Playa Del Carmen Destination Wedding | Emily + Dan

Like most true love, it was met over drinks. Our mutual friend introduced us at a bar and quickly walked away so we were awkwardly alone. Luckily the awkwardness lasted only a moment and we instantly connected after that. After a long great conversation, Dan asked for Emily’s phone number and before he could finish, Emily had already started giving it to him. We barely waited for our first date which started at the De Young Museum and went on to a long stroll through Golden Gate Park, a low key vietnamese dinner and drinks after. We finally looked at the clock and realized our date had lasted for 12 hours. Our friends that knew about our date were worried that they didn’t hear from us and thought we might have been kidnapped. After that, we were hooked.

Dan and I are most at home by the beach so when we got engaged we knew instantly that we wanted our wedding to take place in front of the ocean. Mexico holds a special place in our hearts because of Dan’s mexican heritage so Playa Del Carmen was perfect. We wanted to have a wedding that was custom tailored to us as a couple so we chose 2 beautiful haciendas to host us. Our goal was to have a celebration where there were just as many laughs as there were tears so we worked to make the space beautiful yet youthful. Having the ceremony and reception all outdoors with the beach in front of us made the experience unforgettable.


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Destination wedding:  Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, Mexico  ((Playa Del Carmen))
Venue: Riviera Maya Haciendas (Hacienda Del Mar for Ceremony + Hacienda Corzaon for dinner)
Planner + Designer: Ashley Smith / / @buzzworthysf
Photographer: BrittRene Photo
Make-Up Artist: Katie Nash Beauty /
Florist: Amanda Luu / Studio Mondine /
Catering: Riviera Maya Haciendas
DJ: Mauricio Aviles
Stationary- Invites: Custom design by Natalie Jensen
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: BHLND
Jewls: My mom had my earrings made from sapphires she bought in Thailand and diamonds from her engagement ring.
Rings: Brilliant Earth for Dan’s and mine is from Diane’s Estate Jewelry
Offciant: Trevor Easter
Bartender: Sam Jimminez lead bartender