Casey Shelley & Mark Simpsen

Casey Shelley & Mark Simpsen

Casey and Mark didn’t want a typical hometown wedding, their dream was to tie the knot in a tropical destination surrounded by their closest friends and families. More than eighty of their loved ones made the trip down to UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya for a week full of endless celebrations and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Casey and Mark shared their favorite moments from their special week with us, keep reading for details from the beautiful couple. 

Why did you choose a destination wedding?

We are both from the same hometown and have been to countless weddings there. We felt like we had seen all the venues multiple times and wanted to do something different.  We also don’t get to see our friends very often and wanted to make our wedding a vacation opportunity for friends so that we could spend multiple days with them. UNICO 20˚87˚’s all-inclusive experience and special price when staying 5 nights made this possible! Most of our friends and family stayed 5 nights, so we were able to have an extended celebration with our loved ones!

Which venue did you select for your special day?

We got married in the gazebo, and it was beautiful and dream-like!  We liked that the gazebo was somewhat excluded from the rest of the hotel, so it felt very private. Not to mention, the view of the beach and ocean in the background was breathtaking!  I also liked that it wasn’t on the sand, so I could wear high heels with my wedding dress.

What was your favorite thing about your big day?

Everything was perfect! The gazebo was the perfect setting for the ceremony and looked gorgeous with the flowers on the arch. The reception was so fun! The DJ was incredible, and the fireworks during the last song made the evening feel like a perfect dream. It was the icing on the cake—the perfect send off! Also, Maribel was so attentive and had everything set up exactly as we had discussed. I didn’t have to worry about a thing all day!

What was the best part about the planning process?

Meeting with Maribel, our Onsite Wedding Coordinator, when we arrived at the resort was so helpful. She was so patient with us and spent so much time answering our questions and finalizing many details about all of our weekend events. She really put us at ease which allowed us to enjoy our weekend with friends and family without any worries. She went above and beyond our expectations by adding special details to our events that perfected the set up—things we hadn’t even thought about!

Wedding Date: April 7, 2019

Wedding Planner: Ana Roque

Travel Agent: Lia Vincent - Vincent Vacations

Onsite Wedding Coordinator: Maribel Ramirez Fernandez

Interested in booking a wedding at UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya? For more information, contact our wedding coordinators by emailing weddings@unicohotelrm.com or call 1.855.762.5255.