Congrats are in order for Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly. The couple—she's the star of Billions, he's the lead in BBC's Atlantis—married on December 1, 2018, on the beach in Tulum, Mexico. And the bride officially has her younger sis to thank for the set-up with her now-husband! The two first met through her sister's boyfriend and were friends for two years before making their relationship official. After they did, Jack proposed in their Brooklyn home, after surprising Malin with a private dinner in the garden of their favorite neighborhood restaurant.
However, for their wedding Malin and Jack decided to venture farther away—specifically, to Tulum, Mexico—to say "I do." "The environment is very important to us, so we were drawn to Tulum, and Papaya Playa especially, because of the way they take great care in preserving the Mayan Jungle," Malin explains. As for the setting itself? "The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and the first time we saw it in person we fell in love with the boho vibes and gorgeous beach," she adds. In fact, the couple decided to exchange vows in said sand (actually, in the water!) as friends such as Carla Gugino, Rob Thomas, and Michelle Monaghan looked on.
Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events helped plan the relaxed weekend celebration, ultimately bringing the couple's vision to life with local cuisine, live music performances by Rob Thomas and singer LP, and plenty of macramé touches. Thankfully, MemoryBox Photography was on hand to capture both photos and video, so keep reading to see all the #inspo. (Seriously, wait 'til you see the bride's pink dress!)
Guests were welcomed to Mexico 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 sesh led by Rob Thomas on the guitar.
For her wedding dress, Malin—with the help of her stylist Molly Fishkin Levin—looked to designer Cushnie. "I’ve worn many of their pieces to events and have always felt so chic and cool in their stuff," she explains. As for the blush hue: "I decided on a color instead of white because it’s the second time round and I wanted it to be different," she says. She also tucked a single purple bloom into her wavy updo for an additional pop.
The bride accessorized with jewelry by Jacquie Aicheno, a bouquet of purple blooms and pampas grass, and no shoes—it was a beach wedding, after all! 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 day and wore a white fedora, vest, and bow tie for the special occasion.
The groom went with a low-key look, pairing Paul Smith pants with a John Varvatos button-up.
The bride is from Sweden and the groom is from England—so in true European form, cocktail hour took place before the ceremony. The couple also had a tequila shot bar as a nod to their Mexican destination. (How cute is that "Take a Shot, Take a Seat" sign?!)
The main event happened on the hotel's beach overlooking the ocean. (Malin describes the scene as "intimate and magical.") The aisle was lined with pampas grass in glass vessels, and the ceremony altar was made with dream catchers that the couple could take home as mementos.
The couple's friend Laura Pergolizzi (whose stage name is LP) performed as Malin walked down the aisle with her father, Magnus Akerman (right), and her stepfather Victor Tarnoy (left). Once at the altar, she and Jack exchanged personal vows and wedding bands by Deanna Devries. "Every element of the ceremony was so true to what’s important to us," she says. "Having all of our friends and family there, speaking our own vows with the water washing over our feet, felt so amazing."
The happy newlyweds!
The ceremony ended just in time for golden hour, so Malin and Jack took advantage by taking portraits on the beach. Malin also posed with her son, Sebastian.
For the reception, Malin and Jack rented out a section of the hotel to make the celebration "feel even more special and intimate." There, tables were set up in a U-formation and topped with tall taper candles, etched vintage glassware, and bud vases of purple blooms and pampas grass.
"We just wanted a great party so the idea was to keep it casual, chill, and fun," Malin says. To create that vibe, the menu of Mexican-style seafood was served family-style at intimate, candle-lit tables.
Both the bride and groom gave heartfelt speeches during dinner.
Michelle Monaghan, Peter White, and Rob Thomas enjoyed the casual dinner atmosphere that the couple strived to create.
Laura Pergolizzi performed her hit "Lost on You" for Malin and Jack's first dance.
After Malin and Jack's swing around the dance floor, the rest of their guests—including Carla Gugino—joined them as international DJ Zen Freeman took over.
Towards the end of the revelry, the bride slipped into yet another slip dress by Cushnie (this one, gold and mini) before continuing to party. The fun was fueled by cupcakes and late-night snacks of tamales, esquites, and tacos. Recalls Malin, "The reception was incredible. Everyone was laughing, the place looked beautiful, we danced for hours, and it ended with everyone jumping in the pool. We finished the night happy and wet."
Wedding Venue: Papaya Playa Project || Wedding Planner: Andrea Freeman Events || Bride's Dress: Cushnie || Hair & Makeup: Maranda Widlund || Groom's Attire: Paul Smith, John Varvatos || Floral Design: Maria Limon || Rentals: Archive Rentals || Stationery: Minted || Catering: Ginger Hotel Tulum || Spirits: Bodvar Rose, Viva XXXII Tequila || Welcome Bags: Gracious Goodies, Chocolates KaoKao, W&P Design || Photography: MemoryBox Photography