Alex + Keith | A Puerto Vallarta Wedding Video

Alex + Keith | A Puerto Vallarta Wedding Video

  Alex and Keith didn’t just go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to get married, they went to provide their closest family and friends an intimate place to have fun and experience their love. In my opinion, this is a great reason to have a destination wedding. There is something magical about transporting your loved ones to an unusual place that enhances the wedding experience. It is that experience that I find extremely important for every wedding I shoot, so no matter where I’m at my style doesn’t change. Alex and Keith were not concerned about an overblown Hollywood-style wedding film, they preferred their wedding experience captured as it was in a realistic and documentary way– and so they found me.     Playa Fiesta hosted the wedding party for the weekend as well as the reception. The staff there was amazing and made everyone feel right at home, even when some felt under the weather. Hacienda San Angel provided the beautiful ceremony location and cocktail hour. I loved that it was hidden midway up a hill surrounded by the homes of residents and not just tourists. Puerto Vallarta is an interesting mix of tourism, beauty and traditional Mexico. It was great to be able to witness the city at the same time as I witnessed the wedding of Alex and Keith. Photography for the wedding was provided by the great and talented Elizabeth Lloyd. She is a wedding photojournalist based out of New York and Puerto...
Amy + John | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico wedding photography

Amy + John | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico wedding photography

Life is funny sometimes. The way things seem to work out and fall into place never ceases to amaze me. Amy and John’s wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was an event where things just fell into place. I have known Amy for technically my entire existence. I grew up down the street from her family. According to her mom we used to play army together and apparently I and some of the boys on the block once tied her to a tree as a prisoner and left her there. I don’t recall that exact instance but I can assure you I had nothing to do with it. I had not seen or heard from Amy for decades so it was a wonderful surprise to get an email asking about the possibility of shooting some engagement photos for her. I had her and John come in for a meeting so we could chat about things and the possibility of providing wedding photography in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the Iberostar Playa Mita resort came up. Ironically we never actually ended up doing any engagement photos for them in Kansas City but instead traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as their wedding photographer. I am so happy that all worked out as their wedding was unreal. It had the perfect blend of meaningfulness and craziness. Amy and John’s families and friends made me feel like I was part of the clan which helps tremendously when documenting any event.¬†As the months passed by and the event was getting closer and closer I started to search for a second shooter that could assist me at...
Teaser Tuesday | Puerto Vallarta Mexico wedding photography of Amy and John

Teaser Tuesday | Puerto Vallarta Mexico wedding photography of Amy and John

What a crazy wedding Amy and John had. It was crazy in many ways. Crazy how many people I ended up knowing there, I actually grew up down the street from Amy as a child. Crazy that I almost suffered heavy bodily damage on the side of a cliff getting an image, and crazy how friends of mine that are amazing wedding photographers flew down from New York to shoot with me. This is one wedding I won’t soon forget. Thanks Amy and John for making it possible! Here are a few of my favorite images from the trip. The wedding took place at the Iberostar Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico.   Amy getting her hair done by her friend while sneaking in lunch in the Presidential suite. I don’t normally post portraits as part of Teaser Tuesday but I had to post this one. I feel it is always important when shooting destination weddings to work hard to capture the beauty of the location. I was thrilled to discover this area while on a walk the day of the wedding on the beach. I knew we had to go there for the portrait time following the ceremony. I also knew it was risky as I had no idea what the tide would do and it was a 10 minute walk so time was of the essence. We pushed hard and it was worth it. Not only did I have to break into the backyard of this abandoned house but I also had to scale a brick wall and maneuver myself into position on the edge of cliff to...