Let's Go to Mexico!! Steph and Nick's Destination Wedding :: Cancun
I first met Steph at the end of a half marathon in Atlanta. She was a work friend of my sisters and at that point, I couldn’t keep any of Ali’s work friends straight. Ali said to me “Steph wants you to be her wedding photographer.” And I replied with, “Oh, awesome! When is she getting married?” Ali’s response was, “They aren’t even engaged...” I was super confused (and flattered that she picked me to be her wedding photographer before she even had a ring on her finger), but after getting to know Steph, I could see that her and Nick were the type of couple who absolutely be spending the rest of their lives together.
Fast forward to a few months later, Nick proposed!
On a helicopter ride.
I wish I was making this up, but these two are adventurous as heck, fiercely dedicated to having fun with each other and very much in love.
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Shortly after they got engaged, I got a text from Steph, saying that they were going to have a destination wedding, and would I still be their wedding photographer? DUH. Because my life’s one true goal is to become a destination wedding photographer and to travel the world photographing couples in love Like seriously, I am going to die the day that a client says “we’re getting married in Italy and we want you to be our wedding photographer” or “We’re celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary and we’re going to Paris, will you please photograph us in front of the Eiffel Tower?” ANYWAY - we chatted about the many details that go into planning a destination wedding: hotel rooms, plane tickets, the timeline of the day, colors, family line ups, table arrangements, scouting the venue, doing a first look, and everything in between.
I am not going to lie, what I had envisioned in my head was DRASTICALLY different than what the wedding actually looked like. In my head it was very low-key and beachy. And to be fair, Steph did say they were all going barefoot. In reality, every detail of this wedding was carefully thought through, down to the placement of tea-lights on the tables. There was more glam at this wedding than some of the weddings I have photographed in Atlanta (with 200 guests).
The location of the wedding was a beautiful (adults only) all inclusive resort in Cancun, facing the ocean. It was an intimate hotel, with the perfect beach spot for a ceremony that looks out over the gorgeous teal water of the Caribbean Ocean. The hotel was my favorite shade of bright yellow with stunning white marble tile floors that helped the bright Caribbean sunlight to bounce in all directions for a perfectly lit photo from any angle (at any time of day). AKA, a photographers dream. The hotel was surrounded by the lush greenery of palms, brightly colored plants that grew wildly, and blue sky in every direction. I could not have picked a better spot to photograph a wedding in Cancun if I tried.
The morning of the wedding, the sky was so blue it didn’t look real. The wind was blowing off the ocean, and the sun was bright. I started with the girls, who were all relaxing and sipping champagne, while getting their hair and makeup done. I really love photographing a no-stress bridal party, and this crew was possibly the definition of no-stress. After photographing all of the details that went into this amazing destination wedding, I went over to the guys room - and they were equally chill. Except when they were trying to figure out how to get their pocket watches on.
The entire wedding day went so smoothly, it was like a dream. Stephanie looked like a damn supermodel, Nick looked so handsome in his suit, when they stood side by side, they looked absolutely flawless - like they should be on the cover of a wedding magazine or something.
Since my return from Mexico, a lot of people have asked me how my trip went, and would I photograph another destination wedding? My answer is: I would ONLY photograph destination weddings if I could get away with it. I would photograph weddings in Europe, India, Australia.. pretty much anywhere a bride and groom want to go - I am there. My trip was absolutely amazing, and the photography I got to do there was beyond anything I ever imagined I would be working on. I am so grateful to Steph and Nick for putting their trust in me as their photographer. I can not even begin to express how fortunate I am to be a part of their love story.