Destination Wedding Photographer

If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance you are planning a destination wedding somewhere on the Earth and you ended up here. My name is Derya, and I’m a destination wedding photographer. 

A destination wedding can double as your dream vacation, but it can be stressful to organize — especially if you’re planning to host a ceremony halfway across the world. After all, planning from afar (and sometimes even making arrangements in a different language) is just the beginning. Couples will likely have to consider group flight bookings, hotel block reservations and a number of other logistics such as wedding ring declarations at customs and legal marriage requirements.

So we listed 10 tips for a destination wedding (taken from )

1. Choose a meaningful location.

Keep in mind that your destination must have all of the resources you need; that charming beach town where you spent your childhood summers won’t work if it only has one hotel that can’t accommodate all your guests.

2. Notify guests well in advance.

This is one of the most important destination wedding tips. It's important to give your nearest and dearest have plenty of time to calculate if they can afford the cost of traveling to your ceremony and reception.

3. Embrace the setting to save big.

Slash your décor budget by incorporating local blooms — think olive branches and grape leaves in Tuscany or exotic flowers and plants in the tropics — and serve local specialties at the reception, like conch fritters in the Bahamas or carnitas in Cabo, to cut catering costs.

4. Consider your guests.

Try to put everyone in one reasonably affordable hotel. If price is an issue, find a less expensive spot 10 minutes away — 15 tops. Don’t set your date until you’re sure there’s room availability for everyone.

5. Hire a pro.

Make sure to find a planner or coordinator that specializes in destination weddings. This way, instead of spending hours on phone calls trying to overcome a language barrier or making executive decisions about flowers and ceremony site from miles away, you have an expert on hand to take care of it all for you. Or, if a planner isn’t in your budget, look for a resort with a strong on-site coordinator.

6. Visit in advance.

Ideally, you’d see your venue once before booking and again three to four months before the wedding to finalize details. If a second trip’s not possible, arrive at least five days early to make those decisions and do a hair and makeup trial.

7. Pick your vendors in person.

In advance of your first site visit, set up meetings with the better-known florists and rental companies in your destination. But also ask for referrals from your venue on the ground; you might uncover local talent you didn’t know about.

8. Budget for vendors.

If you decide to bring specialists from home, expect to cover their travel and lodging costs; a clean, safe hotel within 30 minutes of your venue is a must. Negotiate these expenses up front so things don’t get out of control.

9. Stuff that suitcase.

I’ve yet to find a destination outside the continental U.S. that has the same quality and selection of rental linens. Shipping overseas is risky and expensive, so I always pack as much as possible into checked luggage.

10. Tailor your wedding dress to the destination.

Breathable fabrics work best in hot, humid locations. Lightweight lace in Mexico is stunning, as is an embellished ball gown at a villa in France.

You are looking for a destination wedding photographer for your wedding day? 

If you are planning a destination wedding in Turkey and looking for a wedding photography & videography team locating in Turkey; you are at the right page. Me and my team are fluent in English and love to travel anywhere to capture your most special day. 


Before the big day, I take time to get to know you as a couple. We discuss your inspirations, destinations, likes and dislikes through Skype calls or in-person coffee dates. Every couple is unique, with their own story and romantic journey. I’m ready to capture yours.

Some of my favorite weddings have been a DIY chateau wedding in the Bordeaux France and an intimate wedding in Kennedy Lodge in Istanbul. I’ve also photographed a few save the date, such as an epic one in winter save the date in the north of Turkey.

If you have adventurous souls and you like unusual stuff, please get in touch because I think we’re going to get along really well.

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