Negril Jamaica Wedding
This Negril, Jamaica wedding was my first solo destination job. It was probably one of the hardest weddings I’ve ever had to shoot. I was super sick the day before with food poisoning but managed to get on the plane and survive the trek down to Jamaica. Bumpy, windy roads and a crazy Jamaican driver were not my friend that day. Although they did give me a free Red Stripe the minute I was picked up. On top of that, this was my first destination wedding and I shot it solo(which I rarely ever do now). I had limited lighting gear and no assistant. The wedding and the people were awesome sauce. Outside of the lighting challenges this wedding presented, it was pretty amazing and I’d gladly go back. The people of Jamaica were extremely generous and friendly. If you do end up down that way, my advice is to get away from the resort and meet the locals and try their food. You won’t regret it. A Negril Jamaica wedding was obviously a lot of fun.
The wedding itself was held and Moondance Cliffs Resort. It’s a great one stop shop if you’re looking for a nice place to stay right on the ocean. There isn’t a beach but you can jump off the cliffs and in some places there are ladders. I stayed at a small hostel right down the road from the resort in a little neighborhood. The people were super friendly and the owner of the hostel was a British ex-pat who’d been living in Jamaica for over a decade. The one thing that really struck me about Jamaica is you would see these small homes sometimes in shambles and then you’d make your way onto the resort and those same people living in those homes would be working the resort jobs. I guess it’s a good thing that there is work for them but the dichotomy of the two worlds so close together really struck me. It’s much like when I work/visit Guatemala or any other developing country. The difference between the lower and the upper class is extremely noticeable and there’s not much of a middle class like in the United States. I will say I did have the best goat curry ever in Jamaica. It was worth it just for the food.