Elise + John | El Dorado Royale, Mexico

Elise and John met playing co-ed soccer in the fall of 2010.  After about a year of Elise yelling at John for not passing the ball enough and John yelling at Elise for not playing defense well enough, they started dating.  He fell in love with her take-charge personality on the field and she fell in love with how he made her feel “at home.”



Elise is a dear friend and I feel so lucky to have witnessed her relationship with John begin and grow first-hand.  They share an adventurous spirit, a love for athletics, a cutie-pie shepherd dog, and an intense interest in music.  They give each other balance.  They make each other better.Rushgettingready-27

I was incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to help with some of the details for Elise + John’s Riviera Maya beach wedding.  Their wedding day was the perfect embodiment of their personalities: calm, cool, a little sass, and a lot of fun.  Tributes to their favorite songs and concert experiences were incorporated into many of the sweet decor details, and fun, off-beat music selections were chosen for the day’s events.  Is there a cooler kind of bride than one who walks down the aisle to Michael Jackson and is announced as a Mrs. for the first time to Paula Abdul’s Rush (a tribute to her new last name)?

I hope you enjoy perusing these dreamy photos of their celebration!  No way you won’t  wish you were on the beach partying alongside them!   And to Elise + John, may the friendship and respect for each other that you cultivated on the soccer field be the solid ground that you come back to, again and again.  Another beautiful proof that it’s best to be friends first!

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Elise + John topped off their wedding festivities with this day-after trash the dress session.  It’s just too good not to share.  I’m obsessed!  It’s all the  genius of the adventurous bride + groom and their push-the-limits photographer.Rushtrashthedress-251Rushtrashthedress-265Rushtrashthedress-268Rushtrashthedress-280Rushtrashthedress-297Rushtrashthedress-349Rushtrashthedress-356Rushtrashthedress-408Rushtrashthedress-410Rushtrashthedress-412

Venue: El Dorado Royale, Riviera Maya | Photographer: Daylene Wilson Photographic | Offsite Venue Coordinator: Martha Pech, Weddings By Lomas | Travel Agent: Lisa at Beach Bum Vacation | Bride’s Dress: Lis Simon from Little White Dress Shop | Dress Alterations + Jewelry: Donna Beth Creations | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Groomsmen Shoes: Vans | Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom | Veil: Love Veils and Accessories | Bridesmaid + Bride Robes: Silk and More | Rings: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry | Ties: Tie Obsessed | Mint Favors: Bulands Craft Boutique | Cake Topper: Beach Cottage Boutique

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