Joelle-Henry Flora Farms Wedding in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Julia Franzosa Photography beautifully captured Joelle-Henry Flora Farms Wedding in San José del Cabo, Mexico.
Event Date: February 17, 2018
Julia Franzosa Photography: Joelle-Henry Flora Farms Wedding
SYNOPSIS WRITTEN BY PLANNER
When Henry and I decided to have a destination wedding – far away from the winter snow– we knew it had to be San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. When else could we gather all our family and friends from across the United States, vacation in the sun for more than a day? We wanted to have more time to celebrate and enjoy than just the day of our wedding! Call us selfish.
We knew that we needed someone local to help us create the weekend that we wanted to have for our guests. We hit the jackpot when we were introduced to Lauren Lemke at Amy Abbott Events. She went above and beyond in listening to what we had in mind and showing us the different options available and assembled a dream team of vendors! She answered us at all hours of the night from emails to texts. Even agreed to set up a WebEx so we were able to share screens even though she was miles away in much warmer climate.
The minute we got to Mexico – all our work was done. We didn’t have to worry about anything because Lauren had everything under control! We spent the days before the wedding hanging at the pool and having quality time with our guests.
The festivities began on Thursday night where we took a crew aged 24-64 to the bars in Cabo San Lucas. It was a blast! It was worth the trip because it was touristy fun for everyone to see the crazy nightlife and mingle before the wedding. Our guests won’t ever forget the Groom being hung upside at Giggling Marlin and the bride dancing in cage with her brothers and cousins at Squid Roe. Friday night rehearsal dinner was perfect intimate venue for our big family to listen toasts and roasts. A nice surprise was the singer playing acoustic guitar and singing classics. My cousin gave an impromptu performance Sea of Love by Cat Power. After the rehearsal dinner we met the rest of our guests by the fire pit.
Saturday came before we both knew it! Henry spent the day playing in the waves while I glammed with my friends. Henry surprised me with a bouquet of flowers and monogrammed pajamas and he was delivered a menu to select our dinner for Sunday.
Our wedding at Flora farms was everything we wanted and more! Looking back at our photos – we were grinning from ear to ear the whole time. Things are never perfect but our day was as close to perfect as we could imagine.
And now we have an excuse to escape Chicago every February in Mexico!
DETAILS ABOUT COUPLE
How did you meet, and how long did you date before getting engaged?
Henry and I met ten years before our first date. Freshman year at St. Mary’s College of California far from my home in Chicago and his home in Montana. We don’t remember meeting but over the next ten years our paths undoubtedly crossed multiple times, having mutual friends at a small college, spending a full semester working across the hall from each other at different internships, and living it up in San Francisco after college. We even moved to Chicago the same month in 2013.
We finally noticed each other over the most romantic weekend of the year in Chicago-–Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend. The timing was perfect because two years to the day later, we were engaged!
Who proposed? When and how?
On a cold Friday evening the night before St. Patrick’s Day (two years after we both caught each other’s eye) Henry insisted that we have dinner in the suburbs near my parents because he was working late. Leaving for work that morning I had an inkling that maybe something was up so I brought my cute coat. By the end of the day when it was time to take the train to the suburbs – I grabbed my big ugly puffy coat because all day my parents and Henry threw me off by being grumpy towards me! There definitely was not a surprise engagement party waiting for me in the burbs.
We walked to dinner, and Henry kept going to the bathroom and he was not paying attention to me! So I thought for sure – nothing is happening. No one is treating me special.
When the waiter asked if we wanted dessert (which I always get) Henry told them – no we are good. I pouted and thought when we get to my parents I’m going straight to bed. I was happy I had my warm puffy coat to walk home.
As we walked towards my parents house I saw that in the windows it said “Will you Marry Me” in lights. Henry got down on one knee and started to recite a poem. He couldn’t get through it because I was screaming and jumping up and down. My parents and brothers were hiding in the bushes and my mom started screaming too. We must have looked crazy – I don’t think Henry expected the sheer amount of excitement. We went inside popped the champagne and called our close family and friends!
Joelle-Henry Flora Farms Wedding:
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
Invitation Designer: Papier Girl
Design and Decor: Let it Be Events
DJ: ALEX DJ CABO EVENTS
Beauty, Makeup Artist: Blanc Bridal Salon Cabo
Floral Designer: florenta flower design
Invitation Designer: Bells Whistles Design
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groomsman Attire: The Tie Bar
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Black Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection
Dress Designer: Mignonette Bridal
Event Planner: Amy Abbott Events (Lauren Lemke)
Event Venue: Flora Farms; San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico (In their mango grove!)
Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography
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If there has ever been a year of yes, it was 2018. The changes, growth and opportunities that have been created this year are unmatched. I’m still shocked that we live in Mexico AND I get to continue working with the most talented creative partners and amazing clients in Chicago (and Cabo!!). I cannot wait to see what 2019 holds. Cheers to each of you and your own year of “YES!!”
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