“My vision for my second wedding was intimate, relaxed and fun. The Hacienda Cerritos was an amazing spot to have my wedding, the perfect backdrop to making my vision a reality. We rented the entire 11 room hotel out for our guests, plus secured a few rooms at the adjacent hotel down the beach. The 38 total guests (my husband and I making it an even 40) had so much fun being together, laughing, socializing, swimming, eating/drinking, and just fulling enjoying the whole area.
The planning process was fairly easy with the help of Charlie Foster. Him being local in Cabo helped me so much trying to plan the wedding from Seattle. My husband and I did go down two times in the 11 month engagement to doing food tasting and stay at the Hacienda to get a feel for the place. Charlie was good about sending photos of mock setups for tablescapes and flower arrangements. Between email, text and Skype, we were able to plan my wedding together with ease.
My husband and I had our kids in our wedding, we wrote our own vows and had one our good friends, Tom Snyder, be our efficient. These three elements made our wedding personal to us. Have just 38 wedding guests, being our close friends and immediate family from both sides also added to the personal touch.
Pinterest became my best friend! I think Charlie got sick of all the pins I sent him, but being far away and trying to describe what I wanted wasn’t always the easiest as just sending a photo. I think our favorite part and most memorable to us and our guests was lighting off paper lanterns at night. Everyone had a lot of fun doing that and it’s still talked about as a major highlight. Of course I’m not the first bride to think of that idea, but it really feels personal and special when you are doing it together. The pictures turned out beautiful as well.
Try as hard as you can to enjoy the process of planning your wedding. There will be stressful moments and it will never turn out perfect or EXACTLY the way you pictured it in your head, but that’s ok! The more you can relax and enjoy planning your wedding, the more it will reflect on you and your guests when the event finally happens. Trust me, that is easier said than done, but it is very true. Mishaps will even happen the day of that will be out of your control…let it be and believe that it will be beautiful no matter what.” -Tawny, the Bride
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