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Here’s the thing about Colorado: There’s endless beauty behind every peak and roughly four different types of scenery around this large state making it the ideal wedding destination. We have a little taste of everything. Aspens you say? We got it. Desert? Just head down south. So when Coloradans decide to branch outside of this picturesque state for a wedding, there’s one place that can’t compete.
Down in Mexico.
That’s where Bre & Paul Morris decided to say, “I do.” To be more specific, San José del Cabo.
“We chose Mexico after realizing what really mattered to us: spending time and celebrating with the people that we are closest with in more than just one crazy wedding day,” says Bre. “So, therefore, we forced everyone to a different country, where we all got to spend a week together around the pool, at the beach and on the organic farm!”
Brie and Paul’s friends and family, hailing mostly from Colorado and Montana, made their way to the Baja coast. With two professional local photographers in tow, Kelsey Huffer of Poppies + Paisley Photography and Ali Vagnini of Alison Vagnini Weddings, the weekend was captured through the lenses of two different viewpoints expressing the same story. A lot of love.
The Welcome Dinner
The host for the weekend was the sophisticated, all-villa resort, Cabo Azul Resorts (by Diamond Resorts). From the first arrival, there were world-class services paired with an all-white, natural stone building with chic décor. And with any festivity, Cabo Azul knows the best way to get a party started is with food and drinks.
The wedding celebration was set off with a bang at Javier’s Restaurant (conveniently at the resort). Finally, the landlocked state of Colorado gets a taste of Mexican cuisine and fresh seafood. Squid, scallops and shrimp were all artfully arranged on skewers and paired with jalapeno-cucumber margaritas. The beverages set off hilarious and heartfelt toasts from the wedding party. One after the other party goers and guests cheered to the soon-to-be newlyweds. The night wrapped up with a “¡Salud!”
Getting Ready & the Floral Fiasco
Typically, with a wedding day, there’s a level of chaos. For this wedding, that was not the case. By this time the hosts at Cabo Azul Resorts had already known all of the guests’ names, and they made sure it was as stress-free and relaxing as possible. The morning started at the Paz Spa where the wedding party, Bre, her sisters and mom got a chance to unwind. “Paz” means “peace” in Spanish and that summarizes the services received.
While relaxing, everyone came to realize a not-so-tiny detailed not planned in advance. Flowers. There simply can’t be a wedding without flowers or a bride without blooms. Fortunately, Lara DeBroux, of Fiori Flowers in Boulder, put her skills to work and found exotic flowers while foraging out in the Mexican desert.
“Lara with Fiori flowers was an absolute gem! She is one of the most talented women I know. She rented a jeep to go into the desert and chop down flowers to add to our bouquets, tables and our altar,” says Bre. “Her work was breathtakingly beautiful, and her creativity (and dance moves) are something we will forever be grateful for!”
Lara’s no newbie to the flower scene. She’s owned Fiori Flowers for the past 10 years and first “bloomed” as a florist thirteen years ago post-college.
“I love the creativity of pulling together different textures and colors, working in such a hands-on environment as well as pushing the boundaries of the norm to create something different and beautiful,” mentions DeBroux.
After a crisis was avoided, the real party began.
In typical Boulder fashion, the wedding was held at the beautiful organic farm known as Huerta Los Tamarindos. Dating back to the 19th century and just a stone’s throw away from the Sea of Cortez, the historic hacienda includes an event space decorated with natural elements. The foyer is draped with grapes and greenery, banana trees and palms stand tall around the event space and mature mango trees greet guests.
“We loved that Mexico is not nearly as strict as the U.S. and we were able to create our dream wedding. The owner of Los Tamarindo (Enrique) let us dance the night away until 3 a.m. He said there was no limit to enjoying our wedding day at the farm, and we could take over and dance until the sun came up if we wanted! We were actually cutting it close!” Says Bre.
“From the unforgettable host hotel—Cabo Azul,—with infinity pools, perfectly decorated rooms, beach views, delicious food and drink to the day we spent foraging for flowers in the Cabo desert and shopping for local Mexican pottery to the hilarious and heartfelt toasts at the welcome party to the pounds of tortilla chips and guacamole we consumed to the sun setting at the perfect moment during the wedding ceremony to the beautiful dinner reception under the mango tree to the absolutely unforgettable dance party … there were so many highlights and memories we’ll cherish forever,” says event planner and friend Jolene Peterson.
Reflecting back on such an amazing and love-filled weekend, Bre had one last thing to mention:
“I truly mean it when I say it was the BEST day of my life, and I want to relive the day over and over and over again!”
What more could you ask for?
WEDDING PLANNER | Jolene Peterson
WEDDING DAY VENUE | Huerta Los Tamarindos | HuertaLosTamarindos.com
HOTEL | Cabo Azul Resorts by Diamond Resorts | CaboAzulResorts.com
WELCOME DINNER | Javier’s Restaurant at Cabo Azul Resorts
PHOTOGRAPHER | Ali Vagnini, Alison Vagnini Weddings & Kelsey Huffer, Poppies + Paisley Photography