Thursday, January 22, 2009

'08 Recap: 22 Amazing Weddings (Pt 1)

22 weddings! I can't believe I had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful brides, grooms, and families last year...truly a historic year for me as I produced some of the loveliest weddings of my career. I loved having the opportunity to plan with and share in these couples' most intimate and romantic moments as they exchanged their wedding vows. Please take a "walk" through 2008 with me (this is Part 1) we look at some of the photos and reminisce about these fairy-tale beach weddings...where my brides were all princesses, my grooms were all knights in shining armor (or flip-flops!), and the couples continue to live happily ever after.
Note: These are not in chronological order. Enjoy!
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BRIDE and GROOM: Melody & Ross
WEDDING DATE: April 26, 2008
LOCATION: Villa Amanda - private villa, Cabo

“Thank you again so much for the most beautiful evening and for working so hard. I couldn't have gotten through the day without your help… It will forever be the most memorable and wonderful evening in my life!!”
Melody (Bride)

(Photos by Daniel Jireh)
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BRIDE and GROOM: Rachel & Mike
WEDDING DATE: April 12, 2008
LOCATION: Fiesta Americana Imperial Suite, Cabo
-Bridesmaid luncheon at Pancho's Restaurant
-Rehearsal Dinner at Cabo del Sol Golf Clubhouse

“Thank you for making my vision come true…Mike and I, my parents and our guests were absolutely blown away by the night. Everything was exactly as I imagined. Seriously, everything was perfect and beautiful. Thank you to you, your assistants, the Flower Cart and all of the vendors that helped make the evening truly magical. Please thank Velinda, again, for making me beautiful and send a special thanks to the DJ for playing awesome songs from my playlist and NOT playing HOT, HOT, HOT or YMCA. :) The fantastic white dance floor was packed all night."
-Rachel (Bride)

(Photos by Gilda Badillo)
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BRIDE and GROOM: Traci & Brock
WEDDING DATE: Oct. 5, 2008
LOCATION: Casa del Mar

"Thank you so very much for handling my son's (and now, daughter-in-law’s) wedding…everything was so beautiful & surreal for me & I speak for the others!! I've never seen Brock & Traci as radiant & beautiful as I did during their vows to one another…Again, I thank you so much for all you did to make this all go so very smoothly for Traci & Brock."
-Kathy (Mother of the groom)

(Photos by Manuel Burgoin)

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BRIDE and GROOM: Melissa & Jeff
WEDDING DATE: Feb. 19, 2008
LOCATION: Sunset Da Mona Lisa restaurant
ADDITIONAL EVENTS:-Rehearsal dinner at Pancho's Restaurant.

(Photos by Gilda Badillo)
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BRIDE and GROOM: Erin & Trevor
WEDDING DATE: July 5, 2008
LOCATION: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar - Palapa Fiesta

Check out this link and see a great video showcasing this adorable couple. It's also a chance to check out the creative and talented Angel Zapien, videographer.

“Hi Katie, Thank you so much for EVERYTHING you did for us!! It truly was all we could have hoped for and more!! I can't wait to see the photos that Manuel took :)… I would absolutely love to be a reference for you!! I loved everything you did for us… We miss Cabo sooo much! We are so sad to be home:( “
-Erin (Bride)
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BRIDE and GROOM: Christi & Mohammed
WEDDING DATE: June 1, 2008
LOCATION: Dreams Resort, Beach ceremony & Ocean Terrace reception
ADDITIONAL EVENTS:-Rehearsal dinner at Pancho's Restaurant

“Many, many thanks for orchestrating a most perfect wedding for us. Everyone said it was so much fun and how well everything came together. We watched the video last night and laughed and cried at the beauty of the entire event...we could not have done it without you!...You've been a huge part of my life for the last 6 months and I'm going to miss you like crazy.”
-Christi (Bride)

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BRIDE and GROOM: Melissa & Matt
WEDDING DATE: June 7, 2008
LOCATION: Fiesta Americana, Beach ceremony, Whales Terrace Reception
“You did a fantastic job. Thank you for making it such a memorable experience for everyone…We can't wait to see the pictures. If we ever hear of anyone planning to marry in Cabo, we'll send them your way!”
-Melissa & Matt (Bride & Groom)

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BRIDE and GROOM: Jennifer & Robert
WEDDING DATE: June 6, 2008
LOCATION: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Chapel ceremony, DeCortez Terrace Reception
ADDITIONAL EVENTS:-Rehearsal Dinner at Pancho's Restaurant

El Dorado Elegance: Heather & Alan

Heather & Alan (Bride & Groom)

“Hi Katie, thanks again for all of the work you put in to make our wedding perfect. The event went so smoothly and our friends described it as both magical and effortless (which we all know it wasn't!!) Really though, we had the time of our lives and we couldn't have done it without you.” -Heather
“We'd also like to serve as a reference should you ever need us. The compliments we're receiving and our absolutely thrilled parents (not to mention the happiest weekend of our lives) are at your disposal. Also, please thank your assistants -- they did a great job as well.”
– Alan

BRIDE & GROOM: Heather & Alan
WEDDING DATE: January 18, 2009
LOCATION: Beach Ceremony & Reception at the Mercado. El Dorado Golf & Beach Club, Cabo San Lucas.
GUEST COUNT: 118 guests
-Rehearsal Dinner at Morgan's Encore, San Jose del Cabo.
-Welcome Dinner at Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, Cabo.

I had the pleasure of planning and coordinating a truly unique and especially memorable wedding for this wonderful couple, Heather & Alan, who traveled from Manhattan to Cabo for their special day. They celebrated their amazing wedding this past week-end at a truly beautiful, romantic, and exclusive location...the El Dorado Beach and Golf Club in Cabo San Lucas (yes, there were Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel sightings throughout the set up of the wedding).
It was such a fun wedding, with everything from the most amazing fireworks I have ever seen (5 minutes worth shot up into the sky in 3 minutes, to provide a truly spectacular show!) to a live band with the huge lights and a great playlist, a guitarist who serenaded the group from a balcony, and not only the most fabulous dinner served but a delicious salsa and guacamole bar with the hors d'ouevres and a late night taco bar serving fresh grilled carne (beef), chicken and shrimp. Guests were dazzled with fabulous food and entertainment from 4 in the afternoon until 2:30am in the morning. (Their entertainment over the week-end also included a Mariachi band, a Mexican Trio, a Classical Trio, and a late-night DJ.) For the decor, see the upcoming photos for a glimpse at the gorgeous flowers provided by The Flower Cart ( the unique linens and rental decor items from Del Cabo Event Design( that provided the perfect atmosphere for romance.

WEDDING PICTURES COMING SOON (provided by Manuel Burgoin,


Transportation: This wedding required tons of transportation (a huge thanks to Los Cabos Travel) as we moved over 120 guests from many different locations over a period of 3 days. My transportation vendor ROCKED and there was not one mishap or lost guest. When I hire a transport company, it is very important that they be FLEXIBLE. We had guests that needed to go to locations not on the official list, and my transport company was happy to help...even at 2:30 in the morning.

Rental Chuppah: This rental item is so gorgeous! Worth every penny! Remember, while the actual wedding ceremony goes quickly, the photos last a lifetime. Sometimes one big ticket item like this can truly change the look and feel of your whole wedding.