Monday, August 23, 2010

La Panga Rehearsal Dinner- A Night To Remember

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

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.
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.

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:

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

" 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 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!
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.

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!
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 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, 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!

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Beautiful Blend: An Indian/Mexican wedding

BRIDE & GROOM: Brenda & Girish
WEDDING DATE: Oct. 10, 2009
WEDDING LOCATION: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar
GUEST COUNT: 188 guests

I first met this couple over a year and a half ago. After a postponement due to the swine flu outbreak, Brenda & Girish were finally able to spend the week-end celebrating their special day with friends & family from all over the globe. (Guests came from India, the Mexican mainland, Europe and the US.) And they celebrated it in fact, this wedding was featured in a November feature in In Touch magazine in an article appropriately titled, "I Want To Have A Wedding Like A Celebrity."
Brenda & Girish were truly living out their wedding dreams with all of the fun & romance of their Cabo wedding week-end. Aren't these the cutest flower girls ever?

To access over a 100 photos (taken by the wonderful Cabo photographer, Manuel Burgoin,, please access these 2 websites & browse the slideshows.

Also, here is a run-down of Brenda & Girish's events...hopefully this will provide other brides with some great information on how to plan a spectacular event.

Thursday - Sangheet:

Brenda & Girish started their wedding celebrations off with a fun & beautiful Indian Sangheet. As part of the 3-night Indian wedding celebration, this is the night to really have fun, to party, to eat & drink, to celebrate with performances and dancing. Most of the guests came in traditional Indian dress, and the decor was bright and fabulous. They utilized their theme colors of orange & fuchsia but also brought in modern brown to emphasize that this was more of a lounge party than a wedding celebration. Lounge furniture and lighted tables surrounded the dance floor, and the couple had their own love seat where they sat to watch their friends and family as they performed dances for them in a Bollywood fashion. The couple used lots of amber uplighting and a spotlight over the dance floor to set the mood for this lavish party. What a way to welcome their guests!

Friday - Rehearsal Dinner:

Because Brenda is Mexican-American (and because the wedding was in Cabo!) the couple decided that their next event would have a Mexican theme. They invited all of their guests on Friday night for a casual but fun Mexican fiesta buffet. The bar was set up under the palapa, Mexican serapes decorated the tables & the buffet, and a Mexican Trio serenaded guests as they ate & drank under the globe lighting. Guests could come & go as they pleased and Girish & Brenda actually had a chance to really chat & visit with their guests. The Fiesta ended at 9:30pm but that was not the end of the celebrations for the evening. The couple and 125 of their "younger" guests than boarded buses and headed for the Baja Cantina on the Beach. There they had what is called a "Youngster Party" directly on the sand, feet from the surf, with DJ music, late night cocktails & hor d'ouevres.

Saturday - Wedding Ceremony & Reception:

After 2 nights of fantastic parties, it was time for the actual wedding celebration. The ceremony was at the gorgeous DeCortez Beach, where guests walked on coco mats to the private ceremony location, looking out at crashing waves, as the sun set behind them. The bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids & flowers girls were so pretty in their very colorful Indian sundresses, perfect for a Cabo wedding. The bride was gorgeous in an ivory gown which she had specially enhanced with Indian accents. The Mandap (a version of the chuppah) was decorated in the theme colors of orange, fuchsia & yellow. A Classical Trio played traditional Mexican music for the ceremony.

Guests adjourned to the DeCortez terrace for drinks, while the couple and their bridal party of 23 continued to take photos on the beach and in the midst of some of the beautiful Sheraton gardens & architecture.

The reception was held in the Sheraton Ballroom, which had been transformed into a wonderland with the help of expert draping & lighting from PSAV on the Sheraton property. Tables were draped in camel/gold linens with orange crush runners, accented with gold chargers, orange napkins, and table arrangements that included three vases of lilies, roses, and mums, all tied with gold ribbon. With a fabulous DJ and 2 witty MCs, the guests were enthralled with toasts, a funny DVD production (from some of Girish's groomsmen who are in film school) and lastly with dancing & wonderful food & desserts that lasted until 2 in the morning.

Congratulations to this lovely wishes always!

Friday, June 4, 2010

El Dorado Elegance - Paulina & Mike

BRIDE & GROOM: Paulina & Mike
WEDDING DATE: Sat, April 17, 2010
LOCATION: Rehearsal Dinner: Private Villa, Wedding & Reception: El Dorado Beach & Golf Club

Back Story:

I met Paulina's mom, Rocio, in the midst of coordinating an earlier El Dorado wedding (see previous blog for Heather & Alan's wedding.) She saw how beautiful Heather & Alan's wedding was and said, "I know my daughter, Paulina, wants her wedding to be here too." From that moment on, Rocio & I hit it off, and her daughter, Paulina, the bride, was just as beautiful and gracious as her mother. We had a great year together planning Paulina & Mike's wedding. (I also did Rocio's wedding on El Dorado's yacht, El Discovery, soon after we met...but that is another story...and another blog...)

The Ceremony Decor:

Paulina had a great sense of color and knew she wanted to include a chandelier in her ceremony decor. I drove this chandelier down the Baja from California, and it is now a rental item available for other brides as well. It was truly a gorgeous addition to Paulina's chuppah!

The Flowers:

All of Paulina's flowers (for all 3 of her Cabo events: a Welcome dinner, a Rehearsal Dinner & the actual wedding) were supplied by Cabo Flowers & Cakes. I work with the owners, Francine & Donna, often and their flowers were once again...amazing! The Matron of Honor did the flower's ribbon wrapping a special gift to the bride. She used the lace from Paulina's dress & it was gorgeous.

It was a warm day for the ceremony (although the weather was truly beautiful) so we planned Agua Frescas to be given to all the guests as they got seated for the ceremony.The Reception:

After the beautiful beach ceremony, we transported the guests up to El Dorado's Mercado. Paulina wanted to create an old world (and very romantic) Mexican hacienda feel for the reception. With the gorgeous rentals from Lazy Gourmet, we achieved her dream.

Special extras that made the night:

Paulina & Mike wanted to be sure that their guests were treated like royalty all night long and so they planned many extra-special events and surprises throughout the night. Some of these included: sparklers for all the guests, which we lit as the acoustic guitarist (Daryl is the best!) played their favorite song as they entered the dinner area, fireworks that exploded in the night sky as the couple shared their first dance, mariachis that showed up playing "La Pastel" ("The Cake") as the bride & groom cut their cake, ice shot glasses, a late night taco cart & more.
The cake, provided by Deena at Sweet Dreams Cabo, tasted as good as it looked. We provided slices of the cake as part of a delicious dessert buffet along with flaming Mexican coffees.
Photo credit: Beautiful photos by Anna Kuperberg, photographer from San Francisco.

Best wishes, Paulina & Mike...happiness forever!