Boho Chic Beach Wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico

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Romana and Mariano celebrated their nuptials in a beach wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico, with 50 friends and family from all over the world. Mariano is an architect from Mexico City and Romana is a writer, photographer, and digital strategist from Slovenia who had traveled to Los Cabos one of their first vacations together, so it became the perfect place for their wedding. The bride shared their story with us.

As a Slovenian, a beach wedding was something we always admired from the magazines and movies, but I never imagined I’d get married at the beach. It seemed just a very nice fantasy. We wanted to celebrate our love with the closest family and friends, and an intimate beach wedding was also probably the best reason to bring my parents and European friends to Cabo for the first time.

We got married at Zacatitos beach in San Jose del Cabo – this was the area where Mariano used to take me when I first came to visit Los Cabos. The ceremony was set up at a beautiful private empty beach in Zacatitos, and wedding reception was held at a private villa in Laguna Hills, owned by our friends. The house won a Silver medal in Mexican Bienalle for architecture, designed by Colectivo MX.

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My bouquet was beautiful! It had white anemone with blue/black centre, accompanied with small white roses and Baja inspired greens. The anemones flower is said to have sprung from the tears of Greek goddess of love and the design of my dress, by Slovenia designer Uros Belantic, had Grecian style. My flower crown completed the look.

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Our color palette was Baja inspired with white flowers, greens and with accents of gold and red with hand blown hearts.

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The decor was Baja inspired. Our wedding rental and wedding flowers company The Main Event Cabo used the branches of typical Baja torote /elephant trees, adorned with white roses and greens. We had two arches, one as an entrance to the ceremony, and one as a chuppa. We used wooden benches for sitting. Elephant tree branches with greens were also placed on both sides of the isle. To us it was a very romantic setup, beautiful and private, connected to the beach and to Baja.

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A highlight? Our golden retriever Zlatka being with us the entire time through the ceremony.

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One of Mexico’s top Mixologists Osvaldo Vazquez created a special cocktail just for us. He named it Romarian, and it includes Mezcal and Gin, Bitter and Barrel bitter, dried rose, and cucumber. Our guests and we loved it!

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The decor was white linens with white and gold otomi tablecloths and runners, gold chairs. Dinnerware was glass with gold rims, provided by Lazy Gourmet Catering & Events. Flowers were white with greens. Hand blown hearts were placed above the plates of each guest with their name tag. Floating flower beds were placed on the pool, together with floating candles. More candles were around the pool area and dance floor.

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As an accent and a wedding favor we added red hand blown Mexican glass hearts. Each guest received one, and we also used them to decorate an elephant tree at the entrance of the villa.

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We created the menu ourselves with our favorite dishes from Mexico; empanadas with zucchini flower, sashimi, chiles en nogada, fresh fish with Baja organic veggies, chicken in mole sauce, salad with nopal (cactus), churros… Lazy Gourmet Catering did an amazing job in preparing the dishes and presentation.

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Our wedding cake was beautiful and delicious. It was red velvet with white and gold coating. We had churros as well.

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Advice for other destination wedding couples?  I think the best idea is not to try to do it all yourself. Hire professionals that will help you plan, create and capture your best day. We couldn’t have done it all without our planners, decorators, florists, catering and photographers. The photographs are making us relive our best day every time we look at the photos, it’s priceless!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Chris + Lynn Photographers

Wedding Vendors: Bride’s Attire: Uros Belantic for Plein Sud, Groom’s Attire: white suite Zara and shirt Asos, Wedding Planner: Karla Casillas & Co, Wedding Rentals + Flowers: The Main Event Cabo, Wedding Makeup & Hair: Neysa Berman at the The Blanc Bridal Salon, Catering + Cake: Lazy Gourmet Catering & Events, Entertainment: DJ Edwin Bonilla, Invitations: Designed by the groom, Other: One of Mexico’s top Mixologists Osvaldo Vazquez created a special cocktail just for us. He named it Romarian, and it includes Mezcal and Gin, Bitter and Barrel bitter, dried rose, and cucumber, Honeymoon Destination: mini-moon at One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, until Japan and Australia in 2016

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Picture Perfect Beachside Wedding Dinner on Maui

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Looking for a truly picture-perfect place to wed in Hawaii?  If you’re hosting an intimate destination wedding or elopement, then look no further than Cliff House, a private event space perched on the rocks above the water at Montage Kapalua Bay.

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This stunning dinner took place at sunset with waves crashing below and whales out on the horizon (yes, you can whale watch from your wedding dinner, pending the season)!  A table set for 20 was the perfect size party, but you can certain host more cocktail style and even exchange vows in this intimate wedding space.

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The design was provided by the talented team at Island Events, using a mix of local and brought in decor elements.  Of course the florals were inspired by the tropical island surroundings and fit perfectly in this space!

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The menus for the amazing five course meal were designed and hand embellished by the Hawaiian wedding invitation company, The Boutiquery.  And the dinner that it described was truly unforgettable! One event guest said it best meal they’ve ever had!  The Montage Kapalua Bay showcased the freshest fish from the area, local lobster, root vegetables, and even bread made from their local potatoes.  If you’re looking for a food-centric wedding venue with a million dollar view, you’ve arrived here.

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As the sun set, the incredible staff wined and dined guests who not only enjoyed the indoor space but time out on the wraparound balcony too.  This tiny structure is one you will wish you could call home, but it’s only available for private events!

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Luckily for us though, when the night did end, the incredible Montage Kapalua Bay residences (what they call suites) were waiting for us to retire to.  And if you think this wedding location is amazing, what until you experience the rest of the resort!

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For an unforgettable destination wedding experience in Hawaii, land on Maui and say I do to the Montage Kapalua Bay.

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Event Vendors: Location: Cliff House at Montage Kapalua Bay, Linens: LaTavola Linens, Chair covers: WildFlower Linens, Florals: Maverick Events, Menu cards: The Boutiquery, Design: Island Events

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National Park Wedding in Utah

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Lauren and Brian had a beautiful intimate destination wedding among the vast rock formations of Utah in Arches National Park, where a select group of friends and family gathered to witness their nuptials before celebrating beneath the stars, and later, heading to Denver for a reception. The couple’s wedding planner, Meredith Commender of Significant Events of Texas, shared with us the story of this oh-so unique destination wedding.

Years ago when our bride Lauren finished veterinarian school, she headed West for some much needed decompression time and landed in Moab, UT. An outdoors adventurer by nature, Lauren fell in love with the beautiful rock formations in Arches National Park and decided that when it came time for her to get married, this would be the place. And indeed it was, as Brian and Lauren chose this very location for the site of their incredible destination wedding.

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A small group of family and closest friends traveled to our ceremony location in Moab, UT for the multi-day celebration. They were welcomed at their hotel with a branded Welcome Box full of treats and outdoor adventure essentials.

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On the day of the wedding, guests were picked up by bus and taken around Arches National Park on a guided tour of the lovely landscape before their final stop at Double Arch, the majestic site of Brian and Lauren’s unforgettable wedding ceremony.

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Following the ceremony, the guests were transported to the Colorado River where they enjoyed a guided sunset boat cruise, complete with drinks and hors d’oeurves. The next stop was dinner atop a cliff with the best views in all of Moab. Guests sat at a long table with beautiful succulent centerpieces, copper chargers, and our custom designed menus.

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After dinner, we took the guests to their hotel for the night: an incredible “glamping” experience under the Utah sky with luxury tent accommodations. But, before bed, it was time for our campfire which included S’mores, mini pies, and mini Pop Tarts which could all be roasted over the fire accompanied by cold and hot beverages. Guests had the best time celebrating the newlyweds in this truly once-in-a-lifetime fashion.

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After giving guests a few days to explore the area, we held our reception for a larger group of family and friends at a beautiful downtown Denver hotel.

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The ballroom reflected our Moab sunset design with mountain lighting designs on the wall, amber uplighting, Southwestern style furniture, and more of our mountain and desert inspired floral.

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Our dinner stations each reflected a location where Brian and Lauren have lived – Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado – and featured food particular to each region. We even had a Utah dessert station as a nod to their recent nuptials.

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Guests were treated to a slideshow of the stunning photos from their Moab ceremony. Their wedding cake was designed to reflect the outdoors setting we had created for the entire week as well. Guests enjoyed connecting with old friends, toasting the couple, and dancing before ending the night with Texas Pecans as their parting gift. It was truly a wedding we will never forget!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: The Willinghams

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Site: Arches National Park (Moab, UT), Post-Ceremony Dinner: Sunset Grill, Reception Site, Catering + Cake: The Four Seasons Hotel (Denver, CO), Wedding Planner + Designer: Significant Events of Texas | Meredith Commender, Hair + Makeup: Atomic Salon | Rebecca Wanless, Invitations: Significantly Said: Invitations by Significant Events, Transportation: Canyonlands by Night, Accommodations: Moab Under Canvas, Campfire Desserts: Pistachio Pastries, Floral: Plum Sage Flowers, Rentals: Butler Rents, DJ + Lighting: Skyline Productions, Lounge Furniture: Eclectic Hive, Favors: Alamo Pecans, Gown: Anna B, Suit: Q Clothier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colorful Destination Wedding at Secrets Akumal, Riviera Maya

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Rebecca and Herman wed an in a colorful destination wedding in Akumal, Mexico, just an hour south of Cancun. We asked the couple to share their big day details with us:

We used the beach and tropical destination as a backdrop for inspiration, but wanting to add some element of glamour that comes with a wedding and Secrets Akumal in Mexico had all that for us. Our inspiration was colors of the oceans (blues, sea greens) and metallic (golds) We were so thankful that our wedding could actually take place outside on the beach, with the reception poolside because it was exactly what we had envisioned.

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Favorite moments from the day?

Becky: I loved the feeling I got right before I walked down the aisle. When I walked down the path to where I was to line up, and saw everyone in their seats, along with the entire set up of the ceremony location – the drapery on the gazebo, the chair corsages on the aisle chairs, the rustic aisle runner, the ceremony music….coupled with the amazing weather (it had been raining on and off all week and it was the first day it didn’t rain at all!)…I also felt at that moment that my grandmother was with me and watching over me from heaven. I saw Herman and I just knew I was where I was supposed to be and everything came together that day like I had envisioned!

Herman: The minister did an amazing job with our ceremony. She had a way of speaking to us like she has known us for years and people said that was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they had ever seen! The moment we said our vows was one of my favorite moments and I will remember that forever.

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Details they loved?

The Mexican flare! We loved Spanish table numbers & novia/novio chair signs! Since we were in Mexico, we wanted to tie in some of the Spanish culture. Along the same vein, we loved having the Mariachi trio play at our cocktail hour. It really helped add to the ambiance of the day. We also loved the Hola welcome bags and the maraca favors.  

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We also loved the string lights that were strung across the palm trees at the reception. It was a must have for us and something we were willing to splurge on for the reception. It really added a special element of coziness to the reception, but also made for some fantastic pictures!

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We often ask newlyweds for advice for other destination wedding couples:  

Listen to your hearts and make decisions based on what the two of you want. Everyone will have an opinion on how things should be or what decisions you should make, but make it what the two of you envisioned! The process is supposed to be fun! So try to take it all in an enjoy planning it together. Make a list of your must haves in order to help you stick to your budget. When you add up everything you want, you will likely be way over your budget so knowing what you are willing to splurge on and what you don’t necessarily need will help you make crucial decisions.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Be Photography

Wedding Vendors: Venue, Catering, Florals, Entertainment, and Rentals: Secrets Akumal, Event Coordination: Planner 1 Events

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Beautiful Beach Wedding in White in Florida

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Donna and Asher said “I do” at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The bride shared with us the story of their destination and big day!

I have always dreamed of a beach ceremony.  The beach is my “happy place.” When Asher and I discussed our wedding, he was fully on board with the idea.   We met and live in the DC area so a beach wedding here wasn’t really an option. Asher loved the idea of a destination wedding and something a little more intimate.   Although this idea was appealing, we also wanted something that was convenient for our family and close friends.  This is how we came to Ponte Vedra Beach.   Neither of us are from the area; however, my sister and her family have been living in Ponte Vedra for many years.  Asher and I frequently visit as my parents also stay in their condo a few months of the year.  As a lot of people can attest to, planning a wedding can be stressful and time consuming! Needless to say, it was incredible having my mother and sister to help with the planning and selecting of vendors. We absolutely love the area and may relocate there within the next year!

What a story! From destination wedding to new hometown, this couple loved their location so much, they might just move there!

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We asked the couple about any unique challenges they faced in planning a destination wedding.

It was sea turtle nesting season!!! We were completely oblivious to this as we are not from the area.   Fortunately, my sister explained the phenomenon to us; however, there were still challenges that arose.   Initially, I was opting not to get a wedding planner.  When I met up with our photographer, Severine, she encouraged me to get one and put me in contact with “Simply Weddings by Amanda”.  This ended up being a lifesaver! When Amanda went to take care of our beach permit (you need a beach permit in St. John’s County for any event taking place on the beach), she discovered that the permit could only be issued until 6:30 pm due to turtle nesting season.  Our ceremony only started at 8pm so this is when my anxiety heightened. Fortunately, Amanda was able to reach an agreement with the county that all structures would be removed immediately following the ceremony and we were good to go, weather permitting :)

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The ceremony?

It exceeded all of my expectations.  Rabbi Matuson, from Beth El Synagogue conducted our ceremony.  He took the time to get to know us as we met several times before our wedding day.  We wanted to make everyone feel comfortable as Asher and I were raised with different faiths.  The ceremony evoked a feeling of warmth, acceptance and love.  Our wedding party consisted of family members.  We both have a lot of nieces and nephews, 12 be exact 9 of whom were in our wedding in addition to two of cousins! This led to one fun rehearsal :).

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We had a traditional Chuppah (similar to a canopy, an element of a Jewish ceremony).  I wanted one with a rustic feel constructed out of branches with birch poles.  I was not able to find one already made so my wedding planner, Amanda, with “Simply Wedding by Amanda” designed and constructed one for us!

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I wanted a bohemian, rustic, and chic feel.  This led to my chosen palate of neutral colors.  The only pop of color we had was the green monstera leaves incorporated in the floral arrangements.

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We had an incredible team of vendors from the event coordinator at the Marriott Sawgrass, Severine Photography, Simply Weddings by Amanda, A Happily Ever After Floral, D’Land Entertainment, makeup by Kimstasha, hair by Sarah Bright, to Mugwump Productions for the floor board used on the beach.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Séverine Photography

Wedding Vendors: Getting Ready + Reception Venue: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ceremony: Marriott Cabana Beach Club, Wedding Coordinator: Simply Weddings by AmandaFlorist: A Happily Ever After FloralCake: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & SpaDJ: D’Land EntertainmentDress: WattersMakeup: KimtashaHair: Sarah Bright, Boardwalk: Mugwump Productions

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