A whimsical garden themed wedding in Panama
30 Jul 2021
Alexandra and Alex Weber tied the knot in front of 35 guests with a wonderful garden wedding
Photography: Eduard Serra
Wedding planner Jenny Polonsky tells us about the couple's big day which took place in December 2020:
Tell us how they met.
Alexandra said: "We met in 7th grade (2003) and knew each other pretty well throughout high school. He even asked me out in 12th grade (2008), but I turned him down (I was already talking to another guy). Flash forward to 2018, we rekindled at a high-school reunion and the rest is history."
How did they choose the place to get married?
Couple: "We wanted something small yet breathtaking. Also, since we were in the middle of a pandemic with very strict mobilization rules, we thought it would be a nice break from all the crises to have a destination wedding. We chose Boquete for its charm and because the venue (hotel Panamonte) is something out of a fairy tale book; the owner of the Panamonte hotel (Chef Charlie Collins) is a very dear friend of ours, too."
Did the couple have any special requests for their wedding?
The food - They didn’t want any conventional 'wedding food'. We opted instead for a comfort food-based menu - there was a fire pit for roasting marshmallows, we had pasta and meatballs and a naked doughnut cake.
How did you come up with the concept of this wedding?
The thematic inspiration for the wedding was Boquete (aka the highlands of Panama). Boquete is a town known for its specialty coffee, flowers, and chilly weather. We had an outdoor reception dinner to welcome our guests where we sipped on hot wine (specifically, Swedish glogg, the Chef’s grandmother’s recipe) and carajillos (coffee with Liqueur 43). The couple also had a karaoke session.
The color palette/theme was a country-feel; black, white, red, copper, and earthy colors; hens and roosters. We also had a sunrise breakfast party the day before the wedding. We did this outside the Panamonte, at Finca El Oasis Eco-lodge, which is located at the skirt of the Barú volcano.
For the wedding day, the decorator, Andrés Cortes, arranged the outdoor ceremony as a wildflower garden, with a unique and eclectic seating arrangement including sofas and various assortments of chairs. Later, they celebrated and danced away at the hotel bar.
How did this wedding change your career as a wedding planner/creator?
I had recently separated from my partners to open my own planning firm (during the pandemic) and I was very nervous as to how was I going to start over during such uncertain times. Thankfully Alex and her mom trusted me enough to give me this unique opportunity, which has opened many doors to new and exciting events to come!
The couple said: "It exceeded our expectations, beyond belief. We never thought we could have celebrated such an intimate moment at this scale and in splendidness. Our wedding planning team and various vendors were beyond professional, catering to our every request and making our day quite literally: a day to remember forever. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful/memorable wedding, it truly exceeded our expectations."
Were there any challenges for this wedding?
We had a "Sunrise breakfast" on Friday morning, the Sunset Welcome Reception on Friday afternoon, and the wedding on saturday evening. On the day we arrived in Boquete, Wednesday, with the design team, the government announced a curfew to start on Friday at 7pm and each night that weekend, so we had to move the welcome reception from Friday to Thursday, one day earlier, which proved to be a real challenge because we were still missing a lot of details and equipment to be used at every event (most was made especially for the wedding) as well as some vendors who needed to arrive like the DJ and the photographers. Everybody made it barely on time, but it didn´t stop raining that day so at 4:00 pm we decided to change venues (everything was set up already!). It was supposed to start at 5pm. We pushed it to 7pm and by the grace of God, amazing vendors, and even the bride's family, we were able to be ready at 6pm.
Also, the hairdressers and make-up team couldn't make it to Boquete because one of the team tested positive for Covid-19, so we had to find a new team in less than 24 hours in a very remote place of Panama - not an easy task.
The priest canceled the trip because of Covid as well so we had to find a priest as well in less than 24 hours. The time of the wedding had to be moved to 2pm instead of at night time, and some guests barely made it on time - but it was the most wonderful event ever. The main themes were "love" and "chill". Unforgettable!
Tell us a little bit about this destination.
It´s a very small and charming town. Some of the bests coffees in the world come from this area. It has amazing scenery, lush vegetation, and the Hotel Panamonte is one of the most iconic boutique hotels in Panama.
Steal Their Style:
Wedding planner: Jenny Polonsky
Photographer: Eduard Serra
Venue: Hotel Panamonte
Cinematography: Sunrise Media
Catering and Cake: Charlie Collins
Flowers and Lighting: Andres Cortes
Invitations and Stationery: Jenny Perez Lee
Rentals: Pompa / Carlos Mastelari
DJ and Reception entertainment: Truenos y Relámpagos
Favors: Jenny Polonsky Luxury Events