In the three years since we’ve known each other, we’ve been to Croatia, Italy, Mexico, and of course New Zealand, where Tony is from. You really get to know a person when you travel, especially in a foreign country where you’re trying to navigate around.If you can be away for a long time with a person and not get on their nerves, that’s a good sign.
Tony’s best friend in New Zealand was getting married, so he took me there for the first time on a week-long adventure. On the last day, we wanted to visit his childhood beach. We sat in a little café waiting for the sun to clear. When we were halfway through our meals, the tiniest glimmer of sun peeked out, and suddenly Tony in a rush to get going. We walked out onto the peninsula of Moturiki Island, near Mount Maunganui, until we were almost in the middle of the ocean. I stood there snapping pictures and, when I turned around, Tony was on one knee. Our first vacation as a couple was in Cabo. We instantly fell in love with its culture, food and beaches, and when Tony’s parents asked where we wanted to get married, we both said, CABO! This became one of our biggest challenges, though, because there was so much to consider. We had 65 of our closest family and friends traveling to Cabo. We had to bring a lot of luggage and coordinate all of our vendors. I was worried sick that a piece of luggage would go missing, a vendor wouldn’t show up, or something would get broken. Luckily, everything went to plan, and Tony was so understanding — he never made me feel like a crazy bride. For my wedding dress, I wanted something nontraditional that reflected my love of fashion, but I thought I might never need this. I knew I had found the one when I looked in the mirror at the Vera Wang store and had the biggest smile on my face and my mom had tears in her eyes. On the day of our wedding, Tony and I met for our first look. It was so special to have that time together just to have a conversation before the craziness of the rest of day. Our photographer snapped away and we made each other laugh, which took the edge off my nerves about walking down the aisle. Instead of typical wedding favours, we gave each guest a leather luggage tag with their name embossed on one side, and a gold palm tree on the other. It was the perfect souvenir of our destination wedding.
Photography—Forged In The North | Groom’s suit & shirt—Custom from Klein Epstein & Parker | Bride’s dress & veil—Vera Wang | Makeup & Hair—Makeup Mafia | Venue—The Cape Hotel, Cabo San Lucas | Celebrant—Family friend, Erik Mattern | Bride’s shoes—Saint Laurent | Flora—Pina Cate | Bridesmaid dresses—Louiza Babouryan | Groomsmen’s suits & shirts— Indochino | Rings—SN Queens | Styling—Signature Mexico | Entertainment—Dart Dj | Groom’s shoes & belt—Salvatore Ferragamo | Ties & pocket squares—The Tie Bar | Gift registry—Zola