Andrea and Landon met at a local college bar in 2012. Six years later, on July 13, 2019, the couple were playing a casual game of Gin as the sun set over Andrea’s parents’ beach house when Landon popped the question.
The pandemic threw Andrea and Landon a curve ball during their wedding planning process, so they decided to have a small, intimate wedding at a family home in Laguna Beach (which you can check out here on married!), followed by a bigger celebration in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. “You can’t go wrong with San Jose Del Cabo,” the couple says, “The area is so beautiful and the second you step off that plane, it’s time to relax and enjoy.”
They chose to hold their wedding on October 9, 2021 at One&Only Palmilla because of the mix of modern and old-world architecture and impeccable service. “The benefit was that our wedding planners got to know us so well and we really had to think about how we wanted the wedding in Mexico to feel and look like,” says Andrea. They relied on their planners at The Lynden Lane Co. to realize their vision of a black-tie wedding with a neutral color palette and textural decor details to showcase the spirit and simplicity of Mexico.
Read on to see all the details planned by The Lynden Lane Co and captured behind photographer Valorie Darling.
Andrea and Landon worked with Courtney at Cecile’s Paper Co to create their invitations and Paper Day, including welcome notes, signet ring and menus. They even had custom fans created that also served as the welcome party card, which was held on the resort’s lawn.
“Our welcome party was a relaxed and beautiful Mexican market setting near the beach,” the couple says, “We ended the evening with fireworks, which was a highlight and a moment we will remember still.”
The couple’s rehearsal dinner featured a neutral color scheme with lanterns and rattan lamps hanging from the trees. Andrea wore a white David Koma dress with cutouts and a layered fringe hem, and Landon wore a neutral khaki suit.
Andrea got ready on her wedding day with her bridesmaids. The bride wore a white dress with lace detailing, while her bridesmaids wore matching dresses in light blue. After having a celebratory drink and getting her hair and makeup done, Andrea’s mom helped her into her strapless Monique Lhuillier dress with a stunning train. “I loved the floral appliqués, the exposed corset, and thought it was a beautiful, airy elegance for Mexico,” the bride shares.
She opted for a natural beauty look on her wedding day and wore her hair in long waves. “I wanted something simple and seaside,” she says. The finishing touches to Andrea’s bridal look included a matching Monique Lhuillier veil, Jimmy Choo shoes and Funny Bunny nail polish by OPI.
Landon wore a navy Hugo Boss suit on the wedding day and got ready with his seven groomsmen.
Andrea and Landon were already married by the time of their big party in Mexico, so they decided to jump in for a first look. “We were able to have fun and take pictures beforehand,” says Andrea.
The couple’s ceremony took place at the resort’s Mexican Chapel. The chapel stairs were lined with lush flowers leading to an asymmetrical archway. “Gabrielle from La Musa de las Flores is a literal genius,” says Andrea, “She made the flowers in our chapel ceremony look fresh and beautiful, but as if they had grown naturally from the ground onto the walls.” Guests were greeted with a cream umbrella and chilled white towel upon arrival and seated in modern white chairs.
The couple had live and recorded music for their ceremony. As Landon and the wedding party made their way down the aisle, Elton John’s “Your Song” played live. Andrea was accompanied by her father as she walked down the aisle to a recorded version of “Sea of Love” by Phil Phillips.
Andrea and Landon wrote and exchanged their own vows. This time around, the couple aimed to make their vows light and humorous.
After the ceremony, Andrea and Landon took some photos with their wedding party. Andrea shared a fun color palette with her bridesmaids and asked them to choose their own dresses. “We wanted the bridesmaids to look the same, how they would dress if they were invited to the wedding,” Andrea explains. The groomsmen matched Landon in a navy suit. “We wanted their costumes to serve as a backdrop for the sparkly bridesmaids, so we went with a transitional deep navy,” the bride notes.
Andrea and Landon offered ranch water and spicy margarita as signature cocktails at cocktail hour by the pool.
An escort map display was covered in a subtle lace fabric. The display was surrounded by lush flowers and large pillar candles.
The couple’s reception was held at the resort’s Agua Restaurant. “We loved the vibe that Agua Restaurant had to offer, but we wanted to transform it,” says Andrea. The couple’s wedding designers created a ceiling installation and panels to serve as a backdrop and cover the kitchen space. Tables were covered in floor-length ivory linens and paired with white upholstered chairs with rattan detailing.
The tablescape included plates painted brown and white to highlight the neutral florals in the centerpiece. Arrangements of mostly white flowers with pops of blush and coffee-colored flowers were placed in various white vases along the tables. The table numbers were covered in the textured lace fabric also seen on the escort card display. The bar followed the trend and featured a floral design and was decorated with various pots and vases, candles and white flower arrangements.
After Andrea and Landon made their grand entrance, they shared their first dance. “We had so much fun at our first dance to Aerosmith’s ‘Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’,” Andrea says, “All of our guests were singing with us!” Afterwards, the bride and her father shared a dance to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” and Landon danced with her mother to Aretha Franklin’s “Say a Little Prayer.” The group, from Aragon Artists, played all evening facing the ocean. The stage was set up with fringed chandeliers and tons of floor arrangements along the dance floor.
Andrea and Landon’s wedding cake had three tiers. It was adorned with cascading edible white flowers and edible pearls.
Later, at the reception, Andrea changed into a white Cult Gaia mini dress with ombre fringe. “We spontaneously found ourselves on stage with our parents for the band’s last song of the evening, which was the perfect way to end the weekend,” the couple explained. Andrea and Landon spent their honeymoon in Saint-Barths and Anguilla. Their advice to couples planning their wedding is to “enjoy every moment, which sounds cliché, but it goes by way too fast!”