After much back and forth and tons of reviews we just booked Adrian Herrera of Victor Herrerra Photography. Thanks Laura!
Here's what I found: With Del Sol as the gold standard (in my book), we also loved Adrian Herrera, Moments that Matter and William Sanchez all of these three have amazing work online and I personally contacted all of them and their response time is amazing. I was surprised that I would hear back from each of them within the hour of my questions. So basically you would be doing yourself a favor by hiring any of these photographers!
Moments that Matter is $600 per hour ($4,800 for 8 hours, all the good stuff included - spends lots of time on images after the fact & you can tell he loves his job) Love Lincoln's work. The coloring and emotion are great in these photos. There's not much more to say about it and he's a really really cool guy who got back to me right away with all questions. My only concern is that with the resort fee of $500 we would only be able to have him for a few hours, definately not 8 hours.
William Sanchez is $2,800 for 8 hours (all photos retouched, jpg, online gallery, slideshow), someone had written previously that he was $1,800 for 8 hours in 2010! To me that says, he is a great photographer and demand has increased his fee, even tough back in 2009-2010 people were asking about this "new" guy and trying to find samples of his work. We love the coloring and emotion that are captured in his photos. Simply beautiful.
Adrian Herrera $1,800 for 8 hours (all photos retouched, High-Res on DVD, online gallery) In the end I felt that Adrian is kind of like what William was last year (when his pricing was $1800 instead of $2800). Beautiful photos but kind of hard to find lots of his work. Nice coloring, great at capturing the emotions of the day and on top of it I found this link brettbutterstein.com/blog/2011/08/07/cancun-private-workshop/ where you can see the whole Herrera clan & William Sanchez at a workshop together learning about photo journalism in wedding photos. In my book continuing education is super cool!
I feel that Adrian Herrera is the "new guy" who has great work (which makes it hard to find samples), however, for a lucky few of us we will get to have him capture our day at and amazing value before his prices increase 55%!