Natural beauty. Simple elegance. Warm and Intimate. These were the words Maggie and Nico used to describe their ideal destination wedding. As we planned alongside them, it became very clear that their Midwestern roots had ingrained in them a love of nature and the outdoors, something that influenced the villa they chose as their venue and the overall design of the celebration. They both wanted lots of natural wood, lots of white, very natural greenery and touches of coral. Nico required floating lanterns. The rest was up to us.
Maggie and Nico gave guests a Dazzling touch even prior to the wedding with their invitations – our South-of-the-Border Romance design. And their wedding gave us the opportunity to create the rest of this invitation set – a ceremony program, menu and escort cards to accompany the invite!
The very-uniquely-shaped private beach at Casa Cosmos was perfect for the ceremony – providing us with the fantastic challenge of fitting the couple’s wedding canopy amidst the palms – and, of course, ensuring that guests were offered some shade as well as a good view of the bride and groom! Maggie and Nico said their vows beneath a very natural bamboo canopy draped with white chiffon sheers and decorated with eucalyptus seeds. And the entire backdrop was made all that more chic by a hanging antique chandelier.
Guests were invited up the many villa stairs for cocktails and appetizers on the villa terrace. Cocktail tables and lounge areas featured elegant white linens and centerpieces which combined natural textures, tree trunk rings, candles and flowers.
The bride and groom brought photos of themselves and their best furry friend and really wanted those incorporated into their celebration, so we created a natural-style photo display in the corner of the dinner area where everyone could check out the “three of them!”
Place cards were tied to the back of dinner chairs with twine, and guests were seated at elegantly dressed round tables with centerpieces that reflected the natural textures and florals incorporated into the rest of the day.
Notice the hand-made burlap and fabric flowers incorporated into the centerpieces! These were made to mirror the idea of the fabric flowers on their stationery and turned out beautifully.
Following dinner and some very tearful toasts, there was joyful dancing, delicious dessert, spectacular fireworks, Nico’s requested floating lanterns and to top it all off – a surprise fire dance performance!
Photography by Michelle Turner Photography
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