Daniela & Andrew, Pre-Wedding Festivities, Nizuc, Mexico
Why did you choose to have a destination wedding?
Both: While we met in San Francisco and were both born and raised in New York, we wanted something a bit different for our wedding, especially since both of our sisters recently got married in New York City. After reflecting on our interests and values as a couple, it became clear that a destination wedding satisfied all of our criteria and wishes for our wedding. Andrew loves the ocean and dreamed of getting married on the beach. Daniela loves going on vacation and was very excited by the idea of going on vacation with all of our family and friends. Most importantly, we both wanted a venue that would allow us to spend quality time with the people closest to us. So we thought…what better way to celebrate such an important day in our lives than gathering with our loved ones at one of the most spectacular places in Mexico?
What was the first wedding planning decision you made?
Both: The destination was the first decision we made. At first, we were considering venues in New York City but none of them felt quite right for what we wanted. We then started to explore the idea of a destination wedding, which we quickly got very excited about. Cancun and the Riviera Maya immediately jumped out to us as a destination given its close proximity to New York, the availability of direct flights from California, Daniela’s Latin heritage and our love for Latin music and food.
After deciding on Mexico, our next decision was to find a party planner who had experience with destination weddings in Mexico. We connected with our party planner, Paula Jackson from Bsocial Events, who had planned several amazing weddings in the Riviera Maya and helped us find the venue of our dreams, Nizuc Resort and Spa.
Where did you turn for ideas and inspiration?
Daniela: I turned to my sister, Instagram, our florist, Etsy and the online galleries on the ILS blog. My sister absolutely loves event design and decor and was constantly sharing new ideas with me. We created a shared photostream on our iPhones where we posted screenshots and images of cool ideas and inspiration. I found Instagram to be the most useful source for ideas and inspiration. By searching for or clicking on specific hashtags, I was able to find endless ideas relevant to our tropical modern theme. Similarly, by looking at the photos taken at specific locations, I was able to get inspiration for interesting new ideas.
I also frequently turned to our florist, Vanessa Jaimes, for ideas and inspiration. She had amazing ideas for how to transform our vague and evolving vision into an incredible reality. She was an unbelievable resource and we can’t thank her enough for everything she did.
Etsy was useful for some of the smaller details. I found some shops that made really cool wooden accessories, maracas and incredible custom photobooth props. All of the shop owners I worked with were always willing to make us custom items, which really helped personalize the event. Finally, I often turned to the ILS blog for inspiration. Ira Lippke Studios has photographed so many incredible weddings around the world and the online galleries were a great way to explore new ideas and find inspiration!
Andrew: I deferred to Daniela for most of the ideas. Occasionally I would search on Google for some ideas when needed but mostly left the creative work to Daniela.
Photos by Ira Lippke
Planning: Bsocial Events
Cake & Catering: Nizuc Resort and Spa
Dress: Inbal Dror from Mark Ingram Atelier
Floral & Event Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design
Hair & Makeup: John Olavarria & Backstage Hair and Makeup
Music, Ceremony: Visuddha Entertainment
Music, Cocktail Hour: Leborans Music
Music, Reception: DJ NVM & Muziek Grand Band
Rentals: Canteiro Weddings
Stationery: Julie Meridy Design
Venue: Nizuc Resort and Spa
Video: Wedding Shortfilms