Leah Becker & Lexton Bates
With the beach as the canvas, their wedding was picture perfect!
Wedding Date: April 10th, 2011
Photographer: True Vision Photography
Videographer: Jason Gouvela
Ceremony/ Reception: Azul Sensatori Beach by Karisma, Maya Riviera, Mexico
Event Planner: Élan Cachet Event Management – Antoinette, Michelle
Florist: Hibiscus Florals
Men’s Suits: Andrew’s Formals, Toronto, Ontario
As the waves rolled onto the shore and the sun shined brightly in the sky, Leah and Lexton stood side by side. Barefoot on the sandy beach, in the Maya Riviera, they stood under a white canopy, with close family and friends to proclaim their love and start on their journey of happily ever after.
On the night that Lexton proposed, Leah assumed it would be like any other visit, when Lexton had commuted from Mississauga to London, Ontario, they would just be having a nice evening together. Lexton however, had other plans for the evening.....Read Leah and Lexton's full proposal story
The Wedding Attire
Leah wore an ivory satin mermaid gown, designed by Mikaella. The dress featured a strapless sweetheart neckline, elongated asymmetrical bodice and handmade floral accent on one side of hip. The flared pick-up skirt resembled the shape of seashell washed up on the shore.
Leah customized her gown by adding an antique crystal beaded belt at the empire line.
Lexton wore an ivory suit with matching vest, shirt, tie and a cream fedora with a tan and black band on it.
As for the bridal party, the groomsmen wore a tan coloured suit, cream shirt and lime green tie. The bridesmaids had the privilege of picking their own bridesmaid dress in a lime green shade.
Leah said the following about her decor at the wedding:
“Our reception was on the beach. We wanted simple but elegant decor and it was easy to achieve with the beautiful tropical scenery and the ocean as a backdrop. You could hear the soft lullaby of the waves in the background.
“The reception entrance was lined with tiki torches that created a romantic ambience. The white linens on the table reflected off the moonlight and the authentic wooden vases filled with Calla lilies gave a simple elegance to our venue.
“But even with all this, the most important aspect for us was that everyone had a good time.”
The Most Memorable Moment
Leah most memorable moment was when she saw Lexton ride into the ceremony on a white horse.
“I had butterflies in my stomach and I was overwhelmed seeing Lexton, my knight in shining armour, riding towards me. The best part of all - he was about to become my husband,” Leah recalls.
As for Lexton, he has two moments that are unforgettable.
“When Leah and I walked into the reception and they announced us as Mr. And Mrs. Bates,” he remembers.
“And when we joined our wedding party in the middle of the reception area and ‘jumped up’ to the Soca song, ‘Palance.’”
Leah feels you have to be understanding and willing to compromise when you have a destination wedding.
“Not everyone will be able to attend and you also have to be able to accept wedding choices are limited to what the wedding venue offers,” Leah states.
“That being said, destination weddings are more intimate because they’re smaller and it’s a full week of celebrating in your honour!”
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