Love beneath the Palms

Love beneath the Palms

Stephanie & Ryan Turner  |  May 23, 2015

Annapolitans Stephanie and Ryan Turner both love to travel. It is no wonder that this adventurous couple chose to get married in Riviera Maya, Mexico, at a resort overlooking the Caribbean. And, they did it their way. The bride wore three gowns, each more informal than the last, ending the evening in carefree sandals during a reception just steps from the beach. The groomsmen wore “Rainbow” sandals or similar comfortable footwear throughout.

Stephanie and Ryan incorporated the travel theme into the entire wedding, using a “boarding pass” for the save-the-date and a “passport” for the wedding invitation. Allison Barnhill Designs created the stationery, which featured palm trees with the couple’s initials entwined. The couple continued the palm tree motif throughout the event. It appears in the table numbers, escort cards, and the tote bag/beach bag wedding favors. To spotlight the tropical setting, the bride chose simple flowers and ivory as her color. The bridesmaids and groomsmen wore navy and coral, for a fun splash of color.

Fireworks announced the ceremony’s end, and a mariachi band led guests to a gazebo for cocktails. The reception took place on a private plaza with drapery and special lighting. Just steps from the beach, one could dance the night away beneath the palms.



Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal,
Tuxedos: Annapolis Formal and Tuxedos,
Stationery: Allison Barnhill Designs,
Travel Agency: Shelli’s Travel,
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya,