Raeann and Garrett’s Destination Wedding in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

A bit of a blast from the recent past, LUXE would like to congratulate Raeann & Garrett who got married at the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda, in the Riviera Maya this past February, 2010! There’s no mincing words when it comes to these two: Raeann is just a gorgeous soul both inside and out. She exudes positive energy and warmth to those around her, while Garrett is the epitome of cool; down to earth only begins to describe his relaxed attitude.  We got a bit creative on this wedding and moved the ceremony to the VIP area of the beach last-minute (where they don’t normally do wedding ceremonies) because it is a bit more private… it doesn’t hurt to have your wedding planner on site to pull some strings for you! The wedding day was bright with blue skies and high spirits; everyone had a phenomenal time! Enjoy the photos and best wishes to this lovely couple.

Occupations: Rae (Finance/Sales Manager for Crocmedia News) Garrett (Art Director for High, Wide & Handsome)
How they met: We lived in the same dorm Freshman year
What attracted him to her: everything about her, from her big brown eyes and beautiful features to her smart sense of humor and big heart.
What attracted her to him: His attentiveness and ability to make me feel like I was the only person in the room.  He’s pretty funny, oh and hot too.
Engagement story: We drove up the coast of California from Venice to Portland Oregon over Thanksgiving break, as we made many stops along the way we stopped in Big Sur.  The day weather was crystal clear, the water a gorgeous blue and as we sat on the bluffs Garrett said “I know what I want for my birthday, I want you to be my wife”, to which I turned around and he had this gorgeous ring sitting there for me.  It was perfect!

The Wedding Day
Wedding date: February 27, 2010
Number of Guests: 96
Her most memorable moment: When Garrett gave a speech at the rehearsal dinner, it was so touching I couldn’t stop crying, and when I first saw him standing at the alter waiting for me and having my Father, Daughter dance, it was so lovely.
His most memorable moment: When I was waiting for you at the alter.  That was pretty memorable. Or during the rehearsal dinner when we were all giving speeches and crying. Advice to others: After all the planning just go with it, let things fall where they may, remember each moment and take time to look around the room.
Wedding song: It Had to Be You
Fave wedding detail: the beachside wedding setup, my bouquets, the cocktail hour around the outside bar.
Signature Drink: Correlejo Tequila
Most unexpected moment: When my entire family let loose and had just the most amazing time.
Honeymoon: Kaua’i, Hawi’i
The day in three words: Best Wedding Ever!

Wedding Info:
Ceremony location: Beachside at the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda
Reception location: Open air restaurant at the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda
Bridal gown: Sophia Tolle
Bridal party attire: Bridesmaids – Navy Blue dresses, Grooms – Tan suits
Groom’s outfit: Paul Smith Navy Blue suit
Favours: Open heart wine stoppers
Music: 3 string quartet, mariachi band & DJ
Flowers: yellow and white

Fun Stuff
Type of Ring: Garrett – gold, matte thick band, Raeann – pave, diamond band
Wedding Colors: Navy, hot pink, yellow
Bride’s Shoes: Nothing special we had a barefoot wedding
What was borrowed? My Nana’s hankerchief
What was new? My Mom gave me diamond drop earrings
What was blue? the bustle string to my dress was blue
What did you put in gift bags?: We put our gifts in monogrammed cotton bags and included Lei’s, candy, water, Tylenol, hand wipes, pens, snacks.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH LUXE DESTINATION WEDDINGS: Amanda Brown did a fabulous job making sure all the guests were accounted for with travel and accommodations. Rebecca is the cutest wedding coordinator I’ve ever met, fell in love with her and she is now one of my friends I keep in touch with from time to time.  I’m trying to get her to come visit us in Los Angeles.


  1. Aunt Bev says:

    The best desination wedding ever!

  2. Unk Ken & Aunt Donna says:

    Hi to both of you:

    What a neat critique LUXE did for you both – sorta’ like doing the whole wedding thing a 2nd time…enjoyed it a ton…love to both…k & d

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