ALEX POW­ERS & JOR­DAN THOMP­SON

Inside Weddings - - Inside - Novem­ber 12, 2016 Cabo San Lu­cas, Mexico | Pho­tographed by Simone Pho­tog­ra­phy

Novem­ber 12, 2016 Cabo San Lu­cas, Mexico Pho­tographed by Simone Pho­tog­ra­phy

ALEX POW­ERS & JOR­DAN THOMP­SON

“I started plan­ning my wed­ding the first time I saw a Dis­ney movie,” laughs Alex Pow­ers. Six years after she started dat­ing Jor­dan Thomp­son, she had the op­por­tu­nity to make her dreams re­al­ity. Hav­ing stud­ied broad­cast jour­nal­ism at Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia – where the cou­ple both played wa­ter polo – Alex thought she was do­ing an alumni fea­ture for the stu­den­trun news show at her old high school. She did an in­ter­view, and then the stu­dents called to say they loved the piece so much that they wanted her to present it live at the desk. The in­ter­viewer asked about her fam­ily – who sud­denly ap­peared – and her boyfriend, who also made a sur­prise en­trance. In shock, she screamed, “No!” when he pulled out the yel­low­di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring, but nat­u­rally said yes when the ques­tion was asked. “Next thing I knew, I was walk­ing out with a new left-hand ac­ces­sory and a whole new life chap­ter just wait­ing ahead!” the bride ex­plains.

With ex­actly a year and a half un­til the big day, se­lect­ing a plan­ner was an easy choice for Alex. “I have been a Mindy fan for years and knew there was no other op­tion,” she says of the de­ci­sion to hire Mindy Weiss Party Con­sul­tants. The ex­pert plan­ner even ap­peared on the bridal fit­ness blog Alex cre­ated, “I Can, I Will, I Do!” Se­lect­ing a venue also did not prove dif­fi­cult. The bride and groom had al­ways loved Cabo San Lu­cas – par­tic­u­larly their va­ca­tion home in the lo­cale. Even though they were yet to be en­gaged, “when we sold it, we had the new owner write it in the con­tract that we could get mar­ried there,” di­vulges Alex. “It’s truly my fa­vorite place in the whole en­tire world and walk­ing down the aisle felt like I was right back at home.”

The pro­ces­sional was over the pool, a nod to the bride and groom meet­ing dur­ing their wa­ter polo days. To honor Jor­dan’s her­itage, the cer­e­mony fea­tured Greek tra­di­tions. Oth­er­wise, the day was fo­cused on be­ing as unique as the cou­ple it cel­e­brated. The un­cle of the bride of­fi­ci­ated, and in ad­di­tion to the sweet-but-pun-filled vows, the love­birds also read the lyrics to “Your Song” by El­ton John.

Fol­low­ing cock­tail hour, the new­ly­weds truly made a grand en­trance. “Alex and I skipped, bounded, and twirled into the re­cep­tion through a tun­nel of sparklers to the tune of ‘Be Our Guest’ [from Beauty and the Beast]” re­veals Jor­dan. Their plan­ner Mindy Weiss sur­prised the new­ly­weds with py­rotech­nics as the two pre­pared for their first dance – a play­ful, chore­ographed per­for­mance to “Hooked on a Feel­ing” by Blue Suede. To get into full party mode, the bride was able to un­but­ton the skirt of her A-line gown, trans­form­ing it into a chic high-low en­sem­ble. In or­der to keep the fo­cus on en­joy­ing the live band and danc­ing, the only cake was a small de­sign made ex­clu­sively for cut­ting, and a wall of donuts pro­vided guests a dessert to have on the go. Danc­ing was such a pri­or­ity that the cou­ple com­pletely for­got to do a bou­quet and garter toss.

Above all else, the most im­por­tant thing to the bride and groom was stay­ing present and rel­ish­ing the mo­ment. “Don’t waste a sec­ond on some­thing that goes wrong – you only have a day,” ad­vises Alex. After all, there is al­ways time to re­flect when the night is over. Re­mem­bers Jor­dan, “Fol­low­ing the after-party, our dog Balu was brought to the venue and I was able to sit back next to the crash­ing waves and recap the high­lights of the day with my new wife while our dog frol­icked in the sand.”

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