The last few months have been a time of growth and change for me. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone, personally & professionally (the two are often one & the same). I am not the bravest person you will meet and prefer to stay in my comfort zone lest I be met by something big, daunting and overwhelming…but the past 6 months I have made the decision to try things beyond this comfort level. And it has been good! And fun!
In September, I went to a photography conference in Ontario. By. My. Self. I flew there, rented a car, drove myself to the hotel and even found a roommate to share my hotel room with. I met so many amazing people! And had such a great experience!
Then in January, I went to Mexico with a group of relative strangers to photograph a wedding. I had never been to Mexico before (unless you count a day trip to Nogales when I was 17 while on vacation in Phoenix. And it snowed…but that was a totally different experience!!). When I arrived in Mexico I knew only the bride, and had briefly met the groom and one of the bridesmaids leading up to the trip, but when I returned home from Mexico I had a whole new group of friends! And memories I will cherish forever!
We spent a week in Puerto Vallarta. The wedding was in the middle of our week so we had time to explore and get to know the resort and the surrounding area a bit ahead of time. The area our resort was in had a beautiful ocean view – we watched whales breach and play one morning during breakfast – and was right next to an abandoned movie set from the 1960s. And the crumbling remains of that movie set were the most amazing backdrop for the formal wedding portraits. I still need to look up that movie and maybe watch it. It’s something to do with a giant iguana.
The day of the wedding was predicted to be the hottest day of our trip. And it was! But thankfully, by the time the wedding took place, clouds had moved in and the hot sun was not beating directly down on us. That is not to say it wasn’t scorching out! It was about 32 degrees that day. And I sweat in places I did not even know could sweat. Haha!
The ceremony took place on a little lookout space by the pools on the resort. It was decorated so beautifully and had the ocean view as the backdrop. Amazing!! The wind was blowing gently and the breeze helped cool people down thankfully.
After the ceremony we wandered over to the abandoned movie set and took in the views. There were so many people wandering the path with us that it wasn’t exactly a private experience. But the bride and groom were troopers and we made some gorgeous images!
All the little details they put in to designing their perfect wedding did not go unnoticed. From using family heirloom pearls to the perfectly matched peach details for both the bride & groom to the hair pieces for the bridesmaids. Everything was gorgeous and everything represented the bride and groom perfectly.
The reception took place at sunset in a beautiful little courtyard lit only by a few lamps and surrounded by agave plants. It was gorgeous! And every guest appreciated how the air cooled as the sun went down. The couples first dance was under the stars and was a breathtaking moment followed by a mother-son dance where the bride danced with her eldest son and the groom danced with his mom. It was such a sentimental moment.
Some of the best images from a wedding are the moments the bridal party is getting ready. I love watching these friends pump each other up, joke around with each other and just enjoy each others company.
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