After planning pressures for their destination wedding became too much, longtime loves Madia and Rod decided to marry inside a magical place in Mexico with just a photographer and videographer on hand. See their breathtakingly beautiful photos!
Through Thick and Thin
“Rod and I got together in our early twenties,” says lovely bride Madia. “As cheesy as it sounds, I kind of always knew he’d be the one. We grew up with each other, and managed to stay in love when we were both at our lows and our highs.”
“After we arrived to the location at the Hacienda Uayamon, we were welcomed with drinks and escorted to our villa, one of the twelve on the property,” the bride recalls. “Then, Rod stayed behind in the villa to get dressed while I went to the spa, which was my bridal suite for the day.” After finding her dream dress in a store with a hefty price tag, Madia has this gorgeous replica custom made.
Madia carried a bouquet of 12 white roses. “They were the most beautiful roses I’ve ever seen,” says Madia. “When we left Mexico, I practically had a mini-emotional breakdown when the airport officials made me throw it away.”
“I know he is the perfect one to do this ‘life game’ with because he is my better half,” says Madia. “Roderick is just an incredible person. People just love him and I’m honored that he would want to share his life with me.”
“One day I took inventory of my life and blessings and realized that through every trial and tribulation, she was right there beaming,” says Rod. “I can’t imagine taking on the rest of this life without that kind of support and inspiration there.”
“Gemini season!” says Madia when we asked her to describe the man she married. “He is truly the epitome of his sign. He’s spontaneous, free-spirited, a lover of the world, an old-soul, infectious, incredibly intelligent, savvy, rationale, full of ideas and thoughts, a jack of all trades. But also sensitive to the world and energy and thereby can lives in his moods. He’s also forgetful- drives me crazy.”
“His moral compass is to be admired,” says the proud bride of her groom. “His ideas on love and family have taught me how to love unconditionally. His work ethic and how responsible he is. He’s been working since he was 14-year-old kid in Sacramento and truly paved his way through the music industry.”
“It was never in the forefront of my mind that I’d find true love when and how I did,” says Madia. “I’ve always been very career-oriented and focused. But true love fell into my lap when I needed it the most, and it’s the biggest blessing I could have had. I think we’ve both just been riding the wave and here we are eight years later, married and happy.”
“I googled magical wedding venue and found Hacienda Uayamon in Campeche Mexico,” says Madia. “The pictures that I found looked amazing and I instantly fell in love. Two things I only ever cared for my wedding were the pictures and my dress, so I knew I needed a magical backdrop.”
“At first, I wanted all the family and friends to come to Campeche to share in our special moment,” says Madia. “But one too many unwarranted opinions later, I got fed up and decided to take a photographer and videographer with only he and I to Campeche. Because we needed to legalize our marriage in the U.S. first, we did a courthouse wedding – which I never in a million years thought I would do. It was PERFECT with all of closest friends there to make us laugh and cry.”
“Our officiate was a Swedish Shaman who spoke Spanish and resided in this small part in the jungle of Campeche, Mexico,” says Madia. “The Hacienda Uayamon selected him, as he does all of their ceremonies. We skyped once or twice before we saw him. He calmed my fears of having a Mayan ceremony (as I’m Christian).”
“Our parents and families were at the forefront of our minds,” says the bride. “But we were really excited to share in this moment, just me and him, and then share it with our loved ones in a later reception.”
“During the ceremony The Shaman did some traditional rituals to clear the environment of any negative space and our bodies of negative energy,” the bride recalls. “He read a poem called ‘Our Love’ by Kahlil Gibran. Then we said our vows and gathered together to pray, underneath the stars.”
“I was never the little girl who dreamed of her wedding,” says Madia. “The whole process was completely new to me- I was the first of my close friends to get married. But I loved being a bride – mostly because I (for the most part) was able to keep the stress at bay and enjoy the whole process.”