Exactly How to Recreate Alex Cooper's Destination Wedding Vibe

Passport and plane tickets to Mexico not required.
sarah hanlon entertainment and celebrity editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon entertainment and celebrity editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Apr 30, 2024

There's no denying that Alex Cooper's wedding was one of the most anticipated celebrity nuptials of 2024. Since 2018, the Call Her Daddy host has made a name for herself as an unabashed dating guru, often documenting the riveting tales of her love life on the buzzy podcast. The 29-year-old was always honest about her cynical thoughts on marriage, but everything changed when she met producer Matt Kaplan (a.k.a. Mr. Sexy Zoom Man) on a Zoom call in 2020.

After getting engaged in March 2023, the couple got to work planning their destination celebration in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Photos of Alex Cooper's wedding took over the internet, with fans clamoring for more details about the elegant and refined beachside affair.

Here, we break down a comprehensive guide to Matt Kaplan and Alex Cooper's wedding, including tips on how you can recreate their tropical vibe for your own nuptials.

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Alex Cooper's Wedding Photos & Details

Alex Cooper's wedding took place on April 6, 2024, in Riviera Maya, Mexico—and the details were nothing short of magical. The couple collaborated with a full-service wedding planner, Bash Please, to coordinate the weekend itinerary (which included plenty of beach time and prewedding fun). Cooper also told Vogue that her husband-to-be was heavily involved in the experience too. "The planning process was a dream," she explained. "Matt handled almost everything so I was quite stress free…Of course, I contributed where I could—like what flavor the cake would be—but I give Matt so much credit because he truly took on the heavy lifting, and it was perfect."

The Vibe

By now, you probably know that wedding vibes are the new themes. (And if you didn't, you heard it here first.) One look at Alex Cooper's wedding photos indicates that their vibe was tropical, elegant and refined. "We weren't looking to have a formal wedding," Kaplan told Vogue. "We wanted it to feel relaxed and authentic to us and the location, so from the decor to the festivities it all was very naturally curated."

Dreaming up the vibe of your wedding is one of the very first planning steps you can take. Start by creating a vision board with photos depicting what you want your event to look, feel, and even smell like. From there, your team of vendors will have tangible ideas and concepts to use as they bring your wedding setting to life.

The Venue

Although Alex Cooper didn't share the name of her exact wedding venue, she seemed to have swapped vows at a lush, oceanfront all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya. If you're dreaming of recreating her wedding look, we have great news: You don't need to get your passport ready in order to replicate the aesthetic.

While you certainly can host a destination wedding, there are plenty of incredible venues right here in the US that will give your guests a similar seaside experience. Plus, Cooper told Vogue that the most important detail of the setting wasn't the Mexico address, but rather, the opportunity to give her loved ones a scenic escape. "We wanted to choose a destination that was private, romantic, and felt like a vacation for not only us but all of our guests," she said.

The Fashion

There was no doubt that Alex Cooper's wedding wardrobe would be incredible, but the podcast host delivered a repertoire of outfits that were beyond our wildest dreams. The bride wore seven incredible dresses throughout the weekend, including a flapper-inspired pearl Danielle Frankel dress for the welcome party, a gauzy tulle Donna Karan dress for the rehearsal dinner, and a vintage Versace set for the after-party.

The star of the show, of course, was her wedding dress. Cooper donned a custom Danielle Frankel ball gown with a basque waist, which she paired with Jimmy Choo heels. The dramatic silhouette was one of the biggest trends to come from the 2025 New York Bridal Fashion Week runway, which means this may be the first of many celebrity dresses with statement waists we'll see this year.

While Cooper admitted that she originally had "no idea" what she wanted to wear down the aisle, she worked with her stylist, Mimi Cuttrell, to find the perfect look. "The dress truly turned out to be my dream," Cooper told Vogue. "I felt so classic and chic in it. I felt confident and sexy while still elegant and timeless. [From there,] the rest of the looks fell into place."

She also wore pieces from her Skims bridal collection to get ready, along with plenty of beachy white sets for downtime spent at the beach before the festivities kicked off.

The Ceremony

Perhaps one of the most defining elements of Alex Cooper's wedding was the way she revamped tradition. Each element of the ceremony was thoughtfully planned, from her processional to the vow exchange. Rather than walk down the aisle from the back, as most couples normally do, Cooper used her venue's nontraditional layout to create a grand entrance from behind the altar so she could walk toward guests. "It was the perfect moment because as soon as I came out, the only thing I saw was Matt," she recalled. "It was a very dramatic moment revealing my dress but also a very beautiful euphoric moment between the two of us."

She was also intentional about walking down the aisle alone, a family tradition that her mother started. "At the beginning of wedding planning, I really rejected the concept of being walked down by a man to be handed to another man," she explained. "Although to clarify I have such an incredible relationship with my father and both of my parents—it wasn't about that. To me personally, I just never loved that tradition. It's old and antiquated."

In addition to having their dogs, Bruce and Henry, serve as ring bearers, the couple also asked Cooper's brother Grant to be their officiant. When it came time to share their vows, the two shared custom-written promises to each other. "Although my life is pretty public, the true intimate bond and connection Matt and I have we actually keep pretty private," she said. "So for our families and closest friends to hear us verbalize our feelings towards one another in the most intimate setting felt electric—as you will see in almost every photo, there were no dry eyes in sight. We will never forget that moment."

The Party

As you might expect, the one "must" Alex Cooper had for her wedding was that it had to be a party. The newlyweds chose to attend cocktail hour with their loved ones to maximize their time together (and to let them see her gown up close, Cooper explained). Rather than have a first dance, the couple invited guests to join them in a "first shot" instead. "It was important for us throughout the weekend to emphasize how important everyone attending was to our lives and our story- so doing a first all together felt right," Cooper wrote on Instagram.

From there, the couple and their guests embarked on an evening of dancing. "The vibes were immaculate," she remembered. "There were dance-offs, bottles being passed around, crowd surfing…and once again, I'm not a dancer, but there wasn't a care in the world from anyone that night. Everyone was on cloud nine."

Of course, we all know that good music is the heart of a good party. To have a similar experience at your reception, be thoughtful about the entertainment you hire. Whether you enlist the help of a DJ or a live band, tell them about your vision to have a packed dance floor all night long—they'll help you curate a playlist that'll keep guests on their feet from beginning to end.

Oh, and if you happen to have a pool or a body of water near your reception venue, don't be afraid to let loose and jump in as your party comes to a close. Such was the case for Cooper's friends, who all ran into the Gulf of Mexico at her father's encouragement. "I was expecting maybe just my close friends to join in, but to my complete shock almost the entire wedding took charge to the ocean," Cooper said. "Parents, grandparents, family, and friends."

Alex Cooper's Wedding Vendors

Wedding Planner: Bash Please; Photographer: Kristen Marie Parker; Florist: Siren Floral Co.; Wedding Dress Designers: Danielle Frankel, Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, Versace; Shoes: Jimmy Choo; Bridal Stylist: Mimi Cuttrell; Hair Stylist: Cherilyn Farris; Hair Colorist: Jacob Schwartz, Makeup Artist: Jenna Kristina

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