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Kennidy Hassell

March 15, 2023

As a destination wedding videographer, I understand the importance of hiring the right photographer to help capture the full essence of your wedding day. Between your wedding videographer and photographer, putting together the right team will allow you to live all the swoon-worthy, tear-jerking moments of the best day of your life over and over again. But it’s important that you find vendors whose work feels harmonious so everything fits together seamlessly. So I’ve put together a list of my favorite romantic and natural destination wedding photographers to make the process even easier. Plus, they all travel internationally and have absolutely dreamy portfolios. You’re welcome. 😉

Here are my top 10 natural, romantic, and carefree-style destination wedding photographers (in no particular order…)

Sapphire Studios

As if being based in New Zealand wasn’t cool enough already, Sapphire Studio’s captivating documentary style photography is effortlessly chic. While you don’t have to ask me twice to travel to New Zealand to capture your wedding along with them, they also come to the US and Europe regularly to capture their clients. If raw, authentic and natural describes your wedding photography wishlist, they’re the perfect destination wedding photographers for you. 

Miles Leavitt Photography

If you want your wedding photos to literally look like a movie, then look no further. Miles is a captivating storyteller and his style is probably unlike any other photographer you’ve seen. I can see his approach working beautifully with my laid back and unobtrusive perspective behind the camera. 

Ruby Olivia Photography 

This NYC based photographer’s portfolio feels so nostalgic and timeless. Her stylish and eclectic flair would be beautiful to capture just about any destination where you’re hoping to tie the knot. Her approach is the perfect mix of current trends and classic elegance. I’m obsessed. 

Anni Graham 

Anni’s work feels intentional and meaningful, which completely resonates with my style. She’s all about capturing the emotions of her couples rather than posed moments. Trust me when I say her work will literally give you goosebumps. 

Norman & Blake

These destination wedding photographers have captured couples around the globe with work featured in some major publications. But their style feels anything but intimidating. There’s something so light and ethereal about their photos that feels both editorial yet approachable at the same time. 

Cara Mia 

If you want a truly artistic approach to your wedding photography, be sure to check out Cara Mia. She captures some seriously cool adventure elopements and intimate weddings. One of my favorite parts of her work is her stunning use of color. And if film photos are a must-have for you, she’s your girl. 

Bailey Ann Original 

One look at this photographer’s portfolio and I think you’ll agree that her work is straight up museum- worthy. Based in Los Angeles but available for worldwide travel, this talented gal has traveled from SoHo to Paris and everywhere in between to capture love stories. 

Kelly Brown Photography

Kelly is a wedding and lifestyle photographer who takes a photojournalistic approach when capturing her clients. Her portfolio even includes some well-known names like Mandy Moore. Her work screams laid back luxury and her IG is one of my favorite accounts to follow along with. 

Kayleigh Taylor Photography 

Taking a look through Kayleigh’s portfolio is like experiencing a modern day romcom. Her work is so dreamy, romantic and sexy. I love how she captures big impactful moments with just as much care as the smallest details of a wedding day. 

Kai Villanueva

Another SoCal based destination wedding photographer, Kai’s style has a vintage feel while still exuding modern glamor. But what I love most about her work is that even though she makes her clients look like freaking models, she always captures the fun and free-spirited nature of their wedding days. 

All in all

It’s pretty clear that my favorite romantic and natural destination wedding photographers and some seriously talented people. And I promise if you’re jetting off for an adventurous elopement or international wedding, investing in the right video and photo team to capture every moment is a decision you’ll never regret. 

If it seems impossible to decide on the location for this dream destination wedding, I’ve got you covered there too. I have a post full of adventure elopement ideas to help you find the perfect spot. Don’t be shy if you have any questions! I’m always down to discuss different destination wedding locations and how it will work to capture your day. Just inquire with me here and we’ll set up a time to chat- no pressure involved.

My Favorite Romantic Destination Wedding Photographers