I didn't want to lose this in another thread and thought it deserved to be highlighted on its own. Even though SarahB and Bufante aren't with us on the forum anymore, those of us who know them still love 'em, and miss them terribly.
Here's a little chronicle of their special day.
I picked up Sarah, her photographer friend, Val, and Heather in the wee hours of Sunday (okay, it was a little after 8, but that's early in Playa!) and we headed down to the Sian Ka'an biosphere where the wedding would be staged to get things prepared for it. We tried not to worry too much about the rain storms we were driving through and crossed our fingers that they would pass before afternoon.
Unfortunately, once we got settled into working on our projects, the storm started in earnest. Luckily there were things we could work on inside. Winds were such that we could barely open the door and the rain was just beating down. But finally... it passed, the sun peeked through and we were able to go outside and begin readying the deck and the beach for the festivities.
All those gorgeous things you see above, Sarah made HERSELF! I don't know when this girl has slept in the past 6 months, between an intricately detailed and informative website for her guests, to all of these Sarah-designed things that she must have spent hours making, to personalized books and picture frames and thousands more minute details, this girl is a wonder!
So... now that the rest was ready, it was time to get the GIRL ready!
Heather and I were quite proud of our work:
Unfortunately, the clouds were coming back and before we were through the guests had arrived and ended up having to undo nearly all we had done in the morning in order to avoid soaking by the fresh rainstorm.
So the guests enjoyed the bar while we kept the star of the show sequestered, calm, and happy and had lots of drop-ins for pre-ceremony photo-ops.
Sarah and her pretty sister, Laura, one of her two attendants.
Sarah and her daddy:
(During the father/daughter dance later this night, "I Loved Her First," we were all sobbing like babies.
And Sarah's mama, too (just thought I'd mention here that mom, sister, and nephew had NEVER flown at all before this trip!)
Sarah's brother and Adam, waiting out the weather.
Finally, the weather broke to the point that we could get things rolling. The arch we had worked so hard on hadn't survived, but the beach was still beautiful for the ceremony.
I can't say enough what a beautiful ceremony it was. Despite the occasional raindrop and gray sky, everything was flawless. (I think Mother Nature knew she couldn't compete with these two, so she didn't even try.
While the pro photos were being taken, the rest of us enjoyed a yummy meal prepared by the owners of a restaurant that's on the Coba road and whose name I just cannot recall right now. The food, the staff, and the dinner company were great!
This gorgeous cake's 3 layers were all a different and wonderful flavor. It came from a Puerto Aventuras bakery whose - guess what? - name I just cannot recall right now.
Somewhere around this time, I realized that, if I didn't put my camera away, it wouldn't be going home with me (did I mention the great margaritas?
), so there aren't any more pictures from me of the ensuing fun celebration. But I did snap this of the two discussing business at the end of the day. Even paying bills, they're adorable!
I'm so honored to have been able to play a part in this wonderful celebration of Adam and Sarah's love and to be able to help out the little I did in it. I'm honored to have been there as their love developed and share some of the fun of creating what they've become.
Thank you, Sarah, for still being my best "Mexico friend"- I love you both!