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Part TRAVEL JOURNAL and part LIFESTYLE BLOG, this site captures DESIGN, CULTURE, CUISINE and STYLE as seen through the eyes of ALI SWISHER.

Our Boho Baja Wedding

Our Boho Baja Wedding

It’s been 3 months since the big day, and going through photos to create this post brought out a lot of emotions. To be honest, our wedding week was far from perfect, but ultimately the ups and downs brought us closer together - and made for some great stories. The biggest lesson I learned is no matter how much time and energy you put into planning your big day - and no matter how good you think you are at it - some things are out of your control and you just have to let go. I think I would’ve gone full-blown Britney circa 2007 if it weren’t for our amazing planner and the support from our family and friends.

Ultimately, our wedding was beautiful and fun… and these photos bring out the best of our special day.

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We welcomed our friends and family to Mexico by hosting a party at our wedding villa which featured fire dancers (a surprise from my Mom), fresh coconuts, a popsicle cart with rosé and coconut flavored “poptails” and a mezcal station. We handed out welcome bags outfitted with sunscreen (thank you, Coola!), custom shot glasses, sparkling water, a bottle of tequila and his/her favorite snacks and polvorones (aka mexican wedding cookies).

BEAUTIFUL SIGNAGE BY  BELLS & WHISTLES  - photo by  bernardo arce

BEAUTIFUL SIGNAGE BY BELLS & WHISTLES - photo by bernardo arce

Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner was held at Esperanza, and consisted of delicious Mexican cuisine which was served at multiple dinner stations and included fresh ceviche, tamales, braised cochinita, tacos, churros, caramel flan… and a lot of tequila.

The recently renovated public areas complemented the modern and organic aesthetic we envisioned for the event. We went with a colorful palette consisting of otomi runners, bright foliage and gave everyone blankets (and perhaps a hangover) to take home.

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Earrings:  Lele Sadoughi  | Dress:  Michelle Mason  (now on sale!)

Earrings: Lele Sadoughi | Dress: Michelle Mason (now on sale!)

Getting Ready

I spent Saturday morning with the ladies sipping rosé and champagne in the clubhouse and getting ready for the big day.

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First Look

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Ceremony

Our ceremony was held next to the ocean on the golf course at Cabo del Sol. From the agave plants to the iconic cactus and endless ocean in the background, it was the perfect setting for an organic, understated and elegant boho wedding. We loved this venue not only because of it’s natural beauty - but because my Dad designed the neighboring 7th hole of the course himself.

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Reception

The reception was at the Clubhouse, a stunning hacienda style venue with stucco walls, rounded arches and wood and iron details throughout. Basically my dream home. We brought in beautiful raw-edge wood tables which were adorned with white and green foliage. The place settings consisted of geometric wooden chargers, fringe linen napkins, capiz shell place cards and an acrylic menu over a faux monstera palm.

The courtyard was converted into the dance floor with woven wicker baskets hanging over it. Near the dance floor was our photo booth which featured a wall of about every palm in existence and a neon sign that read “Los Swishers” (our wedding hashtag).

Palm photo wall by Elena Damy.

Palm photo wall by Elena Damy.

The cake… all I can say is it was delicious? Honestly, it didn’t turn out as I envisioned and the knife broke while we were cutting it (lol) but like I said, it was delicious… and there were fireworks! Moving on.

First Dance & Fiesta

Our first dance was to John Legend’s “All of Me” (or is it “All of You”)? You know what I mean…

Our first dance was to John Legend’s “All of Me” (or is it “All of You”)? You know what I mean…

One of my favorite photographs. ever.

One of my favorite photographs. ever.

Our first dance was beautiful and a truly special, unforgettable moment between us. Our friends and family stood around the dance floor holding up sparklers while we swayed and spun to John Legend. However, when it was over we were so relieved we could finally let loose and enjoy the rest of the evening free from the shackles of wedding traditions. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt more careless and “in the moment” than I did those 4 hours are on the dance floor with my new husband.

The rest of the night was an epic dance party until the clock struck midnight and we closed out the evening with Toto’s “Africa”, a taco stand and amazing new memories.

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All the deets….

Location: Cabo del Sol

Photography: Meraki

Wedding Planner: Elsa Dilasser (who’s AMAZING and recently started her new event planning biz, Palms Weddings and Events)

Florals, Furniture & Decor: Elena Damy

Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood

Dress: Liz Martinez (via Kinsley James)

Alterations: Tailor Maid in SF

Makeup: Enrique Meza

Hair Accessories: Jennifer Behr

Groom: Shoes, Gucci | Suit, Gene Hiller

Safari Honeymoon at Angama Mara

Safari Honeymoon at Angama Mara

Glamping on Isla Espíritu Santo

Glamping on Isla Espíritu Santo

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