Gorgeous Destination Beach Wedding

A gorgeous couple, a ceremony on the beach and a picture perfect day! Payton and Matthew had a breathtaking destination beach wedding at Valentin Imperial Maya. From the photos, it is easy to see that there was not a dry eye in the house.


Here is more about their special day in Payton's own words:

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? 
When we initially got engaged, we had planned the ordinary over-the-top lavish affair at a beautiful metro Detroit venue close to home.  It wasn't until my mother, unfortunately, had passed away unexpectedly a year prior to our wedding that I had to put the pause on the wedding plans.  After just a few weeks, I realized there was no way I could commit to planning a large and very time-consuming celebration — it was all too stressful and overwhelming taking into consideration the tribulations we were already facing.   I did some research on the destination wedding idea and contemplated pulling something like this off with only our closest friends and family.  Once we were all on board, it was full speed ahead and much to my delight, full speed ahead was for the majority, a keyboard and a strong wifi connection as the peak of my “wedding planning” was answering my coordinator and photography company's questions.  It was awesome.  I wanted our wedding to represent one thing: love. I wanted to have the closest people in our lives and the two of us somewhere where we could all make memories together in the ultimate celebration of our love story. As far as style and decor, I wanted a light and romantic feel with lots of white to contrast with the beautiful colorful scenery around us and I wanted to incorporate pops of gold and hints of blush. Matt's favorite color is pink and so we wanted a bit of the groom's flair incorporated as well and what better summer color than blush! We essentially went for a classic and timeless vintage look mixed with a modern-day tropical fairy tale vibe.

Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? 
As far as decor, I had visions of what I wanted but it was Etsy that ended up being the real MVP as the vendors on their site are far creative than I could ever dream to be and although there is something to be said for personalizing… for me, convenience is nearly priceless and I was so impressed with the selection and variety and the great customer service their site provides through its sellers.

What were the florals like in your wedding? 
I've always been a flower girl.  I just love bringing something fresh and beautiful into a space and a pop of color never hurts.  Whether it's receiving a surprise bouquet delivery at the office, coming home to freshly picked flowers or driving by and seeing wild ones in the distance, they've always managed to put a huge smile on my face.  I wanted to go big with floral and we incorporated it in several parts of our wedding including a rose petal aisle, large floral centerpieces throughout the reception, and an entrance floral arrangement for our ceremony which ended up making a beautiful statement and carried over into our reception for each side of our sweetheart table.

Did you personalize the day in any way? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
One of the favorite things about our relationship has always been our similar tastes in music which varies all the way from screamo to country to gangster rap to the old school classics.  One of the best parts of the wedding is every single song represented us in some way or another and the best part is everyone else enjoyed them and was out there breaking it down to our personalized playlist too!

Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? 
The very last package my mom had sent to me before she passed away was a beautiful pearl necklace my grandmother on my father's side had passed down to her.  She always wanted me to have them and I knew it was something that was special so I wanted to wear them on my wedding day.  It was this necklace that I realize now looking back that sparked the inspiration behind the whole look — my dress was a beautiful Maggie Sottero ball gown with Swarovski crystal beading and tiny pearls were sewn throughout, tying into the necklace.  At my bridal shower, I was surprised with gorgeous Pearl earrings from the groom's mother and my “something borrowed” was the pearl bracelet the groom's sister lent to me that she wore in her wedding.  Each piece complimented the other so well and I couldn't have been more thrilled to represent such important women in my life as I walked down the aisle. The groom went with a classic, timeless and vintage look with a slim fit black Vera Wang Tuxedo.  Since it was a summer wedding in Mexico, we ditched the extra layer of vests and instead opted for the suspenders.  This worked out great because once the jackets were removed and the sleeves were rolled up, they took on a whole new look, making the variety of photos even better.

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The most important and anticipated moment of the wedding day was seeing each other for the first time.  We are kind of traditional in that we both wanted our first time seeing each other to be down the aisle.  We couldn't take our eyes off of each other the entire time!

Venue: Valentin Imperial Maya
Photographer: WeddingDayStory


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