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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Colorful Destination Wedding at Secrets Akumal, Riviera Maya

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Rebecca and Herman wed an in a colorful destination wedding in Akumal, Mexico, just an hour south of Cancun. We asked the couple to share their big day details with us:

We used the beach and tropical destination as a backdrop for inspiration, but wanting to add some element of glamour that comes with a wedding and Secrets Akumal in Mexico had all that for us. Our inspiration was colors of the oceans (blues, sea greens) and metallic (golds) We were so thankful that our wedding could actually take place outside on the beach, with the reception poolside because it was exactly what we had envisioned.

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Favorite moments from the day?

Becky: I loved the feeling I got right before I walked down the aisle. When I walked down the path to where I was to line up, and saw everyone in their seats, along with the entire set up of the ceremony location – the drapery on the gazebo, the chair corsages on the aisle chairs, the rustic aisle runner, the ceremony music….coupled with the amazing weather (it had been raining on and off all week and it was the first day it didn’t rain at all!)…I also felt at that moment that my grandmother was with me and watching over me from heaven. I saw Herman and I just knew I was where I was supposed to be and everything came together that day like I had envisioned!

Herman: The minister did an amazing job with our ceremony. She had a way of speaking to us like she has known us for years and people said that was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they had ever seen! The moment we said our vows was one of my favorite moments and I will remember that forever.

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Details they loved?

The Mexican flare! We loved Spanish table numbers & novia/novio chair signs! Since we were in Mexico, we wanted to tie in some of the Spanish culture. Along the same vein, we loved having the Mariachi trio play at our cocktail hour. It really helped add to the ambiance of the day. We also loved the Hola welcome bags and the maraca favors.  

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We also loved the string lights that were strung across the palm trees at the reception. It was a must have for us and something we were willing to splurge on for the reception. It really added a special element of coziness to the reception, but also made for some fantastic pictures!

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We often ask newlyweds for advice for other destination wedding couples:  

Listen to your hearts and make decisions based on what the two of you want. Everyone will have an opinion on how things should be or what decisions you should make, but make it what the two of you envisioned! The process is supposed to be fun! So try to take it all in an enjoy planning it together. Make a list of your must haves in order to help you stick to your budget. When you add up everything you want, you will likely be way over your budget so knowing what you are willing to splurge on and what you don’t necessarily need will help you make crucial decisions.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Be Photography

Wedding Vendors: Venue, Catering, Florals, Entertainment, and Rentals: Secrets Akumal, Event Coordination: Planner 1 Events

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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!

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Beach Wedding Party in Mexico: Engage!15 Nizuc

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Today and over the course of the next few days we’re going to be sharing some incredible destination wedding inspiration from the recent Engage!15: Nizuc wedding business summit where we got to see firsthand some of the best of the best in weddings in Mexico and the US.

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This spectacular beach welcome party was on the sand in front of the amazing Nizuc Resort and Spa, where the conference was held.

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Local wedding professionals in the Cancun area came together to show us what a truly fabulous fiesta is like – perfect for a destination wedding in Mexico.

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Pillows, runners, and textiles all around us were woven in this colorful motif that fit the locale perfectly and really infused the local culture into the event.

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But my favorite might have been the mariachis!

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The motif was also found on the custom bar, right next to a speciality tequila bar for guests to enjoy the local flavors.

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The bright flower colors mimicked the fabrics and helped carry the theme throughout the beach.

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There were even tiny birds telling fortunes and futures for us!

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But the most unique design element was probably the giant, lit ‘tacos’ sign in the sand, where guests stood for photo ops throughout the evening.  As the night when on and the sun went down, this became a guest favorite for sure!

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It wouldn’t be Engage without a few surprises, like fireworks at the end of the evening!  We stood on the beach and had our own private show!

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To say this party started the week off right is an understatement.  The night was incredible!  And there’s so much more to come so be sure to check back tomorrow when we show you more from the wedding industry event, Engage!15: Nizuc – with lots of destination wedding ideas ahead!

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Photography by: Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Tammy Swales Studio

Beach Party Vendors: Venue: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Sponsor: Mexico Tourism Board, Party Design + Decor: Canteiro Weddings, Tequila for Welcome Party: Jose Cuervo, Fireworks: Special Events Mexico/Pyrotech

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Honeymoon Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico: Viceroy

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Viceroy Riviera Maya is unlike any place I’ve ever been before. Imagine a secluded spot where the jungle meets the beach and luxury meets the rustic elements of nature. Viceroy Riviera Maya is perfect for the couple who wants privacy, laid back creature comforts of home, and the feeling of being at one with nature all while getting to relax on a white sand beach as you sway from your four poster beach bed and the wind rocks you to sleep.

A true culturally-inspired getaway, you’ll be greeted by the property’s resident Mayan Shaman who offers you an energy clearing to send you into a state of pure relaxation to start off your experience right.

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Then you’ll head to your private villa with patio, sunbathing deck and lounge, outdoor day bed, and plunge pool. Honeymooners can expect rose petal turndown service at night, a soap concierge by day, and outdoor showers anytime you choose.

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The two restaurants on property offer a relaxed atmosphere for some excellent cuisine (don’t miss the ahi tuna stuffed peppers). But I think it’s the staff at this location that brings it home for honeymooners – every single person you meet has an energy that welcomes you home (something they actually say when you arrive).

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If you’d love to immerse yourself in the local culture even further, then you’re in luck – Viceroy embraces it all. For your destination wedding, consider having your union blessed by the Shaman. For the spa lovers, opt for a couples experience in the sweat lodge. Even indulge in local chocolates and customs from the ancient civilization that was once there before us. Or take a tour of their ruins only about 40 minutes away! You’ll feel the Mayan spirit all around you as the property embraces it in more ways than one.

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With only 41 rooms, this boutique hotel is perfect for a destination wedding buyout. Most opt to wed on the beach, but when you take over the Viceroy, the options are all yours! And with many resorts in the corridor nearby, you can always opt to hotel hop to get a bit more privacy from your guests for just the two of you when the big day is done.

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For more information on this fabulous place, be sure to check out Viceroy Riviera Maya.  And if you’re looking to register for your honeymoon to be gifted experiences on location or cash towards your hotel stay, check out Newlywish’s Honeymoons Registry where you can find Viceroy Riviera Maya waiting to be gifted to you by your friends and family!

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