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I met Rebecca and Craig 9 months ago in New York at this wedding and after viewing the images the next day they asked if I would be willing to photograph their wedding in Cancun (short/long pause) uh…YA! We did an engagement session the day before around the resort and I’m telling you, they are in LOVE. Even I felt giddy.


The day after the wedding everyone climbed aboard the Columbus for a sunset dinner cruise with grilled lobster and filet mignon. It was the perfect ending to their new beginning.

She’s my sista from anotha motha. We’re 13 years apart and only lived in the same house for about 3 years when she was a baby. I moved to Hawaii when she was about 5 so we didn’t really grow up together as sisters should but over the past 12 years or so we have grown close as friends. We have laughed and cried together, had arguments and shared secrets with each other and over the years managed to visit each other in different states. She has become quite the photographer and specializes in lifestyle portraiture.
She is a wife, mother of 2 adorable children, friend to many, leader in her church, smart, etsy-shopper, lives what she believes and swims against the tide of everyday mundane life. I love her. She inspires me and I was so happy to have her come with me to Cancun and spend time together as sisters and friends, photographers and women. I listened to her have conversations with total strangers and watched in awe as she captured their attention and stole heart after heart. She puts thought into everything she does, there is no auto-pilot for her. I’m very proud to call her my sister. I love you, Ashley.

It was my first trip to an adult-only, all inclusive, luxury resort. Now don’t think wierd things at the adult only part, it was strictly for the peace and quiet of being away from crying and whining, jumping and splashing, peeing in the pool and all that stuff. The all inclusive part included 8 cuisine restaraunts, one of them sitting 3 feet over the main pool and swim-up bar where the drinks were included as well. Everything included. I experienced a similar situation on my first cruise in February, sans drinks, so needless to say I gained 3 lbs in 5 days. Pro’s and con’s I guess.

There were beautiful pools everywhere, big hammock beds on the beach with panel curtains blowing in the breeze, iguanas standing like statues in the sun and tropical birds singing in the trees. I know, it’s ok to be jealous. I would be too.

  • Jessica Hannon - Hi Shawna!

    Excellent images, I’m loving your work! I came across your post about the Excellence Playa Mujeres as I’m searching for our honeymoon destination. Would you recommend the resort??

    Thanks!
    JessReplyCancel

  • Jessica Hannon - Look amazing!! Did you love the resort? We’re considering it for our honeymoon, would you recommend it??ReplyCancel

    • Shawna - Not only would I recommend it but I would go back myself in a heart beat!ReplyCancel

Last night one of the best decorating teams in Atlanta, Edge Design Group, threw a little party to celebrate their new location on Faulkner Road in Atlanta. Maxine and Gabrielle are a dynamic, creative, fresh mother daughter team that consistently tranforms every venue they touch into a stunning masterpiece. Located at 2164 Faulkner Road in Atlanta, Edge Design has a beautiful showroom with examples of tables tops and crystal walk through chandeliers and centerpieces. The first time I worked with them was on Atlanta’s first Platinum Wedding filmed for WE TV and their aqua blue orchid and crystal chandeliers were like nothing I had ever seen before. They really are amazing.



The invitation said “bites and sips” and I was excited to find that the bites were provided by the wonderful Endive Fine Catering Company led by Chef Drew Ihrig

Brian from F and G Weddings is a top notch Wedding Planner who always brings the fabulous. This is his beautiful mom from Barbados, visiting for a few weeks to check up on him.

DJ Tron and his cousin.

Cakes were designed and created by Lisa at Couture Cakes Inc


They have a lot more space now to store and organize their plethura of decorations. Categorized by groups such as Iron, Glass, Metal, Vases, Florals, Tables, and just about anything you can think of. They’ve got it.