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Megan Sherrod and Jeremy Anderson were married in April 2015 at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, an all-inclusive, family-friendly property in the Pedregal area of Cabo San Lucas. With crashing waves and dramatic rock formations, this resort was the perfect location for a simple, carefree, and beautiful destination wedding.
Megan and Jeremy value organic, relaxing, modern design. Their home is designed with clean lines and natural colors, and Megan definitely knew her wedding vision would be similar- with a dose of romance. From the pale ocean-blue linens from La Tavola, to the marbled candle-holders at the reception, to the floating chiffon hanging from the ceremony arch, every element was designed to create a calm and clean look, allowing the gorgeous beach location to speak for itself.
The ceremony took place on the Cabo beach directly behind the resort. Because the resort is built into the side of a mountain, there is a large, dramatic stone staircase that led the bride to the ceremony. Bordering the righthand side of the resort beach is a large rock formation, which provided a stunning backdrop for post-ceremony portraits. Near sunset, the light casts a blue-ish hue on the massive stones, and the water crashes against them. It was just perfect with Megan's style vision for the day. You can't out-design nature!
Cocktail hour was sweet and simple, located on the lower level of the sky pool with expansive views of Cabo's desert-like terrain and swelling waves. Servers passed around eclectic small bites including crab cakes and sweet pea samosas.
The reception tables surrounded a dynamic light-up dance floor that was set according to the mood. For toasts and dinner, the lighting was a serene white and blue, and for dancing time, it came to light with all kinds of colors depending on the song! Immediately bordering the dance floor was a rectangular head table, where the bride and groom dined with their best man, maid of honor, and their dates while looking on to the dance floor. Round guest tables surrounded the dance floor, creating a clear focal point for the energy of the evening.
To add a feeling of intimacy to the dance floor, paper lanterns were strung above the center of the reception. The lanterns danced in the wind throughout the night, outdone only by the wedding guests who partied to a solid mix of songs ranging from Jay-Z to Garth Brooks. The party was so good it had to be extended by an hour! At the end of the evening, the couple and their guest sent paper lanterns off into the night sky.
- PHOTOGRAPHER: Lauren Peele
- DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNER: Meggie Francisco Events
- VENUE/CATERING/BAR/CAKE: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
- DJ, LIGHTING, DANCE FLOOR: Roberto Contreras
- CHAIR & ALTAR RENTALS: Main Event Cabo
- LINENS: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
- HAIR/MAKEUP: Suzanne Morel
- FLORIST: Bows & Arrows
- OFFICIANT: Diego Vidal
- PAPER GOODS: Cotton Paperie
- CALLIGRAPHY: Design Roots
- CEREMONY VIOLINIST: Violetta Poletek
- BRIDE'S GOWN: Blue by Enzoani
- BRIDE'S GOWN RETAILER: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville
- BRIDESMAID GOWN RETAILER: Bella Bridesmaid
- GROOM'S SUIT: Q Clothier
- GROOMSMEN SUITS: Perry Ellis
- GROOMSMEN SUIT RETAILER: Macy's
When Dallas's local Haystack film photography group let me know they were seeking a stylist for their next group project, I jumped on it. This group of wildly talented fine art photographers gets together twice a year to socialize and hone their craft, and it’s a treasure to watch them work in tandem! I love how the concept of this group immediately brings to mind Monet's series of Haystack paintings. Each brilliant brush stroke tells a story of dynamic light throughout season and weather changes. How appropriate for a team dedicated to film photography!
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We staged this shoot at The Castle at Rockwall, a regal gem tucked away outside the hustle and bustle of Dallas. A palette of emerald, sage, and pale mint combined with warm grays and mixed metals to evoke a regal yet relaxed feeling. The design was built for a refined, artsy bride who wants to wrap her guests in true modern comfort, from the thick velvety linens from La Tavola, to the elegant stemmed glassware from Posh Couture, to the plush lounge area by AFR Event Furnishings.
Jackson Durham provided an explosion of lush floral spilling over with greenery. The centerpiece was comprised of luxurious yet carefree floral design and sleek mirrored candle holders from Z Gallerie, creating a surprising juxtaposition of organic and modern elements.
Thanks to our talented makeup and hair pros, Wendy Zerrudo and Danica Rey, extreme makeup techniques gave the bride and bridesmaids an unapologetic, straight-off-the-runway attitude, yet soft, romantic up-dos and an explosion of cheeky flower girls adorned with floral headpieces kept the concept classic and lighthearted.
Thanks so much to all the extraordinary team members who made this possible!
PLANNING + DESIGN: Meggie Francisco
LOCATION: The Castle at Rockwall
FLORAL: Jackson Durham
CAKE: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
MAKE-UP: Wendy Zerrudo
HAIR: Danica Rey
PAPER GOODS: Design Roots
FURNITURE RENTALS: AFR Event Furnishings
LINEN RENTALS: La Tavola Fine Linen
TABLEWARE RENTALS: Posh Couture Rentals
ADDITIONAL TABLE ACCESSOIRES: Z Gallerie
BRIDAL GOWN DESIGNER: Catherine Deane
BRIDAL GOWN SALON: Neiman Marcus Downtown Dallas
BRIDESMAID GOWN DESIGNERS: Paper Crown and Joanna August
BRIDESMAID GOWN RETAILER: Bella Bridesmaids Dallas
VELVET RIBBON: Mood Designer Fabrics
BRIDE MODEL: Molli Stumpf, Callidus Agency
BRIDESMAID MODELS: Athena DeVonne, Victoria Scoggins
PHOTO LABS: Photovision Prints, The FIND lab, Goodman Film Lab, Photographique, Indie film Lab, Pro Photo Irvine
It has been a pretty wonderful week of seeing our work published! Our Cabo destination wedding inspiration grew directly out of the surroundings of beautiful Cabo San Lucas at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica resort. From the dense bougainvillea climbing liberally around Cabo, to the craggy mountains and crashing waves, Cabo is the perfect location for any bride considering a Mexico destination wedding.
The landscape next to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is breathtaking. Rocky mountains border each side of the beach, creating a private, serene oasis where relaxation comes easy. The sun sets behind the mountains on the northwest side of the beach, leaving a warm glow behind before night falls.
The stunning, bright magenta bouquet was created by Bows and Arrows. Owner and lead stylist Alicia Rico is known for her ability to draw inspiration directly from nature, which she did with finesse here in Cabo with an arrangement made of local bougainvillea and tropical greens. Choppy ribbons from Silk and Willow flow from the bouquet as the warm Cabo wind whips across the beach.
Huge thanks to Trendy Bride Magazine for featuring our Cabo destination wedding inspiration in the feature, “Sweet Sea Simplicity.”
Throughout the entire planning process, Marissa and Karl completely focused on creating a fun, lively environment for their guests. What a joy it was to bring their vision to life! From the string quartet playing “Clair de Lune” as the bride walked down the aisle, to the African dance troupe performance by Bandan Koro, and the killer DJ skills by Andy Austin, this wedding was an incredible celebration from start to finish. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Williams!
- Venue: Four Seasons Dallas Las Colinas, Ceremony Lawn and Ballroom
- Rehearsal Dinner: Four Seasons Las Colinas, Wine Room
- Dress designer: Pnina Tornai
- Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld New York
- Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
- Hair and Makeup: Natalia Issa
- Bridesmaids Dresses: WTOO from Bridal Boutique Lewisville
- Suits: Groom’s – Armani from Neiman Marcus
- Paper Goods: Cotton Paperie
- Florist: Jackson Durham
- Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors
- Furniture and chandelier rentals: Fauxcades
- Bride and Groom Cakes: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
- Officiant: Doug Kriz of Andrews Wedding Ceremonies
- Lighting: BEYOND
- Photographer: Jenny Martell
- DJ: Andy Austin Entertainment
- String Quartet: European Ensemble Strings
- Dance Troupe: Bandan Koro
- Photo Booth: LeForce Entertainment
The Highland Dallas is an inspiration: its combination of dark, broody walls and modern furnishings creates the perfect setting for an elegant, moody event. To bring the space to life, we gathered together a team of Dallas’s finest wedding professionals for an inspiration photo shoot!
The wedding ceremony fountain at the Highland Dallas showcases a unique blend of modern lines and traditional stone and wood materials. We threw a an oversized blood orange and flowing greenery garland against the backdrop to create a striking romantic backdrop. The resulting combination of sleek lines and daring floral proposes a bold take on fall.
Local hair and makeup guru Quynh Nguyen expertly accented the bride’s beauty with soft, barely-smokey eyeshadow and a bright blood-orange pout, creating a look that’s sultry and playful at the same time. A fiery jeweled ring and substantial black onyx and diamond drop earrings from Shapiro Diamonds complete the dramatic ensemble.
The stunning low-backed Amanda Wakeley dress, available at Stardust Celebrations in Plano, is a dream come true for the bride who wants to be a little edgy, yet glamorous on her wedding day. The bride’s style is made even more unique by her bouquet, designed by Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe with an unexpected explosion of birds of paradise and berries.
The place setting was set on a low square marble table in a room with coal-black walls and a cozy fireplace, as if the bride would have hidden away here with her groom for an intimate, private meal for two before joining the reception for an all-night dance party. The setting is an eclectic mix of a sparkling geometric charger, earthy black china, and delicately thin flatware. To add texture, we layered a pashmina runner beneath the dishes, and added a warm, overflowing centerpiece to complete the look.
And of course, you can’t forget the details that bring an event to life. The drinks, the shoes, the paper goods – these little things create an event that is unique to the couple. The bold gray letterpress invitations were created by Cotton Paperie, one of my favorite paper goods gems in Dallas!
In creating this design, our team hopes to show clients that it is always possible to create a look that is uniquely yours. When you’re planning your wedding, choose design elements that truly resonate with you, even if they may not immediately seem like a “wedding style.” What textures and colors do you love to see in your home? What about in your wardrobe? Start there, and your event will become a reflection of your life and love!
- Photography: Allen Tsai Photography
- Floral: Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe
- Location: Highland Dallas Hotel: Hilton Curio Collection
- Jewelry: Shapiro Diamonds
- Hair and Makeup: Q the Makeup Artist
- Bridal Gown Designer: Amanda Wakeley
- Bridal Gown Salon: Stardust Celebrations
- Paper Goods: Cotton Paperie
- Model: Rachel Sargent
- Flatware: Crate and Barrel
- China: Bed Bath & Beyond
Charger: Z Gallerie