I recently had the pleasure of attending a destination wedding in sunny, Puerto Morelos Mexico.

This coastal fishing village is ideal for a couple looking for fabulous weather and Mexican culture without being overwhelmed by the busy tourist areas in Cancun and Riviera Maya.

The luxurious Now Jade Resort hosted the event and provided excellent service leading up to and the day of the wedding. It was easy to see why this hotel is popular with couples internationally. They coordinate up to 5 weddings a day, yet each event is treated with immense privacy that you would not realize the neighbouring weddings other than catching a glimpse of a bridal party scattered around the property.

The wedding party spent the morning preparing for the days event while the guests lounged on the beach or poolside and waited in anticipation. Quite the opposite approach to being a wedding guest at home, where you juggle hair appointments, running out to pick up last minute dry cleaning and battling traffic. The expectations of a destination guest on the day of the wedding is to simply, show up.

The evening was approaching and hotel guests retreated back to their rooms, we tucked away the swimsuits for the day and changed into our finest attire. Guests met for pre-ceremony cocktails and waited for the arrival of the wedding party. We were escorted to the beach lookout point, one of the many ceremony locations at the resort. A brass band provided prelude music while guests took their seats and a draped alter adorned with white and yellow flowers was overlooking the Caribbean Sea at sunset.

The bridesmaids wore soft yellow chiffon gowns that flowed in the ocean air and held matching yellow bouquets with pops of blue. The Groomsmen wore linen pants and classic white collared shirts to compliment the tropical setting.

The bride Nicole was stunning in a Maggie Sottero gown and customized Christian Siriano shoes that were accented with a starfish and pearls. The bride paid homage to her grandmother who requested she wore her vintage pearl necklace on her wedding day before she had passed. It was her something old and something borrowed and her soon to be husband would be her something new.

Cocktail hour treated guests to traditional Mexican culinary delights and colour complimenting frozen Blue Hawaiian signature drinks. A four-course sit-down dinner followed and the dishes included fresh seafood, produce and a beef filet worthy of 5-star cuisine.

Friends and family that had traveled from Ontario and British Columbia toasted champagne and danced the night away with the newlyweds.

After a day of rest, the couple took advantage of the Yucatan Peninsula landscape and left the resort for a Trash the Dress session at a local cenote. If you have never seen one of these wonders, they are a natural sinkhole that exposes groundwater. They are a picturesque part of mother nature and Nicole and Jason were lucky enough to have a private session to capture these intimate photographs. The results are striking! The secluded marsh in the rainforest to the underwater images in the freshwater pools, the cenote would have created some much-needed downtown time for the couple in one of the most magical settings in the world.

Are you thinking of having a destination wedding outside of Ontario? Comment and let us know, we would love to hear it!

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