There’s nothing quite like a beach wedding in the middle of February! Cheryl and David opted to escape the winter cold with a destination wedding at Jashita in Tulum, Mexico. Friends and family joined them for time on the beach, tequila tasting, and a churros cart. What a perfect way to celebrate tying the knot!
“We knew we wanted a destination wedding so that we could spend time with our guests over a few days, instead of trying to pack it into one night. We visited a bunch of locations but both of us loved Tulum from the start.”
“We knew we wanted a destination wedding to make it more of an ‘event’ and be sure to have enough time to spend with out guests over a few days, instead of trying to pack it into one night. We visited a bunch of locations but both of us loved Tulum from the start. For our ceremony we wanted to include traditional elements, but not make it feel too rigid or processional. We didn’t follow a template, we just talked about it as a couple and kept things we both agreed on.”
Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed. Brief. Genuine.
Who officiated your ceremony? Our friend Rachel. She’s both a wise soul and a great friend, and we deeply appreciate her marriage and thought she was a great example to follow. She also helped introduce us!
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We included “tradition-lite” – a stripped down tea ceremony and part of traditional Jewish weddings so that both our backgrounds would be represented.
What was your ceremony music? Dave chose all of our music, since he’s picky about that kind of thing.
Gathering Music: “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky, “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” by Magnetic Fields, “I Need My Girl” by The National
Processional, groom and parents: “I Hear the Bells” by Mike Doughtry
Processional, bridesmaids: “First Day of my Life” by Bright Eyes
Processional, bride: “You Belong To Me” by Bob Dylan
Recessional: “Let my Love Open The Door” by Sondre Lerche
What were your ceremony readings? A Blessing for a Journey: A Buddhist Prayer.
What were your vows like? Our vows we intentionally kept traditional – to have and to hold, sickness and death – all that good stuff. There was something comforting in knowing that although this is our journey, we were also following countless people who have done this before.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? This is kind of cliche, but in all honesty it was being able to celebrate the moment with our friends and loved ones.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? Beaches are awesome places to get married.
“Wanted to create an experience that our friends and family could share together. We just looked at the favorite parts of weddings we’ve attended and tried to include as many of them as possible.”
How would you describe your reception? Intimate and romantic. Also, a whole lot of people got to leave the East Coast in the middle of a polar vortex and come drink with us in Mexico. They did not disappoint.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a small cake, a churro stand and a popsicle stand.
Did you have a signature cocktail? We had a tequila tasting, and waiters on the dance floor pouring tequila into our guests mouths as they danced. That helped the party a lot.
First dance: “My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston
Father/Daughter, Mother/Son: “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Just remember that in the end people want to be there – they aren’t sweating all the little details and neither should you.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? I would be prepared with what your bottom line is before you choose your venue. It will put you into a stronger negotiating position.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Dancing!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? I think the pictures definitely capture the spirit and essence of it – it was the time of our lives!