I’ve been waiting to post the article for what seems like ages! But it’s finally here…. all the details from our Mexico wedding! As you may have noticed on social media, we recently travelled to Mexico with our closest friends and family for our wedding celebration. Since it’s pretty complicated to get legally married in Mexico, we opted for a symbolic ceremony and had a second (very small) wedding in Canada to make things official (that blog post is coming soon too!). Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we do!
All of our pictures were taken by Adrian at Dean Sanderson Weddings. We’re beyond thrilled with the end results! Adrian worked closely with us to capture the day exactly as we wanted it. We discussed specific shots, styles and overall vibes before we even arrived in Mexico… and he managed to deliver photos that were exactly what we asked for!
Picking the location was easily the hardest part of wedding planning for us! As world travellers, there’s a certain amount of pressure when it comes to picking the perfect place. We knew we wanted a beach location, and although we seriously considered Ibiza we eventually settled on the Caribbean because it’s not too far from Canada. We eventually settled on Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Mayan Riviera, Mexico – which is one of the highest rated resorts in the area. Although it definitely wasn’t cheap, all of our guests agreed that this was the best resort they had been too. We really enjoyed the resort – so I’ll be writing a separate review about them in the next month!
THE WEDDING PLANNER
When we booked our vacation and secured our wedding at Zoetry, we were immediately put in touch with their on-site wedding coordinator – Cristina. Cristina was such a professional! She took care of every detail of our wedding, and I felt completely stress-free because of her. You often here about brides being really stressed out before their weddings, and I’m so fortunate that my experience couldn’t have been further from that. I can’t say enough about Cristina, she really is incredible at her job!
I originally wanted to buy a casual white maxi dress that wasn’t a wedding dress… but due to the time of year, I wasn’t able to find out. I grudgingly started looking at wedding dress stores, and eventually found this lace dress from David’s Bridal. I loved the open back design, and I was especially happy with how lightweight it was. My only issue with the dress, was that I ended up losing a but of weight right before the wedding. My dress fit like glove when I tried it on the night before we flew to Mexico, but three days later it was a bit loose in the mid-section. I’m still not entirely sure how that happened (since I gorged myself with tacos hehehe), but I guess it must have been a bit of pre-wedding stress
To finish up the look, I knew I wanted an over-the-top flower crown. I was a bit nervous about ordering a real flower crown in Mexico, so I opted for a silk flower crown instead. I found Emily Rose Flower Crowns on Etsy and was very pleased with the crown I received! It was made specially for my head, and Emily sent me pictures as she was making it. When there were decisions about which flowers to use to fill gaps, she sent me photos to let me have input along the way. The flower crown was by far my favourite part of my outfit, and I love that I can wear it again since it’s made of silk flowers!
I opted to go barefoot during the ceremony, wearing a delicate pair of “barefoot sandals” that I found on Etsy. For photos and the dinner, I wore a simple pair of flat sandals from Aldo. All of my jewellery were family heirlooms. My wedding rings we’re passed down to me from my great grandmother, and the anchor necklace I wore (which I wear most days) was given to me by my grandma. The diamond earrings I wore were a wedding gift from my mom.
Dress – David’s Bridal
Flower Crown – Emily Rose Flower Crowns
Shoes – Aldo
For Paul’s outfit, we went with a classic resort-style outfit. Linen pants, linen shirt and tan accessories. After looking at pictures on Pinterest, we knew exactly what we wanted for him and it was pretty easy to find everything. Just like me, Paul was barefoot for the ceremony. For pictures and dinner, he wore a great pair of brown leather driving shoes that we bought at Nordstrom.
Shirt – Long Island
Pants – Tommy Bahama
Shoes – 1901 (Nordstorm)
Our ceremony was held in the early evening, on the beach. It was located on a secluded part of the beach, far away from the hotel’s main beach and pool. It felt very private, and the long row of green shrubs gave us a little added privacy from the nearby hotel rooms. For the set-up, we opted for clean white chairs and a simple arch decorated with palm leaves. I didn’t want a flowered arch because I felt like it would be competing with my flower crown. I was thrilled with how everything look in photos – very clean, with the focus on us and the beach!
Since the ceremony wasn’t legal, we had our best friend TJ officiant the ceremony. It was the best wedding decision we made! It made the entire ceremony feel much more personal! We not only wrote our own vows (together), but we also wrote the script for TJ.
I purchased wooden maracas online and customized them with paint markers for the ceremony. Two maracas were placed on each chair, and when we shared our first kiss as “husband and wife” everyone cheered and shook the maracas!
All of the ceremony decor was taken care of by the hotel, so I’m not sure exactly which vendors they used. Wedding decor can be very expensive, but we managed to get a very reasonable price since we used local plan leaves instead of exotic flowers and greenery.
Ceremony Entrance Song – Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
Ceremony Exit Song – Danza Kuduro by Don Omar
Decor is probably the fastest way to blow your wedding budget, but it’s also crucial for setting the mood of your night! Since our wedding dinner was being held outdoors, we already had the beautiful ocean as a backdrop. I decided the best way to have a beautiful table set-up, without spending a ton, was to work with the natural setting and stick to a Mexican theme.
Our table runner was an authentic Mexican serape that was ordered online. The flowers were a mix of wild and local flowers, along with mini cactuses. The end result was stunning, and I can’t thank the resort enough for bringing my dream to reality!
For dinner, we sipped on margaritas and ate all of our favourite foods – gourmet pizza, steak, grilled octopus and scallops. The food was delicious, but it was the beautiful outdoor setting and the intimate group of friends and family that made it the best dinner of my life! Just look at that gorgeous view!
When you have a destination wedding it’s customary to give your guests a welcome bag. When I did some research online, most welcome bags included 10-12 items from the dollar store (like a travel toothbrush, or cheap flip-flops). It didn’t seem very personal to me, so Paul and I decided to do something more unique. We purchased canvas bags that would work well as beach bags, and we filled with with Turkish towels and custom-printed magazines. Guests loved that the welcome gifts were practical, and I felt completely satisfied when I saw all of our guests reading their magazines by the pool!
Turkish Towels – Imported from Turkey from a company called Turkish Towel Art