Mexico does it again! What an ideal destination for gorgeous beach weddings. Dominique and Terrence hosted over 100 of their closest friends and family for their Destination Wedding at Generations Resort in beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico. Their ceremony venue boasts an incredible view of the coastline, that served as the perfect backdrop as these two said, “I do.” You can tell just by the photos that Dominique and Terrence are an incredibly fun and vibrant couple! I love their choice of fuchsia and cobalt for the attire – everyone’s look pops against the crisp, aqua ocean waters.
You might think that you’ll lose a little of yourself by hosting your wedding somewhere far away from home… but this couple proves that you don’t have to! I love how unique and personalized they made every detail from the custom aisle runner to the insanely fun 3D cake topper of themselves. But nothing moved me more than the ways Dominique incorporated her mother’s memory. She combined a few charms and photos into her bouquet and dedicated a reserved seat to represent her mother.
They then brought their guests indoors for the party – and I love that they were able to fly their favorite DJ in to make sure their Haitian culture was truly celebrated through music. I always tell couples: it’s YOUR day, do it YOUR way… and these two truly lived that! A huge shout out goes to Kesha Lambert for capturing all the details and sharing it with us!
Q&A with the Bride
Why did you choose to have a destination wedding at Generations Resort Riviera Maya?
We wanted a family oriented resort but one that also had adult-only options. We also didn’t want a resort that treated weddings like an assembly line, so I looked for a resort that didn’t do more than 2 weddings per day. Cost and flight accessibility was important to us as we had family and friends traveling from different locations. It was important for them to be there so we wanted to make sure it would be cost effective for them to travel.
How many people attended your destination wedding at Generations Resort?
What was your destination wedding theme?
Classic and chic. My husband and I always make a statement with just our presence. We don’t need to speak but our presence is always classic but done in style!
What were your sources of inspiration when choosing your colors, flowers, cake, etc..?
Our colors were fuschia pink and cobalt blue. Pink is my favorite color and blue is one of my husband’s favorite colors. We wanted vibrant and bright colors since we were getting married in Mexico. We wanted it to be fun but with a sense of style, sophistication and maturity.
Was there something unique or special that you incorporated into your wedding décor?
Our cake topper was a 3D figure of my husband and I. We thought that was different and fun. We also had a custom fuschia runner that had our hashtag #LiveLoveSupplice. I also wanted to honor my mom. She passed away from throat cancer when I was 5, so I had a charm made with pictures of my mom which I attached to my bouquet. I also had a dedicated seat with a reserved sign at the ceremony for my mom. We also decided to fly in our own DJ, photographer, and videographer. We were familiar with their work and didn’t want to chance using local vendors from Mexico.
What was your favorite wedding detail and why?
My favorite wedding detail was our cake topper because it added a fun aspect to our cake. I was tired of seeing the same wedding cakes with flowers on them.
Was there any tradition that you skipped or a tradition that you put a “destination wedding” spin on?
We didn’t do the “first look” because I felt like it would have taken away from the whole first moment of seeing each other at the altar.
What was the most memorable to happen on your wedding day?
My brother’s luggage was lost and didn’t arrive in time so he only had his groomsmen suit but his shoes were in his luggage. He stood at the altar in his sneakers and after the ceremony, he took them off and stayed barefoot for the remainder of the night. Another memorable moment was being walked down the aisle by my 2 sons by my side.
What was your favorite part of having a destination wedding?
My favorite part was having most of my family and friends share our special day but celebrate it with us for a few days! Our wedding was not just for 5 hours it was for a few days. Having everyone at one place at the same time is an overwhelming blessing and we were just overcome with emotion.
What was the biggest challenge in planning your destination wedding?
The biggest challenge was the planning since I couldn’t just drive to the venue. Everything had to be done via email and over the phone so that was frustrating at times. If something popped in my head, I couldn’t just get an immediate answer. I had to wait and sometimes I had to send follow-up emails. The other challenge was reserving the accommodations for my older guests as they’re an older generation so they couldn’t book it for themselves.
What’s your advice to other couples planning a destination wedding at Generations Resort Riviera Maya?
Our advice is to plan early! Early planning allows your guests time to budget their finances and it allows you time to incorporate everything you want in your wedding. There are a lot of details that you need to consider which you wouldn’t have to if you having a local wedding which can impact your budget. For example, music. We’re Haitian so we knew we had to fly our own DJ in because we had to have Haitian music (kompa) at our reception. So that’s an extra cost because you have to pay for their accommodations. Resorts don’t allow outside vendors, so make sure you ask them what their policies are. Our resort required the vendors to stay the minimum hotel stay as other guests in order to avoid the vendor fees that they charged.
Also, remind guests that it’s important for them to book at the same hotel where the wedding will be taking place because some of my guests decided to stay off the resort because they found cheaper rates, but were required to pay a day pass fee to attend the wedding. Also, since they’re staying off the resort they’ll miss spending time with you and taking part of the pre and post wedding activities.
Photographer: Kesha Lambert Photography
Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander
Groom’s Attire: ISAIA
Bridesmaids Attire: White Runway
Venue: Generations Resort Riviera Maya
Bridal Shoes: Sophia Webster
Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo