One of my favourite things about shooting a destination wedding is doing a photography session with the bride and groom the day after their wedding. It isn’t for everyone; it requires the couple to get dressed up again and to spend a few hours out in the hot sun while most of their guests relax pool-side. Wendy and Shane were about as keen as they come. I got a wake up call in my room at 7:30am the day after their wedding, and it wasn’t one I ordered from the front desk. It was Shane. “Do you think we should go out now? It is calling for rain later, but it looks okay this morning.” They were eager beavers, even after celebrating into the wee hours of the morning! I loved their enthusiasm – I had some amazing locations picked out that I couldn’t wait to get to. We made the decision to chance our luck and wait until later in the afternoon, so that Wendy could get ready properly, and we could take our time shooting. Waiting paid off in spades – we had beautiful weather and an absolutely perfect day. Our first stop was the Tulum market, where Wendy’s hair was attacked by a monkey, who decided her flowers would be his afternoon snack. Once we dealt with the monkey and reassembled what was left of her flowers, we headed to the beach, then to a small road-side chapel on private property that prompted a frenzy of local people to turn into paparrazi, and lastly, a gorgeous, turquoise green cenote full of FISH!! This is one of my very favourite shoots to date. It was one of those days that all elements fell into place to create the perfect scenario: a beautiful, excited, adventurous couple, gorgeous weather, amazing locations, incredible lighting, and fish, LOTS of fish.
Though I didn’t post any images from the market (I had to draw the line somewhere!), I couldn’t resist posting these. Wendy thought it would be great to get a photograph of her and Shane with the cute little spider monkey… until it devoured the flowers on one side of her head and spit out his half-eaten grape on her shoulder. Then the monkey wasn’t so cute.