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Thursday, April 18, 2019
If you're looking for a luxury Los Cabos resort, Google searching “places to get married in Cabo” may make your head spin. The results that display are endless and can lead you down a rabbit hole. Before trying to decide on what travel review site is right, consider what you want out of your destination wedding experience.
If what you’re after are beautifully appointed accommodations with your own suite and/or villa (at a reasonable price point), sumptuous cuisine and top-notch service, then Cabo Azul may be the place for your special occasion. Located just outside the busier parts of Cabo San Lucas, yet only a 20-minute, scenic drive from the airport, Cabo Azul offers all of this, plus iconic backdrops for your wedding away.
Select from El Corazon (their open air chapel), which seats up to 125 guests, a beachfront celebration at Javier’s, or even dine under the stars on the rooftop deck, El Cielo, which can accommodate up to 150 people. For more intimate weddings of less than 40 people, the resort’s penthouse, with its own private lanai, is also an option. Any of these choices offers unparalleled views of the Sea of Cortez and the service and excellence Cabo Azul is known for.
When considering things to do for your guests while they’re in town, a sunset sail to Land’s End (or locally known as El Arco) is a must. The naturally formed rock arc allows for stunning photos and for you to see the exact point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. We recommend Cabo Adventures to assist you with your plans. They can provide direct transfers from your resort to the marina and are equipped to handle large groups.
No matter where you wed south of the border, know that you are in good hands. After all, weddings and hospitality in Mexico come as naturally as their handmade guacamole.
This article can be found on page 65 of the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Destination I Do magazine.
Photos courtesey of (in order of appearance): Diamond Resorts (1st, 3rd & 5th), Carlos Herrera Photographer (2nd & 4th) & EM Weddings (6th)
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Photos courtesy of Olivia Morgan Photography
Kristina and Bill have family throughout the United States and were living in Seattle at the time of their wedding, so they had lots of locations to choose from for their destination wedding. Ultimately, the couple decided on a St. Augustine destination wedding in Florida, so the groom’s grandfather would be able to attend. “America’s oldest city’s” historic charm didn’t hurt either! While the couple loved their wedding, the planning process wasn’t without its hiccups.
For example, the couple switched venues part way through the process. “We [didn’t visit] the venue in person when we booked,” says Kristina. “I was going off of old photos online, when it had changed and had considerably less foliage.” Once the couple saw current photos of the venue, they ended up switching to The Oldest House Museum for their event, which was beautiful. This is something to keep in mind when booking your venue from afar. Not only should you ensure the photos on their website are recent, but reflective of the state of the venue at the time of year in which you’re getting married.
Unfortunately, the couple ran into another major hurdle – Hurricane Irma. “[Hurricane Irma] was scheduled to hit right on our wedding date, so we did have to reschedule our wedding,” says Kristina. “This lost us quite a few attendants, but the rescheduled wedding was still fantastic – small and intimate. We were able to keep everything as it was and just pick a new date two months later.” The couple clearly rolled with the punches and were able to pull-off their dream destination wedding, despite some challenges which were outside of their control. Inclement weather can definitely play a part in your wedding away and is a factor to keep in mind when choosing your destination.
When it came to décor, the couple is glad they took a simplistic approach. “It would have been too stressful to ship or fly with any extra stuff, so we ended up renting all the décor, which worked out great.” In the end, Kristina and Bill had the charming, historic wedding they were after. We asked the bride if she had any final words of advice for other couples currently considering or planning a destination wedding.
“Keep the wedding small and hire a day-of coordinator, at least. Both of these things made the day stress free and enjoyable. Also, don’t forget about your husband [or spouse] and incorporate them into the planning. My husband was glad to help and took pride in knowing that he had a hand in the planning. Lastly, remember it is just one day. Pick the thing that is most important to you (like photography for me) and splurge on that. The cost of everything can add up fast and add stress on your relationship.”
Vendors: Photographer: Olivia Morgan Photography, Wedding Planner: Coastal Coordinating, Ceremony/Reception Site: The Oldest House Museum, Florist: Lori Parker Floral Studios, Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, Cake: Kakes by Katie, Hair & Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft, Gown Designer: BHLDN, Catering: A Step Above Catering Company & Lighting: St. Johns Illuminations
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