For globetrotters Ashley and Andrew Genung, getting married in a foreign country was a dream they shared. “We’ve lived internationally most of our adult lives, so we both imagined a wedding overseas,” says Andrew. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, México, proved to be the ideal balance of nearby and exotic for the Washington, DC–based couple’s elopement. Upon their arrival, they kicked off festivities with an engagement photo shoot. “We were whisked away for an afternoon to Sayulita, a colourful surf town with cobblestone streets,” says Ashley.

Local Flavours . . . Vibrant Colours . . . Casual Elegance

The Scene: The couple chose a clearing in a grove of trees just steps from the ocean for their enchanted ceremony. A path made of plant and floral brush served as the aisle, which led to bursts of magenta and coral tones from the altar with bougainvillea garlands strung overhead. The bright hues were carried over to the beachside reception dinner, which included margaritas and a churro wedding cake. “Everything was reflective of the locale and our style,” says Andrew.

Magical Moment: The night before the wedding, Ashley and Andrew enjoyed a rehearsal dinner for two atop the Resort’s private bluff, called The Rock. Surrounded by splashing waves and a spectacular sunset, the pair dined by flickering torchlight before cosying up to a bonfire with wine. “We even made s’mores for dessert! It was the perfect romantic evening,” says Ashley.

The Bride & Groom: Like many a love story, it all started in a bar. But Ashley and Andrew’s serendipitous moment took place in a bar in Kabul, Afghanistan, where the two were both working for non-profits. “There aren’t many bars in Kabul, so we wound up at the same one and struck up a conversation,” says Andrew. Months and a few exchanged emails later, the two found themselves back on American soil—Ashley in DC and Andrew in New Orleans. “I was in DC visiting my sister, and I met Ashley for a drink,” Andrew says. “We decided to begin dating that night. Six months later, I moved to DC.” Ever the nomadic pair, they journeyed to Indonesia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, where Ashley’s mother lives, for their honeymoon.

The Bride Wore: Ashley chose a vintage-inspired lace dress by Alberta Ferretti for the ceremony. The capped-sleeve frock, accentuated by scalloped detailing and a body-skimming fit, reflected the casual elegance of the day. “I didn’t want anything stark white and this one was the prettiest combinations of ivory and lace I’d seen. I thought it was really beautiful and very me,” says Ashley, who completed her bridal look with nude pumps from L.K. Bennett. Tucked inside her lush bouquet of roses and hibiscus was her “something borrowed”—a diamond earring belonging to her mother.

The Groom Wore: Andrew’s wedding band was made in Turkey, where he and Ashley lived leading up to the wedding. “It’s plain silver on the outside, but it’s inlaid with lapis lazuli as a nod to Afghanistan, where we first met,” explains Andrew.

A Personal Touch: The small bridal party of four, made up of Ashley, Andrew and the bride’s parents, arrived in their sumptuous casitas to find monogrammed welcome totes brimming with local treats, from tequila and Mexican candies to personalized bracelets and candles.

Photography Laura Grier, Beautiful Day Photography

Videography Cloudless

Event design Brooke Keegan, Brooke Keegan Weddings & Events

Florals Tam Ashworth, Isari Flower Studio + Event Design

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