jessica & brian – ak’iin beach club, tulum

Jessica and Brian are Fun In The Sun Weddings’ newest newlyweds!  This tale of love begins with an insanely clean bathroom, and a Superbowl party. In that order.

This is their story…


Before Jessica and Brian met, she spent many a Sunday watching football at his condo with his roommate and friends while he was at work. For Jessica, it was love at first sight of the immaculate bathroom Brian kept. She made the first move and texted him about it. Two weeks later, they met face-to-face at Brian’s Superbowl party, when Jessica came crashing out of the condo onto the slick frozen ground outside and ended up upside down. A graceful introduction.

Brian had planned to propose to Jessica at the finish line of the Chicago marathon. The ring was burning a hole in his pocket, but as he watched other guys get down on bended knee before him, and not wanting to be fifth or sixth in line to get engaged, he lost his nerve. He jokes that if she had just run a bit faster, the proposal would have happened at the Chicago marathon. Instead, he waited until they got home to Memphis. On a typical evening, sitting on the front steps, with Jessica in her scrubs, their dog in her lap, and a glass of wine in her hand, he popped the question by saying

Hey, I’ve got something for ya.

Ahhhh, who says chivalry is dead?

Their decision to get married on the beach in Tulum began while on a vacation in the Riviera Maya. On a lazy beach stroll one afternoon they stumbled across the Ak’iin Beach Club and settled in for lunch with the place all to themselves. Jessica absolutely fell in love with the place. After they got engaged, she saw a wedding published on Style Me Pretty at The Ak’iin, and knew she had to be married there. So she hunted down the incomparable Kristee Smith, wedding planner of Fresa Weddings, and it all fell into place.

Fresa Weddings brought to life Jessica’s vision of a romantic, God-honoring ceremony, a fiesta inspired cocktail party with a mariachi band, an intimate dinner, and finally a crazy party to follow. Her beach wedding was exactly as she wanted it, flowing from gorgeous romance to wild celebration.

Jessica’s stunning wedding dress is from designer Maggie Louise, who knew exactly what would look great on the bride. The dress was not what Jessica had originally envisioned, and she was hesitant to even try it on, but when she did her mother and sister cried, and she ended up saying ‘Yes’ to that dress.

Jessica’s only self-proclaimed Bridezilla moment was in regards to her table centerpieces. She ordered them online, and she had to have them. But when they arrived, they came in 17 very large boxes! How were they supposed to get these down to Mexico, everyone asked? Well thankfully, they have devoted friends and family who divvied up the goods and trekked them south for her celebration.

The bride tapped into her crafty side with a hand lettering class and did all of the place cards, his & hers signs, and the Mr. & Mrs. signs.

Jessica has some advice for all the brides-to-be out there, and that is to do what YOU want. Everyone will have an opinion, but don’t let anyone take away what matters to you, because what is important to you in the moment is what will make your day perfection.

And her day was perfection. She shares, “I can remember Brian’s face as I walked down the aisle, how he said the vows, and how he looked at me. I felt like no one else was there.”

I knew at that moment that I had made the best decision of my life. It was just me and him making a commitment for life to love and honor each other.

Jessica and Brian, we wish you nothing but wonderful things (and many babies!) as you start this next chapter of your lives together. It has been a true pleasure sharing this amazing time with you!

Jessica and Brian have expressed how absolutely thrilled they were with all of their vendors, but for the purposes of this story, we will keep this to the coles notes.  “Holy WOW” floral design by non-other than Vanessa Jaimes, flawless Hair & Makeup by our faves Beso Brides, party maker DJ Diego, and of course their god-send wedding planner, Kristee at Fresa Weddings.


And if you are looking for an amazing destination wedding photographer, then contact us today! We are Fun In The Sun Weddings, you best choice for wedding photography in Riviera Maya, Mexico.



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