Megan and Landon, Puerta Vallerta, Mexico


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Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous, both of them, these are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. I first met Landon in a pub in Williams California. We had randomly picked this place to meet and go over albums. Sadly, but also hilariously, we were accosted by an extremely drunk older woman who was clearly a "regular" and also a self-proclaimed expert on weddings in general. How we managed to get through her "advice" and "critique" of my work, I will never know. We didn't dare look at each other or one of us was going to burst out laughing. When we finally left, she pulled Landon aside and told him to have a friend videograph the wedding and just get his photos off of there. Save the money, after all, I didn't even have a photo of all the bouquets lined up on the train of the dress and "everybody" knows that is an essential. Landon called me immediately and we laughed for a long, long time.

Fortunately for me, Landon and Megan were not interested in hiring a Back to the Eighties photographer, and we proceeded to head off to Puerta Vallerta together. It was magnificent. And the Casa de Angel, where the wedding was actually held, was easily the most beautiful place I have ever been to. I was just blown away by the whole thing. The wedding was small, which meant I really had a chance to get to know the families. I was treated to many amusing Navy SEAL stories, which, as my son is doing that, armed me fabulously for some great Son Torture when I returned. Both Landon and Megan are in the Air force, and I will forever owe them a debt of gratitude for helping me better understand what my son is doing. (He won't tell me squat, of course!)

It was an honor to photograph this wedding. Beautiful location aside, they epitomize graciousness, and the love and friendship they have with each other was awesome to witness. I think it would have been just the same had we been standing in some parking lot somewhere. (Of course then I wouldn't have been able to run around speaking Spanish... but I would have gotten over that!)

Wedding Photography by Sharon Dawson of The Dawson Studios. Photographed in Puerta Vallerta, Mexico