The bride wore a short dress for the beach ceremony--at the groom's request!

Tessa Deutsch wore a short dress from Saja for the beach ceremony–at the groom’s request! (Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy)

Which wedding dress came first, the short or the long?

The Spring 2013 issue of Destination: W magazine, out just this week, features a beach wedding on the Riviera Maya that’s as notable for its barefoot elegance as for the fact that the bride and groom put it together in just nine weeks. (Having a resort that you already love, plus the help of a really good wedding planner,  definitely makes a difference.)

But sheer speed aside, the thing that really got our attention was bride Tessa Deutsch’s choice of wedding dresses–and the order in which she wore them.

It turns out that her fiance, Paul Klepetko, really, really wanted her to wear a short dress for the ceremony (and with legs as good as Tessa’s, it’s understandable). So for her vows at the Maroma resort, she walked across the sand to a bougainvillea-festoon canopy wearing a short, layered frock from Saja. And later, when it was time for pictures and the first dance, she changed into the kind of long, romantic Zac Posen gown that wedding dreams are made of. But parties being parties (especially on Mexico’s Caribbean coast), Tessa made one more change, slipping  back into the short number to really work the dance floor.

We’ve got all the festive details in Destination: W magazine, as well as terrific advice on how to organize your own wedding on the Riviera Maya. And of course we suggest the perfect wardrobe for a fiesta-fied celebration. As to how many wedding dresses you’ll pack–that’s up to you.

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Afterward, the bride changed into a long Zac Posen gown (and strappy gold heels) for photos. (Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy)


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