Friday, April 27, 2012
Destination Wedding: Fiesta in Puerto VallartaWords by Courtney Kellar Words by Lauren Rubino
Photos Courtesy of Christina Dely Photography
For some couples, their wedding consists of one day, and the focus is primarily on them. For Christina and Ezra, they naturally, wanted their wedding to be a symbol of their love, but they also wanted their guests to have a weekend filled with activities.
What better place to have a celebration than Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?
“After our engagement we went on vacation together and fell in love with the people and city," says the couple. "We both felt this would be the perfect setting for our wedding."
With the bride being from Texas and the groom from Miami, their guests were bound to travel, so why not to the sandy beaches of Mexico?
“The majority of family members and friends were extremely excited about this destination although some a little scared to travel in Mexico,” recall the two.
Safety concerns were put to rest after the two made sure travel plans were made accordingly: shuttle services were secured and a detailed weekend itinerary was included (complete with handy Spanish phrases).
Overall, the wedding planning went smoothly thanks to a lot of online research and planning ahead of time for the ceremony, reception and free-time activities.
“We would describe the planning as both challenging and rewarding,” say the newlyweds. “So many people were coming to the wedding we wanted to make the entire weekend filled with activities for our guests. The events were kicked off with a night of salsa dancing and mojitos for a meet up when guests arrived. The following day the ladies soaked up the sun on a boat while the men went zip-lining. All of these planned events made the wedding weekend extra special.”
After seven suitcases full of wedding goodies they couldn’t get in Mexico, like their “do-it-yourself” favors, and six months of research planning for their destination wedding, Ezra and Christina were finally able to enjoy their big day.
“We added some special touches to the ceremony which made it truly special, our guests really enjoyed the unique ways we expressed our love,” says the couple. “Also, enjoy this special time with friends and family. It is the one time in life where all of your loved ones will be on vacation together, soak up every minute of it!”
Photographer: Christina Dely
Wedding Planner: Blaire Osborne of Plush Events
Ceremony/Reception Site: La Mansion, Puerto Vallarta
Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
Florist: Iris Design
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