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I just wanted to share a few more images from Sarah & Allen’s destination wedding in the Riviera Maya, Mexico! These images were captured around the resort and during short trip we made to Playa Del Carmen for Sarah & Allen’s Just Married session. It rained the evening of the session, but we managed to capture a few images between the torrential downpours! I also grabbed random shots of the gorgeous resort throughout the trip. I have to give a big, big thank you to my mother, who has been my destination-wedding-partner-in-crime for my last couple Mexico weddings. My hubby is saving his PTO for a trip we’ll be making to Bulgaria and France this fall (hooray!!), so my mom accompanied me to Mexico and we had a few fun girl’s days after the wedding, spa visits included.

All images captured on Fuji 400H, Contax 645 or Canon 1v.


Jill - Holy AMAZING!! Looooveee the delicate pastels…

Trisha Kinnischtzke - Love! What resort was this? It’s gorgeous! Hoping to get back to Mexico one of these years for an anniversary. Beautiful pics as always, Laura!

Laura - These are beautiful! What a dreamy location :) I just got a 1v and am so excited to experiment with it :)

Laura - Thank you ladies!! :) Trisha, this was at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, just a few resorts down from El Dorado Royale! :) It was beautiful! Much different than El Dorado, but just as awesome.

Joe - Knowing what you used to make these images makes them all that much more impressive. Great work….

Sarah Wu - I agree with Joe, knowing these are film shots just make it more impressive. I love the one with us in front of the green backdrop.

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There is something so special about a destination wedding. It’s different than a typical wedding because the setting is usually more intimate and I really get to know the closest family and friends of the bride and groom. I got to spend several days with Sarah & Allen and their guests and I had so much fun. I especially love Sarah. Allen is great too (!!) but Sarah and are two of a kind. I think if I were to redo my own wedding, it would pretty much look like Sarah & Allen’s. I happen to think Sarah has exquisite taste! :) Sarah is a really talented graphic designer and designed all the stationery and planned all the gorgeous details for this celebration. She even bought a letterpress and handmade the invitations and menus along with her dedicated friends. Not to be overshadowed by the details, this wedding was even more so a celebration of Sarah & Allen finally making it to the altar. She and Allen have been together for nearly 10 years, so the wedding just further confirmed the commitment they’ve made to each other years ago. Allen surprised everyone by getting very emotional while reciting his personally written vows to Sarah. It was a beautiful moment!

Sarah & Allen, thank you for inviting me to celebrate with you.

Venue: Grand Velas
Planner: Elena Galicia
Bride’s Gown: Kleinfield’s
Bride’s Makeup: Barbara Garcia,
Florist: Maya Floral
Invitations & Stationery: the bride!
Video: Hollywood Cinema
DJ: Mood Event DJ Service

kristen - soooo pretty laura!

Jen O. - These are lovely. What a beautiful couple. Love that last frame.

Jessica - Oh wow!! These images are SO breathtaking and filled with so much beautiful light!! And I agree–If I were to redo my wedding it would also look very much like this. It is complete eye candy. xo.

Sarah Wu - Thank you so much for these beautiful photos. I am so in love with the color and the look of these shots. You’re amazing photographer!

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Ahhhh… this post brings me back to the glorious beaches of Mexico! Honestly, I am so darn lucky my job brings me the amazing places it does! If I weren’t a wedding photographer, I’m not sure that I ever would’ve had the pleasure to experience the gloriousness that is an all-inclusive resort. Before I actually went to one, I must admit, I was a bit of a travel snob. I preferred places more off the beaten path. However, I always try to keep an open mind! It may not be a cultural experience, but there is certainly something to be said about relaxing. Laying in the sun poolside or oceanside and listening to the ocean for hours. Dining leisurely (at 5 star restaurants, no less) without worry about where you’re dashing off to next. How often do we actually relax?! I’ve been to the Riviera Maya a few times now and each experience has been simply amazing. Like pinch-me-I-can’t-believe-I’m-here amazing.

When Sarah & Allen contacted me about shooting their destination wedding in Mexico, of course, I was elated! Right away I knew we were a perfect fit for each other. (Their blog post is coming very soon!!) Through Sarah, I was introduced to Diana, one of Sarah’s best friends, and a guest at the wedding. She wanted to capture a beach boudoir session in Mexico. Because of timing, we had to squeeze this session in early the morning after the wedding, before Diana headed back home to New York. Of course, there were torrential downpours (I didn’t find out May was borderline rainy season until the day I left for the wedding!), but we managed to sneak in a mini session by the pool and beach at our gorgeous resort, Grand Velas.

Diana, you are absolutely radiant! I was worried that Diana would be deterred by the rain; worried about her hair and makeup, but as you can see, Diana is a natural beauty and just rolled with the punches. She completely rocked the natural look and embraced the weather, wet hair and all. Thank you for the fun session!

For more information about boudoir sessions, please check out my Beauty & Boudoir website!


Diana - Thanks Laura for making my first experience back in front of the camera so easy & fun; I cannot wait for our next shoot.

Sheila Ramirez - You look absolutely beautiful, sweet and classy. Awesome pic Diana!



Sarah & Ethan are two incredibly special people. On their own, they are incredibly giving, fun, full of life, and just radiate with happiness. But together, it’s something super special. Out of this world, really. They are the kind of couple that inspire love in other people. Make you want to squeeze your significant other just a little bit tighter. I really can’t even begin to describe how much I love this couple and how happy they make me (and presumably everyone around them!). I am beyond excited for their wedding day!

kelsy mccartney - in love with this session!! absolutely gorgeous photos, beautiful light, great style (love their boat shoes!), and incredible location!! so cute :)

Butch McCartney - Laura!! Awesome session!! Great color, style, location … photos!

jessica - Love everything about this session from the location, the outfits and the adorable couple. You always make everyone look so great in their sessions :)

Poly - Love all of them! And love her shoes!

Jayne - absolutely perfect.

geneoh - Great session, Laura!

Melissa Oholendt - Yep. Just spending a Saturday evening on your blog. LOVE this session. Stunning. xo friend, so inspired by you!

Jenna - I SO want this for ANW blog, will you submit it Laura? Your work is simply stunning (as are you!) love following your talent, email me if you want to submit some of your goodness! xo



I wanted to share a tiny glimpse into my incredible experience in the beautiful city of New Orleans. I really had an amazing time here with my friends, heard some amazing music (including some of my favorite bands, like The Foo Fighters and The Eagles!) at Jazz Fest and cannot wait to go back. Maybe in 2013!

John Wilson - Gimme the deets!

What film, what cameras? How did you process your B&W film?

Natalie - I see you added the pay phone in there. :P

Christina - So gorgeous! I love that your passion for photography carries over into your personal life.

Jodi - Awesome! Miss it soo much!

Laura - Hi John, all of the images from New Orleans were captured on a Canon 1V. The B&W film is Ilford 3200, and the color is a mixture of Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Pro 400H. I don’t process my own film, I send it to Pro Photo Connection in Irvine, CA or Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood, CA. Haven’t found a local lab I love yet! Hope that helps!

Mollie - Very neat! Fun to see the little jokes and memories from the trip