We were incredibly blessed to have John & Lauren (a California based, husband and wife team) shoot our wedding at the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun on 11/22/11. This may be their first mention on bdw.com, but word should spread about this amazing couple!! They arrived a couple days before our wedding and shot our welcome reception, rehearsal, ceremony & reception. We also did an â€œengagementâ€ shoot around the downtown Cancun/market 28 area.
They were great to work with because they made us feel relaxed and we had so much fun throughout the entire time. At no point did we have to worry if a moment was not being captured â€“ because they handled everything perfectly. We had complete trust in them throughout the entire wedding and events leading up to it which let us focus on everything else.
Because our wedding took place at 4pm, it would have been too dark to take pictures afterwards. So John & Lauren (along with Loyd Calomay, our videographer) arranged for us to have a â€œfirst-lookâ€ before the ceremony & group pictures. They recommended this to us also because since these are the first picture weâ€™re taking â€“ our smiles are most natural and our outfits and my make-up are still fresh. We are so happy we did this â€“ definitely was one of the best parts of the day. John & Lauren scouted the hotel for the location for the first look, which was on the beach and after overcoming the emotions from seeing each other all dressed up for the first time, we took numerous shots and then met our family & bridal party for the formal group pictures. Because we have such a large family and bridal party â€“ we needed about 20 shots with over 100 people (and lots of little children!) in all the various pictures. John & Lauren coordinated this so well and it the whole process when by smoothly and we still had time to spare before the ceremony.
Throughout the reception & ceremony both John and Lauren were all over the place taking pictures. We even had a make-shift photobooth that was make up of two Polaroid cameras that we forgot to announce was available for guests to use. Lauren took the initiative to spread the word about the photobooth and take many pictures herself (in addition to the awesome shots with her camera!).
The pictures speak for themselves of how fabulous John and Lauren are. They captured so many poignant moments throughout our wedding week and weâ€™re incredibly happy we were able to work with them.
One last point â€“ John & Lauren referred our videographer, Loyd Calomay to us. They have worked together in the past and formed such a great team to document our wedding. Being able to spend time with John, Lauren & Loyd aside from when they were filming/shooting made us realize why their work is so outstanding â€“ the three of them are genuinely great people, the kind of people you want to be friends with. They are caring, generous, funny and really love what they do and I would highly recommend them to everyone.
Take a look at their amazing work: http://johnlauren.com/blog/