Friday, April 20, 2012 8:00AM
By Stephanie
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So, are you booking your ticket to Cancun yet? No? Well here, let me help you with that.

 

Dana and Anthony did all of the planning from here in California, entrusting the details to the planners at the resort. They couldn't have been in better hands. Every detail, every small piece of the day was spectacular. Not only was every part of this reception wonderful, love-filled, and heartfelt (right down to the flowergirl falling asleep in Grandpa's arms), but these guys can party. No, really. You know that party in high school you wish you were cool enough to get invited to? That was this party. There was actually another (perfectly nice, albeit quiet) wedding happening at the same time further down the beach... and I'm pretty sure a few of those guests snuck over just to move it on our dance floor. It was that fun. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE was up and dancing. Every age, every background, no excuses.

Get up and CELEBRATE. Words to live by, no? 

 

I can't even thank you enough, Dana and Anthony, for taking me on this amazing journey with you. I wish you a marriage as loving and joyful as the time you spent together on this beach. 

 
Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:22PM
By Stephanie
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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!)