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Mexico Destination Wedding

Beach Weddings

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We don’t quite know how she does it, but whenever we see images from Alea Lovely, they look straight out of a dream. This day-after shoot from a destination wedding in Mexico is no exception — from the bride’s gauzy gown to the groom’s all-white attire, this couple popped straight out of our daydreams and into our inbox!

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From the bride, Lynette: We had a wedding for our families about one month before our wedding in Tulum, Mexico, and we wanted to make sure our Mexico wedding was just perfect and personal for us- everything we had pictured for our wedding day. So, this in itself was a bit of a unique situation, since for the last 6 months or so prior to mid September, we had been planning two weddings, one three day, 350 person multicultural wedding and one destination wedding. We figured that since our families got the wedding of their dreams, that we were fully entitled to the wedding of our dreams! Ever since Omar and I were engaged, we had envisioned an intimate wedding at a private estate situated on the beach with our closest friends. I wanted to find a location that was easy to access from the US (so that our friends would go) and actually made a list of descriptive adjectives we had in mind when we set out to find the perfect venue. We made a list entitiled “Vibe we are going for: beach, outdoors, romantic, floral, chic, spiritual, hippy, exotic, laid-back, fun, playful, party, Zen”.

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It was really important for me to choose a place that definitely had abundant natural beauty and spiritual energy, and then Tulum popped up in my online searches. It was the perfect location because we were getting married in 2012 (for those of you who know about Mayan Prophecy and the upcoming “shift in consciousness”). The name of the house we rented was Casa Chic. Loved the place because it was rustic and natural but modern and glam all at the same time.

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I found a reputable wedding planner in the area, Leanne Marie Weddings, who had a lovely local assistant, Maju, and a network of vendors and contacts in the Riviera Maya. We couldn’t have done without these ladies, the vendors and services they all brought together was outstanding! I was so concerned that the Tulum wedding would fall to the sidelines because we were so focused on the traditional family wedding, so I just had to trust that everything was going to come together. It was amazing to see it play out perfectly!

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My dress was flowy and light -a stark contrast to my stunning, albeit heavily beaded and just plain HEAVY dress from the family wedding. I had a lot of fun picking out statement accessories for a simple canvas. I felt lucky that I got to meet many great women at bridal stores with lots of style because they connected me with a lot of designers and ideas for inspiration. It felt special to top off my look with my mom’s diamond and pearl earrings. I just felt like a goddess that day, which is exactly how I wanted to feel on my wedding day! When Omar saw me for the first time in my gown and finished look he said, “This is exactly how I pictured you to look on our wedding day”.

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One of my favorite moments was a surprise guitar serenade to “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the beach during Omar’s vows, accompanied by my dear friend Amanda McAllister, an opera singer in LA. There was also fire dancer and drum show and then we finished off our first dance with fireworks!

We were surrounded by 20 of our dearest friends, who have come into our lives over the last 10 years of our “dating” relationship, many of whom were special to us before we even met. It felt incredible to have everyone there, having a blast, dancing, eating amazing food, enjoying the stunning ocean, the sound of the waves, great music, celebrating our love, and enjoying the present moment. And Alea Lovely was there to capture it all!

In our busy adult lives its rare that large groups of friends get the space and opportunity to be able to share experiences like this with each other (weddings are the perfect time for this) it was the perfect week and the rest of my life with the one I love will always be a Honeymoon!

Wedding Location: Tulum, Mexico / Wedding Photographer: Alea Lovely / Ceremony Venue: Hechizo / Reception Venue: Casa Chic / Wedding Planning and Design: LM Weddings / Decor: Floreria Jardin & Artevelas / Wedding Dress: Saja / Hair Accessory: Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Belt: Ranjana Khan / Shoes: Paris by Debra Moreland / Hair and Makeup: MVP Hair and Makeup / Music: BOLE / DJ: Mood Events / Videographer: Cinematic Riveria Maya

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Robinswood House Seattle Wedding

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Pure art — that’s exactly what these images from One Love photo are. Newlyweds John and Desiree wanted a wedding full of color, lush gardens, and affection for their friends and family, and it seems pretty safe to say they achieved this tenfold. How absolutely incredible is Desiree’s floral crown from Ravenna Blooms?

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From the bride, Desiree: John has always loved being in nature and beautiful gardens, so I knew we needed to have a lush scenery. I wanted lots of color to highlight the beauty of our lives together and the warmth we feel from our friends and family. I wanted everything to feel full of life. I also love the look of something weathered and worn juxtaposed with natural beauty.

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I loved searching thrift stores, antique stores and eBay for handkerchiefs and tablecloths. It was so satisfying to look at different materials and not having any of them “match” yet seeing how they all tied in together. It was so great to make each “birdhouse” and selecting what bird would go in each jar. Also, putting together the idea, finding and painting the frames that hung as our backdrop- it turned out even more beautiful then I ever imagined.

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The most memorable moment for me was walking down the isle with my son. He was so proud to have such an important role and as we walked I could feel his excitement- and then looking up and seeing John and my daughter and my family all waiting for me, made me feel so full of love I could barely contain myself. I will never forget looking at them and feeling so much pure happiness.

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My advice for others is to find someone you completely trust to help you that day. Once you can let go of the reins and pass on duties to someone else it frees you up to enjoy your day. The day of your wedding you should wake up and just feel relaxed in knowing everything will work out- and that it will just be what it is- there is no “perfect” wedding, and if you let go of thinking that it needs perfection and that you need to cater to everyone else you will be happy and in the moment… and don’t forget to have some healthy snacks!

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Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Wedding Photographer: one love photo / Venue: Robinswood House / Wedding Flowers: Ravenna Blooms / Wedding Dress: Milly from Nordstrom Wedding Suite / Bride’s Shoes: Joan and David / Hair and Makeup: Off White / Hair Accessory: Bride’s mother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom / Groom’s Apparel: Tux Shop / Wedding Caterer: 12 Baskets Catering / Cake and Desserts: The Sweet Side Cake and Pies Alamode / Music: Sonny Byers and Jazz Trio (friend of Bride) / Wedding Favors: JonBoy Caramels

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Wedding Republic


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If you’re looking beyond the traditional registry, Wedding Republic is for you. With them you can register for experiences and unique things you may need more than another set of towels, like help put a down payment towards a house, help with your dream honeymoon and even mix charity with a few things you’d like to receive. Guests can give group gifts for those big ticket items, and setting up your registry is super easy. You can do it from your couch, laptop in hand and future one sitting right next to you. It will probably be one of the easiest planning tasks you will have to do for your wedding.

You can customize your registry down to the images of the gifts you need. You can even get creative and take photos of yourselves to illustrate whatever you’re registering for :)

Creating your registry is easy, just add items from a gallery of gift suggestions or add your own gift ideas. Every gift is customizable, so you can add your own price and description, giving it that personal touch your guests will love. With Wedding Republic’s signature puzzle piece feature, you can break apart expensive gifts, say your trip to Italy, into smaller, affordable pieces so guests can each contribute to a portion of the trip. You can find out how it works right here.

Check out a registry example before you get started on your own!

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We are a consultant and collaborator, working with you to ensure your dream day becomes a reality. Callista & Co. offers advice and personalized
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Callista & Co. is a boutique company taking on a select number of events per year to ensure every detail is planned to perfection and every client receives the dedication they deserve.

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