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Puerto Vallarta Wedding from Michelle Turner + The Dazzling Details

I adore a good love story, especially when it comes to us in the form of a breathtaking soiree from The Dazzling Details and Michelle Turner Photography.  That’s a duo who knows a thing or two about pretty, pretty weddings… and when you add in a couple with one of the cutest tales ever (beautiful exchange student meets dashing gentlemen), it ups the lovely quotient about 1,000 percent.  From the stunning La Mansion Vallarta setting to the uber-happy faces to the pretty pink hues, it’s a destination soiree that will leave you smiling for your entire work day.  See it all right here.

From the Bride… Fernando and I first met way back in 2000, when I was an exchange student in his hometown of Mazatlan, Mexico. We became close friends and stayed in touch regularly throughout the years. Fast forward to 2007 – Fernando was working in Puerto Vallarta, and I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to take a vacation down there, since I had never been before. We both realized we had romantic feelings for each other during that trip, and after a few subsequent years of long distance dating, Fernando proposed on Christmas Day of 2010. Having both relocated to Philadelphia, we started thinking about where we would have our wedding.

We chose Puerto Vallarta because it is where we fell in love and shared a lot of our special “first” moments as a couple – first date, first kiss, first “I love you.” We knew we wanted a wedding location that was a destination for both families, to make it fair since everybody was so far apart. We also wanted to keep it in Mexico and ideally near to the beach. I always knew I wanted an intimate wedding, so renting a private villa for our reception made perfect sense, and I fell in love with Casa Garza Blanca (now renamed La Mansion) when I saw it.

I envisioned a wedding that was utterly romantic: soft, feminine, and whimsical. I also wanted to incorporate a beach theme somehow, without doing something typical of your average destination wedding. My final vision ended up being “vintage seaside” – complete with nautical compasses serving as escort carts and favors and a message-in-a-bottle style guestbook. I also wanted to incorporate both of our unique cultures and make sure everyone felt welcome, despite the language barriers between our families.

The Dazzling Details did an amazing job fulfilling my vision. The day was perfect, despite the fact that we almost had a run-in with Hurricane Bud. The Dazzling Details made sure we had a contingency plan and rented tents which allowed us to still keep the reception outside. We had a light drizzle during most of the evening, but I actually thought the rain made the wedding even more unique and romantic. Every detail was beautiful, from the candles and soft lighting, to the bilingual menus, amazing food, and the gorgeous cake. Local touches like a cigar roller and a churro cart added a Mexican touch that our American guests adored. We were even able to catch a brief glimpse of the sunset despite the clouds. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I think the way our wedding day turned out – rain and all – was just how it was supposed to be for it to be perfect for us. As they say in Spanish, “Novia mojada, novia afortunada!”

Wedding Photography: Michelle Turner Photography | Wedding Venue: La Mansion Vallarta | Wedding Coordination, Design + Florals: The Dazzling Details | Catering Service: Plush Catering | Wedding Cake: Charme Reposteria | Wedding Dress: Watters, Cabo | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Veil: Paloma Blanca (pre-owned via Ebay) | Bride’s Earrings: Nadri Jewelry Group | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Groom’s Attire: Express | Cigar roller: Sr. Leopoldo Ponce | Authentic Churro Cart: Sr. Julio | Fireworks Presentation: Sr. Victor Zagal | DJ: Sonido Extasis

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Punta Mita Wedding from Hillary Maybery

I’m not trying to brag, but we kind of have this whole “kicking off the weekend in style” thing down to a serious science.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the amazing Hillary Maybery happened to send us a stunning Punta Mita affair for just such an occasion.  One that is overflowing with breathtaking details styled to perfection by Mar Weddings (I’m looking at you, pretty, pretty chandeliers), beautiful blooms from Iris Designs and a Casa Tres Soles setting that will leave you drooling.  (Seriously.)  See so much more in the full gallery.

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From Hilary Maybery… The incredibly talented Gaby and Memo from Mar Weddings designed this beautiful wedding at Casa Tres Soles, Punta de Mita.

Photography: Hillary Maybery | Event Design: Mar Weddings | Rehearsal, Ceremony + Reception Location: Casa Tres Soles | Floral Design + Gazebo: Iris Designs | Hand-Drawn Maps: Natty Michelle Paperie | Hair + Makeup: Apuane Spa at Four Seasons  | Earrings + Necklace: Maria Elena | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Wedding Dress: Marisa via Patsy’s Boutique

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Intimate Cabo San Lucas Wedding from Sara Richardson + Allure Event

You may or may not have heard, but the Southwest is in the middle of an (excruciatingly hot) heat wave; one that is seeing temps rise to well over 120 degrees.  And since I happen to live in one of those very hot Southwestern states, I’ve been spending my time indoors, dreaming of a vacation to a nice seaside locale like it’s my job to do so.  And when I spotted this gorgeous day from the genius that is Allure Event?  I knew immediately where I had to go.  Because if a short holiday to Cabo looks anything even close to this magical day captured perfectly by Sara Richardson (complete with a cool ocean breeze), I’m in for a world of awesome.  Click here for sooo much more.

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From Allure EventWhen Virginia and Andrew contacted us a few months before their wedding and asked us to help them plan a small wedding in a private villa in Cabo, they had only a few specific requests – that the ceremony be intimate and meaningful, and that we use shades of coral, orange and cream for the color scheme. Using the bride’s inspiration photos as the base of the design, we set out to create an elegant and feminine setting using lace, soft, feminine flowers and candles, lots and lots of candles! The result was exactly what they had envisioned.

The intimate ceremony was held on an outdoor terrace facing the Cabo San Lucas bay. For the ceremony, we created two large branch arrangements with hanging dendrobium orchids and crystals, with rose buds and moss at the base and set these on white, wooden pillars which framed Virginia and Andrew as they said their vows. We lined the pool ledge and terrace with rose petals and pillar candles in glass cylinders, which later served as the backdrop for the dinner reception. A singing guitarist played an acoustic version of “Have a Little Faith” by John Wyatt as Andrew took his place at the altar and then as Virginia walked down to meet him. The ceremony was officiated in Spanish by a judge and translated to English for their guests.

After the vows, the new bride and groom were whisked away to the beach for some romantic sunset photos and we began to transform the ceremony space for dinner. In order to ensure an intimate setting, we set a rectangular table which allowed for all guests to sit together. We draped the chairs with custom made lace covers which added a romantic feel to the setting. For the centerpiece, we designed a lush floral arrangement using roses, phalaenopsis orchids, ranunculus and succulents and surrounded it with an assortment of vintage pressed and cut glass in varying heights, filling these with small flower bouquets, cut roses, and votive candles. We kept the final table design a secret and completely surprised the couple as they made their way back to the villa.

The wedding cake was carrot-orange cake with orange cream cheese filling. The sweet, two tier cake was designed to recreate the gorgeous bodice detail of Virginia’s Vera Wang Dress.

Wedding Photography: Sara Richardson Photography | Ceremony and Reception: Villa Haydee, Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Wedding Planning + Design: Vari Avila of Allure Event | Floral Design: Rene Larios of Cabo Floral Studio | Catering: Jennifer O’Toole | Wedding Cake: Deena Fisher of Sweet Dreams Cabo | Guitar: Daryl Currie | Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Diamond White Grazia Valentine Bridal Shoes

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Riviera Maya Wedding Film from Inkspot Crow Films

You know how to kick off the week in some serious style?  With a little wedding magic from the oh-so-amazing Inkspot Crow Films, that’s how.  A little wedding magic that includes the breathtaking backdrop that is the Riviera Maya, two incredibly adorable sweethearts (hello beautiful vows) and a whole lot of happy tears.  It’s more pretty than you can ever imagine, all wrapped up in 4 minutes of amazing.  Click play to soak it all in… your Monday just got awesome.

From the Bride… Having found Inkspot Crow through Style Me Pretty, it’s exciting to have a chance to have our own video featured! When we first got engaged, I knew I didn’t want the stress that goes along with a traditional wedding, so we quickly decided that destination was the way to go for us.  After picking an all-inclusive resort, I became worried that our wedding would be very canned – that it wouldn’t have enough of our own personal touches.  It took a bit more planning, packing and effort, but I worked with the hotel and was able to add some personal touches, both to the ceremony and the reception.  My very sweet cousin, who was unable to make the ceremony, really wanted to contribute, so I gave her the tedious task of stringing the cranes and beads together for our ceremony back-drop.  She pulled it off with very little instruction and absolutely no complaining.  They turned out even better than I had imagined!  Our love of travel combined with the fact that it was a destination wedding, made for an unofficial “travel theme”. My maid of honor and I, who live 4 hours apart, worked on the table “numbers” and escort cards over the Christmas Holidays, long weekends, and even a few last-minute changes the day before! Having the people I love the most contribute to the decor made the day that much more special.  I knew they could look around and really feel like they contributed to our special day.

Cinematography: Inkspot Crow Films | Ceremony: Gazebo 55 at El Dorado Royale | Reception: El Dorado Royale | Flowers + Cake + Catering: El Dorado Royale | Photography: Vincent Ribon of Zasil Photography | Hair + Make-up: Naay Spa Casitas | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Bridesmaids Dresses: Victoria’s Secret | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Made by Bride | Getting Ready Robes: Silk and More | Bridal Hairpiece: Flora Bond

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Riviera Maya Wedding from Emily Steffen

Today I am dreaming of a breathtaking Riviera Maya wedding.  A wedding filled with chevron touches, beautiful colors (ahem, teal blue) and some of the world’s most stunning views.  In other words, I am dreaming of this gorgeous affair from Emily Steffen, which has me basically mesmerized with its darling details, adorable duo and laid-back vibe that is all kinds of crazy wonderful.  Care to take a virtual trip to paradise?  See so much more right here.

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From Emily Steffen… Everything was inspired by the bride and groom’s relationship and journey…. with happy colors, like teal, orange and grey along with chevron patterns and the backdrop of the beach in Mexico, it was SURE to be a destination wedding that was a dream for Jeanne and Adam! Their goal was laid back and relaxed (with a few put-together details)! Chevron patterns came through from the invitations to the bridesmaids scarves, the teal color was not only represented in the bridesmaids dresses, but in the ocean backdrop for the ceremony, and the starfish seating chart served as a keepsake for the guests to take home too. And the authentic Mexican food for dinner was the perfect way to end the evening.

Photography: Emily Steffen | Resort: Azul Sensatori | Invitations: Emily Steffen + Bride | Shoes: Nine West | Dress: Watters/WTOO | Bridesmaids Dresses: Francesca’s Collection

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Playa Del Carmen Wedding from Elizabeth Medina Photography

This is why I love, love, love SMP Destination.  On any given day, we can be celebrating side by side with a darling duo upon a mountaintop, soaking in a breathtaking European locale or, like today, smiling happily with two sweeties as they say “I do” in paradise. Two sweeties, actually, who whisked away their family and friends to the Grand Velas Resort for a weekend of fun in the sun and happily ever after.  It’s vibrant hues meets stunning ocean views meets an entire gallery of lovely captured by Elizabeth Medina Photography.  Join me there for all of the pretty.

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From the bride… My husband Neal and I were destined for a destination wedding.  Neal is a pilot for United Airlines and flies a small plane for fun on the weekends.  One of our favorite things to do together is to take spontaneous weekend trips to the beach.  In fact, that’s how we actually met.  Neal was flying a group of my friends on a six seat Bonanza airplane from the East Hampton to Rhode Island for the day.  I joined the group at the last minute, never suspecting that I would meet my husband on the spontaneous trip. Neal and I had been dating a year when we took another last minute trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to escape the East Coast winter.  We stayed Grand Velas Resort and fell in love with the location.  As we laid by the beautiful pool overlooking the ocean I said to Neal “ We need to figure out a way to get all of our family and friends here to enjoy this amazing place with us”.  Little did I know he was proposing to me two months later and our wedding planning began.

The Grand Velas was the natural choice for our wedding.  Late January was the perfect time for our family and friends to escape the Midwest and East Coast winter.  150 guests hoped on planes from New York, Michigan, Chicago, California and even Australia to celebrate our wedding at the beautiful beach resort. We were inspired by the spectacular surroundings of the beach location. We decided to keep the wedding simple and elegant to compliment the scenery.  The wedding colors, fuchsia, purple/blue and sunny yellow, were inspired by the resort’s pink bougainvillea, blue ocean view and sunshine overhead. The ceremony was held on the beach which we kept simple with rustic chairs, grass mats and a white hoopa framed with fuchsia flowers. The bridesmaids wore fuchsia dresses by Amsale.  The groom and groomsman wore Hugo Boss navy suits and fuchsia ties. My dress by Reem Acra was the first dress I tried on.  It was it was light and airy, perfect for the beach ceremony but also beautifully elaborate with intricate beading up close.

Neal and I are very close to our niece and nephews and it was important that everything aspect our wedding to be child-friendly.  Our nephews Jack and Max, 2 and 3 years old, wore navy blazers, striped bow ties and white Converse shoes.  Alexa, the flower girl, 5-years-old wore a little white dress and a flower wreath in her hair.  We included little gifts at for all the children at their table place setting with stickers and color books. The reception was held along the pool at the Grand Velas.  Maria Elena Glacia, our planner did a beautiful job perfecting every detail.  Square tables, all white lines and chairs were the perfect setting for the bright monochromatic flower arrangements in blue/purple, pink and yellow.  

Greenwich Letter Press designed our invitations with a beautiful Mexican tile print. We incorporated this motif into the table numbers hand-painted by LuckiiArts and menus by Laura Hooper calligraphy, who we found on Etsy.  The Mexican tiles were used on many other wedding details including chocolate tiles on the cake! White paper lanterns framed the palm trees and floated in the pool.  The full moon and cloudless sky was the perfect last touch for magical night.  Elizabeth Media, our photographer captured the simple elegance and most importantly the happiness of our wedding with absolute perfection.

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Photography: Elizabeth Medina Photography | Ceremony + Reception Location: Grand Velas Resort, Riviera Maya | Event Planning: Maria Elena Galicia of Playa Wedding | Floral Design: Roberto Galan, Agromexpress | Cinematography: PlayaWeddings | Invitations: Greenwich Letterpress | Table Numbers: LuckiiArts | Menus: Laura Hooper Caligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio Riviera Maya | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Groom + Groomsman Suits: Hugo Boss

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