Suzanne & Adam are such a cool couple. They met in Cabo and after a romance that crossed borders (she was living in Canada and him in California), they decided to get married back where it all started. It was also the perfect location to gather their family and friends who are split between Canada and the US.
The bride was hands-on about the wedding planning, taking care of every decision with the support of her fiancé. They took several trips to Cabo to help them make educated decisions and cleverly used the resource each of their vendors offered, communicating their ideas and asking questions.
Photography was one of the first items on their list. They hired me well ahead of time and we did an engagement shoot in Cabo which was a perfect way to get to know each other and helped in creating images very specific to their tastes. When the wedding day came things went extra smooth because of our established relationship.
In her own words, Suzanne said “I love your raw, candid shots and your pictures do not feel forced. Both Adam and I appreciate your passion for graphic design, architecture and the art of photography. We feel that you are very knowledgeable in what you do and that gives us comfort that you will capture our big day in the most amazing way possible :)”
Suzanne wore a Martina Liana wedding gown accessorized by Ted Baker’s rose fold heels and a long veil. To say she look beautiful is a serious understatement. Bridesmaids followed the bride by wearing all-white Show Me Your Mumu dresses, paired with a simple single flower bouquet and pampas grass. The bridal bouquet, however, packed a floral punch with a king protea and fern leaves for vivid greens, it looked gorgeous.
Groom and groomsmen were dark blue, a color choice also made by family’s members, giving the wedding’s VIPs a clean look, making formal portraits especially wonderful. The groom was the only one wearing a full suit, letting his groom’s party feel more comfortable in a casual yet elegant getup. The choice of white for bridesmaids and blues for groomsmen (as well as family members) was perfect to compliment the greenery of the wedding venue, Acre Baja.
“Their wedding had some fun for everyone with their unique add-ons, such as the colored powder that let some magical fun into the air. This not-so-subtle played with the all-white design found in the florals and rustic theme!” – Wedding Chicks.
The wedding’s decor and details were truly beautiful, aside from Acre Baja’s gorgeous grounds (those tiles!) Suzanne & Adam’s careful choices turned up into a warm and dreamlike reception dinner. The cozy vibe came from the use of plenty of candlelight and pampas grass, together with wooden furniture, the setup at the mango grove at Acre.
Other details on the table were sand-colored linens and personalized acrylic place cards, to the rose gold metal accents and dark grey plates. The piece of resistance was the triangle “arch” beautiful decorated by Lola del Campo, which was placed behind the sweetheart table for the reception.
At the Welcome Table, letters spelling “love” flanked by portraits of loved ones and their bulldog Lou, who had passed away just weeks before the wedding. Lou was remembered a lot during the day, either on a little medal on the groom’s neck as well as his socks or during speeches which had everyone crying. As life continues, they got a new adorable puppy called Cabo.
Mid coverage, 7 hours
No second shooter
Besides from wedding day coverage, the couple opted to have engagement photos done with me during a trip to Cabo a year before the wedding day. Besides making for beautiful save the date photos, the couple had the opportunity to go to different places than they would on their wedding day, like the beach and downtown San Jose del Cabo. Working together early on also gave us all the chance to find our groove together.
Highlights of the wedding were the overall emotions of the day. The couple’s first look was very special, when the groom teared up, not for the first or last time that day. The moment during rings exchange in the ceremony turned comical, when the bride couldn’t put the ring on the groom’s finger. When getting married in Mexico you must watch out for the salt in the margaritas.
Early on the bride asked for the color bomb photo which was great. Whenever having a big idea for photos, it’s important to talk to the photographer to make sure they can prepare. I had never worked with color bombs before, so I asked the couple’s coordinator, Bonnie Chase, to help me with some homework and together we were able to preview issues that could come up (those color bombs can stain!) and calculate the amount of time I would need to dedicate during their timeline.
Getting to know the couple well made the day go as smoothly as a wedding can be, it felt like working with long time friends and very easy to pick up on their best moments.
Events by Bliss
Anna Gomes Photo
Cabo Azul Resort
Lola Del Campo
Blanc Bridal Salon
Bebe Tailor Vietnam
Show Me Your Mumu
Derco Fine Jewelers