Isha Sathya and Suraj Philips seemed ahead of the 2020 wedding curve when they wed in an intimate ceremony with just 30 guests prior to the U.S. lockdown.
Just before the world changed due to COVID-19, Isha, a senior clinical analyst, and Suraj, a principal solution architect, celebrated their nuptials in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a location they chose for its ease of travel from California, where they live, but also their tendency to conduct life-altering moments in tropical environments.
“We first met at a beachside cafe in Goa, India,” Isha explains. “While we were dating, we spent a lot of time in Pondicherry, India, which is a beachside town, and we got engaged on a beachside cliff in Bali. It only seemed appropriate to get married in a tropical location.”
The San Francisco-based couple landed on Acre Baja in San Jose del Cabo, a lush farm-to-table restaurant with an award-winning cocktail program. When Isha first saw it on YouTube, she was struck by its resemblance to India, and being of Indian descent, knew that would hold an important place in the ceremony.
The couple did have their work cut out for them when it came to planning. Not only were they organizing everything from afar in a place they had never been, but they wanted to fuse Suraj’s Christian heritage growing up in Oman with Isha’s Indian background as well as their personal love story. It all came together with the help of Events by Bliss: a tropical garden party that included only the traditions that felt right to Isha and Suraj.
“We didn’t conform to either Indian or western traditions; we didn’t have a bridal party or a father/daughter dance; and I didn’t wear henna on my hands, nor did we do a cake cutting,” Isha says, adding that they also kept the guest list untraditionally small. “It goes to show that all the love between the couple, and the amazing people in their lives, is what makes weddings so magical.”
Read on for all the details of Isha and Suraj’s tropical garden party in Mexico, planned by Events by Bliss and photographed by Photography by Julieta.
“The core of everything Acre represented spoke to us: a lush sanctuary set on 25 acres of abundant greenery, featuring glamping-style tree houses, sustainable organic farms, an animal sanctuary, contemporary architecture, and an award-winning bar and restaurant,” Isha says of their venue. “We couldn’t have dreamt of a more unique and beautiful location to tie the knot, surrounded by lush palm trees, gorgeous peacocks, and a mango orchard reminiscent of the magic of India.”
Though Isha didn’t have a formal bridal party, she did ask her close friends to be honorary bridesmaids and get ready with her. They didn’t wear matching dresses but they did coordinate their glam looks with Flora Nikrooz and fuzzy slippers.
Isha and Suraj flew to India together to pick out their