Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Candice and Kris - La Vida

Candice and Kris tied the knot at La Vida in Bucerias this past November. The wedding celebration was so much fun to plan as the couple was completely open to alternative ideas! They opted for a cocktail-style/station reception as opposed to a formal seated dinner, and they kept the heart of the celebration close to their hearts - utilizing local products and food to give their guests a true taste of Mexico (where the bride's family owns a home)! A simply amazing day!

Photos by the always-amazing Elizabeth Lloyd!

The ladies spent the day relaxing and beautifying while the guys moved to their own beat!

Guests arrived to a sandy beach ceremony decorated with local adobe pots overflowing with florals, petals covering the aisle and a wispy and beautiful canopy awaiting the arrival of the bride and groom!

As the ceremony was about to begin, Candice peeked around the corner to watch her bridal party process! The trumpets and voices of mariachi sounded grandly as the bride made her way down the aisle to exchange vows with her future husband!

And when the ceremony was finished, the festivities began! Abundant appetizers and refreshing cold drinks were served as guests mingled on the beach in lounge areas designed with bright colors, florals and a touch of "amor."

As the sun went down, candles and lights were lit and the party moved from the beach to the terrace where a Mexican-style dinner awaited guests - fresh fruit waters, hand-made quesadillas, on-the-spot guacamole, fruit skewers and so much more was available as guests continued to mingle long into the night.

And following the couple's first dance and a stunning fireworks display, the dance floor heated up - keeping guests of all ages smiling and laughing all night long!

Congratulations Candice and Kris!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Monica and Jared - Quinta Laura

Monica and Jared said their "I do's" mid-December at Quinta Laura (formerly Casa Carol Ann). They requested a palette of greens, pinks and silver with a squeeze of lime! Congratulations to this wonderful couple! And a huge thank you to Elizabeth Lloyd for sharing the lovely photos!

Guests arrived to the front courtyard and were greeted with self-serve fresh fruit waters and the amazing scent of rose petals floating in the fountain!

As ceremony was about to begin, guests were ushered to the lower terrace where the bride and groom exchanged vows beneath a beautiful canopy of flowing fabrics and fresh flowers.

Immediately following the ceremony, the bride and groom escaped to the street for some really fun photos!

Meanwhile, back at the villa, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers poolside while enjoying the live music of a Latin trio! Throughout the cocktail area, silver-painted words that the couple had chosen to describe themselves were used as decor alongside floral arrangements and limes.

During cocktail hour, the courtyard area was converted (oh-so-quickly!) into a romantic and amazing dinner space! Guests mingling on the terrace below they had no idea that they would soon return to the pre-ceremony area for dinner!

And as a special surprise, we had a live artist on site painting the dinner reception while it was happening! Later on, we gifted the painting to the couple as a memory of their wedding reception!

Wedding cake and a beautiful dessert display were set up back on the lower terrace where guests mingled and danced the night away!

A fun favor was displayed for guests to take home with them - hand-made satchels held the recipe for a traditional margarita as well as the mixins' including a mini salt-shaker, lime squeezer and individual tequila shot!

Congratulations Monica and Jared - we spent a really lovely evening with you and wish you the best for the future!