Ever since my honeymoon in Tulum two years ago, I’ve been dreaming of going back. It’s such a romantic place, full of magic and beauty, making it the perfect spot to say I do. This couple knew they struck gold when they decided to ditch their hometown of NYC and head for the beach. Button Up Photography captured all the pretty and you can see even more right here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… My one must for our wedding was having our ceremony outdoors. The trouble was, we live in New York City. I scoured the city for venues with gardens or plots of grass, some even high on top of skyscrapers, but nothing was ever quite right. They were either too small, too large, way too expensive, lacked decent in-case-of-rain options or just didn’t feel enough like being outdoors. All along my fiancé, Julian was hoping for a smaller affair with just our immediate families. When we couldn’t find the right space in NY, I said ok, let’s do a small wedding, but to make it special- we’re going to Tulum! It was on!

My fiancé’s family threw a rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding at another hotel just down the beach. They were so great and packed little flashlights for each person, because there aren’t many lights on Tulum’s beach at night. It was one of my favorite memories of our wedding weekend- walking down the beach with all our little lights toward the hotel. A saxophonist was playing as we arrived and had cocktails on the beach. Later we had dinner with tons of speeches that my in-laws had pre-arranged. It was lovely!

For our wedding, we had a Mexican trio sing while guests were sitting and through the cocktail hour and later switched to a DJ. People signed our guest book with advice and included a mini Polaroid picture. The staff passed around mojitos with our cocktail napkins in our three colors (fuchsia, purple and blue) each with a different love quote. My favorite was from the author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, which said “Magic does happen, if only we wish hard enough.”

Since I had been poring over Style Me Pretty’s pages in the months before our wedding, I got a ton of ideas here- our papel picado banners and flags, the silver sea urchin placeholders and the Botanical Paperworks guest gifts. I even found my earrings on here! I forgot to ask my photographer to get photos of our welcome bags unfortunately. I had papel picado stamps made and stamped a banner on card stock with the colors of our wedding, and we wrote personal notes to each guest. I filled the bags with bottled water, a salty and sweet treat, altoids, little emergency kits, Tocca sunscreen towlettes, travel candles and mini bottles of Patron. I used the same papel picado stamps for rose petal bags and every third guest chair at our ceremony either had petals, maracas or a papel picado flag, as well as palm fans wrapped in purple ribbon. I also wrote the place cards and table numbers and addressed our wedding invitations myself and made my own envelope liners. I had so much fun with all that stuff!

The night went by so quickly, dances, cake-cutting, tequila shots, even some pool jumping. The staff also built a bonfire on the beach and after the DJ and photographer left we sat in a big circle and sang. It was amazing! The only thing better than having the wedding of your dreams, is having a whole weekend with your closest friends and family in paradise!

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Wedding Photography: Hideki Falcon from Button Up Photography | Wedding Venue: Be Tulum Hotel in Tulum, Mexico | Wedding Invitations: PostScript Brooklyn | Wedding Stationery: Botanical Paperworks | Place Card Holders: Gallery 360 | Papel Picado Banners + Flags: Ay Mujer | Cocktail Napkins + Matches: For Your Party |Lanterns: CB2 | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Veil: Bridal Veil Falls, NYC | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Parker | Groom’s Attire: Prada

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