We continue our Wedding Week series today with another beautiful and romantic wedding — on the beach!
Today’s featured wedding is New Latina reader Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack! Enjoy!
Where/how did you and your husband meet?
We met at a camping trip coordinated by mutual friends. Although we didn’t start dating at first we did like each other and eventually started dating a couple months later. Our relationship progressed very quickly and we were pregnant three months after dating. Naughty!
How/where did your husband propose?
Bill proposed to me in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, when our daughter was 18 months old. While in Mexico we agreed that our wedding location should reflect my Mexican culture and our love of the beach.
Where was your wedding and did you have a theme?
Our wedding was April 15, 2006. We set our sights on Playa del Carmen, Mexico on the Mayan Caribbean, where the water is always turquoise and the sand is always cool between your toes. After visiting Playa and discovering Ajua’s, an amazing restaurant with delicious food and fantastic service, we realized that a fun Mexican fiesta would be the style of wedding that everyone would remember. It would be the ultimate mix of incorporating our love of the beach and Mexico! Surrounded by friends, family and a few tourists, we exchanged spiritual Mayan vows on the beach. After the Mayan ceremony and champagne toast on the beach, everyone followed us two blocks in a procession with mariachis to the reception site. Locals and tourists applauded as we walked by. We then entered into the organza covered rustic restaurant where white sparkling lights illuminated dark wooden posts. Round glass vases filled with sand, an orchid and a votive candle on the center of each table set a very romantic setting. Live Peruvian style music played during dinner and after dinner the dancing began with live Latin music.
The most memorable/wonderful part of your wedding day?
Our daughter at the time was three years old and was our flower girl. She will always remember that day and calls it “our wedding”. Once the Shaman pronounced us husband and wife, my daughter shouted with glee, “Yay, for mommy and daddy!” It was the cutest thing and it made all of our guests laugh.
Another memorable moment was that our family and guests wore simple clothing in white and cream, to share in the spiritual energy created by the ceremony. It was wonderful looking out and seeing our friends and family help support the meaning and theme of the Mayan ceremony.
Your best advice to someone preparing their wedding day?
Don’t stress and have a destination wedding! Our destination wedding and trip was an experience that surpassed all of our expectations, hopes and honestly even our dreams. Our wedding day will not only be in our hearts forever, but will also live within our guest’s hearts as well.
Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack is an El Paso, Texas native, writing a cookbook with her sister Veronica Gonzalez-Smith and their mother, Evangelina Soza titled Muy Bueno: Three-Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor. You can visit her blog at MuyBuenoCookbook.Wordpress.com
Wedding Coordinator: Ajua Weddings
Photographer: Jeanine Thurston