Doesn’t a waterside wedding in Mexico sound heavenly just about now? That’s exactly what Samantha and Patrick decided to have, escaping the chilly airs of Canada for a truly relaxing affair. We love all the details shot by Kiersten of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography, including their cute “I love you more than beer” bunting!
From the photographer, Kiersten of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography: Samantha and Patrick chose to escape the cold winters of British Columbia to celebrate their wedding in beautiful Bucerías, México. Samantha had always dreamed of getting married on a beach but didn’t want to have a “beach wedding.” Working alongside the fabulous wedding planners The Dazzling Details, an elegant, vintage inspired wedding went from dreams to reality.
The wedding decor was complete with a classic popcorn machine, a quilting station (including a Singer sewing machine), antique books, a historic photo timeline, improvised wooden tables and lounges, and miniature vases filled with sprigs of wildflowers. Samantha and Patrick were so full of love and gratitude towards each other, their family and friends, and the beautiful celebration that had been created in their honor. It was an incredible day. The wedding was held at a private beach front home in the sleepy town of Bucerías, Mexico.
From The Dazzling Details: Samantha and Pat shared with us from the beginning that they envisioned a wedding full of vintage details as well as unique and personal touches in a palette of seafoam green, pale blues and cream, and throughout our design work, a lovely and eclectic blend of rustic furniture pieces and vintage decorative elements came together flawlessly to create an amazing wedding ambiance for the couple and their intimate group of guests!
The ceremony took place on the beach with an aisle lined by painted bottles with single blooms emerging from them or hand-made pinwheels twirling in the wind! The couple said their “I dos” on an elevated platform and beneath fabric wedding garland blowing in the breeze!
The cocktail-style reception included passed appetizers throughout the evening followed by cake and a late-night authentic taco cart – all scribed on the vintage door-turned-chalkboard-menu! Lounging couches were set in the garden and on the beach surrounding a gazebo set up for dancing (with a vintage chandelier suspended in the middle, of course!) An old wooden headboard and a window frame were converted into low tables set on beach blankets and surrounded with oversized pillows for comfortable alternative seating. Small lounge tables each featured a unique centerpiece composed of vintage novels, pinwheels, blooms in mason jars, twigs, lanterns, candles and vintage brass pieces.
Above the bar hung a special fabric garland with hand-painted words “I Love You More than Beer,” a nod to a special gift exchanged between the couple throughout their relationship. On the other side of the garden, a rocking chair upholstered with the same fabric found in pillows on the lounging couches, sat in a corner creating a cozy seat during the evening’s activities.
Sam and Pat decided to forego a traditional guest book and instead had their guests write notes to them on fabric squares which they intend to have made into a quilt. Just days before the wedding, we found an old Singer sewing machine and table in a local antique shop and knew we just had to have it for their “quilting table.” The sewing machine actually brought tears to the bride’s eyes when she saw it for the first time on wedding day, and it made a perfect little table for guests to write their notes to the bride and groom.
The couple also wanted to draw special attention to and honor the happily-married-years of other couples in their families. Rather than setting up photo frames, we decided to do something a bit more unique with the family wedding photos! We created a special “History of Love” – a physical timeline strung between two trees with dates, photos and fun “love facts.” Right before the wedding, we snapped a polaroid of Sam and Pat and added it to the timeline right after the ceremony!
For a fun food surprise, early on the bride professed her love of popcorn, and we knew we just had to incorporate the tasty treat into the wedding. We set up an old vintage popcorn machine and popped it all night long!
The simple, two-layer wedding cake was highlighted with lines of the same fabric garland as the ceremony canopy – only in mini! Candles and exposed-bulb lighting kept a romantic yet festive ambiance alive late into the sweet night!
Wedding Vendors (Bucerías, Mexico):
Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Kiersten Rowland of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography / Wedding Planner: The Dazzling Details