When we first visited Banyan Tree Mayakoba, it felt like a dream. So a year later, when we were given the opportunity to create this special shoot for the property, it truly felt like a dream come true. Our attraction to Banyan Tree is how the property balances nature with luxury in the most effortless way; it is the ideal place for a destination wedding. Inspired by the property’s zen-like quality, we embarked on the design journey by focusing on the natural setting of the Riviera Maya. The color palette was derived from the soft white sands, pastel skies, and lush mangroves. We knew it was essential to collaborate with a photographer that would understand the aesthetic, and the obvious choice was Tec Petaja. With his limitless talents, he brought his worldly and artistic approach, and each photo seems to capture a dream-state. Tec Pataja seemed to command the sea and sky, blending the colors that can only be created by nature, and light so rare that it somehow seems exclusive to Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Indeed, our destination wedding dreams were realized.

 

 

 

As our Bride, Felicitas Oyhenart, made her way to the ceremony in a traditional Ixchel boat, she wore a taupe tulle gown from Tara Latour, the perfect mix of femininity and texture as she drifted through the romantic waterways to meet her Groom, Joel Cecottimade. Undone sand paths led her to the beach ceremony, where the sky was awash in lavender. For the ceremony, we wove white tulle on a simple teak canopy, with unconventional mixed tufted seating from Archive Mexico. Moni Junco brought her floral prowess to the day, providing a bridal bouquet as lovely as the Riviera Maya dawn with a mix of lavender, blush, and mauve. She added flowing arrangements to mirror each side of the aisle entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

For the reception, overhead café lights created a frame for dinner on the sand. We placed a handful of round weathered wood tables on the beach and added a mix of cane-back and bistro chairs. The tabletop, all from Archive Mexico, included vintage goblets of silver and grey, glazed stoneware, and modern rose-gold flatware. Centerpieces of aubergine florals were flowing from etched copper bowls and dainty lavender bottles. A found piece of lavender fan coral started as table decor but became our favorite alternative to the Bride’s bouquet.

 

Photography: Tec Petaja | Event Design: Crosby + Jon Design | Floral Design: Xochitl Botanicals | Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour |
Venue: Banyan Tree Mayakoba | Rentals Archive
When we first laid eyes on Banyan Tree Mayakoba we knew it was something
different. It had a special Zen like quality, not just at the spa (which is otherworldly, by the way) but in every inch of the property, which seems to be brimming with good Karma. When we had the opportunity to design this beautiful day we felt especially blessed by the universe. Given the natural beauty in Riviera Maya, we set out to strike the same balance between nature and luxury that Banyan Tree does so effortlessly. We started by calling Tec Petaja. His work is redefining photography and his approach to destination weddings is truly an art. Next, we called Tara LaTour, whose dresses embody femininity with soft, natural textures. With those two of our major artist crushes on board, it was time to start designing. The best place, hands down, to begin building a beautiful wedding in Riviera Maya is Archive Mexico.
Of course we’re partial, but we can’t help but love Archive’s unique collection of furniture and accessories, which range from vintage to organic to modern. We were also excited to partner with one of our favorite local florists, Moni Junco, who helped create this wild yet elegant tropical vibe. Our ceremony design took place in El Pueblito, the Corazon of the Mayakoba, a chapel built in the authentic colonial Mexican style. Inside the chapel, untamed greens framed the aisle, leading to aisle of aglow with dozens of candles in brass candlesticks and glass hurricanes. We placed a trio of rustic cocktail tables with gold hurricanes in the grand stone courtyard, which we feel is an ideal spot for guests to mingle after the I Do’s.
We were enamored by the open white space of MK Blue, Banyan Tree’s beach side palapa that is perfectly tucked into the jungle. In our minds there isn’t a
more perfect destination reception location. High thatched ceilings and white beams frame the lush tropical greenery just outside. For dining, we envisioned a space drenched in botanicals to parallel the surrounding emerald jungle. We started with a rustic wood table with beautiful detailed legs, then layered white china, cut crystal plates, brass flatware and gold rimmed goblets, all from Archive Mexico. We then topped the tables with mirrored runners loaded with clear bottles, and filled them with glossy green tropical leaves. In keeping with the minimal feel of Banyan Tree, we placed a minimalist lounge on the pristine white sands. Overgrown mangroves served as the backdrop to the neutral furnishings, and we added jungle patterned pillows and green florals to complete the look. As golden
hour set in, our bride strolled the sands in a white tulle Tara LaTour gown. Tec Petaja seemed to command the ocean and skies, blending their dreamlike shades of lavender, blue and aqua, capturing the aura of luxury and serenity that is Banyan Tree Mayakoba.
photography: Tec Petaja // venue name: Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico // event design: Crosby + Jon // planning: Crosby + Jon // florals: Moni Junco // wedding dress: Tara LaTour // tabletop rentals: Archive Mexico // furniture rentals: Archive Mexico

Expecto Patronum! With a little design magic we brought the fictional Harry Potter tale to life.  But for us it wasn’t as easy as waving a wand. In fact the planning process brought waves doubt and questions that kept us up at night.

As designers we are accustomed to taking on challenges, so when Cindy and Matthew explained that they wanted the ultimate Harry Potter wedding, we were thrilled yet admittedly terrified.  The idea was so romantic, but the obstacles were significant.   First, our darling bride and groom were the most dedicated Harry Potter fans, so the experience had to feel authentic.  The next major challenge was to maintain the feel of a luxury wedding, because the Harry Potter theme can quickly look like a child’s birthday or halloween party.  We knew we had to make careful choices, the Harry Potter dream could become silly looking nightmare.  (Did I mention the sleepless nights?)  Filmmakers have massive budgets and sophisticated special effects to bring pages of Harry Potter to life.  We had neither, so we had to get creative.  Fortunately Cindy and Matt made great creative partners,  so together we channeled our own Witchcraft and Wizardry.

For starters, we needed a venue that emulated Hogwarts, but would also provide a warm, romantic space for an upscale wedding. Hollywood Castle, located high in the hills of Los Angeles, was the best of both worlds: An outdoor venue capitalizing on the beautiful Southern California weather and sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills; yet providing an old-world feel with stone castle walls and overgrown botanicals.  We had found the ideal backdrop, and now it was time to transform the space into an otherworldly wedding.

Upon arrival, guests made their way to a lush garden ceremony lined antique church pews, weathered books and layered wood slabs from Archive Rentals.  At the end of the aisle, Cindy and Matt were framed by an iron gazebo covered in vines and woven with trailing amaranths and quicksand roses provided by JL Designs.  With the “I Do’s” complete, the “sorting ceremony” began, and each guest was called into their respective Hogwarts house/reception table.

We designed the reception with the great halls of Hogwarts in mind. Long feasting tables from Archive Rentals were adorned with authentic artifacts from the novel series all in a moody gold and burgundy palette.  For the tabletop, we took a sophisticated approach, starting with luxe brass flatware and chargers, built on the palette by adding a mix of brass and garnet crystal goblets.   A mix of ornate white china showcased a favor at each place setting, the bride’s own pièce de résistance: chocolate frogs!  Centerpieces were no less dramatic. With the help of our couple, we designed long scrolling table runners made of aged Harry Potter book pages.  JL Designs then draped massive floral garlands along the tables which poured over onto the floor.   Taper candles in clear glass bottles added height and mystery as they melted into the night.   And finally, we added stunning arrangements above in towering crystal candelabras filled with black ranunculus, red garden roses and untamed greenery.    As guests dined under the stars and toasted the new couple in the glow of candlelight, we knew that we had achieved the most romantic possible version of Harry Potter.

After dinner, guests made their way inside the castle for one more big-screen surprise. Cindy and Matt would have their first dance under a hundred “floating candles” which seemed to hover magically above the dance floor.  Matt and Cindy danced the night away as if in the Great Hall itself.   In awe of the night and overjoyed for our couple, we went home to have a good night’s sleep, and one last Harry Potter dream.

Photography: Nirav Patel | Location: Hollywood Castle | Event planning: Crosby + Jon | Catering: 24 Carrots | Flowers: JL Designs | Stationery and Calligraphy: Owl Post Calligraphy | Music: Keith Divel | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Lighting: Class Party Rentals | Bride’s gown: James Clifford

 

 

We have had the pleasure of designing several retreats for Toyota at the luxurious Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach. This round, our inspiration took form of Old World Italy, specifically that of a small Italian street market. We tied in several focal points like a vintage aqua blue Vespa, rustic merchant cart and authentic hanging food scales. These are pieces one would undoubtedly come across when perusing the streets of a local villa. Guests mingled in the courtyard, making their way to one continuous row of barn-wood farm tables, and dined in true family style fashion.

We designed compositions of aromatic herbs and vibrant produce across the tablescape, accenting striped linens and toasted baguettes. Cranberry and crystal goblets brimmed with authentic Italian vino while traditionalItalian dishes were served on colorful patterned plates. After dinner, guests made their way to lounge vignettes of leather armchairs and tufted velvet sofas. To complete the décor, we placed wooden crates, stone urns, red bricks and even an accordion laden with untamed garden finds. Overhead café lights enchanted our vibrant taste of Italy as guests enjoyed the evening… hand rolled cigars and vino in hand!

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DESIGN: CROSBY AND JON // PHOTOGRAPHY: DANA GRANT // RENTALS: ARCHIVE RENTALS // FLORALS: KRISTA JON // VENUE: PELICAN HILL RESORT

Once again, Jasmine Star has blown us away in capturing Crosby & Jon’s designs featured at one of our favorite venues. Archive Rental’s new inventory styled at the beautiful Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Palm Springs is absolutely stunning! This photoshoot screamed modern romance with a desert flare. We could not be happier with how this shoot came together and can not wait to share more snaps!

Jasmine Star Styled Shoot