This is the 5th and final post from Angela & Bryan’s fabulous wedding celebration in Mexico’s Riviera Maya! We have already blogged about shooting under-the-radar at midnight in their hotel pool, Angela’s stunning bridal portraits, their sunset beach wedding ceremony, and photographing at night around Playa Del Carmen following the ceremony. After all of the festivities, we took a few days to relax and found ourselves outside the tiny village of Akumal, about 2 hours south of Cancun, snorkeling with turtles and stingrays in the surrounding lagoons. Bryan & Angela came out to meet us one afternoon and we took a few hours for a trash-the-dress session with a dress that Angela picked up for a bargain!
Yes, it is almost their first anniversary but it has been fun and tantalizing for these Portland photographers to revisit these images. Please enjoy the photos below, but if you are viewing from here in the Northwest we suggest you refrain from visiting any airline or travel-related websites for at least a day or so to avoid making any rash decisions to get out of town!
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This image is loosely inspired by one of my favorite photographers, Walker Evans. His 1929 photo of the Brooklyn Bridge is so iconic that I don’t think I can photograph this awesome structure without thinking about his work. Luckily for me, my equipment has the technological ability to capture the saturated colors of the sunset as well as the dramatic shape and form of the bridge. We have come a long way in 80 years! Although, shooting with an 8×10 view camera as Evans did would be pretty sweet!
We just returned from a few days in NYC. Whenever we visit this city, my favorite activity is simply to walk (with camera in hand, of course). Visiting museums, galleries, and eating comes in at a close second, however! You will never get bored walking around New York if you enjoy observing people and the constant hum of the city. This was the first time we walked over the bridge. As you can tell from the photo on the right, I was pretty excited!
Here we go again . . . we are not quite done posting a bunch of the amazing images from Angela & Bryan’s Mexico destination wedding in March! After their ceremony at sunset, we took a few minutes for photos with the couple as the sun sank below the horizon. The party then moved into town (Playa Del Carmen) for a delicous Mayan-themed dinner at Yaxche. After dinner we walked around town with Bryan and Angela for some photos on the street and a moonlight stroll along the beach. With Playa’s active nightlife, there were plenty of cool locations to stop and shoot at no shortage of onlookers!
Here is the pier where we started things off . . .
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It has been so awesome to re-visit this wedding as we process all the images. We had such a great time with Bryan and Angela. And the light . . . . well, let’s just say it’s rare to get such wonderful light here in Oregon. It is astounding to me how it can be crisp, clear, and hold a soft glow all at the same time! It must be that Carribean air! Needless to say, we have a lot of favorites (hence the multiple blog posts)!
This installment brings us to the ceremony, and a few photos of Bryan since we dedicated an entire earlier post to his beautiful bride. Enjoy!
After 3 weeks, 6 states, and over 3,000 miles of driving today is the second time we have seen rain. The first was last night as we camped in the Redwoods of northern California, and today a storm is pummeling the Southern Oregon coast as I write this huddled in the van with an awesome view of some rough surf. We have been lucky to experience different stages of fall throughout the west with beautiful weather! Today’s storm not only welcomes in the month of November but marks a decided change in the season. We will be home this afternoon, so this is my last “official” blog post from the road. I will definitely be posting more photos after we have settled back in and I can get to editing all of the 1700+ images we have!
To see our route, drag and zoom the map above. By my calculation (and google’s), we will have traveled about 3,500 miles in the last 3 weeks. We have really enjoyed the relaxation and sense of discovery that the road provides. Below is a small list of trip highlights we compiled while driving yesterday:
Of course, what would a trip log be without the obligatory road-trip self portrait? Here we are at Bryce Canyon.
After a chilly-yet-beautiful pre-wedding shoot with Josh & Stephanie in Bend, we hit the road for Eastern Oregon and the quest for solitude. There is something completely relaxing about driving into vast, open space, and that was exactly what we were looking for. Our first night found us headed towards the Steens Mountains. The Steens hold a huge amount of Aspen groves (fairly rare in Oregon), and we were hoping to glimpse some fall color. It turns out that we were greeted with snow instead! It was really cold camping at about 8,000 feet, but it was worth it to experience snow in October! Plus, it added wonderful texture and contrast to the fall landscape.
Looking west into Lake Creek Canyon at sunrise.
An aspen grove at the bottom of the canyon.
After one night up in the Steens, the desert sun of the Southwest started sounding better and we decided to head towards Nevada en route to Utah. A few hours into the drive, Joelle startled me when she noticed a mirage of cattle seemingly stampeding toward the car. This turned out to be our favorite moment of the day, and the cows were not stampeding, but were being driven to a new pasture down the highway! We did pull off the road in time, however, and gave our regards to the cowboys as they passed. Pretty crazy for a state-highway!
Here they come . . .
. . . and there they go.