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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Lovely Cabo San Lucas Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Catherine Rhodes Photography

Michayah and Sasha got engaged in Cabo San Lucas, so it was an obvious fit for their much-desired beachfront destination wedding. When it came to picking a venue, the couple knew they wanted something located in Cabo San Lucas vs. San Jose so their guests would be right in the middle of the action and not be required to take cabs into town. Ultimately, the couple opted for Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas for their dream wedding away. The resort was a great fit for many reasons:

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“It was big enough that our guests felt like they had enough room to spread out and do their own thing when they wanted to,” says Michayah. “My husband and I were overly impressed with the wedding venue. The gazebo was in a secluded part of the hotel, so we did not feel like other hotel guests were watching our ceremony. The reception was also breathtaking. We rented a bar next to the pool overlooking the ocean and had a beautiful reception set up next to it.”

While everything came together beautifully on the big day, it wasn’t without effort from the bride and the resort’s on-site wedding planner. “[Planning] was a little challenging at times because I was planning everything without seeing it in person,” says the bride. “Details are really important to me, so I asked a lot of questions to make sure I was making the best decision for us.

“We arrived at the hotel five days before the wedding so I could get everything worked out before our big day. I was very pleased with the results, but if I had it all to do again, I would have visited the resort for three to four days [before the wedding] to ease my mind in the planning.”

The couple arranged for a travel agent to book their own travel, as well as a lot of the travel arrangements for their guests. This made it easier on everyone and Michayah made herself available for questions for any guests who wanted to book their travel arrangements on their own. Once everyone arrived, they were greeted with customized “welcome” packages from the couple which included a branded ChapStick, sunglasses, koozie and wedding agenda.

In the end, the couple feels they spent a bit more than they might have with a hometown wedding, but they don’t regret the decision and feel they spent the extra money on items which were important to them. “We spent a little more money to have special requests during the wedding such as a private reception area with a bar, a specialized dinner menu, a DJ and gifts for the wedding party,” says the bride. “Since we asked our wedding party to travel with us, we didn’t feel right about adding to their costs. So, we paid for all of their wedding attire and jewelry. Overall, our costs were pretty high, but we felt like it was all worth it.”

These newlyweds have some final words of advice for other couples considering a destination wedding. “Do your homework before deciding on your destination. Make sure you know what you are getting and that you are OK with the details. If you can afford it, bring your own photographer with you. There is no better feeling than knowing your special day/week is going to be captured by someone who is talented. And lastly, carry your dress onto the plane! You don’t want to take the risk of it getting lost or damaged in transit.”

Vendors: Photographer: Catherine Rhodes Photography, Ceremony/Reception Site: Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Florist & Cake: Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, Gown Designer: Martina Liana, Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Nordstrom/Jos. A. Bank, Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Tiffany Rose

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