Todos Santos, Mexico Destination Wedding Shoot


We’re back with part two of this destination wedding photo shoot for the brand new issue of Destination I Do Magazine!  If you missed the ceremony inspiration, be sure to check out the story here.  The project took place at the spectacular Rancho Pescadero hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico (just outside of Cabo) when we, along with a great group of uber-talented destination wedding professionals headed to Mexico to create something we hope you’ll love!


Our gorgeous models Carmen Laborin of Bodas Destino Latinoamerica and Eugenio Dubernard posed with local mariachis from Mariachi Cabo in looks styled for them by  Maradee Wahl Bridal Stylist.


The groom looked dashing in Friar Tux and the bride in Lela Rose.


Stefanie Miles Events took on the creative direction of the photo shoot, which lead to some incredibly unique and inspired details like these margarita decals!  Stephanie’s passion for destination wedding planning and design certainly shines through in this fantastic feature!


For the head table wedding reception inspiration, ELENA DAMY created a stunning chandelier out of stars and greenery while beneath it was this breathtaking table.  The colors blew me away and clearly no detail was left undone.  Magical!

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Sarah Kate, Photographer really captured those vibrant colors from the decor – this really was a celebration in Todos Santos!


And who could forget about dessert?!?!  Rather than serving a wedding cake, we opted for churros made fresh by the chefs at Rancho Pescadero (some of the best food in the country!).  What a sweet way to end this photo shoot!


Thank you to Destination I Do Magazine for the amazing feature and to the one-of-a-kind destination wedding team who pulled this off with flying colors!  To see more, pick up a copy of the magazine on newsstands now!


And for even more on this amazing destination, photo shoot, and all the pretty details and professionals involved, check out this highlight film by Candlelight Films.

Photo Shoot Team: Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer, Location, Cocktails, Small Bites, Churros: Rancho Pescadero, Creative Direction: Stefanie Miles Events, Design Production, Floral Design: ELENA DAMY, Hair + Makeup: The Troublefield Lifestyle, Invitations, Leather + Paper Goods: Méldeen, Welcome Box/Gifts: Teak & Twine, Bridal + Menswear Styling, Bridal Accessories: Maradee Wahl Bridal Stylist, Earrings: SBG Designs, Menswear: Friar Tux, Bridal Gown: The Magnolia Tree, Bridal Gown: Lela Rose (Spring 2016 Bridal), Videographer: Candlelight Films, Transportation: Transcabo, Female Model: Carmen Laborin / Bodas Destino Latinoamerica, Local Tourism Company: Fideicomiso de Turismo | Baja California Sur,  Male Model: Eugenio Dubernard, Mariachi: Mariachi Cabo, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen


Beach Wedding Shoot in Todos Santos, Mexico

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I am so beyond excited to share the next two posts with you!  This is a project we worked on last year, and after much anticipation, it’s finally hitting newsstands!  The beautiful Destination I Do Magazine Spring/Summer 2016 issue comes out today and we’ve got the cover feature to share with you!  We got to travel with a truly amazing group of wedding professionals to Todos Santos, Mexico and stay at the boutique property, Rancho Pescadero, where we helped to produce an editorial shoot for one of our favorite magazines!  And the result?!  Be still my heart!   The entire incredible team of destination wedding professionals is listed at the base of this story, but we’ll call out a few of the details you’re seeing first!


The paper (and leather!) goods were created by the talented folks at Méldeen, who designed wedding day details printed on leather!  So unique and so perfect for the setting!


To match, were welcome gift bags (or in this case, boxes) by one of my faves, Teak & Twine, who took the rustic feel of the setting and photo shoot and mixed in sweet treats and delicate gifts for guests to take home.

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The Troublefield Lifestyle did an amazing job on Carmen’s hair and makeup (even changing looks on the fly, from ceremony to reception)!  Carmen was truly the most beautiful model, inside and out!


Carmen’s stunning dress by Lela Rose was perfect for the Mexican setting, and the entire look put together by LA-based bridal stylist, Maradee Wahl.


And her rustic bridal bouquet, in addition to all the flowers and decor were created by the local Los Cabos team ELENA DAMY, who rivals the best florists in the world, if you ask us!

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If you get married at Rancho Pescadero, you even have a donkey at your door for fun photo ops!


The ceremony took place on the sand, facing the Pacific Ocean.  It’s a beautifully wide beach that’s ideal for events (and fireworks at the end).  The overall design and creative direction for the shoot was created by the Dallas-based destination wedding planner, Stefanie Miles Events, who took this project on like it was her own daughter’s big day!

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There are too many amazing images by Sarah Kate, Photographer, so we’re sharing the reception inspiration tomorrow.  Be sure to check back then for more beach wedding and Mexico destination wedding ideas!


To see the entire destination and photo shoot come to life in video, check out this beautiful short film by Candlelight Films.

Photo Shoot Team: Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer, Location, Cocktails, Small Bites, Churros: Rancho Pescadero, Creative Direction: Stefanie Miles Events, Design Production, Floral Design: ELENA DAMY, Hair + Makeup: The Troublefield Lifestyle, Invitations, Leather + Paper Goods: Méldeen, Welcome Box/Gifts: Teak & Twine, Bridal + Menswear Styling, Bridal Accessories: Maradee Wahl Bridal Stylist, Earrings: SBG Designs, Menswear: Friar Tux, Bridal Gown: The Magnolia Tree, Bridal Gown: Lela Rose (Spring 2016 Bridal), Videographer: Candlelight Films, Transportation: Transcabo, Female Model: Carmen Laborin / Bodas Destino Latinoamerica, Local Tourism Company: Fideicomiso de Turismo | Baja California Sur,  Male Model: Eugenio Dubernard, Mariachi: Mariachi Cabo, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen


Intimate Purple + White Wedding in Hawaii


Alison and Jason selected the Kukahiko Estate on Maui for their Hawaiian destination wedding with friends and family. The couple’s wedding photographer, Anna Kim Photography, shared with us their story.

“They hand-picked this beautiful venue based on location, proximity to the beach, view, amenities, and privacy.”


“Alison was the epitome of an elegant beach bride in her strapless, lace gown and sequined sandals. Her adorable daughters trailed behind her in little white dresses and matching headbands.”

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“Jason waited on the pristine, oceanfront lawn for his bride–looking sophisticated in his charcoal gray suit. I still can’t help but smile looking back through these photographs– everyone beamed with excitement and overflowed with elation.” 


“We absolutely adore witnessing the beautiful and pure love that bonds a family. The celebration of Alison and Jason was such a joy to be a part of. Witnessing the amazement reflected in the eyes of the two little girls as the day unfolded and to be able to capture all of the beautiful moments was such a touching and rewarding reminder of why we chose this profession.”


Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ajja and Alyssa of Anna Kim Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Coordination: Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events, Floral Design: Petals, Wedding Venue: Kukahiko Estate, Catering: Maui Catering Services, Hair + Makeup: Salon 253, Musician: Derick Sebastian, Officiant: Kahu Kekoa Yap, Rentals: Rio Event Design


Blush Pink + Grey Seaside Wedding in Maui, Hawaii

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Vanessa and Drew held their destination wedding in Maui, a place where the couple had first vacationed together. Their wedding planner, Lilian of Just Merried Events, shared a bit of the behind the scenes from this big day with us: Vanessa and Drew knew exactly where they wanted to get married – they had vacationed in Maui together before and fell in love with the island. They even seriously considered moving to Hawaii after their trip. The couple knew they wanted their closest friends and family to experience beautiful Maui the way they did, so a destination wedding was in the works!

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Being the foodies that they were, the couple discovered Sugar Beach Events, owned and operated by an accomplished chef, because they knew the food would be the most important factor here. And in fact, the food was impeccable, taste, presentation, and all! And on top of all that, the venue is situated steps from the sand on Sugar Beach – the guests had an ocean view during the ceremony & cocktail hour and got a front row viewing of the gorgeous Maui sunset.

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Vanessa is a bride with incredible style! She knew exactly what she wanted, and the traditional white gown was not for her. She selected a gorgeous Maggie Sottero blush colored gown to follow her wedding color palette (pinks and greys). The embroidered bodice was beaded with Swarovski crystals and the trumpet silhouette was completed with a draped organza flared skirt – completely luxe! She definitely made the right choice because she looked STUNNING and groom Drew could not stop saying “WOW!” during their first look.

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Yes, this was a beach wedding, but bride Vanessa did not want to sacrifice style and class with the usual laid back beach theme. Vanessa’s glamorous gown really embodies the look and feel of the whole wedding. The couple incorporated elements such as hanging chandeliers, mercury glass vases, and silver rosette and pink sequin linens to keep things glamorous. Their wedding invitations were printed on delicate scalloped handkerchiefs and tied in silver ribbon. Even their wedding cake was an elegant work of art, carefully designed with beautiful ruffled tiers.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jovanni Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony/Reception Location, Lighting, and Caterer: Sugar Beach Events, Cake: Maui Cake Fanatics, Wedding Planner: Just Merried Events, Floral Design: Dellables Wedding Design & Florals, Entertainment (Band): Marvin Tevaga Music, Entertainment (DJ/MC): Maui DJ Services, Invitations & Paper Goods: Etsy – The Busy Bee, Hair & Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry, Officiant: Rev. Valentine G. Rosete Jr., Videographer: Amari Productions, Photo Booth: Bamboo Shootz


Glam Beach Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Amanda and Anthony tied the knot at a gorgeous destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they landed after traveling from their home in Chicago (a city that actually helped bring them together when the bride met then moved in next door to her groom).


Once the pair were engaged, they planned a trip to Puerto Vallarta to scout potential wedding venues. Amanda tells us a bit about their story: I have been going to Puerto Vallarta with my family for 20 years now, so I was extremely excited to show him my favorite places and to explore the possibility of having our wedding there. When we got to PV, Anthony fell just as in love with the town as I already was. We looked at several options and in the end he chose the same resort I had been going to since I was a child, Club Regina, as our venue. We came home from the trip and knew in our hearts that we had found our perfect wedding venue for several reasons.

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I have always dreamed about an outdoor beach wedding, and after seeing a few wedding plans ruined with the weather in the mid-west, I knew an outdoor wedding in Mexico would be fool proof. The other extremely important thing for us was to choose a location that was accessible for our friends and family, as we wanted to be able to invite everyone on our list, regardless of location.

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Once the venue was chosen, I reached out to Kristin of Dazzling Details. In providing Kristin with my vision of our big day, I also let her know we were expecting upwards of 150 people. Kristin advised me to also engage Priscilla of Prisar Eventos as our wedding planner. Once the all-star team was in place I began dreaming up my vision of the perfect wedding.

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Perfection in my mind was modern yet romantic, on the beach, and with as many chandeliers as you can imagine! Since I had not yet met Kristin or Priscilla in person, we planned a “girls trip” (aka Bachelorette party #1) down to Puerto Vallarta. The trip included my MOH and our moms (who are also best friends). On the planning trip we narrowed down many of the key details including the use of metallic colors, ghost chairs, a Michigan State University themed step and repeat, a donkey, fireworks, after dinner snacks, tequila tasting, cigar bar and many other amazing details.

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The theme of the wedding was also set as “All you need is Love and the Beach” which was incorporated from the invitations and the wedding gifts, to the pillows at the wedding and the after dinner churro snack bags. The day was truly perfection and the best day of our lives, so far!


Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Elizabeth Lloyd Photography

Wedding Vendors: Cake Designer: Charme Reposteria, Reception Venue: Club Regina – Patio Los Arcos, Floral Designer: Dazzling Blooms, Cinema and Video: inloop wedding cinema, Band: La Joya de Mexico, Event Planner: Prisar Weddings and Events, DJ:Proyecto Winners, Lighting: Proyecto Winners, Design and Decor: The Dazzling Details