January 8, 2016
Before Dillon & I were engaged we knew we wanted a Mexico destination wedding. We are both beach people, we love the ocean, humidity and heat, palm trees, and exotic locations. We’ve been to this area of Mexico, the Riviera Maya 3 times before together and we love it there. The climate is just perfect, the people are so nice, and the beaches are beautiful. It was an easy decision to make to have our wedding in Mexico.
Deciding what resort we should have our Mexico destination wedding at wasn’t quite as easy! We probably looked at over 100 while deciding! There are just so many options!! Finally, after a few months of searching we landed on the Occidental Xcaret Destination Resort outside of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We chose this resort for a lot of reasons, but mostly because we loved the jungle feel of the place. It’s not your typical Mexican resort, it doesn’t have a long endless beach because of the area it’s in, which we were willing to sacrifice because of how unique this place really is. And we were not disappointed! Right away when we stepped into the lobby we were blown away. The lobby is gorgeous, huge tall ceilings with a large pond and fountain in the middle. The lobby is open to the environment and you can see huge green trees the second you walk inside. It’s stunning!
Our favorite thing about our Occidental Xcaret Destination wedding was the scenery at the resort. We loved the jungle atmosphere and seeing so many animals, every day! We saw a TON of coatis, deer, monkeys, lots of beautiful birds, tons of lizards and iguanas, and capybaras. One of the main reasons we picked this resort was because of all the animals! We saw some everyday, and it was incredible! I’ll do a post soon of some of our vacation photos so you can see!
The wedding itself was a hands down perfect day. Nothing went wrong. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and seen all kinds of disasters, so I was ready for that, but it didn’t happen. I remember walking around the bend in our ceremony and seeing the setting sun covered by a gorgeous cloud, making just the perfect backdrop. It started sprinkling just a little during the ceremony, but that just added to the magic! My wedding day was everything that I ever dreamed it would be, and the best day of my life.
My favorite moment of the whole day, if I had to choose just one, would be our first dance. Surrounded by all of our closest family and friends, hearing the ocean waves crash in the background, dancing in the arms of the man I love I have never felt so happy.
I have to, of course, give the world’s biggest thank you to our photographers, Corrie from Corrie B Photography along with her husband Nik who captured our Occidental Xcaret Destination wedding perfectly. We have so many stunning photos that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. THANK YOU!!!!
And also, thank you SO much to all of our wonderful family & friends for making this journey with us. We were honored to have you as part of our wedding day, and it wouldn’t have been the same without you!
Oh, and I’m not even going to apologize for how long this post is! ;)
Here’s some information on my amazing vendors!
Photographer – Corrie B Photography
Dress: The Bridal Collection – Designer: Enzoani
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Connection
Hair – The Salon @ The Occidental Grand Xcaret
Wedding Coordination: Luz from The Occidental Grand Xcaret