A Destination Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The couple wed in a secluded garden overlooking the ocean.

Jennifer Santos and Terrell Holt Jr. knew they wanted a destination wedding, and couldn’t resist the thought of heading to Mexico to escape a wet and chilly spring in New York City. The pair, who first met on OKCupid in June of 2014, had been together for four years and engaged for a year when they made the trip with 45 family members and friends to tie the knot in Puerto Vallarta on April 4, 2018. “We loved the seclusion and the setting of Martoca Beach Garden,” says Jen. “It’s beautiful and private, and we could customize every detail.”

The couple embraced the oceanside setting, but put a luxe and shimmering twist on a tropical wedding by using shades of white, coral, and gold. Fresh blooms, crystal chandeliers, and dramatic lighting created an intimate and inviting environment. Photographers Kristen Curette and Daemaine Hines captured every moment as Terrell and Jen exchanged vows surrounded by the people they love most. Keep reading to see more photos of this destination wedding in Mexico below—and don't forget to watch the couple's emotional video by Carly Marsh up above.

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Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines

Jen turned to Bijou Bridal for her sparkly mermaid gown featuring an embellished bodice and flowing skirt. A jewel-edged veil and statement earrings upped the shine-factor, while sheer accents kept her style feeling modern and fresh.

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Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines
<p>reciting vows bride and groom at altar</p><br><br>
Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines

Curtains parted for the bride's march down the aisle to “Why I Love You” by Major. The couple exchanged vows in the venue's garden, where they had chandeliers hung from the trees. “As a surprise to our guests, we had Terrell’s grandmother serve as our officiant,” says the bride.

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Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines
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Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines

After the “I do’s,” guests sipped piña coladas and white wine sangria as the sun began to set over the ocean.

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Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines
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Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines

At dinner, guests sat at tables draped in coral linens and decorated with gold accents. The night's menu was a Latin-inspired dinner, and the bride and groom surprised their guests with mini caramel apple dessert tacos.

During the al fresco meal, the newlyweds hit the dance floor for their first dance to “You” by Jesse Powell.

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Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines
sunset infinity pool
Photo by Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines

As the party continued, string lights and floating candles created a romantic glow throughout the garden, and late-night fireworks illuminated the sky. Says Jen, “It was such an epic moment! Our guests were totally surprised.”

Looking back, the couples says they were able to have the wedding of their dreams and stick to a budget. “Keeping the guest list small really helped,” says Jen. “It meant we were able to invest in great photography and videography to preserve all the memories!”

Wedding Team

Venue: Martoca Beach Garden

Coordinators: Maribarra Weddings

Officiant: Sylvia Edmondson-Holt

Bride's Dress: Bijou Bridal

Bride's Veil: Bijou Bridal

Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Hair: Graciela Saldivar

Makeup: Paloma Garcia

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coco Melody

Groom's Attire: Bespoke Noir

Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux

Catering & Cake: Martoca Beach Garden

Accommodations: Hyatt Ziva, Puerto Vallarta

Videography: Carly Marsh

Photography: Kristen Curette, Daemaine Hines

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