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Destination Weddings: Eternal love in Los Cabos

> Written by Bob Curley

Located on the southern tip of Baja California, Los Cabos is an exclusive Mexican hideaway for sun-worshippers and celebrities, with some of the world’s most beautiful resorts snuggled on the beaches between the desert and the sea. Romantic horseback rides and whale-watching tours, the nightlife of Cabo San Lucas, and the colonial charms of San José del Cabo make Los Cabos a vibrant destination where couples return time and again to relive their wedding dreams and cherish their years together.

Just 50 years old, everything in Los Cabos feels fresh and pristine. Villas, hotels, cactus gardens and beaches provide wonderful settings for wedding events and photos, backed by unique rock formations like the famous El Arco, and the turquoise and blue waters where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez. Wedding parties can indulge in group golf outings, fishing trips, sunset yacht cruises or ATV tours, then return to a rehearsal dinner and beach bonfire at The Office or fine dining in a cantina setting at Edith’s.

Resorts like the beachfront Capella Pedregal—possibly the hottest spa hotel in all of Mexico right now—can design a destination wedding infused with Mexican culture. Imagine a Mariachi band striking up a celebratory tune after you exchange vows, or the simple elegance of the traditional Mexican coin ceremony, where the groom gives the bride 13 gold coins as a symbol of financial responsibility for his new family. Afterwards, a lazo is gently draped around the new couple; the rope signifying the new bond between husband and wife.

The half-century-old chapel at the One&Only Palmilla sits on a pretty hillside overlooking this exclusive Old Mexico resort’s tropical gardens, red-tiled roofs and beaches. Arrive by horse-drawn carriage and you’ll be swept through the whitewashed doorways for a candlelit ceremony before a gilded altar. El Corazon, the wedding chapel at the all-suites Cabo Azul Resort, has an indoor waterfall and majestic views of the ocean—vistas shared by the adjoining cocktail terrace and indoor reception area.

For a dramatic wedding ceremony, open your life together at Las Ventanas (meaning “The Windows”), where the Department of Romance will guide you to the perfect setting on the resort’s spacious patio beside the Sea of Cortez. Whitewashed pueblo-style buildings fringed by palm trees and cacti stand in sharp contrast to undulating pools and the endless sea, making Las Ventanas the most beautiful resort in Los Cabos. The Dunas Terrace at the modernistic Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers another elegant option for a ceremony by the sea, situated below a cascading waterfall. Each of these boutique hotels is big enough to accommodate most, if not all of your guests, while limiting weddings to one per day in order to guarantee an exclusive experience.

Looking south from Land’s End, the ocean is uninterrupted by land for thousands of miles and provides an endlessly serene expanse. It’s hard to imagine a more inspiring place to exchange vows of eternal love. “This is a magical place, where time goes by at a slower pace,” says Cabo-based event planner Karla Casillas. “People take home a piece of Cabo—that’s why they keep coming back. Come, and you’ll feel it.”



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