Relaxed and Elegant Los Cabos Wedding
Lauren and Scott’s friends and family came from Texas for two days of wedding festivities in Cabo San Lucas. Having everyone in the same resort guaranteed that celebrations were happening all the time during this long weekend getaway. The couple are close to their loved ones and share similar characters and tastes. It was clear that the goal here was to relax and have fun.
The welcome dinner was a laid-back beach bonfire at their resort, the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. The hotel provided a lounge area excavated from sand, with a circular seating area and fire pit in the middle. The spot was surrounded by bamboo and decorated with throws and pillows making it cozy. Bonnie Chase from Events by Bliss was the wedding coordinator and designer organized both the welcome bonfire as well as the wedding happening on the following day. Lauren’s tasteful color palette of blush and champagne was applied to details from day 1. Guests started to arrive at sunset to an unusual chilly night and were offered blankets. Besides cocktails, a station with cigars and s’mores ingredients was set up for guests to help themselves.
The Wedding Day at Hacienda Cocina and Cantina
The wedding ceremony and reception would happen at Hacienda Cocina and Cantina, on the other side of the small town of Cabo San Lucas, at Medano Beach. Hacienda Cocina is the restaurant inside Hacienda Beach Club & Residences property. It enjoys gorgeous views of the Land’s End and the Medano Bay, while nested in the Beach Club and its infinity pools, it is a gorgeous property for weddings.
Oh and the food. Hacienda’s dining experience is easily one of the best ones in Cabo. From their signature cocktails to their gourmet takes on traditional Mexican cuisine, of the piece of resistance, their quatro (yes, four!) leches cake which is to die for.
Hacienda offers several areas for events including the beach, the restaurant proper and the top terrace where Lauren and Scott help their reception.
Getting Ready at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
Getting Ready started at Pacifica while The bride had hair and makeup done in her room with beautiful view of the Pacific and had the company of her mother and two bridesmaids. Both Lauren and her bridal party had cute traditional Mexican dresses on for the occasion. During this time, Lauren took the time to transcribe her vows while her bridesmaids wrote their speech for later that day. Meanwhile Scott and his groomsmen, 5 of them including both his and Lauren’s brothers, sipped whisky at separate spot at the resort.
Lauren wore a unique wedding dress, a design that had a nude top embroidered in delicate sequins and bugle beads and champagne skirt. The bride wore her hair on a half-updo decorated with a couple of small white orchids, which looked especially beautiful against Lauren’s dark hair.
First Look and Flowers
Bride and groom were driven to Hacienda Cocina for their first look. They shared a quiet moment together before doing portraits. Bouquets and boutonnieres were brought in, as mix of succulents with roses and peonies accented with foliage. Bridesmaids carried a smaller bouquet with simply 4 roses each, two pink and two white, perfect with their individual dresses, which differed in style and color. Boutonnieres were reserved for the groom and standing groomsmen, a simple succulent in blue ribbon.
Guests were received with pre-ceremony cocktails and waited on the shaded grass area just above the beach. The ceremony setup was comprised of simple cushioned benches, which had straw fans waiting for guests. The aisle was flanked by flowers on hanging mason jars. The arch at the end of it was made of beautiful twisted wood and had a crocheted fabric to provide shade for the officiant, bride and groom. Having an asymmetric wedding party, bride and groom decided to have three of the groomsmen seated during the ceremony, this way keeping a balanced view of the altar. The father of the groom officiated the ceremony, where bride and groom exchanged vows and rings.
The reception was held on the top terrace of the beach club, facing views of the bay and Hacienda’s pools, under a beautiful full moon. Centerpieces were composed of white, blush and coral roses displayed on driftwood. Tables also had candles, golden votives and single succulents carefully placed on a rustic table runner. To save some time, guests arrived to appetizers – Hacienda’s delicious guacamole and ceviche – already served in bowls, family style.
Seats were unassigned and a sign let guests know and being a small wedding of 60 guests, they didn’t have much trouble finding a good spot to seat. The guest table had a photo book about Cabo for guests to sign on and later that night became the dessert station.
Reception Best Moments
Speeches happened right away starting with both bridesmaids, followed by the best man, the groom’s brother. After their first dance the couple said a few words and to the groom’s surprise Lauren had a special song played for him. It was a sweet moment made sweeter by the couple’s shyness.
Both families and friends split between the dance floor and the bar area, celebrating the wedding merrily to a full moon and warm temperatures.
Hacienda Wedding Vendors
Wedding Venue: Hacienda Cocina and Cantina
Wedding Planner: Bonnie Chase with Events by Bliss Events
Wedding Photography: Anna Gomes Photo
Hair and Makeup – Blanc Bridal Salon
Flowers: David Ruiz from Let it Bloom
Arch Design Florals: Florenta
Rentals: The Cabo Wedding Co
Music: DJ - Dj Alex and Guitar: Alonso Aguirre
Dress Designer: Alon Livne
Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Jewelry Designer: Private designer
Bridesmaids Dresses: Asos
Shoe Designer: Stuart Weitzman