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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico: Amanda and Rob wedding

When one of your favorite people says that they want to get married in Mexico, on a beach, at a fancy resort that includes umbrellas in your drink you say yes and when.  Or at least I do.  Since she is one of my best friends, I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to take the pictures or just enjoy the day without being sweaty and red faced.  After thinking for like 5 mins, I wanted to shoot it. One of the main reasons is, because I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing it.  It’s hard to give over that control when you have been taking pictures of her and your friends for years. Also, she is one of those unusual brides that wants you to take the funny pictures and to capture the moments as they happen and she is one of the funniest people I know.  It was a win, win for me.

I met Amanda years ago at Barnes and Noble (around 2001) and her Rob were dating then.  They had moved to Georgia from Iowa and they have been dating most of their life:) Or so it seems to me.  There is something so fun about photographing couples that have been together forever.  They fit together seamlessly and speak without words.  And Amanda’s smile and laughter is one of my favorite.

If anyone is thinking about a destination wedding I would highly recommend it.  I have had two best friends that decided on them and there is something so wonderful about them.  They are intimate and you are surrounded by your favorite people for a few days.  What could be better than that? The wedding was at http://www.iberostar.com/en/hotels/riviera-maya/iberostar-paraiso-maya and it was such a beautiful resort and there was so many places to photograph that it was hard to commit to a few.  They decided to have the wedding at the convention center instead of on the beach.  It had a glass background with palm trees surrounding us.  The reception was at the French restaurant on the resort and was decorated by her cousin from New York.  Just lovely.

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I have been dying to do a Trash the Dress session, but I have not managed to talk anyone into it.  Amanda was totally in.  I didn’t even have to beg and actually I think she brought it up.  (rob was NOT excited) We decided to save all the beach pictures for the day after so we got to ride around the resort photographing beautiful places that don’t look like Mexico.  I will do a Trash the Dress session post.  They are too cute to not have a separate post.

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