El Dorado Maroma wedding (part 1)

by Eric Hegwer on 15 March, 2010

At the beginning of this month I was very lucky to be included in a small, intimate wedding on the Beach at an amazing adults-only, all inclusive resort near Playa Del Carmen. There were only 14 people total at this destination wedding.  But it was the perfect mix of family and friends.  Everyone had a great time!  I flew in to Cancun on Friday, and left on Sunday, staying 2 nights and photographing the rehearsal dinner, all the wedding day activities (getting ready, ceremony, details, and of course the party), and then we did a photo session on the beach sunday morning before I flew out.

And there were so many details that the bride arranged. There were hand-made dinner menus, unique place-cards made of tile, OOT bags for the family and friends, and an extra special Texas flag. The Flag was sewn onto a canvas bag filled with some soil from their homestead, and placed on the ground at the beach altar. Both the bride and the groom had one foot on the flag during the ceremony so they would be “married on Texas soil”.

This is the first of a two part series – today I’m including some of my favorite film pictures (yep I do film destination weddings). Stay tuned, because the next post will have way more photos, and a ton more detail shots.

Arial picture of Cancun

Arial picture of Cancun

The ground level rooms at El Dorado Maroma in Playa del Carmen have swim up entrances (the upstairs rooms have infinity pools)

The ground level rooms at El Dorado Maroma in Playa del Carmen have swim up entrances (the upstairs rooms have infinity pools)

The bride and her friends hanging out before the wedding

The bride and her friends hanging out before the wedding

Inside the bride's room at El Dorado Maroma resort

Inside the bride's room at El Dorado Maroma resort

The groom reads a letter written to him from his future wife

The groom reads a letter written to him from his future wife

Lacing the corset on a wedding dress

Lacing the corset on a wedding dress

wedding altar on the beach at El Dorado Maroma

wedding altar on the beach at El Dorado Maroma

The groom and wedding party see the bride for the first time

The groom and wedding party see the bride for the first time

I know it sounds weird, but I actually like a few clouds in the sky when photographing a beach wedding.  It makes for better pics.

I know it sounds weird, but I actually like a few clouds in the sky when photographing a beach wedding. It makes for better pics.

The sand ceremony has become a popular wedding tradition, especially for beach weddings.

The sand ceremony has become a popular wedding tradition, especially for beach weddings.

wedding formals - right after the ceremony, I like to grab one traditional formal wedding picture of the couple.  This is the "mantle shot" that all the mom's love.

wedding formals - right after the ceremony, I like to grab one traditional formal wedding picture of the couple. This is the "mantle shot" that all the mom's love.

After the wedding, it's fun to do a couple of beach-ey poses like drawing a heart in the sand

After the wedding, it's fun to do a couple of beach-ey poses like drawing a heart in the sand

The staff at Maroma attended to every detail.  Look how beautiful these tables are decorated!

The staff at Maroma attended to every detail. Look how beautiful these tables are decorated!

All my travel plans were made by Skip of your Honeymoon guru dot com. He’s a great person to talk to for all your destination wedding travel arrangements, and if you want to make a custom destination wedding package.

More pictures from this amazing destination wedding are coming tomorrow! Stay tuned for part 2.

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Kelly Neyhard March 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

Eric!
These are amazing… I love the look of film…
I visit your site often to see your new work and even go through your old. My fiance and I are planning on an engagement shoot with you soon! I’ll email you with more details at a later time..
I can’t wait to see Part 2 :)

-Kelly

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