Being able to photograph elopements, like Joe and Kirsten’s Mexican elopement in December 2022, is so much fun that it almost feels wrong to call it my job.
The couple’s wedding was perfect, with fantastic weather which it made it ideal for their ceremony on the beach at Generations Resort in Riviera Maya.
Before the Wedding
One of great things about destination weddings is that they often take place over a number of days, so it becomes like a holiday. Joe and Kristen had plenty of activities planned for their stay, starting the week off with a welcome dinner where everyone could take advantage of the beautiful sunny weather.
I had the privilege of joining the welcome party and taking some fun photographs of their wedding party and candid shots of everyone enjoying themselves.
Getting Ready for the Wedding
The next day was wedding day! I met Kristen and the other ladies in her room to start the day with photographing her dress, jewelry and other fun details. When photographing ceremonies, I like to include the whole day – there are often lots of fun memories to look back on and there certainly was here, with lots of laughter and even a few happy tears.
One of the stars of the show was Emery, Joe and Kristen’s daughter. Joining her Mummy and Daddy in her tiny dress is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!
After both Joe and Kristen were ready for the day, we arranged for an intimate first look underneath the pier. Typically, couples wait until after the ceremony for all of the bridal party and family photos. However, the first look gave us plenty of time for photographs prior to the ceremony.
The Wedding Ceremony
Lovely Mexican blue skies and waves crashing behind them proved that Riviera Playa was a perfect ceremony location. The ceremony was officiated by a close friend of the couple, making it extra special. One thing I love about elopements is the ability to add these little touches that bring so much more meaning to the day.
Being able to choose a friend as an officiant is an honor they’re sure to remember for the rest of their lives. You don’t need to go all the way to Mexico for this if you’d like a wedding closer to home, as some states will allow anyone to register as an officiant or even self-solemnize the marriage: meaning you can actually marry yourself!
After the Wedding Ceremony
After the couple had made their vows, Joe and Kristen went for a walk along the gorgeous beach where we took photographs of just the couple and the beautiful daughter, Emery, who had played her role of flower girl to perfection!
Joe and Kristen brought a large group with them, featuring many friends and family. This gave the day a similar feel to a traditional wedding, only they had a large amount of freedom to plan their perfect day. The whole experience was a great balance between a regular wedding and a unique elopement and it was such an honor to be a part of it.
Drone Photography for Aerial Shots of the Wedding
As an FAA certified drone pilot, I never fail to take the opportunity to capture some aerial photographs of a wedding. An outdoor elopement with perfect weather is the ideal time to capture them, and we were able to get some stunning photos that you simply can’t capture from the ground.
The Wedding Party
Joe and Kristen chose to have a wedding party that resembled a more traditional event. I must say, it was one of the most fun parties I’ve been to featuring lots of laughter, dancing and plenty of tequila shots. When in Rome…or Mexico.
If you’re thinking of eloping, I’d love to be your photographer. All you need to do is get in touch for an informal chat.
I’ve been doing this for a decade and specialize in adventurous outdoor weddings, like the elopement to Mexico that you just read about. I also travel right across the USA, so if you’re considering eloping then I could be the photographer to join you on your adventure!