I never, in a hundred years, thought that I would be invited to photograph a wedding somewhere outside of California. The groom and I first met a few years ago in Ensenada, Mexico on a missionary trip with Bethany Slavic Missionary church and their Amistad Ministries Project. I got a phone call from Ben asking if I photograph weddings and I was asked for my availability on a specific week. I didn't know this was a destination wedding in the beginning, but he mentioned that I needed to be in New Orleans, Louisiana. I told him that I was available and things went on from there. I asked Ben if he was looking for photo or video as well? He said photos but told me that he will talk to his fiancé to see if they wanted to include video. I contacted my good friend Val from LuxFilms to ask him if he was available that week for a wedding. I surprised him when I told him it's a Carnival Dream Cruise Wedding and we were to shoot a wedding in Honduras. As always, Val was down with the idea. *Note: I didn't want to be alone with strangers so that's why I was really hoping Val would come with me.*
Fast forward a few months, I'm on the runway departing Sacramento International Airport (SMF) heading to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to meet up with Val and head to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). We arrived at the same weekend where the Mardi Gras parade was taking place, which gave us an evening to explore what we could never do living in Sacramento.. It was a very humid evening. It was so bad that the airport doors ran with water, like a waterfall because of the cold inside and terrible heat outside.
After an interesting evening in New Orleans, we took a Lyft to the dock and boarded the Carnival Dream cruise ship. his was exactly what I expected after spending some time on the cruise. It's a hotel on water.
During our cruise, we stopped at three countries *about 6 hours per island*. Belize, Cozumel and Honduras where the wedding took place on a private resort called Parrot Tree Plantation. I do not remember in what order we visited the places, but the locals were all very kind and friendly. We had the opportunity to ride a moped and split traffic *which is frowned upon* unlike here, OOPS!
The wedding itself took place on a private resort called the Parrot Tree Plantation, in Honduras. It was about 30 minute drive from our cruise ship. The resort was very friendly. There was an outside bar, swimming pool and the sea all within minutes from each other. The wedding was like no other. The coolest thing about Ben and Anna was that they told me to take off my jeans and Sperry's and put on my swimming shorts and flip flops to photograph their ceremony. I really wasn't expecting them to be THAT cool but they were amazing! I uploaded a behind the scenes on YouTube of the actual ceremony by using a Cube video camera on my DSLR to capture raw footage. You can find the video by clicking HERE.