photos in this post but I promise, this was me showing restraint! I could go on and on about this weekend, this wedding, and these people. And I probably will! I hope this is the first of many Sandals Negril weddings of my career. Cheers to the Brocks!

Sandals Negril

Florals: Tai Flora Lux

Makeup: Kate Troxell

Videography: Clearview Productions

Wedding Dress: White Dress Bridal Boutique

Seamstress: Maria Arteaga Studio

Hair: Nicole Melvin/Salon Cole

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Birdy Grey

Florals: Tai Flora Lux

Travel Agent: Charmaine George with Haute Global Travel

Hi there! I’m Wyeth Augustine, a Charlotte wedding photographer shooting weddings all over the South and destination weddings worldwide. If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding at Sandals Negril or beyond, shoot me a message over here!

  1. Marion Silber says:

    Wow!! What a fun wedding!! I wish I had been invited! Your work makes me feel like I was part of the fun! Congrats on another beautiful, artistic job!!

  2. Shannon Labinski says:

    All of these pictures should be in a magazine – Beautiful wedding party in an amazing setting!!

  3. Kelly and Chris, I am so happy that everything turned out the way you had planned. It was an honor to work with you and all your guests in planning and re-planning your destination wedding. If you can keep your sanity through the curveballs that life has thrown your way over the last year, the rest of your life should-be a piece of cake. You have wonderful memories with all of these beautiful photos. Reference them often and know that you have friends and family that are their to support you through the good times and the bad.
    Best wishes to both of you.
    Fondly,
    Char

  4. Kelly says:

    This wedding was our dream come true! You gifted us this blog on the night before we left for home. We couldn’t wipe the smiles and the happy tears off of our faces for the rest of our trip. I cannot thank you enough, Wyeth, for your dedication and breathtaking photography! Your work & professionalism is beyond excellent! You have captured the once in a lifetime moments that we would have never been able to capture. We feel so lucky that our lives crossed paths with yours & Casey’s and cannot wait to see you guys again in our future!

    • Wyeth Augustine says:

      Kelly, seriously, you will never know how much this means to me!! Being a part of this day was such a gift, but more importantly, YOU and Chris are such a gift! We are so thankful for y’all and can’t wait to watch y’all absolutely rock the adventure in front of you!! You’re both so smart, kind, and determined, and I know you have an AMAZING future ahead!

  5. Sally Brockman says:

    Thank you for capturing such beautiful moments that makes me able to see the love and happiness which fills Kelly & Chris. Warms my heart.

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