Cammye McVay and Jacob Everhart grew up in the same small town in New Mexico, but since they were a year apart in school and had different interests, the pair didn’t really get to know each other until Cammye’s first summer home after college. “We hung out a couple of times and truly thought it would be a summer fling, but that did not end up being the case,” she remembers. The pair dated for two weeks—that’s it!—before Cammye moved to Denver, beginning a long-distance relationship that would go on for the next two years. Then, in September 2014, Jacob made the move to Colorado and popped the question in the couple’s favorite park over champagne while watching the sunset. “I’m a wedding planner, so he asked me, ‘How many weddings are you planning this year?’ and I said, “I don’t know, maybe 15?’ and then he pulled out the ring and said, ‘Want to plan one more?’” she says. Naturally, the answer was yes.
Although the pair calls Denver home, they knew they wanted a destination wedding where they could surprise their guests with an unlikely locale, one that was somewhat off the beaten path. “We imagined an ocean backdrop, but knew we wanted it to be more formal than having ‘our toes in the sand,’” Cammye says. The answer was Tola, Nicaragua, where the bride’s family owns a vacation home. They chose Casa Los Perros, a private home overlooking the water, for their ceremony and the Inn at Rancho Santana, for their colorful reception.
With an idea in their heads of a romantic, elegant celebration with a distinctly Latin American vibe, Cammye and Jacob invited 70 guests to join them for a vibrant party on December 4, 2015. As a wedding planner at Denver’s We Tie The Knots, the bride and her boss handled all of the details, and the couple tapped Brumley & Wells to photograph the colorful beach party. Take a peek at their destination wedding here!
This Colorado twosome worked with Denver’s Wordshop Paperie to design and purchase their Bella Figura invitations. Cammye and Jacob chose a formal style for the main invite but let their personalities shine on the information and response cards. “We still wanted it to feel like us, so we added some fun details like Spanish words on the info card, a little gold foil ‘c + j’ in a few different spots on the suite, blue edging on the invitation, and a striped envelope liner,” the bride says. “We wanted it to still have a playful feel while being very formal and elegant.”
Since guests were all traveling for the destination wedding, the couple planned a weekend full of fun that started off with a welcome bonfire and s’mores party on the beach, and then each of the couple’s 70 guests joined them for their oceanfront rehearsal dinner. As a wedding planner, Cammye is privy to some of the coolest new ideas in the business, and when she saw these striped linens at La Tavola Fine Linen rental months before she was engaged, she knew she was in love. “I knew I had to find a bride who would use them, and then it turned out to be me!” she says.
The bright stripes and bold floral centerpieces gave guests an idea of what the wedding reception would look like, too.
“I wanted my bouquet to be on the wild side,” the bride says. Her florist, Liz Griffith of Siloh Floral Artistry, (whom the couple brought in from Denver!) totally delivered, as Cammye knew she would. “I’ve actually worked with her on dozens and dozens of weddings. She’s my favorite florist in Denver and she’s so good at what she does. I trusted her with my vision and told her to go wild and do what she does best throughout the wedding.”
For Cammye’s bouquet, doing what she does best meant Liz arranged a mix of different varieties of garden roses, lisianthus, bougainvillea, ranunculus, and seasonal, local foliage in a neutral white and green color palette.
The groom wore a two-tone ensemble from Suit Supply, which he finished with a boutonniere of white bougainvillea, unripened mandarin oranges, and seasonal local foliage. As a meaningful touch, he wore a pair of cufflinks that belong to Cammye’s father, who passed seven years before the wedding.
Cammye’s sister served as her matron of honor, donning a nude and blue sequin gown that perfectly played off the couple’s ocean backdrop.
Guests gathered at Casa Los Perros for the couple’s 3:30 p.m. ceremony—which needed to begin right on time in order to ensure the rest of the day’s events went smoothly. “We wanted everyone to be in place during cocktail hour for the sunset!” Cammye says.
The couple’s three adorable flower girls walked down the grassy aisle before Cammye and her mother entered.
The bride and groom’s close friend officiated the ceremony, which took place beneath an arch covered with pink bougainvillea. “With the backdrop being the beautiful ocean, we didn’t feel like we needed too much,” says Cammye. The couple personalized their vows by selecting lines from different versions they found, creating a wedding that was entirely unique to them. Cammye’s sister also read one of the couple’s favorite Pablo Neruda poems.
Cocktail hour was held in front of the Inn overlooking the beach, where guests had front-row seats to the sunset. “As a family, we always make sure to watch the sunset on the beach every night when we’re in Nicaragua,” Cammye says. “It’s such a fine time to gather and relax and enjoy the beauty, so we wanted our guests to experience this. We based our timeline around wanting our friends and family to be in a place where they could experience sunset while enjoying snacks and drinks.”
While guests sipped Flor de Caña and Coke, the bride and groom slipped away for sunset photos on the rocks on the beach below. “That was one of the only times Jacob and I had one-on-one time, but we were also looking at our guests enjoying the sunset,” says the bride. “We were enjoying their presence and it was a really awesome where we had this connection with them. Getting to see all of the people who traveled all this way because they love us was a surreal moment.”
Color was a major part of the reception, too. Blue and white ikat print linens were paired with striped napkins for a playful mixed look. “I love mixing unexpected patterns, so this is where I really wanted to be creative and intentional,” the bride says. “I wanted vibrant colors to reflect us as a couple, but for it to still feel very designed.”
Liz worked her magic on the couple’s centerpieces, mixing garden roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, spray roses, ferns, fruits, and foraged greenery for a romantic, unexpected look. “The venue gave Liz free range to cut anything on their property, so many of the flowers and foliage she used were clipped from right outside the venue,” Cammye says.
Each place setting was finished with a cluster of bougainvillea and foliage.
For dinner, guests enjoyed ceviche, roasted beet salad, and a surf and turf of filet mignon and lobster with bacon mashed potatoes and seasonal greens. “We loved the idea of giving our guests a little bit of everything for their entrée, and when lobster is an affordable option, it’s hard to say no!” says the bride.
Guests then dug into the couple’s three-tiered chocolate and salted caramel and vanilla almond wedding cake.
After the cake was cut, the couple surprised their guests with a fireworks show. But it ended up being a bit of a surprise for them, too. “We knew this was going to happen, but we really were not expecting much,” the bride admits. “This crazy firework show started and was so over the top and incredible that we were shocked. It was the best $300 we ever spent.”
Ceremony Venue: Casa Los Perros
Reception Venue, Catering & Cake: The Inn at Rancho Santana
Wedding Planner: We Tie The Knots
Hair & Makeup: Faces By Liz
Groom's Attire: Suit Supply
Invitations: Bella Figura, purchased at Wordshop Paperie
Additional Paper Products: Lana's Shop
Floral Design: Siloh Floral Artistry
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals
Photographer: Brumley & Wells