Tequila-inspired décor. Day of the Dead cake toppers. And a wild late-night pool party featuring cannonballs and a midnight taco bar. See what happened when two Californians took their love story on the road—to a south-of-the-border style wedding.

Around midnight, the hotel lit a bonfire on the beach, and everyone reconvened over Modelo Especials, tequila, and, of course, more tacos. The celebration wasn't over yet—a month later, many of their guests would reunite for a 275-person reception at L.A.'s Smashbox Studios, where Katie and Chris met. But for now, the pair savored their last moments in Mexico. "A weekend with all our friends and family, hanging out, relaxed—it's the best gift we could have gotten," says Katie.

Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy