Friday, May 1, 2009

Coronado Wedding: Jessica & Joe

Thank you for everything. You were wonderful and we could not have done this without you. I will definitely be writing a letter and anything else you need from me…
Never will I throw a wedding without you!”
-Jennifer, Mother of the Bride
(who has 2 other daughters close in age to Jessica)
BRIDE & GROOM: Jessica & Joe
WEDDING DATE: April 25, 2009
Ceremony at Sacred Heart Church, Coronado.
Reception at the Island Club on the Coronado Naval Base

PRE-CEREMONY: This was one of those beautiful hometown weddings, that just sparkled with happiness, fun & lots of love. Jessica's home is just blocks from the church where she & Joe married, so she had a great time walking to the church with her large group of bridesmaids & flowergirls.

(Beautiful flowers courtesy of Diane's Flowers Please)

CEREMONY: The ceremony was a full Catholic Mass and the church was filled with 300 of the couple's friends & family. After the ceremony, bagpipes played as they were escorted down the aisle, now as Mr. & Mrs.

PHOTO SHOOT: After the ceremony and gorgeous family photos in the Park, Jessica, Joe & the bridal party of 24 got into a private bus with homemade Mojitos and traveled around Coronado, from one fabulous photo op to another.

Jacob Willis from Bauman Photography did a great job capturing the warm spirit of this group, and was a good sport, going along in the shuttle bus to capture every moment.

RECEPTION: The Island Club on the Naval Base was the perfect location for this fun-loving crowd of 300! And Jessica & Joe & their bridal party knew just how to start it off...with a rendition of the Footloose dance, where the girls all wore their Converse tennis shoes and the guys stripped down to fake tuxedo T-shirts, with their nicknames on the back. They rocked the house...and showed some real talent as well.

Of course, they included many traditional elements as well as Joe & Jessica shared their first dance together.

Check out the cutest cake ever, showcasing both Jessica & Joe as cake toppers.

(Cake provided by European Cake Gallery)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Celebrating at Sunset Da Mona Lisa

"Thank you so much for all that you did for Jess and me. We had such an amazing time and could not have wished for a better wedding. Thank you!! We are really looking forward to getting the photos and video."
-Morley, the groom

BRIDE & GROOM: Jessica & Morley
WEDDING DATE: March 13, 2009
LOCATION: Ceremony & dinner at Sunset Da Mona Lisa, Reception/Dancing upstairs at the DG Lounge, Cabo San Lucas

Just because your guest count may be small, it does not mean you need to sacrifice the dreams you have always had for a fabulous, elegant and romantic wedding. Jessica & Morley had both the intimate ceremony overlooking the famous Arch that they had always dreamed of...and a party location where all of their guests could enjoy themselves all night, dancing and drinking special signature drinks created just for them by the couple in the urban, funky, ultra-hip DG Lounge. This was a very unique and effective way to utilize this location for this size of a wedding.

(Making it legal with a Cabo Judge after the spiritual ceremony.)


CELEBRATION & VACATION: Jessica & Morley truly showed their appreciation to their guests, making them feel like the celebrities who often come to Cabo. They rented 2 amazing villas in Pedregal where they and their guests could stay (and also provided massages & salon treatments for those who wanted it). They provided a festive Mexican rehearsal dinner, the incredible wedding & reception, and a sunset cruise for all of their guests for the day after the wedding. It was literally a vacation AND a celebration for all involved.

DJ: I ran into several of Jessica & Morley's guests the day after the wedding as they were shopping in downtown Cabo. They stopped me on the street, told me how much they loved the wedding and especially how awesome the DJ was for the late night party. Perfect music can make a perfect night. Good job, Augustin (my DJ that night!)

MOJITOS: Mango, strawberry & lime. What else needs to be said!
DELICIOUS WEDDING CAKE: Not only gorgeous, but also very tasty!

(The edging on the cake matched the edging on their wedding invitation. So beautiful!)

Photos supplied by Manuel Burgoin.

True Love on the SDML Terraces

BRIDE & GROOM: Jill & Adam
WEDDING DATE: February 27, 2009
LOCATION: Sunset Da Mona Lisa restaurant, Cabo San Lucas

I first met Jill & Adam a year ago when they came to Cabo to do a site tour. They were unsure of where to have their wedding, and we viewed 5 or 6 potential locations. It was a tough decision but something about Sunset Da Mona Lisa spoke to them and they knew that, with a buy-out there, they could have the gorgeous sunset ceremony they were dreaming of AND a rocking party afterwards. They wanted their guests to have fun! And that is exactly what happened the last week-end in February 2009 as they celebrated their beautiful wedding in Cabo. Take a look at their photos and see why they had THIS to say about their wedding day:

"Katie, We cannot thank you enough for everything that you did to make our wedding day absolutely perfect! We couldn't have asked for anything more and it was truly the best day of our lives! Everyone was raving about how everything turned out and said it was the best wedding they've ever been to...and you can't beat that location:) Thanks was truly amazing."


MEXICAN COFFEES: Jill & Adam added some great extras to their wedding, such as the Flaming Mexican Coffee, with Kahlua & Tequila. Not only do these coffees taste delicious, but they are a show in themselves, as the waiters drip fire as they pour the coffee. Their guests loved this!

USING THE RESTAURANT'S COLORS: Jill decided early on that she loved the colors of the Sunset Da Mona Lisa restaurant just as they were, and so she chose those colors as her wedding colors (khaki, brown, terracota and she added in green). She was then able to use the restaurant's own linens, overlays, chargers, napkins & chairs, rather than having to bring in rental items. She chose a very organic look for the table centerpieces that matched perfectly as well. Not only was the look fabulous, but this saved her money that they could then use for other Mexican Coffees.

VIEW YOUR WEDDING AS A LIFE EXPERIENCE: Jill & Adam were legally married at the local Cabo judge's chamber and had a great time with their witnesses and Judge Carlos. They got a rare glimpse of Cabo life away from the tourism (accompanied by me, their local guide). Dressed in their Cubs sports attire, they celebrated their civil union right up the stairs from a local taco stand.
Photos supplied by Gilda Badillo.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sunset Da Mona Lisa in Cabo- The best view of the arch

One of the things I love about being a wedding coordinator is helping confused couples find the PERFECT location for their PERFECT wedding. Every couple is different and every couple has a different budget, but we all know when we have fallen in love with a location! It feels like, "Wow, this is THE place."

For the next month or so, I am going to highlight some breathtaking wedding locations where I have done quite a few fabulous weddings. These are locations where I know your wedding will be a huge success, where your guests will literally be in awe when they enter for your special night. I truly only recommend those locations where my past experience proves that your event will be flawless, stress-free...and dazzling!


(This is the real sunset - this is not edited!)

TERRACES: These terraces (there are 2, one small/medium, one larger) are the most gorgeous location for a wedding ceremony, especially for the bride who does not want her feet (literally) in the sand. The view of the arch is unobstructed and when the sun sets, sitting on these terraces, you will truly feel like you are in heaven.

(Smaller terrace)

(Larger terrace)

Usually, the ceremony & the cocktail hour takes place out on the terraces. Then, there are 2 dinner location options:

THE PALAPA (for a buy-out) or THE SALON (another location where you can have your dinner & dancing, without buying out the entire restaurant.)

(The Palapa area)

(The usual location for the head table under the palapa)

(Exterior view of the Salon)

(Inside the Salon area)

BEACH PHOTOS: While the beach is not easily reached, it is accessible with a bit of driving on a short dirt road in the photographer's car. (Hey, it's Cabo!) Then, the bride & groom can take those famous Cabo beach couple's photos (and it's worth extra effort.)

Photos courtesy of Manuel Burgoin and Gilda Badillo.