To say I was looking forward to this Mexico wedding is an understatement for so many reasons.
*You guys know how I feel about tacos. Aaaallllll the tacos.
*Mexico is my favourite place that I’ve had the chance to travel to so far
*Matt was able to travel with me this time
*It was my last wedding of the year, and #100 since I started Life is Beautiful Photography!
*I’ve had so many chances to spend time with Sarah and Colin over the past few years, it was so much more like travelling with friends and wouldn’t feel like work at ALL
… And let me tell you. The trip did not disappoint, for all those reasons and so many more!
Now Jade is a beautiful resort, and it brought back so many memories for Sarah from her last stay there. It was small enough to walk around and explore for all of the best photo spots, and since Sarah was the venue coordinator at my wedding a few years ago, I knew that all of the other details were going to be handled perfectly.
When the wedding day did finally arrive, it. Was. HOT. Like, so hot, you guys!! We took advantage of as much air conditioning as we could, but in the times we were outside, everyone was having such a great time, they didn’t complain about it once. They were all smiles and up for anything, and I think that really speaks to how happy everyone was to be celebrating!
We found a gorgeous hallway for Sarah and Colin’s first look, and Colin’s reaction was one of my favourite first look moments ever. He was completely speechless! And rightfully so, because Sarah looked STUNNING! Their wedding party were just around the corner to watch the moment unfold, and to offer some cheers along the way when the moment was right :)
The ceremony was held in a beautiful gazebo, with a perfect view of the ocean behind the altar. The sun was setting behind us, and a nice breeze was coming in off the water. Sarah and Colin exchanged vows they wrote for each other, and exchanged their rings, and then, after 3735 days, they shared their first kiss and were officially husband and wife <3
(Pro tip: If you’re considering having a wedding in Mexico, or any destination location, have your ceremony pulled up off the beach to avoid people in the background! You’ll still have ocean views for miles without all of the distractions!)
Some sunset photos on the beach led us into cocktail hour (including some celebratory confetti popping for #100!), and a reception filled with so many laughs. Sarah, Colin, and their friends and family are so incredibly close, and it was so amazing getting to experience it all myself that night. And to be welcomed into the family myself during their speech that night…. Sarah & Colin – there aren’t enough words to tell you what that meant to me!
When photos were done for the night, I did a quick wardrobe change and came back to celebrate, and spent the night dancing away with so many new friends! But as I’ve learned over my last six years in weddings, it’s always a good idea to keep the camera close by… Just in case anyone decides to go for a late-night jump into a pool ;)
All in all, everything about this trip was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day, a better end to an amazing wedding season, or a better way to celebrate 100 weddings. It still doesn’t feel real when I say it… 100 WEDDINGS. Here’s to this being just the beginning <3
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