Cheryl & Andy: Full Wedding Highlights- Riviera Maya, Mexico

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Weddings | 6 Comments

Boy am I excited about this one.  EX-CITED.

Photo taken by Elizabeth Ryan Photography.

Filming my sister’s wedding was so much harder than a normal wedding for many reasons.  How do you help a bride get ready for her big day and also capture it on film?  How do you possibly take in the excitement that comes with a family wedding while also trying to catch every moment for them to keep afterwards?  How do you record messages from both the Bride and Groom when your job is to help the bride do her makeup and put on her dress? (ANSWER: it involves sprinting back and forth between hotel rooms in 90 degree heat, creating some pretty amazing armpit stains on your bridesmaid dress, only to be discovered later when you see the official wedding pictures.  AWESOME.)

Photo taken by Elizabeth Ryan Photography

Needless to say there were lots of difficult questions to grapple with, but I couldn’t be happier with what we got out of it 🙂  Many, many thanks to the amazing Liz & Ryan of Elizabeth Ryan Photography.  Not only were they able to capture amazing photographs for Cheryl & Andy, they also gave me the gift of being able to stand next to my sister as her Maid of Honor.  While unusual for me to use pictures in a wedding film, I certainly enjoy what it’s able to add, and I’m so thankful I was able to be a part of the ceremony.

Photo taken by Elizabeth Ryan Photography

My first destination wedding, I would highly recommend them to anyone debating what kind of wedding they’re looking for.  Cheryl and Andy spent an amazing week in paradise with their family and closest friends, and boy did they have a great time!  The resort (the beautiful El Dorado Royale) took care of all the small details, so all they had to worry about was spending time with their friends, competing in poolside games, dominating the beach volleyball court, and which of the 13 restaurants to eat at for every meal.  I tell you what, if this isn’t a dream wedding I don’t know what is!

Editing this video was almost as much fun as filming it (almost), as I got to relive a week full of fun* and love.   I’m slightly embarrassed to admit I was definitely that girl sitting in a coffee shop in Roanoke crying as I edited.  I could not be happier to see my twin sister so happy, and when you watch this video I hope you can see it too.  This video is to many, many years of continued laughter and smiles, and anniversary celebrations every year that involve the El Dorado Royale.  Attendance required of all original wedding guests.

Congratulations Cheryl & Andy, and I hope you all enjoy this full highlight film as much as I do!

*If you missed the fun, check it out here.


  1. Kevin Smith
    Apr 24, 2012

    Outstanding, I love it! Wonderful job capturing the big moments and the emotion and blending the video, pictures and music. Show us more!

  2. K. Mancuso
    Apr 24, 2012

    I ‘m so proud of you! What an excellent job. Your choices again were amazing and you created such a meaningful tone. The juxtaposition of images and music says so much about your own depth and romanticism. You will certainly attract lots of new business with both the fun and full videos you created. I know that I will recommend you to everyone seeking a videographer.

    Great job! You gave your sister the best gifts a bride could ever dream of.

  3. Grandma & Grandpa
    Apr 24, 2012

    How to make Grandparents proud –Have two beautiful granddaughters and one that could do such a spectacular job of taping her sisters wedding. So glad we made the special effort to be there to celebrate such a major milestone. It was a perfect setting.

  4. Cheryl
    Apr 25, 2012

    Thank you so much!! Andy and I watched the video together and can’t begin to tell you how much we love it. You have captured every special moment about the day and it was so wonderful to relive it with this video. So glad we have a video to reminisce.

  5. Kim
    Apr 28, 2012

    Is there anything you can’t do? What a beautiful video. You captured all the special moments and great choices in music. I laughed, I cried, I wished I was there 🙂 Your sister looked gorgeous and so happy…how great that you could do this for her and Andy and still be part of their special day. Your post made me laugh…reminded me a little of you and I in San Antonio. LOL. I wish you much success with this. You know I think you’re awesome and now the world will know too 🙂 Love ya!

  6. Marilyn
    May 21, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this special day with us. I just loved it! What a great job at capturing the days events. Felt like we were there.

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