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Seaside “I do’s” Followed by Fireworks on the beach? Yes, please!

Here’s proof that all you need is a breathtaking locale like the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, some seriously sweet details and a group of your closest friends + family to celebrate your “I do’s” in serious style. Think stunning seaside “I do’s” meets al fresco dining meets a fireworks display that is all kinds of awesome. See every moment captured by Naal Wedding Photography in THE VAULT.

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From Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa… A lovely wedding happened this winter on Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa. Allie & Bowman met in 2011 after discovering they both had similar passions for travel, food, adventure and sports.

Four years after, Allie & Bowman celebrated their love with an intimate ceremony on the beach with their closest friends and family. They prepared a special itinerary to make sure everyone had fun while staying at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, including snorkeling, sailing, and of course, the Wedding!

Fireworks, DJ and dancing and a beautiful decor were part of this celebration.

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Photography: Naal Wedding Photography | Event Design: Planner 1 Events | Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

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This Mexican Wedding Isn’t Your Average Fiesta

This Mexican beach wedding is like none you’ve ever seen before. From the ancient Mayan traditions to the flamenco dancers to the hand-painted pottery escort cards, this wedding is all kinds of special. But with vendors like Brilliant Event PlanningCantieroBelmond Maroma Resort And SpaDaniel J Photography and Pure Love Films, it’s no surprise this wedding is one-of-a-kind. See it all now in The Vault!

 

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From Brilliant Event PlanningJessica and Jack truly wanted to give their guests an experience – not just a wedding day. To make this a reality, they took over Belmond Maroma! Since they had exclusive use of the property, they were able to have many days of events and activities. They had an Authentic Tequila Tasting Cantina night, a Fiesta Blanca (Mexican themed white party!), as well as yoga, bike trips, and more. However, the best part of having the hotel to ourselves was the fact that we could do the reception in the exquisite front entrance to the property, which meant dinner and dancing under the stars in the jungle!

Belmond Maroma used to be someone’s home before it was a hotel and still feels like that today. To compliment this, we tapped into an authentic and traditional Mexican style wherever possible. The escort cards were handmade pottery, Ottomi patterns were incorporated into the white party, entertainers ranged from mariachi to flamenco dancers, and the welcome bags included worry dolls for guests to ensure they started relaxing from the moment they arrived! Even the ceremony was filled with tradition. Jessica and Jack opted for a Mayan Ceremony, which is performed by a shaman. Guests got their auras cleansed upon arrival and Jessica and Jack made an offering to the ocean during the ceremony.

After witnessing Jessica and Jack be pronounced husband and wife, guests made their way to the reception by candlelight. For table decor, gold band charger were alternated with gold beaded and each guest found their seat by looking for their custom menu with their name. The entire space smelled of roses and eucalyptus, thanks to the lush table runner! The band was the most important thing to Jack, so we flew The Social from Miami and they kept guests on the dance floor all night long!

The entire wedding weekend exploded with personal touches, including a custom sign that showed the distance to all of the places that Jessica and Jack have visited and loved. The bar, which is normally “Freddy’s bar” was even renamed as Jack and Freddy’s bar for the occasion!

Fun fact: On the morning of the wedding, it was threatening to rain. So, at the advice of one of the locals, we followed an old Mayan tradition that says if you put crossed knives into the ground, you will ward off the rain…and it worked! We had beautiful weather the entire day and ended the night with a bonfire and s’mores on the beach!

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Photography: Daniel J. Photography | Cinematography: Pure Love Films | Event Planning: Brilliant Event Planning | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Stationery: William Arthur Invitations supplied by Its My Party | Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio | DJ: Big Bang Productions | Band: Elan Artists | Officiant: Spirituality Riviera Maya | Transportation: Raffaele Of Mayan Hospitality | Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa | Floral Design + Rentals: Canteiro

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Vibrant Winter Destination Wedding at Playa del Carmen

I need to get myself to Mexico stat. Between the tacos, the colors, and those margaritas, I just know I’d be in my personal paradise… and that isn’t even mentioning the beaches! And if I have any doubt of where to go, Riviera Maya Haciendas is where I’ll set forth for because if this beautiful bash by Buzzworthy Events is any indication, the spot is pure magic. Britt Rene captured it all for us to crave right here!

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From the Bride… Like most true love, it was met over drinks. Our mutual friend introduced us at a bar and quickly walked away so we were awkwardly alone. Luckily the awkwardness lasted only a moment and we instantly connected after that. After a long great conversation, Dan asked for my phone number and before he could finish, I had already started giving it to him. We barely waited for our first date which started at the De Young Museum and went on to a long stroll through Golden Gate Park, a low key Vietnamese dinner and drinks after. We finally looked at the clock and realized our date had lasted for 12 hours. Our friends that knew about our date were worried that they didn’t hear from us and thought we might have been kidnapped. After that, we were hooked.

Dan and I are most at home by the beach so when we got engaged we knew instantly that we wanted our wedding to take place in front of the ocean. Mexico holds a special place in our hearts because of Dan’s Mexican heritage and Playa Del Carmen was perfect. We wanted to have a wedding that was custom tailored to us as a couple so we chose two beautiful haciendas to host us. Our goal was to have a celebration where there were just as many laughs as there were tears so we worked to make the space beautiful yet youthful. Having the ceremony and reception all outdoors with the beach in front of us made the experience unforgettable.

From Ashley Smith at Buzzworthy EventsEmily and Dan emphasized that the day was really about their friends and family being enchanted by the scenery and kicking back to relax on the beach with amazing cocktails. The Riviera Maya Haciendas were a stunning setting and perfect enviornment. They are two private luxury haciendas complete with Botero’s on the walls, on the beach in Puerto Aventuras, a gated golf community next to Playa del Carmen.

The wedding began late in the afternoon at Hacienda Del Mar. The ceremony took place on top of the pool with the Caribbean sea as the backdrop and was cued by an instrumental version of Beriut’s “Nantes.” The sun set shortly after. Following the ceremony, during cocktail hour, the guests were served Chapulines from La Perla, traditional Oaxacan style, along with Gazpacho, mini Telera with Pork Pibil, Chaya and Cheese Empanadas. All of the cocktails were custom made by the groom, Dan. A slushie machine poured a Sherry Pina Colada and a refreshing margarita with blanco tequila, cucumber, genepy, lime, agave, absinthe. The groom also made a Watermelon Hibiscus and a Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca. The groom’s mother made her famous Horchata. My dear friend, and now dear friends of Emily and Dan, Sam tended bar for the event.

After Emily and Dan were announced to the wedding, guests made their way to dinner over in Hacienda Corazon where they dined, laughed and cried over the spontaneous speeches made by family member and friends. The head table was adorned with a deer skull and fresh flowers that Emily was very partial to and spent many weeks sourcing. The table numbers were made of Mexican tiles and many of the flowers were foraged by friends. When the guests returned to Hacienda Del Mar for dancing, the pool had turned into a custom Mezcal lounge lit by tiki torches in the sand and candles, where they sat ocean side and sipped many types of Mezcal de LuLa out of Copitas and danced until 2AM.

Photography: Brittrene Photo | Event Planning + Design: Ashley Smith | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Natalie Jensen | Ceremony Venue: Riviera Maya Haciendas | Reception Venue: Riviera Maya Haciendas | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Makeup + Hair: Katie Nash Beauty | Audio Equipment: Pentaflor | Bride's Jewelry: Sapphires & Diamonds Sourced From Mother Of The Bride | Bridemaids Gifts (Canvas Weekend Escape Bags): Forest Bound | Chapulines: La Pearla | Groom's Custom Suit : Al's Attire | Groomsmens Gifts (Japanese Knives): Chef Knives To Go | Mezcal: Mezcal De Lula | Rentals: Raffaele Of Mayan Hospitality

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