Just over a week ago I had the absolute pleasure to fly to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to photograph the stunning destination wedding of Erin & Eli at Iberostar Resort. A short drive away from the iconic surf-town of Sayulita.
Erin & Eli met almost a full decade ago one evening in February 2009 when they were out with their own set of group friends at Cowboys. Erin approached him and Eli was, in his words, surprised at how tan Erin was. She had just gotten back from a trip from Hawaii and it sparked a very easy conversation between them to where they mostly talked about style and how they were both attending MRU. It was only a few short months later that they made it official and started dating.
Eli started to design her extremely unique engagement ring in 2015 as it would take around 8-10 months to have it ready. In April 2016, during a Coachella trip with their friends in California (and with the help of Erin’s friend Ally, one of her bridesmaids) he popped the question at Jackalope Ranch during a ‘photo op’ at golden hour. Friends caught it all on camera, and of course, she said yes.
On May 15th, 2018 they exchanged their wedding vows among close friends and family in the heat of Playa Mita with the slightest cool breeze from the Pacific ocean. Andrew, a long-time family friend, officiated their wedding adding so many wonderful personal touches and anecdotes. They wrote their own vows of promises and my personal favourite touch was when Erin was talking about Eli’s love for ‘Big Fish’ where she would forever stand beside him in all his great tales and retelling of stories for the rest of their lives. Eli, the “hype boy” as everyone calls him (and to which I got to experience after the wedding first-hand haha) is also incredibly passionate and hard-working. Erin is incredibly loyal, would do anything for her close girlfriends, and has this quiet effortless class, not only in style but also in how she carries herself. Together, they are this powerful couple in style, living big with their love of music and travel, and going after the things they want in life as each other biggest support system.
Congratulations again you two, I am obsessed with your first dance song (play below) and I will forever be grateful that I got to come to Mexico with you all and have the best time getting to know all of your friends and family. I truly felt so welcomed and almost like an old friend and this was just another day hanging out by the pool or playing Dr.Pong. It went by so quickly but you will have a lifetime of memories together and I can’t wait to see what you two get up to!
05. 15. 18
THE FIRST LOOK
Vendors / /
Second Shooter: Landon Anholt
Ceremony & Reception: Iberostar Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico
Officiant: Andrew, friend
Hair: Kate, friend
Dress Boutique: Pearl & Dot
Dress Designer: Made with Love
Grooms Cut: Kelsi from @kmoneycuts