Fashion Forward: A Riot of Color


March 23, 2020
Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Jeremy Chou Photography

A talented team of vendors was inspired by the architecture and lush landscape of Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico. So much so, they put together this colorful, multicultural wedding photo shoot. Crosby + Jon led the way both in producing and directing the shoot. “We united Indian and Western backgrounds by blending unique cultural elements and rituals,” says Regina Atkins and Krista Jon of Crosby + Jon. “The result? A stunning vision for couples who want to embrace their ancestry and combine it with modern flair.”

1: The reception set-up was a sea of contrasting colors and textures, with blue velvet linens from La Tavola Linen and hanging, corded lanterns courtesy of Alquimia Events. The florals and remaining rentals are also courtesy of Alquimia Events, and the stationery is by Moe Paper Co.

2: This couple is regal as they make their way to their ceremony on a horse adorned in red and gold tack. The groom is wearing a slim, black suit and a floral jaimala by Alquimia Events. The bride’s dusty pink gown is by Carol Hannah Bridal, her jewelry by Untamed Petals, and her hair and makeup were done by Zoë Elizabeth. Her dramatic, tasseled umbrella is courtesy of Alquimia Events.

3 & 5: In a stroke of brilliance, the bride’s elaborate mehndi by Loto Mehndi is inspired by the pattern present on the stationery by Moe Paper Co. The bride’s gold accessories by Untamed Petals and heels by Bella Belle Shoes are perfectly complemented by a custom Susie Saltzman ring in a velvet box from The Mrs Box.

4: Ornante, white chairs are placed beneath a traditional mandap for the couple’s ceremony in which they exchange jaimala garlands of red roses. All of the rentals and florals are courtesy of Alquimia Events and our bride is lovely in her Carol Hannah Bridal gown and crown by Untamed Petals.

6 & 7: Vibrant red hues equate to romance in this tropical, poolside setting. “Florist Alquimia Events brought depth to the tablescape with centerpieces of vibrant red florals in brass containers of varied heights,” says Regina Atkins and Krista Jon of Crosby + Jon. Our bride is captivating in her crown by Untamed Petals, gown by Carol Hannah Bridal and hair and makeup by Zoë Elizabeth.

8 & 9: “Amber goblets added the perfect contrast to the lavish palette,” says Regina Atkins and Krista Jon of Crosby + Jon. Rentals were courtesy of Alquimia Events, while the pale blue linens are from La Tavola Linen and the stationery is by Moe Paper Co. Bridesmaids wearing traditional, gold gilded saris are the perfect complement to our couple.

10: The ceremony set-up features a floor lounge of embellished rugs, pillows and poufs from Alquimia Events. The mandap pavilion, also by Alquimia Events, was constructed with rose gold curved beams on a wood platform – all laced with vibrant red garlands.

11 & 12: Our bride is truly a vision in her groom’s eyes. She is carrying a bouquet by Alquimia Events and her hair and makeup were expertly done by Zoë Elizabeth. “We chose this untraditional gown [by Carol Hanna Bridal] because of the embroidered Italian organza and gold beading…saris are typically adorned with gold embroidery to symbolize commitment and spirituality. We [bejeweled] her with a chunni headpiece and tiara by Untamed Petals,” says Regina Atkins and Krista Jon of Crosby + Jon.

Vendors: Photographer: Jeremy Chou Photography; Producer & Creative Director: Crosby + Jon; Venue: Grand Velas Riviera Maya; Grand Velas Project Director: Ary Iturralde; Videographer: Robert Michael Films and Photography; Florals & Rentals: Alquimia Events; Linens: La Tavola Linen; Hair & Makeup: Zoë Elizabeth Ashley-Smith; Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah Bridal; Bridal Jewelry: Untamed Petals; Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes; Cake: Grand Velas Riviera Maya; Paper Goods: Moe Paper Co; Ring Box: The Mrs Box; Ring: Susie Saltzman; Entertainment: Musi-K Entertainment Mexico; Henna Artist: Loto Mehndi & Photo Assistant: Lauren Renee Photo

This article first appeared in Destination I Do’s Fall/Winter 2019 issue. You can order a copy here.

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