Heather and Nadeem’s Hard Rock Riviera Maya wedding is such a beautiful love story. Nadeem came to the United States all the way across the Atlantic Ocean from London. He moved on his own for work to Dallas, Texas and he didn’t know anyone. Heather was a neighbor and as they got to know each other…they just knew they were right for each other and today was evidence of their love for each other!
Heather’s beautiful wedding dress is elegant but well suited for the warm Mexican summer days. She picked a nice light contrasting color for the bridesmaids and the groom’s ensemble to match. Simple elegance is beautiful and shows in all the photographs.
Heather’s younger sister was also her bridesmaid and seeing them share this special day together was wonderful. As you can imagine, they had lots of loving tender moments together. You can see her helping her sister with her wedding dress here. A precious moment I wanted to capture for them.
Heather and her mom are very close. During the getting ready photo session, her mom gives her a little gift and both mother and daughter have a loving moment together. Her mom was so proud and happy for her oldest daughter and it showed all weekend long. She always had a beautiful smile on her face.
The groom’s getting ready photographs were so much fun! Best of all the room was quiet orderly so the getting ready photographs really makes them pop. These guys were dashing and just having fun with Nadeem. They were doing crazy stuff all weekend long.
The groom and groomsmen kept cool with their light colored attire. You can see the sunny day glowing over their wedding and these boys are looking dashing and fresh. Here is Nadeem arriving at the wedding ceremony and getting ready to be congratulated by his dad. Such a great moment for father and son!
The Hard Rock Riviera Maya is really well designed for weddings consisting of adult couples and families with kids. They have the “Hacienda” resort catering to families and the adjoining “Heaven” resort for adults only. This allows your guests to intermingle between the two as they can cater to everyone’s needs.
The wedding ceremony views at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya are spectacular. The ocean breeze and shade from the palapa keeps everyone cool and enjoying the wedding ceremony.
The highlight for me was to see their uniqueness shine as Nadeem can always say just the right thing to make Heather laugh…even at the alter he puts a sweet smile on his new bride’s face. What a delight to see everyone enjoying their loving moment.
The Hard Rock Riviera Maya grounds are beautiful and so diverse. It gives us wonderful bridal photographs as we walk around and everywhere we look is a postcard perfect photograph waiting to be captured.
Surrounded by friends and family coming from all around the world: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Africa there was no stopping the fun we all had.
Heather loves to dance and Sofia was glad to keep her company as these two rocked the dance floor.
These bridesmaids thought ahead and wore comfy shoes for the nighttime dance festival. I love when couples bring their unique style to their weddings and I make sure to capture it so they can remember it for the rest of their lives!
I love their idea of having the firework sparklers going off as they cut their cake – a great touch to make the moment shine and keep all the guests’ attention on the caking cutting ceremony.
A great ending…once again Nadeem says a private joke to Heather and has her laughing away!
Congratulations to this beautiful couple. I wish you love and happiness for the rest of your lives!
This was a dream destination wedding for Hannah and she was a beautiful bride. Hannah, Simon and their family travelled all the way across the Atlantic from the UK to Riu Cancun Resort.
Ariella, their daughter, was so sweet and angel during their wedding day. I loved how they included her in the day’s celebration and we captured many special timeless photographs of them with their little girl. Hannah and Simon will just smile each time they look at these photographs and cherish them forever.
It was a beautiful sunny Cancun wedding day with no chance of rain, some light clouds and a nice breeze to help deal with the hot day.
I love the ties! Such beautiful bold designs with colors complementing the wedding colors very nicely.
The groom’s Getting Ready is so different than the bride’s Getting Ready (just look how empty his countertop is).
We always find a little time to relax and enjoy the moment.
You can see the beautiful weather Hannah and Simon had, blue skies, azul blue calm waters and a group of friends and family to celebrate their love.
This lovely couple decided to officially get married in Cancun rather than just a symbolic ceremony and you can see the emotions on Hannah’s face…so precious.
A timeless family moment that we can all enjoy and cherish.
Daddy’s little girl!
The bouquet toss was priceless! The color of the flowers and blue sky backdrop with the magnificent ocean color just makes me feel nice and warm inside.
Congratulations! The couple’s session is a time for them to relax after the ceremony, enjoy each other’s company, have fun and create some beautiful memories.
A timeless photograph of the beautiful bride showing off her ring.
They had so many tender glances for each other with pure love in their eyes.
The pier at Riu Cancun is a great backdrop allowing for some elegant timeless photographs we can all enjoy and cherish.
This couple knew how to create unique moments and we all had fun throughout the day! The sombrero worked brilliantly with Simon’s suit.
Thank you Hannah and Simon! We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness!
Justine and Ben spent their whirlwind wedding day at the Azul Fives Hotel, where a cloudless August sky and stunning blue-green sea combined to make their destination wedding location a dream come true. But before this fun-loving, stylish couple stepped onto the ceremony aisle, they had to get ready!
During the Getting Ready session, I captured warm, intimate moments that Justine and Ben shared with their closest family and friends before the ceremony. The result was photographs that speak to the amazing love and support this lucky couple received from their loved ones on this incredibly special day — check out the photos below:
It was a big bridal party — the more the merrier in Justine’s spacious suite! Don’t you love how beautiful all the bridesmaids look in that romantic blush-pink color?
I love capturing the little details during the Getting Ready photo session, like the adorable blue and white garter that Justine slipped on.
She’s almost ready! Justine is simply glowing as her helpful bridesmaids smooth out her long train. It’s almost time for the big “I Do” moment …
What a dramatic image as Justine peeks through her delicate veil. She looks so stunning, and I love how her glimmering hair clip adds an extra touch of glamour to the photograph.
And so the procession to the beautiful ceremony location begins! Justine’s bridesmaids help keep her cool in the hot August heat with an umbrella — so she can absolutely stun as she walks down the aisle.
Want to see the jaw-dropping ceremony site — and the way Justine and Ben react when they see each other in their wedding attire for the first time? Check out Justine and Ben’s gorgeous ceremony photos here.
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Justine and Ben’s ceremony at the Azul Fives Hotel was so chic and just over-the-top beautiful — just like Justine and Ben themselves.
From the glittering chandelier to the pretty pink roses and ribbon accents, every detail added up to an incredibly romantic occasion. And Justin and Ben couldn’t be more in love! Check out the stunning ceremony photos from this top rated resort, below:
The ceremony location and altar designed by Azul Fives was one of the most stunning I’ve ever seen. Although, since Justin and Ben’s Azul Fives wedding was in August, it did get quite hot during the ceremony because there was no shade.
If staying cool and fresh during your ceremony is very important to you, I suggest discussing your options with your wedding coordinator ahead of time to avoid any surprises. One thing you may want to do is provide paper umbrellas to your guests, so they can keep the sun off themselves during the ceremony.
Here comes the groom! While Ben looks dashing in his linen suit, it was still a little too stuffy for the August heat. For tips on how to keep the groom happy — and cool — when it comes to destination wedding attire, check out my article, Mexico Beach Wedding Groom Attire: How to Keep Him Happy.
Justine is all smiles once she makes it down the aisle. I was so glad I was able to capture the look of joy and pure love on her face in this moment.
Talk about a “wow” factor — the breathtaking aqua waters of the ocean peek through the altar, creating a beguiling backdrop as Justine and Ben exchange their vows.
The happy couple walk down the aisle one last time, full of smiles and filled with love. Both Justine and Ben are absolutely glowing, so grateful to be embarking on a new journey through life together. That’s what photographing the ceremony is all about — capturing keepsake moments like this.
One last photo of the whole bridal party in front of the glamorous and tropical ceremony setting, then it is on to the portrait photo session with Ben and Justine! We got to take photos in some of the most beautiful locations throughout the resort — including near that stunning sea. Take a look at the gorgeous photos here.
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The Azul Five Hotel proved to be the ultimate location to capture unforgettable Mexican destination wedding portraits with Ben and Justine. Everywhere you look, there is beauty to be found — whether it’s the modern architectural details of the hotel, or the awe-inspiring deep blue color of the sea. Browse through Ben and Justine’s portrait photos to see all the beauty for yourself:
Including the bridal party in the portrait photography session gave Justine a chance to capture the fun and silly side of her bridesmaids. These bridal party portraits would make a great gift to the bridesmaids as a “thank you” for all their support throughout the wedding planning process!
The guys, too, were all laughs during the session. Ben’s groomsmen certainly were not afraid to get a little goofy — which made for some extra memorable photos!
I love when a bride wears a veil during her photo session. It allows for stunning photo opportunities allowing me to capture them in elegant breath-taking poses.
The portrait photos taken out on the pier were just perfect — but they almost didn’t happen! We needed permission from the Azul staff to go out on the pier. Luckily, we got permission in time. To avoid a situation like this, I would suggest getting permission from your wedding coordinator ahead of time to get access to the pier or other special locations.
The modern, graphic decor of the Azul Fives Hotel was a great match for the couple’s sleek style. The backdrop made for youthful, interesting portrait photos that I know Justine and Ben will cherish forever.
Taking breathtaking, natural light photos of Justine, Ben, and the entire bridal party was so much fun. We got to explore the most beautiful parts of the hotel grounds together, and I captured plenty of special moments of the couple where you can truly see their love for one another shine through. Justine and Ben capped off an incredible wedding day with an amazing reception — see the photos of all the dancing and swoon-worthy decor details here.
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If you love thoughtful design details, romantic lighting and color schemes, and super chic wedding fashion, then you’re going to love Justine and Ben’s wedding reception at the Azul Fives Hotel. From the glamorous golden candlesticks at every table, to the romantic pink-hued cocktails and cakes, everything about this stylish wedding reception was so well thought out. Not to mention, it is so clear that the new bride and groom had an absolute blast with all their guests! Check out the fun photos below:
The Azul team truly went over the top in making Justine and Ben’s reception location look like a fairy tale come to life. The ribbon accents on the chairs add a beautiful “pop” of color.
Photographed in black and white, the bride and groom’s first dance feels extra classic and refined.
Justine and Ben seemed to be very close with their families, so it was so much fun to watch them boogie down with their families during the reception. Later that night, Justine and her dad surprised the crowd by singing a special song together!
Justine danced the night away — but luckily, she and Ben were able to join me early the next morning for a “Trash the Dress” session. They met me at the public beach right outside the Azul Fives Hotel at 8 am, and I had such an amazing time photographing Justine and Ben as they swam and splashed in the beautiful water. And don’t worry, her gown will be fine — all it needs is a good dry cleaning!
Every detail of this Azul Fives weddings reception was exceptional, and I know the happy couple made lifelong memories with their loved ones this night. What a wonderful way to kick off their new lives together.
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Photographing Tamara and Elaine at the lush Vidanta resort in the Riviera Maya was an absolute pleasure.
The couple struck the perfect balance between being stylish, fun-loving and so sincerely in love. Unlike many Mexico destination weddings, Tamara and Elaine’s big day was not super small — they had about 60 guests make the trip down south to celebrate them.
But before they started celebrating with all their friends and family, I got to capture more intimate moments during the “getting ready” session.
At Tamara and Elaine’s beachside ceremony in the Riviera Maya, it was all about sharing the love.
Close friends were treated like family, and the couple made an extra effort to include their loved ones on their marriage journey. For example, Tamara and Elaine had a group of their closest friends form a circle around them during the ceremony, to represent how they’ll lean on their friends for support and encouragement throughout their marriage. Take a look at the sweet celebration of love and friendship below in a Vidanta Wedding:
Talk about the perfect day for photographing wedding portraits! At the Vidanta resort in the Riviera Maya, couple Tamara and Elaine blew me away with their glamorous, unique sense of style.
Vidanta Riviera Maya resort proved to be the ultimate backdrop for these portraits; Tamara and Elaine’s all-white outfits popped against the turquoise decor and bright blue waters of the resort. Tamara is a photographer herself, so I felt so honored that she trusted me to capture her wedding day. I think every portrait so clearly illustrates the love these two have for each other — check them out below: (more…)
Tamara and Elaine’s beachside Vidanta wedding reception was all about togetherness.
The couple was keenly concerned with making all of their guests feel welcomed and loved. For example, right after Tamara and Elaine’s first dance, they invited all of their guests out on the dance floor with them. I think the bonds of friendship and family grew even stronger during this breathtaking reception!
Take a look at all the fun and beautiful details below: (more…)