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I am so enamored with Sarah & Allen! Sarah sent me the sweetest email after viewing her photos for the first time and I just wanted to share!! (P.S. You can check out Sarah & Allen’s wedding photos here on my blog, or check out their just married session, engagement in NYC or fabulous feature on Style Me Pretty!!

Thank you Sarah! Your email absolutely made my day… my week, my month!! :)

“I’m speechless! I’ve been struggling all day long with how to describe my feelings for these photos you sent, because all that is running through my mind is beautiful, beautiful, holy-cow beautiful. Allen and I are head over heels for all these images. These are so gorgeous and we couldn’t be more thrilled (so worth the wait). Your photos are insanely gorgeous and romantic. You captured every breathtaking moment and every sophisticated detail shot that we wanted (from location to food to even the texture). There is not a single detail shot that I don’t completely adore.

The entire wedding day felt pretty magical for us, we were lucky to have the clear blue skies right before the ceremony start. My favorite memory was during our ceremony, the exchanging of our vows, the cheering of our friends and family. That memory was really special and you have captured it so well. Looking at these amazingly beautiful ceremony shots, I can practically feel the warm breeze coming off the ocean again. YES, your photos bring back the memories so vividly.

I know you must get these type of thank you emails after every wedding you shoot! But I still can’t thank you enough, because you had captured each and every beautiful moment that holds a close place to my heart. In the end, it’s the photos that are important, because these are memories that we will cherish forever in our heart. You really went above and beyond for my wedding! Thank you so much, Laura!”


  • sarah wu - You deserved all the praises because you are truly amazing and talented!

I’m so incredibly excited!! Sarah & Allen’s gorgeous destination wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty’s Destination Blog. Sarah & Allen planned such a gorgeous beach side celebration. Sarah is a super talented designer and created and crafted all of the beautiful stationery for her wedding day. She even bought a letterpress machine and personally made all of the invitations, menus, tags, etc. Every detail was stunning. The details were gorgeous, but the best part of the day was Sarah & Allen’s ceremony. It was 10+ years in the making, after all. Throughout this process Sarah and I have become friends and being among a dozen or so guests was an incredible honor. Allen, who normally never gets emotional, actually broke down during the ceremony and started crying as he recited his vows to Sarah. It was such a beautiful moment and something I’ll always remember! :)

I’m so thrilled for this couple and excited that their wedding is featured on one of my and Sarah’s favorite blogs! Check it out here! You an also see their engagement, wedding and just married session on my blog.

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.


There is something so special about a destination wedding.  It’s different than a typical wedding because the setting is more intimate and I really get to know not only the bride and groom, but their closest family and friends.  The people that mean the most to them in the whole wide world!  I got to spend several days with Sarah & Allen and their guests and it was amazing.  I especially connected with Sarah.  Sarah and are two of a kind. I think if I were to redo my own wedding, it would look exactly like this. Sarah has exquisite taste!  She is a really talented graphic designer and designed all the stationery and planned all the gorgeous details for their celebration. She even bought a letterpress and handmade the stationery with the help of her dedicated friends.  Not to be overshadowed by the details, this wedding was even more so a celebration of the couple finally making it to the altar. Sarah and Allen have been together for nearly 10 years, so the wedding just further confirmed the commitment they made to each other years ago. Allen surprised everyone by getting very emotional while reciting his personally written vows. It was a beautiful moment and I was blinking back tears behind the camera!

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

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!