Allison McNamara and Cassondra Kaeding's Dreamy Tulum Wedding

Allison McNamara and Cassondra Kaeding’s Dreamy Tulum Marriage ceremony

When magnificence model founder Allison McNamara and hair colorist Cassondra (Cass) Kaeding obtained engaged alongside the coast of Positano, Italy in August 2019, they knew they might wish to return to the seashore once they lastly tied the knot. Nonetheless, they determined to make their nuptials a bit extra tropical.

“We all the time knew we wished to have a vacation spot seashore wedding ceremony and Tulum was all the time our best choice! We’ve been going since we first met and it’s one among our favourite locations,” share the brides. “Tulum is fascinating in that you’re actually within the jungle perched proper alongside the seashore, so we wished to play off the built-in jungle surroundings with decor that mirrored the setting.”

The pair determined to maintain the reception and ceremony multi function location at Akiin Tulum Seashore. “We discovered Akiin strolling on the seashore throughout one among our visits and immediately knew it was the proper spot,” recall Allison and Cass. “The venue is large and has a stunning seashore for the ceremony, in addition to separate areas for each cocktail and the reception. Akiin has probably the most scrumptious meals and great employees, so selecting them was a no brainer!”

To assist craft their dreamy Tulum affair, Allison and Cass enlisted Akiin’s Dana Akhar to assist plan the occasion. “We began the planning of this proper as COVID started in 2020. We ending up shifting our August 2021 wedding ceremony date to February 2022. So, the method was very prolonged,” shares Allison. “I did a majority of the planning. Since we by way of occasions on a regular basis for my skincare line, I didn’t really feel overwhelmed in the course of the course of. We locked in our best choice distributors early and did a website see in June 2021 to see layouts. Dana made the method really easy and un-stressful!”

Whereas the date could have modified, it was effectively well worth the wait. On February 19, 2022, Allison and Cass mentioned “I do” on the seashores of Tulum with 64 visitors in attendance. Forward, have a look into the dreamy wedding ceremony deliberate by Dana Akhar and photographed by Moni & Adri Pictures.

Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


Because the founding father of skincare model MARA, it is no surprise that Allison wished her “pores and skin to be the assertion” of her magnificence look. “I simply wished to appear like myself! Tremendous easy and contemporary make-up—clear glowing complexion and easy hair with a light-weight wave,” she explains. “I began actually prepping about three months upfront when it got here to my skincare.”

Together with a heavy rotation of MARA merchandise just like the model’s Algae Retinol Face Oil—”actually the key behind my clear pores and skin”—and her holy grail product MARA’s Algae Enzyme Cleaning Oil, Allison began getting extra routine facials with Emma Goodman, took MARA’s calming dietary supplements, had Dysport injections from Sari Hoban, and likewise obtained a Vivace micro-needling remedy in December earlier than her nuptials.

She additionally grew out her nails with Gel X Nails so the true ones can be robust sufficient to face on their very own. “Having good nails on my wedding ceremony day was a pipe dream for me,” she provides.

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To decorate her look, Allison made positive she would sparkle in new and classic items. “I wore my Jean Dousset engagement ring, a big blue sapphire and diamond ring that was my moms, in addition to her 10-carat tennis bracelet and tennis necklace,” shares the bride. “We love diamonds!”

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“Our bouquets embodied the identical romantic jungle theme we did for our ceremony altar and our reception flowers,” explains Allison. “I didn’t wish to go for a typical pampas grass and dried flower route, so we labored with our florist and leases to create a complicated bohemian aesthetic utilizing jungle greens balanced with smooth infants breath and simply hints of dried preparations. I used to be in love with the consequence.”

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The bride shocked in an ethically sourced silk costume by the designer Cortana. “I went 4 occasions to look! First in 2019 earlier than I had my venue, after which in 2020 as soon as we had locked within the house. I went alone the second time (the primary time I actually began trying),” notes Allison. “I believe going solo is an incredible tip, as a result of it allowed me to generate my very own ideas earlier than listening to others opinions! I went a 3rd time with an excellent buddy of mine, after which lastly, my mother flew in for the ultimate time after I bought the costume.”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


“I fell in love with Cortana’s work,” continues the bride. “I really had one other costume initially in thoughts, but it surely was lengthy sleeved. I’m SO glad I went with my choice as a result of I’d have been sweating like loopy! The motion on my costume mainly begs for a light-weight breezy seashore second, and you may put on it so some ways!”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


Cass was impressed by the purple carpet for her wedding ceremony day look designed by Concern Of God. “Jerry Lorenzo was carrying this outfit for the Met Gala and I fell in love! The coat had these quick cut up sleeves that hit the elbows good,” Cass shares. “The colour was excellent for a seashore wedding ceremony and I used to be obsessive about the structured shoulders.”

“A protracted-time shopper is definitely the spouse to the designer. She was so type to attach me with the Concern of God crew,” she continues. “I instructed them that I beloved the go well with. All I needed to do was give them my sizes and so they shipped me the entire look—jacket, trousers, and sneakers.”

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For her magnificence look, Cass wished to look “as smooth and pure as potential.” She went with a smooth impartial eye shadow, blush, and lip for her make-up, flowy undone waves for her hair, and a spritz of Molecule 01 perfume.

For her jewellery, the bride embraced gold. “I wore a gold hyperlink chain necklace from XIV Karats in Beverly Hills. I layered that with a gold necklace with a rectangular-shape diamond from Jean Dousset,” she shares.

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It actually was every part we had dreamed of!

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Earlier than heading to the ceremony, the brides determined to sneak a peek at their soon-to-be partner. “We obtained prepared in separate rooms on the resort, and had probably the most magical first look spot picked out,” says Allison. “Cass was ready within the jungle lined hallway of Be Tulum and I got here from upstairs—it actually was every part we had dreamed of!”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


“Since our resort the place we obtained prepared was not on the similar place because the ceremony and reception, logistically it simply made extra sense to do our first take a look at our resort Be Tulum the place we may guarantee we obtained a while to ourselves and get some nice images! It was very nice to have that point simply the 2 of us previous to the marriage,” share the brides. “And, we traveled to the marriage collectively which I believe made us each a bit extra calm and fewer nervous.”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


“Truthfully spending some quiet high quality time collectively in the course of the first look was one among our favourite components of the day! It was so good to have quiet and never a ton of individuals round, so we actually obtained to take pleasure in our moments earlier than the ceremony,” share the couple.

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Earlier than strolling down the aisle, Allison and Cass obtained comfy by taking off their sneakers (and pictures of tequila). “My sneakers didn’t get a lot airtime as a result of I used to be barefoot the entire time,” provides Allison.

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


The remainder of the day was spent on the lovely beachside venue Akiin. “I beloved our ceremony decor a lot! I gather rugs, so we knew we wished wealthy however muted rugs to line the aisle. We used easy wooden benches because the ceremony was within the sand, and we had the beautiful Caribbean as our backdrop,” explains Allison. “I created a Pinterest board with the form of the backdrop I wished for the ceremony, after which gathered a mixture of references for the colour scheme.”

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“[Floral designer] Vanessa additionally created probably the most beautiful round altar piece,” explains the bride. “I wished to ensure you may nonetheless see the ocean, so we did florals on two sides of it with jungle leaves, infants breath, and dried parts.”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


Every bride had their fathers stroll them down the aisle. Cass processed to Fleetwood Mac whereas Allison selected “La Vie En Rose.”

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There have been humorous and candy moments woven in that made the ceremony really feel further particular.

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“We wished the day to be as low stress as potential, so we determined to work with our officiant—one among our greatest associates, Michael Calabro who we first traveled to Tulum with again in 2015—to weave in our vows into the ceremony,” share the brides. “There have been humorous and candy moments woven in that made the ceremony really feel further particular, like our love for Lana Del Rey.”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


After saying “I do,” the newlyweds recessed to the instrumental model of “Wildest Desires” by Taylor Swift. “I’m an enormous Taylor Swift fan so I needed to weave in one thing someway,” says Allison. “‘Wildest Desires’ was the proper tune to be simply married to!”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


Some recommendation for fellow {couples} planning a marriage? “Don’t stress and have enjoyable! Maybe it’s as a result of I throw occasions on a regular basis for my model MARA—however I actually didn’t assume planning our wedding ceremony was irritating or onerous,” shares Allison. “It’s imagined to be enjoyable! You’re bringing all of your favourite individuals collectively to have fun your love, and everyone seems to be hopefully there to have enjoyable and be comfortable for you.”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


“An important factor is to have a transparent imaginative and prescient of what you wish to create on your large day. Actually take into consideration the way you need it to look and the way you wish to really feel—I do know I wished it to really feel heat, informal, and easy,” displays the bride.

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Because the lights dimmed outdoors, visitors moved indoors for a glowing reception dinner. “There may be nothing extra that I like than a candlelit meal, so we had a mixture of taper candles in staggering heights with gold bases and candles in hurricanes for added mild. We added extra rattan lighting above tables for a stunning glow contained in the palapa, too,” shares Allison.

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


“All of our flowers echoed our ceremony altar, nonetheless I wished the reception to really feel a bit extra whimsical,” Allison explains. “So, we went a bit heavier on the infants breath combined in with inexperienced and dried parts.”

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“For the place settings, we selected cream plates on prime of beige fringed costs,” the bride shares. “We used crochet napkins to make the setting look refined but homey.”

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On the menu? “We wished to embrace the tradition of Tulum with conventional meals impressed by the Yucatan,” clarify the brides. “We had scrumptious ceviches, an extremely contemporary salad (topped with grasshoppers), after which scrumptious beef, pork, and vegetarian dishes.” As an alternative of cake, the couple opted to serve coconut flan as dessert.

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The couple selected three signature cocktails for the night— a spicy skinny margarita, a mezcalita, and a paloma vodka. “Cass loves vodka and I’m far more of a tequila and mezcal drinker, so we had a signature cocktail for every spirit,” says Allison.

Whereas the drinks had been scrumptious, getting the alcohol to the marriage was not so appetizing. “Securing our prime selections for alcohol was in all probability the toughest ache level, however we had been capable of get Casamigos and Moët, which had been the objects we had been having a more durable time sourcing,” the bride shares. “Planning an occasion in another country has its personal built-in set of challenges, which is why having Dana assist us was essential.”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


Allison and Cass agree that the toasts on the reception had been a spotlight. “We beloved listening to our dad and mom and sisters’ speeches—undoubtedly one among our favourite components of the complete day,” they share.

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One enjoyable DIY for the reception? “For our seating chart, we did mini bottles of tequila with everybody’s title and desk quantity written on every,” says Allison. “My mother has nice handwriting so she wrote the names!”

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


Because the celebration obtained began, Allison swapped her robe for a sheer prime and skirt from BHLDN to simply transfer concerning the dance ground. “We did find yourself doing a bun halfway by way of the celebration as a result of Tulum humidity doesn’t mess around,” she provides.

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Photograph by Moni & Adri Pictures


“We wished our reception to really feel like the most effective jungle dance celebration ever. A few of our favourite recollections are the complete moon events in Tulum. And, our wedding ceremony was two days after the complete moon on Feb seventeenth, 2022,” the brides share. “We had a mixture of extra present dance songs, tropical home, and some conventional and enjoyable wedding ceremony songs for the dad and mom.”

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“On the finish of the evening, we had loads of left over alcohol which we needed to buy individually from the venue,” keep in mind Cass and Allison. “Since we had been unable to return the Moët, a bunch of our associates simply grabbed bottles and began shaking and spraying them in all places which was so further and enjoyable—the proper finish to our wonderful night.”