It’s official. This gorgeous beach bride deserves some sort of serious medal. Because not only did she plan a destination wedding in locale she’d never even been, but managed to have a ton of fun along the way. The result? A day filled with fuss-free elegance that’s just begging to be saved, bookmarked and pinned. Sit back in total awe as we browse through the gallery of Emily Blake’s photos right here.
From the Bride…Having always wanted a winery wedding, I was shocked when I shouted out, “Let’s get married in Tulum, Mexico!” after Eli and I got engaged. I had never considered a beach wedding before, but when faced with a real decision; the thought of hundreds of people at a winery didn’t really seem like us at all, but a warm beach in Mexico with a small group of our family and closest friends certainly did! I had never been to Tulum and we didn’t have the time to make a special trip to scope things out beforehand. Although my friends and family thought I was a bit crazy for planning a wedding in a place I had never been to before, I decided to approach it as an adventure and threw in a lot of faith for good measure!
When we found La Zebra online, we immediately knew from the pictures that this was the place we wanted to get married. It had everything we had envisioned; unique, intimate, rustic, and directly on the beach. I cannot speak highly enough about the management and staff of La Zebra. They took care of us and our guests with the most warmth and kindness.
After we secured the venue, everything seemed to fall into place. We hired Destinations Wedding Tulum to help us secure vendors such as the Spanish guitar player for the ceremony, the Mariachi’s, and the DJ. I exchanged many many detailed e-mails with them and posted a lot of pictures to a shared Pinterest board so they could get a sense of what I wanted. When the day of the wedding came, I was floored at how beautifully they pulled everything together.
My favorite moment of the entire day was when I walked down the aisle (with no shoes!) to meet Eli at the water’s edge to get married. As we took each other’s hands, I looked around at all the people in the world that we love, all gathered in one place. It’s an overwhelming, beautiful feeling that I’ll never forget.
Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Wedding Planning: Destination Wedding’s Tulum | Ceremony + Reception Venue: La Zebra | Make-up + Hair: Friend of Bride | Officiant: Friend of Bride and Groom, Lorin Vogel | Welcome Fiesta Dinner: El Tabano | Spanish Guitarist: Camilo Nu | DJ: DJ Fermi | Wedding Dress: Galina Couture | Groom’s Suit: Custom, Jeric Rivera, Requisite Clothing