Pretty in Pink ~ A Romantic Cherish the Dress Shoot in Nicaragua

Edith and Jim were married the day before at Pelican Eyes Resort in San Juan del Sur and were gifted a beautiful sunset for their nuptials. So it was a special bonus to get yet another gorgeous pink sky for their trash the dress beach photos.
Nicaraguan Sunset Trash the Dress
San Juan del Sur Sunset Wedding in Nicaragua

Happy Couple Sunset Wedding by Out of the Blue Photography

Sunset Trash the Dress in Nicaragua by Out of the Blue Photography

Destination Wedding | San Juan del Sur

Nicaragua Nuptials offer something new, something old, something borrowed and something Blue.

With the recent increases in tourism to this little known Central American country it is of no surprise that brides-to-be are also eyeing this jewel as an exotic place to tie the knot. It’s a mysteriously romantic destination with a touch of  rawness that appeals to adventurous couples.
Something New? Well it’s definitely a ‘new’ destination for weddings offering a less expensive but no less exotic location than Hawaii or Costa Rica. Something Old would include the charm of ‘old’ Spanish Colonial towns – and that laid back feeling of days-of-old.  Something Borrowed should be from the Nicaragua wedding traditions such as costumed dancers, masquerades, wedding processions or fireworks.   As for Something Blue, besides the incredible skies and endless waves of the Pacific Ocean.. there’s Out of the Blue Photography.
Destination Wedding, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Young adventurous travelers have been beating down the path to San Juan del Sur for years and now couples looking to create a memorable wedding are discovering Nicaragua as well. A bride would be surprised at how affordable it can be to add special touches such as ‘first kiss fireworks’, a live band, Nicaraguan dancers and flame throwers. Or even something quintessentially Nicaraguan – a hosted cigar rolling station?
Destination Wedding, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
In addition to the larger hotels, namely Pelican Eyes Resort and Villas de Palermo that have in-house special event organizers, a small wedding can be planned with the help of a local wedding co-ordinator or you can take it on yourself. We continue to be impressed with the do-it-yourself brides that come to San Juan del Sur and make it all happen.
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Not wanting to leave flowers to chance – Amy, from Texas, packed her beautiful silk bouquet and boutonnieres in her bag. While Jennifer, from Montana, preordered the gorgeous table cards and wedding guest favors that donned the tables of her silver and cream themed wedding.
Destination Wedding, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

More and more weddings are taking place in beautiful homes that are made available for rent here in San Juan del Sur. Many boast gorgeous views, large outdoor entertainment areas and of course the rooms for family and guests. There are several caterers who now create custom menus for wedding parties providing all the staff, dishes and fresh food items to ensure happy guests and full bellies. Nicaraguan specialities feature exquisite seafood in season or a whole roasted pig if you so desire.
Destination Wedding, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

As to where to share your Nicaraguan Nuptials? The choice is yours. The beaches are gorgeous and often so quiet they seem private, the rock outcroppings make a dramatic vow sharing setting, there’s a beautiful big Catholic Church in the center of town, the beautiful house you rented, a resort on the hill, at the foot of the Jesus Statue…. the options are endless.
Destination Wedding, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

I would of course love the opportunity to create some amazing photos of your destination wedding day in San Juan del Sur. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions you may have. I’ll do my best to answer.. or at least find you one.
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Destination Wedding, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

P.S. Ever wonder what is the meaning of the ‘Something Old, Something New’ poem is?
Destination Wedding, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. “Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. “Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead. “Something borrowed” is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.

As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security.

A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.

Maybe I can be your ‘something Blue’.
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Before & After | Maternity Photography

As a maternity photographer, I had always wanted to capture the beautiful belly with child and then the mother again in the same position and environment shortly after the baby is born. In this case the same room in the house was no longer available and although the light entered the room to light her feet instead of her head and it’s a different floor and wall…. I’m pleased with the finished image.
I hope to create more images like this with my future mommies-to-be.  ~ Blue

And then this one in our barn at Rancho Chilamate turned out as well.

A Little Red Sofa

Not unlike a little black dress, every girl needs one. A go-to favorite. And mine is this great piece of antique furniture for photo shoots at our Ranch

I love how people respond. It’s as though the sofa gives them permission to be in the moment, be creative – even outrageous. It’s from an antique dealer in Granada, here in Nicaragua. We both fell in love with it when we laid eyes on it but it was out of our budget. But I couldn’t help myself and bought it as a surprise birthday gift for my man Jamie. Little did I know it would become my favorite for trash the dress and maternity photography.. and more recently it was perfect to show how preciously tiny newborn Milena was.
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Fabulous Vintage Beach Bride

I just loved Jeni’s style. It was a super hot day but she kept her cool with a giant floor fan while her sister created her hair and makeup in the dry jungles of Nicaragua.
Her kitten flick eyes, pearls and vintage updo with fresh flowers and feathers were truly reminiscent of a pin-up girl. This was a vacay-turned wedding without much notice but that was not a challenge for Jeni who enjoyed roaming vintage clothing stores where she found not one… but two dresses she loved. And then took the top from one and the bottom from the other to create her own magical wedding dress. Classy… just like this fabulous couple

Beach Wedding Nicaragua

Frock on the Rocks | Beach Wedding in Nicaragua

Wedding Photograph with Bride on Rocks in NicaraguaWhen you choose a beach destination like Nicaragua for your wedding, you’ve instantly set yourselves up for an adventure-filled experience in an exotic setting – a memorable event you will never forget.

Amy and Thomas chose to exchange vows at the beautiful Aqua Spa and Resort near the fishing village of Gigante. Considered ideal for those who prefer the ‘road-less-traveled’, the road to this secluded retreat is literally yet to be paved.
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Amy did plenty of research and planning in advance of their arrival. In the event she couldn’t source live flowers on arrival she even packed artful,  gorgeous silk bouquet and boutineers she found on Esty.

Amy wore the most beautiful barefoot jewelry, which I had never seen before. How perfect given their villa at Aqua Spa and Resort was literally a few barefoot steps from the beach.

Wedding by Out of the Blue Photography

Amy and Thomas exchanged beautiful and emotional vows in an intimate beach ceremony – a few tears were shed – topped off with a pink champagne toast for the First Kiss.
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"Framed Wedding Guests"

With waves crashing over the rocks, the temptation to photograph beautiful Amy in her wedding gown mermaid-style was just too much. Her enthusiastic participation created some truly dramatic images.

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Dinner and dancing was followed with fine scotch and a big private bonfire on the beach. It was perfect.
"Late night wedding love"

Amy was instrumental in planning all the activities for her guests including rapelling, surf lessons, boat trips, hikes, zip-lining and horseback riding. A wedding and week never to be forgotten. I was honored to be a part of it all.



Bareback. Barefoot. Bride.

“Dreams Do Come True”  ~ the Bride

Horseback Riding Bride
Married just the day before on beautiful Playa Hermosa – Jeni was not expecting another day of magic in Nicaragua – let alone a Trash the Dress Sesh on Horseback.
Her new husband Andrew surprised her with a horseback ride on the beach and photo session. As an avid ride, it had always been a fantasy to ride bareback, barefoot in her wedding dress on a beach. And today was the day.
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The beach was empty. It was low tide. Jeni knew how to ride. And ride she did.
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Trash the Dress Nicaragua

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Couples choosing Nicaragua for a Destination Wedding are now including a ‘play’ day together. It’s a fantastic opportunity to capture the love and romance of a wedding in the tropics without the stresses of the wedding day.
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Beaded and Beautiful

Sunset BrideKatie chose a gorgeous beaded dress for her Nicaraguan wedding in San Juan del Sur.
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A beautiful home in the hills of Pacific Marlin provided a spectacular sunset setting for her wedding to Eduardo – where her Spanish inspired wedding dress covered in beads danced magically in the last ray of sun for the day.
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Spanish Style Dress

Nude Yoga. Nothing to Hide.

Yoga is a big part of the culture here in San Juan del Sur community. I was honored when Amber asked me to take some photographs of her. Admittedly I was a little nervous in that the proper implementation of the pose is just as important as the artistic capture. Amber proved to be so beautifully confident which made the shoot an absolute joy. We were even so brave as to try some nude yoga photography inspired by Jasper Johol. I’m pleased with the resulting sepia photos showcasing her beautiful strength and agility.

Happy 1st Birthday Grace

Today was Grace Crilly’s first birthday and to celebrate John and Julie came out to Rancho Chilamate for a family photo shoot.
Little Gracie was teething so it was more challenging than we thought to get her to smile…. but I figure ‘capturing the moment’ includes funny faces when you’re sucking your gums. I love this beautiful family and look forward to sharing more photos of John’s gorgeous girls. Feliz Cumpleaños Grace. 

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Monks make me Smile… Always

Often when you are archiving photos you come across little surprises… like these. When we lived in Vietnam, we ventured to Cambodia for a visit to the ruins of Angkor Wat and I was gifted with an early morning busload of young monks exploring at the same time. These were shot in 2006 and I thought I would share…
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I’ll Find Them Somewhere

It was bound to happen. I moved my blog over to this new site.. and voila! a whole year of posts is missing. But I’m sure I’ll find them somewhere. Well I hope I do.