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Hi! We are Caroline + Ben, destination wedding photographers. We are based in the great city of Austin, TX but have a desire to experience many cultures and countries. If you are looking to have your own destination wedding, check out our destination wedding location info & tips page where you can find a lot of useful facts and helpful insight from brides who have already planned their destination weddings.

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The first thing I noticed about Quiria & Michael upon meeting them at their rehearsal dinner in San Juan, Puerto Rico, aside from their devastatingly good looks, was how stylish these two were. So when Quiria told me the story of them meeting on a plane from Hong Kong to New York in her ‘plane attire’ I couldn’t help but laugh. Michael noticed her in the airport before their flight and was lucky enough to be sat next to her on the plane. It must be kismet. It wasn’t long after that journey that Quiria, from Puerto Rico, & Michael, an Italian from New Jersey living in San Francisco, would be flying around the country to see each other. They got married at the Ritz Carlton in El Dorado Puerto Rico with a simple sweet ceremony officiated by their friend on the lawn overlooking the beach at sunset. After an amazing meal the party continued with shots, a traditional Puerto Rican band, and a lot of dancing.

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After first meeting Lianie & David in Belize, the following day they invited us out to their family ranch to hang out. I have been to many ranches before but this was magical! Just off the beaten path outside of San Ignacio and likely impossible for us to find without the guidance of David & Lianie leading us there. We rode horses to watch the sunset from the top of a hill and drank out of coconuts hand cut by David with a machete. (You can see me attempting/failing to do the same in my about me video). Afterwards, Lianie’s dad invited us to watch the super bowl game at their home in San Ignacio (which was also where the wedding was held). I might not get very excited about sports but it was the perfect set-up for the game and we had a blast celebrating Denver’s win with local Belkin & nachos made from scratch by the family. When Mark & I came back out to shoot the engagement session and wedding we wanted to make sure to get photos of David & Lianie at the magical ranch that they (& now us) are so attached to.

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My first two weddings of 2016 took place in the beautiful country of Guatemala and because I didn’t have anything scheduled in between them, I decided to stick around. I ended up spending over 6 weeks in Central America, adventuring out to Belize & Honduras as well. Even with that much time accumulated, I still can’t wait to go back because that is how special of an area it is. Andrea & Chris found me through a referral and I am thankful that our paths were able to cross. A testament to how amazing they are is shown by the 180 guests that flew from all over to be a part of their big day. The day before the wedding we roamed the streets taking photos to assure that we could give Antigua the proper time it deserves. The wedding itself was held at Casa Santo Domingo but we ventured out to Santa Clara for the first look. During the sunset Catholic ceremony we could hear the volcano erupting, which sounds like thunder, an experience never to be forgotten. As soon as the reception began the dance floor was full, people from Ohio certainly know how to party. It only stopped after 2am when the venue basically had to kick us out. I would party with these kids any day.

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Mimi and Conor got married on an amazingly beautiful day this past January at Las Capuchinas in Antigua Guatemala, one of my favorite wedding venues in… the world. They had never been to Guatemala before but they trusted their guts, their wedding planner of I Do Guatemala, & the photos they had seen online. Having met in Iraq I consider them both fellow nomads, like myself, they’re current location is just as hard to track down as mine!  Conor was persistent after 2 years of friendship with Mimi and after a random trip to Belize they started dating. We first met in Washington DC for their engagement session exactly 2 months before their wedding day. Mimi has an infectious spirit and a light-heartedness that makes what can potentially be a stressful day, like a wedding, feel like a breeze and Conor, despite a recent injury, was killing it on the dance floor. Right before the ceremony started the Aguacate volcano began to erupt with smoke, as Mimi said “it’s every girl’s dream to have a volcano erupt on her wedding day”. After the wedding we all took the trip to Lake Atitlan for a sunrise/5:30am ‘day after’ session so Mimi and Conor could jump into the lake. It was the perfect way to solidify them ‘taking the plunge’ of marriage together and I can’t wait to see where their next adventure brings them. :)

~Caroline