Magical "I Do's" in MexicoWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Kate Webber Photography
Perhaps the best thing about opting for a destination wedding is that it can be exactly what you want – no need to worry about traditions or pleasing mass amounts of people. Opting to go away to say “I do” means the event can be as big or small as you want. Theresa and Chad initially looked into hosting a destination wedding for their friends and family during the fall in Montana, but stopped short when they started to worry about inclement weather. “Looking at our spreadsheets for rentals trying to figure out how many heat lamps and tents we needed, we decided that we wanted to keep the wedding planning very simple and wanted to also celebrate my husband’s parent’s 40th wedding anniversary happening the same month,” recalls the bride.
So, the couple scrapped their initial idea of a larger destination wedding and decided to go the opposite direction: something small and intimate, with just Chad’s parents there to witness. “We stopped looking for hotels for our family and friends in Red Lodge, Montana and decided to surprise [Chad’s] parents [by asking them] to join us as our witnesses for a destination wedding in Mexico,” says Theresa. “Most of our friends were excited for our decision…a lot of married friends said they wished they had done the same.”
After deciding on warm-weathered Mexico, the couple did lots of online research to find a venue which they felt fit them best. Ultimately, they decided on Cuixmala in Careyes, Mexico because of its natural beauty as an ecological and wildlife preserve. After booking their photographer, the overall logistics were very simple with the help of the resort’s on-site wedding planner. Looking back, the couple have no regrets and the bride is convinced this was the right route to take.
“I was very relaxed and happy being away from big fanfare. I am also a perfectionist [when] it comes to planning around other people. If I [had been] in California or Montana having a wedding with family and friends, I would have been thinking about everyone else having a good time. [With our wedding] we were on vacation and celebrating our future life together. It was the happiest day for both of us.”
This bride has some final words of advice for other couples considering getting married away: “Enjoy your special day, wherever it may be. Sometimes getting away from big parties can help, but the important thing is to look at the person who is standing next to you and to be proud of this moment together.”
Vendors: Photographer: Kate Webber Photography, Wedding Planner: Maria Campos, bride & groom, Ceremony/Reception Site: Cuixmala, Florist: Local native flowers/florist, Gown Designer: Tadashi Shoji, Groom’s Clothing Designer: J.Crew
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