What is cooler than an abandoned, run-down, hurricane destroyed resort? St Croix Wedding Photographer

Not much in fact.  While on my stay on the beautiful island of St. Croix (US Virgin Islands) I had a chance to take some scenic drives and take in the beauty.  While out driving on the very far east end of the island, I stumbled upon an old hotel/resort right on the beach.  I knocked on some doors in the area and spoke with some long time locals about it, it had been completely thrashed and destroyed in hurricane Hugo of 1989.  A category 5+ that apparently most Americans are clueless to.  Anyway, it was the coolest place for some edgy and grundgy bridal portraits.

I texted Amber & Carraig to see if they would be up for it (after all they were enjoing their honeymoon already).  Luckily they were, and boy were they in for a treat.  It doesn’t get much better than this ladies & gentlemen.  I felt like James Bond with the whole exotic island, ravished old hotel, awesome weather with a beautiful bride to photograph.  I could only have dreamt about something this cool!

Enough jabber, enjoy the awesomeness :D

For the photographers and photo-junkies, here’s some quick setup shots taken by the groom (my assistant as well!)  Check out this hotel, isn’t it AWESOME?

It’s quite necessary to even lug around tons of expensive lighting gear to an island.  Good photographers never leave home without it!

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  1. January 10, 2009 at 4:46 am ·

    Absolutely stunning shots, beautiful woman and greta lighting. Are you willing to share your lighting meter readings with us? Angus

  2. Jason Young
    January 10, 2009 at 10:24 am ·

    Amazing Shots. It’s hard to tell who had a better vacation? The bride and groom on a beautiful destination wedding or you in the perfect setting for some magnificent Photos. I am a fan of your work and enjoy each post you offer.



  3. January 12, 2009 at 7:42 am ·

    Spencer these pictures are so amazing. We lived here when Hugo sat on top of this island as a cat 5 for hours and hours. Amber was seven and slept through most of the storm unaware of what was happening outside her grandparent’s great house. We lost our home to this storm. I find it ironic that almost 20 years later you found a resort that was left devastated by the same storm that took so much from us, but spared us this beautiful little girl who grew up to become this beautiful bride.

  4. Melissa Harrison
    January 13, 2009 at 11:58 pm ·

    THese are some of the most beautiful bridal pictures I have ever seen! Great job.

    July 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm ·

    I had stumbled upon this very hotel back in 2004, and found that the original safe was still in the office If i had my drill and bore scope i would have it opened in no time!

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