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A Tropical Destination Wedding at Ak’iin Beach Club in Tulum

If we could get an invite to any wedding on SMP – this tropical destination wedding in Tulum captured by Magdalena Studios would be reallyyy high on our list! The bride and groom said “I do” with their toes in the sand in front of a round floral arbor by Pentaflor Event & Flower Design and crystal clear ocean waves. The blushing bride donned a pretty two-piece dress while her bridesmaids stunned in unique maxis of various warm hues. What followed was a cocktail hour filled with decadent displays of coconuts, pineapples, a tiki bar, live music and a reception that is just too perfect to put into words. Welcome to wedding paradise!

From Magdalena Studios Searching for destination wedding inspiration from a couple who did it perfectly? Look no further than Claudia & Richard! This Tulum wedding was one for the books with no detail left behind! Stunning earthy greens and ocean blues surrounded the couple as they tied the knot on a white sand beach under a tropical arbor arch! After the “I do’s,” the newlyweds and their guests celebrated as the sun set to live music, with dinner tables designed to perfection and a choice of coconut or tiki bar (or both)! We want to relive this day over and over!

From the Bride… We met online while Claudia was living in NYC and Richard was living in Tulum, Mexico. Richard claimed on his profile that he spent “several months a year” living in NYC, which only became true AFTER they started long-distance dating. After weeks of e-mailing and one Skype date, Richard bought a ticket to New York for their first in-person date. The date went well, and they have been together ever since!

The family-owned wedding venue made everything extra special and personalized. We were very familiar with the space, personally know the wedding planner and many of the staff, and we were even able to have our beloved rescue pup Taco roam free during the event. The wedding was a blend of Mexican and American sensibilities and customs to honor our backgrounds, our guests, and the location. We chose a ‘natural luxury’ theme to let the beauty of the venue shine, the handblown glass, bejuco (wicker) decorative globes and hanging lamps, local copal incense, mezcal for toasting, menu, drinks, plate chargers, table decorations and foliage all made locally or from Mexico.

Midnight snack of empanadas in both Argentine and Mexican styles also nod to bride and groom’s backgrounds. Our favorite wedding moment was having our son Adrian be the ring bearer and walk down the aisle with Richard/groom’s former nanny Celia. Tips to other couples planning their day: Sending paper save-the-dates and invitations but having people RSVP online was a good mix of traditional and convenient. E-mailing guests a Google photos link for people to upload their casual shots was also a fun way to share images with everyone.

Photography: Magdalena Studios | Event Planning: Akin Beach Club | Flowers: Pentaflor | Cake: Shoebox Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Akin Beach Club | Reception Venue: Akin Beach Club | Shoes: Jewel by Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: Elisa Solomon | Jewelry: Luis Rea | Rings: Las Americas Jewelry in NYC | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Akin Beach Club | Makeup: Jessica Hereen | Hair: Karina Dominguez | Hair: Prep Hair | Venue: Akin Beach Club | Dress Designer (Skirt): Jenny Yoo | Dress Designer (Top): Tadashi Shoji | Dress Store: BHLDN | Garter: b.tempt’d by Wacoal | Groom Shoes: Paraboot Shoes | Groom Suit: John Varvatos | Grooming: Karina Dominguez | Hair Accessories: Lori London | Live Band: One the One | Paper Goods: Designed by bride! Claudia Meyer | Rentals: Royal Table Cancún | Ring box: Las Americas Jewelry in NYC | Veil: Paris by Debra Moreland

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This Sunrise Elopement Is Giving Us All the Feels

Michelle and Dave’s gorgeous wedding just might go down in history as one of the sweetest days ever. All bright colors and stunning ocean views, they took their five-year engagement and made it official at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa with just their super cute daughter and their talented photog and coordinator, Melissa Mercado, at their side. It was a day that was all about the LOVE, and we can’t get enough of every heartfelt moment.

From Melissa Mercado PhotographyMichelle and Dave had been engaged for five years when the time was finally right to say “I do.” They had planned a vacation to one of their favorite corners of Mexico – Tulum. Michelle told me this about her original ideas: “We have always wanted something simple. We would like to make our marriage official and celebrate our vows with our daughter in a place we love before we start the next chapter of our life. We really want something simple on the beach, a symbolic ceremony that we can say our vows to each other.”

I offer Elopement Packages that include the ceremony, an officiant, flowers, champagne and, of course, the photography! They’re intimate ceremonies that I tailor to my clients’ desires. We arrange a time and location and then see what magic the universe brings us! We had to change last minute, as the weather wasn’t going to cooperate for a late afternoon affair. But it worked out amazingly as we got to witness an amazing sunrise and felt the universe really blessed this union in all of it’s gorgeous splendor.

I loved Michelle’s desire to have Avery, their 4-year-old daughter, be such an integral part of her day. I loved her flower choices, and love even more that their beautiful family of four was all present on this day (she was a few months pregnant when they said “I do!”).



Photography: Melissa Mercado Photography | Coordination: Melissa Mercado Photography | Floral Design: Floreria Jardin | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Location: Dreams Resorts

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A Mint-Hued Beach Wedding Bursting With Romance

A romantic beach wedding is never a bad idea, and Julie and Matt managed to inspire us all with a celebration that merges the two in the sweetest way possible. It’s all beautiful blooms, gorgeous sunsets and mint-hued details transported straight from an English garden to the beaches of Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. Elizabeth Medina captured every beautiful moment and it makes for one awe-inspiring collection of photographs below.

From the Bride… Thank you to our parents, family, and friends who sacrificed time and expense to travel to Mexico and celebrate with us; it was the vacation of a lifetime! Our Mexico crew has a special bond and we should all go back. Thank you for the constant advice and help on wedding related decisions. Thank you to Elizabeth Medina Photography for capturing the day beautifully and for being a calming presence throughout the day, and to the Dreams Tulum staff who took such good care of us!

My favorite memory was accidentally waiting until the night before the wedding to write our vows. Of course, I was in a panic, but Matt wrote his down without a sweat. He also managed to calm me down so I could write mine. When we read them to each other during the ceremony, they ended up being a mirror to one another and it was really special to me. I will also always cherish the memory of having dinner on the beach during our reception. We were sipping wine surrounded by people we love so much, with our feet in the sand, listening to the waves and Frank Sinatra playing in the background.

From the Groom… Seeing Julie walk down the aisle was my favorite memory. Even though I had seen her just before that – when we did our first look – when she came around the corner with her dad she looked so happy and beautiful. 



Photography: Elizabeth Medina Photographic Artisans | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Jewelry: Etsy | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Suit: Vince Camuto | Groomsmen Attire: Egara | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Dreams Resorts | Bridal Shop: Mira Couture | Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy | Groom's Shirt : Calvin Klein | Ring Bearer Attire: Zara | Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew

A Colorful Tulum, Mexico Lovefest

The weekend is so close I can nearly taste it, and this wedding photographed by Kyle John has me ready to kick back with a cocktail and live like I’m on island time. Set in Tulum – a meaningful location for the couple – this beach affair is everything you want in a destination wedding with Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design brining loads of color, whimsy, and style into the mix. Head this way for even more and consider this a Happy Friday, indeed!

From the bride… Have you ever met someone for the first time and had déjà vu? Jeff and I think this isn’t the first time we have fallen in love, as if we end up finding each other again and again in each life. When we first found ourselves in the same room, neither one of us could take our eyes off of each other. From that moment on Jeff would whisk us away to last minute getaways, calling and telling me to be ready in an hour, never telling me of our destination. It was, and still is, the most romantic and exciting feeling to have someone who chooses to run away with you and only you over and over again. The first time he did this was to Mexico where we spent time in Tulum. Fast forward seven years later and true to form, Jeff surprised me with a last minute getaway to Keystone, Colorado where he got down on one knee and promised to stand by my side forever.

We thought we’d celebrate our commitment to each other at the first destination he ever whisked us away to, Mexico! We wasted no time; my mother, sisters, great aunt, cousin, and myself went to work right away to make my wedding dress from scratch. In my family, it’s tradition that my great aunt, Leila, make all the brides dresses. My only requests were that my dress had ostrich feathers (each put together by my mother, Lesa) at the bottom of the dress and pearls (hand strung by my cousin, Val) draping down my back. So we went to work, hand picking every piece of material from local fabric shops in Colorado as my aunt magically put it all together. Leila had sewn her own clothing tag into my dress with her name on it that my great grandmother had gifted her years before. This dress is special in so many ways, touched by the most important women in my life.

Jeff and I design and repurpose historic homes together sharing a deep passion for vintage style, which played a huge role in our wedding theme. We searched for beach wedding venues and ideas that could incorporate some non-traditional elements to the beach that fully encompassed our love for antiques and vintage décor. Enter owner and founder, Kristee Smith with Fresa Weddings. Every beach wedding photo we loved had one thing in common, they were all designed by Kristee and her team. We felt really lucky to have her as an expert to help coordinate florals, cake, venue, photography, food, hair and makeup, transport, décor and everything else under wedding planning from a distance. The hospitality and food at Akiin Beach venue was amazing, my guests are still raving about the food and staff! Kristee and her team, our photographer Kyle John, hair and makeup from BeSo Brides with Michael and Martina all worked together to create the vision we had and really brought everything to life. We really believe that no one else could have pulled off what we wanted like this group of people did, so we are forever grateful.

Being on a white, soft, sandy beach we were able to add fun details like a shoe valet at the beginning of the ceremony where everyone could ditch their shoes! Even as the bride, I didn’t wear shoes from the moment I got to the venue (talk about happy feet). Dinner and dancing were also on the beach, toes in the sand the entire time, market lights and a full moon. It was truly romantic from start to finish. We also had a cigar bar where someone was hand rolling cigars for guests right on the beach! It was great entertainment during cocktail hour while the wedding party and family were off taking pictures, our guests loved it. The altar and furniture were our favorite design pieces as we wanted something to define the space that would incorporate our vintage flair without taking away from our pretty backdrop of the ocean. Kristee and her florist Vanessa Jaimes designed exactly what we had envisioned! A half-circle garland with driftwood accents, greenery, and white anemones framed our ceremony with every flower more gorgeous than the next. All the furniture was a rich, dark wood, really popping from the white sand with plush, pastel furniture materials and natural brown leather undertones. It was a dream.

Jeff says his favorite part of the wedding was all the kissing we did during our photos on the beach (My poor mother was front and center for this as she helped hold props for the photographer, sorry Mom!). My favorite moment was seeing Jeff for the first time standing at the alter as the first man I ever loved held my hand and walked me down the aisle to him. Our advice for brides and grooms would be to create a wedding that is exactly what the two of you want and to stick to it. Enjoy every moment, it goes by so fast! 



Photography: Kyle John Photography | Event Design: Fresa Weddings Mexico | Wedding Planning: Fresa Weddings Mexico | Floral Design: VANESSA JAIMES Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Akin Beach Club | Hair + Makeup: Yukaton Hair | Decor: Archive Rentals | Decor rentals: Grupo Gama | Food & Beverage: Akin Beach Club

This Seaside Ceremony + Reception are #DestinationGoals

Kicking back with a tasty cocktail and playing beach volleyball sounds like the perfect way to spend a sunny morning and for Evan and Shiann, it also happened to be the kick-off to their crazy cool wedding day. Yep, this awesome couple soaked in some Vitamin D before walking down the aisle and it was as laid-back and beautiful as their entire celebration at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. Soak in every moment captured by J.M. Hunter Photography here in THE VAULT.

Evan + Shiann opted out of the traditional hometown wedding and went for warm beaches and clear waters instead. With a relaxed morning of volleyball and cocktails, this wedding was everything a beach wedding should embody. With not much focus on the details and more focus on the two, it was a very emotional ceremony dedicating themselves to one another.

Like any other wedding there is always some form of speed bump along the way and weather, of course, was a big factor on their day. During the summer months Cancun and Tulum get hit with a lot of rain storms. This isn’t a few sprinkles here and there, but rather a downpour and high strong winds that can come and go in the blink of an eye. There was a very high concern from the day-of coordination about having the reception and dinner outside. However, Shiann and Evan were determined to have their reception the way they envisioned it and took the chance anyways. I am so glad they did because immediately following the ceremony came shots of tequila and and an intimate dinner with sand between their toes accompanied by an ocean breeze. It was beautiful. 



Photography: J.M.Hunter Photography | Wedding Coordination : Natalie Bradford | Wedding Coordination : Dreams Resorts | Floral Design: Dreams Resorts | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Shoes: Naughty Monkey | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Tuxes: Haberdasher | Venue: Dreams Resorts

This Pretty Celebration is What We Like to Call a Wedcation

Weddings that double as vacations are the best combo, don’t you think? Take for instance a beautiful getaway to Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa with beachside lounging and the most gorgeous, color-filled celebration. Yeah, that definitely falls into the Wedcation category. One look at the images from Tulle & Grace and you’ll be Mexico dreaming all the way.

From the Photographers… We were so honored to be a part of this beautiful wedding in Tulum, Mexico. Although my husband and I have been to Mexico before it was on this trip we fell in love with it. Macey & Matt showed us a different side to the Tulum we thought we knew with their adventurous spirit and love for travel and life. Every little detail of their day was thoughtful and matched the surrounds perfectly and Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa’s staff is extremely easy to work with and took care of everyone from the moment they stepped on the resort. Thanks to everyone who made this day so special and we can’t wait to get back to Tulum in June!



Photography: Tulle Grace | Event Planning: Dreams Resorts | Event Planning: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa | Floral Design: Dreams Resorts | Wedding Venue: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa | Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer

This Seaside Wedding Will Take Your Breath Away

There are seaside weddings in Tulum, and then there is this stunning day captured by Luma Weddings. Think soft colors, romantic lighting and beautiful florals all wrapped up in a breathtaking backdrop like the Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. It’s basically everything you’ve ever wanted your wedding to be WITH a big ol’ side of sunshine. See so much more in THE VAULT.

Ava and Patryk’s story is a long one, but one thing they were both absolutely positive on was their love of the beach. Their relationship began in Vancouver, British Columbia, and after a few years of dating, they became engaged from a gorgeous proposal on the beach in Thailand. It was only fitting that they planned their wedding at the gorgeous Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa in Tulum, Mexico. Every little detail was fitting. It was when they booked the venue that they knew they wanted to have only their closest friends and family attend, and that is exactly what they had accomplished.

While many details from the wedding day were thought of and prepped in Vancouver, another large portion were also handled directly in Tulum with the help of the coordination from Dreams Resorts. Hiring Kyle Goldie from Luma Weddings for the destination wedding photography was hugely important in order to capture the day’s festivities, details, and emotions thoroughly. He came all the way from Seattle!

Planning a destination wedding in Tulum had its hurdles and obstacles – especially when it came to trying to figure out group rates, resort credits, and getting everything to the site safely – but when it was all set up and the day started to flow, it was all worth it. The wedding day itself began with a hearty breakfast, some mimosas, and hair and makeup provided directly by the resort itself. The spa was incredibly comfortable and charming. Everybody was incredibly helpful.

While hair and makeup was being completed, Kyle Goldie at Luma Weddings was capturing detail photographs and the groomsmen were helping prepare for the day. The planning and preparation were all coming together. The wedding day details were clean, romantic, simplistic, pastel, and earthy. Nothing was overdone, yet no detail was overlooked. The goal was to keep things natural, beautiful, and airy. Everything was meant to pair well with the tropical atmosphere that Dreams Tulum had to offer. By being surrounded with palm trees and a gorgeous ocean backdrop, all that was left was to create some gorgeous photographs and time everything to the sunset.

Ava and Patryk said “I do” with their feet in the sand, followed by an intimate reception poolside along the beach. Their weather could not have been more perfect.



Photographer: Luma Weddings | Floral Design: Dreams Resorts | Wedding Cake: Dreams Resorts | Hair & Makeup: Dreams Resorts | Catering/Food: Dreams Resorts | Resort Wedding Venue: Dreams Resorts

Style Meets Sand for this Destination Wedding in Tulum

I’ve always been a fan of beachy destination weddings but just can’t let go of my love for elegance, and let’s be honest, many times style and sand just don’t mix. However, this Mexican wedding begs to differ. With Destination Weddings Tulum orchestrating and Sean Cook capturing all the chic beach beauty, it’s the perfect mix for my books. See it all in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride… After our first visit to Tulum, we instantly fell in love with the calming energy, delicious food, hospitable locals, and all the natural beauty that makes this Caribbean paradise so unique.

When we began thinking about our wedding, we knew we wanted to incorporate travel and adventure, as these had become a foundation of our relationship. We also knew we wanted something small and intimate, and a place all our closest friends and family would love. Tulum checked all the boxes and helped in making our decision an easy one. The idea of saying our vows surrounded by the white sands and turquoise waters, and then dancing the night away under the Caribbean stars with plentiful mezcal and guacamole sounded like an absolute fairytale to us. So that is what we decided to do!

After lots of research, we found a perfect private property right on the beach, and directly next to one of our favorite hotels, Sanara. The property accommodated exactly the size wedding we were looking for, and provided the perfect intimate setting.

Thinking back on our wedding weekend feels like a dream. As you get older and busier, it seems to be more and more difficult to get large groups together in one place, let alone together on a tropical vacation! We feel like the luckiest couple in the world to have shared this experience with our nearest and dearest. It was everything we imagined and so much more, truly a dream come true.

On the wedding day, my bridesmaids and I met at Sanara for some delicious breakfast smoothies, and then began getting ready in one of the stunning rooms. I love all the natural light, architectural elements, the rustic chic decor, and the beautiful back patio with the claw foot tub. I knew it would be the perfect place to spend the first half of the day getting ready. The boys had lunch at La Zebra right down the beach, and got ready together in one of the homes on the venue property. It was really fun knowing they were right next door, enjoying a relaxing day together just like us.

We decided we wanted to do a “first look” before the ceremony. After months of anticipation, I’ll never forgot seeing each other for the first time. I was so nervous, but as soon as we turned around and saw each other, the nerves melted away.

After the first look, we shot several photos around Sanara and then at Coqui Coqui.

Before the ceremony began, the entire wedding party got together and toasted with a glass of champagne. I imagined I would be so nervous in the final moments preparing to take that walk down the aisle – the walk you dream about your whole life – but standing there with both my parents by my side, with our dearest friends and family together in one of our favorite places on earth, all I felt was pure happiness and excitement.

For the ceremony decor, we wanted to keep things simple and highlight the backdrop of the beautiful turquoise water. We did a palm arch, wood benches, baskets draped with flowers along the aisle, and our favorite part – a table filled with coco frios for our guests to enjoy before the ceremony began.

With such an intimate wedding, it was important to us to incorporate as many close friends as we could. One of our good friends, Shannon, is an amazing DJ, so we ask if he would do our music (BEST wedding DJ ever!) His flawless taste in music made for the most amazing dance party I’ve ever been a part of, and we are eternally grateful! We also decided to have one of our best friends, Chad, officiate the ceremony – and are so happy we did. It really made our ceremony feel so special.

Our photographer, Sean Cook, we did not know before our wedding weekend. However, it became clear immediately that he was going to become our dear friend! Looking back, I can’t imagine having anyone else document our day. He is such a kind, funny, and talented soul. He really was so instrumental in not only shooting photos all weekend long, but helping out with any and everything along the way, and being there to guide us through the day and calm our nerves. He was truly spectacular and we are so thankful for him!

Our wedding coordinator, Barbara from Destination Weddings Tulum, was so wonderful. We told her exactly what we wanted and she made everything happen! Having her and the whole team from Destination Weddings Tulum around for our wedding weekend was extremely comforting and we are so very grateful to them for making our day perfect in every way.

We had cocktail hour around the pool and up on the rooftop deck, which had 360 degree views overlooking the jungle, pool and the ocean. We brought a Fuji Instax camera and set up a guest book table, which turned out to be so fun, and looking back through those photos provides endless memories. We chose local beers and wine, and had three flavors of margaritas available: regular, strawberry basil and pineapple jalapeno. And I’m still dreaming about those pineapple jalapeno margaritas!

The dinner and dancing was held in the open palmed area on the property’s grounds straight off of the beach. We wanted to keep the feel as fun and laid back as possible, big long wood tables with family style “Mexican BBQ” for dinner. Out of all the amazing food we’ve eaten in Tulum, this truly was one of the best meals we’ve ever had! Everything was so fresh and delicious. And so much food! We had tons of leftovers we were able to munch on for the rest of the week.

For dessert, we went with an elegant “naked” style three tiered cake and buckets of our favorite local paletas from Flor de Michoacan. The cold popsicles were the perfect cool treat after lots of dancing. Late night food came out around 10pm, delicious mini sopes and empanadas, so good!

Our amazing photographers set up a Photo Booth right off the dance floor, which turned out to be some of our favorite photos from the night! Apparently margaritas and photo booths go quite well together, and looking back at how much fun everyone was having in those photos is one of our greatest memories.

The decor was inspired by the rustic colonial chic design of Coqui Coqui. Wood tables, brass candle sticks, palm fronds, and white and green florals. We wanted an effortlessly elegant feel, nothing too over done.

Our vision was for there to be as many twinkling lights as we could manage, so we strung bistro lights throughout the palm trees above, hung lighted wicker lanterns, ran candles down the full length of the tables, and placed luminaries all around the property. We also hung white hammocks around the property and created a “lounge” area down on the beach so guests could get extra comfortable.

I spent a long time searching for the perfect dress without much luck. But as soon as I tried on this Inbal Dror, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It wasn’t what I initially imagined, but the beautiful lace, open back, and elegant train convinced me otherwise. And I love the way it turned out, perfectly complementing the location and decor. Joe went with a classic dark blue suit from Suit Supply. For the wedding party, we wanted to keep things classic as well, so we went with darker navy suits for the groomsmen and a mix of white lace dresses for the bridesmaid. After our first dance, I changed in to a different dress from Stone Cold Fox. The lightweight silk and breezy slits made dancing the night away so much fun.

Photography: Sean Cook Wedding Photography | Coordination: Destination Weddings Tulum | Event Design: Hannah Shelby | Floral Design: Moni Junco | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Invitations: The Little Press | Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Catering: Ginger Tulum | Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Wedding Venue: Tortuga Beach | Bride's Purse: Chloe | Bride's Reception Dress: Stone Cold Fox | Bride's Romper: Zimmermann | DJ + Ceremony Music: Shannon Jamar Eaton | Groom's Dress Shirt: J.Crew | Groom's Shoes + Belt: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Sunglasses: Warby Parker | Groom's Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom's Watch: Shinola Watch | Mother of the Bride Dress: Lela Rose | Paletas: Flor de Michoacan | Portraitbooth: The Portraitbooth Co. | Pre Wedding Venue: Coqui Coqui | Pre Wedding Venue: Sanara | Programs + Menus: Paperless Post | Rentals: Archive Rentals

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Classic Meets Destination in This Stunning Mexico Wedding

Opting for an intimate celebration in Mexico to celebrate their “I do’s,” these two sweeties grabbed 30 of their closest friends and family and headed to Secrets Akumal in the Riviera Maya to party the weekend away in classic meets glam fashion.  From the luxe gold, black and white color palette to the bride’s gorgeous Eve of Milady gown, this is a day that is as pretty as it was fun. See every stunning moment captured by Shannon Skloss in THE VAULT.

From the Bride…When Kenneth and I first met, I never would have imagined in just a few short years we would be getting married in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The two of us met while out with friends one night and I will never forget the look in his eyes when he first walked up to talk to me.

Fast forward two years later. Kenneth and I are spending an afternoon in Dallas watching college football. As we are headed home, he makes what I thought was a wrong turn and pulls up to the valet of the hotel at Reunion Tower. We head up to our room where I find an overnight bag and a cocktail dress hanging in the closet. Kenneth had arranged for all of our things to be packed and dropped off by my sweet mother. He proposed that night with a gorgeous 3 stone emerald cut ring he had designed to look like my mom’s.

When we began the wedding planning process Kenneth suggested having a destination wedding so all our family and friends could vacation together and celebrate our big day. We decided Mexico would be the perfect place for our wedding after having such a fun time vacationing there a few summers before.

Our wedding day was perfect. We woke up and had breakfast together with our family and friends then spent some time on the beach before we started to get ready. The thirty guests who joined us were given black and white totes, beach hats, and cigars with personalized match boxes to use while they enjoyed their vacation. My closest girlfriends also received robes to wear while helping me get ready.

We decided on natural colors for our wedding and let the beautiful Mexico scenery be our backdrop. Secrets Akumal was the most amazing venue. We used white and gold and some acrylic and black accents for our décor. The tall white rose floral arrangements couldn’t have been more beautiful at the end of the aisle during our ceremony and on the long white tables for our reception. We personalized our event with monogrammed linen napkins and custom fans during the ceremony to keep our guests cool. The most memorable part of our wedding was walking down the aisle with my dad by my side and seeing my future husband standing there with tears rolling down his face. It was the same sweet eyes I saw when we first met, and I couldn’t believe I was now getting to marry this man and spend forever with him. I am beyond grateful we brought our photographer from Dallas to capture such special moments. We had so much fun dancing the night away. The chandeliers and lounge seating around the dance floor were the perfect touch to providing a beautiful and fun night. Marrying in Mexico was the best decision we could have made.

Photography: Shannon Skloss Photography | Floral Design: Secrets Akumal | Wedding Dress: Eve Of Milady | Cake: Secrets Akumal | Invitations: The Magic Pen | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Catering: Secrets Akumal | Lighting: Secrets Akumal | Wedding Venue: Secrets Akumal | Bride's Gift: Roberto Coin | Groom's Gift: Tag Heuer | Monogram Napkins: Etsy Monograms Inc | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Travel Agent: Jerre Martin

The Wedding Every ‘Cool’ Couple Needs to See

This crazy beautiful celebration from Mariel Hannah is like a breath of fresh air. From the sweetest ceremony we’ve ever seen (that even included a surprise kitten as a guest!), to the incredibly chic reception, this is one pretty little party that you’ll want to partake in. Get in on the lovely via The Vault!


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From Mariel HannahI had the pleasure of photographing Daane and Marisa’s wedding in Tulum this past February. For die hard Twilight Fans, some may be familiar with Marisa Quinn as she is an actress and played a vampire role in the blockbuster films. They dreamt of a wedding celebration full of meaning with their closest family & friends, so they got just that.

From the Bride…MAGIC.

Pure. Absolute. Otherworldly…MAGIC.

Nothing else can describe the beauty of that day. Without a doubt, it was the most extraordinary day of our lives.

After having experienced the mystical power of the Mayan Riviera before, we knew we wanted to be married in a sacred space, and make it an all day affair. For the Mayans, cenotes were revered as one of the three entryways to the land of the Gods. For centuries, sacred rituals have taken place at the mouth of these waters – and on February 26th, 2016 – our very own sacred ritual was performed…and the magic alive the air was palpable.

A traditional Mayan musician graced us with ancient sounds played on hand-carved instruments…the mystical sound of the flute floated through the air as I walked down the aisle. A rehearsal had not been possible due to the sacredness of the site, so as I began to walk down the “aisle” – I realized for the first time that my 3 inch wedges weren’t gonna allow me to make it down in one piece. So after a few steps down the path, I stopped my dad, kicked of my shoes with a laugh, and proceeded down toward my groom with bare feet and my dress gently draping along the earth.

Time stood still, and I didn’t care about anything that wasn’t truly real. About two minutes into the ceremony, I tossed off my veil as well because I didn’t want anything obstructing my view of some of the most precious moments of my life. And the best part? It wasn’t even weird that I did that! It all just felt like it was exactly what was supposed to happen.

As the Shaman continued the ceremony, even the fish and the birds felt compelled to join in the moment. The fish gathered near his feet, the birds flew in resting on nearby branches… even a kitten found his way into the ceremony circle! As soon as I saw him approach and take a seat at the top of the cave, I whispered to Daane “mira! el gatito!!” (“look! a little cat!). I’m a total cat lady, so of course I was over the moon to have this particular unexpected guest join us!

Overall – it was simply magical. As our contribution to the otherwise traditional Mayan ceremony, Daane and I exchanged our own vows, pouring our hearts out to one another and promising to give the best of ourselves from that moment on.

Of course…in the real world, fairytale moments don’t come without their fair share of real-world hiccups. We had PLENTY go wrong that picture-perfect day. From the bride & groom being forgotten and left at the house while the entire wedding party was being shuttled to the ceremony, to being stranded AGAIN at the close of the ceremony when the keys to our car were accidentally taken and our wedding party was already 45 min away…to an unexpected rope swing obstructing our ceremony space and the Zika virus threatening to keep all our guests at home…we had MANY hurdles to overcome to get to our happily ever after. But when you’re riding high on love and the mystical powers of Tulum – ain’t nothin’ gonna ruin your day! With the help of our family and friends we sailed through every unexpected twist and turn with a laugh and a smile, and fell asleep that night to the sound of the waves crashing, asking ourselves how we ever got so lucky to live such a perfectly imperfect truly magical day.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Cinematography: Carlos Gallardo (Gallardo Films) | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Ring: Cat Bird | Hair: Sarah Aguilar | Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Venue: Cenote Buho | Floral Design + Creative Direction: Mint Design

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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 | Photography: Sarah Joelle Photography | Videography: Christopher Wiitala | Event Planning: Fresa Weddings Mexico | Floral Design: VANESSA JAIMES Floral Design | Wedding Venue: Akin Beach Club | Hair & Makeup Artist: Beso Brides | Venues: Crane Beach

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 And 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 Rentals