Knot Tied

January 15th

The Asantes

Em and John got married this weekend at the Four Seasons in Puerto Vallarta. I feel lucky just to have been there. With a small handful of family and friends, they said their I do’s under a setting sun on a sandy white beach. The wind blew long white satin ribbons strung from the palm trees. The aisle was strewn with rose pedals; white candles flickered and floating in small glass bowls scattered around the ceremony. A family friend stood in as their officiate, peppering their vows with funny and sweet stories of their childhood. Other family friends read their advice for long, loving marriages. Em and John couldn’t take their eyes off of each other — as if no one else was in attendance. I will never be able to describe the look on his face when he first saw her. It was all incredibly perfect.

~An adult pool where they bring you little samples of their alcoholic drink of the day, and come by to spritz you every so often with Evian. No kidding.
~ Free snorkeling gear and a hotel sea lion that swims with guests. Seriously.
~ Mariachi music. I’m such a sucker for an awesome mariachi band. Pair this with an open bar and my newfound favorite drink — the mango mojito — and you’ve got one silly maid of honor channeling Elaine on the dance floor.
~ A ceviche station at the reception. So glad I still eat fish. Yummy, yummy fish.
~ A sushi station at the wedding dinner. See above.
~ Fascinating people watching. From the couples mismatched by several generations leading everyone to wonder if the man preferred “sugar daddy” vs. “pervert,” to the Brazilian model sorts who looked enviously at our table at every meal. We truly savored every meal. We in turn looked a touch green afterward when we lay bloated by the aforementioned adult pool and Miss Brazil frolicked about in dental floss. Sushi vs. string bikini? No contest — I’m going with the fish. I’m an eater and frankly, I’m okay with that. How you like them mojitos?
~Hotel rooms stocked with truffles, fruit baskets and luxury bath products — all of which could be enjoyed in a tub the size of my entire bathroom at home. I could have done laps.
~ The fact Em and John embraced the Hollywoodization of their names and gave everyone wedding favors with their new moniker attached — Jemily.

the girls2

In the midst of all this craziness, I thought more than once the hotel staff was going to knock on my door and say, “There has been a mistake. You are here to work at the wedding, not partake. Here, fold these towels.” I felt a touch out of place among this crowd, but by day four I was right at home and wishing I could own one of those cabanas with complimentary pool boys. We all agreed if Em and John had decided to wed among the trees in Flagstaff with a potluck picnic and a boom box, they would have looked at each other the same way. But, there was something about the extravagance of this weekend that none of us will ever forget.

Punta Mita in a few photos:

view from the beach
one of many downed
morning walk
Em and Kelli
a beachy view
jelly fish detail2

Congrats you two. May we all find such love!


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32 Responses

  1. Sarah HB January 15, 2007

    Wow! Sounds like an amazing wedding!

  2. Wow! Sounds incredible. You ladies all make lovely bridesmaids too. What a special weekend to remember. πŸ™‚

  3. Aw, you look so pretty! and so did emily. wow. and those bouquets, stunning.

  4. How fun. My best friend had a destination – in Tahoe. Such fun memories! What a good lookin’ couple and their good lookin’ bridesmaids.

  5. Such beautiful pictures & I love those dresses! A Mango mojito sounds fantastic right about now πŸ™‚

  6. What a beautiful wedding! Everything a wedding should be – friends, exotic location, lovely surroundings and a good time had by everyone. You look great too! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

  7. wow, one day you’re schlepping to Home Depot to fix your shower faucet, the next day you’re living it up in Puerto Vallarta. what contrast! i love reading about your adventures.

  8. What an incredible wedding! The couple so beautiful in their wedding attire, as do you!! Love your hair in the second picture – great length πŸ™‚ Those photographs are stunning!

  9. What gorgeous photos, and gorgeous subjects. From Home Depot to Puerto Vallarta, what a contrast!.

  10. Looks and sounds wonderful!

  11. Wow, wow, wow! Such a beautiful, personal wedding. Now that I’m planning my own wedding I always tear up and get more emotionally involved when i hear about other people’s weddings!
    Can I be nosey and ask where the bridesmaids dresses came from? They’re beautiful, and I’m actually planning on having my own bridesmaids wear simple black dresses that they can use again and again. I thought about having them pick out and buy their own, but I would also love for them to have matching dresses. I haven’t seen anything like the cute ones you guys are wearing!
    Another question: The In Stitches knitalong…when is the “deadline” if any, to finish our projects? I haven’t started on mine yet! Is there going to be a website for the knitalong?
    So many questions! =)

  12. Three of my favorite things – Mexico, Ceviche and Mojitos. Heaven! *Note – the bridesmaid dresses were actually “something you could wear again” and would want to.

  13. Gorgeous pics..but what is the last one of?? It’s probably totally obvious once you find out..but I must be looking at it weird.. cuz it looks like some kind of sandy jellyfish or something..hehe

  14. beautiful, romantic, so lovely….love is wonderful.
    kelli you look very sweet.

  15. It sounds (and looks) like a perfect wedding weekend!

  16. Sigh! Everything (and everyone)looks so gorgeous and wonderful. You and the bride could pass for sisters.

    Laughing at the dental floss! I’m a total people watcher too…

  17. I can’t figure out what the last picture either is:):) It looks and sounds like you had an amazing time!! Here I am freezing in New Mexico (It was 15 degrees when I left for work this morning)…and wishing I was in the real Mexico:):)

  18. I can’t figure out the last picture either! Although it is lovely. At first I thought is might be sea glass (which I collect) but the shape isn’t quite right. Do tell!

    Gorgeous wedding and it sounds like a lovely celebration of a great relationship. Glad you enjoyed your little vacation!

  19. Oh soo luscious!! What I wouldn’t give for a wedding in an exotic locale in the middle of winter…..with luxury to boot!! πŸ˜‰ Everyone looks gorgeous!!! Hope you enjoyed your “mini-vacation.”

  20. What a glorious way to spend a weekend! I love the bit about “Jemily”, too cute and very playful. You look radiant.

    Wish we could have wed on a beach, but like you said, the place doesn’t matter as long as the “look” at each other is the same. πŸ™‚

  21. What a beautiful wedding story! They both look radiant. I am enjoying the sunny pics of warm local! Glad you had such a great weekend!

  22. Wow! So beautiful! I will try to order In Stitches from Amazon – if it doesnΒ¬Β₯t work out IΒ¬Β₯ll come back to your offer, thanks!

  23. It looks like one of those wedding you only see on tv in some soap! Surely it’s a romantic thing, for all the ones involved. Please, give your friends my best whishes too! And I’m glad you had such a great time.

  24. Wow, incredible…I love her dress. YOU, though, my darling, look FAHBULOUS. So glad you had a fun and pampering getaway. And great bridesmaids dresses too!

  25. oh my!
    my breath has been taken away. what a beautiful wedding and how lucky are you to have attended. i for one wouldn’t have known what to do with myself with all that luxury, but i’m sure i would have adjusted just fine πŸ˜‰

    many, many years of happiness to jemily πŸ™‚

  26. This sounds so divine!

  27. It looks beautiful. I’m glad you had fun and got to get away for awhile. Congrats to the Newlyweds!

    I love your man-o-war shot at the end. πŸ™‚

  28. what an exciting weekend! where ever did you hide your camera? i see the dress you’re wearing and the flowers you’re carrying, but no camera in sight? and what is that lovely photo at the bottom? sand and something?

  29. Wow– how wonderful it all looks. You’ll never forget that wedding!

  30. I keep coming back to this entry because it’s so pretty and makes me feel so warm & summery, despite the RELENTLESS COLD here…

    Your friend had the right idea!!

  31. Oh – it just sounds like a lovely, magical wedding…

    So glad you had fun, so glad you took pictures so we could share in it too!