Destination Wedding at Sunset Da Mona Lisa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Taryn and Jeffrey tied the knot at their Cabo San Lucas, Mexico destination wedding at the popular Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, overlooking El Arco and the beautiful ocean. The big day came together with lots of personal touches that Taryn shared with us here.

We selected the location by pictures online through Alec & T website and saw the breathtaking venue Sunset Mona Lisa. We decided to have dinner there, when we did a venue visit 6 months prior. We couldn’t have been more sure, it was definitely the place we wanted to get married. The views, the food, the staff. It was literally like we were on top of the world.

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My favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my brother to greet my husband. I couldn’t wait to see him. It was overwhelming how beautiful day was. It was a sense of relief knowing that everything we had planned for had come down to that moment. The party was amazing. I loved seeing my friends and family so happy.

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My husband is allergic to flowers so I wanted something that wasn’t going to set him off during the reception. I had asked T what we could do that didn’t involve flowers, she said succulents are always a beautiful option and go well with the Mexico vibe. I then started looking at Pinterest and showed Be That Bride Events my vision and it was done exactly how I had pictured it.

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The couple’s advice for other destination wedding brides and grooms?  Pick your vendors in this order, photographer, venue, entertainment, flowers. Definitely get a wedding coordinator, it will make a world of difference. Also, I would suggest having a travel agent that all of your guests go through to book hotel reservations. I ended up having to do a lot of the legwork in making sure there wasn’t any issues.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Alec & T Photography & Video

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: Be That Bride Events, Venue: Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, Flowers & Décor: Baja Flowers, Hair & Makeup: Neysa Quintana, DJ: Roberto Contreras, Live Music: Kilometro Band, Rentals: Prestige Events, Favors: Maracas Mexico, Transportation: El Arco Omar Pintos

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Beach Wedding at Cabo Surf Hotel

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Curt and Tara tied the knot in a beautiful beach destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at the Cabo Surf Hotel. We asked the couple to dish about their big day and here’s what they had to say.

 Curt and I both have been traveling down to Cabo since 1989, having purchased a home in San Jose we wanted this location so we could share it with our friends and family.  The Cabo Surf hotel is a 5 min walk from our home, the location of the hotel is absolutely stunning. No where in the Cabo area can you find a hotel that caters to everyone, has a casual atmosphere, amazing views and reasonable priced rooms.

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I had an amazing team the event coordinators got to know me, my personality, likes/dislikes, how I wanted the night to feel, how I wanted my guests to feel and it just all came together.  I might have been a little more difficult as I didn’t have a set color or design but I knew how I wanted the night to play out and they all made it happen.

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I have a few favourite moments and this isn’t my first time at the BBQ this is Curt and I’s second and last marriage and we knew we wanted everyone to have a great time.  My first favourite is both Curt and I coming down kicking our sandals off and joining our guests down on the beach having cocktails under the canopy around casual loungers and Curt and I looking at each other and saying okay lets get this party started….my second would be our first two dances we couldn’t decide so our first one was Loving you Easy going right into Chicken Fried both by Zac Brown Band and just as Chicken Fried was ending our fire works went off it was an amazing night.

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Amy was able to get some great shots I did not want posing shots, I wanted fun shots of everyone having a great time and she got so many of them.  

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We have had so many of our guests say we have ruined any other weddings for them, not only was the Welcome Dinner fun, the wedding was a blast but the whole week was simply amazing.  I remember my first wedding at 21 years of age everything was to make each others families happy, well second time around it was all about us having fun, sharing a week with our friends and family, and truly feeling grateful and blessed to have them all in our lives.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Amy Bennett Photography

Wedding Vendors: Event Planner: Amy Abbott Events, Hair Stylist: Blanc On-Location Salon, Reception Venue, Food + Beverage: Cabo Surf Hotel, Musicians: Kilometro Band, Floral Designer + Decor: Pina Hernandez, Decor: Del Cabo Event Design, Cocktail Music: Mariachi Nuevo Jalisciense, Printed Items: Pilar Arrieta

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Blush Pink + Gray Destination Wedding Overlooking Cabo San Lucas

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Mariana and Mark tied the knot in a beautiful Oceanside destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The location had a special meaning for the pair, who shared their big day behind-the-scenes with us!

Cabo was the very first trip we took together.  We really connected on that trip and on the last day there Mark asked me to be his girlfriend! From then on Cabo always held a special place in our hearts. We also liked the idea of getting married by the ocean (we also got engaged by the ocean in Cancun) and thought it would be a great vacation place for all of our guests to enjoy.   

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The ocean was a big inspiration for our decor. Both our ceremony and reception were by the ocean so we wanted our guests to feel like they were in Mexico at an elegant party by the ocean. Our wedding planner and photographer also showed us a lot of great ideas to choose from.

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We had a chuppah with flowers and the ocean as a backdrop for the ceremony. The colors of our wedding were silver, light pink, and ivory. We wanted a soft elegant feel.

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Favorite moments for the couple? We have many of them but our ultimate two favorite moments are 1. When we got to ride the horse carriage!  I felt like a princess with my prince, and 2. the fireworks!! They were so spectacular and no one was expecting them to be as grand as they were.  Both the horse carriage and the fireworks were surprises for the guests! No one knew about them, not even our parents!  

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For cocktail hour we had margaritas and a full mariachi band to get the fun started. As centerpieces we had flowers submerged in water which looked beautiful.  

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One of our favorites that we had a lot of fun with was our cake topper; we had bobble heads made that looked just like us!

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We asked the bride and groom for their advice for other destination couples: Our advice would be to find a great wedding planner and photographer who will bring your vision to life.  Send out save the dates at least 6 months in advance and invitations at least 3 months in advance so that guests can plan their trip accordingly. If possible, make a couple of trips to your destination location so that you can plan things with your planner and visualize the concepts. Also, enjoy tastings of the amazing food and cake! (we went to Cabo about 3-4 times before the big day).

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Alec & T Photography and Video

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Cabo del Sol Golf Course Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Reception Venue: Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Wedding Planner: Be That Bride Events, Wedding Planners and Design, Minister: Marco Arechiga, Ceremony Music: Trio los Mosquitos, Mariachi: Mariachi Mi Tierra

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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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Todos Santos, Mexico Destination Wedding Shoot

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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