Playa Del Carmen Destination Wedding at Grand Sunset Princess Resort
Jillian and Dustin were married on the white sandy beaches of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico!! This was our second time back to Mexico for a tropical destination wedding and I am so excited to be sharing photos with you from our vacation with Jill and Dustin in the Mayan Riviera!!
Being a part of Jill and Dustin’s wedding means so much to me for so many reasons…of course, being welcomed to anyone’s wedding is always such an honour, but there are so many things that made this day just so much more special for us…for one, Jill and I both grew up in Ottawa and went to the same high school (and you best believe I pulled out the old high school yearbooks to look back on those days together as teenagers)!!
…But what really means the world to me, is that – in a huge way – Jill took a chance on me…you see, when she first reached out about her wedding day I was (…secretly…) 7 weeks pregnant with our daughter, Penny…Being so early in our pregnancy and with so many unknowns on the horizon, I heartbrokenly told her that I couldn’t come to her wedding because I’d very likely (ah-hemm…remember I hadn’t told anyone I was pregnant yet) – have a pretty young baby around that time and I could understand her wanting to find a different destination wedding photographer…her answer?…”Bring the baby along!!!”…I was in shock…Literally, tears rolling down my face as I read her email…In that moment, not only was she telling me she trusted me to photograph her wedding, but in her own way was cheering me on and telling me it was okay to balance my career with my future of being a mother. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. I still get emotional thinking about it. Jillian, the world needs more people like you!! And I am forever grateful. This was a trip of a lifetime with you, and we loved bringing Penny on her first ever airplane ride and family vacation!
The resort itself was pure bliss. The Grand Sunset Princess had everything you’d want from an all-inclusive tropical resort; from white sand, to the crystal blue ocean, to phenomenal service and endless food and drink. Jill and Dustin were married on the beach, surrounded by over 40 friends and family members, most of whom seemed to have epic travel stories thanks to extreme snowfalls in Grand Prairie and other parts of Western Canada…but I bet that first drink on the beach tasted that much sweeter, eh guys??
This was the best possible way to kick off the 2020 wedding season and these photos still make my heart giddy. Many thanks as well to my second shooter, Nicole and her family on joining us for this tropical dream week!! Please enjoy Jill and Dustin’s beachfront destination wedding photos in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and leave a comment below to win them a special gift from us!!
Congratulations to the Leslies!!
If you’re interested in learning more about destination weddings – or know someone who is – please get in touch!
WANT EVEN MORE DESTINATION WEDDINGS?…Check out Al + Victoria’s Dusty Blue Costa Rica Destination Wedding; or Lindsay + Tom’s Opinicon Wedding Photos, which had it’s own ‘destination wedding vibe’ in Ontario!!
DESTINATION WEDDING VENDORS:
VENUE: GRAND SUNSET PRINCESS ALL SUITES & SPA RESORT
WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: STELLA YORK
BRIDE’S LASHES: CHRISTINA MICHELLE LASHES
SUIT: EDWARD’S FACTORY OUTLET
JEWELLER: JANINA’S DIAMONDS & TIME
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: AMY PINDER PHOTOGRAPHY
PS. I love hearing your thoughts and kind words for my couples! If Jill and Dustin’s destination wedding photos get 10 or more comments, I’ll give them a surprise gift with their favourite wedding image! Comment below :)