Plan Your West Coast of Mexico Honeymoon or Wedding with Apple Vacations


If your idea of the perfect honeymoon or wedding involves an ultra romantic setting, minimal planning and affordable amenities, allow us to introduce you to an exceptional travel provider that’s definitely worth knowing about, Apple Vacations! Couples who plan and book a trip with Apple Vacations will have their travel arrangements taken care of, will be put in touch with an experienced wedding planner who will help coordinate the day of their dreams, and will enjoy great promo-code discounts for groups as small as ten guests! From travel arrangements and legal requirements, to great ways to save (and even a bridal registry!), you can sit back and relax while Apple Vacations takes care of it all! Sounds pretty amazing to us! :)

Today we’re excited to take a little tour of three west coast of Mexico destinations that are popular spots to tie the knot or enjoy a relaxing honeymoon. First up is Los Cabos, where the gulf of California meets the Pacific ocean. Here, azure blue and turquoise waters, rugged cliffs, quiet coves, desert vistas and mountains all come together to create a dreamy backdrop for your special day. Best known for its golden beaches, active nightlife, and luxury resorts featuring top-of-the-line restaurants and spas, as well as golfing and fishing, Los Cabos is also the perfect destination for the honeymoon of your dreams! 


Next we have Huatulco, one of Mexico’s most relaxing tourist destinations. With 22-miles of picturesque beaches, relax on the sand or enjoy the region’s abundant marine life during a scuba diving or snorkeling excursion. And environmentally-conscious couples can have their dream green wedding in Huatulco, at the hemisphere’s first eco-tourism resort. Love that!


Last but not least is Vallarta-Nayarit, a destination where you’ll find an exotic blend of vibrant culture, Mexican flavor, and nature at her best. Exchange “I do’s” as the sun sets over the pacific ocean or enjoy watersports, nightlife, and beach combing during your first trip as a married couple! And Vallarta-Nayarit is home to Banderas Bay, where you can enjoy the thrill of whales up close from December through April. That would be so cool! :)


So if you’re ready to start planning the destination wedding or honeymoon of your dreams, let Apple Vacations handle the details, big or small, so you can not only enjoy a relaxing planning process, but the stunningly beautiful surroundings of your romantic destination!

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Dreamy California Ranch Wedding: Lauren + Blake

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There’s a good reason why ranch weddings are so darn popular. It doesn’t get much better than the dreamy, relaxed feel of the setting or that sense of rustic charm us city dwellers perpetually crave . Plus, you usually get to take a virtually untouched environment and make it all your own. Lauren + Blake’s situation was exactly that and they did an amazing job of turning their blank-slate-of-a-venue into a beautiful, romantic place to say their I Do’s! While we love it all, we’re particularly smitten with the gorgeous florals by Breier and Bride – so crazy romantic! – and the classic gray + cream color palette. Here’s a bit more about the day from Lauren:

We wanted our wedding to be outdoors, relaxed and natural. We also wanted our guests to feel “free to be you” and comfortable throughout the day. They took the time from their lives to celebrate us, so we wanted to be sure we thanked each person for being with us on our wedding day. Blake and I envisioned every person feeling wanted, loved, accepted, and involved. With close to 180 people in attendance we were able to make everyone feel at home. It was important to us that our wedding felt intimate and personal.

Thanks so much to Bryan Miller for the beautiful photography + congrats to L + B on an incredible day!

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The breezy bridesmaid dresses were found at Davids Bridal – major score! And if you’re looking for a dress similar to Lauren’s that has a clean, classic feel, check out BHLDN’s gorgeous lace Poppy Gown!

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One of my favorite pieces of decor was our archway. My mom and I stumbled upon the archway in a small flower shop in Los Gatos, CA. Two days later I was shocked and touched to see in our front yard as an engagement present from my parents. They’re pretty rad.

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vintage door entrance

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picture frame seating chart

hanging babies breath ball

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Listening to the speeches/toasts while sitting at our sweetheart table. It was incredibly touching for both Blake and I. Being able to take in the beauty of our day and the faces of our loved ones...little compares.

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  • Pick a few things that mean the most to you and focus on those.
  • Ask for help! And don’t feel bad doing it! :)
  • Make decisions that feel right and try not to second guess yourself; it’ll add unnecessary stress and confusion!
  • Think outside the box, weddings don’t have to break the bank.
  • Take deep breaths along the way. Rest knowing it will all come together, it always does. Besides, all you’re going to truly care about is being wed to the love of your life.

photography: Bryan Miller // venue: Rough Acres Ranch, private residence in California // event design: Lauren Slatten, bride // event planner: Jessica Williams, friend of bride // florals + hairpieces: Breier and Bride // wedding dress: La Sposa // bridesmaid dresses: Davids Bridal // hair + makeup: Veronica Serrano, Lydia Lutz // groom suit: J. Crew // paper goods: Brittney Kerle, sister of the bride // catering: Los Primos Mexican Restaurant // cake: Jeanne Herman, Jeanne Cakes // ceremony music: Stephen Gulley and Band // reception music: Joshua Flynt

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DIY: Giant Standing Paper Flower

DIY Giant Standing Paper Flower

Earlier today we shared a Whimsical Watercolor Inspiration shoot, which featured some amazing, giant paper flowers. Now, thanks to Blome’s Paperie, we are sharing how to make them! We love that these giant flowers are free-standing and look so whimsical in any setting! Could you imagine a ton of these for a rad ceremony backdrop? Let’s see how to make one!

What You’ll Need
• Watercolor paper
Watercolor paints
Paint brushes
• Scissors


Step 1: Start with water color paper. I used 12 inch by 18 inch paper but any size will work. Paint your paper. For the whimsical watercolor photoshoot I blended the colors together more, but today I felt like making it streaky. Do whatever inspires you!

Let the paper dry. This step is easily overlook but important. You don’t want to mess up your paint with your hands or the scissors so it’s best to let it dry for about an hour or until it’s dry to the touch before moving onto the next steps.


Step 2: Draw your petal shape onto the paper, keeping it with rounded edges and coming to a point. Depending on what I am making the flower for I might throw more bumps onto the petal, or make it more streamlined.

Step 3: Draw out the rest of your petals making them 1/3 the size of the previous one as you go. Culminating in a petal about 2 inches high. You may need more layers of petals than pictured if you are making a particularly large flower (though mine is 2 feet wide) you might also use less layers of petals if you’re making a smaller flower. The big thing to keep in mind is stepping the sizes down by 1/3 every time. Then, cut out your petals. Cut six petals of every size and cut an extra 6 petals for the smallest layer.


Note: Don’t throw away your scraps! You might need to cut some extra petals from them.


Step 4: Cut a slit in the base of all* of your petals. *Except one of the small 2 inch petals.


Step 5: Glue petals along one side of the slit you cut.

Step 6: Overlap side of the slit without glue over the side with glue. Hold until dry. *This is why it’s so important to let your paper dry before starting, if you’re paper is still wet your glue wont dry.

Not Pictured: Get a piece of something hard and cut it into a circle. (Empty cereal boxes will work for this)


Step 7: Take your large petals and add glue to the back of them, then glue your petal to the flat circle you just cut.


Step 8: Repeat with all large petals, slowly overlapping them under they go all the way around the circle.


Step 9: Hold your petals down for a bit so they can dry/ get attached to your base.


Step 10: Repeat for all layers of petals.

Note: When you finish gluing your layers of six it’s time to evaluate. Does it look full enough at the center? If not you may want to add a few more small petals. I decided to add 3. I overlapped my flowers a bit more than previous layers so I needed to make sure I pressed them down firmly again.


Step 11: Now to start the center, take a small 2 inch petal and roll it around a paintbrush.


Step 12: Remove your petal from the paint brush and glue it into a cone shape.

Step 13: Cover the bottom of your cone in glue

Step 14: Place the cone into the center of your flower and press down firmly.



DIY Giant Standing Paper Flowers

DIY Giant Standing Paper Flower

Sit back and revel in your beautiful flower! If you make this DIY, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thank you so much to Blome’s Paperie for the DIY and Sarah McKenzie Photography for the photos! Love these but aren’t really a DIY person? Blome’s Paperie makes paper flowers for events! So be sure to contact them for a unique paper flower installation. :)

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