Julia and Gregory’s Destination Wedding in the Riviera Maya, Mexico
June 25, 2015
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Julia and Greg wed recently at the new Royalton Riviera Cancun and their sky wedding is absolutely stunning! The breathtaking views of the Atlantic are second to none.
About the Couple
Julia (The Bride): Julia grew up in Cobourg. She has 2 sisters, Erin and Rachel, a brother Elliott; and her parents Joanne and Robert, and stepdad, Bruce. She is a talented cook, a pianist, an avid reader and she loves to travel (especially with Greg). Julia is a Registered Nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children, and she also works as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
Greg (The Groom): Greg was born in Hamilton, Ontario and he grew up in Ancaster with his brother Chris, and his parents, Ray and Sue. Greg is passionate about travelling the world and experiencing other cultures. He loves sports, with Hockey and Golf topping the list of his favourites. Greg completed an MBA in 2013 and is working on building his career at Johnson & Johnson.
Occupations: Julia is a Registered Nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children and a Clinical Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital. Greg works for Johnson & Johnson.
How they met: Julia and Greg have been inseparable since they met at Mount Sinai Hospital and started spending time together. They love to have fun and they share many passions such as travel, food, wine, spending quality time with their families and their amazing dog, Hobbes. Julia is PADI certified as an Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver and Greg is currently working on his Open Water certification so they can be dive buddies for life!
What attracted Greg to Julia: Her intelligence, kindness and beauty
What attracted Julia to Greg: His friendliness, humour and kindness
Engagement story: Greg surprised Julia when he proposed in his kitchen on February 15th, 2014, with 2 dozen roses and a beautiful diamond ring. It was a memorable moment as Julia burst into tears and said, “of course!” They celebrated with brunch and mimosas at the same place they went on their first date (Bedford Academy), and an incredible 9 course dinner with wine pairings at Café Boulud at the Four Seasons Hotel.
The Wedding Day
Wedding date: April 21st, 2015
Number of guests: 35
Wedding colours: Fuchsia, purple and gold
Julia’s most memorable moment: Greg’s wedding speech
Greg’smost memorable moment: Seeing Julia and her mother walking down the aisle
Advice to others: Go for the Royalton Sky Terrace, it was awesome!
Favourite wedding detail: Mariachi band, of course!
Most unexpected moment: Almost spilling the bottle of sand during the sand ceremony
Most romantic moment: The whole thing was romantic! Getting married in paradise!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Candles to represent loved ones who are no longer with us. Jewellery worn by the bride from every generation in her family.
Honeymoon: Greek Islands, Southern Italy, Tuscany
The day in three words: Amazing. Perfect. Happy.
Ceremony and Reception location: Sky Terrace, Royalton Riviera Cancun
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Beautiful new resort
Julia’s gown: Lauren Elaine L.A., Modern Princess Gown
Julia’s shoes: Jewelled flats
Greg’s outfit: Grey bespoke suit from Garrison Toronto, White Albert Thurston 007 suspenders, Ferragamo cherry-brown shoes, Denison boston cufflinks, fuchsia tie and boutoniere
Type of rings: Wedding bands from Albert Saati Fine Jewellery
Jewellery: Camrose & Kross, Jackie O earrings. Swarovski crystal bracelet, antique blue topaz necklace, tiffany’s rose gold ring
Bridesmaids dresses: Henkaa in hot pink
Groomsmen attire: White shirts, fuchsia boutonieres, Grey pants, purple argyle socks, cherry-brown shoes
Wedding song: “I love you” – Nat King Cole
Signature drink: Mango Margherita (Julia), Mojito (Greg)
Favours: Customized J&G white sunglasses, J&G m&ms in wedding colours Music: Mexican Guitar, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Hawaiian music, soca, and bossa nova
Flowers: Tropical fuchsia, purple, orange, gold, etc.
Photographer: Cosimo from Italia
Hair and Makeup: Elias (Royalton staff), amazing!!!
Stationery/Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Mimic print
Catering: Yucatan Steak and Lobster
Astrological signs: Julia is a Leo, and Greg is a Pisces
What was old? Julia’s grandmother’s handkerchief
What was new? Tiffany’s rose gold ring was a gift from Greg on wedding day
What was borrowed? Swarovski crystal bracelet borrowed from Julia’s sister
What was blue? Blue topaz necklace borrowed from Julia’s mother. Also, there was a strip of blue satin on Julia’s garter from Victoria’s Secret, which also had a small bell attached to it.
What did you put in gift bags? Sunscreen, after-sun lotion, lip balm, hangover prevention kits, personalized thank you notes, wedding info
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We were stress free and really enjoyed spending time with everyone we love! Such an amazing party and a great way to celebrate!
Tell us about your experience working with LUXE Destination Weddings: We are so glad that we decided to work with Luxe. Ashley did a great job of coordinating all of the travel, and the wedding itself, was absolutely perfect. A HUGE thank you to you Cindy for all of the great work she did to make this possible. From beginning to end, it was a pleasure to work with Cindy and we really appreciate everything she did. She was professional, and a true expert in destination weddings. She gave really great advice throughout the entire process, and she also saved us a lot of money by negotiating with the resort and vendors on our behalf. The Royalton Sky Terrace was so great, for both the ceremony and the reception, incredible views and so amazing! Thanks to Cindy, the reception setup was also amazing! All of your recommendations, including the strings of lights, flowers, candles, etc, really contributed to a truly great experience for our friends, family and for us. Thank you so much Cindy!