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This Couple’s November Reception Dinner in San José del Cabo was Cooked by World-Famous Chefs

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Maureen M. Evans

|Planning by 

Marianna Idirin

Daniela Velasco Gonzalez and Adam J. Goldberg, who work together and publish Drift magazine, met in Cabo through mutual friends and reconnected when she moved to his hometown of New York for school. After four years of dating, he surprised her with a trip to Hawaii, immediately followed by a journey to French Polynesia, where he proposed during the first sunset. 

When Daniela first looked for her dress, she knew she wanted something long-sleeved and began her search online. She saw one image of her Monique Lhuillier gown and fell in love at first glance. “The long sleeves gathered at the top, the high neck, the pearl details on the sleeves and on the back of the neck, and the wide open low back did it for me,” she says. To complete the look, she wore a custom Monvieve veil with a raw cut blusher and a Juliette cap for a touch of romanticism. The shoes were Yeezy Season 6 in an olive color—not very bridal, but simple and complementing.

The bride’s two members of her bridal party—her sister and her future sister-in-law—wore designs by Alex Perry and Donna Karan. And the groom looked handsome in a dark gray velvet Giorgio Armani tux with gold cufflinks that belonged to his late father.

To host their November wedding, the engaged couple chose a space in San José del Cabo, Mexico called Goncanseco that Daniela’s family has owned for more than 150 years. “It was originally a collection of warehouses that were part of the first supermarket and Ford dealership in the town,” she says. “From the beginning, we knew we wanted a wedding that felt uniquely Mexican, and the venue couldn’t have been more perfect.” To help with the planing, they hired Marianna Idirin

On the day-of, the bride rode with her father to the church in a vintage 1950s Jaguar, and Adam was waiting for her arrival. In the atrium of the historic Parroquia de San José, they were married in a Catholic ceremony with readings in English and Spanish. The couple also incorporated the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass at the end of the service. 

Following the ceremony, the traditional Mexican wedding processional began to the venue, as the mariachi and mojigangas guided everyone through the main plaza. Guests were greeted at Goncanseco with cocktails, crafted by Yana Volfson of Cosme in New York, served in Jicaras.

For the reception, they worked with local Mexican artisans to help select items that were authentic and complemented the aesthetic like hand-carved candles, hand-blown amber glasses, and custom Oaxacan clay plates. Four long, communal tables were placed in an indoor area under five big chandeliers decorated with greenery hanging from above. They also built a comal station for midnight quesadillas, a cantina with artisanal Mexican beer and cocktails, and served Mexican wines from Baja with custom wedding labels. 

After everyone found their seats, the newlyweds walked in to “Volare” by Gypsy Kings and welcomed everyone for joining them. The couple’s dear friend and famed chef, Enrique Olvera, designed the menu and cooked alongside Daniela Soto-Innes from Cosme, Luis Arellano from Criollo, mixologist Yana Volfson, and the rest of their team for an amazing, family-style meal of guacamole, tlayudas, cauliflower al pastor, the most delicious fish, Cosme’s famous corn husk meringue, churros, and more.

The couple’s first dance was to a special mix of Dean Martin’s “Sway” that turned into the Spanish, fast version, “Quien Será,” played by a live salsa band. “Nobody expected a choreographed dance from us, so everyone was screaming, clapping, and shouting, as they stood around the dance floor,” Daniela says. Later, the music switched to a DJ, and everyone stayed on the floor until 3:00 a.m. to celebrate the night away. 

Daniela & Adam | Los Cabos from Meraki Weddings.