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Sunflower Filled Nu Tulum Destination Wedding

January 25, 2023 | kailey

Alex and Tyler had one priority on their big day: to be surrounded by all of their loved ones. And this adventurous couple did just that in their Nu Tulum destination wedding–literally. Instead of a long traditional aisle, they decided to switch things up with a circular seating chart—all suggested by their wedding planner, Destination Weddings Tulum. It was the perfect way to spice up their already stunning venue. 

Despite their truly unique seating, the florals still managed to take center stage. Their florist, Grisel Florals, created a grounded floral installation and bouquets that were a true work of art. We’re talking about a stunning mix of purples, yellows, and tropical greenery that carried into their reception space. 

This couple wanted their wedding to double as a vacation getaway, and they absolutely nailed it. If you’re not yet convinced a destination wedding is for you, you will be after catching one glimpse of these stunning images captured by Junebug photographer Memory Box Photography.

The Couple:

Alex and Tyler

The Wedding:

Nu Tulum, Tulum, Mexico

This Nu Tulum Destination Wedding Doubled As A Family Reunion 

We decided pretty early on that we wanted a destination wedding. Not only is travel a huge part of our relationship, but we wanted to provide a unifying and relaxing vacation for all of our loved ones. Our wedding was the first vacation many of our loved ones could take since Covid began in 2020. Not only were we proud of ourselves for planning a wedding in another country, but also the fact that we were able to bring all of our loved ones together.

Forgetting The Wedding Bands During The Ceremony 

Two moments that stood out were our first look and seeing our ceremony space for the first time. But the most memorable moment for us was having Tyler’s sister beautifully officiate the ceremony. Plus, we can’t forget the looks on our loved ones’ faces when they realized they’d forgotten our wedding bands. Instead, we had to use our father’s rings during our ring exchange. It turned into an incredibly sweet moment that  we laughed about.. But don’t worry! Our actual wedding bands were safe and sound, and we exchanged them later that night when we got back to our hotel!

How To Deal With Expectations From Loved Ones  

Opinions of loved ones will flood in during your wedding planning season, but we decided that we weren’t going to argue because of what other people outside of our relationship wanted. We agreed that after deciding on each wedding day detail as a couple, we would defend the decision as “ours,” not just as one of the brides’. Because of this, we didn’t argue once throughout the planning process. So our biggest piece of advice is to remember that it’s really all about you and your spouse-to-be.

Being “Surrounded” By Family With Circle Ceremony Seating 

Our first “must-have” wedding detail was circular seating. We’re both pretty shy, and we loved the idea of literally being “surrounded” by friends and family. So instead of a long traditional aisle, we had a short aisle and arranged all of the guest’s chairs in a circle with us in the center.  We also wanted to draw special attention to the fact that we are the first LGBTQ wedding in both of our families. 

A Restaurant Venue Fit For A Foodie 

When we decided on a destination wedding, everyone thought we’d choose a hotel or resort. But choosing a hotel that everyone would like felt daunting. With Tyler being a huge foodie, we wanted to be somewhere that was both beautiful and had incredible food. That’s why we opted for a restaurant. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – MemoryBox Photography
Event Planning – Destination Weddings Tulum
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Nu Tulum
Floral Design – Grisel Florals
Officiant – Ryan Shepard
DJ – Michael Motion
Invitation Design – Lovella Bridal
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Styling trio
Wedding Dress – Lovely Bride
Rings – Regal Fine Jewelry
Rentals – Archive Rentals

 

Congratulations to Alex and Tyler on their Nu Tulum destination wedding. And big thanks to Junebug photographer Memory Box Photography for capturing every detail that made this celebration one for the books. If you want to see more of their work, check out their profile in our directory of top vendors from around the world. 

If you know after scrolling through these stunning photos that an adventurous celebration is for you, then a destination wedding is calling your name. Whether you’re dreaming of mountaintop “I do’s” in Scotland or an oceanfront celebration in Mexico, kickstart your planning process by reading up on our how-to guide for planning a destination wedding.

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This Quarry Amphitheater Wedding Fully Embraced Chinese Culture

January 24, 2023 | justine

With nods to their Chinese roots and the Western culture they grew up in, Tracy and Matthew’s Quarry Amphitheater wedding perfectly blended an East meets West style. The pair was set on incorporating meaningful traditions into their big day in a big way, and they totally nailed it! 

With soaring limestone walls, manicured lawn terraces, and stunning city skyline views, the couple had the most picturesque setting for their “I dos.” A red DIY arbor with Chinese symbols representing happiness was the eye-catching backdrop that framed the moment they exchanged heartfelt vows. After the ceremony, guests were greeted with a beautiful sight at the marquee reception, where red centerpieces and accents popped against an all-white tablescape while red lanterns hanging overhead tied everything together.

They were able to realize their vision with the help of their talented vendor team, and they executed it impeccably. To see how this couple infused their big day with their own unique styles and combined it with tradition, scroll through these images captured by Norman Yap.

The Couple:

Tracy and Matt

The Wedding:

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

An East Meets West Quarry Amphitheatre Wedding

We wanted an East meets West wedding. I was born in Australia, but I am a first-generation Taiwanese-born Australian. I tried to connect my wedding to my roots while incorporating important traditions from the western culture that we grew up in. Not only that, we also wanted our celebration to feel like you were in the bush, maybe somewhere southwest, but it’s a hidden spot in the city center. It had beach and city views and felt warm, like a destination wedding.

Personalizing Their Ceremony By Incorporating Meaningful Chinese Traditions

We made our arbor, representing the double happiness symbol in Chinese characters. Our celebrant was someone I had known since I was 12. We also personalized and wrote our own vows. And lastly, we had a separate tea ceremony upon return from our photo shoot before our reception.

How They Pulled Off Their Dream Celebration While Sticking To Their Budget

We started with a budget we could afford. After sourcing pricing for all vendors, we prioritized what was most important to us on our wedding day, renegotiating our other vendors or doing without for a cheaper option. 

Wedding Details That Served As Nods To Chinese Culture

We sourced beautiful Chinese lanterns for our reception. We also had a family-style food service consistent with our cultural eating style. The public tea ceremony showcased our respect for our parents. And lastly, we gave our guests chopsticks. We thought it was a fun gift, and many of our guests didn’t own any, so it was a nice cultural touch.

Advice From The Newlyweds: Stay True To Your Wedding Vision

Stick to one theme and go from there. Please don’t change your vision to suit what is available from vendors. Often they will assist where they can with making your day unique and special to you.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Norman Yap
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Quarry Amphitheatre
Floral Design – Natural Art Flowers
Catering – Ultimo Catering
Cake – Cake Date
DJ – Champion Music
Live Music – Mark Turner Music
Invitation Design – Coast Design Studio
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Connor Adams
Wedding Dress – Karen Willis Holmes
Groom’s Apparel – Suit Vault
Rentals – Hire Society

 

Congratulations to Tracy and Matthew on their Quarry Amphitheatre wedding. Their big day is a shining example that it’s possible to have a wedding that beautifully blends traditions and that’s one-of-a-kind. And, of course, many thanks to Norman Yap for capturing all the love, beauty, and magic at every angle. 

The best weddings are packed with authentic touches that tell a story about the couple and their love. Not sure exactly how to do this? Check out our guide for ideas on how to make your celebration unique and unforgettable.

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The Best Engagement Ring Insurance Companies For 2023

January 23, 2023 | riley

Your engagement ring is one of the most important physical representations of love that you can get, which is why keeping it safe is so important. But, of course, we’re humans, and accidents happen. That’s why getting engagement ring insurance is crucial. Whether it gets lost, stolen, or damaged, having this protection will give you peace of mind.

But with so many insurance companies out there, how do you decide which one is right for you? Rather than spend hours of headache-inducing research yourself, we’re rounding up five of our favorites to get you protected right away!

Best Engagement Ring Insurance Companies 

Jewelers Mutual

With over 100 years of experience, Jewelers Mutual is one of the oldest engagement ring insurance companies out there. And with years of experience under their belt, they’ve proven that they’re trustworthy to keep your dream ring safe. That’s why they’ve received endorsements from organizations such as the American Gem Association and Jewelers of America. They cover everything from loss to theft to damage with a $0 deductible option.

BriteCo

We’re all about ease of use, and BriteCo makes things easier than ever, thanks to the ability to get a quote and purchase a policy online. This means you’ll be protected within 60 seconds. They also offer flexible payment plans, have zero deductibles, and adjust their coverage based on inflation. That means you’re covered even if your appraised value has increased up to 125% since you purchased a policy with them. Just be mindful that you will have to get it appraised before purchasing a policy, as they don’t offer the service themselves.

Lavalier

If your ring is of high value, you may want to turn to Lavalier for insurance. They’re a member of the W.R. Berkley Corporation and offer flexible deductibles ranging from $0 to $25,000. One of the biggest perks of the company? You get to work with your jewelry for personalized claims settlements. And much like BriteCo, you can get a quote and apply all online, giving you coverage in under 10 minutes. But before you jet off to get insurance, if your ring is valued at more than $5,000, you will have to get it appraised. And be prepared to pay your annual premium upfront.

GemShield

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that GemShield is another company that offers an online application, but it can be argued that this one is the best out of them all. The policy offered is “all-risk,” which covers loss, theft, damage, and unexplained loss, and it includes repair and replacement coverage–even while traveling worldwide. However, like many other companies, you need an appraisal if the ring is valued at over $5,000. And the maximum limit is $35,000 on one single item.

WAX

If you’re looking for engagement insurance that won’t break the bank, head to WAX. They offer as low as 1% of the value of the ring, one of the smallest percentages you’ll find. And although that’s a small percentage, they offer some killer coverage–we’re talking about ensuring your ring for $1 million or more. To get a quote, you will either need to fill out their online form and wait for an email back or down their mobile app, which can be frustrating to some. However, this is a small bump to get over to get the coverage you deserve.

If, after reading about these engagement rings insurance companies, you’re left feeling more confused than ever, don’t stress. We know that it can be overwhelming. That’s why we put together a little guide on everything you need to know about engagement ring insurance so that you can feel confident in your choice!

Image by Brittany Boote

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