Who knew a wardrobe decision for a night on the town would ultimately cause two people to come together in matrimony? Kristina Kieswetter and Jeffrey Pabst noticed each other one night at a bar in Manhattan Beach, California, as they were both wearing the same plaid t-shirt. From there, a romantic relationship quickly struck, and when Jeffrey proposed some time later, he elected to pop the question on the beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Wanting to honor their engagement site, the excited pair decided to host their nuptials abroad in Punta Mita, Mexico, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
During their 14 months of planning between that morning stroll in Hawaii to their big day, Kristina and Jeffrey relied on the expertise of the on-site coordinators, as well as the advice of their respective sisters. The best words of wisdom they received: “Have a drink and enjoy yourselves!” shares Kristina. After selecting a grand resort in Punta Mita wherein their guests could relax and enjoy some time away from reality, the excited pair began designing their destination event. “We wanted a beautiful vacation spot where we could all spend quality time together,” she explains.
On a sunny morning in May, the bride readied herself with her five bridesmaids, lounging in luxurious white robes while their photographer snapped pictures of their playful preparation process. Once Kristina had donned her form-fitting, sweetheart-necked gown, she ventured out to the beach to meet her beloved for their "first look." After greeting her handsome soon-to-be husband, who was sporting a light grey ensemble with a sea-blue tie, the two made their way to the ceremony space. Friends and family members were seated in rustic wooden chairs falling on either side of a simple, petal-strewn aisle leading to the altar between two white structures holding up large cascading floral arrangements. Just beyond that, the Pacific Ocean lapped upon the beach, creating a picturesque view.
Following the intimate and personalized vow exchange, attendees gathered in a separate beach space for the reception. Two long tables were bedecked with clean white linens, centerpieces brimming with verdure and ivory blooms, and simple place settings featuring small green branches resting on alabaster napkins and china plates. Revelers sat in wood chairs with soft seat cushions and gazed up at grand chandeliers and strings of lights suspended overhead from the branches of a large tree. As friends and relatives mingled, the newlywed couple seized the opportunity to take photos with their beautiful bridesmaids, dressed in flowing blue gowns in varying styles, and stylish groomsmen, wearing grey suits that matched the groom’s ensemble.
After enjoying an elevated dinner menu, guests were delighted to get on the dance floor – a black-and-white checkered stage underneath fairy lights that twinkled in the dim light of dusk. “[We loved] the casual and loving atmosphere, live music, and the delicious food,” gushes the bride. In reflection, she notes some simple advice she’s confident that they followed due to their smaller guest list of 85 people: “Don’t stress out on talking to everyone – have fun!”