When Margaret Allen and Bernie Huberman locked eyes across an art gallery, the chemistry between them was undeniable; however, it was three years before their official courtship began. Since Mexico was the backdrop against which the couple had fallen in love and become engaged, Cabo San Lucas was the perfect location for Margaret and Bernie’s nuptials. With a desire to be different and the help of a talented consultant, the pair designed a dazzling event that can best be described as beautifully unique.
The private beach of a breathtaking Los Cabos resort was the site of the elegant vow exchange, and the couple was intent on combining their respective faiths as well as including family members in their sunset seaside ceremony. The bride’s mother and sister both played the violin as guests arrived at the wedding, and the bridal party was comprised entirely of family. In fact, Margaret’s brother walked her halfway down the aisle before handing her off to their mother for the remainder of the procession. The bride held a cascading bouquet of snowy dendrobium and cymbidium orchids, and was resplendent in a beaded sheath and veil by Badgley Mischka. Crimson aisle and altar flowers contrasted beautifully with the stark whiteness of the guests’ covered chairs, while a lush sprinkling of scarlet rose petals completed the striking tableau. Airy fabric draped with garlands of orchids composed the couple’s ethereal chuppah, and although the ceremony was officiated by a Christian reverend, the groom conducted the ritual breaking of the glass per Jewish custom at the conclusion.
As a nod to the bride’s fascination with Asian culture, the couple integrated eastern elements into the event as well. The flower girls wore red dresses in the Mandarin style, and the Chinese symbol for double love hung from the chairs used for ceremony seating. Bold splashes of reddefined the couple’s reception décor, including luxe table linens and gold chiavari chairs tied with rich kimono fabric. Crimson parasols with crystals were placed in tall vases, while roses and mini calla lilies encircled the bases. Guests enjoyed Chinese gift boxes filled with candles, sunscreen, and coasters customized with the double-happiness symbol. “Don’t feel you need to have rules,” advises the bride. “Make your wedding as personal as possible and do things that you want even if they don’t make sense to anyone else. We had an Asian-themed wedding in Mexico, and still had a mariachi band!” A four-course dinner that included both filet mignon and lobster preceded a very special cake cutting. When the couple kissed after sharing the requisite tastes of their cream-filled vanilla wedding cake, a fireworks display began on cue to “It’s A Beautiful Day” by U2.
A post-reception bonfire on the beach complete with s’mores allowed everyone to relax and enjoy the atmosphere – including the bride and groom. “We changed into comfortable clothes,” Bernie confides. “Margaret wore a velour Juicy Couture outfit with a white tank that said ‘Bernie’s Babe’ in red lettering, and I wore a matching t-shirt with ‘Margaret’s Man’ written in black.” With drinks flowing until 3AM, the wedding was unquestionably a rousing success, and effectively represented both the bride and the groom. “Enjoy the moment,” Margaret sighs. “It’s over much too fast.”