Christina and Dermot are artists living in Brooklyn. Christina a clothing designer focusing on minimalistic, sustainable pieces and Dermot a graphic designer and illustrator. They are magically tuned-in and low-key at the same time.
We first met in the winter for their engagement photos. We walked around Chelsea Market, snapping along the way and through the High Line, braving the cold and frolicking between the tourists. We hit it off! Some months later, they were deep in the planning phase for their ceremony in Sayulita, Mexico and had orchestrated a New York City Hall wedding for those who would be unable to make it to Mexico. We met early in the morning and walked around the Civic Center area of Lower Manhattan finding high light, long shadows, and grand backgrounds. Close family and friends united to celebrate their union and for those of us awaiting Mexico, we got to packing our sunscreen.
Destination wedding time…
October in Sayulita is hot and humid. The couple prepared their guests with a survival kit of homemade bug repellent, hair, and skin oil and other personally-branded accouterments. Being the design-focused couple they are, their wedding was immaculately thought out, so much so that a last-minute mishap with their planned venue didn’t hold them back. Plan B was quickly put into place, seamlessly and perfectly.
Christina began her day in hair and makeup, her self-designed one-of-a-kind dress lay awaiting its grand unveiling. Dermot and his closest friends spent their morning high up above Sayulita, looking out over the blue horizon and the color-speckled hills of this iconic small town, drinking Tecate. By this time I was already drenched. Running between the bride and groom via golf cart, driving family around and weighed down with 2 digital cameras, a Fuji Instax camera and my Minolta 8mm cam (check out the short film here), but when we finally arrived at Teitiare Estate I was blown away. I could not have imagined a more picturesque and perfect private estate and beach for these two savvy lovebirds to say “I do” and dance the night away.
They shared their nuptials amid the rocks, nearly touching the sea and the celebration began at magic hour with a confetti bomb; we shot portraits until the sun hit the horizon. The candlelit dinner was held on the lawn at a long table underneath wicker lanterns. After dinner, the party moved back to the sand for dancing and midnight sparklers.
I’m ready to go back…
This wedding is forever etched in my mind as one of my favorites. Not only because I love Sayulita, that every detail was considered or because I was able to shoot most of their day barefoot, but because I was able to be part of their process from beginning to end. It was truly an honor. And worth all of the sweat and sand in my lenses!