I first met Amanda when she stood up as a bridesmaid for a good friend of hers for another client. Her and Adrian loved my images and my approach to photographing a wedding. We met a few months after and our personalities clicked – which is a big deal for a destination wedding – and we discussed all the details her and her wedding planner were making for a November wedding in Tulum, Mexico.
The first day after I arrived, we met with their wedding planner to scout out locations and to understand the timing of the day and figure out how much time we would need at each location.
The wedding day finally came with zero chance of precipitation so I knew we would be able to utilize every spot we scouted.
Amanda and Adrian both agreed to have their first reveal by themselves to keep the intimacy. The location couldn’t been better.
Throughout the day we stopped at a few different locations heading towards Tulum which was about an hour from our Barcelo Resort Coming into the twilight hour and finally arriving to Mia Restaurant and Beach Resort. The timing of the ceremony was perfect. Family images were shot upon the sunset soaked beach and everything perfect….till the ginormous rain cloud came right as dinner was going to be served outside. Thankfully Nemo Sierra, their wedding planner had a plan B and we moved into the restaurant for dinner.
By the time dinner was over the rain had stopped and the dancing commenced on the beach. The day was absolutely beautiful even with the hour and a half of rain.
Here are some of my favourites from such an amazing wedding of two of most down to earth people you could met.
Friday, Sept 15th was a bitter sweet day for me in my professional photographer career. This might be the last time I get to photograph a wedding at the Canadian Club Heritage Brand Centre. The day was perfect, sun shinning, slight cool breeze off the water, two amazing people about to take the next journey of their lives together.
Brittany and Matthew’s wedding went off without a hitch. Here’s a brief story about the proposal…
Brittany – “I was planning a surprise birthday party with our close friends in the GTA….meanwhile he planned an engagement party with the same friends, they all knew expect for me. That day I was out with my girlfriend and she got me to get my nails done, that wasn’t hard. I then wanted to pick up a cake and drop it off at the restaurant I had planned the “birthday” surprise at, the girls there almost spilled the beans on what was actually happening.
We went back to my friends apartment that we were staying at. Us girls got ready and when I came out of the room, Joel asked for Matt’s camera, and Lindsay asked for Matt’s phone and asked how do I turn the video on, I was oblivious to why they wanted these things but whatever. Matt comes around the corner with this big scrapbook and said, this is for our 1 Year anniversary together. Que the melting my heart. At the end of the book there was a hole cut out with a box sat with the perfect ring. He got down on one knee and had memorized a short and sweet speech. I was trying to keep it together. But, I ugly cried. Later he told me that he had spent the last few months at my parents house on Monday nights while I was out playing volleyball to do this. My parents had no idea that it was how he was going to propose, just that it was a one year present of all that we did that year…”
Congrats to you both Brittany + Matthew. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day.
Wedding Venue – Canadian Club Heritage Brand Centre – Ceremony | St. Clair Centre for the Arts – Reception
Florist – Anything & Everything (Lorraine)
Bridal Salon – Arena Bridal (52095 Van Dyke, Shelby Charter Township, MI 48316, USA)
DJs – DJ Victorious (Vic)
Videographer – Twisted Anchor Productions
Invitation/Paper goods – me, my company Avenue16
Hair Stylist/Salon – Salon Privé (Alex Pahomey)
Make-up Artists – Laura Belanger
Caterers – St. Clair Centre for the Arts
Wedding cake – Cakes by Candus
Desserts – Homemade
Jewelry – Ritani for Britt’s Engagement Ring and Band
Michael Kors bracelets for the bridesmaids and mothers
Bands – Ambiance Ensembles (Chris LaJoie) Chello and Piano for ceremony, dinner and father daughter dance
Officiants – Vera Oglan
Favors – Donation to The Canadian Kidney Foundation & Transition to Betterness
Transportation – Butterfield
Menswear – Collins
Guest Accommodations – Best Western Plus Waterfront
Lighting – DJ Victorious
Decorator – Anything & Everything (Lorraine)