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Just a bit more then a year since Rimma and Mark’s wedding we all came back to Mexico for the wedding of Vika and Igor. This beautiful event was held at the gorgeous Barcelo Maya Resort and we’ve been excited to shoot the wedding as well as to have a day (just a day, unfortunately) by the pool before heading back to the Bay Area.

What would you do if just a couple of days before your carefully planned wedding you’d learn that a hurricane is coming to the area? That’s right, Vika and Igor’s Riviera Maya wedding seemed to be right in the way of the recent hurricane Ivan. And as if there’s not enough stress right before the wedding day, these guys had to make the executive decision to either take their chances and have the wedding on the beach or to choose the safe but not-as-pretty option of having the wedding in the lobby of the Barcelo Maya resort. This brave couple chose to stick with the original plan and get married on the beach and when the big day came along the weather turned out to be just perfect! The slightly overcast sky was providing soft and even light – just the kind we love! :)

Here are some favorites:

Barcelo Maya Resort Wedding

Getting ready at Barcelo Maya Resort

Bridal shoes

Wedding details at Barcelo Maya resort

These girls looove their flasks :) The top picture is from Vika’s wedding, the bottom is from Rimma’s a year ago :)

Bride and her Bridesmaid in Mexico

We absolutely loved Vika and Igor’s schedule of the day, we had more then TWO HOURS for their portraits!!!! How awesome is that?! We had plenty of time to walk through half of the hotel’s property with the couple and to make use of all the coolest spots for pictures :)

Bride and groom wedding photography at Barcelo Maya

Groom portrait at Barcelo Maya

Riviera Maya Wedding Photography

You’ll never guess where this portrait was taken :) I’ll just say that Barcelo Maya has the coolest bar bathrooms!

Bridal portrait in Riviera Maya

Picture of the bride in Barcelo Maya resort

Their beautiful ceremony on the beach… we were so happy the weather cooperated!

Wedding on the Beach in Mexico

Priceless :)

Destination wedding in Mexico

This one is one of my favorite from the day – Vika’s grandparents right after the ceremony.

Riviera Maya destination wedding

Mexican wedding details

Destination wedding details

Portrait of a bride on the beach in Mexico

Bride and groom on the beach in Riviera Maya

Wedding reception on the beach in Mexico

Loved the first dance!

First dance on the beach

Dancing at Barcelo Maya

Toasts at Barcelo Maya

One of the hazards of being tall :)

Hora dance in Mexico

As a surprise to their guests, Vika and Igor invited fire dancers to perform at the reception. The show was just breathtaking!

Fire dancers on the beach

Photography of destination wedding in Barcelo Maya resort

A few of behind-the-scenes pictures:

Wedding photographers at the destination wedding

The day after the wedding we had a super fun Trash-the-Dress session with Vika and Igor. It’s hard to pick a few favorites from that session, but I promise we’ll share them on the blog soon!

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.