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!

beach ceremony set up

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.

beach ceremony set up







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.









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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

  • Very elegant. I love all the details! Those bridesmaid dresses are super cute. Good job Kiersten Rowland. You captured it beautifully

  • We love the “steal a kiss beneath the stars” sign, as well as the couches and pillows on the white sands. It looks like Sam and Patrick made the most of their time in Mexico!

  • Sarah

    The whole wedding is gorgeous and those bridesmaids dresses are amazing. Any chance I could find out where they are from?

  • I am never bore of looking at all the beautiful weddings you feature on here. This wedding looks so heartfelt, well thought out little details, relaxed and happy. Absolutely stunning.

  • Kick a Little Storm

    Really dreamy and fairy tale like! Makes me wanna have a wedding like that :)

  • Very nice beach wedding set up. Looks really intimate. Noticed that there is no carpet though. Won’t the bride have problems walking given her nice shoes?

  • Now that’s how you do a beach wedding! Awesome!

  • Janice

    I was there! It was my friends’ wedding! It was amazing and beautiful and so unique!!

  • Sam (Bride)

    Thanks everyone for the beautiful comments, this is the icing on an already perfect day! I spent 15 months watching Ruffled leading up to our wedding and to be featured here is surreal! Our wedding was so beautiful because of our outstanding wedding planners, can not gush about them enough! They made the whole process seamless and exciting!

    To Sarah: The bridesmaid dresses are from BHLDN Hope you find something that you like!

  • Amanda

    Well Sam I told you that your wedding is THE WEDDING to be jealous of! I’m so glad I was able to share in your beautiful day! Love you lots!

  • Gorgeous beach setting!!! So jealous! :) well done oxox

  • Greg Butler

    This was truly an amazing event! I must admit I was sceptical about a destination wedding but thanks to The Dazzling Details my scepticism was soon replaced by optimism and awe. It was absolutely beautiful! The photography is absolutely stunning. I would, without hesitation, highly recommend The Dazzling Detail and Elizabeth Loyd Photography for your destination wedding. Thank-you Michelle and Thank-you Kiersten!

    Nova Scotia, Canada
    (Father of the Bride)

  • Ash

    These pics are so beautiful, makes me all giddy about my wedding this summer! My fiance and I found a really reasonably priced place called the Sands Atlantic Beach ( for our beach wedding. Long Island is not ready for us LOL

  • Wedding Photographer

    Congrats to the bride & groom. This is such a beautiful wedding. I LOVE the details! :)