The unofficial wedding photographer

Tere, the Bride fixing the last details of her wedding while getting her hair done, minutes away from the ceremony, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx, 2012

There are plenty of things to say about the world of weddings, from the location of the wedding in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum (there is always something nie about the place) to the culinary art, the decoration and design that creates the atmosphere, the music, the fashion…etc. Here is some of what I see in them particularly.

Weddings are a very important ocassion in the life of many, I have recently begun to attend some of them and I have to confess that it is a new thing for me; the wedding scene was not my scene at all.

I didn’t know much about them but the more chances I get to work in them, the more I like them. They have opened a new world of creative posibilites for me and I love that!

I love the fact that weddings are about what really makes us human, they are about the intangible things that separate us from the rest of the world. To me, they transcend the arrangements of a beautiful party and become about our capacity to truly love another person. You can see it with fathers giving away their daughters, mothers walking proudly in the arms of their sons, you can really witness how they transform walking down that aisle that turns them into men and women ready to form their own family, to fly with their own wings.

It is about the laughter of cousins, the warm embrace of friends, the adventure it represents for children, the music that vibrates in the air, the tears that join the ocean in the white sand beach, the jokes between siblings, the radiant glance of the couple, the flying best men and the spark of the maids of honor.

I love it and enjoy it so much that I want to share what it inspires me to do. That and my love for photography as well as my eager need to document what goes on around me gave birth to….”The Unofficial Wedding Photographer”

This is the first of a series of photos that I named after shooting the “backstage” or the “extra pictures” of a wedding. Normally couples hire a professional photographer to take their pictures and while they do a very good job, this is a different perspective, I focus more on the making of the moments, the details that go unnoticed, I turn my camera where nobody else is looking, holding on to those moments that reflect the true emotion and personality of family, friends and of course  the couple. But most of all, with my passion for journalism I find it exciting to document  the wedding 😀

This is the story of Jon and Tere, he is an “aussie” who fell for a mexican woman, they lived in world apart, miles and miles away from each other and they met because they had to.

“and then I met this mexican girl  he said while reading his vows that he knew when it all changed for him “and then I met this beautiful mexican girl and I learned what a beautiful person she is, and I knew she was the one” said Jon while reading his vows looking sincerely into Tere’s eyes, she was glancing back, trying not to cry. They married in Akumal, a very small and secluded beachside town near Tulum, Quintana Roo in beautiful Mexico. With the turqouise ocean in the background and white sand beaches at their feet, they held a wonderful wedding on a sunset in April, 2012.

Tere, the Beautiful Bride getting ready. Akumal, Q.Roo. Mx. 2012

Tere, the Bride during her make up session, smiling while her bridesmaids mention Jon , minutes away from joining her life with him, Akumal, Q.Roo. Mx, 2012

Tere and Jon, stealing another “you may kiss the bride” after the ceremony, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx, 2012
A kiss that will last forever, Tere and Jon as husband and wife, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx
The couple kissing while they are being filmed by Oscar Video, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx
Tere staring at her husband and having fun while Jon poses for the photographer, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx 
 The couple kissing with an impressive sunset and pink sky above, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx
Tere walking towards his husband while shooting their video, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx
The detail on the bride’s dress shining at sunset while the professional videographer shoots a scene on the background, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx
The couple walking towards the reception after their photo shoot, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx
Details on the bride’s veil and earrings, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx
The Bride’s entrance, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx
Jon, grasping for air trying to explain what Tere means to him, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
The best men and bridesmaids posing with the couple, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
The guys messing around for the picture, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
The Girls, getting ready for their picture, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
Moments before the ceremony, spreading the joy, Akumal. QRoo, Mx
The Girls giving away kisses for the camera, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
Elia Rodriguez, Tere’s bridesmaid, the joy of the party and the artistic soul, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
Floating on the sand, one of the bridesmaids runs to catch the first kiss picture, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
The beautiful ladies posing with the groom’s brother, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
The ladies helping each other secure their dresses and wings, Akumal, QRoo,Mx
The authentic smile and hapiness of a friend at her girl’s wedding, Akumal, QRoo,Mx
A wedding guest, lingering under the sun, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
A guest with an interesting message in his fashion choice,  a sparkling sight under the caribbean sun, Akumal, QRoo,Mx
The shining new tattoo on the bridesmaid back, she’s got wings of her own, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
Behind the scenes of the wedding video “Getting Ready”, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
The Fairy Bridesmaids, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
The Girls Fairy tale in opposite color, Akumal, QRoo. Mx
Fairy Bridesmaids in neon blue, Akumal, QRoo, Mx
The Bride getting her hair styled while the fairy bridesmaids pose for a picture at Jon and Tere’s wedding, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

by: Kristina Guerrero


7 thoughts on “The unofficial wedding photographer

    1. Elia Rodriguez

      Sensitive work Kristina. And the words of your preamble pure poetry, An artist in every sense of the word. Thank you for bringing this dimension to a beautiful moment.


  1. Teresa Herrera

    OMG Kristina!!! Can’t find the words to describe how much this means to me!!! Thank you sooo much for been a part of this beautiful moment and for taking the time to write our story with your amazing words and pictures!! We really apreciate it!!! You Rock and the perrys klan sends You tons of hugs and kisses!! ❤

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