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  • Friday, January 19, 2018

    A Playa Mujeres Destination Wedding

    Words by Sedona Rose
    Photos courtesy of Ryan Erickson and Thomas Cowan

    Jamie and Andrew got engaged and immediately began planning their special day and settled on a Playa Mujeres destination wedding. Jamie says, “We have lived in so many wonderful places and getting married in a unique destination allows for everyone to make a vacation out of our wedding.” Thus, the planning began! 

    After choosing Excellence Resort Playa Mujeres, a venue the couple had visited the year before and fell in love with, as the place to host their destination wedding, it was time to tell their friends and family the news. Jamie reports, “No negative reactions. More so a challenge of time and financial commitment. However, once you’re on a beach with a cocktail, you care about very little.”

    With the help of Maribel Sanchez of the Excellence Resort Playa Mujeres, the couple was able to kick back and make a vacation out of their wedding. The couple even had time to make do-it-yourself party bags and Jamie admits that planning a destination wedding was, “Delightful. It allowed for the freedom of trusting our guests to be entertained by the sunshine, beach and cocktails. There was less pressure to fill their time.”

    So why a destination wedding? Each couple has their reasons. For Jamie and Andrew, it was all about the ease and experience. Jamie says, “We don’t identify one place as home, so I think any other place would have felt like a challenge to make sure all guests felt taken care of. This resort and location allowed for multiple days with our guests. Time was not pressured.”

     While destination weddings seem like a dream come true, can they be affordable? Of course! Jamie and Andrew say they spent less, and even had room in the budget for a five-star resort.

    The couple has a few tips for anyone looking to plan their special day away:

    • Go with the flow. Save money by hiring a wedding planner through the resort. Some resorts charge more to have planners from outside the resort.
    • Pinterest for the win! Learn a lot about do-it-yourself projects and get ideas for your special day.
    • Use the beach or venue to your advantage! Let people make a vacation out of the wedding and just have fun.
    • Take these words of wisdom from Jamie, “On the day, nothing else matters but the person next to you. Don’t stress. Smile, laugh and dance.”
    Vendors: Wedding Location: Excellence Resort Playa Mujeres , Photographer: Ryan Erickson and Thomas Cowan, Wedding Planner: Maribel Sanchez, Ceremony/Reception Site: Beach front at the hotel, Florist: Ecellence Resort Playa Mujeres, Cake: Excellence Resort Playa Mujeres, Gown Designer: Galia Lahav, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Suit Supply, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Ted Baker
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Wedding Beauty Essentials

    Words by Lauren Marshall
    Photos courtesy of Spongellé

    When your destination wedding day comes, encourage your skin to glimmer and shine with a Shimmer Body Buffer  from Spongellé.

    Spongellé’s body cleansing buffer is infused with a luxurious blend of exotic fragrances and a dash of sparkle to achieve silky smooth skin fast and easy for your special day. Used like a loofah, the body buffer exfoliates, massages and nourishes all areas of the skin.

    The Pearl Blossom scent is perfect for a tropical ceremony, and Brilliant Tuberose would be great for an island honeymoon, while Radiant Amber compliments a ceremony in a wine country oasis.

    One reviewer on Spongellé’s website says, “I like the light smell they leave on your skin. It’s great for exfoliating quickly. They even make the whole bathroom smell good. These are winners.”

    Win the bridesmaids over, too, and give them the gift of smelling and feeling great on your wedding day.

    But Spongelle isn’t just for the ladies, their one of a kind exfoliating buffers make it easier for men to cleanse the skin and help it stay hydrated with their line of men’s scented buffers.

    Whether it’s an island “I do” or a mountaintop “yes,” Spongellé’s Shimmer Body Buffers will get your skin ready for a picture perfect moment.

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