Category archives: Destination Weddings

Wow! Did you see all the love today on Pnina Tornai’s social media platforms with Tiffany and Dustin’s wedding image? I was blown away. In less than 12 hours, there were over 3000 likes on Pnina Tornai’s Instagram feed from this wedding image that I created on the Renaissance Private Island in Aruba….at sunset.  It was breathtaking!

View more images from Tiffany & Dustin’s Aruba Wedding here.

View their wedding album design here.

Pnina Tornai's Wedding Dress in Aruba

Pnina Tornai Wedding Dress

Yikes. My computer got struck by lightning on the big June 4 storm so I was out of commission for 1.5 weeks. So much for investing in a really good surge protector – evidently they don’t work too well and this is actually the second time one of my CPU’s has been hit by lightning. It was quite disastrous this time though – pooched the motherboard (but luckily both my hard drives were fine). Anyhow, things are back to normal.

And back to blogging…..

Finally – Tiffany and Dustin’s big day! October 9, 2010 on Renaissance Private Island, Aruba. You are going to love this location. It’s 40 acres of exclusive island paradise with lots of pink flamingos.  It was insanely hot (like 100 degrees Fahrenheit which is 37.7777778 degrees Celsius), but everyone survived.  I enjoyed this island and would definitely visit again.  I particularly enjoyed staying at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino because they had a Starbucks in the lobby which was the only one on the island!

I’m thrilled Tiffany and Dustin invited me to be their wedding photographer.  Enjoy their photos!


I started off the day at Tiffany’s beautiful family home where she was getting ready.


No lawn to cut in the side yard (pool) and backyard.


Make Up: Ashley Shind of The Make-Up Artists, Boston MA

Hair: Jennifer Guild, Boston MA


Pnina Tornai wedding dress. Stunning details to say the least.


Swarovski crystals.


Tiffany’s transportation to the boat.


Flamingos are definite weight loss inspiration – LOL.


Dustin.


Sunset ceremony on the island.


Anticipation for his bride.


Loved these.


Reception at Marandi Restaurant with fabulous fireworks during the evening.

I am back from Aruba!  I spent the weekend there shooting Tiffany and Dustin’s wedding.

Aruba is a whole new game compared to the Dominican Republic. I was glad I could finally experience shooting a destination wedding in a country other than the D.R. (just for something different). Unlike most Caribbean countries, Aruba is one you can actually go out and about in and not really have to worry about getting mugged or murdered. I think Aruba is actually a country I would consider going back to explore in further detail. I did not have any time to myself over the weekend so I did not get to do any sightseeing.  I would go back for the ATVing alone!

Once airborne in Toronto, Aruba is about a 5 hour flight. I wasn’t able to get a direct flight for a short duration, so I had to fly via the U.S. which I had never done before.  I switched planes in Newark (New Jersey) and was so incredibly thankful my checked luggage did not get lost, delayed or stolen.  I stayed at the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino – Tiffany and Dustin were married on the private island portion of this hotel.

Other than price, I am not sure why more Canadians don’t vacation or get married in Aruba.  I think the biggest misconception might be the whole hotel star rating thing.  In a place like the D.R. or Mexico, you don’t want to go any less than a 4.5 star (generally speaking), but in Aruba a 3 star is still very acceptable. The Renaissance Aruba is rated as a 4 star and it was a million times nicer than an alleged 5 star resort I once stayed at in the D.R.  I suppose it’s all just a matter of opinion and preference, but that’s my opinion and preference.

Anyhow, here’s a sneak peek of Tiffany and Dustin’s trash-the-dress session and wedding day!


Trash-the-Dress session.


Sunset wedding on Renaissance Island – 40 acres of exclusive island.