Jenna and Ryan got married in Los Cabos, Mexico and it was a stunning event. “This is a place where our phones are left off, our minds are at rest. Though Cabo is commercially developed to be a safe tourist playground, it still holds an authentic charm.”
Jenna wanted a boho chic look and had king proteas in all details, along with garden roses, ranunculus, red lisianthus and baby’s breath. The bride wasn’t afraid to go for strong dark colors which made the whole wedding reception truly set on the boho chic style, but refreshingly unique as Jenna was able tie that up with Mexican elements. Don't miss a single detail! View the full gallery, photographed by Anna Gomes Photo.
Set expectations: When it comes to planning a wedding, it is critical to set and reset and reset expectations :) I found this to be very important with almost everyone that participated in the planning process, but especially with my groom, wedding planner and wedding coordinator. Create a timeline: Figure out what needs to be done and when it should be done by. It's important to identify what 'must' get done and what things are okay if they don't make it into the wedding celebrations or big day. Take deep breaths, look around, and find something small in each person or thing to be grateful for. It's just one way to soak in a day that goes too fast.
The night before the wedding, bride and groom hosted a welcome dinner at Medano beach in Cabo. A simple buffet styled event had cute all-Mexican details as the colorful blankets that decorated linens in the tables and the classic Rancheria bean cans that were used for vases on centerpieces. The wedding day came and Jenna was a vision in her Galia Lahav gown, that looked like a gown made specially for her. During the getting ready Jenna, who opted for no bridal party, had nonetheless her 3 best friends who discreetly wore the same dress in different colors, so there was no doubt who “Morton’s maids” were.
From the beginning of the planning process, I hoped that some things would go wrong so that I would remember more about the wedding. I had no idea that my hopes would play out the way they did during our wedding week. The weekend prior to our wedding and 2 days before flying to Cabo, I came down with a 72 hour bug that had my stomach upside down. Planning a wedding can become a full-time job and when trying to juggle a full-time job during wedding planning, organization and prioritization are your best friends. Weekends were my designated time for everything wedding related, even up to the last weekend before the wedding. It was the Saturday before our departure to Cabo and I planned to tackle all of the pampering errands (i.e. eyelash extensions, nails, makeup supplies, etc), but my health had something else in mind. I woke up thinking it was food poisoning and fought through the day of errands and packing up the wedding decorations in the many borrowed suitcases from friends. Come Sunday, the excitement and endorphins got me through getting to the airport with 10 suitcases (yes, 10!... Including a snowboarding bag) and then arriving in Cabo. By Sunday night, I was back in bed and basically stayed there till Tuesday morning. By Wednesday morning, my groom had the same symptoms I had and fear flooded me... 72 hours meant he would be sick on our wedding day. While figuring out what I could do to fix this stomach bug, I received a text that back in California, my dad had been hospitalized with kidney stones and was scheduled for surgery the next day. With all the stress leading up to the wedding and given that the wedding was two days away, I crumbled. We did our best to put ourselves together for our welcome reception on Thursday night (day before our wedding). As guests started walking over to the taco bar that we hosted on the beach, the DJ's speaker randomly fell off of the stand and onto one of our guests head... Given that speakers are quite heavy, this knocked our guest unconscious and gave her a cut that would require stitches. (Side note: She had a month long concussion, but luckily she is all better). By the day of the wedding, I was filled with happiness, but ready to breeze through the day so I could be back together with my sick fiancé/soon to be hubby! Also, I had one more thing to do... My dad was not cleared to fly following his surgery so I wanted the other man whom I admire like a father to be by my side. When I went to ask my soon to be father-in-law if he would do me the honor of walking me down the aisle, I found out that he too had come down with the same stomach bug. He was quite the trooper and with a smile on his face, he escorted me on that special walk. Lessons learned, when things go wrong, roll with them. My favorite part of the wedding process was being engaged... The level of stress a bride experiences can be looked at in multiple ways, but I urge all brides to choose to remember the love for your partner and why you are planning a wedding. With all the stress of planning our wedding, my fiancé was my escape. He didn't always know or understand why I was stressed, but I asked him to be my shoulder and he always pulled me in for a hug. Trust in your love, your partner, and most importantly yourself and you will have the wedding experience that you desire.