On Saturday, March 11, 2017, Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate married girlfriend Elise Pollard in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico after a 15-month engagement. The wedding week in San Jose del Cabo was exclusively documented by The Knot.
The Michigan-based couple had to plan their wedding around football season, which meant they would be having a winter, offseason wedding – and that pushed them to look south to a warm-weather destination. Working with Amy Abbott Events, they booked the Cabo Surf Hotel for their 250 guests to enjoy the festivities they had planned.
Upon arrival, guests were given gift bags stamped with the bride and groom’s official logo, filled with trinkets and goodies to remind them of the week, but also useful, like playing cards and Casamigos Tequila Blanco (George Clooney’s brand). “We’re not trinket people… So we tried to think outside box and buy the right gifts,” Pollard explained to The Knot.
Celebrations kicked off Thursday morning, with a round of golf for Tate, his groomsmen, and friends, followed by an exclusive yacht party that evening, for the 180 guests who arrived early. On Friday, a rehearsal brunch for the wedding party and family members was followed by a pool and beach party, with an open bar and group games like beer pong, beach volleyball, and customized Jenga.
Pollard planned most of the wedding with Abbott and her mother, and was grateful for the support of them both. “Our planners worked their butts off for six [separate wedding] events,” Pollard, 29, explained. “My mom was an angel to us… She literally did it all, and she did it all with patience and grace.”
Pollard’s dress was a sweet heirloom – her mother’s perfectly preserved 36-year-old wedding gown, altered and updated by custom couture tailor Olga Szwed. Two weeks before the wedding, Pollard’s grandfather passed away, so to honor her grandparents on both sides, the bride took pieces from her late grandmother’s 68-year-old wedding gown and had Szwed incorporate them into her dress. Her father, Mike Pollard, walked her down the aisle to an acoustic version of Beyonce’s “Halo” by Live Strings.
Tate’s 11 groomsmen included current and former NFLers Reggie Bush, Jermaine Kearse, and Jimmy Clausen, all wearing black tuxedos with bowties from Jos. A. Bank. The tailor customized the groom’s navy blue suit with black and white polka-dot tie. Possibly evoking his team’s blue, white, and black colours?
The couple were married outdoors in a religious ceremony on Saturday, reciting both traditional vows, and more personal ones they had written themselves.
Following the wedding, the guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers before dinner, having determined from attending friends’ weddings that speeches should never begin until guests have food in front of them. The wedding cake was layered with different flavours – carrot, white cake, and Funfetti.
“Elise was having so much fun that I had to actually drag her off the dance floor to cut the cake,” Tate, 28, told The Knot. “She also let me smush some cake on her face without hesitation, and I was shocked.” The couple shared their first dance to a medley of songs ranging from “Yours” by Russell Dickerson to “Everything” by Michael Buble. They ended the night with “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.
They told Cabo destination guide Destino in a recent issue, “Having a destination wedding was the best idea we ever had…We had 4 days of planned events where we got to spend time with each of out guests (who were all on vacation mode and not thinking about work), and by the time we got to our wedding everyone knew each other and it was just a huge celebration. We had the best week of our lives.”
Source: The Knot