My Sister’s Dominican Wedding in Photos (39 Photos)

I am not a wedding photographer, nor have I ever shot a wedding.  But when my sister asked me if I could photograph their wedding in the Dominican Republic how could I possibly say no?  I have to say though, I was probably more nervous about photographing it than she was about getting married.  Not only is it my sister’s wedding, but she is a wedding photographer!!! (Check out her site).  In the end, I gained a lot from the experience.  I also learned that wedding photographers work hard!

At the end of the day I couldn’t be happier with the experience.  Not only did I get to test my creative edge, but I also felt much more involved in the wedding than I would have been otherwise.

My sister obviously made a beautiful bride, and I can only hope that my photos translate that beauty and the beauty of the event as a whole.

So, what do you think?  Do you like them? Or should I stick to my day job as a travel photographer???

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Rob, the Groom, getting ready.

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My Brother was doing a improv comedy sketch on the phone… cracking everyone up.

Jen helping Mom with her makeup.

Mom helping JJ with her Jewelry.


The hankie that my Grandma used at her wedding.

Mom and JJ

Jen and my Pops


Jen about to crack from the emotions…

Jen and the Maids

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My Dad’s… flower thing-a-ma-bob.

That is meeeeee 😀

Here comes the bride, here comes the…. errrrr groom, I mean groom.

The Bridesmaids

JJ and my parents… Pops looking proud. Mom looking sexy.

Rob’s a lucky dude if you ask me.

The wedding scene

The bridesmaids

The rings…

The kiss…

The couple…

Dance, dance, dance

Rob with our family… How good looking are we? Thanks to Giselle for snapping this one.

One big new family. Thanks again Giselle.

JJ with Rob’s Family

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The wedding party heading to the beach

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Can’t beat a place like that for a wedding can you?

The groomsmen and Rob

JJ and the boys

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The newlyweds.

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Hands off my sister!!! …. errr wait it’s ok… but only for this photo!

I hate shooting into lens flare, my sister loves it… I did this for her.


More lens flare for my sister… in this case, I think it turned out cool.

Coffee table shot…

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Go on, get out of here you crazy kids!

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. These pics are stunning.

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    • Thanks Val!

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  2. Beautiful photos. You did a really great job! I vote travel photography with a side job as a destination wedding photographer =)

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    • @Sheila – That sounds like a great idea!

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  3. YESSSS… I do love lens flare (I’m a girl ok???!). BT you did a seriously awesome job – I’m very proud of you for going out on a limb and trusting your skills. I hoped for a couple “useable” shots and I ended up with hundreds and hundreds. We love you lots and appreciate your work very much!

    Jen & Rob

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    • My pleasure Sis. I would have never been satisfied with just a couple “Useable” shots haha. Love you too!

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    • Thanks Jaime!

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  4. I love all the pics, and your sister is stunning!
    Sometimes I think “what if they asked me to shoot a wedding?” – well I would be very nervous (I shot a baptism off and I was super insecure even if they loved the photos!), I don’t know if it was the same with you, but I must say you did a great job 🙂
    Love the pics on the beach, and…. the lens flare too.:)

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    • Thanks Giulia – I think photography really is a case of knowing how to shoot. If you know how to shoot you’ll take good images. I guess in large part you have to think about the audience. Who is going to look at these images? Shoot with them in mind.

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  5. I agree, but when you shoot a wedding or a baptism you also know you don’t have a second chance. I mean you know, what if you miss the “kiss moment” or stuff like that. But yeah I know how to shoot, probably it’s all part of the excitement.:)

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    • Thanks Scott!

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  6. Hi kiddo,
    Well done on the wedding photo shoot. Of course I have my favorites just like you probably do. The shot “Rob’s a lucky Dude if you ask me” is among my many favorites, as well as the “the Wedding scene”, and “mom helping JJ with her Jewlery” is rather clever but effective. I also really appreciate the Black and White, “The grooms men & Rob”…. there’s more but that’s all I will remark on today. It sounds like Jen and Rob are very pleased with your work, good job Brendan.
    Take Care, and happy shooting 🙂

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    • Thanks Lori – I think you have the same favourites as me for the most part. My favourite is the Rob’s a lucky Dude shot, there is just so much emotion captured. I also like the one of JJ peering into the mirror by herself. The grooms men and rob came out really well also. Anyways, glad you liked the wedding photos.

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  7. These are beautiful photos. Every time she looks at those photos, she will think of how amazing this day was- and how her brother captured the perfect moments. Nice job 🙂

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    • Thank you Elise!

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  8. Brendan the photos are amazing. It was a beautiful wedding and you captured all of it! Thank you.

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    • Thanks Karen, I’m glad to have finally gotten the chance to meet everyone finally. Had a blast out there with everyone! P.S. Jen has all the other images if you want her to lend you some 😀

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  9. Well, you brought a lump to my throat, seriously. I think that means you did a good job when you can make a stranger do that!

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    • Linda, “a lump to your throat”??? I think you should head to the doctor and have him/her check that out!! Otherwise, thanks 😀

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  10. I’m definitely employing you as my wedding photographer…if only I can find a girl first.

    You can marry yourself now right? (plan)

    Smashing photos mate!


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    • Ed, if you marry yourself I will photograph the wedding for free! Hahaha, who do you think you are Dennis Rodman?

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