DESTINATION: LOVE

Juliana Decamps And Marty Dusek Jet To Mexico For The Ultimate Destination Wedding

By Jonathan Spindel
Photography by Geoff Duncan

Exchanging their vows before the marvelous waters of the Pacific, Juliana Sophia Decamps and Marty Kyle Dusek sealed their love in an unforgettable destination wedding on the beach in Punta Mita, Mexico. From the moment they first met, there was powerful chemistry. “There was an undeniable spark,” Juliana recalls. “It was with butterflies in my stomach, and I became giddy at the sound of his name.” After dating for three years and a six-month engagement, they traveled to Mexico and brought along their closest friends and family for the moment they had been waiting for. “I wanted to marry Juliana ever since our first date.” Marty confides. “She’s the most important thing in my life and always will be.”

Juliana, daughter of Jolie Jaffe Berndt and Jean Louis Decamps, and Marty, son of Lynn Gillaspy and James Dusek, are both natives of San Antonio, where Juliana is an event planner at Rackspace and Marty is a partner at Purple Sage Ranch.

The wedding celebration began with the rehearsal dinner at the St. Regis Punta Mita on the beach. Afterward, the welcome party in honor of their guests took place just down the beach. The St. Regis Hotel took care of each exquisite detail of the evening, from the planning to the catering and floral arrangements. It was an impressive display of traditional Mexican customs. “Every person who attended was an outstanding special guest,” Juliana boasts. “It was exactly the group we wanted.” Keeping with the festive Mexican theme with one hundred guests in attendance, the wedding ceremony was a colorful, traditional affair with plenty of exciting moments.

Setting aside the minor mishap of the bride forgetting her bouquet in her hotel room, the ceremony went off without a hitch, thanks to the expert planning by Landa Wedding of Puerto Vallarta, Griseel Zavala at The St. Regis, and Jolie Jaffe Berndt, the bride’s mother.

Juliana looked stunning in her gown by Naeem Khan and her mother’s earrings, and the groom was as dapper as ever. After the couple exchanged vows, the bride threw the bouquet, and her boss caught it, much to everyone’s delightful surprise. Thus the bride and groom kicked off the reception, where all the guests enjoyed the festive theme and delectable dining, not to mention the tequila, too.

After a seated dinner, guests took to their feet to dance to the music of DJ Matt Heckman. A Cuban band also provided danceable beats for the guests, who danced in the sand while wearing traditional huichols. Meanwhile, Juliana’s uncle Max handed out special cigars with the couple’s name on the label, made in honor of the occasion. Amid the carousal, the party took a brief respite for a magical moment: the couple and their guests lit special wish lanterns, whispered their dreams into the luminous paper balloons, and released them into the sky to float over the ocean. It was a truly beautiful moment to punctuate the celebration, which promptly continued and lasted until 2 a.m.

“I’ll always remember all of my friends and family that gathered and helped celebrate our wedding day,” Juliana muses. “To have everyone that’s special in my life to watch me get married to the love of my life is the most incredible experience of my life.” Juliana and Marty look forward to sharing their lives and shared passions, especially sharing family traditions and travelling the world and since Juliana’s father lives in Morocco, they will visit him soon. But first, the couple jetted off to the Four Seasons in Kona, Hawaii, to continue their beachside romance and celebrate their new life, together.

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