Hi brides! My name is Brandy and this is the first time I'm on this site! I am so happy I found it! My fiance and I will be married at Beaches Turks & Caicos in July 2013!
I have read a lot of the brides posts and I have some information concerning the photorgraphy at the resort. As many of you, I have heard awful things about their photography (mean photographer, didn't capture important photos, like the cake, etc). I did a lot of research and it really seems like run-of-the-mill photography. I spoke with my wedding doordinator (Roxi) and she said that I would not know who my photographer was until very close to the wedding date. Roxi also told me that the photographers do not have websites. So there was no way I was going to be able to see who our photographer would be OR see the work they've done in the past.
Not to fear totally brides! With it being a small world, my fiance has a friend whose daughter was married there in November. Luckily, I had the opportunity to meet with her. She gave me the scoop of restaurants to visit (and ones to skip), awesome tips/tricks about the resort and how to be prepared when packing for the trip (like bring bug spray!) I'm happy to share any and all details she gave me, just ask!. She also told me ALL about her wedding experience including her photography. She said her photographer was ok. She wasn't thrilled with it but her experience also wasn't terrible. I saw her photo album and honestly, the place is just gorgeous. It's hard to mess up photos with such a gorgeous place. My friend didn't love the photographers personality but he did capture most of the wedding and details she wanted.
I've seen a lot of brides say that the resort does not allow outside vendors including photography. That is true, BUT, and this is a big BUT, if you want outside photography, you will have to book whomever is coming to the resort for your wedding (exact number of photographers/videographers) a three-night room stay. Yes, that's right. You will have to book them rooms that they will not be staying in. That is in addition to paying for your outside vendor. Guest passes and other ways of getting around it do not work. The resort wants your money and that is the price you must pay. At first, I thought there was no way. And THEN I got the idea to just add them to a room that was already booked. We have a couple single people attending our wedding. So we added our photographer and videographer to their room. It's a lot cheaper to add people to a room than it is to book a separate room. It was very doable and we cut other things out that didn't mean as much to us in order to be able to have photo/video we know we will cherrish and love.
Now for who our photo/video people will be! Thanks to another Brandy on this site, we read her reviews about Tropical Imaging! Google them and be sure to watch their videos of weddings. Truly, hands down, they know how to do weddings. They have numerous options for various budgets and all kinds of packages. We are going with one photographer and one videographer for our Big Day and we couldn't be happier to have found this company. They actually live very close to the resort.
For brides who do not wish to book a room for an outside vendor, there is an option to do off-site photography through Tropical Imaging! On any day you choose, you and your fiance/husband can pick a day and they will take you to some of the most beautiful spots and you can have your own private photo session. They also do "Trash the Dress" if you'd like. From talking with the photographer at Tropical Imaging, he said that couples can choose to go with the photographer given to them at the resort for the actual wedding and then the day after the wedding, put the gorgeous gown back on, do up the hair and make-up and have their own private photo session off site. This is another option.
My fiance and I didn't want to be taken off the resort and have to do up the gown, make-up, hair thing again (mostly me) because it would take time away from our family and friends who have come all that way to be with us. So we bit the bullet and chose to have them at our actual wedding. It's an expense but I was NOT going to have my wedding day photos be only "so-so" because the resort photographer was crappy. Those photos are the only thing we will have from our special day. Plus, I'm a little on the anal side and I knew I'd be worried the day of my wedding if the photographers were capturing all that they needed to. For me, the money is worth the piece of mind.
I have a lot of other info too for anyone who has questions!
Please let me know if you have questions about anything else! I have really enjoyed reading all of the threads and have learned a lot from reading them. I will probably throw out questions in the near future!