I had been going to Tulum for years, it’s a really beautiful beach village on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico – people always talk about it being quite magical and spiritual – and we knew we wanted to get married there. As soon as I had a guest count I was certain we should go the villa route to create the intimate environment we hoped for.
Everything went to plan. It was a laid back and beautiful day. Guests were invited to come at any time to simply hang out, which is what we wanted: to spend the day with our loved ones. We also said no gifts – we wanted guests to be present, not bring presents.
Together Journal entered two categories at the recent New Zealand Magazine Publishers Awards, Best Designer + Best Photographer in the consumer and special interests sector. It was the first time we had entered the awards and we were delighted to win both the categories we entered! Designer, Hannah Lawless and Photographer; Danelle Bohane are incredibly talented in their respective fields and we are so lucky to have them as main contributors to Together Journal.
BEST DESIGNER – CONSUMER SPECIAL INTEREST
Winner: Hannah Lawless – Together Journal
Judges Comments “Breaks convention in the traditional wedding style magazines. Well curated mood, with clever storytelling through use of imagery. Elegant use of restraint.”
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER – CONSUMER
Winner: Danelle Bohane – Together Journal
Judges Comments “Danielle’s ability to capture candid moments in an aesthetically pleasing way with a unique and fresh approach sets her work apart with a modern and honest approach.”
We first met before we even knew how to walk. Our parents met each other in a hill station in India called Mussoorie, when we were both just short of one year old. We then met again when we were in third grade, we went to a small school in New Delhi. I was Jordy’s first crush, but back then I was terrified of little boys, especially him. We were in school together for three years, then home-schooled separately, and I moved to Thailand for high school. We had no contact with each other during that time at all, then in 2011 I went with my family on a rafting trip in India and Jordy and his dad were on the same trip. The first day I just observed him making everyone laugh and being friends with everyone. We were all sitting in a big group and he stopped and looked and me and said, “Do you ever talk?” I started laughing and then wouldn’t shut up the rest of the trip, and that was the beginning of us.