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5 honeymoon-worthy suites in paradise

Getting a head start on planning your honeymoon in the tropics? Whether you’re planning to extend your stay at the same resort after your destination wedding or switch to a new resort for a change of scenery, we’ve rounded up some of the most luxurious suites to elevate your post-wedding retreat. From sprawling rooftop terraces where you can unwind with your sweetheart to private overwater bungalows where you can bask in newlywed bliss, these sweet suites are sure to set the stage for romance.

Lounge in luxury at Antigua’s only overwater bungalows

You and your spouse can be among the first to stay in the lavish adults only overwater bungalows at the brand-new Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – the first of their kind on the island of Antigua. Lounge like your favourite A-lister with the highest level of service when you reserve one of these one-bedroom bungalows which include personal butler service, swim-out infinity pools, overwater hammocks, Jacuzzis and more. Toast to new beginnings in your private bungalow or head to Grazie Italian Trattoria at the main resort area to indulge in scrumptious Italian dishes and soak in spectacular ocean views.

Sleep above the treetops in Jamaica

What’s more romantic than sleeping in a private treehouse? Sunset at the Palms Resort in Negril is an adults only resort that offers unique treehouse-style accommodations nestled within the property’s lush tropical gardens. Stay in one of the Treetop Deluxe rooms to enjoy your own private balcony or upgrade to one of the split-level Treetop One Bedroom Suites, complete with a verandah and a private balcony featuring two cozy day beds. When you’re not hiding out in your treehouse you can sip on Red Stripes by the pool, take a nature walk through the resort grounds or enjoy a unique fine dining experience, where the Executive Chef prepares authentic Jamaican dishes using ingredients grown right on the property.

Swim-out to Pacific views in Huatulco

You and your partner can swim out right from your suite and admire spectacular views of the Pacific Coast when you stay in a Preferred Club 1 Bedroom Suite Swim-Out at the adults only Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa. This lavish swim-out suite backs onto a private pool overlooking the resort’s golden-sand beach and the coast of Huatulco, with a spacious bedroom and separate living area. In addition to top-notch amenities and service around the resort, you can stay in the best room locations, sip on your favourite cocktail made with premium liquor and enjoy access to an exclusive lounge when you book one of the luxurious Preferred Club room categories – perfect for honeymooners like you!

Enjoy breakfast on a private rooftop in Riviera Maya

Start your day with breakfast on a private rooftop terrace at Excellence Riviera Cancun, an adults only oasis in Riviera Maya. When you stay in one of the Excellence Club Two-Story Rooftop Terrace Oceanfront Suites, your two-story accommodations come complete with a private rooftop terrace featuring a plunge pool and spectacular coastal views. Order a scrumptious breakfast from the upgraded room service menu, make yourself a coffee with your in-room Nespresso machine and head to the terrace to kick back on a comfortable lounger and soak up the morning sun. For ultimate relaxation, you and your partner can get pampered in paradise at the resort’s serene spa which offers rejuvenating couples’ massages and additional treatments on a private island.

Indulge in butler service with a view in St Maarten

Lounge on a private terrace with sparkling ocean views and cheers to forever with a glass of champagne when you stay in one of the Rooftop Butler Suites at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in St. Maarten! Sip on your morning coffee or soak in sunset views on your sprawling terrace with sweeping ocean vistas. You and your new spouse can focus on spending quality time together and making the most of your honeymoon with lavish butler service included throughout your stay to assist with unpacking your luggage, arranging reservations and attending to your every need. When you leave your Insta-worthy suite, you can take a dip in the clifftop infinity pool or grab a bite to eat at the oceanview Azul Restaurant, exclusive to Sonesta Ocean Point guests.

 

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Real Wedding: Vow Renewal: Rhoshell & Andrew

 Where it all started

Rhoshell and Andrew met while studying engineering at the same college in Florida. Intrigued by his intelligence, Rhoshell asked Andrew on a date and the duo danced the night away at a trendy nightclub. The happy couple dated for the rest of their school years and couldn’t bear the thought of going their separate ways after graduation. So, instead, the college sweethearts decided head to the courthouse and tie the knot in between classes!

Photo from Rhoshell and Andrew’s wedding in 1999

 

Years of love and happiness flew by and, before they knew it, Rhoshell and Andrew were coming up on their 20th wedding anniversary. One evening, the two of them were reminiscing about the incredible life that they had built together and brainstorming ways to celebrate this big milestone. That’s when they decided the perfect way to mark this occasion would be to host the wedding they’d always imagined and renew their vows in paradise!

 Planning the wedding

Rhoshell and Andrew decided to celebrate in the sun and host their tropical celebrations in Cuba. They had vacationed there in the past and felt that the island’s pristine beaches and tropical vistas would provide a breathtaking backdrop for their big day.

After researching an array of resorts, they decided that Grand Memories in Varadero was the perfect spot to renew their “I do’s”. This family-friendly resort was a perfect for their budget and offered an impeccable beachfront location and sparkling pools to relax in during their wedding vacation.

 Day details

On September 24th, 2019, Rhoshell and Andrew renewed the vows they made to one another exactly 20 years prior – to the date! This seaside ceremony took place on a sparkling white-sand beach overlooking the crystal-blue ocean. Afterwards, the couple celebrated with a stylish reception at one of the resorts à la carte venues surrounded by their loved ones.

Their destination vow renewal allowed the happily married couple to reconnect in paradise and celebrate an important milestone in front of their family and friends. When reflecting on their marriage, Rhoshell and Andrew both agree that the secret to a blissful and long-lasting marriage is communication.

Wedding day wear

Rhoshell’s gown: Strapless royal blue and white gown. Rhoshell chose a blue dress because her original wedding dress was also blue.

Rhoshell’s shoes: Blue shoes

Rhoshell’s accessories: Pearl necklace with matching earrings and lace gloves and a .5ct white gold anniversary ring

Andrew’s attire: Royal blue dress pants, vest and jacket with a white dress shirt. Their son, Rhoshand wore the same outfit as Andrew.

Andrew’s accessories: Black belt and shoes

Small details 

Flowers: Local tropical flowers

Photographer: Local wedding photographer

Hairstyle and makeup: Curls with glam makeup

Tip

“Renewing your vows in destination is the way to go! It’s cost effective and allows you to enjoy your vacation and relax while the experts take care of the wedding day details!”

 

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Ask the Wedding Planner Q&A

For the fourth installment of our Ask the Wedding Planner Q&A blog series, we chatted with Wedding Vacations Senior Manager, Meghan Jakubowski, and Destination Wedding Consultant, Emily Scott. Meghan and Emily shared their expert insights about a variety of pressing destination wedding topics, from asking your wedding guests to follow a dress code to sharing their favorite island-inspired entertainment options!

What information do we need to include on the invitation?

 

Along with standard invitation details such as the date and location of your big day, it’s important that destination wedding invitations include the next steps for your guests to book their tropical getaway. Many destination wedding couples opt to send out electronic evites and use a wedding website to host all of the important wedding and travel details.

At Wedding Vacations, we send out electronic save-the-dates to all guests on the couple’s behalf which include booking details. This helps to simplify the process for the wedding couple as their guests can reach out directly to our team with all of their travel related questions.

Can you recommend any unique entertainment options?

By Julieta Photography

When it comes to reception entertainment, we love to incorporate local flavors and traditions! For example, tequila tastings, cigar rollers and reggae bands are all great entertainment choices that can also introduce your friends and family to some unique local traditions and goods from your chosen destination.

We also love entertainment that gets guests up and moving. For example, the Hora Loca, or ‘Crazy Hour’, is guaranteed to get the party started; this typically includes a mix of performers ranging from stilt walkers to dancers, all interacting with your wedding guests using assorted props such as glow sticks or masks. Some vendors offer water drummers as part of this service, which is always a favorite feature among wedding groups.

Is it customary to offer your guests several resort options?

Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia

Most hotels require that at least 70-80 percent of your wedding guests stay on-site. Therefore, most often, only one resort option is offered to guests. Choosing a resort that offers both family-friendly and adults only sections is a great way to cater to the varying vacation styles your guests may have. For example, select Royalton Luxury Resorts offer Hideaway sections which are an ideal option for your adult guests that may prefer to have a child-free vacation, since they still have access to the wider resort sections while staying in adults only accommodations with access to private restaurants, pool areas and more.

What’s the best way to ask my guests to follow a theme or dress code for my wedding?

If you’d like your guests to follow a particular theme or dress code, such as all white attire, it’s best to let them know early on by including this information on your wedding invitation or wedding website to ensure they have time to prepare. Dress codes or themes are a polite way to help guide your guests choose appropriate attire. However, remember, it’s important to be as clear as possible in your request and try to avoid confusion, for instance “beach chic” seems like a cute theme but it can be confusing for guests. Themes can definitely be a fun way to help curate the overall look of your wedding but be sure to make your request something that everyone will feel comfortable participating in.

Typically, weddings are held on the weekend – does this apply to destination weddings or can I host my celebrations on a week day?

Fostered Photo

One of the benefits of a destination wedding is that you’re on vacation, so the weekend tradition no longer applies and you can host your destination wedding any day of the week! However, some resorts have policies about what day you can host your wedding based on when you arrive in destination and others charge an additional fee for Sunday weddings. It’s best to discuss resort policies and details with your Wedding Vacations Consultant so that you have all the information you need before confirming your wedding date!

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Most popular destination wedding locations of 2019

There are countless reasons to tie the knot in a breathtaking tropical destination – from stretching a day’s celebration to an entire week of fun with your nearest and dearest to securing a breathtaking venue and the services of a professional destination wedding planner.

Choosing the ideal destination for your big day isn’t easy, that’s why we’ve put together a list of the most popular destination wedding locations of 2019 to inspire your wedding day vision! Read on to see the hottest spots that couples are heading to this year.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Nestled outside lively Cancun, Riviera Maya is a tranquil seaside sanctuary. Home to spectacular beaches lined with a wide selection of luxury, boutique and family-friendly resorts, this tropical paradise has something to suit all wedding styles; from glamorous receptions to intimate ceremonies and even authentic Mayan wedding ceremonies. Celebrate in style with your guests at one of Playa del Carmen’s famed nightclubs or treat your wedding party to a thrilling excursion rappelling into fascinating cenotes or exploring ancient Mayan ruins.

Where to stay: Wedding groups are indulging in luxury getaways at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma this year. Here, couples can toast to forever at an array of upscale à la carte restaurants and host a lavish reception at Blue, a delectable restaurant specializing in international and Mexican fare. Guests can enjoy pampering in paradise with a host of gourmet services such as attentive beach butlers, 24-hour room service and more.  

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos’ perennially sunny weather, boasting nearly 360 days of sunshine each year, makes it a top choice for destination weddings year after year.  Couples can choose to walk down aisle on golden-sand shores or share their first married kiss on an elegant terrace overlooking legendary Los Cabos arch off the coast.  With a variety of nearby activities for a fun-filled wedding week, guests can tee off at world-class golf courses overlooking the coast of Cabo San Lucas, head on a thrilling ATV ride or embark on a romantic boat ride.

Where to stay: Set on the coveted coast of Cabo San Lucas, the recently opened Riu Palace Baja California offers awe-inspiring wedding venues and luxury amenities for an unforgettable destination wedding week. Those who prefer to unwind in paradise can achieve a wedding-worthy glow sunbathing by ocean-facing infinity pools while those looking to party can enjoy the legendary themed pool parties hosted next door! This new resort is sure to be a hit for wedding parties for many years to come.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Known for exquisite white-sand beaches dotted with picturesque palm trees, Punta Cana provides idyllic backdrops for tropical nuptials. This leading Dominican destination is known for its world-class golf courses, exceptional resorts and unparalleled natural beauty. Adventurous couples can channel their wedding week excitement into exploring Punta Cana’s impressive landscapes, from colorful coral reefs to verdant jungles.

Where to stay: Couples looking for a luxury wedding getaway can choose to host their celebrations at Majestic Mirage Punta Cana. Guests can relax in lavish one-bedroom suites complete with outdoor Jacuzzis or try out an array of resort-offered activities including windsurfing, snorkeling and catamaran rides across sparkling seas. Couples can choose from several picture-perfect wedding venues including the beach, a gorgeous wedding gazebo and an on-site chapel ideal for traditional ceremonies.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay offers laid-back getaways infused with vibrant Caribbean charm. Wedding groups will fall for the island’s warm and welcoming culture and can experience a range of activities to suit all travel styles, from relaxing on pristine beaches to hiking to the top of famed Blue Mountains and tasting local favorites such as rum and coffee. Couples can spice up their ceremony with Jamaican-flare with live reggae performances and gourmet meals featuring authentic flavors.

Where to stay: Royalton White Sands Montego Bay is an ideal destination for a luxurious wedding week to suit guests of all ages. Travelers can spend sunny days sipping tropical cocktails at the swim-up bar while younger guests cool off at the water park. With a variety of accommodation options catering to all types, guests can choose to stay in spacious family suites with a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean, elegant swim-out suites and more.

Antigua

Antigua is a dreamy destination wedding location with year-round sunshine and spectacular scenery. With 365 white-sand beaches wrapped around this picturesque island oasis, couples can host sun-kissed ceremonies against the backdrop of blue hued skies and seas. Wedding groups can choose to stay at an array of impeccable resorts or take advantage of the islands famed waters and sail along the coast or try an array of popular water sports.

Where to stay: Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa is brand-new resort set to open in 2019 on one of Antigua’s most coveted beachfronts. This opulent oasis is the first to offer Overwater Bungalows with direct access to the Caribbean Sea in Antigua and is sure to be a favorite for wedding couples for many years to come. Additionally, the resort features a tranquil spa offering an extensive menu of rejuvenating treatments including facials, massages and more to ensure couples have a stress-free wedding week and a beauty salon to assist with wedding day glam.   

Planning ahead? Stay tuned for info on the hottest wedding destinations for 2020 and 2021 coming soon.

Start planning your destination wedding today!
Contact a Destination Wedding Consultant at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info.

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Real Wedding: Ben & Karen


Where it all Started

Karen and Ben first met in their hometown of Ottawa when they were in high school. Years later, the couple reconnected and Ben asked Karen out; they went for a scenic drive downtown followed by a romantic skate on the Rideau Canal,  hot chocolate and Beaver Tails. Ben was stationed in Vancouver with the RCMP and Karen moved out to the west coast to be with him. It was on their first vacation together in Hawaii that Ben knew he wanted her to be a part of his life forever.

Romanza Photography

In July 2016, Ben arranged to be working on Parliament Hill in his RCMP Red Serge as part of the Canada Day celebrations and asked Karen to come meet him on the Hill. After letting his coworkers in on the secret and getting permission to propose anywhere on the Hill’s grounds, Ben took Karen and their families for a private tour of the famous Library of Parliament.

Romanza Photography

During the private tour, Ben took Karen up to the second floor. He told her how much she meant to him and that she had been an incredibly positive influence on his life – then, he pulled out a ring and nervously blurted out, “Will you marry me?!” Before Karen could even open her mouth to respond, Ben’s dad popped out from behind one of the bookshelves with a big grin on his face to take a celebratory photo – he thought she had already said yes! After some laughs, Ben’s dad left and Karen responded “YES!”

Planning the Wedding

Planning a wedding in Canada seemed like a lot of work, especially after the arrival of their first son. All their family lived in Ottawa while they were based in Vancouver and planning a wedding from across the country didn’t make sense. The couple decided on a destination wedding so they could spend an entire week with their friends and family from across Canada, in paradise.

Romanza Photography

Karen and Ben were the lucky grand prize winners of a dream destination wedding provided by Wedding Vacations by Sunwing and jeweller Maison Birks. As the grand prize winners, they received a destination wedding at Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica, their wedding day attire from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay and Hudson’s Bay Men, wedding jewellery from Maison Birks and more! The couple worked with one of Wedding Vacations destination wedding experts to plan their big day and they even flew into Toronto for a bride and groom styling session with Jessica Mulroney.

Day Details

On December 6, 2018, Karen and Ben exchanged their vows in front of 30 of their closest family and friends on the picturesque Sky Terrace at Royalton Negril. One of the couple’s favourite moments from the big day was Karen walking down the aisle with her dad towards Ben, with a radiant smile on her face.

Romanza Photography

After the ceremony, the couple celebrated with a private reception on the Sky Terrace, decorated in glamorous, romantic shades of pink and gold. They’re planning on taking a vacation with their son in the future for their honeymoon.

Wedding Day Wear

Romanza Photography

Karen’s dress: Mikaella Bridal from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay

Karen’s accessories: Birks Snowflake® Jacket Earrings and Birks Birks Rosée du Matin® White Gold and Diamond Bracelet

Karen’s shoes: Michael Kors

Ben’s attire: Zegna suit, Tiger of Sweden shirt and tie all from Hudson’s Bay Men

Ben’s accessories: Birks Challenger® Watch with Brown Leather Strap

Ben’s shoes: Canali

Wedding bands: Birks Deco™  Wedding Bands and Birks Deco™ Round Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

The bridesmaids wore: Long pink shiffon dresses with Birks Pétale® Yellow Gold and Diamond Stud Earrings and Pendant

The groomsmen wore: Grey suits with Birks Challenger® Watch with Black Leather Strap

Small Details

Romanza Photography

First dance: Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Flowers: Pink roses

Photographer: Romanza Photography

Hair and makeup: Lindsay Scarfone with Pretty Me Makeup

Stationary and invitations: Paleterra

Old | New | Borrowed | Blue

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Traditions: Memorial of pictures of those who passed and could not attend the wedding, with shots set up to do a toast in their memory

Old: Crochet flowers Karen’s grandmother used to knit, which were tied to her bouquet

New: Garter

Borrowed: Beautiful hair clip

Blue: Garter

Tips

Romanza Photography

“It’s possible to have a destination wedding and still get the same customization and personalization as a wedding back home. Give some thought as to how you want your day to look and start getting ready early. Also, bring items from home to incorporate in your reception and ceremony – be creative!”

Start planning your destination wedding today! Contact a destination wedding consultant at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info

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Planning the perfect bachelorette in paradise with Tessa Virtue

Between breaking Olympic records at Pyeongchang, appearing on The Ellen Show with her long-time skating partner, Scott Moir, and producing and starring in her cross-country Thank you Canada Tour, Tessa Virtue got together with Jessica Mulroney to plan her friend Allie’s bachelorette party. With relaxation and pampering in mind, Tessa and Jessica decided the perfect place to host her bachelorette party was in beautiful Mexico.


This past summer, the Wedding Vacations team and Jessica Mulroney jetted off to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where Tessa and her friends, Allie and Kat, enjoyed the ultimate bachelorette party at Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa.

Pick the perfect venue

Andrew Hiorth of MPSG Inc.

Adults only all inclusive resorts are the way to go. Everything is at your fingertips from gourmet dinners to poolside pina coladas! Tessa and her friends stayed at the adults only Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa in the Riviera Maya, which offered options for both relaxation and adventure.

Plan an excursion


It’s always fun to get out of the resort and explore your destination. There are many different types of Sunwing Experiences excursions for every type of bachelor or bachelorette party – from city tours to sunset catamaran rides and ziplining. Tessa and her friends explored lively downtown Playa del Carmen, where they strolled along Fifth Avenue, explored the local shops and art galleries, and stopped for coffee and snacks at an oceanside restaurant.

Set aside some time for R&R


Make sure to set aside some time for pampering and relaxing! Visit the resort spa for a massage or even just a manicure to help ease any pre-wedding day stress. Tessa and her friends all enjoyed relaxing massages at the resort’s outdoor spa; Tessa even participated in a unique Mayan treatment.

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Behind the Scenes at Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Nestled in the lush landscapes of the Riviera Maya is Hotel Xcaret Mexico. This unique resort first opened its doors in 2017 and quickly became the hottest new spot for destination weddings and vow renewals in Mexico.

Andrew Hiorth- MPSG Weddings

For our recent cover shoot, the Wedding Vacations team travelled to Hotel Xcaret Mexico with cover stars Colin and Justin. The married celebrity designers enjoyed a romantic getaway at the resort and renewed their vows in a picturesque cove with a breathtaking vow renewal ceremony officiated by our contributing editor Jessica Mulroney.

Breathtaking Ceremony Spaces

Andrew Hiorth- MPSG Weddings

There are plenty of gorgeous places at the resort where you can host your destination wedding ceremony or vow renewal! Colin and Justin said “I do” for the second time in one of the resort’s private coves, which we decorated with lush greenery and romantic votive candles.

Magical Reception Venues

Colin and Justin hosted their vow renewal reception at the resort’s unique Las Cuevas restaurant. The magical venue is nestled in a series of manmade caverns and lit by flickering candles on the wall. After dinner, everyone kicked off their shoes and danced the night away on the beach-turned-dancefloor!

Spectacular Suites

The sprawling suites at Hotel Xcaret Mexico are split into different casas across the resort offering beautiful views of rivers, infinity pools or the ocean. Each room features a private balcony with a hammock, perfect for soaking in the view!

Download the latest issue of Wedding Vacations magazine to see more beautiful shots from our cover shoot at Hotel Xcaret Mexico.

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Destination Inspiration: Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica

As your Canadian destination wedding experts, we love being the first to bring you the scoop on some of the hottest new destination wedding locations and resorts – including the brand-new Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica! This luxury resort offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of Papagayo with five-star service and amenities worthy of Hollywood’s hottest stars. Read on for the low-down on this gorgeous new wedding destination.

A-Lister Venues

Wedding Terrace

You can exchange your vows on the rooftop Wedding Terrace at Planet Hollywood, which offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Papagayo that will take your breath away. We recommend saying ‘I do’ at sunset – the changing colours of the sky over the distant mountaintops create a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony and your wedding photos! Of course, couples can also choose to host their ceremony on the beach with their toes in the sand.

Raving Receptions

Gusto Restaurant

After you’ve walked down the aisle, you and your sweetheart can move the party on to one of the resort’s chic restaurants for a semi-private reception. You can also choose to upgrade to a cocktail hour and fully-private reception in a location of your choosing!

Wedding Packages Fit for a Star

Planet Hollywood Spa

The PH Love wedding package includes everything you need to make your big day seamless. From a special VIP welcome for the happy couple to flowers for the bride and groom, your on-site wedding coordinator (and your Wedding Vacations planner back home!) will make sure your wedding is a tropical breeze.

Celeb-Worthy Suites

Bedroom in Director’s Suite

Spend your wedding week living like an A-lister in Planet Hollywood’s lavish suites. You and your guests can choose from a variety of accommodation options, ranging from Red Carpet Rooms to STAR Class Producer’s Suites that can sleep up to nine guests! All the suites offer extra-special amenities including Phabulous Beds™, 24-hour room service and available upgrades to Star Class™.

Contact one of our destination wedding specialists to start planning your big day at Planet Hollywood!

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Real Wedding: Samantha & Darren

Where it all Started

Samantha and Darren first met at a party when they were in university. She was immediately attracted to his smile and he thought she was beautiful – especially in the leopard-print sweatshirt she was wearing that night! The minute Darren walked through the doors at the party, Samantha thought “I’m going to marry this man.”

The proposal, which took place several years later, was nothing short of spectacular. While on a trip to British Columbia, Darren told Samantha they were going for a nice lunch. However instead of pulling up to a restaurant, Darren drove them to a helicopter pad! Samantha was terrified of heights but realized that there might be a proposal in the works, so she sucked up her fears and climbed on board.

After a stunning ride over the Rocky Mountains, the helicopter landed by a beautiful riverbank for a picnic lunch. Darren led Samantha over to a sunny spot by the water, where he got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him… of course, her answer was a resounding ‘yes’!

Planning the Wedding

Samantha and Darren knew from the start that they wanted a destination wedding. They didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money on just one night. They wanted to enjoy an entire wedding week full of making memories with their friends and family.

They chose Mexico as their wedding destination because they had been there before and loved the food and top-notch service. Several of their friends had gotten married at Royalton Riviera Cancun and loved it. Plus, there were plenty of activities for all their guests, a wide selection of restaurants and a gorgeous Sky Terrace where they could have their ceremony.

Day Details

On May 7th, 2018, Samantha and Darren exchanged their vows on the Sky Terrace at Royalton Riviera Cancun in front of 77 of their closest family and friends. Samantha walked down the aisle in a form-fitting fit and flare lace dress with a sweetheart neckline, while Darren stood waiting for her in a royal blue suit that matched the sparkling ocean behind them.

After their picture-perfect ceremony on the Sky Terrace, everyone moved to the casino for the couple’s rustic-meets-romantic-glam reception. Samantha’s favourite moment of the big day was when they walked into the reception and were announced as husband and wife for the first time. Darren’s favourite moment of the day was his excitement to see Samantha walk down the aisle.

Samantha’s big day was made even more special as her bridesmaid Seana (first from right of the bride), was also her Wedding Vacations destination wedding planner! It was so special for Samantha to have her friend by her side throughout the entire process and on her big day. For their honeymoon, Samantha and Darren plan on hiking through Peru.

Wedding Day Wear

Samantha’s Dress: Fit and flare lace dress

Samantha’s Shoes: Blinged-out white heels

Samantha’s Accessories: Finger-length lace veil and jewelled belt

Darren’s Suit: Custom royal blue suit with a thin tropical-print tie

Darren’s Shoes:  Brown weathered dress shoes

Darren’s Accessories: Matching brown belt and a blue and brown watch

The Bridesmaids Wore: Long, light pink dresses with a halter neckline and open bar

The Groomsmen Wore: Matching royal blue suits with tropical-print ties

Samantha’s Ring: Canadian made, vintage-style ring with a leaf detail

Darren’s Ring: Viking-style band with hammered silver pattern

Small Details

Flowers: Blush pink roses, baby’s breath and succulents

Photographer: Romanza Photography

Hair and makeup: The Royal Spa

First dance: Sure Thing – Miguel

Wedding Favours: Candy bag full of assorted treats

Tips for Brides and Grooms

Don’t sweat the small stuff! Enjoy the moment and be happy that you are marrying the love of your life, because that’s what it’s all about.

Start planning your destination wedding today! Contact a Destination Wedding Specialist at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info.

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Real Wedding: Veronica & Nick

Where it all Started

When Veronica and Nick first met at a small bar in Etobicoke, it was love at first sight. Veronica was so smitten that she asked Nick out first – she didn’t want to take any chances! For their first date the couple went to an amazing sushi restaurant in Mississauga, where Nick made Veronica laugh so hard that she accidentally spit sushi all over a woman sitting behind her. After that, the two were inseparable and would stay up till all hours of the night talking about anything and everything.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

The proposal was straight out of a fairy tale. After Veronica casually mentioned that she wanted to go away somewhere warm and beautiful together, Nick surprised her with a spontaneous romantic getaway to the Bahamas. After a luxurious and relaxing vacation, the couple decided to go for dinner at the One&Only Ocean Club on their last night. Nick had heard of the beautiful Cloister Ruins that were located near the club, so the couple set off to find them before dinner – but since they had never been there before, they got lost.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

After circling around countless times and almost missing their dinner reservation, Nick got out of the car to ask for directions (being careful not to let the ring fall out of its hiding place in his lap) and they finally found their way to the ruins. As they were admiring the beautiful scenery, Veronica turned around to see Nick bent down on one knee holding a sparkling engagement ring. Of course she said ‘YES!’

Photographer: Ben Bonnicini

Planning the Wedding

The couple knew right away that they wanted a destination wedding. They wanted something fairly stress-free where they didn’t have too many decisions to make and where they could spend an entire week with their closest family and friends instead of just one day. They both loved to travel, so a destination wedding was the perfect choice for them!

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

They decided upon Cancun, Mexico as their destination, having travelled there before and always being impressed with the quality of food, level of service, white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife. However Veronica wanted something a little different and the unique venues offered by Riu Palace Peninsula ticked all her boxes.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

Day Details

On May 27th, 2017, Veronica and Nick became husband and wife in the gardens of Riu Palace Peninsula overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Veronica’s father acted as officiant, which added a special and personalized touch to their vows. After their picture-perfect ceremony everyone headed to the Crystal Box venue for the reception, where the space had been decorated in a colour scheme of champagne, blush pink and ivory. The space perfectly complemented their wedding’s romantic and glamorous style adorned with beautiful flowers, lush greenery and votive candles.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

The new husband and wife danced to “Wonderwall” by Oasis;  the first song they slow danced to when they met. After their glamorous reception they headed back to the Bridal Suite where the resort staff had decorated their room with rose petals and set out chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and a beautiful hand-written note for the newlyweds – the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

Small Details

Wedding Colours: Champagne, white, blush pink and ivory

Style: Romantic, subtle and glam

Photographer: Ben Bonnici of Heritage Park Studio

First dance: Wonderwall– Oasis

Favours: Personalized shot glasses with a small bottle of tequila and the ingredients to make a cucumber margarita

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

Tips for Brides and Grooms

  • Enjoy the moments, big and small, and truly savour the time that you get to spend with your closest loved ones whom are there to celebrate with you.

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