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Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Wedding – Marybeth & John

Marybeth and John lived in the same dorms for their freshmen year. Then during senior year, John was the Assistant General Manager at a hotel, and Marybeth went into the hotel in the hopes of getting a job in a front desk position. John hired her, and after they worked together for a few months, they began to date. They then dated on and off for eight years.

When it came to the proposal, John had it all planned out. He had told Marybeth that he had a class in Tallahassee that he was hosting some training for, and he would need to stay overnight. It was memorial day weekend in 2016, and he told Marybeth that she could come with him, and they would stay at the Hotel Duval which is a new modern hotel in Tallahassee. He had made plans to leave and have a shuttle come and pick Marybeth up, and then bring her to the Wescott building at Florida State where he would propose to her. He asked if she was going to stay in the room and wait, and she said she would, but once he had been gone for about fifteen minutes, Marybeth decided that she would go and get her nails done, and she didn’t want to wait in the car. Unfortunately, this ruined the entire plan! The shuttle wasn’t able to pick her up, and John called her and said “are you on your way to see me?” but he ended up coming to pick her up instead, and brought her to the famous Wescott Fountain, where he proposed!

Marybeth is an adventure seeker, and she believed that it made no sense to spend so much money on one day when you can spend the same amount for a week-long vacation with your closest family and friends by your side. “We wanted something small, but different. We tried a Sandals resort, and we hated it, so we tried Zoetry before we decided against the destination wedding theme altogether. When we came here, we knew this was it. It’s serene, peaceful, and intimate. Perfect setting for the wedding.”

“We added a few special touches to our wedding day. The first day we got to Mexico, John and I went out into town together to get some Mexican memorabilia for our guests’ beach welcome bags in their rooms. We also bought maracas for each guest at the ceremony, and attached a little tag that said shake for the kiss! We had a pretty unique unity ceremony. It was a glass ceremony where we chose our favourite coloured crystal glass pieces and poured them into a vase together and then sent them to a glassmaker to make a glass statue symbolising our unity. We both wrote our own vows that were very emotional and sincere, and our favourite part was our first dance that we choreographed in the states. The dance gave us something else to do together prior to our wedding to bond and enjoy each others company, and when we had our first dance, it felt like no one else was there except the two of us. It was fantastic!”

Marybeth and John’s wedding ceremony was held in The Bird Room at the Zoetry Resort. It was a beautiful pavilion with amazing woodwork throughout. The pavilion overlooked the ocean and had a peaceful ambience. Their ceremony was decorated with greenery upon the guest aisle chairs, green garland on the ceremony table, and traditional Mexican maracas on the guest chairs. For the reception they wanted it to be very intimate, so all twenty-five of the guests sat at one long rectangular table. They incorporated sea glass as place cards, floating candles, and garland as the centrepieces. They had fairy lights strewn across the garden above the tables and dance floor. The weather was perfect, and the decor was simple and classic!

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Photographer: WeddingDayStory // Venue: Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita // Event Designer: Kristina Guerrero Serrano // Bridesmaid Dresses: Colour by Kenneth Winston // Invitation Designer: 4 Love Polka Dots // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Dress Designer: Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta // Beauty: Trend & Art

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