I am a "behind the scenes" kind of person, always wanting to know more about what really happened at a fashion shoot or a TV show. So I want to share a few behind the scenes moments from a recent shoot in the Bahamas (the photo here is of our lovely crew, taken by Jonny Valiant).
In March, I had the fantastic opportunity to produce a trip to the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas to shoot our stunning reception story, "Seaside Escape." While you may marvel at eight or so beautiful pages, you may not realize that it takes what feels like millions of emails, thousands of phone calls, hundreds of meetings and hours and hours of detailed preparation. OK, maybe I am being a bit dramatic, but it certainly does not happen overnight. For this project, I asked destination-wedding expert Alison Hotchkiss (and her right-hand lady Kelsey Fretwell Sheofsky) to collaborate with us on what I knew was going to be an amazing story.
Each morning I woke up around 4:30 a.m. and checked the weather to make sure that our photographer, Jonny Valiant, had the most "luminous" (as our art director Albert Toy likes to say) light possible. This consisted of me going down to valet and asking if it was going to rain. Without fail, the ever-hopeful Bahamians told me it was going to be gorgeous every single day! But on our first shoot day, it rained nonstop. My colleague Lauren Paul and I were so happy to be out of NYC and on a beach in the Bahamas that we actually wandered down to the water and sat though the storm in lounge chairs. All of the locals thought we were crazy. With our fingers crossed and nerves on edge, the next couple of days were fabulous. The staff at the Ocean Club was beyond amazing, and Katie Longley, public relations guru for the property, was like our own personal tour guide, mom, and chauffer all in one.
All in all it was a wonderful trip and an even better photo shoot. But a trip is never complete without a little memorable craziness—the rain, the crew running through the airport to make our flight, and oh, did I mention that we saw Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning at the Ocean Club? (I know all of your fiances will like that one.)
Check out page 62 of Elegant Bride's summer issue to catch a glimpse of the one of the most perfect destination wedding spots out there. The next time I go, I've promised myself I won't have a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call, and I will certainly enjoy a Bahama Mama or two poolside at the One & Only.—Erin Swift, contributing lifestyle and reception editor, Elegant Bride