Real Wedding | Lucia + Jeff

This beachside wedding was gorgeous in every way. Lucia and Jeff beautifully combined traditions from their Mexican and Jewish heritages, for a lovely celebration overflowing with warmth and love. Lucia looked simply amazing in her form fitting Monique Lhuillier gown. And from the look in their eyes, you can tell this couple has a lifetime of joy and happiness ahead.

Lucia + Jeff | December 4, 2010 | Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The ceremony

Our ceremony was held at the Hotel las Palapas, located on a magnificent beach of white sand, turquoise sea and palm trees. We were married under a huppah on the Mexican Caribbean at sunset. The ceremony included a mix of Jewish and Mexican traditions. I circled around Jeff seven times, a Jewish symbol of wholeness. Jeff gave me 13 coins, which in Mexican tradition represents a promise to provide well for our family. Also, we wore a knot around us that represented the commitment to our love, and Jeff finished with the breaking of the glass that symbolized that our marriage will be as difficult to break.

The reception

The reception was in a palapa and we enjoyed traditional Mexican food, hand made tortillas, guacamole, mole. Our first dance was a smooth salsa song by Buena Vista Social Club “Boliviana” that was adapted to “Mexicana.” Jeff and I took salsa lessons and it turned out great! The decorations on the tables included local tropical flowers and candles in very simple vases. Tables were named with the locations of the places were Jeff and I have lived.

We had an incredible band – Balance – during the wedding, they were able to play live Jewish music such as  “The Hora” and salsa music . Everyone mixed and blended. I loved seeing my family dancing with Jeff’s relatives, and my friends with his friends. It was the first time that out two sides of the family met. We ended with a mariachi band that played traditional Mexican music. We were dancing and drinking tequila. It was the best day in my life.

The way Lucia felt in her wedding dress

I just felt like a princess on the most special day of my life.

Why she decided to sell her wedding gown

I won’t be able to wear it again and I want that dress to continue to live and bring the same happiness it gave me to more women.

Lucia’s dress: Monique Lhuillier, Caroline

Photography: Victor Herrera and Citlalli Rico