Our Wedding: Time to Party!

Now this part of the whole day was hands down the best! We reserved the resort nightclub and it came with our own DJ and open bar! Let’s just say that when they offered us the open bar, they definitely didn’t know what they were getting into with this crowd. We’ve got some seasoned veterans in our group, if ya know what I mean. Oddly, Luke and I really didn’t drink that much – at any other wedding we’d take full advantage of an open bar – but at ours we only had a small handful of drinks. I was much more content drinking water and taking everything in. If you know me, this is rare, ha. I knew though, that at the end of the day I wanted to try and retain as may details of the day as possible.

Our Wedding: The Ceremony

Before the ceremony started, I had to walk through the pool area to get down to the beach where our ceremony was set up. Dameian (one of Luke’s groomsman) ran back to help carry my dress for me because we would be walking through the “party pool” area. It was so sweet of him. My dad and I were walking arm in arm and Dameian was following close behind, holding my dress up; what a gentleman. Minutes before the ceremony was about to start and as I was standing with my dad, watching our bridal party happily walk down the aisle, I felt a few nerves start to kick in. As soon as our song started the next 20 minutes or so turn a little fuzzy for me.
Walking in a huge wedding dress in the sand isn’t the easiest of tasks, let me tell ya! I had switched out of my wedges and into sandals because between the intense heat and the length of time I was in those shoes – it just wasn’t going to happen! Flip flops it was! But without the height of the wedges my dress was too long and I kept tripping – that’s why my dad is holding it for me above – what a guy.
Something else about the above photo. I warned my dad ahead of time and said “No Crying!” but I’m going to play the song that mom walked down the aisle to at your wedding (which was back in 1977). We didn’t tell mom though, we wanted it to be a surprise.
We had two favors that we handed out to our guests: one – grass fans to help beat the intense summer heat. These fans also came in pretty handy when we all started dancing our butts off later in the evening! two –maracas with a tag that read “shake when we kiss”. It was cute to look back and see everyone excitedly shaking their maracas… this continued into dinner as well – every time we heard maracas, there was kissing.
It might have been a little windy on the beach.
Ceremony Music
Bridal Party: “Everybody” – Ingrid Michaelson
Bride’s Entrance: “Breezin” – George Benson
Bride & Groom Exit: “When the Sun Goes Down” – Kenny Chesney

Photos by Linnea Paulina Photography

Our Wedding: The Details

The details of this day were my favorite. I loved my dress, I loved my shoes (they are Kate Spade 🙂 I loved how the bridesmaid dresses all complimented each other. The bouquets were all perfectly miss-matched just like the bridesmaid dresses. (something fun about the bouquets – my girls and I had a bouquet making party the morning of the wedding and did them all ourselves. I love how they’re all different).

I hadn’t seen how the ceremony was set up until I started walking down the aisle with my dad. When I was working with our resort wedding coordinator she sent me a picture of what the ceremony set-up was going to look like. There was an arch made up of what looked like pvc pipe with tulle wrapped around it. Let’s just say I wasn’t too thrilled about it. But after looking into other options for arches and learning that it would cost hundreds of dollars for something different, I bit the bullet and went with the free pvc pipe option. We weren’t going to be on the beach that long to justify the extra money anyways, right?
Well, when I turned the corner with my dad to walk down the aisle and I saw the ceremony set-up above. I was shocked! Completely blown away. It looked amazing! It wasn’t at all like the pictures that our wedding coordinator had been sending me. It turns out that the resort had installed this permanent structure right before we arrived at the resort. How lucky did I get!? This was probably the best surprise of the wedding. I love love love how it turned out!

Photos by Linnea Paulina Photography

Our Wedding: Portraits

Luke and I are definitely not a traditional couple; it wasn’t really important for us to see each other for the first time when I was walking down the aisle. So we did a first look before the ceremony. I’m so glad we did the first look, too, because we spent a good hour and taking photos before the ceremony… which meant we had all that time to spend with our guests after the ceremony instead of doing our photos then! Looking through all these photos (over and over again…) just puts a huge smile on my face. These photos were taken just a month ago now. Even though it’s only been a month, I’d give anything to go back and re-live that day – it was really and truly the best.

Here are some of my favorite photos of just Luke and I from the wedding. It was hard to choose just a few to share, let me tell ya! Hope you like them as much as I do.

After the ceremony and while all of our guests were eating, drinking and chatting away, we snuck down to the beach to take a handful of few photos when the light was just right.

Photos by Linnea Paulina Photography

Our Cabo San Lucas trip

We stayed at the Riu Santa Fe in Cabo San Lucas. When we were doing our resort research the number one priority was that it had to be afforadble for all the guests that we wanted to bring along with us. We really got lucky with this one, too! Not only was it very affordable, but it was very nice as well.
There was a good variety of restaurants, liqour dispensers in your room on the wall, a few pools (one relaxing one & a party one) both came equiped with swim-up bars – which is where we spent a large portion of our time, and loved every minute of it. 🙂
The resort is located fairly close to downtown Cabo San Lucas. If you’re feeling adventerous you could walk along the beach into town in about 45 minutes, or you could take a group of people in a taxt for $3/person or ride the locals bus for $1/person & be in town in 5 minutes. Which we ended up doing a quite a bit!
We also had our wedding here, on the beach in front of the resort – but more on that later – when I get our wedding photos back 🙂
Anyhoo, now on to the resort photos!
Up next, the view from our room… We were upgraded to the “ocean view” room. It was a bit of a walk through winding, maze-like hallways to get there, but the view was kinda worth it.

 And now… the newlyweds, the honeymooners!!

– Photos © Holly Copeland –