Tamara and Russell, Gran Coral Beach Club Wedding

We have been blessed to witness many weddings, listen to many ceremonies and seen many exchanges of vows. I have to admit there is one ceremony that I will never forget. Not just because the groom came to the ceremony on a boat, but due to the way the ceremony had been performed.
Let me tell you this whole story.

Russell, the groom actually wanted to get to the wedding site with a catamaran.
As any good planner, after also seeing the desperate look on the his bride Tamara’s face, I had completely forbidden it! I could see the groom stranded in the ocean, if the wind was not cooperating! No way that I could give him that chance!

So we settled on a fishing motor boat.

As in any good story, the two moms got lost on the way to the venue and they had the rings too. No moms. Ceremony delayed till their arrival.
The groom had to wait offshore and was offered to fish to try to entertain himself.
Tamara was waiting in the limo and getting nervous for him.

Anyways, like any good tale, we finally started.

They had their own minister and made a sand ceremony as well.

The highlight of the ceremony were Russell’s vows. I have never seen anything like that before and I do not know if I will… well maybe somebody will be inspired.

He was actually very clever and did not have to work hard on preparing them. He got everybody in the party involved. The microphone was passed from one to another. Each one of the 50ish guests asked him a question to which he answered I DO or I WILL.

Will you take her as your beloved wife?

Will be with her in good and bad times?

Will you embrace her family as your own and seek out ways to strength these ties?

Will you wake up every day early in the morning and prepare a coffee for Tamara and not talk till she has finished it?

Will you let her go out with her girlfriend every Thursday night?

Will you help her taking care of your future children, change diapers and feed them in the middle of the night while she is resting?

And so on. I will let you imagine the questions!

At the end, the final surprise. Diego, our dj, had the recording of Grandma’s question? She was not able to come due to her age and health but she was there with us, in more than spirit!

Well we were all crying, from laughters and emotions.

It was very romantic

And spectacular with a fire show, when they were still allowed!

Party time

Well, i have one more anecdote to share about Tamara. That goes way before the wedding. She had the biggest tasting in the history of all the tastings I have done in 17 years. Chef Luis accepted it, not without grinning. It was Tamara, her mom and of me. They loved everything, but half way through the tasting we had way more than enough.

My beloved chef came out of the kitchen after hearing that and from his 5 6” height (he kind of looked 6 4” that moment) and he said very quietly: I am sorry. You made me cook all this and now you are going to try it all. We all felt like little kids and very obediently did as we were told. I won’t comment on the way we ended up walking to my car!

It has probably been 7 years since that wedding.
We do not remember the names of all the couples. Though we remember the faces, those little stories and what they made us feel. This is what makes our job the best in the world.

With love
Erica and Maria

 

 

 

 

Details of the wedding

Pictures courtesy of www.playaweddings.com
Details of the wedding

Mesa and Kevin, Paamul Beach Club, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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This week’s couple, Mesa and Kevin, have been together for 20 years and they wanted to celebrate with a few friends and family their long life together. The non-traditional ceremony was a simple but poignant event held at Paamul Beach Club after which they enjoyed a delightful a la carte dinner served by Kalu Restaurant at Paamul.

Incredible location – this is why they call it a destination wedding!

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An intimate family event

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Romantic sunset ceremony

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The Bride’s make up was done by her sister and her hair by Sarah Garnier

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Mixing sand to symbolize their joining

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Wedding tears!

Mesa and Kevin’s spiritual and intimate gathering featured a White and Light Pink color scheme and a fab time was had by all!

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Thanks to Alessandro of Photostudio AB for the images.

Diana and Marco, Blue Venado Beach Club, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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Diana and Marco got a married twice! First a traditional Catholic wedding in Nuestra Señora del Carmen Chapel on 5th Avenue and then they moved in the remote area of Blue Venado to have a Mayan ceremony. They combined the Pre-Hispanic with the Post-Hispanic, the vision of the world of the Ancient native American with the Catholicism.

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The bride entered with Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D major played on the harp and the couple was welcomed on the way out with bubbles.

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Shaman don Eduardo performed the Mayan ceremony together with two pre-hispanic dancers who played the pax, the classic mayan drum, and the tunkul, a long horizontal wooden slit-gong.

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The shaman plays the Mayan conch trumpet, which has three small holes which produce three consecutive notes.

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The happy party came from Texas and Mexico and chose simplicity and elegance in the details, playing with the natural wooden colour and white.

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And a small cake to respect the tradition – and why not?!

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A dance on the beach and than late at night the party was on and on till 2 am!

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Daniela and Anthony, Gran Coral Beach Club, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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This week’s post features beautiful and sexy couple, Daniela and Anthony who held their Wedding and Reception at the popular Grand Coral Riviera Maya beach club.

Here they are getting ready at Mar Azul condos

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The hair and make up services were provided by Vo Evolution Makeup

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Theirs was a romantic Beach ceremony at sunset, presided over by their own minister

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Cocktails on the beach

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 Accompanied by the Mariachi band

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Kids rule! All like little models

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First dance – Father and Daughter, Mother and Son

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Reception and party time!

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Kids on the floor again!

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All images courtesy of Quetzal Wedding Photo.

Jordon and Javier Part 2, Kool Beach Club, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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Back in June we brought you the video of Jordon and Javier’s wedding and now we’d like to show you some of the beautiful images from their special day too!

Jordan told us:

“The most important thing for me is that both of our cultures are recognized. I am from Georgia, USA and Javier is from Colombia. I would like that the wedding recognize traditions from both. The music is also a big part because our families listen to very different music.”

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190 guests came from all over the world came to celebrate the couple’s marriage which was held in a Catholic church and performed by the Bishop of Bucaramanga, Colombia. The following reception at Kool Beach Club featured a Mexican style buffet, a Cuban band, Pre Hispanic music and dances by El Aguila and DJ Diego with Evolution Mix.

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The loveliest, greenest chapel

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Parading down 5th Avenue with the Mariachi

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Bumping into some strange characters…

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Including yours truly!

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Crystalline dinner setting

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Classically inspired Rose themed Wedding cake

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Getting The Party Started!

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All images courtesy of Kike Morales.

Irene and Gonzalo, Gran Coral Beach Club, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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Today’s wedding features a exquisite purple themed decorations and one of the loveliest chapels you’ll see – meet Bride Irene and her Groom Gonzalo.

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Their Mexican themed rehearsal dinner was held in the luxuriant Lunata Hotel garden with piñatas, papel picado, margaritas and mojitos, a taco cart and al pastor tacos by Chef Ruben Lopez.

Late night pics taken on the always exciting 5th Avenue 

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Their Catholic wedding ceremony was held in the stunning Nuestra Señora del Carmen Chapel on 5th Avenue.

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The ensuing Wedding reception was held at the Grand Coral Beach Club.

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Who doesn’t love a Mariachi band?!

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Gorgeous wedding cake

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Churro cart!

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Irene and Gonzalo’s big day finished up with a Party with music provided by DJ Diego (Evolution Mix).

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Bouquet and garter tossing

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All images courtesy of Rachel at Playa Weddings.