Where it all started
Michelle and Mike’s love story dates back almost 30 years ago to their high school days in Thunder Bay. The pair hung out with the same group of friends and Mike had a secret crush on Michelle. After losing touch for many years, their paths crossed again, and the friends seamlessly picked up where they left off. This time, Mike knew he had to share his true feelings with Michelle, so one night he kissed her while they were sitting in a hot tub.
For their first official date, Mike picked up Michelle in his ’67 Mustang and took her on a romantic dinner date to an Italian restaurant. Afterwards, they went for a walk to his favorite spot by the lake and held hands for the first time – a memory that still gives Michelle butterflies. Later on, in this exact spot by the lake, Mike asked Michelle to spend forever together and surprised her with a celebratory picnic on the dock.
Planning the wedding
Michelle knew from the start that she wanted to have a destination wedding, Mike was on the fence until she showed him how affordable and beautiful getting married in paradise would be. They decided to host their big day in Cancun, a destination they visited each winter. Moon Palace Cancun stood out to them as they had heard rave reviews from their friends and family and the resort was offering complimentary stays for kids under 17, a huge value for their blended family with five teenagers.
On January 19th, 2019, Michelle and Mike said “I do” during an elegant seaside ceremony on the beach. Their big day was very family focused; Michelle’s father walked her down the aisle, the couple’s children stood by their sides at the altar and the wedding band Michelle wore on her finger had previously belonged to Mike’s Nonna.
Afterwards, the newlyweds celebrated with a picturesque reception on Bugambilias Terrace and spent the evening dancing beneath the moonlight with their loved ones. Mike and Michelle both considered this to be the perfect end to their vacation of a lifetime.
Wedding day wear
Michelle’s gown: Essense of Australia Style D2320
Michelle’s shoes: Michelle went barefoot for her beach wedding
Michelle’s accessories: Simple and elegant accessories including a sparkly comb, hoop earrings, a silver bangle and other bracelets.
Mike’s attire: White linen short sleeve button up shirt with beige shorts
Mike’s accessories: His favorite shark tooth necklace
Wedding bands: Michelle wore a wedding band that once belonged to Mike’s Nonna and Mike wore his father’s wedding band
The bridesmaids wore: Dusty pink dresses
The groomsmen wore: The same outfit as the groom with different boutonnieres
Color scheme: Neutral palette with beige, white and dusty pink tones
Wedding style: Intimate and elegant
Flowers: Provided by the resort
Photographer: Cecelia Dumas Photography
Hair: Sunrise Spa at the Moon Palace
First dance: Speechless by Dan & Shay
Favors: The couple put packages together for their guests which included all the information they’d need for their week away (maps, itineraries, wedding details, etc.) along with luggage tags and glass bottles to collect sand.
Invitations: Email invitations created by Wedding Vacations
Old: Michelle’s wedding band
New: Michelle’s wedding dress
Borrowed: Michelle borrowed a silver bracelet inscribed with Mike’s birthdate which belongs to his mom
Blue: A handcrafted seashell ring made by the couple’s daughter, Camryn
Tip: “The first thing you need to do is call Wedding Vacations, they know exactly how to begin the planning process. It’s also important to have a vision of what you’d like your wedding day to look like and research different destinations and resorts to find one that suits your needs. On the day of your wedding, be sure to give yourself extra time to do all of the things that you want to do!”