I don’t even know where to start with this amazing destination wedding at the gorgeous Iberostar Paraiso Lindo in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. It was not only a ‘perfect day’ but it was truly a perfect week, as well. There are many benefits to having a destination wedding – but the biggest one that I can see is that you essentially make your wedding day into an entire week (if you choose). It also helps if you’re as awesome to hang out with as Brittany and Chris are.
I had been excited for this wedding since literally January when Brittany asked me to come to Mexico with her and Chris to document their wedding (my answer was obviously a no-brainer yes). I had done their engagement portraits in LBI the summer before (with their adorable dachshund, Milo) and loved them from the second I met them. I was saddened to hear that Milo wouldn’t be making it to Mexico with us, but I knew that he was there in spirit.
Ray and I essentially shot a wedding in New Jersey on 9/28, and hopped a plane for Mexico 12 hours later. It was a little hectic, but it was totally worth it to step off the plane into paradise, and know that we were going to be hanging out with Brittany and Chris and their whole family. We arrived at the resort at around 4pm on 9/29, and I was greeted by a pool bar and coatis running everywhere. I knew I would feel right at home in Mexico. We were eager to explore and I was super eager to hop in the caribbean. My verdict was that honestly, it felt a lot like the Atlantic but warmer. It was windy our whole stay, so the caribbean was less like a lake and a lot more like the Atlantic under a stiff south breeze.
Shooting this wedding was like being on vacation with your most awesome friends for 4 days. I had never been to an all-inclusive resort before, but quickly acclimated to having constant open bar, food everywhere I looked, and room service available 24/7. This wedding was an absolute dream come true, and I am so excited to share these photos!
Photographer: Kelly Sea Images
DJ: Danny Estrella
Venue: Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Playa Del Carmen Mexico
Videographer: Adventure Photos