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  1. I've shot them both ways! And really...it might just all depend on what time of the day you are looking to have the session. My first couple did their TTD session EXACTLY the way you are talking about. We got the resort in the evening, and early the next morning (around 6am...if I recall) Becky and John met me on the beach for about a 1 and 1/2 portrait session. It worked perfectly, since by the time the family and friends got there...they were ready to be tanning poolside and NOT dragging lace through the Carribean. lol. That being said...they ALSO shot with me during the morning time with the sunrise while their guests would have been asleep anyways! So that might be an option. Ask your photographer if he/she can get up super early to get the sun AND get the shots before your guests wake up. Then you can do the session on whatever day is easier. Of course, getting up at 6AM on your post wedding morning might be kinda difficult. lol. My second couple did their session in evening during the sun set on the last day they were there. Most of the guests had left earlier in the day to catch flights out, so it was just their parents. The session lasted, again, about an hour and a half...the beach was definitely more populated...but we got some great shots! All in all, I would find out from your photographer how easy it would be to fit in a super early morning session since that will probably fit your schedule easier...AND you get some great lighting. Good luck and have fun!!
  2. Hey ladies! The norm that I've seen is one per guest...but I've also seen the framed menu per table (if it's a round, then one on each side of the centerpiece). The second option also leaves a lot of room for creativity!! You might be able to get a pretty good deal for a unique menu look on Etsy! Like little wooden menus on some of the cheap mini stands you can get at an arts and crafts store. Of course, you can do way more than wood! Mini chalkboards. Stone (those don't blow away!! lol.). Etc. Anyways...just a though! Good luck!!
  3. Becky and John were married at the Hacienda Tres Rios resort in Cancun, Mexico on 5/7/11 (yes...I am STILL in Mexico as I write this!!). The details were a mix of pinks and purples and oranges. The couple celebrated with a welcome Cabana Party on Wednesday (with fire dancers hired from the resort), a rehearsal dinner at the gorgeous Frida Kahlo inspired Mexican restaurant, and no less than THREE portrait sessions! Also ask about the super fun Mariachi band they hired for their cocktail hour.
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    Glenview Mansion in Rockville, MD

    Nico and Jessica were married at Glenview Mansion in Rockville, MD.
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    Washington DC Metro Area

    I JUST moved from Manassas, VA to Seattle. I miss DC!!
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    Seattle Area Brides!!

    Oooo....RIU is amazing!! I haven't been to the one in Cabo, but one in Aruba is just gorgeous!!! Have you visited the resort yet?
  7. Woops!! It didn't post fully, it looks like. I'll try this again, shall I?
  8. Hey ladies!!!!!! Becks1581's wedding is officially out in the Best Destination Weddings and Honeymoons magazine!!!!! The resort did SUCH an amazing job, as did the couple's other vendors (and of course, the couple did an amazing job planning!!!). Anyways, I'm so grateful to know these two and to have been a part of their wedding day...and so I thought I'd share!!! Check out the issue on stands now (you can also check out the digital version of the issue on the magazine's website for free!!). And another of their images is being published in a December issue as well!!!! Quote: Originally Posted by becks1581 Hi girls...we got some exciting news last week that I wanted to share with the HTR brides... Our wedding in going to be featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine!! Our amazing photographer submitted our images and we just found out that we were selected We're obviously SO excited! I'll keep you posted when the magazine comes out so you can take a peak! Aquabride--Congrats! HTR is a great place to get married. Let me know if you have any vendor questions. We used mostly our own vendors that I found through this site. I'm always happy to help!
  9. This is a wedding cake that my clients Becky and John had at their wedding reception at Hacienda Tres Rios in Playa del Carmen, MX. (Which is a resort I am madly in love with, BTW...). The cake was VERY tasty, but not very decorative (most resort cakes aren't). So the couple brought this adorable little cake topper to make the cake more tailored to them. The resort was more than happy to accomodate the couple's mini decoration.
  10. My sister recently had a DIY destination wedding here in VA. We live about 4 hours away from the venue and only about 10 guests were from the area. Most flew in from Texas, Tennessee and Oklahoma!! Since she was a wedding planner from the St.Louis area and I am a wedding photographer from the area, we had a pretty good idea of how we wanted the wedding to look....and the cakes were a HUGE focal point. Each small cake was a different flavor with a different pattern created in the buttercream icing. My sister had her fiance make these wooden boxes (super cheap...about $4 a box!!!!), which we THEN covered in pretty papers from Paper Source. YES!!! NOW YOU HAVE AN EXCUSE TO GO THERE AND BUY PAPER!!!!!!!!!! lol. As a wedding photographer who tries to get everything published....I totally understand the value of the cake display!!! This is cheap and super fun, and is PROBABLY something you can assemble on location at your destination of choice!!!
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    DC, MD, VA Brides (Metro Area)

    Great....now I'm craving Maggianos!!!!!! lol. Soooooooo tasty.
  13. I just posted this in another thread...but I COULDN'T RECOMMEND IVAN MORE!! So I'll post it again here. lol. This man was AMAZING!!! I'm a wedding photographer, so I KNOW my DJ's and vendors. This guy was just....cool. He knew exactly what to play to get the party started and the light up dance floor going. He didn't do much (if any) talking... LOVED him!!! He was great with requests...but also really great at turning down requests that might hinder the mood of the night. He was really great to me and the other vendors, and even let the groom get behind the spin tables (is that what they are called??) to check out what he was working with. I REALLY couldn't recommend him more. I just wish I could work with him on more weddings!!!
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    Hair & Make-Up Recommendations

    I JUST worked with Fernando Fuentes from The Makeup Pros. They were AMAZING! Very elegant. Very quiet (except when they chimed in and laughed during the morning's conversation). I've worked with A TON of make-up artists and hair stylists...but these guys are definitely at the top of my faves list. I just wish I could work with them on more weddings!!! I've attached a few of the images from the morning. Becky's hair was VERY elegant and her make-up was incredibly natural. I've photographed her a ton over the past year and a half, and she looked very natural and herself on her wedding day.
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