What would you do, if a week before your wedding, you were told you had to completely change your plans? After months of careful planning toward a sunset ceremony in Mexico, Kim and Pierre had a week to conquer their greatest wedding test — turning a relaxing week of wedding festivities into a single, unforgettable day. Why? A week before their group was to depart from
Edmonton, Pierre learned that his work schedule had changed – something he simply couldn’t adjust. And due to this, Pierre would be in Mexico for less than 24 hours. What would your response be to a situation like this, with your dreams dashed and a year’s worth of planning completely unraveled? How they handled the situation was truly marvelous.
Kim recollects that it wasn’t a tough decision: “we’re in love, and we were getting married” — the rest was just the icing on the cake! Instead of panicking, Kim and Pierre set aside their disappointment and quickly began the process of (re)planning their wedding in just one week. With the assistance of their fabulous wedding planner,
Jennifer Bergman, Kim and Pierre created an impressive surprise wedding! They opted not to share the news with their guests, but rather invited them to a pre-Mexico breakfast event in the Plaza Premium Lounge at the Edmonton International Airport…which turned out to be their official wedding ceremony!
“At 6AM, while our family and friends sipped coffee and wiped the sleep from their eyes, Pierre and I made our entrance. We arranged to have a marriage commissioner whisked through security, and we shocked everyone by getting married right there in the airport!”
Before they had even boarded the plane, Kim and Pierre were officially husband and wife. The wedding was a huge success, despite (or possibly because of) all of the complications they had faced. Early in the planning stages, when Hurricane Odile devastated the region of Los Cabos, they learned that their original venue was unable to open in time for the wedding. The second resort they booked also had to close due to the extent of the damage. With just over a month until
take off, Kim and Pierre were forced to book their wedding at a third resort. So, when plans changed again, a mere week before they were to say “I DO,” they shrugged it off and honoured their mantra: “you can’t stop love” — a slogan they coined early on in their relationship. If they couldn’t have the sunset ceremony they had been planning, well, a moonlit candlelight ceremony by the ocean was pretty amazing too!
Happily, their wedding day went off without a hitch. Early the next morning Kim, Pierre, Luis (our driver), and myself enjoyed a day after photo session. Luis toured us around to some wonderful remote locations and one amazing taco stand, before circling around to drop Pierre off at the airport for his return trip home. 24 hours after
landing in Mexico, Pierre was on his flight home (followed by an all-night drive, so he could start work the following morning), while Kim and all their guests soaked up the rays and enjoyed the sights and sounds of Los Cabos.
But…it doesn’t end there! As a surprise happy ending to the whirlwind wedding, Kim entered into a singing competition at the resort. With Pierre watching live via Skype, Kim stole the show and took home
first place. Her prize? A free stay for 2 at the resort! And 6 weeks later, Kim was able to return, this time with hubby Pierre in tow, and they were finally able to enjoy the resort as they had planned all along.
“Watching Kim and Pierre adjust their plans with such grace — and how they surprised their guests with an airport ceremony — was awesome. When we arrived in Mexico, I could understand why they selected the Sunset da Mona Lisa as their venue, as it was one of the
most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! It was great to see this wedding pulled off so magnificently in spite of all the challenges they faced. And I’m so happy to have been a part of it”
Kim & Pierre // 31 January 2015 // Edmonton, AB + Cabo San Lucas, Mexico // Ceremony Venue: Plaza Premium Lounge, Edmonton International Airport + Sunset da Mona Lisa Restaurant (Cabo San Lucas) // Marriage Commissioner: Marcia Loder (Edmonton) + Reverend Diego Vidal (Cabo San Lucas) // Ceremony Musicians: Trio Los Mosquitos // Reception Venue: Sunset da Mona Lisa Restaurant // Caterer: Sunset da Mona Lisa Restaurant // Wedding Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings // Photographer: Kelly Redinger | Photographer // Transportation: Transpeninsula Los Cabos (wedding day transportation) + Luis Enrique from The Cabo Agency (day after transportation) // Stationery: Pink Polka Design // Floral Designer: Cabo Floral Studio // Design & Décor: Jennifer Bergman Weddings // Rentals: Special Event Rentals (Edmonton) + Linens, Things & More (Cabo San Lucas) // Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop // Gown Designer: Allure // Shoes: Benjamin Adams London // Make-up Artist: Blanc Bridal Salon (Cabo San Lucas)// Hair Stylist: Blanc Bridal Salon (Cabo San Lucas) // Groom Formal Wear: Derk’s Formals (Edmonton) // Shoes: Kenneth Cole // Groomsmens’ Attire: Derk’s Formals (Edmonton) // Travel Agent: LY Cruising & Adventure Travel // Wedding Guests Stayed at: SECRETS Puerto Los Cabos Resort, San Jose del Cabo