Bride of the Week: Danielle Beck
Winter in Mexico
Danielle and Peter hopped on a plane to Mexico to celebrate their wedding in true seaside style.
The couple had always talked about having a destination wedding as a way to get all of their families together, as well as to indulge in a warm-weather getaway in the middle of winter. So on January 19th, 2013, the two gathered 65 of their closest family and friends for a wedding that was more than warm enough to chase away the winter chill.
Peter and Danielle wed in a traditional Catholic ceremony with a unique twist: it took place in an open-air church with a weathered thatched roof. Some guests sat in the church, while others stood around in the sand, all surrounding the couple with their love and support.
Danielle came down the aisle on her father’s arm. She complemented her one-of-a-kind champagne and white lace gown, by Marie Margot, with a bouquet in hues of white and soft pink, ideal for the airy ceremony location. She wore a pair of diamond and pearl earrings gifted to her by her step-mother-in-law, who was unable to attend the wedding but was truly there in spirit. The earrings were, and are, a reminder to Danielle of how blessed she is to have married into such a wonderful family.
One of Danielle’s favorite moments was during the exchange of rings: She didn’t want to add a band to her diamond engagement ring to take away from it’s beauty, so instead of a band, Peter surprised her with a sapphire ring to wear as a symbol of their union, instead. She now wears one ring on each hand, an ever-present reminder of their love.
The reception was decorated with photographs of the couple with their friends and family, yet another reminder of the love that surrounds them. Instead of a traditional guest book, they asked guests to take photos of themselves with a Polaroid camera, then put them into a book alongside a written message to the couple.
There was a sweet moment of “icing on the cake” as the evening came to a close. Going along with tradition, Danielle chose to toss her bouquet at the reception. Her best friend Kassie, the last single girl in their group of friends, caught the bouquet. The good luck charm worked, and Kassie was engaged a few months later!
Could you ask for a better ending than that?