Southern Charm and Texan Spirit Marry in Sunny Los Cabos

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Carlos Damy

THESE TEXAN LOVEBIRDS brought their Southern style, spunky spirit, and warm hearts down to our cozy neck of the woods in Los Cabos. Our dear clients, Daniel and Morgan, fell in love in their home state of Texas, but chose to load their family and friends on a plane bound for Baja! And why wouldn’t they? It’s a beautiful place, particularly when your chosen home-away-from-home wedding venue is the culturally-rich holiday hideaway, the One&Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo. Already a venue awash in the gracious style of Old Mexico, Daniel and Morgan’s love of bold colors, sentimental details, and festive fun was right at home at Palmilla. Right down to the tips of their cowboy boots!

Commonly known as Land’s End, Los Cabos sits at the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and is truly paradise on earth! But, in actuality, Los Cabos is extremely close to the southern half of the United States making a destination wedding easy to plan. Many of our clients are amazed (or relieved perhaps) to know that in a mere 2-3 hours from Dallas, Houston or Los Angeles, to name but a few cities, they can be walking on the beach or down the aisle in Cabo. A dream come true, right?! Now, we plan weddings all over the world, but when we think of natural perfection and scenic beauty we do think of our beloved Los Cabos with its white sandy beaches, jagged cliffs, endless desertscapes, and postcard-worthy sunsets. When you’re thinking destination wedding close to home, what’s not to love about all that goodness?  Looks like Daniel and Morgan felt the same way and we were more than happy to help them bring their celebration to life! More details about this event below and on Style Me Pretty.

{Photographs courtesy of Sara Richardson Photography}

THE BRIDAL BOUQUET was designed with an organic, free-flowing, natural vibe, almost as if Morgan went out into the gardens and picked them herself that morning. Mixed blooms in shades of red and green blended with unexpected pops of cream and gold. Flowers used in the bouquet included traditional Roses, Anemones, Freesia, Ranunculus, and Amaranthus, as well as Ornamental Cabbage, Smilax and other seasonal garden greens for texture and scale. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were designed in similar tones, but with brighter pops of golden yellow and warm tangerine. We particularly admired Morgan’s desire to hold her rosary, a cherished vintage hankie, and an antique thimble, all family heirlooms, around the stems of her bridal bouquet. As we usually do, for the groom and groomsmen, our floral designers created boutonnieres using flowers found in the ladies’ bouquets.

FOR SOME ENGAGED COUPLES, marrying away from their regular church can prove challenging. However, not in Los Cabos. Specifically, not at the One&Only Palmilla Daniel and Morgan were drawn to the small, white-washed wedding Chapel at the resort and exchanged their vows in front of the Chapel as well as within the sacred space.

THE RINGBEARERS AND FLOWERGIRLS were many in this sweet family wedding. And while the floral accessories we made for them may not have stayed put for long, we loved seeing them in perfect form for the wedding ceremony! Including floral crowns and baskets filled with fresh rose petals for the three flower girls; and small boutonnieres pinned to the front of the two ringbearers’ adorable white suits! JUST PRECIOUS!

THE LASSO OR LAZO CEREMONY was something special that Daniel and Morgan wanted to incorporate into their own ceremony. Not familiar with the Lazo Ceremony? Here it is, exactly as Daniel and Morgan experienced it during their ceremony shown here. Traditionally, immediately after the bride and groom exchange their vows their mothers drape a “lazo” — whether a ribbon, rope or floral garland — in a figure eight (symbolizing infinity) around the couple’s shoulders to strengthen their connection and symbolize their ever-lasting love. The lazo is then removed at the end of the lazo blessing. Some couple’s choose to keep the lazo, in whole or in part, in their home as a keepsake and reminder of that commitment.

AFTER THE CEREMONY Daniel and Morgan were glowing brightly, weren’t they? Happiness and joy was coming out of every pore as they made their way down to the beach for photographs. Mariachis used energetic Spanish guitar music to lead the wedding guests to the Bahia Courtyard for a festive cocktail reception. During cocktails, guests were invited to take a photo (or two or three) with a vintage-inspired Polaroid camera. Such a fun idea and a great ice breaker! Even the kids had fun! (maybe too much!)

COWBOY BOOTS AND GOLF CARTS? You bet! What better way to cross the beach but in some ass-kickin’ bridal boots! They sure look fun (and I bet they were more comfortable than the usual Guiseppi Zanotti stilettos!)

DINNER TOOK PLACE AT LONG WOODEN TABLES covered in brightly colored floral centerpieces and Spanish wrought iron candelabras. Similar to the bridal bouquets, the low floral arrangements were designed to dance down the length of the tables using flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, and green. Golden lighting washed the wooden beam ceiling and candlelight added a warm ambient glow. We loved the intimate family feast feeling this dinner inspired.

TIME TO PARTY IN THE BALLROOM! Right after dinner the doors opened and the gossamer white drapes pulled back to reveal the upscale HOE DOWN (of sorts) taking place in the ballroom! Complete with a wooden DJ booth with strung lights, cocktail tables, cigar rollers and a “cake walk” style dessert table. Daniel and Morgan were announced into the ballroom and straight into their first dance and the groom’s dance with his mother, the perfect way to kick off the dancing! From there, as the party revved up, the men’s white jackets came off, bow ties were loosened or lost, then the ladies’ shoes disappeared, and the music continued to crank up as everyone got their groove on! Right up until the traditional cake cutting and Big Texas groom’s cake reveal, it was a Southern Charmer of a celebration!

Southern Charm and Texan Spirit Marry in Sunny Los Cabos

{Photography: Sara Richardson | Wedding Coordinator: Arianna O´campo For One&Only Palmilla | Floral Design: Elena Damy Floral and Event Design | Wedding Gown: Rivini – Delicata | Invitations: P.S. The Letter | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Officiant: Diego Vidal | Bride´s Western Cowboy Boots: M.L. Leddy´s Custom Boots | Ceremony & Reception Venue: One&Only Palmilla | DJ : Adan Mijares | Groomsmen Attire: Men´s Wearhouse | Groom´s Attire: Men´s Wearhouse | Guitarist: Francisco Alatorre | Mariachis: Mariachi Diaz}