Viva la Deva

In September of 2012, a girl showed up at WELD in cut off shorts and boots as a volunteer for our Open House Party. She was fresh out of art school, and on a whim, responded to a tweet from Kyle Steed that led her to us. 

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Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever guessed that only 17 months later, I would be sitting on a white sand beach watching her marry a shy web developer in Tulum, Mexico. 

 

The photographers that shot the wedding are the newest edition to the "fell in love at WELD" club, and the filmmaker was the first member of that growing list.

 

The groom toasted to all 36 of us that trekked down to Mexico for the nuptials, and said

"you're all here today because we want to spend the rest of our lives with you."

 

Before the good professional photos come out, I thought I'd share my perspective of the week. All are terribly shot via iphone and helped a bit by vsco filters. 

The Cancun coast flying in versus flying out. 

The Cancun coast flying in versus flying out. 

Apparently, I use my hair as an eyemask when on vacation.

Apparently, I use my hair as an eyemask when on vacation.

View of the Caribbean on the left, and the peninsula on the right. Taken on top of the groom's house for the week.

View of the Caribbean on the left, and the peninsula on the right. Taken on top of the groom's house for the week.

Sitting up in bed at 5:30 almost every morning to watch the sun rise over the sea. 

Sitting up in bed at 5:30 almost every morning to watch the sun rise over the sea. 

Daughter and Mother -- at home in paradise.

Daughter and Mother -- at home in paradise.

Margaritas, new friends, the bride's mother telling an epic tale with her arms, and the groom wiggling. 

Margaritas, new friends, the bride's mother telling an epic tale with her arms, and the groom wiggling. 

Baffled by the Mexican graphic design and fine art. 

Baffled by the Mexican graphic design and fine art. 

Nature-made, Man-made, Tiffany-made. 

Nature-made, Man-made, Tiffany-made. 

I have a feeling hashtag Met at WELD is going to be a thing soon. Couple number three -- #delsi

I have a feeling hashtag Met at WELD is going to be a thing soon. Couple number three -- #delsi

Always fun to photograph the photographers. No -- she's not wearing pants. Yes -- he is filming in a bath tub.

Always fun to photograph the photographers. No -- she's not wearing pants. Yes -- he is filming in a bath tub.

The calm before the wedding. 

The calm before the wedding. 

Last selfie as a single gal on the left -- The groom's mother, Jeanene, reacting to seeing the bride for the first time on the right.

Last selfie as a single gal on the left -- The groom's mother, Jeanene, reacting to seeing the bride for the first time on the right.

Finalizing her vows -- and trying to sneak a peek at the groom. 

Finalizing her vows -- and trying to sneak a peek at the groom. 

The moments before life changes forever.

The moments before life changes forever.

We laughed, we cried, the groom dropped the bride's ring in the sand -- It's official. 

We laughed, we cried, the groom dropped the bride's ring in the sand -- It's official. 

It rained in the middle of the reception dinner -- but some stuck it out and kept eating. It was that good.

It rained in the middle of the reception dinner -- but some stuck it out and kept eating. It was that good.

Sunrise versus sunset.

Sunrise versus sunset.

Congratulations to two of the most incredible folks I've ever known -- you finally found each other. 

#DawsonyNeva