Pretty Pastel Beach Wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Lance and Kristi said I do at a beach destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico after making a few changes to their original wedding plan.  Kristi shared with us a bit about their big day and how all the magic came to be!  “Lance and I never dreamed of having a destination wedding. We had the big traditional wedding planned with deposits made before we decided to call it all off and run away to Cabo. We couldn’t have made a better decision.”

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“Our wedding day must have been the hottest day in Cabo ever, but it sure did not stop us from dancing all night long. I, being the anxiety driven person that I am, was a wreck the entire day. Not about marrying my husband, but about all the details and timeline! By the end of the night I could care less about the details. I was so elated to be with the ones that love us most, having fun.”

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“This was the first time some of our family has ever been out of the country and they have never stopped talking about going back since. It’s been ten months since we have said I DO and our friends are still talking about what a wonderful time we were all able to have together.” 

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“We could not have asked for a better photographer. Cabo made the perfect backdrop between the desert mountains and the sandy beaches. Every detail wasn’t as planned but when I think about that day, it was perfect.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sara Richardson Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Dress: Tara Keely, Groom & Groomsmen’s attire:  J. Crew, Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm, Wedding Cake/Caterer: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, DJ: Ricardo Patino, Florist: Baja Flowers, Hair & Makeup: Hotel Salon, Wedding Coordinator: Marisol @ Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, Wedding Ceremony venue: Beach @ Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, Wedding Reception venue: Sky Pool @ Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

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Formal Destination Wedding Decor: Engage!15 Nizuc

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If you’re hosting a big destination wedding or one a bit more formal than barefoot on the beach, then today’s event is for you!  This dramatic yet relaxed event at Nizuc Resort & Spa was held in Cancun, Mexico as the finale party for the wedding industry event, Engage!15: Nizuc.  Each year the last night gala showcases innovative talents and wedding ideas from the local region – this time, designed by Elena Damy.

Woven hearts could be seen throughout the ballroom, hanging from the ceiling right down to the coffee tables.  The theme was inspired by the heart of Engage, something that everyone in attendance can certainly feel.

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The color palette was very neutral and organic – whites, greens, taupes and gold that fit perfectly in the grand ballroom of this spectacular resort.

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No detail was forgotten at this party, even the chargers were etched with the menu for the meal!

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Our hostesses, Kathryn and Rebecca from Engaging Concepts and Engage!15 did a truly magical job throughout the week, like all those past!  If you’re in the luxury wedding industry, this is one educational and inspirational event you should not miss.  The best part?  The next one is at the brand new Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World!  Clear your calendar for November and don’t miss what’s to come!

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But what’s a gala without a few fun surprises right!?!  How about this surprise – Salt-N-Pepa was the secret musical act to kick off the dance party!

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Engage!15: Nizuc was such an incredible experience that I will never, ever forget and this very special gala was a great way to round out the week.  Now I’m just counting down the days until I get to go back!  Hope to see you there!

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Photography by: Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Tammy Swales Studio

Gala Vendors: Venue: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Vendors: Design: Elana Damy, Entertainment: Elan Artists, DJ Ray Jarrell, Escort Cards +Laser Cutwood Menu Chargers: Two Paperdolls, Event Support: Solen Group, Black Ghost Chairs + Crossback Chairs: Grupo Gama, Custom Linen: Nuage Designs, Gala Invitation: Gifts for the Good Life, Cocktail Area Lounge Seating: Archive Rentals-Mexico, Live Event Painting: Antologia

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Beach Wedding Party in Mexico: Engage!15 Nizuc

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Today and over the course of the next few days we’re going to be sharing some incredible destination wedding inspiration from the recent Engage!15: Nizuc wedding business summit where we got to see firsthand some of the best of the best in weddings in Mexico and the US.

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This spectacular beach welcome party was on the sand in front of the amazing Nizuc Resort and Spa, where the conference was held.

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Local wedding professionals in the Cancun area came together to show us what a truly fabulous fiesta is like – perfect for a destination wedding in Mexico.

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Pillows, runners, and textiles all around us were woven in this colorful motif that fit the locale perfectly and really infused the local culture into the event.

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But my favorite might have been the mariachis!

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The motif was also found on the custom bar, right next to a speciality tequila bar for guests to enjoy the local flavors.

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The bright flower colors mimicked the fabrics and helped carry the theme throughout the beach.

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There were even tiny birds telling fortunes and futures for us!

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But the most unique design element was probably the giant, lit ‘tacos’ sign in the sand, where guests stood for photo ops throughout the evening.  As the night when on and the sun went down, this became a guest favorite for sure!

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It wouldn’t be Engage without a few surprises, like fireworks at the end of the evening!  We stood on the beach and had our own private show!

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To say this party started the week off right is an understatement.  The night was incredible!  And there’s so much more to come so be sure to check back tomorrow when we show you more from the wedding industry event, Engage!15: Nizuc - with lots of destination wedding ideas ahead!

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Photography by: Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Tammy Swales Studio

Beach Party Vendors: Venue: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Sponsor: Mexico Tourism Board, Party Design + Decor: Canteiro Weddings, Tequila for Welcome Party: Jose Cuervo, Fireworks: Special Events Mexico/Pyrotech

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Snowy Wedding in the Canadian Rockies

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Elaine and Christie said I do during a snowy day in Banff, Canada where an intimate group of friends and family gathered to celebrate their union. Getting married in the Canadian Rockies was just what this couple dreamed of, a pair who shares a love of the outdoors. But what a treat when they discovered snow on their wedding day in September!

We asked the newlyweds to share with us the story of their big day and how it came to be. “We were inspired by the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. We were inspired by the beauty and simplicity of nature itself. We love hiking and boating, just being in nature makes us happy and that’s why we decided to go with a nature theme and with nature colors.”

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“The first time we saw each other in our dresses standing out among the beautiful trees all of our worries about weather or anything else just melted away. Everything you envision how the first look would be can’t compare to the emotions you feel the first time you see the love of your life standing in front of you. It is a rush, an energy, breath taking moment, sensory overload and overwhelming love! In that split second it reaffirms that feeling you have in your soul that this is the person I want to spend my days with. My soul mate!”

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“Our absolute favorite wedding day detail was the surprise snow! We were expecting rain and it turned into something very magical.”

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“Being surrounded by close family and friends in such an intimate gathering could not have been more perfect,” shared Christie. “It was an overwhelming feeling of emotions!”

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“The reception decorations were stunning and really fit our outdoorsy style.”

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 We often ask couples if they experienced any challenges planning a wedding away and of course, the weather was part of this story! On the day of the wedding, Elaina got up and headed back to the Banff house and I waited for my parents to arrive. We woke up to a very cold and rainy morning. It actually wasn’t the rain that worried us the most though; it was the fact that it was so foggy you couldn’t see anything! This meant no beautiful mountain/lake backdrop. I’m getting calls from Elaina who’s been in touch with Postcard Weddings on other contingency plans because it started to sleet! The makeup artist and stylist did their magic on us and we felt beautiful and ready to meet our soon to be wife. The weather started to change and the forecast for the day was looking like several inches of snow! Our planners again went into action mode and reorganized all the wedding teams to have the wedding at the Rimrock Hotel. There is no way all the pieces would have fit together as perfectly as they did if we didn’t have them working their magic in the background. Elaina and I were able to enjoy each moment and it totally took all the pressure of the re-arrangements off our shoulders. We got in our cars and headed to the first photo shoot.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Julie Williams Photography

Wedding Vendors: Intimate Wedding Management: Postcard Weddings, Celebrant: Threshold Ceremonies, Stationery: Pink Umbrella Designs, Ceremony Location + Accommodations: The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Reception location: Sage Bistro & Wine Lounge, Accommodations: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Videographer: Mountain Wedding Videos, Ceremony guitarist: Andrew Ibanez, Hair: JK Hair Designs, Makeup: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry, Florals: Willow Flower Co., Rentals: Special Event Rentals

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Honeymoon Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico: Viceroy

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Viceroy Riviera Maya is unlike any place I’ve ever been before. Imagine a secluded spot where the jungle meets the beach and luxury meets the rustic elements of nature. Viceroy Riviera Maya is perfect for the couple who wants privacy, laid back creature comforts of home, and the feeling of being at one with nature all while getting to relax on a white sand beach as you sway from your four poster beach bed and the wind rocks you to sleep.

A true culturally-inspired getaway, you’ll be greeted by the property’s resident Mayan Shaman who offers you an energy clearing to send you into a state of pure relaxation to start off your experience right.

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Then you’ll head to your private villa with patio, sunbathing deck and lounge, outdoor day bed, and plunge pool. Honeymooners can expect rose petal turndown service at night, a soap concierge by day, and outdoor showers anytime you choose.

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The two restaurants on property offer a relaxed atmosphere for some excellent cuisine (don’t miss the ahi tuna stuffed peppers). But I think it’s the staff at this location that brings it home for honeymooners – every single person you meet has an energy that welcomes you home (something they actually say when you arrive).

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If you’d love to immerse yourself in the local culture even further, then you’re in luck – Viceroy embraces it all. For your destination wedding, consider having your union blessed by the Shaman. For the spa lovers, opt for a couples experience in the sweat lodge. Even indulge in local chocolates and customs from the ancient civilization that was once there before us. Or take a tour of their ruins only about 40 minutes away! You’ll feel the Mayan spirit all around you as the property embraces it in more ways than one.

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With only 41 rooms, this boutique hotel is perfect for a destination wedding buyout. Most opt to wed on the beach, but when you take over the Viceroy, the options are all yours! And with many resorts in the corridor nearby, you can always opt to hotel hop to get a bit more privacy from your guests for just the two of you when the big day is done.

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For more information on this fabulous place, be sure to check out Viceroy Riviera Maya.  And if you’re looking to register for your honeymoon to be gifted experiences on location or cash towards your hotel stay, check out Newlywish’s Honeymoons Registry where you can find Viceroy Riviera Maya waiting to be gifted to you by your friends and family!

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