Connie and Steven’s Destination Wedding in the Riviera Maya, Mexico
LUXE would love to wish a warm and heart-felt congratulations to Connie and Steven, one of our lovely couples who got married in the gorgeous Riviera Maya this past November!
Connie and Steven utilized the stunning Sky Deck overlooking the ocean at the Azul Sensatori Hotel for their wedding ceremony – a unique location for brides who want to get married in the Caribbean but still want to wear heels rather than wed in the sand. All of these amazing photos were taken courtesy of the amazing tag team photographers, Davina + Daniel.
Although the Mayan kept us all on our toes that day with storm clouds hovering threateningly over the resort all day, Connie and Steven played it cool and continued to get ready at the spa and in their suites. Connie had her heart set on the beautiful location she’d envisioned for her ceremony, so we rallied with the hotel and gathered up as many of the huge “Azul” umbrellas we could for the guests if the skies decided to open up!
The guests arrived all brightly dressed to the nines, the beautiful paper programs and fans all laid out on the white garden chairs, and about 20 minutes before the ceremony, it… POURED. But rather than let it ruin anyone’s time, this fun, happy group opened their umbrellas and huddled together laughing until the quick shower was over. Minutes before the wedding procession was due to start, the rain stopped, the sun came back out and we were ready to begin! Just goes to show it really is who you’re with that makes the difference to any trip. What a fabulous group!
Connie came down the aisle looking elegant and as lovely as any bride I’ve seen, and the love that just radiated between this amazing couple is the best type of wedding accessory and of course the only one you can’t buy. In typical Jewish tradition, Steven successfully crushed the napkin wrapped glass and the crowd cheered “Mazel Tov!” before the group took off in a private transfer to the offsite cocktail and reception location: Marina Maroma, where the group danced into the night.
Cocktails were served under an authentic outdoor Mexican Palapa where the guests were greeted by a Mexican Mariachi duet, and the table chart was indicated by guests having to find their picture strung up along one side of the palapa.
Steven had his heart set on doing the hora (traditional Jewish chair dance where the bride and groom get lifted up) but realized when he arrived, that he hadn’t downloaded the right music onto his IPOD. Me and his fun-loving brothers (see the photo with their custom-made “GOLD” one-star runners… Gold is their last name) decided to play a prank on Steven and told him that the DJ didn’t have the right music either. About 30 minutes later, the look of sheer surprise on Steven’s face when the DJ launched into the hora song “Hava Nagilah” absolutely made our night!!
As a wedding favour, Connie and Steven brought light blue pashminas for the ladies and adorable sombrero-wearing tequila for the gentlemen, and chopstick and small wooden ducks were additions to the decor to incorporate Connie’s Asian background.
Congratulations again to a warm and wonderful couple! We wish you nothing but the very best!!
*And here’s the lovely Rebecca hard at work on the Skydeck… (Can you see her always-smiling face?)
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10 February 2011