Monday, August 4, 2008

Stacy and David - Copa de Oro

The month of March started out what we call our “wedding marathon!” Our spring “high season” begins around the first week of March and lasts through the beginning of June. Wedding planners across town may be found running sprints through the streets of Vallarta, occasionally hyperventilating and, rumor has it, purchasing Red Bull and Diet Coke in bulk to keep both spirits and energy high throughout the season!

While every wedding and every couple is very special to us, my favorite wedding ever kicked off this spring’s marathon! Stacy and David (my baby brother!) tied the knot at gorgeous Casa Copa de Oro in Conchas Chinas on March 7th.

Casa Copa de Oro is perfect for small, intimate weddings! Groups of up to 50 guests fit very nicely onto the oceanview terrace for ceremony, and then while cocktails are being served in the nearby lounge, the ceremony area can be quickly converted into a beautiful and romantic dinner setting.

Stacy and David described their perfect wedding as “colorful, elegant and personalized.” We were able to achieve just that with their great input and ideas. Stacy chose a bright blend of colors including reds, oranges and fuschia to be the central theme of the celebration, and The Dazzling Details created a festive yet romantic ambiance for their wedding day.

Stacy carried a bouquet of yellow calla lilies and bright roses.

As the ceremony terrace would later be converted into a dinner area, a simple yet stunning ceremony backdrop was called for; the couple stood in front of two traditional Mexican wrought-iron arched pieces which were intertwined with roses and candles.

Terracotta flower pots overflowed with roses at every turn. Colorful maracas hung from each of the chairs (for shaking at the kiss, of course!), and bright arrangements of roses floated in the pool behind the guests.

Guests mingled in the festive lounge area sipping on flavored margaritas while the ceremony terrace was converted into the dinner area (this can be done in 10 minutes, by the way, and if done correctly, is not an eye sore for your guests. In fact, they most likely won’t even notice it’s being done until they realize there is a dinner table where their ceremony chair used to be!)

Here are a few photos from the cocktail lounge and dinner area:

(Just an FYI – the bride and groom don’t normally lay around like this in fancy clothes . . . the photographer made them do it! Don’t they look great?!?

There were, of course, a few "dazzling details" incorporated into the day that made Stacy and David’s wedding extra special:

1. Stacy and David (like many couples) chose to honor passed loved ones on their wedding day. For this occasion, we chose to place chocolate-painted frames with each person’s name next to a pillar candle on a gorgeous stone bench in the entryway of the villa so that upon arrival, guests would pass by the memorial.

2. As we know both the bride and groom are avid golfers, we decided to incorporate a touch of their passion for the game into their wedding day. Seating assignments were posted on a personalized golf course map titled “Copa de Oro Golf Club” and table numbers were printed on miniature golf flags that peaked out of the table centerpieces.

3. Along with their chosen wedding cake flavors, we surprised the bride and groom with mini cakes – including a few in the groom’s favorite flavor – Confetti Boxed Cakemix (brought specially from the USA for the occasion). Imagine trying to convince PV’s best cake-baker to use a box mix – he just about fell over dead at the thought! But it was definitely worth it!

4. Having had to leave behind the “other love of their lives,” we made special tribute to the couple’s furry friend left at home. A photo of their beloved dog Bosch posing with a “Congratulations Stacy and David” sign was placed in the corner of the lounge – literally bringing tears to their eyes when they saw it! (Sorry – not the best photo! It’s tough to take a photo of a photo!)

And we tried something at Stacy and David’s wedding for the first time that quickly became a new favorite for us! At the end of the night, we invited the couple out onto the terrace for a final dance. We lit and passed out Mexican long sparklers to guests, and they surrounded the couple on the dance floor. It was a fantastic and oh-so-romantic end to the evening!

The popularity and success of the sparklers at this event caused us to recommend them at a later event where they provoked an equal reaction! So keep this in mind as a a great alternative for couples who want a “fire element” that is easy on the pocketbook!

The ever-popular taco cart opened up, and so ended the first wedding in our spring streak!

Congratulations Stacy and David! It was a privilege to not only be a guest at your wedding, but to help you plan this great day as well!

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