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Patrick + Carly | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Destination Wedding

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VENDORS

Venue: Hotel Playa Fiesta // Photography: Makayla w/ Laura K Moore Photography // Wedding Gown: Rue De Seine Modern Wedding Boutique // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Coordinator: Hotel Playa Fiesta (ask for Gabi Gabi@playafiesta.com) // MUAH: Bree Rubin Hair & Makeup // Florist: Flora Art Vallarta // Videographer: Still & Motion Storytellers // His cuff links: Luxe Gifts Co // Bridesmaid Robes: Robed w/ Love // Officiant: Luke Starr // Bride’s shoes: Steve Madden // Groom’s shoes: Aldo // Bride’s gift to groom: LuxeGiftsCo // Groom’s Tie: MyTieShop


LKM & Makayla did an amazing job being present and catching all the important moments for our wedding. She created little scenes we never would have thought about. She is hilarious when you are being awkward and don’t know how to stand or what to do with your hands etc.. She made it so fun and natural. Looking back through there are moments and things she captured that we didn’t even notice she was getting. The whole thing was seamless, she’s a pro with great artistic insights and everything just exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend for any important event. - Patrick, Groom

The morning of the wedding came together seamlessly thanks to Gabi, the day-of coordinator, and all of the amazing staff at Playa Fiesta! We had a blast playing with confetti and watching Bree Rubin, the sister of the bride, work her magic with hair and makeup.

The ceremony space had an incredible view of the ocean where Carly and Pat had their guests toss shells into the ocean. It was such a special moment for their friends and family! Everyone watched in awe at the way Patrick looked at Carly and threw confetti in celebration as they came down the aisle.

After Carly and Pat slipped away for bride and groom portraits they were welcomed back by all of their family and friends in a “ready to party” mode. Of course we had to get all of them squished together hyping up the bride and groom with the ocean in the background.

A shot of tequila for the entrance to cocktail hour followed by an epic dance party. The only thing missing was fireworks….

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… but of course they had already thought of that! Thank you Carly and Patrick for including us in your special wedding weekend. It was a blast of a trip that we will always remember! ~ Makayla // LKM


Working with Makayla is a dream! She photographed our engagement, and we knew we had to fly her to our destination wedding after we had our photo shoot and saw the finished images. She’s very professional and direct, ensuring we got the photos and emotion we were looking to capture. At the wedding, she captured everything from the first looks, to the sunset veil shots, all the way down to the dance floor dips and guests having a blast. We can’t imagine anyone else being there with us, and wouldn’t recommend anyone else to capture such special moments. Laura, thank you for supporting Makayla, your quick response times and attention to detail. You two are a dream team! ~ Carly, Bride

VENDORS

Venue: Hotel Playa Fiesta // Photography: Makayla w/ Laura K Moore Photography // Wedding Gown: Rue De Seine Modern Wedding Boutique // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Coordinator: Hotel Playa Fiesta (ask for Gabi Gabi@playafiesta.com) // MUAH: Bree Rubin Hair & Makeup // Florist: Flora Art Vallarta // Videographer: Still & Motion Storytellers // His cuff links: Luxe Gifts Co // Bridesmaid Robes: Robed w/ Love // Officiant: Luke Starr // Bride’s shoes: Steve Madden // Groom’s shoes: Aldo // Bride’s gift to groom: LuxeGiftsCo // Groom’s Tie: MyTieShop

Hard Rock Riviera Playa | Cancun, Mexico Destination Wedding Photography

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Tim & Jenna's Destination Wedding at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mexico was a bit other-worldly and rich with color and crazy. When we first got Jenna's inquiry a year prior to her wedding she described her vision to be defined by 3 things she cared most about: the people, the party, and the purpose. The whole year leading up to the wedding, i was most impressed with Jenna's intense attention to detail and desire to really make it as smooth and enjoyable as possible for everyone. She was ON TOP OF the details -- and the team she built to help with travel details and communication were ON PAR. Note: Travel Agent Ketti Menne from Paradise Weddings was highly regarded. In Jenna's words, "that chic orchestrated transcontinental flights for over 120 people! WHAT?!" Both Tim & Jenna were true hosts and their words of gratitude at their reception only further delivered that priority! 

Here are some sweet highlights from this couple's amazing destination wedding in Mexico. Opportunities to shoot love stories and destination weddings like this -- tropics and iguanas and week long escapades with the beech breeze at our backs and world famous cenotes in our backyards -- it was the stuff of dreams! We were honored to be trusted as the Wallace's storytellers! Enjoy!

P.S.  Be sure to catch and note the vendor list in case you are considering a destination wedding in Cancun. The idea of travel can be daunting but Jenna and Tim sure did hand pick a swell team of reliable peeps to deliver an epic party and experience. 

// VENDORS //

Wedding Venue: Hard Rock Riviera Maya- Arpa Terrace & Maya Ballroom // Wedding Coordinator: Liliana Perez Garcia (Works at HRRM Wedding Department) // Wedding Dress: La Bella Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Accessory Superstore // Flower Girl Dresses: Dillards // Groomsmen Outfits: Nick's Menswear // Hair Stylist:  Sothy Chau at Rumors Salon in Phoenix // Florist: Tulipania (HRRM Internal Vendor) // Musicians:  DJ Disco Movil (Ricardo de Pavia I) // Videographer: Katy Jo Caringer // Travel Agent- Ketti Menne from Paradise Weddings and Travel // Eyebrows: Ann Reed , Scottsdale, AZ // Airbrush Tan: Phoenix Glow // Officiant: Kevin Skinner with Aldea Spiritual Community // Cake Topper: Cake Topper Bliss

The first look was precious -- i mean his FACE when he saw her!!! -- and both had prepared a surprise gift for the other. (note the peanut gallery spying on them in the balcony above :D)

while the rest of the wedding party got ready, we had arranged enough time to just be alone with the couple and capture the diversity of Hard Rock's incredible property...first they OWNED that beach...

then we waited for the wedding party in the jungle in the heart of the resort

Wedding party meandered over and strut their stuff...

Family pictures were relaxed and pleasant -- the special attention to love one's closest to the bride and groom was appreciated. The Tim and his brothers and dad were able to nail an epic "album cover", parents were adequately honored and kissed and thanked for their crazy investment in the whole week, siblings were hugged, kids were relaxed and the prelude before the wedding began to build with excitement :)

Jenna whispered a request to have her parents captured before she and Tim stole away one last time before the ceremony began. 

and then the vows

and then the party

Real Life Feedback from bride and groom received several days post-wedding:

Laura and Lawson,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you did for us. To be honest, I was hoping to write this email to you yesterday, but I was still on such a wedding high that I didn’t want to open my computer…I just wanted to relish in that feeling and dream about it all day!

Photography is a big wedding expense, and I had to fight for that spend in the budget, but after last week, no one was questioning me anymore! My mom, dad, and Tim all pulled me aside to say how good they felt in your hands and how grateful they were that you were there. Not to mention, I was extremely relieved to have you at rehearsal dinner! At first, I didn’t quite recognize how much I needed you there, but then after I got to watch you in action for a bit, this feeling of “fewf” waved over me. Just having another person helping with the timeline, insisting that we run rehearsal once more, and being able to share ideas before the big day…those little things made such a big difference in my state of mine.

I can’t tell you how many people came up to me last week to tell me how great you and your husband were. Regular wedding guests were raving about how they caught both of you using all your toys and lighting devices to capture the best image, how you two seemed so passionate about the job, or how fun it was to watch you get really excited or worked up about a particular lighting or photo op. My videographer Katie was raving about your work and how much she learned from you to strangers in the bar. At one point, Lawson was bringing me water and holding my purse. Another person noticed him laying on the ballroom floor with our rings trying to capture a moment. My bridesmaids were laughing about all your quirky verbal directions and reminiscing about it the next day on the beach. Even participating in “red light, green light” with the kiddos was fun! What a beautiful idea to think that my wedding guests felt loved and important just by watching you do your job!

Then Timmy told me about your pep talk to him before we had our first look and it melted my heart. What other photographers give pep talks like that?! I told you that day that I was unusually relaxed and calm…which is a bit odd for me, especially since I have this inner “event planner” who doesn’t know when to let go sometimes. But that wasn’t the case on my wedding day. It was all so easy and smooth. “The bride should have no sense of time,” is what you told me over the phone. I would say we definitely accomplished that! I took out my phone once for a selfie with my husband, but other than that, I didn’t respond to any text messages, and instead just breathed in the memories. I can’t help but think you and Lawson had a lot to do with that.

You two went above and beyond the duties of photographer. I genuinely felt like I had families members not photographers with me on my special day, and I can’t thank you enough for being by my side for both the wedding and rehearsal dinner. You are truly an artist, and I can’t wait to share your creations!!!  Love, Jenna  (bride)

You just can't beat that kind of rock solid affirmation.... Tim & Jenna, It was an honor to be trusted with your wedding day!! BLESSINGS!!! | LKM

// VENDORS //

Wedding Venue: Hard Rock Riviera Maya- Arpa Terrace & Maya Ballroom // Wedding Coordinator: Liliana Perez Garcia (Works at HRRM Wedding Department) // Wedding Dress: La Bella Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Accessory Superstore // Flower Girl Dresses: Dillards // Groomsmen Outfits: Nick's Menswear // Hair Stylist:  Sothy Chau at Rumors Salon in Phoenix // Florist: Tulipania (HRRM Internal Vendor) // Musicians:  DJ Disco Movil (Ricardo de Pavia I) // Videographer: Katy Jo Caringer // Travel Agent- Ketti Menne from Paradise Weddings and Travel // Eyebrows: Ann Reed , Scottsdale, AZ // Airbrush Tan: Phoenix Glow // Officiant: Kevin Skinner with Aldea Spiritual Community // Cake Topper: Cake Topper Bliss // 

P.S. OOOO - one last note! Check out the baller highlight reel that the bride's friend, Katy Jo Caringer, put together of the whole escapade. Such a fun storytelling piece!!