I’m not sure if I can say that I’ve ever seen two people happier to get married. Really. The amount of excitement and buzz in the air was a magical thing to experience. Lisa and Tony were finally getting their big day.
I’ve traveled to attend weddings before, but this was the first time it was for a destination wedding. Needless to say, I was excited. “We’re going to Mexico!” I told Edwin when I got our invitation.
Then swine flu hit. And for a few short days, Lisa and Tony thought that they would have to postpone their big day. Lisa was clearly disappointed, but was handling it all with grace. Thankfully enough, swine flu fears were averted and the wedding was on!
Having a destination wedding was definitely a great way to celebrate. It was refreshing to be able to mingle with the other guests beyond just at the wedding, since we had all weekend to get to know each other. And with the excuse of turning the event into a vacation, people flew in from as far as Beijing and South Africa to enjoy a lovely weekend with a glowing couple. By the end of the weekend, I felt like I had gone to college with Tony, lived in South Africa with Lisa, and grew up with Lisa’s brother!
The newly minted Mr. & Mrs. Chen did a fabulous job keeping guests busy with fun events. Here are some of my favorite photos from the festivities…
Welcome to Mexico!
The welcome dinner next to the hotel palapa
Tony’s cousin, Jeff, brought 70 of these colorful parasols with him all the way from Beijing for the wedding ceremony. Now that’s love!
Lisa couldn’t have been happier with her hair and makeup artist. She said she knew it would be good because he would do something, take a step back to assess his work, and then break into a little grin of approval at himself before continuing on. And he did a mighty fine job, if I do say so myself!
Okay, I know that the videographer is in the background of this photo. Does it bother me? Yes. But I still love this photo.
It was the cutest thing when Lisa and Tony rode up to the reception in this golf cart.
Workin’ that first dance!
And let the party begin…
To see many more photos of Lisa and Tony’s celebration weekend, just click here!