Elisabeth & Kelly’s Riviera Maya Wedding
Your Riviera Maya wedding is your opportunity to get creative. How many details do you need? Are you getting your hands on some “DIY” projects? Colors, textures, flowers, anything can help to personalize your wedding style, to reflect your personality. At Elisabeth & Kelly’s destination wedding, we got to see a lot of fun, cute details! They really put a good effort choosing them. We wanted to share the pictures of their beautiful celebration and they told us their story:
Same Friends, Same Major
“Kelly and I both grew up in suburbs of Dallas/Ft Worth. We are both very close with our families and value the time we are able to spend with them. We both attended Texas Tech University, but surprisingly never met while we were in school, even though we had tons of mutual friends and the same major! We met in Dallas in 2012, while we were out celebrating our mutual friend, Alexa’s birthday. After her birthday dinner, we all went to a popular bar close by. Towards the end of the night, Alexa and I were about to head home when Kelly invited us to have one more celebratory drink at another bar. We started dating a few weeks later, and the rest is history!”
“The night before Thanksgiving in 2015, Kelly asked if I wanted to go to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Highland Park Village. Kelly knows how obsessed I am with the millions of Christmas lights that line the trees in this pretty little shopping center so he suggested we walk around and take pictures before dinner. I was so excited that I didn’t notice any sign of him being nervous. As we were walking around, I noticed the marquee on the theater said: ‘COMING SOON, WEDDING BELLS, KELLY AND E’. I was shocked and completely taken by surprise. I turned around and Kelly was on his knee with the most perfect diamond ring, and he asked me to marry him. Of course I said YES! He even had one of his friends, who is a photographer, hiding out close by taking pictures of the entire proposal. It was truly a magical evening that I will never forget!”
Spectacular Riviera Maya Wedding
“It has always been me and Kelly’s dream to get married on the beach, so we made it happen!
Every single moment was absolutely spectacular, but the most memorable moment for me was when me and my dad emerged from the bushes during our walk down the aisle, and I saw Kelly waiting for me at the altar, surrounded by our closest friends and family, with the waves crashing behind him and the bright blue, clear sky above us. It was a moment that I wish I could relive a thousand times!”
Memorable First Dance
“Kelly and I were so lucky to have 60 people at the Valentin celebrating with us. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect wedding weekend! The most memorable moment of our reception was our first dance, especially when the sparklers went off behind us! It was amazing!”
“One of the most important details at the reception was our custom cake topper. My grandfather, who wasn’t able to make the trip, made it by hand out of wood. And then I painted and glittered it! Gorgeous! The cake topper is now a permanent decoration in our kitchen, and we enjoy looking at it every day. We brought 3 large suitcases full of items! Our welcome gifts were custom fanny packs stuffed with a welcome note/itinerary card, a pair of custom sunglasses with our hashtag, two custom koozies, spf chapstick and bandaids, just in case!
We also brought several signs for the welcome tables, black and gold escort cards, gold glitter table numbers and votive candles, a custom gold glitter cake topper saying MR & MRS MASSAD, gold chair signs, menu cards, gold ribbon to tie the dinner napkins into bows, etc. I also made our guest book online using our engagement photos – our guests loved it!
Another thing that our guests were crazy about were the 8 giant pool floats in fun shapes like pizza slices, donuts, swans, etc! Too cool! And they made our pool party pictures even better!”
“The online gallery link is very convenient. I only wish the photos were numbered in order to make it easier to communicate with our families about specific photos. Our videographer was amazing, too! She captured so many special moments and composed them all into the most incredible video for us. And even surprised us at the end of the video with well-wishes from several of our guests. We had no idea! We are in love with all of the photos from our couple’s session right after the ceremony. The sun was setting just perfectly, so we have several beautiful photos with the light flares from the sun – my favorite!”
Our Dream Wedding
“I was very worried about getting through customs in the Cancun airport with 3 large suitcases full of welcome gift items, decorations, props, pool floats, etc. I did a lot of research prior to our trip and read many blog posts from bride’s who recommended to bring an “inventory list” of all of the items, showing the total value, along with receipts for everything.
I was as prepared as I could be, but we still encountered a little trouble. Our bags were searched one by one, and the customs agent was questioning why we were bringing all of the merchandise with us. We explained that we were getting married that weekend, and that most of the items are gifts for our 60 wedding guests. He said ok, but then explained that typically they don’t allow you to travel with more than $500 per person of gifts/merchandise, without paying a $500 tax per person. We apologized and he eventually sent us on our way, thankfully.
My advice for destination-brides-to-be would be to make sure that each bag has no more than $500 worth of merchandise each, and ask a few of your family members or friends to each carry one of the bags on their ticket. That way you won’t be questioned like we were. And don’t forget the inventory lists! Don’t settle for less than what you have always dreamed for your wedding. And always negotiate for what you really want. Because after it’s all over, I guarantee that you’ll look back on every little detail and think it was all worth it. I know I did!”
Wedding planner: Leslie Robledo, at the Valentin. She was unbelievable!
Hair: My mother-in-law, Laurene Massad, is the most fabulous hair stylist!
Make up: My sister-in-law, Christina Massad, made me feel like the prettiest princess!
Officiant: One of my husband’s closest friends from college, Marshall Morton.
Music: Provided by the Valentin.
Videographer: Evelina Pasquotti.
DJ: Provided by the Valentin.
Wedding gown: Custom, hand-beaded gown, by Mori Lee.
Bridesmaids dresses: All of my bridesmaids had their own unique style of dress. The unifying factor was that they were all black lace and cocktail length.
Congratulations Elisabeth & Kelly on your beautiful Riviera Maya wedding, we loved being part of your special day!