Good morning and happy Thursday! I hope your first week of October has been as lovely (albeit chilly) as mine! Can you actually believe we are in the throws of early Autumn already? Time for the leaves to start falling and the Autumn wedding trends to sweep in. Before we get to that, we have the most stunning Mexican beach wedding to share with you on the blog today. It’s full of Mex-inspired décor (lots of skulls of Tequila!), it’s on the beach and it’s just so cool. We had the pleasure of hearing all about this wedding from the groom himself, who managed to stay pretty level-headed when it came to the planning…
Just try to stay calm when things go wrong. At the end of the day no one else apart from you knows what it’s all supposed to be like, so if things change or look different to what you wanted don’t worry, everyone thinks it’s part of the plan!
Photographer Jun Tan Photography captured this wedding and his style is so impactful. We absolutely adore the couple shots beneath the over-sized palm trees and fairy light lit beach boardwalk. And the dramatic post-rain skyline adds to the ambiance and vibe of the entire day that took place at Akiin Beach in Tulum. The couple really wanted a beach wedding with a laid back feel and this place hit the spot for them. We get it! With a beautiful Palapas, Mexican skull themed bar, maracas, all singing Mariachi Band and tequila on tap, this modern take on a traditional Mexican wedding soon became the hottest beach party in town!
Here’s Antony to tell you all about his wedding and love for bride Irais….
Two Beachy Boho Wedding Gowns
Irais’ dress was from David’s Bridal in Mexico and she also had a second dress that had been especially designed and made for her. The reason for having two dresses was that the original dress that had been designed and made didn’t fit quite right, so one week before the wedding, Irais freaked out and took an emergency trip to David’s Bridal shop to buy a ‘back up’ dress. In the end, Irais used both! Both dresses were chosen/designed because they were light and not too fancy – simple with a slight beachy bohemian feel. She wore natural flowers from the region and a pair of Pandora earrings and necklace
I wore dark blue linen trousers, a white short sleeved shirt and navy braces and the bridesmaids wore a mixture of designs and styles, all in shades of pink and rosé.
Mexican Skulls and Tequila Mini Bottle Wedding Favours
We didn’t do many ‘formal’ things. Everyone was free to sit where they wanted for both the ceremony and reception. We didn’t have a menu as the food was put in the centre of the table for all to share – it was mainly tacos so people could eat what they wanted – we didn’t want the formal 3 or 4 course meal. The wedding favours were so cool – Mexican skulls, a mini bottle of Mezcal (Tequilas’ cousin) and a little card to explain how to eat a taco (which I had designed). Guests could also take the ceremony maracas home.
Rainy Beach Ceremony
The ceremony was on the beach. It had just rained before it started and then the sun came out leaving a beautiful rainbow filled backdrop to our wedding. Irais walked down the aisle to ‘Soy tu Aire’ by Labuat and we said our own vows. Once we’d said our ‘I do’s’ we walked down the aisle together to ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ by Queen.
Giant Party, Light Up Letters and dancefloor under the palapa
As the wedding was held in such a beautiful location, we didn’t need to do much to make it look amazing! We added some Papel Picado with our own design to the Palapa. I’m an Artist and Designer, so I made a few little bits for the favours and made some labels for the food. The wedding coordinator from Akiin actually surprised us with some extra additions such as lighting in the main Palapa, candles, an extra dance floor on the beach and some giant ‘LOVE’ light up letters. Most of the wedding took place on the beach during the day, and when the evening came, the party moved to the second dancefloor under the Palapa.
Relaxed, atmospheric photography
Jun Tan Photography ….what can I say? He really did an incredible job! We honestly couldn’t be happier with the photos and the way he conducted himself throughout the day. He was very professional with a very relaxed feel and a very nice, friendly guy in general. Jun captured every moment perfectly and also managed to capture the atmosphere of the whole day. We are seriously so happy with everything he did for us. We definitely recommend him.
Homemade Cake, Tequila Train and a Mariachi Band
Irais’ mother made the cake – unfortunately due to the heat it started to sag a little by the time we cut it. But it was delicious! We used Pentaflor for our flowers and used a DJ provided by the venue. We had Mexican wrestler masks (Lucha Libre), Old Spanish masks (Máscaras de viejito), glow bands, and other bits and bobs for the party. We also had all the guests do a Tequila train at the end of the night – whoever wanted a shot poured into their mouth would queue and walk under the arch me and my wife made with our arms as we poured a shot into their mouths. We hired a Mariachi band to come in at the end of the night which was really cool, the guests loved it, especially the ones from England!
Our first dance was to ‘Somewhere Beyond the Sea’ by Bobby Darin. This is one of the first songs I sent to Irais when I was living in London and she was back in Mexico. The lyrics kind of related to our situation for the first 7 months of our relationship.
Honestly, we don’t have a favourite moment, it was all amazing! The build up, having all our family and close friends come to Tulum for a mini holiday, the ceremony with the rainbow and dramatic sky, the beach, the food, the whole place, the dancing and drinking. All amazing! Sorry we can’t pick just one!
DON’T DO IT! Just joking….honestly we loved it. The planning was stressful at times so our advice would be, just go with the flow. You can try to control it all and plan it how you want it, but so many things go wrong and change, so in the end you just have to go with it and enjoy it for what it is. Lots of people told us it’ll go by so fast and you don’t really believe it until it happens, but it’s 100% true.