Journey Of A Thousand Miles: Beach Trash The Dress


La Luna Photography

After our time was up at the beautiful cenote, we headed down to Xcael beach for the second half of our trash the dress session. As soon as we pulled in, Rachel saw this beautiful palm tree and decided to start our beach photos there.


La Luna Photography

La Luna Photography

Of course it didn’t take long to add in my handsome husband.


La Luna Photography

I even got to help Mr. Meerkat get a bit more relax and losen his tie.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

Next we moved up to the beautiful sand dune down by the waterfront.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

And then we got a little goofy.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

As the sun was getting ready to set we headed down off the sand dune and onto the beach.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

We even got a couple photos with my hand painted parasol. And no, M doesn’t stand for Meerkat. ;)


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

Slowly we began to make our way down to the water’s edge.


La Luna Photography

And then it was go time—we were going to get soaking wet.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

At first I was doing really well but then a small wave came and start to pull the train of my dress along with it. Mr. Meerkat had to hold me in place so I didn’t fall face first into the water.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

After a couple minutes I got use to the pull of the waves and was able to stand somewhat on my own – enough so we could start getting some photos.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

Mr. Meerkat still had to partially hold me up as the waves were still trying to wash my train away.


La Luna Photography

It was getting really tough to stay standing in the waves so Rachel moved us up to the beach for some shots on the sand.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

And with that Mr. Meerkat bundled us up in towels and we headed back to the hotel.


La Luna Photography


La Luna Photography

It was an absolutely amazing time. One I can’t even begin to express in words. So maybe I should let the video speak for itself:

Carla & Chris Trash the Dress from PlayaWeddings on Vimeo.

Rachel, Jonathan, Paul and Sesan – Thank you so much. You kept us laughing the whole time. This is a memory I will always look back on and treasure.


Days Before Wedding

Getting Ready


Cocktail Hour and Portraits

The Reception

Trash The Dress


Mrs. Meerkat

Kalamazoo, MI/Riviera Maya
Wedding Date:
December 2010
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  1. Member
    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 12:09 pm

    Beautiful shots, I especially love the ones of you two laying in the surf. Very romantic! Makes me wish I was getting married on a beach!

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    CLER 87 posts, Worker bee @ 12:25 pm


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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 12:29 pm

    Stunning! Love them!

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    sarah, Guest @ 1:08 pm

    WOW! love it

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:36 pm

    These are so gorgeous!!! I love number 13 from the top.

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:06 pm

    So beautiful! Now I want to do a TTD session…

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    lisaelanna 528 posts, Busy bee @ 8:22 pm

    That looks like SO much fun!
    Is that a crab in your dress in the sunset picture? lol

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    candicemcc, Guest @ 10:26 pm

    Ok, I’ve loved all of these shots but the last one with you two in the towels? I “awwed” out loud. So cute!

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    weddingbee lurker, Guest @ 11:31 pm

    Stunning… amazing… gorgeous… I can think of a million words to describe your ttd! So beautiful! You should be a model in your spare time! You seem like such a natural. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    teaspoon 768 posts, Busy bee @ 7:58 am

    Holy smokes Meercat – these are so amazing! Your photos are absolutely stunning!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:29 am

    @PuntaCanaBride: Haha! You read my mind. That is actually my next post. :) In short though it looked like brand new at our second reception.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:30 am

    @lisaelanna: LOL! No it was dried seaweed (or some kind of plant). They kept getting caught in the tulle under my dress. ;)

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:28 pm

    @weddingbee lurker: *heart* I have to give total credit to Rachel and Jonathan on this one. They are so Uber talented!

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:42 pm

    I absolutely loved your TTD session! The pictures are amazing and you guys look like you are having so much fun. Awesome!

    How come you guys decided to go with different photographers for your wedding and your TTD?

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:54 am


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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:32 am

    @Ms. Gazelle: I fell in LOVE with a TDD I saw Rachel shoot. Plus her being part of Del Sol’s sister company meant I still got the same amazing Del Sol editing team to edit them. ;)

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:02 pm

    Awww, so many of the beach TTD shots are just pure sweetness. The newlywed love jumps off the screen. The gorgeous Mexican water behind you makes the photos that much more awesome.

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