A Gorgeous Destination Wedding in The Mexican Caribbean

Michal and Ashley celebrated their beautiful destination wedding in Playa del Carmen Mexico at the Royal Playa del Carmen all inclusive resort.  Around twenty of their closest family and friends joined them in the gorgeous Mexican Caribbean to make their wedding day truly special. 

A Movie Script Love Story

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Michal and Ashley had a love story that was something short of a movie script. Having lived in the same state all their lives (Michal lived in Troy, Michigan while Ashley at Southgate, Michigan), their paths never crossed until they met each other on Match.com. And boy, it was definitely an instant connection. After numerous emails, the couple finally decided to meet at The Well in downtown Detroit in January 2011. After a successful first date, the two could not stop communicating! A few months later and they were on another date—this time, a much-deserved vacation at Riu Yucatan. It was during that trip that they both decided they were in something special.

The Proposal


Michal and Ashley were visiting Michal's sister and her family in Indianapolis for Thanksgiving in 2012. Michal decided to propose to Ashley on the day after Thanksgiving. Without any hesitation, Ashley said yes and the rest was history.

Why a Destination Wedding?

In April of 2011, Michal and Ashley were invited to a destination wedding of their friends, Marc and Katie, at the Royal Playa Del Carmen. It was there that they decided a destination wedding was the way to go. Michal and Ashley wanted their wedding to be a fun and social event with a beautiful view. Ashley loved the ocean view, but did not want to get married in the sand. They began to search for the perfect location for them.

Watch Katie and Marc's Destination Wedding Video Below

Finding the Perfect Location

Michal and Ashley reached out to Tami Santini, lead destination wedding designer for Paradise Getaways, for help in planning their destination wedding. They knew that Tami had helped plan Marc and Katie's destination wedding the year before,and they trusted her advice. After consulting with Tami, they decided that the Royal Playa Del Carmen was the best resort for their wedding.


Their Wedding Package

Michal and Ashley chose the Luxury Wedding Package at the ROYAL Playa del Carmen. This package had the inclusions they were looking for to create their dream wedding day at a great price. With a price of about $4300, the package covered the ceremony plus a couples massage, bouquet, hair/makeup, mani/pedi, boutonniere, decorated oceanfront wedding gazebo, professional video and photography services, a cocktail hour with appetizers, solo musician, Mexican trio and much much more! 

The Decor: Coral and Ivory

Michal and Ashley were able to add their own color customizations to their wedding package, and they chose Coral and Ivory.  Ashley's Bridesmaids wore beautiful short coral strapless dresses, gold sandals and had bouquets with ivory and coral roses tied with ivory ribbon. The groomsmen wore linen vests and pants, white shirts with coral and ivory striped ties, and sandals.The colors were perfect for a Caribbean destination wedding. 

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The Dresses

Ashley's gorgeous, ivory, light weight wedding dress juxtaposed beautifully to her bridemaid's coral dresses. 

The Ceremony

Michal and Ashley said their “ I dos” in the oceanfront gazebo at 5pm. All their guests sat inside the gazebo with them on white Tiffany chairs with sheer white bows, with their wedding party sitting in the front. They chose to do a symbolic wedding rather than a legal wedding, which means that they got legally married in the United States, before they did their symbolic wedding in Mexico. Many couples choose to do this who wish to have a destination wedding in Mexico, as there are not as many legal and time hoops to work around.


Let The Celebration Begin

To set the tone for the night, Michal and Ashley had an intimate beachfront reception with beautiful coral and gold décor plus ivory roses and candles. Their private 3 hour wedding reception with 4 course menu was inclusive of their Luxury Wedding Package. In lieu of guests “tinging” the glasses to get them to kiss, they gave them all maracas! To get the party started, they hired a local DJ with sound and lighting equipment and rented a light-up dance floor.

Congratulations to Michal and Ashley

As of this writing, Michal and Ashley are enjoying their new life together. They have also invested on a house of their own and currently working on its renovations. Together with their dog, Wynston, they are very much in love and excited to finish their home renovations as they will be starting a new family soon.

Special Thanks

Special thanks goes out to all of the vendors who helped make Michal and Ashley's dream destination wedding a reality:
Photography: Del Sol Photography
Destination Wedding Designer: Tami Santini
Wedding Package and Inclusions: Royal Weddings by Playa
On Site Wedding Coordinator: Katia
DJ, Sound and Lighting: Mannia

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