One for the Books! 4

First of all, I must apologize to all of my regular readers. This summer has been a whirlwind of activity for me and I have not been able to update my blog for quite some time. Rest assured that there will be plenty to read going forward! I have been working on delivering the massive amounts of images to my clients, so my blog took a back seat for a short while.

This entry takes us back to June when I left for the Mayan Riviera to shoot my first destination wedding of the 2011 season. I met Urvi and Mitesh through mutual friends that referred them to me. I liked them from the moment I met them! Mitesh’s dry sense of humour is a perfect compliment to Urvi’s bubbly and happy go lucky attitude. Their chemistry was amazing and I could already tell that we were going to produce some great images together!

From the moment we arrived in Mexico, the fun times started. Cold Coronas were waiting for us on the bus to the resort and I could tell this group was going to really enjoy themselves.

Personally, I am not a fan of Mexico as a destination, but when I arrived at the Grand Sunset Princess, my attitude completely changed! The resort was one of the most gorgeous properties I have ever stayed at. The sprawling complex was appointed with luxury and designed with class. Even the staff were very pleasant, I didn’t feel like I was in Mexico at all.

While I am on the topic of the resort, I have to mention the food… It was INCREDIBLE! There were a huge number of a la carte restaurants and the buffets had a great selection. Every other time I have been to Mexico, the food has affected me in ways that I don’t want to talk about, but this time I had no stomach issues at all. I would definitely recommend this as a vacation spot.

The first day, I always like to walk the complex to scout for nice spots for the formal photography. Around every corner , there was a new and gorgeous location. It is almost as if the place was designed with wedding photos in mind.

Urvi and Mitesh are of Hindu background, so there were many traditional ceremonies and moments to capture. I have photographed pretty much every type of wedding, so I was very familiar with the traditions and captured everything for them.

Urvi wore a beautiful Green and Gold Sari for her pre wedding ceremony and an intricately beaded red and gold Sari for her wedding day.

Their fun and upbeat attitude definitely came through in their images. They were up for anything and when I asked them if they wanted to “trash the dress”, they literally jumped in with both feet!

As with a lot of my clients, Urvi and Mitesh have become great friends.

Enjoy the images and congratulations to you both!




The Beachfront Wedding Ceremony

The Beachfront Wedding Ceremony

Fun the Pool!

Fun in the Pool!

Five Star Resort Reception

Five Star Resort Reception

A wedding to remember!

A wedding to remember!

About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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4 thoughts on “One for the Books!

  • Michael Franzen

    Great shots, love the creativity and focus of your shots. Nothing but interesting and exciting memories captured!

  • Urvi

    Yay Andrew…

    Thank you for making the trek to Mexico, we’re so glad Grand Sunset Princess changed your perception. I’ll never forget bumping into you at the Sunset Buffet, it was you against all those steaks and I know you won that battle!

    We partied hard almost every night but that never stopped you from being so energized for our morning shoots…you’re the best! The trash the dress was definitely the most fun…so glad we did that! You captured so many fun moments and for that we are so grateful!

    Let’s do it again!!!

    Thanks again

  • Andrew Pateras Post author

    Urvi, you guys are amazing! You made me feel like a part of your family and that made me want to work even harder and get more creative! It was my pleasure and I am glad I was able to share in your day.