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Matt and Tom | Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photography

Matt and Tom had an amazing wedding in Conchas Chinas, Mexico!  Fun from start to finish, it was full of beautiful personal touches (their ceremony was so unique and touching).  Blaire and the whole team at Plush completely transformed their villa into a magical wedding destination.

I asked Matt and Tom to tell me a bit about how they met, and they said: We met in graduate school at Stanford University. Tom was in his second year of law school and Matt was in his first year of medical school. 

Then engagement also happened in the Bay Area– they said: We had dinner at one of our favorite Italian restaurants, Vega, in San Francisco. Afterwards, Matt led Tom on a post-dinner stroll to the top of Bernal Heights, which has beautiful, sweeping views of the San Francisco city skyline. This was also the final stop on Matt and Tom’s first date (in 2011).  Matt “squat’ed down” (“one knee” wasn’t really an option with the mud from a recent storm) and popped the question. 
Here are a few of my favorite images from the day!

I asked them why they chose to have a destination wedding, and they said: Puerto Vallarta has been our annual (and, sometimes, twice annual) vacation spot for the last seven years. We love the mix of beautiful beaches, friendly people, hopping night-life, delicious food, and queer-friendly culture. Our friends and family were coming from all over the country for our wedding (from California to Pennsylvania, from Minnesota to Oklahoma). So…we thought…if traveling was likely going to be inconvenient for everyone no matter where we chose, we might as well have our wedding in Puerto Vallarta, the city we always want to come back to. We chose our venue, Casa del Quetzal, because of it’s unique hacienda architecture, the beautiful views from the hills above the city, and it’s lovely outdoor courtyard. 
When I asked them about their favorite part of the day, they said: Our ceremony. Specifically, the laying on of hands. We spent hours working both individually and together with our two wonderful wedding officiants (and friends) Tara and Gabrielle, on a 45-minute wedding ceremony that integrated both our Jewish and Christian traditions. The laying on of hands is a tradition that was common in our Christian faith community in San Francisco. Here, our guests were asked to lay hands on us, bless our marriage, and express their support for our union. No single moment better exemplified what brought the most joy to us for our wedding — the support and friendship of our family (both “blood” and chosen), all together in one place for the first time.
Congratulations, Matt and Tom!!  What a gorgeous day!!
Post by Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photographer Michelle Turner.