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Secrets Akumal Beach Wedding – Stephany and Joshua

We went through a mixture of emotions the day of the wedding: Ecstatic, nervous, excited, pure joy and happiness!

I am so proud to finally become Mrs. Harstad! I remember telling my friends and family that I felt like I was the luckiest woman in the world to be his wife!

Everything seemed so surreal until the moment I seen Josh all dressed in his tux, standing on the bridge, awaiting my arrival to take the “first look” photos. I was so proud to be marrying this man – he had never looked more handsome to me! Josh turned around and the first words out of his mouth were “wow, you look absolutely stunning!”

“He took my breath away…”

“She was the most beautiful woman on the planet.” 

As my father and I were walking to the location of the wedding ceremony we were both fighting back tears as he was looking at his first born and preparing to give her away. We have always had a special bond!

We had a big surprise when we arrived at our wedding ceremony location as many resort guests gathered around to witness our marriage.  I felt so blessed and it made Josh a little nervous! For the remaining days at the resort we felt “famous” as everyone recognized us as the newlyweds

We chose to have a small intimate, intimate wedding because we are holding a large wedding reception in our hometown Alexandria. We wanted to do something other than the traditional large church wedding and reception.

Our experience at Secrets Akumal was phenomenal! The beach was amazing and by far where we spent the majority of our time. Soft white sand, seaweed was nowhere to be found, exclusive to resort guests only, the color of the water was something we thought only existed in photos. Nothing but relaxation!

A big thank you to Stephany for her wonderful words!

Location: Secrets Akumal

Coordinator: Elisa

Hair and Makeup: MVP

Gown Boutique: Maggie Sottero

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