Destination Weddings worldwide

Heather Payne



Sarah Love - Photo Editor, The Knot Magazine

"Her positive energy is infectious, her adorable southern accent brings a smile to your face and her ability to connect with you deeper than surface level makes her someone you want to instantly be best friends with."

Sara - Editor, Wedding Sparrow Blog

"Simple, contemporary, beautiful, and feminine.

Jessica Zimmerman - Designer, Florist

"The way Heather captures candid images is unlike anything I've ever seen.
Literally every single image is a work of art.
She will capture the unique story of your wedding day in the most beautiful and
authentic way possible."

Anna of Urban Petals - Designer, Florist

"Every time I look at these images, I am blown away by Her skills. I am truly grateful for her insight, vision, and just the sheer beauty of what she does.
she just "gets it"."

"Her lighting and composition is absolutely amazing!
Heather sees things in a perspective that are so easily missed with the naked eye and captures a timeless image with A story and emotion behind it every time."

Lacy Geary - Designer, Planner, Stylist

Abby Larson - Editor, Style Me Pretty Blog

"I got so distracted by all the pretty from Heather Payne Photography that I almost passed out, and honestly can you blame me?"

Robyn of Bareroot Flora - Florist

"I knew working with her would be a dream! Not only is she a tremendously gifted photographer, she's a warm and genuine soul who just radiates kindness and light. She was an incredible collaborator and her stunning images absolutely blew me away!"

Tamika Small - Editor, Bajan Wed Blog

"We simply can’t get enough of the soft, ethereal light and stunning
scenery from Heather Payne Photography.
Every capture proves to be captivating, drawing us in for more!"

Martha Stewart Weddings

The Knot National

Geraldine Magazine

Cottage Hill

Magnolia Rouge

Wedding Sparrow

Once Wed

Style Me Pretty


Grey Likes Weddings

White Magazine

Tulle Magazine

Carats & Cake




The Knot Online

Dear Gray Magazine

Joy Wed

Bajan Wed

Mi Boda Fine Art

Elle Decor

Snippet & Ink

Wedding Chicks

100 Layer Cake

Magnolia Rouge

People Magazine

Gulf Coast Bride

Country Living

VOW Weddings

Flower Magazine

People Online

“From the first time I saw Heather’s portfolio images and Skyped with her from many states away, I knew she was more than a photographer behind pretty photos. Her uniqueness goes past the camera and it’s evident in her style, creativity, and the strong relationships she builds. Leading up to our wedding, my interactions with her were seamless and I felt very connected every step of the way.

Our beautiful images were delivered in the most perfect handcrafted box, styled with stunning little details and gifts. 
I‘m beyond blessed to have received such amazing wedding portraits and to now call her my friend. We are so thankful for her love, kindness and sweet spirit that made for a wonderful experience. I cannot thank her enough”

She was so quick to respond, offering solutions to my issues, and providing us with advice and encouragement. 
Heather brought such a sense of calm to our destination wedding and made us all feel at ease. 

“Having Heather Payne photograph our wedding was a dream come true. We chose to have a small, intimate Destination Wedding with family and friends. Choosing a photographer whom we would feel comfortable including in our intimate ceremony and celebration was a huge priority for us. 
From the very first conversation with Heather, we knew choosing her was the best decision. She understood our vision and was a great resource to have throughout the planning process. 

Heather is an incredibly talented artist and true professional. I remember when I received the beautiful wooden box of prints; words can’t express how special it was to relive our day by flipping through the hundreds of tangible photos. Each was a little work of art that we fell in love with. I cannot imagine more flawless photographs. My husband and I are so grateful to Heather for providing us with these beautiful memories.”

Meeting Heather and her husband, Seth for the first time that morning, I quickly realized how much of a blessing it was to have the presence of such sweet and joyful souls. Our day was truly enhanced by their enthusiasm, kindness and flexibility.


 “I had developed an appreciation for photography a couple years prior while personally dabbling into the art, so finding the perfect photographer was paramount. We started our search locally and quickly discovered we needed to hire a destination wedding photographer. We wanted something different, a photography style that captured the soft, ethereal moments, and a more personal feeling in each photograph. I knew what I wanted in theory: the fine art film style of softness with colors that really resonated with me. 
We stumbled upon Heather's photography … FINALLY! It was exactly what we had been looking for. After perusing through her past work on her website, we knew she had to photograph our wedding. We connected immediately. Her sincerity, passion for her work and her couples truly spoke to us. She's a very genuine, sweet person, and it really shows in her work as well. 
Heather flew into New York to shoot both our engagement and wedding. 

Her enthusiasm and ability to adapt to any situation helped us feel relaxed and at ease. Awkwardness in front of the camera was one of my fears, but Heather talked us through each photo as she photographed our natural reactions and affections. Our photos will be something we treasure forever.“

When I first saw Heather’s website, I was immediately drawn to the romantic and natural elements of her photography. Within minutes of our chat I knew that she was the perfect fit. Heather captured special moments using her own artistic vision – a true gift of hers. 

...setting up calls with my wedding planner and me.. Her and her husband, Seth, made the pictures fun (exactly what I needed) and made sure to truly capture the beauty of our venue. I feel truly blessed to have worked with Heather and I whole heartedly recommend her to any brides planning their wedding day.”   

Planning our wedding from close to 500 miles away was no easy feat and I knew that I would need a rock-star team to help me make it to the big day. Heather was a major team player in this process;


“From the moment that I saw Heather’s work on her Instagram page I knew I had to have her photograph our wedding! Her elegant style combined with her ability to capture light is what drew me in right away. It felt like we had been friends for years. Her and her husband, Seth traveled so far for our Destination Wedding and was so warm and loving.
From the locket around my bouquet to all of the fleeting moments throughout the day, Heather captured all of the beauty in a very artistic way. Knowing Heather would deliver nothing but stunning images,

I was able to be much more relaxed and enjoy our day and let her take control. She delivers more than just pictures; they are truly works of art.
I can honestly say that hiring Heather for our wedding was the easiest and BEST decision that we made."

“Tyler and I were so thankful to find Heather when searching for our perfect wedding photographer.

 She was also a tremendous help during the planning process, giving us lots of great, valuable tips and recommendations that were significant in pulling together our dream team. 
When I saw my bridal portraits for the first time, I was in awe because I don’t consider myself to be the most photogenic person, but she made me feel absolutely beautiful. 
After receiving our heirloom box with all of our wedding-day prints, we were even more impressed. Tyler and I spent hours on our living room floor going through all of the pictures and trying to narrow down our favorites. It’s been so fun showing off our pictures. 
I could not have asked for a more sweet, caring and talented photographer!”

Heather is gifted with the ability to capture the special moments in the most unique ways. From beginning to end, she was amazing to work with and so skillful in her profession.

“Heather captured our engagement session in the most natural and organic way and created the most timeless images that we will forever treasure. We are so happy to see all of them turning out so amazing.

Once again thank you for making our dream engagement pictures exactly how we have imagined.

It was always our dream to have our pre-wedding photos taken in the desert with the sand dunes in the background and looking at the pictures, they are breathtaking! 

“When we began envisioning our wedding day, we knew it would be a simplistic destination wedding. After following heather’s work for years, I knew she had to be the one to photograph our wedding. Heather’s joyful spirit and love for photography was so evident throughout the entire day. I never imagined the connection she would have with not only myself and Dan, but also the entire wedding party. 

The added personal touches in her final product really did bring tears to my eyes. She captured so much more than I had expected or imagined. 
Working with a photographer, you want to have that connection and hope that they understand your vision. Heather did just that. You can see it through her photos and you will understand when you work with her. 
The photos and albums are a cherished part of our perfect day and I am truly blessed to have worked with heather and her team!”

I had full confidence in letting the reigns fall in her hands. she went above and beyond. and even flexed to capture a few moments that I can truly say take my breath away, even today. 
The final product is something out of a dream. It’s the elegance portrayed in our photos makes them very intimate and powerful. 

“Heather is such a breath of fresh air. She is a down-to-earth woman with a heart of gold. We immediately “clicked” and she made Eric and I feel extremely comfortable in every aspect of the process. Every phone call, face-time, and text that we had with her made us feel so relaxed and at ease. 
After booking, we knew we gained more than a photographer, we gained a friend and encourager. 

When she tells your story, she truly captures every detail, candid moment, and emotion as it unfolds throughout the day. We now have this storybook of precious moments to pass down from generation to generation that is sure to bring tears of joy. 
We couldn’t have asked for a more talented, humble and authentic photographer.”

The flawlessness of her images left us breathless. She focused on creating authentic and genuine images that were unique to us as a couple and helped pull together OUR visions by listening to OUR story and capturing it in it’s purest form. 

“When my fiancé and I decided that we were going to elope in a secluded mountain destination with just a few close friends, we knew we needed a special kind of photographer to capture the day. We immediately began researching destination wedding photographers. We made sure to warn each that this would be a more adventurous wedding than most, and we were keeping our fingers crossed that someone would be up for the challenge. Heather’s resounding “Yes! This sounds amazing” email reply was all we needed to feel like we had found our photographer. 
After our chat, I knew we would be working with someone who was thoughtful, energetic, professional, and experienced at adapting on the fly. Just from her online portfolio, we knew we would have amazing photos, but talking to her helped me really solidify plans for our nontraditional day. She also recommended the most generous and talented florist I could have ever imagined. 

Heather and Seth hiked through the rainy mountain forest to our ceremony location. The end product was some of the most beautiful photographs I’ve ever seen. She perfectly captured our special, unique day. For that, I will always be grateful” 






















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