You can’t go wrong with a wedding in Mexico. As is, the beauty of this Playa del Carmen‘s tropical vibe is a pretty enough scene. But when you bring in the planning genius of Melissa Andre Events and layer in an ombré rose backdrop like this? We’re talking next level. Mango Studios captured it all to a T and The Vault tells all.
When Real Housewives of Toronto star, Roxy Earle married financier Raghu Kilambi in a breathtaking Mexican wedding, it was nothing short of a fairy-tale. The couple took over the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Playa del Carmen for four days allowing wedding planners to transform the already lush and exotic hotel into a glamorous celebration, not typical of a destination wedding. “People think casual when you say your getting married in Mexico, but we love glamorous entertaining and travel, so our wedding reflected that,” said the bride. Special details included the custom made glass aisle floating above the main courtyard’s fountain that the bride walked down, chandeliers hanging from palm tress and buckets of cascading white roses lining the length of the aisle. The reception featured more than 50,000 roses that filled every inch of the reception room, flown in especially for the location. “I was speechless when I took in the smell and the sight of all those roses, I had no words, I just began to cry,” said the bride. The wedding focused on giving guests the most romantic night the couple could dream up. “As travel is such a huge part of our lives we wanted guests to experience the refined Mexican luxury that made Maroma one of our favourite hotels in the world, we wanted guests to experience a place so special to us” said the groom. The décor celebrated the lush and romantic setting of the hotel with the entire property lit by candles the night of the wedding and roses were everywhere, even hanging from the ceiling to fuse the outdoor/ indoor space. The room was open to the ocean so the breeze and floral scents mixed with candlelight made for an incredible ambiance. No detail was overlooked, and the morning of the wedding all guest received ‘messages in a bottle’ within seashells that informed them of their table number. The table settings featured personalized monogrammed napkins with the guests initials to indicate their seat. A five-course gourmet Mexican meal featured lobsters caught that morning and a beautiful dessert tray inspired by old world elegance. Grammy winning artist Skylar Gray was brought in to serenade the couple with her rendition of Thank You by Led Zeppelin and guests danced the night away to tunes from hometown celebrity producer/DJ Boi1da. This rose infused wedding capped off with guests sipping rose and dancing long into the hours of the morning.
From Mango Studios… We love destination weddings! As a wedding photographer, my job is to not only capture the special moments of a very special day, but to capture the beauty of the scenery around it. For creative purposes I choose to use the locations texture and vibe versus an obvious landmark. It’s not sand or palm trees that make Mexico so beautiful for destination weddings – you can find those in any southern country. What makes it so appealing is it’s special vibe, the texture of a resort and the feeling of an unplugged wedding.
When Roxy and Raghu asked me to photograph their wedding in Cancun, I was beyond excited to jump on a plane! I decided to take a candid approach to their portraits, and let the beautiful Mexican scenery to take centre stage. The result is relaxed, unposed poses that flow seamlessly from one location to the other, and let their genuine love and emotions shine through.
Having Melissa Andre of Melissa Andre Events plan and design the wedding, I knew it was going to be an imaginative and glamourous affair. The ceremony took place outside in the courtyard, perfectly tucked away in a peaceful and tranquil rotunda of trees. The couple exchanged their vows under the soft fluttering of palm leaves, a subtle tapping of the rain upon the covered aisle and hanging white flowers. Roxy was absolutely breathtaking in her Vera Wang dress and a jewel-worthy fresh orchid necklace.
Although it rained most of the day, it was so cozy to sit under the candle-lit chandeliers and hanging loose greenery at the reception. The fairy-tale like evening was filled with heartwarming stories, laughter and cheering for the newlyweds. The biggest surprise of the night was a stage with fifty thousand (!) pink and red roses forming an epic gradient backdrop. Skylar Grey and Boi-1da performance was the second and final surprise of the wedding day to sing to the couple during their first dance and later again to end a fantastic night on a high note. Roxy and Raghu, thank you both so much for taking care of us. I hope you are having a time of your life as husband and wife.
Photography: Mango Studios | Floral Design: Canteiro | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | DJ: Boi1da | Audiovisual Services: Canteiro | Furniture Rentals: Canteiro | Musical Performance: Skylar Grey | Planning and Design: Melissa Andre Events | Resort & Spa: Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa