This Couple Headed to Mexico for a Destination Wedding in the Very Same Spot Where They Got Engaged
In 2011, Brittany Greene was at a karaoke bar in Hollywood when she met Craig Johnson. Fast forward five years, when the couple was on their annual summer trip to San Jose del Cabo. Craig took Brittany to a restaurant she'd never been to before—Flora Farms. "Not only did it quickly become one of my favorite restaurants; it also became a place that will always be special to me," Brittany says. Craig proposed that night. "We got engaged at the most amazing place I could have ever imagined. Go Craig," she says.
Exactly one year later, on June 24, 2017, the California-based bride (she owns an academic training center) and groom (he's a stuntman) headed back to Mexico to become husband and wife. "I knew I did not want a beachy wedding," Brittany says, so they aimed for something soft and romantic instead. With about 80 guests wearing "beachy formal" attire in tow, Brittany and Craig tied the knot surrounded by baby's breath, palm trees, and shades of pink.
The couple's Minted invitation featured classic white fonts over top a rose gold-and-pink design.
The inside of Brittany's engagement ring, and also Craig's wedding band, are engraved with a clock. "This symbolizes that the best gift that we will ever be able to give one another is our time," the bride says. She didn't want a traditional solitaire, but liked the look of the infinity band next to her gold engagement ring.
"Cabo is a place that we really look forward to visiting every year," Brittany says. She and Craig have made trips to the tropical destination for the past five summers. Flora Farms was an easy venue choice for the couple, as it was the spot where Craig proposed. "After the amazing experience we had—food and ambience—we knew we had to have our wedding ceremony here," Craig says.
Brittany is a big fan of baby's breath, so clusters of the white blooms appeared in several places throughout the big day—in the bride's hair, her bouquet, and even on the structure Brittany and Craig stood in front of during the ceremony.
Brittany never tried on a wedding dress because Mary Jo Bruno (a close family friend) designed this one for her. After a year of planning and fittings, the bride had a one-of-a-kind gown. She accessorized with earrings from Nordstrom and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Craig wore a light tan suit (to fit the "beachy formal" dress code) with a white shirt and hazel tie. His daughter, Cameron, was the flower girl, and wore a white, collared dress.
The color palette for Brittany and Craig's wedding changed a few times, but the bridesmaids' dresses, from Noell in L.A., helped solidify it for the bride. "The theme and mood of the wedding kind of evolved to what it was," she says, of that fashion decision.
The couple said, "I do" on a crisp, green lawn among the mango groves of Flora Farms, standing in front of a circular structure entwined with dainty baby's breath flowers. Vari of Allure Event suggested the backdrop to symbolize the wedding ring—and shape of never-ending love. Vibrant greenery and towering palm trees were a picturesque backdrop for the ceremony.
During portraits before the ceremony, Brittany's friend's son, Josh, and Craig's daughter, Cameron, knew how to create a good photo op. "They spontaneously threw the rose petals because they thought it would be cute," the bride says. It sure was.
Here Comes the Bride
Brittany's parents escorted her down the aisle. "It was special in so many ways, but I think most of all it was so special because we were able to share our favorite place with the people we are closest with," says the bride, of her big day.
Friends and family watched Brittany and Craig tie the knot during a serene outdoor ceremony. "One thing we really wanted to do during the ceremony was honor our family and thank them for who they are in our lives," the bride says. So, the minister took a moment to recognize members of their families, asking them to raise a hand as he said, "Craig and Brittany know how to create a family and live together because of their relationships with you." Then, Brittany and Craig each gave their mothers a rose to symbolize their love and appreciation for them. The couple did not write their own vows, but they discussed some ideas with their minister—who then finalized the thoughts for the big day.
Friends and family snapped pictures, applauded, and even gave high fives to the newlyweds as they headed toward cocktail hour.
The Cocktail Hour
Following the ceremony, cocktails and canapés were served. Guests were treated to passed bites including house-made ricotta with preserved field vegetables, shrimp and avocado, seasonal vegetable empanadas, and cucumber cups with ceviche—all made at the farm. Brittany and Craig's planner designed the rustic-chic signage, including this one listing available libations. The vintage wooden frames for the canvas signs helped to play up the farm setting without looking too informal.
During cocktail hour, "Farmtinis" (the bride's favorite) and smokey mezcal hibiscus margaritas were served. The former was named for the venue and was made with a refreshing mix of wild hibiscus and vodka.
Be Our Guest
Guests found their table numbers on a pretty banner designed by the couple's planner, which was hung for all to see from a tree branch. The bottom of the seating chart was completed with "B & C" for the couple's first initials.
The celebration continued on another part of the lawn at Flora Farms. Brittany and Craig sat at a sweetheart table, with small wreaths hanging from the backs of their chairs, and a couple's rug beneath them. The bride and groom had a wonderful view of their friends and family, who sat at surrounding rectangular and circle tables.
Since Brittany and Craig were aiming for a soft and romantic style, reception décor was kept simple with thanks to a classic palette of white, blush, gold, and honey. The couple's planner incorporated natural elements, such as hand-dyed, blush napkins and table runners on the weathered farm tables, and beeswax taper candles.
Because dinner was served family-style, Allure Event chose smaller, garden-style floral arrangements by Florenta Flower Design for the long tables. Round tables were covered with linens and anchored with pillar candles in geometric vessels.
The first course, served at 7:45 p.m., was a seasonal salad and house-made Burrata with heirloom tomatoes and basil, followed by lemon and herb roasted chicken with kale and summer squash, and a catch of the day with grape tomatoes, and roasted field vegetables.
The First Dance
The reception kicked off with Brittany and Craig's first dance, to the sound of Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky."
Flora Farms made assorted desserts, such as chocolate cake, flan with cajeta, and this two-tier cake.
When the sun set during the reception, the romantic ambience went up with a canopy of hanging lights provided by Flora Farms. "They looked so great," Brittany says. Speeches were delivered shortly after sunset, followed by additional spotlight dances. Then, the celebrating continued in the barn, where guests danced until midnight.
Photography, Sara Richardson Photography
Location, catering, & cake, Flora Farms
Event planning, Allure Weddings & Events
Flowers, Florenta Flower Design
Bride's gown, Mary Jo Bruno
Hair, Lisa Klein
Makeup, Suzanne Morel
Flower Girl dress, Light in the Box
Bridesmaid's dresses, Noell
Groom's suit & menswear, Hollywood Suits
Groom's tie, Macy's