Katie and Ricard, what a wedding! It was a match made in heaven from day one – in our first email exchange, Katie’s started out with … “what’s your availability” … in order to be able to plan their wedding around working together, a true sign that it was going to be an incredible experience. In six months they planned their dream wedding and it was not only one of the most emotional days I’ve ever had, it was also insanely beautiful in every sense. Planned and executed by Marcela González, every moment and every detail was absolutely breath-taking. We got to spend fourteen hours photographing these beauties along with their warm and loving families and friends, all of whom opened their arms and hearts to us, we felt right at home.

The first look was a moment that I will never forget. When Ricardo saw Katie for the first time he choked up big time, gazing at her and then wiping his eyes, on repeat, he was mesmerized by his stunning bride. Katie was in the same boat, they were adorable, nervous, excited and quite literally could not stop stealing glances. As they read the handwritten letters they’d prepared for this moment, neither Katie nor Ricardo could hold it together, and the raw emotion took over, it was absolutely beautiful to feel and see the immense love they share. This moment that set the tone for their entire loved-filled wedding day.

Their wedding unfolded with so much life and excitement, from exploring the Jardin Etnobotanico, to their lovely ceremony at Sangre de Cristo church in the City center, to a most fantastic and lively calenda followed by a phenomenal party at the Quinta Real that finished with a Mariachi band who handed to mic to Ricard’s father for a few epic songs. Everyone in attendance was incredibly present, wildly happy and enjoyed the most brilliant of celebrations. We are so happy to have crossed paths with Katie and Ricardo … the type of people that hear you’re coming to New York and send you an unsolicited yet much appreciated email with all their favorite places, things to do and see and an invitation for a city bike ride (insert heart explodes). We feel mighty lucky to have them in our lives and are excited to make even more memories together this summer in their neck of the woods. We thrilled to share their wedding story and feel very grateful for the experience of their glorious Oaxaca wedding, congrats to these two amazing souls, all the love for y’all!

Photos by Roque Reyes and yours truly | Wedding Planner Marcela González

 

This wedding. I have so much to say, I feel so much when I think about this beautiful couple, where to start?! … how about circa 2002, yep no typo there, a mere 16 years ago is basically where we came to be their wedding photographers. I met David in High School, he was an adorable fella, skater style with a heart of gold. If there’s one thing that I remember most vividly about him, I’d say it was his way of being, even way back then in the stressful world of high school, he had the kindest nature, the best hugs and there’s always been something about him that draws you in, makes you want to be his best friend, and that “something” he still has to this day.

It was back in 2016 that I received a message from David asking if I still lived in Oaxaca and informing me that him and his (then) girlfriend were panning to come down to Oaxaca to travel and live for an unknown amount of time. They left their day jobs in San Francisco and made the trip south where I was overjoyed to re-meet my dear friend in adult life along with stunning Margaret, who I instantly connected with and who I felt like I’d known all along. During their time in Oaxaca, we had BBQs galore, drank mezcal, hung on the shimmering Coast of Oaxaca, road-tripped through the Southern Sierra, ate late night tacos, cried together while watching a terrible US election and so much more. We connected, we became family. One day Margaret asked me about making some engagement pictures of them and I was overjoyed with the idea, instantly knowing that this meant an adventure, as these two are down for anything and everything. We set out in our classic VW bug to roam the maguey fields and climb the mountainous peeks of Tlacochahuaya, exploring this utopia of a town while making pictures, it was an amazing day that I will never forget. For us, it’s so important that every session be an adventure, and experience, whether it’s in the city center, our portrait wall or a far-off pueblo, we want our friends and couples to leave feeling like … damn that was a good time!

Around the same time, Margaret casually asked me if we’d be interested in documenting their wedding, to which I replied with a HELL YES we’re interested!!! You see, not only are these two some of our favorite humans, they are also such a joy to be around. They love hard, they love honestly and authentically, you feel it in our bones, it’s contagious and everyone around them learns a little more about love just by being near them. Feeling this, and then knowing this, made us even more excited to be a part of their wedding celebration. When that day arrived last January, we found our dear friends with their loved ones from all walks of life enjoying the glorious Pacific Coast of Nayarit, the small beach town of San Pancho to be exact, ready to make it official. Their wedding was held at Bungalows Lydia, gorgeous cabañas on top of a cliff with epic views as far as the eye can see and with a small beach below boasting some beauteous views. Their wedding, envisioned by Margaret her (creative) self and planned and executed by Nicoella was literal perfection. Both David and Margaret got ready on site in the company of their best friends and family;  their highly emotional ceremony was held on the beach below, a mere 50 stone stairs descended and ascended by each wedding guest to celebrate these two. Both Roque and I shed tears during their ceremony, but kept it together enough to be on point when their exit included traditional Irish Monos de Calenda (best description that comes to mind) brought by Maragert’s uncles. Their fiesta was under a palapa in true coastal Mexico style, mezcal was in abundance, chelitas flowing, dancing jammin’ and the best time was had. We, and I do mean we – Roque concurs, couldn’t be happier for our queridos amigos, they found one another, we all celebrated their love, they opened their arms to everyone in attendance and we are so grateful to have been part of it. Congrats to David and Margaret, we LOVE y’all somethang fierce!

Photos by Roque Reyes and yours truly | Wedding Planners: Nicoella

 

The first time Enrique and I met we happened to both be passing through Mexico City and found ourselves in a tiny bar hidden amongst the glorious tree-lined streets of Roma Norte, where we sipped on pulque perched upright in a less than conformable rickety diner style tables next to what appeared to be the beer storage zone, as we were surrounded by boxes full of boos. For Roque and I, getting to know the people we photograph is of immense importance, and Enrique and I did just that. We chatted life, travel, wedding and more, it was a most perfect first encounter. Since that night, we know we’d work well together and upon meeting the beautiful and witty Liz, the deal was sealed.

Flash forward 8 months, their big day arrived as our first wedding of 2018 and just as we’d imagined, it was beyond words. Oaxaca Destination Weddings took wedding planning to an entirely new level, every detail was chosen with love and intention, every moment planned to perfection, we literally felt as if we were on an adventure full of surprises the entire day. Liz & Enrique got ready at Hotel Azul, where they also held their completely unique and stunning ceremony, followed by one of the most epic wedding calendas through the Centro Historico of Oaxaca City, and when I say epic – I mean a calenda full of professional dancers … no joke, they killed it, even in the wildly warm midday heat. The calenda ended at the double-decker tourist buses, which they rented for transportation to their venue, a whole new experience in and of itself. Heading out from the Centro Historico, second-story dancing and mezcal were in abundance, however once we got a few blocks out, the telephone cables hung low above our heads, leading to yours truly nearly getting clotheslined (literally was saved at the very last minute – as you’ll see below) and guests staying in a half duck and cover position most of the way, it was a fabulously chaotic start to their fiesta.

Their reception was held at La Calera, a beautiful factory turned event venue located just outside the city center. Liz and Enrique got things going with an absolutely breath-taking Tango dance, the dance that brought them together as a couple, it was poetic, wild and beautiful, and so captivating in fact, that there were moments when I nearly forgot to shoot. Seeing as half of their guests are dancers, the party that ensued was also memorizing, with casual dance-offs and amazing moves, we had the best time watching the magic unfold. Liz and Enrique stole hearts from day one, they share a beautiful connection and literally can’t keep their eyes off one another; they are from opposite cultures and different countries and yet share so much in common, it’s like the force of the universe, or the love of Tango, is so strong that it pulled these two together with all of the intention imaginable. Evident was their love in every aspect of their wedding day – their devotion to Tango, their contagious energy, their unstoppable laughter and their passion for making positive change in the world, all of which was woven beautifully into their wedding celebration. We adore these two and feel lucky to have documented their wedding day and to call them our friends. Congrats to Liz and Enrique, we love y’all and wish you the most brilliant adventure ahead!

Photos by Roque Reyes and yours truly | Wedding planned and executed by Oaxaca Destination Weddings

 

Isabel and Dorian were married in Mexico City last December, where Isabel was born and their wedding was gorgeous, full of wonderful people, laughter and love. When Isabel first contacted us about shooting her wedding, if I recall correctly, it was at least a year and a half in advance, so early in fact, that plane tickets for her wedding dates weren’t even available for purchase. Over that year or so, we got acquainted and we were really looking forward to their celebration. Isabel and Dorian are absolutely amazing together, their witty sense of humor and clever one-liners had us laughing our way through their day. In fact, Isabel reminds me a lot of friends I grew up with; she’s hilarious, brilliant, feisty, a real gem. Dorian – you just want to hug – not because he needs a hug, but because he’s such a genuine, loving, kind human being, also ridiculously clever and extra points because he’s always smiling. These two are incredibly attentive to one another, frequently locking eyes and forgetting about the world around them for extended moments in time – so much so that I had to break the lock on a few occasions to make sure we arrived on time to their ceremony, as we walked through the sea of thousands of humans that convene at the Zocalo in Mexico City that time of year. This pair even purchased a blessing by Shamans pre-ceremony in the zocalo, to which Isabel keenly noted – could be blessing or a curse, time shall tell. It was an adventure, every moment in center of the mega city, and we were all down for the ride. One fun fact – there was another “Roque” in attendance, we were in awe, the first ever Roque #2 we’ve met!

Isabel and Dorian got ready together, helping one another every step of the way. Their wedding ceremony was held at the Cathedral in the Zocalo, an absolutely stunning piece of architecture full of history, and even though Photographers are not allowed in the aisle during the ceremony, we made it work from Press booths perched above the guests. The reception was held at La Casa del Corregidor where dancing ensued, tears were shed, Mariachi jammed, it was epic. We are grateful to these two for entrusting us to capture this special day in their lives, documenting their wedding was a beautiful experience. Congrats to Isabel and Dorian!

Pictures by Roque Reyes and yours truly | Wedding planned and executed by the brilliant Dahn Wedding Panner

Aurora and Samuel were married last December in Oaxaca, a beautiful celebration at Hotel Azul surrounded by family and friends who made the trip to celebrate these lovers in our stunning city! Aurora’s Mexican roots and the couple’s mutual love for this country made Oaxaca the perfect destination for their wedding. Friends and family quickly fell for Oaxaca, embracing the culture (and mezcal) while exploring the city in depth. Aurora and Samuel are creative souls, madly in love and with an incredible sense of humor, making me laugh at every street corner. Their touch for meaningful details was evident, every decoration was chosen with intention and personalized for their celebration. It was a beautiful day and I am grateful to this beautiful pair for entrusting us to document their wedding, it was a true honor and we are so happy to have them in our lives. ¡Felicidades a Aurora y Samuel!

Photos by Roque Reyes and yours truly.

Montse y Luis. Estos bellos seres celebraron su matrimonio en Tlalpan CDMX, fue una boda increíblemente hermosa y llenísima de amor. Desde nuestro primer encuentro con ellos en un barcito en Roma Norte, Roque y yo sabíamos que no solamente íbamos a divertirnos mucho en su día, sino que también tendríamos dos queridos nuevos amigos. Montse y Luis llegaron al bar con su perrita Gigi y siendo todos amantes de perros, nos turnamos para abrazarla mientras platicamos de la vida y nuestras historias, entre mucho más. Roque y yo salimos de este encuentro con sonrisas enromes.

El día de su boda llegamos tempranito al arreglo, convivimos con sus familias y documentamos estos momentos sencillos y significativos con la buena luz, y en mi caso, con sus dos perritos presentes! Su ceremonia fue en la hermosa iglesia de Tlalpan, seguida por una gran fiesta en la Hacienda San Fernando. Fue un verdadero honor documentar su boda y conocer a esta pareja tan bella. Montse y Luis comparten un amor profundo, un amor que te hace sonreír desde el corazón, un amor que no te deja dejar de verlos juntos, un amor contagioso. Fue un honor presenciar su matrimonio y siento más que agradecida de tenerlos en la vida. ¡Felicidades a Montse y Luis! Les deseamos una aventura maravillosa en esta nueva etapa y los queremos mucho!

Libby and Richard, two of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure to meet, photographing their wedding was an emotional and blissful, all at once. When Libby and I talked for the first time on a video call, what was meant to be a quick chat, turned into an hour of sharing stories, her vision for her wedding and our love for New Orleans. As Libby put it, she had been in search of a photographer to document her wedding, however she hadn’t found a style that really resonated with her until the talented ladies of My House Social sent her in our direction, which was a huge compliment for us, and that’s how this story began.

Come wedding day, the emotion was high, tears began in getting ready and continued throughout the entire celebration. Libby had a vision for her wedding, from every detail to her custom-made pink wedding dress, which was a complete stunner, it was perfection, an absolutely amazing day and so full of love. I found myself feeling emotional watching these lover together, Libby and Richard are deeply connected, they hold one another tight and the world stops, their love is palpable.

Family and friends from all walks of life joined this beautiful pair, many of whom we connected with – even speaking Spanish with guests, reminiscing about travel and chatting about life. Their adorable (and wildly talented speech deliverer) son, Richie, stole my heart from the moment he”dropped the mic” with style at their rehearsal dinner. There was so much love present, an immense amount of laughter and high doses of pure joy accompanied by a wild dance party, which was followed by a lovely second line parade through they city streets. We felt the love strong and it was phenomenal to be part of their wedding. Here are some of my favorite moments from their New Orleans celebration!

Wedding Venue Felicity Church | Wedding Planner Kelly Rayner | Catering by the most amazing My House Social

Alexandra and Luis were married in the beautiful mountain town of San Miguel de Allende last November and it was a beautiful and emotion celebration. Their festivities started with a Welcome Dinner, which kicked off with an epic Callejoneada (traditional parade) through the stunning cobblestone streets, followed by an lively taco fiesta and a Jenga tournament wrapping up the evening full of the excitement for their wedding day.

Alexandra and Luis’ wedding was held at the stunning Casa Cece & Casa Cariño estates over-looking the city center and sprawling mountains surrounding magical San Miguel. Their families and friends had us laughing our way through the entire day, they are amazing, wild, wonderful people. Each detail was perfection, Penzi Weddings did a phenomenal job, not a beat was missed. Seeing Alexandra and Luis together was not only heart-melting, but also inspiring. They are madly in-love and they are also incredible people working passionately to make this world a better place for all, something that was evident in every single speech by both friends and family. It was a true honor to witness their deep love, authentic passion and contagious joy, we loved every moment documenting their beautiful wedding. Congrats to Alexandra and Luis!

Second Photographer: Roque Reyes | Wedding Coordinator: Penzi Weddings

Last October two of our favorite humans went and made it official at Las Palmas in beautiful Huatulco and Roque and I were ecstatic to document the entire wedding weekend. Samantha and Lalo are some of our best friends, we met only a year before their wedding and instantly connected, and since then have shared many epic adventure in nuestro querido Oaxaca. Samantha is a gem – witty, fun, gorgeous inside and out and always with a smile on her face and twinkle in her eye; we intuitively get one another, I adore her with my whole heart. Lalo is one of the most kind, generous and loving human beings I’ve ever met, he and Roque share a unique bound that I love seeing evolve and grow. Basically, we love our friends (muchísimo) and feel mighty grateful to have them in our lives and to have been a part of their wedding.

Samantha and Lalo were joined by friends from all over Mexico and the states to celebrate their marriage, it was an amazing experience that I will never forget and will always cherish. We danced, laughed, cried, got seasick, went snorkeling, swam the days away … all while sipping on mezcal overlooking the beautiful Pacific Coast of Oaxaca. There were so many special moments on their wedding day – Samantha’s Father jammed on the harmonica during the fiesta, tears of joy were in abundance and the night came to end jumping into the pool at 3AM, followed by Roque, Lalo, Samantha and I sitting by one of the infinity pools until the wee hours of the morning, sweaty, exhausted and overwhelmed with joy. It was perfection. Here’s to these two beautiful souls, congrats to my darling friends, we LOVE y’all, thank you for entrusting us to document the magic!

Wedding by the amazing Jane of Huatulco Weddings.

 

A principios de Octubre del año pasado tuvimos la suerte de documentar la boda de Daniela y Miguel en Hotel Azul en el Centro Histórico de Oaxaca, ¡fue una maravilla! Desde el momento en que nos conocimos seis meses antes de su boda, sabía que iba a ser una hermosa celebración llena de amor. Daniela y Miguel son personas cariñosas y comparten un amor profundo, lo cual fue evidente en cada momento de su boda. Roberta, la hija de Dani y Miguel, me tenía muriendo de la risa con su emergente personalidad, sus familias y amigos son seres hermosos y generosos, fue una bella experiencia. Gracias a Daniela y Miguel por confiar en nosotros en documentar su boda, ¡felicidades a estos preciosos seres!