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Fabulous Wedding at Sunset Monalisa

The Couple

Alice and Peter first met 20 years ago in 7th grade in her front yard. Peter went to a different Jr. High School but they had a mutual friend. Their friend wanted to stop by her house to wish her a happy birthday and brought Peter along. He told her that it was his birthday a few days before hers, and from that instant connection is where their friendship started and years later when they went to the same high school, their love story began.

The Proposal

It was Alice’s birthday and Peter wanted to take her out to brunch in Downtown LA. The weather that morning was so beautiful that he suggested they drive up the coast to Malibu instead. On their way up PCH, they passed by a few strawberry stands and Alice told Peter that she wanted to stop by on the way home to pick some up. He also suggested that they hang out by the cliffs too since they rarely were out in Malibu. As they were sitting on top of the cliffs, appreciating the view and weather, Peter handed Alice a photo album. In it were a few pictures of them dating back from Jr. High, to High School, to College, to Yuppies; a timeline of photos outlining their relationship. Alice says “As I flip to the last page with a cut out of our heads taped onto a cartoon drawn bride and groom, Peter gets on one knee”. She does not remember what he said, but she does know he did ask “will you marry me?” Alice continues “I definitely did not want a Rachel (from Friends) moment.” Everything seemed unplanned, so she was in shock and absolutely surprised. “We didn’t go home with any strawberries, but we went home engaged. I would say it was a perfect birthday”.

The Wedding Planning

As they began planning their wedding, they were looking at local venues in Los Angeles. Although there are many amazing wedding venues in LA, the newly-engaged couple always loved the idea of a destination wedding, having been to only one in Hawaii. They entertained the idea after visiting a few venues in LA and decided that it wouldn’t hurt to do some research on destination wedding locations. They particularly looked only at Hawaii, but in their online search, Cabo would pop-up continuously.

Neither of them had ever been to Cabo before, but they loved that it was only a 2.5 hour direct flight from LAX and flights looked to be more reasonably priced. They asked friends and family members who had been to Cabo what their thoughts were on the location and not one of them had one bad thing to say.

With the encouragement and support from their friends and family to have a destination wedding, Alice and Peter had their hearts set on Cabo. Initially, they had plans to make a trip to tour resorts and wedding venues, but it just so happened that one of venues on the top of their list to visit ended up having a last minute opening on the same date they wanted to get married on, and with both of their parents blessings, they scooped it up. The first time they both visited Cabo was a few days before the wedding and the first time they both saw the venue in person was their wedding rehearsal. Alice says “I wouldn’t have changed anything about it. It was perfect!”

The Wedding

Alice and Peter got married at the stunning Sunset da Monalisa restaurant with breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez, the Cabo San Lucas bay and the Arch. They had 175 guests who flew from all over the continental United States. The color palette the bride picked was blush and gold, which fit perfectly with the theme vintage chic. Flowers were roses in cream, pink and orange.

Wedding Party Style

Bridesmaid wore Sorella Vitta maxi strapless dresses and were given necklaces with each of their names on it. Groom and groomsmen wore navy blue suits with bow-ties. While the bride wore a classic mermaid strapless Maggie Sottero wedding gown, an up-do with a single giant white rose smartly done by Alma Vallejo. She topped that with Jimmy Choos and J Crew asymmetrical necklace.  

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was set on Sunset Monalisa’s different leveled terraces, chiavari gold chairs had pink maracas placed on each seat and the processional happened with bridal party coming down and weaving their way to the last plateau where the officiant was waiting. It was full of great moments of fun, including the vows Pete concocted on the spot, while on one knee.

Cocktail Hour and Wedding Reception

Cocktail hour was at the Tattinger terrace and was followed by the dinner under the main palapa. Each table was decorated with golden framed table numbers, candle cups and centerpieces with blooms in cream, pink and orange.

Guest Table

The guest book table, was particularly lovely. First with a seating chart that had escort cards tags hanging inside vintage suitcases. Instead of the traditional guestbook, a painting with the map of Mexico, bride and groom’s names and the wedding date, was signed by everyone. Finally fans were offered to ease the heat of late June. All over there was photos of the couple, flowers and cute signs. Signage was also used at the bar with sassy quotes.

Sweetheart and Cake Table

Bride and groom were set at the sweetheart table, decorated with special linens the bride brought with her and with Mr. and Mrs signs. The couple was seated at a nook of the restaurant and all guests came by to talk and take photos with them.

Right next to them was the cake table which had the same textured blush linen as the sweetheart table and the cake, decorated with pink peonies, was flanked by marquee sign letters with the bride and groom's initials.

Dancing

The party got started earlier during dinner, as bride and groom flocked around tables to talk to guests. The dance floor was opened by first dance and parents dance at the round patio that became the outdoor dance floor. Cigars were freshly rolled for guests and the dancing started in earnest until it was time for the bouquet and garter toss. The word “fun” can’t cover what was an epic night.

Los Cabos Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue and Catering: Sunset Da Mona Lisa

Wedding Coordination for the Day: Cabo Beach Weddings

Wedding Photography: Anna Gomes Photo

Wedding Design and Style: Vintage Chic

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero; Reception Dress: BCBG

Bridal Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo

Groom's Attire: Coat: Michael Kors; Pants: Bonobos; Bowtie: J.Crew;

Groom's Shoes: Tommy Bahamas

Jewelry Designer: J.Crew

Ring Dish: CherieCoquette on Etsy

Bridesmaids Dresses: Sorella Vita

Stationary:  Zazzle

Florals: Cabo Flowers & Cakes

Hair & Makeup: Alma Vallejo with Cabo Makeup

Music (DJ or group): DJ Joaquin