When Inna and Daniel began planning their March 31, 2012 destination wedding, they knew they wanted a celebration that would encompass love, romance, and fun, among the most important people in their lives. Amid a pristine Caribbean locale, combining world-class service, luxurious amenities, and spectacular views, guests gathered at Paradisus Playa del Carmen for a celebration of a lifetime.
About five months prior to the wedding, Inna spent October 20, 2011 in New York City to attend several business meetings. Upon arriving home, she was greeted with romantic candles that led from the front door to the living room, where Daniel was waiting on bended knee. She immediately began crying, threw her arms around him, and said “yes!” While the proposal was happening, Inna’s parents and sister were outside witnessing this wonderful occasion. “Words cannot explain the joy and happiness my parents felt in being able to share this very special moment with us. What a special gift Daniel gave my parents and me, and I will thank him for this forever,” Inna reminisced.
Guests were invited to the celebration with invitations from Wedding Paper Divas’ “Stylish Starfish” collection. The heavy textured cardstock featured ecru-colored scrollwork and tangerine starfish. Coordinating travel and accommodations enclosure cards were also included, which provided additional information.
The wedding day preparations began early for the bride, who began prepping at YHI Spa with her bridesmaids, mother, and mother-in-law. As the women were pampered to perfection with hair and makeup, the groom joined his father-in-law for breakfast and enjoyed a few hours relaxing with his groomsmen on the beach.
After seeing each other for the first time, which was Inna and Daniel’s favorite memory of the day, the couple signed the ketubah (Jewish marriage certificate) and proceeded with the gazebo ceremony. Inna walked down the aisle wearing a beautiful Marisa trumpet-style gown with an asymmetrical silk ruched bodice and accordion-style organza skirt. Custom silk flowers embellished with Swarovski crystals and a French-cage veil completed her look flawlessly. Daniel wore a signature two-button tan suit with an ecru herringbone spread collar dress shirt and classic Michael Kors striped tie. As the sun was setting, the couple exchanged vows surrounded by their closest family and friends.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and guests headed to the poolside reception, which was beautifully decorated with ivory silk organza draping the walls and ceiling. Low centerpieces of lush blooms, candles, antique table number frames, and custom “thank you” stationery completed each tablescape design, while a three-column backdrop made of tangerine rose petals was set behind the sweetheart table.
Matt and Jonathan of Del Sol Photography captured the day’s events in a photojournalistic style. “Not only is Del Sol’s reputation outstanding, but their work speaks for itself. We were both absolutely amazed while looking through their recent work,” commented Inna.
Guests thoroughly enjoyed the reception from the eclectic mix of music of today’s top hits, Russian, Italian, and Spanish songs provided by DJ Pushkin, to the customized menu options. Cocktail hour began with light fare of sushi, empanadas, spring rolls, Spanish tortillas, and cheese and nut tarts, followed with a goat cheese salad appetizer and an entrée choice of sea bass with tapenade, beef filet, or chicken breast stuffed with spinach and pine nuts. “The food was extraordinary. We were able to mix and match food selections from different menus to create a truly customized menu and food experience for our guests,” noted Inna. Chocolate and raspberry mille feuille was served for dessert, along with the two-tiered almond wedding cake with fresh berry filling.
At the end of the wedding weekend, Inna and Daniel headed to Excellence Riviera Cancun for their honeymoon.
Inna & Daniel
March 31, 2012
Paradisus Playa del Carmen • Mexico
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony & Reception Location: Paradisus Playa del Carmen
Officiant: Gabriela Macedo
Photographer: Del Sol Photography
Ceremony Music & Entertainment: DJ Pushkin
Florist: Eventos Euforia
Wedding Coordinator: Alquima Events
Cake Designer: Paradisus Playa del Carmen
Bridal Gown Designer: Marisa
Headpiece & Veil: Annie Hammer Jewelry • Shoes: Nina Shoes
Formal Attire: JoS. A. Bank
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Favors: Custom Welcome Bags
Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: YHI Spa
Aisle Runner: Original Runner Co.
Honeymoon Location: Excellence Riviera Cancun- Riviera Maya, Mexico