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Bright and Whimsical Butterfly-Filled Esperanza Wedding

November 11, 2023 | justine

Reid and Elliott had one goal in mind:  create an intimate destination wedding in Mexico with their nearest and dearest. When Elliott asked the big question, Reid wasted no time, firing off an email to their wedding planner to see if a Cabo wedding could happen. And with the bride’s embroidered veil as inspiration, their Esperanza wedding theme blossomed into a magical world of flowers and butterflies. With the help of their trusted vendor team, their vision of a bright, colorful, and whimsical celebration became a reality in a creative and stunning way!

Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Sea of Cortez, the couple shared their vows in an intimate beach ceremony, enveloped by beautiful blooms all around. As the sun set, the outdoor terrace welcomed their reception. Adorned with vibrant flowers, delicate butterfly details, and splashes of blue, the decor beautifully harmonized with the scenic waterfront views. To top it all off, twinkling string lights hung overhead, adding the final touch to this celebration.

What truly ties this enchanting scene together is the couple’s attire. The groom rocked a blue jacket, while the bride was an absolute dream in her strapless gown and veil complete with  delicate butterflies and flowers. If you want to see all the incredible details they painstakingly put together, scroll through these captivating photos taken by Junebug member MC Wedding. You’ll find plenty of inspiration to craft your very own romantic waterfront celebration.

The Couple:

Reid and Elliott

The Wedding:

San Cabo Lucas, Mexico

Kicking Off Their Wedding Weekend with Fun Pre-Wedding Celebrations

Elliott and I chose not to have bridesmaids and groomsmen. Instead, we invited our close friends to join us a few days early for pre-wedding celebrations. On Thursday, we hosted bachelor and bachelorette parties, with the girls enjoying a sunset cruise and dinner at The Office while the boys played golf and dined at Bar Esquina. Both parties ended the night downtown Cabo San Lucas. Elliott and his friends missed the transportation bus back at the end of the night.

Reid and Elliott’s Journey to Their Dream Esperanza Wedding

A small destination wedding in Mexico with our close family and friends had always been a dream of ours. Once Elliott had popped the question, I immediately sent an email to Elena Damy to see if a wedding in Cabo would be realistic for us. I had been following Elena Damy on social media for quite some time, and after our initial meeting, we knew without a doubt that they were the perfect fit for us—definitely in terms of the vibe and atmosphere. All the credit and a big thank you go to the Elena Damy team and our vendors for creating such a magical event and a night we will never forget.

Setting the Right Tone with Welcome Bags Filled with Local Artisan Treasures

Elena Damy went above and beyond with our welcome bags. We knew we wanted something our guests could use and enjoy during the weekend and take home as a souvenir. We also aimed to source as many items as possible from local artisans. The woven palm bags included two ceramic shot glasses, a bottle of tequila, a bag of tortilla chips, and a jar of salsa. The choice of tequila and shot glasses was a no-brainer, as it is our favorite spirit, and the chips and salsa were the perfect option for a late-night snack. It was exciting to see all of our guests using the bags by the pool or beach and subsequently using them as their carry-ons at the airport on their way back home. All in all, they were a huge hit!

The Monique Lhuillier Veil That Became The Inspiration Behind Their Wedding Design

Since the ceremony was going to be on the beach, I wanted my gown to be really simple but with a unique touch. Toward the end of my gown appointment, I was about 90% certain about my choice, but something felt missing. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the Monique Lhuillier floral embroidered veil that the boutique had from a trunk show. I decided to try it on, and it was perfect! It completed the look and ultimately became the design inspiration for our wedding. As for my makeup, I aimed to feel like the most beautiful version of myself, so we went for a natural, glowing, sun-kissed look. Los Cabos Makeup did an exceptional job of making me feel confident and beautiful throughout the entire weekend.

How They Made Their Dream Esperanza Wedding Come To Life

Romantic, intimate, whimsical, and fun were the words we used to describe our wedding vibe. We wanted to celebrate with all our close family and friends. Esperanza provided the romance and intimacy we sought in a venue, thanks to its endless ocean views and rocky terraces. When I tried on my floral embroidered veil, I knew it had to inspire the wedding’s design and décor, as evident in the florals and butterfly accents. From the Mariachi band that kicked off the party at the end of the ceremony to DJ Inflyt at the reception and after-party, everyone danced all night long. In summary, Elena Damy and her team were 100% committed to bringing our vision to life, and they exceeded our expectations.

Elevating their Esperanza Wedding Experience with Cabo’s Culinary Delights

Food was really important to us, which is another reason we chose Esperanza for our venue. We wanted our guests to experience Cabo’s incredible culinary scene, and Cocina del Mar offers some of the best local and fresh Baja cuisine. The unquestioned star of the show were the Carajillos that we passed around as our after-dinner drink. Carajillos are similar to an espresso martini but better and are made with espresso and Licor 43. Guests from our wedding have told us they have purchased Licor 43 and now make Carajillos at home because they enjoyed them so much.

Dressing the Part: Finding Fun and Vibrant Attire in Mexico

For our welcome fiesta, our rehearsal dinner party, and the wedding after-party, I wanted outfits that portrayed Mexico’s fun vibrancy. Honestly, they were the most complex outfits to find, and there were a lot of returns before finding the perfect fit. For the welcome fiesta, I am so grateful to Nardos and the team who helped me find the most spectacular dress for the occasion. For the after party, I found a two-piece blue sequin skirt and feather top set by Bronx and Banco that gave me all the sexy, fun mermaid vibes to end the night.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – MC Wedding
Event Planning + Floral Design  – Elena Damy
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Esperanza
DJ – DJ Inflyt
Invitation Design – Carolyn Duckett
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Los Cabos Makeup
Wedding Dress – Alexia’s Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Apparel – John Craig Clothier

Congratulations to Reid and Elliott on their bright and whimsical butterfly-filled Esperanza wedding. We’d also like to thank Junebug member MC Wedding for their exceptional work in capturing every precious moment of our special day. For more unique celebrations like this one, be sure to explore their profile in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

Infusing your big day with meaningful, personalized details is a beautiful way  to celebrate your unique love, just as this couple did. For a comprehensive guide on planning a standout wedding that truly reflects your relationship, make sure to explore our how-to guide. It offers insights on finding and using inspiration to create a celebration that is as genuine and extraordinary as your love.

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