Mexico is such a magical place to tie the knot, and Norma and Fernando’s wedding day is here to prove it! With an elegant white and gold color palette, this gorgeous couple planned a beachfront wedding in the beautiful Playa Del Carmen. It was a stunning celebration filled with cultural tradition, love and laughter.
We can’t get enough of Norma in her wedding dress! She chose to wear Martina Liana Style 1305, and this bridal style fit her like a glove. From the 3D organza details, lace appliqués and fit-and-flare silhouette, it had all the intricacies she was looking for in a bridal gown—not to mention the flowing train and cathedral veil she had to complete her bridal look!
Keep reading below for more inspiration and to fall head over heels in love with each and every detail.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL!
We initially met through a mutual friend in 2014 while we were in college but did not stay in touch. We reconnected through a different mutual friend in 2016 while we were both living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We went on two dates in less than 24 hours and realized that what we shared was much more than friendship. We quickly fell in love and have truly been inseparable ever since. Fernando surprised me and proposed during my birthday weekend in 2020 with a Cinderella-themed proposal in Lake Tahoe, California. He took me on a horse carriage ride that made me feel utterly special.
DESCRIBE YOUR BRIDAL STYLE. HOW DID YOU WANT TO LOOK ON YOUR WEDDING DAY? TELL US ABOUT YOUR DRESS-SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.
My bridal style was soft, romantic, classic and glamorous. I wanted to look classy and elegant with a touch of sexy! My dream wedding dress was everything I had hoped for and more. The fit-and-flare silhouette, floral design, plunging neckline and low back, alongside the 3D elements, lace, sparkly beadwork and sequin, Martina Liana Style 1305 is everything I dreamed of!
I loved the long train, which I accompanied with a cathedral veil. I absolutely loved my dress and truly felt beautiful and like the perfect bride. Fernando teared up and cried when he saw me for the first time in my dress! We chose not to have a first look and instead did a first touch. We wanted to see each other for the first time at the altar!
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING. WHAT WERE YOUR THEME AND COLORS? HOW DID YOU MAKE YOUR WEDDING PERSONAL TO YOUR LOVE STORY?
Mexico has a very important place in my heart since my parents and I were born there. Plus, Fernando and I love Mexico! We both wanted a destination wedding where both of our families from Mexico and from the United States could have the possibility of coming together and joining us on our wedding day.
We considered different locations in Mexico, but our love for the beautiful beaches in Playa Del Carmen was hard to beat. We both knew we wanted a beachfront ceremony with an elegant touch. We selected an elegant white and gold wedding theme.
Upon seeing pictures of Villa La Joya and visiting it in person, we completely fell in love with it, and knew it was meant for us. It is such a gorgeous venue with the ideal combination of an ocean view while having beautiful scenery, not to mention the private exclusivity that also made this venue our first choice. We wanted an imitate and romantic setting to share and express our love and happiness with all our guests. Our family and friends were impressed by the location and loved it, as well. Villa La Joya is absolutely unique and stunning
My most special memory is my entrance and the first time I saw my husband-to-be waiting for me at the altar with tears in his eyes. Another very special, yet emotional, moment for us was our first touch. Holding each other’s hands while not seeing each other filled us with so much emotion and excitement right before our ceremony.
We incorporated Mexican cultural traditions such as “el lazo de boda” (wedding lasso) and “las arras matrimoniales” (wedding unity coins) during our ceremony. At the reception, we had a few traditional dances like “La Vibora de la Mar” (sea snake dance), tossing the groom and the dollar dance.
Cheers to Norma + Fernando!
Photography: Bohemian Photo
Bridal Salon: Bride to Be Couture
Venue: Villa La Joya
Wedding Planner: Mango Weddings
Cake: Lali Pasteles
Hair and Makeup: Vo Evolution
Florals: Floreria Jardin
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