Tying the knot in Saint Lucia

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There’s a reason why the magical island of Saint Lucia is praised year after year as the most romantic island for weddings and honeymoons by numerous travel sources.  In 2002 – 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Saint Lucia was awarded World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination as well as the Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination award for 2011 and 2012. The colorful towns, picturesque views, intimate sunsets and magical beaches all confer to the romance that that you experience every time you visit.

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Sunset at Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina

I have never felt so warm inside as I look around and breathe in an air filled with love and excitement when strolling through golden sands towards the most intimate sunsets.  Saint Lucia is truly the one destination that offers perfectly luxurious getaways for the perfect couple.  Here, you can share freshly cut coconuts with the one you love and also experience an exhilarating rainforest zip line tour.  This land of magic and mystery allows you the freedom to tie the knot anywhere you like!  I have witnessed many weddings that leave me with tears of joy as I feel that connection that many feel whenever they come in contact with the most beautiful wedding, honeymoon and vow renewal spots that this destination island has to offer.  You have the option to be enchanted by a lovely beach wedding that has you feeling like a dream come true with the waters of the Caribbean Sea flowing gently over your toes or a tropical garden wedding where you are surrounded by unique designs of flora and sweet chirping melodies of little song birds.  There is also the option to have a more traditional wedding in historic churches where you can continue to write your history together.

It really is very simple and easy to say I do right here!  Here is what you need to plan a destination wedding in Saint Lucia:

  • Passport of each party
  • Birth Certificate of each party
  • Decree Absolute if one of the parties is divorced
  • In the case of a widow or widower, a death certificate of the deceased spouse
  • A Deed Poll if a name has been changed
  • If one of the parties is under the age of 18 years, evidence of a consent of parents in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public.
  • An authenticated translation of any document not in English
  • Applications made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General or notary who prepares and signs the license.

 

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Yes, a destination wedding would be perfect for you and also perfect if you wish to say I do all over again.  I love vow renewals too as I get to witness couples fall in love again whilst sailing away towards the horizon with personal chef and assistant services on board.

If you wish to say I do, contact your Capella Marigot Bay romance specialist at res.marigotbay@capella.com to help make that dream wedding your reality.

 

 

 

Tips For Planning A Destination Wedding

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Destination weddings are a trend that is growing in popularity.  Often for couples who’s families live far apart, or those looking for a bit of adventure, a destination wedding is the ideal option.  I’ve seen many such couples be joined in marriage here at Capella Ixtapa for these very reasons.  After all, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo offers amazing beaches and surrounding islands, beautiful tropical landscapes, exquisite cuisine, friendly people, beach lifestyle, stunning sunsets and pristine Mexico ambiance—who wouldn’t want to get married here?!

For some planning a destination wedding can be a daunting task.  So, I thought I would talk to Capella Ixtapa’s wedding consultant, José Brito, and get some insider tips on what you need to consider for planning the perfect event.

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1. Define the wedding budget.  This first step of your wedding planning will help you define which destination to pick, the number of guests, hotel and wedding venue.

2. Pick a destination with convenient travel connections.  Since most of your guests will be traveling to the destination, pick a location which has easy and convenient travel connections.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many direct flights from Mexico, US and Canada, so it is very convenient to travel here.  When planning a destination wedding contact your airline (or travel agent) and negotiate group rates.

3. Determine number of guests. Determining the guest list is crucial to understanding where and how your finances will be allocated.

4. Pick a destination and resort and that has something for everyone.  It is important to remember that when you ask guests to travel for your wedding the location becomes a vacation destination for them as well.  So be sure to pick a location that will suit your guests’ varied interests.  In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo you can find something for everyone; for couples, small or multigenerational families, for nature and ocean lovers, for sports lovers and for those who are looking for some relaxing time.  You can find anything from small luxury hotels, to hotels and resorts of a larger scale and even private accommodations.

5.  Work with a local wedding consultant.  A local wedding consultant will be able to help you navigate not only the legalities of getting married in your destination, but also will have relationships with local wedding vendors.  A local consultant can also introduce you to romantic local customs or help you plan excursions for you and your guests.

6.   Get there early.  When planning a destination wedding, Jose recommends that the couple arrives to the location a few of days prior to the wedding, so you can  review in person all the details with your wedding consultant, make final arrangements and get ready for your big day.

7.  Enjoy your wedding.  Jose explains, “Your destination wedding should be all about enjoying your most important day in a beautiful location with your closest group of family and friends,” don’t let the stress of planning it get in the way of enjoying it.  After all, you’ve chosen to have a destination wedding for the experience, so make sure you experience it!

If you are interested in leaning more about a destination wedding at Capella Ixtapa please visit our website, or call us at: USA Toll Free: 1 (877) 296-8889, Canada Toll Free: 1 (855) 842-3399 or Mexico Toll Free: 01-800-838-6501.

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A Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown Wedding

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With February being Romance Month at Capella Hotels & Resorts, love is in the air and I’m excited to share with you an insider look into the recent marriage of Michael & Kym at Capella Washington, DC!  I can’t think of a more romantic destination to exchange wedding vows than during a rooftop sunset in the heart of historic Georgetown.

Georgetown WeddingFor the full story, I arranged to sit down with our Wedding & Event Specialist, Elisabeth Thomas.  Her insight and storytelling captivated me and I couldn’t help but to share it with you all!  The bride to be arrived at Capella D.C. without any idea that her fiancé had planned an intimate wedding ceremony on the rooftop with their immediate family, followed by a catered reception in our luxurious Presidential Suite.  She thought the two of them were just exchanging vows with an officiant on the rooftop.   Instead, the groom surprised her with some of his and her favorite things; family, friends, Calla lilies, champagne and layered vanilla & chocolate cake!

Elisabeth worked exclusively with the groom to make sure every detail came together perfectly.   One of Elisabeth’s favorite moments was the mother-of-the-bride surprise arrival as Kym was getting ready.  Elisabeth mentioned that the best time to organize a surprise like this is always before the bride puts on her makeup – there will certainly be tears!  Another special moment were the Calla lily bouquets, Kym’s favorite flower, which were arranged around the Presidential Suite reception along with canapés and cocktails that made for a scrumptious celebration.  I get the chills just thinking about how special and loved Kym must have felt upon discovering these details.

Georgetown Wedding 2This story is dear to my heart because it marks the first rooftop wedding love story at Capella D.C since opening in March, 2013.  If you happen to be planning your anniversary, birthday celebration, Valentine’s Day, or your own Georgetown Wedding, I know you will love and appreciate the outstanding attention that Elisabeth and our service professionals will provide to you every step of the way.  In fact, for those of you considering a romantic getaway in the Nation’s Capital, I would like to invite you to review our specials and experiences available Valentine’s Day Weekend!   Might I also suggest a romantic dinner for two at The Grill Room on Valentine’s Day, featuring a secret love potion intermezzo to kick off the 4-course menu?

For more information about weddings and romantic celebrations in February and beyond, be sure to contact Elisabeth Thomas directly at elisabeth.thomas@capellahotels.com or by calling (202) 617-2429.

Destination Weddings in Cabo San Lucas: Yifat Oren for Capella Pedregal

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I have always admired celebrity weddings with beautiful locations, personalized ceremony sites, flower arrangements and never before imagined details.  When I moved to Cabo San Lucas 6 years ago, I realized it is one of the most beautiful places for having a destination wedding.  350 sunny days per year, the unique desertic landscape, surrounded with Pacific Ocean on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other, the exquisite food and the friendliness of people are just some of the things that make Baja a dream wedding location.   When Capella Pedregal began its partnership with Yifat Oren, internationally acclaimed wedding planner, I was more than excited!  Capella Pedregal’s commitment has always been to making every wish come true to our guests and brides, and this is now even easier with our recent partnership with Yifat Oren.  The Wedding and Romance program, Yifat Oren for Capella Pedregal, allows our couples to work directly with Yifat and her team to develop their ideal destination wedding at Capella Pedregal.

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If you recently got engaged, or have been following the wedding industry for business or pleasure, you probably know Yifat Oren is one of the most sought after wedding planners in the world.  She is known for her celebrity clientele, having planned weddings for Drew Barrymore, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway and Molly Sims (just to name a few!).  What makes Yifat unique and a perfect match for Capella Pedregal is her acute attention to detail and graceful event design aesthetics.  All of her weddings are personal and perfectly capture the bride and groom.  By following her work I can already imagine that her weddings at Capella Pedregal will be like a fairytale come true!

“The stunning Capella Pedregal resort provides a natural canvas from which to create magnificent weddings,” said Yifat Oren,  “I am looking forward to developing events that will capture the beauty of Baja, highlight the well-appointed grounds of Capella Pedregal and create enduring memories for our brides and grooms.”

This curated luxury Cabo San Lucas destination wedding experience will include: design and décor, lighting and music, seasonal menu development, invitation and table cards, guest welcome bags, bridal resort experience — including welcome cocktails, spa treatments and other hotel amenities,  and a series of personal touches to make each wedding unique.  All you will need to do is book your date and come to Cabo with your wedding dress and rings.  Together with Yifat we will take care of all the rest!

I can’t wait for our first destination wedding with Yifat Oren to come true!

 

For inquiries regarding Yifat Oren for Capella Pedregal wedding events and planning service contact Capella Pedregals Weddings and Romance Manager, Cecilia Villanueva via cecilia.villanueva@capellahotels.com or by calling 877.247.6688.

Destination Weddings in Cabo San Lucas: Yifat Oren for Capella Pedregal

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Siempre me han gustado las bodas de celebridades con hermosos sitios, ceremonias personalizadas, increíbles arreglos florales y detalles nunca antes imaginados. Cuando me mude hace seis años a Cabo San Lucas, me di cuenta que es uno de los sitios más bellos para organizar una boda. 350 días de sol al año, el característico paisaje desértico rodeado del Océano Pacífico por un lado y por el otro el Mar de Cortez, la exquisita comida y la hospitalidad de la gente son solo algunas de las muchas cosas que hacen de la Baja un sitio perfecto para una boda soñada.

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Cuando Capella Pedregal comenzó su asociación con la internacionalmente reconocida Yifat Oren, me emocione mucho! El compromiso de Capella Pedregal siempre ha sido hacer todos los deseos de nuestros huéspedes y novias realidad, y esto es ahora más fácil que nunca con la integración de Yifat. El programa Romance y Bodas, Yifat Oren para Capella Pedregal, permite a nuestras parejas trabajar directamente con Yifat y su equipo para desarrollar su boda ideal en Capella Pedregal.

Si te comprometiste recientemente, o has seguido la industria de las bodas por placer o negocios, lo más seguro es que sepas que Yifat Oren es una de las organizadoras más solicitadas en el mundo. Ella es conocida por su clientela de celebridades y bodas para Drew Barrymore, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway y Molly Sims (solo por mencionar algunas!). Lo que la hace única y un perfecto socio de Capella Pedregal es su atención a los detalles y la estética de los eventos que organiza. Todas sus bodas son personalizadas y reflejan fielmente los deseos y personalidades de los novios. Conociendo su trabajo ya puedo imaginar que sus bodas en Capella Pedregal serán como un cuento de hadas!

“El maravilloso Capella Pedregal provee un lienzo natural donde crear bodas magníficas” dice Yifat Oren, “No puedo esperar a organizar eventos que capturen la belleza de la Baja, enmarcada dentro de la perfecta ubicación de Capella Pedregal y crear recuerdos inolvidables para nuestras parejas de novios.

Esta experiencia de boda en Cabo San Lucas cuidadosamente curada, incluye: diseño y decoración, luces y música, desarrollo de un menú característico de la temporada, invitaciones y papelería de mesa, bolsos de bienvenida para los invitados, experiencia de resort para las novias -incluyendo cocteles de bienvenida, tratamientos de spa y otras comodidades del hotel, y una serie de toques personales para hacer de cada boda única. Todo lo que necesitas hacer, es reservar tu fecha y venir a Cabo con tu vestido y anillos. Juntos Capella y Yifat nos haremos cargo del resto!

No puedo esperar a ver nuestra primera boda con Yifat! Para preguntas e información sobre las Bodas Yifat Ren para Capella Pedregal, contacta a nuestra gerente de Bodas y Romance Cecilia Villanueva mediante el email cecilia.villanueva@capellahotels.com o llamando al 877.247.6688.  Puedes seguir también nuestras bodas en facebook en facebook.com/CapellaPedregal.

 

Yours Truly Weddings At Capella Pedregal

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Weddings at Capella Pedregal are my absolute favorite days at work.  In the morning, there is a feeling of excitement in the air.  Final preparations are made so that the couple’s dream can be realized.

During February all Capella Hotels and Resorts celebrate the Month of Romance, with special activities planned at the resort.  This seemed like the perfect time to visit with Capella Pedregal’s Wedding and Romance Specialist, Cecilia Villanueva.  As we sat looking at photo albums and discussing past events, Cecilia told me about some of the couples she had worked with in planning Capella’s signature Yours Truly weddings.

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One couple, Kristin and Josh, had written a note about their experience.  It read, “We looked at all the resorts in and around Cabo San Lucas for our wedding, and the choice was easy and obvious.  Capella Pedregal was an amazing mix of luxury and service.  The views, the sunrises and sunsets, a restaurant carved in the cliffs, infinity pools overlooking absolutely gorgeous beach, rooms that are unique and luxurious.  There’s just no place like Capella.”

Cecilia explained that what makes a Capella Pedregal Yours Truly wedding special is just as the name suggests: a wedding that is truly personalized for each couple.  Whether it be a wedding for 300 guests or a beach elopement with just the two, each wedding at Capella Pedregal is unique.  To help a couple begin their wedding journey, we have recently launched a “Romantic Destination Wedding Package” , which includes everything from the accommodations to the ceremony to a romantic couples massage.

I loved spending time with Cecilia and seeing her passion to create each memorable event.  If you are interested to get more information about our Wedding and Honeymoon Yours Truly activities, you can reach out to Cecilia at cecilia.villanueva@capellahotels.com or at (877) 247- 6688.  And for those of you looking for romantic inspiration, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

 

 

 

Photographs of Kristin and Josh by Bradley Fraser: http://www.cabophotography.com/