Exclusive: See the First Photos of TikTok Stars Andrea & Lewis' Tulum Wedding
For some couples, numerology and superstition play a role in selecting the perfect wedding date. This was certainly the case for social media influencers Andrea Camila and Lewis Kelly—but rather than swap vows on a day traditionally seen as "lucky" or "prosperous," they chose the opposite. The couple, who've amassed nearly eight million followers across their TikTok and Instagram platforms by sharing glimpses of their experiences traveling the world and living in a renovated school bus, got married on Friday, January 13, 2023, in Tulum, Mexico.
The elevated jungle wedding was a sight to be seen. With custom attire, lush florals, and even a nest that held the groom as he descended to the altar, Andrea and Lewis' wedding marked the culmination of a two-year wedding planning journey. Here, the TikTok stars exclusively unveil the first photos of their big day, along with behind-the-scenes details from their long-awaited nuptials.
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Inside Andrea and Lewis' Love Story
Getting married on Friday the 13th might not be the first choice for some couples. But for Andrea and Lewis, this seemingly unlucky date has actually been an auspicious one in the couple's nine-year romance. "We met nine years ago on Friday, June 13 in 2014 when I was 14 years old, and Lewis was 16," Andrea tells The Knot. "Lewis was on vacation in Florida, while I was on a 'staycation' in the same hotel." She spotted a "super cute" boy by the pool and couldn't help but watch from a distance—and when her friend noticed she laughed as a seagull stole a cookie right out of Lewis' hand, he insisted that she said hello.
"[My friend] dragged me over to Lewis against my will, and we introduced ourselves. The rest is history," she reminisces. "That seagull really did God's work, because if it never swooped down and stole Lewis' cookie, I don't know if we ever would have walked over to introduce ourselves that day."
Four years later, the couple reconnected and Lewis officially asked Andrea out—on Friday, July 13, 2018, that is. "I knew Andrea was the woman I was going to marry," Lewis tells us. "In fact, seven months before we began dating, I wrote a note in my phone saying, 'I will marry Andrea Camila.'"
That note came to fruition when Lewis proposed on May 20, 2021. (He originally intended to pop the question on December 13, 2019, in Morocco, though his plans were foiled by the weather. His second attempt, which would have been in May 2020, was paused once again due to the pandemic.) He planned a complex scavenger hunt full of surprise activities, including jet skiing, a mini car ride along the beach, indoor skydiving, and a trip to a smash room. At each location, a hint guided Andrea to the next stop. The experience finally culminated with a beach picnic. Knowing she would be suspicious, Lewis misled his fiancé-to-be by saying he secured a brand deal with the picnic company. "While she was spinning around getting 'shots for the brand deal,' I was on my knee, with the ring I designed specifically for her, professing my love," he reflects. "We both broke down in tears immediately!"
Andrea and Lewis' Wedding Photos and Details
Despite their self-proclaimed "chaotic" wedding planning experience, which included a pandemic-related postponement in March 2022 and last-minute venue changes, Andrea and Lewis finally wed in Tulum, Mexico after being engaged for one year and eight months.
The Couple Selected a Meaningful Wedding Date
Looking back on their relationship timeline, it's clear that Friday the 13th was important for Andrea and Lewis. "We started dating on Friday the 13th, but at that point, it wasn't really anything more than a coincidence," Andrea explains. "However, one day I was scrolling through old pictures and found a photo we took on the day we met. I realized it was on Friday the 13th! At that point, we realized that while it's seen as an 'unlucky' day for most, it's the luckiest day of all for us. It's the day we met and the day we found each other again."
Given the significance, there was no question that Andrea and Lewis' wedding would take place on this meaningful date—and it inadvertently gave them plenty of options when it came to their location. "When we went venue hunting, our date was almost always available," she jokes.
Their Venue Showcased Tulum's Lush, Natural Beauty
In a typical wedding planning timeline, the venue is often one of the first vendors couples book, but Andrea and Lewis didn't secure the final location until October 2022…just three months before the big day. While this wasn't by choice, they tell us that an influencer trip they attended hosted by The Knot in September 2022 helped steer them in the right direction. "We met with some amazing wedding planners who gave us so much helpful advice, but one that stuck with us was that we should never book a venue until we see it in person," they tell us. "That same week we booked our flights to Mexico."
On this trip, they realized the location they had in mind wasn't going to work, forcing them to start from the beginning. Unbeknownst at the time, this setback was ultimately a blessing in disguise. "Thanks to all of the chaos, we ended up securing our dream venue and vendors," they say triumphantly.
That dream venue was Azulik Uh May, a contemporary art museum nestled in the Mayan jungle. "As soon as we stepped inside Azulik, we both knew it was the perfect place for us to tie the knot," they say of the sculptural grounds. "This venue transports you to another world. We truly felt like we were lost in the beautiful Mexican jungle. The greenery and nature were just stunning, and it was the perfect place for our big day."
These natural hues complemented the couple's vision for an elevated tropical aesthetic. "Our wedding style has changed so much over the year and eight months of planning, but we just love greens and pinks," they explain. "We went for a lot of shades of olive and dusty rose to tie in the jungle setting."
The Groom Descended to the Ceremony from a Suspended Nest
Thanks to the alluring bohemian grandeur of their venue, Andrea and Lewis' wedding decor was rather scaled back. Instead of adding to the visual effects, they opted to let their venue's natural charm shine through. "The only decor we had was the altar, and the rest was the pure nature and architecture of Azulik," they share.
To maximize the space, the couple created two separate ceremony aisles: one that wound across ponds, and one from a nest above—from which Lewis notably descended as Andrea walked down the aisle. At the end of her path, the bride was escorted by both of her parents to meet Lewis at the altar. There, they were surrounded by five groomsmen and five bridesmaids.
On their "unique" ceremony entrances, the couple tells us their goal was to tell a story through symbolism. "We both came from different paths in life: Lewis from Ireland, and Andrea from Puerto Rico," they share. "While we were heading along different routes in life, our love brought us together and we now stand in unity."
The Couple's Custom Attire Told a Story
Intentional symbolism was also the driving force behind the couple's custom attire. While Andrea began designing a wedding dress with a label in 2021, that company shut down a few months into the collaboration, prompting the bride to start from scratch. By a stroke of luck, the couple discovered Anikena, an in-house design company associated with their venue that graciously agreed to design Andrea's wedding dress in just three months. In fact, the finishing touches were put on just three days before the big day—but the wait was well worth it.
The bride donned an artistic gown with hints of pink that was created to look like a flower. This unique design, inspired by nature, art and ancestry, prompted the Anikena team to conjure up something equally as magical for the groom: a custom cape with feathers and embroidered birds on the back. "The story behind Lewis' attire is that of a bird perched from above, looking for its flower." This tale was, quite literally, embodied by the couple's path to each other as the ceremony began. "Art tells a story, and everything Anikena does is art," the couple explains. "They heard our love story and created something special for us."
They Treated Their Guests to Memorable "Surprise and Delight" Moments
The eye-catching ceremony spectacle was just the first of many surprises for Lewis and Andrea's wedding guests. Following the couple's vow swap, the interactive reception commenced at Espacio Chechén, a nearby exotic restaurant on sacred grounds. "We wanted the experience to feel like a fair, so we created a fun space that was packed with activities." Just a sampling of experiences for guests included a vibrant dance floor with music by Party Music Events, a photobooth van by Print the Moment, an audio guestbook provided by FêteFone, and a bounce house from HappyPaal. "Our main goal in life is to have fun with whatever we do, so the bouncy house was such an exciting, non-traditional element to add to our wedding," they say of the nostalgic activity. "Besides the aesthetic photos and videos we got, it was such a great way for guests to break the ice and loosen up!"
Given the array of activities, the couple's loved ones were never bored as they sipped mezcalitas and margaritas and dined on local Mexican cuisine like cochinita pibil and shrimp tacos. (They even served sweet potato casserole, Andrea's favorite Thanksgiving food—which she "insisted" was a necessity.)
Prior to dinner and dancing, Andrea and Lewis enjoyed their first dance to Sarah Cothran's cover of "As the World Caves In." Following the sentimental moment, the tunes transitioned to a playlist of "Puerto Rican classics and mainstream throwbacks." The couple even orchestrated an Irish Ceili (a traditional folk song and dance performance) in honor of Lewis' heritage.
They later cut into a three-tier cake with "untraditional" flavors like carrot cake stuffed with raspberry cream cheese and lemon cake stuffed with lemon curd, courtesy of Lali Pasteles. The cherry on top, though, was the cinematic sparkler send-off as the evening came to a close: "They never get old!"
Looking back on their wedding planning journey, the couple candidly admits they faced ups and downs, noting that "plenty went wrong"—but nothing deterred them from having the experience they always envisioned. "We couldn't have asked for a better wedding," they conclude. "From all of this chaos came a truly beautiful thing: We learned to never give up."
Andrea and Lewis' Wedding Vendors
Ceremony Site: Azulik Uh May; Reception Site: Espacio Chechén; Photographer: Andre Gouin; Videographer: One Cameraman; Day of Coordinator: Style Me Events; Event Designer: Azulik Uh May, Style Me Events; Florist: Azulik Uh May, Style Me Events; Wedding Dress and Headpiece: Anikena by Azulik; Shoes: Dream Pairs Shoes; Suit: River Island; Cape: Anikena by Azulik; Shoes: Office; Wedding Rings: Rawile; Hair and Makeup: Prep Tulum; Groomsmen Attire: ASOS; Bridesmaid Dresses: House of CB; Invitations: DIY; Escort Cards: Style Me Events; Rental Equipment: Style Me Events; Catering: Espacio Chechen; Cake: Lali Pasteles; Music: Party Music Events; Photobooth: Print the Moment; Audio Guestbook: FêteFone; Bounce House: HappyPaal; Water Drums: Party Music Events; Registry: The Knot