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

Abbie and Andrew, El Taj, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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This week’s wedding features Bride Abbie and her Groom Andrew and took place on the silver sand at the El Taj hotel with a beautiful minimalist aesthetic. Theirs was a very personal wedding ceremony – the groom’s own father performed the ceremony.

 

Getting ready at El Taj – gorgeous ladies and very party guys!

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We love their green minimalist set up – it’s very simple but the wooden table, golden silverware and details offset by the greenery works really well and everything looks amazing!

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The ever-present Mariachi

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Indigo beach reception with the El Taj hotel in the background

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Cake Time! We especially love the way it’s decorated, consistent with the minimalist theme

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And of course, the couple’s First dance and a party brings the day to a close

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All images courtesy of Bernardo at Viva Photography.

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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.

Brooke and Stephen, Blue Venado Beach Club, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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Isn’t this just what you picture when you think of a destination beach wedding?

That’s exactly what this weeks’ couple, Brooke and Stephen, thought and they should know – after all they met on the beach, lived by the beach and proposed on the beach too!

They celebrated their big day with lots of friends and family at Blue Venado Beach Club, specially chosen for it’s intimate and private facilities.

The Bridal party having fun getting ready

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The vows

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The rings

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And they’re married!

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What Mexican wedding is complete without a Mariachi band?!

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Gorgeous flowers and food

The reception

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The speeches

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Cutting the cake

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Time to party!

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Thanks to del Sol Photography for the images

Sara and Chris, Lunata Hotel, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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Today’s couple, Sara and Chris, were married at Lunata Hotel on March 30th, 2017 in a beautiful Mayan ceremony hosted by Don Eduardo.

The bride and her attendants enjoy getting ready together

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Once she’s ready, the Bride walks down the aisle heralded by Don Eduardo’s Conch shell

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Gorgeous garden setting
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The Mayan ceremony includes exchanging flower crowns and rings

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And traditional blessings and rituals.

The Groom’s Daughter took part in the ceremony by blowing the shell too!

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The happy couple make their Vows

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And they’re Married!

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The highlight of the day was a procession along 5th Avenue from the ceremony venue to the reception at Indigo Beach accompanied by the Mariachi band.

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The Reception

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Speeches

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The cake

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First dance with sparklers…

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Everybody else joins the party

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Disco Ball by special request of the Groom!

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All images courtesy of Soko Sandoval Photography

Jaimie and Craig, Blue Venado, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

 

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Another Weddings In Playa event with spectacular scenery and lots of amazing details, this wedding was held at Blue Venado Beach Club on 1.12.17.

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The Bride gets ready

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The dress is finally revealed!

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Ready to start

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The Bride, Jaimie and her Groom, Craig got married on a perfect sunny day followed by a light, refreshing rain during the reception.

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What better way to celebrate than with custom maracas?!

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The bride had taken care of lots of small details and their big day featured piñata, games, balloons and amazing props for the dance floor!!

 

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Around 60 guests attended and they all had a great time.

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First Dance

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Pictures kindly provided by Dean Sanderson Weddings