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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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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Black Tie Gala at The Breakers Palm Beach: Engage!16

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To wrap up our coverage of the incredible week we spent at The Breakers Palm Beach for the Engage!16: The Breakers wedding conference, we’re sharing with you the black tie gala that was produced for us on the final night.  It was a beautifully elegant evening that began with pops of red roses during cocktail hour and a red carpet that led us into a ballroom with 35+ chandeliers dripping from the ceiling for the reception!  This night was nothing short of magical and the gold-clad dinner details prove it!  But the night didn’t end after dinner; just when we thought it was time to turn in for the night, the after party opened up in full purple, in honor of Prince – a Purple Rain party was waiting for us!  If you’re entertaining the idea of entertaining your guests in a formal setting, then get some great ideas from the talented wedding professionals who made this spectacular night happen.  What a great way to end the week at Engage!  Thank you to everyone who made it happen and for Engaging Concepts for including us in such a special experience; life would not be the same without you!

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Gala Vendors: Venue + Design + Floral: The Breakers Palm Beach, Entertainment: Vali Entertainment, Performance: Fernando Varela, Chandeliers: Signature Chandeliers, Lighting Equipment: Zenith Lighting Inc., Draping: Swag Decor, A Rose Brand Company, Paper Goods: Alpine Creative Group, Staging, Floors, Bars: Event Effects Group, Mirrored Tables: Luxe Event Rentals, Chairs: Great Hire LTD, Linens: Nuage Designs, Chargers: BBJ Linen, Bar: Don Julio Tequila, Nolet’s Silver Gin, Ketel One Vodka, J.P. Chenet Sparkling, Caviar: Marky’s, Glassware: Classic Party Rentals, Portrait Lighting: Lens Pro to Go, After Party Entertainment: Rock With You – Fusion, The Powerhouse Group, After Party Lighting: Hylite Productions, Custom Dance Floor + Decor: Event Effects Group     

Photos by: Love Life Images, Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Cameron Clark, John Cain Photography, Jeremie Barlow Photography

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Pool Party Cocktail Hour at Engage!16

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If you’re hosting a destination wedding overlooking a beach or on a pool deck, then today’s party from Engage!16: The Breakers is for you!  This tropical setting was perfect for a casual kickoff party, but the best part!?!  The themed food stations that fit the surroundings!  From an avocado bar to an ice cream station and fresh fish at every turn, The Breakers Palm Beach served up a spectacular menu befitting of the setting (something to always keep in mind when planning your big day meal).  For more Florida destination wedding ideas, enjoy some of the delights we got to experience just last week at Engage!16

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Photos by: Love Life Images, Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Cameron Clark, John Cain Photography, Jeremie Barlow Photography

Pool Party Vendors: Venue + Design + Floral: The Breakers Palm Beach, Pool Letters: Event Effects Group, Cocktail Tables: Events on the Loose, Lounge Furniture: Bubble Collection, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Linens: Nuage Designs, Bar: Don Julio Tequila, Nolet’s Silver Gin, Ketel One Vodka  

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Best Place to Bachelor/Bachelorette in Los Angeles

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Summer is right around the corner, which means here in Southern California, it’s bachelor and bachelorette party time!  If you’re planning your bachelorette weekend or getaway bachelor party, then look no further than sunny So Cal and the bright lights of Los Angeles!  The trend to getaway for a bachelorette party is taking the country by storm – no longer do guys and gal pals go out for just one night, they get in the car or hop on a plane for a quick ride to somewhere special for a few fabulous days with friends.  And Hollywood is one happening place to do just that!  If you want a spot that marries (pun intended) hip nightlife with sun tanning and spa, then check out the newly redone W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills.

This posh property has everything a weekend away with friends could need – a popular pool and poolside restaurant for cabana living and dare we say, a little day drinking; live local music certain times of the month in the swanky lobby lounge known as the Living Room Bar, a celeb-favorite steakhouse, STK (complete with it’s own DJ and entertainment), and even a Bliss Spa on property to help you recover from all the fun you had the night before!

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Located within perfect proximity to Hollywood nightclubs if you want to go out, but complete with all the social scene you could need within the walls of the hotel, the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills is the ideal home to dance all night, lounge all day, and celebrate those last few days of single life with those you love most.

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If you’re organizing a little soiree during the weekend or you’ve got a good size group, consider staying in the E Wow Suite, a lavish party palace complete with a tufted wall-clad screening room, floating bed, and bar in the living room.   It’s got good times written all over it!

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With a recent renovation, all the rooms are inviting, modern, and made for fun, regardless of the suite or size room you select.

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But even with a room as wow as the E Wow Suite, you won’t want to spend too much time tucked away with a happening lobby and lounge scene like this.  Head downstairs to celebrate in style and don’t forget to dine and indulge at STK when you do!  Just ask the W Insider for help, they’re goal is to provide you Whatever / Whenever you want it and make your bachelorette weekend a breeze to plan!

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If you want to get some sun before the big day, see the City of Angels by night, and experience some of the best food and drink in LA on your bachelor or bachelorette weekend, then W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills is the place to be.  You might even spot a celeb or two during your stay!

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For more information on parties, dinning, spa, and getaway weekends in Los Angeles, check out the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills for more ideas and great rates.

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