I should quit my job now because I’m sure I’m never going to be able to top the amount of love I have for these two ladies and their Isla Mujeres destination wedding. I want to share all their photos but I have rules against that because I’m pretty sure no one really looks after 10 images anyways, so I tried to keep it together and not go overboard. That being said, it was a priority for Britt and Crys to really take advantage of their location so after getting ready and their first look at the hotel, we had hours to cruise around the island on our golf cart Joaquin and take loads of amazing portraits inspired by the ridiculously awesome place we were in. There’s a few other of my favorites that I didn’t double up on over on their sneak peek from last week.
These two gorgeous gals hold a special place in my heart: they are former neighbors of my best mate Haley. It was an unbelievable honor to be asked to be their photographer and I hope I did them justice and that they love their photos as much as I do. Half of my job is already done when friends or acquaintances hire me. So much of what I do involves creating a relationship and a quick connection in order to bring out genuine moments in folks and when I already know you, that hurdle is non-existent.
This was not my first time to Isla Mujeres, and although it’s changed quite a bit since I stopped in here on my way home from Cuba in 2008, it still has the heart and soul of the island I originally fell in love with. Isla Mujeres is relaxed: the best sort of island time. There is inexpensive delicious ceviche at every restaurant, cold cheap Mexican beer, smiling faces and warm hearts everywhere you go. There are no massive hotels, no high rises, and no fancy private beaches for the most part. You can get $2 fish tacos from a man in a plywood booth that presses his own tortillas. You can rent a wonderful apartment on Airbnb for very little. It’s off-the-beaten path travel at it’s best and it made the most wonderful backdrop for a wedding.
After we spent the whole day jaunting around the isle, Britt and Crys were wed in front of friends and family at the Zama Beach Club, which is officially in my top five favorite venues of all time now. Instead of cake, they had a churro cart. Instead of a special cocktail, they had fresh coconuts handed out to drink from as guests walked in. Shoes were expected to be removed. Toasts were made. Sunsets were watched. Crowd-surfing happened.
Britt and Crys, I can’t wait to come visit you and all of your amazing friends in Philly. I know that your life is going to be filled with dancing, laughter and unicycles, and I wouldn’t wish anything less for the two of you.
Venue: Zama Beach Club | Wedding Planning and Day Of Coordination: Sunhorse Weddings | Invitation Design: Karith Gingrow | Bridal Gowns: BHLDN, Lace and Liberty, and The Wedding Dress Shoppe | Second Shooter: Julie Pizzo