Traditions abounded at my most recent wedding. With the bride and her family from Bulgaria, and the groom and his family originally from Mexico, it was not only an international wedding extravaganza, but also an impressive and entertaining union of wedding traditions.
To avoid any confusion from getting married outside of the U.S., Mira & Jose chose to have a short civil ceremony at the courthouse in downtown Phoenix. For me it was fantastic to have such a cool 60’s inspired wedding dress to photograph! I think that having more than one ceremony is a supremely cool way to justify having more than one wedding dress – it gives a bride the freedom to be a little more unique and daring with one of the choices. I think Mira hit a home run with this stylish retro dress!
The rehearsal the evening before the wedding was capped off with this beautiful sunset over the beach left exposed by the low tide. Look through the watermark and you’ll spy some buoys that I can only imagine belong to either a fisherman with traps out in the water, or possible a mooring for a jellyfish net.
Mira was a stunningly beautiful bride in the wedding dress she chose for the beach ceremony. I was honored to be able accompany her during her preparations in the amazing suite that overlooked the ceremony site at the Las Palomas Resort in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico.
Jose prepared in another part of the vast suite, and then exited without being seen by his bride-to-be. Jose is one of those grooms who just makes clothes look good. He is one of those few men today who can rightly be called “debonair”. And it’s all capped off by his big heart and wonderful willingness to share with people how much they mean to him – truly a joy to be around.
The storybook wedding ceremony on the beach was interrupted by a jokester in an ultralight who could not resist buzzing by, as close as possible, to wave his well-wishes to the bride & groom.
One of the most fascinating things about photographing this wedding was that the reception featured dancing that was so much more than what I’m used to seeing in the states. Both the Mexican and the Bulgarian traditions played out on the dance floor well into the night.
The next morning, well more like the next day around lunch time, Mira and Jose went way beyond the original plan of just getting their feet wet in a beach photo session. It turned into a full-on “trash the dress shoot” and we had a blast!
I can’t wait to be able to show you more, but I want to have the bride and groom over for a full presentation of all of their photographs on a big projection display first. And that will have to wait. Why? Well, because this wedding just wouldn’t be complete without a third ceremony – in Bulgaria, of course! I’ll post photos of that adventure when we return…