Chic White & Gold Villa La Joya Wedding

October 11, 2023 | justine

Malak and Jaryn wanted an outdoor wedding with all the charm of a backyard celebration but with an added touch of glamor and style. So, they tossed aside the idea of a traditional wedding and embarked on a destination adventure. They discovered the perfect location in Mexico, and their special day transformed into a tropical fairy tale. With a stunning venue, beautiful florals, a classic color palette, and chic attire, their Villa La Joya wedding had all the ingredients of a timeless celebration.

The team of talented vendors turned the villa’s lawn by the water into a gorgeous spot for the ceremony. To make it even more special, they lined the walkway with lush white blooms and built a one-of-a-kind arch to frame the beautiful views. With the backdrop of the ocean and lush tropical scenery, it was the perfect romantic setting for saying “I do.” At the reception, guests were treated to stylish lounges and an all-white tablescape with gold accents. To cap off the night, the couple danced to the magical display of firework fountains, ending the celebration with a bang!

If your wedding vibe is timeless meets modern romance, then this is the perfect inspiration for you. Luckily, this stunning day was beautifully captured by Diptych Studio. So, keep scrolling for ideas that will always be in vogue and never go out of style.

The Couple:

Malak and Jaryn

The Wedding:

Villa La Joya, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Mexico

Supporting Local Creatives Through the Bridal Fashion

As a fashion stylist, my wedding outfits were essential to me. I come from Nashville and wanted to collaborate with local black creatives for my wedding looks. I aimed for a timeless style with lace and pearls for the ceremony, choosing soft pink and nude makeup to match the outdoor setting. My hair was elegantly done in finger waves with pearl touches, and my dress and shoes featured lace and pearl details. I carried a bouquet of white roses down the aisle. My getting-ready robe had dramatic bell sleeves with floral and feather decorations, and I added a satin corset for a 60’s pinup look. For the reception, I went for a more modern vibe with a mesh jumpsuit adorned with intricate floral and pearl details, plus a detachable tulle skirt for a romantic touch. Each element reflected my mix of classic and contemporary styles.

A Modern and Timeless Vision Brought to Life at Their Villa La Joya Wedding

We wanted a mixture of modern meets timeless aesthetic. I was definitely a Pinterest bride and wanted white and greenery with hints of gold for a timeless look, but we included acrylic elements to give it a more modern feel. My dream wedding has always been to have a “backyard wedding,” and our wedding venue gave us that and more. Villa La Joya offered us a way to have a private ceremony and reception without the onlookers of a resort-style wedding. Our wedding planner got us into contact with all of the vendors in Mexico, and everything exceeded our expectations.

Honoring Their Loved Ones Was a Priority on Their Special Day

The most important thing to us was ensuring that we included our family in moments that could have been just about us but made it much sweeter. My late grandmothers were on my bouquet as I walked down the aisle. My husband included his brothers in his mother/son dance. And I honored my late older sister by dedicating my father/daughter dance to her. Our wedding day is 100% our day, but we felt like we were celebrating them as well.

A Memorable Walk Down the Aisle and Heartfelt Vows

The most memorable part of the wedding was walking down the aisle to see my husband for the first time. It was truly an indescribable feeling, but in that moment, everything came together. Our ceremony was breathtakingly beautiful, and seeing our family and friends there made the moment that much sweeter. My husband’s wedding vows made everyone cry, and it is a moment I will never forget.

Advice From the Newlyweds: Embrace the Unpredictable Wedding Journey 

It might sound like a cliché, but in the end, everything falls into place. Our engagement was longer due to the pandemic, and we were set on a destination wedding. I found myself stressing and losing confidence in my choices along the way. Trust yourself, and don’t worry too much about the little things. Most people won’t notice if something doesn’t go as planned. Just enjoy the journey!

Elevating the Wedding Experience Through Small Personalized Details

I am most proud of the details of my wedding. I tried to think about every detail possible throughout the wedding day. We stayed in Cancun, about 20 minutes away from the venue. We made sure that we had a designated playlist for the shuttles to play during the ride, gospel music upon our guests’ arrival because we got married on a Sunday, a muted color palette for the guests to wear, a custom bar cart, DJ booth, dance floor, drink stirrers, place cards, and an audio guestbook to name a few. The details are what I feel our guests appreciated the most.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Diptych Studio
Event Planning – Pride Maya Weddings
Venue – Villa La Joya
Floral Design + Rentals – KL Design Events
Catering – Gourmet Soberanis
Cake – Pasteleria La Migaja
Officiant – Christian Carballo
DJ – Walter Morgan
Videography – Champagne Love Stories
Makeup Artist – JaTesa Mayberry
Hair Styling – Nicole Howard
Wedding Dress – Bridals By Lori
Bridal Accessories – Albina Dyla + Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Natalie Jene + Melissa Smith
Groom’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Transportation – EMVA Tours
Bar Service – Be You Cocktail Service


Congratulations to Malak and Jaryn on their beautiful Villa La Joya wedding. They certainly chose an exquisite venue for their special day. If you’re considering a wedding in Mexico, you can explore more about Villa La Joya’s unique charm in our directory of the world’s best wedding venues

A big thank you to Junebug members Pride Maya Weddings for their exceptional work planning every intricate detail the couple envisioned. Check out their profile to see more of their talent in our directory of the world’s best wedding planners.

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Colorful Dinner Party Inspired 1212 Germantown Wedding

When Elizabeth and Josh decided to tie the knot, they wanted to keep things cozy and invited just 30 of their nearest and dearest to party with them. But they added a personal twist to their big day. They tossed aside the rulebook and went for a wild and colorful vibe with an explosion of flowers. It was like a rainbow had a dance-off with a garden. Their goal was simple. To make their 1212 Germantown wedding feel more like a nontraditional bash than a stuffy wedding. And they absolutely nailed it. 

The pair hit a little bump in the road when their first wedding venue bailed on them, but they lucked out and found a new spot just a block away. With their awesome planner by their side, they turned this unexpected twist into a fabulous success story. Picture this: a historic front porch transformed into a colorful floral wonderland with color-blocked arrangements as the ceremony backdrop. And the fun didn’t stop there! For the reception, they mixed and matched textures and patterns, covering the tables in blue plaid linen and filling them with vibrant centerpieces and candles. To top it all off, they brought a touch of the outdoors inside with a window pane greenery backdrop

Their wedding was a fun and carefree affair, filled with color and great style. If you want to dive into all the nitty-gritty details, scroll through these fantastic snapshots captured by the talented Sarah Bill. Whether you’re planning your own garden wedding or just seeking some fresh inspiration, these creative ideas will surely add that extra sprinkle of magic to your big day.

The Couple:

Elizabeth and Josh

The Wedding:

1212 Germantown, Nashville, Tennessee, United States

The Inspiration Behind Their Colorful Dinner Party Inspired 1212 Germantown Wedding

We kept the guest list to 30 people and went with a wilder, more colorful design for the day. We wanted to throw a fun dinner party that included a wedding. Our goal was to have something nontraditional. The most memorable part of the day was the flowers. There were so many flowers, with so much color everywhere in the venue. Everyone had an “oh wow” moment when they entered the reception. We had bright flowers, an off-white wedding dress with flowers on it, and blue plaid tablecloths. It felt fun. I’m proud that the day was very representative of who we are. It was fun, carefree, and easy.

Tying Everything Together With Floral-Themed Wedding Fashion

I wanted a fun dress. I picked an off-white wedding dress that was sequinned and had bright embroidered flowers on it. We found the perfect matching tie for my husband. He got so many compliments.

A 1212 Germantown Wedding Filled With Personal Touches and Sentiments

Our friend Sam was our officiant. He knew us personally, so his speech was very special to us. We hand-wrote vows to each other and exchanged them when we arrived home from the wedding. We also did a remembrance table with pictures of all our grandparents at their weddings.

A Venue Cancellation That Turned Into a Blessing

We initially chose a small house in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, where I had lived for six years. That venue canceled, and we luckily found a new one a block from the original venue. It wasn’t our first choice, but it worked out well. Having a planner saved our entire wedding. She kicked it into overtime, found us a new venue, and redesigned the whole wedding. Everything went perfectly the day of. 


A Balancing Act: How They Navigated Their $20K 1212 Germantown Wedding Budget

We decided how many guests we would have and then set a budget based on that. Our budget was $20K. We went slightly over budget. I definitely splurged on the flowers, but everyone said it was worth it after seeing them. I saved on my dress, which was Before by Sarah Seven, and was $700.

Embracing Pittsburgh Tradition with Cookie Table Favors

Our wedding favors were a cookie table, a Pittsburgh tradition (where I am from). There were champagne bottle cookies, golden retriever cookies, and homemade ones from my best friend. We had to-go bags that said Midnight Snack on them.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sarah Bill
Event Planning – Events by Briana
Venue – 1212 Germantown
Floral Design – The Florista
Catering – Juniper Green
Officiant – Sam Wilson
Wedding Dress – Before By Sarah Seven
Bridal Accessories + Rings – Consider the Wldflwrs
Bridesmaids’ Apparel –
Groom’s Apparel – The Dress Theory Nashville
Groom’s Accesories – Dazi
Rentals – Please Be Seated


Congratulations to Elizabeth and Josh on their colorful dinner party-inspired 1212 Germantown wedding. And many thanks to Sarah Bill for flawlessly capturing each enchanting detail and cherished moment. 

When planning a wedding, things sometimes go differently than planned. Which is why having an experienced team of experts is so important. They can handle unexpected changes and challenges, ensuring your big day goes smoothly. To find reliable and trusted pros, take a look at our carefully selected list of the world’s best wedding vendors.

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How to Avoid Bridesmaid Burnout

October 3, 2023 | riley

Image by Todd Hunter Mcgaw. Keep scrolling to see how you can avoid bridesmaid burnout

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is easily one of the happiest, most memorable moments in a friendship. What’s better than a chance to celebrate the love of some of your best friends? However, what was once a simple and joyful role has, in recent years, turned into an (often) expensive commitment. Between the bridal shower, bachelorette party, dress, and the wedding itself, it’s becoming costly to stand by your friend’s side on her big day. Regardless of whether or not it’s because of social media or the wedding industry itself, it’s a problem.

So, it’s no surprise that bridesmaid burnout is on the rise. Many find themselves financially strained and emotionally exhausted by the time the big day arrives. That’s why we’re diving into why being a bridesmaid has become so expensive and sharing some practical ways to avoid feeling resentful towards those tying the knot.

How Much Does it Cost to Be a Bridesmaid?

While it’s hard to put a definitive number on what it costs to be a bridesmaid, after doing a little research, we discovered that, on average, bridesmaids are spending anywhere from $1,800 to $2,500 per wedding. Yes, you read that right. That means that if you are a bridesmaid at just two weddings a year, you could easily be spending up to $5,000.

Image by Lauren Wysocki.

The Rising Costs of Being a Bridesmaid

The Dress 

One of the first expenses that come to mind when you think about being a bridesmaid is the dress. Traditionally, bridesmaids are expected to purchase a dress that matches the bride’s vision, and these dresses can be quite pricey. Add alterations and accessories to the mix, and you’re looking at a significant expense. Luckily, we are seeing more couples turn to the mismatched bridesmaid dress look, allowing the bridesmaids to pick their own dresses. However, we don’t foresee the bride picking out the dress of their choice going anywhere anytime soon.

Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties

Beyond the dress, bridesmaids are often expected to contribute to the cost of events like bridal showers and bachelorette parties. From decor to outfits to food and drink, there’s a lot that goes into these events. And that doesn’t even touch on the fact that more and more brides are choosing to have destination bachelorette parties. Airfare to destinations like Mexico, Nashville, and Austin can cost hundreds of dollars (if not thousands) alone, depending on your departure destination. And can’t forget the Airbnb or hotel!

Travel and Accommodation

If the wedding is not local, bridesmaids are faced with the cost of travel, accommodation, and possibly even multiple trips for dress fittings, showers, and the wedding itself. This is especially true after your friends begin to move away after school. The bride may also suggest that you all stay near the venue on the day of the wedding, even if it’s local, so you’re not necessarily out of the woods there, either.


On top of all the other expenses, bridesmaids are typically expected to give the bride and groom a wedding gift. This additional cost can add up, especially if the couple has an expensive registry. This is also true for a bridal shower gift.

Hair and Makeup

This expense is one that truly varies depending on the wedding. Some brides may request or require bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup professionally done, which can be another costly addition to the list. Fortunately, more often than not, the bride is willing to include it in her wedding budget, or she gives the bridesmaids the option to do it themselves. However, this is a detail you’ll want to iron out early on.

Ways to Avoid Bridesmaid Burnout

Honest Communication

The key (and most important tip we can give you) to avoiding bridesmaid burnout is open and honest communication with the bride. If you have concerns about the costs associated with being a bridesmaid, discuss them early in the planning process. A considerate friend will appreciate your honesty and may be willing to make adjustments to accommodate your budget.

Set a Budget

The minute you become a bridesmaid, establish a clear budget for your bridesmaid expenses. This budget should include the dress, travel, accommodation, gifts, and any other costs you anticipate. Sticking to this budget will help you avoid overspending. Though there are going to be some expenses that are going to be unclear in the beginning (like the bachelorette party, for example), if you have a ballpark number of what you’re willing to spend in total, it’ll be easier for you to know where to allocate specific funds.

Don’t Be Afraid to DIY

Get creative with your contributions to bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Instead of expensive dinners or spa days, consider hosting a low-cost, personalized event like a picnic or game night. The same holds true for gifts. Some of the most special gifts one can receive come from the heart, not a store.

Borrow or Rent

If the bride has her heart set on an expensive dress, consider renting it or borrowing it from a friend. If you are allowed to choose your own dress but know that you’re not going to wear it again after the big day, consider a dress rental program like Nuuly or Rent the Runway. You can also find used dresses for good prices on sites like Poshmark or Depop.

Group Gifting

While your presence and contributions to other wedding activities should count as a gift, if you’re still hoping to gift the newlyweds a present off of their registry, coordinate with other bridesmaids to give a joint gift. This way, you can contribute meaningfully without taking on the entire cost yourself.

Prioritize Self-Care

Lastly, our other piece of advice is to make sure you don’t forget to take care of yourself throughout the process. Bridesmaid duties can be demanding, both emotionally and financially. Make time for self-care activities and ensure that you’re not neglecting your own well-being. If it gets to be too much, go back to that open line of communication that we mentioned earlier. The bride, if a true friend, will understand. Chances are, they’ve been in the exact same boat before.

Bridesmaid burnout is a real concern today, but with open communication, budgeting, and a little creativity, you can still be there for your best friends on their special day without sacrificing your own financial and emotional well-being. Still struggling? We’ve put together 7 ways a bride can help save her bridesmaids money–it may be a useful tool to send her way!

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