If being barefoot on sand with the waves behind you sounds ideal, look no further than this relaxed and romantic affair. Dreams Puerto Aventuras was the perfect destination “I Do” for these young loves and with Elizabeth Medina behind the lens every image is more beautiful than the last. From the bright blooms to the sandy white beaches, every detail from this day is sure to castaway the winter blues.
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From the Bride… There are a lot of movies and books out there about finding a lost love or reuniting with a first true love. I’d like to think our story takes the cake, and our wedding would be the ultimate movie ending to one amazing adventure.
Andy and I met when we were just 12 years old when we were learning how to snowboard for the first time. He was the only brave soul kind enough to ride the chairlift with me, knowing that I would definitely fall as we attempted to glide off. Before eventually becoming high school sweethearts, we were best friends and had some great times together growing up. But, like most young loves, we split up and went our separate ways before college, only to find ourselves randomly reunited seven years later. It took a lot of courage for me to go up and say hi to Andy the bartender. I hate admitting it, I shook like a leaf, but he stuttered and couldn’t find words. So, we’ll call it even!
We picked up almost right where we left off, and a few years later, we were planning a wedding. I’m sure most little girls have extravagant and beautiful ideas about their wedding that carry throughout adulthood. But for me, aside from having the perfect groom, I just wanted to walk barefoot on sand with the waves behind me.
We thought we had found a decent New England wedding venue that would work well – until my mom stumbled upon Style Me Pretty and found a wedding in Mexico featuring Elizabeth Medina as the photographer. Not only did we know right then and there that we hit the jackpot for photographers, but we also realized a destination wedding in one of our favorite locations was beyond perfect. And what could be better than a week long celebration with your family and friends in one of the most stunning spots in the world?
Photography was a huge aspect of the wedding. It single handedly convinced everyone that this Mexico idea was the best idea we’ve ever had. There is no one that compares to Elizabeth Medina in terms of talent, but she also knew exactly how to show off this relaxed and happy wedding in the most elegant and timeless of ways.
Our wedding look completely reflects both of our personalities. You can see our typical New England roots in the JCrew and Sperry Top Sider styled bridal party, mixed with our absolute love for tropical flair reflected in the bright flowers and turquoise accents. Chantilly’s Place, a local Massachusetts bridal boutique, outfitted the bridesmaids in petal pink dresses. The flowers were a mix of local and tropical flowers with succulents (my favorite!), which was created by my amazing wedding planner, Jacki Muir. Gotta love Pinterest for inspiration, a wedding planner who knows you well, and having an amazing in-house florist at the resort!
The small details paid bigger tributes to our overall wedding story: walking down the aisle to one of my dad’s favorite songs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by IZ Kamakawiwo’ole, our first dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley, and a piece of my mom’s wedding veil wrapped around my bouquet. A beautiful piece of driftwood was personalized with our names on it, while a “Señor and Señora” signs hung over our bride and groom reception chairs. Not to mention, we had an incredible mariachi band during the cocktail hour – an absolute must for our Mexican wedding!
The venue was already stunning, but it just needed a few personal touches. I’m a huge fan of Etsy and preferred to have our decorations from small businesses that could customize little details for us. Each piece had their unique look, from the table numbers on wooden blocks to our personalized “guest book”. Molded together, it created a rustic, casual, beachy vibe.
Above all, what we wanted most for our wedding was for it to be fun. There’s so much stress that comes with wedding planning, and we’re glad we were able to enjoy most of it just knowing that all of our guests would be able to dig their toes in the sand, sip on tequila, and really help us celebrate this amazing love story.
Photography: Elizabeth Medina | Wedding Planner: Jackie Muir (Dreams Puerto Aventuras Onsite Planner) | Wedding Planner: Jacki Muir (Dreams Riviera Cancun Onsite Planner) | Stationery: JP Stationery | Stationery: Sea Of Love Studios | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Groomsmen's Attire: JCrew | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid's Attire: Chantilly Place | Bride’s Accessories: Nordstrom | Decorations & Guestbook: LovetheUnique, SweetNCCollective, EvivArt | Dreams Puerto Aventuras: Puerto Venturas, Mexico | Floral Decor: Dreams Puerto Aventuras | Getting Ready Pijamas: Victoria's Secret | Groom And Groomsmen Shoes: Sperry Top Sider | Photography - Assistance: Lindsey Medina