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A Wedding on Wednesday - Las Rocas, Baja Mexico

There’s a first for everything, last night I shot a Wednesday wedding down in Baja at the Las Rocas Spa & Resort just south of Rosarito Beach in Baja Mexico. Actually, I was the second shooter - my wife, the superlative Jennifer Dery, was the primary photographer. Second shooter duties usually include photographing the groom while the main photographer is off with the bride. Well, seeing as how I was the sidekick on this one, I got to hang with the guys.

For those of you who haven’t traveled down Baja’s Highway 1 down to Ensenada, Las Rocas is right on the ocean about 30 miles south of the San Diego border. If you drive down the toll road, you can’t help but see the giant statute of Jesus up on a hill.

Las Rocas sits right across the highway from Jesus.

Despite all of San Diego’s coastline, there’s no wedding venue that overlooks the water. The Lodge at Torrey Pines is close - but it’s got a golf course between it and the ocean. The Hotel Del sits on the beach, but it lacks the perspective of sitting high on a cliff with a view of the water. Las Rocas is unique in that it sits right above the water with a spectacular view of the ocean and bluffs.

Arturo with Artquest Flowers in San Diego provided the flowers for the wedding. I used to work with Arturo all the time, but I hadn’t seen him for a few years. It’s always nice to work with good people that you know.

One thing cool about working with the guys is that the pace is usually a little easier. There’s more time to look around and get the details.

Here’s Josh getting ready. (That’s me on the left!)

During the wedding, I got stuck in the back. Jen got to run around and get the all different angles. Still, I had fun with it.

April and Josh have cute little daughter, Hailey.

I wasn’t gonna drive all the way down to Baja and then wait forever at the border without a chance to photograph the bride and groom. There was almost no time for photography since the wedding ran late so I think I shot for all of one minute. But I like this one.

When we did our scout of the location before the wedding, I saw this steep gap between two buildings. I knew the shot that I wanted. When the time came, I had no time. I set this up in about 30 seconds and scrambled to get the shot while all the guests were waiting for the bride and groom to do their grand entrance. Still, I got the shot. That’s my job!


2 Responses to “A Wedding on Wednesday - Las Rocas, Baja Mexico”

  1. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) Says:

    Hey…I just shot at that very resort like 2 weeks ago. I’ll post them as soon as I get a chance to breathe. Great job on these, John. I really like both of the off-camera light images!

  2. Chris from Detroit Says:

    Beautiful light there on the cliff. Never thought about still using off camera flash during sunset. Definately makes adds more.

    Awesome photo John.

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