Mallory and Gabe tied the knot in a colorfully festive destination wedding in Todos Santos, Mexico. The couple incorporated lots of personal details, regional touches from the town and a few desert-friendly decor items. We asked the bride to share their experience with us. What she recalls was sheer perfection!
We wanted to keep the feel of Todos Santos which is a beautiful little tiny desert ranch town in Baja close to the beach but, at the same time, have a slightly romantic touch to it. Todos Santos has a desert, artistic vibe to it. We wanted to capture that feel and really allow our guests to experience the magic of the place.
The location we chose, El Mirador, is the only restaurant that is built right on the line of the Tropic of Cancer and the ocean and town views are amazing. When we were presented with the idea about having our ceremony actually right out in the desert, over-looking the ocean, and knowing we were the first wedding to do so in that location, make it entirely unique and the view was breathtaking.
We worked with our designer and planner, Mishka (who lives in town), and used bright pops of color (teal, aqua, yellow, tangerine, coral, peach with some pink) with the inspiration being the desert cactus and wildflowers which bloom only at certain times of the year or certain times of day but represented all in one day at our wedding.
Mishka and I wanted to incorporate a desert like feel to the blooms. So we chose more wild, desert like feel florals with pops of colors. Florals like craspedia, protea, celosia, safari, inmortal with touches of tea roses and garden roses tucked in for additional shades of color along with some succulents and greenery. Our ceremony arch had a cow skull with a desert like floral crown. Those same flowers were used again tucked into cylinder candles and into hand-painted adobe pots with tribal patterns on the tables.
So many of the elements of our wedding were created by hand and specifically for our wedding.
Things such as the loteria escort cards, the talavera place cards where the design was created specifically for us with our guest’s names, the tribal patterned runners along with adobe vases were hand-painted by Mishka’s husband, Antonio, the papel picado banner at the entryway to the reception as well as the papel picado hanging around the cocktail tables were hand crafted and designed by Yazmin, Mishka’s sister-in-law and the guest map of Baja was created and hand painted by a local artist who works in the local schools.
If I HAD too choose a favorite thing about the wedding (because everything that Mishka did was was absolutely perfect), I would say is that I loved the table settings and decorations. It was exactly what I wanted. I loved the succulents and desert feel while still having the vibe of small town Mexico. I also was in LOVE with my bouquet.
The colors were amazing and it was beautiful.
But if I had to choose I would have to say the most special moment of the wedding for me, personally, was when Mishka surprised me. She had the Todos Santos Bomberos (Firefighters) pick me up in their fire apparatus and drive me through the town with lights and sirens to El Mirador. I am also a firefighter in California, that connection was very important to me. Everyone in town was looking at us. I felt very special, and so honored that they took time out of their day to do this for me.
Advice I have for newlywed couples would have to be that communication is KEY. If you don’t have communication it will be hard to be successful as a couple. This goes for planning a wedding as well. Although Gabriel wanted me to be happy with the wedding and didn’t care about the details as much, he wanted to feel included. So he was apart of almost every decision that was made. Just always remember that neither of you are mind readers, you have to talk to each other.
What was most important to us at our wedding was that our friends and family have a good time.
Congratulations to the newlyweds! What a wonderful destination wedding in Todos Santos!
Destination Wedding Photographer: Photo By Julieta
Wedding Vendors: Event Designer, Wedding Planner + Florals: Mishka Designs Mexico, Catering + Location: @guaycura_hotel, Make up + Hair: @suzannemorelcabo, Rentals: @tseventrentals, @let_it_be_events + Del Cabo Event Design, Details @maracas_maracas + @tseventrentals, Cake: Cake Criss, DJ @alexdjcaboevents, Special Appearance + Transportation: Bomberos Voluntarios de Todos Santos