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Destination Wedding in San Jose Del Cabo Mexico from Alison White Photography

I always feel a bit spoiled when pouring over Destination weddings. Spending hours on end drooling over details in some of the most fabulous places on eart does feel a wee bit indulgent. But luckily for all of us, that’s exactly what SMP Destination is all about. Bringing you weddings like this one from Amy Abbott Events shot by Alison White that feels so incredibly decadent you can’t believe there isn’t a catch. It’s just pure gorgeous, and there is even more to devour right here.

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From Alison White Photography….Heather and Matt live in Colorado, in one of the snowiest places in the country, so they decided to get away from it all and marry in sunny San Jose del Cabo, Baja Sur, Mexico. For their friends and family who made it, it was well worth the trip. They planned a week’s worth of activities, but for the wedding they chose the beautiful Campestre Beach Club where they married on the sand in front of the Sea of Cortez amid breaching whales and jumping Manta Rays. Baja was a wonderful choice in February; plenty of sun, but not too hot and a nice getaway from the cold winter.

Heather was inspired by the beachy tans, blushes and pale colors of the desert landscape, and her idea of a perfect wedding was a whimsical, yet elegant event, and one where everyone felt comfortable. They married on the beach, where a small boardwalk was set up, so that the ladies had no trouble walking in their shoes. They said their vows under a gorgeous canopy decorated lavishly with pale roses, white orchids and driftwood. It looked unbelievable under the deep blue Mexican sky! Heather and Matt included all ten of their nieces and nephews in the wedding. The girls carried nosegays and the boys held large vintage jingle bells with coordinating blush colored ribbons.

A romantic place card table designed ‘to inspire the love in all of us’ greeted the guests for the cocktail hour. They found their names hanging on a huge, decorative piece of wooden burl, on old tags attached to skeleton keys, and the table continued the vintage, beachy theme with mercury glass vases, creamy roses and orchids, succulents, and driftwood. Heather’s mother shared heart shaped sunglasses with many of the guests, and the reception was filled with ‘lovers’.

There were details to delight everywhere you looked, from the tequila bar on an antique cart to the crystal chandeliers lighting the dancing crowd with a ceiling of open sky. The mirrored bar held golden letters spelling ‘amor’, for all to remember just why they were all here.

After a few heartfelt toasts, the guests enjoyed food from around the world at several fabulous dinner stations. From the best oysters many had ever tasted to creative salads with locally grown ingredients to authentic Mexican fare, there was a flavor for every palate.

Everything was custom made for Heather and Matt to create a great Cabo experience including the bar and tables, and even the runners and napkins. Glass chargers with gold rims greeted diners at their seats, and the combination of round and long tables were decorated with driftwood, dendrobium orchids, succulents and pink roses, as well as mercury glass vases and gold chiavari chairs. A vintage lounge complete with overstuffed pillows in complimenting colors of pinks and tans allowed guests to rest in between dancing, and watch the ocean, and when the sun went down, many sat around the large fire pit to ward off the chill.

Heather and Matt kicked off the party with an unbelievable dance to a fantastic live version of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Everyone danced the night away to the live music of Kilometro. But the best surprises from the bride’s father were the Salsa dancers who came to teach the gringos a thing or two. Finally, a phenomenal display of fireworks delighted everyone with a memorable detail that truly made Heather and Matt’s wedding a night to remember.

Floral Design: Pina Hernandez | Cake: Deena Fisher | Caterer: Lazy Gourmet Catering | Band: Kilometro | Ceremony Music: Los Mosquitos Trio | Guitarist: James Darryl Currie | Hair + Makup: Neysa Berman | Lighting + Design + Decor: Oxten | Photogapher: Alison White | Salsa Dancers: Habana Sweet | Venue: Campestre Beach Club Cabo San Lucas | Wedding Planner + Design Consultant: Amy Abbott Events

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Mexico Wedding at Now Sapphire Resort from NC Photography

My official vacation doesn’t start for two whole days (woot!), but this breathtaking affair from NC Photography?  Well, it has me wishing it was tomorrow… and in sunny Mexico to boot.  Because one look at these drop-dead gorgeous nuptials was all it took to start dreaming of crashing ocean waves, clear blue skies and sandy goodness beneath my toes.  It’s the kind of day that is rich beautiful details, love-filled moments and crazy gorgeous imagery.  In other words, it’s a virtual vacation getaway right here in the full gallery.

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Following the most romantic proposal at the Banff Springs Castle, Banff Alberta on December 28th, 2011 I said yes to spending the rest of my life with Tyler! We instantly agreed upon a destination wedding, as it would be the perfect setting for a personal, intimate gathering with immediate family and close friends. We envisioned turquoise seas, white sands, and blue skies as being the perfect backdrop for our vows. We wanted rustic, classic, timeless, romantic, if you will; with all the casualties of a destination wedding, and Tyler wanted to make my dreams come true.

We researched endlessly for the perfect resort and venue and finally came across Now Sapphire, a 5 diamond resort in the Mayan Riviera-Mexico. I immediately envisioned lanterns, candlelight, chandeliers, white linens, and roses everywhere. 

Having found the perfect venue, it was on to the dress. After countless visits to popular bridal boutiques in Canada and many hours of online research,  I finally found my dream dress. Eldorado by Enzoani! A mermaid gown made of lace with tulle overlay, a sweetheart neckline-delicately covered by illusional lace straps, fitted bodice with a hand crafted floral corsage on the waist and chapel train. It was stunning and everything I envisioned.

For my bridesmaids, I chose long gowns with layers of silk chiffon — a soft romantic color palette of  ivory, nude, blush, soft grey, and taupe in the Jenny Yoo collection. The dress was perfect as it could be worn strapless, halter, one shouldered and flattering for any body type. Each bridesmaid would wear colors from the palette in a style that was flattering for their body.  Bouquets of multi-colored roses; ivory, pale pink, peach with coral infusions would tied the palette together beautifully. 

For the groomsmen, we wanted everyone to feel comfortable. Linen blended beige pants, ivory shirts and linen vests with a warm grey tie from Stu Moores Clothiers suited the boys perfectly!

The morning of the wedding… We woke up to the sound of waves crashing beneath our ocean view suite at the Now Sapphire. Room service arrived promptly at 8am to serve us breakfast and mimosas. We wanted to spend the morning together and parted ways after a morning walk on the beach; it was a beautiful way to start our day.

Following hair and makeup at the Spa, my mother and bridesmaids joined in my room to dress and spent the rest of the morning together sipping champagne. It was so special to have everyone with me on my big day. I wore my hair up, in a large bun, as I felt it was a classic/timeless look.  My make-up was soft with hues of rose and smoky eye to finish.

I gave my bridesmaids jewelry that would accent their dresses. They wore Lucia necklace and bracelet, and delicate drop earrings from the Stella and Dot collection. Layers of pearls in ivory, taupe, blush and champagne was a little extra to add to the soft romantic look I was going for. I wanted the girls to feel important and beautiful; they were radiant!

The Ceremony… When I arrived at the terrace the set up was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. After months of planning my wedding via email I was a little unsure as to how my requests would be received or interpreted. Our wedding planner, Ramon,  couldn’t have done a better job at understanding me and my personal taste.

The bridal party walked down the aisle to the instrumental Marry Me by Train. Arm in arm with my parents, I made my grand entrance while walking to the instrumental A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Following the most beautiful ceremony and vow exchange we proceeded down the aisle to the instrumental Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran. It was the perfect ending to our ceremony. As the ceremony was directly below the terrace where we would have our reception, we joined there to thank everyone for coming. Everyone had been so touched emotionally by the ceremony; Tyler and I had never felt more loved. The servers immediately greeted us and our guests with a glass of champagne and we toasted our unity and hopes of a long happy life.

Cocktail tables were dressed in Ivory linens and dressed with a blush satin sash; a guest book table with a custom guest book created by Chantille through Mixbook for the guests to sign and leave well wishes; a large vintage bird cage-purchased from Annie McGuire Interiors, Medicine Hat, AB, to hold wedding cards, a rustic wooden box of cigars decorated the table nicely and were a nice treat for our guests. Music played softly and everyone was greeted with a signature drink; pina colada with soft pink umbrellas of course. The menu: mini crab cakes, tempura prawns with a garlic aioli dip, sushi, wings and pineapple beef skewers. Everything was a hit!

The Reception… The set up was stunning. Open starlit sky, white tiffany chairs, small rectangular tables covered in ivory linens with blush satin runners; centerpieces of roses, accompanied by candlelit vintage mini lanterns that created a sense of warmth for the evening. Custom table cards that matched the formal invites we had sent out months before; designed by Karri Montean of Borrowed Blue Wedding Designs. 

Tyler and I struggled with favor ideas forever. We didn’t want anything tacky, or anything that would be left sitting on the tables. We decided on Bath and Body works medium sized candles in tikki beach scent.

Tyler and I didn’t want our guests to be bored by lengthy speeches and long dinner. We asked that our MC keep it tasteful, classy and simple. The request was well received. It was a beautiful, emotional evening. To keep ourselves entertained, we asked that our guests wear a sombrero and have a shot of Mexican tequila; much to our surprise, this did not deter our guests from making Tyler and I kiss all evening; it was hilarious.

Nicole and her husband Shawn flew to Mexico from Calgary, AB to photograph our wedding. They are pretty much photography celebrities in Alberta. Photos are memories that will last a lifetime and we knew we had to have them.

I cannot express how thankful we are to have gone south for our wedding. We had a full week to spend time with people who love and support our relationship. There was no skimping out on the details for us. We had our fairytale wedding on the white sandy beaches of Mexico and we wouldn’t change a thing~

Photography: NC Photography | Floral Design: Now Sapphire | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Event Planning + Design: Now Sapphire | Wedding Venue: Now Sapphire

Sayulita Wedding from Captured by Aimee

If you need a little color in your day, you’ve come to the right place. Because this Sayulita soiree from the wildly talented Captured By Aimee is bursting with the kind of color that will whip a smile on your face in 2.5 seconds flat. It’s just a happy wedding, with two lovebirds in the center that couldn’t be more head over heels for each other. Oh, and there is a donkey. A super cute one, and if that’s not a good reason to dive right into this full gallery, I don’t know what is. See it all here.

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From the Bride…While neither of us wanted our wedding to be  “traditional” or “conventional” we both agreed that we wanted our wedding to feel “special.”  We fell in love with the town of Sayulita the year prior, a magical hidden gem that exudes life, love, happiness and decided this would be the place for our wedding.  We set the tone with our vintage postcard Save the Date set on the Sayulita beach wearing giant Sombreros.  Our invitations were a papel picado motif and I had an illustrator, Samantha Sleeper, hand address each with its own unique design.

I got ready at La Gran Villa at Villa Amour, getting my hair and makeup done outside on the terrace with a 360 degree unobstructed view of Sayulita.  My Jenny Packham “Eden” dress was the most insanely beautiful thing I have ever worn.  Its head to toe beading with ornate cap sleeves were both romantic and decadent.  I felt like a walking chandelier!  Our first sighting on the patio was a moment I will never forget, then we spent the next hour with our amazing photographer Aimee of Captured by Aimee laughing and taking photos around the colorful streets of Sayulita, capturing the beauty of town.

My favorite moment of the day was our grand entrance.  I rode a beautiful white donkey, named Shakira, covered in bright paper flowers and John led us through the archway at Villa Amour where all of our friends and family were waiting for us smiling and cheering.  We led our guests in a parade to the ceremony while being serenaded by a mariachi band.

The ceremony and reception took place at Don Pedro’s Palapa, an open air thatched roof venue overlooking the entire Sayulita Bay. Our guests sat in a circle around us while our close friend performed the ceremony.  We felt it was important for everyone to have a front row seat and be a part of this moment.  After the ceremony John and I went to Playa de los Muertos to take photos, and stopped on the way for some pictures in the beautiful cemetery garden.  

My vision for the reception was a colorful and romantic evening with a vintage feel. Gabriela and Guillermo of Mar Weddings executed my vision to perfection.  We filled the ceiling of La Palapa with pastel colored paper flowers and papel picado which made it feel festive, fun, and beautiful.   The table decor was my favorite detail!  We asked Gabriela to pick up different vintage plates for each of our 45 guests  at the local antique market. White linens covered with burlap table runners, and pastel flowers in mismatched flower vases spread across the tables made my vision complete!!!

Music was one of our most important details, so we hired an amazing band from Guadalajara, “Coco y Razo” who played a mix of 70′s, 80′s and current dance music while we danced the night away. The party exploded when John and I changed into traditional Mexican costumes, then had our guests join us wearing dresses, sombreros, braids, mustaches, and lucha libre masks!  Then we took turns swinging at the beautiful pastel piñata overhead and ate our favorite desert, red velvet cupcakes. We danced the night away under the stars while our guests “ooooh-and-aaaah’ed” at the surprise firework show drawing an end to our magical night…

Photography: Captured By Aimee | Photo Assistant: Christine Sargologos | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Palapa Brisa Del Mar |Catering: Don Pedro’s Restaurant | Wedding Planning + Decor: Marweddings | Dessert + Coffee Bar: Turquoise Catering | Live Music: Coco y Razo | Costumes + Props: Marweddings | Mariachi: Mariachi Azteca | Fireworks: Zagal Pirotecnia

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