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Louisa & Giscard by ASHLEY GROTH

Weddings are my absolute favorite things to witness--as the photographer or not. It sounds so trite to say that its because you can feel the love, but... you can FEEL THE LOVE. The giddy excitement in the brides dressing room and the happy nerves in the grooms..to the tizzy whirlwind until the "I Do's" and then..the sigh. Of relief. The hardest part is over, and the shift that happens is magical. Drinks are flowing and laughter echoes as people take their seats for dinner. And then when I lose it every time: The Toasts. I am always impressed with peoples ability to speak of their love and admiration of someone--filled with silly stories and memories that give you a little peak into the independent parts of the happy couple. And its usually in those speeches where it becomes so CLEAR as to why those two are teaming up for a lifetime together.

Two things stood out to me from Louisa and Giscard's wedding toasts this past February. After Louisa's dad spoke,  I saw Louisa's heart. Her dad told stories that reflected her genuine interest in others; he was funny and honest and proud. And then Giscard's toast to his beautiful wife;  where he told of the look he receives from Louisa when he comes home is the same look he gets from his mother when she picks him up the airport on the other side of the world. Sigh. It was poetic in all the best ways, and so beautifully portrayed their love and admiration for each other.

Now onto my favorite pictures from that day--I'm warning you..after seeing these you're going to want to plan your wedding/vow renewal/anniversary/birthday party/girls trip/any-excuse get-a-way to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

A HUGE thank you to Jen Meneghin Photography for giving me the opportunity to second shoot this wedding in paradise, and big up's to the bride and groom for being so dang cool and glamorous! Go make yourself a margarita on the rocks, put on a sundress or board shorts, and THEN check out these images. You'll believe you're right there soaking up that island sun :)


Isla Mujeres by ASHLEY GROTH

A month ago I was basking on the white sandy beaches of Isla Mujeres, Mexico with my best girl Jen, eating our weight in quesadillas and Coronas, feeling totally inspired by our surroundings.

Honestly, to say the place is a "dream" is putting it mildly. Island living is for me, and if that's wrong I don't wanna be right ;)

I was there with Jen second shooting a wedding (that I will post pictures of later) and we had a few days to zip around the island with our cameras. I can't wait to go back!

Enjoy..

Since the island is so small, you can rent golf carts and little scooters (or take taxis) around. Jen and I had a pink one, and probably caused a Jen heart attack or two flying over speed bumps ;-)

The streets near our hotel were packed with little bars and restaurants, gelato stands, and shops.

los perros y los gatos were everywhere! Very friendly and though we weren't supposed to feed them they definitely enjoyed a churro or two.

our view outside of our hotel room. Take me back!

Jen!

Ok, so, mass produced beaded necklaces...but perdy nonetheless.

If you know me at all, you might know I have a thing for skulls and bones. Add in some Dia de Los Muertos variety and I've got no complaints.

We walked along the North side of the island the water was way rockier and choppier. Towards the middle of the island there was the plaza with beautiful terracotta tiled roofs and white plaster buildings. Gorgeous!

Jen again. She was a little peeved I had her stand in an outdoor shower for this one but I still stand by the fact it was totally worth it :)

Rooster Cafe, right on Hidalgo Street. Good breakfast and people watching spot, with the freshest fruit and granola.

Any place that embraces color like they do on Isla Mujeres is A-OK in my book

Until next time, Isla Mujeres! <3

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