Photog Review- Jean-Marcus Strole
Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:31 PM
First Congrats to all of you and have FUN planning your destination weddingâ€¦.we made it fun and it was a BLAST!
Our wedding was May 9, 2009 in St. Thomas. It took me so long to write a review b/c we are about to do a 2nd honeymoon in Italy in 5 days, AND just bought a houseâ€¦we have been so busy, and I wanted to make sure when I write this review that John Marcus (JM) gets all the credit he deservesâ€¦.b/c
Just talking to JM here on the forums and with planning things out, I felt like I knew him forever, he is very outgoing, friendly and has a great humor.
I had a wedding planner in St. Thomas, and she was awesome, but I wanted a photographer who had a little more artistic, photojournalistic and unique style than what came in the package. At first, I was really hesitant to have a photographer come from across the country (Seattle to Caribbean) and thought it was really unrealistic. I struggled with it for weeks!
I was looking around and I just kept going back to JMâ€™s photos, I was just so impressed. At first, I said â€œno we canâ€™t do that, it would be crazyâ€â€¦.but then after 2 weeks of seriously thinking about wanting JM as our photographer and how much I loved his work, I couldnâ€™t sleep one night, I woke my FI up (who I had been constantly telling about JM for weeks)â€¦.I said â€œI just have to have JM as our photographerâ€â€¦Ron said OK immediatelyâ€¦prob b/c I kept talking about how much I loved JMâ€™s work and seriously Ron loved his work too!
Pre Wedding: JM is so fun to work with, very laid back. And he always responds to emails very quicklyâ€¦I never had to wait days to have him answer questions. Even a few months b/f the wedding, when I was freaking out, he always responded right awayâ€¦I swear he carries his computer on him all the time! He totally put my mind to ease.
When you book JM he comes for as many days as you want, and photographs as much/little as you want. It is basically unlimited photos.
Day 1: We didnâ€™t have any plans but dinner, JM came out, met the family and really just got to know everyone. He is so outgoing that everyone just took to him and love him right away. At first my family was like â€œyour photographer is from where? And why?â€ That lasted until they met himâ€¦they LOVED himâ€¦
Day2: Pre wedding welcome lunch at the hotel and dinner on a boat. It was awesomeâ€¦again, we wanted really laid back, and wanted everyone to have fun and they didâ€¦JM was like a part of the familyâ€¦he just fit right in and got along with everyone.
Day 3: Wedding Day- JM met me early for me to get hair/makeup, had awesome ideas for a â€˜first lookâ€™ with my FI so we could do pre wedding pics at the Ritz. As Im getting ready, he was SO much of a helpâ€¦ Im not kidding youâ€¦he helped out so much..my wedding was super small and last minute things that needed to be done, he was such a great help and eager to do so
We did pre wedding pics, then drove to the ceremony at the beach. It rained but JM took all the chances he could get to get great pics when the sun peaked through
At the same time, he was always helping out, either with me or the guestsâ€¦.totally awesomeâ€¦I seriously donâ€™t know what I would have done without him there.
Keep in mind, as outgoing as he is, he was totally professional the entire time.
Day 4: TTD
Well, we didnâ€™t plan to do a TDD, but the day b/f the wedding decided to buy a â€˜usedâ€™ dress from the Wedding Coordinator. SO glad we didâ€¦.OMG it was amazing. First I must say JM insisted he be there for him to help me pick out the best dress for the TDD shootâ€¦..he didnâ€™t have to do this, but he did. He met us at the hotel room, I tried on dresses, he examined them, gave his opinion, and it was so cool he took the time to do thatâ€¦.he wanted me to have the best dress for the shootâ€¦.shows how much he really cares about his work!
We had the TDD on St. John, Trunk Bayâ€¦which was a special place to JM anyway b/c his father had visited there many years before and had such great things to say about the beach.
The TDD was awesomeâ€¦I was WAY more relaxed and they are such AWESOME Picsâ€¦the sun was out, and he is so artistic, he had so many ideasâ€¦.aside from the Posed shots that most photographers doâ€¦, just so unique and artistic!
JM came up with an idea, he wanted to do a pic with umbrellas, and we searched long and hard for some white ones, but only found blueâ€¦.the blue of our weddingâ€¦so we used them.
EVERYONE, I mean EVERYONE LOVES the umbrella picsâ€¦I have had people ask if they could have them to just put up in their house b/c it is so amazingâ€¦.Im not kidding!....but I wonâ€™t tell you the secret of how he got this awesome shot
JM was amazing, he was like a photographer, wedding coordinator, supporter, friend throughout the entire time, while still professional. He was kinda the life of the party at times, so engaging to all of our guestsâ€¦when we didnâ€™t know what to do at times b/c of the craziness, he was there to direct us during the weddingâ€¦he has had so much experience that he just KNEW what to do and when to do it!
At the end of the wedding Everyone said â€œJM was greatâ€ they just loved him and wanted his contact info right away! They at first questioned why I would send a photog across the country to do the pics before the wedding, then they said â€œwe know exactly why you picked himâ€!
Our pics are awesomeâ€¦.so awesome I donâ€™t know how Im going to choose a photo bookâ€¦Im still trying to pick out thank you cardsâ€¦.I am in awe of the picsâ€¦it is going to take me some time.
One last noteâ€¦since JM lives in Seattle and we live in CAâ€¦we are actually thinking about having him come and photograph our first childs Bdayâ€¦no plans for preg yet but I feel like he is â€œMYâ€ photographer for any event we do in the future. I also know I gained a friend during thisâ€¦ But for those of you who just want â€˜a photographerâ€™ and no personal relationship, JM is up to that tooâ€¦he Is so versatile and very professionalâ€¦but a Hell of a lot of fun to be with!
Im too tired to post picsâ€¦I hope JM can respond and post picsâ€¦ Night shifts are tough so I really want you to see some pics and see how awesome he isâ€¦.but Ive been up over 24 hours and need to sleep.
JMâ€¦we love ya!
Manda and Ron
Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:47 PM
Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:54 PM
how could you NOT love your wedding. it was so much fun and everyone super nice and so relaxed and just FUNNNN>...
more to be seen here jean-marcus strole photography: Destination Wedding: St. Thomas US Virgin Islands: Amanda & Ron
Posted 18 August 2009 - 01:27 AM
Im So Sorry...and you have such a cool name, how could I F that up?
If anyone on here knows how I can edit my post, let me know...if not, I will re-post again...with the CORRECT name :0
Posted 23 August 2009 - 11:17 PM
can one of you edit this so my name is spelled correctly . Jean-Marcus
Posted 24 August 2009 - 06:27 AM
Many congratulations, beautiful memories to cherish.
Posted 24 August 2009 - 06:28 AM
Many congratulations, beautiful memories to cherish.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:50 PM
Absolutely stunning!! Could someone possibly let me know around how much it would be to have you come back to St John four months from now for my wedding?! I would love it. @jean-marcus
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