Friday, June 24, 2011
Destination Wedding Mexico: This Bride Made Her Dreams Come TrueWords by Courtney Kellar Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Sascha Gluck Photography
Today’s couple, Anna and Peter, always knew it was only a matter of time before the said “I do” on a tropical beach somewhere. When the time finally came, they couldn’t have been happier!
“Peter and I are high school sweet hearts and we always talked about how neat it would be to get married on our ten-year anniversary,” says Anna. “Being young and both recently graduated from college, we knew having a destination wedding would make more sense to us financially rather than spending the money here in the states. When Peter proposed 2 years before the wedding during our vacation in Mexico, we knew this was the place where we wanted to start our marriage and the celebration of our life together.”
Because of the couple’s longstanding plans, none of their family members were surprised when they decided to travel south of the border to tie the knot. There were a few, however, who simply couldn’t make the trek. Luckily for them, Anna and Peter came up with a wonderful solution.
“There were grandparents and other family members who could not attend,” says Anna. “However, one of the best decisions we made was to have a “pre-ceremony” part at our house. We decided to sign our legal marriage license here in the states and invited our grandparents and other close family and friends who could not attend the wedding in Mexico. It was simple and sweet and we were happy that our grandparents were able to see that.”
The couple had two years to plan, so they took their time selecting both their photographer and their venue. In the end, Iberostar Paraiso Lindo was the perfect spot for them. “After extensive research, the things we liked about this particular hotel was that there were multiple sister hotels that our guests could stay at,” says Anna. “If guests wanted to pay top-notch they could stay at a more expensive hotel and those who couldn’t afford the high-end hotel had other options. The hotels were within walking distance from each other, so it was perfect!”
Anna had a very particular idea of what her dream wedding would be. Unfortunately, because of their situation at the time, it just wasn’t feasible. Luckily, however, the couple’s desire for a destination wedding allowed them to come closer to the wedding of their dreams than they had expected.
“What girl doesn’t want to have a dream wedding?” says Anna, “I knew that the type of wedding I wanted, we couldn’t afford. My motto is, if you want to have a dream wedding, but can’t afford it, don’t sacrifice your dream and look for alternative options. We spent half on our destination wedding as we expected.”
Anna has some last words of guidance for other future brides consider a destination wedding. “The biggest piece of advice I can give to other brides is to believe in your dreams, but with a realistic sense. Having a destination wedding can give you a dream wedding, a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony and make you feel like a princess!”
Wedding Venue: Iberostar Paraiso Lindo
Florist: Same as above
Gown Designer: Alexia Designs, D’Amour Bridal
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Hugo Boss
Bridsmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Liz Fields/Hugo Boss
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