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Yucatan, Mexico Wedding With Loads of Old-World Charm

With guests attending from all across the world – Italy, U.S., South America and the North of Mexico – Lizbeth and Massimiliano knew a destination wedding in Merida made perfect sense. They wanted a feeling of old-world charm and the Hacienda San Diego Cutz did just the trick. Elizabeth Medina Photographic Artisans captured the day and you can see it all inside The Vault.


From The Bride…I’m from Baja, California and Massimiliano (Max) is from Italy, luckily he decided to study his PhD in San Diego, where we met in 2007. From the start it was an instant spark and a mutual feeling of being at home in each other’s presence. I now believe that when two souls find each other again, the imprinted memories simply come back.

We dated for a while, with our ups and downs, but with no less love. Max did not believe in marriage, or thus he said so. So when during one of our holidays in Italy he went down on one knee, pulled a beautiful sparkler out of his pocket and proposed, I was startled and speechless! Wedding preparations immediately followed.

We both agreed our wedding was a “once in a lifetime celebration” and we wanted to make ours an affair to remember. We were looking for a destination wedding, since guests would be coming from Italy, U.S., South America and the North of Mexico. We wanted something classical with old world charm. After considering several cities and visiting different venues, we were both enchanted the minute we stepped into the mesmerizing Hacienda San Diego Cutz in beautiful Merida! We immediately knew we had found the perfect place!

Our wedding had a piece of both of us in all the details we selected. Music for me is what makes the world go round, for him it’s food! So as much enthusiasm as I dedicated in selecting each song, he equally meticulously selected each edible item from the initial appetizers to the final after coffee. We had a wonderful wedding planner who made a huge production seem effortless. It was a fantastic night, filled with fireworks, a full orchestra, endless food, decadent desserts but most importantly it was filled with family, friends and love!

From Elizabeth Medina Photographic ArtisansLizbeth and Massimiliano are a well traveled couple. With the groom hailing from Italy and the bride from Northern Mexico, they have made their home on the West Coast of the US. It seems clear to me that this cosmopolitan couple could have been married just about anywhere. Having shared the wedding day with this lovely couple and the large group of family and friends who travelled to Yucatan for the wedding I feel qualified to say that they made the PERFECT choice! Seeing the surprised excitement of the wedding guests as they discovered the wedding locations was a great reminder- Yucatan packs a destination wedding punch that is all its own.

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Photography: Elizabeth Medina Photographic Artisans | Event Planning: Six Sens | Floral Design: Juan Pablo Camara Proyecto Floral | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering: Rigel Gonzalez Banquetes | Hair + Makeup: Salon Blanca Chi | Calligraphy: Twinkle And Toast | Venue: Hacienda San Diego Cutz | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Mansion Merida | Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey

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Mayan Riviera Destination Wedding

I consider it a really good destination wedding if I find myself mindlessly reaching for my piña colada (which, unfortunately, isn’t there) as I flip through the gallery. This one is really good. Heart + Sparrow Photography captured the very essence of the day, and that essence is warm waters, white sand, and buckets full of sweet love.

Beach Resort

From the photographer… Anya + Brody live in Calgary, Alberta, one of the coldest places in the country, so they decided to get away from it all and marry in the hot and sunny Mayan Riviera, Mexico. For the 30+ family and friends who were able to take the trip across the continent, it was well worth the trip. Their wedding took place at the the beautiful Azul Sensatori Resort on the Skydeck of the resort, overlooking the oh-so-blue Caribbean Sea.

Anya was inspired by the turquoise of the sea as well as the floral accents that the tropical location provided, and her idea of the perfect wedding was one that was whimsical, yet incorporated Mexican elements like “Dia de los Muertos” skulls into the decor and invitations. Most of all, the bride and groom wanted an environment where everyone felt comfortable and ready to enjoy themselves! With a morning of an and off downpour, Anya + Brody married atop the resort’s rooftop deck, and the skies opened up to the most beautiful deep blue for an unbelievable and moving ceremony.

The reception was to take place in the sand, underneath the palm trees that had been strung with twinkling lights – however, the weather took a turn for the worse and the event had to be moved indoors to a nearby restaurant on the resort. Regardless of the change in location, the bride and groom weathered the storm with smiles on their faces. After a few heartfelt and hilarious toasts, the guests enjoyed a traditional Mexican family style meal followed by tequila and dancing! Anya + Brody’s wedding was truly an event to remember!

Photographer: Heart + Sparrow Photography | Invitations: The Social Page | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Shoes: Tory Burch | Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG | Hair & Makeup: Azul Beach Hotel | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Venue: Azul Beach Hotel | Bridal Party Hangers: Vintage Lizy | Bridal Party Robes: Singing Slowly | Bride's Dress: Amanda Masson | Groomsmen Shoes: Navy/Tan Sperry Topsiders

Mexican Hacienda Wedding Inspiration from Life Wonders Photography

Truth: I’ve never been to Mexico.  I know it sounds crazy (especially since I live in the Southwest), but it’s totally true.  It’s a trip I plan on taking and one that moved FAR up my vaca list the moment I laid my eyes on this pretty little shoot from Life Wonders Photography.  A shoot that can only be described as mesmerizing with gorgeous blooms from Magnolia Floreria Disenos Florales, a whole lot of beautiful gowns from Rebecca Marx and a seriously stunning Hacienda Temozon Sur setting.  See it all here.


From Life Wonders Photography… The inspiration for this styled photo shoot was drawn from amazing surroundings of haciendas scattered across Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico where the old world rustic, European romance meets modern luxuries. Once I moved to Mexico, two years ago, I was simply enamored with the haciendas and started out on a mission to visit them one by one. A mission that is yet to be accomplished.

Once the idea for this wedding photo shoot sprouted in my head I found Rebecca Marx who was more than happy to participate and showcase a few of her amazing bridal dresses.

Next, we contacted some of the best wedding vendors in Merida and brought them in together for this shoot. The flowers designed by Juan Pablo Camara Abreu of Magnolia Floreria Disenos Florales were splendid in very subtle shades of white, cream, pink and green.

The rustic furniture was provided by Fernando Antunano Olvera of Minimal Muebles Lounge and it fit the classic look of the hacienda.The glamorous dresses together with Spanish veil from Rebecca Marx were complemented by lovely accessories from Gertrudis Abdala Accesorios Novias. The make up and hair style provided by Yasser Rego.

The models were a real life bride, Pili Pina, and a real life couple (yet to be married but so in love) Maritza Heredia Torre and Adrian Gonzales, bring in true emotion to the event.

We even added videography by Real Life in Merida in order to provide full wedding experience to the future brides.

Lastly, the photo shoot took place in a very exclusive location, Hacienda Temozon Sur, a place that lends itself to glamour, beauty and style.

Photography: Life Wonders Photography | Cinematography: Real Life In Merida | Event Design: Life Wonders Photography | Event Planning: Life Wonders Photography | Floral Design: Magnolia Floreria Disenos Florales | Dress: Rebecca Marx | Ceremony Location: Le Meridien | Reception Location: Le Meridien | Hair & Makeup: Yasser Rego | Accessories: Gertrudis Abdala Accesorios Novias | Furniture Rentals: Fernando Antunano Olvera Of Minimal Muebles Lounge