Festive Beach Wedding in Tulum, Mexico

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Jennifer and Dylon tied the knot at their destination wedding at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya in Tulum, Mexico. The darling couple (who embraced their social media side) shared with us the details of their big destination day!

From Jennifer…

There were several people who made our day perfect. Elisa Guadarrama, the wedding coordinator at Secrets Akumal. Elisa made sure that every little detail was taken care of so that we didn’t have to worry about anything. I thought a destination wedding would be so much easier than one here, but coordinating with someone in another country proved to have its challenges. Elisa was great to work with- very responsive and helpful. She is very laid back and has it all under control. 


Since the resort had only opened a few months prior, I had my concerns. My sister, mother and I ended up visiting the resort in February to meet with Elisa. It was nice to be able to see everything in person and finalize details. She spent a lot of time walking us through everything. And then once we arrived for our actually wedding, she was right there for us—from arrival, to rehearsal dinner, to ceremony. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding coordinator, we had ZERO complaints about our wedding, it was such a great experience.

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Inspiration for the big day design? The beach! I knew all along that I wanted a destination wedding. I didn’t really have a color scheme in mind. When looking for bridesmaids dresses, I knew I didn’t want the typical bridesmaids dress. I found a navy silk print dress at J.Crew that had some faded flowers in different shades of blue. So, shades of blue with touches of gold became my color scheme, which fit nicely with a beach wedding.

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We had welcome bags for each our guests that included a personalized canvas bag (we screen printed on the bags), sunglasses, koozies, a rally towel, playing cards, aloe, some aspirin and Pepto tablets, an itinerary of events along with some drink suggestions for the resort, and a “Clark” candy bar to represent our last name. I (with the help of my super talented mother) also designed, printed, and made the wedding day programs. I was really pleased with how they turned out and several people asked what company we had print them. They looked very professional, but had lots of personal touches that made them just the way I wanted! My original plan was to order a design from Etsy, but I found the designs were limited in what I could change, the organization of the layout, etc. 

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Favorite moments from the day?

Having the 1st time my husband see me be when I was about to walk down the aisle towards him. We chose not to do a first look before the wedding (even though it would have made pictures a lot easier!). It was such a magical feeling. I’m really glad this is something we didn’t budge on. 

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We had my maid of honor (my sister) and his best man (his brother) help officiate the wedding. We put a lot of time and energy into thinking exactly what we wanted to include and what wasn’t as important to use as part of the ceremony and had it all typed up for them, but they added their own personal touches. My sister had asked us the reasons why we wanted to marry the other, and she read our responses. His response was so touching and was the part of the ceremony that meant the most to me. Having them officiate the wedding versus someone who hardly knows us meant the world to us!

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The week of our wedding, we decided to add fire-dancers and extend our reception an extra hour. Even though this put us above our budget, it was so worth it! Some other touches I really liked was the guitar player for our ceremony and a Caribbean trio playing during the cocktail hour.

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I married into a family of really talented singers. My husband’s brother sang a song to us at the reception just after dinner was served. And then as the night when on, other people felt enough liquid courage to grab the mic and sing along to some of our favorite songs and they ROCKED it! 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Be Photography 

Wedding Vendors: Venue, Catering, and Accommodations: Secrets Akumal, Wedding Dress: House of Brides (Chicago), Dress Alterations: Classic Tailors (Houston), Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

 

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Destination Wedding at Sunset Da Mona Lisa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Taryn and Jeffrey tied the knot at their Cabo San Lucas, Mexico destination wedding at the popular Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, overlooking El Arco and the beautiful ocean. The big day came together with lots of personal touches that Taryn shared with us here.

We selected the location by pictures online through Alec & T website and saw the breathtaking venue Sunset Mona Lisa. We decided to have dinner there, when we did a venue visit 6 months prior. We couldn’t have been more sure, it was definitely the place we wanted to get married. The views, the food, the staff. It was literally like we were on top of the world.

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My favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my brother to greet my husband. I couldn’t wait to see him. It was overwhelming how beautiful day was. It was a sense of relief knowing that everything we had planned for had come down to that moment. The party was amazing. I loved seeing my friends and family so happy.

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My husband is allergic to flowers so I wanted something that wasn’t going to set him off during the reception. I had asked T what we could do that didn’t involve flowers, she said succulents are always a beautiful option and go well with the Mexico vibe. I then started looking at Pinterest and showed Be That Bride Events my vision and it was done exactly how I had pictured it.

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The couple’s advice for other destination wedding brides and grooms?  Pick your vendors in this order, photographer, venue, entertainment, flowers. Definitely get a wedding coordinator, it will make a world of difference. Also, I would suggest having a travel agent that all of your guests go through to book hotel reservations. I ended up having to do a lot of the legwork in making sure there wasn’t any issues.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Alec & T Photography & Video

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: Be That Bride Events, Venue: Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, Flowers & Décor: Baja Flowers, Hair & Makeup: Neysa Quintana, DJ: Roberto Contreras, Live Music: Kilometro Band, Rentals: Prestige Events, Favors: Maracas Mexico, Transportation: El Arco Omar Pintos

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Destination Wedding Shoot in Spain

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Today’s post is a wedding inspiration shoot all the way from Spain!  A talented team of European event professionals partnered together to show you what an elopement could really be like in Granada.  The beautiful rustic details, magical setting, and fun-loving couple help make this one of our faves of recent.  We asked event planner, Mery Liccardi Eventi to share her inspiration for the shoot.  “When we decided to realize this shoot the idea was to create a magic environment, with history and a modern, fresh flair. The scene is bohemian and romantic Granada which won the heart of writers of XIX century” Enjoy!

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Destination Wedding Photography: Lidia Clemente

Photo Shoot Vendors: Models: Chabela Quintanilla & Óscar Soria (Los Ahoras), Event Planning: Mery Liccardi eventi, Location: Hotel Casa 1800 Granada, Wedding Dress: You&Me ProjectMakeup: Sophie Make Up para You&Me ProjectHair: BS Estilistas, Suit: La Colonial, Floral Design: L’Atelier de las flores, Cake: Velvet Granada

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Where to Wed in Cartagena: El Baluarte

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If you’re looking for a truly romantic wedding destination with an old-world vibe, then look no further than the fantastic city of Cartagena, Colombia in South America.  It’s magical, absolutely magical.  The old part of the city is surrounded by ancient fort walls to protect and preserve…the bright colors of the town and all its charm from centuries past.  But this South American city is also on the beach, the Caribbean actually.  So for the best of both worlds in Cartagena, consider saying “I do” to a destination wedding ON the wall, you never have to choose inside or out.  A perfect spot with ocean views and cityscapes behind it is El Baluarte, a restaurant rooftop, or shall we say wall-top, with 360 degree views of all the charm of the city and sea.

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You can host your ceremony overlooking the ocean and then dine under the stars with a band (or DJ) perched up on a stage built into one of the ancient structures.  It doesn’t get more unique than this!

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And Cartagena has all the best wedding vendors you could ask for, no need to worry about talent here, you’ll find their skill and experience rivals anyone here in the states, but arguably with more warmth in their welcome.

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El Baluarte has some of the best views in the city and the city is one to certainly consider for your big day.  If you want an exotic destination wedding location, a romantic setting to say your vows, and an epic view from day to night on your wedding day, then we found it for you – in Cartagena.  Safe travels!

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Ideas for Outdoor Weddings: When Under a Tree

If you’re getting married outside, chances are you’ll be surrounded by trees in some capacity, and perhaps evening saying “I do” under one!  So we found a few creative ways to dress up the trees around you and use them not only for their natural beauty, but to enhance your decor as well!  Take a look at how these trees were made even more picture perfect for an outdoor wedding.

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{Photos: Top Row Left: Devon Donnahoo Photography, Right: Taylor Lord, Second Row + Third Row Right: Alexander James Photography , Third Row Left: 100 Layer Cake, Bottom Left: Joshua Gull Photography, Right: Steven Michael Photo}

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