Real Wedding: Laura & Kevin

Couple posing together against an orange-brick wall Photo: Daniel McQuillian Photography
Where it all started

Kevin and Laura’s love story began in high school. He invited her to his senior prom and within a week they were dating. Laura’s outgoing personality captivated Kevin, and his sky-blue eyes gave her butterflies. Since they went out for ice cream on their first date, Kevin dreamt about experiencing the world with Laura – and she knew nothing would make her happier than spending forever wrapped in Kevin’s arms.

The pair went on to travel the world, visiting nearly 30 countries. On a particularly cold night during a holiday to Hawaii, Kevin suggested warming up in the hot tub. When Laura joined him outside the night sky was lit up by stars, candles and a glistening engagement ring. Before Kevin could even finish asking Laura to marry him she jumped into his arms and said ‘yes’!

Bride standing with her bridesmaids underneath palm trees Photo: Daniel McQuillian Photography
Planning the wedding

Kevin and Laura had always planned to tie the knot at a church in their hometown. However, after attending a relative’s destination wedding, their plans changed. They envisioned saying ‘I do’ in paradise surrounded by their nearest and dearest and decided that a destination wedding was the perfect way to start their lives together.

Their first vacation as a couple was spent in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They fell in love with the breathtaking beaches, remarkable rock formations and each other. Fast forward eight years, the two of them felt it was fitting to celebrate their love in the dreamy destination where it all began. Plus, their love for Riu Resorts made Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas an easy choice for their big day.

Wedding ceremony overlooking the ocean Photo: Daniel McQuillian Photography
Day details

On a picturesque afternoon in April, Laura and Kevin exchanged their vows on the private pavilion at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Their romantic garden party was elegantly decorated in a blush, gold and white colour scheme. From sweet serenades by their violinist – which was Laura’s favourite part of the day – to toasting new beginnings at sunset with their loved ones, Kevin and Laura’s destination wedding was a dream come true.

Groom and his groomsmen posing in a desert Photo: Daniel McQuillian Photography
Wedding day wear

Laura’s dress: Lennon Dress by Hayley Paige

Laura’s shoes: White lace booties from BHLDN

Laura’s accessories: Teardrop crystal earrings from BHLDN and a tennis bracelet gifted from her Godmother

Kevin’s attire: Alfred Sung navy blue suit, white Calvin Klein dress shirt and beige socks with navy polka dots

Kevin’s accessories: Black bowtie, tan leather Calvin Klein shoes and Michael Kors watch

Wedding bands: Custom-made yellow gold bands

The bridesmaids wore: Adrianna Papell beaded blush floor length gowns

The groomsmen wore: Navy blue suits

Wedding reception on a terrace overlooking the ocean Photo: Daniel McQuillian Photography
Small details

Flowers: Baja Flowers (RIU Palace florist)

Hair: Renova Spa at the RIU Palace

Makeup: Makeup by Rachel Chivers

Photographer: Daniel McQuillan Photography

Stationary and invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

First dance: Lady in Red – Chris De Burgh

Traditions: The bride’s sister read a poem written by the bride’s grandmother at the ceremony.

Bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception Photo: Daniel McQuillian Photography
Tips for future couples

“Make sure to pick a good photographer as these photos will be with you forever. Our brilliant photographer, Daniel McQuillian, has travelled the world to capture destination weddings. We’re blessed to be able to relive each magical moment from the best day of our lives through Daniel’s phenomenal photos!”

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