Before I begin I want to take a moment and offer a very special, heart-felt, THANK YOU to the 4 vendors that helped sponsor this trip:
Buy the Change
, Vinson Images
, Jennifer Jupiter Photography
, Jeannie Capellan Photography
… It wouldn’t have been possible without your love and support!
If you have been following our Instagram
at all, you may have seen that we’ve been busy (and by ‘we’ I mean ‘me': Danielle, a.k.a. The Leading BSB Lady), traveling this past week in a town about an hour away from the border of Dominican Republic and Haiti, called Bara Hona. Our good family friend, and pastor, Ricky Navarro
, called me one day last month and invited me to join him (and my 17 year old nephew) to help photograph a mass wedding of 27 couples at once that he was going to officiate. It was in connection with a Miami -faith-based organization founded by an amazing, dare I say ‘Saint’ of a woman, named Christine, with a heart for the hurting Haitian Communities in the midst of the political unrest in the DR. I knew little about her story (another blog post will explain soon enough) and little about what I was getting into, but man … I have been so incredibly gifted by this experience… However It is not the average wedding feature it is worthy to be shared. There were lots and lots of people, lots of sweat and lots of laughter…. I’ve never shot a wedding with so much happiness and joy like this in my life… and then multiply that by 27 couples!!!! All of the dresses, rings, tuxes, shoes, food, everything…. were donated for these couples in need. Twice a year, once in Haiti in January and once in Dominican Republic in July, they organize these mass weddings and I am so excited to further our Black Sheep Bride
involvement in the future.
Here is my nephew working hard with the camera (ssshhhh… for the first time)
And then the best part! All of the amazingly joyful and fun kisses! The crowd started off calm and then with each kiss… It got louder and louder and crazier and crazier… It was so awesome, like one massive kissing contest! and this image also gives some reference to how hot it was inside this space as well.
So grateful for everyone that supported this trip and for helping make it a success… It was truly an honor to represent so many connected with Black Sheep Bride.