Last week I had the extreme honor of shooting my first destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I have to be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I was worried about everything. How much gear to pack, how would i back up all my images in the hotel room, What should I wear to photograph this wedding on the sand, what if customs was a nightmare, what if I got sick... Yeah, if you haven't guessed, I am a bit of a worry wart. But with this event, it was magnified to the max. And the reason for my anxiety was this- I wanted to make sure I gave this couple the absolute best experience and most incredible memories. I mean think about it, you decide to marry thousands of miles away, where you don't have control over anything, and not everyone can join you. That's enough to get you nervous. So I had to cover every base, and allow them to really step back and enjoy themselves.
Well, all my anxiety was for nothing. The trip was smooth (I seriously love Mexico), the resort was an absolute dream (hello, all-inclusive food and drinks!), and the entire family was warm, loving, and all so happy to be here to celebrate this couple and their daughter becoming a family. I couldn't have asked for more.
Dana and Anthony enjoyed their day as relaxed as possible (I mean, it is a wedding, after all. :) ), toasting champagne with their family and getting ready with laughter and music. They exchanged their vows with their toes in the sand and the aqua green sea behind them (yes, it really is that color in real life!), and their closest friends and family embraced them with love.
It was everything a dream destination wedding should be.
Venue Grand Porto Real
Hair and Makeup by Ceci de la Hoya
Dress by Mary Linn Bridal, Pasadena
Ring by Kay Jewelers
Floral and Table sets by Royal Resorts, Playa del Carmen
Groom Suit by Berlioni Italy
Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2! (Trust me, you do not want to miss the dancing shots of this fun-loving couple's reception!)