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Mayakoba Rehearsal Dinner from Aaron Delesie + Lisa Vorce + Mindy Rice

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!

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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.

Photography: Aaron Delesie | Event Design + Production: Lisa Vorce of Lisa Vorce Event Design & Production | Floral + Event Design: Mindy Rice Floral & Event Design | Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Music: Arpason | Paper: Papel Paper and Press | Lighting and Local Production: EW Cancun
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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.

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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!

Wedding Photography: Twah Dougherty from Style Art Life | Wedding Venue: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico | Floral Design: Flores Julieta | Event Design + Planning: Bride + Groom | Cake Topper + Signs: Lazy Caterpillar | Paper Goods Design + Monogram: DIY by Bride + Margaret Park | Invitation Map: Hand Drawn by the Groom | DJ: DJ Bijan from Mayan Vibes | Photo Booth Props: DIY by Bride + Groom | Favors: Patron Tequila | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla Maija via Bergdorf Goodman | Veil: Erica Elizabeth Designs | Bride’s Accessories: Nordstrom |Garter: Mirela Olariu | Hair Accessories: BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin + TOMS | Clutch: Anya Hindmarch | Bridesmaids’ Shoes: TOMS | Groom’s Attire: Louis Purple | Groomsmen Attire: Express | Groomsmen Ties: Me and Matilda

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Mexico Wedding from Renata Yagolnitzer

Next up, we’ve off to Mexico for a wedding that’s bursting with color + personality! Wanting something small and beach-side, this couple travelled to the secluded Yucatan coast with their nearest and dearest, rented out the beautiful La Zebra for the weekend and DIY-ed the celebration of their dreams (on a tight budget, nonetheless)!  Bridesmaids crafted the bouquets the morning-of, the invitations were all hand-typed on a vintage typewriter and the bride even helped design her own wedding dress!  Renata Yagolnitzer captured every.last.detail, and you can see the rest right here!

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From the Bride… When Rubin and I decided to get married, we knew we wanted to do it with our toes in the sand. We also knew that we wanted it to be small and intimate, so we chose to have a destination wedding. We figured that since our love was so great, we needed more than one day to celebrate it. We decided to, with our guests, rent out an entire hotel and have a whole weekend of fun. We picked the Yucatan coast because of its pristine beauty. Tulum is a romantic and secluded town that offered us everything we could want in a wedding. It took us a long time to decide on La Zebra as our venue because there were so many hotels to choose from, but once we saw it, we knew it was perfect. They lovely people at La Zebra took care of our and our guests’ every need with unmatched care and kindness, and Victoria Holmes, La Zebra’s in-house wedding planner, treated our special day like it was her own. The entire team bent over backwards to give us the wedding of our dreams.

I looked at so many wedding dresses, but none of them felt like me, so I searched for a designer to help me create my dream dress. I found Rebecca Schoneveld Cheek, who creates romantic, effortless bridal gowns inspired by 1930s fashion. She has a studio very close to me in Park Slope, and together, we designed the dress I had always wanted. The unique experience of having a custom gown made just for me and getting to know Rebecca was one of my favorite things about the entire process.

Our budget was limited, so our wedding was the ultimate DIY event. I wanted to keep the decorations to a minimum since the location had so much natural beauty. We made the invitations ourselves using a letter press and Rubin’s late grandmother’s typewriter. I made all the faux mercury glass vases and votives myself, and our gorgeous chuppa was made with found driftwood by Colin Selig, a sculptor and family friend. The photography, cinematography, DJing and event styling were also done by our very talented friends; Ren Yags, Jeffrey Max, Trent Wolbe and Rebecca Bartoshesky, respectively. My bridesmaids did all the flower arraigning the morning of the wedding, and the groomsmen worked tirelessly with the staff to set everything up.

The week of the wedding was stormy and wet. It rained every day,  and every forecast said it would thunder and pour the entire day of the wedding. Victoria tried to convince me to plan to have the wedding at a covered location on the grounds of La Zebra, but I refused. I believed it would be a beautiful day, and the morning of the wedding there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! Not a single drop of rain fell on our perfect day. We had the ceremony on the beach, officiated by our Uncle Jack. For dinner, everyone got to build their own tacos, we had cocktails made with fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice and grocery store donuts for dessert (they were delicious!). We danced outside till 2 a.m. (even the parents) and ended the night by running into the water. We received enough love for an entire lifetime. It was a magical, ridiculously fun, heart-warming, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Wedding Photography: Renata Yagolnitzer / Wedding Venue: La Zebra in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico / Event Design: Rebecca Bartoshesky (A Friend) / Event Planning: Ren Ariel Sano-St. John (The Bride) / Floral Design: DIY / Wedding Cinematography: Jeffrey Max (A Friend) / Catering: Lina’s Mexican Kitchen / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride & Groom / DJ: Trent Wolbe (A Friend) / Chuppa: Colin Selig (A Friend) / Wedding Dress: Custom by Rebecca Schoneveld Cheek / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Kay Konvertibles

Mexico Wedding by First Comes Love Photo

This wedding and the gorgeous images from First Comes Love Photo just puts my mind at ease. It’s one of those where you feel instantly transported to the ceremony site when soaking in all the dreamy destination details. I can almost feel the sweet Mexico rays of sunshine on my face and hear the mariachi band strumming away. From the bride’s perfectly swishy dress to the groom’s sand colored suit, it’s everything that is fabulous about a destination wedding, and there is even more Mexico in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Rory and I chose to get married in Tulum, Mexico because it’ s a magical, beautiful place, and we wanted to keep our wedding a small and intimate affair. We always dreamed of having all our closest friends and family together somewhere sunny and sandy to celebrate with us. We had 40 guests join us on October 30, 2010 for a week long celebration of love and togetherness, and we couldn’ t be more pleased with the way everything turned out.

We were inspired by the culture and natural elements that surrounded us. We incorporated tropical leaves, white sands, and the vibrant colors of Mexico and its traditional folk art into our décor. We had custom papel picado flags and banners made that mirrored the save the dates and invitations. The flower colors were bright pinks, oranges, with green and gold accents on the tables, against clean white tables cloths. I made the seating cards, and brought the glass sphere place card holders, that I ordered online, which held sand and grasses which we collected on site. The leaves that sat on the table under the place card holders and candles were gathered on site as well. My mom and I brought down suitcases full of stuff for décor and welcome bags, including pretty sandlewood fans for guests to use, and the white honeycomb paper globes that were hung in the reception area. We also scoured the town of Tulum for unique little gifts for the welcome bags and communal basket at La Luna.There were so many little elements that made it really pretty and special, and to help make our guests comfortable. It was a lot of work, but so worth it in the end.

My dress and Rory’s suit were by J. Crew. My dress, oh I wish I could wear it again, was a limited release and oh so beautiful, and so pretty in the setting we were in, a sandycolor with gold tones and lots and lots of flowing French tulle. I wore a very special vintage pin (my something blue) on my dress that was a gift from my aunt Madalon, which had been passed down from my grandmother, a gift from my jeweler grandfather. I also held a beautiful embroidered handkerchief that is my mothers, to wipe away all the emotional tears during the ceremony. My gold earrings were also my mother’ s that she used to wear all the time. The flower in my hair was made for me at the Silver Moon in Chicago, with a vintage button center that I chose from their collection. My engagement ring and wedding band were vintage platinum pieces purchased from a close family friend, a man whom my grandfather mentored in the jewelry business.

We all went barefoot for the ceremony conducted by the local duo of Charlie and Maria. Charlie calls this ceremony a “cosmic wedding,” and it was a truly beautiful moving experience.  We loved how interactive the ceremony was, and that in the end each and every guest played a role in our union.  A five piece Mariachi band dressed all in white began to play immediately following the ceremony, and led ourguests to the bar for fresh margaritas.

Our fabulous photographer, Alison Bank was one of the best decisions we made. She captured the day with such love and light, and was such a wonderful calming person to be around on such an important day in our lives. She was great at wrangling people for group shots and was totally unobtrusive during the ceremony. I am so in love with our wedding photos, they are stunning.

Staff of La Luna created an amazing authentic Mexican buffet of traditional Yucatecan dishes, and sourced an incredible tres leches cake from a bakery in Tulum village that we topped with a Dia de los Muertos bride and groom we purchased in town. Every aspect of the wedding that was taken care of by Jacob and the staff at La Luna far surpassed our expectations, they never cut any corners, and were just awesome people to be around. We can’ t imagine having held our event anywhere else.

Wedding Photography: Alison Bank of First Comes Love Photo / Wedding Venue: Cabanas La Luna / Day of Coordinators: Gwen and Marion of Destination Wedding Tulum / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Dress: J. Crew / Hair Flower: Silver Moon / Wedding Invitations: Rick Leech, Friend of the Bride & Groom +  Damian Riddell, Friend of the Bride & Groom / Custom Papel Picado Flags & Banners: Ay Mujer / Groom’s Pocket Square: Vintage / Groom’s Tie Clip: Purely Paige / Groom’s Wedding Ring: Tinah Dee / Wedding Dress Pin: Vintage

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Real Wedding: Mimmo + Naz, VIII

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…

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Real Wedding: Mimmo + Naz, VII

Perhaps the most beautiful of all of the images that Mimmo + Naz sent me, were the portraits along the beach. They are shockingly gorgeous and only emphasize what I have been saying about the photographers all day…genius!

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Stay tuned to see more details from this gorgeous affair!