Monday, February 1, 2010

Sandra and Edward - China Blanca

Sandy and Eddy's wedding was a true day of paradise - 84 degrees, sun shining, a perfect breeze. We knew this wedding had to be picture perfect as Sandy, one of our most active Facebook fans and a wonderful bride, wrote us after nearly every wedding this past fall stating, "This is my NEW favorite! I love it!" After about four new favorite weddings, all of which were entirely different, she had us really pondering her wedding and design for hours and hours on end. She wanted a palette of blush colors - creams, whites, pale pinks but also loves a pop of color! She loves flowers - and really wanted bougainvillea incorporated; She wanted a touch of something tropical, and she wanted to surprise Eddy with a special mojito-related something in honor of his favorite drink! So.... without further adieu, this is what we came up with for Sandy's wedding (oh yeah, Eddy's wedding too!)

Until we have professional photos back from Joe Cogliandro, these will have to do!

The ceremony took place on the garden overlooking the ocean. Pomanders hung from wrought iron hooks along the sides of the ceremony, and bougainvillea covered the top of the ceremony gazebo where the bride and groom stood to exchange vows! I always love the guest gasps and comments as rose petals are being sprinkled on an aisle. I think the intoxication of the lovely aroma makes them giddy!

Following the ceremony, the ninety-plus guests enjoyed cocktails in several different poolside settings: a chic umbrella-shaded lounge, a luxurious beach bed area in the nearby garden and a cute cafe-style cocktail area on the terrace.

A couple very special areas were tucked into the corners of the villa grounds as well! On the opposite side of the pool, a special mojito bar - known as Eddy's Mojito Shack - was set up with a bartender exclusively dedicated to muddling and mixing the minty concoction!

As ten little ones attended the wedding as well, we knew it was imperative to have some sort of activities to keep them busy as well . . . so a children's play area was set up beneath the villa gazebo with hanging pinatas, kiddie table and chairs and lots of fun surprises for the tots!

Sandy and Eddy share a passion for art, and Eddy himself is an artist! In honor of this, we set up a special paint station at which their guests created a work of art for the newlyweds throughout the night! We saw the idea a loooong time ago and weren't completely sure how it would turn out, but we were really pleased as it was super popular and the end result a true work of art accomplished by their guests - everyone participated, from the youngest to the oldest!

Following a cocktail hour filled with fun and mariachi music, guests sat down at tables inside the vast villa living space and enjoyed toasts, each other and dinner!

The tables glowed as candles were lit and the sun set in the background!

After dinner, everyone gathered back outside on the terrace for dancing, lounging, more mojitos and tons of fun!

To see the design board we created as an inspiration for this wedding, go here!

For a cute idea to keep young guests busy at dinner tables, go here.

Congratulations Sandy and Eddy!


  1. I had been waiting for these.... Again you amaze me with your style and details for design; Sandra's wedding (oh Eddy's too) was so chic and again shows the unmatched talent of the Dazzling Details team.

  2. Kristin, Michelle and the entire Dazzling Details team - this is by far my NEW favourite wedding, I LOVED IT!;) Eduardo and I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the most stunning fairy tale wedding and best night of our lives. I don't think we stopped smiling all night! All of our guests kept coming up to us saying that they felt like they were at a wedding out of a magazine.

    We were so touched by all of the elements of "us" that you incorporated into our wedding (from my love for bougainvillas, to the surprise mohito shack for Eddy and adorable napkins, to the painting station, to the coconuts.. we could go on and on). I remember during the ceremony, Eddy getting the rings from the ring pillow and discretely pointing to the palm leaf from our invites that you had sewn into the pillow and thinking, I can't believe all of the surprise details! Our wedding was truly picture perfect! You have an amazing gift and we are so glad that you were able to share it with us! Sending love to you and your families! Sandra and Eduardo