WeddingDayStory: Christa & Nick’s Wedding Photographers in Mexico

 In #WeddingsInTheSun, Mexico Wedding Photography, Trash The Dress Photography, Uncategorized, Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya Weddings

We loved Christa & Nick’s wedding. They are a laid-back, fun couple – and their amazing families – were great to hang out with at the Valentin Imperial Maya. We are so glad that they chose us to be their wedding photographers in Mexico! Magic was definitely in the air that day, and their beautiful wedding images show it. They were even featured online on this blog!

It was in the cards…

Christa & Nick both grew up in Chandler, Arizona. They attended the same high school & college, Arizona State University. Still, they only met until their late twenties, though one would think that there were plenty of chances before that time. It seems that no matter what if love is meant to be, you will find each other. The most important values instilled by their parents was the importance of family, being hardworkers and to have a mutual, understanding and respect for each person in various roles, aspects and differences of life.

The ‘pimp’ grandmother

They met through the bride’s grandmother, who has known the groom’s parents for a long time. She met the groom at a party and knew right away there could be a connection between Nick and her granddaughter. After many phone calls and emails they were dating with a few months and engaged 2 years later.
My grandmother now likes to call herself “my pimp”. – Christa
We don’t know if we love more the couple or Christa’s grandma!

And after two years…

Christa: Nick asked me to marry him on a fun vacation to NYC. It was Christmas time, December 12th to be exact and we stayed at the New York Palace. In the courtyard of the hotel, there was a giant Christmas tree. Nick asked to take a picture with me in front of the tree. After the picture he pulled a small box from under the tree and asked “will you marry me”? It was magical.

The perks of having a destination wedding

Christa: We wanted an excuse for our families to take a vacation. We both come from very hardworking families that like to work and play hard. It was a great way for everyone to take some time off to relax in Mexico, to celebrate our love with many important people for us, of course our parents, David Walker and Sherrie Madden (Bride’s parents) and Kirk and Deneen Nielson (Groom’s parents) my grandmothers, Martha Madden and Virginia Walker. Our siblings Chandler Walker, Brooke Nielson and Vance Nielson. Our entire bridal party and EVERYONE that was there that day, made it so special and so full of love.

Their wisdom for other couples planning a wedding in Playa del Carmen

Christa: Try not to stress, in the end you are marrying your best friend. The wedding may not be perfect, but you’ll have your own unique story for your wedding day. Whatever happens, happens! Husbands – try to have an opinion with the planning process, even though most of you won’t really care, you just want the bride happy. Make sure a great team of wedding photographers in Mexico is on your side.

The guests

Christa: My matchmaker, “my pimp” grandmother helped with a lot of wedding planning as she owned her own bridal store in Arizona for 20 plus years. Vance Nielson was so afraid to make a best man speech – but did it! We had friends that attended all the way from Canada to be at the wedding. We were overall very grateful to have so many there – Nick’s dad fell in a biking accident 1 month before the wedding and Christa’s father was very sick two weeks before the wedding – everyone made it and we celebrated with so much love!!!
And, Nick’s parents gifted us to an upgraded suite as a wedding present, it was so nice!


Memorable moments (some of them)

  • My dad being able to walk me down the aisle. He was very sick two weeks prior to leaving for Mexico and we weren’t sure he would be able to make it.
  • Saying my silly, yet meaningful vows to the groom. Being lifted up on a inflatable swan that my cousins Jaime and Dominick Montanile and my Aunt and Uncle Tim and Patti Madden brought as a gag wedding gift.
  • Seeing Nick and his mother dance to a very meaningful song together.
  • Being able to dance with my father and it rained on us on the dance floor.
  • Nick’s Aunt Lolo photobombing all our pictures and Uncle Steve for holding an umbrella for me the entire time in rained because I wanted one beach picture.
  • Nick’s uncle Gregg officiating.
  • My bridesmaids being who they are, each of them a distinct personality and I loved spending every moment with them.
  • Vance Nielson making his big speech that he was so nervous for!
  • Salsa dancing with my family and friends that were able to make it to the bridal shower – where we learned to salsa dance.
  • The rain!!! It was actually a fun story for us to tell others, the clouds were so ominous all day but I didn’t care because I was marrying Nick.

A note from our team of Wedding Photographers in Mexico: Don’t be afraid of bad weather during your big day.

Rain makes for beautiful photography, & all that matters is that you have the time of your life with your loved ones.

Their wedding in three words: Fun & Sincere Love

A perfect wedding in Playa del Carmen

Christa: It was really easy to communicate via email with the wedding coordinator about the wedding details. As I had never been to the Valentin Imperial Maya, I did feel slightly anxious with my decision making process. I was essentially “winging it” and planning a wedding “blindfolded”. Overall, I just had to remember I was marrying the love of my life in beautiful Playa del Carmen with my close family and friends, what could go wrong?? Of course, when we arrived to the crystal blue waters, sunshine and the amazing lush grounds at the Valentin Imperial Maya, I was reassured that we made the right decision to have a destination wedding.

The vendors

Venue, Food, Drinks & Bride’s Makeup: Valentin Imperial Maya

Christa’s wedding dress: Martina Liana dress for Mariee Bridal in Scottsdale, AZ

Invitations: Definitely Debra stationary in Chandler, Arizona

Hair stylist: Danielle Rogers from MINT salon (Nick’s cousin) – another fun moment!

Videographer: AmorAmor

Bride’s shoes: Antonio Melani at Macy’s

Bridesmaids’ dresses: RenzRags – purchased from Etsy

Groom’s suit: Rose Tuxedo

Groom’s shoes: Men’s Wearhouse

Groom’s tie: The Tie Bar

Wedding photographers in Mexico: WeddingDayStory

Aisle decor, bouquets, boutonnieres, napkins, table runners and guest map, signs were all brought by the bride and groom. The bride wore a small jewelry piece her dad had given her when she was 10. she had it sewn into the dress. The bride’s mother gifted her a garter that was made from her grandfather’s ties.

Wedding songs

Cinderalla – Stephen Curtis Chapman – Father & daughter dance – Christa used to sing/play as a child
What a wonderful world- Louis Armstrong – Mother & son dance – special song between Nick and his mother
You and Me – Dave Matthews – Bride & groom first dance

WeddingDayStory’s team of wedding photographers in Mexico

We really liked the style of our wedding photographers in Mexico. They were very friendly and laid back. I enjoyed being able to look trough the images trough my online gallery link… And the the trash the dress session photos were amazing!

Thank you, Christa & Nick, for being another great addition to our WeddingDayStory Family!

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