Jenn & Matt’s Intimate DIY Riviera Maya Wedding
Today I am taking you to Mexico to witness a beautiful intimate wedding with lots of creative non-traditional details that took place amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Riviera Maya beachfront.
Meet handsome couple Jenn & Matt. We have the fabulous destination wedding photographer Citlalli Rico Photography to thank for the drop-dead-gorgeous images on this page. I did a feature on Citla and her amazing work a while back so I’m happy to be able to showcase her photos through this lovely wedding today! Here they are without further ado…
The colors of this wedding are a refreshing mix of aqua, blue, and light green which I thought went perfectly with the scenic backdrop!
Loving everything so far? Aren’t the photos just stunning? So is the bride and she’s here to tell us more about herself and Matt:
My name is Jenn. I just started running my own business as a family portrait photographer before the wedding. It’s a slow start (as so much has happened in our first months of marriage) but it’s a huge passion of mine that I will continue to pursue. I also work with children aged 3-8 in a daycare program and love every minute of that. My husband Matt is a Geological Engineer. The company he works for is one of the largest in the world, and he often travels to exotic places like South America and Africa. Perhaps one day we might move to one of these places so he can continue his experience in a different country. What an adventure that would be!
I absolutely adore how Matt’s tie perfectly matches Jenn’s gown’s light green underskirt. Her aunt made her dress for her, by the way!
And aren’t those green & blue felt flower / button bouquets darling? The bridesmaid’s breezy two-tone infinity dresses look amazing against the scenery too!
What a lovely thing to have that pocket of beach all to themselves! Jenn’s back to tell us more about the day:
The wedding day itself was magical. The sun came out, just as the ceremony started and it truly felt like the heavens were shining down on us. The weather was perfection and the natural backdrop was breathtaking with the white sands and blue water. I can’t even explain how beautiful the sunset and the light was, it was something out of a romance movie. It was just beautiful.
We had our wedding on 11.11.11 so we’ll forever have our anniversary on a holiday, which is pretty spectacular and my hubby will never forget what day it is! Haha. It was simple, sweet and small. Having a destination wedding was perfect for us because we didn’t have to worry about all the little details of flowers, and cakes, and decorations. We could truly enjoy the day and not stress about all the little things! A destination wedding seemed to fit our relationship and personalities so well. We are both very easy-going people (Matt especially) and we loved the idea of something simple and carefree. We are an adventurous couple, and you will always find us doing fun things, planning fun parties, trying new things and getting out there! So it was an easy choice to extend our one special day to an entire week at an all inclusive resort with all our close family and friends.
Jenn shares how they made their wedding uniquely theirs:
Matt and I always agreed that music was an important part of the celebration. Many weddings we’ve gone to, the music was tacky and annoying. We made a playlist of all our favourite songs and made a promise we wouldn’t play the “ymca” song, or the “Macarena” !! As for the location of the wedding, we chose to go to an entirely different resort which was ecluded and romantically private. (Besides the guy in the speedo on the rock, there were very few people around) . I made a few little creative projects like the programs made into fans and wedding favour button hearts because I’m a creative person but we tried to keep it as simple as possible.
Some advice for couples who are thinking of having a destination wedding:
I would say to future couples considering a destination wedding — DO IT! It was the best decision we made. We have a week full of memories that we will cherish for a long time. It’s not often you get to go on a vacation with so many people you love at once. Also, don’t get caught up in the details of the wedding day. It will all work out, how it’s supposed to! Even if the bows on the chairs are the wrong color or one of the flower girls spill bubble juice all over their new dress! (This happened!) In the end, what matters is that you are expressing your love for your future spouse and making a lifetime loving commitment to him/her in the most beautiful setting.
We also didn’t really have any vendors. The resorts do most of that for you and we also chose not to add flowers or any decorations because we wanted to keep the simple theme of the beach and surroundings as our decorations. We stayed at the Azul Sensatori Resort, and married at the El Dorado Maroma Resort. Because I am a photographer, we spent most of our small budget on Claudia Photo with Citalli! My aunt made my dress, and we did our own music.
Thank you so much to Citla for sharing her gorgeous images with us, and congratulations to Jenn and Matt! Thank you for allowing us a peek in to your beautiful wedding day!
Photographer: Citlalli Rico Photography
Venue: El Dorado Maroma Resort (Riviera Maya, Mexico)
Hotel: Azul Sensatori Resort
Bride’s Dress: made by her aunt
Bouquets: Really Bad Kitty (etsy)
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