Colorful + Festive Destination Wedding in Bucerias, Mexico

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Erin and Jeremy tied the knot at their destination wedding in Bucerias, Mexico (near Nuevo Vallarta), at a beautiful beach garden called Martoca. The couple’s wedding planner, The Dazzling Details, dished with us about this colorful, fiesta-inspired big day.

Erin and Jeremy weren’t able to make a pre-wedding trip down to Vallarta, so all communication was done via email and phone calls.  We began with a list of nine venues that were appropriate in terms of group size and narrowed down from there!

Priorities in their venue selection were price, finding a venue with a significant degree of privacy (no hotel guests wandering nearby), a location that offered opportunities for movement and flow of the group throughout the evening and a space with some natural charm!  In the end, Martoca beachfront garden ended up being the perfect balance of those priorities!

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Erin and Jeremy had a clear vision of their wedding celebration from day one – they wanted a bright celebration of their love, and they wanted the event to pay homage to the locale incorporating the natural beauty and vibrancy of Mexico into the day.  Both the bride and groom are so easy-going yet uber-organized, so the process was perfectly simple – they kept on task with the planning, sharing their creative ideas along the way and then allowed The Dazzling Details to really bring together all the pieces – keeping everything local and really playing off the venue’s natural beauty and simply highlighting it with pieces that brought beautiful accents to the Mexican-styled celebration!

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A hand-painted chalkboard sign shouted, “Ay Chihuahua!  Erin and Jeremy tie the knot!” as guests entered the venue for the celebration and set the tone for the event!  These couple details really took the event a step further by reflecting the playful personalities of the bride and groom. 

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Mexico as a destination is so rich in history, culture and natural beauty that infusing elements of the locale into the celebration was simple!  Erin and Jeremy really did a great job of giving guests an opportunity to experience those elements in both their catering and entertainment choices.  Guests were greeted with fresh hot churros and traditional Horchata water set beneath a gazebo adorned with bougainvillea and papel picado paper garlands.  Erin and Jeremy opted for a cocktail-style reception in lieu of a formal seated dinner to promote a laid-back party vibe.  A Latin-trio played lively classic tunes while appetizers were passed for the first two hours of the reception allowing guests to mingle and try authentic Mexican cuisine including Mahi Mahi ceviche, ropa vieja and panela cheese in epazote pesto as just a few of the items in the cocktail menu lineup.  As the dancing began, a taco station opened with hand-made tortillas and a salsa bar, and a nearby tequila station offered an insight into the history of tequila with the opportunity to taste the differences between blanco, reposado, anejo andmezcal.  A photo station with a serape backdrop and Mexican-style props was set nearby for those who needed a rest from the dance floor, and to end the night, an elaborate dessert bar was set as a tribute to traditional Mexican sweets and featured over fifteen different desserts including amaranth popsicles and chocolate cinnamon cake with chile powder.  

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Smaller tables were intermingled with cozy lounging areas to provide guests with ample opportunity to relax and relocate throughout the night and to encourage an atmosphere of mingling and socializing.  Vibrant blooms with touches of bougainvillea were set in terracotta vessels on the tabletops alongside local cactus plants, and the lounge pillows created from embroidered and otomi textiles added to the authenticity of the event.  Customized adobe standing fireplaces were filled with cascading florals in each lounge area. 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elizabeth Lloyd

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: Martoca, Event Planning + Design: The Dazzling Details, Boutique Rental Items + Lighting: Unique Rentals, Florals: Maythe Romero, Dinner Chair Rental: Eventos Elegantes, Ceremony Chair Rental: Mac Events, DJ: Sonido Extassis, Catering: Plush Catering, Latin Trio: Lenin Beymar Lopez, Hot Churro Stand: Julio Churros, Wedding Day Transportation: Tau + TTUR + VIP, Wedding Cake: Charme Reposteria, Mini Desserts: Timbal de Azucar, Other: Vallarta Tequila Tastings, Bridesmaids Beach Sarongs: Swim ‘n Sport Happy Long Sarong, Hot Pink Bridesmaid Dress: T-Bags Los Angeles, Fuschia Bridesmaid Dress: Nicole Miller, Bright Orange Bridesmaid Dress: Rachel Zoe, Groom’s Custom Suit: Oliver Wicks, Groom Shoes: Cole Haan, Bridal Gown: Nicole Miller, Georgina Dress, 2015, Bridal Headpiece: Haute Bride, Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Our Must-Do List of Things to Do in Bermuda

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We’re back with the rest of our top 10 can’t miss activities and places to visit in Bermuda on a tropical honeymoon or destination wedding weekend.  If you missed the first half of our list, be sure to check it out here.  And to round out our favorites from a recent trip to Bermuda, be sure not to skip these fabulous vacation finds!

6. Watch America’s Cup Boats Train at Dockyard: Did you know that the America’s Cup race is in Bermuda in 2017? That means the teams have already moved in and are gearing up for their big day. You can catch the boats training in the harbor if you’re lucky, so head to Dock Yard for a full day of shopping, sight seeing, lunching and you might even spot a little friendly competition out on the waters.

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7. Golf at Tucker’s Point: Bermuda is home to seven golf courses, more per capita then any other county in the world, and has even been host to events like the PGA Grand Slam. If golf is your speed, I suggest splurging on a day at Tuckers Point Golf Course and you might just tee off next to a former president or Hollywood starlet enjoying a low-key day off.

8. Enjoy fresh Wahoo at Wahoo’s Bistro: Fresh fish is abundant in Bermuda and one of their local favorites is Wahoo. During your travels, take a pit stop to Wahoo’s Bistro for lunch on the water and their Wahoo fish tacos, you won’t find fresher fish anywhere out there.

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9. Tuck in to Rosewood Tucker’s Point: A 200-acre property filled with lush forests, beautiful beaches, gorgeous golf, and four swimming pools is a sprawling luxury resort fit for a queen. Rosewood Tucker’s Point sits in the ultra posh part of the island, Tucker’s Town, where celebs from around the world hide out and enjoy the view. The hotel has a beautiful British charm, large rooms in every category, and a world-class spa that includes one of only four Silver TAG showers in the world. Check in and you may never want to leave.

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10. Put your toes in the Pink Sand: Bermuda is famous for its pink sand beaches so we couldn’t possibly send you there without plenty of fun in the sun and sand. Gorgeous beaches are all around the island, many private in front of your hotel or beach club (the beach at Elbow Beach Hotel is top-notch), or head to one of the public beaches like the lesser-known but stunning Clear Water Beach Park.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Bermuda, the island, the people, and amazing places, beaches and caves will not disappoint!

{Top Image: Courtesy of Bermuda Tourism, Bottom Three Images: Rosewood Tucker’s Point}

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10 Things to Do on a Bermuda Honeymoon or at a Destination Wedding

I recently visited the island of Bermuda for the first time and feel in love with this forgotten favorite for vacationers. Just 90 minutes from New York and a stone’s through from the coast of North Carolina, the crystal blue waters and pink sand beaches look like a postcard from the Caribbean, but it’s actually in the Atlantic, in a place all its own. And what the country has to offer guests, specifically for destination weddings and honeymoons, is certainly worth writing home about. So take a look at our top ten must-do activities and sites during your destination wedding stay in Bermuda.

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1. Swim with the Dolphins: Dolphin Quest offers up private and group swims with dolphins right in the Atlantic waters of the harbor. Tucked into their own enclosed natural habitat, these happy-as-can-be dolphins will perform tricks for you, give kisses, teach you a thing or two about conservation, and all around love on you while you and your trainer swim with and even dance with these beautiful creatures. This is a bucket list item done well by the team in Bermuda – an experience you will never forget!

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2. Jet Ski among Ship Wrecks: Take a guided tour of one of the hundreds of shipwrecked vessels along the coast and reef of Bermuda – all by jet ski with Island Sports Centre! Your personable guides will show you a wild time at high speeds while you explore the island from a different perspective. Take a dip off the side to swim with sea turtles and take time out to feed the fish too! If speed, sun, and sea are your favorite things in life, then this is for you!

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3. Get a Couple’s Massage in a Cave: You read that right – there’s a spa in the center of the Crystal Caves of Bermuda. These breathtaking caverns are lined with sparkles of limestone and chandelier clusters and complete with floating docks holding cabanas for two. Get locked into this other world below sea level and enjoy the most romantic couple’s massage on earth at Grotto Bay Beach Resort. Just imagine getting treated together as you hear the natural sounds of the cave waters below your beds in total privacy from the outside world. It’s once in a lifetime kind of romance.

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4. Dine at Waterlot Inn: For one of the best meals on the island, put your jackets on and head out for a swanky night on the town at this posh eatery at the Fairmont Southampton. The steakhouse has an old-world charm, and plenty of history to back it up. And their service today boasts that old time luxury not found many places anymore. Case in point – order up Caesar salad for two and they’ll make it for you tableside. That goes for dessert too! Regardless what you order, just don’t leave without tasting the truffle mac n’ cheese or you’ll regret it.

5. Swizzle Inn and Swagger Out at The Swizzle Inn: When in Bermuda, do as the locals do and drink up a Rum Swizzle (similar to a rum punch with a kick) and have it at the famous Swizzle Inn. A pub-like restaurant, dine inside or out on local favorites while you sip pitchers of Rum Swizzle in the sun.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the rest of our top ten ideas for an amazing honeymoon in Bermuda!

{Top Image: The Reefs, Middle Three Images: Grotto Bay, Bottom Image: Fairmont Southampton}

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Coral and Mint Wedding

In search of the perfect destination wedding palette?  We may have just found “the one” for you – from a beach wedding to a desert destination wedding, coral and mint make the perfect pair!

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{Photos: Shoes: Joielala, Groom: George Street Photo & Video, Bridesmaids: BellaEva Photography via Confetti Daydreams, Bouquet: AJ Shorter Photography via Every Last Detail, Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets via Ruffled, Chair Treatment: Brooke Photography and Design via Something Turquoise}

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Destination Wedding Website Deal

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We’re back today with another great deal for our readers!  Our partners and friends over at Appy Couple are sharing big savings with you on your wedding or destination wedding website.  It’s an important element to prepare during the planning of your big day, a great way to share travel and registry information with loved ones, and also some fun stories too.  But the best part is the matching smart phone app you get with your wedding website – it’s matches the desktop version but with added features like photo sharing on the wedding day!  Choose from over 500 designs until you find the one that’s just right for your event and no matter which one that is, enter Appy Couple PROMO CODE BB25 at checkout and save big!  Happy shopping friends!

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