A destination wedding done right is about so much more than one day – it’s a chance to gather together in one of the most beautiful places in the world and celebrate family and friends without feeling rushed. When it came to planning the ultimate destination wedding inspiration in Mexico, creative team Crosby + Jon fell head over heels for the Grand Velas Los Cabos, choosing to channel the combination of modern architecture, five star cuisine, and beautiful views of Sea of Cortez into an ethereal sand and sea glass beach wedding day! They took full advantage of the unhurried nature of a destination wedding to plan a pre-honeymoon pool party and a colorful fiesta rehearsal dinner to make the most of their stay in paradise!
Sand and Sea Glass Beach Wedding
Subtle neutral shades of sand, sky gray, and sea glass went into the hand painted invitations by Owl Post Calligraphy to set the scene!
The bride’s Hayley Paige wedding dress was chosen to flow and flutter in the coastal breeze! The romantic flowing chiffon A-line gown blended elegant detailing, sparkling accents, and subtle twisted details that played into a chic nautical theme!
Master photographer Jeremy Chou made the most of the dreamy light to capture these intimate bridal portraits on the beach! Playa Del Carmen-based hair stylist and makeup artist Zoë Elizabeth Makeup went for a flowing, beachy updo full of tousled salt spray waves, paired with luminous sun-kissed skin!
The white sand beach at Grand Velas Los Cabos kept the ceremony private and intimate, with a barefoot in the sand vibe mixed with coastal elegance! White muslin flags fluttered in the breeze to create a ceremony backdrop that incorporated the crystal clear horizon, while the beach was dressed with driftwood-inspired chairs and a garden path aisle of blue and white delphiniums and pampas grass.
The surrounding ocean was invited into every element of the coastal reception! Guests had a perfect view of the sea from the Terrazzo Del Mar, where production team VVRPRO set a sheer canopy thin enough to see the stars.
A blend of wood and linen chairs suited the laid back elegance creative team Crosby + Jon had in mind, setting the single long table with wood chargers, porcelain plates, and modern brass flatware from Warehouse Rentals. Floral designer Pina accented the long table with arrangements of garden flowers in white, blue, and salmon, while strands of aqua sea glass beads wound through indigo votives and gray taper candles to complete the sea-chic color scheme.
Owl Post Calligraphy embossed each place card with silver foil to add a metallic sheen to the beautiful decor!
The creative cake table combine salvaged wood and a clean white top to create the perfect pedestal for a chic white buttercream cake topped with ranunculus blossoms and sea glass beads!
WEDDING VENDORS –
Photography: Jeremy Chou | Second Shooter: Carlos Hernandez | Videography: Robert Michael Films | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Destination Wedding Venue: Grand Velas Los Cabos | Grand Velas Project Director: Ary Iturralde | Floral Design: Pina| Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid Dresses: Rminé | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Zoë Elizabeth Makeup | Event Rentals: Warehouse Rentals | Reception Tenting: VVRPRO | Lighting: CeltrevAudiovisual | Invitations and Paper Goods: Owl Post Calligraphy | Wedding PR: Published + Pretty | Bride: Lauren Ray Morris | Groom: James Ponette | Bridesmaid: Emma Willett | Groomsman: Keanush Tafreshi | Submitted via: Matchology
Colorful Fiesta Rehearsal Dinner and Poolside Soirée
Of course a destination wedding is about more than just one day! With everyone gathered in one location, there are so many chances to get together and celebrate! To maximize the togetherness of the event Crosby + Jon and the Grand Velas Project Director Ary Iturralde planned a poolside soirée followed by a fiesta dinner!
Guests were greeted by welcome gift baskets containing the essentials – including sunscreen and local Mezcal!
Extending the wedding into more than one day allows for some truly stunning honeymoon shots, like these chic poolside portraits captured by Jeremy Chou!
This glamorous honeymoon look channels Riviera style in Mexico with a black one piece and straw hat for a daring Grace Kelly vibe!
This team chose the Desert Garden Palapas for a festive fiesta dinner, surrounded by a native succulent garden and the ever-present ocean view! Hand woven Mexican linens and vibrant glass lanterns hung overhead played into the colorful details, accented by mid-century-modern Eiffel chairs for a unique touch.
Instead of a traditional seated dinner, guests were treated to a food display channeling a Mexican street market vibe. Haystacks, wine barrels, and a merchant cart served authentic Mexican cuisine and locally sourced fresh produce.
To play up the colorful theme, floral designer Elena Damy and rental house Del Cabo Weddings incorporated hand painted plates, patterned runners, and bright, jewel-toned floral arrangements to create a vivid setting! Personal touches included loral arrangements to compliment the colorful decor. Hand painted dinner plates, woven Mexican linens and vibrant glass lanterns hung overhead all made for statement decor elements. Our custom touches included vintage-inspired Loteria name cards for each guest. Places were set with Alebrijes, hand painted folk art animals, for a sweet take home!
The bride and groom channel resort chic in this gorgeously colorful Hayley Paige mini-dress!
REHEARSAL DINNER VENDORS –
Photography: Jeremy Chou | Second Shooter: Carlos Hernandez | Videography: Robert Michael Films | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Event Venue: Grand Velas Los Cabos | Grand Velas Project Director: Ary Iturralde | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Zoë Elizabeth Makeup | Floral Design: Elena Damy | Event Rentals: Del Cabo Weddings | Invitations: Moe Paper Co