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Secrets Akumal Beach Wedding – Jennifer and Jordan

“Love is something we all strive for in life. We wanted to share the love not only between the two of us, but the love we have for all the people in our lives. We wanted a celebration that brought us all together and reminded each of us how much we love and care for another.” #travelforlove

The beach has always been a very special place to us. We met in Ocean City, NJ during Memorial Day Weekend. We had both just graduated from college and were getting ready to start our lives as “adults”. A relationship was the farthest thing from our minds. However the moment we met, we never left each other’s side. Summers down the shore is a time everyone in our area looks forward to. For us, it’s always a reminder of where our love begun.

We thought about getting married at the Jersey shore, but we wanted a new beach to love and remind us of this new chapter we were taking together. Besides, who doesn’t want a beautiful blue ocean and white sand as their backdrop when saying your “I dos”?!

To be honest, we picked our destination because of Del Sol Photography. We considered lots of places outside of the Caribbean. When we came across Del Sol through social media, it was exactly the style of photos we were looking for! 

Many resorts have “cookie cutter” style weddings which we were not interested in. We wanted to create our own unique, special day. We came across the Secrets Resorts and got lots of great feedback from people we knew who had visited them. Originally we considered Secrets The Vine, but once we saw that Secrets Akumal was being built and saw the photos, we knew it was perfect for what we wanted.

“Secrets Akumal has a resort feel with luxury touches. Carolina and Elisa were amazing throughout the whole planning process. Although we had plenty of time to plan (two years!) they made the process stress-free! The ceremony was picture perfect (it was another reason I was so emotional walking down the aisle!) and the reception was amazing. The food, service and accommodations were beyond perfect. We loved it so much, we are going back in November!!!”

Jennifer: “I was very calm and relaxed during the whole wedding planning process, some might even say too relaxed. The day of the wedding, the emotions definitely got to me. Looking around, seeing all of our closest friends and family who traveled all over to celebrate us was extremely emotional in the first place.

“Jordan and I were engaged for two and half years. There was definitely a lot of time to get used to the idea of marrying him. However, as I approached the aisle, feeling all the love that surrounded us, nothing could have prepared me for that moment.”

“Jordan has been my best friend since the moment we met. As I “tried” to share in my vows, he made my world instantly go round from that very first moment. Seeing him, standing at the end of the aisle, waiting for… me, was a feeling I could never truly explain. Pinky promises have always been a go-to for me, since I was kid. They have been a staple in our relationship. As I made promises not only of things I know that make him laugh or drive him crazy, it only felt appropriate to end my promise to be his wife, with a pinky promise.”

Jordan: Jenn’s Dad is a very reserved guy for the most part. He isn’t very big on sharing his feelings. However his speech brought us and almost all of our guests to tears.

“Although I have had many years to get to grips with the idea that one day Jennifer would find a good man who she wants to spend the rest of her life with, it still hasn’t gotten any easier. I have gotten to know Jordan rather well since he and Jennifer have been together and it is my great relief that she has chosen such a great man to share her life with. I open my arms and heart in welcoming Jordan and his family to our family, and to be my son-in-law”

“The moral of this story is that life moves too fast for us to take in every single moment of every single day. So make the most of life, find people you love and never stop loving them because one day they will not be around. The world moves too fast to say the things you really want to say. Jenn and Jordan, please go and enjoy your life, be happy and be loved.”

“Our experience with Debora, Alex and the Del Sol team could not have been better. I (Jenn) am very uncomfortable and awkward being center of attention. I expressed that right away in the first few photos. Debora definitely helped with making me feel more at ease throughout the day and knew exactly how to capture the moment without me feeling all eyes were on me (only some!) It was extremely comforting seeing the team smiling back at us during the ceremony and reception. Several of our guests still comment on how much they loved the Del Sol team.”

“We are very fortunate to have a very close niche of friends. It was even more amazing to spend the time with our friends and family without the worries and stress of everyday life. It is a moment in our lives that we will always be extremely grateful for.”

“Soak up and enjoy every moment of your destination wedding! How many times do you get to not only marry your best friend, but be on vacation with the people in your lives that mean the most to you?! The moments mean more than the little details, flower and decor you feel you need. The love that surrounds you that day outshines the worries you had in planning, I pinky promise you!*”

You can see Jennifer and Jordan’s wedding highlights video here

Infinite thanks to Jennifer and Jordan for trusting our creative vision and sharing such wonderful words with us!

Principal Photographer: Debora

Second Photographer: Martina

Destination Wedding Location: Secrets Akumal – Beach

Wedding Reception Location: Secrets Akumal -Poolside

Wedding dress: Katie May Los Angeles

Destination Wedding Coordinator: Elisa and Carolina

*On a side note, maybe limit yourself to a few shots on Don Julio instead of half a bottle so you don’t actually black out before sunset ;)


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