I met Jeff and Maite 5 years ago in Mexico, at the wedding of clients-turned-friends, Gerardo and Perla. I remember sitting with them at dinner one of the evenings we all spent together in Mexico, hearing them talk about their lives and their plans, hoping that someday they would marry, and that I would get to be their photographer.
When I heard they were engaged, my hopes grew! I so hoped they would take me with them to beautiful Cartagena, Colombia to photograph their wedding. Not just because it would be an amazing experience, but also because they are a great couple and so much fun to be around!
When I didn’t hear from them for a few months, I figured they had found someone else. Thankfully, I was wrong! During a trip to visit Gerardo and Perla in NYC, where they were all now living and working, we made plans to all have dinner together. I vividly remember Maite saying, “We just keep comparing every other photographer to you!” So I said, “Okay, then lets figure out how we can make this work – I WANT TO BE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER!”
And so it began. We spent a fun weekend together in Jeff’s hometown, making engagement photo magic all over the city. Then we nailed down the details for the big event, and the rest is history!
It’s hard to find the words to describe that weekend. It will certainly stand as one of my most favorite life experiences. The vivid color and texture of the old city, the sounds of horses hooves clopping down cobblestone streets, the warm breezes in the middle of one of the worst winters ever, THE COFFEE (oh my word, the coffee! I was highly caffeinated the whole trip!)…it was an experience I will always cherish. I was able to share all of this with my husband, who traveled with me and also got to share in this experience of a lifetime.
One of the biggest highlights of the trip was sharing a hotel suite with Gerardo and Perla and exploring this amazing city together. We don’t speak much spanish, and of course they are fluent, so they were a great help when ordering at restaurants, catching a cab, etc.. On top of just getting time with these dear friends, Gerardo agreed to be my second photographer! He has been learning photography and I thought it would be fun for him to assist me. He was super nervous but did a FANTASTIC job. I was so proud of him!
I could write a novel, but I’ll stop there. How about some photos?
Maite has a very close knit family. The love they share was palpable…
I just loved her dress. A perfect fit and true reflection of her style.
Gerardo photographed the guys while I was with the girls. He did such a great job!
Great layering Gerardo!
Sometimes super awesome things happen without any planning at all. :)
Gerardo’s image. Isn’t he talented?
They were married at the Iglesia San Pedro Claver, an 18th Century church in the heart of the city.
After their ceremony, and a few photos with their friends and family, Jeff and Maite took a carriage ride through the city. Definitely my favorite part of the day!
Just before we got to the reception, we stopped for ice cream. My second favorite part of the day. ;)
Their reception was held on the Baluarte San Ignacio. It was built in the 1630 to protect the city from attack.
Their band was pretty much amazing. The music stayed in my head for a long time. :)
One can’t go to an amazing destination like this and not do an “Encore Session”!
Maite loves to jump!
This was taken from the rooftop of our hotel…their silhouette’s against the church where they were married.