This gorgeous burst of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered on this chilly February morning. I’m pretty much obsessed with its bright and cheery color palette and how it mixes so beautifully with the subtle tones of the beach. The details captured oh-so-perfectly by Brooke Beasley Photography are so pretty, your fingers will be tired from pinning them all morning. Click here for even more!

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From the bride… I wanted to create a colorful rustic beach wedding theme with an Asian flair. My husband is half-Japanese and I really wanted to honor his heritage. After many months of searching online wedding blogs and googling beach weddings, I found little things here and there that worked for me and my vision.

I had always dreamed of being on a beach and saying “I Do” with the ocean in the background. My dream became reality November 5th, 2011. Destination weddings are only for the strong, imaginative, and trusting. You really have to trust that it will come together and take frequent deep breaths. I really wanted to incorporate a local feel in my big day. My fiance (now husband) and I ended up making our own centerpieces. Thankfully he is in construction because he made the rustic wooden boxes I wanted, and I stained them. We found local succulents and cactus that we loved and filled the boxes with sand and planted them. We put a small paper lantern on each box that really added a colorful touch. I also wanted to welcome guests with bags we had created online. Inside were local Mexican candies, natural Mexican juices, bottled water, hand sanitizers,  a local map and an event timeline. We found small cowbells while we were in La Paz that my fiance said we should put on each chair for the guests to ring for “the kiss.” They ended up being a big hit! I loved the idea of the guest book being on clothes pins and string in between palm trees at the cocktail lounge area. The cake was the topper for me and was made my father, who lives in Mexico. It was a passion fruit cake filled with passion fruit curd a mascarpone cream frosting wrapped in while chocolate. It was made with locally grown organic Mayacuya passion fruit. We enjoyed a small wedding party of a few close relatives. All of the little touches were perfect and it was more beautiful then I imagined.

We ended up making it a wedding weekend filled with events to be talked about for a lifetime. We had a welcome dinner the day before at my father’s restaurant. Guests enjoyed freshly-made brick oven pizza! It was a great opportunity for the wedding group to mingle — the high desert location on a landscaped patio with luminaries surrounding the dining area made for a magical night. The casual post-wedding brunch was also at my father’s restaurant. He prepared an amazing chile relleno frittata (a spin off of my grandmother’s recipe) and fresh fruit. It was a great way to end an unforgettable destination experience.  

Wedding Photography: Brooke Beasley Photography / Wedding Venue: La Concha Beach Resort in La Paz, Mexico / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal (Style #2005) via Glamour Closet / Shoes: Bandolino (Jillie) via Zappos / DJ: Adan Mijares of DJ Mijares / La Paz Wedding Planner: Ana Fernandez / Decorations: Inspired by Luna Bazaar / Hair + Makeup: Alisse Galde of Daredevils & Queens Salon (707-548-8319) / Ceremony Programs, Customized Menus, Poem Cards, Welcome Bags, + Table Numbers: Printed via Zazzle / Welcome Dinner + Post-Wedding Brunch: Cafe El Triunfo (Chef/Owner Marc Spahr is the Bride’s Father)

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