Playa Del Carmen Mexico Destination Wedding – Leslie and Michael

Have you ever watched someone as their dreams came true?  Like the split second when it all happens?  I have, and… it’s AMAZING.  I asked Leslie to have a box of details prepared (shoes, earrings, invitations, rings etc.) so that I can get to work as soon as I arrived.  My intent was to go outside to photograph everything in the sand… cuz, well, its a beach wedding!  Only appropriate right!?!!   Well, someone had other plans.  As soon as I stepped through the sliding glass doors I felt the first drop, then the second, then the 10th and then, ducking under the awning, I watched a perfectly sunny hot day, turn into an angry mess of wet.  I’ve never seen a pool full of margarita sipping people clear out so quickly!  So much for detail photos in the sand!  I turned around to see Leslie, who was standing in her room watching the water pour from the sky, clearly and utterly, disappointed.  From the minute I met Leslie she had visions of a beach side wedding.  I just had that feeling of, “Uggghhh, No bueno.” (I learned some Spanish while I was down there).  We had two hours before the wedding and all we could do was PRAY that this was a temporary blip in the Mexico forecast.  Rain… rain… rain… rain.  Not looking good.  Finally after like 97 minutes of downpour, things started to calm down a little.  Leslie got a call.  This was the moment of truth.  The news came and by the expression on Leslie’s face there was no doubt it was good.  Right in front of my camera, in one second, all of Leslie’s fears were banished, and joy just burst from her being.  It was like watching those little kids win an event on Double Dare, but so much better.  Her beach side wedding was back on.  Moments like that make my job so incredible.

The rest of the day was easy and stress free just as a Mexico wedding should be.  Mrs. Weather God behaved herself and these two had their beach side wedding.  In total they had 27 guests from around the States fly down for their destination wedding.  Leslie definitely gets the award for the most boogying bride I’ve ever seen.  Can I just say, that watching her in her beautiful white dress, bust out some Little Wayne on the dance floor was probably the most ghetto-fab dance sesh I’ve ever witnessed?  Michael made an appearance or two as well just to prove that even IT guys can boogy.  They said to me they wanted to make an entire album of just the dance photos.  Seriously good stuff.

We also took the time on Sunday afternoon after the wedding to do a day after trash the dress shoot at Secrets Resort on Maroma Beach.  Lingering in the background were these amazing storm clouds that did exactly what they are supposed to do.  Stay put on the horizon, and make my photos look awesome!

Leslie and Michael, thank you so much for taking me down to Mexico with you.  It was such a beautiful weekend and you two were such a joy to work with.  From your engagement session in Napa, dinner with you at my place, you helping me explore the Essence Experience, and a wonderful wedding in Mexico, I’d say we’e had some good times together and I hope we continue to stay in touch.  I’ve got your weekly meal planning emails coming in, so I know you’ll be in my kitchen for sure!  😀



  • Leslie - June 20, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    You’re stuck with us, Friend! Thank you for making us look so good!ReplyCancel

  • Torie - October 21, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    Great pics!! Any idea where the custom maracas were ordered from!? My wedding in playa del Carmen is in April and I am on the hunt for these!!
    Thanks! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Colson Griffith - October 22, 2013 - 10:02 am

      Hi Torie!

      Leslie let me know that she got them from… I checked the link and it seems to be down right now, but they have plenty of hits on Google. Not sure if its a temporary thing. Good luck!


  • Leslie - October 31, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Hi, Torie!

    I just got the assorted maracas from Amols, and then the tags were from:

    Happy Wedding Planning!

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