A Black-Tie Beach Wedding at Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
â€śBlack tie on the beachâ€ť was the inspiration behind Nicole Davidson and Hans Christianâ€™s formal wedding at Esperanza, an Auberge Resorts Collection property, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. With Nicole in Oscar de la Renta and Hans in a classic black tuxedo, the pair exchanged vows in front of the crashing waves of the Pacific and 69 guests. â€śI very much wanted an intimate black-tie wedding, where every detail spoke to my sense of design, and where my family and friends would be surprised by thoughtful touches,â€ť says Nicole, an interior designer. â€śI wanted it to feel like a beautiful dinner party under the stars.â€ť
The couple says picking a location in Mexico was funâ€”and easy!â€”but admit that planning a destination wedding in another country had its challenging moments. Nicole leaned heavily on planner David Pressman Events to coordinate vendors and ideas to pull off a formal affair far away from home in Los Angeles. â€śI canâ€™t believe David stuck with me through 15-plus months of planning and over 500 emails,â€ť Nicole admits. â€śYou put a lot of trust in your team when youâ€™re designing a destination event. David was a lifesaver.â€ť
What resulted was a sophisticated fete that pulled a color palette from the hotelâ€™s chambray-hued interior design, touches of Mexican culture, and nods to the coupleâ€™s love story. Guests sipped plenty of tequilaâ€”including ice shotsâ€”and dug into ceviche tostaditas, while the couple relished the time with everyone in one place. â€śOur friends had a spectacular time, the service was exceptional, and there wasnâ€™t a cloud in the sky all week,â€ť she adds of her celebration with Hans.
â€śIt was an incredibly involved and creative process, a real labor of love,â€ť Nicole says of collaborating with Cecileâ€™s Paper Company. The invitations included touches of chambray, inspired by the hotelâ€™s interior design.
Nicole grew up vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, and Hans fell in love with the destination when the couple took a scouting trip to the area. They chose Esperanza for its "design, high level of service, and delicious food."
Many of the coupleâ€™s guests flew to Mexico from Los Angeles, so they wanted to show off the best of the area with tequila drinks by the beach.
Fittingly, the beach has played a critical role in the coupleâ€™s story. Not only did they meet at a lake, but Hans proposed during a sunset cocktail on the beach in Hawaii.
While the vibrant welcome party had a more casual feel, every detail of the wedding day was formal and elegantâ€”starting with Nicole's wedding dress! She first saw â€śthe dressâ€ť in Bridal Fashion Week coverage online, and ultimately said "yes" to the strapless Oscar de la Renta lace trumpet gown featuring floral Guipure and a statement silk faille obi bow.
The couple said â€śI doâ€ť right on the sand, framed by a rustic floral arch. They built a wooden runner for the aisle, making it easier for Nicole to enter in heels, escorted by her father, to an acoustic version of â€śThink of Meâ€ť by Andrew Lloyd Weber.
The couple wrote their personalized vows on the morning of the big day. â€śFor some reason I kept putting it off,â€ť Nicole says of the bit of procrastination to find the perfect words.
The Cabo Strings played Bill Withersâ€™ â€śLovely Dayâ€ť as the newlyweds walked up the aisle as husband and wife.
The pair hosted a â€śSaludâ€ť table, where tequila shots with lime wedges served as escort cards.
The reception took place in the resortâ€™s ballroom and terrace, where a mix of round and rectangular tables provided â€śvariety but remained tone-on-tone.â€ť The couple stuck with neutral hues accented with chambray fabrics and white floral arrangements.
Each place setting included a clear glass heart tied with a chambray ribbon to the linen napkins. â€śWe wanted the hearts to be a memento of our wedding for guests to keep,â€ť Nicole says.
The coupleâ€™s three-tiered cake included classic flavors like red velvet, vanilla, and chocolate.
â€śOur initials were also drawn in the sand in a chambray color,â€ť Nicole says. â€śYou could see this from the reception.â€ť
At the end of the night, a firework show of all white fireworks made one final statement. â€śOur guests enjoyed that our wedding was such a vacation for them,â€ť Nicole says. â€śIt took a lot of pressure off.â€ť After the celebration, Nicole and Hans â€śspent a few days relaxing, horseback riding, and wine tastingâ€ť in Santa Ynez, California, with their dog Montana.