I have known Chantale since we were 5 years old. We went to the same grade school and high school and many of my memories include her as one of my closest friends. We were goofy and funny and got into trouble (not much) and did silly things….oh boy! After high school we kind of went our separate ways and our lives ran in different directions. Then, through the magic of Facebook we reconnected a few years ago and our friendship has returned.
When she contacted me to ask if I wanted to photograph her wedding in Mexico I was ecstatic! Of course I would! Up until this point I had yet to meet her lovely groom so we set up a get together to talk and meet. Honestly I felt so nervous meeting Rusty! I mean, it’s not everyday I get to meet a radio personality local celebrity! And he’s just as cool and funny – in fact, he is quite truly the perfect match for Chantale. His personality is exactly what I would have always pictured for her- a person who compliments her completely. And after a wonderful meeting I was getting ready to go, all excited and pumped….and then Rusty said those dreaded words that brought me back to earth and never truly left my mind “haha, I hope you do a good job as I wouldn’t want to have to talk about you on the radio”. He was completely and utterly joking but it put something in my head that had never even crossed my mind: “Oh. My. God. He COULD talk about me on the radio. Omg.Omg.Omg”. Ack!
When I did their engagement photos, the shoot just solidified my notion that these two were perfect for each other. Per-fect. I had such a blast (you may remember their session – it was at the farm and awe-some!)
So the big day came and off to Mexico we went! I was super excited to fly in with Chantale’s maid of honour and her husband; who we dubbed my “Mexico husband” for the week. (And I must say, he was a FANTASTIC Mexico husband, he was super sweet and helpful on the day of the wedding, helping me out, holding my flash when my stand broke and even making sure I wasn’t thirsty during the day). We even went para-sailing together (I HAD to do something that I could not do back in Canada – and although I screamed like a banshee on the jetski ride out to the boat, in the air, I was pretty calm).
The first 2 days were spent getting to know some of the wedding party & guests, reminiscing with her family and the other friends I knew and enjoying the water. And perhaps, just once, indulging in the “all-inclusive” aspect of the resort. (I think we all overindulged just a tad on one or two occasions)
The day of the wedding it was a balmy 39 degrees Celsius at 8AM. EIGHT IN THE MORNING! Luckily the ceremony didn’t start until 5pm so it was “still only” 39*C at that time. BUT it was GORGEOUS ! I’m used to being up at 6am everyday so I was up and out of my hotel room around 7am every morning (why, I have no idea, a room and a king size bed to myself- I should have taken more advantage!). One would assume that at 7am there would be lots of hustle and bustle around the resort but let me tell you it was SILENT. And VACANT! There were only a handful of people I saw at that time in the morning- which allowed for some awesome photos of the resort with no people in them! It also allowed me to write in the sand unbeknownst to Chantale, resulting in photos she “wished she had” but didn’t know I did 🙂
I was with the girls getting ready for the afternoon, enjoying laughs, drinks & fruit. I headed off to see the boys about 25 minutes before the ceremony was to start….and they were still in their underwear! Oh to be a guy on a wedding day!
Everything about Chantale, her bridesmaids, the day, the decor, the guys….it was all incredible and beautiful.
After the ceremony we had just over an hour to shoot- so off we went. We had lots of fun, especially when we found the mechanical bull! Of course we had to jump on and have a little “ride” 🙂
This was one of the most amazing experiences – I had an incredible time and I couldn’t have been happier to see a dear childhood friend say I do to the man of her dreams. And we all came home with funny stories, wonderful memories…and in Chantale & Rusty’s case; a new shiny ring of love. Congratulations Chantale & Russell!