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Michelle + Dony | Monique Lhuillier Wedding from Octavio Montes Photography

Michelle and Dony were married  at a destination wedding in Mexico, choosing a contemporary rooftop ceremony with sweeping views of the ocean and dramatic skies. Michelle wore a beautifully glamorous two part wedding dress from Monique Lhuillier comprised of a corset and a soft tulle skirt. The gown, combined with pastel pinks and rose floral arrangements kept this classic beach wedding super romantic. And don’t miss the fabulously vibrant photos of the couple’s Indian ceremony!

Michelle + Dony | April 30, 2014 | Mayan Riviera, Mexico | Dress Listing: Monique Lhuillier, Gleam Corset and Lilac Tulle Skirt

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The Ceremony
Dony and I are from different regions of Canada, but met in university. With our family and friends in different places, it was natural choice to have our wedding somewhere away so that all guests would have to travel. Dony had spent 8 years working in the travel industry in Mexico and he had also taken me several times so it had a special place in both of our hearts. It was easy to agree on the Mayan Riviera as our destination! The people, culture, and scenery are all equally beautiful!

We had a romantic white wedding on the modern rooftop of the hotel with a touch of soft pink. A cellist played while the guests entered the rooftop and during the bridal processional and the maid of honour (a trained opera singer) also sang a blessing. My Baba (Ukrainian for grandmother) was a talented artisan and had handmade the tablecloth seen in some photos. This past year she had passed away so we brought that tablecloth to represent her and honour her at the wedding.

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The Reception
Our reception was a celebration and dance party filled with bubbles … and our closest friends! We had a live band, the Romantic Yucatecan Trio play during our dinner and in between the speeches, mostly traditional Mexican and Cuban songs. We had heard this band playing on a previous trip to Mexico and we fell in love with them…so we had to have them play at our wedding! Dony even surprised me and all of the guests by standing up and singing one of my favourite songs”Cielito Lindo” with the band. A DJ took over and after lots of dancing, our guests all ended the night by jumping into the swimming pool…fully dressed!

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The Indian Ceremony
Our Indian celebration was two nights before the wedding in Mexico, and blessed us as a couple and prepared us for marriage. We lit a ceremonial fire and took 7 steps together around it, each step to signify 7 vows or promises to one another. The guests all wrote a blessing for us and fed us sweets while they wished us the blessings they had written The night was filled with everything Indian: colors, food, and music! The hotel even customized an Indian menu for us that night. It was very important to Dony’s family to have a night to celebrate their culture.

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Michelle’s Dress Search
I had gone to many stores with my mom before I found this dress.  It was the last one I put on and I had seen it in the corner of my eye leaving the store and went back inside to try on one last dress!

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How Michelle Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Soft, romantic, beautiful

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Why Michelle Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I would love someone else to have a special day in the dress rather than sit in my storage unit!

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Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Gleam Corset and Lilac Tulle Skirt | Photography: Octavio Montes Photography | Ceremony Venue: Rooftop at Azul Beach Hotel | Reception Venue: Ballroom at Azul Beach Hotel | Wedding Planner: Lomas Travel and Paola from Azul Beach Hotel | Floral Design: Lomas Travel | Cake: Lomas Travel

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