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Tropical Terracotta-Inspired Mexico Destination Wedding at Hacienda Cerritos

September 14, 2019 | brooke

Never getting over Terracotta-inspired weddings? Us either! Aubry and Nick celebrated their big day at Hacienda Cerritos, a luxurious boutique hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico. Their destination wedding, planned by Events by Bliss, was complete with the most fun palm leaf florals and an intimate ceremony that gives us all the Mexico wedding vibes. We’re obsessed with the sleeves on Aubry’s Grace Loves Lace gown and her girls look stunning in classic, blush Show Me Your Mumu dresses. We can’t wait for you to see how Baylee Dennis Photography brilliantly captured this day at Hacienda Cerritos — and make sure to scroll all the way to the end for a candid moment we love!

The Couple:

Aubry & Nick

The Wedding:

Hacienda Cerritos, Todos Santos, Mexico

About 30 minutes before our first look, the biggest storm in years hit! Nick and I decided to do our first look during the downpour under a covered balcony and it was perfect. He reminded me that it was going to pass and the day would be perfect. He was right!

I knew for the longest time that I wanted to wear a dress by Grace Loves Lace. They cater to the modern bohemian bride and have the most unique dress styles. I was going for a Lana Del Rey mixed with Morticia Adams vibe and once I saw the bell sleeves on the “Piper” in the dress showroom, I knew I had found THE ONE!

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Hacienda Cerritos provided the intimate vibe we were going for. Since the venue sits atop a big rocky hill, it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere with all of your best friends celebrating. You can always hear the sound of waves crashing and you get a 180 view of the sun setting. We were going for a backyard party feel with a tropical modern look.

Baylee Dennis is the most amazing photographer I’ve ever encountered. She is so personable and has great attention to detail. She cares about telling your story and capturing special moments. She was cool under pressure when the storm hit and kept me smiling for photos. I’d hire her a million times more.

Advice from the bride: Have fun with it. Look for ways to keep things simple. Most importantly—hire a coordinator! I am very A-type and thought I could do it all myself, but it helps SO much to have someone who is looking out for you and can make the tough calls and keep you within your budget. Also, SPEND THE MONEY ON PHOTOGRAPHY. Those photos are the only thing you can keep forever and if you hire the right photographer, they will go above and beyond to capture your day perfectly.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Baylee Dennis Photography
Event Planning – Events by Bliss
Wedding Venue – Hacienda Cerritos
Floral Design – Events by Bliss
Catering – La Mision at Hacienda Cerritos
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Accessories – BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Apparel – Macy’s
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Fred Meyer Jewelers 
Rugs – Baja Boutique Rentals
Rentals – The Cabo Wedding Co
Transportation – Impala Ground Services

Congratulations, Aubry and Nick! We’ll forever be swooning over your Terracotta-inspired day at Hacienda Cerritos. For more Mexico destination wedding inspiration check out this effortlessly cool destination wedding in Sayulita, Mexico.

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This Moroccan Wedding Adventure Has Cacti, Sand Dunes, and Plenty of Glamour

September 12, 2019 | brooke

Talk about a wedding that will stop you in your scroll (on Instagram, that is)! Yennie and Andre’s glamorous Moroccan wedding adventure grabbed our attention from the moment we saw these fantastic photographs by Madly Studio. The couple’s ceremony at Cactus Theimann is a cacti-lover’s dream, and their portraits in the sand dunes are just the dreamiest. We’re obsessed with Yennie’s beaded a.b.Ellie veil and how she changed from a bohemian BHLDN dress to a sophisticated, whimsical Watters gown to match the vibe of the dunes and candlelit reception at Riad & Spa Azzouz. If you’ve ever dreamed of a Morrocan wedding, this post is for you!

The Couple:

Yennie & Andre

The Wedding:

Cactus Theimann, Marrakesh, Morocco

Whatever it is you decide to do, stay true to what you want to do. It is easy to fall into the expectations that so many people and external influences might want from the both of you. It is not to say that you shouldn’t consider their perspectives, but you should never forget that the wedding is really a once in a lifetime event that is for you and your partner. 

We wanted our wedding celebration to reflect who we are and what we represent. We didn’t want the traditional wedding and also didn’t want a typical destination wedding. So, we decided to take our guests on a 10-day wedding adventure. The goal was for our loved ones to experience how we travel and introduce them to the joy, excitement and love we have for traveling and how it feels to create unforgettable moments in the company of the special people in your lives.

It’s cliche to state that, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but a great photographer is truly priceless. In our special circumstance we were fortunate enough to hire and ultimately befriend two of the most talented, passionate and genuine photographers. Sony and Alex, the married duo behind MadlyStudio have truly captured all of those magical moments that can only be seen through the perspective of their lenses and the compositions they so meticulously consider. It is also rare to say that beyond the amazing photos and videos they have contributed that their presence throughout the trip has added an element of genuine love, friendship and fun that was indistinguishable between the company of close family and friends. Sony and Alex were not only amazing photographers but also amazing human beings that we had the privilege of befriending. Their love for each other and their craft inspired so many of the authentic photos that have been captured in the endearing photos we will continue to fondly look back on.

Ever since we’ve been together, we knew what our first dance song was going to be. It was a song that held a story and special place in the hearts of two young high school prom sweethearts. Sixteen years ago, a nervous teenage boy requested a song that both he and his date loved. Hearing it countless times in the backseats of their parents’ cars, a kid who grew up in the nineties is familiar with adult contemporary pop idols like Richard Marx, Phil Collins, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion and of course, Bryan Adams. Everything I Do, I Do It for You by Bryan Adams blasted over the high school gymnasium and the young couple held each other and danced together for the first time. Who could have imagined then that 16 years later, half away across the world, that young couple would share that same song with family and close friends as their first dance. The performance was extremely special and the dance was incredibly meaningful for us; we could not have chosen a more perfect song.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Madly Studio
Trip Planning – My Moroccan Adventure
Day-Of Coordination – My Moroccan Adventure
Ceremony Venue – Cactus Thiemann
Reception Venue – Riad & Spa Azzouz
Catering – Riad & Spa Azzouz
Cake – 16 Cafe
Stationery – Rifle Paper Co.
Makeup Artist – Ornella Zaffani
Ceremony Dress – BHLDN
Reception Dress – Watters
Bride’s Accessories – Soru
Veil – a.b.Ellie
Bride’s Rings – Vrai and Oro
Groom’s Ring – Brilliant Earth
Groom’s Apparel – J. Crew
Groom’s Shoes – Cole Haan

 

Yennie and Andre, so many congratulations on your marriage and amazing Moroccan wedding adventure! Thank you to Madly Studio for gracing our feeds with these wonderful photographs and memories for the couple to cherish forever. For more Moroccan wedding inspiration, check out this spectacular Morroccan wedding at Villa Taj Marrakech.

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These 5 Neutral-Colored Weddings are Chock Full of Inspiration

September 11, 2019 | juliette

photo by Monique Serra Photography

Neutral-colored weddings are having a major moment and to say we’re here for it would be the understatement of the year! Don’t get us wrong, we still love vibrant palettes but there’s something inherently classy and classic about neutral tones that make them so captivating. Now, most people think a neutral-colored wedding means you have to use lots of brown and tan. But we’re here to assure you that’s not true! You can actually base your neutral palette around any color you love! The key is to pick hues that add a subtle and soft layer of color. Need some inspiration? These 5 neutral-colored weddings will show you how it’s done!

Chelsea and Garrett’s Race & Religious Wedding

photos by Rebecca Taylor Photography, venue: Race & Religious, floral design by La Paris Floral Designs; see more from this wedding here!

Rhiannon and John’s Solitaire Homestead Wedding

photos by Shannon Stent Images, venue: Solitaire Homestead, floral design by Lily + Leather, wedding dress by Rue De Seine see more from this wedding here!

Hannah and James’ The Market at Grelen Wedding

photos by Alex Mari Photography, event design by Brousseau Events, venue: The Market at Grelen, floral design by Urban Flora, wedding dress by BHLDN, rentals by Nations Brand; see more from this wedding here!

Mandy and Nate’s Dairyland Wedding

photos by Allison Harp Photography, event planning by Pacific Engagements, venue: Dairyland, floral design by Juniper Flowers, wedding dress by Sarah Seven; see more from this wedding here!

Gabriella and Preston’s Spain Ranch Wedding

photos by Chelsea Reece and Susan Alyse Photography, event planning by Nicole Allen Events, venue: Spain Ranch, floral design by Anthousai, wedding dress by Prescott Bridal, rentals by Party Pro Rents, draping by Daniel Weir Design, farm table rentals by J&L Tables; see more from this wedding here!

Planning a neutral-colored wedding and looking for perfect bridesmaids dresses? These neutral bridesmaids dresses are subtle showstoppers!

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