Two years ago today, José and I were married in Los Cabos, Mexico, in front of nearly 100 family members and friends. I can still remember most of the day very clearly, though it went by very fast. Sometimes, it seems like it was just yesterday.
We were first married in a small Catholic ceremony in a beautiful historic church in San José del Cabo with just our parents and witnesses, and then later in the evening we had a full Catholic mass on the beach with all our guests at the Westin Los Cabos.
The church where we were married, Misión de San José del Cabo Anuití, was a mission originally built by a Jesuit priest, Father Nicolás Tamaral, in 1730. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, and the current twin-tower structure was last restored in 1932 after it was damaged by a hurricane. The church satisfied my love for history, architecture and art, all in one.
The whole day was completely perfect from beginning to end. Okay, it wasn’t completely perfect (it was blazing hot even after the sun set), but it was damn near perfect. If I could do it all over again, the only thing I’d do differently is savor each moment individually, like in slow motion. I’d hug each person a little tighter, and add a few more family members who couldn’t be there with us. Unfortunately, I can’t do it all over again. But I’m okay with that because I know that our wedding day was just about as perfect as they come.
Sadly, I also don’t have photos of the food we served at our wedding. I’m sure if I look through all of our family and friends’ photos, I might find some halfway decent shots of what they ate. None of which would be beautiful or tasty enough to do the menu justice, I’d bet. I do, however, still have a copy of the menu so you can imagine it.
Here’s what we served:
Entrada Caliente / Appetizer
Chile Poblano, relleno con queso y envuelto en pasta de hojaldre con salsa de jitomate asado / Poblano chile, stuffed with cheese and enveloped in puff pastry with roasted tomato sauce
Ensalada / Salad
Ensalada Mexicana con queso de cabra, jitomate en cubitos, pimientos, cebolla y granos de elote, servido con Juliana de tortilla frita, aderezo de cilantro y miel / Mexican salad with goat cheese, diced tomato, peppers, onion and corn, served with crunchy tortilla strips and drizzled with cilantro-honey dressing
Plato Fuerte / Main Course
Chuleta de cerdo adobado, cortes dobles gruesos, marinades en achiote con cebolla picada y servido con salsa de frijol negro y mango, chayote, maiz en grano y pimiento marron, con papas con oregano / Thick, double cut pork chops, marinated in achiote and slowly baked. Topped with pickled onions, served with black bean mango salsa, stewed chayote, corn, red pepper and oregano potatoes
o / or
Filete de Huachinango a la talla con achiote y servido en hoja de plátano. Timbal de arroz basmati y confetti de vegetales / Red snapper filet marinated in achiote and served in a banana leaf with basmati rice and a confetti of fresh roasted vegetables
Postre / Dessert
Flan de Kahlua y con avellana y reja de chocolate / Flan made with Kahlua liqueur, hazelnut and drizzled with chocolate
Yes, we served our guests flan for dessert instead of having a traditional wedding cake. We chose to have a very small pastel de tres leches to cut at our reception. We ate one slice and then the cake was whisked away and saved for us to eat throughout the rest of our honeymoon week.
We ate. We drank. We laughed. We danced.
We danced all night long. Our wedding even had an after party – until around 4 a.m. (hours after we’d retired to our honeymoon suite), and then those who were truly hard partiers, as we learned the next day, took their celebrating to the beach.
To this day, our friends still talk about how much fun they had at our wedding. We received so many gifts, some from people I didn’t even know and that José had perhaps only met once. Thankfully, most of the gifts were sent to our home in Chicago instead of brought to Los Cabos for the wedding so we didn’t have much extra to carry home.
One of my favorite gifts we received, though, was from a friend who did not make it to Los Cabos to celebrate with us. It was a simple but beautiful pair of antique silver candlesticks. They had been sent to my suegros’ house and we brought them back home after our next visit to Mexico City after the wedding.
The accompanying card was what touched me most.
Estimados Maura Colleen y José Manuel,
Encontré en La Lagunilla este par de candelabros para que siempre haya luz en su matrimonio.
Haga votos para que el amor, la fuerza y la humilidad los iluminen. ¡Muchas felicidades!
This week, I vow to polish my candlesticks and use them. I normally display them on a shelf and they’ve gotten quite tarnished over the last few months, as you can see. I challenge you to take out your favorite pair of candlesticks, clean them if necessary, and use them in the next week or two to dine by candlelight with someone you love.
Until I met José, I never knew it was possible to love someone more and more each day. He was a big part of my inspiration to start this blog and he has always encouraged my writing here. Even when it’s about him. And for that, I love him even more.
Feliz aniversario, mi amor. Te quiero muchísimo.0
Karari Kue says
Ay! Qué romántico! I don’t plan on gettin married quite yet, but espero encontrar aquel hombre que haga sentir lo que tú sientes.
Felicidades once again!
Ana Lilian Flores says
Wow..just wow…and beautiful
Yoly @ YNR Live says
Loved reading your story, very romantic. Feliz Aniversario!
Christy aka Mamarazzi says
What a lovely memory!
I am sure it was a beautiful wedding. I love Los Cabos so I am sure it was great!
I just got married in Merida, Yucatan in Mexico at an old hacienda. Mexico has some of the best venues for a wedding, right? That church is gorgeous, and I love the antique candlesticks.
And an extra congrats on being Freshly Pressed.
Saludos desde Cancun,
Michael Flores says
Thank you for sharing, and Happy Anniversary! God bless you both.
Happy anniversary — married love is my favorite!
Your wedding looks and truly sounds like a magical day! All the photos look so beautiful, and I have to say the menu… a dream. Thanks for sharing your special day with us.
beautiful wedding In Mexico Wow! best place to do so… Félicitations!
Lesley T. says
Aww. Beautiful story. (And mouth-watering menu, too.) Felicidades to the two of you!
That was beautiful! 🙂 Thank you for such a great post!
Congrats on your anniversary! And I need to see more wedding pictures, they look fabuloso!!
Angelica Perez says
Your words and photographs took me miles and miles away, to Los Cabos…You write so beautiful and honest. Felicidades y que viva el amor…!
I lived in Mexico for 6 months and fell in love with Mexican food! It’s my favorite! 🙂
Beautiful. Felicidades to you and José…and many years more!
Ay, Maura! How special and beautifully written! Happy Anniversary a los dos. May you have many more…
Hi there – new to the blogosphere, but I just had to leave a comment! Everything looks beautiful, and your dress was perfect! My favorite part? Flan as the dessert!
Wow, it looked amazing! I’m pretty jealous right now. No way ever will I be able to afford such a gorgeous wedding. Congrats! BTW the food sounded yum-mie!
What a beautiful wedding!!!
What a beautifully simple yet elegant beach wedding.
Beautiful!! Love your pictures. Soooo romantic!!!
Your wedding was so beautiful! Congrats on your anniversary! We honeymooned in Cabo. 🙂
Melanie (ModernMami) says
Such a beautiful wedding! Happy anniversary. 🙂
ok now I’m crying! congrats again 🙂
Maura Hernandez says
Thanks to all who left such lovely comments to congratulate us on our wedding anniversary! 🙂 A lot of people have requested that I post more wedding photos so I’m working on a little slideshow to share soon.
Felicidades! I love those pics. Muy linda boda.