Shannon and Konstantin, Dreams Riviera Cancun Destination Wedding Photography
September 5, 2012
Summer was busy with photography and so much else, I am just thrilled that fall is here, although it absolutely does not feel like fall here in the Yucatan, the weather is still definitely still hot and humid here in the tropics! I think I will throw a party on the first somewhat semi mild day if it ever comes. But even with the heat it does seem like fall in the back-to-school-fresh-new -start sense! Here in our small studio we are totally on a roll and gearing up with plans to be at the very top of our game for this fall’s weddings!
Here is a little blog goodness to kick off fall 2012. I admit that I totally fell in love with Shannon and Konstantin. I think you will too, they are such a beautiful couple (and as always when speaking of beauty I mean the inner kind, although of course it can’t be denied that this tends to spill over and make for amazing photo!). The wedding had many family created DIY details that were amazing and made the wedding very personal, and of course the setting at Dreams Riviera Cancun was amazing as ever. All images (c)2012 Elizabeth and Lauren Medina.
Just a few day after photos, so many more I wish I could share…there were many bright and happy laughing images from the day after session but I am choosing these relaxed and quiet images to share here because I think they compliment and go a little bit beyond the very expressive wedding day photographs below.
Wedding day! Here we go… starting off with a few details, a bridal portrait in black and white then something we just loved photographing… Shannon’s “first look’.. with her bridesmaids!
Then over to spend some time with the guys…
While we are shooting we always have in mind the idea that the photographs could lend them selves to the creation of an amazing wedding album which will show the both the elegant and beautiful side of eh. I was totally feeling the future design possibilities of ithe next two photographs of the wedding party…
Ceremony site details…
Sarah and Ed, Marina Maroma, Mayan Riviera, Mexico
June 11, 2011
Mayan Riviera Wedding and TTD Photography, Gran Palladium White Sands, Jenn and Scott
March 29, 2011
While the decision to travel so far for a wedding celebration might be a big one the weddings themselves are so special and enjoyable I would be willing to bet that everyone who is fortunate enough to travel to Mexico to attend a destination wedding is glad they made the trip! Jenn and Scott’s group of family and friends traveled all the way from Canada for this February wedding in the Mayan Riviera a the Gran Palladium White Sands Resort. It seemed to be such a sunny group, not only totally happy and excited for the couple but content to kick back and enjoy. Lindsey and I could not help but have a wonderful time capturing a bit of the magic not only the wedding day with it s smiles and tears but also early the next morning when we joined Jenn and Scott for a sunrise trash the dress session.
A couple of bridal portraits (you know I love it when there is time for these!) and Jenn’s proud mom seeing her daughter as a bride…
We were able to photograph Jenn on the grounds of the resort prior to the ceremony…
Time to head for the ceremony in the ocean side gazebo…
Jenn’s ring did not want to go on but Scott gave it his best try! Photos by both Lindsey and Elizabeth…
Next shot is Lindsey’s….
Taking wedding crashing to a whole new level…
Photographs on the beach as the sun set and then it was off to enjoy the reception….
The next morning we were up bright and early for the day after session… thank you Jenn and Scott for being such total great sports! We loved photographing your wedding!
Rachel and Adam, Sapphire Riviera Cancun, Destination Wedding on the Beach 5 30 10
July 31, 2010
Glad to finally be able to share Rachel and Adam’s photos! We try to keep things moving along relatively quickly and are proud to have never passed the 8 week editing mark but this wedding from late in our spring season cut it a little close for comfort. Wish as I might for a magic bullet (or a magic mouse or Wacom tablet as the case may be) as an artist I have never been able to find a way around the notion that each individual photograph deserves to sparkle and that the elegance lies in the the little touches. I am sure that each photographer has their own process and way of doing things, contrary to what common sense and practicality would dictate the polishing process at Elizabeth Medina Photography seems to involve about 87 steps, the final and most time consuming of which are customarily carried out on a computer which decided that July was a good time to take a break. (we are suspecting that the Macs may be in cahoots because the iphone decided to go for a swim in salt water, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the others for signs of rebellion). Happily we are up and running, chugging away a little slower than we’d like but definitely on track. (and Amy and Matt your San Miguel de Allende weekend is up next!)
This was such beautiful day, super fast paced with a great couple and a really super fun group. I think the Sapphire Riviera (formerly Paradisus) in the Riviera Maya has such an ideal beach wedding set up with a very private beach ceremony site and a deck overlooking the ocean that was just perfect for Rachel and Adam’s event. Rachel is in fashion and has great style, and is just a really nice person to be around. I loved hearing that she found me through another very cool past bride. Rachel and Adam, thank you for all your patience and good humor on the wedding day (a little warm, no?) I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I have!
I stole Rachel for a few minutes between the Ketubah signing and the ceremony, these “stolen” bridal portraits where some of my favorite images from the day.
I loved these shoes so much!
We had time for just few bride and groom shots before the ceremony. Did I mention it was warm out?
Corlorful beach ceremony decorations, love the flip flops for the guests and the combination of bright colors.
Rachel was not the only one with blinged out footwear, her flower girl was right there with her!
A few ceremony moments.
What do you do when you reach the end of the aisle and there are still petals in the basket?
Th ceremony was timed very close to sunset, we a very quick bride and groom photo session after the ceremony, I was very happy that Rachel and Adam we were able to capture so much variety and expression in such a short time.
A few reception details, and some of the action…
During the father of the bride’s speech…
Elizabeth Medina is Mexico’s premier wedding photographer, photographing events in the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Yucatan areas as well as San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and throughout Mexico.
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.
Kevin and Sarah, Wedding and Trash the Dress Photography at the Royal in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
September 9, 2008
Kevina nd Sara were a wonderful couple to work with. Kevin had been my point of contact during the planning stages so I knew he was very enthusiastic about having great wedding photographs. He and Sarah were so patient, they really collaborated to go the extra mile for their photographs, both on the wedding day and by waking up the morning after the wedding for a sunrise trash the dress session at 6 AM on the beach in Playa del Carmen. They had some great surprises for their guests on the wedding day. Every one seemed so happy for the bride and groom, and I have absolutely never seen a happier mother of the groom as Sarah was welcomed into the family! Here are some images form the weddign day and the fabulous trash the dress session the next morning…I think it was worth the 5 am alarm clock, which is saying a lot!
A couple of images from the trash the dress photo session…the name of this fishing boat was ¨corazón¨, or ¨heart¨in Spanish.
One thing about portrait photography is knowing how to connect with subject and knowing how to pace the session for the most variety and expressions possible. During the wedding day and the trash he dress session Sarah and Kevin were such good sports and we got all kinds of photographs of the two of them but I still felt like there was something a little below the surface yet and that it would make a special photograph. When I saw the image below in my camera´s viewfinder I think I actually said ¨That´s it!¨ Just what I had been after!
Sarah´s beautiful dress.
A few shots from the ceremony in the Gazebo at the Royal in Playa del Carmen. Happy, happy bride…
The gazebo and sand ceremony…
This one is kind of a funny moment…Only at a resort wedding would you see something like this!
One of the surprises for the wedding guests was the mariachi group.
6 AM, time to trash the dress! Sunrise in the Maya Rivera happens over the ocean.
I loved the textures in this image.
Time to trash the dress (or wash the dress) in the ocean.
Elizabeth Medina, es fotógrafa profesional de bodas. Ofrece fotografia de bodas en Mexico, en la Riviera Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Tulum, Yucatan, Merida, Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende, Y Los Cabos. Se especializa en bodas de destino en haciendas y playas.