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
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 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
Video: Button Up Video
Cake: Shoe Box Bakery
DJ: DJ Kipper
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!
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.
Erica and Maria
Details of the wedding
Pictures courtesy of www.playaweddings.com
Details of the wedding