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Best Locations for a St. Thomas Wedding 2019

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The U.S. Virgin Islands has so many locations that are perfect for a destination wedding. If you are planning to get married on Saint Thomas in 2019 here are a few of the top venues to consider having your ceremony.

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Beach Weddings

Brewers Bay Beach was my favorite beach for the year of 2018. I fell in love with Brewers Beach for its open tranquil feeling: I like the large layout of this location with the mountains in the background. It has a beautiful tree line and old stone ruins that are picturesque.

Magens Bay Beach is the most popular beach on St. Thomas. It is also the largest, so you can normally find an area that works for your wedding without too many folks around. This location does require a permit for a wedding and an entrance fee.

Sapphire Beach is lovely not only for the beach area, but it has a long peninsula called Pretty Klip Point with one of the most epic backdrops. This beach was extremely crowded the last time I was here mid-day when there were a lot of cruise ships in port. It was easy to work around people but might be difficult if you have a large wedding setup midday.

Lindquist Beach is one of the prettiest beaches on St. Thomas. It's located on the east side of the island and has some of the clearest water and powdery white soft sand that you will ever see. This beach also requires a permit and an entrance fee.

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Resort Weddings

Secret Harbour Beach Resort has one of the perfect locations on the island for a wedding. The resort is set RIGHT ON THE BEACH, it's so close you don't need shoes. It also has the Sunset Grill Restaurant right there for your reception. Everything about this location is stress-free and relaxing, which is exactly what a beach wedding should be.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort and Emerald Beach Resort are both open and offering in-house wedding services.

Villa Weddings

There are so many amazing villas and private houses listed on AIRBNB that offer the option to have a wedding on property. Some of the most popular locations are:

Villa Serenita

Sand Dollar Estate

Villa del Mar

Infinity Estate

Sea Star Villa

One Beach Road Villa

Caribbean Castaway Villa

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Unique Venues

Villa Botanica is a unique venue located on Crown Mountain in a historic plantation estate with some of the most beautiful tropical gardens you will ever see. I believe that it can host some of the largest groups for a wedding reception on the island.

Churches, we have some beautiful historical churches, like St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, and the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas.

Boats—who doesn’t love being on the water or sailing into the sunset? There are so many charter boat options here for all budgets and occasions from a luxury motor yacht to an old fashioned sailboat you should definitely get out on our beautiful Virgin Islands waters. There are boats large enough to host your entire group for the wedding and reception or a welcome party or something smaller and more romantic for just the two of you.

I'm sure there are a ton of other venues that are perfect for an island wedding on Saint Thomas that I haven't listed. I’m also positive no matter where you have your destination wedding that it will be amazing and magical. Please feel free to comment below where you are planning your wedding.

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Saint Thomas: Brewer's Bay Beach and Old Stone Ruins

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I would say one of the most popular questions I get for photography on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is, where should we meet for photos? There are so many amazing options for the perfect backdrop on St. Thomas this isn't always the easiest question to answer. I recently had the pleasure of photographing Noah's senior photos on Brewer's Bay Beach.

Brewer's Bay Beach is right next to University of the Virgin Islands campus and just past the airport. Normally it's not very crowded and there are food trucks parked close by, with plenty of parking right on the street.

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For some reason I've not been to Brewer's that much while I've lived and photographed on St. Thomas. I really fell in love with it during this morning photo session. I love seeing the mountain in the background and the clarity of the water. We found lots of great spots for different backdrops.

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I really loved that we mostly had the beach to ourselves and that it had a little bit more then just the beach for photos. It has the remains of an old stone ruin right next to the beach. I thought the ruins were perfect for something a little unique and complementing with the beach portrait.

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In the photo above you can see the runway at the airport on the left side of the horizon.

I can easily recommend Brewer's Bay Beach for any photo session on St. Thomas--it is truly picture perfect.

Saint Thomas Beaches Post Hurricane Irma

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It has been about 7 weeks since Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands. I just had to find out what the beaches looked like after the storm on Saint Thomas. My friend Mike and I spent the morning driving around the island beach hopping.  This is what we found….

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Our first stop was Limetree Beach. Prior to the storm this was one of my favorite beaches to photograph at. Unfortunately, Limetree Beach is a bit washed-out and lost a lot of sand. I’m sure it’s a matter of time before the sand will shift and make it beautiful again. Bluebeard’s Beach Club doesn’t plans to reopen for some time while they rebuild some of the supporting buildings around the property.

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Bolongo Bay Beach also lost a lot of sand from flooding.  One of the owners, Richard Doumeng, was kind enough to give us an update. They are already housing a bunch of workers and islanders that have been displaced from the hurricane. Iggie’s Beach Bar has moved over to the pool area, they’re now calling it Iggie’s Oasis, and is serving drinks and food. The pool looked amazing and I have plans to go back and hang out. The Bolongo sailboat wasn’t harmed and is back at the dock and ready to go sailing. They don’t have an exact date that they will reopen fully but it sounded like it could be as soon as the beginning of 2018.  Everyone at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort seemed very positive and welcoming as always.

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The next stop was Secret Harbour Beach Resort. This resort looked great overall. The sand on the beach is in the process of being groomed.  The Cruzan Beach Club at Sunset Grill is open for lunch and dinner. They didn’t say an exact date they will be reopening but I do know for sure I have a bride and groom staying here the week of Thanksgiving. 

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Sapphire Beach looked more amazing after the storm. Really, it does, there wasn’t any seaweed on the beach. The palm trees need to regrow out on the point but the view of St. John is still stunning. It looked like the beach bar is open and I would imagine you could still stay here since a lot of the rooms are listed privately.

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Lindquist Beach looks amazing as always. The sand has changed a little bit, there is less of a slope and the point on the left looks smaller. The water looks amazing and was so inviting.  This has to be my favorite beach on Saint Thomas right now!

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Magens Bay Beach was our last stop. They are working hard on getting this beach cleaned up and ready to open the first week of November (next week.) I wasn’t able to see most of the beach, so I don’t have a ton to report on it. I know there was a lot of damage but from what I could see it still looked stunning. As soon as they open I will have more photos.

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There are a few more St. Thomas Beaches on my list that I didn’t get to, like Emerald Beach and Brewers Beach. I have heard that Hull Bay Beach is looking better then ever with a bunch of new sand that has washed up.  Please let me know if there is a beach you would like an update on that I’ve left out. I’m ready to go swimming!!!!!