May 24, 2019

Manuela + Philip | Tulum Wedding at NEST Tulum Beach Hotel

Oh, Tulum. It had been a little over a year since I shot Celbi + Gabe’s wedding in this magical place. I was both excited and nervous to go back. Excited to meet Manuela + Philip and document their day, but nervous because I’ve felt a lot of pressure since that first Tulum wedding. After it won Junebug Wedding’s 2018 Best Wedding, things kind of blew up. All the vendors knew my name — and I got asked about Tulum all. the. time. Even though I’m definitely no Tulum expert. And still hardly able to accept that a wedding I shot was even up for such an award in the first place.

But as soon as I met these two, I was in the zone. I realized that there was no pressure to re-do what had already been done there. We were creating new magic.

I was inspired by Manuela’s beauty and fire. This poem was something I jotted down while editing her “getting ready” photos:

there’s something glorious
about a woman
who is both
elegance and fire
at the same damn time.

And Philip balanced her out just perfectly. See for yourself…

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