05 Nov A MINIMALIST TROPICAL WEDDING IN SAASIL KANTENAH, AKUMAL
Bride & Groom:
KATE & LIAM
COURTNEY TIMMS PHOTOGRAPHY
SAASIL KANTENAH, AKUMAL
Take a moment to imagine the perfect beach wedding. Swaying palm trees, a gentle sea breeze and turquoise water gently crashing against the sand. This was the exact setting for Kate and Liam’s minimalist tropical wedding in Saasil Kantenah, Akumal.
We have never seen a couple quite so focused on their guest’s experience as this loved up twosome. From the moment their friends and family arrived, Liam and Kate kept them busy with Mexican fiestas, sunset beach BBQs and many local activities. They planned an entire weekend of celebrations in the buildup to their big day, and the personal touches didn’t stop there. Kate bought all of her bridesmaids matching Mexican robes to wear on the morning of her wedding day and Liam presented his groomsmen with some local booze. While our bride to be had the full beauty treatment by Vo Evolution, her bridesmaids relaxed in their robes and enjoyed a glass or two of champagne.
Our newlyweds chose an ocean-inspired blue and white theme for their wedding, which became clear as the bridal party emerged wearing flowing gowns in different tones of deep and bright blue. As the bridesmaids and groomsmen made their way to the beach ceremony, Kate and Liam slipped away to enjoy a quick ‘first-look’ photoshoot. The moment they saw each other all the nerves and tension of the day melted away, leaving just love and excitement. To continue the very personalised theme of their wedding, our bride and groom chose Courtney Timms to be their wedding photographer, a long-time friend of both Kate and Liam.
After a few stunning snaps in front of the picturesque onsite church, it was time for the ceremony to begin. The scene was set; the sun hung lazily in the sky, palm trees lined the shore and the blue water glistened like a blanket of stars. The guests were encouraged to take off their shoes and enjoy the sand between their toes as they waited for a glimpse of the bride. Finally, Kate emerged at the end of the aisle, grinning ear to ear on the arm of her proud father. As she made her way to the love of her life, tears began to form in many an eye and a huge smile could be seen on every single face.
In keeping with their easy, breezy tropical wedding, Kate and Liam’s ceremony was short, sweet and filled with love and laughter. After the vows had been recited and the “I do”s had been said, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a few cold beers and an energetic round of piñata smashing. Once all the candy had been collected, the wedding moved into the completely transparent tent at Saasil Kantenah. What made this tent location so special is that you could see out to the ocean as the sun set and then gaze up at the stars once it got dark, while being protected no matter the weather. Luckily, Kate and Liam didn’t have that worry, and as soon as the delicious dinner by Chef Cristian Morales was over, a live band set up outside and the party really got started.
One thing we can say about the guests at this wedding is that they know how to party! Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and life long friends all packed onto the dance floor, shaking their gifted maracas and grooving away. After the live band, DJ Julian Molina kept the party going until 2 am, when the guests gave their final congratulations, hugs and kisses, and made their way back to their beachfront hotel rooms.