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Riu Palace Riviera Maya Wedding, Mexico // Darren + Rachel

Since moving our business to Calgary, we’ve been fortunate enough to work as a Mexico Destination Wedding photographer and its high time I finally share one of them. So finally, here is Darren + Rachel’s Riu Palace Riviera Maya wedding that we captured last October!

It’s no secret that a perk of being a wedding photographer here in Calgary is the opportunity to capture a wedding in Mexico, let alone a Riu Palace Riviere Maya Wedding, its such a beautiful hotel!! I had no idea when I first arrived just how many people go to Mexico. I never knew how fantastic an all inclusive resort is – I had never been to one until moving here. It’s something that I’ve dreamt of for a very long time and I’m so thankful for all of our couples that have trusted us to capture their wedding. Shooting weddings in the heat and on the beach is where I first got my start in weddings. Every time we get to shoot a hot beachy wedding it reminds me of Australia, which makes me super happy!

Darren and Rachel are two incredibly kind souls who dated when they were younger and after reconnecting years later, fell in love and welcomed us into their group of family and friends for their Riu Palace Riviera Maya wedding. I’m SUCH a big fan of destination weddings – and not just because we get to come along – but Joe and I say all the time that if we could do it all over again we would have chosen to do a destination wedding. Rachel made her own bouquet which has some of the cutest ocean details, her 1920’s style hair piece and vintage jewelry just finished her look off perfectly. The whole day went so smoothly, a little sweaty and ended with such heartfelt celebration.

After doing a first look we made the most of the incredibly ornate and beautiful hotel foyer and building. We absolutely loved the resort and the architecture! Thanks again Rachel and Darren for having us! It was such a fantastic time #classiczabka (just one of the several inside jokes of the week!).

The Place: Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Playa Del Camen, Mexico  |  https://www.essensedesigns.com/stella-york/wedding-dresses/

Hair + Makeup: Natalie Duke Beauty  |  https://www.instagram.com/nataliedukebeauty/

The Dress: Stella York  |  https://www.essensedesigns.com/stella-york/wedding-dresses/

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We’ve also been fortunate to shoot other destination weddings such as Ben and + Bianca’s Temecula Creek Inn Wedding, you can check it out HERE!

Thinking that we may be a good fit for your Mexico destination wedding photographer? Shoot me and email or connect via our contact form!

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