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Hacienda del Mar Garden Wedding – Michele and Tim

“Do exactly what you want, and have fun.  It’s your wedding day and you only have one. Do it exactly as you want even if it’s not what is expected!” – Michelle + Tim

“We knew we wanted to do a destination with close family and friends and Mexico seemed like the perfect place. The thought of a large local wedding was not appealing to us.”

“Tim is an expert on researching and google searches.  He started our search for a ‘Caribbean Villa’ and we knew we wanted to keep the entire celebration as intimate as possible.  We considered an all-inclusive resort more like a wedding factory. A single resort could have multiple weddings on the same day just feet apart on the beach. We wanted all of our guests to be together and not be distracted by other vacationers at all inclusive resort.”

“We liked the idea of our wedding being “ours.”  

“When we saw pictures of Hacienda del Mar and Hacienda Corazon we fell in love with the lawns and gardens.  We knew we wanted a beach wedding, but liked the idea of having other backdrops as an option as well.  We fell in love with the two front gardens and thought the front steps would be a great place to have our ceremony.  The gardens won over the beach because we thought the beach was too narrow to fit everyone comfortably.”

“We had pictures of Maddie, our dog as our table numbers and printed on a bag which was a gift from Michele’s sister and hung beside our wedding ceremony.  Maddie’s like our fur daughter and we couldn’t leave her out. “

we have to mention the giant pink flamingo piñata…

“Michele wanted the piñata more than anything, even more than a wedding cake!  We met on halloween 5 years ago and I was dressed as a flamingo.”

“Also, my best girl friends from high school and I are somewhat obsessed with flamingos so it had meaning for many.  We just didn’t realise how big it would be, but it turns out we think it was the perfect size).”

“our experience with Vanessa and the del Sol team was amazing!  Our wedding guests raved about how “into the shoot” both Vanessa and Polly were and what crazy things they would do to get the perfect shot.  They were climbing through bushes and cacti or up ladders, or taking their shirts off to help prop the light!  

Both Vanessa and Polly made us feel comfortable. That’s something both of us are not when in front of large groups or cameras. They made two people who hate getting their pictures taken look stunning.”

“The staff at Hacienda del Mar and Hacienda Corazon were AMAZING!!! Luigi and Esme and their entire kitchen staff  cooked the most delicious meals. They also went out of their way to make not only Tim and I feel like royalty but also catered to every guests request.”

“Mimi, the concierge also handled every request seamlessly. She even provided her children’s guitars for our after wedding pool sing along.  Francesca and Pino did not disappoint in their execution of our wedding meals.  It is safe to say we have no negative comments about any of the staff. They all went out of their way to make everyones stay unforgettable.”

We absolutely adore Hacienda del Mar and Hacienda del Corazon. Thank you to Michelle for inviting us to document their wedding day and sharing their wonderful words with us. And for the pink flamingo piñata that totally made our day :)

Principal Photographer: Vanessa

Second Photographer: Polly

Destination Wedding Location: Hacienda del Mar – Puerto Aventuras

Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals

Shoes: Sam Edelman

Destination Wedding onsite coordinator: Lucy Gallagher

Hair and Makeup: Sarah Garnier

Flowers: Cherry Blossom

Candle Installation: Candle Boutique

Naked Wedding Cake: Pure, Sweet and Chic

DJ: Disco Movil Cancun


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