Photography by

Jaymie Gross & Miles Beckett

December 7, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Jaymie Gross and Miles Beckett were always meant to meet in one way or another. Although it was Jaymie’s cousin who set them up on a blind date, the two strangers had already attended the same 4th of July party the day before, grew up minutes apart in Los Angeles, backpacked through Europe in the summer of 2000, and trekked Machu Picchu within days of each other–all, without meeting. It was these realizations that formed the basis of their wedding theme, “Sometimes you have to travel the world to find true love next door.” 

The couple decided to have a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which would bring their closest friends and family members together for a fantastic getaway. Jaymie says, “Having fun together as an intimate group was our top priority, and we set out to design a weekend that would encourage our guests to get to know each other at a series of events leading up to our wedding.” 

A Thursday night welcome dinner put guests into vacation mode, inviting them to enjoy beers and margaritas on the beach, a delicious Mexican buffet, rousing speeches, an embarrassing childhood photo montage, and over-the-top fireworks, compliments of Esperanza Resort.

On Friday, everyone was dressed in white and set sail on a sunset cruise in the Cabo Bay. The night rapidly turned into a wild dance party, spurred by DJ Chris Carter, who kicked things off with the hilarious song, “I’m On a Boat.” “By Saturday, it truly felt like we were one big group of friends who had traveled to Mexico together,” says Jaymie. “It made our actual wedding feel incredibly intimate and nothing short of magical.”

Their wedding ceremony was written and officiated by Jaymie’s cousin, Ari, and followed by cocktails and dinner at Esperanza’s outdoor dining venue–a stunning terraced restaurant that juts out over the Sea of Cortez.

With wedding planner Heidi Mayne at their service, the décor was elegant and understated. A combination of gold candelabrums, candles, white mini roses, anemones, ranunculus, and calla lilies were set on crystal bases for the centerpieces. For the place settings, each had the name of the guest written on a black card in golden calligraphy–penned by the talented Anne Robin–along with gold charger plates, and silver and gold napkins.

After an abundance of wine and food, Event Design by Marianna Idirin transformed an adjacent terrace into a chic club, with gold and black Moroccan lanterns hanging from the ceiling and grey draping covering the walls. Sets of ivory and grey lounge furniture, black decorative pillows, and ivory striped ottomans were placed inside the room and on the terrace. Complete with a white wooden bar and tableside vodka, tequila, and champagne bottle service, it was the perfect ambiance for an after party.

From a surprise appearance by renowned DJ and dear friend, Michael Smith, to photographer Laura Kleinhenz, Jaymie and Miles were filled with gratitude and joy on their big day. “As they say, it takes a village, and our wedding was no exception,” says the couple. “To this day, friends and family relive that weekend with us with countless stories and fond memories.”

Location: Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Planner: Red25 Events Los Angeles, CA; Floral and Event Design, Rentals, Lighting: Event Design by Marianna Idirin Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Stationery: Atheneum Creative Charlotte, NC; Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy Los Angeles, CA;
Hair and Makeup: Blanc Bridal Salon Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Ceremony Dress: Mark Zunino; Reception Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg;