Here at Smashing The Glass we talk a lot about enjoying your day your way and embracing the fun of the wedding day, but today’s bride takes it to a whole new level: gorgous Eden jumped into a pool in her wedding dress straight after her ceremony! #wecouldntloveheranymore
Eden, a kindergarten teacher at a Jewish day school (and a former wedding planner!), and Matan, who runs a construction company, planned a delightfully free-spirited day focused around all the things they love: an intimate day with only those closest to them, a gorgeous beach setting, a rocking party, and color color color–white flowers were forbidden, and groom Matan donned a bright red suit!
The LA-based couple chose to wed at the Paradisus hotel in the beachy wonderland of Cancun, Mexico, where Eden’s parents were living. In keeping with the laid-back beachy theme of the day, Eden opted for a stunningly simple two-piece gown from BHLDN. For the full-on tropical paradise vibe, she even went barefoot for her outdoor ceremony. Photographer Michael Segal did such a fab job capturing the exuberance of the day!
Following the ceremony, the couple took a dramatic plunge into the Paradisus’s gorgeous pool, fully decked out in their wedding attire! From there on out, the day transitioned into a full-on, chilled-out pool/dance party–which was the couple’s favorite thing about their wedding weekend. Eden says it felt like being at summer camp–now over to the bride herself…
How we met
Eden, the bride: You know how sometimes all it takes is a minute to fall in love? Well, for us all it took was some red velvet pancakes on a Saturday morning. I was 20, and definitely didn’t think I needed help from my mom to get a date. So when she texted me “I gave your number to my client with a cute brother,” I was NOT excited. But, I figured what’s done is done — if nothing else it’s a free meal. He insisted on picking me up for breakfast the next day (which at the time was super creepy in my mind but is now the most romantic) and ordered us red velvet pancakes. I guess the rest is history.
A Cancun Wedding
We got married at Paradisus hotel in Cancun. My parents lived there at the time, and the first time we visited them we knew this was where we’d tie the knot. Also, it was really important to us that only our family and closest friends were there to celebrate our marriage, so a destination was a great choice for us.
All About the Color
I was a wedding planner for four years, so when planning my wedding I knew exactly what I wanted and didn’t want. We’re a VERY chill couple who wanted to make sure this was all about the party. We love love love color, so we knew that our wedding would be colorful and happy! My husband wore a red suit, which is so him. And I knew that I didn’t want one white flower at our wedding.
A Very Personal Invitation
We actually didn’t have a paper invitation; we talked to every person on a regular basis and helped them through the booking process for hotel and flights. We also had a wedding website for our guests to check updates and see the weekend’s schedule.
Hair and Makeup by Family
My cousin did my makeup and my mom did my hair. Again, this is totally in line with who I am as a person. I loved having family around me all morning helping me get ready.
A BHLDN Dress
My dress was from BHLDN. It was the first dress I tried on! Actually… it’s a two piece, which I absolutely loved.
I wore my grandmother’s earrings and necklace. She passed away a few years ago and we were really close, so this was my way of having her at my wedding. I also wore a tennis bracelet that my husband bought me for my bridal shower.
A Barefoot Bride
I didn’t wear shoes 🙂 I know, most brides would think I’m crazy. But I was so happy with my toes in the sand! I wore some foot jewelry. For the reception (after I jumped in the pool, yes, in my wedding dress), I changed into some white TOMS.
The handsome groom
Matan wore a custom red suit. Originally, I thought he was kidding when he said he wanted to wear red – I was thinking grey or light blue. But then he found a company to make him a gorgeous red suit and he totally rocked it!!!
A Minimalist Chuppah
Since we were on this beautiful beach, we wanted something minimalist that wouldn’t take away from the natural beauty.
A Colorful, Personal Ketubah
Our ketubah was made by a sweet friend and colleague of mine, and all we told her was “we want color!” She really went for it and it turned out beautiful.
We also had photos of all of our grandparents and my husband’s uncle who passed away at the entrance of the aisle. As our family and friends entered the ceremony, they were reminded of the people who came before us and made us who we are.
Sea of Love
I wasn’t too specific about my flowers (I know, so not wedding planner of me). I just wanted lots of color and that’s exaclty what I got! 🙂
Our fabulous Photographer
Michael Segal is the most fabulous photographer – he was with us the entire weekend. We even did a sunrise shoot on the day of our wedding!
A Cake to Remember
Funny story… we had this great vision for our cake and it turned out… UGLY. Well, it’ll be a funny story for our grandchildren.
A DJ to Keep the Party Going
We flew our own DJ in from LA: DJ River. Most of our guests were Israeli and we wanted someone who would get our vibe. Boy did we make the best choice! He kept the party going from our rehearsal dinner to the after party.
Very Cancun Favors
We had gift bags waiting in the guests’ hotel rooms as they arrived – with tequila (of course), some snacks, a schedule of the weekend, a waterproof camera, a floatie to hold their cocktails in the pool, sunscreen, and a hangover kit. It was just something fun to show them how grateful we were for everyone making their way to Cancun, and we knew everyone would need an Advil when they woke up the next morning.
Summer camp vibes
I think the most exciting thing for me was that it really felt like summer camp: when we woke up and went down for breakfast we ran into friends, when we were chilling by the pool our entire family was there, when we were swimming in the ocean a huge group of my husband’s friends joined us. It was like the entire hotel was celebrating with us! Even people who were just there on vacation ended up joining the party.
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
Somehow, at some point, something will go wrong. And that’s fine! You’ll still marry the love of your life, you’ll still have wonderful memories, you’ll still look back on that day and say, “It was the best day of my life.” The florist from our hotel FORGOT our flowers and told me at 3 pm on our wedding day as I was getting dressed. I told her to get what she can. Was it any less amazing? Did any guests say “Great wedding but I wish there were more flowers?” NO! It was the best day of my life!