A Wedding Planner’s Riviera Maya Wedding

Vanessa and Robert came to the Mayan Riviera for Vanessa’s sister’s Mexico wedding seven years ago and fell in love with the area. Seven years later, it seemed only fitting for these high school sweethearts to come back here from England to say their own vows. On an April day in front of 25 of their closest family and friends, they tied the knot in the secluded Garden Gazebo of the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort.

Together with the team from Palladium and their coordinator, Nidia Paredes Herrera, I think they managed to put together something spectacular in the classic colors of cream and silver with a touch of coral. Everything for this grand palladium riviera maya wedding was planned meticulously down to the smallest details, from the beautiful gifts for the bridesmaids, to the sun-station for guests and so many other personal touches throughout the day. It was impossible to count all the details or to do them justice here.

The day started off slightly overcast and around lunch time there were a few splatters of rain, but in true Mayan Riviera style, the sun came out and shone brightly from about an hour before the start of the couple’s wedding and throughout the rest of the day.

Vanessa, an elegant brunette, wore a spectacular ball gown dress with a full skirt of flowing chiffon, a beaded bodice and a long veil. It was a contemporary twist on a very traditional look and, I think, with her half-up hair and bouquet of cream roses, it was utterly timeless. The bride was accompanied by her sisters, soon-to-be sister-in-law and best friend, each looking statuesque in pale coral, empire waist dresses. I have to say, I personally love long bridesmaids dresses – it adds uniformity to the bridal party’s look and makes everything look more much more put together. The ladies’ makeup and hair were done by the amazing team from Styling Trio and, as usual, they did a truly excellent job – everyone looked flawless.

Robert and his groomsmen braved the heat in pale grey suits, vests and grey silk ties which highlighted the coral of the bridesmaids’ dresses. The page boy, Zack, semi-stole the show with his mandarin orange collared shirt, deck shoes and khaki shorts. He preceded Vanessa down the aisle with a sign that read “Uncle Robert here comes your bride!”

After the ceremony there was a cocktail hour, some group and family photos and then, once the sun had gone down a little, I took the bridal party and couple along the beach for some more intimate shots. The reception took place in the Portofino Restaurant where tables and chairs were garlanded in evergreens and cream lilies and roses decorated the tables.

This was a truly magical, exceptionally besoke Mexico wedding with great thought put into every detail. For example, Karen, Vanessa’s mother, arranged a surprise for the bride. Since the couple didn’t have a flower girl, my daughter Isabella arrived as a surprise when Vanessa was getting ready to throw petals along the aisle before the bridal party. Karen managed to smuggle a beautiful bridesmaids dress and accessories from England and hide them away until the wedding. As a bonus, Isabella got to go to work with daddy (me) for the first time! The tradition of having young bridesmaids and page boys at weddings in England goes back centuries and they are meant to represent the future children of the couple.

Dean Sanderson


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