Saturday, 19 May 2012

Taryn & Matt's Little Beach Lovers Soiree Wedding!

Coordinator:  Maria Tripaldi
Staff Photographer:  Sokos
Villa:  Villa Yardena, Soliman Bay, Riviera Maya
Villa We Stayed At:  Sol de La Playa
Villa Agents:  Vacation Playa
Airline:  Interjet

You know how you have this defining moments in your life when something happens and you're like "wa-la"?!  Well, thanks to Taryn & Matt, their wedding design and creation was PRECISELY that to me and my crew as we trekked out to Cancun to make Taryn & Matt's dream wedding a reality!  I learned SOOO much on this trip (Soliman Bay is WINDIER than Chicago, oh yes it is!) and had a fantastic time designing something thousands of miles away only to see it become a reality months later.  I will never, ever, forget this experience and it's all thanks to these two beautiful people!

Before I get yakkety yakking I wanted to thank Maria Tripaldi for all her hard work and help on our trip - she made things a lot easier for us and allowed us to simply walk in and get started right away, as though we had been there forever and have been doing this for a gazillion years, instead of our first time :).

Also Villa Yardena was amazing to work with - their staff was super helpful and caring and the villa itself was beautiful!  I highly recommend!

Taryn actually first came to me to have me design some maracas for her - a couple of emails in, when she casually mentioned that she had considered changing locations just so we could design her wedding I said, "Well, we could go to YOU, if you would like" and there you have it!  On our way!  Taryn's description of what she wanted was "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Sparkling lights and fairytale like."  She also wanted bright, vibrant colors ... so her design board was born.... 

Taryn had seen a very simple set-up we had done back a while ago for Britt & Aaron and she wanted something similar.  After seeing photos of the beach at Villa Yardena and how the water and the beach just stretched out, well, FOREVER I agreed with Taryn that the best back drop for the ceremony was the most simple one.  (signs painted by Israel - awesome!)

I fall in love with every wedding we do, but will readily admit to having a huge crush on this bouquet!  Orange and yellow ranunculus paired with orange and yellow oncidium orchids and a touch of yellow and orange calla lillies just shouts "romantic beach".  Each of the bridesmaids carried one color and one kind of bouquet - yellow or orange calla lillies and orange or yellow ranunculus.  

We matched the maracas to the invites (great job Omar!) and then Taryn surprised me with some ceremony programs which combined exactly with everything!  We worked a bit on parasols for everyone, getting the color tones just right - in the end nobody used them except for pictures but they looked amazing both laid out and I can't wait to see the photographer's pictures with the bridal party.

We were going to have a rose petal aisle with circus roses but the wind was sooo strong in Soliman Bay that, had we laid down the petal aisle, it would have blown away long before Taryn ever got to see it - so Maria went in front of the bride and laid out the petals as she walked down the aisle :).


I knew I wanted bright, vibrant colors on the upper deck and white bowls but the idea of putting rich, yummy chocolate into them came to me later.  We put the escort cards on ribbon with bead collar necklaces for each guest to take as a memento.  Bright colorful pillows were laid out on the built-in sofas - I didn't get to try any of the food because I was busy busy but it looked good :).

When I first saw all the palm trees at the villa I knew we just had to have the tables interspersed in-between.  I wanted to have turquoise blue chiffon fabric with white vases on top and colorful orange, yellow calla lillies, freesia and ranunculus inside.  I'm very happy that Maria warned us about the wind, so we found some frosted glass candles and filled them with battery tea lights and they looked marvelous!  Mirrors were painted with white numbers and a bit of floral decor served as table markers.

I found this picture of napkins and wanted some just like it but thought my chances were slim - until I found some fabric and Gaby made some napkin magic!  Woohoo!  We matched the place cards to the napkins and the table was complete!  I had wanted a different kind of chair but Maria searched high and low and couldn't find it but these white washed tiffany chairs were perfect and I was sooo happy with them!

White floating lanterns with floral cut-outs and turquoise blue, orange and yellow chiffon inside floated in the pool (combination effort!).  We built a little cupcake tower (rock on yazmine!) and used one of the lines from Taryn & Matt's first dance, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, reflected in the middle level (all that I am, all that I ever was, is here in your perfect eyes).  I stumbled upon a fantastic artist who created talavera shot glasses just for Taryn & Matt- unique, one of a kind, never to be found again - which also matched the napkins - heart smoosh and swooshing going on!  We had colored light bulbs in turquoise blue, orange and yellow hanging above the dinner tables and Chinese lanterns in various shades of turquoise blue, orange and yellow over the dance floor - which turned on just as they started their first dance (see "fairytale like" up above ;).  I absolutely HEART HEART the photobooth with the colorful orange fabric, the vintage looking frames and the glasses, eyes and mustache props ALONG with chalkboard frames for writing - which honestly didn't get used much (you can never tell with a crowd what will get them going ;) but I am sure a future bride will want it too - just too fun!

I loved working on this wedding and with Taryn and would do it again in a heart beat!  Of course, all work and no play wouldn't do ANYONE a bit of good so the day after the wedding, my family (aka "the rest of the work force" ;) and I went to Cozumel, rented a bug and spent some time in the beautiful water!  Can't say enough good things about Cozumel and look forward to going back :).

Side Note:  We stayed at Sol de la Playa in Playa del Car and I cannot rave ENOUGH about our stay there - fantastic!  If you need a villa to stay in, in that area, we hands down recommend this villa.  And the awesome, wonderful people who helped us with our stay was all the folks at Vacation Playa - they helped us to get a great deal, as well as with various questions and issues we had before arriving - since we had never been there before, I had a lot of questions :).  The ONLY thing I would have changed about this portion of our trip, is I would have ordered groceries and had them delivered - by the time we got off the plane, rented the rental cars and got to Playa del Car it was close to midnight and too late to go grocery shopping or cook anything nutritional. :)

I also give Interjet 5 HEARTS for super comfortable airline seats and amazing service - beats any other airline I've been on in the last EIGHT years HANDS DOWN without blinking! ;)

Next up ... Lili & Kieran's romantic Chacala wedding and oodles of maraca shout-outs and congratulations!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Design-in-a-Box - Lorena & Brad!

Huge congratulations go to Lorena & Brad who tied the knot this past May 6, 2012 in Soliman Bay at Las Ranitas Hotel!  I had so much fun working with Lorena on her design - we did a full design first and then made recommendations as to what she could do on her own and what we could send to her to complete her look - I cannot wait to see the final pictures!  I can't believe we were just down the road at Taryn & Matt's wedding in the very same bay!

Old Mexico meets Spanish Morrocco - what could be more vibrant and romantic than that combination?!

I would be super remiss if I didn't point out that LizzyBLoves did Lorena's invites and she did a FANTASTIC job.  Definitely worth going over there and taking a look.  In case you are lazy, I've included the picture of her invites down below :).  I absolutely adore Lizzy and highly recommend her work :).

So, here's what Lorena selected:  maracas, novia/novio signs, papel picado "place cards" to be put on the back of the chairs, paper flowers (they were for the backs of the chairs - I hope they came out okay!); punched hole tin baskets (for the cocktail); escort card tiles with guest name and table number written on back; and talavera table numbers to be propped up against Morrocan lanterns that Lorena was bringing from the States.  You may notice that the table numbers match Lorena's invites - I found someone to paint them to match and was so excited!


Novia/Novio Signs

Talavera Escort "Cards"

Talavera Table Numbers

Paper Flowers and Punched Tin Basket

Papel Picado Placecard Banners

The Whole Enchilada!

Definitely a fun project, a beautiful bride and I couldn't be happier with the end result.  Up next, Taryn & Matt's wedding blog - strangely enough on the same day, also in Soliman Bay - I can't make these things up! :)

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Month of Heidi!

Before the whirlwind of May begins, we have some big shout-outs to make for the month of April! Congratulations are in store to:

BELATED shout-out to Melissa & Joey who tied the knot this past March 19th in the Riviera Maya!

(based on Heidi)

Andy & Rebecca who said their "i dos" under the coordination of Karina at the Palladium here in Vallarta April 3!

 (based on Palm Trees)

Monique & Elisabeth who said "yes" at the Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Puerto Morelos April 12!

(based on Amy)

Josh & Kirsty who said "absolutely" April 12 at the Riu Palace in Playa del Carmen!

 (based on Heidi)

Laura & Pouya who said their "i dos" at the Hoteles Fiesta Kantenah also in Playa del Carmen this April 12th!

 (based on Palm Trees)

Brian & Carly who said "yes" under the coordination of Katy & Nicole from Playa Bliss Weddings here in Vallarta, April 12!  Beautiful color combination done by Israel!

 (based on Talavera)

Nicole who married her sweetheart at the Dreams Riviera Cancun this April 13!

 (based on Heidi)

Zainab & Rishi who tied the knot under the coordination of Gaby from Baja Weddings in Cabos this April 14!  I heart how these maracas turned out with dots in the paisley style!  Great job Yazmin!

 (based on Paisley)

Eva & Carlos who said their "i dos" under the coordination of Vallarta Adventures this April 15!

 (based on Heidi)

Livio & Carmen who said "we do" at Dreams Riviera Cancun on April 19!  If this custom design based on Livio & Carmen's invites doesn't become popular next season I would be very surprised - well done Omar!

 (custom design)

Sweet Inga who tied the knot with Matt  at the Marival in Nuevo Vallarta this April 20th and ALSO brought us oodles of Easter treats for my nieces and daughter - thank you thank you thank you!  Inga did a series of orders - maracas, signs, floating lanterns and clay monkeys for the cake top :).

Nicole who said "yes" to her groom this April 20th at the Hotel Reve & Spa in Playa del Carmen!

 (based on Jenn/Kent)

Chris married Chris with Vallarta Adventures this April 21!

 (based on Heidi)

Regan & Jason who tied the knot with Vallarta Adventures this April 26!

(based on Heidi)

Ryan & Jordanna who said their "i dos" at the Hotel Sandos PlayaCar April 26!

 (based on Amy)

Sara & Chris who said "yes!" at the Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort in Quintana Roo April 26!

 (based on Heidi)

Sierra & Joshua who tied the knot at the Paradisus Playa del Carmen  this April 26!

 (based on Heidi)

Armi & Nica who said "we do" also at the Paradisus Playa del Carmen this April 27!

 (based on Kate)

Jen & Greg who said "yes! absolutely!" at the Marina El Cid in Puerto Morelos this April 28!

 (custom design)

The mysterious "J&L" who tied the knot with Katy & Nicole from Playa Bliss Weddings this April 28!

 (based on Kate)

Melissa & Andrew who tied the knot in New York City this April 28! (Good job ordering Pandora!)

 (based on Lacy Romance)

And, last, but certainly not least :), Jeff & Stefanie who said their "i dos" at the Hotel Playacar Palace April 29th!

(based on Kate)

If you thought April looked busy wait until you see May - I do believe we have broken the record books! :) Coming-up ... Taryn & Matt's wedding in Cancun, Lorena & Brad's Design-in-a-Box in Cancun, Lili & Kieran's wedding in Chacala and more maraca shout-outs!

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