Tika Sumpter and Nicholas James’s Wedding ceremony Photographs

When Tika Sumpter and Nicholas James began planning their wedding ceremony, they rapidly agreed on one high precedence: They wished to deal with their household and buddies to an unforgettable expertise. “I wished everybody to really feel taken care of, have a good time, and really feel like they had been on trip,” Tika says. With that overarching objective in thoughts, the actors, who first met on the set of the tv present The Haves and the Have Nots in 2015, determined that having a vacation spot wedding ceremony—which might enable them to spend days, not hours, with their family members—was the proper technique to have fun their marriage and assist their company unwind.

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The one downside was neither Tika nor James had ever actually given a vacation spot wedding ceremony a lot thought, so a dream locale wasn’t already on their radar. To get impressed, they thought again to a trip they cherished and may wish to replicate ultimately: their babymoon. In 2016, shortly earlier than the start of their daughter, Ella, Tika and James visited Cabo and fell in love with the realm. “It was so lovely, and it wasn’t too far-off from California, so it was a straightforward journey,” the bride remembers. And, after experiencing months in lockdown in the beginning of the pandemic, the couple felt strongly that their company would leap on the alternative to e-book a flight and get out of city. So, with the assistance of a neighborhood wedding ceremony planner, Ximena Perez of Amy Abbott Occasions, the pair set their sights on a marriage at Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences, Auberge Resorts Assortment in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and started working planning a weekend-long celebration, which was photographed by Jana Williams Images.

Realizing that they couldn’t presumably be there to make each determination in particular person, Tika and Nick entrusted Ximena to make their imaginative and prescient of a boho-chic beachfront affair a actuality. “We wished distributors who had been dependable and wonderful at what they do,” Tika explains. “I wasn’t on the bottom and I didn’t know anybody in Mexico apart from my wedding ceremony planner. That’s why I actually relied on Ximena’s experience and vendor checklist.” And, because of Ximena’s professional planning chops, Tika says it was virtually as if she didn’t should plan something in any respect: “It was so breezy, as if it wasn’t planning something in any respect. My bridesmaids saved asking, ‘Are you okay?’” 

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Past creating a tremendous expertise for his or her company, Tika and Nick rapidly arrived at their high wedding-planning priorities. For the bride, unbelievable meals and music had been must-haves. “I believe that’s actually what units the tone for a marriage,” Tika says. Nick’s high precedence? “Making Tika completely satisfied,” the groom laughs. 

The pair set the date for Could 14, 2022, and invited company to hitch them for a weekend of festivities in Cabo San Lucas with a watercolor invitation suite created by Gia Boyd. “My favourite a part of the planning course of was simply the entire names of my family and friends who had been coming,” Tika remembers. “Each made me smile, so it made me much more excited to plan one thing lovely. I wished all people to have a good time. I actually had my buddies, my household, my future husband in thoughts—it wasn’t only for me. It was an actual celebration of all of the individuals who have held us up on this journey to make it what it’s. They’re actually a part of that thread. It was virtually like a present for them to essentially love the place they’re, love being collectively, and simply total having a extremely nice time.”

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From the very second company arrived for the adults-only affair (the one youngsters in attendance had been Ella and her two buddies), Tika and Nick made certain they felt welcomed and appreciated: Of their rooms, attendees discovered tote baggage, which had been emblazoned with the couple’s customized crest, stuffed with necessities they would want for the weekend: sunscreen, beer and koozies, and a mini survival package.

Although the couple and their family members started arriving as early as Wednesday, the festivities formally kicked off on Friday, Could 13, 2022, when everybody gathered for Tika and Nick’s open-air welcome social gathering. There was just one snafu: Quite a lot of company who had been flying in on Thursday and Friday had been met with delays and cancellations, and Tika and Nick nervous a few of their company wouldn’t make it to Mexico in time for the marriage, not to mention the pre-wedding occasions.

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“The logistics of that had been tough,” Tika recollects. “I saved getting messages that folks wouldn’t be in till a lot later than they thought, in order that was so much. However I made a decision I wasn’t going to let something change my temper. I advised myself, ‘No matter is going on is out of my arms.’” In the long run, everybody made it to Mexico for the marriage itself, however the bride has a phrase of recommendation for {couples} throwing vacation spot weddings: “Fly early! I’m so glad I got here in after I did—I’d have been freaking out if I had been scheduled on Thursday or Friday.”

The décor for the welcome social gathering hinted at the remainder of the celebration to come back: straightforward, colourful, and enjoyable. The couple selected a grassy spot for the social gathering, then had the staff at Amy Abbott Occasions arrange lounge areas across the perimeter to encourage dialog and rest amongst company.

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“We advised individuals to take a seat wherever they wished to take a seat—we actually wished individuals to get to know one another,” Tika says. Lengthy white tables had been topped with blue runners and small preparations of native flowers and cacti. 

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The bride, carrying a guipure lace mini gown from Jonathan Simkhai, and groom, in a white linen swimsuit, wished the night’s menu to talk to that very same laid-back vibe, so that they requested the resort’s cooks to organize their takes on native favorites. “It was mainly local-inspired Mexican delicacies. I simply wished them to do what they do greatest,” Tika says. A few of her favorites? Beef tacos, churros, and chocolate. “It was all unbelievable. I wished all people to style the flavour of Mexico.” Cans of Pacifico beer, topped with slices of lime for company to squeeze, had been the drinks of alternative for the night.

The couple took a relaxed method to leisure, too. Along with reside music and garden video games, Tika and Nick opened up the microphone and gave any visitor the chance to offer a toast. “It was unbelievable. Nearly all people cried in some unspecified time in the future,” Tika remembers.

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Photograph by Jana Williams Images


Visitors from each a part of the couple’s lives stood as much as share candy reminiscences, phrases of encouragement, and even songs. “My older brother’s speech was wonderful. He began by saying, ‘You’ve at all times been my good friend. I bear in mind whenever you had been 5 – 6 years outdated, you appeared up at me and mentioned, ‘You are my good friend,’” Tika recollects. “After that, he simply had this unbelievable speech ready, after which he turned it into singing [Andrew Gold’s] “Thank You for Being a Good friend.” Everyone began singing collectively!” 

Tyler Perry, who the bride credit with enjoying a significant position in her relationship with Nick (it was Perry’s tv sequence they had been engaged on when Tika and Nick met), additionally grabbed the mic. “We’re nice buddies, so listening to each ends of the tales—when issues had been unhealthy and issues had been good and every thing in between—was so nice,” Tika laughs. 

By the point the speeches had been over and the night time was coming to an finish, the couple started to really feel their first (and solely) wedding-related remorse: “We’re nonetheless upset with ourselves for not having our videographer there,” the bride says. “I’ll kick myself for the remainder of my life for that.”

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Following custom, Tika and Nick selected to spend the night time earlier than their wedding ceremony aside, however the groom-to-be wasn’t fully alone: 5-year-old Ella, who performed the a part of each flower lady and ring bearer, stayed along with her dad, then rejoined her mother to prepare earlier than the ceremony started. “I used to be tremendous current the morning of,” the bride recollects. “I wakened, wrote my vows, meditated, did a brief exercise, then went to the spa to steam and sit within the salt room. I cherished how conscious, calm, and current I felt.”

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Photograph by Jana Williams Images


Tika, who was additionally joined by her mom on the morning of the marriage, wore a strapless Galia Lahav wedding ceremony gown down the aisle, certainly one of solely 4 robes she tried on, and whereas it labored fantastically for her beachfront vacation spot, the bride says she didn’t store with location in thoughts. Like so many different engaged individuals, her search started with a Pinterest board of kinds and silhouettes she cherished; seems from Galia Lahav saved discovering their technique to the highest.

“I form of knew instantly. It wasn’t in regards to the vacation spot. It was about how I felt within the gown. I wished to really feel horny, however I additionally wished to really feel like a bride. That is my first and final wedding ceremony, I’m praying, so I simply wished to form of blow it out,” Tika says.

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Even though Tika recurrently wears lovely robes on the purple carpet, she says attempting on wedding ceremony clothes felt fully completely different. “I’m normally anxious earlier than a purple carpet. There’s a special stage of stress to that,” Tika admits. “This didn’t really feel like stress. Today was probably the most particular days of my life moreover having my daughter, and I simply wish to look and feel particular. When that feeling got here, I knew it was it. A purple carpet is for work, proper? That is for our lives.”

Although her wedding ceremony gown wasn’t chosen for the seashore, Tika intentionally selected hair and make-up seems that labored properly for the vacation spot whereas nonetheless guaranteeing she appeared and felt like herself. “I didn’t wish to should mess with it, particularly for a seashore wedding ceremony,” Tika says of her polished, knotted low bun, which was organized by Annagjd Taylor. Her make-up was simply as effortlessly gorgeous; Kristene Bernard nailed the fresh-faced magnificence look Tika was after. A mini crown and veil from Galia Lahav accomplished her look.

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She carried a bouquet of punchy coral attraction peonies, backyard roses, and ranunculus, all accented with foliage and small blue flowers, which was created by Aria Vera Floral. Smaller variations of the bride’s bouquet had been organized for Tika’s attendants.

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Photograph by Jana Williams Images


Ella’s gown, from Itty Bitty Toes, appeared remarkably much like her mom’s; the one distinction was that Ella’s robe featured butterfly appliqués the place Tika’s had a floral motif. 

Nick wore a customized sky blue swimsuit created by Franc Milton, Isaia sneakers, and a Cartier watch inscribed with the couple’s initials and wedding ceremony date. The underside of Nick’s jacket collar additionally held a particular inscription: the couple’s wedding ceremony date was embroidered in pale blue on the white lining. Shortly earlier than the ceremony, the groom added a boutonnière with a pale pink rose and greenery to his lapel.

The couple’s wedding ceremony ceremony was held on the seashore at Chileno Bay Resort, overlooking the ocean. White crossback chairs had been organized on both facet of the aisle, and company had been inspired as soon as once more to take a seat the place they happy. A hoop construction—adorned with dried palms, pampas grass, and florals in shades of pink, peach, and ivory—served as the focus of the ceremony area.

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Photograph by Jana Williams Images


Photograph by Jana Williams Images


Natural Trio carried out throughout the ceremony, and Nick made his entrance to their rendition of Lee Brice’s “One in all Them Women.” The couple’s wedding ceremony social gathering entered subsequent. Lastly, Tika and her mom, Janice, made their means down the aisle in direction of an emotional Nick to the tune of Ed Sheeran’s “Good.” “My father, Arthur Curtis Sumpter, died after I was 13, sadly. I’m so grateful that my mother acquired to see this second,” Tika says of her significant entrance. 

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“As we had been strolling down the aisle, unexpectedly the wind actually began blowing, and I assumed, ‘Is that this a blessing? What is that this?'” Tika remembers. “My mother was busy attempting to verify the again of my gown was okay, however I used to be actually at peace. To me, nothing may go incorrect at that time.”

As soon as Tika arrived at Nick’s facet, she made a concerted effort to have a look at the entire company who had gathered there for them. “I bear in mind all of the faces and taking them in,” she says. “I wished to recollect the second.”

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Then, the couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves—”I believe largely we wished to be sincere with each other,” the bride says of their ceremonial guarantees. “We not solely went over the nice issues, however we additionally acknowledged the hardships we had getting us to the purpose the place we at the moment are.”—with their daughter by their facet.

“[Actor] Michael Ealy mentioned to me after, ‘Your daughter acquired to see what love seems like via you guys coming collectively,’” Tika remembers. “It was lovely to have my daughter there and understanding she’ll do not forget that perpetually.”

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Photograph by Jana Williams Images


For her half, Ella spent the ceremony ready for one very particular second: the kiss. “After the ceremony we had been like, ‘What did you suppose?’ And Ella mentioned, ‘I used to be simply ready for you guys to kiss!’” Tika laughs. 

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Following the ceremony, the newly-minted Mr. and Mrs. Muscarella (that’s Nick’s authorized final identify) took portraits across the property and loved a couple of minutes of alone time.

Whereas the couple was busy taking images, their company moved to cocktail hour the place they loved appetizers and a number of signature drinks. “Nick actually loves mezcal, so we labored with the property’s mixologist throughout our meals tasting to provide you with one thing particular,” Tika says. “I simply wished to do one thing enjoyable for my drink, one thing sweeter. “

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The couple settled on a trio of signature drinks that might delight their company, which remained on provide all through the night time: Hers was a pink lemonade-based cocktail with vodka, grenadine, lime, and glowing water, which was served in a glass with salted rim; his was a mezcal-based sip with Aperol, limoncello, floral water, and sugar, completed with a grapefruit garnish. A sage margarita was additionally on provide.

Natural Trio handled company to extra reside music all through cocktail hour, which was an ideal technique to move the time till Tika and Nick rejoined the group following their temporary interlude. And once they did return, absorbing each second with their family members remained the highest precedence. They chatted with household and buddies and even posed for images with company, together with Perry.

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Subsequent, company moved to Comal, Chileno Bay’s oceanfront restaurant, for the reception; they discovered their seating assignments on an acrylic board that was adorned with a neon “Higher Collectively” signal. Further lounge areas had been arrange all through the area, encouraging company to unwind and join with each other.

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Contained in the restaurant, white rectangular tables had been topped with palm chargers, blue ceramic plates, blue water goblets, blue and white flatware, and pom-pom napkins. Overhead, gorgeous preparations of child’s breath created a cloud-like show throughout the ceiling.

Loads of candles gave the area a comfortable, romantic glow, and centerpieces comprised of white and peach flowers nodded again to the ceremony decorations.

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Since Tika and Nick had determined to take a seat at their very own sweetheart desk, they gave their daughter and her buddies their very own desk, too. “She got here as much as me and mentioned, ‘Mother, I’ve my very own desk!’ And I mentioned, ‘I do know! I did that for you!’ She cherished all of it,” the bride laughs.

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“I did not need it to really feel difficult,” Tika says of the reception décor. “Even when it was difficult for the individuals who put it collectively. I wished it to really feel lovely and plush. Once you take a look at water, it simply flows—that is what I wished it to really feel like. I wished the colours to really feel like we had been on trip.”

And for practically all of their company, it was a real trip. “It was an adults-only wedding ceremony, and I’ve by no means seen my buddies so blissful of their lives. They’re strolling round saying, ‘Hey, the way you doing?’ They had been loving life, and that felt like one thing we had been capable of give to them.” 

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For dinner, company loved starters of cucumber gazpacho and tuna tiradito. For his or her most important programs, everybody had a alternative of purple snapper or roasted hen. Dessert was, after all, a marriage cake—Tika and Nick selected a three-layer chocolate mousse and purple velvet cake, which was adorned with contemporary flowers. 

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“I bear in mind sitting at our desk and having an opportunity to absorb the room. Alone. Nick was doing one thing and no person was speaking to me. No one got here as much as me. And I used to be simply smiling at the great thing about it. There have been these enormous, colossal child’s breath preparations hanging from the ceiling, they usually simply appeared like clouds. Everybody was speaking to one another, consuming and consuming, the ocean was proper there, and the music was on,” Tika says. “I felt like I used to be a conductor of an orchestra that was enjoying fantastically. And it was the proper, excellent live performance. I simply sat again and smiled.”

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As soon as dessert was served, the social gathering actually acquired began. Tika and Nick shared their first dance to “You’re Nonetheless the One” by Shania Twain, then opened up the dance ground to their household and buddies. DJ Alex Companies, who arrange store behind a customized sales space emblazoned with a neon “The Muscarellas” signal, saved the social gathering going all night time lengthy—save for one temporary intermission when Tika stunned everybody, together with her husband and daughter, with a firework present over the ocean. 

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Photograph by Jana Williams Images


After, Tika snuck away to vary into her re-assessment of the night time—a Taller Marmo mini gown sourced by her stylists, Wayman and Micah. “I wished one thing enjoyable and flirty, quick and somewhat sexier in order that I may dance,” Tika says. The gown, which featured a enjoyable feathered hemline and cuffs, nailed the aesthetic and made it doable for the bride to spend your entire night time on the dance ground.

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Photograph by Jana Williams Images


Although the official revelry was over that night time, the bride and groom had been capable of spend yet another day with their family members earlier than everybody headed house, one thing that Tika felt made the weekend much more particular. “Nick and I actually acquired to see our company, to speak to them, and I don’t know if that might have occurred if we didn’t have a vacation spot wedding ceremony,” the bride says. 

After the marriage, Tika and Nick took their first solo trip in 5 years—a honeymoon in Bora Bora. There, they’d an opportunity to relive your entire weekend, they usually say they wouldn’t have modified a single factor. “The marriage was every thing we wished and extra. We laughed, we cried, we danced. On the finish of the day, the individuals who mattered most had been there, the place appeared beautiful, and we’re so grateful to be married to my man,” Tika says. “We had enjoyable. We had numerous enjoyable!”

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