Starting the year off right… Mattie and Julian’s lovely destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was our first of 2011 and photographing this couple’s big day got the new year off to a great start! Mattie and Julian and their group of family and friends home base in Mexico was the Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort. On the day of the wedding the group traveled by boat to Las Caletas, a beautiful secluded inlet where Mattie and Julian would be married on the beach and later dance the night away. I would love to include this wonderful couple’s entire destination wedding on the blog but since that is impossible here is a glimpse…
The scenery on the boat ride to Las Caletas was breathtaking.
Arriving at Las Caletas…
Mattie and her girls arrived early and had time not only to prepare for the wedding but also to relax and enjoy the beauty of the island and the bridal “casita”.
No bridezilla here!
Las tres hermanas….
Mattie and her girls….
Meanwhile Lauren captured this image before departing Puerto Vallarta with the groom’s party and wedding guests.
Mattie and Julian did not see each other before the ceremony, I was very happy to be able to capture these bridal images of Mattie in the jungle as the groom and guests arrived at the island.
The birght ceremony details were very lovingly planned including hand painted maracas to shake at the kiss, Mexican papel picado banners, and bright and colorful pashminas, all in the weddings starfish theme.
Bride and groom’s first glimpse of each other at the altar and ceremony moments….
The reception atmosphere was so pretty with many, many candles.
Las Caletas has the very best fire dancers I have seen and Mattie and Julian were very brave!
Lauren and I met up with Mattie and Julian the next afternoon for some day after photos starting on location in Puerto Vallarta and finishing up on a nearby beach at sunset.
Elizabeth Medina is Mexico’s premier destination wedding photographer, photographing weddings throughout Mexico in locations including Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya, Cancun, San Miguel de Allende and Los Cabos.
This was not your typical run of the mill wedding, for sure! Ever since Jaime contacted me WAY back when she started planning this Puerto Vallarta wedding I knew it would be a one of a kind day! When she settled on Las Caletas as her location I was especially sure! Las Caletas is a secluded jungle wedding spot that can only be reached by boat, and Jaime and Martin´s wedding there was a spectacular, once in a lifetime adventure! I wish I could pack the whole wedding onto the blog! Gracias Jaime and Martin for all your enthusiasm about my art and your good energy along the way and especially for being so in love and enjoying every minute of your wedding adventure in Mexico!
I accompanied Jaime and her bridesmaids on the a speed boat trip to Las Caletas…so very beautiful, this was such a fun start to the wedding day!
Once the girls arrived at Las Caletas the morning was spent relaxing on the island, with spa treatmentes, and floating in the jacuzzi. The bride and maid of honor even went for a wedding day swim in the ocean!
Meanwhile…the groom and the rest of the group had some time to enjoy Puerto Vallarta before heading to the wedding location by boat. Lindsey did a great job documenting this part of the day, it was fun for me to see the photographs from her camera!
Finally it was time for Martin and Jaime to meet for a first look…plenty of tears all around!
Wedding site details, I love photographs that give a sense of place. Between Jaime´s planning and fabulous Las Caletas wedding coordinator Nicole there was plenty of eye candy!
Time for the ceremony…Martin as his bride arrived…
Jaime entered with both her father and grandfather, so special!
The rings were flown into the cermony by a parrot! You certainly don´t see that every day!
Let´s not forget the fire dancers!
The trash the dress session was at sunset the next afternoon…being based on the Gulf of Mexico and doing so much Cancun photography and Mayan Riviera photograpy I just I love photographing at sunset on the Pacific coast!
Puerto Vallarta wedding photographer Elziabeth Medina, Mexico wedding photojournalist.