I don’t know if you know this about me yet, but I love to travel. I think the best breath of fresh air for the soul is getting yourself out of your routine, and experiencing something completely new. Any time a friend casually mentions “Oh, I’m thinking of planning a trip.”, I immediately respond “When? Where? Can I go?”.
Enter Katherine. Katherine is my oldest friend. Not in age. Obviously. We met when I was 8 and Katherine was 7 and fate decided we should be next door neighbors. I was an only child and at that age wasn’t very good at making friends. Katherine became my sister (she has her own sister, but their family welcomed me into the fold). She understood all of my weird, and brought her own weird. In the early days we played house in the wildlife preserve behind our houses. We dared each other to eat dog biscuits. We went to the same YMCA summer camp and every year they made an exception for our different ages so that we could bunk together. Katherine has gone on and done so many interesting and amazing things in her life. She lived in China. She worked on movie sets. She went to college. A lot. Now she’s a doctor in Los Angeles. WHAT???? She’s the best. I’m so proud of her. Being a chronic overachiever comes with having very little free time. Katherine also sees the value of travel and does so at every opportunity. Needing a break from her daily grind she recommended we head to the beach and I was 100% ok with tagging along. We ultimately decided on the gorgeous bohemian beach town of Tulum, Mexico.
Wow. What a beautiful place Tulum is. White sand, cocktails, cenotes, ruins… it’s paradise. Knowing that Tulum, Mexico was ideal as a destination wedding location, I seized the opportunity to completely humiliate my best friend by making her stand in the ocean in a wedding dress so I could photograph her while tourists watched. Went just as planned! Actually way way better. Not only did Katherine find the most beautiful cotton Zara dress to mock for a gown, but I pulled out my questionable florist skills by gathering anything I could find with color and creating a tropical bouquet. To top it all off, we hit the magic hour at the perfect time and we were treated to a stellar display from the “super” moon. Katherine was an excellent model for her bridal session. She looked beautiful in the moonlight. I love that this session was last minute, cost us almost nothing, and still turned out absolutely gorgeous. Those are the happiest sort of successes.
Being a destination wedding photographer is so much fun! Being able to shoot somewhere so unlike Savannah was really a great time…. And Tulum showed her colors beautifully. If you are considering a destination wedding in Tulum, or anywhere else, please consider bringing me along to capture your amazing adventure. Because adventure is what its all about!