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Destination Wedding Photographer | Mike & Alaina’s Fiesta Americana Wedding

Destination Wedding Photographer

Mike & Alaina’s Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta Wedding 

Calgary Destination Wedding Photographers

Red Bloom Photography

I am so excited to share my first wedding of 2017 and what a way to start off my year!!

I headed down just a few weeks ago to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with these two and their

closest friends and family for their intimate beach wedding. Mike & Alaina got married at

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta and what I loved about this hotel is that it isn’t

a mega structure giant hotel like all the other Mexican hotels that I have stayed at. It

was smaller and had the best food and staff ever. Every single day at the pool our

waiters remembered us and were so friendly and gave fun and good service.

What I loved more then this hotel was having the pleasure to spend a week with

amazing friendly people. There is something extra special about destination weddings.

I think it is the connection of everyone traveling so far to get there and being together

for the whole week. Everyday at the pool they had a section together and they

were all laughing and drinking together!

With destination weddings I like to timeline the day with my couples. The reason is that

the resorts like to put the ceremony quite late and that doesn’t leave alot of time for

photos. This is why alot of couples do Rock the Dress sessions, but Mike and Alaina

preferred to do all their photos on the wedding day. So what we did is we planned the

day to capture some of the photos before the ceremony. So with careful planning and

making sure the bride and groom didn’t see each other we did part of the photos.

First I took Mike and the groomsmen for a bit and then Alaina and the bridesmaids

for a bit. We mostly tried to stay in the shade so they don’t get too sweaty but lets

face it, it was 29 degrees so there was some sweating ha ha.  After their beautiful

beach ceremony we finished off their photos with that golden sunset that you get over

the ocean on the PV side.  Having shot on both sides of Mexico I can’t pick a favorite,

they both have such different skies at sunset.  Their reception was full of great speeches and an

amazing dance!!!  Their DJ had the best lighting set up that I have ever seen. Love their

dance photos. Such a party…i was shaking along with them while I took photos. ha ha

Alright enough blabbing from me. Here are some words from the bride & groom

How did the two of you meet?
We met through mutual friends at the Drum and Monkey Pub in Calgary. A few hang outs turned into dates,
which turned into our now happy family!

What made you decide to do a destination wedding?
We are both beach people and love the ocean! But honestly, when the day came that we started talking

about marriage, we both had the same idea of having destination wedding. Not only did we

like the idea of saying our ‘I do’s’ while listening to the waves of the ocean, We liked the fact

that all of our guests get a holiday and that both sides of the family (some of who had not met until Mexico)

were able to spend a whole week getting to know each other. This meant a lot to us. It’s not every day that

all of our favorite people are in one place!

Why did you pick Fiesta Americana?

Growing up, Mike vacationed with his family in Puerto Vallarta and he shares

many fun memories in this part of Mexico. After visiting PVR together this past spring,

I could see why Mike is so fond of this area, it only made sense to us to celebrate our wedding here.

We chose the Fiesta Americana Resort & Spa, with the help of our Travel Agent, (Mike’s Mom) Cathy,

she had done a familiarization trip to this resort and she had nothing but good things to say about it!

We also liked the size, it’s a smaller, quaint, boutique-y style resort. We felt it was more intimate

for our gathering and the reviews were all very positive on Trip Advisor, as it ranks

#8 our 125 resorts in PVR.

Most memorable moment from your wedding day?

Bride When my eyes met Mike’s as I walked down the aisle. His face lit up! And sitting back
during the reception dinner and feeling all of the love of our friends and family. It meant so much that they all showed up for us.
Groom When I saw Alaina walk down the aisle, that was my best memory of the trip!
Best part about doing a destination wedding?
Not only did we get a vacation from the cold Calgary winter, we got to spend an
entire week with all of our closest friends and family. The wedding process was also very simple
and hassle free. The wedding coordinator and the staff at the resort handled everything!
A few emails and decisions back and forth and the rest was taken care of, all we had to do was show up!
Advice to couples planning their destination wedding day and working with hotel planner?
Trust the wedding coordinator. (they’ve done this before!😉) They take care of everything, all of the set up
and take down, decorations etc, so give them as much information to help them execute the day as you would like.
And now here is Mike & Alaina’s Wedding Story
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~VENDOR LOVE ~
grooms attire : Huy Lam – custom made suits (no website); 6A 1330 15thave SW Calgary
Groomsmen & attire:
suspenders: Melody of Cuteness
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MelodyOfCuteness
Grooms & Groomsmen Shoes:
Vans http://www.vans.ca/Bridemaids dresses : Boutique 1861
https://1861.ca/
Bridesmaid shoes: Aldohttp://www.aldoshoes.com/ca/en

Brides dress :
Novia Mia
https://www.noviamia.ca/home-calgary
Wedding rings: Executive Diamond – Brides
http://www.executivediamonds.ca/
Grooms ring
: Peoples Jeweller http://www.peoplesjewellers.com/


Brides jewelery:

Earrings & Hair Broach: Etsy: Crystal Avenues
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CrystalAvenues
Bracelet:
Le Chateau http://www.lechateau.com/
Garter
: Etsy: The Tossed Bouquet
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheTossedBouquet
Brides Shoes: Sam Edleman http://www.samedelman.com/


Wedding party gifts
Grooms gifts:
Electric California (sunglasses) http://www.electriccalifornia.com/ca/
Bridesmaid Gifts:
Necklace (ModCloth), http://www.modcloth.com/shop/jewelry
Pashmina (Chapters Indigo), https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/style/fashion-accessories/
Clutch (Etsy – Hoganfe) https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/hoganfe
Bridesmaid Robes: https://shop.weddingbags.com/
Travel agent website or details: Cathy Wiechnik with Travel Only
http://www.xcursions.ca/?page_id=141
Decor: Michaels – http://canada.michaels.com/
Signage & Reception Thank you Cards:
Aceti Design Co.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AcetiDesignCo
DJ: Resort DJ – not sure of the name
Videographer – Resort videographer – Luis
 Special thanks to my bestie Chantal from Paisley Photography for
being my rad travel companion & assistant/second shooter
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