Actress Malin Akerman’s Boho Beach Wedding
On Billions, Malin Akerman played Lara Axelrod, the fierce and formidable wife of a billionaire hedge fund manager. But on December 1, 2018, she played every part the boho bride, marrying actor Jack Donnelly in a breezy fete that could not have been further from her on-screen counterpart's lifestyle. The couple—who were friends for two years before they started dating—opted for a seaside ceremony in Tulum, Mexico, full of unique touches. “It was all about being authentic...not adhering to somebody else's standard of what a wedding should be,” Malin says of the attitude that came naturally to the duo. “We wanted the wedding to feel real to us. It gave us a lot of freedom.”
It was all about being authentic...not adhering to somebody else's standard of what a wedding should be."
Keep reading to see more of Malin and Jack's unconventionally cool celebration, as planned by Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events and captured by MemoryBox Photography. And make sure to check out the June/July issue of Brides for even more boho #inspo.
“We wanted something beautiful and lush,” says Malin of their dream setting. “When we visited Papaya Playa Project, we fell in love with the boho vibes and beach setting.” Guests were welcomed to the property with beach totes filled with snacks by KaoKao Chocolate and pineapple drink glasses by W&P Design.
The weekend's events kicked off on Friday night with a casual welcome dinner (they served tacos!), followed by a jam session, led by Rob Thomas on guitar.
The wedding's free-spirited theme carried out in the couple's fashion choices as well. Take, for instance, the bride's gown in a romantic blush hue, a color Malin felt drawn to for her second wedding: “We all know I'm not a virgin, and since that's what white is meant to represent, I didn't feel beholden to that. I felt like having a bit of fun with colors!”
Malin paired her Cushnie slipdress with jewelry by Jacquie Aichenoa and a bouquet of roses and pampas grass. “On the night that Jack proposed to me, he brought me a bouquet of purple thistles,” she says. “I wanted to replicate that at our wedding.”
Friend Maranda Widlund did her makeup, creating a "fresh and glowy" look for the beautiful bride.
The couple's siblings made up their wedding party and had free rein on their outfit choices. "We just wanted them to feel comfortable," says the bride. Malin's son, Sebastian, also took part in the proceedings and wore a white fedora, vest, and bow tie for the occasion.
The groom went with a low-key look, pairing Paul Smith pants with a John Varvatos button-up.
Naturally, the unconventional details didn't stop there. Cocktail hour took place before the ceremony, during which guests took tequila shots on Papaya Playa Project's beach.