This year I had the sincere pleasure of traveling to Riu Palace in Los Cabos Mexico to be Ryan and Angeleena’s destination wedding photographer! (Like, what??) To say I was excited was an understatement, especially considering it was my first full year in business, and so to check “destination wedding” off my goals list?! AH!!! Still rocks my world!
From the beginning of planning to the actual wedding to travelling back to Canada, it was the greatest experience. Angeleena and Ryan’s families were warm, welcoming, hilarious and so full of love for the couple. Jesse and I spent the first few days joining in on activities at the party pool with their group (water aerobics included!), getting to know the wedding party at various stag and stagette activities (booze cruise! Quadding!) and simply spending time in the sun, drinks in hand, with the amazing friends and family, celebrating the bride and groom.
Their actual wedding day at Riu Palace in Los Cabos was so beautiful, with that blue water at maximum gorgeous capacity and the sun deciding to shine sans clouds the entire day. The lack of clouds meant that it was HOT, so we dipped in and out of the heat to take photos, playing with the architecture of the resort and thoroughly enjoying a sunset sesh on the beach after dinner. The MC’s absolutely slayed at the reception and to this day, I have not had a wedding laugh harder than this crowd did, which made it just so much fun to shoot.
And as for the bride and groom? I mean, come on. Their love for one another is evident just by looking at them, so capturing it on camera was an absolute dream!
If I could give one piece of advice to a photographer travelling to a hot destination wedding it would be to wear clothes that work for YOU! I know that we like to look nice and professional on wedding days, but if you’re like me and sweat non-stop when shooting even on a cold day, function trumps fashion, and as I didn’t want to faint or DIE from the heat, that meant a black romper, hat (doubled as a sweat band haha) and sick ass Nike’s. If I could do it again, I’d wear different shoes as the outfit ALmost passed as cute, but the support they gave my feet for the 12 hour day was heavenly. Also, WATER! And face cloths! Both in your bag, and not just for you, but for the bridal party too! I’m not joking when I say it was hot, and I definitely wasn’t the only person sweating through my clothes… #fullsuits.
And my one piece of advice for a couple in the midst of deciding on a photographer for their destination wedding? Find someone you actually like! It may seem obvious, but I mean legit like! Your photographer is going to be spending a lot of time with you and your family and friends, and you want someone who you not only trust to take your wedding photos, but who you get along with as well!
So here are some of many incredible moments from their day, and I hope that they serve to convey at least a bit of the fun and love that was experienced!