Ashley and Matt, Excellence Riviera Cancun Destination Wedding Photography 11 02 2012
December 12, 2012
Soliman Bay, Mexico, Destination Wedding Photography, Alissa and Justin’s Villa Wedding
May 6, 2011
There is not a week that goes by without several emails in my inbox asking for suggestions of Mexico wedding locations. As much as I would like to point future destination couples in the right direction I always feel that any suggestions I make would come up short since each wedding, couple and group of destination guests has such different needs. As they say in Spanish… zapatero a sus zapatos (or something like that!) There are amazing travel agents specializing in destination weddings and I am sure that they would have more informed suggestions than this photographer (and probably a lot less photos begging to be edited!) That said, it is an awful lot of fun to discover and share neat out of the way locations! On a scouting trip to the Tulum area Justin and Alissa discovered Villa Yardena Located on Soliman Bay, and this private home on the bay was home to their March beach ceremony as well as the poolside reception. Justin and Alissa, thank you, it was an honor to photograph your beautiful day!
A few detail and getting ready photos
The beach ceremony…Justin and Alissa seemed so happy together.
Excellence Riviera Cancun, Destination Wedding Photography, Jamie and Aaron 05 14 2010
June 24, 2010
I am such a fan of my couples. It is hard to explain but I can´t help but think that people like these brides and grooms are what makes the world go round! I always find myself in admiration that such beautiful people exist, happy that they have found and committed to each other and thrilled that they living the experience of a dream wedding in Mexico
A note to all of my very patient spring 2010 couples who are caught in the time warp known as wedding season. As someone who is terrible at waiting myself I an only imagine how hard it must be to wait for the photographs to be ready! Of course at the same time I know the photographs are memories that will last a lifetime so rushing the finishing touches is just not an option! I will continue to plug along but wanted to take a second to tell my clients I appreciate your confidence (and at this time of year your patience) more than you can begin to imagine. It will be worth the wait I promise!
Jamie getting ready…
The ceremony was held on the pier over the beautiful bright blue water.
After the ceremony we did some beach photographs and then onto the reception which was held on an open covered terrace area.
A few reception details…first dance and father and bride dance.
Lauren and I were able to sneak out of the reception with Jamie and Aaron to steal a few twilight photographs.
Mayan Riviera Wedding Photography, Jehda and Ken, Destination Wedding, Paradisus Riviera Cancun
May 12, 2010
I guess it probably goes without saying that participating in a destination wedding in the Mayan Riviera is a fantastic experience. Bringing together so many unbeatable elements…travel, love, happiness, fun people, sun, ocean, sand, and of course an amazing fiesta…I guess it would be hard to go wrong with that recipe! Oh and I almost forgot… if you are the bride and groom and so inclined you can top it all off by “trashing the dress” on a gorgeous beach the next day. Blog readers get ready because this little photo blog is going to be on fire in the coming weeks with photographs of some amazing destination weddings at the most incredible locations!
Jehda and Ken were married at the Paradisus Resort, one of my favorite locations, and in addition to the Paradisus’ team they had the assistance of ace professional wedding planner Yazmin de la Mora in making sure that every detail went smoothly on the big day. All in all it was a lovely day as I hope the day’s imagery will attest.
Jehda and Kenneth decided just a day or two prior to the ceremony that they would like to do a “first look”, and then do some photographs with their wedding party prior to the ceremony. Although it was a bit warm, (OK, that should read it was really, really hot!) this turned out to be a very good call because the ceremony ran a little longer than expected leaving a pretty tight window of daylight for after ceremony photos. It also freed up time for Jehda and Ken to enjoy part of the really fun cocktail hour with their guests.
The next two images are really two views of the exact same moment! Lauren and I seem to have each hit the shutter button of our cameras from slightly different perspectives at just the same very sweet second. The first is mine and the second Lauren’s.
The ceremony was held on the beach, such vibrant color!
Tulum Wedding Photographer, Adrienne and Evan at Milamores, Tulum, Mexico
December 8, 2009
Adrienne and Evan were married at Milamores, a secluded beach front property near Tulum, Mexico, which according to legend was originally built by famous drug king pin Pablo Escobar. Mil Amores is now living a whole new life as an “eco chic” boutique hotel and was a peaceful and private wedding location for Adrienne and Evan. Despite the weekend beginning with some weather “issues” due to pesky Hurricane Ida, the wedding day was unforgettable and the beach amazingly calm and beautiful for the oceanfront ceremony. Adrienne and Evan are a very loving couple and had planned so many thoughtful surprises for their guests it was really fun to see (and photograph!) each charming detail and how everyone had such a good time all through the evening’s celebration.
The bride and groom before the ceremony… muy guapos los dos!
Tulum’s wedding coordinator Gwen Grossett of Destination Weddings Tulum was on hand to make the wedding and reception all come together and run smoothly. Below, Adrienne walking through the jungle on the way to the ceremony.
The reception was moved indoors due to the uncertain weather, so while things may have been a little different than planned the ambiance was simply amazing.
Tulum wedding photography by Mexico destination wedding photographer Elizabeth Medina at Milamores, Tulum, Mexico.
Playa de Carmen Wedding Photography, Donna and Patrick and Ida at the Royal
December 1, 2009
Mayan Riviera Wedding Photography Erica and Doug’s Mexico Destination Wedding Weekend 07 18 09
September 3, 2009
Unforgettable! Lauren and I had a wonderful time photographing Erica and Doug’s weekend at the beautiful Barcelo Mayan Palace in the Mayan Riviera. These two make an awesome couple and had a really fun group of family and friends make the trip to Mexico to celebrate their marriage. Erica is a graphic designer (I have had quite a few graphic designers as brides and grooms and always expect that it will make for an eye catching event!) and had applied her artistic vision all through the wedding planning. It was fun to see all the details that she had prepared, here is a little peek a the many photographs from the welcome dinner white party that was held on the beach the night before the wedding and the wedding mass the next day at the Barcelo’s Catholic chapel. Thank you Erica and Doug, it was an amazing weekend! We loved spending it with all of you! Mucho amor para siempre!
The welcome dinner was held the evening prior to the wedding. We were able to do some more casual photos of the bride and groom before heading to the party on the beach.
All the guests dressed in white for this event, the photo below is of both immediate families together, its not every day a photo op like that comes along.
Jsut a few detsils from the beach party…
The wedding day… details from the getting ready portion of the day.
Erica looked awesome, we LOVED her dress especially because it was jsut perfect for her.
It was fun to see how happy Doug was on the wedding day!
A few ophotographs from the ceremony and some group portraits on the beach, it was another very hot day, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were such troopers!
The reception was held in a beautiful French restaurant at the Barcelo Maya Palace. It was perfect for Erica and Dougs elegant destination style. This crowd know how to party, they were dancing from the very start of the reception!
Elizabeth Medina, Mexico’s premier wedding photgrapher. Elizabeth Medina photographs destination wedding photography throughout Mexico in locations including the Mayan Riviera, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Costa Careyes, Yucatan and San Miguel de Allende.
Azul Sensatori Destination Wedding, Kelly and Michael in Mexico 6-6-09
July 21, 2009
Mayan Riviera Wedding, Heath and Robin’s Destination Wedding Photography at the Paradisus Resort
March 2, 2009
What a joyful day! I actually tried my best not to photograph this wedding! Believing I could not guarantee to be back from Kate and Bill’s Puerto Vallarta wedding in time I told Robin I was unavailable and recommended a couple of very talented fellow photographers. Fortunately for me Robin was firm in her decision and not a person who lets logistics stand in the way. When she did some legwork and started finding ways to make it possible I turned out to be putty in her hands! I was almost afraid to see what she could convince me to do on the day of the wedding! Of course she and Heath are as nice a couple as I could ever imagine working with and the wedding was both a warm and happy tradition filled celebration and a feast for the eye. Thank you Robin and Heath for not taking no for an answer! I loved photographing the wedding!
Girls and guys before the wedding…
Robin and Heath chose to do a “first look” before the ceremony.
The ceremony site was just beautiful and meaningful as well.
I loved this one!
Lauren captured the next image, nice!
Destination wedding photographer Elizabeth Medina, wedding photojournalism in the Riviera Maya. www.elizabethmedina.com
Melanie and Chris, Wedding Photography at the Paradisus Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico
November 26, 2008
It never stops amazing me how each wedding I photograph is unique and full of surprises. Melanie and Chris in particular had some very interesting surprises along the way! They found out just weeks before the wedding that a new location would be needed, but rolled with it and had an amazing beach wedding at the Paradisus resort in the Maya Riviera. They were married on the beach accompanied by more than a hundred guests who had traveled to Mexico for their destination wedding. The weather was kind of so-so…but then in true Maya Rivera form took a turn for gorgeous, rewarding Melanie and Chris with an incredible rainbow during the ceremony! I may not have believed it had I not been there!
Melanie before the ceremony…
Chris waiting patiently.
for the “first look” before the ceremony.
Melanie and her girls on the way to the beach for the ceremony….
Such an exciting moment as Melanie and her father entered the ceremony.
Melanie and Chris were the last ones to realize that an incredible rainbow had appeared right over the wedding chuppah.
Lauren captured this one of the happy crowd as I was photographing from a second floor balcony.
Bride and groom after the ceremony on the beach.
The reception was also held on the beach, the next image is from the “first dance”.
The two families are so united, what a beautiful thing to witness.
I love the next photo from the cake cutting.
Things got a little crazy…
Fotografa de bodas Elizabeth Medina, fotografia de boda en la Maya Riviera.
Sandos Playacar Destination Wedding and Trash the Dress Photo Session with Tina and Garrett in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
November 13, 2008
Tina and Garrett were married in a beach ceremony at the Sandos, Playacar in Playa de Carmen. i was very pleased to be their wedding photographer.The weather was very iffy that day, it actually rained right before the ceremony…but fortunately it stopped just in the nick of time and the afternoon was beautiful. The Sandos Playcar is located on a stretch of pristine beach and was a fantastic location for the next morning’s “trash the dress” session at sunrise. It was beautiful and such a pleasure to spend time with this delightful couple. Graicas Tina and Garrett, more photos are coming very soon!
If I had a little “photographer’s favorite” insignia for my blog posts I might put it on this photo, I think Tina’s beautiful spirit comes through.
The flowers arrive…
yes, There is a story here…the bestman had an unusual responsibility during the ceremony.
6 am, a beautiful new day and time to trash the dress…
Megan and Matt, Wedding Photography in Mexico at the Paraiso Iberostar Resort, Maya Riviera
April 1, 2008
Megan and Matt had a very intimate and beautiful beach wedding at the Paraiso Iberostar in the Maya Riviera. I loved the colors and details that were chosen, they harmonized perfectly with the setting. The ceremony was held just a few feet away from the ocean, it was the first beach ceremony I have photographed where there was no altar, podium, Chuppah or arch of any kind, nothing at all but the bride and groom, family and friends and sand, water and sky. It was simply perfect! I really do not think I have seen the water or sky more beautiful, and since I photogrpah so often in Cancun and the the Rivera Maya I think that is really saying something! The colors of the ocean and sky were glorious.
Thank you Megan and Matt for all your kindness, it was so wonderful to be treated as old friends throughout the day. We wish you both the best of everything! I am really looking forward to creating your wedding album to showcase and preserve the memories of the day. Here are a few of the photographs:
I coudn’t resist a beachy shot of the rings.
There is a tradition among destination wedding brides of preparing OOT (out of town) bags filled with little things to make their guests stay more comfortable. Instead of bags Megan used beach buckets in her theme color, pink. How cute is that? At the dinner reception there were little pink pails filled with M & Ms (which stands for Megan and Matt of course!)
Even the dress got to go outdoors for photos.
One last check on the mirror. As much as I love photographing veils I also really love the no veil look, especially with a hairstyle like Megan’s.
I think the only special request Megan made all day was a photograph of Matt tying his tie! Did I do OK?
Matt and Megan met in a really special garden area to take some pictures together before the ceremony.
While i was getting shots like the one above my assistant captured the one below, I loved it!
Bride and groom with maid of honor and best man.
Another amazing detail, little bags of flower petals tucked into the chair covers.
Here comes the bride…
Elizabeth Medina, Maya Rivera wedding photography. Artistic wedding photojournalism throughout the Yucatan penninsula and all of Mexico.Iberostar Paraiso Resort, Maya Rivera, Mexico.
Playa del Carmen Wedding and Sunrise Trash the Dress Photo Session! Becky and Brian at The Royal, PDC, Mexico
March 12, 2008
I have been so fortunate to photograph in many different and wonderful locations throughout Mexico. The Royal in Playa del Carmen is a particularly great venue. I love going into a familiar location like the Royal and discovering a whole new couple’s story and coming away with a completely different set of images! Becky and Brian were an amazing couple to photograph, and very expressive, not to mention patient. I didn’t know what to think about Becky’s Spanish style dress when I saw it on the hanger…but once she had it on..wow! I loved it and the complete look she put together. The morning after the wedding we met at 6 am (yes! you read tht correctly 6 am the morning after the wedding!) for a trash the dress photo session on the beach. Becky was prepared for the occasion with a second wedding dress. In the Maya Rivera the sun rises over the ocean so we were able to get some wonderful color, making the early alarm clock well worth it! Thank you Brian and Becky I am so happy to know that these photographs will be part of you family history!
Becky and Brian did not see each other before the ceremony, I did a few window light portraits of each in the rooms where they were preparing for the ceremony.
Bright flowers, so nice for the beach wedding.
I love witnessing the range of emotions on the wedding day, Becky started out all smiles down the aisle and lost it when she looked at Brian!
Some past ceremony pictures…Here Becky and Brian and in the garden where the coctail hour was held.
The reception was held in the same location as the ceremony, right on the beach. Such a special atmosphere for the first dance together as husbanc and wife.
Becky and her sister having fun on the dance floor…
Sunrise and time to TTD!
Becky started out with her hair styled straight, that only lasted a few minutes because she got hit by a huge wave! I think the wet hari looks totally amazing and proof that it is not the hair makeup etc. taht makes brides look fabulous, the most important ingredient is happiness!