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Huatulco Wedding from Nicole Ashley Photography

There’s a reason why destination weddings are so incredibly popular, and that reason is simple.  They are awesome.  I mean, an amazing once-in-a-lifetime vacation with your closest friends and family, topped off with a set of breathtaking nuptials in paradise?  It just doesn’t get any better.  Especially when those breathtaking nuptials are oceanside at the Dreams Resort & Spa and are followed up with a beautiful reception boasting sunny yellow hues and lush, orchid-filled centerpieces.  Oh, and did I mention the bridal party trash-the-dress?  See it all captured by Nicole Ashley Photography right here.

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From Nicole Ashley PhotographyI recently photographed a beautiful wedding this past November in Huatulco Mexico at the Dreams Resort & Spa. Melanie and Jared’s big day was both beautiful and relaxed. We had amazing weather and the hotel resort went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of. Melanie shined as a soft, classic bride with a beautiful bridal party in charcoal satin. Jared stayed cool in light beige and was joined by his groomsmen in matching (to the girls) charcoal suits. Their day was full of happy tears, hugs, laughter and of course dancing. I photographed this beautiful couple again a couple days after, and to my delight- their entire bridal party again as well! We switched up Melanie’s hair for a more casual beach look and the entire bridal party joined in the fun! I loved being apart of this incredible wedding.

Photography: Nicole Ashley Photography | Wedding Venue & Decor: Dreams Resort & Spa in Huatulco, Mexico | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Simone Carvalli | Bride’s Shoes: Aldo | Jewelry: Stella & Dot | Wedding Cake: Dreams Resort & Spa

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Playa Del Carmen Wedding from Reams Photo

Can I let you in on a little secret? I totally use SMP Destination as a virtual escape every.single.day. I mean, it is part of my job, right? But some days I just can’t pull away. Today is going to be one of those days. Because this Playa Del Carmen wedding is a dream. The images from Reams Photo are lovely and light-filled, the backdrops are stunning and the Bride and Groom? Well they couldn’t be more in love if they tried. It’s the best possible virtual vacation, and you can see it all here.

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From Reams PhotoAshlee and Ryan’s wedding was the perfect mix of DIY and a low stress, budget friendly destination wedding. The whole weekend was a big adventure- a wedding in 2012 in a Mayan jungle made for the perfect backdrop! Tons of crafty details (hand drawn invitations, personalized tequila bottles with their last name, mini scrolls with handwritten vows, and a map in her shoes to start!)  She also used lots of Etsy vendors to round out the details she couldn’t get to herself. Ashlee and Ryan love to travel and it only made sense to have their friends and family there for the best getaway of their lives!

From the Bride…We LOVED all of the quality time we were able to spend with each guest without feeling like we had to rush off to see the next table or group of guests. We not only got a wedding out of the deal, but we also got the vacation of a lifetime with everyone that we love most! There simply is no price to attach to the memories we now have from that week with our friends and family. One of our favorite memories of the day was saying our vows. The officiant first asked us to face each other and hold hands and then he talked about how the hands that we were holding would be the hands to hold our children, to help us up when we fall, to comfort us in old age, etc. That was so unexpected and moving. Definitely got the tears going!  We then loved reading our own vows to each other in front of our family and closest friends. We had put a lot of thought into them and worked on them for several days with each other without ever reading them out loud. We wanted them to be promises that we made not only to each other, but also to each other’s families and to our whole group of support. While drafting them we couldn’t keep from crying (I can’t even type about it without feeling emotional and we both tear up whenever we reminisce about it) so reading them aloud to one another was especially emotional. We have agreed to re-read our vows to each other each anniversary!

Photography: Reams Photo | Flowers: DIY | Ceremony + Reception Location: Iberostar Tucan, Riviera Maya | Invitations: DIY Bride + Groom | Cake Topper Birds: DIY | Cake Topper Banner: Stephlovesben | Papel Picado: AyMujer | Canopy Shell Curtain: DIY | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Sash: AmieNoelDesigns | Jewelry: The Jewelry Bar | Garter: TheChicaBoutique | Hair Flower: deLoop | Veil: Borrowed from friend | Bridesmaid’s Clutches: JennaLouDesigns | Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: DIY  | Groom’s Suit: Island Importers | Hats: San Diego Hat Co.

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Puerto Vallarta Wedding from Michelle Turner + The Dazzling Details

I adore a good love story, especially when it comes to us in the form of a breathtaking soiree from The Dazzling Details and Michelle Turner Photography.  That’s a duo who knows a thing or two about pretty, pretty weddings… and when you add in a couple with one of the cutest tales ever (beautiful exchange student meets dashing gentlemen), it ups the lovely quotient about 1,000 percent.  From the stunning La Mansion Vallarta setting to the uber-happy faces to the pretty pink hues, it’s a destination soiree that will leave you smiling for your entire work day.  See it all right here.

From the Bride… Fernando and I first met way back in 2000, when I was an exchange student in his hometown of Mazatlan, Mexico. We became close friends and stayed in touch regularly throughout the years. Fast forward to 2007 – Fernando was working in Puerto Vallarta, and I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to take a vacation down there, since I had never been before. We both realized we had romantic feelings for each other during that trip, and after a few subsequent years of long distance dating, Fernando proposed on Christmas Day of 2010. Having both relocated to Philadelphia, we started thinking about where we would have our wedding.

We chose Puerto Vallarta because it is where we fell in love and shared a lot of our special “first” moments as a couple – first date, first kiss, first “I love you.” We knew we wanted a wedding location that was a destination for both families, to make it fair since everybody was so far apart. We also wanted to keep it in Mexico and ideally near to the beach. I always knew I wanted an intimate wedding, so renting a private villa for our reception made perfect sense, and I fell in love with Casa Garza Blanca (now renamed La Mansion) when I saw it.

I envisioned a wedding that was utterly romantic: soft, feminine, and whimsical. I also wanted to incorporate a beach theme somehow, without doing something typical of your average destination wedding. My final vision ended up being “vintage seaside” – complete with nautical compasses serving as escort carts and favors and a message-in-a-bottle style guestbook. I also wanted to incorporate both of our unique cultures and make sure everyone felt welcome, despite the language barriers between our families.

The Dazzling Details did an amazing job fulfilling my vision. The day was perfect, despite the fact that we almost had a run-in with Hurricane Bud. The Dazzling Details made sure we had a contingency plan and rented tents which allowed us to still keep the reception outside. We had a light drizzle during most of the evening, but I actually thought the rain made the wedding even more unique and romantic. Every detail was beautiful, from the candles and soft lighting, to the bilingual menus, amazing food, and the gorgeous cake. Local touches like a cigar roller and a churro cart added a Mexican touch that our American guests adored. We were even able to catch a brief glimpse of the sunset despite the clouds. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I think the way our wedding day turned out – rain and all – was just how it was supposed to be for it to be perfect for us. As they say in Spanish, “Novia mojada, novia afortunada!”

Wedding Photography: Michelle Turner Photography | Wedding Venue: La Mansion Vallarta | Wedding Coordination, Design + Florals: The Dazzling Details | Catering Service: Plush Catering | Wedding Cake: Charme Reposteria | Wedding Dress: Watters, Cabo | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Veil: Paloma Blanca (pre-owned via Ebay) | Bride’s Earrings: Nadri Jewelry Group | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Groom’s Attire: Express | Cigar roller: Sr. Leopoldo Ponce | Authentic Churro Cart: Sr. Julio | Fireworks Presentation: Sr. Victor Zagal | DJ: Sonido Extasis

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Punta Mita Wedding from Hillary Maybery

I’m not trying to brag, but we kind of have this whole “kicking off the weekend in style” thing down to a serious science.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the amazing Hillary Maybery happened to send us a stunning Punta Mita affair for just such an occasion.  One that is overflowing with breathtaking details styled to perfection by Mar Weddings (I’m looking at you, pretty, pretty chandeliers), beautiful blooms from Iris Designs and a Casa Tres Soles setting that will leave you drooling.  (Seriously.)  See so much more in the full gallery.

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From Hilary Maybery… The incredibly talented Gaby and Memo from Mar Weddings designed this beautiful wedding at Casa Tres Soles, Punta de Mita.

Photography: Hillary Maybery | Event Design: Mar Weddings | Rehearsal, Ceremony + Reception Location: Casa Tres Soles | Floral Design + Gazebo: Iris Designs | Hand-Drawn Maps: Natty Michelle Paperie | Hair + Makeup: Apuane Spa at Four Seasons  | Earrings + Necklace: Maria Elena | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Wedding Dress: Marisa via Patsy’s Boutique

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Intimate Cabo San Lucas Wedding from Sara Richardson + Allure Event

You may or may not have heard, but the Southwest is in the middle of an (excruciatingly hot) heat wave; one that is seeing temps rise to well over 120 degrees.  And since I happen to live in one of those very hot Southwestern states, I’ve been spending my time indoors, dreaming of a vacation to a nice seaside locale like it’s my job to do so.  And when I spotted this gorgeous day from the genius that is Allure Event?  I knew immediately where I had to go.  Because if a short holiday to Cabo looks anything even close to this magical day captured perfectly by Sara Richardson (complete with a cool ocean breeze), I’m in for a world of awesome.  Click here for sooo much more.

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From Allure EventWhen Virginia and Andrew contacted us a few months before their wedding and asked us to help them plan a small wedding in a private villa in Cabo, they had only a few specific requests – that the ceremony be intimate and meaningful, and that we use shades of coral, orange and cream for the color scheme. Using the bride’s inspiration photos as the base of the design, we set out to create an elegant and feminine setting using lace, soft, feminine flowers and candles, lots and lots of candles! The result was exactly what they had envisioned.

The intimate ceremony was held on an outdoor terrace facing the Cabo San Lucas bay. For the ceremony, we created two large branch arrangements with hanging dendrobium orchids and crystals, with rose buds and moss at the base and set these on white, wooden pillars which framed Virginia and Andrew as they said their vows. We lined the pool ledge and terrace with rose petals and pillar candles in glass cylinders, which later served as the backdrop for the dinner reception. A singing guitarist played an acoustic version of “Have a Little Faith” by John Wyatt as Andrew took his place at the altar and then as Virginia walked down to meet him. The ceremony was officiated in Spanish by a judge and translated to English for their guests.

After the vows, the new bride and groom were whisked away to the beach for some romantic sunset photos and we began to transform the ceremony space for dinner. In order to ensure an intimate setting, we set a rectangular table which allowed for all guests to sit together. We draped the chairs with custom made lace covers which added a romantic feel to the setting. For the centerpiece, we designed a lush floral arrangement using roses, phalaenopsis orchids, ranunculus and succulents and surrounded it with an assortment of vintage pressed and cut glass in varying heights, filling these with small flower bouquets, cut roses, and votive candles. We kept the final table design a secret and completely surprised the couple as they made their way back to the villa.

The wedding cake was carrot-orange cake with orange cream cheese filling. The sweet, two tier cake was designed to recreate the gorgeous bodice detail of Virginia’s Vera Wang Dress.

Wedding Photography: Sara Richardson Photography | Ceremony and Reception: Villa Haydee, Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Wedding Planning + Design: Vari Avila of Allure Event | Floral Design: Rene Larios of Cabo Floral Studio | Catering: Jennifer O’Toole | Wedding Cake: Deena Fisher of Sweet Dreams Cabo | Guitar: Daryl Currie | Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Diamond White Grazia Valentine Bridal Shoes

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Riviera Maya Wedding Film from Inkspot Crow Films

You know how to kick off the week in some serious style?  With a little wedding magic from the oh-so-amazing Inkspot Crow Films, that’s how.  A little wedding magic that includes the breathtaking backdrop that is the Riviera Maya, two incredibly adorable sweethearts (hello beautiful vows) and a whole lot of happy tears.  It’s more pretty than you can ever imagine, all wrapped up in 4 minutes of amazing.  Click play to soak it all in… your Monday just got awesome.

From the Bride… Having found Inkspot Crow through Style Me Pretty, it’s exciting to have a chance to have our own video featured! When we first got engaged, I knew I didn’t want the stress that goes along with a traditional wedding, so we quickly decided that destination was the way to go for us.  After picking an all-inclusive resort, I became worried that our wedding would be very canned – that it wouldn’t have enough of our own personal touches.  It took a bit more planning, packing and effort, but I worked with the hotel and was able to add some personal touches, both to the ceremony and the reception.  My very sweet cousin, who was unable to make the ceremony, really wanted to contribute, so I gave her the tedious task of stringing the cranes and beads together for our ceremony back-drop.  She pulled it off with very little instruction and absolutely no complaining.  They turned out even better than I had imagined!  Our love of travel combined with the fact that it was a destination wedding, made for an unofficial “travel theme”. My maid of honor and I, who live 4 hours apart, worked on the table “numbers” and escort cards over the Christmas Holidays, long weekends, and even a few last-minute changes the day before! Having the people I love the most contribute to the decor made the day that much more special.  I knew they could look around and really feel like they contributed to our special day.

Cinematography: Inkspot Crow Films | Ceremony: Gazebo 55 at El Dorado Royale | Reception: El Dorado Royale | Flowers + Cake + Catering: El Dorado Royale | Photography: Vincent Ribon of Zasil Photography | Hair + Make-up: Naay Spa Casitas | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Bridesmaids Dresses: Victoria’s Secret | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Made by Bride | Getting Ready Robes: Silk and More | Bridal Hairpiece: Flora Bond

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