If ever there were a rehearsal dinner that I wanted to curl up in and live forever, it would be right here in Mayakoba under those twinkling cafe lights. From the looks of this crazy good tablescape, you would have no idea that wild boars, boas, and crocodiles call these mangroves home. But that’s why Lisa Vorce is so amazing at what she does. With the help of Mindy Rice, she whipped this remote spot into a gorgeous dining wonderland. And Aaron Delesie was there to photograph every last angle of that wildly good-looking table. See it all right here in the full gallery. And we’ll be back in a bit with a really exciting project (and a giveaway!) involving some of these ever so creative creatives. Sit tight!
From Lisa Vorce…One of my all time favorite rehearsal dinners — thanks to our amazingly trusting clients Jaimie and Andrew! Despite the constant “no it’s not possible” answers we were given when I first sighted the property and all the warnings about mosquitos, wild boars, boas, and crocodiles… Jaimie and Andrew allowed us to push the envelope like we’ve never pushed before. Mindy and I have been long time fans of the Outstanding in the Field concept — so when I saw the extraordinary Mangroves at the Rosewood Mayakoba Resort – I just knew we were destined to have one long table in the middle of the jungle (à la “Outstanding in the Mangroves.”) Our wooden tables, and Mexican dining chairs were perfection for the location. Mindy created brilliant tablescapes using all native jungle foliage. She had thin linear wood “troughs” custom fitted for our tables so we could have beautiful centerpieces while still leaving ample room for the family style dinner that was planned. Special details on the table included a beautiful loosely woven fabric overlay (one piece stretched along the entire length of the table!), stand-up menus made out of local Amate paper, tin votives (which were actually shiny silver tin votives that we specially treated to age them for a rustic look), vintage crocheted napkins, and tons of candlelight. Above the tables, our local contacts strong bistro lighting which helped define the space and gave us the perfect amount of ambient lighting. I could not have asked for better weather and a better evening. We may have pushed the envelope with the resort – but it was more than worth it. Rosewood did an extraordinary job and the event was incredible. The guests had a beautiful family style dinner under the starry sky with a Spanish guitar duo serenading them (mixed with the amazing sounds of the jungle… the birds chirping, the frogs croaking, and a boar or two snorting!) Muchas gracias Jaimie and Andrew for allowing us to do what we do. We truly adore you. And muchas, muchas gracias to the boars, boas, and crocodiles who graciously allowed us to dine in the jungle without popping in to say hello.
New England is getting hit with yet another snow storm today, so I’m somewhat selfishly sharing this Mexico wedding by Style Art Life to virtually soak up all the gorgeous virtual sunshine. It’s for the greater good though, because this seaside soiree is just too pretty to pass up whatever the weather. It’s an example of why destination weddings are just so darn dreamy, and you can join me in a little faux sunshine right here.
From the Bride… Having been to the Riviera Maya before, we knew it would be the perfect setting when we decided to have a destination wedding. Our goal was to have a place that would be easily accessible for our guests but also more importantly, a place that was going to be all about having fun!
Since our wedding was a beach wedding set in Mexico, we wanted the wedding style to incorporate some hints of the sea to our Spanish theme. Wedding colors were chosen based on the colors found inside of a conch. Light peach, pinks, nudes & crème. We kept our ceremony décor simple and clean to keep the focus on the beauty of beach. We were blessed with perfect weather and kept the party going al fresco next to the beach for the reception.
Nelson proposed to me in Oia, Santorini in Greece and we had collected sand from both the Red Beach and the Black Beach during our stay there. This was not planned while we were collecting the sand but once we decided to have our wedding in Mexico, it became important for us that we used the sand from our engagement destination for the sand ceremony at our wedding destination. It made the sand ceremony that much more special for us.
We planned and designed all of the details of the wedding ourselves and did a lot of DIY projects. The groom hand drew the wedding map that was incorporated into our invitations with the help of our good friend Margaret Park who is a graphic designer. We had the most fun choosing our photo props and creating our photo prop signs which perfectly set the mood for what we wanted our wedding to be: Crazy!
I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Mimmo + Naz for inspiring us to no end. Your work is flawless and the vignette that started it all still brings me to tears. If you are just now catching up, please, please, please watch this gorgeous clip that the talented team at Mimmo + Naz sent…
And last, but certainly not least, the details that made this event so lovely…