We met in 2013 at a mutual friend’s rooftop birthday party in San Francisco. We were dressed up in 1920’s Gatsby attire for a themed party … looking back, we looked adorable! We had several shared friends but had somehow never crossed paths until that night. We immediately hit it off, talking and dancing all night long. At the end of that unforgettable night, Max asked me out to dinner – only about 16 hours away! We went home, tried to sleep a little, cleaned up, and both arrived at our first date a little tired, but very excited because we knew this was something special. The week that followed was an incredible whirlwind – Max had the week off from a job that required him to travel every week, so we made the most of it and went out on five dates in seven days. We introduced each other to our best friends, and they could all see that something wonderful was quickly building between us.
We were on a Southern California road trip – Ojai, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs and San Diego – in August 2017. We visited Ojai and Joshua Tree and had the best time. Max was carrying around the engagement ring in these cities and supposedly a bit nervous but I had no idea! Our next stop was Palm Springs – one of our favorite vacation spots that we frequent often. We stayed at our go-to hotel, The Parker, and had the most relaxing day working out, sitting by the pool, reading. It’s my perfect vacation day! It was also the total solar eclipse, which was no accident. Max knows that I’m fascinated by the moon and cosmos and he wanted to propose on an astrologically significant day. Luckily for him, we had the most incredible cosmic event lined up during this trip! After the eclipse and before dinner, Max took me over to the palm trees with the hammocks and proposed! I was full of so much emotion! We had been dating for four years, experiencing so many ups and downs. We both believed this was the next adventure. Max made my engagement ring (literally made it, with his own hands!). It is a brass band with an anchor. The anchor is very special to my family. My brothers and I all have anchor tattoos symbolic to the quote, “You are the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground.” It’s also fitting that we are now each other’s anchors.
The Planning Details
We took our time and really enjoyed our engagement. We did not start planning until June 2018.
When thinking through what we TRULY wanted in a wedding, we came up with this:
We want a wedding that fully represents us.
We want to share several days of love, laughter and celebration with those closest to us.
We want to focus on food, adventure, design and relaxation.
I then came across Acre in San Jose del Cabo and had the idea of renting out the full hotel (12 treehouses!) for us. Acre checked all the boxes – amazing food, drinks and design. We had never been there before but I had this gut instinct that this place was meant to be for us. Once Acre was booked, I started looking for wedding planners that we could collaborate with. Max and I had a lot of ideas we wanted to execute and we wanted to be hands on but on the wedding weekend, we really wanted a team that could handle all the details so we could be truly present.
Events by Bliss was exactly that for us! I created a wedding design board that captured the vision of our big day and Bonnie and Heidi helped has make it happen!
Anything Else You’d like To Share
One of the things we loved most about Acre Baja was that it was an animal-lover’s paradise. The venue has an on-site puppy/dog rescue (yes, really), that we visited every day to get our fix of puppy love. A big playful dog named Zoka who lived on the next farm over routinely joined Max and I on our morning runs – galloping miles through the sandy desert with us. The trees at Acre are filled with beautiful sounding birds, and there are several peacocks that live on the property. One peacock named Chucky is the staff favorite and loves to socialize and show off to guests. We never knew a bird could have so much personality!
As Max and I got closer to the special day, we occasionally talked about what would “break the ice” at the ceremony. What would be that first joke, slip-up, or unexpected event that people would laugh at and that would wipe away any nerves and tension? Little did we know, Chucky had that covered for us! During the processional, after the bridal party had walked up the aisle and taken their places, I entered the ceremony lawn from the garden. Our guests began to stand up, the music shifted, all eyes turned on me, and, right then, Chucky let out a series of ear-splitting cries just a few feet away at the edge of the ceremony lawn. Everyone erupted into laughter and I walked down the aisle feeling joyous and light.
Our wedding was small, 50 people. It was an amazing group to have with us for an extended weekend. Most people knew each other but some were meeting for the first time and it was beautiful to see new friendships grow.
FRI: We headed out for a sub crawl to The Drive Hotel for a Mezcal Tasting, Baja Brewery for beer and bites (they need up having a live band that night!), and Dalton’s Gin Bar.
SAT: Beach Day! We headed to Cabo Surf hotel to chill on the beach with margaritas and small bites. That same evening we had a beautiful rehearsal dinner at Casa Calavera.
SUN: Wedding Day!
MON: Pool Party Brunch
Having our wedding in Mexico meant that it was my mom’s first time traveling internationally. She has never been out of the country. It was pretty special for all of us mohave her experience this!
Max and I did yoga every morning at Acre. On our wedding day, just about everyone staying in the treehouse joined us and 20 of us did yoga together in them ago orchard and had a relaxing breakfast after. It was the perfect start to my wedding day!
Max’s best friend played the slide guitar while guests arrived. He also played as our bridal party walked down the aisle. It was incredible!
Max and I designed our ceremony backdrop. It is a design that mimics my wedding ring.
My best friend officiated our ceremony and it was perfect. Having someone know us so well really captured the growth of our relationship. Ryan was actually the first person that said to me, “He’s the one! You’re going to marry him!”
We wrote our own vows.
After our first kiss as husband and wife, we surprised our guests with a Mariachi band that immediately started playing and continued throughout cocktail hour.
Tres Amigos (Mrs. Drink)
Licor de Chile Ancho, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, Simple Syrup