Although Maggie and Rich held their destination wedding at the popular all-inclusive resort, Azul Sensatori, they chose to make it a DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding. Maggie designed many of the gifts, party favors, and decorations for the ceremony site and the reception. Many brides coming from the U.S. and Canada for their Riviera Maya Destination Wedding have discovered that some of the resort charges can really add up. Not only do they get exactly what they want when they do a DIY wedding and reception, they usually save some money.

The weather was a little uncooperative (wet), so they chose two indoor venues so they would not have to stress about the weather. Once that decision was made, it was full-speed ahead with two Latin families (Italian and Colombian) who knew how to celebrate with style.

Maggie made sure Rich had a few special touches from her (think embroidered boxer briefs), including a gold pocket watch engraved with the words, “Corinthians 13:7” and “See you at five on the 7th” and “Te amo M” (“I love you” for you non-Spanish speaking readers).

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Maggie was gorgeous in her dress and Badgley Mischka heels. Love that color!! We could describe it, but Maggie describes it much better:

“My dress… it was THE ONE to marry my One 😉 it was that one that I never pictured wearing but as soon as I put it on, it made me gasp, it made me feel like the ultimate woman for my man, and it even made me cry like I swore I wouldn’t – I had even mocked that crying ONLY happens in movies! The dress design was from the Ysa Makino Couture line. All throughout the dress it consisted exquisite hand embroidery and Swarovski crystals that made it sparkle with every turn!”

Rich was waiting as she glided down the aisle on her father, Armando’s, arm past the signs that she had placed by each row. Before the ceremony, her father told us in Spanish, “This is the wedding of my little girl, you’re going to take beautiful pictures – no” It wasn’t a question.

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We love working at Azul Sensatori, because it seems we always find some place new to make creative photos. However, Maggie definitely steered us to the pool room, since they are both passionate about the game. How can Rich concentrate on that shot with that beautiful woman distracting him?? No worries, the man has nerves of steel, but a definite soft spot for our raven-haired beauty!

Once more, she describes her day the best (with a few tips for you future brides):

“Most memorable moment hands down was the ceremony!!! From the very point of laying my eyes on Richie and walking over to him.. How the stresses of a wedding day can quickly add up but as soon as I laid eyes on that man.. he was the epitome of a GQ heartthrob and my heart’s dream! ..we have a description from when we first met, when it’s hard to put into words what we’re experiencing, so we describe the feeling as: our hearts feel swollen. And it continued like a first date, a first kiss, the first flutters… It was def the ceremony as a whole from Richie’s promises, his face when I read to him my vows, Dan’s first time officiating a wedding but how natural he came across capturing us and our guests.. to the very small seconds of distraction when I had to whisper to Richie and ask him if he was ok because he almost blacked out on me right at the altar! ((I say it was the dress 😉 and he agrees saying it didn’t help his blood rushing away from his head!))
I know it may be cliche to hear this time and time again, but that day was my favorite.. everything going haywire and not at all as my inner meticulous planner had imagined a perfectly executed wedding should be.. and, yet.. I still get a smirk on my face when I close my eyes and see that arch with dripping lace and greenery, the soft glow in the clouds (with that rainbow!), my dress glistening right under me with every step I took and the ultimate topping to any wedding dream: the handsome man in the perfect shade of blue waiting just for me with the most honest love I have witnessed.. I could not think of a more perfect Saturday.. “

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Azul Sensatori Wedding | Maggie & Rich

Author: Mike & Jennifer Lewis

Michael & Jennifer Lewis are happy to serve client’s with amazing Cancun destination wedding photography and are highly recommend as Cancun’s Best Wedding photographers on Wedding Wire.