Wedding: Jessica + Chad, Part 1

While I had fun doing Jessica and Chad’s engagement photo session at Ellicott City, nothing beats the experience at their wedding. When they had decided to book me as their wedding photographer for their destination wedding at Cozumel, Mexico using a cruise ship, I jumped with joy! It was my first cruise ship trip ever and my first destination wedding outside the United States!

The Bride and Groom, the wedding party, the guests, and my crew (my wife, which is the second shooter, and my son, the assistant) departed from Miami, Florida with Carnival cruise ship in the afternoon. We all enjoyed the departure party, all the delicious food and drink we could get, and party music mix from the DJ. I loved the theme of the cruise ship on that day: “Bye bye Land. Hello Fun!” That was day 1.

After being completely at sea on Day 2, we arrived in Mexico at Day 3, early morning.

At around 7:30 am, we headed to Hotel Melia Cozumel, Mexico. We all sure enjoyed the perfect weather for the wedding. It was warm, not too hot, and after a while we forgot that it was still winter and cold in the United States.

Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with too much of the travel details. Enjoy the wedding pictures now. :)

Here is one of my favorite picture of the day.

Bride and groom kissing under a canopy on the beach. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

But let’s see how the day started.

The hotel had really interesting colors. The bold colors made an interesting backdrop for a lot of things, including the Bride’s dress and other details.

Bride's wedding dress hung at hotel yellow hallway. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Since the wedding was on the beach, the Bride and Groom wore sandals. Even the photographers wore sandals. It wasn’t the first for me, but that was a first for my crew. :D

Bride's fancy wedding sandals. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Here is Jessica, the Bride, and Cathy, the Matron of Honor getting make up and their hair done.

Bride and Matron of Honor getting make up and hair done. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride wearing custom embroidered robe. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Wedding dress hung by a wardrobe. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Jessica helping her Mom putting on the necklace.

Bride helping mother putting necklace. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

In the other room, Chad, the Groom, and Jason, the Best Man, were getting ready as well.

Groom putting on his jacket. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Chad being helped by his Mom putting on the boutonniere.

Mother of groom helping son putting on boutonniere. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

As always, Bride do need help putting on a wedding dress. :)

Matron of Honor and mother helping brid putting on wedding dress. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Mother of Bride helping daughter buttoning up her wedding dress. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

One of their wedding color theme is orange. The Bride’s flower bouquet, Matron of Honor’s bouquet, and the boutonnieres are orange.  It sure fits the warm weather there.

Orange flower bouquet. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride helping mother putting on the boutonniere. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride helping step mother putting on the boutonniere. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

The jackets for the Groom and Best Man are suitable and comfy for beach wedding. :)

Groom and Best Man's jacket with orange flower boutonniere. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

After Jessica was ready, she wanted to meet her Dad one last time before she walked down the isle.

Bride meeting his Fahter one last time before walking down the isle. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride hugging his Father one last time before walking down the isle. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

A lovingly Father who helped putting on necklace for his beautiful daughter.

Father of the Bride helping daughter putting on the necklace. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. View from the mirror Father of the Bride helping daughter. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Father, mother, and bride laughing together. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Jessica also had this handkerchief with custom embroidery as a gift for her Dad.

Custom embroidered handkerchief gift from Bride to Father. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Mother handing out handkerchief gift to Father of the Bride. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

I love that Jessica and Chad had wanted to do a first glance before the ceremony. I really like it when a Bride and Groom decided to this because they would have time alone for themselves, isolated from the others, and I could capture the emotion going on between the two.
Here is the Bride, Jessica, anxiously waiting for the Groom.

Bride anxiously waiting for Groom during first glance. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Again, don’t you love the colors of the hotel? They make a lovely backdrop. :)

Bride laughing waiting for Groom to come. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Here comes the Groom, Chad.

Groom coming toward Bride during first glance. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

From the smile, you can tell that Jessica could sense that Chad was coming.

Bride sensed that Groom was coming during first glance. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

And their eyes finally met.

Bride's and Groom's eyes finally met during first glance. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride and Groom getting close during first glance. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride and Groom almost kissed during first glance. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride and Groom laughing together after first glance. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Here is the wedding party. As you can see, it was a small wedding party, only one Best Man and only one Matron of Honor. There were no Bridesmaids or Groomsmen.

Bride, Groom, and wedding party posing together. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Matron of Honor trying to kiss Bride's cheek. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

When I asked the Best Man, Jason, to do this, Chad’s reaction was “Oh no, not again!”
Chad told me that Jason did this to him all the time when they were younger.
Here it looked like Jason enjoyed reliving that memory. As for Chad? Not so much. :D

Best Man resting his arm on Groom's shoulder. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride's orang floral bouquet. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Chad couldn’t wait to trash his jacket and jumped into the pool.
Whoa, Chad! Not yet, not until all of these are over!

Bride and wedding party trying to stop Groom jumping in to the pool. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Check out the gorgeous view of the wedding ceremony site. Blue sky, clear blue water, white sand, and some palm trees in the back. Oh, how I wish I could go back there this instant!

Ceremony location setting on the white sand beach, with clear blue water, and blue sky. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Check out the bold orange color decoration of the chairs and the canopy as well. It gives a nice contrast to the blue water and the white sand.

Orang decoration accents for ceremony chairs and canopy. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Ceremony chairs with orange ribbons overlooking at the blue sea. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

The ceremony begins with the Matron of Honor leading the way.

Matron of Honor walking down the isle. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Finally, here comes the Bride, escorted by her Father.

Father of the Bride escorting daughter walking down the isle. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride being escorted by her Dad walking down the isle. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Groom smiling watching Bride walking down the isle. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride and Groom laughing during the ceremony. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Mother of Groom shed tear during the ceremony. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

It was an emotional moment for everyone.

Bride putting on wedding band on Groom's finger. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride gets emotional during vow recitation. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Mother of Bride and Stepmother of Bride smiling. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Best man looking at Groom. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Jessica and Chad poured the unity sand. It’s always a good idea to use sand for outdoor weddings especially in windy places, or if the weather will be windy. Of course you may never know way ahead in your planning if the weather will be windy or not during the wedding, but it’s safer to assume so. Not to mention that in my opinion you’ll have a more decorative keepsake compared to candles.

Bride and Groom pouring unity sand. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

And the Bride and Groom officially became husband and wife!

Bride and Groom officially husband and wife. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. Bride and Groom waved to guests as the walked out from the ceremony site. Cruise ship destination wedding ceremony photos, Hotel Melia Cozumel Mexico by photographers of Leo Dj Photography.

Cheers for the Bride and Groom!

Stay tuned for Part 2! :)

Leo Dj

Vendors

Officiant:  Rob Skinner

Hotel and Venue: Hotel Melia Cozumel, Mexico

Wedding Planners: Carnival Wedding Department, and A Wedding for You

Make up: Liz Hud

Dress: Maggie Sottero

 

 

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