Bob Guiney (of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor fame) and Jessica Canyon have a mutual friend to thank for their first introduction in November of 2012. The pair hit it off right away and by Labor Day weekend of 2015, Bob had no doubt in his mind that Jessica was “the one.” With the help of the couple’s yellow lab, Phoebe, Bob surprised his longtime love with a sunset proposal on the water near his family’s lake house in Michigan. Naturally, Jessica said yes and the pair began planning for a destination wedding in sunny Mexico.
“I really wanted to get married at a private home with a big yard and Bob wanted to go someplace tropical, so Casa Entre Rocas in Punta Mita, Mexico, was the perfect combination,” Jessica says. With the date set for November 11, 2016, the duo invited 80 guests to join them for a celebration in paradise — with every bright detail planned and executed by the bride herself. “It was exhausting and stressful, but it felt good once it all came together,” she says. Read on to see every gorgeous detail of Bob and Jessica’s tropical “I do’s,” photographed by Ave Sol and shared exclusively with BRIDES!
Jessica visited more than 15 different bridal salons before she found her wedding dress, but we’d say the wait was well worth it. “I almost gave up, but one morning we were in New York and I walked over to the Pronovias flagship store,” she says. There, she saw her figure-hugging gown, complete with a high neckline and low, beaded back, hanging in the window. “I knew it was the one the moment I saw it.”
The sleek silhouette was exactly what she’d been envisioning and struck the perfect balance with the lush, natural décor around the wedding. Her punchy bouquet popped against the structured silhouette, and Jessica’s long, flowing beach waves picked up the perfect amount of ocean breeze.
She finished her look with a few important accessories: the bride wore two bracelets and a ring that were made from a vintage pearl necklace her parent’s had given her as an 18th birthday gift. “They were very special,” Jessica says. “They served as my ‘something old’ and my ‘something new’ at the same time!”
And, of course, she had to wear her gorgeous engagement ring!
The bride caught sight of Bob’s black Gorgio Armani suit for the first time during their oceanfront first look. “We wanted the wedding to be about casual elegance,” Jessica says. “More of a non-traditional wedding that felt like an elegant and fun house party with close friends and family.”
Jessica’s seven bridesmaids wore mismatched black gowns from Revolve.
The bride’s bouquet of roses, protea, thistle, and greenery was perfect for Jessica and Bob’s destination wedding. Like the bride, ‘maids carried beach-inspired bouquets of tropical king protea.
“We relied on the ocean to provide a romantic backdrop for the ceremony,” Jessica says, but that didn’t stop the couple from amping up the space with plenty of flowers and glowing candles. Their ceremony structure, which was made from branches and local white blooms, was a stunning focal point for Bob and Jessica’s vows.
The pair decided to have an adults-only wedding, but that didn’t mean they nixed flower girls all together. As a fun twist on tradition, Jessica and Bob’s mothers walked down the aisle arm in arm, tossing white flower petals as guests looked on.
“Watching Jessica walk down the aisle was my favorite memory from the wedding,” Bob says. In addition to sharing words they’d written themselves, the bride and groom also opted to recite traditional vows. And, as a special treat for the pair, actor Scott Grimes, along with local musicians, performed an acoustic version of “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls. “Scott made a joke saying that he’d written a song for the bride and groom, and then started with ‘You’re making a big mistake!’” Jessica says. “Everyone laughed, and then he started playing ‘Come to Me.’”
As soon as they were pronounced husband and wife, guests showered the elated duo with more white flower petals.
For the reception, guests moved to another part of the venue’s large lawn and took their seats at round tables topped with tropical centerpieces. Each vase was filled with a mix of bright flowers, including ranunculus, roses, and more protea. Guests dined on requisite Mexican fair, like the evening’s biggest hit: a taco station!
In honor of their love of the Kentucky Derby, Jessica and Bob created a signature cocktail based on one they’d enjoyed together at the race the previous year. “It was called a Grey Goose Oaks Lily and it’s so refreshing,” the bride says of the vodka, St-Germain, lime, and soda mix.
The couple cut into a three-tiered carrot cake, but also served up mini bundt cakes that the bride made the day before the wedding use her aunt Mary’s secret family recipe. Talk about a DIY-savvy bride!
After dinner and dancing, guests gathered around a fire pit to make s’mores. But the night wasn’t quite over. Bob and Jessica surprised their loved ones with a firework show to cap off the evening.
“Everything about our wedding was a reflection of us,” Jessica says. “We have had so many people comment that the invites were ‘so unique’ or ‘so us,’ and since we planned the whole thing ourselves, we wanted everything to have a little bit of ‘us’ in it.”
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Casa Entra Rocas || Day-of Coordinator: Mar Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Pronovias || Hair & Makeup: Rah Fiscus || Jewelry: M. Lowe & Company || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revolve || Groom's Attire: Giorgio Armani || Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Robbins Brothers || Flowers: Flora Amor || Catering: Plush Catering || Rentals & Fireworks: Mac Events || Music: Latcho and Andrea || Photographer: Ave Sol