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Lorin and Jamie in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

A West Coast couple headed south of the border for a wedding that was casual, fun, and unique

Lorin Pollack met Jamie Platto when her best friend married Jamie’s brother; it took only one date before Lorin realized that she and her pal were fated to share a last name. "I knew right away. I felt so comfortable with Jamie," she remembers. By date two, the couple was talking about what their wedding would be like. "We envisioned something relaxed, where we’d get married with our bare feet in the sand," says Lorin. They found the perfect stretch of beach at The Tides Zihuatanejo, a romantic Mexican resort with waterfalls and lush gardens. The tone for the affair was clear from the invitation, which read "Shoes not required." —Anna Jane Grossman

Creative Customizing
Logo Love: The San Francisco couple combined their favorite things in a custom graphic they had embroidered on tote bags and towels—a boat (for him) with a daisy (for her) on its sail. Says Jamie "We wanted guests to use the gifts, so we chose an image that didn’t look like it was from a wedding."
Musical Memento: The tune-loving twosome printed their wedding invitation on a custom CD case, then tucked event info and a mix of their favorite beach music inside. "I think it really helped guests get into the mood," says Jamie.
As You Like It: Lorin and Jamie designed their entire ceremony, from the readings to the vows, and asked a friend of the groom’s to officiate.
Program Notes: The wedding program featured the story of how the couple met and fell in love. "I even included an e-mail I wrote to a friend the day after our first date," Lorin says. "It said, ‘I’m going to marry this man!’"

Best Money Savers
Low-Priced Locale: Having the wedding in Mexico resulted in big-time savings. "We kept the costs down by keeping the wedding small and having it somewhere that wasn’t superexpensive," Lorin says. "I spent about half of what my friends did on their weddings."
You Better Shop Around: To find the best possible bargains on goods from blue candy to sail-shaped votives, Lorin clicked on Google Product Search, which allowed her to compare each item’s prices before buying.
Headliner: The bride wore a fresh daisy wreath instead of a pricey veil. "Daisies are my favorite flower," she says. The sunny blooms had the right vibe for a beach wedding, too.
Stick With It: Instead of springing for favor boxes, the couple put yellow and blue candies in cellophane bags (8 cents a bag at papermart.com) jazzed up with stickers of their logo.

The ceremony took place seaside, next to a resort restaurant.