Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful weddings you will ever see. It’s sophisticated and fun, intimate and elegant and all kinds of pretty. In other words, it’s Cabo San Lucas done oh-so-right, complete with seaside “I do’s” and an al fresco reception that will take your breath away. See every gorgeous moment (and there are a lot of them) captured by Amy Bennett in the full gallery.
From the Bride… We fell in love with Esperanza the moment we arrived. From the ambiance, breathtaking ocean views, endless amenities and sense of privacy, Chad and I knew we had to have our destination wedding at Esperanza! With the love & support of our families, we started the planning process which included two site visits to the beautiful Los Cabo region. Any excuse to travel to Mexico, right?
My wedding vision all started with my dress! I purchased my Lazaro gown months before we traveled to Cabo San Lucas to scout for wedding venues. We got engaged in December 2011, and I said YES to the dress two months later in February. My dress was making its first debut off the runway at Lazaro’s trunk show at Kleinfeld bridal in NYC and I had to be there! I knew the dress was the ONE from the moment I saw it on the internet. I fell in love watching a video clip from Lazaro’s fall runway show. My dress embodied exactly how I wanted to feel on my wedding day; classic, sexy and chic! I also had the opportunity to meet my gown’s designer, Perez Lazaro, twice! At my first fitting, Lazaro helped me with the alternation of the belt so it was placed in the right location to give me some curves.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire wedding planning process! I started my own amateur blog, adestinationwedding.com, shortly after we got engaged. From the numerous Pinterest wedding-themed boards, endless bridal magazines, web-searching for the best vendors Cabo had to offer, you could say I did my due diligence when it came to planning our wedding. I love all the little details that go into a wedding. I believe its the little details that truly capture the couple and their love for one another, and their guests. Some of my favorite details from our wedding was the personalized welcome totes and coozies, sparklers, chalkboard wedding program, my DIY bridal garter and having our favorite Esperanza margarita, Cabo Green, as our escort drink beverage!
Our wedding festivities in Cabo started with a Welcome Fiesta we hosted at the Hilton Los Cabo. Guests walked down to the beach to enjoy cocktails, hors d’ouevres & music. With the help of Lazy Gourmet & the Hilton, we set up the perfect space on the beach for guests to enjoy, including a lounge set, bean bags & a bonfire. The staff at the Hilton also greeted our guests with margaritas in our personalized wedding coozies. The rest of the weekend our guests enjoyed golfing at Pamilla, deep-sea fishing, rehearsal dinner at Hacienda Y Cantina, a sunset margarita cruise and bar-crawling.
We feel so special and loved that 67 of our closest family and friends traveled to Cabo San Lucas to witness Chad and I exchange our vows. Esperanza, and Cabo San Lucas will always have a huge part of my heart. We could not have chosen a more beautiful and romantic location to become husband and wife. Esperanza’s pool terrace overlooking the infinity pool and ocean will always be one of my favorite ceremony locations, not only because we got married there. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. I love feeling the breeze off the ocean as you stand there admiring all the beauty around you. After our ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour around the pool terrace. We surprised our guests with a mariachi band to start the celebration off in fun way! Our guests soon moved to the terraces of Esperanza’s restaurant, where they dined on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The sun was sunsetting as we enjoyed dinner, had our first dance by Ed Sheeran “Kiss me”, and listened to speeches by my father, Maid of Honors & Best Man. The mirror runners & candles on our long tables sparkled as the night began to darken. We transitioned to our final location at Esperanza with a sparklers send-off! Chad and I ran through our guests to our final location for dancing, cigars + cocktails. Our last surprise for our guests was a cigar bar with hand-rolled vanilla cigars to enjoy overlooking yet another beautiful terrace. DJ Mijares played music all night long. We ended the night with “Love Somebody” by Maroon 5, and afterwards I took the microphone to thank everyone for traveling to our destination wedding. We had the time of our lives!
With the help of our amazing vendors in Cabo, we had our fairytale wedding (that’s what our guests are calling it!). I can not thank Amy Bennett Photography, Elements Mixed Media, Cabo Floral, Linen, Things & More, Suzanne Morel, DJ Mijares, Lazy Gourmet and Reverend Marco Arechiga enough for their professionalism & top-notch service. Some may think planning a destination wedding is difficult, but I disagree 100%. I had the most wonderful experience. Every couple should have the opportunity to work with such amazing people.
Photography: Amy Bennett Photography | Videography: Seth Warren, Elements Mixed Media | Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Nordstrom | Jewelry: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: Suzanne Morel Face and Body Care | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Esperanza | Music: DJ Mijares | Robes: Love Ophelia | Stationery & Invitations: Beacon Lane | Wedding Design: Linens, Things and More | Wedding Totes: Wedding Chicks