Melanie and David, Wedding Photography at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
January 18, 2013
Happy Friday! Working a little overtime here to finally update the blog. I have been really excited to share the photographs from Melanie and David’s beautiful Jewish wedding at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba. This fast paced November wedding was one of the most enjoyable weddings I can remember with lots of action and totally fun people! The Banyan Tree Mayakoba is gorgeous… Melanie and David’s wedding chuppah was set up on a rooftop terrace and the reception’s surprise location was at MK Blue, an amazing relaxed beachside venue. One of my favorite parts of the wedding was when couple, serenaded by an energetic mariachi band, led their guests from the cocktail venue down a candle lit, tree lined wooden path past the beautiful reception area all the way to the dance floor where the mariachi switched over into Hava Nagila and the Hora broke out… truly an unforgettable party! Event coordination for this breathtaking Banyan Tree wedding was by Solen Bodas.
Lindsey and I took a few getting ready and bridal photos then first look and off to catch some beautiful light:
Sunset photos on the grounds of the Banyan Tree Mayakoba.
We had a few minutes before the guests arrived for some available evening photos of the bride and groom, here are a few of many favorites:
Vamos a la fiesta!
MK Blue reception details.
Reception music from Balance the Band.
All images (c)2012 Elizabeth Medina Photography.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba Wedding photographer Elizabeth Medina Photography, photographing weddings in Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya and throughout Mexico.
Ashley and Matt, Excellence Riviera Cancun Destination Wedding Photography 11 02 2012
December 12, 2012
Hacienda Wedding in Mexico, Karah and John’s Destination Wedding at the Hacienda San Jose, Merida, Yucatan
January 3, 2011
Amazing, amazing, amazing… possibly the most overused adjective in the English language! One bad habit I would like to put behind me in the new year is the overuse of this superlative. Unfortunately I will have to start tomorrow because here is no way I can avoid saying AMAZING just a few more times in describing Karah and John’s big day! Karah and John chose a destination wedding and the Hacienda San Jose Cholul as the wedding venue. This location is truly special, it has a very intimate scale, authentic rustic charm, and of course the incomparable local Mayan culture. Located very near my home base of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, this colorful venue has hosted some of my favorite weddings to date. The Hacienda San Jose somehow seems to attract the most amazing (oops) people and Karah and John and their whole group certainly were just that.
Karah and John’s choice of colors really complemented the location and the team from Baku Events did an amazing outstanding job with the wedding set up.
After finishing up with photos Karah and John joined their guests at the cocktail hour held near the pool, I loved being able to capture the quiet moment when they walked down the path to meet their friends and family.
One thing I love about this hacienda is the way the spaces visually separate. The walk from the pool area to the garden area area where dinner and dancing took place had a very dramatic and beautiful ambiance.
Fotografia de boda, Hacienda San Jose, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
Fairmaont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico Eric and Alex’s Destination Wedding 4 24 10
June 11, 2010
I think every bride and groom envision a sunny day for the wedding, Alex and Eric certainly had theirs! As corny as it sounds sometimes you just feel the love and happiness all through the day, and it was great to witness such a large group of the bride and groom’s friends and family who had not only made the trip the attend this destination wedding in but who truly seemed to be thrilled for Alec and Eric and enjoying every single second to the maximum. Such a great party!
The Fairmont Mayakoba is a really unique setting, fantastic architecture and jungle vegetation overlooking the Mayan Riviera, it seemed like the perfect venue for this Mayan Riviera destination wedding.
The first look: this is usually the only time of the day that I am in charge of setting up… so I tend to get into it and my inner movie director takes over! At this wedding I once again had the assistance of wedding photographer Hiram Trillo. His second shooter/wife Nancy (that should probably be reversed, pretty sure the wife part comes first) was also helping out and so it was really fun to find a location that allowed the Alex and Eric’s encounter to be captured from three very different vantage points. Very cinematic if I do say so myself. (how embarrassingly geeky is that anyway?) Erin’ s approach was captured by Nancy.
And the following from Nancy’s vantage point across the river.
A few wedding party photos:
The beach ceremony, Alex and Eric brought down a rabbi, from what I understand they are very hard if not impossible to find in the Cancun Mayan Riviera area.
There goes the veil!
I love the next image!
Mariachi photo by Hiram.
The decor was fantastic, Alex and Eric choose to use white flowers for the beach ceremony and red for the dinner reception. The rich red flowers really complemented the Mexican themed table decorations and wedding favors (talavera pottery shot glasses). Muy bonito!
I loved Hiram’s photo of the father, daughter dance, great capture!
And of course we love the Hora!
Mexico’s premier destination wedding photographer Elizabeth Medina photographs weddings in Yucatan, Campeche, the Mayan Riviera, Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, San Miguel de Allende and Puerto Vallarta.
Playa del Carmen Wedding Photographer, Amy and Marco at the Royal in PDC 4 17 2010
May 26, 2010
The hardest part of blogging has got to be narrowing down which images to include! I hear over and over from my clients how hard it is to choose which images from the wedding to include in the wedding album and of course I can totally relate! Amy and Marco traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for their destination wedding. The ceremony was held in the little Catholic chapel on 5th Avenue. The reception had to be moved indoors due to an unbelievable amount of rain (sound familiar, blog readers? I am pretty sure at this point that we are statistically protected from ever again seeing a drop of rain at the Royal!) but that didn’t seem to dampen everyone’s enjoyment of the celebration one bit. I was very happy that it let up in time for bride and groom photos on the beach and that Amy and Marco were up bright and early for a fantastic trash the dress session the next morning. Guess I better stop the chatter because I know Amy and Marco must be ready to finally see some photos!
First I’ll share a little morning after TTD beauty…
And the wedding day itself…
Everyone broke out in laughter when Marco pulled out “the ring” the ceremony was pretty solemn and it took everyone by surprise!
Breaking the blog rules by posting two ring shots!
La Fiesta…mariachis, tequila, and all around good times. We were disappointed that the beach reception was not possible due to the weather, but the guests may not have even noticed the change of venue!
Geral y Manolo, Fotografía de Boda en Mérida, Yucatán, México
April 19, 2010
Geral and Manolo… such a happy, beautiful couple, just enjoying every bit of their amazing wedding day experience and having the very best of times with their family and friends. The wedding day passes so quickly and it is marvelous to see a couple that seems to live every single moment to the fullest. Gracias Geral and Manolo!
Bride and groom met before the ceremony for photos.
A few photos from the Catholic ceremony at the Nuestra Señora de Libano church.
Reception decor, wow, I loved all the color!
Geral with her sisters and the bride and groom with their friends.
I think this would be the first time an inflatable lobster has appeared on the blog… guess there is a first time for everything!
Fotografía de boda, fotógrafo de bodas, Yucatan, Mexico.
Kathy and Claudio, Wedding Day Photo Session in Merida, Yucatan Mexico 02 27 10
March 31, 2010
Beautiful couple, amazing location…I am just about speechess! (and if you have been reading this blog and are thinking that its about time, since this is a photo blog, not a collection of essays! But I really do photograph the most amazing couples and sometimes I just can’t help babbling on. Feel free to skip to the good stuff, you know, the images!)
Kathy, Claudio and Lauren and I were so fortunate to have the use of a historic family residence on the very lovely Paseo de Montejo here in Merida for this wedding day portrait session. This home is one of the two ¨casas gemelas¨ or twin houses, very striking turn of the century European inspired landmarks, and it was a delight to see that this incredible mansion is being cared for with such love and respect. Kathy and Claudio were a pleasure to photograph and if it hadn´t been for the fact that they needed to go get married I could have happily continued to shoot away!
Elizabeth Medina destination wedding photographer located in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Wedding photojournalism throughout Mexico.
Mexico Wedding Photography Best of 2009, Year in Review Slideshow, Elizabeth Medina Photography
March 13, 2010
I think it is no secret to anyone reading this blog that we love, love, love all our brides and grooms, they are the very best people! I certainly can´t imagine a sweeter job than documenting their love for each other. We hope you enjoy our tribute to some of the most special people anywhere, all of the amazing couples we were privileged to photograph during 2009. To view the slide show please click here and allow a moment for loading.
Riviera Maya Wedding Photography, Kate and PJ at the Excellence Riviera Cancun and Maroma Chapel 12 05 09
January 14, 2010
Milena and Gerry, Wedding and TTD Session at the Azul Sensatori, Mayan Riviera, Mexico 12 04 09
January 7, 2010
Hola! Slowly getting caught up with December weddings! Tt was a pleasure to finally be able to photograph Milena and Gerry´s wedding! Planned originally for a date in the very midst of the Swine Flu outbreak, Gerry and Milena´s much awaited May 2009 wedding had to be postponed at the very last minute. Fortunately they and their guests who traveled in from both North and South America were able to go with the flow and gather in Mexico for a very memorable December celebration. What a fun, fun group! Be forewarned I am including many detail photos in this blog post! Milena and Gerry, aside from being lots of fun to photograph, are a very creative couple and they incorporated many projects and a lot of style into their wedding plans, let me tell you Martha Stewart has nothing on these two!
The cermony was held on a rooftop “Sky Deck” overlooking the ocean. I was not sure what to expect of this location but was very favorably surprised, the ceremony was just lovely.
More details! The Capiz shells made the most beautiful sound all through the ceremony.
The reception, more details…I had to share the children’s place settings because it was such a cute idea and something we had not seen before. I am sure it was a huge hit with the flower girls and ring bearers (and their parents!) because it kept the little ones entertained all through the reception.
A few images from the TTD session, also at the Azul Sensatori. This session was actually done the evening before the wedding and was a great chance for us to get to know the bride and groom before the big day. Non wedding day sessions are really special to me because they give an opportuntiy to really focus on the couple and their interaction with each other.
The next two images are from Lindsey’s camera… I may be a bit biased but I think they are just beautiful.
Azul Sensatori wedding photography by destination wedding photographer, Elizabeth Medina. Wedding photojournalism in the Mayan Riviera and throughout Mexico.
Trash the Dress Session, Mayan Riviera, Michelle and Brian, Valentin Imperial Maya Resort 11 09 09
December 11, 2009
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