Virginia + Barry's Wedding

.  Just before Christmas, I photographed my first destination wedding in Mexico. The wedding was purely simple and beautiful. The ceremony was on the beach, overlooking the warm turquoise water of the ocean. This amazing day filled with the most beautiful emotions and exotic scenery of flowers, palm trees and Mexican architecture was everything a wedding photographer could dream of.

                      Loeffler Randall designer shoes, handmade orchid and soft-water pearls to complement the bride's dress.

 The dress that fit Virginia like a glove...

                                                             The last little touches before putting her dress on.....and see her husband to be's sparkly eyes!!

Barry proudly getting ready and looking handsome.

When I walked into the bride's room the day of the wedding, her friend and maid of honour had put all of Virginia's jewellery together in one corner and had organized all of her makeup together on top of the coffee table. I was touched to see Virginia's friend caring about keeping everything together and organized for Virginia, making sure her friend doesn't have to look for anything the day of her wedding.

One of the thing I like the most about photographing Virginia and Barry's wedding in Mexico was all the bright saturated colours of everything around; the bluest sky, the greenest plants, the most colourful walls and buildings...

This was the very moment just before the first look. I thought I would bring some Italian feel into the Mexican decor and chose to do the first look under this beautiful Italian looking arch that was right by the hotel. It was also such a romantic place, perfect for a first look.

                                                                                                                     ... and the first kiss!!

                                                                                                  ...I love the way they look into each other's eyes.

 The ceremony

was beautiful and filled with emotions. It was near the end of the afternoon and the sun was slowly moving down. The air was nice and warm and there was a breeze gently moving the branches of the tall palm trees. The smell of the salt in the air, the fine sand, the blue-aqua water....

                                                                                                   Maid of honour, Bride, Groom and Best man

The photo on the left I find is very special. There were two pelican flying over  Virginia and Barry at the moment I took the photo. Just when they got right on top of the scene, it almost seemed like they slowed down and took a moment to look down, almost like they were admiring the scene from above.

                                                                                                                 Bravo!!! Bravo!!! Bravo!!!

                                                                                                                         ....and they were married!!

 The Night of the wedding

was filled with the Mexican sound of the mariachi band that Virginia and Barry had hired for the wedding. It was festive and certainly made you want to dance all night.

                 I took this photo of these rustic hats and saxophone that belong to the mariachi band, before the ceremony started. They had been put down on the edge of a stone wall near where the beach and caught my eyes.

      The first dance...everyone is happily watching.

                                                                                                                              Mariachi band.

   The End...

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