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Vibrant Winter Destination Wedding at Playa del Carmen

I need to get myself to Mexico stat. Between the tacos, the colors, and those margaritas, I just know I’d be in my personal paradise… and that isn’t even mentioning the beaches! And if I have any doubt of where to go, Riviera Maya Haciendas is where I’ll set forth for because if this beautiful bash by Buzzworthy Events is any indication, the spot is pure magic. Britt Rene captured it all for us to crave right here!


From the Bride… Like most true love, it was met over drinks. Our mutual friend introduced us at a bar and quickly walked away so we were awkwardly alone. Luckily the awkwardness lasted only a moment and we instantly connected after that. After a long great conversation, Dan asked for my phone number and before he could finish, I had already started giving it to him. We barely waited for our first date which started at the De Young Museum and went on to a long stroll through Golden Gate Park, a low key Vietnamese dinner and drinks after. We finally looked at the clock and realized our date had lasted for 12 hours. Our friends that knew about our date were worried that they didn’t hear from us and thought we might have been kidnapped. After that, we were hooked.

Dan and I are most at home by the beach so when we got engaged we knew instantly that we wanted our wedding to take place in front of the ocean. Mexico holds a special place in our hearts because of Dan’s Mexican heritage and Playa Del Carmen was perfect. We wanted to have a wedding that was custom tailored to us as a couple so we chose two beautiful haciendas to host us. Our goal was to have a celebration where there were just as many laughs as there were tears so we worked to make the space beautiful yet youthful. Having the ceremony and reception all outdoors with the beach in front of us made the experience unforgettable.

From Ashley Smith at Buzzworthy EventsEmily and Dan emphasized that the day was really about their friends and family being enchanted by the scenery and kicking back to relax on the beach with amazing cocktails. The Riviera Maya Haciendas were a stunning setting and perfect enviornment. They are two private luxury haciendas complete with Botero’s on the walls, on the beach in Puerto Aventuras, a gated golf community next to Playa del Carmen.

The wedding began late in the afternoon at Hacienda Del Mar. The ceremony took place on top of the pool with the Caribbean sea as the backdrop and was cued by an instrumental version of Beriut’s “Nantes.” The sun set shortly after. Following the ceremony, during cocktail hour, the guests were served Chapulines from La Perla, traditional Oaxacan style, along with Gazpacho, mini Telera with Pork Pibil, Chaya and Cheese Empanadas. All of the cocktails were custom made by the groom, Dan. A slushie machine poured a Sherry Pina Colada and a refreshing margarita with blanco tequila, cucumber, genepy, lime, agave, absinthe. The groom also made a Watermelon Hibiscus and a Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca. The groom’s mother made her famous Horchata. My dear friend, and now dear friends of Emily and Dan, Sam tended bar for the event.

After Emily and Dan were announced to the wedding, guests made their way to dinner over in Hacienda Corazon where they dined, laughed and cried over the spontaneous speeches made by family member and friends. The head table was adorned with a deer skull and fresh flowers that Emily was very partial to and spent many weeks sourcing. The table numbers were made of Mexican tiles and many of the flowers were foraged by friends. When the guests returned to Hacienda Del Mar for dancing, the pool had turned into a custom Mezcal lounge lit by tiki torches in the sand and candles, where they sat ocean side and sipped many types of Mezcal de LuLa out of Copitas and danced until 2AM.

Photography: Brittrene Photo | Event Planning + Design: Ashley Smith | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Natalie Jensen | Ceremony Venue: Riviera Maya Haciendas | Reception Venue: Riviera Maya Haciendas | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Makeup + Hair: Katie Nash Beauty | Audio Equipment: Pentaflor | Bride's Jewelry: Sapphires & Diamonds Sourced From Mother Of The Bride | Bridemaids Gifts (Canvas Weekend Escape Bags): Forest Bound | Chapulines: La Pearla | Groom's Custom Suit : Al's Attire | Groomsmens Gifts (Japanese Knives): Chef Knives To Go | Mezcal: Mezcal De Lula | Rentals: Mayan Hospitality

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Colorful Playa Del Carmen Wedding

Planning the ultimate getaway (with help from Diamant Events), this darling duo chose the Secret Jewel Celebrations Venue as their destination “I do”. From the colorful ‘maids gowns to the Bride’s timelessly structured dress, every detail For The Love Of It captured is pure paradise and it’s all right here!


From For The Love Of It…This was a beautiful destination wedding at a private chapel and beach near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

From the beautiful Bride…We chose a destination wedding because we wanted it to be a fun experience for all our friends and family as well as us! Lots of our family would have to travel no matter where we had it, so we decided on Mexico as a chance to get away. We looked into several resort wedding locations, but found prices to be way too high for our budget, so luckily we came across the Secret Jewel venue online and read great reviews! My parents were in Mexico at the time so we had them check out the site for us, and they loved it! Ilse, my coordinator, is such a sweet and loving lady. Every bride who has her for a wedding coordinator will not be disappointed! She really pulled through with all the last minute details we had asked for and made our wedding day even more special than we ever had imagined! All of our guests said it was one of the most beautiful wedding sites they’ve ever been to! I have a very eclectic sense of style and that I wanted all different colors and styles of dresses for my girls. I came across a random chinese dress website ( and with budget and look in mind, I was told that all my 4 bridesmaids would look great. (They’d look beautiful no matter what they wore! I had a pretty stunning bridal party, if you can get anyone to object.) I had them all find dresses they loved on the site and we worked with which colors would go well together to create a fun and unique bridal party look. It just so happens that the pastels chosen are this spring’s top trend colors according to In Style magazine. :) So I think we hit the mark. I helped design my dress by Maggie Burns, whom I adore here in Colorado. I wanted something more structured with a timeless elegance and low-cut back….and I think it complimented all the flowy bridesmaids gowns really well.

Photography : For the Love of It | Coordinator: Secret Jewel Celebrations Venue | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Stonebrook | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coniefox | Caterer: Javier Moreno | Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman | Suit: Banana Republic | Officiant : Amanda Masson | Venue: Secret Jewel Celebrations Venue | Bridal Gown: Custom Made By Marie Margot | Chapel: Capilla De Santa Maria Del Secreto | Diamond Engagement Ring : Art Of Gold | Earrings: Assael | Hairpiece And Belt : Custom Made By Marie Margot

Intimate Rosewood Mayakoba Wedding Inspiration

Fact: Lane Dittoe is a genius. And when he teams up with the crazy talented Crosby + Jon at Rosewood Mayakoba? Consider the results perfection in paradise. Starting with the ethereal saltwater hued gown, to the oceanfront accented with Krista Jon blooms, every detail in the gallery will have you dreaming for days, and you can join me in doing so right here.

From Archive Rentals… Real Couple Nicolas & Melina chose Riviera Maya for their this shoot since this was the place they had met two years earlier on vacation. Nestled along the white sandy beaches of beautiful Mexico, and only a short flight from anywhere in the States, lies the Riviera Maya, encompassing three popular destination honeymoon spots: Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen. With warm weather year round, turquoise oceans, beautiful resorts, it’s no wonder couples are choosing to marry in this Caribbean destination.

From Crosby + JonThere’s something so romantic about a ceremony on the sand with just a bride & groom, and these photos prove it.

We were inspired by the romantic elements of the Riviera Maya. The Carribean Sea, the soft white sand, the vividly colored flowers speckled amongst the lush, green rainforest. We wanted to evoke the relaxed, yet refined atmosphere of the Rosewood Mayakoba in her dress, hair, makeup & floral design. The groom looks casually cool, yet sophisticated, amongst the cool architecture of the Rosewood Mayakoba.

Rosewood Mayakoba was our first choice because it is truly the definition of paradise. It is one of our favorite places to work because the property is romantic, secluded and stunningly beautiful from every angle. But more importantly, the wedding team at Rosewood is beyond exceptional. They treat guests with such care and attention, everyone feels like a VIP.

And what a romantic day it was! Nicholas and Melina couldn’t keep their hands off each other… smooching and holding hands between shots. Lane Dittoe photographed the day and captured their love for each other in a natural, breathtaking way.

Our designs for the day were inspired by the bright, sunny hues of Mexico, using shades of blue, orange, mango, turquoise, yellow and pearl. We found local florals, which were artfully crafted on-site by Krista Jon and her team. For decor we turned to Archive Mexico for a beautiful collection of rustic wood furniture combined with brightly colored plates, linens, & accessories.

The real showstopper, however, is that blue-hued dress! R-Mine blew us and Melina away with the pastel sky blue ceremony gown that so perfectly evoked the serene vibe of the Caribbean sea. In the end, the couple be more pleased with this day and their photos. Everything was perfect. The dress, the couple, the Caribbean… All were absolute magic!

Photography: lane Dittoe fine art wedding photographs | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Event Planning: Crosby + Jon | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Dress: R-Mine Bespoke | Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Tabletop: Archive Rentals