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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.


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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 Dresses: BCBG | Hair & Makeup: Vassa Spa | Bridal Party Hangers: VintageLizy | Bridal Party Robes: Singing Slowly | Bride's Dress: Creation de Joyceline | Bridesmaid Shoes: Tory Burch | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Groomsmen Shoes: Sperry | Venue: Azul Sensatori Resort

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Tulum Wedding from Emily Blake Photography

It’s official. This gorgeous beach bride deserves some sort of serious medal. Because not only did she plan a destination wedding in locale she’d never even been, but managed to have a ton of fun along the way. The result? A day filled with fuss-free elegance that’s just begging to be saved, bookmarked and pinned. Sit back in total awe as we browse through the gallery of Emily Blake’s photos right here.

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From the Bride…Having always wanted a winery wedding, I was shocked when I shouted out, “Let’s get married in Tulum, Mexico!” after Eli and I got engaged.  I had never considered a beach wedding before, but when faced with a real decision; the thought of hundreds of people at a winery didn’t really seem like us at all, but a warm beach in Mexico with a small group of our family and closest friends certainly did!  I had never been to Tulum and we didn’t have the time to make a special trip to scope things out beforehand.  Although my friends and family thought I was a bit crazy for planning a wedding in a place I had never been to before, I decided to approach it as an adventure and threw in a lot of faith for good measure!

When we found La Zebra online, we immediately knew from the pictures that this was the place we wanted to get married.  It had everything we had envisioned; unique, intimate, rustic, and directly on the beach.  I cannot speak highly enough about the management and staff of La Zebra.  They took care of us and our guests with the most warmth and kindness.

After we secured the venue, everything seemed to fall into place.  We hired Destinations Wedding Tulum to help us secure vendors such as the Spanish guitar player for the ceremony, the Mariachi’s, and the DJ.  I exchanged many many detailed e-mails with them and posted a lot of pictures to a shared Pinterest board so they could get a sense of what I wanted.  When the day of the wedding came, I was floored at how beautifully they pulled everything together.

My favorite moment of the entire day was when I walked down the aisle (with no shoes!) to meet Eli at the water’s edge to get married.  As we took each other’s hands, I looked around at all the people in the world that we love, all gathered in one place.  It’s an overwhelming, beautiful feeling that I’ll never forget.

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Wedding Planning: Destination Wedding’s Tulum | Ceremony + Reception Venue: La Zebra | Make-up + Hair: Friend of Bride | Officiant: Friend of Bride and Groom, Lorin Vogel | Welcome Fiesta Dinner: El Tabano | Spanish Guitarist: Camilo Nu | DJ: DJ Fermi | Wedding Dress: Galina Couture | Groom’s Suit: Custom, Jeric Rivera, Requisite Clothing

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Riviera Maya Wedding from Emily Steffen

Today I am dreaming of a breathtaking Riviera Maya wedding.  A wedding filled with chevron touches, beautiful colors (ahem, teal blue) and some of the world’s most stunning views.  In other words, I am dreaming of this gorgeous affair from Emily Steffen, which has me basically mesmerized with its darling details, adorable duo and laid-back vibe that is all kinds of crazy wonderful.  Care to take a virtual trip to paradise?  See so much more right here.

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From Emily Steffen… Everything was inspired by the bride and groom’s relationship and journey…. with happy colors, like teal, orange and grey along with chevron patterns and the backdrop of the beach in Mexico, it was SURE to be a destination wedding that was a dream for Jeanne and Adam! Their goal was laid back and relaxed (with a few put-together details)! Chevron patterns came through from the invitations to the bridesmaids scarves, the teal color was not only represented in the bridesmaids dresses, but in the ocean backdrop for the ceremony, and the starfish seating chart served as a keepsake for the guests to take home too. And the authentic Mexican food for dinner was the perfect way to end the evening.

Photography: Emily Steffen | Resort: Azul Sensatori | Invitations: Emily Steffen + Bride | Shoes: Nine West | Dress: Watters/WTOO | Bridesmaids Dresses: Francesca’s Collection

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