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Jeff and Jared: Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photography

Jeff and Jared were married a few weeks ago at the beautiful Playa Fiesta hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Their wedding was absolutely gorgeous from start to finish and it was so much fun to be a part of the entire event– I had a blast, and I loved the energy from their wonderful group!  Here are a few of my favorites from their day:

Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photographer

Congratulations, Jeff and Jared!  It was a pleasure working with both of you!

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Lily and Brent | Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photography

Lily and Brent,  two of the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet, were married in Puerto Vallarta two weeks ago.  Their wedding was gorgeous– it was a beautiful day in a beautiful spot with friends and family from around the world– but what was memorable to me was the way that they looked at each other all day.  The smiles, the laughter, the spontaneous hugs throughout the day– they all resulted in one of the sweetest events that I have ever photographed.  Add to that the fact that they both work for Adobe (obviously one of my favorite companies), and it was a day for the record books.:)

I asked Lily and Brent to tell me a bit about how they met, and Lily said:  We met in the most unlikely of places: Las Vegas. We were both there for our company’s internal sales conference, and we just hit it off at the welcome reception, thanks in part to us having a really good mutual friend who vouched for both of us:) Brent’s addition: We got along so well that I asked Lily (on our second evening together) if I could take her out to dinner if I flew through San Francisco on my way back home to Tokyo. I changed my flight the following morning. From then on, I made certain to travel back to the US once every 3-6 weeks. 
I asked them to tell me a bit about how they got engaged, and Brent said:  Although I can’t say I really knew for certain, my perspective was that we both wanted to get married and we knew it. So I went ring shopping all around Tokyo… I searched and searched and stumbled upon the perfect ring by accident. I really thought it was the perfect one for Lily. So I got it and we flew to Bali together for our vacation. I hadn’t really decided how I was going to propose, but I was playing out scenarios for proposing in Bali or in San Francisco on my next trip home. Throughout our stay in Bali, I always had the ring in my pocket, awaiting a moment that felt right to propose – even when we went to the cliffs at Uluwatu (where the monkeys steal your stuff so that you have to barter with them by giving bananas in exchange for your stuff). I thought that would be a humorous, but less-than-ideal situation – having a monkey swoop and an propose on your behalf. On our 2nd to last day in Bali, I finally concluded that we just wanted to get married and me waiting for a moment I hadn’t been able to imagine was silly. So I made an excuse of feeling poorly and went off in my bathing suit to get flower petals. I ran through the whole resort with an entourage of staff until we found flower petals. I ran to the room, wrote “simpler” on the bed in flower petals (maybe you remember the reference to the poem in our wedding), put out the ring, and went back to the pool. Lily thought I was feeling really sick given how long I was gone. When she went back to the room to change, I went with her. Lily walked in and said “wow, it smells nice.” And then she saw the bed and paused. I walked in, intending to get down on one knee… as I started talking, Lilynestled into my chest and hugged me close before I could get down on one knee. So… I finished what I had to say and proposed and Lily said “yes” immediately and confidently. After she said yes, I got the ring and got down on one knee so I could put it on her finger:)
Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:
Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photographer | Lily and Brent
I love to ask the couple about their favorite part of the day– many times I can guess at the answer because I witnessed the day from start to finish, but sometimes their answers surprise me.  Not so this time– I knew that they were both going to mention the ceremony.  The time and energy they and their officiant put into making the ceremony special and very personal really paid off in the form of laughter and tears from their closest friends and family.  Lily said:  The ceremony was probably our favorite part of the wedding day. But there were so many moments full of joy and laughter throughout the 4 days we were all together that it’s impossible to choose just one.  Brent added: My favorite was seeing Lily before the ceremony. And then the ceremony was our favorite. Especially the letters and what Charles wrote about the exchange of rings. 

Congratulations, Lily and Brent!  What a gorgeous day!  Much love to both of you as you finally start a life together on the same continent.  :)

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Katie and Patrick: A Dazzling Details Wedding in Punta Mita

Katie and Patrick were married on a gorgeous January day in one of my favorite places in the world– Punta Mita, Mexico.  Beautiful sand, beautiful sea, and a wonderful group all combined to make this an amazing day!! I had a blast photographing their wedding, and I always love working with the amazing design team at The Dazzling Details!

I asked Katie and Patrick to tell me a bit about how they met, and Katie said:  We met through friends of friends on Halloween 2009. Patrick was dressed as the blonde karate kid and I was a ninja with all of my girlfriends. We didn’t really start dating until a year after we met, but once we did, we were pretty much inseparable.

When I asked her about the proposal, she said: Patrick proposed on a Sunday morning a few days before Christmas. We had just moved into a new apartment and were in the process of decorating. We had an empty wall above our couch in the living room for some time, but had been waiting to find something we really liked before hanging anything. That Sunday morning, I walked downstairs and found a wrapped canvas hanging on that empty wall. I unwrapped it to find a canvas that collaged all of our major moments together – a picture of my friend’s apartment where we had met, the restaurant where we had our first day, first vacations, etc. As I turned around in tears, he was down on one knee.

Here are a few of my favorites from the wedding day:

Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photography

I asked Katie and Patrick how they chose they wedding venue, and Katie said:  We knew we wanted something different. We’d been to enough weddings and wanted to make our wedding a party for everyone involved. We both love to travel so we decided on a destination. Based on the weather options in December (I’m a teacher so our timeframe dictated a winter wedding), we narrowed in on Mexico and on a whim, decided to head down to Puerto Vallarta to scout out locations. We found The Dazzling Details online and arranged a weekend with them. We fell in love with the location and our planners – the rest was history.

I asked them about their favorite parts of the day and they said:  So many that it’s almost impossible to pick just one. The entire day was such a blur; so much so that it almost feels like a dream. Overall, seeing our worlds collide in a final culmination of our week in Mexico was incredible. All of our favorite people in one, beautiful setting helping us celebrate the start of our lives together. And in the center of it all, the look on Patrick’s face throughout the day was unforgettable – seeing him so happy made the day more perfect than I could have ever imagined. 

Congratulations, Katie and Patrick!!

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