Shane & Brandon – Ak’iin Beach Club

Shane and Brandon are Fun In The Sun Weddings newest Newlyweds! Mother Nature was feeling a little grumpy and uncooperative on their wedding day, but thankfully she smiled on them at the moment they said “I Do!” with their toes buried in the sand, allowing this lovely duo their dream of getting married on the beach Tulum at one of the best places to get married in Mexico: Ak’iin Beach Club!

Here is their story……

The Bride and Groom met on a blind date. A combination of friends, co-workers and extended family all agreed that these two needed to meet, and managed to bring down the awkward factor just a little by introducing them on a group date. Shane tells us that,

“We actually hit it off! The other two couples watched us the entire walk back to the car to see if Brandon was going to ask for my number and it was super awkward. He actually asked me if I wanted his phone number and I said ‘No, but here’s mine'”

After three years of dating, and building a life together that includes a cat named Scout, and a dog named Moose, Shane had an inkling that a proposal might be on the horizon. Especially when she and Brandon left for a two week European tour that included the Tomorrow land music festival, and ended in the city of Love; Paris.

“Brandon proposed in the grass while we watched the Eiffel Tower sparkle and drank champagne.”

Shane and Brandon decided that a destination wedding with only their closest friends and family was just their style.

“Instead of the wedding being just one day where you don’t get to spend time with everyone, we thought a wedding in Mexico would be a great opportunity to get in a family vacation, as well as have all of our guests get to know each other and hang out. It was a really cool experience to have all our friends and family together in one place for a week.”

In searching for the best places for destination weddings, they found Tulum, and were hooked! And the best beach wedding venue in Tulum is hands down the Ak’iin Beach Club. (Want to know about this venue? Check out unbiased reviews on Tripadvisor here)

Shane tells us about shopping for wedding dresses for the beach.

“I went to a bridal shop to check out a trunk show, and after not liking anything, I asked one of the employees if they had a dress I had pinned on Pinterest. They did and it was the dress I ended up buying! It was a done deal! The dress style is “Pierce” by Maggie Sottero.”

This Bride and Groom were fortunate to have worked with the incomparable Kristee Smith, and her team at Fresa Weddings. Shane suggests,

“If you’re thinking of doing a destination wedding in Riviera Maya, they are a must! So chill and easy to work with and they pull off an incredible event.”

Kristee worked her magic to create the colorful, tropical vibe Shane and Brandon desired. The focus was on flowers and natural elements like wood, with some fun and unique touches like gold pineapples and a huge ‘Fiesta Like There’s No Manana’ sign. Floral design was by Vanessa Jaimes, and the bride says,

“The flowers were the most gorgeous flowers I’ve ever seen! My bouquet was insane and the dinner tables were stunning! They did an amazing job! The flowers are all I can look at in every picture.”

Everyone held their composure on the rainy wedding day, even in the presence of relentless tropical storms.

“I was terrified when driving to the Ak’iin. It had been pouring rain the entire day and car ride. The rain stopped about 10 minutes before we arrived and I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to do the beach ceremony as planned, but we did! It stopped long enough for our ceremony and pictures and the clouds actually look really cool in the photos. It rained during dinner while we were safely under the palapa, and then stopped again for dancing in the sand, so we got super lucky. The wedding gods were looking out for us.”

Shane and Brandon’s top priority for their destination wedding was for their wedding guests to have a great time, at an awesome party, in a beautiful location.

Mission accomplished.

Shane and Brandon, it has been an absolute pleasure working with you, and we wish you every happiness as you start this next chapter of your lives together. Congratulations!


If you are looking for the best Tulum wedding photographer, contact us today! We are Fun in the Sun Weddings, the best wedding photographers in the Riviera Maya.

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