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Escape to Cozumel, Mexico Destination Wedding: Veliyana & Matt

Years ago, Veliyana and Matt were working at the same grocery store for months in different departments, but never knew the others name.  After work one night and at a local bar, Matt finally talked “to the bank girl” he had told a good friend he wanted to ask out.  During their first conversation, Matt managed to accidentally knock over Vel’s drink and it spilled all over her shirt.

After that memorable night, Matt didn’t have the courage to ask Vel out.  Vel, on the other hand, sent him the sweetest message and after a few messages back and forth, a date was planned.  Ever since that first date, Matt and Veliyana have planned life…together.  They have supported each other through her undergraduate and graduate school, and his paramedic school, police and fire academy.

On a warm and little overcast day, Veliyana and Matt invited their family and closest friends to celebrate their destination wedding on the island of Cozumel in Mexico.   Both lovers of tropical getaways, they fell in love with this destination years ago while vacationing.  The day from start to finish was remarkable and filled with so much love, a little rain, fancy tropical drinks served in coconuts, live music, celebration and dancing.  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from this absolutely gorgeous wedding…

Beautiful details before the beautiful day unfolded

Brittany’s good friend and bridesmaid happens to be do hair and makeup professionally…

Across the resort, Matt spent the early afternoon getting ready…

I loved that Vel and Matt wanted to have a private ‘First Look’…

…and take some pretty beautiful pictures together afterwards! <3

It did happen to rain and we walked around the resort looking for covered areas.  (You would never know it was pouring behind them).

And then the sun came out right before they were married!

A gorgeous place in the sand to get married…

Vel’s dad walking her down the aisle

Officially married!

The staff at the resort was amazing, and surprised the bridal party with some pretty fantastic drinks to keep them cool!

Beautiful best friends of the Bride and Groom…


Vel… you are just stunning!

Just as the rain was beginning again, we managed to get in just a few more pictures on the dock…

Cocktail hour overlooking the beautiful Caribbean

An epic First Dance on the patio

A special Thank You to everyone who made this day even more beautiful!

Resort | Secrets Aura Cozumel

Beauty | Brittany Mescolotto

Bride’s Dress | Evas’s Bridal of Chicago

Bride’s Shoes | INC International Concepts

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie

Groom’s Suit | Island Importer

DJ & Live Music | Secrets Aura Cozumel

Photography | Annie Steele Photography

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