Del Sol Review....long...awesome
Posted 17 December 2009 - 05:53 PM
Choosing a photographer was very difficult for me. I had already determined that I would allot a large portion of the budget for photos because in the end they are what you have to remember your day. I did A LOT of research on BDW on photographers, I canâ€™t even tell you how many online galleries I went through over and over, but I was always drawn back to Del Sol, for so many reasons. I originally booked Diego one of their associate photographers for the wedding and Sol for the TTD. But right around my wedding date Diego actually left Del Sol, so Matt covered my wedding, which was the best wedding gift I could have ever gotten! The whole Del Sol team was great to work with leading up to the wedding, I know how busy they are in the spring and summer but they always made sure to answer my emails and even my phone calls. About my wedding time they added an office manager, Melissa who absolutely rocks, she will make sure you have all your stuff in order before, during and after your wedding; it was great to have a contact to go to with questions.
The wedding was at 4pm, and Matt arrived in the lobby about 1.5 hours before, his associate photographer went to shoot the boys who were playing pool in the bar near the gazebo. Matt arrived and was a breath of fresh air, it had been a CRAZY morning due to some issues with the Apple rep, my mother was completely distraught about it, I wonâ€™t go into details but it lead to quite a bit of tension in the room while we were all getting ready. Matt arrived, very excited and started shooting away, I really had no plan for locations to shoot, etc. But Matt had it all under control, he made me feel so at ease and confident, he even tried to get all the girls to smile and laugh, he was great, my grandmother thought he was the cutest thing ever. It was about 8 million degrees on the wedding day, and I am pretty sure I sweated off all my makeup, but Matt managed to make me look amazing in his photos, they shot from all different angles and really captured those moments that I didnâ€™t even think about, moments that you didnâ€™t even realized happened until you look at your photos, these are the best moments.
After the ceremony we headed to the saltwater pool to take some group shots. They turned out amazing, even though it was super windy. I had a few requests for traditional shots and Matt got them all, he even captured an amazing arial shot, which was the one thing I wanted since I started planning the wedding, it is now printed huge and on the wall in my living room
The bridal party and the hubby and I then just headed down the beach, stopping along the way to grab drinks and just celebrate, then Nathan and I broke off to take some photosâ€¦.I donâ€™t know how he does it but Matt seemed to capture Nathan and I in are â€œusâ€ moments. I really wanted some photos with the sunset, and evening light such a beautiful backdrop for photos, and of course Matt delivered. These are some of my favorite photos, so romantic I am serious when I say my heart still skips when I look at these particular shotsâ€¦
Matt and Rodrigo (who was also very sweet) stayed through the dance; Matt charmed the pants off my Grandma. He made sure to get shots of her reading the poem that my Grandpa wrote for her when he was in Vietnam, my mom read this poem at our ceremony, I am glad he did this, they are photos that we will always have of that momentâ€¦
Matt is so talented it is ridiculous, I could go on and onâ€¦but I will move on to my ttd shoot with Sol
Okayâ€¦.so it is the morning of the ttd shoot, actually about 2pm as that is when I woke upâ€¦ I was absolutely violently ill, like could not get out of bed, illâ€¦.We were to leave for the shoot in an hour, and people, I do not get ready in an hourâ€¦.I almost considered cancelling the shoot, the shoot I had been looking forward to for months. I knew how amazing Solsâ€™ work is, and that is the only thing that I would have drug myself out of bed for. I somehow managed to throw some makeup on, and curl my hair. We got in the cab to head into Playa and I threw up into my purse the whole time, as for some reason we couldnâ€™t pull over. We arrived and met Sol, who was soooo sweet. I told her I was feeling ill and she bought me some soda crackers and 7 upâ€¦. I threw up a few more times, and had a major case of the cold sweats, seriously it was awfulâ€¦ I sweated off all my makeup and was totally pale (well, pale for me, I am Greek so generally have a dark skin tone) I could not even walk; we had to just sit for about the first 20 minutes. Sol was so patient and reassuring. I felt so bad for her, I know it must be difficult to try and shoot beautiful images of your subjects when one of them is trying not to throw up. But somehow she managed. The beach she took us to was beautiful and there was a rainbow, she got some AMAZING shots with the rainbow. She was so kind and motivated me to just tough it out, that she was capturing great images, Sol is really what got me through it. Solâ€™s style is beautiful and vibrant; she is equally these qualities as a person. I am so glad we did the ttd, even though I was so sick.
Ahhh. The day the pictures arrived. I sat at my desk frozen; I couldnâ€™t wait to see themâ€¦ I started clicking through the slideshow and tears filled my eyes. It literally felt like I was back in Mexico, on my wedding day..The pictures just brought me right back there. I clicked thorough them hundreds of times, just cryingâ€¦. My eyes glued to the screen. They were so beautiful and indescribable and you could just feel the moments through themâ€¦.they were priceless. They still give me the goosebumps when I look through them. I forwarded the link to EVERYONEâ€¦ peoples comments were the best to hear, most of them commented they were the most beautiful photos they had ever seen, I still get compliments about them 6 months later. I had an at home reception in August after our June wedding and Del Sol worked so hard to get me my photos by then so I could display them. I had 8x10â€™s everywhere and people were just awed, they would just gather around the picture area, jaws dropped. Wow was pretty much the general consensus. I would just smile and say â€œI knowâ€¦.â€
So you can about gather from this review what my thoughts are on Del Solâ€¦.Best decision I made about the wedding (besides the groom) Honestly they will deliver, your photos will be amazingâ€¦and you wonâ€™t worry about a thing. The talent Matt and Sol possess is truly a gift, and they are so consistent in their work, this is reassuring for brides. Do not hesitate; donâ€™t think twice, the Del Sol Team is the way to goâ€¦
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