Mexico Wedding with Pink, Coral and Orange Colors - Diana and Patrick | Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Real Wedding: Diana and Patrick - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Diana Lopez and Patrick Purcell
Hometown: Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Wedding Location: Ceremony: Royal Playa del Carmen; Reception: Xcaret - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Vendor Information

Photographer: Vanessa Joy Photography

Bride's Attire: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaid's Attire: Liz Fields

Groom's Attire: Michael Kors

Groomsmen's Attire: Michael Kors

Wedding Planner: Royal Playa del Carmen; Xcaret

Flowers: Maya Diseño Floral

Cake: Zaida Marcos

Entertainment: Royal Playa del Carmen; The Shine Band


Best advice to couples planning a destination wedding: Do a site visit. Seeing the resort online was one thing, but we wanted to see exactly where the gazebo was located. We also met our coordinator and taste-tested the food.


I carried a bouquet of coral and ivory roses wrapped in ivory ribbon, which perfectly matched the sash of my gown.


We kept the ceremony decor to a minimum. To me, less is more, and when you have a gazebo overlooking the ocean, what more do you need? Resort staff draped white sashes through the inside of the gazebo and down the front columns. The cobblestone path and gazebo were sprinkled with coral and ivory rose petals.


Xcaret, a Maya archeological site and eco-park nestled between the rainforest and the ocean, is filled with different locations where we took pictures with our wedding party before guests arrived and the reception festivities began. Bridesmaids wore gowns by Liz Fields; groomsmen were in Indiana Jones-inspired khaki togs by Michael Kors.


The reception took place in Xcaret's palapa-style restaurant, Dos Playas, which means "two beaches" because the restaurant is surrounded by two beaches.


Being a Spanish teacher, I teach a lot about Mexican culture and wanted to include cultural touches in our wedding. I knew from the start we would have a mariachi band, and when I found out we were able to have Maya conch-shell blowers at cocktail hour, I was thrilled. We also included Day of the Dead bride and groom figurines, which my mother-in-law found in Playa del Carmen.


I ordered wooden Señor and Señora signs from an Etsy artist. The signs hung behind our chairs at the reception and also made a great prop for some pictures.


Like I said before, less is more, and Dos Playas didn’t need much decorating, thanks to its rustic beachy look. The centerpieces were light-orange lilies set on white tablecloths.


We had a cupcake tower with a small cake on top for us to cut. Cupcakes were a mix of pink champagne cake filled with chocolate buttercream and strawberries, and chocolate cake filled with hazelnut praline. The cake at the top was red velvet, my favorite.


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