After a difficult breakup in December 2009, Tanya Prive admits she spent the end of that year moping at home. When her 25th birthday rolled around on January 4, 2010, a friend decided it was time for her to move on and threw her a surprise birthday party in New York City. "Among that group was my future husband," Tanya remembers of the night she first met Alejandro Roman. "He was invited by a friend of a friend and arrived halfway through dinner — he basically crashed my birthday dinner!" Their connection was undeniable, though, and they spent much of the evening dancing at the bride's favorite hot spot, South Side.
By September 2010, they were inseparable, and just two years later, on December 31, 2012, Alejandro decorated their apartment with rose petals and candles before treating Tanya to a romantic sushi dinner and a surprise proposal. "At the end of the dinner he turned on the TV with a video that he had created with all our moments together," she says. "It was spectacular and so emotional."
The couple planned a destination wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico at the One & Only Palmilla with 100 of their closest friends and family in tow. Tanya and Alejandro worked with JoAnn Gregoli from Elegant Occasions to plan their fun-filled destination wedding, which was captured by Carlos Andres Varela of Cava Weddings.
Tanya's lace wedding dress was perfect for her tropical nuptials. "It was low key, elegant, comfortable, and perfect for the setting in Mexico," she says of the open-back gown created by Elizabeth Fillmore. Her bouquet consisted of white peonies and pale pink roses.
The bride completed her look with a headpiece and belt that she designed with the founder of Bobby Pin. "It was exactly what I wanted and designed with love," Tanya says. With a soft updo and natural makeup, Tanya exuded beach-chic style.
Her bridesmaids all wore blush pink gowns from Monique Lhuillier while the groom and his groomsmen wore custom linen suits from Suit Supply. "The boys all had a fedora hat that my brother-in-law picked up from Panama on one of his trips," Tanya says of their accessories. "It really made them stand out. That was their gift from us."
Tanya's church ceremony started on a high note. "I entered the ceremony riding a horse, which was my mother's only ask throughout the entire wedding," the bride says. "My dad caught me as I jumped off the horse." Once inside, the couple recited vows that they had written for each other.
Guests then moved to a seaside cocktail hour, where they sipped Lychee martinis, the couple's signature drink, before moving to a sit-down dinner that included saffron Sea bass and New York strip steak. Tables were decorated with pale pink linens and arrangements comprised of pink-and-white flowers.
For dessert, the couple cut into a four-tiered tres leche wedding cake.
Tanya and Alejandro shared the dance floor when it came time for their emotional father-daughter and mother-son dances. Both pairs swayed to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."
"The real gift of the wedding is bringing all of your favorite people together to celebrate," Tanya says. "Don't stress about the little things that won't matter to you in the end. Focus on the people you love and on having a great time."
Venue & Catering: One & Only Palmilla || Officiant: Father Antonio Garcia || Bride's Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore || Jewelry: Bobby Pin; Diamond Connoisseur || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Julio Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire: Suit Supply || Florist: Mazarte Floral || Invitations: Paperless Post || Videographer: Joseph Edwards Films || Photographer: Carlos Andres Varela of Cava Weddings
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