His name may be Ross…but if he were one of the famous Friends, think of him more as Chandler. Ross Harrow met Amirah Kassem—she plays Monica in this love story—in Brooklyn. The two were neighbors and she whipped up a batch of her famous cake balls to welcome him to the neighborhood. Amirah thought Ross was dreamy; Ross thought Amirah was “out of his league,” and the two became fast friends, which quickly turned into more. “Ross would come play the guitar while I baked cakes, so it was either his voice or my cakes that sparked the magic,” recalls Amirah, who has since founded Flour Shop, a whimsical, pop-colored cakery in partnership with Ross.
It was two and a half years into dating when Ross proposed in Los Angeles—but not before doing what all women wish their past, present or future fiancés would do before popping the question: “I was in LA for work, and he sent me off to get a manicure,” recalls Amirah. Yes, a manicure. Genius. “He surprised me with ‘the question,’ and he had brought both of our families out there for the most magical brunch with all my favorite foods, chicken and waffles included. I still cant believe he pulled it all off without any suspicion!”
Obsessed with detail, color and creating a magical, vibrant and non-stop fun weekend for their family and friends, the couple planned an April Fool’s wedding in Punta Mita, Mexico. They landed on a 4-day fiesta at the St. Regis Punta Mita as an ode to Amirah’s Mexican heritage—and their joint love of the country, its food and its rich culture. The couple’s goal? To spend the days in the sun snacking on all their favorite Mexican foods with their loved ones, and nights dancing on the beach and enjoying even more Mexican food, margaritas, music and local musts; like fire dancers and mariachis. The guest list totaled 110, and together with their coordinator, Talbot Ross, the bride and groom aimed for a series of intimate events that would have all their friends and family feeling included and a part of their celebration. The entire string of events, which were decorated to-a-tee, required a photographer well-equipped to capture every detail. Enter Dorothee of Belathee; “I honestly couldn’t have dreamt of a better photographer,” said Amirah. “Dorothee and her team looked like they were having as much fun as we were on the dance floor—and her images reflect that.”
The fiesta extravaganza began with an oyster bar and cocktails on the beach. Appropriately, the colorful bride donned a rainbow sundress designed by her friend Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia, who gifted the dress to the bride for her shower. Amirah paired the look with a pair of Rebecca Minkoff pom pom earrings, kicking off the weekend in what would be one of many ample doses of bold hues. The groom followed suit, complementing Amirah’s look with a pink and pineapple ensemble, hinting to the couple’s tropical, food-forward wedding motif that would only appear in increasing doses as the wedding celebrations wore on.
The next day was spent at the pool and on the beach—complete with oversized bright-colored pool floats, a Mexican juice bar and an elote bar, where guests could customize their own Mexican corn. Leave it to this bride to take care of every detail, like the chic and cheeky beach totes from Poolside Collective, one of countless details the couple put into place to make sure each moment was a surprise and delight for their guests.
“I love surprises and details so I made sure that there was a little something in the guest rooms every night,” said the bride. “At check-in, the guests got Las Bayadas pom pom Mexican basket bags and beach towels, made locally in Sayulita, which included the long weekend’s itinerary, created by Two Paper Dolls, and Mexican snacks. Friday night was our pineapple-themed rehearsal dinner, so I wanted to continue the theme and had a mixture of our logo and tropical mini fruit candy made by PapaBubble in Mexico along with these beautiful gold and silver pineapple candles from H&M Home. Saturday night I had our wedding logo printed on chocolates along with our donkey emblem engraved on tequila bottles sent to each room [for a sweet nightcap!]”