When I received a call from Paige asking if I would be up for traveling to Riviera Cancun, Mexico to the Secrets Maroma Beach to photograph her wedding, I was ecstatic. “Of course!!!” First of all, I’m a bit embarrassed at how much I love traveling. Knowing that I am going to get to travel provides several months worth of motivation to work at home. And my sweet bride, Joy, has been looking forward to the warm sun of Mexico for quite some while. And deep in her heart, she would’ve given anything to be able to stay forever on the white beaches of Riviera Cancun. It was simply beautiful & clearly one of the most desirable places I’ve been. Thus, don’t be alarmed when I start putting in for job transfers to the Riviera!
Let me begin this story by stating that Brad & Paige were wonderful to Joy & I during our stay. They were so generous & not once made us feel as though we were anything but honored guests. I often found myself thinking, “Wow, how did I become so fortunate?” But enough about me, here’s how it all started.
It must’ve been fate, rather providence. Or maybe ’twas the magic that comes along with being an Auburn Tigers fan. Yet in November ’09, Paige found herself waiting for a friend to join her for dinner at a Birmingham grill. It was during the Auburn vs. Georgia game when a patron at the bar area made an awry comment about Auburn that struck a nerve in them both. A mutual smile led to an introduction, which led to Facebook friends & football games, resulting in an official status change by the end of January ’10. And they’ve been together since. It’s the story of Brad & Paige. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to document their beautiful Mexico wedding. Here are a few of my favorites!
I could’ve stayed here forever. Ladies & gentlemen, here’s what Paradise looks like!
Upon our Wednesday arrival, we joined Brad & Paige for a beachside bonfire to welcome everyone.
Although we missed sunset, I spent some time with Brad & Paige around the resort & captures some pics of the happy couple. I wasn’t able to travel with much lighting gear so I got rather creative using video lights coupled with light fixtures throughout the campus.
Brad & Paige thought of everything to make sure their guests felt welcome. As the wedding day arrived, all was perfect.
Wedding day preparations began.
Adrian Guerra, Styling Trio Riviera Maya, is considered a makeup rockstar & I can now vouch for his skills! Might I add that in addition to his flawless work, he & his team are kind, generous & set themselves apart as fellow vendors you’d be honored to work alongside. Great work my friend!
A few details.
Paige was such a beautiful & joyful bride… I love the fact that she smiled all day!
And Brad, the handsome groom.
Moments prior to the ceremony.
Secrets Maroma’s on-site wedding coordinator, Cecilia, was top-class. Simply lovely.
Ceremony details… perfect.
As the ceremony begins.
And of course, my favorite part of the day.
Located within walking distance of the resort is an abandoned mansion. We were fortunate to photograph her for a bit following the ceremony. I love the beautiful & flawless bride coupled with such rough textures.
These stair pics are my favorites!
Okay… this may be my favorite too!
What I wouldn’t give for perfect light at every wedding… sigh.
The reception was held poolside next to a beautiful gazebo. And just to show you how thoughtful Brad & Paige are… Joy & I had no expectation to be included in the wedding activities yet they insisted we participate & saved us seats for dinner. I was overcome with feelings of blessings.
At sunset, I stole the couple away for a few moments to enjoy a bit of time on the beach. I’m so thankful they were up for it!
Yep, I’m calling this one my favorite.
Such genuine happiness.
As the sun set, I took a moment to step back & reflect upon how fortunate I am to photograph for such wonderful clients & friends. Although it’s never easy to work for yourself, occasions like this allow me to gain perspective & hope I never wake up from this beautiful dream. Enjoy!