When I first saw him, that day at the hostel, I couldn’t even talk to him, I froze, I thought … this is the most handsome man I’ve ever seen. Rebecca+Beto met when this classic beauty came to Oaxaca in November 2012, traveling, taking a break from the daily grind of life in Tasmania and she so serendipitously chose Beto’s hostel as a temporary home. As she put it: I was supposed to be there for 2 weeks. I kept extending ‘just one more week’ until I was there for a total of 5 weeks. It was at the beginning of the 3rd week that I asked him out – a very casual ‘some of us are going dancing at Candela tonight … if you want to come … I went with my friends and he turned up! And while the invitation to Candela sounded casual, I actually had such a huge crush on him. I was avoiding him most of the time before that, as I thought he was so hot, I couldn’t even talk to him! Until one day on the terrace of the hostel, we had a chance to talk, he was very kind to me (I was sad and feeling like I would never, ever learn Spanish). And so that night at Candela we danced once or twice and then talked all night until they kicked us out. He walked me ‘home’ and our first kiss was on the street when he said goodnight. We had a week together, trips to the mountains, Lila Downs concerts – it was simply amazing. But then he went to Peru for three weeks. While he was away we kept in touch and I suggested that I might stay in Oaxaca a bit longer. He said he thought that was a great idea and I agreed, and here we are today.
Flash forward four years, this gorgeous pair made it official in Oaxaca with the most perfect and meaningful celebration of their love. Rebecca got read at the picturesque La Betulia and they were married at Beto’s hostel, Casa Angel Hostel, on the terrace where they first began to get to know one another. A spectacular calenda followed, the mix of Australian and Oaxacan cultures was as smooth as ever, absolute uncontainable bliss radiating from everyone in attendance; dancing, live music and mezcal were in abundance, along with numerous bystanders who cheered them on, some even joining the calenda. The reception was held at one of my new favorite wedding venues, Círculo Gastronómico Oaxaqueño with a live band that absolutely killed it. The feeling of joy was contagious, these two are loved by many and are some seriously wonderful human beings. It was an honor to document their wedding, and I would also kindly request that the novios repeat their calenda at least once a year, as that kind of epicness merits tradition. But really, in all seriousness and elation, sending a huge thank you to Rebecca and Beto for entrusting me to capture the essence of their celebration, wishing them both all of the happiness in the world.
Thank you to my husband, Roque Reyes, for shooting this magical day with me.