A Beach Wedding in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Nichole and Jimmy said “I do” in Isla Mujeres, Mexico in a beautiful beach ceremony. We asked the couple to share their destination wedding experience with us and here’s what they had to say!

A love of travel is one of the first things that drew us together. When we knew this would be forever, a destination wedding just felt natural. We have visited several parts of the Caribbean, but never had the chance to bring our closest family and friends along for the adventure. So we thought it would be perfect to go somewhere new, for the first time, with the people we love. After researching a few locations, we fell in love with Isla Mujeres. And the rest is history!

Writing our vows together (separately of course) the morning of the wedding was really special. With all the planning, and coordinating with our guests, it was really special to be able to put every thing aside so we could really get into the mindset of what we were there for. We will always remember sharing those quiet moments overlooking the sea.

We went back and forth on the idea of a first look. Our wonderful photographers convinced us that it would be worth it, and we’re glad we listened. I (Jimmy) wept big happy tears when I turned to see my bride for the first time. We laughed (and cried) and held each other on the beach, amazed that we had finally made it to the big day.

(Nichole) Before I even met Jimmy, I knew my niece Emma and Nephew Avery would someday be in my wedding. It was perfect that Avery was three and Emma four. They truly were the stars at the wedding. I took great care into talking with them beforehand about what they would be doing. Most importantly I bribed them. I bought Emma a princess dress For motivation and Avery was easy, he just loves chocolate. . Looking back at the photos make my heart swell with gratitude. They are my babies.

(Jimmy) Our flower girl and ring boy stole the show when they came down the aisle. Everyone turned and gave a collective “awww!” when they saw the pair, and something special happened. Avery is normally fearless and loves being center of attention. But in that moment, he froze. Emma, on the other hand, is typically very shy. But in that moment, she took charge. Noticing Avery had fallen behind, Emma went back and grabbed his hand. She led him up to the front, but he was still petrified. By this time, I was crouched down to his level with arms out. “Come on Bubba, I’m right here!” He sprinted into my arms, and held on long enough for me to tell him he did a great job and that I loved him. Then he ran straight for mommy. To this day I still laugh thinking about the whole thing, and one of my favorite photos is from that moment with Avery.

Unlike other brides I only knew what I didn’t want. A google and pinterest search of beach wedding tends to bring up “beach themed” weddings. And I knew I didn’t want that. Being a destination wedding, I didn’t have complete say in every detail. I went with more of a simple decor that if I needed to DIY, I could do it. My favorite decor was the gold pineapples that lined my sandy aisle and the ones we turned into centerpieces. Other than that I knew I wanted dinner on the beach with sand under my feet and bistro lights hanging beneath the palm trees. It truly was simple decor and I put more energy into making sure our guests had fun! And us too! I was adamant about making sure I had fun! After all I did all the hard work for it

There was a special moment in every single thing we did that day. It was all so special. And I made sure to take a step back throughout and take it all in. Watching our friends and family sit for dinner on the beach, out under the stars was sweet. Their joy and laughter will stay with me forever. In that moment it made all of the hard work and stress worth it. This is what life is all about. And then transitioning from the fire dancers to the dance floor. We had a very busy night! In our photos it’s evident of the fun everyone is having. Dancing the night away despite the heat and humidity was magical.

Advice for other destination wedding couples?

Finding a good wedding planner is essential! Especially if you’ve never visited the destination before. I loved being able to enjoy the entire day with all of the small details being taken care of. Organization is key even with a planner. Be sure to run through all of the specifics that are a must for you. Several important details were missed by my planners and I wish I had communicated exactly what I was expecting.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  The Stewarts Roam Photography

Wedding Vendors: Dress Store: Alexia Gavela Bridal, Event Planner: Sunhorse Weddings, Event Planner: SunHorse Weddings, Caterer: Zama Beach and Lounge, Event Venue: Zama Beach Club

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Colorado Elopement at Telluride Waterfall

Lauren and Josh eloped under a waterfall in beautiful Colorado. The pair weren’t entirely alone on their wedding day, their darling son Guyus, joined them to witness their sweet (and stunning!) nuptials. The couple shared their intimate wedding day with us and a little about how it came to be.

We decided that something so important and special was better shared with those to whom it would mean the most. Not that our families wouldn’t have loved to be there, but since I have some health issues that make it hard to cement long term plans, we usually play things by ear. This day turned out to be no different: We made a few plans, went on a road trip (and got lost a little bit) and had an adventure!

Colorado holds a special place in our hearts. My husband was born here and I grew up outside of Denver. We started our relationship here. We felt like it would be really wonderful to incorporate the natural beauty of a place we both love so much in our special day.

The bride and groom loved having their little one by their side as they tied the knot!

He’s such a character, and he makes everything so fun! It was such a treat to be able to have him share in our familial celebration of love.

       

When we asked the bride about the most memorable moments from the day…

I think my son would definitely say the cake!

For me, it was just so special to be able to share that love we have for each other in such natural splendor, feeling at once both magnificent in the power of our celebration and minute in the setting of the world.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  RebeccaMarie Photography

Wedding Vendors: Cake Designer: azucar bakery, Floral Designer: Bella Calla, Design and Decor: Candlelight Ambiance, Dress Designer: D’Lola Couture, Event Planner: Sweetly Paired, Location: Telluride Waterfall

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Festive Destination Wedding in Las Vegas

Tamara and Karol opted for a festive Las Vegas destination wedding, one where they embraced all the city has to offer couples.  This wasn’t a quickie Vegas wedding however, the lovebirds selected the city for the special meaning it had right from the start of their relationship.  The newlyweds shared their story (and their wedding planning advice) with us!

Las Vegas held a special place in our hearts.  It was our first trip together as a couple, I proposed to Tamara in Vegas on New Years Eve 2014, and we had such great memories from all our trips to Vegas that it was just a natural perfect fit to be married in Vegas.

A favorite moment from the day for the groom?  When Robert our photographer set Tamara and I back to back where we then turned around to see each other for the first time that day.  Seeing Tamara in her dress was an emotional wonderful moment that I will remember forever and Robert captured it for us magically. 

Our photo stop at the Neon Sign Museum was really cool and was a great backdrop to capture some iconic and unique photos with our wedding party.

  

We wanted a fun environment with a great strip view for our guests to enjoy.  The Hard Rock Cafe had this cool vibe and a good location on the strip.  We had a lot of family coming in from overseas and many North American guests were coming to Vegas for the first time so we wanted their first Vegas experience to be memorable.  Our Hard Rock Cafe coordinator Christy was amazing and very detailed oriented and patient.  She connected us with a great décor designer from Naakiti Floral Design that helped create the vision we had for the floor space at the Hard Rock.   

The couple’s destination wedding planning advice, now that they are newlyweds?

Communicate with each other through the process.  A local professional wedding coordinator is a good idea when trying to plan an elaborate wedding.  We coordinated everything ourselves but we now have a whole new respect for what wedding coordinators do. 

You will go over budget no matter how stringent you are.  Be ready to spend more than you planned for.

However, if there is one tip we can give anyone planning a destination wedding is to spend the money on the best photographer and videographer you can.  They will help capture and create memories that will make you smile every time you look at your photos or videos.  Robert Evans and Jeff Berlin were our dream team and we cannot thank them enough for their efforts, patience, and amazing eye to capture these memories on our special day.

To see more of this Las Vegas destination wedding, check out the video highlights here!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Robert Evans Studios

Wedding Vendors: Bride + Wedding Coordinator/Designer: Karol & Tamara Warminiec, Wedding Location, Venue Coordinator, Food + Beverage: Hard Rock Café Las Vegas Strip (Christy Rasmussen), Florist & Décor Designer: Naakiti Floral Design, Officiant: Angie Kelly, Videography: Robert Evans Studios, Cake: The Gourmet Cake Factory, Desserts (cupcake tower and chocolate covered strawberries): Retro Bakery, Wedding Dress: Valencienne Bridal, Hair and Makeup: Perfect Hair And Makeup

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Desert Wedding Photos You’ll Flip For

Alex and Austin wanted something a bit different for their wedding photos. This cute couple opted to drive six hours in the rain to a destination that would lend itself to picture-perfect images and a day these two won’t ever forget. Their photographer, Jenna Noelle Photography, shared how this day came to be.

After throwing the wedding day plans out the window, they were stoked to have an opportunity to capture beautiful photos out in the middle of nowhere with no stress of planning or wrangling family! This couple was a joy to work with not only because of their flexibility and willingness to drive 6 hours through the rain to our destination, but because their story is so amazing.

Austin is a Columbine survivor who became addicted to the drugs prescribed to him to treat his wounds. After a decade of struggling to cope, he went sober, met Alex, and started managing an addiction recovery center in Steamboat, where he has been able to be a voice for those who fall victim to over prescription of pain medications. You would never guess, meeting this couple, that they have been through so much, but it’s clear that their bond is unique. They are effortlessly a gorgeous couple and it was truly a privilege not only to work with them, but to have such a beautiful location to do it in.

The bride-to-be, Alex, also shared with us special moments from the day and their experience.

This was our engagement photo shoot. I wore my wedding dress for two reasons, the first being more logistical, in that we weren’t sure when, where or whom would be attending the wedding and I wanted some professional photos in my dress just in case we decided to elope. The second reason was that I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to have a wedding portrait in a place as beautiful as the dunes! 

The shoot at the Sand Dunes was what I had envisioned from the beginning, and when Jenna actually agreed to it I was over the moon! We were extremely lucky to have found such an adventurous and talented photographer – she captured it better than I ever imagined. 

The day was really such a blast with so many funny memories, which are always my favorite. It was all unknown territory and quite the adventure – Austin and I had never met Jenna in person until we arrived at the Sand Dunes, which we had never visited prior to this trip. However, through all the unknowns, it fell together perfectly, all thanks to Jenna and her boyfriend, Raymond. I felt like we were all old friends by the time we left the shoot, which is a priceless memory in itself. 

 

Austin and I planned very little for this particular event, as we do with most events, and it was absolutely perfect. I’m sure more planning would have made certain things easier, but we wouldn’t have these funny little memories that made it so special. My advice is to not take things too seriously and go with the flow – don’t let the little things ruin beautiful moments. 

Congratulations to the nearly-weds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Jenna Noelle Photography

Location: Great Sand Dunes National Park, Wedding Dress: The Altar Bride

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Riviera Maya Wedding Location: Banyan Tree

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If you’re seeking a swanky destination wedding spot, one with a ceremony site on the sand, exquisite food from the region and beyond, and suites or villas that are possibly better than anywhere you might call home, then take a look at the beautiful Banyan Tree Mayakoba for your wedding in Mexico.

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What stands out most in this idyllic spot isn’t its breathtaking beachfront or even its grand entry and lobby, open on all sides and complete with a boat dock for departures, but the suites that you stay in when you wed or honeymoon here.

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When you check in to this paradise, you find yourself in a villa oasis complete with a full size swimming pool, jacuzzi, set of beach cruiser bikes, and floor to ceiling walls that open up to the great outdoors within your absolutely private compound.  That’s right, each guest or family stays within their own private walls which protect a garden or a rooftop pool, and even secluded views of the mangroves.  Life doesn’t get much better than this when you’re tucked into your home at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

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If and when you decide to emerge from your villa, which is actually hard to do since it’s so special, you’ll find modern event spaces, world-class cuisine and even cooking classes for families who like to experience the culture they find themselves surrounded by.

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For your reception, this stunning beach palapa in a rustic white style just steps from the sand makes for a great party site for up to 350 of your closest friends and family.

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You might even consider the nearby Catholic Church in El Pueblito for a religious event before you’re ushered back to the beach to celebrate.

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No matter how you choose to wed at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, this is how you’ll retire at the end of the night, and even entertain, should a family BBQ in your villa be on the menu.

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If a full size private pool, jacuzzi and even romantic outdoor bathtub is your style, then honeymooning here is the way to go too.  Even with friends and family on property, you’ll feel a sense of privacy that allows you to unwind – just for two.

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Just be sure to make time for their famous Thai massages in the spa and award-winning restaurants.  Once you set foot at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, you’ll never have to leave…and you certainly won’t want to!

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