WEDDINGS IN MERIDA, CAMPECHE AND THE YUCATAN
I have been lucky enough to shoot weddings in stunning haciendas all over Mexico, but Merida and Campeche are home to some of my favourites. The intoxicating heat of the Yucatan and the lush smells and hum of insects emanating from the foliage, all add to the enchanting decadence of these colonial estates. Hacienda Uayamon (in Campeche) is perhaps my favourite of all; its roofless chapel, vast central tree and the way the natural landscape encroaches on the faded facades of its outbuildings make for a truly beguiling wedding experience. I have attended several weddings there and photographed a couple and I am dying to shoot another there soon!
There is certainly something dreamlike about a wedding, where the sound of tropical birds and insects rise out of the heady heat. One of my first photography jobs upon arriving in Mexico was in Merida, photographing for a tourist food guide. On this trip I was taken to several haciendas, many of which have now become my favourites through my work as a wedding photographer. I was able to freely wander the grounds, rooms and gardens, trying to capture the atmosphere of these magical places, as well as getting to taste many of the dishes (having first got the necessary shots of of course!).
There is honestly nowhere I would rather work as a wedding photographer than in the Yucatan peninsular, whether it be an elegant wedding at one of the famous haciendas of Merida or Campeche or a low key ceremony amongst the region's tropical vegetation, I do not mind, I love it all.
I hear of more and more people heading to Merida and its surrounding areas to get married. Many of these people are from Mexico City, but it is increasingly becoming a destination for people from overseas. I assume it is Merida’s many beautiful haciendas that are drawing people to the region and it is not surprising considering their expansive houses, large lawns, palm tree lined paths and pools set within the roofless ruins of the original structures. They provide an idyllic location for any wedding and in many cases their restoration into hotels and rental houses, offers ample accommodation for family and friends to stay together before and after the wedding day.
I try my hardest to persuade anyone making a trip to Mexico to include the Yucatan in their journey. There is just so much to enjoy here, the beaches of course are of international fame. However, even more unique to the area are the fresh water cenotes, naturally formed limestone sinkholes in which one can swim. Maintained beautifully by the local community and open to visitors every day of the year, they vary from pools open to the sky, to cave-like structures accessible through a small hole at ground level. Some are well known but even more can be found by following a wooden hand-written sign on the side of the road. An unforgettable swim in a cenote is just another reason (on the long list of reasons) to hold your wedding in the Yucatan.