A warm breeze blows out across the vast open stretch of sand and ocean that is Rancho Santana, Nicaragua. Palm tree leaves sway just above my head as a kaleidoscope of butterflies dance around wildflowers in the warm orange waning light of sunset. A thin strip of dark clouds mirror the coast line heading north in a sky that is an explosion of color; a few pelicans glide along the water’s surface. The sound of crashing surf is like a soft song playing in the background.
I have a confession to make: I fell deeply in love with Rancho Santana the first day I arrived for Steve and Amy’s destination wedding. The rustic Spanish style architecture is a dreamy compliment to the rugged Nicaraguan tropical landscape: dense forests, gorgeous beaches, steep rock cliffs, an amazing polyculture farming system, and sunsets more robust and colorful than I’ve ever seen. I really enjoyed creating a photo story with Steve + Amy and their family + friends. Over the course of four days we made documentary style photos of yoga in the jungle, beach + pool parties, hiking adventures, surfing, horse riding, family gatherings, robust meals, dancing, and an incredible sunset wedding ceremony on the tidal rocks of Playa Santana. Here are a collection of images from their story:
Photos by Drew. Lighting magic provided by Zoom.
This text is mainly for the search engine robots. Drew is an Oakland wedding photographer and a San Francisco wedding photographer and a Bay Area wedding photographer; a Sonoma County wedding photographer, a Marin County Wedding Photographer, and a Napa Wedding Photographer; an Oakland wedding photojournalist and a San Francisco wedding photojournalist; while he is based in the Bay area, Drew regularly photographs for clients throughout all of California, including Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, San Jose, Marin County, Santa Cruz, Eureka, Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Barbra, and Napa, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, all across the USA and everywhere on Earth. He specializes in creative storytelling and artistic wedding photojournalism. In addition he photographs elopements, courthouse weddings, city hall weddings, san francisco city hall weddings, sf city hall wedding photographers, Jewish weddings, Catholic weddings, Zoroastrian weddings, Orthodox weddings, Muslim Weddings, Atheist weddings, Secular weddings, Pagan weddings, Hindu weddings, Shinto weddings, Buddhist weddings, Persian weddings, Taoist weddings, same sex weddings, same gender weddings, gay weddings, LGBT weddings, and is a proud supporter of equal marriage rights and marriage equality. This blog post is about international destination wedding photographers, san francisco bay area photographers, rancho santana weddings, nicaragua weddings, destination weddings, tropical destination weddings, beach weddings, wedding photojournalism, wedding photographers, creative storytelling, and fearless photographers. You can view more of Drew’s documentary style wedding work here, and more of his photojournalism, editorial, and lifestyle work here.