Cabo San Lucas holds a special place in the hearts of Katelyn and Stephen. Not only did they celebrate their wedding vows here, Cabo is also the first place they traveled to as a couple, and the first place where they first said “I love you.”
They met in early summer of 2012 through their mutual good friends that wanted them to meet. Nothing came about until almost two months later when they saw each other again, and that day, it was like a lighting! They instantly connected, and Katelyn felt like she knew Stephen her entire life.
“We laugh about it every time we tell the story. That morning of the 28th, I was supposed to be on a boat party with some girlfriends and I slept in. And thank god I did!! Little did I know, that same morning I would start to fall in love with the man of my dreams. I had a ton of missed calls from my sister that morning. I immediately thought something was wrong and was already in a panic! I broke out in tears talking to her, but she quickly turned the conversation into how she just got engaged! I threw myself together as quickly as possible and decided it was necessary to meet my friends at our favorite Mexican bar for celebratory cocktails for my sister and partly for me, to make myself feel better for missing the boat!
I was still happy crying over my sister and telling the story when I arrived and honestly, it felt like Stephen was the only person in the bar. He was listening ever so intently at me across the table and our eyes locked. We talked and laughed together as we were lost in the world. We shared our first kiss that day. We describe it as our “kazaam”, like a lighting bolt of chemistry was forever made. It was pure fate that I was there that day. Our love story began and is truly only the beginning. After that day, we were inseparable.”
They found out they were pregnant on December 15th, 2015! Steve made moves quickly and proposed on the 23rd at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, over holiday tea time as the carolers sang, “Joy to the world!” (Joy is Kathelyn’s middle name!). And ever since, they try to enjoy every moment together. They got officially married on the 31st in a ceremony with their parents only. Their most precious gift is now their lovely son Hudson, who is their little miracle! But, Katelyn and Stephen wanted to do the wedding their way and “remarry” in front of their closest friends and family members in their favorite and special place – Cabo.
We started working on their wedding together 13 months before the wedding day, and from the first moment we started talking, I felt we had an amazing connection. The planning went smoothly, even with the change of the wedding ceremony location within the resort, which at the end proved beneficial to the wedding logistics. We organized a rehearsal dinner on a catamaran at sunset, and the wedding day went on beautifully, just as planned. Katelyn was worried that she’ll be too nervous on her wedding day, but at the end she was able to relax and enjoy her beautiful Cabo wedding. She, Stephen, Hudson, and all their family and friends enjoyed the wedding enormously, and danced late into the night. It was truly a magical day, making Cabo even more special in the hearts of Katelyn and Stephen, as well as mine; being happy and grateful to have been able to make magical memories to my lovely newlyweds and dear friends.
Katelyn’s review: “One major thing that sticks out with Fatima is the kindness and willingness to go above and beyond. We were traveling with our 15 month old, she picked us up from our hotel and drove us back and forth to the site visits our of her way to make sure we were comfortable. She came highly prepared with our agenda when we first met, and had plenty of notes that we had previously planned together for months. Fatima has a big heart and the instant I hugged her to thank her for all the efforts, I knew that we were instant friends. She was like a family friend of ours, that we had known for years! She genuinely cared about making sure the wedding day was perfect. I could not say enough great qualities about her as a person, planner, and now a friend of ours in Cabo!”
– See Katelyn’s full review on WeddingWire here.
Katelyn and Stephen’s Cabo San Lucas destination wedding at Hacienda Resort & Residences wouldn’t be the same without this amazing team:
Wedding Planner: Fatima Falcon, Momentos Los Cabos
Flowers and rentals: Let it Bloom / Let It Be Events
Hair and Makeup: Blanc Salon
Photos: Dino Gomez
DJ: Ricardo Patiño
Trio: Los Mosquitos
Location: Hacienda Cocina & Cantina
Hotel: Hacienda Beach Club & Residences