Behind the Scenes: Adam & Amanda’s Tulum Destination Wedding!

Amanda Cey, CEO of ABCey Events, led the charge in planning her beautiful destination wedding this past May in Tulum, Mexico. Her special day took place at Casa Malca, with her closest family and friends. ABCey has the inside scoop on all the details that made Adam & Amanda’s wedding possible! To see our full portfolio, click here!

For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of getting married (along with almost every other little girl that has ever existed)! And, I always knew I wanted a destination wedding so that I could extend this dream into a long vacation for all! With 15 properties rented including 6 hotels and 9 private homes, we set to take over this yoga-esque bohemian beach town. Our arrival dinner began at Hartwood and Gitano, continued to El Tabano for our all white welcome party, and finished at the Papaya Playa Project for Sunday evening’s farewell dinner.

Event Planner/ Bride: Amanda Cey, ABCey Events

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Adam and I met while living a few blocks from each other in Russian Hill, San Francisco. I was immediately drawn to his sense of humor, which I now know to be heavy sarcasm from his Bostonian upbringing! He made me laugh and as time went on I never wanted to leave his side. We had a rather long engagement (due to the birth of our daughter this past October), and were finally able to tie the knot on May 9th at an intimate beach-side estate called Casa Malca in Tulum, Mexico.

Venue: Casa Malca, Tulum, Mexico

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It was silly to think that I could plan this event on my own (even being an event planner), with a newborn in tow, and in another country! I brought an assistant, the lovely Caitlyn McSorley and also hired Gwen Grosset, Destination Weddings Tulum to make sure everything ran smoothly on the ground!

Day of Coordinator: Caitlyn McSorley and Gwen Grosset

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I fell in love with my “Octavia” Vera Wang dress from the Spring 2015 collection, but was unable to even try it on until just a few months before the wedding (I was 6 months pregnant by the time I saw it for the first time). I instantly fell in love with the disorder and edginess of the dress, but it was also so unique and organic which worked beautifully with the natural setting.

Dress: Vera Wang

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Suit: Hugo Boss

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Florals: Neil Hunt, Hunt Littlefield

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Rentals: Planner 1 Events 

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The bridesmaids shined in a variety of blue hues that created an ombre effect when standing up at the altar, and looked gorgeous with the stunning ocean backdrop. There wasn’t really any overarching main theme, although blue tones dominated, along with ombre tones throughout (dresses, cake, tags, menu’s, etc), and lots of natural beachy elements to compliment the vibe.

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen:

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Ombre Cake: Carolina Galarza, Chef Patissierombre cake

Rings: Pade VavraPade Vavra Rings

Jewelry: Ippolita

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Barefoot Sandals:  LoveMely

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We brought close to 10 duffle bags of event decor that included everything from teal colored sand (so much for not bringing sand to the beach), driftwood, and sea shells (who has time to collect these the week of a wedding)? There were also ceramic starfish for the ultra long dinner table, custom made “LOVE” multi-colored sunglasses, a variety of blue parasols and lanterns, beautifully calligraphed chalkboard signage, ikat patterned pillows from Bali, Mexican pompoms, hangover kits, custom vow books, laser cut wood keys, ombre tags, and program fans! We found use for almost everything, except the vintage marquee “Hitched” sign didn’t quite make it in one piece!

Decor: ABCey Events

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Program Fans, Menu’s, Pocket Schedules: Suite Paper

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Calligraphy: Rona Siegel Fine Arts

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Flower Girls: Ella Corthell, Aydin Levy & Riley Jacobson

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Officiants: Nicole Doherty & Linzi Oliver

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Music: DJ JoIll, Shawn Barry, and Arpason

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A.V. // LED Dance Floor: Plug In Audio Visual

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Pillows: Ikat and Batik

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Hangover Kit: Jennifer’s Cookies

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Pom Pom Decor: Artisan Revival

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See how we pulled off this elegant outdoor affair as captured by the amazingly talented, Larissa Cleveland here! We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to all of the vendors and people who made this day a huge success!

Photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography

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What did you think of Adam & Amanda’s Tulum Wedding? Need help planning your destination wedding?! Let us know with a comment or message us on Facebook or Twitter!


DIY Gold Dipped Mason Jars

Summer is in the air, and the farmer’s markets here in San Francisco are overflowing with beautiful flowers! With that in mind, ABCey thought it might be fun to get crafty and make some decorative vases. Since mason jars are quite popular right now, we decided to take it up a notch and add a unique gold-dipped edge, all gold, and an ombre to the mix with our jars. They were so fun to make that we wanted to share the results with you!  


  • Metallic Spray Paint (We used two different types of Gold – Krylon Metallic and Ace Hardware Metallic, the Krylon was our favorite, it’s rose gold-ey and has great coverage)
  • Mason Jars
  • Water Based Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Masking Tape


1. First and foremost, put down lots of newspaper, preferably in a well ventilated space or outside — the spray paint gets messy.

2.  We started with all gold jars, which require an easy couple layers of spray paint, and you’re left with a simple, elegant, golden mason jar. Stand at least 12″ away from the jar as you spray or it goes on too thick. A couple light coats is better than one thick coat.image-10

3. To make only part of the jar colored, tear off a piece of masking tape and wrap it around the jar to mark the line where you want the color to end. 


4. Turn your jar upside down on the newspaper and spray your jar with spray paint above the tape line.  


5. Let it dry and apply another coat once it dries, but watch out for tricky drips if you apply a thick coat.  After the paint is dry, simply remove the tape. It is likely that some paint will have leaked under the tape. Just used a sharp object to scrap it off. It should come off easily.

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6. The next step is a little trickier. We loved these gold dipped jars so much that we decided to try some other styles so we painted some of our half gold jars pink on top! We wanted blush colored spray paint to do the other half but they didn’t sell blush colored spray paint, so we used paint and a paint brush. Make sure you use water based paint, it will come out more smoothy and make less of a mess.


7. We were able to do ombre with the paint and paint brush, an upside to not having that second color of spray paint! We took the pink color, applied it to an inch thick strip of the jar above the previously sprayed gold (make sure you do spray paint first, it dries faster and gives you a great guide for where to put the rest of your paint).

8. As you move up towards the mouth of the jar, make different batches of paint and add more white to each batch. We applied three batches and each was about an inch thick. The blending worked out really nicely because the paint dripped down after we were done. You can see that the blush pink gets lighter as you move upwards.

All in all, we’re loving this look and this quick DIY. Hopefully we’ll be doing a couple more in the near future! How did yours turn out? What did you use your painted jars for? Share you thoughts with us on  Facebook and Twitter or leave us a comment below!

Top 10 Dip-Dye Event Trends

Thought the dip-dye trend was dead? Think again! Dip-dying is a fun way to add color and creativity to your event without going too over the top. Not to mention, you just have to dip and dye! ABCey has gathered 10 different ideas for dip-dying for you to DIY;)

1. Tablecloths | Start your party right, by creating a tablecloth that is sure to please!

2. Napkins | Use plain napkins you have at home and spice them up with this ombre effect!

3. Napkin Rings | Add a pop of color to your table setting with cute napkin holders!

4. Place Cards | Lead guests to their seats by drawing them in with these fun place cards!

5. Tags | Giving a gift to your hostess? Make sure they know who it’s from with these cute tags that pop!

6. Skewers | Make your food eye catching by placing it on ombre skewers!

7. Utensils | Let guests serve themselves with brightly colored utensils!

8. Invitations | Get your guests excited for your party with this dip dye teaser!

9. Garlands | This super simple garland is made with simple coffee filters and looks so fabulous! Who would have thought?!

10. Balloons | Turn ordinary balloons into the coolest decor by dipping them in sequins! So glitzy!

Which one is your favorite? What are you going to dip-dye next? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook & Twitter