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  • Elena Damy designs at Chileno Bay Resort Los Cabos

    I call Elena and Carlos Damy “dream-makers” and the photos below are an attestment to that. Designs imagined by Elena are out of this world, supreme in taste and deep in culture. The designer prepared a wedding ceremony and dinner setup for Chileno Bay Resort in Los Cabos, the new up and coming luxury resort is a fantastic venue to start with, and Elena Damy’s team took it one step further.



    For the ceremony setup they chose a lookout spot facing the sea of Cortez. Designed for a small intimate wedding.



    It featured an assorted mix of chairs and rectangular white ottomans with a delicate patterned cover. At the end of the aisle a wall of lanterns filled with white roses, green lime hydrangeas and foliage.


    For the dinner setup, a square table for eight was set in the middle of the resort’s pool, facing the ocean. The island effect made it for an atmosphere full of wonder which when night fell was expertly illuminated.

    As the table was approached details started to reveal themselves. Chairs were different from each other, a cascade of magenta roses came from the an empty ceiling. Step into the water and you start to see more and more details.

    The centerpiece a marvel of pinks and red ranunculus was surrounded by bulky wooden candlestick and concrete votives, as well as red ranunculus in round glass vases, little purple star-shaped flowers found themselves on the table as if they had rained from the same imaginary sky where the roses were coming from.

    Dinnerware was a fine ivory colored ceramic, delicate and thin with edges perfectly imperfect showcasing the ceramic work, together with copper colored silverware.

    One single Muscari bloom laid over linen napkins which enveloped the menu. Each menu had colorful graphics of papel picado a reference to Mexican culture. The final touch was a unique wooden figurine representing a different animal in colorful and detailed decorative painting.

     

  • 7 pros & cons to do a first look

    7 pros & cons to do a first look

    To have or not to have one is a very personal choice, and I respect my client's wishes 100%. Sometimes it's hard to know if it's worth doing it, so here are 7 pros and cons about it, to help you make an educated decision:

    1 - For starters
    Many of my brides and grooms have expressed that having a first look really took the edge off, since it allowed them one private moment between just the two of them – the only one until very late that night.

    2 - Make it your own
    I've seen couples exchange letters or vows in an intimate manner that was just brilliant and made for pretty sweet natural photos.

    3 - But what about the emotion of walking down the aisle?
    I've also heard from a few grooms that the thrill of seeing their brides coming down the aisle was still there, even though they had seen each other before.

    4 - Wave of Hugs
    Right after the ceremony it’s time for the “waves of hugs” as I like to call it. It’s that awesome congratulatory moment filled with kodak moments, not having to jump to formal portraits right away leaves you time to actually enjoy this. Plus, after the “waves of hugs” comes the…

    5 - Cocktails
    First look will leave time for you to enjoy a portion of the cocktail hour.

    6 - Photos here, photos there: Variety
    A result of opting for a first look is the variation in wedding portraits and a nice little break between taking them, you know, for getting married and stuff. We do a portion of the wedding photos before the ceremony and others during sunset. Images will be made under different light and in different locations (even if you are getting ready and getting married at the same venue!).

    7 - And if I don’t want a 1st look?
    No problem at all. We use the cocktail hour between the end of ceremony and start of the reception for formal and wedding portraits. This also means that I'll be able to start coverage a little later and therefore I'll be staying for the reception a little longer.

     

  • Super Fun Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

    Alice and Peter first met 20 years ago in 7th grade in her front yard. Peter went to a different Jr. High School but they had a mutual friend. Their friend wanted to stop by her house to wish her a happy birthday and brought Peter along. He told her that it was his birthday a few days before hers, and from that instant connection is where their friendship started and years later when they went to the same high school, their love story began.

    It was Alice’s birthday and Peter wanted to take her out to brunch in Downtown LA. The weather that morning was so beautiful that he suggested they drive up the coast to Malibu instead. On their way up PCH, they passed by a few strawberry stands and Alice told Peter that she wanted to stop by on the way home to pick some up. He also suggested that they hang out by the cliffs too since they rarely were out in Malibu. As they were sitting on top of the cliffs, appreciating the view and weather, Peter hands Alice a photo album. In it were a few pictures of them dating back from Jr. High, to High School, to College, to Yuppies; a timeline of photos outlining their relationship. Alice says “As I flip to the last page with a cut out of our heads taped onto a cartoon drawn bride and groom, Peter gets on one knee”. She does not remember what he said, but she does know he did ask “will you marry me?” Alice continues “I definitely did not want a Rachel (from Friends) moment.” Everything seemed unplanned, so she was in shock and absolutely surprised. “We didn’t go home with any strawberries, but we went home engaged. I would say it was a perfect birthday”.


    As they began planning their wedding, they were looking at local venues in Los Angeles. Although there are many amazing wedding venues in LA, the newly-engaged couple always loved the idea of a destination wedding, having been to only one in Hawaii. They entertained the idea after visiting a few venues in LA and decided that it wouldn’t hurt to do some research on destination wedding locations. They particularly looked only at Hawaii, but in their online search, Cabo would pop-up continuously. Neither of them had ever been to Cabo before, but they loved that it was only a 2.5 hour direct flight from LAX and flights looked to be more reasonably priced. They asked friends and family members who had been to Cabo what their thoughts were of the location and not one of them had one bad thing to say.

    With the encouragement and support from their friends and family to have a destination wedding, Alice and Peter had their hearts set on Cabo. Initially, they had plans to make a trip to tour resorts and wedding venues, but it just so happened that one of venues on the top of their list to visit ended up having a last minute opening on the same date they wanted to get married on, and with both of their parents blessings, they scooped it up. The first time they both visited Cabo was a few days before the wedding and the first time they both saw the venue in person was their wedding rehearsal. Alice says “I wouldn’t have changed anything about it. It was perfect!”


    Alice and Peter got married at the stunning Sunset da Monalisa restaurant with breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez, the Cabo San Lucas bay and the Arch. The had 175 guests who flew from all over the continental United States. The color palette the bride picked was blush and gold, which fit perfectly with the theme vintage chic. Flowers were roses in cream, pink and orange.

    Bridesmaid wore Sorella Vitta maxi strappless dresses and were given necklaces with each of their names on it. Groom and groomsmen wore navy blue suits with bow-ties.

    While the bride were a classic mermaid strapless Maggie Sottero wedding gown, an up-do with a single giant white rose smartly done by  Alma Vallejo. She topped that with Jimmy Choos and J Crew asymmetrical necklace.  

    The ceremony was set on the different terraces in different levels on top of the cliffs where Sunset da Monalisa sits, chiavari gold chairs had pink maracas placed on each seat and the processional happened with bridal party coming down and weaving their way down to the last plateau where the officiant was waiting.

    Cocktail hour was at the Tattinger terrace and was followed by the dinner under the main palapa.

    Each table was decorated with golden framed table numbers, candle cups and centerpieces with blooms in cream, pink and orange.

    The guest book table, was particularly lovely. First with a seating chart that had tags line hanging inside vintage suitcases. Than instead of the traditional guestbook, a painting with the map of Mexico, bride and groom’s names and the wedding date, to be signed by everyone. Finally fans were offered to ease the heat of late June. All over there was photos of the couple, flowers and cute signs. Signage was also used at the bar with sassy quotes such as this.

    Bride and groom were set at the sweetheart table, decorated with special linens the bride brought with her and with Mr. and Mrs signs. The cake table had the same textured blush linen and the cake, decorated with pink peonies, was flanked by marquee sign letters with the bride and groom's initials.

    The party got started earlier during dinner, as guests were flocking around tables to the bride and groom. Once the dance floor was opened, cigars rolled and the dancing started in earnest.


  • Tasteful Wedding at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar in Los Cabos


    Hank worked at online advertising sales and Gina did marketing for a software company. Gina says “he called me to sell me advertising, which I didn't end up buying.” and a few months later when he invited her to a happy hour at his company, they hit it off immediately and had their first date a few days later.


    Hank proposed in the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin and San Francisco. They took the Ferry over to Cavallo Point – a beautiful historical hotel at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin side – and hiked up into the headlands from there. Once they reached a hill that has beautiful views of the surroundings “which happened to be called Slacker Hill, ha!” says Gina, Hank dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. Make sure to check this amazing destination wedding photos.

    The couple chose Cabo because they really wanted a low key wedding on the beach, and really liked the vibe of Cabo. Their vision was to have a fun and relaxed long weekend with their closest family and friends and that's really how it turned out! Gina continues “It was also a pretty easy location for most of our guests to get to and the weather is usually very warm and sunny - although we got rain for our wedding!”

    Gina explained that rain has been a part of most of her relatives weddings, as it rained on her mother and sister’s wedding. If not the most desirable element one could wish for during their wedding day, it might just be the good luck charm sent by Cabo to these lovebirds, especially if a regular rainy day is so rare in Cabo.

    Gina and Hank got married on the beach at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar in Los Cabos, Mexico, on October 2015. It was a toes-in-the-sand ceremony while a light drizzle cooled temperatures and a unique setting.

    Bride and groom, along with their families, got ready at the Sheraton, a lovely resort with Mexican colonialist inspired architecture. The bride wore a Nicole Miller dress and loose locks. The couple opted for not having a bridal party, but the bridal room was filled with giggling ladies dropping by and simply hanging out while the bride prepared. Same happened when we dropped by the groom’s room to capture the action. Hank was also surrounded by his best buddies in great spirits.

    The bridal bouquet, designed by Florenta, was comprised of warm toned roses – pink, cream and peach. One single locked was on it, the image of the bride’s beloved father.

    As the day started with heavy clouds in the sky, no one thought that the weather would do anything but open up, as it always does in Cabo. However, as the ceremony time approached, it became clear that the mother nature had something different in store. No matter. When the excitement for this wonderful day is true, there’s no issue to cloud anyone’s hearts.

    Cocktail hour was had under wide umbrellas and were served delicious Mexican treats as ceviche and empanadas. The reception, initially planned for the outdoors was quickly moved inside. Under the expert command of Ileana Reyes and her team at Romantic Cabo Weddings, as well as the promptness of the Sheraton’s staff, everything was under control.

    Place cards were kept simple but elegantly displayed. On the guest-book signing table, portraits of bride and groom’s parents weddings were placed in frames, surrounded by orange and coral colored roses.

    The same tones of flowers were picked for the gorgeous centerpieces, that had dark pink added to the mix. All details were kept simple but yet very elegant, under the color palette of cream, coral and pinks.

    As the night went on, the party got started and the rain finally stopped to everyone’s delight. Between the dance floor and the photobooth, guests had fun under the stars.



    Dress Designer: Nicole Miller

    Groom's Attire: Alton Lane

    Shoe Designer: J.Crew

    Stationery: Bride

    Florals: Florenta Flower Design

    Hair & Makeup: Blanc Bridal Salon

    Music: Teeven

    Venue & Catering: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar

    Cake: Cabo Flowers & Cakes

    Wedding Planning and CoordinationL Romantic Cabo Weddings

     


  • Cocktail & Photos at The Cape Hotel in Cabo

    Cocktail & Photos at The Cape Hotel in Cabo

    What happens when you put together two friends, a camera and cocktails. Carlos came from Brazil to Cabo for vacations and The Cape Hotel was a must see for this graphic designer and architect. Catching up as the sun set, we explored the hotel's modernist lobby before going up to the Rooftop where we sipped signature cocktails. 

  • Fabulous Wedding at Esperanza An Auberge Resort Post

    Suzie and Steve met through a mutual friend and within 10mins of their first date, Suzie had a gut feeling that Steve was the ONE. Steve planned a super romantic getaway trip to San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. They stayed at a charming cottage that had a beautiful wooden porch with sprawling wildflowers. As the sun was setting the couple was getting ready for dinner and when Suzie stepped out on the porch to leave, there was Steve, down on one knee.

    His proposal was romantic, sweet and simple. “He used my full name and asked me to marry him”. Suzie says she was in shock, as she never picked up any signs. He opened the box and there was a light shining brightly on a gorgeous ring.

    “He picked out the ring all by himself. He has excellent taste! I had instant tears of joy and said YES!” and right after accepting his proposal, she asked Steve if he had asked for her father’s permission, to which he answered with a laughter “of course I did”. Suzie has a truly special relationship with her dad, so that was a very important detail to her, and as her better-half, Steve knew all about that.

    Suzie had a very clear vision for her wedding, and wanted it to have a soft elegance that was fun, yet sophisticated. She envisioned sunset with many ivory and blush tones, perfectly opened roses, eucalyptus leaves, rustic wood, sand and waves crashing on the beach.

    The bride wanted the night to be lit with candlelight and fireworks. “I love the way the colors navy and mint mix with the beautiful blues of the ocean”.

    And so what started as a beautiful picture on Suzie’s heart and mind became reality.

    Wedding happened at the Esperanza, an Auberge Resort  in early November to perfect temperatures and spectacular ocean views.

    Wedding invitations were all about soft elegance and sophistication and reflected the colors Suzie envisioned. Checkerboard invitations had a beautiful mix of colors, fonts and luscious paper. Same color palette was used for gift bags and other goodies guests received, as the small burlap bags with an emergency kit for hangovers.
    Light pinks were chosen for the bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets, a profusion of baby white and blush roses and white hydrangeas. Roses were also used in abundance for the ceremony and reception.

    The bridal gown was an Ines Di Santo design named “Elisavet” a strapless piece with ivory Guipire lace with cameo pink underlay. The bridal ensemble was completed by Jimmy Choo’s Ivette silver sandals, Simon G jewelry and the final touch was Grandma Ruby’s vintage bulova watch.


    Bridesmaids wore light blue gowns from the White collection by Vera Wang while makeup and hair was done by the fabulous Suzanne Morel team of Cabo and Charity Dunnam of La Jolla. The getting ready time was filled with giddiness and emotion, from the moment the bride was being dressed until the moment when her grandmother came to place the bulova watch on her wrist and finally when Suzie’s father came to see her for the first time dressed as a bride, carrying Suzie and Steve’s baby Duke in his arms.

    Groom wore a Joseph Abboud dark blue 3 piece suit with same color tie. Groomsmen wore the same, paired with a light blue tie to match bridesmaids dresses. Just before going to the ceremony site at the beach, groom was filled with gifts from the bride, receiving cute nothings like socks in case of “cold feet” and the perfect bridal-groom gift, a book with boudoir photos.

    The ceremony site was at resort’s private beach, composed of a wooden deck, chiavari chairs in similar tones and an arch crowned with roses and eucalyptus leaves done by Cabo Floral. By the pool area and under the shade of palm trees the cocktail hour site was beautiful as well, with a guest table with fantastic details as a bird cage, flanked by hand written signs for seating charts. Lounge seats and bistro sets made for a fabulous cocktail hour for before and after the ceremony.

    The ceremony was magical, close to sunset hour. Bridesmaids and groomsmen came in separately and after mother of the groom and mother of the bride's entrance, came the bride, from the top of a small hill overlooking the scene. Her father gave her away, vows and rings were exchanged throughout laughter and tears of joy.

    After cocktail hour and pictures, bride and groom were welcomed by a pathway of guests with sparklers and had their first dance at the beginning of reception. On the outdoor patio of Esperanza’s Cocina del Mar the reception was filled with candle light, roses and hydrangeas, crystal chandeliers and custom made menus. Also on tables were blush colored table runners with sequins, for a personal touch over regular linens.


    Each place set had two glass hearts, traditional Mexican craftsmanship, each to fit the palm of ones hand. These unique pieces were given to each guest with beautiful and delicate fabric wrapping and the words “thank you, from out hearts”. Wedding design was done by Linens, Things and More by Suzanne Morel.

    Bride and groom set at a sweetheart table framed with single roses and many candles, as well as chiavari chairs decorated with interlacing white fabric.

    At the end of dinner, fireworks exploded to the surprise and delight of guests and kickstarted the party. First the emotional parents dance, special and sweet, brought tears to everyone’s eyes.

    Sweet Dreams Cabo produced a three tiered cake and the bride surprised the groom with a special San Francisco 49rs groom’s cake.

    The dance area was made truly special by more candle light this time mixed with colored light to set the mood and had a Photo Booth and cigars as well as great tunes by DJ Teeven at the fabric wrapped dance floor.

    When asked why they decided to get married in Los Cabos, Suzie simply answered that she loves the sea of Cortez for its brilliance and colors. She had been to Esperanza with Steve before and that’s when she fell in love with Cabo. “The Sea of Cortez and of course Esperanza!” she said “It became one of my favorite spots in the world. To me it’s heaven and I couldn’t think of a better place to begin our lives together”. Neither can we.

    Dress Designer: Ines Di Santo "Elisavet"  

    Groom's Attire: Joseph Abboud 

    Jewelry Designer: Simon G 

    Bridesmaids Dresses: White by Vera Wang 

    Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo

    Stationary: Checkerboard 

    Florals: Cabo Floral Studio 

    Hair & Makeup: Suzanne Morel of Cabo & Charity Dunnam of La Jolla

    Music (DJ or group): Teeven 

    Catering: Esperanza Resort

    Cake: Sweet Dreams Cabo 

    Video: Leonardo Batis landsendfilms.com

    Decor: Linens, Things and More by Suzanne Morel 

  • A Trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica

    For this year's summer trip my husband and I chose to go to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. He was going back after 10 years while it was my first time. I had never been to Central America and had little expectations as I believe this to be the best way to start any journey, with an open mind. Among other reasons, visiting our friend Manuel was on top of the list. We met in Los Cabos a couple of years back and he currently lives in San Juan Del Sur, a small town and backpacker's destination at the South of Nicaragua's Pacific coast. Along with us came two good friends, Fernel and Raul and documenting these people's experiences and our destinations was my personal project of 2016. What better way to travel but photographing your way around and the people who make the journey unique?

    Enjoy.

    We flew in to San Jose, Costa Rica where we stayed at a very unique AirBnB, the Palacio Real.

    Above: Our travel companions trying on hats. Next: A day exploring downtown San Jose, where we lunched Patacones and Gallo pinto, checked the Teatro Nacional, ate some local fruit and hang out at the main square.

    A night bus to the border and we crossed on foot into Nicaragua. Backpackers and adventure honeymooners were crossing the border in the midst of locals selling forms and currency, while migrants from Haiti, Cuba and Africa stayed put on makeshift camps at Peñas Blancas on the Costa Rican side.  

    San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, where we met our friend Manuel, owner and chef at La Catrina Restaurant, just in time for a cold Toña, perfect for the hot weather. Once we here it was time to kick off our shoes, relax and rest. We stayed at a local surfer's house gave us a little insight into life here.

    Food in Nicaragua is simple and fresh. The many ex-pats that live in San Juan bring their influences opening up an array of food options. Cafe Mediteraneo for instance is owned and managed by an Italian who has some serious coffee skills and does justice to local beans. 

    Playa Maderas is one of the closest surf spots, 30mins on a rough dirt road north of San Juan del Sur. It was also our first glimpse into the volcanic landscape that forms much of the Pacific coast of Central America. Nicaragua alone has 28 volcanos and the result of thousands of years of volcano and tectonic activity resulted in unique rocky formations.

    Next stop: Ometepe Island.

    Storms are no joke in this region. Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America let's us see storms coming in all directions, like this one rambling south. The lake also forms a natural wind corridor, hence the wind power farms located at its western shores. This tunnel guarantees constant offshore winds on the Pacific Coast, creating constant good surf conditions and making this one of the best surfing destinations in Latin America. 

    Ometepe Island is formed by two volcanos: Concepción and Maderas. We decided to stay by Maderas, less active and smaller. In the middle of the luscious jungle sits the permaculture farm Zopilote, where lodging have thatched roofs and open windows (with mosquito nets).

    Time to explore. 

    First stop: Ojo de Agua natural spring pool filled with crystal clear water from an underground river that comes from volcano Maderas.

    Altagracia, the capital of the Island.

    Back to the mainland.

    Next: Granada. A couple of days here to see this lovely town that is exactly what one would imagine when thinking Nicaragua. Colorful facades, Spanish influences and a great base to see the surroundings, including lake Apoyo, Managua and the quite active Volcan Masaya.

    To see the active volcano upclose we needed a tour. Up on a shuttle we go at night and are allowed to stay at the volcano's mouth for 15 minutes. We were lucky to be there at a time when the magma chamber had come up and standing on the tip of our toes, we could see it bubbling below. Worth it? Hell yeah. 

    Here we bid farewell to our companions and move on to Popoyo beach, Nicaragua.

    No waves, no problem. As we patiently wait for better surf conditions for Gus to surf, we take this time to disconnect and enjoy the views and insane sunsets.

    Thank you, Nicaragua. It has been a pleasure. Next: Arenal and Guanacaste in Costa Rica. On the road we stopped at this restaurant in someone's living room. 

    We come to a close when reaching Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste region. In spite of being a pretty touristy destination it is charming. Surrounding Tamarindo there is what feels like an infinity amount of beaches, one nicer than the last. And while the waves don't get better we explore all that Guanacaste has to show. 

  • Perfect Traditional Mexican Wedding at Cabo del Sol

    What an amazing wedding this was. It was the perfect match of traditional and modern, rustic and elegance, dreams and realization.

    It all started when Veronica and Raul met, the classic way of our generation, at a bar. “Guess you really can find the man of your dreams at your local watering hole” said the bride. In April 2014, Raul took Vero to the Bodega Bay Heard trail in Northern California, bent down on one knee and proposed. Being on the land’s edge overlooking the Pacific Ocean made the moment even more precious.

    The wedding festivities began with a welcome dinner for all guests at The Sand Bar restaurant on Medano Beach. Bride and groom smartly hosted tacos and beer dinner on the beach and during sunset each guest lit and sent off a wish lantern over the Sea of Cortez. Each lantern had special wish for the happy couple.

    The wedding day was perfect. The day started off at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar.  “What an amazing hotel!” describes Veronica “It’s as close as you can get to feeling like you’re in old colonial Mexico yet nestled on the Los Cabos Corridor". Their group coordinator Fabiola Diaz was fabulous, making sure all of the guests were doing well and that bride and groom had everything they needed.


    Sheraton Hacienda del Mar and its colonial architecture.

    The morning of the wedding the bridal party was transported to the Cabo del Sol Clubhouse where they got ready for the day in the clubhouse locker rooms.


    The Locker Room at Cabo del Sol.


    Luz Maria Cabo del Sol’s coordinator was amazing as she helped the wedding party to get settled and made sure her staff was was there for anything they needed. A horse and
    carriage with two Charros (mexican traditional horseman) awaited the bride and her father to take them to the Hacienda del Mar chapel where the Catholic Ceremony was held.


    Traditional mexican Charros and the wedding carriage.

    Bride and groom are both Mexican-American and her dream was always to get married in Mexico, like her parents did. Veronica said “In essence I wanted to recreate my parents wedding that happened 45 years ago. We chose to have a traditional Mexican Catholic Wedding with our siblings as the 4 padrinos”. Padrinos are patrons, groomsmen and bridesmaids who have a participatory role during the wedding ceremony. Padrinos de Velación, Padrinos de Arras, Padrinos de Rosario and Padrinos de Biblia each came forward to hold the traditional blessings: the coin, the rope, the bible and the rosary blessing. “It was everything that my parents had and we were able to bring our family back to Mexico and back to our roots.


    The padrinos.

    Following the ceremony, guests were transported back to Cabo del Sol where they enjoyed the cocktail hour at sunset and Mariachi band, traditionally dressed in all white, played and sang.


    Mariachi Cabo group, played during cocktail hour.


    Cabo del Sol Clubhouse, where reception was held.

    Dinner was held at the Cabo del Sol Clubhouse followed by a night of tequila shots and dancing! The bride continues “It was truly a dream come true!”. The bride also gushed about their wonderful wedding planner Christina Mattos and here team at Cabo Beach Weddings “she made sure everything went as planned and exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t have done it without her!”

    See this Cabo wedding photography gallery for a detailed visual description of this beautiful wedding.


    Dress Designer: Enzoani |Name of Dress:  Dakota | Groom's Attire:  Calvine Klein Charcoal Suit, Silver David Donahue Tie | Bridal Jewelry Designer: Nadri | Groom's band designer: Furrer Jacot | Bridesmaids Dresses:  Monique Lhullier (blush) | Bridal Shoe Designer:  Badgley Mischka ‘Landmark’ | Groom Shoe Designer: Gordon Rush ‘Lee Derby’ | Stationary: Serendipty Beyond Design | Florals:  Baja Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Blanc Bridal | Music (DJ or group):  Mariachi Cabo and Alex DJ Cabo Events | Catering:  Cabo Del Sol | Cake: Cabo Flowers & Cakes | Wedding Ceremony Venue:  Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Chapel | Reception Venue: Cabo Del Sol Clubhouse | Wedding Planner:  Christina Mattos with Cabo Beach Weddings | Wedding Design and Style:  Mexican Rustic Chic

  • My Photography Roots



    I unlearned photography the day I learned it.

    Sounds weird, but it’s true. I started to play with a camera during high-school. It was my older brother Bruno, a then architecture student, who found our dad’s Olympus OM-10. It took me just a few days to snatch it from him and hog it. Hog it so much I never really put it down for much of my early twenties – ironically until I started to work with photography.

    During those years I just had my camera with me all the time. And was inspired by everything (read here a lot of photos of my own feet) and once in college was immersed in a stimulating environment and surrounded by people who challenged me.


    Mickey and Wagner with my dad's projector, circa 1999.

    I went to the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sao Paulo, known as FAU. This is a school that celebrates interdisciplinarity, has departments such as history, technology and graphic design and prides itself in alumni that went to work with anything from pixels to city blocks. My immediate world was my main subject of interest and as such came out in roll after roll of 35mm film.

    Luiz at FAU's building in Sao Paulo, circa 2001

    During those days it was all about going against what was the “right way” to shoot, mainly because I had no idea on how to do that and really no patience to learn it properly. I liked to push films, get them disgustingly grainy, cross processed a lot of my frames into borderline psychedelic images, used films that had passed their validation.


    Clau at the beach, circa 2004.

    I think that between getting a digital DSLR and working with photography in earnest changed my focus (yep, pun intended) into commercial photography and away from the experimental stuff. It was much like growing up, I got serious about it and got into learning and now perfecting my technique. My aesthetics sense never changed that much, just moved on and developed, matured.

    During all this time, I bounced into other fields of visual arts. I could not decide what to do so I just went with the flow, and that proved to work great for me. After years of trying to fit myself into a carrier, I embraced being into a bunch of different stuff. Hurray interdisciplinarity!

    Graphic design, photography, illustration is all visual. Whatever it is that tells a story and relays into imagery even if in your own mind, is all inspiring and fascinating. Add to that music, books, films, travels, tv shows it all feeds my imagination. 

    Photography is my tool of choice to contribute to the visual world that inspires me. My love for it runs deep and with it I have a solid and old relationship. It is rooted on a no-nonsense approach to imagery and enriched by the people I had the pleasure to meet and the places I had the pleasure to visit. It has been kind to me, nurtured my imagination and allowed me to understand the world by simply looking at it.

     Woman in the Pool, circa 2005.

    In that spirit I started to feed my personal instagram account again @annagomesphone, the one not usually reserved for weddings and structure work. And figured taking a look back at what I was seeing 15 years ago could make for a fun ride. So this past month I’ve been working on the B-side of my photos. The B-side or the flip-side is the reverse side of a phonograph record, a secondary recording that has a history of its own and was often reserved for experimenting with instruments and so it’s my intent with my own work and instruments.

  • Getting Ready to Be Married!

    So many brides‬ have dreamed of this day for a long time and the‪ getting ready‬ is the very last moment before it finally happens. It's so exciting to capture these special moments, they are full of giddiness, joy and anticipation. Here are some of our favorite bridal getting ready shots from lasts years.