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A Seaside Wedding in Mexico That Is All About the Luxe Details

Now this is a couple that knows how to throw a party. That “host a fab wedding in paradise and bring all of your friends + family” kind of party. From their stunning Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort locale to their beautiful florals + decor crafted by the talents at Alquimia Events, they managed to seamlessly weave that laid-back destination vibe with luxe everything. See so much more captured by Quetzal Wedding Photos right here.

From Quetzal Wedding PhotosThis Dreams Playa Mujeres wedding was full on fun!! In their free time Gabe and Briana like to be with their family and friends. They also love to be outdoors, and just overall have a good time. Briana and Gabriel chose the white sandy beaches of Playa Mujeres for the backdrop of their celebration of love. Briana walked down the aisle in a stunning Calla Blanche gown. They were surrounded by their most important people. They chose earth tones and natural hues for their bridesmaids, and the men couldn’t have been more dapper with blue slacks and suspenders to match! They paid close attention to the details! You’ll know exactly what we mean when you see their stylish ring bearer! Briana had a gorgeous second outfit to get the party started. Gabe and Briana surprised their guests with amazing choreography that ends in a high lift above Gabe’s head!

This wedding had it all, but most importantly love. The speeches given by both friends and family members melted the hearts of all in the room. They walked off into the night after was all said and done hand-in-hand, and forever as one. The ceremony was performed at the central garden plaza of the Resort, followed by a cocktail hour which, of course, included a Mariachi Trio and delicious hors d´oeuvres! For the reception they came back to the central garden for the first dance as husband and wife! After dancing the night away they ended up the night with a sparkler send-off to a new beginning!



Photography: Quetzal Wedding Photo | Wedding Gown: Calla Blanche | Bride's Hair: Alesia Solomko | Bride's Makeup: Sara Tamargo Makeup And Hair | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort | Floral Design and Décor: Alquimia Events

The Prettiest Boho Wedding You Will Ever See

In the world of beautiful boho weddings, this stunning Dreams Riviera Cancun celebration most definitely takes the cake. All copper accents and gorgeous blooms, it’s a laid-back party overflowing with glam details. Like one heck of a ceremony structure. Soak in every seaside moment from Dawn Derbyshire Photography right here.

From Dawn Derbyshire Photography… From a chance first meeting at Texas Roadhouse, to many shared birthdays, to a sweet Easter egg hunt proposal, Jackie and Tyler had a beautiful romance leading up to their stunning beach nuptials in Mexico. The pair tied the knot at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort on a windy, warm, beautiful day, surrounded by family and friends.

Jackie, along with her ladies, got ready at the resort, doing their own hair and makeup. (The bride is an amazing hair stylist, so she and her ladies knocked it out of the park with their hair and make up!) The bridal party wore muted, natural colors and Jackie gifted the ladies with beautiful mixed metallic jewelry to go with each bridesmaid’s dress. After a gift exchange with Tyler, the bride put on her gorgeous dress and headed to the deck for the ceremony.

The decor for both the ceremony and reception was very bohemian with a subtle industrial vibe. Jackie pulled her inspiration for the decor from a combination of the gorgeous scenery and inspirational images that she found online. Copper chairs, geometric glass terrariums filled with lush flowers, industrial lighting, and a gorgeous raw wood table decorated the existing structure for the ceremony. Before the wedding, the pair said their most anticipated moment of the day was when the bride walked down the aisle and the pair saw each other. The look (and tears!) of joy that were shed were so sweet. Jackie and Tyler kept the ceremony simple and heartfelt, writing their own vows and exiting to the 44 guests throwing rose petals.

After the ceremony, the bridal party headed to the beach for photos. In addition to portraits on the beach, Jackie and Tyler opted to take some photos in the lush palms all over the property. Once portraits wrapped up, the couple headed to their gorgeous beachfront reception. The mixed metallics, raw wood and lush floral elements were continued into the reception decor. Once everyone was seated for dinner, the pair had their first dance to the Red Hot Chili Peppers “Hard to Concentrate,” followed by everyone partying the night away.



Photography: Dawn Derbyshire | Dress: Sorelle Bridal | Shoes: Klub Nico | Jewelry: Bucci Jewelry & Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair and Make Up: Sorelle Bridal | DJ: Mauricio Salazar | Suits: Jos A Bank | Bouquets: Lindsay Hawes | Cake, Music, Decor, Catering: Dreams Riviera Cancun | Hairpiece: Anastasia Enze Bridal | Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun

Elegant “I Dos” in Mexico Complete With the Beach + Blooms

Just because the bash is on the beach, doesn’t mean all elegance has to go out the window. Quite the contrary with this seaside soiree in Mexico. With gorgeous blooms by Canteiro, every delicate detail is elevated and the finished results? Simply stunning. Stephanie Brazzle captured them all and we have no doubt that these pics will be gracing your Pinterest pages for months to come.

Beach Resort

From Stephanie Brazzle… Being in a tropical place like Playa Mujeres is always very inspiring. The Finest Playa Mujeres Hotel and Spa has lush gardens with fresh flowers in every corner. Feeling the breeze, the sand on your feet, and the sound of the waves; it really brings you back to nature. Amy and Adil are a fun couple to say the least. They work hard and play hard. I knew it was going to be not only a beautiful wedding but a fun wedding. I arrived to the suite that morning to see beautiful flower crowns for every bridesmaid by Canteiro Weddings. The groomsmen were dressed in blue and white attire and the bridesmaids in a pale blush. It was an intimate wedding filled with joy and tequila and perfect amount of sea breeze.



Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Event Planning: Canteiro | Floral Design: Canteiro | Invitations: Scribbles And Swirls | Hair + Makeup: Instinktive Hair Couture | Calligraphy: Scribbles And Swirls | Wedding Venue: Finest Playa Mujeres | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic


Two Beach Lovers Say “I Do” In an Elegant Seaside Wedding in Mexico

When you love the beach as much as Dennis and Mallary, a destination wedding in Mexico is sort of a no-brainer. So these two cuties grabbed their friends and family and left the chilly PA weather for a sun-filled getaway at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. It was an elegant celebration captured by Del Sol Photography with their fave spot as the backdrop. We can’t get enough.

Dennis and I met, got engaged, and spend every free moment we have on a beach. Whether its spending our summers at the Jersey shore or traveling to an island, we are always chasing the warm weather and the closest body of water! For that reason, it only made sense to us to have our wedding on a beach. We couldn’t wait to get away from Pennsylvania in January and celebrate with our family and friends who are so very important to us.

Our wedding was pretty simple. We want to focus on the natural surroundings, colors, and cultures of Mexico. Our colors are cobalt blue and ivory. We had a Mariachi band perform during the cocktail hour and also surprised out guests with fire dancers after dinner!

We chose Del Sol Photography, because we fell in love with the colors and creativity of your photography. Dennis and I hate weird cheesy poses, and appreciate how they captured our candid moments. We understand that its important to have shots that are planned, but we want to look like ourselves and be comfortable! It was extremely important to us to spend as much time at our wedding and with our guests as possible so we had most of the bride and groom, bridal party and family shots taken before our ceremony.



Photography: del Sol Photography | Wedding Dress: Terani Couture | Venue: Dreams Riviera Cancun | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Macy's

This Love Filled Wedding Will Make Your Hearts Happy

This wedding is stunning… there’s no doubt about that. From the rich purple and pink color palette to the breathtaking Hayley Paige gown to the awe-inspiring locale (hello, Secret Silversands Riviera Cancun), each and every moment is beyond awesome.  But above all of the fab details and sweet sunshine is a tale of two sweeties who are sooo smitten, it bursts from every brilliant capture from Adrian Bonet.  Head to THE VAULT to share in the love.

From Adrian BonetChantel and James, a couple from New Orleans, decided to celebrate their wedding in Cancun, in the month of December. They prepared themselves at the Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun. The ceremony was held under a beautiful contemporary gazebo. Cocktails and dancing were held in a tented lounge of the same resort.

Photographer: Adrian Bonet | Rings: Béjé Wholesale Jewelers | 2nd Shooter: Ivonne Matias | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters and Watters | Bride’s Gown: Hayley Paige | Bride’s Jewelry: Cézanne | Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani | DJ & Sound: DJ Diagnosis (Dr. Thomas Oden) | Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Venue: Secrets Silversands, Riviera Maya | Groomsmen’s Attire: Ike Behar | Groom’s Attire: Luca Falcon | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Invitations & Printed materials: Wedding Paper Divas | Mother of the Bride Attire: Adrianna Papell | Mother of the Groom Attire: Night Scene LA

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Fun-Filled Destination Wedding at Secrets The Vine Cancun

The travel bug bit these two sweeties a long, long time ago, so when it came time to plan their Big Day, a destination wedding was a total must.  Their locale of choice? Secrets The Vine Cancun, a sweet little piece of paradise perfect for saying “I do” seaside, dining under the stars and dipping in the pool post-nuptials (it happened).  See every fun-filled moment captured by Melissa Mercado in THE VAULT.

From the Bride… I’d never been to the Caribbean until I met my fiancé Matt six years ago and only after a few months of dating, he took me to Cancun for my first time and we had so much fun together. Ever since then, we’ve been traveling all over the Caribbean! He is my favorite vacation partner and we’ve been to Bermuda, the Florida Keys, St Martin, St Barths, Jamaica, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Aruba. I’m happiest when we can both be fun and silly and that is why we like to travel because our lives in New York City can become pretty stressful!

He proposed at a rooftop bar in the Meatpacking district of NYC where we first met. We love going out to nice dinners and enjoying delicious food and wine. We also love staying in and watching movie after movie. We decided to get married in Cancun because we have friends and family that live all over the world and they might as well travel to somewhere warm and fun so we can all be on vacation together! Never in our lives will we have everyone we love on vacation with us so we are very excited!

If I were to describe our style, I would say we are classy and elegant but can have a lot of fun and get crazy! Our families are very traditional but we stayed true to our personalities and decided to have a destination wedding. It is very important to us that we have beautiful pictures to capture the memories. We love taking pictures when we go on vacations and we make photo books for each trip we take.

We are getting married at Secrets the Vine and we are planning to have the ceremony on a terrace overlooking the lagoon and the reception by the pool.

From Melissa Mercado Photography… I couldn’t have been more excited to meet Matt + Clara before their wedding day. It’s not always easy to do with destination couples, because of schedules and resort restrictions. But Matt + Clara decided to start their vacation with a Catamaran Tour around Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) just north of Cancun. The day was amazing with the backdrop of the Turquoise waters. Everyone mingled and got to catch up, enjoy a few adult beverages and really just get into their vacation. The group definitely knows how to have a great time and were easily comfortable in front of the camera!

By the time we got to the wedding day, my job was easy – document the moments as they happened and help keep everyone plugged into the moment. Clara had all kinds of great ideas of what she want covered and was helped by a great group of girls that helped her be not only prepared, but relaxed and enjoy her day.

I think the only thing we had working against us on this otherwise perfect day, was just the sheer heat of an August wedding in the Caribbean. Everyone took it in stride though, we adjusted our portrait time to not let anyone get to uncomfortable and by the end of the night, all cares were thrown to the wind and everyone ended up in the pool.

Photography: Melissa Mercado Photography | Floral Design: Secrets The Vine | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Secrets The Vine | Venue: Secrets The Vine

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Glamorous Fuchsia Wedding at Secrets Playa Mujeres

Take an awe-inspiring locale like Secrets Playa Mujeres and add in a darling duo with a love of all things fuchsia and the results are amazing.  I’m talking breathtaking blooms, a stunning seaside ceremony and a dance ’til you drop celebration in a ballroom that was simply made for partying.  It’s total glamour meets classic beauty and you can see it all captured by Melissa Mercado in THE VAULT.

From Melissa Mercado Photography… After Ben proposed at sunset on an island off of Key West, Florida, Rori knew she wanted a destination wedding to celebrate their special day on the beach with their closest family and friends. Rori is a hotel interior designer so color and details were very important parts of the wedding planning. Ben is a lawyer so he went along with all of Rori’s choices saying, “Yes, I think that looks fantastic!” They planned their dream destination wedding at Secrets Playa Mujeres, off the coast of the Caribbean Sea. They chose the gorgeous Secrets Playa Mujeres Resort, an all-inclusive, adults-only resort overlooking white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

On the day of the wedding, Rori looked absolutely stunning in her white, sweetheart neckline and scalloped wedding gown. Her bridesmaids wore floor-length lilac gowns holding large bouquets of white orchids and pink accent flowers. Ben looked just as handsome in a sleek gray suit while his groomsmen sported navy suits.

Their intimate ceremony was held beachside, with stunning views of the sea. A wooden sign that read, “Welcome to Our Wedding” led the way for them to say, “I do!” Tiffany white chairs, a white ethereal canopy and a delicate hanging chandelier set the perfect backdrop along with the blue waters. Following the ceremony, their guests were greeted at a tropical-glamour themed reception with metallic gold and colorful accents. White table cloths, mercury glass candle holder and fuchsia floral arrangements adorned the tables. Their unique table signs were names of symbolic places to their relationship like their hometowns and the place they got engaged… such a personable touch!

It was an absolute pleasure to capture Rori and Ben’s magical day… here’s to an exciting new chapter in their lives!

Photography: Melissa Mercado Photography | Wedding Dress: Moonlight Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Macy's | Band: Flashback Band | Venue: Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort | Bridesmaid's Gifts: Kate Spade | Groom's Shoes: Bristol And Bull

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Tropical + Elegant Mexico Beach Wedding

What better reason to escape the bitter cold of winter than with a destination wedding south of the border in sunny Cancun? With a gorgeous Katie May wedding dress from Lovely Bride, beautiful ‘maids in pastel yellow Donna Morgan, a dreamy ceremony on the beach and close family and friends, this wedding wasn’t just a beautiful day—it was a beautiful beginning to happily ever after. Escape to Mexico with Meg Miller Photography here.


From The Bride…Shortly after our incredible engagement in Central Park, Justin and I both agreed that we wanted to have a destination wedding. What better place to get married in February than under the Mexican sun surrounded by our closest family and friends?! We are both from different states, so we loved the idea of having our families and friends all able to meet and spend a weekend together.

Shortly after, we chose our destination – the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort just north of Cancun. The Excellence was fabulous and really exceeded our expectations. Not only was the resort beautiful and fun, the staff was also stellar. Andrea Munguia made the wedding planning process effortless and really enjoyable.

Choosing our photographer was an easy choice for us. We are in love with Meg of Meg Miller Photography’s work, for us, it was a no-brainer to ask her to take our wedding photos! Not only is Meg a lot of fun and wonderful to work with, she is also such a talented photographer. She did a fantastic job and we’re so happy that we will forever have these photos to cherish.

Ultimately, we were very pleased with our decision to have a destination wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time.

Photography: Meg Miller Photography | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Excellence Playa Mujeres | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Bride's Veil: BHLDN | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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Cultural Cancun Destination Wedding Part III

From the warm welcome to every fabulous festivity, Heather Waraksa has whisked us away to witness one culturally stunning fete. And now m’dears, it’s time to see the wedding that followed. A bright and festive bash graced with Planner 1 Events blooms, it’s the ultimate celebration. A dreamy day perfectly planned by AaB Creates, we’ve got the insider scoop on how to plan YOUR destination affair below!

From AaB CreatesFrom an event designer’s perspective, Linda and Sam’s wedding was a dream, because we got to play around with so many looks, all of which worked so well on the property at Nizuc. We were able to create really bright and festive Indian-inspired Mehndi party that fit with the lounge vibe of the location we had selected for the event. Then, literally just a few hours later, at the Rehearsal Dinner all of our decor was Mexican inspired. People often think super casual when they think “Mexican Inspired”, but the location, as well as our couple, were so chic, we wanted to make it feel fun and traditional, but also stylish.

We went with a colorful Otomi theme, which is a traditional design native to Mexico that is so graphic and fresh, it felt modern despite it’s timelessness. The next day we toggled between more traditional decor for the Sikh Anand Karaj (wedding ceremony) and luncheon and then got to have a fun, contemporary glam moment for the dinner and dance party later that night. From a planner’s prospective, we were really grateful that we take a team approach here, because while planning a weekend of events from afar isn’t unusual for us, we were incorporating a lot traditional Indian and Sikh elements while planning a wedding in Mexico from a home base of New York. Luckily we had great vendor partners in Cancun!



A destination “I do” offers a ton of possibilities for making lasting memories that extend well past the traditional 5 hour wedding reception, but let’s me honest – it can also mean a LOT of extra work. Here are some must-read tips from AaB Creates for planning (and enjoying) the entire destination wedding experience.

TIP #1: Hire A Coordinator

If your friends and family are flying in from around the globe, you don’t want to spend your whole weekend answering questions from vendors! Build into your budget having a coordinator.

TIP #2: Don’t Equate Vendor Response Time with How Good/Bad Your Wedding Will Be

This is particularly true if you are planning a wedding internationally- vendors just don’t have the same response times that you might expect back at home (especially if you live in a big, fast paced urban center). Your venue might take a day or two to respond to an email (maybe more), you might not get an immediate response from your DJ when you send a song list. This is often par for the course for planning a wedding abroad. This isn’t an indication of how things will go when your wedding weekend actually arrives, so you shouldn’t stress about it too much.

TIP #3: If You Bring in Vendors from Elsewhere, Remember you Need to Accommodate Them

If you love an amazing photographer or a florist or an event planner in your area where you live, or anywhere in the world, really, by all means hire them for your destination wedding, but remember you are also responsible for getting them to and from the destination and also housing them, so budget for it. It can be tempting to “save” in this area, but do so within reason, because remember your vendors still have a job to do and you want them to be in the best state of mind to do so. No one is expecting to fly first class or get a presidential suite, but it is important to clarify in writing before hand what travel and lodging requirements they do have.

TIP #4: A Wedding Website is a Must!

We love paper, we really truly do, but at a destination wedding, websites can be clutch for guests’ experience. You have no shortage of space and can update it easily, so you can fill people in on all sorts of details as you get them hammered out. So you can elaborate on dress code for each event and fill people in on all that there is to do in and around your destination. If you have a URL that’s easy to remember, your guests will always know where to look for info as they are shopping, packing and on site for all of your weekend events.

TIP #5: Arrive a few days before everyone else!

At a destination wedding, the couple hosting the weekend definitely sets the tone for the rest of the guests, so if you can get there a day or two before your guests are set to arrive, you will be chill, relaxed and in “party” mode. Your guests will immediately pick up on your vibe and be ready to get the party started!

TIP #6: Be sure to BRAND your weekend!

Even if you are going paperless with your destination wedding, working with a designer to come up with some “branding” for your weekend will make personalization of all your events a lot easier (and cheaper) in the long run! You have so many opportunities to infuse your personal style with so many events, having a cohesive graphic scheme will make tying them all together easier.

TIP #7: Avoid the Pressure to Over-host

If you are taking people away for a whole weekend, you will probably decide to host more than one event. Decide which events feel the best to you and also fit into your budget and stop revisiting it. It can be tempting once the RSVP’s start rolling in to feel “pressured” to add more hosted meals or activities, but it’s self-imposed pressure. Guests may choose to arrive earlier than you expected or stay days afterwards, but you shouldn’t feel that anyone expects you to host more events than what you indicate on the invitation.

TIP #8: Consider a Well Chosen Welcome Gift vs. a Welcome Bag

It’s super lovely to have something waiting for all of your guests when they arrive at your destination, but a snack laden tote bag isn’t necessarily the only answer. An awesome bottle of wine and a hand written note, or a keepsake present that might be local to your destination can send the message of “welcome, I’m happy you are here.” without the hassle of assembling bags or giving guests useless amenities.

TIP #9: Plan a Daytime Activity

One of the benefits of having a destination wedding is all the extra time that you get with your friends and family. Take advantage of it and make one of your events a day-time activity. Maybe it’s an excursion, or even just an organized afternoon of lounging and snacks by the pool, daytime fun adds an extra dimension to a wedding weekend.

TIP #10: Don’t be too Matchy-matchy

While you might love everything having a cohesive feel, having more than one event can be an opportunity to have 2 or 3 (or more!) different style parties! Have fun with the opportunity and don’t be afraid to make one event totally modern and fun and another more romantic, or have the night before be super casual and the next day be more formal. Diversity is the spice of life!


Photography: Heather Waraksa | Videography: Mike Cantarell Films | Floral Design: Planner 1 Events | Hair & Makeup: Alexandre Corbanezi | DJ: DJ NVM | Transportation : Mayan Hospitality | Event Design & Planning: AaB Creates | Fireworks: Special Events Mexico | Live Entertainment: Visuddha Entertainment | Mendhi: Veronica De La Paz | Paper Goods + Accessories : Wedding Paper Divas | Photo Booth: La Cabina Smile Booth | Rentals: Planner 1 Events | Speciality Linens: BBJ Linen

Cultural Cancun Destination Wedding Part II

One colorful soiree wrapped up in cultural meaning is a surefire way to get our hearts racing. But, add in the fact that this is only the second installment of this stunning affair and you’ve captivated our hearts and minds. With beautiful blooms by Canteiro, every snap from Heather Waraksa is a pretty pop of color within one show-stopping Mehndi party. See it all here!


Sunsets, sandy toes and stunning pops of color, this is our idea of the perfect fete. Winning the award for impressive color combinations, this darling pair celebrated their upcoming nuptials with crafted cocktails and plenty of Planner 1 Events blooms. Heather Waraksa was behind the lens capturing every minute to share including their wedding (up next!).


From the beautiful Bride… During the holiday break in December, I went to India with Sam and his family to buy all of our Indian outfits for the wedding. We practically went to every single shop in Delhi and Chandigarh. There we spent as much time shopping for the accompanying jewelry as on the outfits. It was a lot of fun, but very intense. Luckily Sam’s aunt and cousin had already done the legwork of finding the best shops for us to visit, so we were able to get all the shopping done in under a week, which I’ve been told is miraculous. I had also wanted to wear a white dress in addition to all the indian outfits, and I shopped around for quite a while. I ended up with one from J.Crew because it was just the right amount of simple and understated elegance for me.

In India, Sam got his friends kurtas (traditional indian long shirt & pants) and I got my friends handprinted Indian scarfs. We wanted our friends to have something Indian they could wear if they wanted to for the Sikh ceremony and the Mendhi. We had fun picking out the colors for each of our friends. We also got a lot of bangles and bindis for women at the Mendhi. It was inspired by tradition and was all so very colorful, celebratory and playful.

Because we were hosting an entire weekend, we had a total of six events. When asked if we had a favorite, I honestly can say that we have been debating the answer to this exact question with family since the wedding. I just can’t pick one! I absolutely loved all of them.

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Videography: Mike Cantarell Films | Event Design & Planning: AaB Creates | Floral Design: Canteiro | Hair & Makeup: Alexandre Corbanezi | DJ: DJ NVM | Transportation : Mayan Hospitality | Fireworks: Special Events Mexico | Live Entertainment: Visuddha Entertainment | Mendhi: Veronica De La Paz | Paper Goods + Accessories : Wedding Paper Divas | Photo Booth: La Cabina Smile Booth | Rentals: Canteiro | Speciality Linens: BBJ La Tavola

Romantic Riviera Maya Wedding

Ever since I got back from a long weekend in the Dominican Republic, I’ve been dreaming of going back to a beachside paradise. After seeing this breathtaking wedding set against charming thatched roofs and breezy palm trees, it’s official—my next trip will be to the Riviera Maya, and I’ll be booking it through April Schmitt at Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. Inspire your wanderlust and see all the gorgeous details captured by Amy Rizzuto Photography in the gallery.

From Amy Rizzuto Photography … The sun rose slowly, casting a warm glow over the turquoise blue waves lapping against the bright white sand. It was the morning of Danielle and Adam’s wedding day, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. With hearts for adventure and travel, Danielle and Adam decided to get married in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Eighty- four of their closest friends and family ventured to the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort to witness Danielle and Adam tie the knot and become husband and wife.

Before the walk down a beautiful sea shell lined aisle, Danielle and Adam decided upon a first look in an old abandoned mansion on the beach. As a single tear trickled down his smile lined face, Adam pulled Danielle in for the biggest hug, whispering she looked more beautiful than he could have ever imagined. After their gorgeous sunset ceremony, Danielle and Adam danced the night away with all of their family and friends.

Photography: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort | Location: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort | Photography - Assistance: Mekina Saylor Weddings | Travel Agent : Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

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Cultural Cancun Destination Wedding Part I

Tuesdays are my tough days; smack in the middle of Monday’s fresh start and Wednesday’s hump day joy. But today is different m’dears; we’re taking a little Mexican mental escape with a full day of festivities following along on this weekend-long destination celebration from AaB Creates, with gorgeous rentals and blooms from Canteiro. Heather Waraksa captured it all, starting with the couple’s chic Welcome Party right here; let’s get started!


From the Bride… Sam and I met at Harvard Business School six years ago. We had heard about each other through mutual friends but finally met toward the end of our first semester at the holiday party, aptly named Holidazzle. We started dating seriously a few months later.

When we got engaged, we chose to have a destination wedding because we wanted to gather all of our friends and family in one place where they can meet each other and spend quality time together for the entire weekend, away from the distractions of everyday life. A Mexican beach was top of our destination list because it brings back many great memories for us. The warm climate felt especially attractive for us in March, and also for our East Coast friends and family to escape the cold winter. Sam and I had wanted to wed in Cabo but our initial plans were knocked off by the hurricane in October. We ultimately fell in love with Nizuc in Cancun during a scouting trip and decided to do our wedding there instead. The location ended up being super convenient for guests to travel to, which was an important consideration for us.

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Videography: Mike Cantarell Films | Event Design & Planning: AaB Creates | Floral Design: Canteiro | Hair & Makeup: Alexandre Corbanezi | DJ: DJ NVM | Venue: Nizuc Resort And Spa | Event Accessories: Wedding Paper Divas | Fireworks: Special Events Mexico | Live Entertainment: Visuddha Entertainment | Mendhi: Veronica De La Paz | Photo Booth: La Cabina Smile Booth | Rentals: Canteiro | Speciality Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Transporation: Mayan Hospitality

Romantic Destination Wedding in Tulum, Mexico

If I had to put my finger on my favorite kind of wedding, it would be a wedding that looked just like this one from Blush Wedding Photography. Why? Well, first it’s filled with love. The kind you can feel through the screen, and that’s my favorite. And second, it’s filled with this gorgeous, seemingly effortless elegance that makes my heart do leaps, making this gallery a big winner in my book.

From Blush Wedding PhotographyQuite often when people have destination weddings, it’s to have a small intimate wedding. This was not the case for Cristen and Jayson. They had over 100 people fly down for their tropical wedding celebration in Tulum Mexico. A true testament of how wonderful these two are.

Their destination wedding week celebration was perfect from beginning to end. Everyday the sun was shinning, the water was a perfect blue, and the palm trees swayed lightly in the breeze. The best part was, since everyone was there for a week, the couple had time to spend quality time with all their guest. Something that many couples don’t get to do with a traditional one-day wedding.

On the wedding day, Cristen looked so effortlessly beautiful in her designer dress by Ellebay. What makes this dress even more special, since she was the first one to order this design, Ellebay actually named the dress after her! It fit her perfectly the moment she tried it on, it was definitely meant to be her dress. Cristen’s beachy wavy hair left down, complemented her dress and the beach vibe. Their portrait session ended with a picture-perfect sunset. We had a ‘drone’ camera capture Cristin and Jayson as they walked on the beach into the sunset. That night, everyone danced the night away in the warm tropical air. It was perfect.

Photography: Blush Wedding Photography | Wedding Dress: Ellebay | Stationery: Fox And Flourish | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Gran Bahia Principe | Succulent Gift Favours: Balconi

Glamorous Cancun Wedding

I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous Cancun weddings in my day, but never one done quite like this.  Think sophisticated gold hues, a stunning al fresco reception (complete with chandeliers) and a fun four day weekend with some crazy pampering.  This, my friends, is Cancun glamour to the extreme.  See it all captured by Ashley McCormick right here, and in the breathtaking film from Justin Clough below.  

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From Ashley McCormick… Lindsey and Jeremy were married at the gorgeous Le Blanc Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The pair loves to travel together, and having been to Cancun a few times throughout their relationship, they knew it would be the perfect destination spot for their intimate, 50 person wedding. Le Blanc is a gorgeous hotel that is all white, giving the wedding a modern and airy feel to it. Lindsey left no detail undone, flying over seven suitcases down with her “details” for their big day. One of the most unique details was their “kissing maracas”, meant for the guests to shake to make the couple kiss; a little nod to the country they were in.

From the Mother of the Bride… Before stepping out, I took a long look behind me. I could barely see her through the assembled wedding party who excitedly chatted in their flowing blush pink dresses and black tuxes with bow ties. The late afternoon sun was still bright in a cloudless sky and palm trees bowed to the warm breeze… it was Cancún, after all. My daughter, Lindsey, was about to marry her best friend, Jeremy, and I wanted to cherish the moment.

Finally I caught a glimpse of the beautiful bride. We were gathered in the resort’s lobby ready to proceed to the ceremony on a grassy area overlooking the ocean. Lindsey looked radiant… a bouquet of assorted soft-colored peonies in one hand and her father’s arm in the other. After 16 months of preparations, it was time to walk down the aisle.

Lindsey grew up in Wisconsin and when she moved west, I jokingly told her to “find a nice Midwestern boy.” And within a year she met Jeremy, who is also from Wisconsin! After four years of dating, he proposed to her during a Sunday morning hike through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve near their Arizona home.

They wanted a destination wedding because it offered more than just a day to celebrate, although, finding the right place took time. They explored tropical locations from the Dominican Republic to Jamaica. It was the all-inclusive Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancún that offered everything they were looking, so they set the date for April 26, 2014.

Lindsey has exquisite style, so we knew everything would be exceptional, yet we were stunned by her impeccable attention to detail. It started with the invitation that arrived in a gold-lined, ivory envelope addressed in her creative handwriting. Inside she wrapped the ivory linen cards together in black grosgrain ribbon secured with a pearl-studded pin. Lindsey chose elegant calligraphy for the invitation that had details about the weekend’s festivities, resort accommodations, and activities including golf and spa treatments. There was also a link to the bride and groom’s website with information about booking flights and passports, profiles of the wedding party and their love story.

Upon arriving at Le Blanc, we were welcomed with champagne flutes filled with luxurious coconut milk. While seated at the check-in desk, the staff offered us warm neck wraps and every woman received a rose. It was impossible not to be distracted by the wall-to-wall glass doors framing a spectacular view of the infinity pool and stunning blue ocean! The adorably-kind butlers delivered gift bags from the bride and groom to every guest room before our arrival. Lindsey had stamped “LJ” in gold on the bags and filled them with little treats and necessities, plus some of the couple’s favorite things. An especially great idea was the covered cups with straws to use by the pool that she customized with “LJ” and a sparkly diamond ring sticker for the girls and a mustache for the guys. Also enclosed was a “Welcome to México!” packet printed on ivory linen cards and tied with pretty tulle ribbon. It included a schedule of the wedding events, helpful Spanish phrases, information about the resort and spa, and a sweet note from Lindsey and Jeremy.

The four-day celebration began on Thursday evening with the wedding rehearsal. On Friday evening, the Lindsey and Jeremy hosted a Welcome White Party on the beach. We all dressed in white, left our shoes behind and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and signature “white” drinks with gold foil napkins saying “Every great love story begins with a cocktail, at least ours did!” As the sun set, we lingered and mingled on the white, cushioned couches for hours.

The wedding was at 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon.  Before the ceremony, Lindsey and Jeremy shared an emotional “first look.” They met in the lobby where its floor-to-ceiling white draperies provided a studio-like backdrop for photographs. After pictures with the wedding party and family, it was time for the wedding. Well, after the bridesmaids shared a private toast with Lemon Drop shots!

About 55 guests welcomed the bride as she walked down an aisle covered in pale pink and ivory rose petals. The accompanying music was Canon in D, a song Lindsey had grown up playing on the piano and dreamt about hearing someday as she walked toward her handsome groom. Lindsey and Jeremy shared individually-written vows and happy tears. After a sentimental blessing by the officiant, the new Mr. and Mrs. Riechers kissed and glowingly retreated hand-in-hand to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend.”

While the wedding party took pictures and had fun with the videographer, guests were led to an outdoor minibar featuring bride and groom specialty drinks with blush/white or gold/white striped straws. Lindsey also had gold foil napkins reading “Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy and Lindsey Riechers.” When the wedding party joined the guests, we toasted the newlyweds with champagne. Before dinner everyone gathered in the lobby where Lindsey’s brother, Owen, surprised the couple by playing “River Flows in You” on the grand piano.

As we stepped onto the private terrace for the reception, the sunset was breathtaking. Guests were seated at round tables with gold sequined tablecloths and statuesque vases of peonies, roses and ranunculus. The lavender lighting and floating candles in staggered vessels created a magical atmosphere. On each gold-beaded dinner charger was a menu card rimmed in sparkling gold with place cards set in crystal, diamond-shaped holders. The bride and groom were seated with the wedding party at a large table. Vases wrapped in ivory silk bows held the bridesmaid’s bouquets. Lindsey and Jeremy planned their wedding to be black tie, yet they also wanted a touch of México. So they provided gold maracas decorated with tulle ribbon and a tag saying, “Shake this to make the Mr. & Mrs. Kiss!”

Following dessert, Jeremy made a loving toast to his bride and guests. Then suddenly the large, terrace double doors opened to a lighted dance floor and energetic music by Miami DJ Benji Solis. We all flooded the dance floor! In the terrace lobby, everyone had fun taking Polaroids for the guest book and writing in marriage advice, silly memories and good wishes for the newlyweds. On an adjoining table, black & white wedding photos of Lindsey and Jeremy’s relatives were displayed in antique gold frames. Midnight arrived much too soon!

The day after the wedding was set aside for relaxing in the warm México sunshine. Guests lounged by the pool or in beachfront cabanas, walked along the shore and took advantage of spa treatments.

On Monday morning Lindsey and Jeremy hosted a Newlywed Brunch in a secluded poolside area. There were platters of scrumptious pastries, fresh fruits, mimosas, hot or chilled coffees, and plenty of luxurious coconut milk! All of the food and service at Le Blanc was excellent — the staff always replied to guests with “It’s my pleasure!” We admitted to being spoiled for life!

Before leaving for the airport that afternoon, I looked back and cherished seeing my daughter with her new husband both so happily in love and ready to begin their new life together!

Photography: Ashley McCormick Photography | Videography: Justin Clough | Floral Design: Maya Floral | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Le Blanc | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Le Blanc | DJ: Benji Solis | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Audio/Visual: JSAV | Bridal Salon: Destiny's Bridal | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Location: Le Blanc | Rentals: Le Blanc

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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.

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

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Cancun Wedding at Excellence Playa Mujeres by Liga Photography

Are you day dreaming of sandy beaches, salt in the air and sand in your hair? Well get your passport handy because we’re jet setting our day dreams to Cancun, Mexico! Liga Photography has captured my heart along with unforgettable photos of this fancy fiesta. I absolutely love the bold pops of purple against beachy earth tones of sand and palm tree greens. Be sure to cha cha cha over to the full gallery for more!

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From Liga PhotographyThis past September, I traveled to Cancun, Mexico, for the lovely wedding of sweet Deirdre and Joe. Their wedding and reception was held at a private beach-side mansion affiliated with Excellence Playa Mujures Resort, an amazing five-star resort in Cancun. Deirdre wore a beautiful lace Dolce & Gabbana gown, perfectly elegant and light enough for a beach ceremony. Her three bridesmaids were the perfect accompaniment wearing rich purple dresses by Pretty Maids. Joe kept it classic and simple as well wearing a Ermeneglido Zegna suit, while his groomsmen wore light purple button downs and white linen pants from Jeremy Argyle NYC. Tropical flowers were placed throughout, and deep hues of purple created an overall statement for their reception. The clouds rolled in as Deirdre and Joe were being introduced and just as they were beginning the first dance, the sky opened up and it began raining. Instead of everyone running for cover, they all remained in their chairs while cheering on Deirdre and Joe to continue in their first dance. Truly one of the most romantic and unforgettable moments I’ve experienced while documenting weddings.

Wedding Photography: Abby Liga of Liga Photography / Wedding Venue: A Private Residence via Excellence Playa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico / Wedding Planning: Valerie Bennett / Wedding Dress: Dolce & Gabbana via Neiman Marcus / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Pretty Maids / Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Groomsmen Attire: Jeremy Argyle NYC

Riviera Maya Wedding Film by San Jose Filmmakers + Percy Sales Events

We might have the best jobs ever here at Style Me Pretty.  Who else gets to be a part of some of the most heartwarming, magical, beautiful moments in people’s lives every single day?  I love sharing gorgeous photographs but there is just something so special about getting to experience a wedding day through film.  We not only get to see all the romantic details of this Riviera Maya wedding from Percy Sales Events and Canteiro, but San Jose Filmmakers captured every sweet, heart-string-tugging moment as well for our viewing pleasure!

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From Percy Sales EventsThis wedding was a great adventure. As soon as Racquel got engaged, she immediately called me at Percy Sales Events, and said, “I want a destination wedding, and I want you to plan it!” Destination wedding are so fun, and it takes a lot of thought to make sure that the location fits the needs of the couple and also stays within their budget. After talking about different locations — Europe, Philippines, the Caribbean and Hawaii — Racquel and Lynn honed in on the ever-tropical Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Their wedding reflected who they are as a couple, and the articulate, beautiful newswoman and the budding chef made their wedding unique and enjoyable for all. Their ceremony took place at St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Xcaret, which overlooks the Caribbean Ocean. It integrated Racquel’s Filipino heritage while infusing Lynn’s Puerto Rican and Chinese background. Their reception took place at La Isla at Xcaret, an underground open air cave, a unique location that really played into regions Mayan roots. Racquel and Lynn offered their guests a top-notch culinary meal that they crafted with the chef at Xcaret. They surprised their guests with a Mayan stage show, a perfect touch during dinner. They danced and they celebrated until midnight in the tropical weather of the Riviera Maya. Guests walked away with blown glass hearts picked from a wrought iron tree that read, “Take A Piece of Our Hearts – Racquel + Lynn 09.27.11.”

The day after the celebration, Racquel and Lynn did a trash the dress session with San Jose Filmmakers and San Jose Photography at some local cenotes in Riviera Maya, Mexico. They swam in their wedding attire in some of the region’s most beautiful rain forests and in ancient wells that made for beautiful. This video captures a glimpse to their beautiful day.

Wedding Cinematography: San Jose Filmmakers / Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Xcaret in Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico / Reception: La Isla at Xcaret in Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico / Wedding Photography: San Jose Photography / Wedding Design + Planning: Percy Sales of Percy Sales Events / Floral Design, Centerpieces + Rentals: Canteiro / Local Coordination: Graciela Carmona Rivera + Gabriela Rodarte Medrano / Wedding Cake: Dolcet Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Jocelyn the Paper Stylist / Accommodations: Occidental Grand Xcaret / Wedding Dress: Studio 1 (Bought During a Brides Against Breast Cancer Event in Syracuse, New York) / Hair + Makeup: The Spa at Occidental Grand Xcaret

Cancun Wedding by Roey Yohai

A virtual trip to Mexico is just what the doctor ordered for this chilly, chilly Tuesday… and this stunning Cancun affair by Roey Yohai has all of the right ingredients to seriously brighten your day.  A beyond breathtaking oceanside setting, gorgeous florals by Azul Beach Hotel, a stunning bride and groom and one very fabulous pair of Loubs…. I couldn’t love this wedding more if I tried.  Thankfully, there’s an entire gallery filled to the brim with all of the pretty details, because I’m not missing a minute of this lovely.  Join me there for more!

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From Roey Yohai Jenny and Mike met during the summer of 2003, shortly after Jenny graduated from college in North Carolina and moved to New York City. To supplement her meager income as Public Relations Coordinator at InStyle Magazine, Jenny returned to the York Grill, a neighborhood favorite restaurant on the Upper East Side, on weekends as a hostess and cocktail waitress, where she had worked during her previous summer internships. Since the previous summer, a new guy had joined the family-like staff as kitchen manager and bartender – Mike had left his career in banking to be able to spend time during the day with his 3 year-old daughter, Grace. Jenny and Mike became friends quickly and often went out in a group with co-workers but, by November and much to their surprise, had become a couple.

Jenny threw a surprise 30th birthday party for Mike in March, where she met his family for the first time and things moved quickly afterward. Mike and Jenny moved to Brooklyn in 2006, where Grace moved in with them full-time. Time flew quickly due to the Grace’s busy school schedule and their demanding careers, Jenny now Fashion Director at a top public relations firm, and Mike a leading pharmaceutical sales representative. In April 2010, Mike proposed on one knee during a vacation in Tulum, Mexico. The couple returned to Mexico to say their vows surrounded by close family and friends the following year.

Wedding Photography: Roey Yohai of Elan Artists / Bride’s Dress + Veil: Naeem Khan / Bride’s Earrings: Ranjana Khan / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Tie: Thomas Pink / Bridesmaid Dresses: Express / Groomsmen Shirts + Pants: J.Crew / Flower Girl Dress: Monnalisa / Graphic Design: Paulina Perzynska / Printing: Kate’s Paperie / Wedding Venue + Flowers: Azul Beach Hotel