This blog and these pictures are quite literally 4 months in the making. Last November I packed my bags, smooched my hubby, squeezed my kids as they sat crying in the car and headed for Playa del Carmen to shoot a wedding. Ten days would be the longest period of time that I have even been away from them since Kyle and I got married. Unless you count the 10 day vacation Kyle took to God knows where (no really only God would ... Kyle has no idea) when he was in his coma after his head injury in 2005. Hopefully this time I could relax on the beach and read a book in between work.
I stayed up late the night before I left making the kids Holloween costumes and was able to take them trick-or-treating before having to catch a ferry to Seattle. Their sad crying faces were almost more than I could bare. Ten long days away from them all was going to be harder than i had ever imagined. This would be my first time back to a tropical beach since my honeymoon and I would be in the company of my brother Josh. Our flight out of Seattle was quite early so we decided on a 25 minute cab ride instead of an hour drive.
We arrived in Cancun just after a downgraded hurricane played havoc on their streets. The hour long shuttle from the airport to the hotel was a bumpy ride to say the least. The wedding that I would be photographing was in Playa del Carmen at an all inclusive resort.
The wedding couple, Paul and Steph are friends of my brother's and it was not until this trip that I finally got to meet all of his friends. I had talked to Steph on the phone and was struck instantly by her sweet, and outgoing nature.
Meeting them in person was an absolute pleasure. They were so fun and inviting that I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
We had dinner with Steph and Paul and her family our first night and there are not enough kind words to describe them. They are truly an amazing family!! I only wish Steph had another sister for Josh because I sure did fall in love with your family.
Wedding day arrived midway during the trip. Beach volleyball and activities preceded the wedding day and I must say that much fun was had by all, including me. What could be better than white sandy beaches 80 degree weather and a competitive game of Beach Volleyball! Only the presence of my husband and kids could have made it more perfect.
One might think that shooting a wedding somewhere I have never been before might be more difficult. Oddly enough I love the challenge of something new. New light, new scenery, and new people are all things that get my creative juices flowing.
I am not a prideful person. I don't brag, and seldom toot my own horn (ok...never). I prefer to let my work speak for itself. It has become a custom for me to pray the night before every shoot. I ask to see things through the eyes of my maker. It is in these moments that I feel at peace enough to capture something more than an image. All that being said ... I am so stinking proud of these moments that I was honored and trusted enough to capture.
It is my absolute joy and pleasure to share with you the love that was pouring out as Paul and Steph got married. There is an excerpt from the Velveteen Rabbit written by "Margery Williams" that speaks of the honesty of love from all perspectives. Because a wedding is not only about the wedding couple, but about each person that has loved them along the way.
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
Thank you for your patience with all I've been going through – you have waited for 4 long months for your photos. Thank you for sharing your special day with me. Thank you for trusting me to not screw it all up, because after all a destination wedding would be a hard one to do-over ; )
My wish for you two is to fall more in love with each passing day. I hope that more of your days are filled with smiles than tears - That the hard times will make you stronger and that laughter and joy will be what defines you.
To see all the photos from this wonderful wedding please click here.
... Lindsay ...