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!


Taryn said...

A long overdue THANK YOU!!!!!

Ladies if are thinking about hiring a designer you should go no farther… Mishka and her design team are AMAZING!!!! She is fantastic and is worth every penny!!!!

Let me start at the beginning....

Originally I was going to work with Mishka and her team to create our wedding maraca’s. (Which by the way are AMAZING!!!!) But then I fell in love with her wedding design’s for Ashley & David and Meredith and Spencer’s wedding.

My first through was how could Mishka and her team design a wedding in the Rivera Maya (Cancun) when she lives in Puerto Vallarta. How would it work, destination wedding with a destination design team. No way. My second thought was to look at map and see how far Cancun is from Puerto Vallarta. (2,464 km to be exact) My third thought was “just ask” why the hell not. Guess what? Low and behold Mishka said yes, she drew up the contract and was thrilled to take on the challenge of a destination wedding.

I was so glad I asked... Asking Mishka and her team was the 2nd best decision I made for the wedding. (The first was saying yes to Matt!)

I always find it a blessing in life when I have the opportunity to work with someone who is truly PASSIONATE about their work, has the TALENT, and LOVES what they do. Mishka it was an HONOR having you plan our wedding!!!

Mishka you and team were able to plan a magical night for Matt and I. Words cannot begin to tell you how thankful we are. You planned the PERECT wedding!! Thank you for your many late night emails. Thank you for calming my nerves during the planning the process. Thank you for your ideas, your energy and creative juices. Thank you for taking on the challenge of designing your first wedding in the Rivera Maya. Thank you for everything!!!!

Taryn & Matt

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