You know you’ve met your soulmate when you both start planning your barefoot beach wedding on the first date! That’s how the story goes for Abby & Jeff who would make that dream come true on the shores of Cancun, Mexico. I’m seriously swooning over every detail of this wedding – from the royal blue color palette to the breathtaking chuppah, which came complete with a chandelier! The couple followed up their wedding with a trash the dress photo shoot in a cenote. And those photos are nothing short of spectacular! I could go on and on but I’ll let the photos and the bride speak for themselves! A huge thank you goes out to Dekker Photography for capturing and sharing all the details of this lovely barefoot beach wedding. Enjoy!
The Bride shares the story behind their barefoot beach wedding:
Why did you decide to have a barefoot beach wedding in Cancun?
Jeff and I planned our beach wedding on our first date! It turned out that we both had always had a dream of getting married barefoot on the beach. The conversation came up on our first date and everything was perfectly aligned from the very beginning.
Tell us about the décor
Before planning we knew we wanted to get married right on the beach with a simple yet elegant setup. As for the dinner, I was thinking a structure with lights but didn’t know much more about what options were available. Our main color was Royal blue, but we had touches of blush and gold. I knew I wanted to do a rustic vintage chic vibe. We couldn’t decide if I wanted to do lanterns or chandeliers, so we did them both! I wanted something simple yet classy so I went with Mexican Calla lilies for the bride and bridesmaid bouquet. Because I wanted the Chuppah where we were getting married to be full of flowers, I went with subtle blush and cream colors so as to not distract from the beautiful chandelier and setting.
Did you give out bridal party gifts and welcome bags?
We wanted something special to thank our bridal party for all their hard work, so for the Bridesmaids I did Yeti Tumblers with custom engraving from Mile High Engravers and silk robes from Etsy. Jeff did Artic Tumblers with custom engraving for the groomsman. Since we were in Mexico the party favors were easy to decide on. We created custom shot glasses and added a little bottle of tequila, a lime, and salt. We also added custom koozies, lip balm with SPF, small bottle of 30 SPF, hand sanitizer, and an itinerary of the events.
Tell us all about the dress for your barefoot beach wedding!
As soon as I put my dress on for the first time I knew it was the one. It was sexy, strapless, and ruffles on the train for days. Since the train had so many layers to it I decided to alter it and have it zip off after the ceremony and photos. This way it was easier to bustle for dinner and dancing.
What was the most memorable moment of your beach wedding in Cancun?
My favorite moment of the day was seeing Jeff for the first time. You are never prepared for how you will feel in that moment. Leading up to the wedding I was 100% confident I was not going to cry. When I came down the aisle, he saw me and teared up which made it impossible for me not to.
And your favorite detail?
My favorite detail of the wedding had to be all of the chandeliers. They also made great backgrounds for photos!
What’s your advice to other couples planning a destination wedding?
The most important thing I could say to future brides is, try not to stress too much. Getting married in Mexico is a little more difficult because everyone is on “beach time”. I wasn’t able to communicate with my coordinator over phone, just email. I thought that I wasn’t well prepared, but when it came down to the day, everything turned out perfect!
Photographer: Dekker Photography
Dress Designer: Calla Blanche
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Cubavera
Hair Stylist: D. Brooke Salon
Venue: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa
Veils and headpieces: Love Veils & Accessories
Invitation Designer: Minted
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