Riviera Maya, Mexico

Family played an important role in the selection of their reception site as well. "Many years ago my brothers attended a wedding at Xcaret, an eco-park and nature reserve," Sunny says. "They could not stop talking about it. They told me that when I was to be married, Xcaret should be the place." Without even visiting the venue, the couple put down a deposit. "No one knows me better than my brothers," says the bride. "I trusted them completely."

The couple exchanged vows at sunset during a Catholic ceremony at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. "We wanted to keep things simple for our guests," she says. "The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were all at Xcaret, but held in different areas. This made things interesting but not complicated."

Per regulations in Mexico, the couple had a second, civil ceremony following the Catholic service.