January 2011

I can’t think of a couple with whom I would rather have spent my last wedding of 2010. Erin, Ben and the rest of their family and friends were as much fun to be around as they were to photograph. The love they all have for one another was inspiring to be a part of. It just goes to show you never know who you’re going to meet at a freshman year dorm room party!

The wedding was held on the beach in San Pancho and the reception at Mar Plata. The coordination was handled by Gaby and Memo of Mar Weddings. Erin wore Nicole Miller with Stuart Weitzman sandals and Ben wore J.Crew.

While Erin and Ben were getting ready I ran to Mar Plata to get these ring shots. I love the one on the right with the metal heart.

They opted to see each other before the wedding which, as I’ve said before, I love because it gives us more time for photos together. After the first look we took the wedding party over to the ruins in San Pancho to get some group shots.

It was just a tad overgrown and unfortunately there were some prickers which didn’t play nicely with the girls’ dresses. Luckily they were all good sports and willing to give a little for the photos to come out amazing!

After cocktails at Villa Roja it was on to Mar Plata for the reception.

I’m not going to say who, but someone who is now the proud owner of a pink and white Lucha Libre mask owes me some photos of him/her in said mask in LA. Just saying…

I love Hava Nagila. It always gets everyone riled up and ready for a party!

I apologize to any of my other brides and grooms, but these guys rocked the photobooth harder than anyone before. It was so hard for me to pick favorites to blog that I have to include more than usual.

To view the whole event or to order photos click HERE.

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  • Jessica - Great shots! Love the photobooth pictures, especially the one with the dog. :) Also very strange coincidence – I wore the same dress, and Brian wore the same J. Crew suit, I think!

  • Ben & Erin - Amazing, amazing photos. We really couldn’t be happier Jill, thank you so much. You really captured the spirit of the day, from start to finish. The shots at the ruins came out great and were worth every thorn and you really made the most of our roadside stop on the way there. Quick thinking!

    Not only was the photo booth a great source of pictures, it was also a great addition to the party. We all had a blast with the costumes (as you can clearly see,) and we really appreciate you staying longer to keep the fun going.

  • katie barrett - wow these pictures are so amazing, it makes me want to pack up and move to mexico….keep up the amazing work!! x

  • Erin Harris - Hi Jillian!

    We met when you shot my sister, Allie (and Jeff’s) wedding in Sayulita last summer. I LOVE following your blog. You are SO talented!…
    I think I told you that I have my own fledgling photo biz….I do mostly children/newborn/engagement/senior photots…..But I just booked a destination wedding in St. Thomas. I am super excited but since I only do natural photography I am not so sure about the night stuff…..would you mind telling me what equipment you use for these beautiful nighttime shots at the parties??? Thanks! Erin

  • admin - Hi Erin! Congratulations on your first wedding! That’s very exciting. For my night shots I use a variety of equipment depending on the situation. I have three Nikon flashes that I use. One on camera and one or two off camera. Usually I have the off camera flash in a small softbox that my assistant holds and can easily move around the dancefloor and reception area. If I am shooting a destination wedding I often shoot alone and will only use on camera flash or set up the softbox on a lightstand. Hope that helps!

  • Erin Harris - Hi Jillian,
    Thanks so much for the suggestions! I shoot with a Canon 60D (but am drooling over the 5d II) so I will look into the flashes that Canon sells along with a softbox. I assume that makes the flash look less harsh? Thanks again!!

  • Mexico Beach Wedding Published in Destination I Do! | Jillian Mitchell Photography: Destination Wedding Photography in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - [...] To see the original post full of much more awesome photos than they show in the magazine click here. [...]

Where do I begin? When the hardest decision of the day is between Badgley Mischka and Manolo Blahnik, you know it’s going to be a great day. Add to that Mishka’s incredible design skills and it was truly unbelievable. Jenn and Kent got married in Sayulita at Brisa del Mar, Don Pedro’s palapa, and Kerry Moeller organized everything to the last detail. It was four years to the date that they first met in Sayulita which made it even more special. Jenn was totally open for a first look which I always love my couples to do since it gives us more time for photos in great light along with allowing them more time with family and friends after the ceremony. The whole wedding party went into town together and needless to say debauchery ensued. During the reception Mishka turned the Chuppah into a photobooth with a swing and all. Oh and did I mention her Monique Lhuillier dress? Gorgeous!

Their reception was at La Terrazola restaurant in Sayulita with a bonfire on the beach and everything. It was a great way to start of their weekend off celebration!

Monique Lhuillier and Badgley Mishka. Doesn’t get much better than that.

I love these shots of Jen before her first look. There was a cute little bridge at the house she was getting ready at and it was perfect for them to see each other for the first time.

Jen walking up to the ceremony.

Mishka’s incredible talent at work.

More of Mishka’s details for the reception.

Yay Photobooth!

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Some of Mishka’s gorgeous details from Jenn+Kent’s Sayulita wedding. I just couldn’t resist putting this up even though I’m still working on the rest of the post.

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  • Mishka - Holy cow! I think I need to start hiring you to put up my blog – I love the way you put the photos together, you beautiful photographer you!

  • Jenn Bifano - YAY! It was the best day of our lives and we absolutely loved working with you Jillian! Your photos are amazing, filled with emotion, vibrant color and just plain awesomeness.

    Best,

    Jenn and Kent

Let me start by saying that Melanie and Zach had some of the best speeches I have ever heard. The best man’s was incredible and even included references to Nancy Pelosi. I guess you probably had to be there… and maybe work in politics. They got married at Dreams Vallarta and a few days later we had a “Trash the Dress” session in and around Old Town Puerto Vallarta.

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  • Melanie K - Amazing AMAZING time working with you Jillian – we couldn’t love the photos more and look forward to enjoying them for a lifetime! Thanks again!

  • Michelle Bres - amiga!! ya vas agarrando tu estilo y eso esta padrísimo!!! oye estoy armando un workshop para fotografos aca en la ciudad de México!! estaría geeeeeeeenial tenerte por aca de invitada!!
    te mando un beso y seguimos en contacto!!!

Jenn and Austen had a small intimate wedding at Casa Paloma in Sayulita. If it weren’t for a little incident involving tripping over a dog and perhaps tequila their day couldn’t have been any better. The wonderful Yazmin from Sea of Dreams Weddings put everything together and Naef provided the cocktails and super yummy food. We got together the following week for a “Trash the Dress” session in San Pancho which turned out amazing!

There were these amazing Aztec dancers who blessed the marriage in addition to putting on an incredible display.

From here on down are the “Trash the Dress” session. All were taken in San Pancho which is just five minutes North of Sayulita, but has none of the crowds which is prefect when you are having a photo session!

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  • Lori - Love the pictures. What a beautiful bride and handsome groom! You’re pictures have captured what a beautiful day it truly was!

  • Michele - Your pictures are beautiful. You are a very nice looking couple I must say!!!

  • Andrea - Love the pic that the groom pulling the bride,very cute!!!Awesome job AGAIN!!