March 24, 2020

Villa Del Palmar Wedding in Loreto, Mexico : Lisa + Nico

What an amazing experience it was to photograph Lisa and Nico's Villa Del Palmar wedding in Loreto, Mexico! You may remember me posting a few of Lisa and Nico's Rancho Valencia engagement photos recently. Their destination wedding in Mexico was no different! It was filled with family, wonderful friends, lots of love and an amazing location!

Mexico Destination Wedding Welcome Reception

Lisa and Nico's welcome reception was held at the beach bar in front of the resort. Guests were treated to fresh ceviche with chips and guacamole, and endless Mexican beers.

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Villa del Palmar resort sits on the glorious body of water that is Ensenada Blanca.
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The beach in front of Villa del Palmar is a little sparse on this late-December afternoon, but Lisa and Nico's guests feel right at home.
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Guests enjoy fantastic margaritas and wonderful conversation.
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Children run and play at low tide as the sun sets on the welcome party.
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Nico gives a heartfelt speech at the dinner portion of the welcome party.
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It wouldn't be a dinner in Mexico without the obligatory shot of tequila.
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Every night at Villa del Palmar, guests are treated to traditional Mexican dancing and live music.
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Guests can come up on stage as well, as Lisa and Nico did.

Bridal Prep at Villa Del Palmar

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As Lisa gets ready, her mother takes a long look out at the glorious view of Ensenada Blanca.
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Lisa's mother helps her with her hair before putting on her gown.
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Her earrings are gorgeous but a bit tricky to put on.
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Nico makes sure every hair is in place.
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Nico buttons up and makes sure everything is spit spot.

Destination Wedding First Look

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The 17th hole Villa del Palmar's golf course is a sight to behold. It's a downhill par 3 to a green that's surrounded on three sides by the Sea of Cortez. The islands of Loreto beckon in the distance. It's also a perfect spot for romantic portraits. Lisa takes in the majesty of the area in this lovely portrait.
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Talk about quality alone time! Nico and Lisa have a romantic kiss as the Sea of Cortez roils below them.
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I sense a "pinch me" moment in Lisa's expression here.
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Looking back toward the resort is equally breathtaking! Lisa and Nico taking a little stroll on the cart path as their ceremony approaches.

Villa Del Palmar Wedding Ceremony

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The wind kicks up and the temperature drops for the ceremony, but that doesn't stop the wedding's younger guests from huddling together to keep warm.
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Lisa and Nico each other down the aisle, and Lisa gives her soon-to-be-husband a cheeky little grin.
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As their officiant and old family friend, Brett, looks on, Nico leads Lisa under the wedding arch.
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True to themselves, Lisa and Nico's ceremony infuses both Buddhist and western traditions. The fire pit keeps everyone warm.
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Lisa's younger brother keeps himself and her nieces warm.
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Lisa reads her vows to Nico as Isla Danzante beckons off in the distance.
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The officiant reads a few closing passages as Nico and Lisa look on intently.
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And the biggest kiss for the finish!

Wedding Reception at Danzante

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With an original plan of a beach wedding and reception, the event moves inside to Danzante Restaurant due to the cold and windy weather.
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As the fire ceremony commenced, people read written intentions as tokens of well wishes to the bride and groom.
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Lisa and Nico read theirs last, and Nico gives his bride a gentle kiss on the forehead.
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Nico's best man relays a story from years ago that has everyone in stitches.
young wedding guest portrait near lighted tree
The group of children at the wedding include nieces and the children of close family friends. The fake tree in the room next door to the restaurant gave off amazing light, perfect for their portraits.
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The Pencil Nose game is passed around, with the officiant drawing some sort of strange animal.
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Nico lifts a flower girl high into the air as the dance party starts.
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Lisa twirls her niece.
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Kids gather under Lisa and Nico as they hold hands.

If you're planning a Villa del Palmar wedding, here are some tips:

  • It's all-inclusive, so leave most cash at home!
  • Bring lots of sunscreen!
  • If possible, fly out of the Tijuana airport for huge savings on airfare.
  • Purchase a Cross Border XPress (CBX) ticket for easy passage through customs in Tijuana!

Planning a destination wedding? I'd love to chat! Take a look at my portfolio of destination weddings from around the world, then click here to schedule a consultation!

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