Stunning Beach Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta wedding

Natalie and Joshua said I do during a destination wedding at the beautiful Casa Guillermo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – a place they selected for it’s beauty and their love of the country. Wedding planner and designer, Mishka Aznoe-Morales of Mishka Designs told us about the design and ideas behind this beautiful beach wedding and big day.

Natalie wanted a Boho look but she wanted to stay within the realm of dark red and wine with touches of ivory and gold – so the trick was to keep the Boho, eclectic, traveled feel while staying within the color scheme.  We ended-up adding a touch of Turquoise Blue and I think that really helped pull this whole look together.”

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“The ring bearer box held a phrase from Natalie & Joshua’s song and it was for their son to carry down.”  

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“The only “hurdle” per se is that some of the public beaches in Puerto Vallarta now need permits and the paperwork took us a while to get through but it all worked out in the end.”

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I actually spent the longest time on nearly every detail of this wedding, more than any other wedding I’ve ever designed.  All of the lace fabric was vintage, chosen specifically for each piece – from the chuppah to the tablecloths and table runners.  We hand-painted the petates with a heart to keep in with the Mexican/Boho feel. Natalie told me she loved dream catchers if there was some way I could add that in, but didn’t want feathers … so we hand-crafted some crotchet dream catchers and hung hand-crafted pom-poms from them instead and set it up for the photo-op area.”

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“All the signage was hand-painted with the same motif in order to carry the Boho, spirited, Mexican theme along.”  

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“The shot glasses were designed and hand-painted with their initials and a Moroccan motif.”

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“The dance floor had hundreds of hand-crafted pom-poms strung up between bistro lighting.  We hand-crafted pom-pom hanging lights, chose all the fabric from Etsy and Ebay in order to have just the right colors, patterns and textures.  There wasn’t a single detail we overlooked for Natalie & Joshua – including the coffee table which we had painted turquoise blue as a special accent piece in the cigar lounge.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Shailynn Draper

Wedding Vendors: Location: Casa Guillermo, Event Planning, Design + Florals: Mishka Designs, Caterer:  Plush Catering


Indian Wedding

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Today’s destination wedding was actually several days of activities for bride and groom, Mike and Sweta, who celebrated with loved ones at Moon Palace Resort and Spa.  The bride shared their story with us.

“Mike had his heart set on a destination wedding from the very beginning, I was apprehensive as I wanted to have a full Indian wedding. We started looking into the Caribbean as there is a large Indian population there so we thought there would be a lot of great resources for us. We eventually consulted with a destination wedding planner that specializes in South Asian weddings, we were given a list of resorts in Mexico to look into. We picked Moon Palace Resort and Spa because it is a beautiful resort with high end amenities. They also have great wedding packages, an experienced wedding department, and all of the resources to host an Indian wedding. They also gave us a great deal on our room blocks.” 

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“On Friday afternoon, the henna artists, Veronica De La Paz (also a preferred vendor of Moon Palace), came to the resort to apply mendhi (henna) to my hands and feet as well as for my bridesmaids and close family (mothers, grandmothers). It was a fun-filled afternoon hanging out with all of them and enjoying the mini-bar in the room. Friday night, we had our first event, our welcome event which was on a terrace next to the beach. This event was casual, a way for guests to come meet us and meet the other guests. We also had welcome bags for our guests with personalized stadium cups, room key holders, 5-hr energy, itinerary for the weekend, etc. which we gave out at this event. We had our cocktail hour and dinner.”

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“Saturday night was the henna party on the beach, for guests to do their henna. The henna artist from Veronica De La Paz was there. JSAV was also present to provide the sound system and lighting for the beach. For this event, our DJ made a beach party playlist for us to play, which worked out really well. Decor was completed by Zuniga, a preferred vendor. Our family and friends were up and dancing in no time!” 

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“Sunday of course was wedding day! The priest was a Hindu priest that we got in touch with through the resort, he did an excellent job keeping In touch with us prior to the wedding to make sure he knew what we wanted. Indian ceremonies can vary  from region to region. After the ceremony we served an Indian lunch.”

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One of the bride’s favorite moments?  “Our first look, this was not something we had planned to do, but I’m so glad we did!”

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“I was able to watch mikes procession from the room I was getting ready in, which was an amazing surprise, usually the bride doesn’t get to see that.” 

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 “That night was the reception for which the decor was done by Zuniga, sound and lighting by JSAV, and music by Shaadi Entertainment (from Chicago).”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design

Wedding Vendors: Clothes: We did all of our wedding shopping in Mumbai, India from Paaneri, Jewelry: Various jewelry stores in India, Entertainment: DJ Krush and dhol player / Shaadi Entertainment, Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio, Music + Lighting: JSAV, Henna: Veronica de la Paz, Decorations: Zuniga, Location: Moon Palace Resort and Spa


Overwater Bungalows, Boats + One Amazing Destination Wedding or Honeymoon Location in Mexico

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If you’re looking for a private place to honeymoon with easy access from the US and an expansive destination wedding deck to boot for a grand getaway with all your loved ones, then Rosewood Mayakoba is your answer.

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Set both along the beach in Riviera Maya and the lagoon of Mayakoba, you get the best of both worlds – sun and sand and the tranquil sounds of nature at its finest along the lagoon.

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I had the opportunity to experience this magical place not long ago and it truly does offer honeymooners all you could ask for and destination weddings just what you need.

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There’s a large palapa on the beach perfect for a wedding reception (for up to 300 people!). It’s open air, beautifully created with weddings in mind, comes complete with an outdoor lounge area, and of course, the beach just a step away for a sunset ceremony.

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For a rehearsal dinner or perhaps a party not on the water, the lovely La Ceiba Garden is the place to be. Incredibly unique, this outdoor event space comes complete with an outdoor kitchen, flooring to dance and dine on, a fire and water fountain, and better yet, a fully functioning vegetable garden to celebrate within. That’s right, each morning chefs at Rosewood Mayakoba cultivate and pick what they need to cook with (true farm to table style) and come nightfall, you get to dine and dance under the stars surrounded by the sweet smells of all the local ingredients you could imagine.

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But the best part about Rosewood Mayakoba might just be the overwater suites (I highly recommend those on the lagoon). You’ll arrive to your room by private boat, where you’ll be greeted by your smiling butler, waiting to comfort your every need throughout your stay. You’ll enjoy a plunge pool on your balcony, lounges and dinner area for two al fresco and inside you’ll find a beautifully minimalistic suite complete with telescope to stargaze at night. Choose from one of two showers (indoor and outdoor) or a beautiful footed tub to unwind after a day at the beach or visit to the nearby Mayan Ruins of Tulum.

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Rosewood Mayakoba feels like the ultimate honeymoon hideaway but offers the space, service, and amenities we’ve come to require at a destination wedding. The best of both worlds for nearly and newlyweds.

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For more information, visit Rosewood Mayakoba and ask for Magnolia to assist you in planning your dream destination wedding!


Cabo San Lucas Wedding Overlooking El Arco


Jessica and Josh traveled from Orange County, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for their Baja destination wedding with 45 of their nearest and dearest friends and loved ones.  The location has a special meaning for this pair; Jessica tells us a little bit about their big day. “Josh proposed in Cabo so it’s a special place for us and we chose sunset da Mona Lisa for the beautiful view!” And that view is of the famous tip of Baja – El Arco, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, a picturesque place for a destination wedding!

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“My mom gave my my grandma-her moms engagement ring to the night before the wedding so that was special to wear on our big day :)”

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The bride’s idea behind the design and décor of the day: “My inspiration was a warm, very romantic vibe.” And romantic it was with pretty pale pink and gold tones set atop a beachfront property to weave in the colors of the sand.


“We had a picture of our dog, (he’s like our son) on our sweetheart table.”

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The couple’s advice for other destination wedding couples? “Do it!! Best decision we ever made! Such a great experience to have all of your favorite people there on vacation together celebrating YOU!”  


Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sara Richardson Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Dress: The white dress – Newport Beach, CA, Shoes: Nina shoes, Groom Attire: Friars Tux, Groomsmen attire: Friars Tux, Bridesmaids Dresses: The white dress – Newport Beach, CA , Ceremony + Reception Location, Catering, Wedding Cake: Sunset Da Mona Lisa, Invitations: Where’s the party – Newport Beach, CA, Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Wilson – Be that bride events, Floral Design: Cabo Flowers, Videography: Sam Perches, DJ: DJ Cabo, Bride´s Sash: Hellena Noelle Coture via Etsy


Colorful Tropical Destination Wedding in Maui


Julie and Todd said “I do” at a tropical destination wedding in Maui, a place the two had experienced together. Julie tells us, “We went there together for the first time. All of our experiences on that island were ours!”

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The couple had met back in high school, but it wasn’t that first connection that sealed the deal. They met once at a tailgate party during school, but it was another tailgate party three years later that connected the couple for life. Clearly this union was meant to be!

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And then it was time to plan their picture-perfect destination wedding in Hawaii! Jennifer Taylor, the couple’s destination wedding planner from Taylor’d Events, explains how this idyllic location came to be for the couple. “There was just something about the waves crashing on the black rock and the view of Lanai and Molokai that solidified that the ceremony spot was ‘the one.’ In fact, the area we selected at the hotel felt like a private lawn with a dramatic backdrop for guests to enjoy.”

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Jennifer also shared how the bride’s beautiful bouquet came to be. “When Julie came to me she wanted help with floral, we had gone through photos and she found one that was very vivid, like what you see, but she wanted her bouquet to be very soft and romantic, so quite the difference, but I think it totally speaks to what she is, very vibrant and fun, but soft and romantic at the same time.”

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The event had lots of location specific and Hawaiian wedding details too. The bride even surprised her groom with a hula dance after secretly taking lessons before the big day!

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 For favors, the groom made the boxes, which were each filled with Hawaiian phrases in both Hawaiian and English. We love it when a groom gets involved and this is certainly an amazingly hands-on guy!


The couple’s favorite moments from the day? It was all a very memorable day. I think we both remember ever single person who attended because we were able to interact with everyone.


After all the planning was said and done, the bride learned a lot along the way. Her advice? To select a destination wedding planner in your own time zone who is versed in your destination, versus selecting one in the destination you’ll be traveling to. She also suggests considering lots of options when selecting that perfect place to wed around the globe!


Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Luna Bella

Wedding Vendors: Planner: Jennifer Taylor, Taylor’d Events, Flowers: Blossoms Hawaii Floral, Ceremony/Reception: Sheraton Maui, DJ: KCK Entertainment, Officiant: Carlton Ching