Real Wedding: Christine & Tyler

Bride and groom posing in the jungle Photo: Monica Lopez Photography
Where it all started

Christine and Tyler’s love story started at a New Year’s Eve party in 2009 where they first met – however, it would be another five years before the pair met again and began their relationship. For their first official date five years later, Tyler took Christine to his friend’s romantic French restaurant in the countryside outside of Tottenham. From there, the rest was history.

On their three-year anniversary, Tyler told Christine he was taking her somewhere special and to wear running shoes. He took her on a walk through the hiking trails behind their house and in the middle of the forest at their special spot, he got down on one knee and popped the question. Of course, she said “yes!”

Groom and his two groomsmen getting ready for the wedding Photo: Monica Lopez Photography
Planning the wedding

Christine and Tyler knew from the beginning that they wanted a destination wedding. Christine had been travelling to Cancun with her family since she was a teenager and it had always been her dream to have a destination wedding. The couple had also travelled together to Hyatt Ziva Cancun shortly after it opened, where they fell in love with Cancun and the resort.

They decided Hyatt Ziva Cancun was the perfect resort for their wedding – not only had they been their before and loved it, but it also provided the perfect blend of adults only and family-friendly options. Their younger friends could rest and relax in the adults only section while their friends with kids could stay in the family-oriented Ziva section.

Bride and groom at their wedding ceremony overlooking the ocean Photo: Monica Lopez Photography
Day details

On October 19th, 2017, Christine and Tyler exchanged their vows in front of 35 of their closest family and friends at Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s picturesque Cliff Gazebo venue. Overlooking the coast and surrounded by lush palm trees, the gazebo was elegantly decorated in flowing white fabric with the sparkling sea providing the perfect backdrop for their ceremony.

The couple held their reception at the fire pit area overlooking the water, which provided a romantic ambiance that meshed perfectly with their blush and ivory colour scheme. The reception was one of the couple’s favourite moments from their big day – from their first dance to the heartfelt speeches from their bridal party. Following the big day, the couple remained at Hyatt Ziva Cancun for their honeymoon in one of the luxurious Turquoize swim-out suites.

Bride and groom posing in front of a lighthouse by the ocean Photo: Monica Lopez Photography
Wedding day wear

Christine’s dress: Sea Breeze Collection by Casablanca Bridal

Christine’s shoes: Nine West

Christine’s accessories: Heirloom necklace, earrings, hair broach and long veil

Tyler’s attire: Michael Kors navy blue suit

Tyler’s accessories: White tie, pocket square and pink H&M flamingo socks

Wedding bands: Jewellery by Johan custom platinum bands with wood inlet

The bridesmaids wore: Blush pink sweetheart dresses

The groomsmen wore: Michael Kors navy blue suits

Wedding reception at night Photo: Monica Lopez Photography
Small details

Flowers: GAMA Group Cancun

Hair and makeup: Hyatt Ziva Cancun Salon

Photographer: Monica Lopez Photography

Stationary and invitations: Zazzle Inc.

First dance: Stand by Me – Ben E. King

Welcome gifts: “Hola Amigo” welcome bags by Wedding Chicks filled with travel goodies

Traditions: Christine’s nieces and nephews held a “Here comes the bride” sign

Wedding gift bags Photo: Monica Lopez Photography
Tips for future couples

"Do all your planning before you arrive in destination so you can enjoy your wedding and spending time with your family and friends!"

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