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Fun-Filled Destination Wedding at Secrets The Vine Cancun

The travel bug bit these two sweeties a long, long time ago, so when it came time to plan their Big Day, a destination wedding was a total must.  Their locale of choice? Secrets The Vine Cancun, a sweet little piece of paradise perfect for saying “I do” seaside, dining under the stars and dipping in the pool post-nuptials (it happened).  See every fun-filled moment captured by Melissa Mercado in THE VAULT.

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From the Bride… I’d never been to the Caribbean until I met my fiancé Matt six years ago and only after a few months of dating, he took me to Cancun for my first time and we had so much fun together. Ever since then, we’ve been traveling all over the Caribbean! He is my favorite vacation partner and we’ve been to Bermuda, the Florida Keys, St Martin, St Barths, Jamaica, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Aruba. I’m happiest when we can both be fun and silly and that is why we like to travel because our lives in New York City can become pretty stressful!

He proposed at a rooftop bar in the Meatpacking district of NYC where we first met. We love going out to nice dinners and enjoying delicious food and wine. We also love staying in and watching movie after movie. We decided to get married in Cancun because we have friends and family that live all over the world and they might as well travel to somewhere warm and fun so we can all be on vacation together! Never in our lives will we have everyone we love on vacation with us so we are very excited!

If I were to describe our style, I would say we are classy and elegant but can have a lot of fun and get crazy! Our families are very traditional but we stayed true to our personalities and decided to have a destination wedding. It is very important to us that we have beautiful pictures to capture the memories. We love taking pictures when we go on vacations and we make photo books for each trip we take.

We are getting married at Secrets the Vine and we are planning to have the ceremony on a terrace overlooking the lagoon and the reception by the pool.

From Melissa Mercado Photography… I couldn’t have been more excited to meet Matt + Clara before their wedding day. It’s not always easy to do with destination couples, because of schedules and resort restrictions. But Matt + Clara decided to start their vacation with a Catamaran Tour around Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) just north of Cancun. The day was amazing with the backdrop of the Turquoise waters. Everyone mingled and got to catch up, enjoy a few adult beverages and really just get into their vacation. The group definitely knows how to have a great time and were easily comfortable in front of the camera!

By the time we got to the wedding day, my job was easy – document the moments as they happened and help keep everyone plugged into the moment. Clara had all kinds of great ideas of what she want covered and was helped by a great group of girls that helped her be not only prepared, but relaxed and enjoy her day.

I think the only thing we had working against us on this otherwise perfect day, was just the sheer heat of an August wedding in the Caribbean. Everyone took it in stride though, we adjusted our portrait time to not let anyone get to uncomfortable and by the end of the night, all cares were thrown to the wind and everyone ended up in the pool.

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Photography: Melissa Mercado Photography | Floral Design: Secrets The Vine | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Secrets The Vine Cancun | Venue: Secrets The Vine Cancun

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Glamorous Fuchsia Wedding at Secrets Playa Mujeres

Take an awe-inspiring locale like Secrets Playa Mujeres and add in a darling duo with a love of all things fuchsia and the results are amazing.  I’m talking breathtaking blooms, a stunning seaside ceremony and a dance ’til you drop celebration in a ballroom that was simply made for partying.  It’s total glamour meets classic beauty and you can see it all captured by Melissa Mercado in THE VAULT.

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From Melissa Mercado Photography… After Ben proposed at sunset on an island off of Key West, Florida, Rori knew she wanted a destination wedding to celebrate their special day on the beach with their closest family and friends. Rori is a hotel interior designer so color and details were very important parts of the wedding planning. Ben is a lawyer so he went along with all of Rori’s choices saying, “Yes, I think that looks fantastic!” They planned their dream destination wedding at Secrets Playa Mujeres, off the coast of the Caribbean Sea. They chose the gorgeous Secrets Playa Mujeres Resort, an all-inclusive, adults-only resort overlooking white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

On the day of the wedding, Rori looked absolutely stunning in her white, sweetheart neckline and scalloped wedding gown. Her bridesmaids wore floor-length lilac gowns holding large bouquets of white orchids and pink accent flowers. Ben looked just as handsome in a sleek gray suit while his groomsmen sported navy suits.

Their intimate ceremony was held beachside, with stunning views of the sea. A wooden sign that read, “Welcome to Our Wedding” led the way for them to say, “I do!” Tiffany white chairs, a white ethereal canopy and a delicate hanging chandelier set the perfect backdrop along with the blue waters. Following the ceremony, their guests were greeted at a tropical-glamour themed reception with metallic gold and colorful accents. White table cloths, mercury glass candle holder and fuchsia floral arrangements adorned the tables. Their unique table signs were names of symbolic places to their relationship like their hometowns and the place they got engaged… such a personable touch!

It was an absolute pleasure to capture Rori and Ben’s magical day… here’s to an exciting new chapter in their lives!

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Photography: Melissa Mercado Photography | Wedding Dress: Moonlight Bridal | Bride's Shoes: INC International Concepts | Band: Flashback Band | Venue: Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort | Bridesmaid's Gifts: Kate Spade | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni

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Tropical + Elegant Mexico Beach Wedding

What better reason to escape the bitter cold of winter than with a destination wedding south of the border in sunny Cancun? With a gorgeous Katie May wedding dress from Lovely Bride, beautiful ‘maids in pastel yellow Donna Morgan, a dreamy ceremony on the beach and close family and friends, this wedding wasn’t just a beautiful day—it was a beautiful beginning to happily ever after. Escape to Mexico with Meg Miller Photography here.

 

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From The Bride…Shortly after our incredible engagement in Central Park, Justin and I both agreed that we wanted to have a destination wedding. What better place to get married in February than under the Mexican sun surrounded by our closest family and friends?! We are both from different states, so we loved the idea of having our families and friends all able to meet and spend a weekend together.

Shortly after, we chose our destination – the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort just north of Cancun. The Excellence was fabulous and really exceeded our expectations. Not only was the resort beautiful and fun, the staff was also stellar. Andrea Munguia made the wedding planning process effortless and really enjoyable.

Choosing our photographer was an easy choice for us. We are in love with Meg of Meg Miller Photography’s work, for us, it was a no-brainer to ask her to take our wedding photos! Not only is Meg a lot of fun and wonderful to work with, she is also such a talented photographer. She did a fantastic job and we’re so happy that we will forever have these photos to cherish.

Ultimately, we were very pleased with our decision to have a destination wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time.

Photography: Meg Miller Photography | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Excellence Playa Mujeres | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride Tribeca | Bride's Veil: BHLDN | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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