Magical Neutral Palette ARCA Tulum Wedding *

Magical Neutral Palette ARCA Tulum Wedding *

Now that the weather is warming up once again, we can’t seem to get enough of Mexico weddings. Mezcal, palm trees, and sand in your toes–what more could you ask for? Kari and Matt’s magical neutral palette Tulum wedding at ARCA Tulum had all of this and more. After visiting the tropical destination on vacation, the couple knew they wanted a weekend-long jungle party with their family and friends to celebrate their love. With the help of planner LM Weddings Tulum, that’s what they did.

The couple exchanged vows at a cenote overlooking the water before partying the night away under the glow of the disco balls. And although the venue’s natural beauty is unbeatable, the evening was elevated by extravagant floral arrangements from Moni Junco. Oh, and did we forget to mention that they flew their DJ in from Texas and there were also dancers in light-up costumes? 

These photos captured by Brooke Taelor have us packing our bags and booking flights, so get ready to get inspired. Because one look and you’ll be ready to jet off for your own destination wedding.

The Couple:

Kari and Matt

The Wedding:

ARCA Tulum, Tulum, Mexico

A Perfectly Magical Neutral Palette Tulum Wedding

Tulum is a place that Matt and I have loved since the first time we visited in 2018. This city exudes the same characteristics we wanted for our wedding. It’s energetic, unpretentious, and intoxicating. Using Tulum’s natural beauty as a backdrop, we opted for neutral colors, rich textures, and open-air concepts for an immersive experience that lasted all weekend long. We wanted the weekend to feel less like a wedding and more like a three-day journey through a magical jungle!

A Private Moment Between Bride And Groom

After the ceremony, Matt and I took a private shuttle back to ARCA to see the reception space before guests arrived. When we stepped foot into the entrance, both of our jaws hit the floor. Our incredible vendor team had magically transformed the restaurant into a romantic jungle oasis. The flowers, lighting, and decor surpassed our wildest dreams. That moment was especially memorable because of how much freedom we gave our vendors to create. We had no idea what to expect, and it was like walking into our very own surprise party! 

Highlighting Their Love For Music Throughout The Day

We refused to compromise on the music for our wedding. We started making a playlist for inspiration shortly after our engagement. Music is such an important part of our relationship, and we wanted it to be perfect. We flew our DJ, Christian Barbuto, from Austin to Tulum because we knew him well and trusted he would do an amazing job. He crushed it. Everything was curated to our musical taste, from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to well into the late-night party. Our reception started with our first dance song, “Treat You Better” by Rufus du Sol, and ended with a remixed version of the same song. I still get chills thinking about it!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Brooke Taelor
Event Planning – LM Weddings Tulum
Ceremony Venue – Cenote Chan Bacalar
Reception Venue – ARCA Tulum
Floral Design –  Moni Junco
Accommodations – Delek Tulum
DJ – Mr. Austin DJ
Live Music – Sureña
Videography – Morgan Scott Films
Invitation Design – Paper Source
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Zoe Elizabeth
Wedding Dress – Made With Love Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Knot Standard
Rings – Eliza Page
Rehearsal Dinner – Taboo Beach Club


Congratulations again to Kari and Matt on their magical neutral palette Tulum wedding at ARCA Tulum! Big thank you to Brooke Taelor for capturing and sharing their day with Junebug. To nail your own destination nuptials, be sure to check out these destination wedding etiquette tips!


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Romantic Lush Tulum Jungle Wedding at Espacio Chechen *

Romantic Lush Tulum Jungle Wedding at Espacio Chechen *

Mini mezcals, Mexican wedding cookies, and lush tropical backdrops? Count us in. Chiara and Eric’s lush Tulum jungle wedding at Espacio Chechen is the perfect combination of killer style, neutral tones, and a whole lot of fun. We’re utterly obsessed with the décor put together by Arlenis Ruiz and we’re so glad that Conie Suarez Bravo was there to capture it all. We love what Chiara had to say about her special day:

“I found all my vendors through Instagram, it is such a great tool when planning a destination wedding. Originally, our venue was supposed to be beachside but that fell through a month before the wedding. Fortunately, our amazing wedding planner already had backups. I was unsure about it having to be in the jungle and then also having to change the decor and floral that I already ordered. But all the vendors were flexible and I was able to change it right away.

I wanted to feature the lush greenery of the venue so I decided to keep the florals and decor minimal. Our caterer served a delicious taco bar and tres leches cake with a figurine of our puppy on top. I surprised my husband with a churro cart at the end of the night and unbeknownst to me, he also had a surprise lined up. He asked one of our guests to sing our first dance, River by Leon Bridges and it was so beautiful. By the end of the song, all of our guests who have never heard it before were singing along. Truly the best day.”

Despite the hiccups the couple endured, the day turned out beautifully. Get your inspiration boards pulled up because you’re going to want to save this one!

The Couple:

Chiara and Eric

The Wedding: 

Espacio Chechen, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Grace Loves Lace Dress and Pearl Necklace

I have always loved Caroline Bessette-Kennedy’s wedding dress. It was simple, elegant, and timeless. Grace Loves Lace’s “Loyola” dress was the third dress I tried on and it instantly reminded me of her dress. I tried on around 20 dresses after that just to shop around but I could not stop thinking about the Loyola dress. I also loved the fact that she kept her hair and accessories minimal. I only wore my wedding ring and a pearl necklace from Mejuri. The pearls were a tribute to my late grandmother, Cornelia, who helped raise my siblings and me in the Philippines. She would take my sister, Kristine, and me to the flea market on the weekends, and even though money was tight, she made it a point to buy us little pearls. The necklace was my homage to her.

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Why the Espacio Chechen

At first, we had a beach-side venue but that fell through two months before our wedding(!!). That ended up being the best thing that could have happened to us. While we enjoy the beaches, we find ourselves more drawn to the people, food, music, and cenotes in the downtown area and the jungles just outside Tulum. Our affection for this side of Tulum combined with the improvisation and scramble to find a new venue to yield a beautiful organic and bohemian vibe that we feel is far more authentically “us.” The final result was a complete collaboration amongst us, our amazing wedding planner Arlenis, and all of our vendors.

Soaking Up Time With One Another

One of our dear friends who couldn’t make it (due to a new baby on the way!) gave Eric amazing advice to take a moment with just the two of us and look around at all of the people who came so far to celebrate with us. After all, this will be the only time in our lives where this exact group of people will be at the same place together creating this exact energy. We did this after the recessional, and our photographer Conie actually caught us basking in the moment! Think of how surreal it is to have a destination wedding all the way in Mexico and 100 people ventured all that way to witness our union.

Adding Personalized Touches

I added a lot of personal touches to our wedding, Etsy really became my savior throughout the whole process. We used it for everything from ordering a customized stamp with our initials and our wedding date (then stamping it on 200 linen bags used for flower tossing and favors) to ordering our wedding cake topper in the likeness of our adopted dog, Parker. Also, having known Eric for almost 20 years, we did a yearbook of all of our pictures together through the years as our wedding guestbook. I had so much fun thinking of different ways to personalize every detail.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Conie Suarez Bravo
Event Planning – Arlenis Ruiz
Venue – Espacio Chechen
Floral Design – Cherry Blossom
Catering – Catering by Corina
DJ – Uno Audio Visual
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Doranna de Bortoli
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Accessories – Mejuri
Groom’s Apparel – No How Style
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Everlane
Rentals – MSM Rentals and Event Design
Favors – Turtle Bay Cafe & Bakery


Congratulations to Chiara and Eric for their special day at Espacio Chechen—and a huge thank you to Conie Suarez Bravo for capturing it! To see more Tulum inspo, check out Diana and Zach’s Chic Oceanfront Wedding at Akiin Beach Tulum.


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Modern Boho Middle Eastern Wedding in Tulum *

Modern Boho Middle Eastern Wedding in Tulum *

There’s nothing we love more than a tropical destination wedding here at Junebug, and Tulum happens to be one of our favorites. Leena and Nima’s modern boho middle eastern wedding at Mia Tulum Restaurant and Beach Club was the perfect combination of killer style, a neutral color palette with pops of coral, stunning ocean views, and a whole lot of fun.

We’re utterly obsessed with the small details put together by Junebug member Mango Weddings and Events. From the glamorous Persian Sofreh Aghd to the raffia hand fans to the personalized branded coconuts, this couple thought of everything.

While we could gush for days, we’ll let these beautiful photos from Junebug member–that’s right two members helped make this day magical–Memory Box Photography do the talking for us!

The Couple:

Leena and Nima

The Wedding:

Mia Tulum Restaurant & Beach Club, Tulum, Mexico

A Megan Markle Inspired Sarah Seven Gown

I wore a Sarah Seven crepe gown. My inspiration was a Megan Markle look–simple with no lace but a bit of detail. I accompanied it with Gucci shoes. The jewelry I ended up wearing on the wedding day was lovely and special. I opted for very simple and delicate Mizuki pearl drop earrings, a tennis bracelet, and stackable thin diamond rings from Iran that Nima’s parents gave to me on the wedding day. I was very happy I could wear some pieces from Iran and felt that that was important to do.

Why a Tulum Destination Wedding

Nima and I got married in Tulum, Mexico. It is not very typical in our cultures to have a destination wedding, but we both agreed from the beginning that we didn’t want to be that typical middle eastern couple. The weddings we’re used to attending are large–with over 300 people–and usually take place in a ballroom. We fell in love with Tulum because of its unique atmosphere, jungle restaurants, ocean views, and bohemian vibes. We especially fell in love with this tiny piece of heaven because of its unexpected middle eastern influence with Persian carpets on the sand and the evil eye decor everywhere you look.

Wedding Day Advice For a Stress-Free Day

We’d say not to sweat the small things that go wrong and to laugh that stuff off. The day Nima and I got married was one of the windiest days we had seen. The guests used the fans we passed out as shields from the sand getting in their eyes, Nima’s eyes were closed in half of the ceremony pictures due to this, and my veil was flying all sorts of ways during the ceremony. This was not in the “perfect wedding plan” that every bride imagines, but if I could pass on any wedding advice to future brides, it would be to laugh that stuff off. Nothing will go exactly as you imagine, but it’s important to remember this day only happens once. Enjoy every moment–even if it is not what you pictured it being.

A Unique Musical Reception

We had a surprise water drum show during our reception. It was so fun to see all of our guests surprised by what was going on, and it was amazing to see my grandparents and our parents get up there and play the water drums. Water drums are not really prevalent in the US, so we were excited to get to incorporate something that none of our guests had experienced before into our wedding day.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Memory Box Photography
Event Planning – Mango Weddings & Events
Venue & Catering – Mia Tulum Restaurant & Beach Club
Floral Design – Vanessa Jaimes
DJ – Plug In Audio Visual
Live Music – Marvioc Live Music
Videography – Button Up
Invitation Design – Sweet Dates Prints
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Zoe Elizabeth 
Wedding Dress – Sarah Seven
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Adrianna Papell, Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Apparel – Suit Supply
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Jos A Bank
Rentals – Kl Design Events
Favors – Ko’coo Mexico

Congratulations again to Leena and Nima on their modern boho middle eastern wedding in Tulum! Thank you to Junebug member Mango Weddings and Events for submitting this wedding for us to share. Magic happens when multiple Junebug members work together, in this case, Mango Weddings and Events and Memory Box Photography created an unforgettable day for this couple. To see more of Mango Weddings and Events’ work, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding planners in the world!


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Lush Riviera Maya Beach Wedding at Blue Venado *

Lush Riviera Maya Beach Wedding at Blue Venado *

Summer may be over, but that’s not going to stop us from drooling over tropical destination weddings. Fatima and Gabriel’s Riviera Maya beach wedding at Blue Venado has everything we love in a Tulum wedding. From a ceremony right on the ocean to an abundance of greenery and pampas grass arranged by Cherry Blossom to one of the cutest wedding bars we have ever seen, the couple thought of every last detail. 

Of course, tequila shots were involved–talk about getting the party started! It’s hard not to dream of warm afternoons on the sand when looking at these photos captured by Cristina Civallero. So, what are you waiting for? Get those Pinterest boards pulled up because this one is worth saving.

The Couple:

Fatima and Gabriel

The Wedding:

Blue Venado, Tulum, Mexico

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Cristina Civallero
Event Planning – Blue Venado Weddings
Venue – Blue Venado
Floral Design – Cherry Blossom
Rentals – Style Me Weddings

Congratulations again to Fatima and Gabriel on their beach wedding at Blue Venado. We’re so glad that the venue’s masterminds are Junebug members and shared these photos with us. Want to see more beautiful photos of this stunning venue? Check out their profile in our directory of wedding venues from around the world! 


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Tropical Chic Kima Tulum Destination Wedding *

Tropical Chic Kima Tulum Destination Wedding *

Lida and Nimba’s tropical chic Kima Tulum destination wedding is the epitome of tropical opulence–a 2020 wedding trend–and we are madly in love! The all-white details of the flowers,  the bride’s off-the-shoulder fit and flare gown, chairs, napkins, and even the venue itself, are stunningly contrasted against the greenery of Tulum’s lush jungle.

We could go on, but we’ll let these photos captured by Memory Box Photography do the rest of the talking for us while we update our own wedding mood boards. Pin these photos, bookmark this post, and get ready to be inspired. Let’s dive in.

The Couple:

Nida and Nima

The Wedding:

Kima Tulum, Tulum, Mexico

Tropical Wedding Vibes

Our theme was a magical memory in the jungle. We immediately fell in love with the venue (Kima Tulum). All of our guests were traveling a long way to share this day with us, so we wanted to give them a unique experience. There is something special about being in the middle of the jungle that makes it extremely enchanting. We picked white florals and earthy tones to compliment the space.

Including Their Persian Heritage in the Ceremony

We had a Persian ceremony. We are both proud of our heritage and wanted to incorporate it on our day. Elements of the Persian ceremony included a sofre aghd–also known as the spread of engagement.

A Quiet Moment Together As Newlyweds

Following our close friends’ advice, we took a moment at dinner away from everyone and watched our family and friends smiling ear-to-ear. We were both filled with immediate gratitude and love.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Memory Box Photography
Event Planning & Floral Design – Moni Junco
Venue – Kima Tulum

Congratulations to Lida and Nima on their chic Kima Tulum destination wedding! Thank you to Junebug member Memory Box Photography for sharing the heartwarming photos and videos with us. To see more of their work, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!


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