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Wedding Wednesday

Megan + Sean
Playa Mujeres, Mexico

Megan & Sean met at work – they are lawyers at the same firm in New York City. They share a dry sense of humor that kept us laughing throughout the planning process. We love that Megan was always pushing the envelope of tradition – starting with her direction to Sean that the engagement ring should NOT be a diamond ring. Sean did a great job finding an amazing sapphire ring at an auction. And how could we not love a couple who wants to get married on the beach in Mexico?! Add in a mom that loves to host parties and could be an event planner herself, and you have the perfect recipe for a wedding weekend that guests will be talking about for years to come!

Megan’s top priority was finding the perfect, most picturesque venue – in the open air with a view of the water. She also wanted it to be FUN – with a great band, big dance floor, and free-flowing alcohol. After a two-day site visit during which we scoured every location on the Riviera Maya that could accommodate a 250-person wedding, we found the perfect location at a private villa in Playa Mujeres, north of Cancun.

Megan and Sean’s friend, Lucy, an assistant DA in New York and a natural public speaker, performed the ceremony. She was decked out with a floral lei and delivered a very personal and moving ceremony. The readings – chosen by the readers – were poignant and touching. One of our favorites was from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis Bernieres.

Megan’s family has adopted the Kir Royale as their official specialty drink; it is a staple at all family gatherings. So naturally, guests were greeted with a one as they arrived for the beach ceremony. The menu for the evening was elegant & multicultural, but with a definite Mexican influence. The hit of the cocktail hour was the traditional Spanish Ajo Blanco, a cold soup made with almonds and garlic, though the mini spoons with chicken mole poblano were also tasty. Stations included a ceviche station, a grilled fish “Tickin Xic” – the traditional Mayan preparation, and a beach BBQ station with whole roasted pork.

The wedding décor was elegant with a festive flair. Using floral that was native to the area was a very big priority. We chose a crinkle taffeta linen in light aquamarine and had bamboo woven chairs with saffron cushions, which complemented the saffron napkins. Tables were named after wedding and “fun” terms…all in Spanish. Boda, Cerveza and Fiesta. All stationery was brought with us from Austin and featured a unifying theme that was carried from invite to wedding day collateral. The escort card display was one of the most adventurous we have ever designed and executed. Guests had to walk a small bridge over the pool to a palapa in the center of the water. We covered the existing concrete table with sand and placed the cards in the sand. A huge and gorgeous tropical arrangement adorned the center of the table.

Megan and Sean’s guests had the most amazing night. The dance floor stayed packed and everyone loved the Mexican cover band. Toasts were some of the best we have ever heard, pulling your heartstrings yet making you laugh hysterically. Everyone loves this couple, their spirit is infectious and it is impossible to not have the time of your life when you are in their presence!

The night ended the with “New York, New York”, the signal to their friends that it was time to leave for the after-party back at the hotel bar. Megan and Sean stayed behind to spend their wedding night in the romantic villa. Not being ones to head straight to bed, they raided their dessert buffet and enjoyed tons of Mexican sweets.

Megan and Sean – thank you for including us in such a fun and special celebration of the two of you. We don’t know what we will remember more – the location, your families, or your friends! It was all amazing! We had the best time and wish you both nothing but the best!!! Megan y Sean por vida 😉

Photography Courtesy of Jennifer Lindberg Weddings

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