Let’s take a little visit down to Tulum, Mexico for the wedding of Natalie and Daniel, shall we? The beautiful couple wanted their big day to feel like not just a wedding but also a vacation in itself, so a destination trip was a must-have. Add on the talents of Nicole Berrett Photography and Destination Weddings Tulum, and you’ve got this stunning wedding to remember!
From the bride, Natalie: On our wedding day we envisioned a very relaxed atmosphere where our guests mostly felt as though they were on vacation and there happened to also be a good friend’s wedding happening at the same time. Over the years, Daniel and I attended many weddings and throughout those experiences we were really able to hone in on what was important to us. We concluded that our focus for our wedding was for it to be intimate, stress-free, and memorable.
I really did not focus on a particular color scheme; I wanted the elements of our wedding to complement the essence of Tulum. On one side, you have the beautiful blues of the ocean and right across the road there is a dense and enchanting jungle full of gorgeous greenery. I really wanted to use natural tones that would reflect the myriad of colors in Tulum.
I work for a Marketing and Promotional Products company so I took care of designing and ordering all of my own welcome bags, koozies, and even hand held flashlights imprinted with our hashtag (Tulum gets dark at night!). What Daniel and I had not originally planned for was to give out gifts to our guests at the wedding. On the day of the wedding to my utter delight, I found out that my wonderful and thoughtful Mom had contacted the owner of my company to create beautiful glass sand globes that were customized with our Names, wedding date and photos for our guests to always remember the occasion.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Ultimately and above ALL else, do what YOU want to do for your wedding. Go with your heart! We saw the big picture early on as to how we wanted the weekend to go, and from there we simply had to cultivate the details. If both the bride and groom’s mindsets are in line, everything will fall into place as it should. Enjoy each and every moment of the planning phase and the day, because it is over in a blink of an eye. Try to take in as many moments as you possibly can!
For the wedding, we had a Spanish guitarist playing different Spanish melodies as our guests arrived.
Family Processional: “Somos Novias”
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional “Isn’t She Lovely,” Stevie Wonder
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Father/Daughter Dance: “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone,” Aretha Franklin
A seemingly odd choice, but I chose “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone,” Aretha Franklin for my dance with my Dad. This is a song that he has sung over the years since I was a little girl and it was sentimental to me. Plus, it’s upbeat and we wanted to get the party started! We danced to the beginning and then Daniel and his mother came in too!