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Evan and Meagan made the second half of their Trash the Dress Riviera Maya.  We started their session in the cute town of Playa del Carmen that is abundant with colorful shops and fluttering flags.  After some time wandering the markets we hopped back in our cab and went to Evan and Meagan’s resort Barcelo Maya Beach in Riviera Maya to complete the day.  The Barcelo resort has a beautiful private beaches for its customers that we would be crazy not to take advantage of.  On our way down to the beach Meagan and Evan took a little detour and jumped into one of the resort’s swimming pools in their tux and wedding dress.  In the planning stages of Evan and Meagan’s destination wedding they knew that they wanted to include a trash the dress session into their stay so Meagan brought a second wedding dress.  This way her long mermaid cut wedding dress would stay pristine and she could have fun in her shorter dress without having to worry.  Once they were wet there were a number of great spots on the Barcelo property for romantic photos. The employees were even nice enough to keep the kids water park running for us so that Evan and Meagan could enjoy it.  This day was finally a wrap with some epic portraits of Evan and Meagan in the teal tropical ocean.  A big thanks to Evan and Meagan for getting wet and for going along with some of Brett’s wild ideas.

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Evan and Meagan opted for a destination wedding in beautiful Mexico so what better way to kick of the rest of their trip than with a trash the dress Playa del Carmen style.  A couple days after their wedding ceremony the four of us piled into a cab and headed to the cute town of Playa del Carmen.  We were immediately surrounded by colorful markets selling everything a tourist could desire.  We loved all of the colorful flags draped high across the market place and the cobblestone walkways.  It wasn’t long before we happened upon a fun modern hotel in the middle of town and the people running it were more than happy for us to come up and shoot.  We truly appreciated how friendly everyone we encountered in town was and it wouldn’t have been a proper day in such a fun little place without a stop for margaritas.  Evan and Meagan’s Playa del Carmen trash the dress was a fantastic day and we are so excited for these love birds.  Stay tuned for part 2 of their trash the dress session.

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Some call it a Trash the Dress we prefer the term Rock the Dress because most of the time your not destroying the dress or getting it any dirtier than it did on the wedding day.  When we do a destination wedding something we like to work into the weekend is a Rock the Dress the day after the wedding.  Most of the time we prescout amazing locations, the Bride  has the opportunity to put her dress back on for one more day and the groom might wear his wedding day formals or dress a little more comfortably and we head out for some truly incredible portraits.

Andrea and Trent destinationed to Nebraska for a beautiful barn wedding and the next day we hit up Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha for some fun portraits. Dont’ let the name deceive you it’s, a lovely little stream way surrounded by trees and banks of grass.

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One of the things we love about working with Chad and Jenna is how unique and daring  a couple they are.  A little over a year ago they had us lowly San Diego wedding photographers travel with them to shoot their romantic and truly amazing engagement shoot at the Havasupai Waterfalls in the Grand Canyon.  Here we all are a year later and this wonderful couple asked us to create one of the most amazing Trash the Dress sessions we have done thus far.   We joined them the day following their beautiful backyard wedding ceremony outside of Phoenix Arizona. The four of us caravanned our way back to San Diego where they were they were to be Honeymooning.  Along the route we stopped at Junkyards in Gila bend, abandoned Hotels, roads leading to nowhere, enormous stacks of hay bales, and ended our photo adventure at the Buttercup Sand Dunes just outside of Yuma Arizona.  These two gave us an entire day of in and out of the car and were up for anything.

“Want to explore these old busses?”  Sure!

“Want a leg up onto those hay bales?”  Sure!

“Lets head up to the top of those dunes”  You bet!

“Quick run after that train!”

And they were so happy to do it all.  This was one of those shoots where everything went right and mother nature gave us everything we needed.  Enjoy

In Gila Bend we were fortunate enough to make friends with the nice owners of a junk yard.  Not only did they allow us to climb around in their old busses and snap away photos but they pulled out their classic 1955 Chevy Bel Air just for Chad and Jenna.
Classic cars just seem to add this extra romance to any photo shoot, especially when it’s a pink convertible.
It is hard to choose a favorite moment or location from this Trash the Dress but I would have to say that the Imperial Sand Dunes might just win out.“Race ya!”

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