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Our Dream Wedding In Cabo, Mexico

As soon as Kelly proposed, we knew we wanted to get married where our love story began, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Not only was planning a destination wedding difficult with the time change and language barriers, but COVID-19 was still putting a burden on our plans. After years of dedicated planning, saving, the bulk-booking of flights and hotels, we convinced 65 family friends to be a part of the most magical day of our lives. Finally saying "I do" at a location that means everything to us in front of our favorite people, seems even more special.

As covered in the NY Times

Travel Agent: Lars from Destination Weddings

(720) 216-0721

I highly recommend reaching out to Lars as he allowed us to enjoy planning the wedding and ultimately our vacation. Lars was extremely knowledgeable of the destination wedding process, and he worked around the clock to make sure our group had the best rates. Make sure you have a great price locked in for your guests before you sign the hotel contract.

Fishing Charter with the family: Viviana's Fishing Boat Cabo Marina

We chose a great and inexpensive charter to take 9 of us fishing early in the morning the Sunday before the wedding. We packed a bag of snacks, beers and water for our trip. On the dock, the captain met us and we handed over money for fish bait and our licenses. Hind sight, we did not have to purchase 9 licenses ($35 each) as only 4 people fished. Out on the water we reeled in 2 Skipjack (tuna family). While trolling the coastline you could see sea lions, whale, and pelicans. Alex fileted the fish on the boat and bagged it up for us to take to Captain Tony's. There they cook the fish several ways for your party to share. It was an incredible day and truly enjoyed eating the fruits of our labor after.

Hotel: Pueblo Bonito Sunset

Wedding Planner: Elisa at

After visiting many Cabo properties prior to the wedding, we absolutely fell in love with this resort. Kelly and I chose a beach wedding and a skypool reception. Before signing the contract make sure you negotiate everything you envision at your wedding. We negotiated the arch, the flowers on it, the flowers for the maid of honor and flower girl. We also negotiated the videography charge for EM Weddings prior which really helped our budget overall. Another tip is reviewing your wedding timeline! We altered their timeline because they had the timing back-to-back with no wiggle room for photos and traveling on golf carts from the beach to the reception. Do not lose the time you are paying for. After speaking to a handful of other brides we all came to a joint conclusion that the communication leading up to the wedding is for lack of better words, brutal. A month before the wedding I received answers quicker, but when you are a planner, like myself that was not good enough for my deadlines.

Wedding Venue: Secluded Beach for the ceremony then the Sky Pool Terrace for the reception

Hair & Make-Up: Olivia from the resort spa, Armonia was incredible. I got a hair/make-up trial the day before the wedding as I was nervous. She listened to my wants, needs and I reviewed some inspirational photos with her. I felt so beautiful when she was done, it came out perfect! On the wedding day be sure to order snacks and champagne before you get to the salon.

Photographer: Maritna Gebarovska

I would not want to work with any other photographer for my engagement or wedding photos. Martina has the most amazing eye and captures the love in the most beautiful way. She is exceptional and worth reaching out to.

Videographer: EM Weddings

I was worried about using the resort vendors, however after researching Em's site and social I felt confident they were going to do a fabulous job; and they indeed did! We negotiated 8 hours, which was perfect, and they had a crew of 3 people. The drone footage was beautiful, and they put together a file of the entire day!

Ashleigh and Kelly MacDonald's Dream Wedding in Cabo

Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Party Bon Fire

La Nao Buffet

Kelly and I headed over to Pacifico for some romantic photos before the wedding rehearsal on the beach. We met our family and friends for some family photos prior to going over the wedding details with Elisa, our wedding coordinator. Elisa met us on the beach and ran us through the day before we headed to La Nao. We chose La Nao for dinner because it is a large enough area, it would be quick, and it is very close to the beach. Kelly and I stopped in at lunch to let them know we would have about 17 people joining us for dinner that evening, just so they were aware. We were very budget conscious through the planning process, but if you do any add on, we highly suggest the bon fire (& the firework sparks on the dance floor, I'll get to that). It was a lot of fun, and our friends and family enjoyed the time on the beach with a private bar. If you do this bring a large portable speaker with a play list ready.

Rehearsal Bouquet

Outfit Details:

Shoes and Cult Gaia Bag

Kelly's Fit and other Jumpsuit Options

Bridal Boquet Made by my mother with my late grandparents' jewelry

Wedding Day Outfit Details:

Mother of the Bride Dress: