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.


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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
    dynamic_duo 7401 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 8:58 am

    AMAZING! i love it all! and that video was such an awesome idea, so fun!

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    future.mrs.f 85 posts, Worker bee @ 8:58 am

    oh. my. gosh. these are breath-taking. they captured such intimate looking moments between the two of you. i would have never thought of a trash the dress session going like this, but these pics look like they made it so worth it.

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 9:02 am

    WOW! Meerkat – im speechless, these are absolutely stunning! that first picture needs to be blown up and framed.

  4. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:16 am

    Ahhhhomg Meerkat that first one of you is like amazeballs. Loveeee!

  5. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:17 am

    I am in awe of how many photos you were able to capture – and a video too! Just spectacular. What a great memory to have!

  6. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:17 am

    TTD’s on the beach are still my favorite! LOVE THESE!

  7. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:17 am

    TTD’s on the beach are still my favorite! LOVE THESE!

  8. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:17 am

    TTD’s on the beach are still my favorite! LOVE THESE!

  9. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:26 am

    Holy crap, Meerkat! You are so beautiful. Love the laying-on-the-beach shots! It’s like, “sexy mermaid gets washed ashore and rescued by prince.” :) lol

  10. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:26 am

    So gorgeous – I love that first one! :)

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    FutureMrsMaher 856 posts, Busy bee @ 9:27 am


  12. Member
    Anniebo 576 posts, Busy bee @ 9:33 am

    wow LOVED the video. And those pics of the two of you lying on the beach together are my favorite!

  13. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 9:44 am

    You have so many amazing photos to treasure, Mrs. Meerkat! I may be jelly. 😉

  14. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:08 am

    Beautiful!! I love how happy you two look in these photos!

  15. Member
    futuremrscpt 955 posts, Busy bee @ 10:12 am

    Absolutely stunning! And it looks so fun :-)

  16. Member
    puntacanabride 1938 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:18 am

    So beautiful! One question, how was your dress afterwards? I’m doing a beach TTD and have a lace dress and nervous about how it will turn out.

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    Sarah, Guest @ 11:04 am

    I love how your hair looks in these shots! So much FUN!

  18. ticket Member
    ticket 501 posts, Busy bee @ 11:23 am

    Such an awesome Trash the Dress session! Beautiful pictures.

  19. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:32 am

    Gah! These are beyond gorgeous, M. I’m officially obsessed.

  20. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:56 am

    These are so gorgeous…that backdrop is just so perfect. I’m dreaming of a beach wedding now…

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    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

  25. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:36 pm

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

  26. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:06 pm

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

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    lisaelanna 530 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!

  30. teaspoon Member
    teaspoon 768 posts, Busy bee @ 7:58 am

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

  31. meerkat Member
    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.

  32. meerkat Member
    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. 😉

  33. meerkat Member
    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!

  34. gazelle Member
    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


  36. meerkat Member
    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. 😉

  37. painauchocolat Member
    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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