Oh gosh, I don’t even know where to begin with this blog post… We have been pinching ourselves about this wedding since last summer, in complete disbelief and awe that it was actually going to happen! We were officially going to be able to add Destination Wedding Photographer to our resume!! Cue the confetti! The icing on the cake to this exciting opportunity was the fact that Samantha + Shaun and their families are some of the most amazing people we have had the opportunity to work with. Over the course of the weekend we absolutely felt like friends and guests and never vendors. We relaxed by the pool with the bride and groom and their bridal party, sat on the beach and had breakfast with the parents of the bride and their friends, and hung out at the bar with everyone from the wedding almost every night. Being able to spend so much time with everyone there was absolutely amazing! Samantha’s mom, Doreen, is one of the most thoughtful, sweet and generous people I know! As well as the most detail-oriented and we absolutely love her for that! The motto of this wedding could have been It’s all about the details because there was not a single detail that was not thought of, and all were executed perfectly by the incredibe Sharon Boerner of Celebrations LLC! I could go on and on about everyone and everything about this wedding but instead I will let you see some photos!! Here is Part I of the weekend – THE WEDDING!! Keep an eye out for Part II coming soon :)
When we arrived at Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen Mexico, we were welcomed by the most perfect Welcome Bag ever – complete with a bottle of tequila, a bottle of Tylenol and of course some sunscreen and bug spray! It was perfect for a weekend in Mexico! All of the stationery for the weekend was provided by Jenifer Sirkis Designs and we were completely blown away by all of it!! Just wait until you see it!
On the morning of the wedding, we gathered all of the wedding day details early and got to photograph them in the comfort of our room and in our pajamas :) It was the best way to start the day!! Samantha wore one of the most stunning gowns I have ever seen! It was a Hayley Paige dress from Garnish Boutique and it looked amazing on her! She also wore her mother’s veil which was the perfect final touch.
Custom Swell Bottles <3
How adorable are these??? Father of the Bride inspired Converse :)
And a perfect mini Swell bottle for the flower girls!
While the girls were getting ready at the Zen Spa, the boys were relaxing in their room. Not a bad view either :)
The first look with Daddy <3
So up until this point, the weather was reasonably clear and the forecast showed a chance of rain later in the afternoon but all was to be clear in time for their outdoor ceremony on the beach. It was on this weekend that our distrust in any and all weather apps was made pretty concrete. As we set up Shaun to do a First Look with his beautiful bride, the clouds started rolling in. We were able to do their First Look outside and then had to back up under cover as the rain drops started falling.
Shaun’s expression during their First Look is my all-time favorite!
As the rain picked up we headed back into the Zen area of the resort to do some photos undercover to pass some time.
Then we headed over to the Grand Class area of the resort, which is where the ceremony was to be held. At this point not only was rain coming down but it was also coming sideways! Crazy weather we had in Mexico!
These flower girls <3 <3 <3
Annnd a break in the rain so let’s go outside for a minute while we can!!
So this is what the ceremony site looked like when there were blue skies…
And then more rain :( The ceremony was delayed a few minutes while we waited out the storms, hoping and praying that the rain would stop for just a few minutes so we could do it outside!
Then finally there was a break in the rain so the staff at Grand Velas dried off everything as quickly as they possibly could, and guests walked down to the beach, umbrellas ready, so we could finally do this!
I am just in love with these little girls and their dresses!!
The rain started coming down a little in the middle of the ceremony, but as soon as they kissed there was a HUGE thunder clap and everyone then sprinted inside! It was crazy, but still perfect, and everyone was filled with love and joy.
Seriously, some of the prettiest looking food at this resort!!
The ballroom looked incredible! These long white tables they brought in were perfect for a clean, modern beach wedding! Sharon was amazing and I still can’t believe she designed this room in just one day since the original plan was outside!
And these menus…
and the flowers… and placecards… everything was perfect!
The kids each had a clipboard with custom coloring pages, crayons and activities to keep them busy! It was adorable!! I wanted to sit at a kids seat!
Pashminas for the ladies and monogramed cigar rollers for the guys.
Checking out the room before all of the guests come in :)
A picture with the best planner ever, Sharon!!
As guests made their way into the reception spare, we took the bride and groom outside for some more photos in the rain.
Shaun almost blew away right after this shot!
A cigar roller at the reception was a big hit!
Their cake topper included their sweet pup, Millie!
All of the food was amazing at the resort, and then there was a churro station… OMG! They’re like elongated doughnuts so you know we had a few :)
Just when everyone thought the wedding and celebration was coming to an end there were fireworks <3
Samantha, Shaun, Doreen and Brian – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for including us in this amazing day!! It was such an honor to be in Mexico to document this beautiful weekend and the love that Samantha and Shaun have! We have truly enjoyed getting to know everyone even better and had such a wonderful time with you all over the weekend!! xoxo
A special thanks to all of the incredible vendors who made this day possible:
Planner | Sharon Boerner of Celebrations LLC and Claudia Garcia at Grand Velas
Venue | Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Make-up | Lauren Rutkovitz from A Style Studio
Hair | Zen Spa at Grand Velas
Grooms Attire | Tuxedo House
Stationery | Jenifer Sirkis Designs
Calligraphy | The Pretty Paperie Shoppe
Florals | Euforia
Linens | Table Toppers
Videography | DreamArt