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Classic Meets Destination in This Stunning Mexico Wedding

Opting for an intimate celebration in Mexico to celebrate their “I do’s,” these two sweeties grabbed 30 of their closest friends and family and headed to Secrets Akumal in the Riviera Maya to party the weekend away in classic meets glam fashion.  From the luxe gold, black and white color palette to the bride’s gorgeous Eve of Milady gown, this is a day that is as pretty as it was fun. See every stunning moment captured by Shannon Skloss in THE VAULT.

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Summer
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Al Fresco

From the Bride…When Kenneth and I first met, I never would have imagined in just a few short years we would be getting married in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The two of us met while out with friends one night and I will never forget the look in his eyes when he first walked up to talk to me.

Fast forward two years later. Kenneth and I are spending an afternoon in Dallas watching college football. As we are headed home, he makes what I thought was a wrong turn and pulls up to the valet of the hotel at Reunion Tower. We head up to our room where I find an overnight bag and a cocktail dress hanging in the closet. Kenneth had arranged for all of our things to be packed and dropped off by my sweet mother. He proposed that night with a gorgeous 3 stone emerald cut ring he had designed to look like my mom’s.

When we began the wedding planning process Kenneth suggested having a destination wedding so all our family and friends could vacation together and celebrate our big day. We decided Mexico would be the perfect place for our wedding after having such a fun time vacationing there a few summers before.

Our wedding day was perfect. We woke up and had breakfast together with our family and friends then spent some time on the beach before we started to get ready. The thirty guests who joined us were given black and white totes, beach hats, and cigars with personalized match boxes to use while they enjoyed their vacation. My closest girlfriends also received robes to wear while helping me get ready.

We decided on natural colors for our wedding and let the beautiful Mexico scenery be our backdrop. Secrets Akumal was the most amazing venue. We used white and gold and some acrylic and black accents for our décor. The tall white rose floral arrangements couldn’t have been more beautiful at the end of the aisle during our ceremony and on the long white tables for our reception. We personalized our event with monogrammed linen napkins and custom fans during the ceremony to keep our guests cool. The most memorable part of our wedding was walking down the aisle with my dad by my side and seeing my future husband standing there with tears rolling down his face. It was the same sweet eyes I saw when we first met, and I couldn’t believe I was now getting to marry this man and spend forever with him. I am beyond grateful we brought our photographer from Dallas to capture such special moments. We had so much fun dancing the night away. The chandeliers and lounge seating around the dance floor were the perfect touch to providing a beautiful and fun night. Marrying in Mexico was the best decision we could have made.

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Photography: Shannon Skloss Photography | Floral Design: Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya | Wedding Dress: Eve Of Milady | Cake: Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya | Invitations: The Magic Pen | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Catering: Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya | Lighting: Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya | Wedding Venue: Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya | Bride's Gift: Roberto Coin | Groom's Gift: Tag Heuer | Monogram Napkins: Etsy - Monograms Inc. | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Travel Agent: Jerre Martin

This Love Filled Wedding Will Make Your Hearts Happy

This wedding is stunning… there’s no doubt about that. From the rich purple and pink color palette to the breathtaking Hayley Paige gown to the awe-inspiring locale (hello, Secret Silversands Riviera Cancun), each and every moment is beyond awesome.  But above all of the fab details and sweet sunshine is a tale of two sweeties who are sooo smitten, it bursts from every brilliant capture from Adrian Bonet.  Head to THE VAULT to share in the love.

From Adrian BonetChantel and James, a couple from New Orleans, decided to celebrate their wedding in Cancun, in the month of December. They prepared themselves at the Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun. The ceremony was held under a beautiful contemporary gazebo. Cocktails and dancing were held in a tented lounge of the same resort.

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Photographer: Adrian Bonet | Rings: Béjé Wholesale Jewelers | 2nd Shooter: Ivonne Matias | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters | Bride’s Gown: Hayley Paige | Bride’s Jewelry: Cézanne | Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani | DJ & Sound: DJ Diagnosis (Dr. Thomas Oden) | Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Venue: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort | Groomsmen’s Attire: Ike Behar | Groom’s Attire: Luca Falcon | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Invitations & Printed materials: Wedding Paper Divas | Mother of the Bride Attire: Adrianna Papell | Mother of the Groom Attire: Night Scene LA

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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.

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Winter

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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