GayDestinationWeddings.com helped coordinate such an important day in both of our lives.
The overall experience working with GayDestinationWeddings.com was fantastic! Robert proposed to Michael in Dubrovnik, Croatia, so we knew it was going to be hard to top our engagement story; however, we succeeded.
Let's start by introducing ourselves. We have been together for eight years and live in Denver, Colorado. We are what you can describe as any normal gay couple. We love to travel and entertain our friends at our home. Until a few years ago, we never thought the idea of getting married would be possible. Our thoughts changed however, when we started attending more Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and One Colorado events. There, we met other gay couples who were married and realized that gay marriage is not just a pipe-dream but an inevitable progression in our society. Everyone deserves love and deserves the opportunity to express their love through marriage.
When we first started planning our wedding we realized we wanted something different. Let's face it, two guys getting married isn't what one would call conventional. After attending a friend’s destination wedding, we realized that this was the type of event that we wanted for our own. We noticed there was an ease of planning and lack of stress that came along with a destination wedding. That's when we contacted GayDestinationWeddings.com and were connected with Donna, our very own Destination Wedding Specialist. Donna was incredibly helpful when it came to planning our, once in a lifetime, event. We were concerned about a destination wedding after reading many reviews about hotels and venues that said they were LGBT-friendly but were not. Donna recommended several locations/venues that she knew were LGBT-friendly. This was something that was very important to us. We felt very secure in our selection of hotel and venue after working with Donna. She shared wonderful insight, showed great attention to detail, and possessed strong communication skills.
We decided to get married May 3, 2014 at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Resort and Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The whole experience was nothing more than magical, it is certainly hard to put how we felt into words. We were lucky enough to have around 40 guests that traveled to attend our wedding. Each of our friends have expressed how much fun they had and what a great venue we had selected. On Friday night, with the assistance of the Hotel, we rented a private ship to take our guests around the Cabo San Lucas bay. This definitely set the tone for our entire wedding weekend. The ship was excellent! The food, alcohol, and music were incredible. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and we only had a few guests get sea sick, “We are from Colorado, don't do much boating”.
The wedding was the following day at sunset on the beach. As untraditional as it was, we spent the whole day together. We checked in on our guests, relaxed and finally wrote our vows. We wrote our vows overlooking the ocean on the hotel veranda. This was the perfect place to write and share memories during the last few minutes before we started a new chapter together.
The ceremony felt like something fantasies are made of. Michael's brother officiated the wedding and both of us grooms fought hard to hold back the tears but did not succeed. After the service, the whole wedding party received a sand dollar to make a wish or blessing for the couple and tossed them into the ocean. The night continued with cocktails, dinner and dancing. We could go on and on about how great the service was. Our guest never had an empty glass of champagne, the food was delicious, and the DJ turned our reception into the BEST dance party ever (and that is saying something coming from us)! There were a few who tried to crash the wedding celebration and many onlookers. We were fortunate enough to be able to stay for a few days following our wedding. We kept hearing stories about the "great beach wedding on Saturday night". Our wedding was the talk of the resort.
GayDestinationWeddings.com helped coordinate such an important day in both of our lives. We truly could not be happier with the service and professionalism Donna provided. The most important part of our wedding however, was that we were married. The icing on the cake was that we celebrated this important day surrounded by our closest family and friends.