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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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Engage Nizuc Gala

Twice a year, every year, the creme de la creme of the wedding industry comes together to talk shop, to inspire, to trade war stories and to be spoiled utterly rotten by the amazing duo at Engage Summits – the lovely Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce. It’s four days of pure wedding bliss. And while I’d love to spill every last detail, I’m focusing instead on the one event that every last one of YOU will find inspiring. Crafted and executed by the incredible team at Elena Damy, this is a Mexican fiesta worthy of Kings. And if ever you get the chance to attend one of the upcoming Summits, consider yourself one of the family. Oh and there may or may not have been an appearance by Salt-N-Pepa thanks to Elan ArtistsMore here!

ENGAGE! NIZUC from Julie Hill on Vimeo.

From the amazing team at Elena Damy

After attending several engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summits, we couldn’t wait for the right opportunity to introduce our industry colleagues to our beloved Mexico! When we discovered the uber-stylish, incredibly posh Nizuc Resort in Cancun, we knew we had to share it with Rebecca and Kathryn. They, too, fell in love with the breath-taking resort and asked us to design the Gala for the conference! We were honored, to say the least, and we couldn’t wait to get started designing an event that would share the warm sophisticated spirit of Mexico!

Once you get a glimpse of Nizuc’s minimalist architecture, globally-inspired interior design, and locally-influenced landscape, you can’t NOT be inspired! Thoughtful. Purposeful. Dramatic. Yet, somehow, understated and unobtrusive. It was easy to draw our own inspiration for the gala from all the earthy scenic elegance of Nizuc. We set out to use the same palette of metallics, stone and wood to create the final engage! party. Specifically, weathered gold and vintage platinum, mixed with glossy onyx black and distressed wood. Blended with geometric lines in the square and rectangular dinner tables, to the low lush white floral arrangements that kept the site lines clean and the energy “engaging” across the table, the whole design concept echoed the modern warmth of Mexico.

We brought in hand-made or locally-sourced Mexican décor elements such as mirrored containers and votive holders custom made for this occasion by artists from Jalisco, the land of tequila, mariachi and craftsmanship, complemented with oversized succulents and different types of indigenous foliage from Southeast Mexico, and a set of 103 hanging hearts made with wooden branches by artists from the Bajío region of Mexico.

The square oversized tables (each one seating 16 people) had black linens and black ghost chairs, while the rectangular tables had ivory linens (each one seating 36 people) and distressed vineyard cross-back chairs on the sides and glossy ghost chairs on the head of the tables. A wooden round dance floor was the perfect element to use as the center of the ballroom and, above it, we created an oversized, free form “chandelier” with giant natural hearts and local foliage. Smaller versions of the chandeliers were hung above some of the dinner tables.

Nizuc’s ballroom has impressive views to the mangrove swamp (which we decided to enhance with spots of light outside the ballroom), beautiful floor to ceiling wooden shutters, and a couple of elegant white stone walls, so we avoided adding draping or trusses that would ruin the already cool space and obscure the gorgeous view. Soft ambient light from our low, weathered metallic votives and hurricanes complemented the subtle settings.

Film by: Elysium Productions | Event & Floral Design: Elena Damy | Photographs from: John Cain, Love Life Images, Tammy Swales, Carla Ten Eyke, Dave Noonan for C10 Studios, Dorian Patrick for C10 Studios, Joel Callaway for C10 Studios | Venue: NIZUC Resort & Spa | Music & Entertainment: Elan Artists | Linens: Nüage Designs | Wooden Chargers/Menues: Two Paper Dolls Design Studio | 3D Invitations: Gifts for the Good Life | Logistics Support + Stage, Dance Floor and DJ Booth: Solen Group | Production Logistics Support and Lighting: JSAV | Tables & Chairs: Grupo Gama | Foyer Furniture and Rentals: Archive Rentals

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Romantic Mexico Wedding Inspiration Full of Old World Charm

Friends, the last few weeks we’ve been spoiled with the beauty that Jose Villa creates with his lens. And as you can see, the Mexico Workshop last year was a doozy, filled with designs and detailing we’ve fallen in love with… including a papel picado backdrop from Karina Puente, gorg looks from TEAM Hair And Makeup and beautifully designed evenings thought out by Laurie Arons, just to name a few. We’ve saved one of the best for last and it comes in the form of this romance-layered wedding shoot. See it all here!

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Summer
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Hacienda
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Romantic

See more of the gorgeousness right here:

Week One Welcome Dinner | Boudoir Session | Engagement | Wedding | Papel Picado Backdrop | Week Two Welcome Dinner

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Sarah Ryhanen | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Engagement Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Candles: Creative Candles | Custom Artwork And Backdrop Smoke Effects: Karina Puente | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins | Floral Design Assistant: Gabriela Salazar | Food Styling: Diana Perrin | Graphic Design, Collateral Pieces And Design Direction: Amber Moon | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions | Jumper: Lihi Hod | Location: Hacienda La Labor | Overall Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Robes And Veil: Emily Riggs Bridal | Tabletop Rentals: Casa De Perrin | Wedding Gown And Cape: Lihi Hod

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Jose Villa Mexico Workshop Week Two Welcome Dinner

Fair warning, I am seriously biased to this next slice of pretty. I was lucky enough to have a seat at this incredibly gorgeous table (read: the most stunning table I’ve ever sat at) for week two of Jose Villa’s Mexico Workshop last year. We were greeted by elegant menus from Amber Moon and Anne Robin, made toasts and ate our hearts out with Casa De Perrin‘s charming tabletop rentals, feasted our eyes on the intertwining florals designed by Saipua and papel picado backdrop from Karina Puente and last but certainly not least, soaked in the beauty that Laurie Arons graced the entire evening with. That my friends, is what a Jose Villa workshop kicks off and you can get a heaping serving of it right here.

Want to see even more from week one? Take a peek below!

Week One Welcome Dinner | Boudoir Session | Engagement | Wedding | Papel Picado Backdrop

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Sarah Ryhanen Of Saipua | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Candles: Creative Candles | Custom Artwork: Karina Puente | Floral Design Assistant: Gabriela Salazar | Graphic Design And Collateral Pieces: Amber Moon | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Overall Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Tabletop Rentals And Design: Casa De Perrin

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Papel Picado Wedding Backdrop

This, my dears, might be the coolest wedding backdrop I’ve ever seen. And it comes as no surprise with the crazy talented Karina Puente behind all the beauty. Today, she’s giving us a behind the scenes look at how she crafted this wedding work of art which made it’s debut at Jose Villa’s Mexico Workshop last year. See Karina’s backdrop in action for the wedding shoot and a sneak peek of the welcome dinner we’ll be sharing next week!

From Karina PuenteMy name is Karina Puente and I am visual artist. Here is a glimpse into my process of creating Wedding Backdrops for the Jose Villa Photography Workshop, Mexico. My favorite part about handcrafting these pieces is the physical and conceptual process required to execute the design. My art-making always begins with a preliminary sketch to visually communicate my intention and as a result, wonderful conversations follow.

These works are fabricated in the style of Papel Picado (cut paper) and they connect me to new clients and, metaphorically, to my Mexican cultural heritage. In Mexico, Papel Picado is widely recognized and elevated as a folk art that commemorates sacred celebrations. Traditionally, tissue paper is layered, cut, and chiseled to reveal intricate designs and patterned panels. I work with knives and a material that is as whimsical as paper yet more durable and translucent. I play with dynamic scale invigorating the papercutting tradition into a contemporary practice.

My panels can run 100 feet high, flirting with light and shadow or can be installed as wedding alters, Chuppahs, or interactive design elements. My work is intended for worldwide shipment and wedding day, event, and gallery installation. My large-scale Papel Picado Backdrops invite the viewer to play and imagine possibilities. Be in touch and let’s bring your vision to life!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Handmade Wedding Backdrop, Papel Picado: Karina Puente | Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Artist Studio Photography: The Wheel Vintage Photography | Artist Studio Workspace: Impact Hub, Philadelphia | Bride’s Bouquet: Sarah Winward | Candles: Creative Candles | Creative Direction: Joel Serrato | Event Planning and Design: Laurie Arons Special Events | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins Ball | Graphic Design and Collateral Pieces: Amber Moon | Local Flower Sourcing: Gabriela Salazar | Photography And Style Workshop, Mexico: Jose Villa Workshops | Table Top Floral Design: Saipua | Table Top Rentals And Design: Casa De Perrin

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