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The Wedding Every ‘Cool’ Couple Needs to See

This crazy beautiful celebration from Mariel Hannah is like a breath of fresh air. From the sweetest ceremony we’ve ever seen (that even included a surprise kitten as a guest!), to the incredibly chic reception, this is one pretty little party that you’ll want to partake in. Get in on the lovely via The Vault!

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From Mariel HannahI had the pleasure of photographing Daane and Marisa’s wedding in Tulum this past February. For die hard Twilight Fans, some may be familiar with Marisa Quinn as she is an actress and played a vampire role in the blockbuster films. They dreamt of a wedding celebration full of meaning with their closest family & friends, so they got just that.

From the Bride…MAGIC.

Pure. Absolute. Otherworldly…MAGIC.

Nothing else can describe the beauty of that day. Without a doubt, it was the most extraordinary day of our lives.

After having experienced the mystical power of the Mayan Riviera before, we knew we wanted to be married in a sacred space, and make it an all day affair. For the Mayans, cenotes were revered as one of the three entryways to the land of the Gods. For centuries, sacred rituals have taken place at the mouth of these waters – and on February 26th, 2016 – our very own sacred ritual was performed…and the magic alive the air was palpable.

A traditional Mayan musician graced us with ancient sounds played on hand-carved instruments…the mystical sound of the flute floated through the air as I walked down the aisle. A rehearsal had not been possible due to the sacredness of the site, so as I began to walk down the “aisle” – I realized for the first time that my 3 inch wedges weren’t gonna allow me to make it down in one piece. So after a few steps down the path, I stopped my dad, kicked of my shoes with a laugh, and proceeded down toward my groom with bare feet and my dress gently draping along the earth.

Time stood still, and I didn’t care about anything that wasn’t truly real. About two minutes into the ceremony, I tossed off my veil as well because I didn’t want anything obstructing my view of some of the most precious moments of my life. And the best part? It wasn’t even weird that I did that! It all just felt like it was exactly what was supposed to happen.

As the Shaman continued the ceremony, even the fish and the birds felt compelled to join in the moment. The fish gathered near his feet, the birds flew in resting on nearby branches… even a kitten found his way into the ceremony circle! As soon as I saw him approach and take a seat at the top of the cave, I whispered to Daane “mira! el gatito!!” (“look! a little cat!). I’m a total cat lady, so of course I was over the moon to have this particular unexpected guest join us!

Overall – it was simply magical. As our contribution to the otherwise traditional Mayan ceremony, Daane and I exchanged our own vows, pouring our hearts out to one another and promising to give the best of ourselves from that moment on.

Of course…in the real world, fairytale moments don’t come without their fair share of real-world hiccups. We had PLENTY go wrong that picture-perfect day. From the bride & groom being forgotten and left at the house while the entire wedding party was being shuttled to the ceremony, to being stranded AGAIN at the close of the ceremony when the keys to our car were accidentally taken and our wedding party was already 45 min away…to an unexpected rope swing obstructing our ceremony space and the Zika virus threatening to keep all our guests at home…we had MANY hurdles to overcome to get to our happily ever after. But when you’re riding high on love and the mystical powers of Tulum – ain’t nothin’ gonna ruin your day! With the help of our family and friends we sailed through every unexpected twist and turn with a laugh and a smile, and fell asleep that night to the sound of the waves crashing, asking ourselves how we ever got so lucky to live such a perfectly imperfect truly magical day.

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Photography: Mariel Hannah | Cinematography: Carlos Gallardo (Gallardo Films) | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Ring: Cat Bird | Hair: Sarah Aguilar | Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Venue: Cenote Buho | Floral Design + Creative Direction: Mint Design

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Pink ombre + gold glitter in paradise? We love.

I love a bride and groom who aren’t afraid of a little color, and this stunning duo? Their embracing pink ombre in the most elegant of ways.  Think drop-dead gorgeous florals from Elena Dany, a sweet collection of bridesmaid frocks and paper goods from Papellerie that are all sorts of awesome. All planned by the talented Belle of the Ball, this is destination glam done oh-so-right. See it all captured by Nancy Aidee right here in THE VAULT, then press play on the film from Sculpting with Time below.

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From the Bride… I wanted our day to be elegant and beautiful. At the same time, I wanted it to be FUN since everyone was making a special trip for us to Mexico! We wanted a destination wedding and once we decided on Cabo, we knew we wanted to incorporate Mexican elements into the day. Hacienda Cocina y Cantina was the perfect venue for this! We loved the idea of having our ceremony & cocktail hour on the beach, dinner in an indoor/outdoor space and dancing in the palapa along the Sea of Cortez.

Each bridesmaid wore a different style dress in a different shade of pink for an ombre effect. The escort cards were attached to maracas and were in pink ombre as well. The groomsmen’s bow ties had fish & hooks on them, which I thought was a fun, subtle element. My dress was a faint blush, which I loved! The beautiful florals were also different shades of pink and made for a very colorful and elegant setting.

For the day of the wedding, all of the bridesmaids, house party, flower girls, mother of the bride and I got ready in Mexican Mumu dresses. Jarrett and I loved our entrance into dinner, our intro song was an instrumental version of Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin'” and everyone shook their maracas so loud for the entrance. It was a surreal & awesome moment. We also loved dancing to Indian music with my Indian family members.

One of my most special details is the picture of my dad I had pinned to the inside of my bouquet, just like my sister did at her wedding. He passed away 10 years ago and it was nice to have my dad with me while my mom walked me down the aisle. Our first dance was “In My Life” by the Beatles. We both grew up listening to the Beatles with our parents and wanted a classic song.

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Photography: Nancy Aidee Photography
 | Cinematography: Sculpting With Time | Event Planning: Belle of the Ball | Floral Design: ELENA DAMY Destination Wedding Planners, Floral & Event Designers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Papellerie | Bride's Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lula Kate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Hair + Makeup: Blanc Bridal Salon | Bow Ties: Vineyard Vines | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Hacienda Cocina Y Cantina | Bridal Boutique: Casa de Novia Bridal Couture | Crest Design: Carolyn Jane

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We Dare You Not to Fall in Love with This Colorful Cabo Wedding

This gorgeous bride begins her and her hubby’s love story with “We believe in love at first sight.” After seeing her Cabo wedding, so do we. It all started with the bouquet. From there, sweet details — from maracas to a very cute donkey to fab fashions (including Plum Pretty Sugar robes and a Jenny Yoo wedding dress) — made us fall harder. And the gorgeous reception with rentals from Del Cabo Event Design sealed the deal. Feel the love, thanks to photos from Sara Richardson Photography, in The Vault!

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From The Bride… We believe in love at first sight. Sometimes you just have to look at each other for a long time. It all started New Year’s Eve 2010 when I arrived back home in Los Angeles after a holiday getaway in Mexico. Upon arriving home my sister introduced me to a handsome lumber sexual named Matt who quickly got on my last nerve while rushing me to get ready for the night. After a few cocktails and a lot of laughs my dislike for Matt quickly subsided and the night ended with our first kiss on 1/1/11.

A great friendship was born that fateful New Year’s Day but it would be a few years before Matt and I would start our forever. In the spring of 2013, at my best friend’s birthday party at Goal Sports Bar, Matt and I realized we liked each other a lot, like we were falling in love (awe, we’re so cute! Kidding not really kidding!!). Two years later at the very same spot, on April 28th, 2015, I said “YES!” when Matt proposed at Goal on Taco Tuesday (duh!) and we set out on our greatest adventure.

From the very beginning we new we wanted a destination wedding so that we could enjoy a long weekend with our closest family and friends away from life’s daily distractions. Enjoying quality time, having fun and making memories with loved ones was our main goal heading into the planning of our big day. So when I looked into a recommendation I received from my aunt for the Cabo Surf Hotel in San Jose del Cabo, MX, I immediately new without a doubt I had found the perfect location for our intimate wedding weekend. We really wanted a beach front wedding and with my awesome dad being wheelchair bound we had very specific needs. The layout of the hotel with the beautiful ocean front garden for the ceremony was absolutely perfect! I grabbed my computer with somewhere close to 25 tabs open, all of the Cabo Surf Hotel, showed Matt and we instantaneously said I do to our wedding venue and now our new favorite place!!

Cabo Surf is amazing and I can’t say enough about their wonderful staff and the exceptional level of service they provided. The property is absolutely beautiful too, with 36 luxury beach chic guest rooms, a delicious restaurant, fabulous spa, great amenities and stunning views of the Sea of Cortez. The hotel’s intimate setting really made for an amazing wedding weekend both for us as well as our entire wedding party and all of our guests. We were so comfortable and relaxed and so well taken care of that we had nothing to do but enjoy ourselves. It was everything – the place, the people, the love – just everything! It was truly the best weekend of our entire lives!!

Martha Lomeli is the hotel’s fabulous wedding coordinator and a patient saint. We planned our wedding in a fast and furious 4 months and Martha did a phenomenal job. Martha was instrumental in pulling off not one but two sensational parties. We really wanted all of the people we love, who traveled to Mexico for our wedding, to get to know each other before our big day so we decided to throw a welcome bonfire beach party for all of our guests on the first night and it was the perfect way to kick off such a tremendous and unforgettable wedding weekend. When you are doing a destination wedding in a foreign country, it is absolutely crucial to find someone who can make great recommendations for local vendors. Martha expertly guided us through making all the decisions for our big day. She recommended and helped us select our wedding dream team including our photographer, florist, DJ, and so much more. Martha helped us with everything from selecting my hair and make-up artist and our wedding menu to setting up yoga for the whole party, tying “gracias” tags on our guests’ gifts and booking the showstopper – Lolo the donkey. She was an absolute pleasure to work with – Martha is amazing!

Having beautiful photos of what we knew was going to be the best day of our entire lives was of the utmost importance to us. While literally looking at every Los Cabos wedding featured online, Matt and I were continuously drawn to photographer, Sara Richardson’s beautiful natural photos and knew immediately that we had to have her capture all the special moments on our big day. From the beginning Sara helped us above and beyond a photographers normal role and worked with us to craft our wedding day schedule and provide a seamless flow throughout the evening so we could celebrate and still get all the photos we wanted. Based on Matt and my desires to be able to enjoy as much time with our loved ones at the wedding as possible, Sara suggested a ‘first look’ photo shoot prior to the ceremony. At first it seemed weird to go against tradition but then again Matt and I wanted our day to be totally “us” and we loved the idea of a special moment prior to the ceremony to help put us in a relaxed and loved up mood before heading down the isle. Plus let’s be real we really wanted to join our guests for the second half of cocktail hour. The first look turned out to be one of our favorite moments, it was so special. The pictures are incredible. We can’t thank Sarah and her husband Ramon enough! They captured every single moment of our special day and the photos are perfect, absolutely gorgeous!!

The wedding day itself was unbelievable – absolute perfection! In keeping with the theme of our big day being all about us, we decided to ask Matt’s gregarious cousin to officiate our ceremony. Jeff was a huge hit and set the tone for what would be the most fun, meaningful and memorable day of our entire lives. The flowers designed by Pina Hernandez were beyond perfect. The effortless natural flow of Pina’s arrangements in addition to the vibrant pops of color and fresh greens looked absolutely stunning against the natural beauty of Los Cabos. Our wonderful friend Helen Fukkari, owner of Pocket Full of Sunshine Styling, is a phenomenally talented artist and designer. Helen did such a magnificent job with all of the paper goods and signage for our wedding as well as advising us on how to tie together all of our wants into a picture perfect wedding motif that was distinctly us. She was crucial to our sanity during the whole process and put up with my excruciating overanalyzes of every little detail. Helen held my hand and expertly helped me add all the special touches like the piñata guest book, photo table, our special little stars and more to help fulfill our vision. In additional to her beautiful designs, Helen jumped in on our weeding day and made sure every detail was perfectly executed by all of our vendors. As with any wedding day, there a few minor surprises and Helen was masterful in keeping Matt and I calm and focused on what the day was all about, as Matt says, “Helen was like Chuck Noll on Superbowl Sunday and she had her game face on!”

The delicious food and impeccable service at the 7 Seas Restaurant was unparalleled. The white lights covering the palapa roof and the special star lanterns added a warm glow to the breathtaking scene. The speeches made by my bridesmaids, my sister Sarah and my childhood bestie Jenna, as well as Matt’s best man, his best friend Julien – were all outstanding. Each speech was personal, poignant and hilarious – simply stellar. Our nieces and nephews at the children’s table were thoroughly entertained by the special art sets put together by my sister in-law Marina in honor of our precious angels as well as the Lulu & Leo Fund and ChooseCreativity.org. Our wedding cake, a two tiered lemon cake with fresh blueberries and a cream cheese frosting, was delectable and we loved our cake topper designed by Wedding Go Paper Co because it was so us and included our dog – our precious little love, Bentley.

One of the highlights of our wedding was the dance party. DJ Teeven provided the perfect soundtrack for the most important day of our lives. Music is very important to both of us and we really struggled with it. The music was fantastic from start to finish and Edwin really listened to us when we communicated our likes and dislikes and was able to deliver a non-traditional music format that was unique to us. There was not a single song played at our reception that didn’t have people on the dance floor dancing like no one was watching. Our reception was an absolute blast and DJ Teeven deserves a huge thank you for getting everyone in the spirit for celebrating (The bartenders didn’t hurt the cause either!).

In the end all of our guests had one of the best nights ever. We laughed, we danced and we celebrated love. The only time the party stopped was when baby turtles began to hatch (totally out of season!) on the sand and made their way to the sea. The baby turtles were a profound symbol of life, love and new beginnings. Our wedding was in fact the best day of our lives and will forever be one of our favorite memories. BEST DAY EVER!!

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Photography: Sara Richardson Photography | Coordination: Cabo Surf Hotel | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Cabo Surf Hotel | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: 7 Seas Cabo | Hair + Makeup: The Sea Spa Cabo | Lighting: Oxten | DJ: Teeven | Bow Tie: Mrs. Bow Tie | Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Cabo Surf Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Nordstrom | Bride's Hair + Makeup: Ivan Sanchez | Cake Topper: Ready Go | Ceremony Chairs: Marianna Idirin And Patricia Armenta | Donkey: Lolo | Flower Girls Dresses: D Liles Collection | Flowers & Floral Design, Tables, Napkins, Candles, Lanterns: Pina Cate Design | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni | Invitations + Signage: Pocket Full Of Sunshine | Kids Table Activities: Lulu & Leo Fund | Maracas: Maracas Mexico | Reception Chairs: DEL CABO EVENT DESIGN | Ring Bearers Attire: J.Crew | Ring Bearers Ties: The Tie Bar | Robes: BHLDN | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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