Destination Wedding Photography In Playa Del Carmen | Jodi & Neil’s Wedding & Trash The Dress
Every time we shoot the “destination wedding photography Playa Del Carmen” for our WeddingDayStory Couples, we try and get to know them as much as posible. Every answer we get, every little detail about their engagement and their love story, helps frame their pictures, and gives more context to their wedding photography in Playa Del Carmen. Jodi & Neil are a strong, hardworking couple with a beautiful story. Read on:
Nothing Comes Easy
“We both grew up in small towns. I (Jodi) grew up in a small town in NE Iowa called Waukon. I have parents that are currently retired and they are one of the hardest working people I know. Dad is a CPA and owned his own business for years. Mother retired as a lab tech in a clinic. As a kid in my free time, I grew up spending most of my time outdoors camping, boating, playing softball and canoeing. During the school year, I devoted my time to music by playing my clarinet in any ensemble I could participate in. The most important value that my parents gave to me is that nothing comes easy and to never forget where you came from. If you want something then you have to work hard for it and to remain humble. Fortunately, that work ethic can be used on many different platforms. Whether that’s financially or to build/maintain relationships or a marriage. There are far too many things in this world that have become “disposable” and people believe that things should just happen. However, I’ve found that the best things in life are never that easy. I can thank my parents for that and I’m forever grateful regardless of the growing pains I have had to endure to get there.
Neil grew up in a small town in east central, IA called West Branch. As a kid, he enjoyed riding his bike and being outside, hanging out with his friends and getting into trouble. He started working on a farm picking sweet corn in middle school where he met his buddy, Kayd who later was the best man in our wedding. Since a young age, Neil always wanted to become a firefighter. At 18, Neil began volunteering for the local fire department and is currently employed as a career firefighter. The most important values his parents taught him were to be kind and patient as well as to treat others with respect.”
When Good Bye Means Hello
“When I first met Neil, I was in college at the time and was working full-time at a jewelry store. I was working one afternoon and it was just like any other day except that it was somewhat slow. I was doing paperwork just to pass time when Neil walked into my store. I’ve never met him before, so I approached him and started a conversation. Soon, I discovered that he wasn’t there to purchase anything but stated that he was there to say “good bye” to my coworker because he was going to be moving to Seattle, WA. My coworker was busy with a client at the time so, Neil and I ended up chatting for a long time as my coworker finished up. At the time, I thought he was very handsome and charming. When Neil left, my coworker made a comment referring that she thought he had his eyes on me. I passed it off as nothing, and I didn’t think much of it. After all, he was moving to Seattle and I wasn’t interested in a long distance relationship. Over the course of approximately two years, my coworker would mention in passing how Neil would ask about me, and that he was interested in dating me. Neil had also moved back to Iowa in that interim and eventually, at one point, my coworker just asked if she could simply provide Neil with my number. I agreed and the rest is history. On January 21, 2011 we went on a date at a local Mexican restaurant and literally talked all night. We ended up closing the restaurant down and literally left with staff as they were locking the doors. That’s when we knew we were perfect for one another.”
Will You Marry Me?
“August 27th, 2014 was an ordinary day. I had just got got home after a real difficult day at the office when I opened the door from the garage leading to our basement and found flower petals and candles leading up the stairs. I followed them upstairs and down the hallway leading to our kitchen where I found Neil standing. He had the song “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys playing and had “Will You Marry Me” written out in flower petals on our kitchen floor. It was so romantic.”
It Was “It”
“We chose a destination wedding for multiple reasons. We knew that we didn’t want a church wedding but an outdoor beach one. Location was very important to us, as well as the destination wedding photography in Playa del Carmen. We also knew that we wanted something more intimate and less stressful with a small group of family and friends. When we discovered Valentin Riviera Maya, we knew that this was “It”. We were looking forward to the time spent with our close friends and family the most because there is no other time when we would be able to get everyone together on a trip such as this again. It’s once in a lifetime.”
They Mean The World
“The most important people were of course, our parents, sisters, and close friends. The bride’s parents are Jens and Jane. Bride’s sisters are Jill and Jenny. My close friend is Jennifer. The groom’s parents are Barbara and Denny. Groom’s Sister is Chelsea. Neil’s closest friends is Kayd, Patrick, and Luke.”
“Bride’s friend, Jennifer is probably the wittiest and most positive person you’ll ever meet. She is kind, generous, thoughtful and absolutely hilarious. We have been friends since grade school and have always been there to support one another throughout the years.
Kayd, Patrick, Luke, and Neil and been close friends since high school and they’ve never lost that friendship. They’ve been through many adventures together and for them to be present on our special day meant a lot to both of us.
Our parents are of course, individuals whom we love and cherish. Our wedding would not not be complete without them. They are dear to our hearts.
My (the brides) sisters have been there for me through thick and thin and my love for them is unconditional. I couldn’t imagine a single day without them.
Neil’s sister, Chelsea, is very close to Neil and they share a special relationship unlike any siblings I’ve known. Their humor together is like the three stooges. When they’re together, it’s obvious because laughter fills the room.”
Details That Work Great For Their “Destination Wedding Photography Playa Del Carmen”
“My dress was made by Maggie Sottero and I got it at Brides and Weddings in Manchester, IA, I wore bareless sandals made of French Lace. We had purple carnations and roses. Our wedding planner at Valentin Imperial Maya was Leslie. My bridesmaids dresses were from David’s Bridal and the groom’s suit from Men’s Warehouse with dark purple ties for groom and fathers, light purple for grooms men”.
Thank you so much Jodi & Neil for sharing your adorable story with us! We hope you enjoy your images as much as we enjoyed being in charge of your destination wedding photography in Playa del Carmen. Best of luck from the WeddingDayStory family!
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