A Laid-Back Destination Wedding in Mexico
The Bride and Groom
The Washington, D.C., residents, who met through a friend at the aptly named Lucky Strike bowling alley back in 2005, wanted their day to feel intimate above all else. A destination wedding fit the bill, but since such events can be pricey to throw and attend, Abby and Jamey decided to head down to Mexico for its relatively close proximity and affordable luxury.
Abigail and Jamey's wedding invitations were clean and simple and went with the color palette of the day -- green and white.
Hand-painted pieces of wood from local fruit-market boxes served as signs for the "toss table" and mojito bar.
With the ocean as a breathtaking backdrop, attendees witnessed Abby and Jamey's exchange of lighthearted, self-penned vows in the garden of a Pacific-front home. During the recessional, well-wishers showered the jubilant newlyweds with birdseed, rose petals, and tuberose blossoms, which they had gathered into hand-painted ceramic bowls at the "toss table" upon arrival. Here, the couple seal their vows with a smooch. The words "Jamey," "Abby," and "I do, I do, I do" were sewn onto the aisle runner.
The Wedding Decor
The Pacific was just a few steps away from the white muslin-and-chiffon-draped tables adorned with vases in two sizes holding white lisianthus and Argentinian mums.
The Bride and Groom's Chairs
Hand-painted pieces of wood were also used to denote the bride and groom's chairs at the reception.
Abby's young cousins, Seth and Jackson Schwantz, in matching bow ties; they teamed up to tote the rings down the aisle.
The Bride's Bouquet
Abby carries a loose bundle of white hydrangea, ranunculus, spray roses, Argentinian mums, succulents, and dusty miller.
A crate of limes, a pot of fresh mint, and a couple of cocktail umbrellas decorated the bar, which offered five flavors: mango, strawberry with basil, guava, hibiscus, and blue Curacao.
The cocktail umbrellas that decorated the bar also came in green and white, to go with the color palette.
In addition to the DIY mojitos, Mexican beers were also served to wedding guests.
After the ceremony, everyone lounged around the pool, drinking flavored mojitos and tequila from carved-cucumber shot glasses. Then a 10-piece mariachi band, decked out in gold-studded, white charro regalia, strolled in playing their hearts out. "It was so dramatic, and such a surprise for everyone," says Abby.
Mariachi Guadalajara was on hand to entertain guests.
Name cards, tucked into succulents in white tea bowls, were positioned on moss-colored linen napkins and white plates.
Abby and Jamey step out of the happy fray to finally enjoy a moment alone.
Abigail and Jamey share their first dance.
Location: Casa Garza Blanca
Event Planning and Flowers: The Dazzling Details
Catering: ByB Banquetes
Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy
Cake: Charme Reposteria
Music: Sonido Extassis (DJ); Mariachi Guadalajara; and Jose Luis Lopez Lopez (Latin guitar)
Photography: Kate Headley
Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew
Menswear: Calvin Klein (suit)