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Destination Wedding at Dreams Los Cabos

Escaping to tropical paradise with the one you love is as good as it gets. Unless, of course, it involves a wedding celebration with all your dearest friends and family at Dreams Los Cabos. Then it’s EVEN better. That’s exactly how Howard and Suzanne planned their destination nuptials, and thanks to Florenta Flower DesignHana Chung Photography and a team of dream vendors, the day turned out to be one for the books.

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From the Bride… Howard’s favorite color is turquoise and as a child I always loved the color orange. So when we decided to get married in Cabo, I thought the perfect color scheme for our wedding would be a seafoam green with a coral accent to go with the desert and the sea. After finding my dress, I knew I wanted a romantic vintage wedding filled with lace, roses and candle lights.

We choose to have a destination wedding in Cabo because of its surreal, crystal clear beaches and pure romance. Cabo gave us an excuse to celebrate our marriage over an extended vacation with our closest family and friends. Dreams Los Cabos made our wedding extra special by helping us host a welcome bonfire the night before our wedding and a Mexican themed night consisting of dancers and a mariachi band the night after our wedding.

One of the highlights from our wedding happened days later when we decided to do our own version of “trash the dress” by going horseback riding in our wedding attire. Cabo was a beautiful destination! We are so grateful to Dreams Los Cabos and all the vendors who made our wedding day one we will never forget.

Photography: Hana Chung Photography | Videographer: Jorge Ibarra | Floral Design: Florenta Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lauren Conrad | Venue: Dreams Los Cabos | Hair + Makeup: Arriana Mendoza | Photography - Assistance: Pixan Photography

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Style Me Pretty Destination Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

Saturdays are pretty amazing, but when you throw in a meet and greet with RebeccaMarie Photography, it takes it to an entirely new level of awesome.  I’m talking an entire day devoted to gorgeous imagery that just so happens to be overflowing with love, emotion and, of course, pretty.  Spend some time getting to know her, lovelies… and don’t forget to check out her sweet discount below.

From RebeccaMarie Photography…  RebeccaMarie started learning about photography at the age of fifteen and excelled from there working alongside some of the best in the business, since 2004. Destination travel is a deep passion of hers and so is love. RebeccaMarie believes in combining the two, to capture your love story and has had the opportunity to travel internationally throughout her career.

RebeccaMarie Photography has been published numerous times together with her international friend Isabelle Kline Design, producing beauty through each image.  Her style has been known to be organic, vintage, ethereal and romantic.  A lover of travel and meeting new people.

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Tropical Puerto Vallarta Destination Wedding

Give me a tropical escape to paradise and I’ll be one very happy blogger. But when that escape just so happens to be set at the amazing Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta? Let’s just say it takes everything I have not to pack up and book a vacay for myself. Shot by Melissa Green it’s the destination wedding at its prettiest, and you can see if all for yourself in the gallery right here.

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This beautiful destination wedding took place at Dreams Villamagna in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tony and Julia were the most stunning of couples and had impeccable taste in style, music, friends, and wedding locations! Tony being from Canada and Julia from New Zealand, guests were coming from all parts of the world.

Dreams Villamagna fit Tony & Julia’s destination wedding dream perfectly, providing beautiful landscaping, surrounded by palm trees and pools leading to the ocean. The resort was mostly white with orange and green accents, which gave many options for portrait scouting. And the beach was simply beautiful and perfect.

Dreams Villamagna provided the flowers and cake. Tony & Julia decided on everything else from the wedding colors to the centerpieces to the music played throughout the ceremony and reception.

This destination wedding was exquisite and with just the right amount of Mexican flare and touches to bring all the foreigners together, made this wedding a one of a kind.

Photography: Melissa Green | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo "Mocha" | Bridesmaids Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | Grooms Attire: J Crew | Wedding Venue: Gohan Sky Bar At Dreams Villamagna | Bride's Engagement & Wedding Rings: Blue Nile | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Dreams Spa | Bridesmaid's Necklaces: Gem Passion Jewelry | Catering/Cake: Dreams Resort | Flower Bouquets: Dreams Resorts | Groom's Ring: Wedgewood Rings | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Hair Comb: David's Bridal | Veil: Under The Veil | Wedding Dress - Belt: Davie And Chiyo

Glamorous Riviera Maya Destination Wedding

This Mexico destination affair is the kind of wedding that deserves to be swooned with a cocktail in hand. A margarita on the rocks, to be be specific. Because when you’ve got images as beautiful as Emily Blake’s and glam-filled moments designed by Mishka Designs and Canteiro there’s just no telling how long a trip to the gorgeous gallery will last. Get started here!

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From the Bride… Sean & I value our time with our friends and family above all, so our top priority was finding a big house near the water where we could gather for several days before and after the actual wedding celebration. We both love Mexico, so we narrowed our search to the Caribbean side (equidistance from our families on the West and East coasts) and went in search of a venue that would set the stage for the multi-day wedding celebration we envisioned.

Although we knew the elements that inspired us, we needed help putting it all together. That is where Mishka Designs came into play. The first time we met Mishka in Mexico, we both breathed a sigh of relief and knew we wanted her on our team. She coordinated site visits for us and helped us find our dream venue in Puerto Aventuras.

The Haciendas’ gorgeous architecture and decor definitely inspired us. We envisioned a romantic, nature-inspired, elegant, Old World wedding there. Hacienda Del Mar’s courtyard provided the soulful space we sought for our ceremony. The tree-lined walkway made a stunning natural aisle. The Caribbean Sea was elegantly framed by the arched portals. We fell in love with the place and couldn’t wait to bring our friends and family there.

We chose ivory, poppy red and Mexican pink as our primary colors and used soft blush and peach to create a natural, romantic feel. We accented with gold metallics and lace details. The bridal party wore rich shades of charcoal which contrasted beautifully with the ivories, greens and vibrant colors of Mexico. We wanted to bring natural elements into the courtyards, so florals and greenery were our priority in the design process. Colorful Bougainvillea surrounded the guest seating area. Gabi of Planner One Events blew us away with her exquisite arch and romantic floral centerpieces.

I agree with the advice other brides have given: enjoy the day above all else. For us, that meant having a professional team. We saw our wedding reception as an opportunity to throw a great party for our guests—one that would require help to pull off. We knew we wanted to be ‘hands on’ in planning, but we wanted to be able to let go once the wedding day arrived. So, my advice is to hire a team of people you like and trust. Not only was Mishka’s design exactly like we imagined, but she became our friend and supported us the whole way. Neither she nor the LM Wedding team balked at any request. We feel so blessed to have found Mishka Designs, the amazingly talented Emily Blake, hairstylist Kristen McNulty, and our coordinator, LM Weddings, who made planning a wedding 4,000 miles away a breeze.

One of our highlights from the day was right after the ceremony. While our guests made their way to the cocktail reception, Sean and I stole a minute alone to enjoy our first sip of champagne as newlyweds. We entered the reception alongside our Mariachi band as they burst out an impressive version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. We felt exuberant and the sound of the horn playing could not have been a better fit for that moment.

There were so many moments throughout the afternoon and evening when we locked eyes, held hands, kissed, and just breathed in the love all around us. We felt all the planning, everything had been executed exactly as we had hoped. But our biggest success was that our guests seemed to exude happiness and radiate love. We could truly feel the love in the air. Whenever we think back on it, we feel that rush of love and we see the smiling faces of our dearest friends and family. That, to us, made it the wedding day of our dreams.

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Event Design: Mishka Designs | Coordination: Maju | Floral Design: Canteiro | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Oblation Papers & Press | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Gourmet Soberanis | Makeup: Melissa | Calligraphy: Alesia Zorn | Grooms Attire: Estes Men's Clothing | Venue: Del Mar And Corazon | Dress Boutique: Divine Designs

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Wedding Day Inspiration from the Jose Villa Mexico Workshop

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. Say, for instance, from a crazy gorgeous Mexico Workshop crafted by Jose Villa, Lisa VorceMindy Rice Floral Design, and beauty overload at the hands of Mar of TEAM Hair And Makeup. It’s a beautiful interpretation of destination “I Do’s” and comes on the heels of the 2014 Mexico Workshop announcement with registration now open!

“Wedding Day” Shoot details… For the Ceremony, we used a collection of the Hacienda’s vintage benches for the seating. We lined the aisle and the “altar” with sterling punched tin stars sourced locally in Guadalajara. Local agave plants also lined the aisle accompanied by rustic terra-cotta pots filled with fresh cream petals.

For the dinner table: We draped the table with a beautiful hand-loomed, un-dyed cotton linen from the local city of Tonala. Casa de Perrin outfitted our table with a combination of pewter beaded chargers, silver vessels, crystal glassware, and vintage white china. Mindy’s florals included coral hibiscus blossoms, privet berry, eucalyptus, Majolica spray roses, Bougainvillea in a carmel tone and sprigs of incense cedar. As a special detail on the Hacienda’s antique chairs we tied a combination of fresh eucalyptus and privet finished with hand dyed ribbon in teal, deep sea and graphite. Was a beautiful pairing next to the blue silk velvet chair cushions we had made. BB Paper Ink created beautifully calligraphed menus on soft cotton paper – and bordered them with sterling silver detailing.

For the Tequila Bar: We showcased several different types of tequila in vintage apothecary jars. Each labeled with sterling silver and cotton paper tags from BB Paper Ink. We used Lisa’s personal collection of sterling shot glasses and Mindy’s collection of vintage Mexican cocktail napkins for authentic details.

For the Florals: Mindy fashioned boutonnieres from dainty local cedar, privet and fern. She finished them with a variety of silk ribbons. An antique frame purchased by Lisa while scouting in Guadalajara antique stores provided the perfect presentation tray for the bouts. For the groom’s boutonnière, Mindy backed it with a dried leaf painted with sterling silver, a single spray rose and incense pine. A perfect combination! For the bride’s bouquet, Mindy incorporated local flowering trumpet vine, coral hibiscus, privet berries and detailed the bouquet with a gradation of silk ribbon in a variety of teal hues.

For the Donkey: We used locally sourced baskets with detailing of lush floral and foliage. Inside the baskets were a variety of gifts wrapped in paper that was handmade by Mindy using the metal letter press plate as a stamp.

For the Cake: Melody at Sweet & Saucy created two beautiful cakes for us.The first one was inspired by a Mexican silver punched tin jewelry box. Melody created the most beautiful pastillage succulents to adorn the cake. The second one was a simply beautiful 3 tier soft white fondant cake that showcased Mindy’s simple floral treatment beautifully.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cakes: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Venue: Hacienda El Carmen | Event Planning And Design: Lisa Vorce | Flatware, Glassware And China: Casa De Perrin | Florals And Design: Mindy Rice Floral Design | Guest Speaker: Abby Larson | Guest Speaker: Joel Serrato | Guest Speaker: Summer Watkins | Guest Speaker: Karina Puente | Guest Speaker: Mar Of Team Hair And Makeup | Guest Speaker: Lisa Vorce | Guest Speaker: Shira Savada Of Martha Stewart Weddings | Hacienda La Labor: Hacienda La Labor | Long Sleeved Wedding Gown: Mira Zwillinger | Models: Citro Modelos | Paper Goods: Brenna Berger | Sleeveless Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav | Table Top Details: Casa De Perrin | Wardrobe Stylist: Summer Watkins | Wedding Gown Salon: The White Dress

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Welcome Dinner for the Jose Villa Mexico Workshop

The Mexico Workshop with Jose Villa is such a magical place; a coming together of great minds, crazy talent and a beautiful backdrop of Hacienda El Carmen. In celebration of the announcement of his upcoming 2014 Workshop we’re going to dive into a few of the pretty components. Up first, a welcome dinner crafted by Lisa Vorce + Mindy Rice. It’s heavy on the old world charm and all out romance. See even more of Jose’s beautiful imagery right here.

A note from Mindy and Lisa Vorce… For the welcome gifts, we had our favorite local calligrapher stain wooden boxes and calligraph each student’s name on the lid to personalize them. Brenna from BB Paper & Ink letter-pressed hand-sewn “belly bands” that had custom artwork drawn by her and wrapped them around each box. The center of the belly bands were die cut with circles that framed each student’s name. The boxes were filled with delicious chocolates and truffles – and some very special chocolate milagros that were hand made for each student and silver leafed by Mindy.

The original barn of the hacienda provided the most extraordinary back-drop for our welcome dinner. We set up a single long beautiful table and utilized the Hacienda’s equipale chairs. The weathered leather of the chairs was the perfect complement to our terra cotta vessels and plates. Mindy incorporated wood floral in the vintage terra cotta pots and paired them with hand painted teal blue candlesticks. At each place setting we had teal placemats from Tonala that had each guest’s name calligraphed on it. Casa de Perrin outfitted the table with their lovely Heath ceramic dishes and their teak flatware. We created a unique runner down the table using a pattern of terra-cotta tiles. On each chair, we placed a teal striped serape which served as a lovely favor for each attendee – but also beautiful decor!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Event Planning And Design: Lisa Vorce | Flatware And Glassware: Casa De Perrin

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