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Mexico Wedding at Now Sapphire Resort from NC Photography

My official vacation doesn’t start for two whole days (woot!), but this breathtaking affair from NC Photography?  Well, it has me wishing it was tomorrow… and in sunny Mexico to boot.  Because one look at these drop-dead gorgeous nuptials was all it took to start dreaming of crashing ocean waves, clear blue skies and sandy goodness beneath my toes.  It’s the kind of day that is rich beautiful details, love-filled moments and crazy gorgeous imagery.  In other words, it’s a virtual vacation getaway right here in the full gallery.

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Following the most romantic proposal at the Banff Springs Castle, Banff Alberta on December 28th, 2011 I said yes to spending the rest of my life with Tyler! We instantly agreed upon a destination wedding, as it would be the perfect setting for a personal, intimate gathering with immediate family and close friends. We envisioned turquoise seas, white sands, and blue skies as being the perfect backdrop for our vows. We wanted rustic, classic, timeless, romantic, if you will; with all the casualties of a destination wedding, and Tyler wanted to make my dreams come true.

We researched endlessly for the perfect resort and venue and finally came across Now Sapphire, a 5 diamond resort in the Mayan Riviera-Mexico. I immediately envisioned lanterns, candlelight, chandeliers, white linens, and roses everywhere. 

Having found the perfect venue, it was on to the dress. After countless visits to popular bridal boutiques in Canada and many hours of online research,  I finally found my dream dress. Eldorado by Enzoani! A mermaid gown made of lace with tulle overlay, a sweetheart neckline-delicately covered by illusional lace straps, fitted bodice with a hand crafted floral corsage on the waist and chapel train. It was stunning and everything I envisioned.

For my bridesmaids, I chose long gowns with layers of silk chiffon — a soft romantic color palette of  ivory, nude, blush, soft grey, and taupe in the Jenny Yoo collection. The dress was perfect as it could be worn strapless, halter, one shouldered and flattering for any body type. Each bridesmaid would wear colors from the palette in a style that was flattering for their body.  Bouquets of multi-colored roses; ivory, pale pink, peach with coral infusions would tied the palette together beautifully. 

For the groomsmen, we wanted everyone to feel comfortable. Linen blended beige pants, ivory shirts and linen vests with a warm grey tie from Stu Moores Clothiers suited the boys perfectly!

The morning of the wedding… We woke up to the sound of waves crashing beneath our ocean view suite at the Now Sapphire. Room service arrived promptly at 8am to serve us breakfast and mimosas. We wanted to spend the morning together and parted ways after a morning walk on the beach; it was a beautiful way to start our day.

Following hair and makeup at the Spa, my mother and bridesmaids joined in my room to dress and spent the rest of the morning together sipping champagne. It was so special to have everyone with me on my big day. I wore my hair up, in a large bun, as I felt it was a classic/timeless look.  My make-up was soft with hues of rose and smoky eye to finish.

I gave my bridesmaids jewelry that would accent their dresses. They wore Lucia necklace and bracelet, and delicate drop earrings from the Stella and Dot collection. Layers of pearls in ivory, taupe, blush and champagne was a little extra to add to the soft romantic look I was going for. I wanted the girls to feel important and beautiful; they were radiant!

The Ceremony… When I arrived at the terrace the set up was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. After months of planning my wedding via email I was a little unsure as to how my requests would be received or interpreted. Our wedding planner, Ramon,  couldn’t have done a better job at understanding me and my personal taste.

The bridal party walked down the aisle to the instrumental Marry Me by Train. Arm in arm with my parents, I made my grand entrance while walking to the instrumental A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Following the most beautiful ceremony and vow exchange we proceeded down the aisle to the instrumental Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran. It was the perfect ending to our ceremony. As the ceremony was directly below the terrace where we would have our reception, we joined there to thank everyone for coming. Everyone had been so touched emotionally by the ceremony; Tyler and I had never felt more loved. The servers immediately greeted us and our guests with a glass of champagne and we toasted our unity and hopes of a long happy life.

Cocktail tables were dressed in Ivory linens and dressed with a blush satin sash; a guest book table with a custom guest book created by Chantille through Mixbook for the guests to sign and leave well wishes; a large vintage bird cage-purchased from Annie McGuire Interiors, Medicine Hat, AB, to hold wedding cards, a rustic wooden box of cigars decorated the table nicely and were a nice treat for our guests. Music played softly and everyone was greeted with a signature drink; pina colada with soft pink umbrellas of course. The menu: mini crab cakes, tempura prawns with a garlic aioli dip, sushi, wings and pineapple beef skewers. Everything was a hit!

The Reception… The set up was stunning. Open starlit sky, white tiffany chairs, small rectangular tables covered in ivory linens with blush satin runners; centerpieces of roses, accompanied by candlelit vintage mini lanterns that created a sense of warmth for the evening. Custom table cards that matched the formal invites we had sent out months before; designed by Karri Montean of Borrowed Blue Wedding Designs. 

Tyler and I struggled with favor ideas forever. We didn’t want anything tacky, or anything that would be left sitting on the tables. We decided on Bath and Body works medium sized candles in tikki beach scent.

Tyler and I didn’t want our guests to be bored by lengthy speeches and long dinner. We asked that our MC keep it tasteful, classy and simple. The request was well received. It was a beautiful, emotional evening. To keep ourselves entertained, we asked that our guests wear a sombrero and have a shot of Mexican tequila; much to our surprise, this did not deter our guests from making Tyler and I kiss all evening; it was hilarious.

Nicole and her husband Shawn flew to Mexico from Calgary, AB to photograph our wedding. They are pretty much photography celebrities in Alberta. Photos are memories that will last a lifetime and we knew we had to have them.

I cannot express how thankful we are to have gone south for our wedding. We had a full week to spend time with people who love and support our relationship. There was no skimping out on the details for us. We had our fairytale wedding on the white sandy beaches of Mexico and we wouldn’t change a thing~

Photography: NC Photography | Floral Design: Now Sapphire | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Event Planning + Design: Now Sapphire | Wedding Venue: Now Sapphire

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Mexico Wedding at Now Jade Riviera Cancun by My Way with Style

With a so pretty you’d think it was fake blue ocean as the backdrop and a too gorgeous for words couple who could pretty much be models, this next feature may just ensure you plan a destination wedding. Simple burlap details and baby’s breath florals were the perfect subtle details for this seaside stunner held at the picturesque Now Jade Riviera Cancun resort and shot by Kelly Morin Photography. There is so much more pretty to be seen in the full gallery!

From With Style Designs… Krista and Nathan are one of those sweet couples you can’t get enough of. Krista has an infectious smile and free spirit, while Nathan has a charming and calming presence about him. One thing that always resonates when you are around them is their pure love for each other. Their honest and carefree personalities inspired the décor, as well as the entire wedding. Krista’s vision was to have a wedding full of natural, mismatched sweetness. The color palette was full of beige and blush hues, while décor was natural whites and burlap with a hint of jade green to play off the name of the resort. Burlap and peonies where the over all grounding of the inspiration.

For the ceremony, the vision was natural, white, draped canopies and chocolate brown Chiavari chairs. The understated colour was the lovely bridesmaids. For the bridesmaids’ dresses, the ladies went for the eclectic look of various blush and dove gray hues to show off each of their personalities. It gave the look the only punch of colour on the palette. The wedding party consisted of six of the bride and groom’s closest friends and family. The girls had fun with their mismatched dresses and brought a lot of life to group. Definitely a loving group of “besties” that made for a fun-filled day of bliss. Krista’s wish was to surround herself with love. It was definitely that day to them. The flower that were chosen again were all nature-inspired. The ladies held baby’s breath bouquets wrapped in burlap and lace,  while the bride held a bouquet of green hydrangea and white peonies. Krista’s bouquet was also wrapped in burlap and lace to give it a sweet touch.

For the reception, the tables had mismatched burlap accents instead of traditional runners. With understated stationery and centerpieces, the guests’ tables were clean and fresh. Centerpieces consisted of baby’s breath and candles with accents of burlap everywhere. Simple and sweet.

Wedding Photography: Kelly Morin Photography / Wedding Venue: Now Jade Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos, Mexico / Event Design: Jaime Valdes-Riench of Travel & Events with Style / Wedding Invitations: With Style Designs / Wedding Dress: Pronovias

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Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa Wedding by Emily Snitzer Photography

Most brides wouldn’t dare trash their wedding dress, especially this stunning Casablanca Bridal gown. If you’re one of them, we dare you not to have second thoughts after you see Emily Snitzer Photography‘s shoot of this couple’s post nuptial dip in the Caribbean Sea. The Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa not only provided the scenic backdrop for this elegant tropical soiree, they also took care of the florals, linens, and rentals (talk about a one stop shop). These photos make the dress destruction look like such devilish fun, you simply must see the all the just married mischief for yourself!

 

 

From the Bride… The backdrop … breathtaking. The gown … stunning. The ceremony … elegant. The wedding party … rockstars. The couple … in love. The day … absolute. There is no location more captivating than Dreams Riviera Cancun, which is located just outside of Puerto Morelos, 20 minutes south of Cancun. The day was sun-drenched with perfect temperatures. The ceremony occurred shortly before sunset overlooking the ocean. So many details went into this occasion from the brooch bouquet, to the stylized wedding party, to the personal remembrances of those recently lost. Beyond the amazing ceremony and reception photos, a second shoot was conducted to trash the dress in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. The photography capturing each and every moment of our special day is impeccable.

Wedding Photography: Emily Snitzer Photography / Wedding Venue: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico / Floral Design, Linens + Rentals: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa / Wedding Dress + Sash: Casablanca Bridal via Azteca Wedding Plaza / Makeup + Hair: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa / Jewelry: Jared / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Carrillo’s Wedding Emporium / Menswear: Dillard’s