Lori & Justin’s Riviera Maya, Mexico Wedding | Grand Palladium White Sand | Destination Wedding Photographers


Should you start spontaneously singing James Taylor’s “Oh Mexico” while reading this blog post do not be alarmed.  The following images will make you long for a Mexican vacation.

You may remember Lori & Justin from their Las Vegas engagement session, well when it came to their wedding they knew they wanted a vacation inspired dream wedding on the white sands of a tropical location.  Their quest for the perfect destination wedding lead them to the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa White Sands in the heart of Riviera Maya, Mexico.  They were so ecstatic when they booked the venue and began planning wedding of their dreams.  Along the journey of planning there were some typical bumps in the road, but nothing could prepare them for the month before when apparently all signs pointed to NO for their wedding.  The swine flu epidemic hit hard (amongst other news worthy issues) and before they could blink people were questioning the safety of traveling to Mexico.  Lori and Justin decided they would be getting married no matter what and decided not cancel or relocate their wedding.  By the time their wedding rolled around most of the swine flu scare had passed and everyone was ready to spend some time on the beach.  We are so glad they didn’t have to make alternative plans for their wedding day.  We couldn’t have imagined it any other way than on the beautiful beaches of Mexico.  Everything was absolutely perfect.  It was exactly as Lori predicted… laid back and jam packed with fun!  This had to be one of the most easy going wedding parties we have ever worked with.  Everyone was having the time of their lives and we are so happy we were there to capture it all.  There were so many amazing pictures from their wedding that I had a hard time narrowing it down for this post… so I will cut the words to a minimum and get on with wedding.  My advice to anyone considering a destination wedding… do it!!!!

Notice…  many many beautiful images are to follow… proceed with caution!

Who wouldn’t want to get married here?!

untitled-1

hello gorgeous Mexico detials… and yes that is a giant iquana running around.  They act just like our little Florida lizards only they are muuuuuuuch larger.

detail-montage

dress

I just loved Lori’s cute hot pink ballet flats.  Perfect flip flop alternative for beach inspired wedding shoes.

reichmclellanw_090528_044

reichmclellanw_090528_163

reichmclellanw_090528_153

hairflowers

reichmclellanw_090528_166

reichmclellanw_090528_202

reichmclellanw_090528_200

loriflowers

Isn’t Lori just the spitting image of her mother!?!  This family is full of beautiful women I tell ya.
reichmclellanw_090528_161

reichmclellanw_090528_049

reichmclellanw_090528_084

all the guys had their own mini mustache for the occasion

reichmclellanw_090528_101

the view… oh the view!

reichmclellanw_090528_122

reichmclellanw_090528_128

reichmclellanw_090528_142

reichmclellanw_090528_145

reichmclellanw_090528_174

reichmclellanw_090528_238

reichmclellanw_090528_311

ceremonydetails

some of the other resort guests showed up to watch from the beach… no one likes to miss out on a good wedding!

ceremonydetails2

justin

reichmclellanw_090528_246

reichmclellanw_090528_261

reichmclellanw_090528_271

Lori’s sister Holly was the maid of honor… I told you this family was full of beautiful girls.

reichmclellanw_090528_257

reichmclellanw_090528_270

reichmclellanw_090528161946_m

reichmclellanw_090528_285

reichmclellanw_090528_289

reichmclellanw_090528_320

reichmclellanw_090528_322

reichmclellanw_090528_323

reichmclellanw_090528_332

Lori discovering Justin’s secret mustache

reichmclellanw_090528_349

if you look closely you will see me in Lori’s right eye and Brad in Lori’s left.  Pretty sneaky huh…

reichmclellanw_090528174749_bmelbraddouble

the girls

girls

the boys

boys

and their alter egos

stacheboys

the whole gang

reichmclellanw_090528_452

reichmclellanw_090528_461

reichmclellanw_090528_464

reichmclellanw_090528_467

this was entirely their idea… and I love the results!

reichmclellanw_090528_484

reichmclellanw_090528_487

reichmclellanw_090528_491

reichmclellanw_090528_493

reichmclellanw_090528190455_b

reichmclellanw_090528_505

reichmclellanw_090528_515

reichmclellanw_090528_508

reichmclellanw_090528_530

reichmclellanw_090528192635_m

The reception was held overlooking the little river that ran through the resort.  I love all the light reflecting in the water.

reichmclellanw_090528_569

reichmclellanw_090528_549

reichmclellanw_090528_577

reichmclellanw_090528_598

reichmclellanw_090528_644

reichmclellanw_090528_676

reichmclellanw_090528_737

reichmclellanw_090528_744

reichmclellanw_090528_746

Lori and Justin thank you so much for having us there to celebrate with you and your families.  You were all an absolute pleasure to work with and made us feel like family.  We wish you both years and years of happiness, love and adventures together!

Lots of love!

Mel & Brad

Stay tuned tomorrow for images from their super delicious underwater day after session!

This entry was posted in weddings. Bookmark the permalink.