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In part one of Ashley and Jeff’s kick ass bash which you can see here I covered the basics: good friends and amazing place. The next step is easy.

Step 4: Be madly in love. These two are insane for each other and it shows in the images. It is so easy to do my job when I get two people who are head over heels excited that they are about to spend the rest of their lives together. It doesn’t matter what you look like or really even what you wear, if you are in love your photos will be amazing.

Step 5: Include your own personal touches, but don’t go crazy on the details. Like I said before, it’s about you, not the details. The flowers on the tables were picked from around Verana’s property and the hand cut felt garlands and napkins were all DIY.

Step 6: Kick back and throw down. The last and finally best part of throwing a destination wedding is the party and these guys brought it. They also brought 30 neon glowing foamy things and crazy glow in the dark laser glasses and that never hurts.

At the end of it all you want to remember this as your absolute most amazing incredible best day ever and that starts with being in the moment. I send out a final consultation form to all of my clients a few weeks before their wedding and I think Ashley’s sums up why I really am in love with my clients.

“I can’t say I have any expectation of how the flowers or photography or anything should look for that matter. The less I care, the better the day will be for me and my handsome man! I have seen too many brides sweat the small stuff, and I have to remind myself that the reason we are celebrating this event at Verana is to move away from many of those little details that often are overlooked anyways. We hope the photography brings out the joy in us and our guests. That is my only wish. I love your candid and unexpected shots. That’s why we love your work! Please feel free to get to know the guests–be one of our guests. We want everyone to enjoy the day, just as much as us.

Thank you for being a part of our day. SHINE BRIGHT, always ;)”

Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico

 

 

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  • Sarah - I am in love with your work! These are absolutely amazing. The combination of fine art portraits and documentary style candids really blows me away. I don’t think I’ve seen another photographer out there that shoots like you and believe me I’ve seen a ton! Kudos to the great work!

I always tell people how lucky I am because I am able to make a living doing the thing I love most in the place I love most (not to mention being invited to travel to insanely beautiful places all over), but what really makes my job amazing are the incredible people I get the chance to document. Whether in Mexico or abroad the clients that I work with only have one thing in mind… love. More than the love they have for each other it’s about the love they have for their family and friends. That’s where a destination wedding comes in. As the time ran out on my brother’s wedding a few years ago I heard myself saying, that’s it? It’s all over? All of the planning and rehearsing, not to mention money, was for eight measly hours of celebration? A destination wedding takes that 8 hours and multiplies it by 3, 4, and sometimes 5 days. Five days full of the most important people in your lives. Five days of your best friends from all over getting the chance to hang out together. Five days of laughter, tears, stories, and memories. It is here we start the list of how to throw a kick ass destination wedding.

Step 1: Find the perfect location. In Ashley and Jeff’s case it was the Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico. Accessible only by boat Yelapa is a teeny fishing village just south of Yelapa. It’s where we go to relax when we need to get away from our very own little village so that says a lot. Verana is a handful of impecably designed casitas perfect for spending a week with your favorite people.

Step 2: Invite your favorite people. The second best thing about a destination wedding is it allows you to invite only the creme de la creme. 600 guests? No thanks. 50 of your closest friends and family? Yes please.

Step 3: Have a welcome party or in Ashley and Jeff’s case a pool party. Get everybody together and start the weekend off right. You invited this people for a reason and it’s even more fun getting those you love to know all the others who you love just as much.

Along the way don’t forget why you are doing this. It’s not about the details (although when you take a look at their custom towels with their awesome logo you might think otherwise), it’s about the time you get to spend with each other and your loved ones. That being said you don’t have to put in a ton of effort to get gorgeous details. Stay tuned for Ashley and Jeff’s minimal, but beautifully designed details when their kick ass wedding continues tomorrow.

Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell at Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico
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Andrea and Patrick were my last in a line of weddings on the east coast and they did not disappoint. I met Andrea years ago through one of my loveliest friends Erin and when I shot Erin’s wedding in South Carolina it was only natural that I would document Andrea and Patrick when they announced their engagement. They chose the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA (insanely beautiful) and in a strange turn of events growing up there was a photo of my father hanging in our home of him in the 60’s at the same estate. I didn’t know this until after, however, otherwise I would have definitely reimagined said image with myself as the subject.

This wedding is also being featured on Style Me Pretty. Head over there to see all of the gorgeous details that went into their day.

Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
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Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Massachusetts Wedding
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Massachusetts Wedding
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
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Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Massachusetts Wedding
Crane Estate Massachusetts Wedding
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Crane Estate Wedding in Ipswich, Massachusetts with wedding photography by Jillian Mitchell
Andrea and Patrick were my last in a line of weddings on the east coast and they did not disappoint. I
Andrea and Patrick were my last in a line of weddings on the east coast and they did not disappoint. I
Andrea and Patrick were my last in a line of weddings on the east coast and they did not disappoint. I
Andrea and Patrick were my last in a line of weddings on the east coast and they did not disappoint. I

Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Floral Design: Lilac And Lily Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Made By Groom | Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jcrew | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen’s Attire: J. Crew

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Destination Luxury New Years Eve Wedding Sayulita, Mexico

Liz and Chris chose the biggest day of the year to celebrate their love, New Years Eve. For the first time in the eight years that I’ve lived here we had rain in December. Christmas Eve until the third of January it rained every, single day and needless to say when New Years Eve came around I was crossing both fingers and toes to try and hold it off. Of course that didn’t help and mother nature did open up on us, but luckily it wasn’t until after the ceremony and just added to the craziness of the evening. The one and only Flashdance was on hand to provide the tunes and seriously to all still searching brides and grooms, if you’re looking for the best dance party maker in the business this guy is where it’s at.

This wedding is also being featured in the most recent issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine which is a great resource for anyone planning a destination wedding. Pick up a copy and check out their gorgeous wedding!

Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Sayulita Mexico Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell
Sayulita Mexico Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Sayulita Mexico Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell
Sayulita Mexico Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell
Sayulita Mexico Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell
Sayulita Mexico Destination Wedding Photography by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell
Destination Wedding Photography Sayulita Mexico by Jillian Mitchell

Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Dress: Rivini | Suit: Banana Republic | Suspenders: Groom’s own design | Floral/Event Design & Planning: Playa Bliss Weddings | Ceremony/Reception Location: Villa del Oso | Catering: Plush Catering | DJ: The Flashdance

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