Andrea & Derrick already have a sweet life together, sharing their love and friendship with friends and family, including their darling little girl Ashlyn. Still, there is just something about a wedding to seal the deal that remains important to so many of us like-minded souls who love love. Of course, any wedding where everyone from the groom to the guests to the photographer gets to feel a little sand under foot at the I do moment is bound to be a great one and Andrea & Derrick’s was no exception. I knew from their flirty and fun engagement session in Milwaukee that our time in Mexico would have to stretch beyond the wedding day and some of my favorites from their destination wedding come from a sexy ocean session and from hanging out with the 20+ friends and family that traveled to the Riviera Maya to celebrate with them. Plus, there was a burro on the wedding day that, very simply, made my 2011. This is a monster post in terms of sheer images, so, if you will, imagine yourself with a mojito and nothing to do, sitting in the shade of a perfectly placed palapa roof. The ocean rumbles softly a few feet away and you’re with your best friend in the world. Now your in the right frame of mind to take in all the love and intimacy and happiness of Andrea & Derrick’s wedding week in Mexico.
Andrea made wonderfully personalized welcome gift bags for all the guests and included bright pops of color in her flowers and details. Brilliant color contrasted with bright white everywhere my camera looked as the clear turquoise of the Gulf and the sparkling blue of the resort pools caught the eye alluringly. The boutique resort Andrea & Derrick chose for the wedding went above and beyond and I adored the luxury suites where both bride and groom stayed and dressed for the day. Light and shadow constantly played out a dance on the white adobe walls of the structures while palm fronds framed nearly any view imagineable.
Into the night Andrea & Derrick toasted their new marriage with family and friends…and I felt part of something secure and lovely – a family, a promise. Andrea & Derrick – thank you for the opportunity to share in the sun and relaxation, yes, of course, but mostly for the opportunity to capture beautifully real images of the two of you wrapped up in one another, happy for the moment, excited to share a future.