History Of The Bride & Groom Before Their Cabo Del Sol Wedding
Megan & Andrew knew each from High School. Both are athletic and competitive in nature and loved to play basketball. Their paths crossed again, as adults in Manhattan Beach, California and they decided maybe they were meant to be more than friends. They dated for 1 year before getting engaged and then the Cabo del Sol wedding planning began. Megan works as a wardrobe/costume designer in television and motion pictures, and Andrew is still involved in basketball as a trainer.
Megan & Andrew are amazing people both inside and out. Funny, down to earth, and incredibly kind-hearted. I was thrilled to work with them, guide them through the planning process and make sure the goals and visions they had for their wedding day were attained.
It Helps To Have A Goal
It’s always great to have a goal for your wedding day. How do you want the event to feel? What do you want your guests to experience? What are the most important elements of your wedding week to you?
Megan & Andrew’s goal for their wedding weekend was to host several days of amazing events so they could maximize the time the week allowed them to spend with their closest friends and family.
Their wedding offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend surrounded by the people who mean the most to them. Time that these people set aside in their lives to spend with them. They wanted to capitalize on every second of togetherness and we made it happen!
Megan arrived on the Monday prior to the wedding and stayed at Villa Pacifica with her parents. They spent the week golfing and getting all the last-minute things in place, like organizing the wedding welcome bags and perfecting their corn hole skills with their custom-made boards. They also made sure to include some relaxation time before all of the festivities began.
Everyone moved over to Cabo Surf Hotel on Thursday, in time for the arrival of the wedding guests.
Cabo Surf Hotel
Megan & Andrew’s first event was a “White Party” that took place in the Garden area at Cabo Surf Hotel. It was a fabulous white-themed event, with pops of color everywhere with custom piñatas made for the tables. The dress code was white except for the bride who wore an amazing black cutout Romper lined with bright pom-poms. It was fun to flip the norm where Megan was wearing black & bright while all of the guests were wearing white. The DJ cranked great tunes, while appetizers were passed and open bar was flowing. A polaroid station was set-up to start documenting the weekend. We enlisted a bridesmaid to help take pics.
The guests ended the night in the 7 Seas Restaurant and Hotel bar which was kept open past normal hours to accommodate the group.
An Amy Abbott Events Unique Touch
One of the best things we did was have a Polaroid camera station set up at every event. Guests were encouraged to get involved & take some pictures and we were there to assist with the rest.
The Polaroid cameras were used from Thursday through Sunday to capture all of the moments that could not be covered by a professional photographer. As events took place the polaroids were arranged into an album. The album was assembled and placed on the Guestbook table, on the wedding which allowed the guests to glance back and reflect on this incredible weekend.
The Amy Abbott Events team continued to take pictures throughout the Reception which we added to the album at the end of the night before the last song was played.
It’s typical for brides to wait up to 3 months after their event for their wedding photos from the professional photographer. For our clients to walk away with an immediate image collection is a truly unique touch that is treasured by all.
Acre Baja for Brunch
Rehearsal brunch was hosted at Acre Baja from 10am – 12pm the following day for their closest friends and family members in lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner. Acre Baja did a custom family-style brunch menu for them which was both beautiful and delicious.
Burrito, the miniature donkey made an appearance. Attendees loved visiting the in-house Acre animals.
There was an open floor for speech giving and this was the perfect time for it. Their friends and family took advantage of this time to share their favorite memories of Megan & Andrew both as a couple and individuals. The timeline can be tight on the actual wedding day so it’s great to dedicate time for speeches during the rehearsal brunch or dinner.
Cabo Surf Hotel Beach Day
After Rehearsal Brunch the group returned to Cabo Surf Hotel where we rolled out an amazing four-hour beach day. We set a Mexican bar with beer and margaritas and a full taco bar. A DJ was set-up to set the mood for fun in the sun.
Custom Cabo headbands were worn by all and made for an epic group photo on the beach.
They had flabongos, beer pong and 2 custom sets of corn hole to keep everyone entertained. The corn hole sets were custom painted to match the wedding invitations and the bean bags were made in wedding colors.
I love that we pulled off a fun-filled day event. The evening was open for their guests to make dinner plans in San Jose, or rest and relax before the Wedding Day.
Cabo del Sol Wedding Day
Megan and bridal party were picked up early in the morning to go to Cabo Del Sol to get pampered in the ladies’ lounge. Breakfast was set and ready when they arrived so they could energize themselves for the day. Hair & Make-up services with Los Cabo Makeup, Olga Bustos set-up as the girls were getting settled. The girls got beautiful while spending time talking about the ceremony to be and the events that had already taken place. As the day progressed a light lunch was served.
Andrew arrived with the groomsmen to get ready in the Men’s lounge. Beers, chips, salsa and guacamole were waiting for them upon arrival.
Cabo del Sol dedicates a waiter to take care of all of the needs of the bride and groom as they are getting ready. Food and beverage of any type are available from their restaurant.
The ceremony and cocktail hour took place on Ocean Meadow. With an oceanfront backdrop to make for an incredible setting to say “I Do”. Daryl Currie and Monique played as the wedding party walked down the aisle. Megan & Andrew’s very close friend performed the ceremony which always personalizes a ceremony in a way that cannot be contrived.
Signature cocktails were served to guests as they walked to cocktail hour to enjoy the Duo and watch an incredible Cabo Sunset.
Escort cards were displayed in a picture frame placed on the table with polaroid guestbook and cameras. As guests arrived at the reception, they found their table assignments, took a polaroid to add to the book and looked through the guestbook and wrote a personal message to the bride and groom.
Megan and her father took dance classes leading up to the wedding. The father/daughter dance was special but even more so was the time that she and her Dad were able to spend together during the lessons in the weeks leading up to the wedding day. Sometimes it’s not all about the moment it’s about the time spent making that moment happen.
Andrew and Megan had their 1st dance fully choreographed and in the moment they forgot all of their moves. They went with it and were laughing on the dance floor throughout the song. It will be a fun memory they will remember forever. Sometimes it’s the small imperfections that make the wedding day perfect.
Design Esthetic and Décor
Cocktail hour Ocean Meadow had a modern and clean vibe with a white bar in a geometric pattern and natural wood geometric back, navy blue loungers mixed with creams and ivories. Glass topped and gold coffee tables tied in with gold lanterns and votives. Flowers were in beautiful ivory pottery vases.
Pieces from the same lounge set were used in the Clubhouse for the reception so the Reception tied in with the Cocktail. Even though there were two different locations used within the venue it’s important that everything ties together and makes sense. We had an amazing custom diamante-style dance floor set in the middle of an open-air courtyard with string lights overhead. The DJ Booth coordinated with the dance floor to complete the look.
The reception tables were a mix of wooden rectangular and roundtables with crisp white linens. Our goal was Mexican Hacienda meets modern. Runners of greenery, succulents, and cactus on the rectangular wooden tables were accented with seasonal white flowers.
Lanterns and votives in clear and gold were accented with vases of white pottery. The roundtables were a mix of votives, lanterns, cut flowers with greenery & potted cactus. Mixing the table shapes and centerpieces give an opportunity to apply different tablescape designs.
This achieves an incredible look and captures the eye more than keeping everything exactly the same. Get creative!! We used two different chairs, each table had a dedicated chair type and mixed chargers of blue and white Talavera with hand-painted Mexican stoneware plates.
Hand-painted Mexican tiles acted as table numbers.
Friends and family wrote prayers and intentions for Megan & Andrew. Family members performed readings at the ceremony. Furthermore, Andrew wore his great-grandfather’s ring and Megan wore a bracelet that belonged to both her grandmother and her mother. The necklace that she wore was a gift from Andrew.
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