This gorgeous Los Cabos soiree by Floataway Studios is what destination dreams are made of. The breathtaking setting, the rustic meets organic vibe, the soft color palette of yellow and gray, the succulent-filled florals by Florenta Flower Design... There isn't a moment of this charming affair that I don't absolutely adore. Not to mention the very (very) stunning bride and groom, who just so happen to fill each and every single photo with pure joy... and, trust me, you won't be able to help, but smile. So, join me in the gallery for all of the pretty and then stay tuned for even more lovely from Floataway Studios below! (Hint: It's an amazing film!)
As promised, we are sending you off into the weekend with one very fabulous film by Floataway Studios! Enjoy!
From the Bride... After a whirlwind year together, Greg proposed and we began planning the most significant day of our lives thus far. With family spread out all over the globe, we quickly decided that a destination wedding was the best fit for us, and luckily came across the absolutely gorgeous Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, in Los Cabos, Mexico. Dreams Los Cabos provided the perfect backdrop for our day: sweeping views of the Sea of Cortez from the garden ceremony location, an intimate pool reception, lots of palm trees and all the sunshine we could ask for!
One of the most important elements of our day was how it would be chronicled, and Greg & I felt quite blessed to come across Mary & Scott of Floataway Studios. They are both absolutely gifted in their respective fields (photography and videography), and made us feel absolutely comfortable in front of the lens. It is an amazing moment to look back at your photos and watch the most important moments of your day unfold. (The expression on Greg's face as I walked down the aisle as captured by Mary, is something that I will absolutely cherish forever!)
When setting out the vision of what I wanted the day to look like, I tried to keep it as simple as possible: sunny yellow contrasted with sea glass, organic burlap fabrics, wood-grained paper details and reclaimed barn wood. One of my favorite decor elements of the wedding were the vintage glass beer bottles we used for flowers at the reception - I spent months hunting down those just-perfect blue-green colors until I had the perfect collection! We wanted a warm, rustic feel contrasted with the bright, airy-ness of the resort setting, and all of the small details came together beautifully. Another detail we felt necessary to incorporate was our shared love for Rob Ryan, the paper-cut artist. Greg surprised me earlier in the year with a Rob Ryan brooch that said "Our Adventure is About to Begin." I wore it clipped to my bouquet. Our wedding programs featured a beautiful excerpt from Rob Ryan's book "This Is For You" in tribute of Greg's mother, who passed away in 2009, shortly before we met. (I wear her wedding ring on my right hand.)
One element that was very important for me to incorporate was my Greek heritage. Going against the grain and not having a "big fat Greek wedding" was a first in our family, but I was determined to bring a little bit of Greek to Los Cabos! A fun tradition that occurs at Greek weddings is the "breaking of the bread." This custom entails that the bride and groom fight over a large loaf of bread (Which was lovingly baked by my best friend and brought over from Toronto!), to win the larger piece. The person who succeeds in obtaining the larger half will ultimately "wear the pants" in the relationship and be the dominant decision maker. Coming from a long line of very strong-willed women, I was absolutely sure I would win! The photos tell the hilarious story - needless to say, I am a very poor loser!
After an evening filled with dancing, cocktails, and a lot of humidity, we surprised our guests by leading them down to the beach, and asking them to send a wish into the sky for us by lighting a floating lantern. Our guests were so surprised, and we had so much fun with our toes in the sand, watching the lanterns drift off into the night sky!
Wedding Photography + Videography: Floataway Studios / Wedding Location: Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa / Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride's Bracelet + Necklace (Day-After Session): Stella & Dot / Bride's Veil: Paloma Blanca / Floral Design: Florenta Flower Design / Brooch Clipped to Bride's Bouquet: Rob Ryan / Cake Topper: Lollipop Workshop / Hand-stitched Guest Book: Brooklyn Bookbinder / Just Married Burlap Banner: Victoria Station / Garter: Rosebud Lips / Groom + Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six / Wedding Program, Signage, Table Numbers, Seating Cards, Tags + Burlap Table Runners: The Bride / Bride's Wedding Ring + Engagement Ring: Tacori / Bride's Hair + Make-up: Neysa Berman of Blanc Salon