Destination Wedding Paper Details by Laura Hooper

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We’re big fans of our friend Laura Hooper of Laura Hooper Calligraphy – her work is pretty amazing and we can never get enough!  While we were hanging around her Etsy page recently, we stumbled across some great new destination wedding accessories and paper goods we wanted to share with you!  If you’re looking for unique ideas to weave in your location or love of travel into your wedding reception, then look no further!   From custom hemstitch cocktail napkins to mini telescope place cards – the ideas are endless!

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Of course shells always make the perfect accessory for a beach wedding!

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Don’t forget about cocktail hour!  It’s not all about the paper details!  For more destination wedding ideas from Laura Hooper, check out her website here and her Etsy page here!

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Destination Wedding Invitation – Mexico

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Today we’re taking a little inspiration from one of our favorite places – Cabo, Mexico.  This fabulous destination wedding invitation was designed by the talented Laura Hooper of Laura Hooper Calligraphy.  Inspired by the destination wedding venue, the One&Only Palmilla, Laura took the tile pattern from the property and letterpressed it into a design on the couple’s wedding invitation.  Brilliant way to bring in the location to the invitation!  But she wasn’t done there…

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This invitation came complete in a sack tied with a hand lettered name tag for each guest!  Inside was not only the invitation (in colors befitting the property and location) but a custom wedding map of the region for guests to get a feel for the area.

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And possibly my favorite idea – a weather card!  In this case it was sunny, sunny, sunny every day of the itinerary (which included multiple events and cards for each).  Even though the weather didn’t change, it was a fun way to get guests excited about the vacation to come!

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Now this is one wedding I wouldn’t miss with an invitation like this!  Thanks Laura for sharing!

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 All Photos: MiBelle Photography


Paper Airplane Destination Wedding Ideas

Paper airplanes don’t just have to be delegated to elementary school projects anymore, they make the perfect little detail to really get guests in the destination wedding mood too! Save the dates, invitations, decor and even accessories? Oh yes, not a wedding element left unturned when it comes to turning these classic DIY toys into a wedding theme. Incorporating them into your paper goods is first thought, whether you mail out paper planes to announce your wedding, or use miniature ones as place cards!

paper-airplane-wedding-invitationsPhoto Credits (Clockwise from top left): Boarding Pass Invitation by “I Do” It Yourself, Airplane Invitation via Growing Home, Escort Cards via Once Wed

You can also craft these nostalgic items as decor, string them into garlands or turn them into cupcake toppers. Perhaps a paper airplane send off is more your style than a sparkler getaway? It would certainly make for fantastic pictures at an outdoor wedding! Don’t let the word paper stop you either. These paper airplane inspired rings would make great bridesmaid gifts. And those push pins? Perfect for holding pinning escort cards in their place! It’s time to get creative!

paper-airplane-wedding-ideasPhoto Credits (Clockwise from top): Airplane Garland Photo by Ashley Rose Photography via JL Designs, Airplane Sendoff Photo by Rojo Foto Design via Style Me Pretty, Airplane Bouquet via Rachael Ray, Cupcake Toppers via My House of Giggles, Cake Topper via Love The Day, Garland by Jeff Loves Jessica via Style Me Pretty, Pushpins via See Jane Work, Ring via Bird on the Wire

How would you incorporate paper airplanes into your destination wedding?


Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding

mexico destination weddingDana and Josue shared their wedding day with 40 of their closest friends and family in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Extending the celebration beyond just the wedding day, the group spent five days in villas in a private community, making Mexico their temporary (and oh-so luxurious) home.  Before the wedding, guests were surprised with a dinner cruise (which doubled as a rehearsal dinner) to the Arch of Cabo, the sea lion colony and over to the Pacific side of the region.  As Dana recalls, “Our guests were ecstatic beyond belief and it was the PERFECT event for the day before the wedding!”

But before they set sail on their wedding adventure, Dana got down to details!  The couple incorporated paper products perfectly themed for their destination wedding.  Guests were invited to attend via a passport themed invitation with a boarding pass RSVP by Custom Paper Works and a save the date was sent to look like a vintage postcard from Mexico.passport themed wedding invitationsThe big day took place on a private beach, away from it all, in the exclusive seaside community of Palmilla Cove.  Following the ceremony, guests ventured up to Club Ninety-Six for a poolside reception and celebration.  The couple wanted a location that was both meaningful to them and affordable.  Josue’s parents were both born in Mexico and the groom’s sister and brother-in-law had a house in the community so it became the perfect spot to give them ample time with loved ones, while remaining budget conscious.cabo san lucas weddingDana and Josue welcomed their guests in style!  Not only did each couple receive a welcome bag filled with swag and tasty goodies, but included in them were perfectly planned and of course, customized weekend itineraries by Boda Belle Events & Design!  No paper product detail was overlooked at this destination wedding!destination wedding invitationsThe ceremony took place right on the sand.  The ceremony structure was build and dressed with orchids in the bride’s DIY style, while starfish dressed the guests’ chairs.  The beautiful bridal bouquet was adorned with a pearl ring wrapped around it, given to her to use by her maid of honor (the ring previously belonging to the MOH’s grandmother). cabo wedding

cabo san lucas weddingNo beach wedding is complete without a few spectacular shots in the sand!Cabo destination weddingsThe bride continued to get involved in the prep and creative process by creating her own ceremony programs attached to a fan, and making luggage tag escort cards for the reception.  While their guest book was a custom wedding tree by Paper Thick Ink for guests to imprint with their fingerprint in recongition of their attendance.  What a wonderful family heirloom to have! ideas for destination weddingsDana wanted a wedding that featured her favorite colors and blended seamlessly with the natural surroundings.  And so, she created just that.  “The colors blue/green represented the blue sky and the green foliage, and gold represented the sun.”  And the vintage luggage tag escort cards blended it all together flawlessly.palmilla weddingBut perhaps the most original detail of this amazing event was the groom’s cake!  A bottle of Patron, just right for their Mexico locale.  Dana and Josue used each and every opportunity they could to make their wedding personal, travel-friendly, and fabulous!Grooms cake ideasTo close out the night with a grand finale, the couple surprised their guests with a nine member mariachi band!cabo mariachis

Congratulations Dana and Josue!

Destination Wedding Photographer: LifeAsArt Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Club Ninety-Six, a private club in Villas Del Mar community, Passport Invitations: Custom Paper Works, Postcard Save the Dates: Beyond Design, Program: Bride DIY & Bliss Wedding Market, Hair & Makeup: Suzanne Morel, Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee, Wedding Dress: Forever Yours, Groom and Groomsmen: Customized Shirts by Wedding Tropics, Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein for Men’s Warehouse, Garter: Florrie Mitton Couture, Gown Sash: One Happy Girl, Rehearsal Dinner Cruise: Cabo Mar, Welcome Bag Itineries: Boda Belle Events & Design, Photo Props: Maro Designs, “Señor and Señora” Chair Signs: The Back Porch Shoppe, Wedding Tree Guest Book: Paper Thick Ink