Meghan & Taber were married in March, 2018 at El Ganzo Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico. They had a wedding party of seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen which consisted of their closest friends as well as the bride’s two siblings. The wedding was large for destination wedding standard, with over 100 guests traveling from the United States to Mexico.
El Ganzo Hotel is located on San Jose del Cabo’s marina, Puerto Los Cabos. San Jose is one of the sister cities that compose Los Cabos and is the closest to the airport. El Ganzo is a boutique hotel with a contemporary architecture, a building with an almost industrial feel it has modern furniture and conceptual artwork found in paintings and sculptures, as well as installations that graces the common spaces as well as each individual room. The hotel has a rooftop pool with views of the Sea of Cortez and the marina.
The couple stayed in the presidential suite, a spacious room with an enormous balcony, the only room on the top floor. Family and friends stayed at La Marina Inn, a little hotel across the street from El Ganzo.
Spring in Cabo is well known for spring breakers who come to party hard. That crowd, however, stays in Cabo San Lucas the party side of Cabo. San Jose is more sedated and at the outskirts of town like the Marina and beyond one would never guess the mayhem at the main beach of Cabo.
Plus early March is a wonderful season to come to Cabo. The weather is at its very best, with warm temperatures and a cool breeze. It is also whale season and there’s a chance to spot one or multiple gentle giants just by sitting in front of the sea for a few minutes.
The wedding was planned and coordinated by Events by Bliss, a top company under the expert hands of Bonnie Chase. Together with the bride, they created a unique design with bold colors and details big and large.
The wedding ceremony was held at the jetty, across the marina, a grassy stretch of land flanked by tall palm trees and ocean water. To access it guests use a boat provided by El Ganzo. The crossing takes less than 5 minutes in smooth waters, the roomy boat is easy to access even in high heels and long trains.
On the other side, the guests were welcomed at a small bar with refreshments, beers and varied flavors of “Aguas”, the Mexican watered down fruity drinks, while violinist played live. The wedding ceremony decorations were kept simple except the beautiful arch at the end of the aisle, a ring-shaped flower arch looked luscious brimming with foliage, vines white and orange blooms.
Bridesmaids and groomsmen led the processional after the groom and his mother. The groom wore a similar outfit as his groomsmen plus a navy blue jacket with an orange boutonniere, blue tones matching his clear blue eyes.
The bridal party wore different models of Joanna August chiffon lavender bridesmaids dresses, while groomsmen wore light blue shirts with white pants and navy blue moccasins. The combination between each couple looked fresh, perfectly suited for spring.
The bridal bouquet along with bridesmaids bouquets mixed a beautiful range of hot and warm tones accented by eucalyptus leaves. They were a smaller version of the bride’s gorgeous flowers and popped against the lilac light tones of their dresses.
The bride entered with her father, walking the long way on the jetty allowing everyone time to take in the beauty of the bride and the moment. As the sun was setting her father delivered her to the groom with a sweet kiss on her shoulder.
The ceremony was short and cheerful. A close friend of the couple officiated and the groom’s sister along with her husband gave a funny reading of a long list of dos and don’ts every married couple should know. By far, the sweetest moment of the ceremony was when the bride, having forgotten her vows in her room, looked unsure for just one second before her groom holding her hands encouragingly, smiled and said: “we’ll wing it!”
The wedding dress was a Maggie Sottero design, floral lace with minute beads that allowed the fabric to sparkle. The open back showed the two straps with the intricate pattern in white. The bride chose an up-do framed by a laced long vail. To complete the bridal look, Meghan chose drop earrings with aquamarine gemstones, comfortable blue Gianni Binni blue heeled sandals and a memento for a lost loved one on her ankle.
Comfortable favorite shoes are a trend we’ve been seeing more and more on weddings, brides thinking more about their own comfort seems like the sensible and right thing to do.
After the wedding ceremony a cocktail hour followed during sunset and slowly guests were taken back to El Ganzo all the way to the rooftop where the wedding reception was going to happen.
Upon their arrival, guests were greeted at the guest table where they would look for their names on a long display of tequila shots with lime and their place cards. All around the table there were signs indicating the system “take a shot and take a seat!” as well as framed images of lost loved ones. Small flower arrangements and candles added to the decorations, along with a world map printed on wood with the same of bride and groom which was made available for guests to sign.
The wide open air room at the Rooftop was expertly illuminated by DJ Alex and his team. Warm tones in amber for the dinner area and purple lights to complement created an incredible atmosphere that transported guests to the night and party portion of the wedding.
Each large table had an infinity of details for decoration. Centerpieces were displayed in molcajetes, the traditional stone mortar and pestle used to make salsas, but which were filled with flowers. Gold motifs came in votives and vases in different shapes and sizes and florals also included cute little foliage vases and tiny succulents. Table numbers were traditional Mexican house numbers in colorful ceramics. Dinnerware was a mix of glass with gold accents and white porcelain with multiple plates and a cloth napkin was knotted over the ensemble.
The head table where the bride and groom were seated with their complete wedding party, featured tall candle holders in green tones. The wood tables looked filled to the max with all these wonderful elements. And candlelight was the finishing touch on the tablescape.
The reception started with the introductions of the wedding party and the first dance. The couple had practiced the cha-cha. Sometimes a couple will take the time to learn and practice a dance for their guests. It’s a wonderful and thoughtful practice that allows some much-needed couple-time during the planning stages of the wedding.
Bride and groom showed everyone their moves and how well they suit each other. The bride came in fanning herself with a blue fan matching those sensible blue shoes, while the groom high fived everybody. In the end, everyone was on their feet clapping while the groom picked his wife on his arms for the grand finale.
Toasts followed, with emotional words by the fathers of the bride and groom. Important members of the wedding party took their turns talking about their history together, making fun and wishing the best of futures. After dinner, formal dances followed which kickstarted the party proper.
Mid coverage, 6.5 hours
No second shooter
The couple chose a mid coverage, from getting ready until the end of dinner.
Events by Bliss
El Ganzo Hotel
Anna Gomes Photo
La Marina Inn
DJ Alex Cabo Events
The Cabo Wedding Co
Nordstrom and Brooks Brothers
Derco Fine Jewelers