A Boho-Chic Beach Destination Wedding at Delek Tulum in Mexico

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A boho-chic beach wedding in Tulum, Mexico, was the perfect way for sweethearts Cary Schultz and James Marquez to celebrate their love. Having visited the destination before, the couple fell in love with the town and its laid-back vibe—a perfect setting for their big day. With that in mind, the aesthetic was simple: “we wanted the natural beauty of our surroundings to shine through without being overwhelmed with bold colors,” notes Cary.

A self-proclaimed dating-app success story, Cary and James shared mutual proposals: Cary popped the question in front of friends and family on Christmas Day, while James opted to ask his question under a beautiful tree during a wine-tasting trip. “You see people cheer in movies when someone says yes, it happens in real life too! I said yes and the winery erupted in cheers congratulating us on our love. It was truly magical.”

Carrying that loving energy into their wedding, the grooms focused on the romance of the beach, selecting sleek white doors to open up to their al fresco ceremony space on the sand. Pampas grass accented their simple decor, creating picture-perfect hues of champagne and white set against the blue of the ocean. “Everything was decorated perfectly by our florist and pulled together by our wedding planner that saw our vision and executed it perfectly,” gushes Cary. The focal point was the circular ceremony arch, bedecked with an eclectic mix of flowers and grasses in the same warm color tones.

Personalized elements were everywhere throughout the destination wedding. The grooms gifted guests with after-wedding items, including pain relievers and water, which awaited them in their hotel rooms. The couple also arranged for a yoga class for guests who wanted to participate the morning of the wedding. Finally, a brand-new family custom was born out of their big day: “The only tradition was one that we hope to have started for our family—a group photo of everyone in attendance taking a shot after the ceremony.”

Cocktail hour and the reception evoked a fantastic “melding of man-made and nature,” says Cary. With a smattering of neutral floral arrangements paired with mixed metals and glass elements, each space was simple, bohemian, and sleek.

The couple elected to match their wedding attire, both donning stylish beach looks: tan Khaki pants, leather suspenders, and flowing white shirts. “We knew we wanted to both wear a little white and wanted to keep with the beach theme so opted for semi-casual attire and a barefoot wedding.” When it came to their wedding party, the gentlemen wore similar outfits to the grooms, while the ladies wore gowns in either Dusty Rose (James’ side) or Agave (Cary’s side) colors.

After all was said and done, the most memorable moment for the newlyweds was easily the first look. “We knew what [we] were wearing and how we would look, but we made it a point not to try on our wedding clothes in front of each other and hadn’t seen each other since we started getting ready. The waterworks were instant,” says Cary. Lastly, their big piece of planning advice: “Let the people you hired do their jobs and accept that nothing is ever perfect. The wedding day is for celebrating your love with your loved ones. It is difficult, but don’t take your frustration out on one another and when it comes to the big day, let it all go.”

A groom and his mother get ready together, as the mother of the groom helps fasten his suspenders before his boho-chic beach wedding.
A boutonniere featuring champagne- and tan-colored grasses on a laid-back, boho-chic groom for his beach wedding.
Two grooms in matching white shirts, tan Khaki pants, and leather suspenders shed some tears during their first look before their boho-chic beach wedding in Tulum, Mexico.
The grooms wore matching white shirts, tan Khaki pants, leather suspenders, and no shoes for their boho-chic beach wedding in Mexico.
A wedding ceremony space featuring white-washed doors, Pampas grass, white chairs, and a circular ceremony arch with tan-colored florals set on the sand of a beach in Tulum, Mexico.
A wedding ceremony arch in Tulum, Mexico, featuring tan-colored grasses, including Pampas grass, and flowers set up on the beach with the ocean in the background.
A same-sex couple in matching white shirts, tan Khaki pants, and leather suspenders at their wedding ceremony on the beach in Tulum, Mexico, surrounded by their wedding party -- one groom tears up as the vows are recited.
Two newlywed grooms walk back up the aisle after exchanging personalized vows at their boho-chic, destination beach wedding in Tulum, Mexico in front of groomsmaids, groomsmen, and guests.
Two newlywed grooms wearing matching white shirts, tan Khaki pants, and leather suspenders smile and walk away from their beach ceremony barefoot.
Grooms hug and share a cheek kiss on the beach at their boho-chic wedding, both wearing matching white shirts, tan Khaki pants, and leather suspenders.
Two newlywed grooms in matching wedding attire hold hands and walk together on the sand at their boho-chic beach wedding.
A couple's modern and stylish wedding sign featuring a neutral color palette set on the beach at their boho-chic destination wedding.
A couple's boho-chic beach wedding reception featuring a sweetheart table filled with sleek flowers and candles in neutral colors and colorful goblets at Delek Tulum.
A neutral-toned place setting design complete with a frayed-edge placemat, simple charge set, low floral centerpieces, and gold flatware with a modern boho-chic vibe.
Modern tablescape at a boho-chic wedding just off the beach featuring low floral arrangements, candles, colorful goblets, and modern-style chairs set against a tropical background in Tulum, Mexico.
A modern boho-chic wedding reception seating display for a beachy wedding reception featuring grasses and florals in neutral colors.
A modern tablescape at a modern boho-chic wedding reception featuring low centerpieces and stylish accents at a tropical wedding in Tulum, Mexico.
A lounge set-up on the beach in Tulum, Mexico, for a couple's modern boho-chic wedding featuring velvet details and neutral floral arrangements.
A modern boho-chic wedding's reception table numbers on a quarter-circle display featuring gold text.
A modern boho-chic table setting at a destination wedding reception featuring a frayed-edged place mat, gold flatware, simple chargers, colorful goblets, candles, and low centerpieces in neutral colors.
A clean and simple white wedding cake with three tiers, gold detailing, and real flowers.
A dance floor underneath strings of lights on the beach in Tulum, Mexico, photographed at night with guests dancing and enjoying the festivities at this modern boho-chic wedding reception.