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Tessa + Brett • Intimate Intercultural Wedding Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Photo by Vincent

ARABIAN NIGHTS

Photography by Vincent Ribon & assistant Alfredo

Tessa and Brett’s wedding did not seemed to be written in the stars at the beginning as she, Canadian and he, Persian, were both involved in a relationship when they were first introduced to each other by a friend of Brett and even if they were working in the same hospital, it took a while before they ran into each other a second time. This time it was for good, as Tessa described:” when they  got into conversation it was as if the world around them disappeared and they were the only two persons in the place”.
After deciding on each other, they decided to come to the Riviera Maya even though they had never visited the region before, pictures of the white sandy beaches with palm trees and a turquoise blue sea captured their harts. It was interesting to become familiar with the Persian Wedding Ceremony which has a very strong and elaborate tradition, this time slightly adapted to the caribbean setting. But the exclusive service of Diana and her team of Romance Coordinators at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, together with the impressive flower decoration of Vanessa Jaimes married perfectly tradition and destination. The styling trio made the bride look stunning for this special day. Set aside the process before the actual wedding day, on this day a very elaborated cloth with several kinds of food and decorations is set up at the ceremony site, each symbolizing a different aspect of the ancient religion. Among others a cup of rose-water and a rose extracted from the Gol-e Mohammadi (Mohammadan flower) to perfume the air; Symbols of Fertility such as decorated eggsalmondswalnuts and hazelnuts; Mirror of Fate and two candelabras, very important in ancient religion and symbols of light and fire. During the ceremony two sugar cones made out of hardened sugar are softly ground together above the bride and bridegroom’s head by a happily married female relative to shower them in sweetness.

Photo by Vincent

Photo by Alfredo

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