barcelo punta cana wedding photographer. {lysa + tanner}

May 24, 2012

I looooove the story of how Lysa & Tanner met & fell in love – it’s pretty well exactly the story of Rob & I!

It was winter 2008 and Lysa was having a blast with her girlfriends in Mexico. One evening she saw a good-looking guy sitting at the bar and for the first time in her life came up to him to strike up a conversation. Tanner was in Mexico for his cousin’s wedding, she learnt. He was also from Florida, far enough from Lysa’s hometown of Ottawa. Although sparks flew from that instant, they both knew that starting a long-distance relationship seemed crazy. But they did. Lysa says, “when I left Mexico I felt like I had starred in some romantic comedy that was too good to be true.” (I felt exactly the same after falling for Rob in Mexico and doing numerous Edmonton-Vancouver 12-hour drives to see him!) After a few trips back and forth, Tanner made the big move to Canada to be with his love.

The way Tanner looks at Lysa is really something. Every glance he steals is filled with quiet admiration and tenderness. Like she’s the only person in the room.

Lysa is easy to love… a paramedic & a talented photographer, she is selfless, funny, generous, passionate, beautiful, hard-working, thoughtful (thank you for my lululemon present!!) and ridiculously photogenic.

I have to share the proposal story too. Lysa came home at 6:30 am from a night shift, to find the place filled with candles and roses, Tanner playing ‘their song’ and wearing the same clothes he did that first night they met in Mexico. He invited her to dance, then got down on one knee. Goosebumps!!

Nearly 50 of their loved ones joined them at Barcelo Palace Deluxe for a fun week in the sun and a beautiful beach wedding ceremony. Lysa & Tanner had access THE most luxurious penthouse suite (1 of 2 in the whole resort). It was a real treat to document girls getting ready there. The view is incredible, there’s an infinity pool and a few extra bedrooms, among gorgeous decor and almost too much space! I even dared to steal Lysa away for a mini-boudoir session at one of the bedrooms. Okay, check it out for yourself!

The view from the presidential suite – there’s the beach ceremony site, with white & aqua accents.

Perfect Barcelo Palace Deluxe beach ceremony.

Back at that gorgeous presidential suite for more portraits.

This looks more dangerous than it really is! Lysa & Tanner are standing at the edge of the infinity pool on the terrace. 

Private ballroom reception dinner.

Some couples are brave enough to meet the sunrise with us the day after their wedding. It feels like a crazy idea when you wake up and it’s pitch black outside, but when you see the first rays over the calm ocean, you realize in an instant that it’s all worth it. Rob & I looooooove sunrise Rock the Dress sessions!

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  1. Jolyn @ Wander Love Destination Weddings

    May 24th, 2012 at 10:17

    OMG – so in love with their pictures – they were a great couple to work with, and I think you captured their love and their fun-loving personalities perfectly!! Congratulations Lysa & Tanner!!

  2. pricilla

    May 24th, 2012 at 10:59

    Beautiful story. Beautiful pictures. The sunrise’rock the dress’shots are stunning. Some of my favorits!

  3. Lysa

    May 24th, 2012 at 11:37

    Oh my!!!! Katya you have managed to make me tear up with joy!!! Thank you so vey much!!!!!!! Love love love!!! You have captured our day, our love, and us in every way I could imagine! I can’t thank you enough! Lots of love to you my amazing photographer and friend!!! xoxoxo

  4. Shane Miller

    May 24th, 2012 at 12:27

    Hey Lysa,

    These pics are incredible… obviously great photographers… hahah.. you must have been nervous trying to find the right one!

    But you got them… clearly amazing!

    And of course… not bad subjects either.. you look incredible, and you guys look so happy together!

    Wishing you all the best!


  5. Carole Gubbels

    May 24th, 2012 at 13:03

    WOW!!! Amazing!! She really was a beautiful bride. You’re pictures really tell the story!!

  6. Kazi Appleby

    May 24th, 2012 at 13:20

    Many congratulations! The photos are beyond stunning, soooooo beautiful! Wishing you every happiness and compliments to the photographer! Wonderful XXX

  7. renee

    May 24th, 2012 at 14:11

    Amazing pictures!!! You could not look any happier Lysa!! I love all of them!!…well maybe the purple speedo was a bit much for my eyes! 🙂 Congratulations to you and Tanner!!

  8. kristin

    May 24th, 2012 at 14:43

    love love love love everything about this photo shoot!

  9. Carmen Dunphy

    May 24th, 2012 at 19:27

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! As I was looking through them, it made me feel like was right there with them. Everyone looks great, fairtales can’t write wedding days as perfect as this, and very well deserved for a wonderful pair!

  10. Gr Watnemampa & Grama

    May 25th, 2012 at 11:11

    ohhhhh SO BEAUTIFUL We wish You Both a Lifetime of Happiness The Pictures are breathtaking Happy Birthday Lysa

  11. Papa Duck

    May 25th, 2012 at 11:37

    Lysa & Tanner! What a wonderful experience! What a wonderful Day!As these Magnificent Photos prove!
    The two of you have magically touched so many lives and brought to existance so many great friendships! I am so thankful to be a part of your lives and to witness the begining of your journey through life together! Congratulations Once More!

  12. Gr Watnemampa & Grama

    May 28th, 2012 at 20:08

    The Photographer had the perfect couple to work with and did a super job Congrats !!!

  13. Tim Watnem

    May 29th, 2012 at 07:17

    Congratulations! The Pics are stunning! You two seem to make relationship Effortless.
    I think there is some soul Mate material happening!
    Much Love,
    Tim, Heather, and Lily

  14. debbie watnem

    June 4th, 2012 at 16:16

    congratulations to both have a fantastic life together hope the honey moom hasn’t came to a end yet…..

  15. debbie watnem

    June 6th, 2012 at 18:44

    Brian Flath has ask me to say this for him Congrats to the newly weds and many years of happiness ahead

  16. trindessa

    April 16th, 2013 at 19:50

    I absolutely love the bride maid dresses! Would it be possible to find out where their from?

  17. Vanessa Santos

    June 24th, 2014 at 21:47

    I don’t really know who I am contacting but anyway I can have the information on the photographer? These pictures are gorgeous and I’ll be getting married here as well next year. Thanks!

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