Ever get a cryptic text from a friend and think to yourself 'Today is not going to be a normal day'? That's what my thought was when I got a text from my friend Austin. The text read something along the lines of "I passed your information along to one of my friends; he is having an..interesting wedding".
It wasn't but ten minutes after I got that text when I got a call from Jon. Getting a call about a wedding isn't out of the ordinary, but Austin was right: there were a few 'interesting' parts to this wedding.
1) The wedding was going to be in Mexico.
2) If I were to shoot this wedding, I'd also be tagging along for a 2 day service trip in an impoverished area.
3) The wedding was in two weeks.
Definitely not my average wedding. I checked my calendar, saw that I was available, and figured 'Why not?'
Two weeks later I found myself on a bus full of strangers (counting the wedding couple and parts of their families). It was about the moment I was dragging three large bags of video gear across the border that I wondered if I had made a poor life choice.
I hadn't. Much like a lot of the more memorable moments in life: this trip became much more than what I could have asked for out of a wedding. Both families treated me like a son and were incredibly loving towards me, the wedding was the simplest wedding I ever had to shoot (maybe 12 people in attendance), the couples love story was one of the most inspiring I had heard (I'll let them tell you it in the video), and shooting on the beach at sunset in another country is a dream come true.
I can say with confidence that the entire trip was one of the most fantastic experiences I've ever had, and I will never forget it nor the friends that I made on the trip.