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Yoga Wedding in the Riviera Maya

When a wedding involves yoga during the ceremony, followed by an very cool underwater ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot, you know it’s going to be amazing! Del Sol Photography captured so many meaningful moments at this intimate Riviera Maya celebration that will leave you in awe. See the full gallery here.

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From Del Sol Photography… Bride Leanne has a wealth of experience with destination weddings managing her own event coordination business in the Riviera Maya. Planning hundreds of weddings a year, she is definitely a bride who knew how to put together an incredible experience for herself, her groom and her guests. Her extensive knowledge of venues and vendors in the area ensured a perfect and unique day. Bride and groom met doing acro-yoga and incorporated their passion in the ceremony, the reception and the trash the dress shoot in a cenote.

The ceremony in the Pueblo Sac-Be amphitheater and the reception in a private villa in Akumal were intimate and very personal, the newlyweds were surrounded by the beauty of nature, pretty decor and the love of their family and friends (and their dog Charly of course).

From The Bride…I actually never thought I was going to get married. Not in the “can’t find a guy to marry” kind of way, but in a more “I’m 100% happy being my free spirit self, able to go and play as I please.” Then, of course, the right guy came along and my world was changed and somehow I ended up engaged (I’m pretty sure it was my idea!)

The wedding location, an outdoor amphitheater in the SacBe eco development of the Riviera Maya, was our location of choice. It held a lot of special memories for me during my time living in Playa, and a jungle setting with a cenote in the background was exactly what we were looking for.

Aaron & I agreed that Matt of del Sol would be our photographer of choice, we were soooo EXCITED when we found out Deborah was our second shooter! And not only that, Sol would be coming along as well. WOAH! Of course Marcos from Artevelas had free reign to do as he pleased with our venue, since truthfully, I trust his taste more than my own. And Maju, my amazing business partner, would be there to run the show along with my favorite DJ – Mood Events. It all came together so nicely.

Probably the biggest gift was from Aaron’s Brother-in-Law and my Spiritual teachers from Ananda Yoga Desde el Corzaon who put together the most meaningful ceremony would could have imagined. Bringing together those two elements really represented who we are as a couple and allowed all of our family, friends, and loved ones to know us a little deeper that day.

Photography: Del Sol Photography | Event Coordinator: LM Weddings | Flowers: Floreria Jardin | Cake: GY Pasteleria | DJ: Mood Event Services | Candles: Arte Velas | Hair/Makeup: MVP Hair And Makeup Artisity | Jewelry Designer: Red-i By Chelsea | Music: Bole Musica | Outdoor Amphitheater: Pueblo Sac-Be | Private Villa: Villa Valhalla Akumal

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Glamorous Riviera Maya Destination Wedding

This Mexico destination affair is the kind of wedding that deserves to be swooned with a cocktail in hand. A margarita on the rocks, to be be specific. Because when you’ve got images as beautiful as Emily Blake’s and glam-filled moments designed by Mishka Designs and Planner 1 Events, there’s just no telling how long a trip to the gorgeous gallery will last. Get started here!

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From the Bride… Sean & I value our time with our friends and family above all, so our top priority was finding a big house near the water where we could gather for several days before and after the actual wedding celebration. We both love Mexico, so we narrowed our search to the Caribbean side (equidistance from our families on the West and East coasts) and went in search of a venue that would set the stage for the multi-day wedding celebration we envisioned.

Although we knew the elements that inspired us, we needed help putting it all together. That is where Mishka Designs came into play. The first time we met Mishka in Mexico, we both breathed a sigh of relief and knew we wanted her on our team. She coordinated site visits for us and helped us find our dream venue in Puerto Aventuras.

The Haciendas’ gorgeous architecture and decor definitely inspired us. We envisioned a romantic, nature-inspired, elegant, Old World wedding there. Hacienda Del Mar’s courtyard provided the soulful space we sought for our ceremony. The tree-lined walkway made a stunning natural aisle. The Caribbean Sea was elegantly framed by the arched portals. We fell in love with the place and couldn’t wait to bring our friends and family there.

We chose ivory, poppy red and Mexican pink as our primary colors and used soft blush and peach to create a natural, romantic feel. We accented with gold metallics and lace details. The bridal party wore rich shades of charcoal which contrasted beautifully with the ivories, greens and vibrant colors of Mexico. We wanted to bring natural elements into the courtyards, so florals and greenery were our priority in the design process. Colorful Bougainvillea surrounded the guest seating area. Gabi of Planner One Events blew us away with her exquisite arch and romantic floral centerpieces.

I agree with the advice other brides have given: enjoy the day above all else. For us, that meant having a professional team. We saw our wedding reception as an opportunity to throw a great party for our guests—one that would require help to pull off. We knew we wanted to be ‘hands on’ in planning, but we wanted to be able to let go once the wedding day arrived. So, my advice is to hire a team of people you like and trust. Not only was Mishka’s design exactly like we imagined, but she became our friend and supported us the whole way. Neither she nor the LM Wedding team balked at any request. We feel so blessed to have found Mishka Designs, the amazingly talented Emily Blake, hairstylist Kristen McNulty, and our coordinator, LM Weddings, who made planning a wedding 4,000 miles away a breeze.

One of our highlights from the day was right after the ceremony. While our guests made their way to the cocktail reception, Sean and I stole a minute alone to enjoy our first sip of champagne as newlyweds. We entered the reception alongside our Mariachi band as they burst out an impressive version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. We felt exuberant and the sound of the horn playing could not have been a better fit for that moment.

There were so many moments throughout the afternoon and evening when we locked eyes, held hands, kissed, and just breathed in the love all around us. We felt all the planning, everything had been executed exactly as we had hoped. But our biggest success was that our guests seemed to exude happiness and radiate love. We could truly feel the love in the air. Whenever we think back on it, we feel that rush of love and we see the smiling faces of our dearest friends and family. That, to us, made it the wedding day of our dreams.

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Event Design: Mishka Designs | Floral Design: Planner 1 Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Oblation Papers & Press | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Gourmet Soberanis | Calligraphy: Alesia Zorn | Grooms Attire: Estes Men's Clothing | Coordination: Maju | Dress Boutique: Divine Designs | Makeup: Melissa | Venue: Del Mar And Corazon

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Riviera Maya Wedding at Azul Sensatori

For those of you currently spending your cold winter days dreaming of a sun-filled Mexican vaca (read: all of you), this darling day captured by M&J Photography is for you.  An oceanside affair with those stunning crystal blue waters as an amazing backdrop, it’s a beautiful BHLDN gown meets bundles of vibrant colors meets all kinds of happy.  See every last moment right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… From the first moment Martin walked into the room, time stood still. My cousin introduced us, and from there our conversation began immediately as if we were old friends catching up. When we met, Martin was living in California and we began our long distance friendship through snail mail. Our love continued to grow deeper for one another through the years.

While Martin was living in California, I made a weekend trip to visit him in Laguna Beach. He surprised me by renting a Duffy boat in Newport harbor.When we got into the boat, he told me to go to the front where I found a small mailbox (we had written letters to each other, every day, for the past year!). By the time I finished reading the letter that was inside, he was down on his knee asking me to marry him. After I said yes, he asked me to look at the pier where a photographer was documenting the moment. Unforgettable!

Martin and I fell in love with the natural beauty of Mexico. The Riviera Maya worked for ease of travel for our family and guests. The fact that we were able to say our vows on the beach, in front of one of the largest coral reefs in the world, is something that has a spirit of grace and unity.

Planning the details of our wedding was a way to express who Martin and I are as a couple. I started with designing the save the date magnets, which led to envisioning and creating our wedding invitations.Throughout our journey we have used the scallop shell as our “wedding symbol”. Being a sign of a pilgrim and pilgrimage, it has many meanings within Christianity as well as in daily life. Martin had a scallop shell on his boutonniere that his grandfather had given to Martin’s grandmother on their wedding day.

The magazine, with digital and printed versions, was a way to let everyone know the events of the wedding week and to introduce all of the guests (and the photographers).

We placed custom mailboxes on all of the dinner tables, since we have a strong tradition of writing letters while apart. Each guest’s place card had space for them to give us advice and then place the card into the mailbox. We plan to open a mailbox each year and read the cards for the next several years on our anniversary.

I made my bouquet with silk flowers, then took the first gift Martin gave to me and a cross he always wears and hid them inthe bouquet. The lace wrapped around the flowers came from my mother’s wedding veil. The brooch holding the lace together was a gift from my grandma. The bridesmaids flowers were made by the resort, but I gave them color swatches of the dresses so the flowers would match the pastel tones they would be wearing.

My dress was by Catherine Deane for BHLDN, with some custom touches. The buttons on the back came from my mother’s and my grandmother’s wedding dresses. The sandals were Klub Nico, also from BHLDN. OPI’s “Teal the cows come home” not only acted as my “something blue on my toes” but it honored the “Schreiber” family name, since they are cattle farmers. The fingertip veil was custom designed by Carol Tuazon in Chicago, to create a “waterfall”. We used magnetic weights by Jill Watson of Save the Veil, so it wouldn’t blow away in the Riviera Maya breeze.

Martin’s suit came from Zara on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL, and his ocean-blue bow tie was from “1910″. His shoes were from Nordstrom, and his ‘something blue’ socks were by Paul Stuart. I sewed his initials along with our wedding day into the lining. Both of our rings also have the wedding day and the saying “All is Well” engraved into them– a saying that we have used throughout our wedding planning!

Photography: M&J Photography | Wedding Planner: Leanne Marie Weddings | Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Moo | Hair & Makeup: The Bride | Floral Design, Catering & DJ: Azul Sensatori, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Veil: Save The Veil | Venue: Azul Sensatori, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Video: Cancun Wedding Video

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