Two Colorful Parties Preceded This Duo's Wedding—Which Had an All-White Color Palette—in Mexico
Almost exactly eight years ago, Taylor and Tomas first crossed paths, and then they never looked back. After the pair was introduced by a mutual friend in San Francisco, California, they built a relationship over the better part of a decade, which culminated in their engagement in September of 2018. Tomas popped the question during a trip to Antibes, France, at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc; after, the couple traveled throughout France and Italy to celebrate the milestone.
Romantic destinations came into play after their engagement, too—they ultimately decided on the Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for their wedding day. "Upon stepping onto the property, we instantly fell in love with the resort simply due to the amazing level of service. We felt right at home and knew that our guests would feel the same love," Taylor says. "We loved that we could have a ceremony amidst the jungle and a reception next to the beach."
With the tropical scenery as the perfect backdrop, the couple planned an affair with an all-white color palette on June 8, 2019, where everything and everyone was dressed in cream. They also hosted a series of pre-nuptial events, which provided a colorful contrast to the ceremony and reception. "The planning process was fun right off the bat," Taylor says. "The Lynden Lane Co. and I worked hand-in-hand to develop the themes for the wedding, rehearsal, and welcome party in a way that made each event special." And as their 200 guests, who made their way to Playa del Carmen for an unforgettable weekend-long excursion to celebrate the couple's next steps, would attest, all components of the celebration were an utter success.
Crisp and Clean
The materials and neutrals seen throughout Taylor and Tomas' venue, the Rosewood Mayakoba, inspired their big-day suite. "The invitation incorporated white pebbled leather, deerskin lace, and coffered wood veneer in a whitewash finish," Taylor says. "Yonder Design used a combination of blind letterpress printing and gold foil stamping to add a bit of formality. The text treatments and layouts were kept very clean and minimal to let the power of the materials set the mood."
The couple's rehearsal dinner on June 6, 2019, preceded their welcome party, which took place the following evening. Taylor donned a Stone Cold Fox slip dress for the occasion, while Tomas opted for a classic navy suit. The summer cocktail-themed event, which was also inspired by Italy, was held at the the venue's La Ceiba Restaurant.
Al Fresco Dining
To bring an Italian feel to the garden setting, The Lynden Lane Co. ensured the head table was surrounded by trees (mimicking an olive grove), including the restaurant's iconic ceiba pentandra, and added handmade blue-and-white ceramics, artichokes, lemons, flowers, and plenty of candles to the tabletops.
Yonder Design pieced together the menus and signage for the event. "Each guests' name was etched on a piece of wood; the story of the La Ceiba tree was printed on the back of the menu," explains the couple's planning team. "Every detail felt really personal."
Custom escort cards, also made by Yonder Design, were strapped to a display with black leather tags.
Shaken or Stirred
The tiled bar served as a décor highlight, and spoke to the Mediterranean theme. As for the menu? "The food was authentic to Cancun and it was made right in front of the guests," notes The Lynden Lane Co. "The chef served guests as they dined under the basket lights."
Welcome in White
"We had everything from tequila shots out of cucumbers to sushi and churros. We really wanted the night to feel relaxed and easy," Taylor shares of their welcome party's food and drink menu.
The Lynden Lane Co. and La Musa de las Flores transformed the space into an outdoor market authentic to the locale; food stations anchored by custom wood tables were draped with chili peppers, limes, and garlic, and adorned with baskets of flowers.
As for the welcome party's dress code? The couple describes it as "evening fiesta chic," which resulted in a myriad of colorful, fashion-forward looks.
Floating lanterns and string lights highlighted the Rosewood Mayakoba's pool, which served as a backdrop for the event.
On the morning of the wedding, Taylor and her bridesmaids prepared for the day to come in white lace robes.
Taylor worked with designer Mark Zunino, personally, to bring her perfect wedding dress to life; the gown featured lace long-sleeves, a high neck, and open back.
Her bouquet, composed entirely of white calla lilies, nodded to the celebration's color palette.
As did the bridesmaids' ensembles. Each 'maid wore an ivory Stone Cold Fox slip dress (similar to the one Taylor wore during the rehearsal dinner!) and nude heels for the ceremony.
Outfitted in Ivory
Tomas wore a custom white linen suit—complete with a white tie, belt, and shoes—for the occasion, and met his bride-to-be on the beach for a first look and a tequila shot. "We were beyond excited to have our first look. We felt so much build-up during the entire planning process," Taylor notes of the intimate moment. "It truly signified the start of our wedding day together."
For the ceremony, La Musa de las Floras built an epic floral wall atop a platform, where the couple exchanged their vows; corresponding white arrangements lined the curved aisle.
A Moment Come True
The ceremony had an "impactful start" thanks to a live gospel choir. During the performance, Taylor's father took her arm and escorted her towards the altar.
Guests watched the ceremony from linen-covered chairs; they sipped chilled Champagne and water to beat the heat.
During the religious service, Taylor and Tomas exchanged hand-written vows, which the bride's best friend had proofed ahead of the weekend. "She laughed upon reading them, as we both included our love of our dogs, traveling, and going to concerts together."
Another ceremony highlight? Their band, West Coast Music, played a rendition of their favorite Bon Iver in the background.
The New Mr. and Mrs.
While their loved ones sipped on spicy margaritas during the cocktail hour, the couple spent some time alone to take portraits.
"The cocktail hour was out of a movie," Taylor notes. "The sun was setting and guests were able to sip cocktails on the deck, lounge on the beach, or even use the natural wood swings we brought in."
So Much Texture
Amber, cream, and white hues set the tone for the reception, which also featured a variety of beachy textures, from the cane-backed chairs to the pampas grass-centric arrangements overhead.
Center of Attention
Candles and dried floral centerpieces lined each table, creating a "warm and inviting atmosphere for all our guests," Taylor shares.
Chandeliers dripping with white florals and arched twinkly lights were hung from the rafters, illuminating the lounge spaces—comprised of comfortable white furniture and beechwood coffee tables—below.
Sparking a New Journey
The couple and their guests spent the rest of the evening on the dance floor, where they grooved to a mix of current music and classic hits; they were treated to a firework display at the end of the formal party. Ultimately, though, the epic ending was just the beginning: Following the fireworks, the celebrants made their way to the after-party, complete with a live DJ.
Photography, Nancy Neil
Venue, Catering, and Cake, Rosewood Mayakoba
Wedding Planning and Event Design, The Lynden Lane Co.
Videography, Elysium Productions
Flowers, La Musa de las Flores
Invitations and Paper Products, Yonder Design
Officiant, Leland Jones
Bride's Attire, Mark Zunino (wedding dress and veil), Zimmermann (welcome party), Stone Cold Fox (rehearsal dinner)
Jewelry, Brentwood General Store
Shoes, Christian Louboutin
Hair, Styling Trio, Braid Studio
Makeup, Fraulein Codeus
Bridesmaids' Dresses, Stone Cold Fox
Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands, New York Jewelry in Chicago
Music, West Coast Music, Red Shoe LA
Rentals, Archive Rentals Mexico, Planner 1 Events Mexico, Moni Junco Custom
Favors, La Paso Bien
Transportation, Rosewood Mayakoba
Lighting, Encore Mexico
Photo Booth, Mir Mir Photo