Jenni and I were in the Fire Academy together back in 2008 and hadn’t really chatted since. Until I saw via FB that she was planning a wedding. Not knowing any of the details I messaged her and told her I would LOVE to shoot her wedding. ”But it’s in Cancun…”
Don and Jenni flew me down to Cancun a couple days before the wedding and I had the great opportunity to stay at the Moon Palace Resort just south of the town of Cancun. According to venue policies, outside photographers were required to stay at the resort as a guest. I was ok with that.
The day before the wedding I got to spend several hours with them and their two kids at the pool just relaxing and soaking up the sun. I soaked up way too much sun. Apparently waterproof sunscreen isn’t really waterproof after like 10 minutes in water.
Sunday at 230p was the start time for the ceremony. We started with portraits around 12 which was definitely a challenge when the sun was directly above in the sky, and it was 95 degrees with 95 percent humidity. Combine that with my second degree burns on my back which started to bleed from the camera straps; it made for a very ‘extreme’ afternoon. Everyone had the art of perspiration down at that point. If you know me, I am more of a 72 degrees and overcast kind of guy.
But to be honest, none of that really was in the front of my mind because I was in an incredible place with great people and getting to snap a lot of memorable photos.
The trip was an incredible experience and I was blessed to be a part of it. This is definitely my favorite wedding to date as the venue was perfect, Don and Jenni were a blast to work with and I got to eat all the food my 145 pound frame could handle. I hope this to be the first of many destination weddings. Of course, I will ‘never’ be allowed to shoot a destination wedding again without my wife. That goes without saying.
Grab some popcorn; this is my largest blog to date.