Forgive me if I will be a little emotional in this post, i just watched A star is born twice…. Shallow is now my fav song! yes I know I am a bit late, but FOMO has never been a thing for me…
These 2 beautiful people below are not only clients. They are friends. I have been a part of their life for 11 years.
I met Denee’ and Jamie over 11 years ago, when they started planning their wedding at the superb Grand Coral Beach club in Playa del Carmen.
She is a vibrant, vivacious, open minded and supremely beautiful woman that wanted to have her Mayan wedding in the Riviera Maya. Her husband to be, Jaimie, is a clever, dynamic, committed man that had the same life purpose as her: to build a great life together.
When they married in May 2009 I was the lucky planner of a superb wedding for 115 people.
Every 2 years i saw them come back to Playa del Carmen and always had to visit with them.
Life has had its great moments and tragic turns but they went on with love and strength and I was not surprised when Denee’ contacted me in March to celebrate their 10th Anniversary renewal ceremony, the Mayan way, on the beautiful bay of Paamul that is super secluded for a legendary 2 people only Mayan Ceremony.
Now the ones who know me, know that i am a bit of a mystical, spiritual cynic. But in this case, tears of joy were shed by all.
Marriage is the promise of love, but coming back after 10 years to reinforce your vows is the promise kept.
That takes my job way beyond the ordinary.
I am the witness of the Eternity and Infinity of Love.
Love transforms and they are not the same people i met over 11 years ago but they have taken every step in their life and moved forward. They have undergone change and not only physical, but spiritual and mental . And yet they are always the same bright spirits ….
They shine a light and that light is the love and care they feel for one another. I am misty eyed talking about it, because love is what this world needs. And love is only a space of no judgement, HOME, a moment in time where you can be you in all of your full and whole imperfection.
Because Jaimie told it so beautifully: That is the place I’m from: You.
Denee’ and Jamie! I wish you both a happy and long amazing life, filled with new adventures and so much beauty. Words cannot describe the feelings. We are all so lucky to be alive, enjoy this moment as it is yours.
Now, listen, for the 20th anniversary….how about Venice?
Incredible sunny day
I know you guys are tired to hear me say that I always get the best clients, but I DO!!!
This week´s featured wedding makes my heart sing. I want to start with a quote from R. Queen, because this quote made me think about what do we do and how we do it. We love our work, because we cherish every client, we never take for granted our vendors and we show our passion. That is the secret of our success.
Axel and Melody Vanessa are such kindred spirits, that when we met via Skype with their young son Mateo i just loved them with a passion.
They were young, in love, accomplished, living in California, had 2 kids, and they had very clear ideas about their wedding.
A Catholic wedding in a unique location. lots of great music, amazing food, incredible scenery. A memory to cherish for years to come.
I had a vision:
the church at Pueblito Mayakoba’ and Grand Coral.
BAM! they loved it!
We want to show it off immediately with a 4´ video:
Mayakoba, an eco-resort on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico, opened Riviera Maya’s newest attraction and event venue, El Pueblito, a few years ago.
Modelled after the historic plazas of Mexico, El Pueblito transports the culture and charm of Colonial Merida and San Miguel de Allende to the sandy beaches and jungle landscape of Mayakoba and is set to be the destination’s most sought-after location for weddings and private events.
Anchored by a beautiful white chapel – christened La Santa Cruz – the venue features a cozy park with a traditional kiosk in the center of the esplanade for entertainment, as well as shops and restaurants to create a traditional plaza. El Pueblito is accessible from Playa in 15 minutes and offers guests a new option not only for events, but also for socialising, casual dining, shopping, and fun for the whole family. The gentle manager, Mauricio, even allowed the bride to use the prepping room for make up and last touches! Thanks Mauricio.
The ceremony was touching but also light, with Father Quin performing in English and Spanish for the bilingual families.
After the ceremony, a quick bus ride to Grand Coral for the 55 guests where food and tequila was waiting for all….
Dinner in a simple yet unforgettable setting, thanks to Chef Rigel from Grand Coral Beach Club.
The party was great fun, Axel is a great lap dancer…. ahaha!
Every guest had great fun, including the little ones.
Congratulations for a life time of happiness!!!
Grand Coral Beach Club, Chef Rigel
Photos and video
Fun in the sun Wedding photography THANKS!
Vo-evolution by Natasha Bitch
La Santa Cruz Pueblito at Mayacoba
Maria Tripaldi at weddingsinplaya.com
Two gorgeous people got married… and this is the day of their wedding seen through my eyes.
A bride is always beautiful. When her eyes sparkle with happiness her looks transcend. Lexi has an internal beauty and a big heart that shines and did not actually need much to enhance it. Though she really enjoyed her getting ready… I heard they had some bottles of prosecco!
The weather and the sky were perfect during the whole day. The ceremony was held by the father of the groom. His mother, with her crew of aunties, created the flower arrangements. Nothing is more personal than that!
Sometimes there are people very dear to the couple that are no longer with us. They can be present in an empty chair with a flower or in a pendant, like that day, attached to the bouquet. Love goes over the limits of the physical presence. It is in our hearts and in our memories. Grandpa was there that day.
The ceremony also had a trio of musicians playing classic songs to make the atmosphere even more romantic and during the cocktail there were mariachi tunes! Fiesta!!!!!
Champagne was offered at the entrance of the reception.
Little details everywhere.
The places was magnificent as always although it is the people that give it soul and make the party a success.
Tasty Mexican dishes were catered and designed exactly for their party, while tequila was everywhere. Of course the Mexican churro could not be missed!
Speeches and unexpected special songs made the night. I had to go and find a guitar somewhere as the guest who wanted to play did not bring one. Well, one of the waiters is a musician so we solved it in-house.
First dance, father and daughter and mother and son opened the party over the infinity dance floor!
We even had a “professional” diver!!!! You might have seen him in some Olympics (maybe the tequila party one!)
A beautiful cake. An excuse for more hugging and kisses
Bouquet and garter. Some girls were excited and others not so much…while Adrian did a good show to get his prize
With LOVE, Erica.
In 1997, I Maria, and my man decided we were eloping. We woke up one morning and he asked if I wanted to head down to the courthouse and get married. We had been engaged for 1 month, together for just 9, and were feeling overwhelmed. We weren’t overwhelmed by our quick decision to get married, but by the reaction to our wedding plans—our day of choice was shot down (it was on a Wednesday, six months in the future).
We were young and in love, so when he told me to go all in on eloping, I did and we got married later that day.
Therefore I always am very happy when I meet other couples who want to do the same, like Tonia & Michael who got married last Nov. 12th on Paamul beach. I love when people make a conscious joyous decision to just do it, so be it. I am thrilled to say that, to get married on a deserted beach legally, they needed 4 witnesses and their dear friends accompanied them in the happy occasion: congratulations Tonia and Michael, I adore your joie de vivre!
The couple exchange rings
It’s always hard not to cry at weddings!
Inky fingers from signing the register
And they’re married! Time to have some fun…
To elope, most literally, means to run away and to not come back to the point of origin. More colloquially, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one’s place of residence together with one’s beloved with the intention of getting married …