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Rainy Acapulco Wedding from Filmtwist Productions

I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Acapulco, but after seeing this Filmtwist Productions, LLC film it’s absolutely on my destination list. Sun-kissed and surrounded by the sea, this fun loving couple wed at Acapulco Cathedral and carried the party into the night at El Chaneque Restaurant. Not even a thunderstorm could stop their celebration, which made every moment all the more memorable below.

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From Filmtwist Productions, LLC… Wedding Adventure is probably the best way to describe this amazing wedding week in Acapulco Mexico! Allanhy and Hud put together such an amazing week of fun and activities all leading up to the big day, from boating, cliff diving, and site seeing around the city to shopping in the markets and relaxing poolside. What made the wedding even more fun was that Allanhy’s family is originally from Acapulco. So, unlike most destination weddings, this was a very “local” wedding with all the fun traditions that typically accompany a Mexican wedding.

The ceremony was held at the historical Acapulco Cathedral located near El Teconche and is a great example of the rich history in the region of Spanish, Moorish, and native influences. We then travelled back to a local restaurant called El Chaneque where everyone danced the night away. Believe it or not once the sun had set there was thunder, lightening, and rain for the outdoor reception, but it only added to the energy of the festivities! By the end of the night everyone was drenched head to toe from non-stop dancing. The Bride actually decided to cancel her trash the dress session the next day for obvious reasons!

One of our favorite parts was experiencing how lighthearted and fun this couple was and to see their families all around to support them on their special day!

Photography: Mauricio Karreto | Cinematography: Filmtwist Productions, LLC | Ceremony Venue: Acapulco Cathedral | Reception Venue: El Chaneque Restaurant

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Colorful Puerto Aventuras Wedding

If being barefoot on sand with the waves behind you sounds ideal, look no further than this relaxed and romantic affair. Dreams Puerto Aventuras was the perfect destination “I Do” for these young loves and with Elizabeth Medina behind the lens every image is more beautiful than the last. From the bright blooms to the sandy white beaches, every detail from this day is sure to castaway the winter blues.

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From the Bride… There are a lot of movies and books out there about finding a lost love or reuniting with a first true love. I’d like to think our story takes the cake, and our wedding would be the ultimate movie ending to one amazing adventure.

Andy and I met when we were just 12 years old when we were learning how to snowboard for the first time. He was the only brave soul kind enough to ride the chairlift with me, knowing that I would definitely fall as we attempted to glide off. Before eventually becoming high school sweethearts, we were best friends and had some great times together growing up. But, like most young loves, we split up and went our separate ways before college, only to find ourselves randomly reunited seven years later. It took a lot of courage for me to go up and say hi to Andy the bartender. I hate admitting it, I shook like a leaf, but he stuttered and couldn’t find words. So, we’ll call it even!

We picked up almost right where we left off, and a few years later, we were planning a wedding. I’m sure most little girls have extravagant and beautiful ideas about their wedding that carry throughout adulthood. But for me, aside from having the perfect groom, I just wanted to walk barefoot on sand with the waves behind me.

We thought we had found a decent New England wedding venue that would work well – until my mom stumbled upon Style Me Pretty and found a wedding in Mexico featuring Elizabeth Medina as the photographer. Not only did we know right then and there that we hit the jackpot for photographers, but we also realized a destination wedding in one of our favorite locations was beyond perfect. And what could be better than a week long celebration with your family and friends in one of the most stunning spots in the world?

Photography was a huge aspect of the wedding. It single handedly convinced everyone that this Mexico idea was the best idea we’ve ever had. There is no one that compares to Elizabeth Medina in terms of talent, but she also knew exactly how to show off this relaxed and happy wedding in the most elegant and timeless of ways.

Our wedding look completely reflects both of our personalities. You can see our typical New England roots in the JCrew and Sperry Top Sider styled bridal party, mixed with our absolute love for tropical flair reflected in the bright flowers and turquoise accents. Chantilly’s Place, a local Massachusetts bridal boutique, outfitted the bridesmaids in petal pink dresses. The flowers were a mix of local and tropical flowers with succulents (my favorite!), which was created by my amazing wedding planner, Jacki Muir. Gotta love Pinterest for inspiration, a wedding planner who knows you well, and having an amazing in-house florist at the resort!

The small details paid bigger tributes to our overall wedding story: walking down the aisle to one of my dad’s favorite songs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by IZ Kamakawiwo’ole, our first dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley, and a piece of my mom’s wedding veil wrapped around my bouquet. A beautiful piece of driftwood was personalized with our names on it, while a “Señor and Señora” signs hung over our bride and groom reception chairs. Not to mention, we had an incredible mariachi band during the cocktail hour – an absolute must for our Mexican wedding!

The venue was already stunning, but it just needed a few personal touches. I’m a huge fan of Etsy and preferred to have our decorations from small businesses that could customize little details for us. Each piece had their unique look, from the table numbers on wooden blocks to our personalized “guest book”. Molded together, it created a rustic, casual, beachy vibe.

Above all, what we wanted most for our wedding was for it to be fun. There’s so much stress that comes with wedding planning, and we’re glad we were able to enjoy most of it just knowing that all of our guests would be able to dig their toes in the sand, sip on tequila, and really help us celebrate this amazing love story.

Photography: Elizabeth Medina | Wedding Planner: Jackie Muir (Dreams Puerto Aventuras Onsite Planner) | Wedding Planner: Jacki Muir (Dreams Riviera Cancun Onsite Planner) | Stationery: JP Stationery | Stationery: Sea Of Love Studios | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Groomsmen's Attire: JCrew | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid's Attire: Chantilly Place | Bride’s Accessories: Nordstrom | Decorations & Guestbook: LovetheUnique, SweetNCCollective, EvivArt | Dreams Puerto Aventuras: Puerto Venturas, Mexico | Floral Decor: Dreams Puerto Aventuras | Getting Ready Pijamas: Victoria's Secret | Groom And Groomsmen Shoes: Sperry Top Sider | Photography - Assistance: Lindsey Medina

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A Story of Hope and Healing

I tried really hard to get through this post without crying, and I’ll have you know I made it through a whole ten words of the description below from Del Sol Photography before the tears started to fall. And then I just couldn’t help myself. This gorgeous Bride lost the love of her life 52 days before their wedding, and writing that sentence just sends shivers up my spine. But this beautiful shoot is so much more than a collection of gorgeous images, it is her way of letting go and finding her new happily every after. Trust me, it’s a story you’ll definitely want to take some time to read today…

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From Del Sol PhotographyEarlier this year Janine suffered a monumental loss when her fiancé passed away 2 months before their wedding day. To deal with her grief she decided to create a memorial photo-shoot. The images and video story we created together were an incredibly cathartic and emotional experience for us both. The experience allowed Janine to rediscover her femininity and open her eyes once more to the beauty of the world.

My name is Matt Adcock and this is the first time I’ve been inspired to do anything like this in my 10 year career as a destination wedding photographer. After I heard Janine’s story, I really wanted to do what I could to create a magical adventure for her. She told me that she felt a strong connection with the element of water, for its cleansing and purifying qualities and the sense of freedom she felt while swimming. I knew that the natural aquatic wonders of the Riviera Maya would offer great comfort and would be the perfect vehicle for her healing process.

I began to develop a plan, one that would involve a symbolic and ceremonial liberation from grief. The shoot was designed to have several points that would serve as memory markers for her, the balloon release and the falling into the cenote both representing elements of letting go of the past and opening herself to the future.

This is by far the most emotional I have ever been while working on a project. I was brought to tears when I started to bring the story to life in the editing room. I am humbled to have been able to meet and work with Janine and am inspired by her words and her courage in sharing her message of hope. I would like to thank Zuko and our friends at AM Resorts and Dreams Tulum for helping us bring this idea to life.

I laughed and cried with Janine. Her spirit and energy are contagious and I really hope her story touches someone else going through a tough time. Janine had the courage to express herself in a way others can’t even imagine.

After the shoot, we interviewed Janine. She shared these thoughts with us:

From Janine…When I finally decided that I wanted to keep my wedding dress and not sell it because of what it means to me, I started to Google “photography” and “underwater bride”. Del Sol Photography came up more than once so I finally looked at their website. I was in awe of their work so I said to myself, “What are you going to lose? Just go for it. So I filled out the “contact us” part of their website and they got back to me in 24 hours.

My expectation was to find a certain closure and to have a photo shoot of my dress in a different way that not your average bride would even think of doing. I wanted to be free and I wanted to do something different.

The day of the shoot I woke up at Dreams Tulum very excited, but I was also very nervous. My dress was huge and I didn’t know what to expect while I was in the water. I had no idea what a cenote was. But I was also curious to see what Matt had in store for me. He ran a bunch of ideas past me and so I was eager to find out how the day was going to go.

This day was very emotional. At the end of the day I felt so accomplished and I felt more alive than I have ever felt since May 1st. I really felt that Johnny was smiling down at me and finally giving me closure that I can live my life in a positive way, but never forgetting why I was here. I want to move on and explore the world. I want to meet people who I can share that with. After the shoot I felt like all this was possible.

If I could reach out to anyone suffering from a loss, I would tell them this. Listen to YOUR heart! You are the most important person and only YOU can help yourself. What I experienced isn’t for everyone but I do want people to know that you are not alone in all this, if you have family that ask if they can help SAY YES! You are grieving and you need this time to really think about what you are going to do next. You have the right to cry and you have the right to be alone (but not too much alone) If you are close to family or friends lean on them. Also, try something new! When I did this photo shoot I had the best time I actually had fun for the 1st time in 3 month since Johnny passed away. Reach out for help and never apologize for your actions because you are strong and you will get through this!

Photography: Del Sol Photography | Hair & Makeup: Sara Tamargo | Hotel: Dreams Resorts

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