beach wedding ceremony in Mexico photo by Kate Harrison

Lindsay, 27  & Tim, 26

San Pancho, Mexico

Wedding Date: June 14th, 2008

Number of Guests: 18

Wedding Cost: $8,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Private beach in San Pancho, Mexico.

Wedding Reception Location: The palapa at Bungalows Lydia.

bride on beach in Mexico photo by Kate Harrison Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted to keep it casual.  I felt that we could focus on each other, our families, and having a good time rather than sweating over the insignificant details.

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Initially I was worried about offending people by not inviting them, but then we decided to take it across the border. Having the wedding in Mexico gave us a great excuse to keep the guest list small.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Not for me.  We only invited immediate family members and one friend each. Easy.
groom on beach photo by Kate Harrison Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family?

Some people gave me a hard time about it– but mostly in good fun.

If so, how did you address them?

Actually the guests we had completely maxed out the quaint hotel/bungalow location. Adding people to the guest list would have complicated the accommodations and the “add-ons” would end up having to stay some place else.  Considering that the bungalow was 3K into the jungle that would have been a pretty big inconvenience.

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The beautiful beach setting and the stroll we took immediately afterward.

What were the highlights of the reception?

Again, the setting was gorgeous.  The dinner took place under a thatched roof palapa at sunset, while our fresh seafood was grilled on the spot.  After dinner, we danced on a sandy patio that served as a dance floor.

beach wedding couple in Mexico photo by Kate Harrison What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

The wedding was truly about having a good time with the people you love, rather than making sure everyone is happy and having a good time.  We didn’t have to bother with social graces or going through motions we really weren’t interested in just because it was someone else’s expectation.

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Just do it.  I know that some people dream of a big church wedding, but that just wasn’t for us.  I have always been grateful that we did it the way we did.

couple dancing on the beach in Mexico photo by Kate Harrison Vendors:

Planner: Mar Weddings took care of everything for us– they worked tirelessly to make our special day happen.

Venue: Bungalows Lydia

Photographer: Kate Harrison Photography

Photos: Kate Harrison Photography

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  1. Posted by Kate Harrison on February 25th, 2009 at 6:41pm

    Hooray! Looks great! Congrats Lindsay & Tim!
  2. Posted by Kelley Lewis Venturo on March 30th, 2009 at 1:22pm

    This looks like an amazing wedding!
  3. Posted by Destination Weddings in Cabo on April 6th, 2009 at 6:28pm

    Beautiful photos, I'm used to seeing Mexico destination weddings in Cabo or Cancun, but this location looks just beautiful. I especially like the first picture with the flowers on the sand in focus. Lovely!

  4. Posted by Micah on July 12th, 2010 at 3:53pm

    I love that they wanted to keep it casual so they could focus on the love they have for each other and for their families. Too many people forget what a wedding is really about :)
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