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Dave and Ellen’s Destination Wedding at Unico 2087 Riviera Maya

If you’ve followed me for more than half a minute, you’ll know that México is one of my most favorite places in the world. Not only do I love the food, the history, the people, and the culture, but I also met the love of my life while photographing a destination wedding in Cancún. Any time I get a chance to visit, whether it is for work or pleasure, I’m there. So by the time I finished talking to Ellen about capturing her wedding to Dave, I was already packing my bags.

Having lost her job earlier in the year, but still wanting to have an incredible experiene, Ellen convinced Dave to go for quality instead of quantity, so they settled on a micro-wedding at the gorgeous Unico 20 87 resort in Riviera Maya, Cancún, México. They hosted their parents and siblings, plus one of their aunts for a five-day stay filled with art and cooking lessons, pool parties, tours of the area, and lots of incredible food.

On the day of the wedding, Ellen included two very sweet personal touches: she wore the same socks that she had on during her first date with Dave, and she also wore her grandmother’s strand of pearls. A hand-embroidered handkierchief and sparkly purple Vans completed her look. After spending a couple of minutes with her dad, it was time for Ellen to meet up with Dave. We found a quiet corridor near their ceremony site and there, standing back to back, they read the letter letters they had written to each other before turning around to see each other for the first time as bride and groom. From there we spent about an hour taking portraits around the property (and several breaks because it was HOT!!!).

During the ceremony, Ellen’s mom was in charge of live-streaming the ceremony to their family back home, and I really have no idea how she accomplished the task because the ceremony was very emotional. There really wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Once the ceremony concluded, we all spent a few hours eating and drinking and just having a fantastic time together.

As usual, here are some of my favorite images from their day. Enjoy!

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