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Riviera Maya Destination Wedding: Rebecca & Nikki

Fine Art Studio Photography

February 26, 2016

Rebecca and Nikki met one night at nearly bar-close. Rebecca’s friend pointed to a girl across the way with long wavy locks and a fedora. Before she knew it, her friend pulled her across the bar to Nikki, pointed at her and said “you’re cute”, pointed at Rebecca and said “you’re cute”, and followed with “you both should talk.” To this day, neither of them is exactly sure what they talked about, but they exchanged phone numbers, went on their first date, and confirmed that they had chemistry!

Nikki proposed to Rebecca in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Rebecca was completely surprised. They had talked about getting engaged, but the conversation concluded with the couple waiting a year or two to save up money.
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They vacationed in Puerto Vallarta with another couple, and Nikki had one of the other pair wear Rebecca’s ring throughout the airport to make sure it arrived safely. During a walk along the beach, the sun was getting ready to set and they sat down on a bluff above the ocean. Nikki struggled for words, then pulled out the ring, asking Rebecca to marry her in Spanish! Of course, the answer was yes!
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
The brides chose their venue based on great online reviews, especially for the food options. Both are “foodies”, so that was a big priority. The beaches in the area also drew them to their destination.
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
The resort they selected is intimate, much smaller than other resorts, so they felt like they got to know the servers and bartenders, as well as the hosts and hostesses. They all recognized them and treated the couple like newlyweds.
The wedding was pure and simple, a reflection of the couple. Their goal was to plan something simple, sincere and fun.
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
One of the highlights of the reception was the tequila bar they had set up. Guests took a variety of tequila shots, including chocolate, almond, and fruity flavors, as well as reposados and an anejo. It sure helped the party get under way!
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
Rebecca shared her advice, saying, “ My advice to same sex couples planning a wedding would be to make sure and do research about the wedding spot/venue beforehand to ensure you are surrounded by open-minded people who will be working with you throughout your special day. We had previously looked into some venues stateside and found out along the way that they do not perform or allow same sex marriages.”
Fine Art Studio Photography
Fine Art Studio Photography
“Other than that, in a general sense, I highly recommend doing a destination wedding. Having a wedding planner to work with, and enough options (but still with limits) helped us make decisions beforehand so that when the day came, everything was taken care of. All we had to do was show up and take in the ocean breeze.”

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Photographer: FineArt Studio Photography // Venue: Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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