Romantic Blush Pink Beach Wedding in Riviera Maya

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Pilly and Mat said “I do” to a destination wedding in Riviera Maya at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort. The couple opted for a beautiful blush pink and gold palette to reflect perfectly against the white sands and blue waters on the coast of Mexico. Pilly gave us a peek into their big day and the plans that led up to all of these magical moments.

Since we live in Florida, we decided to choose Mexico because it’s close, but far enough away. We researched some resorts we liked in Mexico & narrowed it down to two resorts that we liked. One of them being located in Playa del Carmen Mexico, which was Grand Velas Riviera Maya.  We actually decided to vacation at Grand Velas Riviera Maya a year before our wedding & then went to scout another resort in the area. We loved Grand Velas Riviera Maya so much while vacationing there, we knew it would be the perfect place for our wedding.  Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a foodie resort & we’re both foodies so great food & drinks are very important to us. 

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Favorite moments from the day? There are too many to choose!  Reading each other’s letters, the first look, the ceremony, the first dance or just the whole day actually.  We can honestly say the day was perfect & felt so magical.  Honestly, we were both able to relax & enjoy the entire day as a whole pretty much stress free.  It has been the best day of our lives thus far & we were lucky enough to share it with our closest friends & family.  

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For our wedding favors, we decided to go with maracas to tie in with Mexico & we thought they would be really fun & useful for guests during the reception.  We wanted to personalize the maracas so they were all hand painted by some of the girls in our wedding colors & traveled with us all the way from Florida to Mexico as guest favors.

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Advice for other destination wedding couples? Once we arrived to the resort, we enjoyed every single moment & was completely stress free for the wedding. Make sure to be very organized & plan things way in advance.  We sent lots emails with pictures of what we wanted & how we envisioned everything to look.  We were very specific about what we wanted. Keep track of all emails & communication with the resort, wedding planner & vendors.  Mail save the dates & invitations out early since it’s a destination wedding, you need to give people enough time to plan. Be on top of everything & don’t wait last minute for final details. Do all the hard work & planning back home through email that way you only have to show up.  Most importantly, enjoy your day stress free. :) 

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We stayed at the resort for a few days after our wedding, but we have yet to go on a “real” honeymoon.  We are planning to honeymoon in Paris eventually.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Kristen Weaver Photography

Wedding Vendors: Makeup Artist: Backstage Hair & Makeup Professionals, DJ: Cel Trev, Veil: Erin Cole Couture Bridal, Location: Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort, Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier, Dress Store: Solutions Bridal Designer House, Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas, Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bridesmaid Gowns:  Adrianna Pappell & Wtoo, Hairstylists:  Nicole Beth, Studio 108 Jacksonville, Makeup Artist:  Alejandra Gracia, Backstage H&M, Menswear:  J.Crew & Express

 

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Destination Wedding Welcome Bags on Point

Welcome to our wedding welcome bag roundup!  Today we’re sharing with you a few fabulous ideas to say thanks for coming, welcome to the party, and we’re glad you traveled to our destination wedding.  Wedding welcome bags are a great way to kick off the festivities and share with your loved ones some of your favorite things about your destination, as well as giving them a few provisions they’ll need throughout their stay.  Theme these to your location, your color palette, what they’ll need during their stay and you’ll see just how far a little thought can go…a very long way.

destination wedding welcome bag ideas

{Photos: Top Left: The Gift Insider, Right: Tremaine Photography, Second Row Left: Ruth Eileen Photography, Right: Bloglovin, Third Row Left: Hello Love Photography via The Pineapple Paperie, Right: Katalina Girl, Bottom Row Left: Online Labels, Right: The Nichols}

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Blush Pink + Gray Destination Wedding Overlooking Cabo San Lucas

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Mariana and Mark tied the knot in a beautiful Oceanside destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The location had a special meaning for the pair, who shared their big day behind-the-scenes with us!

Cabo was the very first trip we took together.  We really connected on that trip and on the last day there Mark asked me to be his girlfriend! From then on Cabo always held a special place in our hearts. We also liked the idea of getting married by the ocean (we also got engaged by the ocean in Cancun) and thought it would be a great vacation place for all of our guests to enjoy.   

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The ocean was a big inspiration for our decor. Both our ceremony and reception were by the ocean so we wanted our guests to feel like they were in Mexico at an elegant party by the ocean. Our wedding planner and photographer also showed us a lot of great ideas to choose from.

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We had a chuppah with flowers and the ocean as a backdrop for the ceremony. The colors of our wedding were silver, light pink, and ivory. We wanted a soft elegant feel.

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Favorite moments for the couple? We have many of them but our ultimate two favorite moments are 1. When we got to ride the horse carriage!  I felt like a princess with my prince, and 2. the fireworks!! They were so spectacular and no one was expecting them to be as grand as they were.  Both the horse carriage and the fireworks were surprises for the guests! No one knew about them, not even our parents!  

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For cocktail hour we had margaritas and a full mariachi band to get the fun started. As centerpieces we had flowers submerged in water which looked beautiful.  

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One of our favorites that we had a lot of fun with was our cake topper; we had bobble heads made that looked just like us!

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We asked the bride and groom for their advice for other destination couples: Our advice would be to find a great wedding planner and photographer who will bring your vision to life.  Send out save the dates at least 6 months in advance and invitations at least 3 months in advance so that guests can plan their trip accordingly. If possible, make a couple of trips to your destination location so that you can plan things with your planner and visualize the concepts. Also, enjoy tastings of the amazing food and cake! (we went to Cabo about 3-4 times before the big day).

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Alec & T Photography and Video

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Cabo del Sol Golf Course Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Reception Venue: Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Wedding Planner: Be That Bride Events, Wedding Planners and Design, Minister: Marco Arechiga, Ceremony Music: Trio los Mosquitos, Mariachi: Mariachi Mi Tierra

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Champagne Wedding Cocktails

Mid week blues while you wedding plan and wish you could get out of town?  Well, we thought we’d brighten your day and help you celebrate your nuptials to come with a little bubbly!  National Champagne Day may not be until December but we like the drink all year round, especially at a wedding.  Make your champagne toast personal to your destination wedding by infusing flavors or fruits from the local region into the drink and you’ve got a chic signature cocktail befitting of your big day!

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{Photos: Top Left: Sugar and Charm, Right: The Effortless Chic, Second Row Left: The First Year, Right: Anthropologie, Third Row Left: Dishing up the Dirt, Right: Simply Bloom Photography, Bottom Row Left: Kirbie’s Cravings, Right: 1 Fine Cookie}

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Bastille Day French Destination Weddings

Happy Bastille Day friends and fellow travelers!  In honor of this French holiday, we thought we would share a few France inspired wedding details in case you are jetting off to Europe to wed or even bringing a little bit of France to your own backyard nuptials!

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{Photos: Couple: Nina & Wes Photography via Wedding Chicks, Bread: Nickie Cutrona, Place Card: Bound By via EAD, Champagne: Wedding Style Guide, Props: Etsy, Hearts: Delectable Deliciousness, Crepe Cake: Sweet Violet Bride, Cupcakes: Chronicle Books}

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