Posts Tagged 'Grand Old House'

February 27, 2017

Cruise Ship Wedding Grand Cayman photographed by Melissa Wolfe

A family & friends cruise ship wedding Grand Cayman …  a bright way to celebrate and fun to be the photographer for the morning and afternoon.  The couple, friends and family wake up to the view of George Town, Cayman Islands…. and an exciting day ahead.

The Grand Old House debuted in 1908 as the Petra Plantation.  With the love and care of various owners, the Grand Cayman landmark has kept it’s charm and has become one of the Island’s most popular choices for a wedding venue.  Located South of George Town, a short ride from cruise ship tendering ports, the Grand Old House has the space and view for any size party… day or night.

The ladies made themselves comfortable in the Bridal room, getting ready in a cool and private space with bubbles and giggles.  Meanwhile, the groom and guys hung out in the very air conditioned Wine Room waited patiently for the ceremony to begin.

With the Caribbean Sea as the background, the music and processional begins.


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September 01, 2015

The “lightbox magic” of an overcast sky…

It was an overcast day, as sometimes happens during Cayman’s rainy season (June 1st – November 30th).  It rained lightly before and after the ceremony for this Grand Old House Wedding.  Trying to describe overcast light with words is tough, but I am going to give it a try!

The beauty of Cayman’s overcast days is the even light created by white clouds.  Mother Nature provides a virtual soft box.  The warm sunlight becomes filtered and produces a natural studio with gentle light coming from all directions.  It bounces off the sea, the buildings and even the people around.  Light is everywhere.

Chantelle & Sean selected the historic plantation home Grand Old House in Grand Cayman to share their vows and commitment to each other.  They invited their closest family and friends, who all enjoyed how special and memorable a Cayman Islands wedding can be.  The Grand Old House has plenty of covered areas in the event that it does rain too hard to be outside.  Thankfully, this was not the case.  The advantage to such a historic venue is the traditional architecture, which adds a lovely background of outdoor space.

It also helps to have a sunny disposition with creating wedding portraits.  From beginning to end, Chantelle & Sean lit up the Grand Old House.  Of course this made my job of capturing the magic a happy and sunny pleasure.  The other “light and sunny” part of their day was the enthusiasm and energetic participation of their wedding party.  No hurricane or threat could have dampened the spirits of a positive, supportive and outgoing group of friends/family.

The Great Ball of Fire finally did made an appearance at the end of the wedding shoot and sunglasses became necessary instead of the umbrellas.  That is one of the many great things about Cayman…. if you don’t like the weather, be patient with Mother Nature, as she always delivers.

venue: Grand Old House, Grand Cayman