It sounds so sweet
With the sun sinkin’ low
The moon’s so bright
Likes to light up the night
Make everything alright.” – Jimmy Buffett
1 month ago I traveled to Los Cabos, Mexico to marry the love of my life! I’ve been to Mexico once before to Cancun, which is on the opposite side of the country, but this was my first time traveling to the Baja Peninsula and the beautiful city of Cabo San Lucas.
My now-husband had found an all-inclusive resort called Dreams early on in the planning stages of our destination wedding. We both liked the idea of a beach wedding, someplace tropical. I wanted the Caribbean and thought St. Lucia would be lovely, and we looked into Sandals, which is a pretty popular spot for couples to honeymoon or wed. We thought summer would work well since we got engaged in January and wanted a relatively short engagement, but didn’t want to chance the weather with being right in the middle of storm season in the Caribbean, so then we looked at alternative locations.
Matt suggested Hawaii but that seemed a little far to travel. We realized that Mexico is pretty cheap and not too far for most of our guests, who were mainly traveling from the west coast. Also, the climate is arid desert, so they don’t get much rain, and seldom see the same tropical storm activity that is common in the Caribbean during this time of year. Dreams is a chain of family all-inclusive resorts similar to the Sandals/Beaches resorts. Their version of the couples-only resorts is called Secrets, and both Dreams and Secrets can be found throughout many locations in the Caribbean and Mexico. We were married on the beach at 5pm on August 14th, 2016 ❤
Our wedding-moon ended up being really special so we’re pretty thrilled we picked Dreams Los Cabo. It was definitely hot (that’s what happens when you have a Mexico wedding in August!), but overall everyone had a great time and enjoyed lazy afternoons with cold drinks by the pool, and danced under the moonlight of this magical land, while sounds of waves lapped against the shore where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez come together.
Our wedding ceremony was held on the beach, so we all went barefoot and then wore flip flops to our reception. We had a cocktail hour by the pool with a mariachi band and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a small intimate reception for our 18 guests. Everything was outdoors and the weather ended up being beautiful. The night before we had a welcome party beach bonfire for our guests with s’mores, hot dogs, snacks, and specially crafted cocktails. They decorated with lanterns, tiki torches, luminaries and comfy cushions.
Most of our guests stayed for at least 3 days and we stayed for a week, so we had a few days to enjoy alone together for a nice honeymoon. We took a short cab ride to the town of San Jose del Cabo, which has some nice shops and a traditional Mexican culture, and we also went in the opposite direction to the city of Cabo San Lucas, a more lively town with lots of tourist activities, shops, and restaurants. As an excursion, we took a camel ride safari tour, which we absolutely loved. In addition to riding camels on the beach, you go on a nature walk down into a canyon and learn about the fauna of Mexico, ride in an outback vehicle, and participate in tequila tasting, and a delicious authentic Mexican style lunch. Yum!
My favorite part about the photos are how well our wedding colors coordinate with the backdrop of the gorgeous ocean and sugary sand. I’m glad we chose to go with khaki for the guys and turquoise for the ladies, as it certainly looks very beachy indeed. One of the inclusions of a Dreams wedding package is 1 or 2 free anniversary nights (based on a 4-5 night stay) on your one-year anniversary at any of their properties. We are really looking forward to vacationing again either in the Dominican Republic or Costa Rica next August!
Have a favorite exotic vacation destination you love? Getting married soon destination wedding style? Please share with me about it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Xoxo,