PASSION ISLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | ISLA DEL PASSION, MEXICO | Kelly & Jason

Here are some favorites from Kelly and Jason’s wedding on Passion Island, a tiny private island off the coast of Cozumel. It is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen for a beach wedding, and it’s also a great place for adventurous travelers to tie the knot, since getting there from the mainland requires two taxi trips and two boat rides. Thus it seemed the perfect venue for Kelly and Jason, whose relationship blossomed while Jason was working on boats in Thailand. Kelly flew across the ocean a half dozen times to visit him as their romance blossomed, and then Jason moved back to California to be with her. Their love of adventure and travel is almost as palpable as their love for each other.

Their wedding weekend was punctuated by the unexpected, which would have been calamitous if it weren’t for Kelly and Jason’s ability to go with the flow — even if that flow included a lost wedding ring, a storm shuttering a sky lantern ceremony, a bunch of confiscated kegs that were supposed to fuel a party boat, a broken generator, and a hair and makeup team getting stranded in a swamp. Kelly and Jason managed it all with smiles. And rum.

The day before the wedding, I cruised out with the men to  shoot a day of beer drinking (mixed with a little deep sea fishing), and then photographed Kelly’s parents renewing their vows for their 40th wedding anniversary. This was a really touching evening and I’m super glad I got to shoot these two — it seemed like they’re more into each other now than ever before.

The makeup team got stuck in a swamp on the wedding day, but the ladies rallied hard with what little they had in their bags, and none of the guests had any idea that anything had gone wrong. The ceremony went off without a hitch, and an awesome party followed. Toward the end of it all, a freak storm blew in and an epic tropical rainfall began… while everyone was way out on the beach, trying to light sky lanterns for a ceremony. In the hustle to get everyone off the beach and back into the palapa, Jason’s ring fell off and vanished in the sand. D’oh! I asked them about it all, and they said it was par for the course for them. It wouldn’t have felt right if things had gone perfectly, which, in a weird way, means things did go perfectly.

The day after the wedding, we completed a marathon trash the dress session at the mainland resort they were staying at (Azule Fives) and along the Cenote Road that goes inland from Playa del Carmen. 

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DREAMS CANCUN WEDDING, MEXICO | Andrea & Andy

I spent a few days shooting Andrea and Andy’s wedding in Cancun recently at the Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa. They had an international crew from Ireland, and they passed their time thoroughly enjoying themselves. We spent the day before the wedding on a boat called The Dancer, which involved lots of tequila, oversized syringes filled with some sort of Technicolor mystery booze, and a bunch of deck hands who were salsa dancing in superhero and elephant costumes.

The wedding day weather seemed ominous at first, and while Andrea was getting ready, her bridesmaids were staring out the window at the ceremony site, a little worried. The chairs were blowing away, the linens were flying off, and a little further down the beach, and entire 6-foot-wide umbrella launched into the Atlantic and floated out to sea. Andrea was completely unbothered, and remained so during the ceremony itself, which was marked but sideways rain and lashing wind.

Afterward, her, Andy and me took off for a little couples photo session, and somehow wound up on top of a breezeway where I was shooting them in front of the Cancun skyline. Pulses of light from my strobes alerted security, and we were soon greeted by an annoyed guard trying to coax us off the roof. Andrea turned on her charm, diffused the situation, and insisted that the guard hang out for a photo. He obliged, with a huge smile on his face.

After a rowdy reception, we took off in search of some cool cenotes for a day-after portrait session, but the ones I often go to were flooded. Recent rains had caused the river that flows underneath Riviera Maya to flood (I’m so over floods!) but we thankfully found some others to shoot in.

All in all, good times and an awesome group of people. Congrats, you two! Hope to see you soon in Colorado!

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Durban Wedding Photographer - Simply gorgeous work! I am also a wedding photographer and come across plenty of blogs. Yours is one that I really love. The image quality and content is worth looking at.

Could you please share your lighting rig?

ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN THE ROCKIES | Liz & Andrew

Liz and Andrew met in Israel, spent years living abroad, and have just made it stateside to continue their lives together. They get married in a few more weeks here in Colorado and I guess from the way they’re dancing in front of the setting sun, they’re pretty stoked. I met up with them a couple weeks ago for a super fun engagement session in Estes Park and yes, they boogied down and jumped around. Excited for their wedding.

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Jonathan Holt - This is awesome! Love the opening shot and the kicking shot! Looks like a fun couple :)

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS | Fearless Collection 16

Wow! Fearless contests are getting insanely competitive these days. The winning images are fresh, inspiring and super unique, and generally make me feel like a complete amateur. The latest contest took a mind boggling 11,000 entries and narrowed them down to 250 award winning images. I got lucky enough to score one. Here’s to 15 years of funky good times! 

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COLORADO MOUNTAIN ENGAGEMENT SESSION | Sasha & Avi

Sasha and Avi are getting married in a few days and we just had a last minute engagement session here in Estes Park. The fires in Colorado are burning, which, for better or worse, means the sky was orange at sunset. They were game for my idiotic idea of splashing around in a freezing lake at sunset, so off we went. We all got sopping wet but I hope it was worthwhile!

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Dale Lempa - Cool stuff! You deserve a fearless award for climbing that tree. Awesome shots.

erin - I can hardly imagine you doing some setting in a really urban environment, but you’d probably be just as home amongst skyscrappers and concrete jungles.

Michael @ Creative Wedding - Awesome work, Great shots! Love the shots above the tree.

Dan and Melissa - I love this! Beautiful!

Dan and Melissa - I love this! Beautiful!

Danielle Santiago - Crispy photos you got there! Awesome! I’m amazed on the mix of your ISO, aperture and colors on your photos. It is so great.

Also, I think it would be great if you included panorama shots with that view. uhh so Great!

Congrats!