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Elegant Mexico Wedding Inspiration

SMPers, we’ve had a week sprinkled with the first half of pretty from Jose Villa’s Mexico Workshop last year, and if you missed the boudoir and engagement shoots—you might want to peek at those before diving into the wedding portion, which is unbelievably stunning to say the least. With overall planning and design by Laurie Arons Special Events, every inch is executed with elegance and grace by the amazing vendor team below. Find every bit right here in the big, beautiful gallery.

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Interested in joining in all the magic that takes place at Jose Villa’s 2015 Workshop? There are still a couple spots left! See all the details below.

Jose Villa 2015 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 15–19, 2015
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

Click here for more details and to reserve your spot!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Wedding Gown: Lihi Hod | Wedding Gown: Emily Rose Riggs | Cake: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Engagement Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Candles: Creative Candles | Custom Artwork: Karina Puente | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins | Floral Design Assistant: Gabriela Salazar | Food Styling: Diana Perrin | Graphic Design And Collateral Pieces: Amber Moon | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions | Location: Hacienda La Labor | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Overall Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Tabletop Rentals And Design: Casa De Perrin

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Glamorous Engagement Inspiration in Mexico

If yesterday’s boudoir gorgeousness from Jose Villa had your heart a-flutter, today’s glam e-sesh from the Mexico Workshop will have your jaw on the floor. Personally, I’m thinking black tie engagements are kind of the best new thing, especially when TEAM Hair & Makeup add their pretty touch (and their amazing new TEAM Bridal Extensions). Up tomorrow is the wedding portion lovelies, so stay tuned!

Psst, there are a few spots left for Jose Villa’s 2015 Workshop! Grab a seat while you still can! See all the details below.

Jose Villa 2015 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 15–19, 2015
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

Click here for more details and to reserve your spot!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Engagement Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Custom Skirt: Bel And Beau | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions | Lace Top: Emily Rose Riggs | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Overall Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events

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Moody + Romantic Boudoir Session in Mexico

Last fall, I had the wonderful opportunity of speaking at Jose Villa’s Mexico Workshop and witnessing all the beauty that it encompasses—an incredible experience to say the least. And the first shoot that I had a front row seat to was this utterly dreamy boudoir session that radiated a moody kind of ethereal vibe, which is just too gorgeous to even put into words. Make sure to savor each one of Jose‘s captures below!

Incredibly stunning right? And bonus, for all you aspiring photographers out there—there are a few spots left for Jose Villa’s 2015 Workshop! See all the details below.

Jose Villa 2015 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 15–19, 2015
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

Click here for more details and to reserve your spot!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Wedding Dress: Galia LaHav | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins | Floral Design Assistant: Gabriela Salazar | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Overall Design & Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals

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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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Glamorous Black Tie Beach Wedding in Isla Mujeres

Any couple that is willing to haul 80 all white maracas – crafted by Printerette Press – to Mexico to make their wedding that much more memorable…is kind of awesome. Then layer on really good fashion (can we talk about the bridesmaids dresses?), a stunning backdrop and a lively, festive mood and you have the kind of wedding that SMP dreams are made of. And guess what? There is so much more from Jen Meneghin Photography right here in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride… We wanted to bring a modern and chic vibe to a relaxed island location. I always envisioned Giscard in a black tuxedo on our wedding day, being the tall, dark & handsome man he is, therefore, the dudes sported black tuxedos (which wowza, they looked amaze!) The lovely ladies sparkled in their metallic & sequins (everyone who knows me knows that if I wasn’t in sequins, my girls sure would be!). I pictured lots of candles, ivory flowers and greenery to make our “simple” decor look sharp and elegant.

When we first arrived to Isla from freezing Minnesota, first things first, we headed to Zama to meet our wedding planners, Tiffany and Heather of SunHorse Weddings. We INSTANTLY knew this was the perfect place for us to say “I Do!” It was way beyond our expectations, especially considering we had never been there before! The vision we had was such a reality at that moment.

The fun of wedding planning started with my longest, dear friend Catherine Polacek, who happens to be the mastermind behind Printerette Press. She designed our Save the Dates based around what we pictured the overall vibe to be, simple, neutral, and chic with metallics! I described it to be a destination wedding, but not too “destionationy,” for lack of a better word. The invitations were matching to the Save the Dates and included a luggage tag with a drawing of Giscard and Louisa and our prized possession, our dog Henry. Unfortunately, Henry was not able to make it to our island wedding, he was toasting from afar! Our guests were swooning over our invites!! Giscard’s Mom, sported her luggage tag on her bag, all the way from Lebanon!

After our super fun engagement photo session around Minneapolis, with the incredibly talented Jen Meneghin of Jen Meneghin Photography, we knew she was the most perfect fit to photograph our Mexican destination wedding!! Jen immediately became a friend, cause that’s just the person she is! We were so lucky to have Jen and her second shooter, Ashley, for 6 days in Mexico! They ladies snapped candids at our Welcome Party and preparing for a catamaran cruise and spent the whole day documenting the details and emotion of our wedding day!

With myself working in the beauty biz, hair and makeup were important to me! I am lucky to surround myself with the best of the best of the business! Ashley Matthew and Clarissa Cristobal have been dear friends and colleagues of mine for years. I was so thrilled to have the best “glam squad” to make me and all the ladies look so fabulous! Clarissa is an artist with a makeup brush and Ashley can rock out an undo and blowout like you’ve never seen!!!

A great friend of ours, Barb, is a regular of Isla Mujeres. She suggested that we be married at Zama, and we strongly trust her opinion and so we went with it! Saw lots of pictures and then hired the SunHorse Wedding Planners and they helped plan the week on Isla, and the details of the wedding day! It was great having their expertise to plan our dream wedding!

We hauled 80 all white maracas down to Mexico, with everyone’s name written on them (writing by Catherine of Printerette Press) to be placed at each place setting. Guests were given Welcome Bags that were hand stamped (stamp designed by Printerette Press) filled with an itinerary, personalized cups, vodka shooters and sunscreen!

I know everybody says their wedding day is “the best day ever” but for us, February 17th, truly was the grand finale of our “best week ever” on the fantastic island of Isla Mujeres! From California to Lebanon, eighty of our amazing family and friends, surrounded us with their support and love, coming from 6 different states and 4 different countries! It was impossible for us to not feel overwhelmed with love from these wonderful people! We started the celebrations days before the big day, hanging out on the beach, grilling on our penthouse, enjoying the Carnival festivities and bumping into our guests as they trickled to the island each day! We hosted a Welcome Party at the Fenix Lounge on  Valentine’s Day, where we enjoyed tacos, margaritas and mingling! The next day we set sail on the most fun boat party I’ve ever been on! Dancing, snorkeling and we can’t forget the Pink Panther cocktails! Great time had by all!

Then the finale: the wedding day! The girls got all done up at our suite, while the dudes went for a jog and had lunch on the beach! The ceremony itself was exactly what we wanted, guests arrived greeted with a welcome cocktail and were serenaded by acoustic guitar player, John Cain. The guests sat facing the sea, fanning themselves of the heat as the wedding party and Bride entered to “Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring.” Reading our personally composed vows, Sister Annelisa’s tear jerking vocal performance, and our cousin’s readings, really made the ceremony exactly what we  wanted. We took sand from the Mediterranean Sea of Lebanon, where Giscard was born and raised, and sand from the lakes of Minnesota, where Louisa was born and raised, to combine with sand from Isla Mujeres where we became Husband and Wife!

We kissed, the mariachis played, and  we started the party off with cocktail hour and ceviche! Speeches — there were lots! — got everyone to laugh, cry and even sing, thanks to the Mother of the Bride! Dinner was delicious and romantic, as we sat under cafe lights surrounded by infinity pools and all white maracas shaking for us to kiss! The dance party started off with the Bride and Groom entering lifted in the air to the Lebanese wedding song, “Mabrouk!”  We all danced the night away, especially, cousin Peter’s choreographed dance to “Uptown Funk” got everyone shredding the rug! Possibly  one of our greatest highlights! It truly was a dream….come true.

Photography: Jen Meneghin Photography | Videography: Mike Cantarell Films | Event Planning: SunHorse Weddings | Floral Design: SunHorse Weddings | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup Artist: Clarissa Cristobal | Hair Stylist: Ashley Matthew | Groom's Attire: Boggi Milano | Accomodations: Ixchel Beach Hotel | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Zama Beach & Lounge | Earrings: Nordstrom | Hair Colorist: Louisa Bechara | Hair Comb: J.Crew | Paper Goods: Printerette Press | Vow Book: BHLDN

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Elegant Ivory + Gold Tulum Ruins Wedding Inspiration

Inspirational Shoots are crafted for two reasons. One, to allow vendors and creators to have total freedom. And two, to provide brides with perfect ideas. Perfect moments. And this shoot crafted by Crosby & Jon with photographs by Chris & Kristen Photography marries the gorgeous Riviera Maya backdrop with truly steal-worthy wedding details. There is SO much more right here.

From Archive Rentals Mexico… Nestled along the white sandy beaches of beautiful Mexico, and only a short flight from anywhere in the States, lies the ancient and beautiful ruins of Tulum. Surrounded by this ancient city, one steps back in time to an ancient civilization, a time so different from ours, but with one striking similarity… Love.

Ruins aren’t the only alluring quality of Riviera Maya. With warm weather year round, turquoise oceans, beautiful resorts, it’s no wonder couples are choosing to marry in this Caribbean destination.

From event planners, Crosby + Jon… Rosewood Mayakoba was our first choice because it is truly the definition of paradise. It is one of our favorite places to work because the property is romantic, secluded and stunningly beautiful from every angle. But more importantly, the wedding team at Rosewood is beyond exceptional. They treat guests with such care and attention, everyone feels like a VIP.

Our designs for the day were inspired by the ethereal quality of the Tulum ruins. We wanted this inspirational photo shoot to be timeless and classic, reflecting qualities of an ancient time. We loved the idea of the juxtaposition of the ancient ruins, crumbling and raw, surrounded by jungle, being the backdrop of our ceremony, and the five star, ever so luxurious Rosewood Mayakoba hosting our reception. Chris & Kristen Photography captured our vision perfectly, and Krista Jon created florals that mimicked the elements of elegance and de-composition that we are so drawn to.

Photography: Chris & Kristen Photography | Design: Crosby & Jon | Event Planning: Crosby & Jon | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Wedding Dress: Gemy Maalouf | Reception Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Rentals: Archive Mexico

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