As we say goodbye to the emotional Bachelorette season with Kaitlyn Bristowe we also say hello to an even more dramatic spin on the ultra popular dating show: Bachelor in Paradise. Unlike the show’s usual format, this summer series places past contenders in a house on an island with the hope that some of them will fall in love (or get into a fight or two). As the show kicked off its second season last night, ABC wanted to remind the new castmates exactly why they’re all here.
The show’s host, Chris Harrison invited the contestants to an unexpected wedding ceremony on a nearby beach. As they sat down they realized that they were about to witness Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul’s wedding. Marcus and Lacy met on the show’s first season last summer and have been together ever since. The tropical inspired wedding took place on Playa Escondida in Sayulita, Mexico. While we’re guessing the show’s set designers took care of most of the ceremony’s picture perfect details, they wouldn’t be hard to recreate in your own wedding. If you’re currently planning a beach wedding (whether that’s IRL or on a secret Pinterest board), here are three easy DIY touches to copy from Marcus and Lacy’s special day.
1. Blanket Covered Benches: To give your outdoor affair more of a community feel, skip the chairs and instead opt for rows of benches. To make them look a little bit more exciting, follow Marcus and Lacy’s lead by simply covering them with festive blankets.
2. DIY Boutonnieres: We were totally digging Marcus’ refined, all-green boutonniere. If you’re headed to a tropical destination, incorporate that into this accent by using leaves and other plants that are native to the area.
3. Tropical String Lights: Lacy and Marcus’ reception, was surrounded by strands of wicker covered lights that hung from the trees. While you and your wedding party probably won’t have to time to weave tiny lamp shades for every light bulb, you could easily mimic this idea by adding a personal touch to your lighting. Maybe that means attaching cocktail umbrellas to the lights using zip ties or covering them in pretty paper flowers, either way they’re a surefire way to make the mood instantly a little more magical.
What elements of your wedding did you DIY? Share with us in the comments below.
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