Kristina + David’s Organic Mexican Wedding

Travel has always been a part of Kristina and David’s love story. After falling in love in the streets of London, becoming engaged amidst the beauty of Big Sur, and traveling around the world for years, a destination wedding was a natural choice for their celebration. And after frequent visits to Cabo, they knew it was the perfect locale to celebrate with family and friends.

With pristine beaches and lush landscapes abound, it was easy to find inspiration for the aesthetic, palette, and design details of Kristina and David’s timelessly chic day. Jesse helped clarify their vision, putting the defining qualities of the destination at the forefront of the organic and natural aesthetic of every special moment.

Photography by Braedon Flynn

The couple welcomed their attendants with personalized weave-totes full of some of their favorite quintessential Mexican items. This included a local Mexican cookbook, personalized bracelets and tasty treats to get them through the packed weekend.

Yonder Design created custom paper stationery for the event, including a personalized monogram with the couple’s initials. These personal touches added clean and modern elements to the overall design.

With a close friend as their officiant, Kristina and David wed in a private beach ceremony outside the One & Only Palmilla. The whole event was personal and touching, a moment to never be forgotten by the couple and guests alike.

Local florist, Pina Cate brought a wild and textured ceremony arch to life with soft garden roses, ferns and local greenery. The result was gorgeous and added a botanic touch to the striking ocean backdrop. The organic and clean look continued in bouquets of white and cream, with locally forged greenery bringing the garden-inspired inspiration together.

Ending the ceremony in style, the couple were serenaded by a traditional mariachi band as they walked back down the aisle. What a bright way to end the ceremony!

The reception was held at Flora Farms, an exclusive organic farm where guests are connected to the lush and unique surroundings. It was the perfect relaxed atmosphere and the brilliance of the natural setting continued to set the tone for the celebration.

Local touches were key to the overall design, including the escort card display. Locally glass-blown hearts hung on a garden-embellished custom ladder that appeared to grow out of the surrounding grass. This beautiful display, along with the florally adorned welcome donkey, added to the traditional elements.

Pulling texture and tone inspiration from the stones and earth within the venue’s landscape, the design was organic and served to highlight the gorgeous setting. The soft floral arrangements of every table coordinated, yet were slightly varied in height and style to add visual interest. Embroidered table linens and ceramic plates brought home the mismatched and organic Mexican vibe.

A farm-to-table menu was served family style and was complimented by local fruits such as mangos, guavas, and papayas, all sourced from the venue’s abundant land.

With spicy margaritas in hand and twinkle lights above, the couple and their guests danced well into the night. The couple knew they wanted to create an epic dance party, so they hired both a local band, the Kilometros, and DJ Jesse Kivel to play out the evening. Late-night bites of pizza and ice cream added to the experience.

Kristina and David’s fabulous event was incredibly inspired. With Mexican sunsets, ocean breezes, lush landscapes and loved ones, it was the perfect day. Every effortlessly romantic moment left us all full of love and fond memories.

 

Ceremony Venue: One & Only Palmilla // Reception Venue: Flora Farms // Wedding Planning: Jesse Tombs of Alison Events // Styling MGK Style // Bride’s Wedding Dress:  Oscar de la Renta // Bride’s Reception Dress: Zimmermann // Bride’s Veil:  Oscar de la Renta // Bride’s Earrings: Simons, Van Cleef & Arpels // Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Bride’s Clutch:  Edie Parker // Hair: Mischelle Navar // Makeup: Pircilla Pae // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Zimmermann // Groom’s Attire: DiorChristian Louboutin // Groom’s Cufflinks: MAVA // Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Simons // Floral Design & Favors: Pina Cate //Invitations & Paper Products:Yonder Design // Ceremony Music: Francisco Alatorre Mariachi Cabo  // Reception Music: Jesse Kivel of Dart Collective, Kilometro Band // Catering & Cake: Flora Farms // Rentals: Marianna Idrin Designs , Del Cabo Event Design , Victor Valdez Productions // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Transportation: Impala Cabo Transportation Services // Security: Pacific Blue // Videography: Elysium Productions // Photography:  Braedon Flynn // Wedding Accommodations & Honeymoon Planning: Ever After Honeymoons


Caroline + Nicholas’ Artful Japanese Wedding

Caroline + Nicholas, both intensely creative and purpose-driven people, take on the world and its challenges standing side-by-side. Meeting at their first job out of college, the couple has been through it all. From the foundation of companies to the discovering of dreams, their love has continued to thrive.

Photography by Norman & Blake

Every detail of the wedding was custom designed. From the gowns for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding ceremony, designed with Alon Livne in his NYC studio, to the stunning living floral sculpture worn by the bride at the ceremony. The draping effect of the greenery and white blossoms left us in awe. Lotus & Ash incorporated concrete, gold and lucite materials within the paper suite, adding to the modern and sophisticated style.  All of these details were inspired works of art.

The Benesse House overlooks the Seto Inland Sea, providing a picturesque and artful experience for Caroline + Nicholas’ wedding. With its multilayered art displays and blending of the natural environment, guests were able to engage with art and nature at every turn.

This coupling of nature, art, and design inspired Caroline and Nicholas, who were the first Western couple honored with the privilege to be married at the Japanese Art Sanctuary of Naoshima, within Tadao Ando’s Benesse House.

 

Caroline + Nicholas were proud to seek out talented vendors for their big day, surrounding themselves with designers and creators who reflected their values and aesthetic. And the result? Every detail was thoughtfully cultivated and reminiscent of their love. It was a romantic and incredibly intimate event, reflecting Benesse’s artful journey towards well-being and the love of the beautiful couple.

Event Planning: Alison Events // Location: Japanese Art Sanctuary of Naoshima – Tadao Ando’s Benesse House // Photography: Norman & Blake // Videography: Max Cutrone // Dresses: Alon Livne // Stylist: Eyob Yohannes // Accessories: Nathalie Trad // Living Floral Sculpture: Akemi Tamaribuchi, Marchesa, Reem Acra // Floral Art: Amanda Luu + Ivanka Matsuba of Studio Mondine // Paper Materials: Ashland Loh Doyle of Lotus & Ash


Destination Spotlight: Jumby Bay in Antigua

The third destination we visited with Katie Frederick from Ever After Honeymoons on our Caribbean scouting adventure was Jumby Bay in Antigua.

This Rosewood resort won me over. With its super great vibe, private island, fabulous food, bikes to ride all over the place, private homes as well as hotel rooms, this place would make for a great spot to hold a destination wedding. And the reception space is awesome! The restaurant overlooks the white sand beach where you can have the ceremony. Best to consider this spot for weddings under 100, so that everyone can stay at the hotel. Heart set on a bigger bash? You can rent homes and up the guest list.

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And a few more pics courtesy of the venue…

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And just so you really get a sense of the place, an awesome aerial shot.

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Destination Spotlight: Viceroy Anguilla Resort

Earlier this week we shared photos and scoop from our trip to the British Virgin Islands with Katie Frederick from Ever After Honeymoons. Today, we’re on to Anguilla, where we’re spotlighting the Viceroy Anguilla Resort.

This is a larger hotel that’s actually super easy to get to from New York City and perfect for larger destination weddings in the Caribbean. Great food, amazing beaches and pools, daily yoga, private estates, and a restaurant overlooking the sea. I love that everyone can stay there together (up to about 200 people) and there are several different event spaces to choose from.

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Photographer Joshua Zuckerman, who has shot a wedding a the venue snapped the pretty images below.

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Destination Spotlight: Valley Trunk in the British Virgin Islands

I recently had the pleasure of checking out some great islands and properties in the Caribbean thanks to Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons—who by the way, plans awesome honeymoons and trips with a boutique feel to them—and I’m super excited to share my highlights. I couldn’t stop taking photos, each of the places we visited were breathtakingly beautiful!

First up, Valley Trunk in the British Virgin Islands. They’re just starting to do weddings here and it’s a great fit for ones with smaller guest lists, say 30 or fewer people. With 15 rooms and a private beach complete with a yacht you can use to check out the scenery, it’s a great setting for a relaxed destination soiree. Plus the food and service were great! With lots of activities to do to keep you entertained, it would also be good for a family trip or a getaway with the girls!

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Destination Spotlight: Cartagena, Colombia

We love traveling and discovering new destinations. With so many places we still have yet to explore sometimes we just have to live vicariously through others as they traipse around the globe. After we saw Belathée Photography‘s pics from a recent trip to Cartagena, Colombia, we were completely smitten. It was their first trip to South America and now we want to go check it out for ourselves. In the meantime, a little scoop and a lot of eye candy from the ladies at Belathée. Pack your bags!

Complete with remarkable charm and old world appeal, Cartagena is only a 4.5 hour nonstop flight from New York City. There to document a wedding at a private home, Dorothee and Annabel also covered the rehearsal dinner, which took place at Hotel Casa San Agustin. And while in town, they also dined at La Cevicheria, where naturally their favorite dish was the ceviche.

What they really enjoyed most was that the city is a mix of historic and colorful facades and beautiful people. The quiet side streets invite for strolls — though they highly suggest that you bring a map because the city, especially inside the wall, is a bit of a maze. Fruit vendors are setting up around every corner and everyday life seems to happen right on the street, from restaurants to car repair shops, everything happens out in the open. It’s a great place to soak in sun and culture, especially getting away in the winter months as the weather is pretty reliable. It was our first time to South America and it makes us want to come back for more.

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