In many ways, a destination wedding is the height of practicality. After all, it means less wedding planning, closer proximity to your honeymoon, and often comes in at a similar price tag to domestic events. And all of these are great reasons. But, the best reason is evident in this real wedding: the location. With a vivid aqua sea backdrop and nothing but clear, sunny skies, can you imagine a more perfect wedding day? Ashley and Travis, a truly stunning couple, planned a simple, traditional wedding surrounded by palm trees, sand, and good friends.

Thank you to Melissa Mercado for sharing another enviable destination wedding with us!

bride in veil and groom in tuxedo in front of Mexican resort with palm trees

Our Favorite Things:

  • Travis and his groomsmen in classic tuxedos (while it's a popular choice to be casual for a beach wedding, we love their dapper look)
  • Ashley's low updo and veil
  • The simple seashell centerpieces with table numbers

resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico with large fountain
groom and groomsmen in tuxedos walk toward destination wedding ceremony
palm tree shaped fan wedding program with bright pink ribbon
colorful tropical arrangements on columns at Mexican wedding ceremony
groom in classic tuxedo with white rose boutonniere
bride walks down stairs towards ceremony with her bridesmaids
bride in strapless wedding dress walks down path with mom and dad
guests and groom stand to wait for bride to walk down aisle at waterfront ceremony
bride in beaded sweetheart neckline and chignon hairstyle smiles at groom during ceremony
bride and groom sign marriage certificate
bride and groom kiss at waterfront Mexican destination wedding
bride in chapel length veil walks with groom to reception
white paper lanterns against bright blue sky and palm trees
seashell centerpiece at destination beach wedding reception
neon beer koozies for wedding favors at beach destination wedding
bright cherry bridesmaid dresses on smiling bridal party
wedding party on beach at Mexico destination wedding
bride and groom at sunset at Mexico destination wedding
romantic first dance at beach wedding reception
guests at reception pose with shots in hand

Photography: Melissa Mercado | Venue & Catering: Riu Palace Riviera Maya | Dress: Pronovias | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | DJ: Discomovil Cancun