This Elegant Destination Wedding in Mexico Featured Creative, Tropical Touches
Sara Morgan and Danny McDermott prove that you can find love online. Of course, realizing you have shared acquaintances doesn't hurt—at least in their case. On the couple's first date, they instantly bonded after realizing they shared mutual friends. From there, things moved pretty quickly. "On our third date Danny said to me, 'You can keep dating other people—I know it's early. But I just want to let you know I'm only going to be dating you. I want to put my full attention toward you and see where this goes." Danny's honesty made Sara realize she felt the same way. "It's still one of my favorite qualities about him," she shares.
Setting the Mood
A Warm Welcome
Sara and Danny decided to thank their guests for their travels with thematic welcome bags. The chic beach totes were filled with local snacks, water, and hangover kits, plus on-palette pashminas for the breezy beachside evening to come.
Sara and Danny loved NIZUC for a number of reasons, including its stylish design and delicious cuisine. Another big factor? Convenience. Sara emphasizes "how important it is to pick a place that's easy to get to." According to her, "direct flights are key!" We're sure their guests agreed.
Sara's search for a formal—but beach-ready—look ended with this wedding dress from Lovely Bride. The fitted lace number was surprisingly comfortable—so comfortable, in fact, that she did "the worm" on the dance floor! The bride accessorized with a veil and Stuart Weitzman heels.
Danny chose a classy black Theory suit.
A Lush Clutch
Family of Honor
Sara had a special support group: her mother (the matron of honor) and her sister (the maid of honor).
The groomsmen's white linen shirts were statement-making on their own, but their flip flops really drew attention. Danny and Sara's brothers were part of the group.
A Meaningful Moment
Sara's father escorted her down the aisle to Van Morrison's "Someone Like You." "My parents are my best friends," she explains. "Having my mom as my matron of honor and my dad's arm to guide me down was so special."
An Emotional Groom
Danny got emotional as he saw his bride walking toward him, but luckily, he came equipped with a thematic green-and-white hankie. Later in the ceremony, Sara cried, too, and he used it to wipe away her tears.
A Custom Ceremony
Grit & Grace wrote most of the ceremony, which took place on the Akan Terrace. The couple's friend officiated the personal proceedings, while Sara and Danny exchanged their own vows. "Hearing Danny read his vows was such an amazing moment for me," Sara says. "We each wrote something to each other to read before the traditional vows. I sometimes go back to reread what he wrote because his words meant so much to me."
Cocktail hour took place by the water, where lounge areas were set up. The décor actually resembled the wedding invitations.
Coconuts and Cocktails
Guests snacked on passed appetizers and sipped on a selection of drinks, including these coconut beverages.
Cheers to That
Those who preferred cerveza drank cold ones wrapped in custom koozies.
On the Move
All the while, a local mariachi band gradually led guests down the beach to the reception venue: La Punta Restaurant.
Grab and Go
Over half the couple's 150 guests sat at this long table overlooking an infinity pool. The remaining celebrants were seated inside with views of the banquet-style setup.
Mixed and Matched
The reception décor fit seamlessly into the rest of the event's design. "The emphasis was on mixed metals and artfully-arranged leaves," Sara shares. Minted paper goods (that matched the invites) tied the theme together even more. The menu cards described the delicious dinner of pumpkin soup, beef tenderloin, Chilean sea bass, and alternating desserts of chocolate cake or creme brûlée.
The celebration's music was especially meaningful. Sara and Danny danced to Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey," which always reminds them of one another. In addition, the father-daughter dance was set to Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely." Sara's dad played the song when her parents first took her home from the hospital—ever since, it's been a big part of their relationship. "He'll even call me up and play it for me if it's on the radio and I'm not with him," she shares lovingly.
Photography, Abby Jiu Photography
Location and catering, NIZUC Resort & Spa
Event planning, Grit & Grace
Flowers and rentals, Canteiro Weddings
Videography, Wedding Shortfilms
Calligraphy, Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Bride's gown, Lovely Bride
Bride's accessories, Stuart Weitzman shoes
Hair and makeup, Hair & Makeup Artistry by Claudine
Bridesmaids' dresses, twobirds Bridesmaid
Groom's suit, Theory
Laser cut leaves, Michelle Edgemont Design
Place card holders, BHLDN
Welcome gifts, La Crafteria