Real Wedding: Ashley & Chris

Bride and groom standing underneath a palm tree Photo: Adventure Photos
Where it all started

Ashley, a LEED purchaser and Chris, a forensic video analyst first met as coworkers at a music shop. At first, the two coworkers kept it professional. Then one day, Chris asked Ashley on a sushi and movie date – and the rest was history.

Within the first year of dating, Ashley and Chris both knew they wanted to get married. Ashley’s family was even taking bets on when Chris would pop the question! The couple had an inside joke that Chris would propose via Post-It Note and one night while out for dinner, he passed her a Post-It Note that said: “Will you marry me?” Of course, she said ‘yes’ to his proposal.

Bride and groom posing on the beach at sunset Photo: Adventure Photos
Planning the wedding

Ashley had always dreamed of having a destination wedding; she wanted to feel the sand in between her toes as she walked down the aisle. The couple decided on Playa Del Carmen as their wedding destination. They had both been there before and had fallen in love with the area’s beautiful landscapes and soft golden sands. Chris had previously stayed at Riu Yucatan and loved it, so they decided it would be the ideal place for them to exchange their vows.

Wedding ceremony on the beach Photo: Adventure Photos
Day details

On April 21st, 2018, Ashley and Chris said ‘I do’ on the beach at Riu Yucatan. Chris’ favourite moment was watching his beautiful bride walk down the aisle, while Ashley loved when they exchanged their personalized vows. Following their romantic ceremony, the couple moved to a different area of the beach for their “sophisticated soiree” reception, complete with a light-up dance floor, paper lanterns and purple décor. After their wedding week, the couple moved to The Royal Playa Del Carmen for their honeymoon and an extra week of fun in the Mexican sun.

Bride and groom dancing on a multi-coloured dancefloor on the beach Photo: Adventure Photos
Wedding day wear

Ashley’s dress: A-line lace dress with a sweetheart neckline and beaded belt

Ashley’s shoes: None! The bride went barefoot

Ashley’s accessories: Earrings, bracelet and veil

Chris’ suit: Purple dress shirt with rolled-up sleeves and dark linen pants

Chris’ shoes: Barefoot

Chris’ accessories: Watch

Wedding reception on the beach with purple decor Photo: Adventure Photos
Small details

Flowers: Picasso lilies, Arum-lilies and roses

Photographer: Adventure Photos

Hair and makeup: Renova Spa

First dance: Perfect – Ed Sheeran feat. Beyoncé

Couple popping a bottle of champagne on the beach Photo: Adventure Photos
Tips for future couples

"Don’t get hung up on the small details – it’ll all work out! Having a destination wedding is pretty much the easiest way to get married as your knowledgeable wedding planner takes care of everything."

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