Classic Wedding on the Cliffs at Esperanza Resort

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by Melissa Paul


As seen in Style Me Pretty, words from the bride herself on her Classic Wedding on the Cliffs at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico:

I had wanted to get married in Cabo for as long as I could remember, and it truly could not have been a more beautiful or more perfect day. It had rained the night before, so when I woke up that morning and pulled the curtains back, I was thrilled to see that it was gorgeous out. The sun was shining and the ocean was sparkling below, and I just knew it was going to be the best day of my life. I had a few friends up to my suite for breakfast, and then we all headed down to the pool to relax and visit with our guests while Michael finished up his round of golf from the day before. It was so fun to see everyone having such a great time together, and the hotel even had a roaming neck massage therapist visit the pool to quell any lingering jitters and cap off the perfect afternoon.

My suite overlooked the site where our ceremony was going to be held, so I got to watch it all come together while I was getting dressed. My sister (the maid of honor) and all of my best friends joined me for champagne and some treats from the hotel while I finished preening, and everyone was kind enough to stand in awe when I finally walked out in my dress. We got some beautiful pictures before the ceremony, and it was so fun to spend a little time with everyone before the big moment. My father passed away when I was in high school, so I had asked the dad of one of my very best friends to walk me down the aisle. It was the perfect choice, and I couldn’t have been happier to have him at my side. When I finally met Michael at the altar, the feeling was unbelievable. I was so excited to see him and couldn’t wait to say “I do.” During the planning, I had made an effort to make sure that our outdoor ceremony still felt like we were in a church. The Beesons had been kind enough to fly our Episcopalian minister in from Houston to officiate the service. The florist made us a custom floral cross that was breathtaking and even had pillows made just for me and Michael so that we could kneel during the Lord’s Prayer. All of those details really made the ceremony so meaningful to both of us, and I am very grateful to everyone for making it happen.  

We took some more beautiful pictures with our wedding party on the beach, and then we said our vows again with just our families in front of a Mexican justice of the peace with one of Michael’s best friends translating. For something that was a mere formality to make things legal, it turned out to be pretty special too, and I loved getting to say “Si!” when she asked if I would take Michael as my husband. We joined everyone for cocktails and danced to our first song,”That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding, while everyone took their seats for dinner on the terrace. The setting was just amazing. Our florist did an incredible job capturing my vision, and our calligrapher’s work on the menus and place cards just made it all the more beautiful. We even had a super moon overhead to provide some spectacular waves crashing on the rocks. There may have been a bit of a splash zone, but it was all so beautiful that no one cared. My mom gave the most perfect toast before dinner, of course aimed at telling Michael just how lucky he was to have found me. We had an amazing meal, followed up by wedding cake and Ole Miss-themed, red velvet groom’s cake, two fireworks shows, and a hell of a good time on the dance floor. It was magical, and I couldn’t feel luckier that it all actually happened. 

{Photographs courtesy of Jennifer Lindberg Weddings and Style Me Pretty}

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{Wedding Photography: Jennifer Lindberg Weddings ; Wedding Venue: Esperanza, An Auberge Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico ; Floral Design: Elena Damy Destination Weddings, Planning, Floral & Event Design ; Graphic Design: Rachel Rothberg of ph design shop ; Calligraphy: Allison R. Banks Designs ; Ceremony Musicians: Violetta Poleteck + Daryl Currie ; Reception Band: Cabo Max ; Wedding Dress: Ines DiSanto “Tivoli” via Belle Mariee Bridal Couture ; Bride’s Sash: Anne Barge ; Bride’s Veil + Hair Pins: Sara Gabriel ; Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ; Bride’s Earrings: MIJA Jewelry ; Bride’s Necklace: From the Groom ; Hair + Makeup: Neysa Berman of Blanc Bridal Salon ; Bride’s Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Alice & Olivia ; Bride’s Rehearsal Dinner Shoes: B Brian Atwood ; Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Shoshanna ; Mother of the Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta ; Groom’s Blazer: Peter Millar ; Groom’s Belt + Buckle: Max Lang, From the Bride ; Groom’s Pants:Cubavera ; Groom’s Tie: Alynn ; Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Mi Casa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.}

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