Thursday, March 26, 2009

nikki and dean's destination wedding in zihuatanejo, mexico

ok, i know. you don't have to tell me. i have a sweet job. what a way to start off wedding season - first puerto vallarta then zihuatanejo. ow! just pinched myself. and, i'm looking forward to more aventures when i shoot weddings in cancun and the bahamas later this year. ow! ow! not dreamin'. so, i'm basically becoming a local in the zihua-ixtapa area. it all started when nikki and dean booked me last spring for their wedding, then in june jenny and i celebrated our 10th anniversary in ixtapa. jenny and i just shot nikki and deans wedding there, and now i'm heading back in june for a surf trip with "the boys". its safe to say i love zihua. its one of the most beautiful bays i've ever seen. and i loved nikki and deans wedding. the night before the wedding jenny and i had the chance to meet everyone (i had the privilege of meeting nikki and dean in the fall when they came to santa barbara to attend a wedding) at the welcome dinner. you've never met a more quality group of folks than nikki and dean's family and friends. it felt so good to be welcomed. the following day at the wedding, nikki was the picture of calm and tranquility. even a make up artist that was on "mexico time" and showed up an hour late couldn't dampen her spirits. nikki and dean got ready at barcelo ixtapa (where jenny and i stayed as well). and, the rest of the wedding day was perfect, as the weather was gorgeous, the ceremony at la perla was so touching and the reception was an unbelievable party. the whole trip nikki and dean went out of their way to make sure we felt like guests, and after just a bit of dancing they physically took away our cameras, handed us margaritas, and got us dancing!

the next day we had a blast at the "day after session" as the weather was perfect again, the atmosphere was relaxed, and we had so much fun at marina ixtapa and then out on the beach.