Monday, April 23, 2012

A Destination Wedding

Bright blue waters, soft sand beneath your toes and the warm sun shining down, who doesn't love a destination wedding? On March 29th, 2012 my friend Sarah got married in the beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Destination weddings aren't for everyone, but it was perfect for Sarah and Josh. After attempts at planning a wedding in Minnesota, the bride and groom decided that just wasn't for them, and found a destination wedding would be more their style. 

This wedding was truly amazing, everything from doing the limbo on the dance floor, to cute little masks for people to wear. The ceremony had this amazing tourqouise ocean backdrop that matched the bridesmaids dresses and the reception had a stunning light up dance floor.

Their Apparel: 
The brides' dress and the bridesmaids dresses came from The Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul, MN. The boys got their linen Almafi pants and the Linen shirts from Island Importer.

Quirky Fact:
The bride wasn't focused on what shoes for her and the wedding party because everyone went barefoot during the ceremony.

Hair and Makeup:
Hair was done by The Royal Playa del Carmen resort spa and the girls chose to do their own makeup.

The Shane Co.

The Site:
The Royal Playa del Carmen. Both ceremony and reception took place on the beach. The resort has plenty of special packages for couples to choose from, with lots of Ala-cart options (including a mariachi band). They give you a wedding coordinator who communicates with you months before your wedding to assure that you get everything you want. Packages range from no cost at all, up to $8,000, depending on what options you add.

The Photographer:
Gonzalo Nunez.

Their Engagement Story:
"We got engaged in December of 2010. We went to cut down a Christmas tree with his family. Once I picked out the Christmas tree that I wanted for Josh and I, he was trying so hard to get me to go look at different ones. I was getting frustrated and kept saying, 'No, I just want this one. I swear... I've looked at them all.' Finally his dad made me go show him another one, and it seemed like before we even got to it, he said something like, 'Oh yea, I don't like that one... let's go back.' So we went back to the original tree where Josh, his mom, and his sister and her husband were standing. Josh got down to start sawing down the tree, but before he started he pulled something out from under the tree. It was a small box wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper. When he told me to open it up I started shaking so bad that it took me forever to get it open. Once it was open, he got down on his knee and asked me to marry him."

The Brides Favorite Part of the Day:
"I honestly don't know what my favorite part of the day was. I truly enjoyed every second of the day... From when I woke up and went on a run with my mom to ease my nerves, to walking down the isle and seeing my husband for the first time, to the wild and crazy dance party we had on the beach. It was a perfect day and I don't have a favorite part."

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