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Amanda and Adam knew most of their loved ones—dispersed around the country—would be hopping a plane to their wedding regardless of location, so the couple fully embraced the “destination wedding” concept and threw a long weekend bash in Los Cabos. The couple enlisted Amy Abbott Events to create the celebration of their dreams. With the help of fabulous vendors, tropical accents, personalized details and TONS of florals, the team transformed Flora Farms into a lush garden affair with twinkling cafe lights to cap it all off. Photographer duo Chris & Lynn were on hand to capture all the magic in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

With Adam’s family in California, and my family in Michigan and Texas, we knew that most people would need to get on a plane in order to celebrate with us. So, we decided to fully embrace the idea of a destination wedding! Cabo was an easy decision. My parents are owners at Esperanza, so we are down in Cabo a few times a year. Baja California has become a place near and dear to our hearts, and we couldn’t wait to share it with our family and friends! We actually decided on Flora Farms as our wedding location even before we were officially engaged!

To us, it was important that our wedding was more than just one day. From our experience, a wedding is a total whirlwind and blur – not just for the bride and groom, but often for the guests too! We wanted to make sure we had ample time to celebrate and spend time with the most important people in our lives.

So we thought: Why have a one-day wedding when you can have a four-day wedding weekend extravaganza?! With the help of our incredible wedding planner, Lynette Dow with Amy Abbott Events, we planned four days of events for our guests… So much planning and details went into the four days of events, we sincerely could not have done it all without Lynette! She was a true lifesaver and miracle worker.

We kicked things off on Thursday with a private catamaran sunset cruise with Tropicat. Our guests were able to mingle and get to know one another, while soaking in some of the most beautiful sights of Cabo, including The Arch. On Friday, the day before our wedding, we hosted a Mexican Fiesta on the beach at Esperanza – complete with a mariachi band! From there, we enjoyed an elegant dinner overlooking the ocean, on Esperanza’s “Seaside Terrace,” with an incredible saxophonist and fireworks to cap off the evening!

Most of our guests attended all four days of events, which meant that by the end of the weekend, strangers had been transformed into close friends. There was no distinction between “Adam’s family” or “Amanda’s family.”  This closeness and energy was so apparent at our wedding – it was truly magical.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

The gown is Jenny Packham. (2017 collection, Style: ‘Nashville’) The dress was absolute perfection. I felt like a million bucks wearing it. And it was ridiculously comfortable.

When it came to wedding dress shopping, I was incredibly spoiled since we live in New York City – all of the best salons and designers are right here. My mom, sister, and best friend flew into NYC from every corner of the country – Michigan, Texas, and Minnesota – for a weekend of dress shopping. Little did we know, we would find the dress on the very first day!

The gown was exactly what I was looking for, down to every detail. I knew it was “the one” as soon as I tried it on. We found it at a bridal salon right near our apartment – Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, in Soho. Bonus: Gabriella was having a Jenny Packham Trunk Show, which meant a 10% discount!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

There were so many personal touches throughout the day… In particular, every aspect and detail of the wedding ceremony was incredibly personal to us. It was important that our officiant was someone who knew us extremely well, both separately as individuals and together as a couple. The decision was easy: my sister’s husband and our brother-in-law. To us, Jeff was the obvious choice – beyond being one of the most important people in our lives, he is funny, articulate, and well-spoken. As a former trial attorney for the Department of Justice, we knew Jeff could easily command the crowd. We did not have a Plan B or back-up choice, so we were extremely relieved when he agreed to officiate! With Jeff we designed and wrote our entire wedding ceremony, start to finish. It was an incredibly time-consuming process, but also an incredibly powerful experience. In the months leading up to the wedding, Adam and I would sit together at a neighborhood coffee shop on the weekends, working on the ceremony. It was a unique opportunity to verbalize and solidify our definitions of love and marriage.

There were several personal touches throughout the ceremony, including:

Our Parents:  First, it was important to me that both of my parents walked me down the aisle. During the ceremony, I wore my mom’s wedding garter, and a piece of my mom’s wedding dress was wrapped around my bouquet. Additionally, we asked both sets of parents to join us at the front during the ceremony for a “Parents’ Affirmation.”

Ring Bearer Trucks: Our two nephews (my sister’s boys) were our ring bearers. In the months leading up to the wedding, Eli (4) and Ezra (2) made it known that they would not go down the aisle without trucks. So, with the help of a DIY blog and a very crafty person on TaskRabbit, we found two classic metal Tonka dump trucks, sanded them down, took them apart, repainted them, and put them back together! This was not an easy task – we found out the hard way that current day Tonka trucks cannot be taken apart. So we had to track down two classic trucks on eBay. But the end results were beyond worth it… The dump trucks were transformed from a garish bright yellow to a soft bridal white – a much better fit for the aesthetics of our wedding! And the boys loved the trucks! (They took them home with them from Mexico.) We put rose petals in the back of the dump trucks, and the rest is history…. The boys completely stole the show!

Hand-Selected Readings: We didn’t want just the typical, cliché wedding readings that you tend to hear at every single wedding. The two readings we selected were incredibly meaningful to us – for us, the readings were a way to make a statement as a couple about our shared set of values and beliefs. The first reading was an excerpt from the majority opinion from the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The second reading was a love letter written by Johnny Cash to his wife, June Carter, on her 65th birthday (after more than 25 years of marriage).

Vows: Since we wrote our entire ceremony, it was only fitting that we also write our vows. While many couples opt to write their own vows, separately, we wrote our vows together. We decided together what promises we wanted to make to one another and of course, we agonized together over every single word choice. It was so meaningful and powerful to recite the vows we had written together to one another during our ceremony. Amanda: For better or worse, I can’t help but concentrate on every single little detail! Every decision was made and every details was selected with a great deal of care, thought, and purpose… From the local, handcrafted avocado soaps from Santo Cabo in the bridal party gift bags to the vintage, mid-century, Mexican sterling silver cufflinks I tracked down on Etsy for Adam as a gift on our wedding day. To me, the magic of our wedding was in these small, thoughtful details and personal touches.

Adam: Adam is more of a “big picture” kind of guy. But he got all into the details when it came to the music! Music was an integral and personal part of our wedding, from start to finish, with several meaningful songs throughout. We selected a string trio for our ceremony – comprised of Daryl Currie and Cabo Strings. Adam entered the ceremony to “In My Life” by The Beatles. I walked down the aisle with my parents to an instrumental version of “Latch” by Disclosure – a meaningful song to us that came out in 2014 when we first started dating.

We found an amazing Cabo-based band, The Currents, to perform during our cocktail hour, dinner, and first dances. Our first dance was to “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. Thanks to dance lessons we had been taking in New York, we surprised the crowd with a beautifully choreographed dance… complete with two lifts! Neither of us are particularly coordinated or rhythmically inclined, so this was a big deal for us! And to keep the dance party going, we transitioned from live music to DJ Alex during the reception. Adam worked closely with DJ Alex on the playlist, which was incredible – the dance floor was packed all night. The dance party was a whirlwind – there was even an impromptu conga line! The last song of the night was another meaningful song to us, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It’s impossible to pick just one… In many ways, so much of it was memorable. And in other ways, so much of the day was just a complete blur! A few stand-out memorable moments:

Morning Coffee / Vow Writing: We woke up early on the morning of our wedding and sat outside on the balcony of our villa at Esperanza – drinking our morning coffee, and looking out over the ocean as the sun was rising. It was truly magical. And it was so important to have a few quiet, peaceful moments together before the chaos and craziness of the day began! And of course, since we both tend to save things until the last minute, we still had not yet finalized our vows… We had been working on them over the previous weeks, but had been agonizing over word choice, length, etc. We couldn’t seem to finalize our vows. But that peaceful moment provided much-needed clarity – suddenly, it was so easy to finish our wedding vows that morning. It was truly a magical way to start our wedding day.

First Look: We’re so glad we opted to do a “first look” before the ceremony. We did our first look at Esperanza, in a beautifully lush and tropical part of the property. It was so private and intimate. We were both so excited, we were grinning ear to ear. I was shaking, Adam was speechless.

Little Moments of Humor & Levity: It was important to us that our ceremony was heartfelt and meaningful, but not too sappy. I really, really did not want to cry! There were a few much-appreciated, unplanned little moments of humor and levity that continue to be the things that stand out most in our memories. Most notably, our nephew Eli interrupted our ceremony in the most adorable way possible. He decided he wanted to go dig in the dirt with his dump truck. So he nonchalantly walked up to me, handed me his precious lovey (“Brown Owl”), and said “Here, hold this” before running off with his dump truck. (I ended up throwing “Brown Owl” to my mom, who was sitting in the front row.)

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Adam and I met in February 2014 on Match.com – the true OG of online dating, before the countless dating apps like Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble became ubiquitous with dating in New York. Adam had recently moved to NYC from LA to get his MBA at Columbia. I was working 80 hour weeks at an advertising agency. Without Match.com, our paths likely would have never crossed.

Neither of us believe in love at first sight, but it was as close as it gets! Our first date was perfection, even though I was 45 minutes late and broke a glass! By our third date, Adam had basically moved in! We ended up living together in a 500 square foot studio apartment for almost a year – and more importantly, we didn’t kill each other!

We got engaged about two years after dating, in early 2016. Adam managed to surprise me with a proposal in Washington Square Park – complete with our friends, massive balloons, and a photographer to capture it all! That said, I might be the hardest person in the world to surprise… As he fell asleep that night, Adam whispered: “This was the best – and worst – day of my life. I will never surprise you again.”

 

Photographer: Chris & Lynn // Planning: Lynette Dow of Amy Abbott Events // Flowers: Pina Cate // Paper Goods/Printed Material: Bells and Whistles // Cake and Venue: Flora Farms // Wedding Dress:  Jenny Packham // Hair and Makeup: Blanc Bridal Salon // Minister: Jeff Tapick (bride’s brother-in-law) // Rentals: Baja Boutique (lounge & bar) / Del Cabo Event Design (tables & chairs) / Pina Cate (table decor) // Dance Floor:  Let it Be Events // Reception music, DJ and Lighting: DJ Alex Alanis // Transportation Company: Impala Transportation // Ceremony Entertainment:  Daryl with Cabo Strings // Cocktail & Dinner Entertainment: Daryl and Monique (cocktail) The Currants (dinner) // Wedding Shoes:  Badgley Mischka // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Bride Cori is a buyer for Neiman Marcus, so it’s no surprise her wedding to Daniel is impeccably styled—not to mention incredibly romantic. The couple worked with Eighteenth Avenue Events to plan the day and enlisted stationer Where’s The Party and florist The Heirloom Table to deck out The Addison Grove in blush and white roses. The floral wrapping the trees flanking the ceremony and the stunning centerpieces brought the bride to tears, but the smile on Daniel’s face as she walked down the isle in her stunning Romona Keveza gown still gives Cori butterflies. Lucky for us, Brittany Jean Photography captured that moment and all the others in the this stunning celebration.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

My mom had a big hand in the planning/design from the start and I loved how our visions came together. The floral from Mercedez at the Heirloom Table was beyond my expectations…I still think about the floral wrapped trees at the ceremony, the incredible table arrangements and the carefully placed floral on the cake! It was so refreshing to trust our florist to execute the vision and we knew that her passion would come through in every way. Her taste and talent is insane! All of the small details were magical from the perfect shade of blush ribbon on the fold of the dinner napkins to the beautiful calligraphy that my friend tastefully did on the deckled edge Italian paper place cards to the unique vintage stamps individually placed on each invitation. We hired a month-of planner, Ashley Ramirez from Eighteenth Avenue Events, to help pull it all together in the end. Every little detail was perfect and just how I imagined.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I am a buyer for Neiman Marcus so it was an obvious choice for me to choose my wedding dress in the iconic bridal salon! My mom flew in town and although we didn’t find the dress that weekend, I continued to visit the salon every day to see what was new. Finally I found my dress a few weeks later and I was obsessed! The Romona Keveza dress was the perfect mix of edgy and vintage for me! After a rain soaked week in Austin, I made a last minute change to flat shoes so I wore both the Aquazurra gold bow heels and the jeweled flats from Giuseppe Zanotti.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One thing that we added was a small bouquet on an empty chair at the ceremony in memory of my dad who passed away 16 years ago. It was a gentle reminder when I looked over that he was watching over me that day. Also, Daniel & I wanted the wedding to feel very romantic and intimate. We accomplished that by keeping the guest list tight & having long farm tables so everyone could get to know each other & feel at home. We meticulously chose vintage stamps one by one to place on the wedding invitations…no 2 invitations were the same.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There are several standout moments from that special day that will forever be engraved in my mind. The florist truly blew my mind and brought me to tears. People still comment on how exquisite the floral was. It was also so special to see our friends and family come together! This was actually the first time our families had met since we are both originally from different states. It was slightly unconventional for them to meet on this big day but we knew they would get along so incredibly well & it was perfect! And how could I forget the look on his face as I walked down the aisle. Wow – I still get butterflies thinking of his smile as he waited for me. The day goes by so incredibly fast but we are able to relive all of the big moments through the beautiful work of our photographer Brittany. We felt such a connection with her and for someone as shy as myself in pictures, I felt comfortable. We love looking back at our album!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Daniel & I met by swiping right on Bumble in 2015! I knew after our first date that I had met my person. Our relationship took us on tons of adventures in our first year and shortly after our 1 year anniversary Daniel planned the biggest adventure of all. He whisked me away for a surprise birthday getaway to New York City, complete with tickets to a New York Giants football game – I’m a huge fan! As if the game wasn’t enough, he had one more surprise up his sleeve. On the final morning in the city that never sleeps, we made our way to Central Park’s Bow Bridge where he asked me to be his wife. Talk about being swept off of your feet. I was floored, thrilled and excited for a life full of adventures to come!

Photographer: Brittany Jean Photography // Wedding Planner: Eighteenth Avenue Events // Florist: The Heirloom Table // Paper Goods: Where’s The Party // Venue: The Addison Grove // Dress: Romona Keveza, purchased at Neiman Marcus // Signage + Guest Book: Little Carabao Studio // Cake: Baked By Amys // Photo Booth: My Event is the Bomb // Reception DJ: Greenbelt DJ // Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings // Hair + Makeup: Lola Beauty // Ribbon: Silk and Willow // Catering: Austin Catering // Late Night Snack: Steel City Pops // Linens: La Tavola // Rentals: 10th Collection // Rentals: Marquee Rentals

 

Kalpana and Matt’s favorite part about their wedding at Villa Verano was that it was actually two weddings in one day! First, a vibrant Hindu ceremony  and brunch complete with cultural tradition, henna, parasols and a gorgeous pink palette. Second, a romantic Christian ceremony in the villa courtyard followed by a dinner filled with pared back metallic details. We’re loving the way Trina Schmidt Weddings totally transformed the lush venue into two different celebrations with the help of Coco Rose Flowers. The couple enlisted Elizabeth Burgi Photography to capture their celebration and you can see all the beautiful images here!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

That it was two weddings in one day! For the Hindu ceremony we wanted people to have fun, so we had bright colors on our mandap, brought some fun colored parasols which were great since it was so hot and of course started the day with a horse ride and party which I think was a great way to kick off the day. For the Christian ceremony we wanted low key, romantic which I think we got from not bringing in too many flowers but using the beautiful landscape already there and then getting married in a little courtyard made it more intimate.

Tell us about the second gown and where/how you found it!

I had been planning this wedding in my head for a while (thanks Pinterest) so I knew I wanted a long sleeve, low back dress. I found Dreamers and Lovers and they designed the kind of dresses I wanted and after trying on maybe 5 dresses I knew the “Kristen” was it.

How did you find your FIRST wedding dress?

Matt and I had been dating for about 6 years and I knew that he’d eventually pop the question, so when my mom and I traveled to India, I figured I’d go ahead and do some shopping. Four months later I got the ring!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Bride (Kalpana)- My favorite part was in the morning at the Baraat, I sneaked into the kitchen and watched the festivities, hidden in the corner. It was fun to see both families having so much fun and seeing Matt on the horse. Groom (Matt)- Marrying Kalpana. Or riding in on the horse at the Baraat.

Tell us how you met.

We met on Match. I was on the site for maybe 2 days before Matt emailed me. We set up a date at a bar a week later. I showed up about 10 min late and when I got there he was nowhere to be seen. I was on my way out when I saw him on the phone. After that date it was happily ever after.

How did you get engaged? 

We were on a Christmas trip to Sedona and on the last day there we went on a hike. When we got to the top, Matt sort of dropped to one knee (it was super muddy from the rain) and popped the question!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Since my dad passed away 20+ years ago, I wanted to make sure to remember him as I was walking down the aisle, so I attached a photo of him on my bouquet and sewed a piece of his shirt onto my white dress. Matt is the last of his siblings to get married, so I wanted everyone to know there’s a new “Mrs. Hull” in town and got a jacket embroidered with my new name on the back of it.

Villa Verano Wedding – Matthew and Kalpana from TSI Video Productions on Vimeo.

Photography: Elizabeth Burgi Photography // Wedding Planner and Design: Trina Schmidt Weddings // Florist: Coco Rose Flowers // Venue: Villa Verano // Hair and Make-up: Unveiled Make-up & Hair // Lunch Caterer: Chennai Tippin // Dinner Caterer: Pure Joy Catering // Videographer: TSI Video Productions // Rentals: Town and Country Rentals // Baraat White Horse: Enchanted Carriages // Shuttle Service: EOS Santa Barbara // Hindu Ceremony Priest: Ramesh Hebbala // Christian Ceremony Priest: Father Kearney // Luncheon linens: La Tavola Linens // Henna: Henna Me Beautiful

 

“Today is the day I marry you, my best friend” read the banner—in lovely brush lettering— behind Hannah and Isaac as they said their vows in front of 72 of their closest family and friends at Crabtree’s Kittle House. The bed and breakfast and it’s lovely gardens are set just 30 miles outside of New York city and created the perfect venue for the couple’s intimate wedding celebration. Rainstorms only accentuated the beauty of the grounds and the details of the day planned by Fitting Fêtes. The soft color palette and incredibly romantic florals by Heart and Soil Flowers are beyond photogenic and thankfully, Grey Collective member Katherine Ridgely was on hand to capture the details and lovely couple in her signature film style.

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What made your wedding special and unique?

What made the wedding special and unique is that we were surrounded by a small group of people who truly loved us. We were determined from the start to only abide to traditions that had special meaning to us as a couple, and because of this we were able to keep our guest list small and intimate.

Tell us about your gown and where / how you found it!

I found my gown while working at Lovely Bride – I actually put it on a client and in that very moment knew it was for me!

Tell us about your venue and why it was memorable?

Answer: We only visited a few other venues before our visit to Crabtree’s Kittle House. We loved the beautiful space and how fitting it would be for our intimate gathering, but what really sealed the deal was talking to the team there. Unlike many other venues, they were flexible and open to customizing the experience for us and we really loved that.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

There’s a part in that day that I’ll always remember – Isaac was walking around, talking to guests, and I was sitting at my seat. I took a moment to look around and everyone was happy, smiling, and there because they genuinely loved us and were happy for us. It was just maybe fifteen seconds or so, but I’m so glad I remembered to soak in that moment because it’s a memory I cherish every day. The other special moment was our first look! We hadn’t seen each other all day and right as I was walking up to Isaac, I felt so nervous! When he turned around I couldn’t help but shed a few tears – there were so many emotions running through me!

 

Photography: Katherine Ridgely // Coordinator: Justina Michaels of Fitting Fêtes // Floral Design: Heart and Soil Flowers // Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Song and Pen // Venue: Crabtree’s Kittle House // Film Lab: PhotoVision // Textiles: Bayith // Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

 

Peri and Steve’s glam wedding at Hotel Bel Air is one for the books. Planned and designed by Stephanie Grace Events, the design was, on one hand, “very formal, opulent, and elegant” yet also a “joyful celebration—warm, inviting, and so beautiful.” The florals are crazy-stunning and absolutely EVERYWHERE. The all-white palette unifies the Stephanie Grace Events‘s use of every bloom under the stun and the result is spectacular. Peri’s textured Vera Wang gown is both details and textural, yet understated and elegant marrying perfectly into the look of the event. The couple enlisted L.A. based team Jenny Smith & Co. to capture all the moments and we’re thrilled to share their images with your today.

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The Wedding Day of Peri & Steve from OBKFilms on Vimeo.

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Design/Planning/Florals: Stephanie Grace Events // Invitations: Vera Wang // Venue: Hotel Bel Air // Bride’s Gown & Veil: Vera Wang // Videography: On Bended Knee Films // Band/Ceremony Music: American Events Network // Officiant: Clint Hufft // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka