Abbey and Ryan’s Wedding at Pueblo Bonito, Los Cabos, Mexico

Abbey has a busy life. Between studying medicine, searching for her perfect residency match and banging out that hard-won medical degree, she met the love of her life, and still found time to plan the celebration of all celebrations in sunny Los Cabos. With her June 14 date locked in and the luxurious Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa confirmed, Abbey and Ryan’s Cabo San Lucas showdown was set to be epic, and what unfolded was simply magic.

Abbey knew she was destined to marry Ryan from the moment they met, and her decisiveness extended to her wedding plans too. With the help of Pueblo Bonito’s Marisol Villalobos, Abbey decided to kick off the festivities with a seaside welcome party, a chance for guests to mingle, sample the resort’s hospitality and revel in Cabo’s beauty. Every bit the star of the show in a fashion-forward, cream crop top, high waisted skirt, and showstopping, diamond drop earrings, Abbey arrived on the arm of her groom, and the couple made quick work of becoming the life of the party. In a shout out to Mexican tradition, a mariachi band played upbeat tunes as guests sipped premium cocktails and snapped selfies against the azure blues of the Pacific Ocean. Amid all the chaos, both bride and groom took a few moments to make their toasts, expressing their excitement for the following day’s nuptials. The evening was about celebrating love, chance meetings and future vows, all of which had the good vibes flowing and genuine excitement in the air.

Champagne corks popped as the sun rose on D day, and Abby and her bevy of bridesmaids set to work on pre-ceremony preparations. Abbey’s color palette centered around nature and neutrals, starting with her girls, who donned Grecian inspired, pastel maxis in true estilo playero. Our bride was radiant in white, and her gown’s transparent skirt with delicate lace detail was set to steal the show. Opting for loose curls and an upswept, messy bun with natural makeup, Abbey was every bit the blushing boho bride. Both bride and groom took a few private moments to share sweet love notes pre-ceremony, and after the arrival of Abbey’s stunning bouquet, wedding planner extraordinaire Marisol announced go time!

The long-awaited nuptials took place in Pueblo Bonito’s quaint courtyard chapel, where white blossoms and whimsical foliage decorated every nook and cranny. Abbey and Ryan’s closest family and friends wiped away tears as they witnessed their union in a ceremony that was short, sweet and oh so personal. As resort staff ushered guests towards cocktail hour fun, we and the very talented Sara Richardson stole the happy couple away for a few moments of uninterrupted shooting. As you all know, we love Cabo’s light, and the evening’s stronger than average winds did nothing to deter from the brilliant afternoon sunset. All in all, this was one bridal portrait session that was sure to put the Cabo in Abbey and Ryan’s wedding album.

The celebration was far from over as the sun set over the Pacific, and in homage to the destination the newlyweds had opted for an intimate, toes-in-the-sand reception. A sparkling ceiling of market lights mirrored the stars as guests dined on local cuisine prepared by Pueblo Bonito’s award-winning banquet staff. Both Abbey and Ryan’s fathers, along with the best man and maid of honor, toasted the newlyweds with funny anecdotes, inspiring advice and more than their fair share of champagne. Ever the trendsetting bride, Abby had chosen a 3 tiered, “naked” cake, and with the formalities taken care of the happy group packed the dance floor for a night of fun, laughter and friendship.

Congratulations Abbey and Ryan on becoming man and wife, and we wish a very long lifetime of happiness.

Until next time,

Beth and Michael’s Wedding at Chileno Bay Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico

Every now and again, we are invited to shoot a celebration that knocks our socks off, one that defies all cliches and throws regularity to the wind. Beth and Michael’s 3-day wedding extravaganza this past May 16/17/18, 2019 did exactly that, incorporating a trifecta of Cabo’s trendiest locations and a host of our most sought after local talent, all intricately spun together by love, friendship, and good, old-fashioned attention to detail. Along with wedding coordinator Claudia Morales and Event Designer Elena Damy, Beth and Michael showed us just what it means to celebrate love in Los Cabos. 

Our weekend kicked off at the illustrious Casa Delfin, a luxury villa with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.  Guests were invited to relax, mingle and witness one of Cabo’s stunning sunsets, as they sipped signature cocktails and dined on scrumptious morsels from local caterer Salt and Sugar Co. The casual cocktail mixer jump-started the weekend’s festivities, and the heady anticipation was only heightened by the following evening’s rehearsal dinner at Querencia, an exclusive golfing and residential community that is fast making its mark on the Cabo event scene. Beth was all about the boho vibes in a lacy cocktail number with long floating sleeves, while Michael looked every bit the fun-loving groom-to-be in bright, tropical florals. Showcasing two of our destination’s most sought after event venues and treating guests to first-class food and cocktails had set the bar high, and expectations were electric as the sun set on Beth and Michael’s last evening as soon-to-be newlyweds. 

Fast forward to Saturday’s pre-wedding preparations, and yet another Cabo hotspot was being whipped into shape to host the long-awaited nuptials. Chileno Bay clubhouse is located just outside of San Jose del Cabo, nestled on the shores of the breath-taking Sea of Cortez and a home-away-from-home to some of our favorite international celebrities. Local hair and makeup artist Suzanne Morel and her team of experts were on site early to create Beth’s gorgeous wedding look. Her flawless complexion, rosy makeup, and windswept hair complemented her flowing, princess cut skirt with an embellished bodice, and her sparkly, diamond-studded hairpiece was the icing on the cake. The look was part ballroom glamour part whimsical fairy princess. Put simply, just perfect! Michael stepped things up a notch in a dusty pink linen suit and eye-catching bow tie, while the bridal party brought their A game in flowing, floral maxi dresses and dashes of Michael’s signature pink. 

Beth’s walk down the aisle was one we are eternally grateful to have captured. It wasn’t just the stunning location, the sweet classical soundtrack (thanks Cabo Strings!) or the beautiful gown, but the look of pure joy that came across Michael’s face as his bride made her entrance. The happy tears flowed among bridal party and guests alike as local minister Gabriel Ruiz delivered a heartfelt ceremony against a stunning backdrop of creamy white florals, towering palm trees and the glistening blues of the Sea of Cortez. What followed was a whirlwind of excitement and celebration. Chileno’s award-winning chefs lavished guests with a cocktail menu full of bite-sized delights, before serving a meal inspired by fresh, local produce. Age was no hindrance to packing the dance floor as the young and young at heart got down, drink in hand, to Smart Music‘s energetic playlist.

A big thank you to the very talented photographer Sami Strong.

Beth and Michael – your wedding was all about the good vibes, and thank you both for allowing us to share it with you.

Until next time.

ANDREA AND GRADY’S LOS CABOS DESTINATION WEDDING AT THE CAPE

Andrea and Grady are living proof that a 12 year age gap is no obstacle when it comes to true love. The down-to-earth couple celebrated their union at The Cape, A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas this past June, inviting a select bunch of new and old friends to share in their happiness. What resulted was a destination wedding weekend filled with sand, surf and sunshine on the shores of the Sea of Cortez. We were lucky enough to witness their I dos, and hope you enjoy watching their wedding film just as much as we enjoyed creating it. 

As wedding day energy bubbled to a fever pitch, Andrea and hair and makeup artist Olga Bustos of Los Cabos Makeup dove headfirst into pre-ceremony preparations. The gorgeous Andrea opted for natural makeup and a classic, half up half down do to compliment her jaw-dropping, Cathedral length veil and Princess cut gown, not to mention the sparkling showstopper on her ring finger! The creative team at Florenta Design delivered a Pinterest worthy bouquet of cottage garden-inspired florals in muted tones and whimsical foliage, while our Groom, on the other side of paradise, chose snazzy blue, crisp white and tan to complete his look. Spirits were high as the champagne corks flew, and before long it was go time. 

What better place to vow to love one another forever than overlooking the sparkling Sea of Cortez, a panorama which needs little to no adornment. Along with wedding planner Gaby Cobian of Vivid Occasions, Andrea chose to keep her ceremony setup simple, opting for a geometric style, hexagonal altar adorned with bohemian inspired florals and foliage, which framed the ocean’s natural beauty and delivered a panorama worthy of a magazine spread. After a touching first look on The Cape’s impressive lobby staircase, Andrea and Grady exchanged vows in a sweet symbolic ceremony conducted by a family friend, and then it was time to party.

Vivid Occasions and Florenta Design kept on delivering as we moved through to our reception space, as the perfectly over-the-top Imperial tables embellished with an abundance of backyard florals, delicious accents of ripe seasonal fruit and billowing chiffon runners stole the show. Andrea made a statement dress change, donning a short and sparkly, 1920s inspired number before her first dance. Guests mingled, dined on The Cape’s famously fresh, local produce and sipped cocktails throughout the balmy evening, before an explosive fireworks display and packed dance floor (thank you DJ Mijares!) had them on their feet. This was a group who had traveled to paradise to celebrate love, and they did just that, Cabo style!

A special thanks to the team at The Cape, whose amazing service makes our job all that much easier, as well as photographer Julieta Amezcua and second shooter Allan Carrazco. Thank you Andrea and Grady for choosing us, and congratulations on becoming Mr and Mrs!

Veronica and Patrizio’s Wedding at Esperanza Resort, Cabo San Lucas

We thank the cinematography gods day in day out for blessing us with a thriving wedding industry, brilliant sunshine and, well, the perfect conditions in which to do what we do. Wedding after wedding we are swept up in the magic and romance that surrounds our couples, spurring our creative energy and resulting in wedding films we are truly proud to call our own. Veronica and Patrizio’s extraordinary celebration of love was no exception, reminding us of childhood fairytales, warm family reunions and the electrifying excitement of endless possibilities. 

This was not the first, but the second time Veronica and Patrizio have tied the knot, first marrying each other a whopping 15 years ago. After a decade and a half of love, laughter, and happiness, they decided to go for it again, inviting a lucky bunch of their nearest and dearest to witness the renewal of their vows in sunny Los Cabos. Contrary to the smaller, elopement-style vow renewals we are accustomed to, V + P decided to go big or go home, kicking things off with a traditional Catholic ceremony at the ornate Mision de San Jose del Cabo Church, nestled in the artistic heart of San Jose del Cabo. Amongst the soaring white ceilings and gilded adornments, SmartMusic’s mariachi welcomed guests with a subdued soundtrack of more traditional string elements, before our bridal party made their long-awaited entrance in shades of barely-there nude, dusty pink and classic grey.  There were tears of joy and more than a few jaws on the floor as Veronica walked the aisle a few moments later, dressed in a stunning mermaid style gown embellished with lace and beading, hair and makeup courtesy of Neysa Berman and Blanc Bridal Salon. As guests dried their eyes, the couple sealed their renewed commitment with a kiss, and it was time to kick the party into full gear.

Back at the world famous Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, guitarist Adan Mijares greeted guests with some of our favorite covers, as the hotel’s waitstaff served bite-sized eats and premium cocktails. Event designer Elena Damy‘s attention to detail was evident from the get-go, with each and every aesthetic outcome considered and planned to perfection. We especially loved the entrance table, which welcomed guests with tiny, red glass hearts personalized with their name and table number, as well as the crisp white dinner tables and lush floral centerpieces. We were treated to an energetic mariachi performance during dinner, the toe tapping and head nodding transitioning quickly into a packed dance floor as DJ Adan Mijares took the decks. With delicious food, bottomless glasses, and first-rate music throughout, V + P’s evening was a heady whirlwind of fun and frivolity. Not a moment of the antics went unrecorded, as the fast-on-his-feet photographer Josafat de la Toba and his team joined us in capturing the madness.

Thank you, Veronica and Patrizio, for renewing your vows with panache. We can’t wait for round three!

Amanda and Brad’s Wedding Film, Los Cabos, Mexico

Small, cozy and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Cabo Surf Hotel is renowned for its laid back, hippy vibe, and picture-perfect surf break. Its rolling lawns, towering palm trees, and scenic ocean views combine with intimacy to create communal gathering spots perfect for small scale, outdoor gatherings. Olga Bustos of Los Cabos Makeup fame was onsite to take care of our bride and her gorgeous girl’s beauty needs. Olga sculpted Amanda’s glossy locks into a wavy, half up half down do, opting for a smokey eye and dramatic lashes to complete the look. Amanda was helped into her spectacular lace gown and sparkling accessories by her bridesmaids, who looked fabulous in muted tones and flowing silhouettes. After practicing their dance steps once or twice on the bridal suite’s balcony, it was go time!

Los Cabos destination weddings come in all shapes and sizes, from private elopements on the shores of the Pacific to traditional Catholic ceremonies and elegant receptions with hundreds in attendance. Variety is the spice of life, and that variety means we are never bored on the job, but there is always something very special about a small, intimate celebration with only a couple’s closest click in attendance. That’s just what Amanda and Brad chose to do last March, vowing a lifetime of love at the pared back and boho beautiful Cabo Surf Hotel overlooking the Sea of Cortez.

Our love birds heartfelt, toes-in-the-sand ceremony was conducted by the bride’s brother Adam and took place to the sounds of violin and cello on the hotel’s beachfront, before rolling waves, perfect sunshine and an excited gathering of the couple’s favorite people. Wedding planner Martha Lomeli from Amy Abbott events, along with Baja Boutique Rental, Del Cabo Events, and Baja Botanic florists designed a simple, seaside ceremony setup featuring tropical leaves, creamy white lilies and the deep blues of the Sea of Cortez front and center. After the traditional breaking of the glass it was time to get the party started, the music courtesy of Cabo’s own DJ Alex Alanis. Guests dined on fresh local cuisine, sipped fine wines and fruity cocktails, and took many a snapshot at Amanda and Brad’s super fun photo booth, courtesy of Cabo Photo Booth. All in all, one very memorable evening marked by balmy ocean breezes and starry skies.

A special thank you to our partners in crime, Ana and Jerome photographers, whose images we can’t wait to see. Congratulations Amanda and Brad, and thank you for taking us with you on the journey!