Meet Tika Sumpter and Nicholas James’s Marriage ceremony Distributors

It is no secret that planning a marriage requires quite a bit of hands-on assist and help. Behind each show-stopping soirée is a proficient group of execs who’re working tirelessly to make sure that a pair’s imaginative and prescient turns into a actuality. That is very true of vacation spot weddings deliberate from afar—when you do not reside close to your wedding ceremony venue, having the ability to implicitly belief your vendor workforce, who shall be your eyes and ears on the bottom, turns into much more essential.

Tika Sumpter and Nicholas James, who have been married in Mexico on Could 14, 2022, known as upon a talented squad to assist deliver their imaginative and prescient of modern-bohemian celebration to life. Forward, we interviewed just a few of the important thing gamers who have been chargeable for bringing the duo’s vacation spot nuptials to life and requested them to debate their background, reminisce on the pair’s romantic bash, and share their must-know wedding ceremony recommendation.

Courtesy of Ximena Perez / Design by Tiana Crispino


Ximena Perez, occasion designer for Amy Abbott Occasions, is the artistic genius who deliberate our cowl couple’s dreamy vacation spot celebration in Mexico. Though the Cabo-based professional has been an esteemed wedding ceremony planner for eight years, she by no means got down to work within the trade. After learning enterprise and advertising in class, Perez began her profession in motels and hospitality. Whereas working in that subject, the skilled was uncovered to numerous weddings, which helped make clear her function. “Ever since I began working in a resort, I used to be at all times within the weddings and occasions division, and I discovered my means into it,” Perez says. 

As destiny would have it, her profession path modified in 2017 after connecting with Amy Abbott, proprietor and founding father of Amy Abbott Occasions. “Whereas working at a resort, I began working within the weddings and teams division as a coordinator, the place I met Amy,” Perez recounts. “We labored collectively on a number of occasions and weddings she did on the resort I used to be working at, and after I left this resort, she known as me and requested me to work along with her.” Getting into the world of weddings ended up being probably the most rewarding determination for Perez. “Purchasers are totally different each time, so every wedding ceremony is at all times totally different, and it’s by no means boring,” she explains. “You’re principally accountable for crucial day in somebody’s life.”

At Amy Abbott Occasions, Perez and the corporate’s 11 further planners satisfaction themselves on executing “organized, flawless, and completely gorgeous” occasions, and that is all due to the group’s consideration to element, endurance, and enthusiasm. “Our mission is to work as a workforce to create a seamless environment of collaboration,” Perez notes. Based greater than 16 years in the past, the corporate is the premier wedding ceremony and occasion planning design workforce in Los Cabos. 

When Perez begins planning a marriage, she strives to find out about her couple on a deeper stage, which she believes is essential to orchestrating an occasion that authentically represents them. “I attempt to join with my shoppers [from] the primary day, so I get to know them and perceive their imaginative and prescient and expectations,” she shares. She additionally goals to create an easygoing and stress-free expertise by providing clear communication all through the method. “I would like my shoppers to really feel sure and knowledgeable always,” the planner provides. 

Whereas mapping out Tika and Nick’s bohemian bash, her strategy was simply as methodical. The planner employed her organizational techniques to ensure the method was as clean as doable for the couple. “I attempted to provide them the time and area wanted for the planning course of,” Perez recollects. “I organized and set deadlines for every merchandise, and I scheduled Zoom conferences with them to go over the timeline and particulars.” It definitely paid off!

They have been very laid-back and relaxed, however they knew precisely what they wished… Their love for one another is contagious, and they’re such a contented and enjoyable couple.

What else made the marriage successful? The couple! For the reason that bride and groom had a transparent imaginative and prescient in thoughts, designing their day was a seamless and fulfilling expertise for Perez. “They have been very laid-back and relaxed, however they knew precisely what they wished,” Perez remembers. “They trusted me from day one, and so they made the entire course of clean and good. Their love for one another is contagious, and they’re such a contented and enjoyable couple.”

For anybody who’s additionally planning a vacation spot affair, Perez has one sage piece of recommendation: Rent a marriage planner! “Your planner shall be your eyes and ears on the vacation spot, will allow you to discover the fitting distributors, and can create the proper timelines primarily based on the situation,” Perez explains. “You will need to know that each piece of the planning course of has been taken care of, in order that while you arrive, it goes easily.”

When you discover a planner, Perez recommends that engaged pairs refine their imaginative and prescient with the intention to land on one cohesive fashion that resonates on a private stage. “Instagram and Pinterest are nice sources of inspiration, however attempt to discover your individual fashion and add your individual contact to it to make it yours,” she notes. She additionally urges {couples} to familiarize themselves with their vacation spot—every part from the climate to the tradition—to conceptualize an aesthetic that enhances their environment. 

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You and your planner are designing a good looking, particular occasion, so it is important that you just rent an amazing photographer to doc each element and second. For his or her huge day, Tika and Nick tapped Los Angeles-based wedding ceremony photographer Jana Williams to seize their big day. At present, Williams has 12 years of weddings beneath her belt, however she admits that she first stumbled upon the occupation accidentally. Whereas Williams was working in vogue, one in all her shoppers requested her to {photograph} her wedding ceremony. “I had no thought what to anticipate, however I used to be hooked after the primary wedding ceremony,” she reveals.

In reality, she was so enamored with capturing {couples}’ love tales that she determined to launch her personal wedding ceremony images enterprise, Jana Williams Images, on October 11, 2011. “Weddings are such an excellent match for me,” Williams explains. “I really like photographing folks, vogue, merchandise, and pure moments. I additionally discovered my pure expertise, which is posing my folks to look wonderful and directing them in a means that appears pure.”

Each wedding ceremony has a timeline, however no two weddings are alike. My job is to be prepared for something and know precisely how you can deal with it.

So as to get probably the most genuine photographs, Williams creates a snug setting that permits her topics to really be themselves. “It is a lot about connection, care, and real funding in my shoppers,” the photographer says of her strategy. She additionally is aware of how you can learn her setting, staying alert and looking out for any photo-worthy second that pops up. “Each wedding ceremony has a timeline, however no two weddings are alike,” she mentions. “So, my job is to be prepared for something and know precisely how you can deal with it.”

Essentially the most rewarding half about working in weddings? “Exhibiting folks how stunning they are surely,” Williams says. “I really feel like images can change an individual’s life. In the fitting gentle and with the fitting photographer, an individual can severely be re-inspired with themselves and acquire a ton of confidence.”

All through her profession, Williams has photographed numerous high-profile shoppers and celebrities, and capturing Tika and Nick’s nuptials was one other defining second. She describes their boho seashore wedding ceremony as a shifting day full of affection for each other, their household, and their associates. For the reason that superstar couple is used to being on digicam, Williams didn’t need it to really feel like all typical photograph shoot. So, she adopted an “open” and “hyper observant” strategy. The end result? “I captured pure moments that I knew they’d love whereas conserving the posed images to a minimal,” she says.

Though the marriage was brimming with touching moments, one in all her favourite components to doc was the processional. “Tika walked down the aisle, and [it was] the way in which Nick received emotional,” she remembers. 

Each photograph from the big day was a good looking depiction of the couple’s love, which is partially attributed to the connection the newlyweds shaped with Williams. “Discover a photographer you’re feeling a reference to, somebody who you’re feeling can learn your social cues and provide you with a break when wanted,” she advises.

Courtesy of Luca Ravera / Design by Tiana Crispino


Flowers can rework any wedding ceremony area, and the actors’ coastal ceremony and romantic reception setups definitely did not skimp on attractive blooms. From their round arch adorned with pampas grass to the hanging installations of child’s breath over dinner tables, every floral ornament helped construct the aesthetic Tika and Nick envisioned. And Luca Ravera, founder and head designer of Aria Vera Floral, made all of it doable. 

Floral design has been a part of Ravera’s household historical past for generations now, so when he opened his personal agency in Cabo six years in the past, it was a pure match. Nonetheless, his calling wasn’t simply primarily based on household allegiance: Ravera finds pleasure in constructing floral assortments as a result of they play a pivotal position in telling a pair’s narrative. “I really get pleasure from attending to know our shoppers, their likes and dislikes, and the way they’re imagining their huge day,” the florist shares. “We at all times attempt to use our experience to create distinctive tales by means of floral preparations.” He additionally enjoys the artistic technique of turning an idea into one thing stunning and tangible. “Seeing the happiness of the {couples} in that second after they see their desires have turn out to be a actuality [is my favorite part],” Ravera reveals. 

Working with our cowl stars was an expertise to recollect. “Tika and Nicholas are charming, pleasant, and better of all, they knew precisely what they wished for his or her huge day,” Ravera recollects. “On the identical time, [they] gave us loads of room for artistic expression. An distinctive couple!”

Tika and Nicholas are charming, pleasant, and better of all, they knew precisely what they wished for his or her huge day. On the identical time, [they] gave us loads of room for artistic expression. An distinctive couple!

Whereas designing the duo’s floral preparations, Ravera made certain to decide on blooms that captured not solely Tika and Nick’s desired aesthetic, but additionally key components that spoke to their identities. For the bouquet, the florist labored with Tika to create a vibrant assortment of peonies. “Tika loves peonies, so the bouquet was actually constructed round them,” Ravera notes. “The peony is a flower that’s synonymous with love and wonder, each of which actually mirror Tika’s persona. The bouquet actually set the floral fashion for different items all through the ceremony, reception, and after-party.”

Ravera’s favourite element of all? The reception centerpieces. “We gave the centerpieces a lush and natural really feel with a palette composed of nude tones, peaches, and blues,” he describes. “It was an extremely distinctive coloration palette that was created particularly for Tika and Nicholas.”

In case you’re planning a vacation spot wedding ceremony and are struggling to seek out the fitting buds on your far-off nuptials, Ravera recommends trying out the native wildlife. “{Couples} ought to positively seek the advice of with their floral designer about vegetation and flowers indigenous to their vacation spot, and which shall be in season whereas they’re tying the knot,” he advises. “I do know it is tempting to go together with what you recognize, however when you simply ask, I believe lots of people can be stunned with what native attractive and extra sustainable choices are on the market.”

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When Tika and Nick exchanged heartfelt vows, they wished the proper playlist to assist set the temper. To that finish, they recruited Cabo-based Natural Trio to play instrumental tunes throughout their ceremony and all through cocktail hour. Earlier than assembling their band in February 2019, the three members have been all engaged on personal occasions and had been doing so for over 10 years. As soon as they noticed a spot within the Cabo wedding ceremony market, they determined to take motion and ship a singular sound expertise for {couples} getting married in that space. “In that point, we noticed an enormous want for a high-end wedding ceremony trio within the Cabo space as a result of recognition of weddings right here,” clarify violinist Donají Espinosa and bassist José Manuel Sandoval. 

The group began their ensemble to make wedding ceremony days much more noteworthy, and having the ability to watch that occur has been life-changing for them. “We understand how a lot we hook up with our shoppers, how they’re emotionally moved by the music we play,” they are saying. “It’s an honor for us to have the ability to carry out and get the appreciation and constructive suggestions we do.”

We understand how a lot we hook up with our shoppers, how they’re emotionally moved by the music we play. It’s an honor for us to have the ability to carry out and get the appreciation and constructive suggestions we do.

The group says acting at Tika and Nick’s wedding ceremony was a profession spotlight. “It was an amazing expertise for us,” they reminisce. “Partially due to the superb planning that was in place, however primarily as a result of we have been stunned by how a lot time Tika and Nicholas selected to spend with us personally though their time was in such excessive demand.”

The musical group additionally loved working with the actors as a result of they despatched their particular track picks a month upfront, giving the trio ample time to observe and put together. From rock and R&B to nation and pop, the playlist had a mixture of genres, and taking part in the tunes reside captured the day’s sentiment completely. “It created a one-of-a-kind, elegant second full of affection, pleasure, nostalgia, and most significantly, love,” they recall.

Whereas they perceive that there is plenty of stress to curate an distinctive wedding-day soundtrack, the musicians consider that choosing compositions which might be significance to you as a pair is the one greatest technique to make your celebration much more significant. “Select songs that you just each actually love, songs that imply one thing to you, that take you again to that particular second while you met or your first kiss,” they instruct. “Doing this can vastly improve the complete wedding ceremony expertise as a result of the feelings felt by the bride and groom shall be real and private.”

Courtesy of Kee Taylor / Design by Tiana Crispino


Tika’s wedding-day coiffure was easy and chic, and she or he has Annagjid “Kee” Taylor, CEO of Deeper Than Hair, to thank. Taylor, who has been a hairstylist for 21 years and a salon proprietor for a decade, at all times knew styling hair was her calling. And her profitable monitor file is affirmation that she was proper. “I first began in my mother and pa’s basement,” she displays. “Now, I’ve my very own salon, hair care line, YouTube channel, guide, and I do hair for TV and movie.”

When Taylor began Deeper Than Hair, which is predicated in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, she wished to make an affect that prolonged past the floor. “My mission is about extra than simply doing hair,” she notes. “It is creating a life-style. It is making shoppers happier than after they arrived. It is about following my desires and serving to my employees additionally achieve this.” By means of hairstyling, Taylor’s aim is to instill confidence in her shoppers. “Regardless of how unhealthy [your hair] is, there may be hope you can get again on monitor indirectly, form, or type,” she asserts.

Despite the fact that Taylor was set on changing into a hairstylist, tackling brides’ hair for his or her wedding ceremony days was by no means a part of the plan. “I truthfully solely do wedding ceremony hair at any time when my long-time shoppers are getting married,” she admits. Since Taylor has been working with Tika since 2012, she did not hesitate when the actress requested the professional to be a part of her wedding ceremony workforce. That long-established bond and belief allowed the hairstylist to create a method she knew would ring a bell with Tika, which took the stress off. “She’s extra like a sister at this stage of the sport,” she says. “Doing her hair comes second nature, like doing my very own, at this level.”

Tika wished a glossy and minimalistic coiffure that she would not must fuss with on the seashore, so that they settled on a easy low bun. Since Tika was getting married on the seashore in excessive humidity, Taylor made certain to prep the bride’s hair accordingly. That meant utilizing a choose handful of merchandise to stop frizz and keep shine. “Earlier than I blew her hair dry, I made certain to make use of Satin Protect warmth protectant since we have been in scorching temperatures outside,” she explains. “That additionally causes a barrier between her hair and excessive temperatures earlier than I pressed it with my 22TiTania Flat Iron. That helped it keep straight. Then, I slicked it again with Braid Bae Styling Gel to ensure [her hair] was held tight and to provide it a light-weight maintain. As soon as that was carried out, I used Glass to provide it that good quantity of shine.”

The actress additionally determined to sport a crystal tiara and cathedral-length veil. The key to conserving her veil in place? It was all in her coiffure. “I simply pushed the comb connected to the veil into her structured, slicked-back hair, and it stayed with no drawback as a result of it was principally locked inside her hair,” Taylor reveals. 

For vacation spot brides who’re nervous concerning the local weather ruining their hair, Taylor shares her high methods. “Select kinds like ponytails, buns, updos, braids, and twists,” she shares. “These sorts of kinds are structured, and the climate received’t alter it as rapidly. Additionally, select holding gels and sprays to carry them down for the day.”

Be your stunning, timeless, genuine self. Do not select the favored wedding ceremony kinds. Dare to be totally different.

In case you’re uncertain which coiffure is best for you, Taylor urges brides to decide on a glance that personally fits them. Then, she suggests taking part in round with equipment to improve your on a regular basis fashion. “Simply at all times be your stunning, timeless, genuine self,” she advises. “Do not select the favored wedding ceremony kinds. Dare to be totally different.”

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