From Paris to Puerta Vallarta -- this time last year we were relaxing poolside in PV, gearing up for the wedding of dear friends Chris and Gina. I'm a big fan of destination weddings. The bride and groom get more chances to connect with friends and loved ones beyond just the rush of the big event. For guests, it's like camp for grown ups -- time to relax and play with favorite people away from the hecticness of everyday life.
Chris and Gina couldn't have chosen a more lovely spot for their day -- the magical Hacienda San Angel with the hotel's Puerta de Cielo chapel perched on the hillside overlooking La Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe. From a surprise rehearsal dinner fireworks display to one of the craziest dance floors ever, the elegant but relaxed and wickedly fun event perfectly reflected the couple's personalities.
One of the moments I loved most was when a mariachi band popped up at the end of the ceremony and escorted the bride, groom and their guests across the street from the chapel to the hotel courtyard for cocktail hour.
Photos from Chris and Gina Drake
Would you do a destination wedding (or did you)?