Photo by Erik Shenko

Cancun wedding photographers, Genya+Erik Shenko

STAS and Julia’s wedding was one of those rare celebrations when the groom has been actively involved into the wedding planning. Even the smallest details of their wedding were planned many months in advance: the place was chosen, the flowers were selected, and the photographer was confirmed. The hotel to host their wedding was Beach Palace Cancun. Nothing was omitted or left unattended.

I’ve exchanged a good number of messages with Julia before meeting the future spouses in person. Right away I’ve noticed how important the day was for Stas. You couldn’t help but see how deep and profound was his love and respect for Julia. However, meeting both of them in person was beyond of all we imagined about them before.
Even though a little bit nervous, Julia posed much confidence in what she was about to do. The bride was enjoying every moment of anticipation to become one with her beloved. She obviously knew she was his one and only. Her feeling of completeness and happiness was enough to make all her guests as excited as she was. She warned us that her bridegroom would be nervous and probably would be shedding tears of being overwhelmed with happiness.
The groom’s room with only three men getting ready appeared to be a hurricane zone. The happy ambiance made the way for the friendly chat, which allowed us to discover many wonderful aspects of Stas’ personality. It not only brought us much closer to the wedding couple but also helped us to be even more effective in what our work. The story of moving to California, the promise of love and the fight to find themselves in the new country captured us and compelled us to put a special seal of triumph on every photo we took. A special treat was to meet a couple of wedding photographers, a husband and a wife from Chicago, right at the lobby of the Beach Palace. They very kindly showed the groom how to tie a bow tie.
The wedding ceremony was so captivating that it seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. It was so rich with special moments and emotions that us, two wedding photographers, had to work triple speed to cover all the fun and happiness. While the bride and her mother joined their hands in thanksgiving, the flower girl was cutely spying between chairs. Smiles and sighs were creating the miracle expectancy atmosphere… and there was the groom shedding tears again… The sand ceremony and the signatures led to the magical ‘You may kiss the bride’ at the exact moment of special wedding fireworks lighting up the moment.

Harmony was also reigning the next day. Nothing can compare with the pleasure of the underwater wedding pictures session. The feeling of weightlessness is something we love to transfer to the wedding couple the easy way. Fresh water in a friendly manner was contrasting an hour of the morning and prepared us for the fun beach photo session very close to Playa del Carmen. The interaction between Julia and Stas transmitted a fullness of harmony, which was easy and naturally reflected at all the photographs we’ve taken. Out of all of those special moments the one I remember the most was when they were playing with waves. It was so romantic! And a lot of fun to watch and photo shoot! The other one was the sincerity of farewell when they wished us some wedding session in San Francisco California, so we could meet again soon.

Sincere thanks to Julia and Stas for allowing us to be a part of their celebration.

‘Get to Know Us. Genya+Erik Wedding documentary photographers in love.


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko


Photo by Erik Shenko


Photo by Genya Shenko

Check out more of Julia & Stas’s fabulous wedding on their slideshow here:

Beach Palace Rooftop  Slide Show Wedding in Cancun J + S