Jean and Zach planned a romantic destination wedding in Mexico as a relaxing vacation for all of their guests. The perfect little Monday morning vacation for all of us? Getting to peek at the beautiful Cabo San Lucas beach, the bright tropical color palette, and all of the meaningful details they created! From vibrant flowers and bright paper parasols, to thoughtful touches for their guests like a shoe concierge station, and even a performance at the reception by Zach's cousin, SMASH star Katharine McPhee, the wedding was a beachy, tropical dream!
The Couple: Jean and Zach
The Wedding: 4.15.12 - Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf and Spa Resort, Los Cabos - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Fun, intimate and beachy
What was your wedding color palette? Orange and fuchsia pink
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? Our family and friends are very important to us and we wanted to treat the wedding as more of a celebration - of our love for each other as well as our loved ones. Zach and I are big on relaxing in the sun so that’s how we decided to have a beach destination wedding. We wanted our guests to look forward to the event as a mini-vacation. While we are typically laid back and casual, we both like to dress it up once in awhile - hence our decision to make the bridal and groom attire a bit more formal with the wedding and reception style more casual.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? My absolute favorite moment was our first dance to “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. Everything leading up to the first dance - from prepping welcome bags to the first look was a blur. But the first dance was the first chance I was able to relax, let go and be in the moment with my husband.
The best decisions we made were the little details. We incorporated paper parasols and flip flops for guests during the ceremony on the beach, made DIY fan programs that detailed the story of how Zach and I met, had dragon pinatas to incorporate my Chinese heritage and Mexico, and had wooden doll cake toppers designed and painted by my sister and brother-in-law. These details made the whole experience more fun and reflected our personalities.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today?
I know this advice has been given over and over - but honestly, do not stress over the planning. Things will turn out the way you want them to. The journey is part of the whole experience because your wedding day is really only one day. Enjoy the ride!
Also try to incorporate details that reflect you and your groom because that is what pushes a wedding to the next level. And last but not least - if you can, invest in a live band! Something about a real person singing to the crowd puts people in a dancing mood immediately. And it was a real treat to see my husband play the drums in one of the last songs!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Amy Bennett Photography
Wedding Planner: Baja Weddings
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf and Spa Resort, Los Cabos - De Cortez Beach
Videographer/Film Maker: EM Weddings
Officiant: Baja Weddings
Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Cake & Catering: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf and Spa Resort, Los Cabos
Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Hair & Make-up: Suzanne Morel Spa
Live Music: Ceremony Music - Robert Drake, Reception Music - Alexandro Moreno and Band
Thanks for sharing your stunning destination wedding with us, Jean and Zach! What a treat!
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