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  • Friday, April 28, 2017

    Amazing Mexico Wedding Packages

    Words by Sirenis Hotels & Resorts
    Photos courtesy of Sirenis Hotels & Resorts

    The newest Sirenis property, Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa located in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, is only 25 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport, nestled in the hills overlooking Banderas Bay. This boutique-style resort boasts a newly renovated adult-oriented section consisting of 117 Tropical View Junior Suites. This quiet ambiance is the perfect place for couples to treat themselves with a romantic getaway in one of the most popular new destinations.

    Our Makawé Spa recreates the soothing tranquility of the rainforest. Offering complete relaxation, the spa has six intimate Asian-style indoor and outdoor treatment areas and a Zen-inspired steam room with a plunge pool. When it’s time for a little excitement, guests can choose to participate in activities such as hiking, archery, beach yoga, water polo, volleyball, water aerobics, soccer, table tennis, darts and trivia games. The Eva Mandarina private beach club caters exclusively to Grand Sirenis guests. Here, guests can relax on one of the many available lounge chairs and enjoy a full array of cocktails, beverages, and Mexican cuisine. Just a 10 minute shuttle ride away, it is fully equipped with Wi-Fi and a beachside buffet for lunch, snacks and refreshments.

    As of this year, Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills offers a Silver or Gold Wedding package that is now available for guests to choose from with both legal and symbolic ceremony options.

    Silver wedding package includes:

    • Ceremony Location (beach or garden)
    • Minister or Judge fee
    • Wedding certificate
    • Sparkling wine toast and appetizers
    • Bride’s bouquet (according our catalogue)
    • Groom’s boutonniere (according our catalogue)
    • Sound system during the ceremony
    • 2 flower arrangements for gazebo, 1 centerpiece, white fabric for gazebo and white tiffany chairs)
    • Symbolic wedding cake
    • Reception at the restaurant non- private (1.5 hours)
    • Honeymoon breakfast served in the room (only for the newlyweds)
    • Fruit basket and bottle of wine (on the wedding night)
    • Surprise Gift (only for the newlyweds)
    • Wedding coordinator service 

    Gold wedding package includes:

    • Wedding location (beach, garden or terrace)
    • Minister or Judge fee
    • Wedding certificate
    • Sparkling wine toast and appetizers
    • Bride’s bouquet (according our catalogue)
    • Groom’s boutonniere (according our catalogue)
    • Sound system during the ceremony
    • 2 flower arrangements for gazebo, 1 centerpiece, flower petals for the aisle, white fabric for gazebo and white tiffany chairs)
    • Symbolic wedding cake
    • Reception at the restaurant non- private (1.5 hours)
    • Honeymoon breakfast served in the room (only for the newlyweds)
    • Fruit basket and bottle of wine ( on the wedding night)
    • Surprise Gift ( only for the newlyweds)
    • Wedding coordinator service
    • Upgrade for bride and Groom on the wedding night ( according to our availability)
    • 10 % discount at the Makawe Spa for the massage services ( for the newlyweds)
    • 45 minutes of Sax or Violin

    The romantic atmosphere is also the perfect place for newlyweds to celebrate their honeymoon, as well! Honeymooners will find a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket in their romantically decorated room upon arrival. They will also be treated to breakfast in bed and receive a credit towards a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Makawe Spa.

    For more information, contact our on-site Weddings Manager, Fernanda Escamilla weddings@grandsirenismatlali.com  or visit sirenisresorts.com/weddings.

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  • Friday, April 28, 2017

    A Captivating Wedding in Iceland

    Words by Lindsey Mcintosh
    Photos courtesy of Koby Brown Photography

    Amira and Luke originally wanted to elope in Iceland, but, after their family encouraged the idea of a destination wedding, the two knew that’s what they wanted to do.

    The couple insisted on having an epic wedding, preferably somewhere colder, so Iceland seemed to be the perfect fit. “I looked at various photos from around Iceland and found a region I thought was beautiful,” says the bride. The ceremony and reception site at Hotel Budir was found after time well spent searching online. The bride mentioned, “We never visited in person ahead of time, so we were able to share the excitement with our guests when we all arrived.”

    When it came to booking the vendors and organizing other details, Amira’s mother and wedding planner handled most of it. “We were lucky enough to have already known our photographers. Elizabeth and Koby had photographed my sister’s wedding the year prior,” says Amira. The couple wanted to include some DIY projects, so they crafted a welcome and wedding itinerary booklet and a painted map of Iceland.

    Amira and Luke opted to do their one-on-one photos together before the wedding day. “We both drove up to the venue that morning, got ready together, [then] we piled into the car and roamed around Iceland taking pictures in epic locations,” says the bride. The couple also did not have a rehearsal dinner, which they said was “the best decision ever.” It was important that their family and friends had the opportunity to explore the beautiful destination. The groom said, “We were married the night everyone arrived, then spent the entire next day visiting the sites with all our guests. We ended the weekend with a farewell BBQ and bonfire on the beach.”

    We asked the newlyweds to share advice for couples looking to have a destination wedding. The bride shared, “It was a great experience getting to have some one-on-one time with Luke ahead of the ceremony. We were able to appreciate the day even more and it made the ceremony all that more special.” 

    Vendors: Photographer: Koby Brown Photography, Ceremony/Reception: Hotel Budir, Wedding Planner: Ann Peters, Florist: Hotel Budir, Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas, Hair: Feima Hárstofa, Gown: Reem Acra, Grooms Clothing: Zegna, Hair Piece: Ulyana Aster.   

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