In October, I traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to photograph the destination wedding of Brian and Tom. Knowing that the trip would fall smack in the middle of my busiest time of year, I extended it a bit to spend a week there, rather than a weekend. I love to travel and had no issues about exploring the city alone, armed with my camera. But upon arriving at my hotel (literally seconds after dropping my bags on my bed) the room phone rings. “Kristina, It’s Tom’s dad. We’re having lunch downstairs, come join us.” I did and at that lunch, Aunt Izzy told me not to pull “that shy shit” with them and Uncle Ralph informed me that because I was in Mexico I had to order a daiquiri – which quickly became two. I hadn’t been in Mexico for three hours, but it was quickly obvious I was about to experience something very special.
Each day more people joined the group and new friendships were quickly born. During that amazing week we drank together, ate together, swam together, snorkeled together, shopped together, cruised with pirates together, danced together, and laughed together. And in the middle of all this vacationing, we all witnessed and took part in one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies ever – where we all cried together.
It’s no secret that I’m a crier. I admit to getting choked up and teary eyed at nearly every wedding I photograph. But Tom and Brian’s ceremony struck me in a way that I cannot put into words. Trust me, I’ve tried on several occasions. I can only say that I am forever grateful for the experiences had and friends made in Puerto Vallarta. And I can only hope that my photographs will say the rest for me.
Much love to Brian and Tom and to their family and friends for welcoming me so warmly.
Also, Brian is a super dedicated blogger and, if you’re interested, I highly recommend visiting his blog The Gay Wedding Experience to read more about their wedding and the entire trip to Puerto Vallarta.
And (though I’ll talk more about it in my next post), if you’re wondering where this insanely beautiful wedding took place, you can check out the website for Las Caletas.