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


Riviera Maya Wedding Location: Rosewood Mayakoba


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


Photos Courtesy of Rosewood Mayakoba.


Incredible Cancun Wedding Location: Nizuc Resort & Spa


Have you ever been in a hotel room that you just didn’t want to leave? I’ve been lucky enough a few times, but never in one that I loved so much I didn’t want to leave it the entire time I was at the hotel! Well, until now. Nizuc Resort and Spa, located just on the edge of Cancun, Mexico has plenty to keep you busy but the rooms are so spectacular, you don’t ever want to leave to do any of it!

I recently touched down into one of their Garden Pool Villas, and they are, as they sound, complete with a pool inside the walls of your villa! With glass walls that open up the bedroom into the exterior, outdoor living rooms and showers, and a private pool for each, this truly is indoor-outdoor living at it’s finest. There may have been an indoor shower too, but why use it when the outdoor rain shower is calling your name?! Turn on your tunes (your iPhone connects with the speaker system throughout the villa property) and soak in the tube drawn for you by your butler and life doesn’t get much better than that (especially for honeymooners).


But Nizuc goes beyond just epic hotel rooms. The property is ideal for destination weddings too! With incredible infinity pools and decks perfect for private parties and a beach property fit for a fabulous Mexican fiesta, you can say “I do” indoors in their massive ballroom space overlooking the lagoon or outdoors in one of their iconic Caribbean wedding locations.


And no matter which venue you opt for, you can count on the weddings staff taking exceptional care of you. You may stay up late celebrating, but I witnessed them staying up so much later, just to make sure every detail was absolutely perfect for the pair tying the knot.


From a fabulous spa to a to-die-for daily breakfast buffet (complete with guacamole, of course), to complimentary paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking on its two beaches, Nizuc has it all. And once you’ve done it all, remember it also has oodles of romance with fire torches burning nightly, sunken lounges among the water installations, and the utmost of privacy in your villa, whether in the garden or overlooking the ocean from high above.  This might just be the sexiest hotel on earth!


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If you want a modern, sexy place to honeymoon or host a destination wedding, then look to the outskirts of Cancun to Nizuc Resort and Spa where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a place that couldn’t possibly be so easy to get to – just minutes from a major airport but miles from ordinary.


For more information and to plan your wedding, check out Nizuc Resort & Spa.



Colorful Beach Indian Wedding in Cancun

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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


Luxury Resort for a Destination Wedding in Cancun, Mexico

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Recently I had the pleasure of touching down at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach located in Cancun, Mexico, just a quick flight from the US. Cancun is known to be the perfect place to celebrate – beautiful white sands and crystal blue Caribbean waters, a quick trip from the airport and from most US cities, an easy transition into a foreign country where most people in the hotel zone speak English, and of course the amazing hospitality (and food!) of the Mexican culture. And that hospitality truly shines at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach.

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Perfect for a destination wedding, they’ve got everything your group could need. For starters, if you want an a la carte dinning option, you’ll find several delicious restaurants (some, like La Joya, with entertainment like mariachi in the evening), but you’ll also have the option of all-inclusive for your guests. So no matter what kind of experience your family and friends expect, they’ve got it for all kinds of travelers…in style. The five-diamond property has over 600 suites and plenty of party space (think wedding ceremony on the sand, cocktails on a deck just steps above, and a reception in several spots – like right back on the beach!). For weddings up to 600 people, they’ve got you covered. But the resort also has ideal intimate wedding options too! I recommend renting the presidential suit and entertaining on the expansive rooftop deck, complete with full size swimming pool and jacuzzi. A great option for a rehearsal dinner, post-brunch, or even a wedding reception with views of the city and sea from high above!

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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach has it all. Like one amazing spa!!! The Coral Beach Gem Spa is something you do not want to miss during your visit. Unwind after the big day or de-stress before you say “I do” with an indulgent couples massage and hydrotherapy treatment for two. A must do!

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Then when you emerge an even more blushing bride-to-be than before, you just might return to your suite to find a warm bath drawn and rose petals surrounding your space for a special occasion.

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The wedding team at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, and the entire staff on property are spectacular! Few places put as much love, heart, and personal attention into your experience, as if it was there own. The Romance and Celebrations Expert, Silvia Gutierrez, is a dream come true, and will not rest until your wedding is just as you imagined it to be.  When you wed here, you know you’re in good hands.

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When you say “I do” to Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, you say hello to your new family, one that will work tirelessly to make your experience unforgettable. And I assure you, it will be. I know I’ll be back!

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All Photo Credits: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun