COLLEGE SWEETHEARTS REUNITE AFTER 25 YEARS TO SAY ‘I DO’ IN MEXICO
Because summer is still so far away, we’ll just have to live vicariously through todays destination wedding, in one of our favourite countries – Mexico. Jess recently spent three months immersed in the culture and has since been sharing her Mexico travel guides covering some her favourite things to see and do. Today however, we heading to Las Lomas for the wedding of Lance & Diane where the couple held their Dr Seuss themed wedding on Punta Monterrey beach. Looking out over the bright turquoise sea, the couple said there vows under a fun pom pom ceremony arch and later had an intimate reception with their nearest and dearest before finishing the night with lots of dancing and fireworks!
“I should start by saying that I am a creative director by trade and tend to really micro manage this sort of stuff. However, this was a second wedding for both of us, (although we did actually meet and date in college (but married other people and reunited 25 years later!) and we just wanted our wedding to be fun and meaningful and NOT stress the details.” Diane began.
“We were also not interested in anything super traditional. We wanted it to be bold, fun and authentic. I told my florist that my theme was “Dr. Seuss” – whimsical, odd and fun and because the wedding was in Mexico, we used some pop culture elements like brightly colored PomPoms,” said Diane.
“The wedding was on the beach so it didn’t need a lot of decor – I wanted it to be minimal. We had benches on the sand and aimed the focus on our funky wooden arch with pompoms and large palm fronds. I originally wanted to pull palm fronds myself, for my table center pieces, but my wedding planner told me that, the last time a client did that, hundreds of spiders crawled out at dinner time!”
“Our floral designer was beyond exceptional. We talked at length about my vision which was colorful, fun and eccentric. My bouquet was full of large, unusual flowers and a string of red pom poms. The boys boutonnières were very simple and “Dr. Seuss-y”. The flower girls had very simple crowns of greenery. The table runners were magnificent and everything was grown locally,” she explained.
“The day was personalized in different ways. As the guests entered the dinner reception, they found their name on a small flag which was in a tequila shot. The music playlist was carefully curated by us and approved by my teenagers. All very dance-able by all! Once we finished our first dance, the entire party flooded the dance floor and never got off till it was over! Oh, we surprised everyone with huge fireworks over the ocean during our first dance, which was pretty remarkable.”
“I wanted my wedding dress to be simple. My daughters (11 and 14) kept asking me why I wasn’t stressing out about it. But I wasn’t. The perfect white wedding dress wasn’t important to me. I wanted something very simple and non-wedding-dress-like. I chose a blush sleeveless dress from Anthropologie. I found it online, tried it on and bought it. Done and done. My daughters and the bridesmaids wore different dresses in forms of light pink and taupe.”
“I was most excited about my fiance and son’s outfits and spent WAY more time on that. Lance wore a traditional sear sucker suit from Brooks Brothers. We had a bow tie and suspenders custom made from a fabulous Italian men’s store in Santana Row. My son, Ben, wore sear sucker shorts and they both wore short sleeve white dress shirts. I couldn’t find what I wanted so I bought traditional shirts and had the sleeves cut off and altered. I wore these fab, bling-y sandals which I ordered from Etsy, whilst Lance wore super cute traditional boy shoes. And no one else wore shoes!”
“My best advice is to create a day that aligns with your inner most selves – be authentic and do what you want and not what others expect of you. The things that go wrong are funny and the most memorable. The best wedding advice I ever got was in the middle of the reception, grab your new mate, go to the corner of the reception and take it all in. It goes so fast that otherwise it becomes a blur, so make time to take a mental photo!”