Cabo San Lucas set the scene for a truly unique and personalised celebration – the wedding of Nat and Locky. Complete with an 8 piece Mariachi band, a tequila donkey and first dance choreographed by a celebrity dancer, it was a Mexican fiesta fit for friends and family from across the globe.
Wedding date: November 4th 2016
Wedding location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
Number of guests: 85
Bridal Party: One maid of honour, four bridesmaids, one best man and four groomsmen
Ceremony Time: From 3:30pm
Tell us about how you met…
We met in October 2007 in a “Miami Vice” dress up party. Locky was dressed up as a lifeguard and my friend that invited me to the party “forgot” to tell me it was a dress up party, so I guess I stood out from the crowd that night… Locky had just spent a year travelling in south America and wanting to show off his Spanish “skills” and made me a caipirihna and we started talking….
And the proposal?
December 22nd 2015 In Paris on Pont l’Archeveche AKA “Lovelock Bridge” – I had no idea he was going to propose, he arranged to meet my parents in Italy before our trip to Paris so he could ask my Dad (Italian) who speaks no English for permission to marry me in Spanish. We went to the lovelock bridge and as I turned around from locking the lock onto the bridge he was on one knee with the ring and said a beautiful little poem he had written and ask me to marry him! As we kiss and celebrated we turned around to realise we had become a bit of a tourist attraction as everyone had their cameras out taking photos of us!
Why did you choose Cabo as your location?
We contemplated the idea of getting married in Australia but as we went to Mexico for holidays fell in love with the location. Locky and I were sitting in the pool overlooking the ocean sipping on margaritas and I mentioned it could be fun to get married there… Locky jumped at the ideas straight away, he was so excited, he started brainstorming about having a cigar roller, a donkey – It was a done deal…
We later rationalised it and we thought it was a great location as it is easy to get to from Australia and also from America and South America (where most of my family lives) it’s a super fun place day and night, Cabo San Lucas still feels exotic and tropical but everyone speaks a little English and its very safe.
How easy or hard was it to plan your wedding?
It was fairly easy as I spoke Spanish and could speak direct with a lot of the vendors.
We also had a wedding planner helping source suppliers and coordinate on the day.
We picked the date a year out so had loads of time to plan.
Where did the majority of your guests stay?
Guests all stayed in Medano Beach, we suggested 3 hotels to suits different budgets and needs.
Was transportation arranged for guests?
There were 2 x 40 seater buses picking up guest from 3 locations to take them to the wedding and shuttles on the way back from 9 + 1 big bus at 11pm to take people to town to the after party.
Describe your reception menu...
We had appetisers served during cocktail hour and then an Organic Farm to Table caterer with food stations + our Favourite Taco restaurant stand.
What advice would you give a couple planning a destination wedding in this location?
Get a wedding planner unless you speak Spanish. Avoid hurricane season.
What did you like about having a destination wedding?
Having so many people from all over the world fly in to celebrate with us.
It was perfect staying at the resort with family as we’ll have Breakie together and then we’ll be off having margaritas and celebrating with friends everyday!
What are you glad that you did on your wedding day?
Having the photographer fly in with us from Australia was the best thing we could have done as he documented not just the wedding but the whole week for us.
Photography: Ben Whitmore Photography
Ceremony & Reception: Villa Vista Ballena
Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co
Bride’s gown: Tatiana by Pronovias
Bride’s shoes: Shoes of Prey
Hair and Makeup Artist: Suzanne Morel
Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung
Grooms suit: Ermenegildo Zegna
Grooms shoes: Politix
Grooms tie: Hermes
Grooms cufflinks: Mont Blanc
Grooms socks: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen’s suits: Politix
Event planner: Vivid Occasions
Celebrant: Jorge Arechiga
Flowers and Decorations: Mazarte Floral
Entertainment: Mariachi Cabo, DJ Edwin Bonilla, Janathan Ruvalcaba
Transport: Cora Transfers
Prop/Furniture Hire: The Main Event Cabo
Catering: Huerta Los Tamarindos and Claro Fish Jr Tacos
Stationery: Bianca Taylors-Andrews