A Massive Ombrè Floral Garland Set the Tone at This Colorful Destination Wedding in Cabo, Mexico
Maggie and Jeremy met in college in September 2013, and Maggie admits that she had a crush on Jeremy for a while before they began seeing each other romantically. Six years later, in January of 2019, Jeremy took Maggie to dinner and a George Strait concert before popping the question in front of the Austin skyline. The two celebrated their engagement with Dom Perignon and truffle fries at the Four Seasons.
Just one week after the proposal, the couple met Lauren Lemke of Amy Abbott Events through a friend's recommendation and knew she was the right person to help them plan their destination wedding. Initially, the couple thought they wanted to tie the knot in Park City, Utah, where Maggie's parents live, but in the end they decided to host a wedding weekend at Flora Farms in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. "Cabo is a special place for us and Flora Farms is absolutely magical," Maggie says. "We couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else." They invited 88 guests to join them for a pool party and welcome celebration on the beach before their big day, which took place on January 25, 2020.
For the main event, they opted for a unique color palette of navy, orange, and white, and incorporated show-stopping floral arrangements (including an ombré garland which ran the length of the head table) to achieve the bride's big-day vision; textured wooden tables contributed to the natural vibe of the surroundings. The finishing touch? Rows upon rows of string lights, which cast a warm glow on the celebrants as the sun went down.
Welcome to Mexico
The Custom Artwork
Maggie and Jeremy worked with Riley Sheehey to create a custom big-day print to be used throughout various elements of the day's decor. The pattern was seen on stationery, wrapping paper, koozies, cocktail napkins, cornhole boards, golf towels, playing cards, and more. "The print featured things that represented us and our wedding—our monogram, the famous Utah arch as a nod to the state where we met, a Texas star, and the 'I love you so much' sign to represent our new lives in Austin, the barn at Flora Farms, and a whale tail for Cabo!" Maggie says.
Maggie went to a few boutiques before heading back to Neiman Marcus in Dallas to purchase one of the first wedding dresses she tried on. Her tulle Mira Zwillinger gown featured a corset bodice with delicate floral embellishments and removable sleeves made from extra tulle from the skirt. "I had always loved the look of an off-the-shoulder gown, but not the mobility—I wanted to be able to dance!" Maggie says. Although Maggie had a tough time deciding between two gowns, she knew it was the right dress for her when she tried it on for the second time and both she and her mom burst into tears. Later in the evening on the wedding night, Maggie changed into a Jay Godfrey mini dress. "I was so hesitant to change because I was obsessed with my gown, but dress number two was a hit!" she says.
Heart and Sole
The bride wore Jimmy Choo shoes with a block heel and lace design to complement her gown. "The morning of our wedding, Jeremy wrote a message on the bottom of one shoe and told me not to look until I was putting them on later that day," Maggie says. "I cried!"
Maggie paired her gown with floral earrings by Jennifer Behr and a custom diamond bracelet by Devan Collection, a gift from her parents on her wedding day. The bracelet incorporated diamonds taken from her grandmother's watch and an oversized pearl (her name, Margaret, means pearl). She also wore a veil that incorporated custom Mira Zwillinger lace.
She carried an all-white bouquet featuring her favorite flower, ranunculus. She even pressed a few blooms from her bouquet in a book to frame later. The arrangement was wrapped in the bow that was originally meant to be worn on her wedding gown. "I attached my late aunt's engagement ring that I have worn everyday since I was 13 to the bow so I could have her close to me on our special day," Maggie says.
Jeremy donned a custom fitted suit from Ted Baker paired with a floral Hermes tie and shoes from M.Gemi. "I decided after purchasing [the tie] that I wanted to get the same tie in a different color for our fathers and my brother," Maggie says. "It ended up selling out online! I lost count of how many Hermes stores I called to find those ties, but it was worth it."
The Bridesmaids in Navy
Maggie's bridesmaids chose their own navy dresses for the wedding; their selections came from Reformation, Lulus, and Nordstrom. "I loved the mismatched look and just wanted them to feel comfortable and beautiful," the bride says. Each bridesmaid held a small bouquet of orange ranunculus, which matched the floral arrangements on the cocktail and dinner tables.
Groomsmen wore dark gray suits from The Black Tux paired with navy socks and ties to match the bridesmaids. "Wednesday afternoon it was brought to my attention that half of the boys had forgotten their socks," Maggie says. "Jeremy frantically ran out and ended up at Walmart, FaceTiming me to make sure the socks would work. Still such a funny memory." The groomsmen also wore boutonnières with a single white ranunculus.
The ceremony took place outdoors, where two oversized flower arrangements were placed at the end of the aisle and long wooden benches were set up for guests. "I loved the way our arrangements framed us as a couple but we could still see the mountains and gorgeous sunset," the bride says.
Maggie wanted to use songs from her favorite movie, The Parent Trap, throughout the day, so the wedding party made their way down the aisle to an instrumental version of "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles, which is part of the film's score. After Maggie's father walked her down the lengthy aisle to Taylor Swift's "Lover,"
she and Jeremy exchanged handwritten vows, which she plans to have framed as a keepsake. One of the couple's best friends from college served as the officiant.
Posing Around Cabo
Maggie and Jeremy skipped their cocktail hour to take photos as a couple and with their wedding party on the property. They did, however, eat their fill—their planner made sure to deliver a tray of appetizers while they were posing for portraits.
The Jazz Trio
Los Mosquitos Trio played during the ceremony and the cocktail hour, and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Time for a Drink
Along with an open bar, Maggie and Jeremy offered three signature cocktails; a hibiscus margarita; a basil, mint, and thyme martini; and an old fashioned. Guests also enjoyed passed appetizers, including empanadas, fried chicken sliders, fried cheese bites, and shrimp.
Small centerpieces incorporating white, orange, and peach florals were arranged in petite, swirled blue-and-white vessels and placed on low coffee tables throughout the cocktail hour space.
Guests found their table numbers written on a mirrored arched window pane underneath a neon sign that read, "Te Amo Mas."
In lieu of a guest book, guests wrote down their well wishes for the newlyweds on a personalized surf board.
The reception took place outdoors, with string lights overhead to accentuate the mountain backdrop.
Setting the Stage
A dance floor and stage for the band were also set up outside to keep the party going well into the evening. The setup was decorated with tons of greenery and cascading florals in the color scheme of the day.
Round tables with woven wooden bases and white tops were paired with matching chairs. Low centerpieces incorporated white, peach, and orange florals and were placed in the same vases seen during the cocktail hour.
The couple's florist, Pina, took one of Maggie visions—an ombré floral runner—and created a stunning arrangement for the oversized head table. "It was so tall, I almost couldn't see over it," Maggie says. "I've never seen anything more stunning. It was an absolute dream."
Place settings included white-and-blue patterned plates, blue wine goblets, and white linen napkins with blue stitching. The menu was printed on white cardstock in a pale blue font. "Flora Farms cooks what is seasonal and sustainable on the farm, so some of our menu was a surprise and we loved that," Maggie says. "We are still receiving compliments about the food!"
The First Dance
Maggie and Jeremy selected Nat King Cole's "L O V E" for their first dance in another nod to The Parent Trap. They took dance lessons before the big day, and right before they went out on the personalized dance floor, the couple's planner reminded them not to step on the black boxes. As Jeremy dipped Maggie at the end of their dance, sparklers lit up on each corner.
Photography, Gideon Photo
Venue, Catering, and Cake, Flora Farms
Wedding Planning and Event Design, Lauren Lemke of Amy Abbott Events
Videography, Wild + Free Films
Invitations, Pink Champagne Designs
Stamps, Little postage house
Custom Print, Riley Sheehey
Flowers, Pina Cate
Bride's Gown, Mira Zwillinger
Bride's Second Dress, Jay Godfrey
Bride's Shoes, Jimmy Choo
Bride's Accessories, Devan Collection; Jennifer Behr
Hair and Makeup, Blanc Bridal Salon
Bridesmaids' Attire, Reformation; Lulus; Nordstrom
Groom's Attire, Ted Baker
Groom's Accessories, Hermes; M.Gemi
Groomsmen's Attire, The Black Tux
Music, Los Mosquitos Trio; Kilometro Band
Rentals, Baja Boutique Company