Cinco de Mayo...*sigh*...a typically hazy day overflowing with margarita's, tacos, bright colors, sombreros, pom poms, maracas, mariachis, and in general, a sh*t ton of partying. This was the day JoJo and Cam picked to celebrate their wedding. Sure, they've got a laid back California air about them, relaxed and all smiles and gentle in nature, but I was all too impressed with their ability turn up the music and TURN UP.
The most important things on their wedding day: Music, Art, Food.
Let's start with the Music: They went with the local goddess DJ Jungle Vibes. Not a traditional wedding choice, but alas, the perfect fit! All beach vibes, still some popular dane tunes, but at the core, very, very, Tulum.
As creatives, JoJo and Cameron wanted to represent the art and artisan community somehow during their wedding weekend. The solutions (as there were many):
1. Throw their welcome party at Tulum Art Club in the center of town. A beautiful way to incorporate the local community of artists.
2. They commissioned the very talented Art by Lou to create 3 very large art pieces for the actual wedding day. Mission accomplished when they were hand delivered the day before the wedding to their hotel room. On the wedding day these served as backdrops to the head table, DJ booth, and a photo op area on the beach.
3. We commissioned local iron workers to make 100 brightly colored geometric planters to be installed throughout the location. To tie it all in, ask everyone to wear white and BOOM. Tulum-beachfront-jungle gallery-vibes for days. #nailedit
Edgy and elevated Mexican food is the best way to describe their menu choices. While still being of the area, they added interest to a traditional menu by choosing items like duck tacos, empanadas filled with smoked marlin and Oaxacan cheese, Yucatan tamales, ceviche with a coconut base, grilled octopus and wood oven fired pork. To put it mildly, the tasting we had took over 4 hours and was indeed, epic. Roll us away on a dolly please!
Why I loved this experience so much; Jo and Cam weren't afraid to break from tradition and showcase the things they truly admired. The result, a new approach to what you'd expect of a wedding in Tulum. An approach honoring the local art and music community which in turn became a giant enveloping hug from Tulum to their wedding guests that said "hello new friends, welcome home".
ALL PHOTOS BY THE CRAZY-TALENTED CHELLISE MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY.