Real Cancun Destination WeddingWords by Hope O'Brien
Photos courtesy of Fer de la Rosa
Having families in two different countries didn’t stop Lupita and Jason from actualizing the wedding of their dreams when they chose to travel to the warm beaches of Punta Venado, Mexico to get married.
Hosting a destination wedding in Mexico was an easy decision for the two when they realized that in order for many of the bride's family to attend the wedding, it couldn’t be held where they live in California due to visa restrictions. The bride knew that if they had a wedding in the United States, some of her family simply wouldn’t be able to join.
“Had we not chosen a destination wedding, not all my family would've been there and I wouldn't be able to afford the activities we did prior our wedding like a visit to the Tulum ruins or the rehearsal dinner by the beach,” the bride says.
The couple didn’t dwell on the idea of not having the wedding close to home and instead made the best of marrying in a place they both love.
“We both love the Riviera Maya so we wanted to get married in Tulum. We knew that the Riviera Maya has all the accommodations any tourist would want; from luxury hotels to hostels, Mayan ruins, cenotes and theme parks so everyone had something they could enjoy there,” the bride says.
With the location picked, the planning began and Lupita and Jason’s dream wedding slowly became a reality. Though the location did not have a Catholic church near, the couples wedding planner, Tailor Made Dreams, helped to hire vendors so that a symbolic ceremony could be held for the couple.
“Catholic weddings need to be performed in a Church in order to be valid so we did that in California and then had a symbolic ceremony in Mexico,” the bride says.
Family and friends started to gather for the big day staying in and around the Punta Venado Beach Club where the wedding ceremony would take place.
Bridesmaids in dresses designed by BHLDN and groomsmen in suits by Men’s Warehouse awaited the bride and groom. A pink and white rose altar stood at the end of a white walkway on the sun-warmed beach.
As the sun set and the moonlight illuminated the ocean the party of friends and family moved to a straw topped gazebo lit by glittering strands of lights.
Lupita and Jason, in a beautiful mixture of culture and tradition, had their dream wedding in a place where both families were able to celebrate their love.
Vendors: Photographer: Fer de la Rosa; Wedding Planner: Tailor Made Dreams; Ceremony/Reception Site: Punta Venado Beach Club; Florist: Mandarinna Studio; Makeup: Susana Venavides; Hair Styling: Gamaliel Alvarez; Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids’ Dresses Designer: BHLDN; Groom’s Clothing Designer: Men's Wearhouse
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