• Meredith

Jess & Nate: Secret Harbor St. Thomas Beach Engagement Session - Virgin Islands Wedding Photographer

Jess and Nate came down to St. Thomas to check out their wedding venue Villa Serenita for the first time (seriously can’t wait to shoot their wedding there in October). I was already on St. Thomas for another shoot so I stuck around an extra day for their engagement session. I spent the whole day before driving around the island in a tiny little rental car and scoping out some good locations.

Location scouting is such an important step for me! I really like to feel prepared before a shoot and scope out the location in advance to know what to expect. I have a little app on my phone called SunSeeker - it tracks that path of the sun at that specific GPS coordinate. So with the help of the app, you know exactlyyy when the sun will dip below the hillside and what time you need to start the session. It’s totally worth the few extra bucks and is super helpful when you can’t visit a location at sunset or sunrise time.

We ended up picking two beaches near Villa Serenita and close to where they were staying for this trip. Muller Bay and Secret Harbour Beach Resort ended up being the perfect combo of beautiful evening light and that glowy sunset. I loved the white sand of the first beach and the dinghy dock at Secret Harbor was such a fun feature! We had some drinks and appetizers at the bar before heading out to the first beach. It was so much fun and Jess and Nate absolutely killed it!

They have been dating for 11 years and it will be almost exactly 12 by the time their wedding rolls around this fall. Holy moly they’ve been through a lot together. I can’t wait to celebrate with them and meet their friends and family in October!