About the Rachel and Matt
Occupations: Business Analyst and Lawyer
How they met: Rachel was visiting a friend in University and she introduced her to Matt.
What attracted Matt to Rachel: Her intelligence and sense of humour.
What attracted Rachel to Matt: He was confident and sexy, but also a bit shy which was sweet
Engagement story: They went out to their favourite restaurant to celebrate their fourth anniversary. When they got home, Matt told Rachel to close her eyes and when she opened them, he was down on one knee holding a huge stuffed polar bear (her favourite animal). Matt asked Rachel if she would marry him and then she noticed that the bear was wearing the engagement ring on its left paw.
The Wedding Day
Wedding date: May 24, 2012
Number of Guests: 36
Rachel’s most memorable moment: Walking down the aisle…the view of the ocean was so beautiful and it was the moment I finally got to see Matt
Matt’s most memorable moment: Seeing Rachel walk out with her father right before she came down the aisle
Advice to others: Bring a package to the resort with all of the wedding details so you’re prepared when you meet with the on-site wedding planner. Then on the big day, forget all of the planning and just enjoy!
Wedding song: Nothing Can Change This Love by Sam Cooke
Fave wedding detail: The Sand Ceremony, it wasn’t something we planned but ended up being a really special part of the ceremony
Most unexpected moment: When the Mariachi band that was playing in the restaurant came over to the reception and played a few songs for us…they were so much fun and perfect for the setting!
Honeymoon: El Dorado Casitas Royale
The day in three words: Beautiful, special, perfect
Ceremony location: The Sky Deck (we loved it)!
Reception location: Zocalo Terrace (we can’t remember the name of it)
Rachel’s gown: Saga by La Sposa
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Matt’s outfit: Off-white linen pants and shirt from Tommy Bahama
Favours: We left welcome bags in everyone’s room on the first day with monogrammed leather luggage tags and custom shot glasses
Photography: Claudia Photo
Music: DJ who played all of the songs we requested and tons of others that we all loved…almost everyone was on the dance floor the entire night!
Astrological Signs (Rachel) and (Matt): Aries and Capricorn
Type of Ring: Matt knew Rachel loves vintage jewellery so he had a ring made that had some vintage detailing
Wedding Colors: Blue, aqua, and yellow
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino
Signature Drink: Strawberry and Banana Mojitos
What was borrowed? Rachel borrowed her Mum’s diamond and sapphire tennis bracelet (so that covered borrowed, old, and blue)
What was new? Earrings Rachel’s parents gave her as a gift
Most romantic moment: Our first dance
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH LUXE: It’s so hard to know where to begin with a destination wedding. The planners at Luxe guided us through everything and helped to make our day more perfect than we could have dreamed. The only thing we wish is that we could go back and do it all over again!