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Dreamy Puerto Vallarta Destination Wedding

Just let me set the scene: toes in the sand, hand-in-hand with your beloved, and 30 of your nearest and dearest to bear witness. It’s exactly what happened when these two New Yorkers escaped the winter cold for a destination adventure at the Dreams Resort in PV. Of course, they brought the amazing Megan W Photography along to document the day, and you can consider the full gallery your own virtual vacay. Enjoy!

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From the Bride and Groom… What kind of wackos make their friends and family fly across a continent to stay at an unknown resort? That’s us.

We met in high school, where Dana studied liberal arts and Juan studied Dana. Unfortunately for Juan, we didn’t start dating until we reconnected thirteen years later. Juan popped the question at the hotel restaurant where we had our first date on the four-year anniversary of the day we reconnected. We knew that we wanted a beach wedding, something intimate, and we wanted to be able to spend a significant amount of time with each of our guests. The more we searched locally, the more it became apparent that we weren’t going to find what we were looking for. We searched for a year before a destination wedding started to seem like a realistic option. There were two major concerns: We thought it might be too difficult to plan and too inconvenient for our guests. But the more we considered our own happiness and what would make the experience most enjoyable we began to realize a destination wedding was our only option…and we knew exactly where to have it.

In 2010, we vacationed at the Dreams Resort in Puerto Vallarta and had one of the best weeks of our lives. The staff at the resort waited on us hand and foot. We saw tons of tropical fish, we rode jet skis in the Bay of Bandera, we caught giant mahi mahi on a deep sea fishing excursion, and we released baby turtles into the sea. Surely, if we could replicate at least some of that for our guests, our wedding would be a smashing success.

Despite the logistical challenges, there was one aspect of our wedding that never gave us any agita. Because we were going to have a destination wedding, we knew that a lot of the details would be out of our control. However, we weren’t going to leave the photography to chance. We had to be certain that we had the perfect photographer who would be able to capture our wedding in a creative and dynamic way. We found Megan W Photography through a friend’s recommendation and fell in love with her work instantly. She exceeded every one of our expectations – from her ability to put us at ease during our shoot, to her promptness in returning edited photos, to her delightful personality and, of course, the stunning photos that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives.

At the end of the day, none of the chaos leading up to the wedding really mattered. The tropical flower options, the clear blue sea, and the jungle cliffs surrounding the resort were spectacular. In the week leading up to our wedding, the hotel staff was incredibly responsive and had everything entirely in order based on our requests: the centerpieces came together beautifully, the hotel spa had the gorgeous casablanca hair flower waiting for me when I arrived, and the setup was perfect – simple yet romantic, with every detail adding to the incredible setting. The gorgeous peach, gold and violet sunset served as the ideal backdrop as we danced to the strums of Spanish guitar. The experience of spending one of the most important days of our lives with thirty of our closest friends and family was magical. Because we had a destination wedding, we were able to spend the next several days with everyone too! So we got to relive the wonderful night over and over again until it was time for us to pack up and say goodbye.

Photography: Megan W Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Ann Taylor | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Ceremony + Reception: Dreams Resort In Puerto Vallarta | Hair & Make Up: Spa By Pevonia | Photography - Assistance: Caitlin Sullivan

Ann Taylor and Badgley Mischka are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Megan W Photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Tropical Puerto Vallarta Destination Wedding

Give me a tropical escape to paradise and I’ll be one very happy blogger. But when that escape just so happens to be set at the amazing Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta? Let’s just say it takes everything I have not to pack up and book a vacay for myself. Shot by Melissa Green it’s the destination wedding at its prettiest, and you can see if all for yourself in the gallery right here.

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This beautiful destination wedding took place at Dreams Villamagna in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tony and Julia were the most stunning of couples and had impeccable taste in style, music, friends, and wedding locations! Tony being from Canada and Julia from New Zealand, guests were coming from all parts of the world.

Dreams Villamagna fit Tony & Julia’s destination wedding dream perfectly, providing beautiful landscaping, surrounded by palm trees and pools leading to the ocean. The resort was mostly white with orange and green accents, which gave many options for portrait scouting. And the beach was simply beautiful and perfect.

Dreams Villamagna provided the flowers and cake. Tony & Julia decided on everything else from the wedding colors to the centerpieces to the music played throughout the ceremony and reception.

This destination wedding was exquisite and with just the right amount of Mexican flare and touches to bring all the foreigners together, made this wedding a one of a kind.

Photography: Melissa Green | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo "Mocha" | Bridesmaids Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | Grooms Attire: J Crew | Bride's Engagement & Wedding Rings: Blue Nile | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Dreams Spa | Bridesmaid's Necklaces: Gem Passion Jewelry | Catering/Cake: Dreams Resort | Flower Bouquets: Dreams Resorts | Groom's Ring: Wedgewood Rings | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Hair Comb: David's Bridal | Veil: Under The Veil | Wedding Dress - Belt: Davie And Chiyo | Wedding Venue: Gohan Sky Bar At Dreams Villamagna

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Glamorous Riviera Maya Destination Wedding

This Mexico destination affair is the kind of wedding that deserves to be swooned with a cocktail in hand. A margarita on the rocks, to be be specific. Because when you’ve got images as beautiful as Emily Blake’s and glam-filled moments designed by Mishka Designs and Planner 1 Events, there’s just no telling how long a trip to the gorgeous gallery will last. Get started here!

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From the Bride… Sean & I value our time with our friends and family above all, so our top priority was finding a big house near the water where we could gather for several days before and after the actual wedding celebration. We both love Mexico, so we narrowed our search to the Caribbean side (equidistance from our families on the West and East coasts) and went in search of a venue that would set the stage for the multi-day wedding celebration we envisioned.

Although we knew the elements that inspired us, we needed help putting it all together. That is where Mishka Designs came into play. The first time we met Mishka in Mexico, we both breathed a sigh of relief and knew we wanted her on our team. She coordinated site visits for us and helped us find our dream venue in Puerto Aventuras.

The Haciendas’ gorgeous architecture and decor definitely inspired us. We envisioned a romantic, nature-inspired, elegant, Old World wedding there. Hacienda Del Mar’s courtyard provided the soulful space we sought for our ceremony. The tree-lined walkway made a stunning natural aisle. The Caribbean Sea was elegantly framed by the arched portals. We fell in love with the place and couldn’t wait to bring our friends and family there.

We chose ivory, poppy red and Mexican pink as our primary colors and used soft blush and peach to create a natural, romantic feel. We accented with gold metallics and lace details. The bridal party wore rich shades of charcoal which contrasted beautifully with the ivories, greens and vibrant colors of Mexico. We wanted to bring natural elements into the courtyards, so florals and greenery were our priority in the design process. Colorful Bougainvillea surrounded the guest seating area. Gabi of Planner One Events blew us away with her exquisite arch and romantic floral centerpieces.

I agree with the advice other brides have given: enjoy the day above all else. For us, that meant having a professional team. We saw our wedding reception as an opportunity to throw a great party for our guests—one that would require help to pull off. We knew we wanted to be ‘hands on’ in planning, but we wanted to be able to let go once the wedding day arrived. So, my advice is to hire a team of people you like and trust. Not only was Mishka’s design exactly like we imagined, but she became our friend and supported us the whole way. Neither she nor the LM Wedding team balked at any request. We feel so blessed to have found Mishka Designs, the amazingly talented Emily Blake, hairstylist Kristen McNulty, and our coordinator, LM Weddings, who made planning a wedding 4,000 miles away a breeze.

One of our highlights from the day was right after the ceremony. While our guests made their way to the cocktail reception, Sean and I stole a minute alone to enjoy our first sip of champagne as newlyweds. We entered the reception alongside our Mariachi band as they burst out an impressive version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. We felt exuberant and the sound of the horn playing could not have been a better fit for that moment.

There were so many moments throughout the afternoon and evening when we locked eyes, held hands, kissed, and just breathed in the love all around us. We felt all the planning, everything had been executed exactly as we had hoped. But our biggest success was that our guests seemed to exude happiness and radiate love. We could truly feel the love in the air. Whenever we think back on it, we feel that rush of love and we see the smiling faces of our dearest friends and family. That, to us, made it the wedding day of our dreams.

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Event Design: Mishka Designs | Floral Design: Planner 1 Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Oblation Papers & Press | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Gourmet Soberanis | Calligraphy: Alesia Zorn | Grooms Attire: Estes Men's Clothing | Coordination: Maju | Dress Boutique: Divine Designs | Makeup: Melissa | Venue: Del Mar And Corazon

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