By Kaitlynn Moquet | Photography by Willow Lane Photography
Vibrant newlyweds Sara and Brant always wanted an exotic destination wedding. Therefore it was easy for the couple to check out of reality and check into The Grand Sirenis Resort in the beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico to tie the knot alongside their loved ones and make their dream wedding a reality.
Between the beach ceremony and brightly colored palette, this destination wedding has us yearning for paradise.
The Love Story
Ever since Sara and Brant met each other at a mutual friend’s house back in 2008, they have been inseparable. The couple’s love for one another grows stronger with each day through shared laughter and joy. Sara and Brant’s romantic tale gives proof to the existence of love at first sight.
The Engagement Story
As the couple sat in their pajamas, ate pizza and opened their stockings to celebrate their private Christmas holiday with one another, Sara unwrapped a ring that would change her life forever. “When I pulled it out he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him,” Sara reflected. “It couldn’t have been more perfect, in the comfort of our own home.”
Sara and Brant exchanged their vows at the Grand Sirenis Resort because not only did this location offer a private white sand beach to hold the ceremony, but the property also housed a palapa, an open hut on the beach that overlooked the crystal blue waters for the reception.
The bride wore a full-length strapless gown by Maggie Sottero. The dress was tiered with fluted organza and crystal embellishments and she carried a bouquet of white and orange lilies with her down the aisle.
The groom wore a pair of black pinstripe shorts a bright orange tie to match his orange lily boutonniere and contribute to their lime green and orange wedding colors.
Both Sara and Brant embraced the beach environment and wore white sandals as footwear.
The wedding party wore lime green with white florals. “The biggest challenge we had was finding the lime green bridesmaids dresses,” says Sara. “We ended up ordering them online and the color turned out perfect.”
Sara and Brant’s wedding ceremony was held on the private beach giving it an intimate and romantic feel. Seventy-five of the couple’s closest family members and friends were there to witness the exchanging of vows and the final I dos.
“We had flower girl who absolutely stole the show because she refused to walk down the aisle until her daddy carried her,” laughs Sara. “Our ring bearer took his job the most serious, we let him carry the rings in a little treasure chest. When the ring exchange time came he very carefully handed us our rings.”
“Standing on the beach as we said our vows listening to the waves crash in the background … our ceremony couldn’t have been any more perfect,” she adds.
Since the reception was held in the palapa, it provided guests with a more relaxed ambiance. The couple incorporated the bright color scheme into the reception by tying lime green and orange bows around the white chairs.
The couple set up a barbecue buffet style menu for guests to enjoy. The dishes served included vegetable platters, Greek salads, and chicken and beef entrees. For dessert, the couple purchased a two-tier chocolate cake with white icing. The cake was beautifully topped with with orange lilies and ribbons.
Sara and Brant hired a DJ to entertain guests during the reception. Sara said the DJ played good music but most importantly, he played the song, “Wedding Dress” by Matt Nathanson, which Sara and Brant swayed to for their first dance as newlyweds.
The couple sent guests home with lime green and orange drink Koozies which read, “To have and to hold and to keep your drink cold,” along with the newlyweds’ names and the date of their wedding.
Sara: It was so wonderful. We would do that day over and over again and not change a thing, but our favorite moment would probably be on the beach saying our vows … it was surreal.