Gran Bahia Principe Akumal Destination Wedding | Cynthia and Nguyen

I just got back from photographing an amazing destination wedding with Cynthia and Nguyen at the amazing Gran Bahia Principe Akumal resort in Riveria Maya Mexico. First let me describe this enormous resort. The Gran Bahia Principe Akumal Resort south of Puerto Morelos has several adjoining resorts all connecting to one other on the beach about 10 miles north of Tulum. You have a choice in choosing your resort from Akumal, Tulum, Sian Ka’an and Coba properties. Together these resorts take up over a mile of gorgeous white sand beach along the Caribbean Sea. Each has it’s own set of Restaurants, Bars, Pools and Entertainment. The best part is since it’s an all-inclusive resort, you can hop from each property and enjoy all that each resort has to offer.

I arrived the day before their wedding and scoped out the property for ideas to shoot an hour before it was time to meet them for the first time. We met in the hotel lobby and soon we were joined by their entire wedding party which was great. So I took them on my tour and I started shooting a few casual and fun candids of their friends and family which was a great ice breaker. Walking the property I kept getting inspired with ideas I wanted to try and we just rolled with it.


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What happens at the Snack bar stays at the snack bar!

The Guys showing off for the ladies.

Suddenly everyone busted out moves from the Insanity Workout ! Loved it.Gran Bahia principe akumal Wedding PhotographyGran Bahia Wedding Photography-15

The next day they held their wedding and we started with the getting ready pictures followed by their first look. Below: Nguyen opens up a note sent over from his bride to be.Gran Bahia Akumal Wedding Photography-15

It was great to see Cynthia’s fathers expression when he saw her in her dress for the first time. That’s always one of my favorite moments on wedding day.

The First Look:

What a moment with the tourists inside the Snack Bar crowd! Priceless.

It was pouring rain outside just moments after the ceremony. So we picked a few covered spots to create some great portraits.

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Cynthia and Nguyen were amazing and up for anything. Willing to get soaked on wedding day for a great picture. I love that!!!Gran Bahia Wedding Photos_002

First Dance below

Raw egg smashing in face… hilarious.

As I mentioned earlier, this group was up for anything and when I suggested they all jump in the pool for a picture, they didn’t even hesitate. It helped that it was totally hot and humid. After I took these photos, I heard my name being chanted by the group…”Chris, Chris, Chris..” So I striped off my gear and took the plunge myself! Hey, you don’t have to ask me twice either! Unfortunately, there isn’t a photo of that. 

Next day we headed out to the Tulum Ruins to start our Trash the Dress Session. It turns out it’s forbidden to take pictures at the ruins dressed in wedding attire. But that’s a whole other blog post! Did I let that stop me? Hmmmm.

Well for now, here are some Trash the Dress photos at one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen near the Tulum Ruins


I had an amazing 3 days taking photos of these guys and their friends and family. I really love the whole experience of shooting destination weddings and I’m sure you can see why.

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Villa Bellissima Wedding Photography in Cabo San Lucas

I just returned from yet another wonderful wedding in Cabo.  This  time at the luxurious Villa Bellissima in Pedegral Beach in Cabo San Lucas. It began with a rehearsal dinner at the Hacienda del Mar followed by a White Party at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar in Cabo. Irene and John were such a great couple. I couldn’t believe how calm and cool they were on wedding day. They were surrounded by a super fun wedding party and close friends and family. They married at the incredible Villa Bellissima Estate located in the Pedegral overlooking the Pacific. John’s father served as the officiant which was a really special touch. The Villa provided many levels to get creative angles and it was such a unique property for a destination wedding. We shuttled down to the beach for a few fun wedding party pictures before the ceremony and both the sunset and moonrise were spectacular that evening.

As my time was up, I got inspired and wanted to photograph Irene in the serene infinity pool  because it was so beautiful with the moon rising behind her. She agreed and then before I knew it, the entire wedding party jumped in the pool fully clothed which was awesome! That’s the sign of a great destination wedding.

A few highlight pictures are below.

To Reserve Villa Bellissima, contact Cabo Villas.

If you need a fantastic wedding planner in Cabo, you must call Rachel Hansen of Infinity Weddings.

And we all love photo-booths right? Dino at Memory Makers does a great service!



Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar White Party




Impressive Villa Bellissima in the Pedegral Cabo San Lucas


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  • Hi Chris- I just love your photography! Irene you look stunning, I am so happy for you and John. I am so happy to have been a part of this beautiful wedding in Los Cabos!

    Rachel Hansen

  • Love those shots on the beach. It looks like it was an amazing wedding.

Nature Engagement Session in Malibu|Kate and Mike

I had such a great time shooting this nature theme engagement session with Kate and Mike in Malibu and I can’t wait for their upcoming wedding.

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Sherwood Country Club Wedding Photography

Here are some wedding photos from Mandi and David’s beautiful wedding at the amazing Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks CA.

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Sherwood Country Club 320 W Stafford Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

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Union Station Los Angeles Wedding |Kristi and Mark

By Andrea Schmitt:
The downside to photographing a wedding for a friend is having to keep tissue handy to wipe the tears away while your shooting.  When we were 23, the bride, Kristi and I drove 8 hours through the desert in a Uhaul and moved to Las Vegas. Both Vegas and us would never be the same. Enough said. And last Saturday, she married her prince!
A true urban couple, they got ready at the amazing Biltmore Millenium Hotel downtown L.A., and held their ceremony at Los Angeles Union Station! Chic Deco was the style and sweet love the theme.  When I first walked in to the room at the Biltmore, my excitement was that of an old friend, but as soon as I saw the dress, shoes, and flowers, the photographer in me kicked in.  The Biltmore Millenium is a photographers dream, and we could have shot here all day.  The ornate details, and the classic grand hallways of this hotel were absolutely incredible.  Mark and his entourage looked dashing as you can see in the perfect photo James captured below.  This being LA, of course there happened to be a filming production going on in the hotel, luckily the equipment and crew saw our “production” and everything stopped when they had their first look.  Their sweet moment of intimacy was priceless. (Tissue please).
Our next stop was Union Station.  Their walk alone hand in hand through the marbled hall with the massive windows was perfect, and quite a contrast to the crowded buzz of the other shots in the station.  The commuters loved seeing the bride and groom cruising around the station and we were often greeted with howls and hoorays.  Finally, we headed to the Fred Harvey Room where the ceremony began and her entrance down the old stairway had me and others misty eyed.
One of the highlights was the reading by the best man… “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down…” let’s just say, their dry humor carried us through the ceremony quite well. (yes, you should now be humming corny Rick Ashley) Holding hands, exchanging hand written vows, they sealed the knot with a long kiss. Tissue please.

Have you seen the Fred Harvey Room in Union Station?  Devour these pics and go visit sometime, in fact, get married here and call me.  Who says we dont have historical buildings here in LA?Kristi and Mark’s day was so unique, so special, so real, and I know that they will have a long loving journey ahead.

Mad Libs anyone… hilarious!


A big thanks to James Abke, our lead studio photographer, for being my awesome wing man. James is an amazing photographer and we love working together. And Theresa from Hustle and Bustle Events who made the day run so smoothy and was  delight to work with!
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Union Station Los Angeles Wedding

Union Station Los Angeles Wedding |Kristi and Mark

Union Station Los Angeles Wedding |Kristi and Mark

Union Station Los Angeles Wedding

Union Station Los Angeles Wedding

Union Station Bride

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Location: Biltmore Hotel and Union Station in Los Angeles
Event Planner: Theresa from Hustle and Bustle