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Sirenis La Salina Varadero Cuba Destination Wedding | Brooke + Sandy

So, I need to jump ahead in my blog posts a bit so that I can remember what it was like to have warm weather. The spring rain and off and on cold temperatures definitely have me missing Cuba, so what better time than to relive 30 degree, sunny weather!

In February, Jon and I traveled down to Varadero to photograph Brooke and Sandy’s lovely destination wedding. This time we were at Sirenis La Salina (next door to the Iberostar Laguna Azul I was at last May). It’s a very big resort, and we definitely got our workout walking around.

When we first met with Brooke and Sandy in 2010, they brought most of the family to the meeting.  Two of their four kids came along (Izzy and Delilah) as well as their adorable dog, Sophie.  It was the most memorable meeting ever, none of us will deny that!

Arriving at the airport to leave Toronto, we found out that there was a stomach bug going around the family, and Brooke was sick and lying on the floor in the terminal! We hoped it wouldn’t last long and sure enough a good day later she was in much better spirits. However, it went to Sandy soon after and passed around from there. As long as everyone was healthy for the wedding day, that’s what mattered the most!

Brooke and Sandy had  just over 35 people in Cuba to share in their wedding day, and it was such an amazing group of people! We had so much fun getting to know everyone better.  On the wedding day we had fantastic weather, just the right temperature and endless blue skies. Brooke and Sandy were married on the beach, and although there were tourists everywhere wanting to get in on the wedding, it was emotional and touching.

By the time family photos rolled around, I wasn’t feeling so good. I looked at Jon with this look of “uh oh” and Brooke instantly knew something was up. I rode it out as much as possible, but it started to get worse just before the reception. I was really worried I’d caught the flu bug and it was my turn to get sick next. Lets just say, I didn’t make it through ANY of the reception. I got sick as soon as we made it to the restaurant and spent the rest of the night in bed. Jon took over (which is the great thing about having 2 photographers there), however around 9:30pm, Jon comes back to the room and I’ve never seen skin that colour before! He was grey! Needless to say, he high-fived me and told me we had food poisoning instead of the flu, as he got sick between the garter and bouquet toss but never missed a shot in the process (I guess it was a happy moment as it was a brief illness).  So huge thanks to Jon for being the hero of the evening.  We now know to never have the same food before the wedding, just incase.

Without further ado, here are some photos of the gorgeous union. Thanks again to Brooke and Sandy for being so welcoming with us. I love that we became great friends during Cuba and even more so since we’ve returned home. I always look forward to my chats with Brooke and hearing about the kids. You are a perfect pair, best friends and wonderful, generous people!

Stay tuned for the Trash the Dress post coming soon!

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Brooke wrote this into her vows – It’s a tradition between Brooke and Sandy to take their photo everywhere they go – and why not during the ceremony, too?

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The beautiful Delilah! I can’t get enough of her smile and huge blue eyes!

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Izzy is such a character! She has one of the best personalities I’ve ever seen in a child:)

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The guys kept entertained with a pelican on the beach!

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Brooke and her sister, Shawn used to live down in the Dominican and worked at a local bar there. We weren’t passing up the chance to relive that!

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Apparently there was a miscommunication during the reception as to WHO was supposed to smash the cake into Sandy’s face. One of the guests from Cuba thought it was anyone (not the bride) and helped herself to it! The look on Brooke’s face when she notices is PRICELESS!

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Brooke serenaded Sandy in front of the resort during karaoke!

bsy_wed_46Last but not least – Brooke threw the bouquet out to the crowd of resort guests and there was a tug-o-war between Shawn and a random resort guest. Finally Shawn was able to get the guest to understand that she was the sister of the bride, and was NOT letting go of the flowers:)Victory!

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