Sandra and Dan– two of the nicest people I’ve ever met– were married at the gorgeous Playa Fiesta Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was a beautiful day with an amazing sunset, and Sandra and Dan never stopped smiling at each other from their first look through the rest of the night. Oh, and the best man delivered one of the funniest speeches I’ve heard in a long time– I couldn’t stop laughing!
I asked Sandra and Dan to tell me a bit about how they met, and Dan said: Sandra and I met through our mutual friend JP (he was the officiant at our wedding). I was going to dinner with a bunch of friends who are also close to JP, and JP was going to dinner with a bunch of other friends, including Sandra. JP and I made plans to meet up at a wine tasting with a few of my dinner people before going to our respective dinners. JP invited Sandra along but she was planning a solo hike in a local park and didn’t think she’d be home in time. Fortunately for me, it was a very rainy day (not really a long shot in Seattle in March) and after sitting in her car at the park for a while, Sandra came home early and joined us for the wine tasting. We hit it off right away and spent the whole time talking until we had to go our separate ways for dinner. Much later that night I wound up back at JP’s place for a nightcap and he got to work on trying to get Sandra and I connected. I called her about a week later, at which point she immediately made fun of me, and she has been doing so ever since.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:
I asked Sandra and Dan to tell me about their engagement. Dan said: We got engaged in a park in the Seattle neighborhood that we lived in at the time (Queen Anne). It’s tiny (about the size of a residential lot), on a hill and overlooks the city and Puget Sound, and it’s usually very quiet. In our early days together we spent a lot of time up in that park picnicking and I thought it would be the perfect place to get engaged. So I scheduled a picnic with Sandra (which immediately tipped her off bc we never planned them ahead of time) and we hiked up the hill to the park on a perfect Seattle day. I was super nervous, and of course, this normally quiet and empty park was very busy and it took two hours to get a private moment. By that time I was so wound up that I got the ring out, said something about loving her and going on adventures, and gave her the ring. It was about two days later that Sandra pointed out that I had never actually asked her to marry me.
I love asking my couples about their favorite part of the wedding day– Dan said: Sandra’s favorite part of the day was the ceremony. Which I also loved but was a nervous wreck for (we’ve now covered the only two times Sandra has seen me a nervous wreck). My favorite part was the dance party, in part for obvious reasons, but more so bc of Sandra. She had always been a bit unsure about the whole big wedding thing, but it turned out to e the best week of her life, and by Friday night she was so overcome with happiness that she couldn’t stop dancing. Normally you can’t get her out on a dance floor for more than five minutes, so I knew something amazing was going on, and that was by far my favorite thing about the whole day.
Congratulations, Sandra and Dan! From start to finish, this was an amazing day!
Post by Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photographer Michelle Turner.