Real Weddings: Amanda Eagle and Christopher George
A first-class fiesta at a Los Cabos resort.
Amanda Eagle describes her wedding to Christopher George as three days of nonstop fun. But she describes the first time she interacted with her now husband as a bit less than that.
At the time, they both worked in car sales, and Amanda needed to learn a route for prospective buyers to take test drives. Chris volunteered to show her the way. “But he picked a car low on gas,” Amanda remembers. “About halfway through the route, the car runs out of gas. It was summer, and we had to walk a mile to the gas station. I had on heels and was not pleased.”
Amanda returned to college that fall. She and Chris did not keep in touch. But two years later, they met again. And though their first date was as much a comedy of errors as that ill-fated workday, their wedding was the stuff of dreams. Chris proposed at the One & Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, and one year later—on February 11, 2012—Amanda and Chris returned to the resort and said “I do” in a little white chapel on a hill.
But as destination weddings tend to go, it wasn’t just a one-night ceremony and reception. It was a three-day party for the ages involving friends and family members soaking up the sun and at least a few tequila drinks. An elegant white party on the beach launched the weekend. A raucous rehearsal dinner followed the next night. And then the big day. A trio of flamenco guitarists played at the ceremony, and 20 mariachis led guests to cocktail hour, which preceded dinner and dancing.
For the most part, Amanda was a hands-off bride, preferring to let Todd Fiscus and the team at Todd Events do the heavy lifting. “I completely trusted Todd,” she says. “I wanted it to be pretty but not overdone. We are not overly sentimental people. Todd is so good at what he does. I really tried to stay out of his way. I just left it to him.”
The reception dinner table was the most unique thing about Todd’s efforts. He brought in carpenters to build a winding-river-like table to seat 144. It snaked around the property, through palm trees, and down to the pool deck. Louis Ghost chairs flanked each side, and simple white flowers and candles sat atop. This arrangement allowed guests to sit like one blended family, Amanda explains, not at separate tables, for a celebratory meal that included sea bass, braised short ribs, and mushroom risotto.
Word is that everyone left with a full tank.
Ceremony Site: One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
Photographers: Stephen Karlisch and Steve Wrubel
Bridal Gown Designer: Romona Keveza
Bridal Gown Retailer: Stanley Korshak
Hair and Makeup: Garry Cox; Audrey Elliott
Groom’s Attire: Hadleigh’s
Bridesmaids Dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Flowers: Todd Events
Reception Site: One & Only Palmilla
Cake: One & Only Palmilla
Caterer: One & Only Palmilla
Band and/or DJ: Emerald City Band; DJ Lucy Wrubel
Wedding Planner: Todd Fiscus
Wedding Designer: Todd Fiscus