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Romantic Beachfront Tulum Wedding

I must admit, I could’ve gone on forever with this post; the amount of photos that left me mesmerized was never ending. Kyle John’s images, capturing the relaxed elegance that radiated from this destination wedding, are works of art. With Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design’s creations making my heart beat a bit faster and Christopher Wiitala’s smile-inducing film, this is one fabulous way to spend a Friday.

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From the beautiful Bride… Greg had just found out his patent was official and I planned an evening of fun dedicated to Greg’s genius achievement. The celebration started at home by popping a bottle of champagne and I surprised Greg with two confetti poppers – one for each of us to make a wish on. We looked out at the city from our loft, made a toast and a silent wish. As the confetti danced around the room Greg asked me if he could tell me his wish. I told Greg you can’t tell your wish unless it comes true… but Greg was already in motion reaching for a small box in his desk drawer. Greg got down on one knee and said “My wish is for you to say yes to this question – will you marry me?!” I jumped up and down and in a high pitched burst said “yes!” The champagne and dinner reservations that were all meant for Greg’s achievement turned into an engagement celebration as we quickly called family and friends to share the exciting news – “we’re getting married!”

Photography: Kyle John Photography | Videography: Christopher Wiitala | Event Planning: Fresa Weddings | Floral Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design | Wedding Venue: Akiin Beach Club | Hair & Makeup Artist: Beso Brides

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Bouquet Breakdown: Elegant All-White Mexico Wedding Inspiration

If you haven’t already seen or heard about the sheer beauty that comes out of Jose Villa‘s annual Mexico Workshop, then prepared to be floored, loves. Last week, we shared this gorgeous Elegant Mexico Wedding Inspiration shoot, featuring Sarah Winward‘s romantic and organic all-white florals, tinged with bronze. Read on to see what went into this beauty, and click through the original gallery to see it all!

All-White Elegant Mexico Wedding Inspiration Bouquet

  • White Majolica Spray Roses
  • White Tweedia
  • Mock Orange
  • Tuberose
  • Snap Dragons
  • Bronze-Edged Foraged Foliage
  • Golden Brown Ferns

From Sarah Winward… The inspiration for this whole shoot was to have lots of texture and we loved some abstract photos that to me felt like a starry night sky. 

We choose an all white color palette and lots of small flowers to create a bouquet that had a lot of small intricate details. The golden fern to me we like streaks in the night sky and the little yellow center of the mock orange blossoms are like bright stars! I am not always so literal with the inspiration to reality, but I really got into this one! I like a wider shape which I love because it stretches across the body lengthwise giving the longer stems used here space to stretch out. 

I used this draping and crinkled ribbon to give the whole arrangement more layers of texture. 
Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Photography: Jose Villa
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Vibrant Winter Destination Wedding at Playa del Carmen

I need to get myself to Mexico stat. Between the tacos, the colors, and those margaritas, I just know I’d be in my personal paradise… and that isn’t even mentioning the beaches! And if I have any doubt of where to go, Riviera Maya Haciendas is where I’ll set forth for because if this beautiful bash by Buzzworthy Events is any indication, the spot is pure magic. Britt Rene captured it all for us to crave right here!

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From the Bride… Like most true love, it was met over drinks. Our mutual friend introduced us at a bar and quickly walked away so we were awkwardly alone. Luckily the awkwardness lasted only a moment and we instantly connected after that. After a long great conversation, Dan asked for my phone number and before he could finish, I had already started giving it to him. We barely waited for our first date which started at the De Young Museum and went on to a long stroll through Golden Gate Park, a low key Vietnamese dinner and drinks after. We finally looked at the clock and realized our date had lasted for 12 hours. Our friends that knew about our date were worried that they didn’t hear from us and thought we might have been kidnapped. After that, we were hooked.

Dan and I are most at home by the beach so when we got engaged we knew instantly that we wanted our wedding to take place in front of the ocean. Mexico holds a special place in our hearts because of Dan’s Mexican heritage and Playa Del Carmen was perfect. We wanted to have a wedding that was custom tailored to us as a couple so we chose two beautiful haciendas to host us. Our goal was to have a celebration where there were just as many laughs as there were tears so we worked to make the space beautiful yet youthful. Having the ceremony and reception all outdoors with the beach in front of us made the experience unforgettable.

From Ashley Smith at Buzzworthy EventsEmily and Dan emphasized that the day was really about their friends and family being enchanted by the scenery and kicking back to relax on the beach with amazing cocktails. The Riviera Maya Haciendas were a stunning setting and perfect enviornment. They are two private luxury haciendas complete with Botero’s on the walls, on the beach in Puerto Aventuras, a gated golf community next to Playa del Carmen.

The wedding began late in the afternoon at Hacienda Del Mar. The ceremony took place on top of the pool with the Caribbean sea as the backdrop and was cued by an instrumental version of Beriut’s “Nantes.” The sun set shortly after. Following the ceremony, during cocktail hour, the guests were served Chapulines from La Perla, traditional Oaxacan style, along with Gazpacho, mini Telera with Pork Pibil, Chaya and Cheese Empanadas. All of the cocktails were custom made by the groom, Dan. A slushie machine poured a Sherry Pina Colada and a refreshing margarita with blanco tequila, cucumber, genepy, lime, agave, absinthe. The groom also made a Watermelon Hibiscus and a Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca. The groom’s mother made her famous Horchata. My dear friend, and now dear friends of Emily and Dan, Sam tended bar for the event.

After Emily and Dan were announced to the wedding, guests made their way to dinner over in Hacienda Corazon where they dined, laughed and cried over the spontaneous speeches made by family member and friends. The head table was adorned with a deer skull and fresh flowers that Emily was very partial to and spent many weeks sourcing. The table numbers were made of Mexican tiles and many of the flowers were foraged by friends. When the guests returned to Hacienda Del Mar for dancing, the pool had turned into a custom Mezcal lounge lit by tiki torches in the sand and candles, where they sat ocean side and sipped many types of Mezcal de LuLa out of Copitas and danced until 2AM.

Photography: Britt Rene Photography | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Natalie Jensen | Ceremony Venue: Hacienda Del Mar, Riviera Maya Haciendas | Reception Venue: Hacienda Corazon, Riviera Maya Haciendas | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Audio Equipment: Pentaflor | Bride's Jewelry: Sapphires & Diamonds Sourced From Mother Of The Bride | Bridemaids Gifts (Canvas Weekend Escape Bags): Forest Bound | Chapulines: La Pearla | Event Planning + Design: Ashley Smith, Buzzworthy Events | Groom's Custom Suit : Al's Attire | Groomsmens Gifts (Japanese Knives): Chef Knives To Go | Makeup + Hair: Katie Nash Beauty | Mezcal: Mezcal De Lula | Rentals: Raffaele Of Mayan Hospitality

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Cultural Cancun Destination Wedding Part III

From the warm welcome to every fabulous festivity, Heather Waraksa has whisked us away to witness one culturally stunning fete. And now m’dears, it’s time to see the wedding that followed. A bright and festive bash graced with Planner 1 Events blooms, it’s the ultimate celebration. A dreamy day perfectly planned by AaB Creates, we’ve got the insider scoop on how to plan YOUR destination affair below!

From AaB CreatesFrom an event designer’s perspective, Linda and Sam’s wedding was a dream, because we got to play around with so many looks, all of which worked so well on the property at Nizuc. We were able to create really bright and festive Indian-inspired Mehndi party that fit with the lounge vibe of the location we had selected for the event. Then, literally just a few hours later, at the Rehearsal Dinner all of our decor was Mexican inspired. People often think super casual when they think “Mexican Inspired”, but the location, as well as our couple, were so chic, we wanted to make it feel fun and traditional, but also stylish.

We went with a colorful Otomi theme, which is a traditional design native to Mexico that is so graphic and fresh, it felt modern despite it’s timelessness. The next day we toggled between more traditional decor for the Sikh Anand Karaj (wedding ceremony) and luncheon and then got to have a fun, contemporary glam moment for the dinner and dance party later that night. From a planner’s prospective, we were really grateful that we take a team approach here, because while planning a weekend of events from afar isn’t unusual for us, we were incorporating a lot traditional Indian and Sikh elements while planning a wedding in Mexico from a home base of New York. Luckily we had great vendor partners in Cancun!

10 TIPS FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING

A destination “I do” offers a ton of possibilities for making lasting memories that extend well past the traditional 5 hour wedding reception, but let’s me honest – it can also mean a LOT of extra work. Here are some must-read tips from AaB Creates for planning (and enjoying) the entire destination wedding experience.

TIP #1: Hire A Coordinator

If your friends and family are flying in from around the globe, you don’t want to spend your whole weekend answering questions from vendors! Build into your budget having a coordinator.

TIP #2: Don’t Equate Vendor Response Time with How Good/Bad Your Wedding Will Be

This is particularly true if you are planning a wedding internationally- vendors just don’t have the same response times that you might expect back at home (especially if you live in a big, fast paced urban center). Your venue might take a day or two to respond to an email (maybe more), you might not get an immediate response from your DJ when you send a song list. This is often par for the course for planning a wedding abroad. This isn’t an indication of how things will go when your wedding weekend actually arrives, so you shouldn’t stress about it too much.

TIP #3: If You Bring in Vendors from Elsewhere, Remember you Need to Accommodate Them

If you love an amazing photographer or a florist or an event planner in your area where you live, or anywhere in the world, really, by all means hire them for your destination wedding, but remember you are also responsible for getting them to and from the destination and also housing them, so budget for it. It can be tempting to “save” in this area, but do so within reason, because remember your vendors still have a job to do and you want them to be in the best state of mind to do so. No one is expecting to fly first class or get a presidential suite, but it is important to clarify in writing before hand what travel and lodging requirements they do have.

TIP #4: A Wedding Website is a Must!

We love paper, we really truly do, but at a destination wedding, websites can be clutch for guests’ experience. You have no shortage of space and can update it easily, so you can fill people in on all sorts of details as you get them hammered out. So you can elaborate on dress code for each event and fill people in on all that there is to do in and around your destination. If you have a URL that’s easy to remember, your guests will always know where to look for info as they are shopping, packing and on site for all of your weekend events.

TIP #5: Arrive a few days before everyone else!

At a destination wedding, the couple hosting the weekend definitely sets the tone for the rest of the guests, so if you can get there a day or two before your guests are set to arrive, you will be chill, relaxed and in “party” mode. Your guests will immediately pick up on your vibe and be ready to get the party started!

TIP #6: Be sure to BRAND your weekend!

Even if you are going paperless with your destination wedding, working with a designer to come up with some “branding” for your weekend will make personalization of all your events a lot easier (and cheaper) in the long run! You have so many opportunities to infuse your personal style with so many events, having a cohesive graphic scheme will make tying them all together easier.

TIP #7: Avoid the Pressure to Over-host

If you are taking people away for a whole weekend, you will probably decide to host more than one event. Decide which events feel the best to you and also fit into your budget and stop revisiting it. It can be tempting once the RSVP’s start rolling in to feel “pressured” to add more hosted meals or activities, but it’s self-imposed pressure. Guests may choose to arrive earlier than you expected or stay days afterwards, but you shouldn’t feel that anyone expects you to host more events than what you indicate on the invitation.

TIP #8: Consider a Well Chosen Welcome Gift vs. a Welcome Bag

It’s super lovely to have something waiting for all of your guests when they arrive at your destination, but a snack laden tote bag isn’t necessarily the only answer. An awesome bottle of wine and a hand written note, or a keepsake present that might be local to your destination can send the message of “welcome, I’m happy you are here.” without the hassle of assembling bags or giving guests useless amenities.

TIP #9: Plan a Daytime Activity

One of the benefits of having a destination wedding is all the extra time that you get with your friends and family. Take advantage of it and make one of your events a day-time activity. Maybe it’s an excursion, or even just an organized afternoon of lounging and snacks by the pool, daytime fun adds an extra dimension to a wedding weekend.

TIP #10: Don’t be too Matchy-matchy

While you might love everything having a cohesive feel, having more than one event can be an opportunity to have 2 or 3 (or more!) different style parties! Have fun with the opportunity and don’t be afraid to make one event totally modern and fun and another more romantic, or have the night before be super casual and the next day be more formal. Diversity is the spice of life!

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Videography: Mike Cantarell Films | Floral Design: Planner 1 Events | Hair & Makeup: Alexandre Corbanezi | DJ: DJ NVM | Transportation : Mayan Hospitality | Event Design & Planning: AaB Creates | Fireworks: Special Events Mexico | Live Entertainment: Visuddha Entertainment | Mendhi: Veronica De La Paz | Paper Goods + Accessories : Wedding Paper Divas | Photo Booth: La Cabina Smile Booth | Rentals: Planner 1 Events | Speciality Linens: BBJ Linen

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Perfect Celebrations With Pristine Weddings & Events

It’s true: planning a destination wedding can be daunting.  But with the help of Pristine Weddings & Events, your Mexican soiree will be everything you have ever dreamed of… and more.  Think a talented team of planners that really understands you and your vision, and will work tirelessly to make that vision a reality.  All YOU have to do is kick back and relax with your toes in the sand.

Your wedding should be the most amazing day of your life, which is why the team at Pristine Weddings & Events will handle every last moment with their more than perfect planning skills.  From your ceremony to your reception to that ever-daunting budget, not a single detail will be overlooked.  Even better?  They’ll walk with you throughout the entire process, supporting you and offering you guidance on those hard to reach choices.  That’s what happens when you hire a planner that is completely committed to making this the happiest day of your life – an awesome affair that runs seamlessly; saving you time, money and stress along the way.  Believe me, loves, you’ll never regret saying “I do” against a gorgeous Mexican backdrop, especially with the team at Pristine Weddings & Events on hand to make sure it’s all caps PERFECT.

Be sure to head over to the Pristine Weddings & Events’ website for even more details on planning that spectacular destination wedding!

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