I love to travel and have been blessed with some amazing wedding clients taking me around the world. On my bucket list to photograph a wedding is: Greece, China and Texas. Can you believe I have never been to Texas?!
One of the things I love the most about destination weddings is that they are intimate and you can really see and feel the closeness of the couples to their family and friends. Vivian and Matt had family and friends join them from around the world for their destination wedding in Tulum Mexico at the Dreams Tulum Resort (one of my all time favorite resorts – this was my third wedding there. Thomas and I love it so much we even vacation at Dreams Tulum.)
We take photos from the time we arrive of everything including the resort, the surrounding areas, the people, everything that tells the story of being there. If anyone cannot attend your event they will feel like they were there when looking through your wedding photos.
Vivian and Matt hired an outside but still local florist instead of using the resort florist. She did a phenomenal job.
Vivian’s dress was so perfect and timeless and not to mention her fabulous shoes!!
I love the last image of Matt seeing Vivian for the first time in her dress – he was beaming!
The chapel at Dreams Tulum is so romantic and charming. It is just the right size for smaller weddings.
Vivian and Matt chose a sand ceremony in place of the unity candle which was very fitting for a destination wedding.
After the ceremony we took a few minutes to walk around the resort for romance photos.
The Mariachi Band was so fun and they played for the entire cocktail hour – which the guests loved!
Loved having fun taking their ring shot.
Vivian and Matt had a Traditional Tea Ceremony before the reception – here is what it is about:
To express thanks to your elders on one’s wedding day
In the traditional Chinese marriage ceremony, both the bride and groom kneel in front of their parents and serve them tea. That is the most devout way to express their gratitude. In front of their parents, it is a practice for the married couple to say, “Thank you for bringing us up. Now we are getting married. We owe it all to you.” The parents will usually drink a small portion of the tea and then give them a red envelope, which symbolizes good luck.
After the reception we toured the resort for some romantic night shots. I love the last one on the left!
We did day after photos around the resort because we had a lot more time to explore and not rush to be anywhere. We found a lot of cute little places for photo opts.
We also went to the Tulum Ruins for some photos. Vivian bought a second dress to wear in the water for some photos – so romantic!