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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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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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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Herb Garden Destination Wedding: Rosewood Mayakoba

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Today we’re taking a look back at one of my favorite events from last year – and somehow it’s taken me this long to share it…good things come to those who wait I guess!  I’ll start by setting the scene, in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  There’s a compound of sorts in the area called Mayakoba, complete with four luxury hotel properties, beautiful beaches, a wedding chapel and shopping square, and even waterways that you can travel on by boat.  The cornerstone of Mayakoba is arguably, Rosewood Mayakoba, a fantastic resort that could not be more perfect for a destination wedding.  You can get married on the sand, dance under the stars, and do everything you might come to expect at a destination wedding in Mexico.  But that’s not the best part.  It’s those unexpected elements that stand out most to me, and one of those is an event space known as La Ceiba.  It’s an herb garden, completely enclosed by fencing and complete with an outdoor kitchen for dining al fresco.  I was lucky enough to attend a dinner in La Ceiba and while most couples find it to be perfect for a rehearsal dinner, I found it to be so magical, it’s worthy of a destination wedding no matter where in the world you’re coming from.  So enjoy some of the fabulous photos of a slightly different destination wedding dinner in Mexico.  If you’re looking for that extra bit of wow, wonderment and magic, then Rosewood Mayakoba might just be the perfect place for you.

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One of my favorite things at a wedding is when the culinary experience is interactive.  In this herb garden, you get just that.  We were served up speciality cocktails upon arrival and invited to dress them up however we saw fit, with fresh herbs all around us that we could pick and put in our drinks!  What a fun way to start a cocktail hour!

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The talented Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design enhanced the outdoor space just right – it doesn’t need much with its already natural beauty, but with her attention to detail, the look was finished flawlessly.

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Just as special as the location was the meal!  Oh the dinner!  We feasted on their traditional La Ceiba dinner which included local favorites from Mayan kitchens and freshly caught fish from the sea.  Rosewood Mayakoba not only makes for a wonderful backdrop for a destination wedding, they create an unforgettable dining experience too!

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Stay tuned for more from our fantastic journey at Rosewood Mayakoba tomorrow when we bring you a more traditional Mexican fiesta you won’t want to miss!

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

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