If you know me, you know I cry - a lot. It's the only way my body knows how to process any emotion I may be feeling too strongly. I cry when I'm too happy, too sad, very angry, overwhelmed, and a whole smorgasbord in between.
Everything about this set has made me cry - a lot. I cried when they called and asked me to capture their wedding. I cried the night before the big day. I cried moments before the first look and teared up during the ceremony. I cried (twice) while editing their set, and I'm crying right now. These tears are a testament to these incredible humans, to the love I see in the photos of this day and to the love I feel for them.
Meet Paolo and Jess.
Paolo is one of the many cousins I have on my dad's side of the family. He is a person who knows how to make me laugh and has always checked in on my life over the years. Evidently, I met Jess through Paolo, but I knew right away it was going to work because she sholuldered the Josue jokes like a champ. Together, they make Jesslo, and they are a god damn beauty!
Paolo and Jess got married on the beaches of Mexico - a beautiful location and a throwback to how they first met. It's no surprise to me that over 50 people showed up to their destination wedding and the week was filled with some of the craziest stories, too many fish tacos, and a few sun burns. The day started with champagne in both rooms and both groomsmen and bridesmaids full of energy and raring to go!
The first look happened just outside of the bride's room and was filled with emotional and excitement. Out of it came one of my favourites sets of photos as Paolo and Jess turned around to a balcony exploding with elations with their closes friends and family.
We braved the incredible heat and ventured throughout the resort and the beaches to capture the fun of this bridal party before the ceremony and reception on the beach.
Officiated by our cousin, Eve, Paolo and Jess were married on the sand, by the water, and under the beautiful sun. Their ceremony was personal, sweet, and filled with love.
The day capped off with hilarious speeches, sweet sentiments, and so. much. dancing.
Capturing Paolo and Jess' wedding will definitely stand out in my mind as a highlight of 2018. It meant so much to be a part of their day and to safeguard their memories. The photos say it all - they're filled with love, laughter, and so much fun.