With a shared love of travel, Jessica and Jonathan knew they would say “I do” in one of their favorite countries–Mexico. After settling on Hacienda Yaxcopoil–without ever seeing it in person–the couple’s dreamy glamorous old-Hollywood day came to fruition thanks to planner Tailor Made Dreams. With simple rattan decor and orchids and Calla Lilies arranged by Pure Love Floral, the focus remained on the beauty of the venue’s lush palm trees and old-world facade.
Along with the natural decor, we can’t stop dreaming about Jessica’s Pronovias gown, which she fell in love with because “the subtle beading reminded [her] of palm fronds,” which matched the hacienda’s greenery beautifully. Not to mention Jonathan looked Rico Suave in his cream linen Suit Supply tux, perfect for the warm Mexican sunshine.
So get those bags packed (and don’t forget the sunscreen) because this wedding–beautifully captured by Ana Hinojosa–will transport you right into the heart of the jungle.
Jessica and Jonathan
Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Wedding Advice From The Bride
Destination wedding or not, don’t compromise on your vision before finding out if it’s possible! I wasn’t sure my vision would work out, but after exploring and talking to a few local wedding planners, I realized it might be. Of course, it requires taking a leap of faith, and you definitely need to do your research and find the right people to help, but we were 100% happy with our wedding and the entire experience around the wedding day.
Why A Merida Destination Wedding
We settled on Merida because we were in awe of its layered history, opulent architecture, and lush landscape. Although we’d traveled to other cities in Mexico, we’d never been to Merida. We had the great fortune of engaging wonderful local wedding planners, Fernanda Sánchez and Yonatan Lara of Tailor Made Dreams. They made the entire process seamless and assuaged our fears about getting married in a foreign city we’d never even been to. Fernanda helped us virtually navigate the myriad of breathtaking haciendas in the region, even making the three hour trip from Playa del Carmen to send us videos of the haciendas. While there are several amazing haciendas in the greater Merida region, each with its own appeal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil was the one that best melded the glamour of old Merida and the natural vibrancy of the Yucatan.
Embracing The Mexican Culture
We loved hearing from so many of our guests how much they loved Merida and what a great time they had. As we had hoped, many of our guests made a short vacation out of our wedding and stayed a few extra days to explore the city, nearby ruins, cenotes, and even nearby towns. It warmed our hearts to see so many of our guests see what we see in Mexico – the wonderful people, amazing food, and endless beauty.
Congratulations again to Jessica and Jonathan on their elegant Merida destination wedding! Big thank you to Ana Hinojosa for capturing the beauty of the day. We know that planning destination weddings can be confusing, which is why we’ve gathered destination wedding etiquette tips you need to know!
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A three day long wedding in Yucatán, México starting with a ceremony and ending with a party. Count us in. Arturo and Robert’s intimate jungle chic wedding at Chablé Resort & Spa was the perfect combination of elegance and a good time. The couple, with the help of wedding planner Yucatán Love, created a day full of local Yucatán cultural influences. From the authentic Yucatán foods and cocktails to dancers welcoming guests entering the hacienda, no detail was left untouched.
The grooms contrasting black and navy suits perfectly complemented the lush jungle greenery from the day-time ceremony through the night-time reception, turned party. We are beyond grateful photographer and videographer Meraki Weddings captured the intentionality—from the grooms matching iridescent bow ties to the light-up transparent jungle dance floor—that made this day special and unique.
Arturo and Roberto
Mérida, Yucatán, México
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Congratulations to Arturo and Robert for their intimate jungle chic wedding at Chablé Resort & Spa. Big thanks to photographer and videographer Meraki Weddings for sharing these jaw-dropping photos that captured the bold colors—a 2021 wedding trend—and cherished details celebrating these grooms.
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We’re holding on to every last bit of summer here at Junebug–which isn’t too hard with beautiful destination weddings like this one. Sarah and Florzell’s elegant Yucatan wedding at Hacienda Sac Chich had everything we love in destination weddings. The couple, with the help of planner Joe Bolaños Alonzo, created a day that was complete with minimalistic touches that didn’t take away from the historic venue’s natural beauty.
RAW Studio did an incredible job with the florals–focusing on keeping the colors muted, which perfectly contrasted with the lush jungle. And we can’t get enough of the romantic lights hanging amidst the palm trees during their low-key reception. We can’t wait for you to see how Junebug member MemoryBox Photography brilliantly captured every detail of the day. Keep scrolling to see some gorgeous mismatched bridesmaids, a fun first look with the groom and his mother, and a golden hour ceremony.
Sarah and Florzell
Hacienda Sac Chic, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Why Hacienda Sac Chich
We’ve always been drawn to the juxtaposition of historic and modern architecture, and we wanted a venue where both of our families could stay for the entire wedding weekend. When I stumbled upon Hacienda Sac Chich through The Venue Report, I knew it was the one. We put a security deposit down after one meeting with the venue’s property manager.
Including Family In The Wedding
One of the things we were most pleased with was how personal our ceremony felt. We are both extremely close with our families, who played important roles in the ceremony. Our parents walked us down the aisle, my uncle officiated our ceremony–which we kicked off with a thank you to our parents, our moms led our unity candle ceremony, and my cousin read our scripture passage. We also felt super comfortable throughout the entire ceremony. Looking back at the photos, we were smiling and laughing the whole time even through the tear-filled moments.
Advice For Destination Weddings
If you’re planning a destination wedding, I highly recommend hiring a local wedding planner that has worked with your venue before. We relied heavily on our planner–Joe Bolaños–to connect us with local vendors and negotiate fair prices. If your wedding is in another country, inquire about the vendor payment process ahead of time. We had a learning curve trying to navigate vendor’s preferences (Paypal, Remitly, Xoom, wire transfer, etc.), and we ultimately ended up paying a lot more in fees than we wanted to.
A Traditional Yucatecan Menu
We are big foodies and wanted our guests to experience local Yucatecan cuisine. We served sopa de lima, short rib sopes, shrimp enfrijoladas, and duck confit tacos. Even the cocktails incorporated local flavors like tamarind and guava. In place of a traditional wedding cake, we had a churro cart, making them fresh to order.
Congratulations again to Sarah and Florzell on their elegant Yucatan wedding at Hacienda Sac Chich! Thank you to Junebug member, MemoryBox Photography, for sharing their special day with Junebug. To see more of MemoryBox Photography’s work, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!
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