DH first found BLC online. It was very difficult to find a great and AFFORDABLE photog in Riviera Maya.
After reviewing their pics online and on facebook we really enjoyed their work. So we contacted them via email, asked a few questions, and they were all answered. The next step was to place a $250USD deposit via paypal. Unfortunately their paypal account was down for sometime so we contacted BLC again, and we were promised they would save the date until we were able to pay. Well we were getting anxious because paypal was still down and we hadn't been able to pay the deposit, I was afraid to lose them because the wedding was only a few months away. But they assured me our date was safe.
We were about to wire transfer the money when it finally began to work. So now I felt safe.
In Mexico, Dennis called our room and left a message for us to call him. DH called and confirmed what time to arrive.
Since our wedding was at 4pm, we asked him to arrive at 3pm for getting ready pics. We contracted BLC for 3hrs and 72 photos.
Pepe, our photographer for the day, arrived right on time! As soon as he said hello, he was very kind! So professional.
and the best part about him... GAVE GREAT DIRECTION! "Look here; wait, do that again; turn that way; drop the shoulder; big smile; etc" we LOVED it! He would help place us so that he could take the best candid shots. Not posed. or, he would stay back and snap away while we hardley noticed he was there! I feel that those are some of the BEST shots.
Then Pepe went ahead to the ceremony location to perpare for me (bride).
He took photo's of the set up alone, which was so great because in the midst of it all, I never got a chance to stand back and embrace it. The photo, very moving. Just the canopy, chairs, and sashes or draping.
I cant ever remember where Pepe was througout the ceremony but after viewing the photos, he was EVERYWHERE!!!!
One of my favorite shots is him underneath everyone and captures the pouring of the sand with our family all around. Its magnificent! Pictures of the rings. Pictures of the two of us staring into eachothers eyes. The flower girl. Soo many!!!
Afterwards we took photos with the family, friends, mothers, just His family, just Her family, etc.
After about 1/2 an hour the now Husband & I left with Pepe down the beach to take more private photo's.
Again, he gave Wonderful direction!!!! Which made it SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!! He gave us SO many options and a TON of ideas.
He was SO professional because he would warn us about shades showing up. Or the sun darkening our faces. Or people in the background. Or the flowers (my bouquet) needing to be facing him. Or my viel falling off, lol! we LOVED Pepe and working with him! It was definitely a top 5 highlight of our entire wedding!
After we got all the shots, he even offered to stay a bit longer to get the cake cutting scene. That was so kind, but we excused him because we had the resort photog coming ( he was included in the wedding pkg)
Pepe advised us to meet Dennis in the lobby at 6pm on Monday.
Dennis was right on time
Dennis met us with this apple computer. He showed us a disc with all 250+ photos, untouched.
Option 2 was 130+ photos Prof Edited. Option 3 was a dvd slide show.
Dennis offered us a fantastic deal! Option #2 was going for an additional $400usd + the $250 deposit/credit we had.
You see, we had originally chosen the 72 printed 6x8 photos for $650 ttl.
So, instead, we got over 130 Edited photos for the same price!!! Thats practically DOUBLE!
and trust us, we dont mind printing them out ourselves! its even better because we can print as many as we want for family and friends!!!!
We paid the balance in cash.
The three of us sat around and chatted for a minute. I brought up that we were SO pleased with the entire process and everyone we dealt with at his company, that we were already planning on writing reviews on BDW, FB, and anywhere we can find a place to!!!
He was so thankful, that he says, if we promised to do so, he threw in 3 dvd slideshows free of charge! Each being $150 alone!
We were in shock! We couldn't believe how generous Dennis was being. It wasnt a bribe, because we had already decided to write these reviews. We have gotten a million complaments on their work, we just can't stop looking at the pictures over and over. I am just so very glad that we hired them.
We would have been IN TEARS if we just stayed with the horrible resort photog. ugh, dont get me started! Thats a whole other review. (soon to come)
My hope for BLC and their crew, is that a bride or groom read this review, understand how wonderful they are, and book them.
You will not regret it. It will be one of your best decisions, we promise!
Needless to say, for our one year annv, when we return to the riviera maya, we are BOOKING THEM AGAIN FOR TTD!!!!!!!!!!
and thank you Diana, Pepe, & Dennis for everything! We will cherish your photos forever! much love and appreciation! God Bless