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A Destination Wedding in Mexico With a Modern Interpretation of the Jewish Seven Blessings

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Meg Smith

|Planning by 

Judy Morgan

Kim Holland and Dylan Plofker first met as high school students at Stanford Summer College. A few years later, they reconnected as friends, when she was studying at Berkeley and he was attending Stanford. In 2009, they made their—what they refer to as a “short-distance”—relationship official.

After 11 years together, including a move to New York City and the adoption of their pup, Summer, Dylan proposed in Brooklyn Bridge Park. “As we were walking along the pier, he paused as we were holding hands, and I jokingly said, ‘You aren’t proposing, are you?’ and he got down on a knee and said, ‘Actually, yes I am.’” Kim recounts. They celebrated back at their apartment with a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon from the year they started dating and their favorite sushi. “It was perfectly us.”

While in Todos Santos, Mexico, for New Year’s Eve with Dylan’s family, the engaged couple decided to see a few venues, and their friends took them to lunch at Hotel San Cristobal. They knew immediately that was the perfect place to host their wedding weekend and hired Judy Morgan to help bring their vision to life. Pingle Pie set the tone for the festivities with a beautiful invitation suite.

We were getting married in January after almost two years of Covid, so we wanted somewhere warm to celebrate—luckily, the weather was a perfect 80-degrees all weekend,” Kim shares. “We didn’t have to add much for the aesthetic, since the property is so naturally stunning; we just knew we wanted to add pops of color to add to the festive nature for our celebration.” 

For their rehearsal dinner, the bride wore a pink embroidered Alexis dress that worked perfectly with the “colorful cocktail” dress code, while Dylan looked handsome in a blue Todd Snyder linen suit.

“I, like many others, have always loved what Carolyn Bessette wore to her wedding and wanted to wear something with a classic silhouette,” the bride shares of her aisle style inspiration. A year after she first started looking for gowns, she found an Ines Di Santo dress at Bergdorf Goodman that elevated what she had already envisioned herself walking down the aisle in. “I loved that from the front, the dress was classic but with a modern square neck, and had a long dramatic train.” 

To complete her ensemble, Kim found a scalloped lace veil and wore a pearl bracelet from Mociun, Nicola Bathie’s freshwater pearl earrings from Over The Moon, and Jimmy Choos. Later on in the night, she changed into a sequin puff-sleeve minidress by Markarian.

“For beauty, I am quite fortunate to have a professional makeup artist as Dylan’s mother,” Kim says of makeup legend, Bobbi Brown. Together, they decided on a natural look, and Blanc Salon secured Kim’s low neat bun.

On January 16, 2022, the couple signed their Ketubah, created by one of Dylan’s family friend, Michael Bogdanow. Then, Kim and Dylan wed in front of the simple chapel on the hotel’s grounds.

The bride walked down the aisle with her parents to “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. And Florist Pina Cate created a stunning asymmetrical flower arch to frame their vow exchange. “Seeing Dylan at the end of the aisle eased any nerves I had—I also had previously lost the rings and found them about four minutes before the ceremony started, so that helped dissipate the nerves as well,” Kim reveals.

Dylan’s cousin, Jeremy, officiated the intimate ceremony. “He not only has been there for Dylan’s entire life, but I also have considered him one of my closest friends over the past decade,” Kim says. “He has been such a strong support in our entire relationship that I could not have imagined anyone else there for us as our officiant.”

While the ceremony wasn’t religious, the couple wanted to include some spiritual traditions and had their friends say a modern interpretation of the Jewish seven blessings. After the two sealed their marriage with a kiss, guests shook the maracas on their seats, as they promenaded to “This Is The Place” by The Talking Heads.

Soy Mexico Mariachi entertained everyone at cocktail hour by the pool, and then the newlyweds led a parade to the transformed old fishing cannery across from San Cristobal. Aperol Spritzes were passed around, and once the sun had set, people sat for dinner and toasts. The hotel sits right where local fisherman go out each day, so the dinner was deliciously fresh. A lot of their guests actually went fishing that morning and caught enough to feed most of the party at lunch.

DJ Chachin Rosas really understood the couple’s favorite music. The night started with disco and funk, followed by a lot of Dua Lipa tunes and dance-pop. “It was so much fun dancing under a full moon with all our friends and family to ABBA,” Kim remembers. “After the reception, we opened some bottles of Champagne and jumped into the pool with our friends. We listened to early 2000s pop and snacked on quesadillas and guacamole.” The perfect ending to a destination wedding in Todos Santos, if you ask us.