When Kristi and Justin first shared with us their wedding vision – a Mexican / French-ish / Chic / Airy / Rustic / Beachy/ Travel-type event – we immediately knew the end result would be an inspiring blend of this couple’s family backgrounds, personal passions and style. From the simple yet chic beach ceremony to the candlelit dinner reception to the festive celebration of romance that followed, this is a wedding to be remembered.
Guests gathered at the villa in the late afternoon for agua fresca and then walked together down the cobblestone street to beautiful Conchas Chinas Beach for the simple chic wedding ceremony.
Two of the younger guests awaited the group at the beach peddling flower petal cones and greeting guests! A simple bamboo and white chiffon canopy with one simple branch of blooming bougainvillea awaited the bride and groom, and rustic terracotta pots overflowing with succulents lined the ceremony aisle.
Following the ceremony, guests were greeted by an unexpected visitor at the villa entrance! Kristi and Justin SO wanted a Mexican burro to be part of the celebration, and so it was! Wedding guests styled themselves with mustaches, sombreros and paper flowers and posed alongside the furry guest of honor!
Up in the villa, lounging areas decorated with single blooms in bud vases, mini terracotta pots, succulents and paper airplanes (in honor of the pilot bride’s passion for flying) invited guests to get comfortable while cocktailing! An antique map was set out beneath floating airplanes for everyone to sign in lieu of a traditional guest book.
Hand-crafted escort cards styled with cut-out papel picado on a burlap background were strung at the entrance to the dinner area, and guests found their seats at the table with name cards tied onto individual bread bags with fresh bread. Early on, the bride professed her love of fresh French cheeses and blueberries, so we combined the two and surprised the couple with cheese boards at each table for guests to enjoy upon being seated.
Lace-lined burlap runners, ranunculus in bud vases, more succulents and a touch of Mexico in pewter tortilla dishes with floating blossoms added a simple and very chic feel to the dinner tables. Maracas painted with the word “amor” were placed on each dinner chair, and guests shook them throughout the meal in lively celebration while exposed bulb lighting and papel picado danced overhead!
Following dinner, some serious dancing ensued with guests being offered hand-rolled cigars, sugary Mexican churros and hot chocolate throughout the evening.
And as if that weren’t enough, at the very end of the night, the couple exited the villa in style with a sparkler send off and hopped into a classic antique taxi and drove off into the starry night!
Amazing wedding photography by Kristi Klemens, KLK Photography