Destination I Do
Friday, August 3, 2012

Destination Wedding Mexico: A Couple's Cabo Dream!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Geoff Johnson Photography

Some 85% of engaged couples consider a destination wedding at one time or another. Anna and Chris were no exception, but began planning a hometown wedding in South Dakota before they realized it wasn’t what they truly wanted. “From the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding,” recalls the bride. “We started planning a large hometown wedding, but Chris kept coming back to me saying we should go to the beach and get married. Although I was hesitant at first, I called my mom one day and told her I wanted to have a destination wedding on the beach. We had already booked a few things at home, but I told her that it was what Chris and I wanted and it was the wedding we really dreamed about. I didn’t expect her to me as excited as she was, but that only assured my decision in having a destination wedding. Deep down, Chris and I knew a destination wedding on the beach fit our personalities and was exactly what we wanted.”

After Anna got her mom on board, this family-oriented couple called the rest of their families to make sure everyone would be willing to make the trek to Los Cabos, Mexico. The couple was met with support all around and it took no time at all before everyone was counting down the days to a beautiful beach destination wedding in Mexico. The bride took a few scouting trips and discovered Hacienda Cocina y Cantina as her dream ceremony and reception venue. With a clean, elegant feel and a private beach, the couple signed on the dotted line.

The couple continued to be considerate of their guests throughout the planning process. “Before we sent out the save-the-dates, we priced out flights and the all-inclusive hotel where our guests stayed (Melia Cabo Real) for different lengths of time. We had pricing for three days all the way up to seven days. On our save-the-dates we included the pricing and the travel agent’s information whom we worked with. Our save-the-dates went out almost nine months before the wedding to allow people to prepare, plan and budget if they were attending. We also put a wedding website together with all the details of traveling, passport information and transportation information. We wanted the trip to be easy for people to plan and didn’t want them to have to think about anything, except having a fun-filled vacation!”

It’s clear from the photos that the couple’s months of hard work and planning payed off in spades. And, in case you were wondering, they don’t regret canceling their hometown wedding in favor of a destination weddingfor a second! “I think I would have been more stressed out planning a wedding at home,” says Anna. “I know our numbers would have been a lot more had we gotten married in our hometown. I absolutely loved having 90 people there. By the night of our wedding, everyone was best friends and I didn’t have to worry about talking to every single person. We are so thankful we got to spend the week with the people who mean the most to us!”

“Having a destination wedding was everything I imagined and more,” says the bride. “Every planning detail was exciting and I did not feel stressed or worried about what the final product would look like. I trusted the people I was working with and knew they would do a fabulous job. I would plan a destination wedding a million times over again! It was truly amazing and I had so much fun doing it.”

Photographer: Geoff Johnson Photography
Wedding Planner: One Happenings
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Hacienda Cocina y Cantina
Florist: Mazarte Floral
Stationery: Inclosed Studio
Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Santorelli
Bridesmaid’s Clothing Designer: J. Crew

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