25 Apr

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Hola again, cakies. Amanda here. OK, so where were we? Continuing on with our Mexico vacation in Riviera Maya, ah yes.. now at the beautiful Esencia. A dreamy hotel, that one. Smith Hotels knows what’s up. So a quick breakdown of this hotel.. a white stucco beauty in the middle of the jungle, sitting on the edge of the ocean, with private, sweeping views of the Caribbean. Maybe our best beach yet? In the running, for sure. It was the first time we realized we were literally in the jungle…lush, dense foliage at every turn, tropical birds cawing us awake, and the feeling that we were definitely somewhere different.

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

The most beautifully rustic dreamcatchers everywhere, to make sure any bad dream was laid to rest and only soft, gentle dreams remain.

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(PSA: the most comfortably stylish cover-up I lived in whilst at Esencia, available on sale here).

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Can we talk about our outdoor living room? The dreamiest. And.. the staff lit fragrant incense here to greet us every night after dinner. We lounged and talked over a nightcap for a long while before bedtime. And then awoke to coffee and Mexican pastries here.

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

You really can’t beat yoga each morning with tropical bird calls, the gentle sound of waves and this spot to practice vinyasas. Pretty much takes ‘sun salutations’ to the next level.

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

We camped out here, right in this very spot, with a rather large coconut to sip and bowl of guacamole each day.

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Don’t even get me started about their spa. Let me just say that my massage started with an ancient Mayan ritual, where they blessed each limb with a fragrant smoke, before leading me into a candle-filled room and the rest was a dreamy bliss.

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Mexico vacation | 100 Layer Cake

One of the best hotels in Riviera Maya? Me thinks so. Book your vacation stat, with Mr & Mrs Smith’s Just Married Pass. You honestly won’t regret it.

xo, Amanda

 

 
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25 Apr

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Now don’t get us wrong; we love us a sweet seaside engagement or a cute picnic shoot. But for an active and outdoorsy pair like Alex and Cassee, it was only fitting to take things up a notch. Jasmine Fitzwilliam from Let’s Frolic Together says, These two hunks have hiking stamina! 9000 feet above Palm Springs, we rode the spinning tramway to the top and took in some incredible views. We then continued to hike into the wild and foresty crannies of this beastly mountain.

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Look at this guy go!

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

Palm Springs hiking engagement shoot | Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71797

From Cassee: Alex and I love to ride our rusty bikes around town; we’re always on the hunt for the best donuts in the world; we read nerdy books; watch nerdy movies; and enjoy rock climbing and being active together. We actually met in high school. He was really shy and kind of a loner, but I was bold enough to ask him if he wanted to eat lunch with my friends and me. I must have been quite the charmer, because 8 years later, we’re about to get married!

We chose to have our engagement photos in the mountains above Palm Springs, because that’s our favorite rock climbing area and where he proposed to me. We even went to what we have named “Proposal Rock” and had pictures taken there, so that’s pretty special to me! 

The best advice our photographer, Jasmine, gave us was to dress comfortably for the shoot. We knew we’d be hiking and climbing, so we decided to go with our go-to jeans (and skirt), favorite tops, and our best boots. It was nice to not think about our outfits too much, and have more fun enjoying the moment!

Photographer: Jasmine Fitzwilliam from Let’s Frolic Together

 
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Ruche bridesmaid dresses | photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71772

Would you believe us if we told you that Lauren + Daniel only hired a total of two vendors for their beautiful fall wedding? Mmhmm, it’s true. These two picked up Shannen Natasha Weddings for the photos and Urban Pie for the meal, and then called upon their loved ones to handle the stationery, florals, hair & makeup, calligraphy, and cake.

Fall bouquet | photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71772

Lauren’s soft, organic bouquet recipe: English lavender, anemones, olive branches, ranunculus, and roses.

Anemone boutonniere | photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71772

Fall bouquet | photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71772

Ruche bridesmaid dresses | photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71772

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What an invitation suite!

Anemone bouquet | photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71772

Fall California wedding | photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71772

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Lauren says, Our wedding was an expression of God’s grace in our lives and we wanted to create a forest getaway for our family and friends to enjoy. We depended on the outdoors to decorate for us, and used soft, cool colors to complement wood textures we brought in and the greenery that surrounded the venue.

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Daniel is a designer and also a carpenter, and as a surprise for the wedding he built a huge letter R to represent our last name. It was made from pallet wood and he added lights so that it could be used at our reception. I was so surprised, and it now has a perfect home on our back porch.

Fall California wedding | photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71772

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What a truly lovely day. Congrats Lauren + Daniel!

Photographer: Shannen Natasha Weddings / Venue: The Homestead in Beaumont, CA / Hair & Makeup: Bride & maid of honor / Flowers: Bridesmaids & friends / Invitation Designer: Kayla Adams (bridesmaid) / Calligraphy & Chalkboard Signage: Groom’s aunt / Cake: Friend / Catering: Urban Pie / Bride’s Dress: Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom / Headband: Anthropologie / Veil: Borrowed / Groom’s Suit: All Saints / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ruche

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