THE RUN DOWN ON SOME OF WHAT HAPPENS FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING.
I promise to update with photos as much as possible.
Monday – MAY 16TH, 2011
**Wrapping up the loose ends today around the office. Working on some editing, a little packing, and making sure all my paperwork is in order for the trip.
Tuesday – MAY 17TH, 2011
**Kiddos off to school at 7:30am so that I could run some errands and then do a final packing of my equipment. Had to edit 2 more sessions this morning, get a newer camera bag (at least I told myself I needed it), and then pack my suitcase. About a dozen phone calls and 100 e-mails later, booked 5 more sessions for when I get back.5:30pm, picked the kids up from school. Not so liking that the Town Car will be here at 3am to lug me to the airport…. flight leaves at 6am.
Wednesday – MAY 18TH, 2011
**Yep… here he comes… 3:15am on the button… off to DIA.
**Extremely happy that my 6am flight leaves on times… I saved a bit of money by having a pit-stop in Houston…. and while I typically fly direct… having $400 more dollars in my pocket sounded better at the time. We’ll see how that actually plays out.
**Made it through DIA security without a hitch… it’s always a happy day when you get through security without the hassle of getting “the pat down” and having to un-pack your camera equipment for them to inspect. So far off to a good start. In addition, my Houston to Cancun leg of the journey got bumped to 1st class… so YEAH… happy day. A little extra space and pampering for at least part of the trip.
**Small snag (that almost gave me a heart attack), screening in Mexico… I was so happy to hit the button… GREEN… again, my thanks that I didn’t have to dump my equipment and re-pack as usual. BUT… my travel wallet with my credit cards & money all of a sudden were missing. So…. not so smooth… stuck in the machine – but needless to say they found it and my heart returned to my chest. And to think… I almost just walked out of security without it.
**The men in the blue shirts and white ties are typically my friends as I mostly book with Lomas… so they carted me off to my hotel without a hitch this time around (last year… well… there were a few issues), so again… happy day.
** Checked in at the Flamingo hotel (not recommended after the fact I must say) Service was wonderful, staff great…. food – well laking a lot. But I the hotel was right next to the Bride & Groom’s hotel and that worked for me as I didn’t have to rent a car this time around.
** Pinya Colada down…. getting to bed as I have shoots that start at 9am tomorrow.
Thursday – MAY 19TH, 2011
**Up and out to the beach early! Met the Brides parents and then the Grooms parents for some portraits on the beach and in their hotel. Then a couple hour break back to my hotel room to cool off (VERY HUMID).
**1pm met the Bride and Groom and we were wisked off by the local taxi service to Playa!
** 4pm or so… back to my hotel, dropped of my cameras in my room and then went down to eat, have a drink and then off to a 30 minute walk on the beach. Then back to my room to charge and check everything for the wedding tomorrow. It’s going to be beautiful!
Friday – MAY 20TH, 2011
Wedding day started with some getting ready photos in the Bride’s room at 11am… and the day played out until about 8:30pm when their hotel assisted me and a few guests off of the property as that is all we were allowed in… but we got so many great images. Beautiful wedding, gorgeous bride and such a wonderful couple – the wedding was perfect.
Saturday was my free day… and while I had every intention of heading either to Playa or Puerto Morales for a fun photography day. Honestly, I really just slept in, spent a few hours on the beach and then spent some time editing and backing up images. Have to have at least one day to relax!
Sunday – MAY 22ND, 2011
The trip home proved to be a little more challenging. A couple of late flights, stuck for an hour and a half on an airplane on the tarmac…. and well home a few hours later than expected. But was very happy to be home to see all my boys.
** NOW TO THE REAL WORK… EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT… etc.