Destination I Do
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Destination Wedding Mexico: A Classic & Romantic Affair

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Medina Photography
Alexandra and Louis are a New York City couple who wanted a unique wedding while really getting the most out of their budget. Since their guests were from all over the World, the couple opted for a destination weddingin Merida, Mexico. “We decided on Mexico due to the fact that both of us just really love the beauty and free spirit [the country] has,” recalls the bride. “Both of us have spent a lot of time there and it is like a second home to Louis.”

Merida is a town not far from Cancun and which boasts unique haciendas – both major selling points for this couple. “The haciendas gave me the very romantic, historic and free feeling that I wanted my wedding to have,” says Alexandra. “We decided on Hacienda Tixcacal because it gave us the blend of the two most important things that I wanted for our ceremony. I wanted an outside ceremony, but also a church wedding.”

A “travel theme” is something which has been done pretty regularly with destination weddings, but Alexandra and Louis really pulled it off beautifully and in some very unique ways. “[We had] passport invitations, the tables were named after countries we have travelled to together, our favors were luggage tags promoting Mexico and our guest book was an old vintage suitcase which guests stuck messages to,” recalls the bride. “I also hand-stamped ribbon with different sayings in four different languages which was used for different items. The four languages were to reflect all of the different guests we had coming from all over the World and the languages which make up our background: English, Spanish, Italian and French.”

Come W-day, the couple was surrounded by 80 of their closest friends and family. The couple says they got a wedding, plus four days of activities in Mexico, for the same price they would have paid in NYC for a traditional wedding. While Alexandra and Louis got the wedding of their dreams, the bride did have to make some small sacrifices like not having her favorite flower, peonies, in her bouquet. The couple took these small setbacks in stride, though, and think they actually gave their wedding even more character.

“When you have a destination wedding you are not going to be able to be completely in control or have every little detail that you may have in your bridal mind like flowers or certain foods, but you have to remember that those are only tiny details which are really only noticeable to you,” says the bride. “You picked your destination for a reason, so embrace it and let it open you up to other options which, in the end, will create a truly unique experience for you and all of your guests.”

Photographer: Elizabeth Medina Photography
Wedding Planner: Baku Events
Ceremony/Reception Site: Hacienda San Diego Tixcacal
Catering: Rigel Gonzalez
Rings: DeBeers
Invitations (passport books): Beyond Design
Favors (Mexico luggage tags): Swallow Song Designs
Escort & Table Cards: Jones Street Press
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Hugo Boss
Gown Designer: Alfred Sung
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing: Two Birds/traditional guayabera from Yucatan

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