San José del Cabo, Mexico
Sparkly, bright and.... dead, or rather dried. Dried florals were the star of the the show for this styled wedding and transformed the day into a tropical-meets-desert event, complete with a mariachi band dressed in all white. Using Acre Baja's stunning tiled mango orchard as the main setting for this bohemian bash, the overall tone was lightened-up and airy. Bright whites, natural materials and neutral colors added to the dramatic, monotone look. The dried floral installations added an element of texture and interest, proving that this is the next big wedding trend.
We caught up with photographer, Nicola Dixon and designer, Laura of Fawn Events about the entire day including their top tips for making the most of events (and getaways) and Acre Hotel in Mexico.
Tell all about this styled shoot – how did it come about?
Nicola: I wanted to organize an editorial at Acre Baja because I was eager to experience it. As a destination wedding photographer, I am always looking to shoot at new venues and hopefully, in turn, get the opportunity to shoot a real wedding there. I also enjoy meeting and working with creatives so that when clients get in touch, I can better serve them by offering advice on recommending vendors.
Why did you choose Acre as the venue? How was working here? Any standout things we should be aware of?
Nicola: Ever since I saw Acre Baja on Instagram, I fell in love. Acre Baja, in San Jose Del Cabo is probably the most special place I’ve ever shot at (and stayed!). It is no secret that bohemian weddings are my sweet spot – throw in tropical Mexico vibes and I'm in heaven.
Acre Baja has been on my bucket list of venues for what seems like forever. Set amongst 25 acres of lush jungle-like greenery, it is a bohemian dream. The giant cacti, festoon lights, fire-pit, and a hand painted mango orchard where weddings take place, make this place incredibly special. They have 12 treehouses, where guests can stay, an infinity pool and some of the best food and cocktails you will ever experience. You MUST stay in one of their luxury tree houses! Even if just for one night, there is nothing quite like it! At night you hear all of the property's wildlife – if you choose to forgo the cute earplugs gifted at check-in – a sound that is definitely worth staying awake for! We stayed here for 3 days, so I can personally vouch for this!
Burrito the donkey is the most famous resident of Acre Baja and regularly makes an appearance at weddings. There are an abundance of photo opportunities making it a photographers paradise!
The design is a dream, what was the inspiration for it?
Laura of Fawn Events: With Acre being one of Cabo's most luxurious trend-setting hotels, I pulled inspiration from the property's California-meets-Baja aesthetic. Clean lines, Mexican-modern accents, and Scandinavian design are carried all throughout Acre, and Cabo itself, so we ran with this theme! From the naturally dressed tablescape, to the lush ceremony cabana and all the fine details in between – we created the ideal destination wedding for the adventurous at heart!
Caitlin looked so beautiful in the Toby dress by Chosen by One Day, that style of dress is perfect for a wedding amongst palm trees and bohemian vibes.
Were any special touches brought in that pushed this shoot to the next level?
Nicola: I have worked with Laura from Fawn Events a few times now, her vision and style are always so on-trend and she always goes above and beyond, like hiring the mariachi band! The 7 person mariachi band was dressed in all white, with a harp player nonetheless. Some of my favorite touches she brought in were the custom raw-wood die-cut signage, hand illustrated invitation suite, colorful farm-to-table menu items, eccentric signature drinks, the dreamiest of lounge vignettes including modern/vintage rentals that created the most romantic setting, and the most jaw dropping mixture of dried and fresh blooms that graced every vignette from top to bottom. And having the florist provide a floral wreath for Burrito! I was blown away when it all came together.
What is your top piece of advice for couples looking to book Acre?
Nicola: I had a good chat with lead wedding planner, Jessica about tips and advice for couples considering Acre Baja as their wedding venue. November - April is peak time: the weather during that time is perfect with temperatures not too high, slim risk of storms and the bugs aren’t too bad. Most brides tend not to get ready at Acre because the treehouses don’t offer any air conditioning and aren’t that roomy. Most couples opt for neighboring hotels, and bus guests in and out. The wedding scene in Cabo is thriving so it isn’t hard to find everything you need!
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Host: Wild Ones Community | Photographer: Nicola Dixon | Planning & Design: Fawn Events | Floral Design: @pinacate0202 | Specialty Rentals: @warehouserentals | Paper Goods & Signage: Double Dipped Calligraphy | Hair & Makeup: Los Cabos Makeup | Gowns: En Blanc | Robe: We Are HAH | Mens Attire: The Black Tux | Mariachi: Mariachi Cabo | Venue & Catering: Acre Hotel | Models: @baby_cally & @mcwizard