PUERTO ESCONDIDO, MEXICO
15th March 2014...we will forever remember this day. Is there anything more amazing than being in your favourite place, with your favourite people, marrying your one true love?
We had travelled this part of the world years before and fell in love. It was real Mexico, and so far away from everything. The whole wedding was pretty much planned online and via email. We had only seen pictures of the Villas and they looked amazing. The first time we saw the venue was 4 days before the wedding.
We wanted to do something a little different for our wedding – so we chose Puerto Escondido. Somewhere that reflected us and our style. I did all the styling myself and certainly embraced the mexican culture - sugar skulls and touches of colour. Most of the items were sourced from etsy and what I couldn't find I just made myself. Everything was packed into a large suitcase and flown all the way to Mexico. There were so many hand made elements, stamped cotton bags, ceremony cards, wedding signs, GRACIAS cards + etched plywood. The groom + groomsmen shirt pins. My bridesmaids and I spent days before the wedding making the tassel garlands. This was the part where I was ready to give up on all the styling.
The styling was definitely Mexican inspired - and most of the items were our home decor that we used as table settings. We took our own mexican blankets over, which were used during the ceremony, at sunset drinks and also on the cake table. For the reception we had one long table that sat all 36 guests. The space had hanging feston lights and customised papel picado with our names and wedding date. For the table setting we also used white pineapples + real pineapples, colourful flowers in mexican cans (sourced from the local supermarket days before), skull napkins + ceramic skulls from the local market, cactus in glass jars, colourful arrows, plywood + paper signs, plywood guest tags and meters upon meters of tassel garlands.
We didn't do the traditional 'not seeing each other before the wedding' thing. A bit hard when you are all staying in the same villas! We started setting up together around 10am which took a few hours. We had a spiritual ceremony, it was so beautiful. It was all about our love and journey together, there was definitely a few tears. The moment we had our first kiss the mariachi band came marching out and the fiesta kicked off- it was a truly magical moment. The bridal party then went into the main town of Puerto Escondido, Zicatela, for photos - while the guests drank cocktails with the mariachi band playing. We returned to join everyone for sunset drinks on the terrace before a sit down dinner reception, followed by tequila and dancing.
Our favourite moment of the day was definitely the ceremony. We put so much planning into the overall styling and reception you forget how important the ceremony is. It was so special and all about the LOVE! We were both blown away by how beautiful and emotional our ceremony was.
Destination wedding are so RAD - we LOVE Méhico!! We cannot recommend a destination wedding highly enough! It's not just the wedding day, it's the months/ years leading up to it. It's the time in an amazing location with people who never would have travelled there before.
It's being in a place with people you love more than anything to celebrate your love, making life long memories together.
The biggest piece of advice for anyone who is planning a destination wedding is...just go with the flow. There are lots of elements you can't control and loved ones who won't be able to come. You have to embrace it all. In the end everything will come togather and on the day you don’t really care about the little things.
Number of guests: 36
Photographer: Cassandra Ladru
Event Planning & Styling: Me
Ceremony Venue: Villas Carrizalillo, Puerto Escondido Mexico
Celebrant: Estella (Spiritual Ceremony)
Reception Venue: Espadin Restaurant, Villas Carrizalillo
Catering + Drinks: Espadin Restaurant, Villas Carrizalillo
Wedding Cake: Julie (the local Zicatela cake lady)
Florist: sourced flowers from the local markets
DJ: mariachi band for sunset drinks + playlist for reception
Hair: maid of honor,(Prue)
HMU: The Bridesmaids
Bridal Gown: The Babushka Ballerina
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Story by Tang
Bride’s Shoes: Melissa
Suits: Jake told the boys wear tan coloured jeans with white shirt. The boys wore handmade shirt pins (plywood and gold tipped feathers) and Jake wore a Mexican bolo tie.
Groom’s Shoes: Vans
Engagement Ring: Black Diamond (local jeweller)
Wedding Bands: Cort Jewellery