Category Archives: Mexico

Wedding in Oaxaca, Mexico

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.

Planning your romantic wedding at Sierra Lago, Mascotas, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wedding Photography – Chic Boho Destination in Sayulita

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.

Wedding Photography – Chic boho destination in Sayulita

Wedding at Matorca, Bucerías Nayarit in México

Martoca Beach Garden is a beautiful secluded beach and garden, surrounded by amazing large palm trees. It is a great venue for a non-resort private Puerto Vallarta beach wedding and a fantastic scenery for a photographer like me.

A lot of souvenirs were created that day: from Emanuel’s tears to his father’s ones, or the strong hugs that Cara shared with her new family, a lot of feelings were expressed. It is said that men should not cry, but how nice it is to see a man mourn for love in his statement. Seeing that every word transcends someone is not an easy thing to witness, and taking photos of those tears made me feel like I wanted to part aside and respect the emotion in a so intimate moment. But as a photographer, I had to shut down my emotions, let them get to me and have them get me closer to the core of the person I had to photograph.

The climate conditions were almost perfect as it usually is in November in Banderas Bay and we had the chance to have a cloudless evening that allowed me to play with the reflections on the pool during sunset. Another detail that will let me a special memory is Cara’s twin. It is not common to have a wedding with twins, and I must confess it is a lot of fun. It was a real pleasure to work for Cara & Emmanuel, an exceptional and very loving couple. Our best wishes at the start of their life together!

A Tulum, Mexico Beach Wedding at Hacienda Chekul

This past year I’ve had the pleasure of traveling internationally more for weddings, and Mexico was at the top of the list!  What’s to love about Mexico … for starters,  it’s fairly close to California (which is my home base) and easy to get to, relatively speaking, the weather is warm, the people are friendly, it’s affordable, the beaches are beautiful, and the living is easy!

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If you’re unsure of where to explore, I’d recommend exploring rural Cabo San Lucas, Punta Mita area, Sayulita, and the Caribbean side of Mexico, south of Cancun, Tulum.

Can you imagine how wonderful it is to have several DAYS to enjoy your closest family and friends on an adventure together, instead of a few hours!?   Sounds fabulous!  Your family and friends will thank you.  Here are a few incredible resorts to consider:  Four Seasons Punta MitaSt Regis Punta MitaImanta Resort near Sayulita, Hacienda Chekul Tulum, Mexico

Rochelle and Damian desired this experience, so they planned a several day excursion with their closest family and friends to explore an area that had become close their hearts.  They had booked stunning Hacienda Chekul in the biosphere of Tulum; secluded, jungle-like, luxurious and intimate.  Indeed, it was a grand adventure and a FUN way to start their marriage.

The adventures abounded for the soon to newly wed and their guests … from ancient ruins, jungle safaris, exotic margaritas to snorkeling in the seamless, warm Caribbean Ocean, this wedding didn’t disappoint.  It’s warm there most of the year; it didn’t matter that they tied the knot in January.  Rochelle and Damion took a few trips down, and probably the best decision they made was to hire an event coordinator to help them put it all together.  Their day was 100% them; they had a beautiful, intimate beach ceremony, delicious cuisine, live music, completely authentic townsmen playing Gypsy Kings type music and were surrounded with love by 70 close family and friends from all over the world.

Whether you’re considering eloping, or inviting family and friends, Mexico is an awesome place to start your union and we are totally down to meet you there and capture your once in a lifetime moments!