Destination I Do

A Bold Baja Wedding

Words by Kinsley Brown
Photos courtesy of lunaphoto

On Halloween 11 years ago, Rainbow Brite locked eyes with a Super Trooper and the rest was history. Today they’re simply known as Jamie and Luke and both have been involved in the wedding and event industry for over ten years.

However, when it came time to plan their own wedding, the couple was stumped. “With an absolute passion for event space and finding unique, off-the-beaten-path venues, you would think it would be an easy decision of where we would get married,” says Jamie. “Surprisingly, we didn’t have a clue.”

It wasn’t until a spur of the moment trip down to Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico that the couple met their venue match: Encuentro Guadalupe. “In less than 24 hours we had decided that when we had our wedding, it would be there,” says the bride. “Our love of food, wine and, of course, Mexico is what made us quickly fall in love with this little destination just south of the border.”

“I wanted no part in planning or designing our wedding,” says Jamie. “We wanted the process to be easy and fun, so we put full trust in our talented group of ‘friendors’ who we trusted very much to make our day a success. After being in the wedding and events industry for ten-plus years, we wanted a wedding that was intimate, did not feel like work and was 100% ‘us.’”

The couple was smart to place their trust in their vendors. “The style of the reception incorporated the modern, eco features of the venue with traditional Mexican style by incorporating textiles, bright colorful florals and rustic wood farm tables,” explains the bride. “The wedding day was relaxing and never once did we feel stressed out. We knew our amazing team of vendors had it under control.”

VENDORS: Photographer: lunaphoto, Wedding Planner: CBS Lifestylist, Ceremony/Reception Site: Encuentro Guadalupe via Venuelust, Florist: Isari Flower Studio + Event Design, Stationery: Pam Winters Studio, Chef: Flor Franco, Makeup & Hair: Beauty by Stacey, Runners & Textiles: Folk Project, Film: Anthology Films, Wine: Baja Wine + Food, DJ: Vario Productions, Gown Designer: Grace Loves Lace, Bride’s Headpiece: Grace Loves Lace, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Express, Rehearsal Dinner: Finca Altozano.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2016 issue. You can order a copy here.

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