An Elegant, Rustic Wedding at Flora Farms in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

An elegant, outdoor dinner party might have been the intended theme for Katie Teixeira (28 and in event sales) and Blaine Smith’s (28 and a property m

An elegant, outdoor dinner party might have been the intended theme for Katie Teixeira (28 and in event sales) and Blaine Smith’s (28 and a property manager) wedding celebration at Flora Farms in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, but fate played a role too. After selecting the venue of their dreams and signing their contract in mid-August on the stunning mango farm, on September 14, Hurricane Odile struck the southern Baja California Peninsula, directly hitting Los Cabos and devastating the area. Downed power lines cut off communication, preventing Katie and Blaine from checking on the health and well being of their wedding team. The event caused the couple to put their wedding on hold, so the people of Cabo could put their lives back together. After two months, Katie and her mother visited the area and were thrilled to see “the people of Cabo were pulling together faster and stronger than ever to rebuild the community and their livelihood,” she says. Luckily, Flora Farms was back up and running shortly after the storm, which meant Katie and Blaine could still have the wedding of their dreams, all the while supporting this beautiful community they had fallen in love with. “Our wedding would not have been the amazing experience it was without the fabulous team of vendors, family and friends who supported us each step of the way. #CaboStrong,” Katie says. —Ginger Harris

Katie and Blaine wanted stationery that was elegant yet simple. To satisfy both, they created their own logo for their big day.
"Flora Farms allowed us to give our guests an experience that was unique and unexpected in Mexico. Thankfully we decided on this location, since we had hoped for 100 guests to come to our wedding and in the end had 168," Katie says.
Making his side and her side a thing of the past, this cute sign let guests know they were welcome to sit wherever they desired.
"The beauty of Flora Farms is that your entire menu has been harvested from the fields surrounding your event," Katie says. Guests passed family-style dishes of wilted kale with balsamic glaze and pancetta, wood-oven-roasted organic chicken and old-fashioned mashed potatoes, to name a few.
Green, glass-heart ornaments, each tied with the guest's name and a personal note or a joke, designated guests' places at the table and served as favors.
The bride and the groom's table was accented with charming seating signage for both.
Katie's favorite part: "The chandelier inside the barn was dripping in greenery and florals."
Wooden tables dressed in beautiful green garlands with white florals were illuminated by candlelight to create a rustic feel at Flora Farms in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
"It was important to play on the farm's natural charm, so we decided to go with neutral tones accented in emerald green and added in some gold glitz with sequin linens and lanterns," Katie says. "Our vision for the evening was to host one big glamorous dinner party."
Katie and Blaine wanted their guests to enjoy the big day on the dance floor, as denoted by this cute signage.
Beautiful white, tufted furniture provided guests a place to rest and take in the ambiance of the farm during cocktail hour and the reception.
"I wanted something sleek and sexy yet classic. The dress I chose was ... one of the first dresses I tried on and very easy to travel with," Katie says.
Katie opted for bridesmaid dresses in sand and blush tones from a variety of designers.
"The groomsmen wore handsome navy suits from J.Crew with simple, navy, polka-dot ties from the Tie Bar," Katie says.
"My dad left us with the best piece of advice," Katie says. "During his speech, he said 'From this day forward don’t let anyone or anything, even a hurricane, come between your marriage.' ”
"Our lemon-flavored cake was simple and sleek and topped with the words 'You're my favorite'—something I often tell Blaine," Katie says. Flora Farms also served delicious cupcakes, Mexican wedding cookies and puddings.