When Rendell Johnson proposed to Lacey Uhlemeyer on the island of Crete with a locally made ruby ring, while overlooking the coast, he set the stage for what would be an equally exotic, picturesque wedding. For the well-traveled pair who call Los Angeles home, it was only fitting that they said “I do” in a colorful, captivating destination. “I knew Sayulita, Mexico, was the right mix of a magical, romantic, and adventurous location for a dream wedding weekend,” says Lacey of the beach town where the party started Thursday and continued through Sunday morning.
Their nuptials at Teitaire Estate celebrated their fun-loving, adventurous personalities and leaned toward a festive palette inspired by the location. And while fiesta was flawless, Lacey admits planning a wedding in Mexico is “no walk in the park.” Thankfully, her local photographer, Jillian Mitchell, and a good girlfriend who runs the event company Rustic & Refined Events were on hand to save the day when things didn't go as planned. “Every decision accomplished my dream of creating the ultimate weekend adventure for our guests," she says.
The couple's 55 guests stayed together at Playa Escondida, a boutique hotel, but the wedding itself took place at Teitiare Estate, a beachside property with views of the both the Pacific and the jungle.
Lacey wore a deep-V-neck dress by Stone Cold Fox that featured sheer lace tiers and a high slit in the front. “I knew I wanted a dress that felt a little less traditional,” she says. "This gown was the simple beachy dress I was looking for!" Although she donned Stuart Weitzman pumps for the ceremony, she—and most other guests!—kicked off her shoes and went barefoot in the sand for dinner and dancing.
In lieu of a veil, Lacey opted for bright flowers in her hair. She originally wanted a flower crown but changed the design last-minute and couldn’t have been happier with the result. “The flowers were beautiful, and my hair being up off my neck was perfect for the heat and full night of dancing," she says.
The bride’s vibrant bouquet was not only beautiful, it also carried lots of personal meaning for her and her family. A lace handkerchief from her late grandmother’s wedding day was wrapped around the bouquet, and a light-pink rosary belonging to her grandfather was pinned to it. “It was special seeing my sisters and mom put those final touches together,” she says.
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