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Shooting Destination Weddings

Destination Wedding Photographer: Stephen Gosling Photography

I always thought the term ‘Destination Wedding’ was an odd one.  A destination is merely a place you go to, so technically everybody has a destination wedding, don’t they?  Getting over the semantic linguistic side of it, in the industry, from the photographers point-of-view; a ‘Destination Wedding’ is a wedding that happens in a location that is not local to said photographer.  I’m sure everyone reading this knew that, but my blog posts have a formula and here we are in the set-up stages of the post so just go along with me on this one.

So far in my career I have been lucky enough to shoot two ‘Destination Weddings’.  Both of them were in 2012; Tiffany & Sean’s wedding in Cancun, Mexico and RaeAnn & Steve’s wedding in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


I was recently having drinks with a fellow photographer and she was mentioning how she wanted to make Destination Weddings a major part of her business.  We talked about how to go around marketing for that kind of business and it was a pretty enlightening chat.  And it got me thinking about where in the world I would like to photograph weddings.  If I had the choice; where would I like to shoot?  And this is what I have come up with; first of all locally, secondly we’ll go national and thirdly we’ll go international…

Number One.  The top 5 places I would like to shoot locally to the DC Metro area that I have not yet had the chance to shoot at;

1. D.A.R.
2. Nationals Park
3. Baltimore Aquarium
4. A vineyard or winery in Virginia (I’ve never ever shot a wedding at a vineyard or winery!)
5. Dock5 at Union Market

Number Two.  The top 5 places in the USA that I would love to shoot a wedding;

1. Austin, Texas
2. New York City, New York
3. Anchorage, Alaska
4. California – As close as possible to Sequoia National Park
5. The Pacific Northwest coast; either Oregon or Washington State

Number Three.  The top 5 places in the world where I would love to shoot a wedding;

1. Sydney, Australia
2. Bermuda
3. Thailand
4. Italy
5. Iceland

So that’s that.  This post is out in the world, and hopefully some very interesting weddings will come my way soon!

Contact Stephen about your wedding – stephen@goslingphotography.com
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