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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: Britt Rene Photography | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Natalie Jensen | Ceremony Venue: Hacienda Del Mar, Riviera Maya Haciendas | Reception Venue: Hacienda Corazon, Riviera Maya Haciendas | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | 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 | Event Planning + Design: Ashley Smith, Buzzworthy Events | Groom's Custom Suit : Al's Attire | Groomsmens Gifts (Japanese Knives): Chef Knives To Go | Makeup + Hair: Katie Nash Beauty | Mezcal: Mezcal De Lula | Rentals: Raffaele Of Mayan Hospitality

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Colorful Playa Del Carmen Wedding

Planning the ultimate getaway (with help from Diamant Events), this darling duo chose the Secret Jewel Celebrations Venue as their destination “I do”. From the colorful ‘maids gowns to the Bride’s timelessly structured dress, every detail For The Love Of It captured is pure paradise and it’s all right here!

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From For The Love Of It…This was a beautiful destination wedding at a private chapel and beach near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

From the beautiful Bride…We chose a destination wedding because we wanted it to be a fun experience for all our friends and family as well as us! Lots of our family would have to travel no matter where we had it, so we decided on Mexico as a chance to get away. We looked into several resort wedding locations, but found prices to be way too high for our budget, so luckily we came across the Secret Jewel venue online and read great reviews! My parents were in Mexico at the time so we had them check out the site for us, and they loved it! Ilse, my coordinator, is such a sweet and loving lady. Every bride who has her for a wedding coordinator will not be disappointed! She really pulled through with all the last minute details we had asked for and made our wedding day even more special than we ever had imagined! All of our guests said it was one of the most beautiful wedding sites they’ve ever been to! I have a very eclectic sense of style and that I wanted all different colors and styles of dresses for my girls. I came across a random chinese dress website (coniefoxdress.com) and with budget and look in mind, I was told that all my 4 bridesmaids would look great. (They’d look beautiful no matter what they wore! I had a pretty stunning bridal party, if you can get anyone to object.) I had them all find dresses they loved on the site and we worked with which colors would go well together to create a fun and unique bridal party look. It just so happens that the pastels chosen are this spring’s top trend colors according to In Style magazine. :) So I think we hit the mark. I helped design my dress by Maggie Burns, whom I adore here in Colorado. I wanted something more structured with a timeless elegance and low-cut back….and I think it complimented all the flowy bridesmaids gowns really well.

Photography : For The Love Of It | Coordinator: Diamant Events | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Stonebrook | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coniefox | Caterer: Mavel Banquetes | Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman | Officiant : Padre Hubert Reiner | Venue: Secret Jewel Celebrations Venue | Bridal Gown: Custom Made By Marie Margot | Chapel: Capilla De Santa Maria Del Secreto | Diamond Engagement Ring : Art Of Gold | Earrings: Assael | Hairpiece And Belt : Custom Made By Marie Margot | Suit: Banana Replublic

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Intimate Rosewood Mayakoba Wedding Inspiration

Fact: Lane Dittoe is a genius. And when he teams up with the crazy talented Crosby + Jon at Rosewood Mayakoba? Consider the results perfection in paradise. Starting with the ethereal saltwater hued gown, to the oceanfront accented with Krista Jon blooms, every detail in the gallery will have you dreaming for days, and you can join me in doing so right here.

From Archive Rentals… Real Couple Nicolas & Melina chose Riviera Maya for their this shoot since this was the place they had met two years earlier on vacation. Nestled along the white sandy beaches of beautiful Mexico, and only a short flight from anywhere in the States, lies the Riviera Maya, encompassing three popular destination honeymoon spots: Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen. With warm weather year round, turquoise oceans, beautiful resorts, it’s no wonder couples are choosing to marry in this Caribbean destination.

From Crosby + JonThere’s something so romantic about a ceremony on the sand with just a bride & groom, and these photos prove it.

We were inspired by the romantic elements of the Riviera Maya. The Carribean Sea, the soft white sand, the vividly colored flowers speckled amongst the lush, green rainforest. We wanted to evoke the relaxed, yet refined atmosphere of the Rosewood Mayakoba in her dress, hair, makeup & floral design. The groom looks casually cool, yet sophisticated, amongst the cool architecture of the Rosewood Mayakoba.

Rosewood Mayakoba was our first choice because it is truly the definition of paradise. It is one of our favorite places to work because the property is romantic, secluded and stunningly beautiful from every angle. But more importantly, the wedding team at Rosewood is beyond exceptional. They treat guests with such care and attention, everyone feels like a VIP.

And what a romantic day it was! Nicholas and Melina couldn’t keep their hands off each other… smooching and holding hands between shots. Lane Dittoe photographed the day and captured their love for each other in a natural, breathtaking way.

Our designs for the day were inspired by the bright, sunny hues of Mexico, using shades of blue, orange, mango, turquoise, yellow and pearl. We found local florals, which were artfully crafted on-site by Krista Jon and her team. For decor we turned to Archive Mexico for a beautiful collection of rustic wood furniture combined with brightly colored plates, linens, & accessories.

The real showstopper, however, is that blue-hued dress! R-Mine blew us and Melina away with the pastel sky blue ceremony gown that so perfectly evoked the serene vibe of the Caribbean sea. In the end, the couple be more pleased with this day and their photos. Everything was perfect. The dress, the couple, the Caribbean… All were absolute magic!

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Event Planning: Crosby + Jon | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Dress: R-Mine Bridal Couture | Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Tabletop: Archive Mexico

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Destination Mexico Wedding at Generations Riviera Maya

I treat gorgeous destination weddings like this one from Fondly Forever Photography like a little virtual vacation. I allow myself a little extra time to really get lost in all the lovely images and devour every pretty detail. Before I know it, I feel like I am there, with my toes in the sand listening to these two cuties say I do, and you can join me in the day dream right here.

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From Fondly Forever PhotographyJeannie + Neal live in LA but wanted a destination wedding to celebration their big day. After touring around the east coast of Mexico, they decided on a brand new hotel in Riviera Maya called Generations. Jeannie is a makeup artist and not only did her makeup, but all of her bridesmaids makeup as well! She is one of the sweetest people I know and her smile radiated the entire day! The wedding ceremony took place in a small chapel right off the beach and the reception was in a pier over the water. I realize this wedding does not have as many details as some of the weddings you feature but I thought it might be a good fit for your destination blog.

From the Bride…What was your inspiration for the day/How did you make the day about the two of you?

– We wanted to have a simple, light-hearted, stress-free day surrounded by family and friends. At our ceremony, we wanted all our guests to be present with us and not worry about taking photos, so we decided to have an unplugged wedding. It was one of the best decisions we made. Everyone was in the moment with us and we felt so much love in the room. We wanted our vows to be meaningful, but I also knew that if we surprised each other with our own vows at the altar, I would cry and not be able to say my part. So in order to ease my nervousness, Neal and I decided to write our vows together and take turns saying each line to each other. I love that we started our marriage as a team.

What is your most memorable moment from the day?
– Looking out and seeing our closest friends and family all under one roof. Over the years, we’ve hung out with them individually and in small groups, but never all together in one place. That moment comes once in a lifetime and it made our hearts happy knowing that they all traveled there to celebrate with us.

– What DIY projects did you do for your wedding?
I wanted to stay away from DIY (aka stress) projects as much as possible, so I limited the DIY project to 1. We made our own fabric bouquets/boutonnieres from scratch. It was a long process filled with good times, laughter, and love – all my bridesmaids and my Man of Honor worked so hard on them, I’m so grateful.

Photography: Fondly Forever Photography | Cinematography: Jeffery Mathis | Event Planning: Lomas Travel | Floral Designer: Melissa Pladsri | Wedding Dress: Custom Design | Shoes: Valentino | Makeup: The Bride Jeannie | Hair: The Bridesmaids | Groom's Suit: Express | Bridesmiad Dresses: Ark & Co | Invitations/Paper Goods: Melissa Yan | Music: Mega DJ | Venue And Caterting: Generations Riviera Maya

Intimate Playa Del Carmen Destination Wedding

Having been to a destination wedding in Mexico, I can safely say they’re awesomeness wrapped up in sunshine and love. And the details of this affair, think driftwood with calligraphy by KAKalligraphy and decor from Canteiro, add a layer of all out romance to this tropical locale. Have a look at the full affair crafted by LVL Weddings And Events along with imagery by Brandon Kidd Photography right here.

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From The Bride…Three adjectives that describe the day are: beautiful, romantic, and wild.

We wanted it to feel like an extension of us, as if we were having a casual dinner party at our house but with amazing food and everyone dressed up. We let the natural ocean side surroundings really shine by keeping everything else quite intimate. The details we did use were pulled from our likes and backgrounds. Me, being in fashion, I love textiles and things with texture so many of the details we used were from that inspiration. I loved the chairs we draped with soft multi colored ribbon, and the arch we built that was filled with yards and yards of fabric draped over ocean driftwood.

The flowers were beautifully different. We incorporated lots of textures, driftwood, branches, dusty miller, tulips and roses. I wanted so much to have anonome’s but since we were married in the south of Mexico where virtually no flowers are grown there, we either had to fly them in or use the ones they offered so we decided to add in ribbon and extra fabric from my bridesmaids dresses to make them unique but at the same time really brought the whole look together.

We rarely followed the typical “wedding protocol” We are traditional people but we are also very fun and we like to do things our way. So, we tried to steer away from the “traditional” wedding things. If we did the traditional things, we did them our way, like our first dance, we lead into our first dance right after our entrance, and we didn’t do it to your typical love song, we danced like crazy to the song by Hall and Oats, You make my dreams. It was great, and much more a reflection of us than your typical slow dance. Same thing with other traditions like not sleeping in the same room the nights before, etc. We not only stayed in the same room, but we got up together as we normally do and had breakfast as a couple with our friends. We tried to make it a more casual, relaxed and un-planned.. more so than a day full of times, and places we had to be.

We didn’t have many challenges as our planning team and the hotel helped accommodate all of our wish list. If anything, it would probably be, just getting all of our friends, family and vendors down to mexico.

By far, our most memorable moment of the day is the pool party! Jason and I had joked about who was going to go into the pool first and we never thought is would be us!! Once we finished with Cake cutting, we were able to sneak away to “get cleaned up” (we both had cake all over us!) so, everyone was not paying attention to us, we quickly prepared our photographer, and took off our shoes and 1-2-3! JUMPED in the pool!! At first I think our guests were shocked that someone would be so rude to Jason and Heidi by ruining the wedding and getting in the pool but once they saw it was the bride and groom (FULLY clothed in wedding attire still…) were the ones who jumped in…it was a free for all. Jason and I laughed in the pool while we watched people jump in from every side of the pool! It was like they were jumping from a burning building, everyone was doing it, and they were jumping from every angle. It was so fun because our amazing musician, Kevin Miso, played a great session while we all splashed like 10 years old in the pool for a while!

We did not write our own vows, but we had some input on what we wanted included in our ceremony. A theme, throughout our wedding was a quote we love by Jeremy Taylor, “Love is Friendship set on fire.” We even had a reading during the ceremony of a poem by Laura Hendricks. “Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough.”

I’m a perfectionists and very detail oriented so my brain automatically goes to the logistics of the day….like; make sure you outline the songs, make sure you have enough welcome bags, we must have a vegetarian option for dinner, table seating arrangements, etc….but at the end of it all, my only real advice would be to surround yourself with the people who truly matter to you. The ones who you could laugh all day with no matter what’s happening. Because, everything could go wrong on your day from the weather to vendors not showing up, but at the end of it all, if your jumping in the pool fully clothed (wedding gown and all) with your best friends and family, all that other stuff goes away. No one can remember what color flowers were on the table or even what song you first danced to. Those people remember the experience and who they were sharing it with. So, focus on the people you are celebrating with and the person you are committing your heart to and nothing else matters.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was having our close friend marry us. We opted for a more personal feel by having someone who really knows us and our story be the one to help us commit our futures to each other. So we had the best man do double duty and he was our officiant. We didn’t say vows but Karl told our story better than I think we could have.

Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Invitations: Wiley Valentine | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August From Bella Bridesmaid | Calligraphy: KAKalligraphy | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: J Crew | Beauty: The Styling Trio | Brides Cape: Monique Luhllier | Brides Dress: Monique Luhllier | Brides Flower Pin: Erin Cole | Brides Jewelry: Givenchy | Bridesmaids Jewelry: J Crew | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Decor: Canteiro | Event Design & Planning: Heather Hoesch With LVL Weddings And Events | Groomsmen Gift: Apple TV | Live Music And DJ: Kevin Miso | Mini Moon Planning: Ever After Honeymoons | Resort: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Runners, Napkins And Linens: La Tavola | Save The Dates: Prim And Pixie | Specialty Sequin Linen: Mod Mix Studios | Table Numbers: Better Off Wed | Video: Digital Cinema | Welcome Bags: Wedding Chicks

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