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Tropical Meets Chic For This Riviera Maya Destination Wedding

After six months of dating, Rahul got down on one knee and proposed to Diana with her favorite chocolate cake in hand. A few days later, they headed down to the courthouse and became husband and wife. Weeks after that, Rahul decided to ask his bride to marry him for the second time, but this time the proposal included a beautiful engagement ring! The two started planning a destination affair at Rosewood Mayakoba so that friends and family could join them in an epic celebration of their love. Visit the full gallery to swoon over all the pretty little details.

From the bride… We knew we wanted lots of quality time on a beach with our nearest and dearest so Mexico was the perfect locale – it’s gorgeous, easy to get to, and the Mexican people take such pride in hospitality. We chose the Rosewood Mayakoba because not only do we love its beautiful design, Rahul and I first met at a Rosewood hotel so we loved the symbolism of coming full circle.

Since we both like a minimalist aesthetic, the event design was modern and glamorous with a touch of tropical flair. The end result was Victorian chandeliers, beautiful orchids, lush white drapes, and lots of candles everywhere.

Just like with my husband and the dress, I just knew Simply Sarah Photography was the one. I was struck by the poetry of her images, they were beautiful, lush, romantic and timeless. Everything I wanted my wedding photos to be.

The biggest piece of advice I have for the bride’s planning destination weddings is to try to enjoy the planning process! It will all be so worth it because you will have an unforgettable time with your nearest and dearest all in one place. When it is over, you will look back and wish you could do it all over again!

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Coordination: Rosewood Mayakoba | Event Design: Mango Weddings & Events | Floral Design: VANESSA JAIMES Floral Design | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba | Hair and Makeup: Styling Trio | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Decor & Rentals: EW Cancun | Processing and Developement: PhotoVision Prints | RENTALS: KL DESIGN EVENTS | Reception Dress: Mason

A Playa Del Carmen Wedding That You Don’t Want to Miss

Great wedding videos draw you in to the couple’s story and their wedding celebration like nothing else, and this Playa Del Carmen destination wedding captured by LunArts Films will make you feel like you’ve known the Bride and Groom for years. You’ll laugh when they laugh, cry when they cry, clap at the end of the toasts, and you might even get up and start to dance when they dance – I did. That’s what happens when you combine a vibrant wedding like this with an exceptional cinematographer – just click play!

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From LunArts Films A unique couple! She has beautiful eyes and an equally beautiful soul; he is so charming and has impeccable style. This was a wedding where the couple made me feel part of them – a destination wedding that nobody wanted to miss! They are blessed with awesome families that spread their love in all directions. Their friends and family were present to celebrate more than 10 years of this couple’s story and the new chapter in their relationship, and the day was full of love.



Cinematography: LunArts Films | Venue: Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta (Formerly Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa)

This Is the Ultimate Beach Wedding Inspiration

A little bit dreamy and a whole lot beautiful, this destination wedding inspiration session Crosby + Jon Design at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the ultimate in beach weddings. The lavender, aubergine, and mauve color palette effortlessly complemented the natural surroundings, and Tec Petaja worked his magic to capture the whole thing brilliantly.

From Crosby + Jon DesignWhen we first visited Banyan Tree Mayakoba, it felt like a dream. So a year later, when we were given the opportunity to create this special shoot for the property, it truly felt like a dream come true. Our attraction to Banyan Tree is how the property balances nature with luxury in the most effortless way; it is the ideal place for a destination wedding.

Inspired by the property’s zen-like quality, we embarked on the design journey by focusing on the natural setting of the Riviera Maya. The color palette was derived from the soft white sands, pastel skies, and lush mangroves. We knew it was essential to collaborate with a photographer that would understand the aesthetic, and the obvious choice was Tec Petaja. With his limitless talents, he brought his worldly and artistic approach, and each photo seems to capture a dream-state. Tec Pataja seemed to command the sea and sky, blending the colors that can only be created by nature, and light so rare that it somehow seems exclusive to Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Indeed, our destination wedding dreams were realized.

As our Bride, Felicitas Oyhenart, made her way to the ceremony in a traditional Ixchel boat, she wore a taupe tulle gown from Tara Latour, the perfect mix of femininity and texture as she drifted through the romantic waterways to meet her Groom, Joel Cecottimade. Undone sand paths led her to the beach ceremony, where the sky was awash in lavender. For the ceremony, we wove white tulle on a simple teak canopy, with unconventional mixed tufted seating from Archive Mexico. Moni Junco brought her floral prowess to the day, providing a bridal bouquet as lovely as the Riviera Maya dawn with a mix of lavender, blush, and mauve. She added flowing arrangements to mirror each side of the aisle entrance.

For the reception, overhead café lights created a frame for dinner on the sand. We placed a handful of round weathered wood tables on the beach and added a mix of cane-back and bistro chairs. The tabletop, all from Archive Mexico, included vintage goblets of silver and grey, glazed stoneware, and modern rose-gold flatware. Centerpieces of aubergine florals were flowing from etched copper bowls and dainty lavender bottles. A found piece of lavender fan coral started as table decor but became our favorite alternative to the Bride’s bouquet.



Photography: Tec Petaja | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Floral Design: Moni Junco | Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour | Venue: Banyan Tree Mayakoba | Rentals: Archive Rentals

Elegant + Chic Mexican Wedding

White bridesmaids’ dresses and a wedding gown with back detailing THIS good; does it get any better? Oh yes, it does when you add in beautiful blooms by Canteiro Weddings and a puppy to make the perfect picture. Elizabeth Medina captured the sweet shot and more, all in our Vault right here!

From Elizabeth MedinaBeautiful summer wedding at Mayakoba, a lovely natural setting near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Welcome dinner under the stars, ceremony in the lovely Pueblito de Mayakoba Mexican chapel and oceanside cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Photography: Elizabeth Medina Photographic Artisans | Cinematography: Lola Video | Event Planning: Rosewood Mayakoba | Floral Design: Canteiro | Wedding Dress: SPINA | Ceremony Venue: Mayakoba | Reception Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio | Veil: SPINA

Escape the Ordinary with This Maya Riviera Wedding

What’s better than a wedding on the beach? Absolutely nothing. Just ask Andrew Mark Photography who captured this sweet seaside special celebration to share.a From the palm portraits to the adorable noisemakers you’re sure to love every bit of this celebration. See it all in The Vault!

From Andrew Mark PhotographyBeverlie & John’s destination wedding took place on a private beach club in the Maya Riviera! It was simply stunning and everything the couple wanted. Just them, their closest friends and family, and the sunset over the ocean.

Photography: Andrew Mark Photography | Cinematography: Indigo Wedding Videography | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Stationery: Melly Made | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Grand Coral Beach Club | DJ: Mood Events | Groom's Attire: RW & Co | Officiant: Guadalupe Hernandez Solano | Venue: Grand Coral Beach Club | Event Planning + Floral Design: Weddings Riviera Maya | Photo Booth: Quiroo Entertainment | Wedding Magazine Program: The Album Factory

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

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

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

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

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

Photography: Naal Wedding Photography | Event Design: Canteiro | Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

This Mexican Wedding Isn’t Your Average Fiesta

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


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

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

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

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

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

Photography: Daniel J. Photography | Cinematography: Pure Love Films | Event Planning: Brilliant Event Planning | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Stationery: It's My Party | Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio | DJ: Big Bang Productions | Band: Elan Artists | Officiant: Spirituality Riviera Maya | Transportation: Mayan Hospitality | Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa | Floral Design + Rentals: Canteiro

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Vibrant Winter Destination Wedding at Playa del Carmen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ( 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: Secret Jewel Celebrations Venue | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Stonebrook | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coniefox | Caterer: Javier Moreno | Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman | Suit: Banana Republic | Officiant : Amanda Masson | 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

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 fine art wedding photographs | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Event Planning: Crosby + Jon | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Dress: R-Mine Bespoke | Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Tabletop: Archive Rentals

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.

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: Nordstrom | 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: Azul Beach Hotel

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 florals from Canteiro, add a layer of all out romance to this tropical locale. Have a look at the full affair choreographed and designed by LVL Weddings And Events along with imagery by Brandon Kidd Photography right here.

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 | Event Design & Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Canteiro | Invitations: Wiley Valentine | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Calligraphy: KA Kalligraphy | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Beauty: Styling Trio | Brides Cape: Erin Cole | Brides Dress: Erin Cole | Brides Flower Pin: Erin Cole | Brides Jewelry: Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Bridesmaids Jewelry: J.Crew | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groomsmen Gift: Apple Tv | Live Music And DJ: Kevin Miso | Mini Moon Planning: Ever After Honeymoons | Resort: Viceroy Riviera Maya | Runners, Napkins And Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Save The Dates: Prim & Pixie | Specialty Sequin Linen: Modmix Studio | Table Numbers: Better Off Wed | Video: Digital Cinema | Welcome Bags: Wedding Chicks

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Playa del Carmen Destination Wedding from W&E Photographie

It seems almost crazy to say it, but I’ve never actually been to Mexico.  Sure, I’ve been close… I frequent San Diego often and have even spotted it’s beautiful beaches from a whale watching boat, but I’ve never actually stepped foot on those golden sands and soaked in those paradise-like rays of sun.  I know, I know. It’s something that needs to be rectified sooner rather than later, especially since I spend my days soaking in beautiful weddings like this breathtaking Playa del Carmen soiree; an affair so pretty, it makes you want to pack those bags and catch the first flight South.  See it all captured by W&E Photographie in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Alvin proposed to me in Playa del Carmen, Mexico during a vacation trip and we knew right from the start that we always wanted to have a destination wedding. We debated on where to have the wedding, because my extended family was in Argentina but decided that there was no better place to say “I do” than Mexico. We checked out a couple of resorts in Playa del Carmen but as soon as we drove up to Grand Velas, Alvin fell in love with the resort and knew that this was the place where we would share our wedding with family and friends.

As we planned our wedding a couple of key things that were important to each of us were having a Catholic wedding and incorporating Filipino traditions, delicious food, great photographers, and just having fun. As far as the decor of our wedding, I fell in love with a soft pastel look and not choosing colors. The flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and decor of the whole wedding was a mixture of colors with a soft palette. I loved that the girls were able to choose a dress and color that complimented their features. We also put our own personal stamp on the decor by DIY-ing the table numbers, table runners, escort cards, sweetheart table ribbon and added the paper garland (from Etsy) and wooden letters (a gift from a friend).

For our wedding day I wanted to make sure we incorporated loved ones in the ceremony and throughout the wedding day, especially Alvin’s mother. Alvin’s mother, Josefina, passed away from breast cancer in 2004. Josefina Aganon Mencias was a prestigious pediatric doctor from Dillon, South Carolina and to this day she is still honored and remembered by many folks. In the ceremony program there was a dedication to Josefina and my grandmothers who had passed away. There was also a special locket attached to my bouquet, and inside that locket was a picture of Alvin and his mother right before she was sick. I unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful woman. However, I knew this amazing person was special to Alvin and I wanted to honor her for raising such a great man.


Photography: W&E Photographie | Wedding Dress: TULLE New York | Floral Design: Grand Velas | Wedding Cake: Grand Velas | Reception Venue: Grand Velas | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Rosalin’s Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy | DJ: Grand Velas | Bridal Boutique: Ava Clara Couture | Flower Girl’s Dress: Monsoon | Men’s Suits: J.Crew | Ties: Banana Republic

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Playa Del Carmen Wedding from Reams Photo

Can I let you in on a little secret? I totally use SMP Destination as a virtual escape I mean, it is part of my job, right? But some days I just can’t pull away. Today is going to be one of those days. Because this Playa Del Carmen wedding is a dream. The images from Reams Photo are lovely and light-filled, the backdrops are stunning and the Bride and Groom? Well they couldn’t be more in love if they tried. It’s the best possible virtual vacation, and you can see it all here.

From Reams PhotoAshlee and Ryan’s wedding was the perfect mix of DIY and a low stress, budget friendly destination wedding. The whole weekend was a big adventure- a wedding in 2012 in a Mayan jungle made for the perfect backdrop! Tons of crafty details (hand drawn invitations, personalized tequila bottles with their last name, mini scrolls with handwritten vows, and a map in her shoes to start!)  She also used lots of Etsy vendors to round out the details she couldn’t get to herself. Ashlee and Ryan love to travel and it only made sense to have their friends and family there for the best getaway of their lives!

From the Bride…We LOVED all of the quality time we were able to spend with each guest without feeling like we had to rush off to see the next table or group of guests. We not only got a wedding out of the deal, but we also got the vacation of a lifetime with everyone that we love most! There simply is no price to attach to the memories we now have from that week with our friends and family. One of our favorite memories of the day was saying our vows. The officiant first asked us to face each other and hold hands and then he talked about how the hands that we were holding would be the hands to hold our children, to help us up when we fall, to comfort us in old age, etc. That was so unexpected and moving. Definitely got the tears going!  We then loved reading our own vows to each other in front of our family and closest friends. We had put a lot of thought into them and worked on them for several days with each other without ever reading them out loud. We wanted them to be promises that we made not only to each other, but also to each other’s families and to our whole group of support. While drafting them we couldn’t keep from crying (I can’t even type about it without feeling emotional and we both tear up whenever we reminisce about it) so reading them aloud to one another was especially emotional. We have agreed to re-read our vows to each other each anniversary!


Photography: Reams Photo | Flowers: DIY | Ceremony + Reception Location: Iberostar Tucan, Riviera Maya | Invitations: DIY Bride + Groom | Cake Topper Birds: DIY | Cake Topper Banner: Stephlovesben | Papel Picado: AyMujer | Canopy Shell Curtain: DIY | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Sash: AmieNoelDesigns | Jewelry: The Jewelry Bar | Garter: TheChicaBoutique | Hair Flower: deLoop | Veil: Borrowed from friend | Bridesmaid’s Clutches: JennaLouDesigns | Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: DIY  | Groom’s Suit: Island Importers | Hats: San Diego Hat Co.

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Playa Del Carmen Wedding from Elizabeth Medina Photography

This is why I love, love, love SMP Destination.  On any given day, we can be celebrating side by side with a darling duo upon a mountaintop, soaking in a breathtaking European locale or, like today, smiling happily with two sweeties as they say “I do” in paradise. Two sweeties, actually, who whisked away their family and friends to the Grand Velas Resort for a weekend of fun in the sun and happily ever after.  It’s vibrant hues meets stunning ocean views meets an entire gallery of lovely captured by Elizabeth Medina Photography.  Join me there for all of the pretty.

From the bride… My husband Neal and I were destined for a destination wedding.  Neal is a pilot for United Airlines and flies a small plane for fun on the weekends.  One of our favorite things to do together is to take spontaneous weekend trips to the beach.  In fact, that’s how we actually met.  Neal was flying a group of my friends on a six seat Bonanza airplane from the East Hampton to Rhode Island for the day.  I joined the group at the last minute, never suspecting that I would meet my husband on the spontaneous trip. Neal and I had been dating a year when we took another last minute trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to escape the East Coast winter.  We stayed Grand Velas Resort and fell in love with the location.  As we laid by the beautiful pool overlooking the ocean I said to Neal “ We need to figure out a way to get all of our family and friends here to enjoy this amazing place with us”.  Little did I know he was proposing to me two months later and our wedding planning began.

The Grand Velas was the natural choice for our wedding.  Late January was the perfect time for our family and friends to escape the Midwest and East Coast winter.  150 guests hoped on planes from New York, Michigan, Chicago, California and even Australia to celebrate our wedding at the beautiful beach resort. We were inspired by the spectacular surroundings of the beach location. We decided to keep the wedding simple and elegant to compliment the scenery.  The wedding colors, fuchsia, purple/blue and sunny yellow, were inspired by the resort’s pink bougainvillea, blue ocean view and sunshine overhead. The ceremony was held on the beach which we kept simple with rustic chairs, grass mats and a white hoopa framed with fuchsia flowers. The bridesmaids wore fuchsia dresses by Amsale.  The groom and groomsman wore Hugo Boss navy suits and fuchsia ties. My dress by Reem Acra was the first dress I tried on.  It was it was light and airy, perfect for the beach ceremony but also beautifully elaborate with intricate beading up close.

Neal and I are very close to our niece and nephews and it was important that everything aspect our wedding to be child-friendly.  Our nephews Jack and Max, 2 and 3 years old, wore navy blazers, striped bow ties and white Converse shoes.  Alexa, the flower girl, 5-years-old wore a little white dress and a flower wreath in her hair.  We included little gifts at for all the children at their table place setting with stickers and color books. The reception was held along the pool at the Grand Velas.  Maria Elena Glacia, our planner did a beautiful job perfecting every detail.  Square tables, all white lines and chairs were the perfect setting for the bright monochromatic flower arrangements in blue/purple, pink and yellow.  

Greenwich Letter Press designed our invitations with a beautiful Mexican tile print. We incorporated this motif into the table numbers hand-painted by LuckiiArts and menus by Laura Hooper calligraphy, who we found on Etsy.  The Mexican tiles were used on many other wedding details including chocolate tiles on the cake! White paper lanterns framed the palm trees and floated in the pool.  The full moon and cloudless sky was the perfect last touch for magical night.  Elizabeth Media, our photographer captured the simple elegance and most importantly the happiness of our wedding with absolute perfection.


Photography: Elizabeth Medina Photography | Ceremony + Reception Location: Grand Velas Resort, Riviera Maya | Event Planning: Maria Elena Galicia of Playa Wedding | Floral Design: Roberto Galan, Agromexpress | Cinematography: PlayaWeddings | Invitations: Greenwich Letterpress | Table Numbers: LuckiiArts | Menus: Laura Hooper Caligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio Riviera Maya | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Groom + Groomsman Suits: Hugo Boss

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Playa Del Carmen Wedding from Elan Makeup Studio + Sarah Kate Photography

We always have a little impromptu office party when one of our beloved LBB Members shares their wedding with us… but when the lovely Anita of Elan Makeup Studio sent us her gorgeous destination I-do’s, we considered packing up our party, moving it outdoors, and mixing up a few Friday margaritas. Anita and her handsome hubby threw a colorful Caribbean celebration that will have you searching high and low for an excuse to get your toes in the sand. Captured by the lovely Sarah Kate Photography it’s stress-free sophistication and you can see it all right here in the gallery. Congratulations Anita + Mike!! Thank you for sharing your day with us. XO

From the bride: Being in the Dallas wedding industry, I had always wanted to have a destination wedding since I knew it would be extremely hard to choose from the amazing vendors here. When Mike proposed, I asked where he thought we should get married. I am a Texas girl; he is a Northern California boy so we both knew that regardless our friends and family would have to travel to witness our vows. Mike suggested Playa Del Carmen, Mexico as our destination wedding place, if they had to travel then why not to a beautiful beach. That is when I knew I was marrying the perfect person!

We searched on line for the perfect beach front hotel and found The Azul Fives Resort by Karisma. We needed something family and kid friendly since our immediate family had little ones. The staff was wonderful and very accommodating, they even spent and extra 2 hours during our first walk through to make sure our extra things we wanted were perfect as well as showing us our option “b” if it rained. Once we found the resort we started the planning process with the help of their coordinators located in Miami, Florida.

We had 72 guests that attended our big day, large for a destination wedding but it really was the perfect number to celebrate with. Mike and I agreed that we wanted a close friend to marry us; we chose one of our longtime friends Tony Pham to be our clergy and both of us had 6 attendants. Knowing that it was a beach wedding we started out with a casual vibe that quickly changed when I found my beautiful dress with the help of Marsha French at Stardust celebrations and my shoes (that I actually ordered on line a year before Mike had proposed). I chose bright and vibrant colors for our wedding. If you know either one of us, then you know “bright” is perfect. Cobalt blue dresses for the girls, navy linen shirts with khakis for the boys and bright orange, yellow and red flowers for decor. We had one vendor that we hired from the Dallas area, Sarah Kate Photography of course! Our photos were going to be the only thing we would have to remember our special day with and she was the perfect person for us.

Mike was a very involved groom; he helped with the decisions of everything and was a great sport during the entire process. With both of us being big music fans, the playlist was a joint effort and really made the wedding and reception perfect. Everyone was seated to Vitamin Strings Quartet songs, the bridal party walked down to “Marry Me” by Train and my Mom walked me down the aisle to “This Years Love” by David Gray. Our first dance song was “She’s Got A Way” by Billy Joel. Blue glow sticks and black sunglasses were brought out during the reception, something we knew our guests would love.

I hope that I inspire new brides to think bold and embrace color, especially on the beach where it can pop. Don’t be afraid of using your imagination either and stepping out of the box making it your own!


Wedding Photography: Sarah Kate Photography | Hair + Makup: Mayra Lopez of Elan Makeup Studio | Wedding Venue:  Azul Fives Resort | Officiant: Tony Pham | Wedding Dress: Custom by Steven Birnbaum via Stardust Celebrations | Bride’s Veil: Custom by House of Lovely | Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Cake Topper: Green Lily Creations | Hanger: Wisconmon | Rings: Bova Diamonds

Tulum, Mexico Wedding from Button Up Photography

Ever since my honeymoon in Tulum two years ago, I’ve been dreaming of going back. It’s such a romantic place, full of magic and beauty, making it the perfect spot to say I do. This couple knew they struck gold when they decided to ditch their hometown of NYC and head for the beach. Button Up Photography captured all the pretty and you can see even more right here in the full gallery!

From the Bride… My one must for our wedding was having our ceremony outdoors. The trouble was, we live in New York City. I scoured the city for venues with gardens or plots of grass, some even high on top of skyscrapers, but nothing was ever quite right. They were either too small, too large, way too expensive, lacked decent in-case-of-rain options or just didn’t feel enough like being outdoors. All along my fiancé, Julian was hoping for a smaller affair with just our immediate families. When we couldn’t find the right space in NY, I said ok, let’s do a small wedding, but to make it special- we’re going to Tulum! It was on!

My fiancé’s family threw a rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding at another hotel just down the beach. They were so great and packed little flashlights for each person, because there aren’t many lights on Tulum’s beach at night. It was one of my favorite memories of our wedding weekend- walking down the beach with all our little lights toward the hotel. A saxophonist was playing as we arrived and had cocktails on the beach. Later we had dinner with tons of speeches that my in-laws had pre-arranged. It was lovely!

For our wedding, we had a Mexican trio sing while guests were sitting and through the cocktail hour and later switched to a DJ. People signed our guest book with advice and included a mini Polaroid picture. The staff passed around mojitos with our cocktail napkins in our three colors (fuchsia, purple and blue) each with a different love quote. My favorite was from the author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, which said “Magic does happen, if only we wish hard enough.”

Since I had been poring over Style Me Pretty’s pages in the months before our wedding, I got a ton of ideas here- our papel picado banners and flags, the silver sea urchin placeholders and the Botanical Paperworks guest gifts. I even found my earrings on here! I forgot to ask my photographer to get photos of our welcome bags unfortunately. I had papel picado stamps made and stamped a banner on card stock with the colors of our wedding, and we wrote personal notes to each guest. I filled the bags with bottled water, a salty and sweet treat, altoids, little emergency kits, Tocca sunscreen towlettes, travel candles and mini bottles of Patron. I used the same papel picado stamps for rose petal bags and every third guest chair at our ceremony either had petals, maracas or a papel picado flag, as well as palm fans wrapped in purple ribbon. I also wrote the place cards and table numbers and addressed our wedding invitations myself and made my own envelope liners. I had so much fun with all that stuff!

The night went by so quickly, dances, cake-cutting, tequila shots, even some pool jumping. The staff also built a bonfire on the beach and after the DJ and photographer left we sat in a big circle and sang. It was amazing! The only thing better than having the wedding of your dreams, is having a whole weekend with your closest friends and family in paradise!


Wedding Photography: Hideki Falcon from Button Up Photography | Wedding Venue: Be Tulum Hotel in Tulum, Mexico | Wedding Invitations: PostScript Brooklyn | Wedding Stationery: Botanical Paperworks | Place Card Holders: Gallery 360 | Papel Picado Banners + Flags: Ay Mujer | Cocktail Napkins + Matches: For Your Party |Lanterns: CB2 | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Veil: Bridal Veil Falls, NYC | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Parker | Groom’s Attire: Prada

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Mexico Wedding at Le Reve Hotel and Spa from Rensche Mari

I am currently bundled up under a sea of blankets gripping a steaming cup of coffee as snow softly falls outside my window, so this Mexico wedding by Rensche Mari is such a vision to me. A dream, if I may say. The sunshine and endless ocean views obviously are pulling at my snowed-in heart strings, but the thing that really put me over the edge? The Groom sent in the description below, and that gets be every time. See so much more here.

From the Groom… One of my favorite things about a wedding is when family and friends are involved. Heloise’s mom started a day before with arranging the flowers and getting everything perfect for her tables, her dad, brother, cousin and friends helped too, her mom also made the gift boxes out of pewter with the K&H entails…so it was truly made with love!

From Rensche Mari They invited close friends and family to join them on their special weekend. Everyone was in a very relaxing mood, surely due to having margaritas, mexican beer, great food and getting some vitamin D from the sun. On the day of the wedding we had perfect weather and a beautiful ceremony on the beach. Afterward the bride & groom where showered with rice and everyone cast a stone into the sea with some well wishes for the couple.

Wedding Photography: Rensche Mari / Wedding Venue: Le Reve Hotel and Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico / Floral Design + Decor: DIY by the Bride, Bride’s Mother, Family + Friends / Wedding Invitations: Delphine Press / Entertainment: Plug In Audiovisual / Wedding Dress: Something Blue Vancouver / Shoes: Coloriffics / Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio Riviera Maya / Grooms attire: Hugo Boss / Rings: Era Designs / Wedding Coordinator: Arlenis Ruiz with Le Rêve Hotel & Spa

Playa del Carmen Wedding from Krista Photography

Call your travel agent and get ready to book the next flight out to Playa del Carmen because this wedding by Krista Photography is going to melt your heart. How can you possibly make the picturesque setting of Hacienda Tres Rios Resort any more beautiful? Bring in an incredible team of pro’s such as Canteiro to help create a tropical paradise with elegant floral arrangements, sophisticated signage and refined tablescapes {to name a few!}. Head to the full gallery for more.



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From Krista Guenin of Krista PhotographyAverie and Keith originally contacted me about doing some engagement photos for them. We got along so well that they asked me to also come with them to Mexico to photograph their wedding! I was thrilled — and not just because it was in Mexico, but because I knew it was going to be beautiful and tons of fun!  The whole weekend was just wonderful — from the welcome party under the palm trees, to the wedding between the pool and the ocean, to the trash the dress session around the grounds on the last day. Everything was beautifully planned and put together, and it was also a BLAST! They had a fun group of friends and family with them to celebrate, and they made the most of it and had a fabulous time dancing the night away under the stars. I loved being a part of it all!!

From the Bride… Our wedding weekend at Tres Rios was nothing short of a dream come true, and it is displayed so beautifully in Krista’s photos. It was a stunning location that we were thrilled to find (with the help of Leanne Marie Wedding). We had a great group of family and friends with us, and everything went off without a hitch! We truly had a blast! Keith and I fell in love with the natural feel of the hotel and wanted this element to be a big part of our overall wedding design. I also wanted our day to have a romantic and somewhat rustic vibe. Our custom invitations from Hello Tenfold really solidified the design direction. The flowers Ellie from Hello Tenfold created were inspired by traditional Mexican embroidery but also reflected a tropical, fun and romantic feel. We tied the invites with twine and used kraft envelopes to keep it rustic. Edna from EFD Creative helped me carry these ideas throughout the entire wedding by suggesting loose flowers and helping me decide on our romantic lantern centerpieces. I turned to Etsy for some finishing touches, such as our directional sign, which is now hanging in our kitchen! Our team of vendors in Mexico pulled off such a memorable event for us and all our guests. The food was delicious and plentiful, the cake was the best wedding cake I have ever had, the DJ was unstoppable and amazing, and Gabi Labor from Planner 1 Events and Leanne and Maju from Leanne Marie Weddings really held it all together with their on-point coordination. We are thrilled with how everything turned out, especially the photo documentation — thank you, Krista!

From Edna Dratch-Parker of EFD Creative — Event Planning & DesignWorking with Averie on her Mexico wedding was so much fun! Destination weddings present a unique set of challenges because you can’t physically be there to guide the planning process, so it’s especially important to work closely together to create the best vision from afar. Averie was interested is EFD Creative because we specialize in wedding branding, which is focusing on design to create its own special look and feel and carrying the style throughout. This allows for the couple’s own personal stamp on the event. Averie wanted her wedding day to feel carefree and relaxed, and she wanted the tone to reflect that mood. We started with finding the colors that gave the tropical feel Averie wanted: peaches, soft red, earth greens and browns. We decided on table decor that included lanterns and flowers for a romantic touch, with burlap runners underneath to set them apart and add depth and texture. The wedding took place on the beach in an intimate, cabana-style hut, and for the reception, we created a natural setting using earth tones with sparks of color from the tropical color palette we selected. It is a rewarding to design for an event in a location you have never personally experienced, but it’s most exciting to see it come to life through the images. All the pieces came together — invitations, signage, decor — and were perfectly executed into a magical day.

Wedding Photography: Krista Guenin + CoCo Boardman of Krista Photography / Wedding Venue: Hacienda Tres Rios Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico / Event Planning: Leanne + Maju of Leanne Marie Weddings, Edna Dratch-Parker of EFD Creative — Event Planning & Design + Gabi Lavor of Canteiro / Floral Design: Gabi Lavor of Canteiro / Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Ellie Snow of Hello Tenfold / Welcome Bag Tags: Kim of Three Eggs Design / Averie & Keith Sign: Mary of Love the Unique / Frames: The Rusty Roof via Amazon / Photo Booth Props: Angela of The Manic Moose / Wedding Dress: Marisa via Madeleine’s Daughter / Bride’s Jewelry: Tejani Jewelry / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair + Makeup:  Melissa + Edgar of MVP Hair and Make Up Artistry / Mother-of-the-Bride’s Dress: Nordstrom / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

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Mexico Wedding by Laura Ivanova Photography

Destination weddings are the perfect combination of wedding and leisure, sentiment and fun in the sun, celebrating love and a gorgeous vacation… all in one fell swoop. Of course, when that fell swoop happens upon Mexico and is documented by Laura Ivanova Photography and Hollywood Cinema it becomes more like a beautiful ballet leap into Mr. and Mrs.- dom. Take a mid-morning vacay in the gallery for even more from this pink filled, sand-in-your-toes, wedding extravaganza.

From the Bride… The internet has brought many couples together in many ways, including us. Allen and I met 12 years ago in a chat room on AOL. We’ve been together ever since, and we both enjoy our common love for travel and food. When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to have a small, intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. Allen and I are not overly formal people, so we both agreed that it was important for our wedding to be fun and memorable, yet romantic. With all of that in mind, we decided on a destination wedding. Luckily for us, we came across the luxurious Grand Velas in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and we absolutely fell in love. This elegant and spectacular resort is situated along the beautiful white sand beaches in Riviera Maya. We thought the backdrop was absolutely breathtaking. and the award-winning hospitality and food made it the perfect spot to have our destination wedding.

When we started discussing the theme and feel of the wedding, Allen left it all up to me. Because I am a graphic designer, he supported all my crazy ideas (including buying a letterpress machine with which we made our own invites). I spent an insane amount of hours on all the DIY projects to make the wedding more personal. As a designer I got obsessed with typefaces, layouts and colors, but I have to admit I did enjoy designing our save-the-dates, invitations, programs and menus, as well as many other details. We also incorporated lot of small details that were inspired by our travel across the world. We created our guestbook using a suitcase of collected postcards from our travels together. Our table names were places we had traveled to together, and our escort cards were gold, vintage keys to direct guests to their seats. I was incredibly happy with how they turned out, and we had lots of compliments on these small details. It definitely gave our guests something to talk about over the reception. As for colors, blush is my absolute favorite color because it feels very romantic. My whole theme behind the wedding was that I wanted it to look very whimsical and fairytale-like. So for our wedding color palette, we chose to use soft forms of blush with gold accents. My sister Merry also made this lace table runner that added a soft touch to the reception table.

On the wedding day, all the vendors were amazing. The wedding planner, Elena from Grand Velas, helped in coordinating all the small details I knew I wanted. Our DJ, Julian, was a blast, and our peony centerpieces from Maya Floral were gorgeous. Last but not least, our photographer, Laura Ivanova, and our cinematographers, Richard and Margarita, captured every special moment on our big day. In the end, I cannot tell you how absolutely amazing our wedding turn out to be. The ceremony came together beautifully by the white sand beaches and turquoise water of Grand Velas Rivier Maya Resort. In the end we had an intimate destination wedding with 14 of our closest friends and family. It was unforgettable experience and truly one of the best memorable days for everyone.

Wedding Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography / Wedding Venue: Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico / Wedding Planning: Elena Galicia of Grand Velas Riviera Maya / Floral Design: Maya Floral / Wedding Cinematography: Hollywood Cinema / Wedding Invitations + Stationery: The Bride / DJ: Mood Event Services / Table Runner + Headband: The Bride’s Sister, Merry / Travel Planning: Worldwide Group Travel & Events / Wedding Dress: Ronoche via Kleinfield / Bride’s Shoes: Bourne / Bride’s Makeup: Barbara Garcia of Grand Velas Riviera Maya ( / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse