Hello everyone! It's Lauren, founder of Agra Culture, and today I'm sharing a personal post from my husband and I's recent wedding week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. If you can believe it, it's not all pillow stuffing, textile slinging, and designing around here! I'm a normal person behind the website, social media, and blog posts, and I have regular life stuff going on.
In this web-based, social media age we live in, it's easy to forget that there are actually humans behind the scenes and we have other things going on in our lives besides the businesses we run. And because I do run a small business, I think it's important to share personal things in my life because my small businesses is a reflection of me; my passions and choices have been the catalysts and inspirations behind this business. It's all intertwined...and now a sweet man has chosen to intertwine his life with mine.
We hope you enjoy some of our destination engagement photos and are inspired to take a trip with someone you love really soon. (We'll share about our actual wedding day later so stay tuned for that!)
When Aaron (my now husband) and I decided that we were going to have a destination wedding, we opted to hold off on doing a traditional engagement session at home, and instead, we chose to wait and have photos taken while in Mexico. Two boss lady friends, Lauren Tomasella (Lauren Tomasella Photography) and Karina Acker (Sweet Roots Photography), are both amazing wedding photographers and journeyed with us to paradise. We are SO thankful for them and all the work they did while they were in Mexico with us. Check out these images they captured...I may be biased, but I think they're pretty stellar.
We are huge fans of destination weddings. The biggest priority for Aaron and I when it came to our wedding week, was that we wanted our guests, and ourselves, to be able to disconnect from our home and work lives, and fully enjoy the time together. We didn't want everyday life distractions like laundry, feeding the pets, and to-do lists, cluttering the backs of people's minds. Traveling is one of our passions, so starting a new chapter of our lives in a beautiful and unique place just felt right for us; and we enjoyed being able to travel with so many family and friends from both sides.
If you're thinking about doing a destination wedding, we would highly recommend Puerto Vallarta. We chose it because it was pretty easy to get to from different parts of the US because much of our family is spread across the nation; plus we wanted the paradise vibe and killer tacos and margs. While parts of the city can be touristy, if you venture south to Conchas Chinas, or north towards the little surfer town of Sayulita, you can find hidden sanctuaries of paradise that are free from the tourist crowds.
For our wedding festivities, we rented a villa in Conchas Chinas, for ourselves and our wedding party, and stayed for the entire week leading up to our big day. Being in paradise, soaking up the landscape and getting to know Puerto Vallarta for several days before our wedding made the wedding week even more special. We know that the planning our families and friends had to do in order to join us were much greater than if we had gotten married at home, and we are forever grateful to them and the sacrifices they made. Their bearing witness to Aaron and I's vows of marriage and commitment, is a gift we will cherish forever.