Kelly and Michael’s wedding almost didn’t happen. The hurricane of the century (or so we were told) was barreling towards Puerto Vallarta as a category five hurricane, the strongest in history supposedly. The couple and their friends and family were evacuated to a hotel more inland and I meanwhile was trying to figure out how to get home from a wedding in Santa Barbara with the airport closed and everything in major disarray. I was able to fly into Guadalajara and from there rented a car and drove to San Pancho despite all everyone telling me otherwise. After growing up in Massachusetts during hurricanes and winter storms you learn quickly what you can and can’t do and I knew that driving through the mountains would be fine. Turns out I was because once the Hurricane Sandy hit land it immediately diminished in strength and all we got was a little bit of wind and barely any rain. Puerto Vallarta Luxury Wedding
The next day was beautiful and sunny with blue skies and barely a cloud out. The business owners in Vallarta were taking down the plywood and tape as I drove through and down to La Mansion which is south of the city. It turned out to be an incredible day without a single drop of rain. It just goes to show you how fickle our weather is, but also how lucky we are to be in the bay surrounded by mountains. In the ten years that I’ve been here we’ve never been hit by a major hurricane. Knock. On. Wood.
Their wedding was also featured in this month’s Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine. You can check spread above along with my favorites from the day below.
Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Event Planning: Talbot Ross | Venue: La Mansion | Dress: Christos | Suit: The Black Tux | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Floral: Talbot Ross | Bridesmaids: Rory Beca | Stationary: Cheree Berry Paper