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David Webb Head of Marketing Mariana Flores Sosa Was Surprised With a Birthday Cake at Her Wedding Reception

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Adriana Rivera

|Planning by 

ACENTA

David Webb Head of Marketing Mariana Flores Sosa had already heard a lot about Efrain Tejeda, a macro strategist at a proprietary trading fund, when they first met at NYC hotspot Paul’s Casablanca in 2018. He was roommates with one of her friends, and a set up ensued; however, under the light of the disco ball, they immediately made eye contact on their own and were happy an introduction followed.

After four years together, Efrain proposed in the South of France. They had just arrived in Gordes, when he mentioned to Mariana that there was an observation deck they should take photos at. He asked a stranger to take iPhone pictures, but of course she was the professional photographer he had hired, and she offered to snap images on her camera and email them forward. “Within seconds, Efrain was down on one knee,” Mariana recalls. Once engaged, they had a short photoshoot, followed by a private lunch at L’Orangerie. “It was the dreamiest day, made even more special by Efrain planning the entire proposal without me knowing.”

Since Mariana grew up in Mexico and Efrain was raised in the Dominican Republic, travel was bound to play an important part in their wedding. “In my culture, weddings traditionally take place in the bride’s hometown. We wanted to honor that tradition and marry in Mexico,” Mariana explains. “We ultimately chose to host our nuptial events in Riviera Nayarit, between the towns of Punta Mita and Sayulita on the Pacific Coast—not my actual hometown—not only because it would be a more easily accessible location for our international guests, but it also has a coastal mountain and jungle feel reminiscent of Efrain’s Caribbean upbringing.”

The spring multi-day destination wedding began with a Sunset Fiesta on the beach with tacos, ceviche, and margaritas. “The inspiration was ‘mini-Mexican market’ with food stations, games, and a laid-back atmosphere,” the bride shares. Mariana looked bridal in a Johanna Ortiz mini with Khaite heels, an Olympia Le-Tan Spicy Margarita Clutch, and the David Webb Atlas Ring. Efrain complemented her well in a BODE shirt with custom embroidery featuring a heart and their initials and wedding date.

The next evening, the family-style rehearsal dinner was served overlooking the sea. “A live band playing salsa and merengue added a Dominican flare to the evening, while a playful churros cart for the dessert recalled the traditional Mexican churro street stands,” Mariana says. To this, everyone donned white, while the bride was styled in a Chanel sequin tweed top from the Cruise 2021 collection and a Christopher John Rogers skirt. After dinner, she swapped the skirt for her top’s matching Chanel partner. For jewelry, Mariana chose the David Webb Oval Link Earrings and the White Enamel Gap Ring.

On April 13, 2024, the couple got ready for their wedding ceremony together. Mariana had glam applied by Prep Weddings in Danielle Frankel’s Camisole & Short Lounge Set with Larroudé’s Valerie Mules.

For her wedding dress, the bride entrusted her best friend from college and the founder of her namesake bridal atelier, Estefania Alvarez. The ceremony look consisted of three different laces and a ruffled skirt which contrasted with the form-fitting ’90s-inspired bodice. Estefania also crafted the bride’s reception halter-neck dress, which had her and Efrain’s initials and wedding date embroidered on the ties. “Choosing a Latin American designer was deeply meaningful to me, reflecting my roots,” Mariana says. “Estefania draws inspiration from Latin heritage, celebrating femininity and craftsmanship. These values were woven into every detail of the dresses, crafted locally in her atelier in Cartagena, Colombia.”

Mariana and Efrain exchanged vows at an oceanside private estate, surrounded by the tropical jungle. “We wanted the aesthetic to be elegant but not overly serious, seamlessly blending with the location and evoking the original motto of being un-produced yet meticulously detailed,” Mariana shares. Their wedding planner, ACENTA, knocked it out of the park, while Adriana Rivera and Meraki Weddings were behind their lenses all weekend.

The bride walked down the aisle with her parents to Paul Hankinson’s cover of “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. “I was very nervous to walk in, but the second I joined Efrain, he winked at me, held my hand, and I immediately relaxed,” Mariana recalls. Then, the Catholic ceremony began. Mariana and Efrain exchanged the arras (wedding coins) and were bound by a lazo, and their priest weaved in lots of personal elements from the couple’s relationship.

The newlyweds joined their guests for cocktails on a nearby grassy lawn, under a canopy of palm trees. Dinner followed on the beach. Everyone dined on a four-course modern Mexican meal filled with fresh seafood by Concepto Catering. “After dinner, we enjoyed the Spanish tradition of ‘sobremesa’ with personalized carajillos, the Mexican version of espresso martinis,” Mariana explains. Sweet and savory Mexican treats from Apostrofe Estudio were also available through the late night.

Mariana and Efrain had their first dance to “Until I Found You” by Stephen Sanchez—a song which they only chose that morning. “Efrain is a great dancer, whereas I’m not, so I let him lead,” the bride laughs. “He remembers being nervous dancing with me, and we were so frozen in that moment that we could barely manage any twirls.”

To party the night away, Mariana changed into her last look—a mini Oscar de la Renta dress, which also paid tribute to the Dominican Republic. She started out in Alexandre Birman heels and later switched into her standby Prada flats.

At midnight, ACENTA surprised the bride with a heart-shaped cake to celebrate her birthday. “While I hadn’t planned to incorporate a birthday celebration into our wedding weekend, it turned out to be a beautiful moment,” Mariana reflects. “I couldn’t imagine a more perfect way to mark both occasions, surrounded by my closest friends and family, my heart was full.”