A Photographer’s Tropical Destination Wedding | Natalie and Dustin

By, January 11, 2016

We were thrilled when Dustin, one of our own star photographers, decided to tie the knot with his beautiful bride Natalie. Lucky for us, this fun and laid back couple chose to have their wedding in Mexico, just outside of Puerto Vallarta. The event was held at the luxurious Exclusive Resorts of Punta Mita, a tropical resort with immaculate private villas, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and even a private beach! It was the perfect setting for this intimate wedding.

Since Dustin is a lead shooter with True Photography, it’s no surprise that the property was a “true” photographer’s playground. This wedding was bursting with color, which came out brilliantly in their photographs.

Beautiful bride at Mexico destination wedding standing on the edge of an infinity pull with her reflection in the water.
The moment we laid eyes on the infinity pool, we knew we HAD to use it for some reflective photos. Luckily, the bride Natalie was a willing participant. Just as a nice breeze came in, she balanced along the edge of the pool, which resulted in the striking image above.Wedding couple having an intimate kiss in a hammock at their Destination Wedding in Mexico.
Bridal shoe detail photograph poolside at a destination wedding.
When photographing details, we love to bring in elements of the surroundings, in order to tell a story. In the photo above, we photographed Natalie’s glitzy heels in front of the pool that accompanied the couple’s private villa, where they spent a lot of down time.
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Before she got ready, Natalie took a moment to collect her thoughts and write down her vows. To capture this special candid moment at a distance, we quietly photographed through a chair :)
The colors throughout the property tied in perfectly with the wedding color scheme. We took full advantage!
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To add to the tropical feel of this wedding, we used the reflections in the windows to show the natural surroundings.
The ceremony was held under a massive tree, just steps away from the crystal blue water. The couple was joined by their proud family for vow exchanges.0012 0013 0014 0015 Black and white photo of couple kissing while their guests are cheering in the background. Candid wedding moment under a veil on the rocky shores of Punta Mita 0018 0019 Shooting through flowers to for this romantic destination wedding moment. 0021 0022
To achieve the photo above, we ran in front of Natalie and Dustin with a cell-phone flashlight, the camera on a tripod, and a shutter speed of 8 seconds. Our penmanship practice came in handy ;)
To see more of this tropical destination wedding, please click here. Congratulations to Natalie and Dustin!


An Elegant Garden Themed Wedding at The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay | Becky & Nick

By, April 16, 2013

Although they currently live in Northern California, Becky and Nick originally met in San Diego. This couple knew they wanted to celebrate their wedding here, where it all began. Approximately nine months before their big day, they toured our property, The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, and promptly booked us as their wedding venue. Our tropical, waterfront location fit perfectly with the couple’s desire for an elegant, garden-themed event.

Becky and Nick’s ceremony took place right near the water, at a place known as the Bayside Lawn. This site has sweeping views of the sunset along Mission Bay, and easily accommodated the 180 guests in attendance.



Right after the ceremony, the guests were in for a surprise, as a huge fire truck pulled up to congratulate the new couple! Because Nick is firefighter in Northern California, he called in some favors, and arranged for a fun experience for everyone. It was also the perfect photo op!


The reception was held at our very private Banyan Lawn and Court. Our beautifully landscaped outdoor venue features a cluster of spreading banyan trees in the center of a courtyard, surrounded by flowering shrubs and water views.  There was plenty of room on the expansive adjacent lawn for cocktails and dinner, followed by a beautiful Southern California sunset, and dancing under the stars.


The couple arrived at the reception by way of our Banyan Bridge, which made for a memorable grand entrance! Once they arrived, they danced together for the first time as a married couple.


Because Becky’s main colors were eggplant and ivory, the hanging floral arrangements and crystal accents were designed to match these gorgeous hues.


One of our favorite features at the Hyatt is our cuisine. We lead the industry in offering a seasonal and locally inspired menu. In addition to this perk at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, Becky and Nick took advantage of our complimentary suite on the evening of their wedding, and also received bonus points towards any future hotel stays at any Hyatt around the world. Congratulations to this wonderful couple!


Venue: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
Photography:  True Photography
Bakery: Flour Power
Tuxedo:Friar Tux Shop
Invitation: Invitation Box
Gifts and Favors: My Wedding Favors
Linens and Rental: Pacific Event Productions
Lighting and Decor: Pacific Event Productions
Florist: Pacific Event Productions
Musician: Ryan Hiller Music
Hair Stylist: Salon Pure Perfection
Makeup: Salon Pure Perfection
Disc Jockey: Tim Altbaum Productions
Wedding Dress: Trudy’s Bridal