Veronica and Mathieu’s Chic Oceanside Mexico Wedding
Architects Veronica and Mathieu met as classmates in graduate school. About eight years later, on June 7, 2014, they decided to get married, hosting a destination wedding in Mexico. Far from their home base of New York City, the twosome and their 64 guests journeyed to Esperanza Cabo San Lucas. Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with a desert climate and impressive views, the resort offered a picturesque backdrop for the fun and colorful celebration.
The couple hadn’t been to Cabo before, but after hearing wonderful things about the destination and seeing photos of it, they booked a trip to scope it out. They fell in love with the energy and atmosphere upon arrival and set out to tie the knot there.
Press New York created the paperie. An illustrated trifold welcome card with donkeys, cacti, and palm trees played up the Mexican setting for the wedding weekend.
Welcomed With Love
Burlap bags of goodies greeted guests upon arrival at the resort. A heart-shaped tag with a Victor Hugo quote and the couple’s monogram made it extra personal.
Queen of Hearts
Adding a pop of red and a nod to love, the bride completed her ensemble with a pair of heart-adorned Charlotte Olympia pumps.
Veronica’s ’maids wore custom dresses made at Olivine Gabbro.
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of orchids, ranunculus, roses, and dahlias made by floral and event designer and planner Matthew Robbins.
The Bride’s Entrance
“It was excitingly windy,” Veronica recalls of the weather that day.
The Ceremony Spot
With views of the Pacific Ocean, the ceremony setting was quite serene. Swaths of linen were added to the existing structure for a bit of visual drama and movement.
Officiated by a longtime family friend, the 5:30 p.m. service seamlessly bridged languages, beliefs, and philosophies. A dear friend of the bride’s read from Corinthians in English, and then Mathieu’s sister read the same passage in French.
Hot pink trifold programs featured the couple’s names in calligraphy, as well as their monogram.
A Musical Moment
The moment the couple finished walking up the aisle, a mariachi band began to play. They then escorted everyone to the celebration.
Long Walks on the Beach
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds took a private stroll on the sand and then posed for a few photos.
Calligraphed seating assignments were attached to wooden maracas. The couple loved the idea of a purposeful souvenir.
Dinner in the Round
“The day was all about ocean views and drama,” event designer and planner Matthew Robbins says. “Dinner was all about vibrant color and globally-inspired décor.” Round tables were decorated with amber glassware, gold bowls of floating blooms, golden lanterns, and a few large flower arrangements.
Menus with the couple’s logo embossed in gold were calligraphed at the top to double as place cards. Subtle French details nodded to the groom’s background.
The Place Settings
A bright rose rested atop the menu, which was tucked into the folded napkin that sat on an ornate charger. The color continued in the centerpieces of phalaenopsis orchids, roses, dahlias, and ranunculus.
Guests dined al fresco, enjoying green gazpacho, sea bass tiradito with jicama and corn salad, grilled rack of lamb with a Mexican spice rub, and agave-glazed duck breast with juniper berry sauce.
A colorful croquembouche of macarons, as well as a chocolate cake and a coconut cake, capped off the meal.
A magical display of fireworks was a great way to end the reception. An after-party with plenty of churros and tequila on offer continued well into the wee hours of the night.
Location and Catering: Esperanza Resort
Event Planning and Design: Matthew Robbins Design
Photography: Elisabeth Millay
Stationery: Press New York
Furniture Rentals and Lighting: Del Cabo Event Design
Ceremony Chairs, Chargers, Linens, Pillows, and Lounge Furniture: Linens, Things and More
Hair: Kate Hanley of Headdress Salon
Makeup: Suzanne Morel