Kristina + David’s Organic Mexican Wedding

Travel has always been a part of Kristina and David’s love story. After falling in love in the streets of London, becoming engaged amidst the beauty of Big Sur, and traveling around the world for years, a destination wedding was a natural choice for their celebration. And after frequent visits to Cabo, they knew it was the perfect locale to celebrate with family and friends.

With pristine beaches and lush landscapes abound, it was easy to find inspiration for the aesthetic, palette, and design details of Kristina and David’s timelessly chic day. Jesse helped clarify their vision, putting the defining qualities of the destination at the forefront of the organic and natural aesthetic of every special moment.

Photography by Braedon Flynn

The couple welcomed their attendants with personalized weave-totes full of some of their favorite quintessential Mexican items. This included a local Mexican cookbook, personalized bracelets and tasty treats to get them through the packed weekend.

Yonder Design created custom paper stationery for the event, including a personalized monogram with the couple’s initials. These personal touches added clean and modern elements to the overall design.

With a close friend as their officiant, Kristina and David wed in a private beach ceremony outside the One & Only Palmilla. The whole event was personal and touching, a moment to never be forgotten by the couple and guests alike.

Local florist, Pina Cate brought a wild and textured ceremony arch to life with soft garden roses, ferns and local greenery. The result was gorgeous and added a botanic touch to the striking ocean backdrop. The organic and clean look continued in bouquets of white and cream, with locally forged greenery bringing the garden-inspired inspiration together.

Ending the ceremony in style, the couple were serenaded by a traditional mariachi band as they walked back down the aisle. What a bright way to end the ceremony!

The reception was held at Flora Farms, an exclusive organic farm where guests are connected to the lush and unique surroundings. It was the perfect relaxed atmosphere and the brilliance of the natural setting continued to set the tone for the celebration.

Local touches were key to the overall design, including the escort card display. Locally glass-blown hearts hung on a garden-embellished custom ladder that appeared to grow out of the surrounding grass. This beautiful display, along with the florally adorned welcome donkey, added to the traditional elements.

Pulling texture and tone inspiration from the stones and earth within the venue’s landscape, the design was organic and served to highlight the gorgeous setting. The soft floral arrangements of every table coordinated, yet were slightly varied in height and style to add visual interest. Embroidered table linens and ceramic plates brought home the mismatched and organic Mexican vibe.

A farm-to-table menu was served family style and was complimented by local fruits such as mangos, guavas, and papayas, all sourced from the venue’s abundant land.

With spicy margaritas in hand and twinkle lights above, the couple and their guests danced well into the night. The couple knew they wanted to create an epic dance party, so they hired both a local band, the Kilometros, and DJ Jesse Kivel to play out the evening. Late-night bites of pizza and ice cream added to the experience.

Kristina and David’s fabulous event was incredibly inspired. With Mexican sunsets, ocean breezes, lush landscapes and loved ones, it was the perfect day. Every effortlessly romantic moment left us all full of love and fond memories.

 

Ceremony Venue: One & Only Palmilla // Reception Venue: Flora Farms // Wedding Planning: Jesse Tombs of Alison Events // Styling MGK Style // Bride’s Wedding Dress:  Oscar de la Renta // Bride’s Reception Dress: Zimmermann // Bride’s Veil:  Oscar de la Renta // Bride’s Earrings: Simons, Van Cleef & Arpels // Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Bride’s Clutch:  Edie Parker // Hair: Mischelle Navar // Makeup: Pircilla Pae // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Zimmermann // Groom’s Attire: DiorChristian Louboutin // Groom’s Cufflinks: MAVA // Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Simons // Floral Design & Favors: Pina Cate //Invitations & Paper Products:Yonder Design // Ceremony Music: Francisco Alatorre Mariachi Cabo  // Reception Music: Jesse Kivel of Dart Collective, Kilometro Band // Catering & Cake: Flora Farms // Rentals: Marianna Idrin Designs , Del Cabo Event Design , Victor Valdez Productions // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Transportation: Impala Cabo Transportation Services // Security: Pacific Blue // Videography: Elysium Productions // Photography:  Braedon Flynn // Wedding Accommodations & Honeymoon Planning: Ever After Honeymoons


In the Press: Tyler & Mary’s Big Sur Wedding in Destination I Do

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When we found out Mary and Tyler’s wedding was going to be featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Destination I Do Magazine, we were thrilled. Then we found out that one of Feather & Twine Photography‘s portraits of Mary, in a gown from Stardust Celebrations and a bouquet and flower crown by Natalie Bowen Designs, was going to be on the cover… Well let’s just say we couldn’t contain our excitement! We are so honored to have this gorgeous celebration at Ventana Inn & Spa featured so beautifully. With only 13 guests, the Pacific Coast serving as the backdrop, and an indulgent dinner full of heartfelt toasts and fabulous food, we loved having the chance to pull out all the stops for Mary and Tyler’s destination wedding. Take a peek below, and pick up a copy of Destination I Do to see more!
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Photography: Feather & Twine Photography // Planning & Design: Alison Events // Venue: Ventana Inn & Spa // Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs // Wedding Gown: Stardust Celebrations // Groom’s Attire: Armani // Officiant: Life Celebrations // Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Music: Kelly Productions


Venues We Love from K Venues

We’ve had the opportunity to work in some truly amazing locations all around the world, from Hawaii and Tulum to San Francisco and Ravello. Our clients and our team take us far and wide, giving us the chance to find new and exciting venues around every corner. We never lose that yearning to discover a new incredible place to celebrate, and are lucky to have some amazing partners who help add destinations to our ever-growing list of places we would love to work. One such person is Kristen Stimpert of K Venues, who has connected our clients with some pretty amazing spaces. Below are three venues she represents that we cannot wait to transform.

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Petroni Vineyards

This brand new wedding venue is located on a mountaintop just minutes from the heart of Sonoma. Romantic wine caves and sweeping views of 37 acres of vines make it feel like you’re in Italian wine country, not an hour and a half north of San Francisco. It’s the perfect spot for an indulgent celebration where wine is the star.

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Aventine Glen Ellen

Restaurants come with their own personality and atmosphere, and the vibe at Aventine Glen Ellen is one we’d love to put a spin on. Chef Adolfo Veronese has two other restaurants, in San Francisco and Hollywood, so you know his farm-to-table cooking is definitely crowd-pleasing. From a rehearsal dinner to an intimate wedding on the patio overlooking Sonoma Creek, the sophisticated comfort of this historic space sets the perfect tone for a wedding celebration.

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Mountain House Estate

Located in Northern California wine region, this charming venue is a beautiful mix of rustic and modern. Barn styling, custom bars, and gorgeous outdoor spaces come together for a picture-perfect wedding venue, while a serene bridal suite will calm any pre-wedding jitters. We can just picture a first dance on the patio, spinning under the stars surrounded by family and friends.

 


Instagram Takeovers, Wanderlust Edition

We’ve had a serious case of wanderlust lately, and our is no exception! Some of our favorite vendors have taken over our account over the past few months, filling it up with beautiful pictures of amazing locations near and far.

Archive Mexico took us to their home of Riviera Maya, filling the frame with some of the amazing pieces available to rent for your own celebration. We wish every rental came with sand between your toes and an ocean view!

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Images via Instagram, courtesy of Archive Mexico

The Venue Report gave us the inside scoop on hot new venues around the world, from the private courtyard at San Francisco’s The Cheese School to Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives. And we’ve officially added Nicaragua to our dream destination list–let us know if you’re heading that way and have something to celebrate!

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Images via Instagram, courtesy of The Venue Report

Once you’ve said “I do” and are ready for a little one-on-one relaxation, Ever After Honeymoons has you covered. Katie stopped by our Instagram page to share some of her favorite global locales, whether you’re looking for a helicopter tour over Queenstown, New Zealand, or sun and sand in St. Barths. Or there’s always dramatic views and elephant rides in Bali!

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Images via Instagram, courtesy of Ever After Honeymoons

Are you ready to hop on a plane yet? Because we sure are!


An Indian Wedding in New Jersey

From the moment we met Saiba and Blake, we knew their wedding would be filled with unique elements. Both Saiba and Blake wanted their wedding to have a vintage Indian look that also evoked a feeling of warmth with personal touches. It was important to the couple that both of their backgrounds were represented as well.

Since Saiba is Indian, the duo followed the tradition of having a Baraat as well as a traditional Indian ceremony.  The view at Natirar provided the perfect backdrop for their stunning Mandap. Then, before the reception they both changed into the traditional white dress and tuxedo.

Their guests had an amazing time dancing to their DJ (the proof is in the photos below) and then noshing on the delicious cake made by Momofuku Milk Bar cake (a must for the couple).

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Photography: Lev Kuperman // Wedding planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // Location + catering: Natirar // Florals: Ariel Dearie Flowers // Lighting: Ken Lapham // Linens: La Tavola // DJ + audio: DJ Kucha Company // Cocktail hour music: Mike Lukshis of Taalim School of Indian Music // Officiant: Anju Sikka // Photobooth: We Love Photobooths // Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar // Hair + makeup: Shelby George // Invitations + paper goods: Katharine Watson // Hair + makeup: Susmita Patel // TransportationA1 Limousine // Horse: Caliber Farms

 


In the Press: Val and Lee’s Florida Camp Wedding on Green Wedding Shoes

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Last year we announced our involvement in Cupcake Vineyards’ “Love Deliciously Dream Wedding” contest, which took place via Pinterest. Val and Lee—the lucky winners— were gifted with the ultimate wedding package, including photography by Elizabeth Messina and design planning services from us. And now, their romantic, dreamy, laid-back day is now featured in full over on Green Wedding Shoes!

Both the couple are adventurers who love hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. Mixed with their appreciation for design and movies and their overall great taste, the inspiration for the wedding started with Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. Their venue, a remote private campground in the middle of the Ocala National Forest, was the perfect fit. We incorporated details such as a canvas tent, oil lamps, a custom made flag that said “Camp Waters,” a neutral palette, textural floral elements, and vintage-inspired postcards for guests to fill in with best wishes and funny.

It was so great working with this awesome couple, and we’re so excited to share their wedding!

 

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Photography: Elizabeth Messina // Wedding planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // Location: Lake Doe Campground in Umatilla, Florida // Catering: Green Coat Catering // Florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // Bride’s dress: Chaviano Couture // Bridal headpiece: Twigs and Honey // Bridal jewelry: Free People // Bridesmaids dresses: Katie of Coralie Beatrix // Groom’s attire: J.Crew // Dish rentals: Dishie Rentals // Décor: Wish Vintage Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // DJ + lighting: Jacob // Ceremony + cocktail music: Landon Pontius // Officiant: Keith Kolakowski // Cake + desserts: Michelle Calabro, Owner of Bakers Cottage Cakes // Hair + makeup: Shelby George // Tent: Shelter-co // Invitations + paper goods: Designed by Lee and Val, Owners & Founders of 48 Savvy Sailors and letterpressed by Mama’s Sauce

 


Alex and Tommy’s Bahamas Destination Wedding

Alex and Tommy decided The Bahamas were the best location for their 140-person destination wedding, specifically Harbour Island’s Pink Sands Resort, the land of pink sands and clear blue waters, where their ceremony would take place. Following the service, there was a traditional Junkanoo band that lead guests to cocktail hour and the reception at a private estate, which required taking a short boat ride to get to. After a Bahamian-themed dinner, guests danced under the stars, ate cake shaped like the groom’s home state of Texas, and enjoyed fireworks at the end of the night.

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Stationery: Olive-Route // Floral Design: Brown Paper Design // Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy


Research Trip: Greece

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Recently I visited Greece with my dear friend Amy. We have both always wanted to go, and since I’ve been living in Europe this summer, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. So many of our clients spend their honeymoon in Greece, I thought it was definitely time to check it out.

To me, the photos of clear blue water, amazing looking Mediterranean food, gorgeous white buildings overlooking cliffs and constant sunshine have always been alluring. With over 6,000 islands and around 200 of them inhabitable, we deliberated and decided on the island of Santorini: easy to access but still quaint. After a quick overnight stop in Athens to see the Parthenon and stroll the streets, we were quickly on our way to Santorini. I packed light: my Claire Vivier purse, a lightweight day bag, duffle bag (with room for those Grecian sandals) and a sun hat and I was on my way! Photos certainly speak louder then words, so have fun!

Coming soon…details on where to stay.

Xo – Alison


AE Destination Wedding: Jodi + Michael

Last month one of our all time favorite weddings, Jodi + Michael was featured on Brides.com and we couldn’t wait to share more! This awesome couple planned the adventure of a lifetime for 60 of their closest friends and family at the incredible Escenia boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. No detail was left without a personal touch! Thank you Jodi + Michael for letting us be apart of your special day!

 

 

Dream team:

Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy Weddings 

Floral and Event Design: Brown Paper Design

Stationery: Olive Route Design & Letterpress

Entertainment: DJ Blue 


2013 Dream Venues

 

Seeing as we specialize in (and LOVE) destination weddings, we get calls all the time about the most popular areas and venues for weddings around the world.  This year, we’re particularly crazy about cool lodges and resorts that are comfortable and not too pretentious, yet still elegant and refined.   But then we’re also super obsessed with iconic old European stone buildings that are much fancier and stunningly beautiful.  We’ve put together a list here of the top venues we’re crushing on right now, some we’ve worked at and some we haven’t.  In the next few weeks we’ll post more pics of a few of these gorgeous places and hope you stay tuned to see them. Oh, and definitely give us a call if you’re interested in booking any of these epic spots!   Photo above of Babington House in Somerset by Leo Patrone.

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