Destination I Do
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Family Fiesta in Mexico

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Talia Studio

Barbara and Corey are travel fanatics and so when the time came for them to pick a spot to say “I do,” their guests weren’t surprised they would be packing their passports. The bride found the wedding destination years previously through her mom who is a florist and, thankfully, Corey was completely on board. “For the last 15 years [my mom] has been taking me down to Las Rocas to assist her with weddings,” reminisces the bride. “I fell in love the first time I witnessed a cliffside wedding there and just never let it go…I always said I would one day get married at that same spot I had witnessed so many gorgeous weddings, it’s incredible to actually have had the whole dream come true.”

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With the groom’s family traveling all the way from Australia, the couple wanted to make sure the wedding weekend was well worth it. “We chose a destination wedding because of our love for the Mexican coastline, culture and hospitality, but also to give Corey’s family from Australia a taste of Mexico,” says Barbara. “We encouraged our guests to make a mini vacation out of our wedding time and in turn we celebrated a birthday and a wedding anniversary with our guests.” 

The bride describes the overall planning process as enjoyable and successful – in large part to their on-site wedding planner at Las Rocas Resort & Spa. “I absolutely loved our experience in planning our destination wedding,” says the bride. “Although acquiring vendors in Rosarito proved to be a bit more challenging, my on-site planner Willy Llamas was able to guide me in the right direction. Trusting in him and in my friends and family was the best thing I could have done to make our day run smoothly.”

One of the more unique ideas the couple came up with in terms of décor was to incorporate their many travels. “We used the postcards we’ve collected over the past couple years and set them up as a sign-in box where guests could pick a place they wanted to travel to and write their thoughts, advice and well wishes for us before dropping them in our 19th century travel trunk that is a family heirloom.”

In the end, the couple doesn’t second-guess their decision to hold a destination wedding for a second. “Our guest list limited itself because of the extra effort in getting to the wedding which really made our experience very intimate,” says the couple. “Also, the value we received for the quality of service, the location and food product was incredible.”

As for advice, the couple has some sound and simple wisdom to share. “Spend ten minutes alone with your spouse the day of the wedding, we didn’t plan for it but just so happened to have gotten lucky to have a few quiet moments before the reception where we really could just take it all in and appreciate all the hard work and planning that had lead us to that moment. Oh, and don’t sweat the things that are out of your control. A minute stressed is a minute wasted and trust me, on such an already busy day you don’t have one to waste!” 

Vendors: Photographer: Talia Studio, Ceremony/Reception Site: Las Rocas Resort & Spa, Florist: Barliz Flowers, DJ: HVK Entertainment, Desserts: Le Chef Bakery, Videographer: Dorian Films, Gown Designer: Allure Bridals, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Perry Ellis

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