“We absolutely love Mexico! The people and hospitality are amazing. Our parents have never been out of the country so we decided to get married in Mexico to give our families a wonderful experience.” – Fareeda
We are often asked to visit some of the most beautiful backgrounds in the Mexican Caribbean. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was the final choice for the destination wedding. The hotel remains one of our Top Mexican Caribbean Luxury Resorts for Destination Weddings. We asked Fareeda to talk to us about her Grand Velas Wedding.
Del Sol: You had an amazing wedding group, from the bridesmaids and groomsman to your Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters…
“Our friends and family mean so much to us. Our wedding party was comprised of our siblings and very best friends from our childhood. We wanted the people closest to us and who know us the best to share in our special day. From the groomsmen to the bridesmaids to the hostesses, we knew that we wanted the people who love us most to be apart of our very special day.”
Here we have to mention Fareeda’s Mom’s speech. Parents often leave us with the most valuable reflections.
“There is no magic box, that box does not have a recipe for love in it. You have to put everything that you want into your marriage into the box. If you want love you have to put love in there. If you want romance you have to put romance in the box.If you want peace happiness and joy, you have to put all of those things in that box. And then when you think you’ve run out of those very important things, reach into that box and pull out what you need.” – Fareeda’s Mom
Del Sol: We love that you included all your kids in your sand unity ceremony.
“We have children from previous relationships and we are committed to blending our families and sharing the love we have for one another with our children. The sand ceremony was perfect for us because it symbolizes the many layers that we bring to our family, while showing our marriage bonds us together.”
Del Sol: We have to mention you guys STYLE! From the matching Louboutins to your wedding dresses and even jumping the broom, accessories and details had an important part of your day.
“Tim is very low key whereas, I’m over the top. Tim totally surprised me with his shoes. I had no idea that he had them until after the ceremony. It was a nice surprise. It’s an African-American tradition for couples to jump the broom. This was a must-do for our ceremony. We had a custom broom designed to match our wedding colors and it turned out perfectly. Jumping the broom symbolizes our union.”
Del Sol: Why did you choose Grand Velas?
“We chose Grand Velas because it’s AMAZING!!”
“We actually paid a deposit at another resort but when we toured Grand Velas we knew that we had to get married there. What really sealed the deal was our wedding coordinator, Paulina. She is a gem! Our experience wouldn’t have been the same without her.”
“Paulina’s organization and attention to detail is second to none. She made us feel like we were the only wedding that she was planning for the resort.”
“Having peace of mind is so important when traveling out of the country for your wedding and Grand Velas provided that throughout our entire experience.”
Del Sol: How was your experience with Polly and the del Sol team?
“Polly and her team were amazing! When I viewed your galleries online I knew right away that I wanted her to shoot our wedding. She was amazing and helpful from the very start and really helped us capture the most important moments of the day.”
Del Sol: How was your experience in Mexico – bearing in mind the current travel advisories against Mexico?
“We love Mexico! We would do it all over again if we could!”
Del Sol Photography is a preferred vendor for Grand Velas – that means there is no vendor fee to hire us! Grand Velas is also is on our “Top Cancun and Riviera Maya Chapel and Church wedding venues ” post for destination weddings in the Riviera Maya.
Principal photographer: Polly
Second Photographer: Valeria
Destination Wedding Location: Gand Velas Riviera Maya
Wedding Coordinator: Paulina Cruz
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio
Flowers & Decor: Cantiero Weddings – Planner1 Events
Audio Visual: Celtrev AV
Wedding Broom – BroomsBaublesandBrides
Officiant: Paula Riquelme
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