Last August, I photographed a wedding at a beautiful villa just north of Tulum, Mexico. The day before the parents of the groom chartered a catamaran to sail all in attendance to a secluded beach near Akumal. The party took in the sun and some Coronitas on the beach while the Captain and crew prepared lunch over a wood fire. Later that evening, we joined the group for the rehearsal dinner at a restaurant in Tulum with an intimate jungle setting. We dined on amazing Argentinian food and wine and even made friends with the local raccoon, Rolo. The following day the wedding was crashed by an unexpected visitor, tropical storm Erin. The villa had no electricity or running water but the bride met the challenge with calm and everyone made the most of it. It was an incredible experience.
Rehearsal dinner – Casa Banana
From the bride:
Waking up on our wedding day with a smile on my face, I open my eyes to an unfortunate site: stormy skies. Getting married on the beach as planned with weather like this was not looking like a possibility. I hear a knock on my door and an excited voice, “Good morning, you’re getting married today!!” The girls came in my room to reassure me that no matter what happens I am about to have the best day of my life.
At this point the boys had left the house to go on a four-wheeling excursion through the jungle and were not expected back until a couple hours before the wedding at 5:00. As I make my way downstairs I begin to notice smiling faces but with nervous eyes. We come to find out Tropical Depression Erin was right over us. As the day progressed, the palm trees started to sway violently, outdoor furniture and cushions were blowing around, and the rain was coming down so hard you could hardly see anything.
Storm or no storm, the show must go on and there was pampering to be done! Around 10:00am we stared with massages but within the hour the power and water abruptly went off. A tree had fallen over the power line. Getting our hair, makeup and nails done in the dark did not seem ideal but we continued the process using what little light was coming through the windows.
The boys returned home from their muddy adventure to find the possibility of taking a shower unlikely. Next thing we knew they were all in their boxers making a run for the pool, in the rain. In the meantime, our wedding planners and family were setting up for the wedding on the front porch of our beautiful house – the only place on the property where it wasn’t windy and rainy.
The ceremony was short, sweet, and in Spanish – my husband even answered “Si!”. The weather held up long enough for us to get a couple hours of pictures outside before dinner. We enjoyed a romantic and intimate candle-lit dinner, followed by hours of partying including a fire show (Cirque du Soleil-style), dancing, laughter and so much fun!
Dress: Ready Or Knot