18 Apr

Ahhh, how do I even begin. This trip was a dream… or maybe even better than a dream. Tim and I landed in Riviera Maya, ready for adventure. We had never been to this side of Mexico before so weren’t sure what to expect. I have to admit, we sort of became beach snobs after seeing the beaches of French Polynesia on our honeymoon. The white sand, the turquoise water.. you know the drill. But when we first got to the beach in Tulum, we were completely blown away.

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

We stayed at the Mr & Mrs Smith hotel, Las Ranitas.. a cute little place in the mix of all the bohemian, eco-boutique hotels in Tulum.. and THIS was our view. WOW, right? We got to try out Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s Just Married pass, which ended up making the trip even more amazing.

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Breakfast was under this big palapa roof, with the ocean to greet us every morning. Can’t beat that.

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Yummy green juice blended with local, delicious obscure fruits. Check!

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Shopping in Tulum was as quaint as you’d expect…little stores mixed in with the hotels and restaurants. Brightly colored and filled with little gems and trinkets to hoard. There are two areas in which to shop, in Tulum. The town side which is cheaper, more plentiful, and a little more gritty. And the beachside “strip,” which is a tad more expensive and curated than the town shops. My favorite shop on the beachside was Mr. Blackbird, where I purchased the cutest little sandals that I think I’ve worn every day since I returned. Also, I must highlight the HAMMOCKS available to buy in the town side… there were SO many and they were SO cool.

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

We broke our (my) shopping excursion for a bite and a spot of Mezcal at Encanto Cantina. Sooo good. Then directly after that, we went to La Chiapaneca for authentic Al Pastor tacos. Might I add, they were delicious and our whole meal was $5.00 US. That’s what I’m talking about.

Other notable strip restaurants include Casa Jaguar, El Tabaño, Casa Banana (brunch), Posada Margherita, Hemingway’s (brunch).

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

The REAL food highlight of our entire trip was the famed Hartwood though. Started by an American who shied away from competing with authentic local Mexican cuisine, Hartwood uses local ingredients in a very creative way to conjure up fantastic, legendary food. The restaurant is casually chic, with whitewashed wood and rustic tables.. the perfect backdrop for the bronzed and fashionable crowd who lines up an hour before the restaurant even opens, to make it in one of the first two seatings for the evening. WELL, well worth the wait.

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

The restaurants in beachside Tulum all seem to possess an ambience that, until now, I thought only existed in books and movies. Each and every one. Thatched roofs and reclaimed wood with strings of lights hanging in the trees, outdoor tables surrounded by exotic plants and candles. The smell of Mayan incense and wood-grilled food fills the air, with sounds of the jungle and ambient music playing in the background. Exotic, intoxicating.. this place is like no other.

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

A trip to Tulum isn’t complete without a stop at the Tulum Ruins. Mayan ruins with wild iguanas posing all over them, plenty of heat, and a friggin unbelievable ocean view at the coast. And when I say unbelievable, I really mean it. Lots of Instagram opportunities here!

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Coqui Coqui hotel | 100 Layer Cake

Back in the beachside strip of Tulum, Tim and I popped into the fashionable and sultry Coqui Coqui, and up a steep rock stairway into a room with an ocean view for a couple’s massage. The masseuses used the hotel’s proprietary perfumed oil concoctions to take us into a sensory bliss.

Coqui Coqui Tulum | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Coqui Coqui has been written up in all sorts of magazines, and rightly so. The hotel itself is straight out of a perfectly styled magazine photo shoot. And the beautiful clientele adds their own touch of glamour.

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Coqui Coqui Tulum | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum vacation | 100 Layer Cake

Tulum Honeymoon | 100 Layer Cake

Goodbye Tulum. You were one of the coolest places we have ever experienced. And we will definitely be back again soon. Promise.

Honeymooners, you should totally check out Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s Just Married Pass when you’re ready to plan your trip!

Stay tuned for the rest of our adventures up the coast…

xo, Amanda

Photography: Amanda / Hartwood photos from The Selby

 
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18 Apr

DIY Austin Texas wedding | Photo by The Life You Love Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71546

Let it be known that we’re fans of any wedding with a lace teepee or a wall of streamers. Krista + Tim’s party has both, so you know we love it. Emily from Bird Dog Wedding coined the term ‘Southwest Bohemian’ when she was designing their big day, and she really nailed it. The vibrant colors and flowers just feel so right, and they look like a dream through the lens of The Life You Love Photography.

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DIY Austin Texas wedding | Photo by The Life You Love Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71546

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Um, how amaze are these colorful custom invites by the bride’s brother?!

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Love this little lounge-y area.

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DIY Austin Texas wedding | Photo by The Life You Love Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71546

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Krista says, Back when we got engaged, the only thing we knew we wanted on our wedding day was cupcakes. I make them for Tim whenever he’s having a bad day, on birthdays, and some holidays. Our officiant Brent knew this about us and created this awesome unity cupcake ceremony with some of the Pink Avocado Catering team. It was a complete surprise! We absolutely loved that special touch.

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From the bride: Tim and I had been together/engaged for six years (my husband proposed the same year we met). To be honest, we’d both been a little terrified of planning a wedding, which is why we took so long. But now I know the real reason we waited. It was for this day, when everything fell into place so seamlessly. The entire day was filled with an indescribable love.

Best wishes you two!

Photographer: The Life You Love Photography / Event & Floral Design: Bird Dog Wedding & Event Coordination: Mariah from Palm Door / Venue: Palm Door on Sabine / Hair: Blaine Morgan from Jose Luis Salon / Makeup: Ladda Phommavong from Jose Luis Salon / Invitation Designer: Matt Fedor (brother of the bride) / Cake & Catering: Pink Avocado Catering / Ice Raw Bar: Full Spectrum Ice / Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals / DJ: DJ Floyd Banks from Hill Country DJ / Ring Bearer Boxes: End Grain Wood Shoppe / Bride’s Dress: Free People Jill Limited Edition Dress / Shoes: ShoeDazzle / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Gold bracelets and necklace: Gifts from bride’s grandfather / Groom’s Suit: INC, International Concepts / Shoes: ECCO / Bridesmaid Dress: Target / Flower Girls Dresses: Zulily / Ring Bearers’ Outfits: Children’s Place

 
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17 Apr

Pink and strawberry wedding ideas | Photo by Weber Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71453

Oh my, this shoot is sweet. Sweet like ripe spring berries, pink shortcake, soda pop, and garden roses. Here’s what Weber Photography has to say about it: The antique apple orchard and the apple blossoms were easily the inspiration behind this shoot. Spring in Northern Michigan can feel precious after a harsh winter, so the delicate pink florals and sweet touches perfectly reflect and celebrate the fleeting highlights of the season.

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That dessert table is calling our name. Yummmmy!

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Thanks to all the talented folks below for adding a dash of sweetness to our day!

Photographer: Weber Photography / Floral Design & Styling: Jennifer Haf from BLOOM floral design / Table Décor, Paper Goods & Styling: Sheila Dodson-Wright from Tableau Events / Location: Private apple orchard near Charlevoix, Michigan / Cakes & Desserts: Jessica Stubbs from Simply Sweet by Jessica / Preserves: American Spoon Foods

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