Tying the knot in Saint Lucia


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.


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.



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


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.


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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Consejos Para Planear Una Boda En Destino


Las bodas en destino son una tendencia que cada vez es más popular.  Normalmente para parejas donde la familia vive lejos, o para aquellos que están buscando añadir un poco de aventura a su celebración, las bodas en destino son una excelente opción.  He visto muchas parejas como estas casarse en Capella Ixtapa por las mismas razones.  Ya que Ixtapa Zihuatanejo ofrece fabulosas playas e islas, hermosos paisajes tropicales, exquisita cocina, gente amigable, estilo de vida de playa y relajado, impresionantes puestas de sol y un auténtico ambiente mexicano – ¿A quién no le gustaría casarse en dichas condiciones?

Para algunos, planear una boda en destino puede ser una tarea desalentadora. Así que pensé en hablar con José Brito, asesor de bodas de Capella Ixtapa, y obtener un par de consejos para tener en cuenta cuando se planea un evento perfecto de este tipo.


  1. Define el presupuesto de la boda.  Este primer paso del planeamiento de tu boda te ayudará a elegir correctamente el destino, el número de invitados, hotel y lugar donde será la celebración.
  2. Elige un destino con conexiones de viaje apropiadas.  Debido a que la mayoría de tus invitados estarán transladándose de su lugar de residencia al destino de la boda, elige un sitio que tenga fácil y conveniente acceso a los viajeros.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo tiene muchos vuelos directos desde Mexico, los Estados Unidos y Canada, así que es muy conveniente al momento de viajar.  Cuando planees una boda de destino contacta a las aerolíneas (o agente de viajes) y negocia una tarifa para grupos.
  3. Determina el numero de invitados.  Determinar la lista de invitados es crucial para comprender dónde y cómo tu presupuesto será aplicado.
  4. Elige un destino y resort que tenga algo para todos.  Es importante recordar que cuando pides a tus invitados viajar para tu boda, el destino se vuelve un destino de vacaciones para ellos también.  Así que asegúrate de elegir un lugar que pueda tener algo para los variados intereses de tus invitados.  En Ixtapa Zihuatanejo se puede encontrar algo para todo gusto; para parejas, familias pequeñas o multigeneracionales, amantes de la naturaleza o del océano, para los amantes de los deportes y también para aquellos que buscan relajarse.  Puedes encontrar desde pequeños hoteles de lujo, a hoteles y resorts de gran escala e incluso alojamiento privado.
  5. Trabaja con un Asesor de Bodas local.  Un asesor de bodas local te permitirá navegar no sólo el aspecto legal de casarse en el destino elegido, sino también tendrá relación y conocimiento de los contratistas de boda locales.  Un asesor local también te puede introducir a tradiciones románticas locales o ayudarte a planear actividades para ti y tus invitados.
  6. Llega al sitio antes de tu boda.  Cuando planeas una boda en destino, Jose recomienda que la pareja llegue al lugar días antes de la boda, para que puedan supervisar en persona todos los detalles de tu boda con tu asesor de bodas, hacer arreglos y ajustes finales y prepararte con calma para tu gran día.
  7. Disfruta tu boda.  Jose explica “Debes disfrutar al 100% tu boda en destino, estar en un sitio hermoso con tu familia y amigos más cercanos” no dejes que el stress de planearla interfiera en el goce de la misma.  Después de todo, has elegido organizar una boda en destino por la experiencia, así que ¡asegúrate de vivirla plenamente!

Si están interesados en aprender más sobre nuestras bodas destino en Capella Ixtapa por favor visiten nuestra página web, o llámanos sin costo desde los Estados Unidos al: 1 (877) 296-8889; sin costo desde Canada al: 1(855)842-3399, o sin costo desde México al 01-800-838-6501.

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A Smartphone Wedding at Capella Pedregal


It is no secret that weddings at Capella Pedregal are my favorite!  I love observing the entire process of planning, food tasting, rehearsal dinners, decorations and the wedding day itself.  And while each of the weddings is tailored to each individual couple, there is one wedding I wanted to share with you today – the wedding of a beautiful couple Crista and Chris, which was captured, the first in the world, entirely with the smartphone Nokia Lumia 1020.

0029CAPELLA_PEDREGAL_NOKIA_WEDDING_JOYMARIEI discovered the photos online, and then approached the photographer Joy Marie Smalwood to get more details about this unique wedding.  Joy Marie told me that when a PR firm initially approached her about a “secret project” with an unnamed client, her immediate thought was that it was a scam.  But it turned out that this was a real invitation by Nokia to photograph an entire wedding on their new smartphone, which has 41 megapixel capacity and several features, which we would normally find on a professional camera.

0028CAPELLA_PEDREGAL_NOKIA_WEDDING_JOYMARIEAnd while at Joy Marie Photography they love to push the boundaries, they were at first skeptical and nervous.  But they researched the capabilities of the phone, and decided to give it a try.  The bride and groom to be, Crista and Cris, have an adventurous spirit, and they agreed to have their Capella Pedregal wedding photographed with a smartphone.  Were they happy with the results?  “We can’t get over how well everything turned out.  Very impressive.”


Myself and the entire Capella Pedregal team are impressed as well, and I’m so happy to share some of my favorite photos from Crista and Chris’s smartphone wedding, captured by  Joy Marie Photography on Nokia Lumia 1020, with you.



For more Capella Pedregal wedding photographs I invite you to visit our Facebook Photo Album here, and Pinterest album here, or visit our website for more information about Capella Pedregal weddings here.


Photos: Joy Marie Photography

Una Boda De Teléfono Inteligente En Capella Pedregal


Todos saben que las bodas en Capella Pedregal son mis favoritas!  Adoro ver todo el proceso desde el planeamiento, las pruebas de comida, cenas de ensayo, la decoración hasta el día de la boda.  Y mientras que todas las bodas están hechas a la medida de cada pareja, hay una en específico que quiero compartirles el día de hoy –la boda de una hermosa pareja, Crista y Chris, la cual fue documentada, por primera vez en el mundo, íntegramente con un teléfono inteligente Nokia Lumia 1020.

0029CAPELLA_PEDREGAL_NOKIA_WEDDING_JOYMARIEDescubrí las fotos en línea, y después contacté a la fotógrafa Joy Marie Smallwood para obtener más detalles sobre esta peculiar boda.  Joy Marie me contó que cuando una agencia de RP se le acercó con un “proyecto secreto” para un cliente anónimo, inmediatamente creyó que era un engaño.  Pero resultó que era una invitación de Nokia a fotografiar una boda en su totalidad con su nuevo teléfono inteligente, el cual cuenta con capacidad para 41 megapixeles y muchas otras aplicaciones que comúnmente se encuentran sólo en una cámara profesional.

0028CAPELLA_PEDREGAL_NOKIA_WEDDING_JOYMARIEY aunque en Joy Marie Photography les gusta siempre experimentar y llevar las cosas al límite, en un principio estuvieron escépticos y nerviosos.  Sin embargo investigaron y probaron las capacidades del teléfono, y decidieron darle una oportunidad al proyecto.  Los novios, Crista y Chris, tienen sin duda un espíritu aventurero, y aceptaron tener su boda en Capella Pedregal fotografiada íntegramente con un teléfono inteligente.  Resultaron complacidos con los resultados?  “No podemos aún comprender lo bien que todo resultó, estamos impresionados”.

0001CAPELLA_PEDREGAL_NOKIA_WEDDING_JOYMARIEEl equipo completo de Capella Pedregal así como yo misma estamos impactados también, y me gustaría compartirles algunas de mis fotos favoritas de la boda de Crista y Chris, tomadas por Joy Marie Photography en un Nokia Lumia 1020.


Para más fotos de bodas en Capella Pedregal te invito a visitar nuestro álbum de fotos en Facebook dando click aquí, y nuestro album en Pinterest aquí, o también visita nuestro website para más información de bodas en Capella Pedregal dando click aquí.


Fotos: Joy Marie Photography 

Yours Truly Weddings At Capella Pedregal

Yours Truly Weddings At Capella Pedregal

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.

Yours Truly Weddings At Capella Pedregal

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/