From Italy with LOVE

Andrea and Daniela wrote over a year ago, they are both from Casale Monferrato, Italy, in the delightful hills of Piemonte, which means at the feet of the mountains.

They wanted to come to Playa, which they love dearly, with 40 friends and get married symbolically to celebrate 20 years together. I love that, because it is clear that getting married is the promise of love, but celebrate twenty years together means that the promise was kept… and keeps going!

So i jumped on the occasion and proposed the semi secluded beach of Paamul, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Paamul is a hidden gem a bay with very few hotels, one restaurant only and few tourists.

They loved it, so the party was organized with a prompt visit to their home town in Piemonte by yours truly (they do have excellent Dolcetto D’Alba, there and the food? mmmm… to die for!).

Ten months after the planning, Daniela, Andrea and a large group of Italian friends arrived in Playa, at the Magical Hotel Iberostar. We went to see them and had incredible fun shopping to accessories like sombreros, masks, collars and colorful blankets, to add folklore to the wedding.

When the Big day arrived, Daniela was very emotional, but Andrea was even more! Unfortunately, a deep rain fell just few minutes before the wedding, having us all wet and allowing us to use no chairs as the pillows were wet. Alas, Andrea was not missing one beat, wearing a sombrero as umbrella!

A big full moon was romantically hanging in the sky for us and Alessandro Banchelli, photographer, decided to immortalize the two before going home after an incredible dance party.

thanks to Kalu restaurant for the food and drinks, Floreria Jardin for flowers and decor and AB Photostudio for the great pics.

To Daniela and Andrea, i can only say one thing: auguri e figli maschi, like we say in Italy…(best wishes and boys!!)

Melody Vanessa and Axel, Pueblito Mayakoba’ and Grand Coral wedding

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:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AQI4_RH7n19wCptITn70NkEpIfd6DJt4/view

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!!!

Credits

Restaurant

Grand Coral Beach Club, Chef Rigel

Photos and video

Fun in the  sun Wedding photography THANKS!

Hair

Vo-evolution by Natasha Bitch

Church 

La Santa Cruz Pueblito at  Mayacoba

Wedding  organiser

Maria Tripaldi at weddingsinplaya.com

 

Sophie and Sean at Blue Venado

 

This featured wedding is a gem.

 

Not only because of the incredible beauty of details, people and places….  but specially because  of the 2 who got married at Blue Venado, Playa del Carmen, last February 18th.

Sophie & Sean are 2 such amazing people: they are vital, funny, intelligent, kind, generous, witty, lovely and they love traveling !! all qualities that speak to me incessantly (this is  me, Maria, reporting).

They met in the summer of 2009 working at the Orange Peel, a music venue in downtown Asheville, a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, known for a vibrant arts scene and historic architecture. 

Sophie was immediately attracted to Sean’s ability to make everyone laugh; he is able to notch up any joke anyone could tell… so during  a real conversation, Sophie told Sean about her dream to quit her job and take a long-term backpacking trip around Latin America…without hesitation he said “I’m coming with you”!  

 By November, they were inseparable….Sophie brought Sean to meet the Miller family for the first time after only a few months of dating…at Thanksgiving dinner. After that first trip they started off again to Asia and i am sure they are plotting something as I write….

Christmas of 2014 Sean surprised Sophie with the cutest gift  – an 8 week old miniature Golden doodle who has since become their child… Check the wedding photo below to see how they kept Frankie present at the ceremony!

Sean proposed in June of 2016 at Falls Park in Greenville, on their way home from seeing Sophie’s favorite singer, John Prine.  Sean prepared a killer music list at the wedding: and Dj Kipper had everybody dance, as you see!!!

Sophie & Sean wedding in Playa del Carmen

Sophie and Sean decided to plan a destination wedding because they wanted to give their guests the opportunity to  see  Mexico! they came to see me twice and loved the location i proposed:   jungly evergreen BV or Blue Venado.  Many were in Mexico for the 1st time! tequilaaa

  They wanted the wedding to reflect all of the journeys they’ve been on together. Sophie made napkins with brightly coloured Guatemalan and Thai fabric.  She made runners from macrame. And of course, beautiful fuchsia and orange  flowers to accent the white Papel Picado flags and globe lights. It was a colourful and spectacular event!

And we come to now:

Artsy Blue Venado World tour Wedding : Sophie wanted the details and Sean wanted the party so they got these amazing details filled with killer music: the  Party of their life! It was an endless party and the Millermacks got to really bond!!

 

 Sean and Sophie feel eternally grateful for their tribe in Asheville, CT & NY & all over the world who love & support them through whatever life throws their way, and to spend the rest of their lives together! 

QUE VIVAN LOS MILLERMACKS! 

THANKS TO :

Photography: Quetzal Photography

Hair & Makeup: Alesia Solomko

Flowers: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design

Dress: BHLDN

Video: Button Up Video

Cake: Shoe Box Bakery  

DJ: DJ Kipper 

Krystal and Toni Wedding at Indigo Beach – Playa del Carmen

Krystal and Toni are adventure-seekers. They really are!

When i first met Krystal via Skype, i thought….what a beautiful vibrant woman!! i am so happy to organise her wedding: it’ll be FUN!

well that has been true.
From day 1 Toni and Krystal have been amazing fun. Planning their wedding from Queensland, Australia, they wanted to make sure that relaxed elegance and great party were going to be the Thing.

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The couple first met in a bar near Kangaroo Point, Australia, and just six months later, they hopped in a car, drove 3,000 miles, and made a trip of a life time. Avid travellers and dedicated friends, they have invited their awesome families and friends to Playa del Carmen , some 14,300 Km away, for a party of their lifetime . It was evident that they are loved, as all the invited guests arrived, after 22 hrs of a long flight.

Kristal Toni wedding Playa del Carmen beach club Indigo Beach

From their new base in Queensland, Krystal says they continued on new adventures, driving up the coast whenever they could escape work for a long weekend. But perhaps their greatest adventure took place in October, when they had the fabulous idea of getting a little fun in their wedding day.
For their wedding, the adventurous couple selected a destination like Playa because they wanted that everyone visited Mexico together, as the country holds a special place in their hearts.

Kristal Toni wedding Playa del Carmen beach club Indigo Beach

The location chosen was the beach club Indigo Beach, on calle 16th and the beach. The amazing Haidee was there helping during the months before and on wedding day, as usual

Kristal Toni wedding Playa del Carmen beach club Indigo Beach

There, Krystal, Toni and their 35 guests enjoyed a long weekend of festivities planned by the bride and us at Weddingsinplaya. We enlisted an all-star team of vendors, including Alessandro Bacchelli from AB photography who was on hand to capture every special moment and gorgeous detail, so keep reading to see all the creativity come to life. Seriously, get your Pinterest boards ready!

Kristal Toni wedding Playa del Carmen beach club Indigo Beach

The couple decided to take a few pictures in the romantic garden of Lunata and she chose, on my advice, to get there on triciclo, a typical Mexican transportation which I decorated with all care!

Kristal Toni wedding Playa del Carmen beach club Indigo Beach

There Toni was waiting for her with eyes closed and they enjoyed their first look.

Kristal Toni wedding Playa del Carmen beach club Indigo Beach

After the return where both came back to Indigo on the Triciclo, the wedding took place with a friend officiant

 

The party was long and fun , thanks to Dj Diego Alvarado and the many feisty dancers that stayed until 1am!
What a party: Aussies know best….

(Foto delle danze)

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

Today’s post is the wedding of Jordon from Atlanta, Georgia and Javi from Bucaramanga, Colombia. 120 of their friends and family attended the Kool Beach Club to celebrate the couple with great joy.

Their wedding was held in the local church, Our Lady del Carmen Playa del Carmen, officiated by Bucaramanga Bishop and was followed by a Mariachi parade on the famous 5th Ave to Kool beach club! GREAT fun was had by all with a Mexican buffet and dancing to DJ Diego till early morning!

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Thanks to Kike Morales for the video.

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