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The wedding day in Tulum, just south of Cancun, was warm but the wind was blustery.

And despite that, Lara and Whitey had a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends from all over, including Whitey’s family from the great state of Wisconsin! Being a fellow Badger didn’t hurt.

Flying in on Friday was easy — a direct flight in from LAX — and then about an hour south to Tulum.  I did get my own version of the “mordida” or bite from a local gendarme.  Speeding.  And my Spanish is enough to be dangerous.  Fortunately the $75 in my wallet seemed to take care of the “fine.”  Oh well, live and learn and don’t speed in Mexico.

It was a fun rehearsal gathering later that night as well, and included a pinata for the young ones (Whitey’s two little boys and a couple other younger kids).

The morning of the wedding was distinctive for the area — most grooms in America probably don’t start their wedding day by a 15 foot jump into a cenote, with the groomsmen, the bride’s dad and other male friends.  As a photographer, it was just an incredible scene and so glad to have been there to photograph.  I’m also glad that no one was injured on that jump or any subsequent ones.

Lara, who is a wonderful florist in Boulder, was back at the resort with her bridesmaids and they crafted the bouquets and floral arrangements the morning of the day.  Lara handled it with grace as the wedding time grew close, and then had her makeup done by her friend Eileen.

I loved the light coming through the windows in the cabins where Lara and Whitey got ready.

The ceremony took place as the wind kicked up and the light was fading, and very cool.  The ceremony was relaxed and emotional — I loved the photograph of them as they held each other right after the traditional kiss.  There was just this wonderful feeling that was at the beach.

We completed some relaxed portraits on the beach as the light faded, and then headed off to the cocktail hour, and then the dinner.

And after the dinner, the party continued to another building for music and dancing.

It was a great day  — one that started with a group breakfast and continued into the night — and was full of smiles, great energy and much love.