They won the wedding of their dreams: Luis Esteban Islas and Rosa Denisse Hernandez

They won the wedding of their dreams: Luis Esteban Islas and Rosa Denisse Hernandez

By Verónica Toro

Luis Esteban Islas and Rosa Denisse Hernandez were the lucky winners of Velas Resorts’ second contest, “Marry me in the Riviera Maya”, which was held in October of last year. The contest required participants to register their own and their partner’s names, submit their proposal story in writing, (in 50 words or more) and send a photo to go along with the story.

Luis Esteban Islas y Rosa Denisse Hernández

After a seven year courtship and a long struggle against various adversities, Luis Esteban and Denisse formalized their relationship in Paris, during a trip they took while studying for their Master’s degrees in London. Luis Esteban describes the night of the proposal as, “A spectacular dinner, overflowing glasses of wine and champagne, and the melodies of ‘Besame Mucho’ ”. At the exact moment we passed under the Eiffel Tower they sang the line “will you marry me”. It was a magical and unrepeatable moment”. Now the couple is about to enjoy the wedding of their dreams.

Out of over 300 participants who entered the contest over the course of one month, 10 finalists were chosen in a drawing. On the 20th of November, 2011, with a total of 5,488 votes in their favor, it was announced that Luis Esteban and Rosa Denisse were the grand prize winners.

Now this happy couple will experience a Mayan ceremony at Xel-Há and a religious or civil ceremony at eco-park Xcaret. The Luxury All-Inclusive celebration consists of 4 days and 3 nights’ accommodations for the couple in an Ambassador Suite with private plunge pool at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. They are set to enjoy an ocean-front cocktail, gourmet dinners, live music, hairstyle and makeup for the bride, wedding decorations and cake, gift certificates, special courtesies, a “Trash the Dress” photo session by Dream Art, video coverage of the event by Panoramica Films and much more.


The journey begins on November 29th, with a welcome dinner for the bride and groom and 15 additional guests at beautiful restaurant Lucca. On November 30th at 5:00pm the Mayan ceremony will be held, and their marriage will be finalized on December 1st at 4:00pm with a legal ceremony at Las Pozas in Xcaret.

The couple will experience even more excitement during their stay with tours to Rio Secreto underground river and Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen sponsored by Luxury Avenue, and an incredible swimming with dolphins activity sponsored by Delphinus.

On this very site, you can witness this dreamlike sequence of romantic moments unfold; from the couple and guest’s arrival at the resort to the actual wedding event.

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Image: Xcaret

(Cross-posted from Wedding Blog)