Real Weddings: A Wedding in Cabo San Lucas
Keeping It Tropical
About the Couple: With their families spread across the world, Anggred and Jacob decided to have everyone meet in Cabo San Lucas for a weeklong getaway to celebrate their big day. Check out the way they incorporated their passion for wonderful food into their wedding.
Born and raised in Indonesia, Anggred wanted to add a tropical vibe to the wedding through the flowers. To add some bold flair in her bouquet she chose these orange tulips surrounded by lisianthus for the perfect look.
Add a Little Detail
To add another pop of color, Anggred added flowers to her hair style. She worked with a local florist for all the beautiful blooms. Anggred and Jacob also wanted to incorporate native flowers from the Cabo area like the lisianthus.
Bride's Tip: If you're planning a destination wedding, ask the hotel or restaurant to recommend a florist. They often offer better deals on the flowers than the hotel's package and will know what flowers are in bloom in the area.
Wedding Day Jewelry
Anggred was given these lovely diamond earrings which were a beautiful complement to her hand-beaded wedding gown. The ring, which she also wore on her big day, was her grandmother's ring and was about 70 years old.
A One-of-a-Kind Dress
Anggred had her dress handmade by an emerging designer in Indonesia, Priyo Oktaviano Couture. The dress was made over a two-month period while Anggred was visiting her family. They started by choosing a lace, then she met with him every two weeks for fittings. She wanted her dress to be simple with a vintage flair and they achieved this with the soft cream color and hand beading.
Get the Look: If you know exactly what you're looking for, design you own dress with a local seamstress. Often wedding dress stores or tailors can suggest a seamstress for you to work with.
Jacob also sported one-of-a-kind wedding wear. He started by picking out this fabric and chose to go on the lighter side for the destination wedding feel. He also liked the pinstripe for a fun and festive flair.
Groom's Tip: The best part about buying a suit for your wedding is that you can wear it over and over, even after the wedding.
Simple Ceremony Decor
With the ocean as their main ceremony decor, Anggred and Jacob chose to have simple arrangements, using tulips and lisianthus, attached to every end chair along the aisle.
Get the Look: For a more natural look, ask your florist to choose some flowers that are still in the budding.
A Beautiful View
Anggred and Jacob's ceremony had a beach view. The location was quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the hotel pool. Jacob's sister, who first introduced the couple, was the officiant for this family-focused wedding.
Choosing a Hotel
Anggred and Jacob planned their entire wedding sight unseen and most communication was via e-mail. But they knew they wanted a smaller resort that would provide lots of activities for their guests. Casa del Mar offered fun activities for the entire week -- everything from golfing to a spa, and of course a wonderful pool.
A Change of Location
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests traveled to the One and Only Palmilla resort for an exquisite seven-course dinner at C. This acclaimed restaurant features food by Chef Charlie Trotter, who owns one of the couple's favorite restaurants in Chicago.
Keeping It Family Style
Anggred and Jacob wanted to keep their dinner family oriented so they chose to have one long table for their 30 guests to sit together. They were given a private room at C for their three-hour meal.
A Dash of Color on the Tables
The reception decor consisted of these low arrangements that were spread out across the long table. The florist uses the same floral scheme as the bouquet for this natural look.
Get the Look: Remember that it's better to keep arrangements low or very high so that guests can easily talk to each other across the table.
A Different Approach to Place Cards
Since their reception was all about amazing food, Anggred and Jacob thought it would be fun to use fresh fruit as place cards. The name tag is simply attached to the pear with a pin.
An Amazing Seven-Course Meal
When it came to Anggred and Jacob's menu, they left it totally up to the chef. The only directions: Seven courses with seven different wines. They also asked him to add a touch of the Mexican culture, which he did by cooking some of the food on a wood-burning grill.
A Nontraditional Cake
Anggred and Jacob debated about even having a wedding cake after their seven-course meal. But after high recommendations from the restaurant manager, the couple went with this traditional Mexican cake -- a perfect fit for the end of the night.
Get the Look: If you're having a destination wedding, give your guests a taste of the culture by incorporating local traditions into your ceremony and decor.
Finish the Night with Cigars
The first time Anggred and Jacob told their families they were dating, Anggred treated them to a selection of vintage cigars. They thought it was fitting to finish their wedding night with a selection of fine cigars for their guests to choose from.
Wedding Ceremony Location: Casa del Mar Beach Golf and Spa Resort; Los Cabos, Mexico;
Wedding Coordinator for Ceremony: Claudia Morales from Casa del Mar Beach Golf and Spa Resort
Wedding Reception Location: C Restaurant at One and Only Palmilla; Los Cabos, Mexico;
Wedding Dress: Priyo Oktaviano Couture; Jakarta, Indonesia; email@example.com
Groom's Tailor: Lou Myles Disegnatore; Toronta, Canada; www.loumyles.com; 905-738-6700
Florist: Mazarte Floral; Los Cabos, Mexico; www.mazartefloral.com
Hair: Mex Sun Beauty Salon; Los Cabos, Mexico; Kelli Castineiras, firstname.lastname@example.org +52 044 624 355 4790
Photographer: BQ Photography; www.bqphotography.com