Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Puerto Rico

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Gabi and Gabe tied the knot at their destination wedding in Rio Grande Puerto Rico.  The bride was from the area originally and they knew once they returned, that was it!  Gabi shared a bit about their wedding and how the weekend came to be.

My husband and I both wanted a destination wedding and I am from Puerto Rico. We decided to go and look at venues one weekend and once I stepped foot here, I knew it was the place. The scenery is spectacular and the ambiance magical. 

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The decor was just to compliment what the venue already going for itself, a rustic feel with luscious gardens. The venue had tons of my favorite bugambilia bushes, market lighting/Christmas lights and romantic amber lighting. So I settled on various shades of pink and gold with exposed farm tables with delicate lace runners. 

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My favorite moments from the day (aside from marrying the man of my dreams!) was enjoying the sorbet from a local vendor I grew up enjoying and dancing the night away with our loved ones. 

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Advice for destination wedding couples: BE PATIENT, everything runs on island time. Have a planner on the island/country who knows all vendors that you cannot find on google/wedding wire/the knot, and they alleviate so much stress.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Rudy+Marta Photography

Wedding Vendors: Dress Designer: Alegria’s Brides, Makeup Artist: Color Touch by Ana, DJ: DJ Fabian Kroselj, Specialty Foods: Helados Caribe, Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm, Event Venue: La Hacienda Siesta Alegre, Dress Store: Missguided, Event Planner: MR Party & Events, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: My Grooms Room, Musicians: Sal Pa’ Fuera Batucada, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Sartori Amici, Cake Designer: Vanessa Caro

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Glam Wedding Style Photos from Jamaica

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Today’s destination wedding inspiration shoot is brought to us by Manuela Stefan Photography, who knew she found something special when she landed upon this Jamaica wedding location.  She shared with us a bit about the inspiration and design of this “could be” wedding day.

Borghinvilla is a spectacular wedding venue with an exquisite blend of the most desirable details in one place: two acres of lush tropical gardens, cliffs, a sand beach and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.

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In contrast to the natural elements, the ceremony and reception decor chosen included luxurious items such as hanging chandeliers, crystals, soft white and blush roses and candle light. The turquoise sea view acted as the most incredible backdrop.

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Wedding Photo Shoot Vendor Team: Photographer:  Manuela Stefan Photography, Design and Decor: Borghinvilla Designs, Event Venue: Borghinvilla Wedding Venue, Event Planner: Jennifer Borgh Events, Bakery: Joy of Food, Dress Designer: Mori Lee by Madelaine Gardener

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Riviera Maya Honeymoon Activities: Visit the Cenotes

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If you’re headed to Riviera Maya, Mexico for your destination wedding or honeymoon, you’ll have plenty to do once you arrive.  On a recent visit to the fabulous Rosewood Mayakoba, we got the chance to experience some of the unique activities the area has to offer – like swimming in the cenotes!  That’s right, a bucket list item for me for sure, we got to swim in the beautiful underground caves known as cenotes.  There are approx 7000 of them in the region and they truly take your breath away.  You climb under the earth and when you reach your destination, you’re in a natural pool, surrounded by crystals that form and make the water incredibly refreshing (and good for your skin too!).

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If you were ever in the market for a GoPro, now is the time to get one.  It’s hard to describe how magical it is in the chilly water as you put mud on your skin and get that natural glow, like you’re in a spa but better!

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The caves are part of the Mayan culture in the area and your guide will teach you a bit about their history during the hour long excursion.

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We traveled by swanky SUV thanks to Rosewood Mayakoba and were greeted by warm towels and cold water once we emerged.  If your family and friends are up for a little adventure (and not too claustrophobic) then be sure to plan an outing under the ground and a visit to one of the many cenote spots in Riviera Maya during your destination wedding weekend.  You won’t forget or regret it!

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Photography: Dave Noonan – C10 Studios, Booking: Rosewood Mayakoba

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Riviera Maya Wedding Location: Rosewood Mayakoba

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Did you know that there’s a Mexican destination wedding location and honeymoon hotspot that has both beach and lagoon views, overwater decks and private plunge pools, a spa you would marvel at and a culinary program that rivals the best around the world?!  There is such a place, a resort so special, the minute I leave I start to plan my next trip back.  Just 40 minutes outside of Cancun is the Riviera Maya region of Mexico – a lush tropical beach community peppered with luxury resorts and name brand hotels.  And tucked into the heart of Riviera Maya is an area called Mayakoba, a private gated community of sorts, and home to Rosewood Mayakoba – the ultimate destination wedding oasis!

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One of my favorite moments on property is your actual arrival.  When you drive in and check in, you board a private boat which takes you to your lagoon suite (a room category I highly encourage you to request) where you’ll tie up to your own private dock and be escorted in by your friendly, smiling butler.  If you have kids in your wedding group, this is a big hit.  And even if you don’t, it’s still a highlight!

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Just steps from the lagoon suites (or via beach cruiser bike that will be awaiting you outside your door), is the magical white sand beach of Rosewood Mayakoba, complete with an infinity pool and fabulous sunbathing deck with views for days.  The scene here is spectacular – great waters, soft sand, and a hip beachside bar that delivers all you could possibly want in amazing Mexican cuisine, right to your chair.  The attention to detail, even at the beach, is unparalleled at this property.  When ordering a Diet Coke, I discovered my ice cubes were also made of the drink, so in the heat they wouldn’t water down my soda.  Sometimes it’s these little things that make the big difference.  Like watching a Hawk and his trainer enjoy a day on the sand, technically to keep away other birds from getting after your lunch while you nap.  Rosewood Mayakoba has truly thought of everything to ensure your experience is one without a single care in the world.  Staying here feels so good you almost can’t help but feel guilty!

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If you’re a diehard beachgoer then ask for one of their signature beach suites, with plunge pool, giant tub, and some even with rooftop decks ideal for entertaining your destination wedding family when in town.  The sunsets and stargazing can’t be beat from these suites!

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But as I mentioned, I can’t say enough great things about the lagoon suites, you feel so disconnected from the world, so engulfed in nature, it’s the ultimate treat for honeymooners seeking real romance without any effort at all.  Nights on the deck or in your private deck pool are nothing short of spectacular here.

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The spa is also so special at Rosewood Mayakoba.  They’ll treat you to a sugar scrub bath ritual before your treatment and after, be sure to enjoy one of the relaxation areas to completely escape into the juggle of Riviera Maya.  Then head over to the nearby tequila tasting room and meet up with your groom before dinner.

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But the best thing about Rosewood Mayakoba isn’t the amazing food, festive cocktails, incredible event spaced (see our stories earlier this week), spectacular suites or even beautiful beaches.  It’s the people.  You smile and say good morning, afternoon and evening to so many staff members, you feel a little like a celebrity.  The warmth and community you feel from the team members at Rosewood is authentic, inviting, and the best in the business.  You meet as strangers and by the time you leave your butlers, bartenders, and especially the wedding department will be friends.  You’re in great hands at Rosewood Mayakoba.

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For a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience in Mexico, a fantastic (and oh-so unique) destination wedding location in Riviera Maya, and for memories that will remain close to your heart forever, say I do at Rosewood Mayakoba.  Based on my personal experience there, I know they will not disappoint even the most well-traveled couples.  I’ve been around the world and back and this place is tough to top…I can’t wait to go back again!

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Photos Courtesy of Rosewood Mayakoba.

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Fiesta Wedding Event Ideas: Rosewood Mayakoba Pre-Wedding Party

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If you’re entertaining the idea of a destination wedding in Mexico, then this story is for you!  On a recent trip to one of my favorite properties in the world, Rosewood Mayakoba, I got to experience a Mexican fiesta rivaled by no other!  The colors, the cocktails, the food carts around the garden, the live mariachi music and the churros, oh the fresh churros!!  This dinner was to-die-for!  And the decor was perfection.  For colorful wedding inspiration, consider a fiesta outdoors among the stars like this one at the famed Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Whether you opt for the idea to be used as a rehearsal dinner or the big day, your guests will love the cultural experience you give them and the celebration that is sure to follow when arriving at a place as decked out as this!

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Events & Weddings in Cancun are credited with these fantastic bars and event accessories that really make a destination wedding in Mexico FUN!  How about a tequila and mezcal tasting during your cocktail hour?  Learn about the local flavors while you delight on the taste!

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Our dinner was under the stars and twinkle lights and was filled with vibrant orchids and flags overhead. Incredibly talented (and equally as kind), local floral designer Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design set the stage for this evening with her beautiful bright pops of color and details throughout.  One of my favorite things about a wedding in Riviera Maya are all the amazing professional talents in the region.  If you wed in Riviera Maya, you will not be disappointed by the beauty your team can create (like this!).

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As guests went from station to station, trying fresh tortillas and churros too, mariachis serenaded us with oodles of fanfare.

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Will you throw a fiesta at your destination wedding in Mexico?  After attending one as fun as this, we sure hope so!

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Photography: Dave Noonan – C10 Studios, Location + Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba, Floral Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design, Furniture, Rentals + Bars: Events & Weddings

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