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Tropical + Elegant Mexico Beach Wedding

What better reason to escape the bitter cold of winter than with a destination wedding south of the border in sunny Cancun? With a gorgeous Katie May wedding dress from Lovely Bride, a dreamy ceremony on the beach and close family and friends, this wedding wasn’t just a beautiful day—it was a beautiful beginning to happily ever after. Escape to Mexico with Meg Miller Photography here.

 

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From The Bride…Shortly after our incredible engagement in Central Park, Justin and I both agreed that we wanted to have a destination wedding. What better place to get married in February than under the Mexican sun surrounded by our closest family and friends?! We are both from different states, so we loved the idea of having our families and friends all able to meet and spend a weekend together.

Shortly after, we chose our destination – the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort just north of Cancun. The Excellence was fabulous and really exceeded our expectations. Not only was the resort beautiful and fun, the staff was also stellar. Andrea Munguia made the wedding planning process effortless and really enjoyable.

Choosing our photographer was an easy choice for us. We are in love with Meg of Meg Miller Photography’s work, for us, it was a no-brainer to ask her to take our wedding photos! Not only is Meg a lot of fun and wonderful to work with, she is also such a talented photographer. She did a fantastic job and we’re so happy that we will forever have these photos to cherish.

Ultimately, we were very pleased with our decision to have a destination wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time.

Photography: Meg Miller Photography | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Excellence Playa Mujeres | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride Tribeca | Bride's Veil: BHLDN

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Romantic Riviera Maya Wedding at Silversands Resorts

One part stunning wedding, one part totally awesome vacation, this darling duo knew exactly what they were doing when they whisked their friends and family off to the Secrets Silversands in the Riviera Maya to say “I do.”  Think a breathtaking seaside ceremony meets awe-inspiring details (read: dancing under the stars) meets a whole lot of pampering, Silversands style.  Head to The Vault for every last moment captured by Darling Photography.

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From the Bride… When Dave and I first got engaged we knew immediately that we wanted to have a destination wedding. Neither of us wanted a “traditional” wedding, and since traveling together has been a huge part of our relationship from the start, a destination wedding just fit. We both grew up spending most of our summers on the coast, so of course getting married on the beach would be perfect!

We told our travel agent that we wanted a place with a beautiful beach, high ratings, but still affordable for us to travel to (coming from the Northeast USA) and she immediately recommended the Riviera Maya area. We looked through all of the resorts available there, and quickly settled on Secrets Silversands because it was gorgeous, 18+, all-inclusive, and had great wedding options. We basically wanted to plan a vacation with our closest family and friends, and have our wedding be the pinnacle of the vacation.

Since we wanted our wedding to be simple the planning was really easy. The most important things to me were to have a great beach setting, and to be able to bring our photographer (Darling Photo)! The resort really took care of the rest of the details and I was able to focus on choosing my dress, the girls’ dresses, and finding great bouquets we could bring with us.

Our wedding day was perfect. I have relived it a million times and still wouldn’t change a thing. The resort spa nailed my hair, the weather turned out beautiful, and our wedding planner (and photographer, thank God for her) kept everything exactly on schedule. We had a great little ceremony on the beach, and then a fantastic cocktail hour beside the beach. If I could do it all over again I’d do it exactly the same!

Photography: Darling Photography | Floral Design: K & A Artistic Events | Venue: Secrets Silversands, Riviera Maya | Bridal Boutique: Marry & Tux

Romantic Barefoot Beachfront Tulum Wedding

Drenched in gorgeous Mexican sunshine and filled with too many beautiful details to count, these intimate Tulum nuptials, captured by Michelle Boyd Photography, are pure seaside perfection. And did I mention that the beautiful Bride, (seriously) handsome Groom and their entire wedding party went totally barefoot?! See it all in the gallery here, and get ready to feel the ocean breeze.

 

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From The Bride…Matt and I both love the beach. It’s where he proposed, and where we want to settle down one day, so it was only fitting for us to say “I do” with our toes in the sand. We stumbled across a pretty little resort in Tulum, Mexico and knew right away that’s where we wanted all of our closest friends and family to join us for our wedding celebration. We had a pretty simple goal for our wedding- a laid-back, relaxing week without all of the usual formalities that come with weddings.

For the actual ceremony and reception, our goal was to keep the style simple and natural. You can’t get any better than the scenery of Tulum, so we wanted the focus to be on the gorgeous ocean backdrop. We said I do in the sand under an arch bursting with greenery, and then took it upstairs to a rooftop cafe for dinner and dancing just as the sun was setting!

Without a doubt, our favorite part of the week was getting to spend so much time with all of our family and friends in the days leading up to the wedding. It literally made our hearts so happy to see all of our guests get to know one another, let alone click so well. The whole week had such a relaxed vibe, which is so fitting for both mine and Matt’s personalities. I mean, what other bride or groom gets to say that they were involved in a competitive pool volleyball game an hour before the rehearsal dinner?

All in all, it was the perfect week/wedding celebration for Matt and I, and I don’t think we would change a single thing about it. We’re looking forward to many more years of happiness, and many more anniversary trips back to Tulum!

Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography | Floral Design: Grand Oasis Tulum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Urban Outfitters | Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie | Groom's Attire: Pronto Uomo | Wedding Venue: Grand Oasis Tulum | Bridal Robe: In Bloom | Engagement Rings: Sissy's Log Cabin | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Headpiece: Anastasia Enze Bridal | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Wedding Gown Designer: Enzoani

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Romantic Beachfront Tulum Wedding

I must admit, I could’ve gone on forever with this post; the amount of photos that left me mesmerized was never ending. Kyle John’s images, capturing the relaxed elegance that radiated from this destination wedding, are works of art. With Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design’s creations making my heart beat a bit faster and Christopher Wiitala’s smile-inducing film, this is one fabulous way to spend a Friday.

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From the beautiful Bride… Greg had just found out his patent was official and I planned an evening of fun dedicated to Greg’s genius achievement. The celebration started at home by popping a bottle of champagne and I surprised Greg with two confetti poppers – one for each of us to make a wish on. We looked out at the city from our loft, made a toast and a silent wish. As the confetti danced around the room Greg asked me if he could tell me his wish. I told Greg you can’t tell your wish unless it comes true… but Greg was already in motion reaching for a small box in his desk drawer. Greg got down on one knee and said “My wish is for you to say yes to this question – will you marry me?!” I jumped up and down and in a high pitched burst said “yes!” The champagne and dinner reservations that were all meant for Greg’s achievement turned into an engagement celebration as we quickly called family and friends to share the exciting news – “we’re getting married!”

Photography: Kyle John Photography | Videography: Christopher Wiitala | Event Planning: Fresa Weddings | Floral Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design | Wedding Venue: Akiin Beach Club | Hair & Makeup Artist: Beso Brides

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Engage Nizuc Gala

Twice a year, every year, the creme de la creme of the wedding industry comes together to talk shop, to inspire, to trade war stories and to be spoiled utterly rotten by the amazing duo at Engage Summits – the lovely Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce. It’s four days of pure wedding bliss. And while I’d love to spill every last detail, I’m focusing instead on the one event that every last one of YOU will find inspiring. Crafted and executed by the incredible team at Elena Damy, this is a Mexican fiesta worthy of Kings. And if ever you get the chance to attend one of the upcoming Summits, consider yourself one of the family. Oh and there may or may not have been an appearance by Salt-N-Pepa thanks to Elan ArtistsMore here!

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From the amazing team at Elena Damy

After attending several engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summits, we couldn’t wait for the right opportunity to introduce our industry colleagues to our beloved Mexico! When we discovered the uber-stylish, incredibly posh Nizuc Resort in Cancun, we knew we had to share it with Rebecca and Kathryn. They, too, fell in love with the breath-taking resort and asked us to design the Gala for the conference! We were honored, to say the least, and we couldn’t wait to get started designing an event that would share the warm sophisticated spirit of Mexico!

Once you get a glimpse of Nizuc’s minimalist architecture, globally-inspired interior design, and locally-influenced landscape, you can’t NOT be inspired! Thoughtful. Purposeful. Dramatic. Yet, somehow, understated and unobtrusive. It was easy to draw our own inspiration for the gala from all the earthy scenic elegance of Nizuc. We set out to use the same palette of metallics, stone and wood to create the final engage! party. Specifically, weathered gold and vintage platinum, mixed with glossy onyx black and distressed wood. Blended with geometric lines in the square and rectangular dinner tables, to the low lush white floral arrangements that kept the site lines clean and the energy “engaging” across the table, the whole design concept echoed the modern warmth of Mexico.

We brought in hand-made or locally-sourced Mexican décor elements such as mirrored containers and votive holders custom made for this occasion by artists from Jalisco, the land of tequila, mariachi and craftsmanship, complemented with oversized succulents and different types of indigenous foliage from Southeast Mexico, and a set of 103 hanging hearts made with wooden branches by artists from the Bajío region of Mexico.

The square oversized tables (each one seating 16 people) had black linens and black ghost chairs, while the rectangular tables had ivory linens (each one seating 36 people) and distressed vineyard cross-back chairs on the sides and glossy ghost chairs on the head of the tables. A wooden round dance floor was the perfect element to use as the center of the ballroom and, above it, we created an oversized, free form “chandelier” with giant natural hearts and local foliage. Smaller versions of the chandeliers were hung above some of the dinner tables.

Nizuc’s ballroom has impressive views to the mangrove swamp (which we decided to enhance with spots of light outside the ballroom), beautiful floor to ceiling wooden shutters, and a couple of elegant white stone walls, so we avoided adding draping or trusses that would ruin the already cool space and obscure the gorgeous view. Soft ambient light from our low, weathered metallic votives and hurricanes complemented the subtle settings.

Film by: Elysium Productions | Event & Floral Design: Elena Damy | Photographs from: John Cain, Love Life Images, Tammy Swales, Carla Ten Eyke, Dave Noonan for C10 Studios, Dorian Patrick for C10 Studios, Joel Callaway for C10 Studios | Venue: NIZUC Resort & Spa | Music & Entertainment: Elan Artists | Linens: Nüage Designs | Wooden Chargers/Menues: Two Paper Dolls Design Studio | 3D Invitations: Gifts for the Good Life | Logistics Support + Stage, Dance Floor and DJ Booth: Solen Group | Production Logistics Support and Lighting: JSAV | Tables & Chairs: Grupo Gama | Foyer Furniture and Rentals: Archive Rentals

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