I had the pleasure to be the wedding photographer of this beautiful Indian couple. This destination wedding of 3 days took place in Hotel Grand Velas Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. It was a wonderful experience.
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Oaxaca City is the capital of the homonymous state of Mexico, known for its cultural and gastronomic traditions.
Its historic center was declared a World Heritage Site, and the symbol of the city is the beautiful baroque church of Santo Domingo de Guzman, where the Pilar and Lorenzo wedding was celebrated.
A marriage in the name of the colors, the music and traditions of Mexico.
When the bride and groom leave the church, the party can start the “Calendar”, the traditional Oaxacan parade with giant puppets and women in traditional costumes who parade carrying baskets with flowers dancing to the rhythm of the band that accompanies them. Following the spectacular fireworks and finally the parade through the city center with all the guests.
The celebration continued at “Casa Dos Lagos” who welcomed relatives and friends with a dream location, where emotion, fun and lots of love have created an unforgettable night, even for me that I had the honor of being the visual witness of this incredible wedding in the land of Mexico.
Sierra Lago Resort & Spa, surrounded by nature
Sierra Lago is described by its owner as the closest place from the sky. After I have documented Ilse & Joel’s wedding, I have to admit that this might be true. This 25 Suites Boutique Hotel located in the middle of the majestic Sierra Madre offers to its guests a beautiful lake, formed in an extinguished volcano crater.
It takes around two hours and a half from Puerto Vallarta to get to this little heaven, but I can assure you that every minute is worth it when you finally arrive. Due to its altitude, the climate is a bit cooler than on the coast and also less humid, but the amazing thing about this place is how clear the sky is. At night, millions of stars shine and can be seen from the hotel, reminding us why pre-Hispanic civilizations based their calendar on astronomy.
For couples who would like to spend a few days in the hotel before or after the wedding, the many proposed activities will keep them entertained. If you ever get tired of hiking the many walking-paths of the area, it is also possible to kayak, horse-ride or fish on the lake, or simply enjoy the beautiful pool and a hydro-massage.
When to plan a wedding at Sierra Lago?
If you are thinking of planning your wedding in Sierra Lago, we recommend avoiding the rain season (from June to September) as your perfect day could quickly be ruined by torrential rain. Autumn and spring are probably the best seasons to organize an event in Sierra Lago, along with winter if you are not afraid to bring with you some sweaters and warm clothes.
Sierra Lago’s amenities for your wedding
Sierra Lago has nothing to envy to bigger resorts as they can organize a reception and ceremony for up to 100 persons, provide 3-course meals and host most of family and friends in their 25 guest suites. A horse-drawn coach is even provided to the bride to make a beautiful and romantic entrance.
Real Wedding Photography by Julien Leveau
Julien Leveau is a French artist and photographer based in Puerto Vallarta. He uses a mix of photo-journalism and fine art photography to tell the story of a couple and preserve the memories that are made on a wedding day.
For those who don’t know Sayulita, it is a magic town on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. It is also the perfect location to spend some relaxing time on the beach, surf the waves, enjoy mexican gastronomy and of course, to get married.
When it comes to getting married in Sayulita, you can’t go wrong with Luz Ochoa of Sayulita Weddings. Every time I have worked with her on a wedding, she succeeded to amaze me with her creativity and her team professionalism.
And this occasion wasn’t exception! The day started off with a perfectly cloudless sky and a bright sun that remained during all the event. Roy & Emily’s chose Sayulita as their paradise to get married, and they couldn’t be happier about their choice.
For the photography, I chose to limit the use of flashes and keep the most natural light as possible in my compositions. I also took the particular decision to leave the 85mm on the side and to fully enjoy my tilt-shift 45mm. For those who know that lens, it may sound crazy as this is a very difficult lens to master in motion scenes, but in the end, I feel like I made the right choice when looking back at my shots. It brought some depth of field to all my pictures.