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Mayan Riviera Destination Wedding

I consider it a really good destination wedding if I find myself mindlessly reaching for my piña colada (which, unfortunately, isn’t there) as I flip through the gallery. This one is really good. Heart + Sparrow Photography captured the very essence of the day, and that essence is warm waters, white sand, and buckets full of sweet love.


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From the photographer… Anya + Brody live in Calgary, Alberta, one of the coldest places in the country, so they decided to get away from it all and marry in the hot and sunny Mayan Riviera, Mexico. For the 30+ family and friends who were able to take the trip across the continent, it was well worth the trip. Their wedding took place at the the beautiful Azul Sensatori Resort on the Skydeck of the resort, overlooking the oh-so-blue Caribbean Sea.

Anya was inspired by the turquoise of the sea as well as the floral accents that the tropical location provided, and her idea of the perfect wedding was one that was whimsical, yet incorporated Mexican elements like “Dia de los Muertos” skulls into the decor and invitations. Most of all, the bride and groom wanted an environment where everyone felt comfortable and ready to enjoy themselves! With a morning of an and off downpour, Anya + Brody married atop the resort’s rooftop deck, and the skies opened up to the most beautiful deep blue for an unbelievable and moving ceremony.

The reception was to take place in the sand, underneath the palm trees that had been strung with twinkling lights – however, the weather took a turn for the worse and the event had to be moved indoors to a nearby restaurant on the resort. Regardless of the change in location, the bride and groom weathered the storm with smiles on their faces. After a few heartfelt and hilarious toasts, the guests enjoyed a traditional Mexican family style meal followed by tequila and dancing! Anya + Brody’s wedding was truly an event to remember!

Photographer: Heart + Sparrow Photography | Invitations: The Social Page | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Shoes: Tory Burch | Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG | Hair & Makeup: Vassa Spa | Bridal Party Hangers: VintageLizy | Bridal Party Robes: Singing Slowly | Bride's Dress: Creation de Joyceline | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Groomsmen Shoes: Sperry | Venue: Azul Sensatori Resort

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Mexican Hacienda Wedding Inspiration from Life Wonders Photography

Truth: I’ve never been to Mexico.  I know it sounds crazy (especially since I live in the Southwest), but it’s totally true.  It’s a trip I plan on taking and one that moved FAR up my vaca list the moment I laid my eyes on this pretty little shoot from Life Wonders Photography.  A shoot that can only be described as mesmerizing with gorgeous blooms from Magnolia Floreria Disenos Florales, a whole lot of beautiful gowns from Rebecca Marx and a seriously stunning Hacienda Temozon Sur setting.  See it all here.

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From Life Wonders Photography… The inspiration for this styled photo shoot was drawn from amazing surroundings of haciendas scattered across Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico where the old world rustic, European romance meets modern luxuries. Once I moved to Mexico, two years ago, I was simply enamored with the haciendas and started out on a mission to visit them one by one. A mission that is yet to be accomplished.

Once the idea for this wedding photo shoot sprouted in my head I found Rebecca Marx who was more than happy to participate and showcase a few of her amazing bridal dresses.

Next, we contacted some of the best wedding vendors in Merida and brought them in together for this shoot. The flowers designed by Juan Pablo Camara Abreu of Magnolia Floreria Disenos Florales were splendid in very subtle shades of white, cream, pink and green.

The rustic furniture was provided by Fernando Antunano Olvera of Minimal Muebles Lounge and it fit the classic look of the hacienda.The glamorous dresses together with Spanish veil from Rebecca Marx were complemented by lovely accessories from Gertrudis Abdala Accesorios Novias. The make up and hair style provided by Yasser Rego.

The models were a real life bride, Pili Pina, and a real life couple (yet to be married but so in love) Maritza Heredia Torre and Adrian Gonzales, bring in true emotion to the event.

We even added videography by Real Life in Merida in order to provide full wedding experience to the future brides.

Lastly, the photo shoot took place in a very exclusive location, Hacienda Temozon Sur, a place that lends itself to glamour, beauty and style.

Photography: Life Wonders Photography - Dorota Jamal | Cinematography: Real Life In Merida | Event Design: Life Wonders Photography | Event Planning: Life Wonders Photography | Floral Design: Magnolia Floreria Disenos Florales | Dress: Rebecca Marx | Ceremony Location: Hacienda Temozon Sur, Yucatan, Mexico | Reception Location: Hacienda Temozon Sur, Yucatan, Mexico | Hair & Makeup: Yasser Rego | Accessories: Gertrudis Abdala Accesorios Novias | Furniture Rentals: Fernando Antunano Olvera Of Minimal Muebles Lounge

Tulum Wedding from Emily Blake Photography

It’s official. This gorgeous beach bride deserves some sort of serious medal. Because not only did she plan a destination wedding in locale she’d never even been, but managed to have a ton of fun along the way. The result? A day filled with fuss-free elegance that’s just begging to be saved, bookmarked and pinned. Sit back in total awe as we browse through the gallery of Emily Blake’s photos right here.

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From the Bride…Having always wanted a winery wedding, I was shocked when I shouted out, “Let’s get married in Tulum, Mexico!” after Eli and I got engaged.  I had never considered a beach wedding before, but when faced with a real decision; the thought of hundreds of people at a winery didn’t really seem like us at all, but a warm beach in Mexico with a small group of our family and closest friends certainly did!  I had never been to Tulum and we didn’t have the time to make a special trip to scope things out beforehand.  Although my friends and family thought I was a bit crazy for planning a wedding in a place I had never been to before, I decided to approach it as an adventure and threw in a lot of faith for good measure!

When we found La Zebra online, we immediately knew from the pictures that this was the place we wanted to get married.  It had everything we had envisioned; unique, intimate, rustic, and directly on the beach.  I cannot speak highly enough about the management and staff of La Zebra.  They took care of us and our guests with the most warmth and kindness.

After we secured the venue, everything seemed to fall into place.  We hired Destinations Wedding Tulum to help us secure vendors such as the Spanish guitar player for the ceremony, the Mariachi’s, and the DJ.  I exchanged many many detailed e-mails with them and posted a lot of pictures to a shared Pinterest board so they could get a sense of what I wanted.  When the day of the wedding came, I was floored at how beautifully they pulled everything together.

My favorite moment of the entire day was when I walked down the aisle (with no shoes!) to meet Eli at the water’s edge to get married.  As we took each other’s hands, I looked around at all the people in the world that we love, all gathered in one place.  It’s an overwhelming, beautiful feeling that I’ll never forget.

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Wedding Planning: Destination Wedding’s Tulum | Ceremony + Reception Venue: La Zebra | Make-up + Hair: Friend of Bride | Officiant: Friend of Bride and Groom, Lorin Vogel | Welcome Fiesta Dinner: El Tabano | Spanish Guitarist: Camilo Nu | DJ: DJ Fermi | Wedding Dress: Galina Couture | Groom’s Suit: Custom, Jeric Rivera, Requisite Clothing

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