Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sun, Sand & A Mescal Toast: A True Elegant-Rustic Wedding on the Beach

El Pescadero is a little beachfront community about 45 minutes south of the world-famous Cabo San Lucas.  Locals here call it the "Malibu of Cabo" and for good reason.  Dirt roads lead directly to empty, pristine beaches and beautiful villas with rustic palapa roofs directly on the sand. Located on the Pacific ocean, the sun sets right  in front of these villas, dipping behind the horizon. 


My bride and groom, Katy and Paul, found out about this paradise while visiting friends who were caretaking in the area. They fell in love with the area and knew immediately that this is where the San Diego couple had to get married! They contacted me, we hit it off, and together we created one of the most unique, special and full-of-love weddings I have had the opportunity to be a part of! (And I've been doing weddings for a long time!) 

They rented a private home (and several of the other homes on the bluff for their guests, such as Casa Azul) and we created a ceremony directly on the sand with a driftwood arch handcrafted by the groom and best man. 


Working with Cabo Flowers and Cakes, we created a bright and natural looking decor for both the bride's personal flowers and her table decor, using orange roses, white lysianthus and succulents.

With the tables set in long rows, directly on the sand, we draped bistro lighting to add a sensuous glow to the set-up.  The food and beverage was fresh, local and unique, provided by Cabo caterer, Lazy Gourmet Catering.  The homemade Mexican Chocolate-Chili ice-cream (made right on the beach) was a hit!

After the bride's dad's "Welcome," it was time for a traditional Mescal toast, complete with orange slices.  We also added some fun elements like a piƱata (for the adults, not the kids!), some impromptu swimming in the pool, and dancing under the stars! A bonfire on the beach, with big pillows and S'Mores, lasted until 3 a.m. This wedding was truly a dream-come-true for this sweet and special couple! 

A huge Thank-You to my top-notch vendors...my true teammates in event design!
Wedding Planner: Katie Thompson, Dazzle 'Em Event Design, Cabo San Lucas 
Florals/Table Decor: Cabo Flowers and Cakes, Cabo San Lucas 
Catering and Bar: Lazy Gourmet Catering, Cabo San Lucas
Rentals: Lazy Gourmet Catering, Cabo San Lucas
Rehearsal Dinner: Hierbabuena Restaurante, Pescadero
Beach Day at Los Cerritos Beach






Monday, June 25, 2012

I Love Hearing From My Former Brides...



Whenever I am planning a wedding with a bride, we almost always get really close! You can't help but go through such an exciting and intimate time together and not feel really connected! And then the wedding ends, the bride & groom go on their honeymoon, and they begin their Happily Ever After. I miss my brides but feel happy that I have done my part in getting their marriage started on the right foot!


But that's what also makes it so special when I hear back from a bride after a few years. I reached out to Traci, this beautiful bride who got married at Casa del Mar a few years ago, to say Happy Birthday to her on Facebook, and got this sweet message back. I'm so happy for her & her growing family!


Hi Katie!
I think about you often. :) Our wedding literately was one of the most amazing times in my life. And I'm so thankful and grateful for you because without your guidance and experience it wouldn't have been the amazing time it was! As you can see we have our little boy Kade...Kade is a healthy happy chunk of a baby and Brock and I couldn't be happier!! Are you still doing weddings in Cabo? I see you have your own business. That is awesome. I would refer any and all of my friends to you. Love to stay in touch. All the best to you.
Hugs,
Traci



Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Parents, Happy Bride, Happy Wedding Planner!



Katie,

Thank you for all you did. We were so pleased with our destination wedding experience. From the initial information you provided in such a professional manner when Claire was searching for a wedding event planner to your unruffled flexibility in making last minute changes during the wedding evening, you have been FABULOUS! Claire's wedding would not have so special and so perfect if we had not had you the whole way.

As parents, as you know, when your children are involved in meaningful events, all you want is for your child to feel that the event happens in the way they want it to be. For Claire, that is exactly how she felt her wedding was. She left us a note in our hotel room before she left on her honeymoon. Her note said, "Thank you, Mom and Dad, for everything. I loved every minute and I wouldn't have changed a thing."
I guess that really says it all. Del and I feel we had the time of our lives as well.

We couldn't have dreamed of anything more fun and more detail oriented that could go off so perfectly. And for a dad who had to sport the bill, Del said we owe the great time all to you. He was amazed at the ease at which you handled everything and how carefully you executed the events. The end of the evening was hard for him; I think dads have a difficult time letting go of their "little girls" even when they are all grown up. But, we have the most most wonderful memories of a a great weekend. We went to dinner last night with one of the couples who came to the wedding, and that is all they could talk about. They loved it, too.

We would be honored to be a referral for you any time. We can not say enough positive things. I wish we had another daughter, so we could do it all again.

Sincerely, Candy (Bride's Mother)




Monday, February 28, 2011

Transport Info: Getting from the Cabo airport to your hotel

I just received an email from one of my March brides where her brother was asking her, "How do I get from the airport to the hotel?" Like the smart bride she is, she forwarded the question to me, and I responded to him. I thought my response could help ALL Cabo brides and their guests with this excellent question. Please feel free to forward to YOUR guests.

From the Cabo airport, there are several ways to get to your hotel. But the first rule is, unless you truly are interested in a timeshare opportunity and/or presentation, KEEP WALKING. Walk through the indoor portion of the airport after you pass through customs and continue outdoors. All people in between customs and outside are time share sales reps.

Outside, there are 2 options: taxis (cost approx $40-75 for a trip into San Jose del Cabo or all the way into Cabo) or a bus (big blue bus outside the airport). These are shuttle buses that for approx $15/pp will drop you at your hotel. But please do remember that these buses will stop at several other hotels as well as they make their way into Cabo. With all transport, make sure you confirm the price before you get in the transport.

If you are interested in a timeshare, once you sign up, the timeshare sales rep will usually give you a ticket for a free ride on the big blue bus (or occasionally, a van shuttle).

Private transport can also be set up ahead of time. You can email directly Enrique Mora at Los Cabos Travel (reservations@dmcloscabostravel.com) to reserve a Marquis, van or other transport.


Safe travels! Katie

Monday, August 23, 2010

La Panga Rehearsal Dinner- A Night To Remember

BRIDE & GROOM: Molly & Trey
REHEARSAL DINNER DATE: May 21, 2010
REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: La Panga Restaurant, Cabo San Lucas
GUEST COUNT: 36 guests

AN AUTHENTIC MEXICAN DINNER EXPERIENCE:
Molly & Trey wanted an authentic yet private area for their Mexican themed Rehearsal Dinner. La Panga is the perfect choice. The 2nd floor balcony was private for their group, while downstairs the restaurant was able to seat their usual guests.
REHEARSAL DINNER COORDINATION:
OK, that's me, directing the event, as usual. Yes, coordination for your Rehearsal Dinner is included in my Wedding Coordination fees. And La Panga is one of my top recommendations. The location is perfect for a "night on the town" (at Squid Roe or Mandala or Cabo Wabo) after your dinner.

ENTERTAINMENT:
Don't forget to add musical entertainment to your Rehearsal Dinner. (You would never have a wedding without music; the same applies to your Rehearsal Dinner.)


BEVERAGES: A good mojito is hard to find...and this was a great one. Notice the cute Mexican themed placecards...

A beautiful environment...

Beautiful toasts...(from Molly's sister-in-law)...

A beautiful (and fun) evening!
Photography courtesy of Robert Baudier: www.robertbaudier.com

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Breathtaking Bride at Casa del Mar

BRIDE & GROOM: Molly & Trey
WEDDING DATE: May 22, 2009
WEDDING LOCATION: Casa del Mar resort, Cabo San Lucas.
GUEST COUNT: 36 guests



"Katie...you should feel free to toot your own horn. You made the wedding what it was. We couldn't have done it without you."
-Molly (Bride)


THE CEREMONY:

The walkway at Casa del Mar is so long & beautiful, affording all wedding guests a great view of the beautiful bride as she walks down the aisle (below, Molly is escorted by her dad). Molly decorated her ceremony chairs with beautiful orange sashes & orange starfish. With the orange petals & the vases filled with orange lilies decorating the aisleway, this ceremony was gorgeous!
A RESORT'S ARCHITECTURE:
One of the great things about having a destination wedding at a gorgeous resort is that the architecture lends itself to such beautiful wedding photos. Casa del Mar is well-known for having really beautiful gardens and fabulous Old Mexican buildings. These are NOT photos you can get in the USA.

RECEPTION DECOR:
Sometimes something as simple as colored glassware and cute photos from the bride & groom's elementary school days are all you need to set a classy and cute table. Molly's colors were turquoise and orange, so the turquoise glassware was perfect. (This is an affordable and easy rental item that you can rent in Cabo.) We also decorated the tables with orange starfish & white shells...lovely!
CASA DEL MAR BEACH CLUB:
This beach club (private, right on the beach, with a pool) is such an ideal location for a reception. It is often difficult to find a truly private location at a resort...but not here. And the palapa is true Cabo! We lined the long walkway to the beach club with luminaries. When these are all lit up at night, it is a fantastic exit for both the bride & groom and all of the guests when the festivities are over.
Photos courtesy of Robert Baudier at http://www.robertbaudier.com/. Beautiful!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Everything she wanted - at El Dorado


BRIDE & GROOM: Susan & Duke
WEDDING DATE: May 30, 2009
WEDDING LOCATION: Private Villa, El Dorado Beach & Golf Club
GUEST COUNT: 30 guests

Susan & Duke are a very special couple and wanted to get married at their home in Cabo. I stepped in to help design their event & it truly turned into a dream come true. Their villa is gorgeous and was the perfect setting. We brought in some rentals to change the decor a bit as this helps your home to accomodate more guests than you might normally entertain at home.
Susan's bouquet (and all of her gorgeous flowers) were supplied by my dear friends, Francince & Donna, at Cabo Flowers. It included imported ivory cala lilies, green hydrangea, jade and ivory roses, white lysianthus and Belles of Ireland for the greenery. As peonies are very difficult to get in Cabo, these flowers together produce a "peony" look that Susan loved.

A grass wedding overlooking the beach is sometimes the perfect alternative to an actual beach ceremony (a feet in the sand wedding, as I call it). Susan & Duke held their ceremony on their side yard, with a view of the Sea of Cortez. An amazing vista! And the white petals looked stunning on the very green grass. (Hint: For a beach wedding, white petals disappear. Use bright colored petals on sand whenever possible. But on grass..wow, the white just pops.)
A classic Cabo wedding shot! Just Married. (Bring these flip-flops with you from the US.)

Doesn't this look like the most romantic spot, straight from a magazine? After viewing the villa while the bride & groom were in the States, Cabo Flowers, Lazy Gourmet Catering & I wanted to transform Susan & Duke's pool area into a dreamy romantic area for their guests (and for them.) This is an example of how a poolside chaise was "magically" changed into a special wedding nook. We draped the structure of the chaise with the flowing curtains, added the flowers, cylinder candles, candleabras, and pillows. Voila! A very beautiful spot. (Rentals provided by Cabo Flowers and Lazy Gourmet.)

We set one long table and also included a Kids Table. As guests ate during sunset, the flowers lit up and the candles glowed. I can not speak highly enough of the quality of food & service that is provided by Lazy Gourmet Catering. No need to ever go anywhere else! The meal they provided for Susan & Duke was unforgettable!

The cake was another beautiful creation from the very talented Deena at Sweet Dreams. What everyone loves about her cakes is that they are not only a joy to look at but they are DELICIOUS as well. (Can you tell that I love my vendors? I have worked hard to assemble the BEST team of vendors in Cabo. I work with only the most high quality, professional vendors, and I think it shows in the beauty of the final product...your wedding!)

A perfect ending to a glorious night...fireworks! My secret to amazing fireworks? Pay for 3 minutes of fireworks condensed into 2 minutes. Never a dull moment...and 3 minutes of fireworks is too long anyways.
Thanks to the fabulous photographer, Phyllis Lane, for these amazing shots. Thanks also to Beth Dalton for her assistance on this wedding as well. Both these ladies are the greatest.
I wish Susan & Duke many, many happy days & nights together!