A barrio fiesta is one of the liveliest events in Latin America. It’s one big party for the whole town and everyone is treated like family. True to the bride’s Latina roots, when I saw Adriana and John’s wedding reception, a barrio fiesta immediately came to mind. Even if they had a lot of guests, it still felt quite intimate because of how the tables were arranged so that they made one big set-up where everyone was seated. It also had an area at the center for the speeches, toasts, and the bride and groom’s first dance. The whole event must have been quite the experience for everybody. Not to mention that it was in the Caribbean (the photos on the beach were phenomenal)! Congratulations on your beautiful wedding, Adriana and John!
The Album Story:
With a surname like Reyna, its only fitting that the proposal take place at a Castle. Thankfully Newport, Rhode Island provides such a place, if by name only: Castle Hill Inn. At night, John set up everything to propose, but Adriana grabs the camera and sets off to the private beach to capture the sunset, oblivious to the bottle of champagne and two glasses on the table. John grabs their little daughter Harper and the bottle and follows.
With Adriana snapping away atop an outcropping, John pulls a little black box from his pocket, hands it to Harper and says go give this to Mommy. As Adriana turns, she snaps a photo of John and Harper and the sunset, and a strange little something in Harper’s hand. Harper plays her part perfectly handing the box to Adriana as John drops to a knee and says, “Will you marry me?” She says yes.
After an initial plan to get married in Texas they settled for a Caribbean destination wedding. In the Mexican Riviera Maya they found the Hacienda del Mar, a private Villa right at the beach in Puerto Aventuras. They invited their closest friends and family and celebrated with about 65 guests. A good friend had the honour to be the officiant of the very personal ceremony in the beautiful garden of the hacienda. Bridesmaids and best men where the 3 brothers and sisters of the bride and groom. Main colors were coral and green tones. Adriana had bouquet made of succulents and the veil that her mother had worn at her wedding.
After a short portrait session, the bride and groom met their friends for the cocktail around the pool and then everyone entered the inner patio where dinner was served. Toasts and speeches where held by several family members before they converted the space into a dance floor. Even though plans were not to party so hard, the bride and groom did not take into account their crazy friends. Long before midnight, John ended up being thrown into the pool.
The next day was a bit chaotic for everyone between brunch saying goodbye to friends and planning the next days Adriana and John would spend in Tulum. They still made it to the After Wedding Photosession right at sunset to complete their bride and groom portraits.
Photographer: Maik Dobiey Wedding Photography
Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Brooks Brothers
Caterer: Gourmet Soberanis
Groomsman Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Dress Designer: Monique Lhullier
Bakery: Pasteleria La Migaja
Location: Riviera Maya Haciendas
Make-up Artist: Stylingtrio
Event Planner: Weddings Riviera Maya