Mexico Anyone??

I have another guest poster posting today while I am recovering.  I always feel that you need a vacation after a vacation just to get your feet back on the ground.  I have been up to my eyeballs in laundry and groceries…it’s crazy.  Recap from Cape Cod coming later this week!

While I finish napping cleaning, I have Tiffany taking over the blog today!

It’s all yours Tiffany!!

Hi, I’m Tiffany and I blog over at My Smile Saga. I started blogging to chronicle my journey through jaw surgery, but decided to continue to write about my life and travels and a Yankee Speech-Language Pathologist living in wild and wonderful West Virginia.

I spent the past 15 months planning a wedding-moon for my now-hubby and 35 of our closest friends and family and am so excited to be sharing the highlights with Kristyn’s readers while she is on vacation. P.S. Destination weddings are the way to go!
We traveled to Now Sapphire Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico from May 14- 21. It is a smaller all-inclusive resort with amazing food (no reservations needed/ no additional costs) and a relaxed, authentic Mexican vibe. After a 5:25 AM departure from CRW and a layover in Charlotte, we were at the resort by noon local time! Our room wasn’t ready, but the resort held on to our bags and we hit the buffet for lunch and explored the resort for a while. When our room was ready, we changed into our bathing suits and sprinted down to the pool for some sunshine and cold beverages! I started with a pina colada, but the Coronas were on draft and hit the spot as well! If you are really in a party mood, try an Iceburg – a Corona with a scoop of frozen margarita on top.
First afternoon at the resort
Our second day started with fresh squeezed juice and made-to-order omelets in the buffet, followed by a meeting with the wedding planner. We went over all the little details and dropped off a duffle bag of decorations before getting a tour of the ceremony and reception areas, as well as the back up locations in case of rain. The backup location was a ballroom, and not what I envisioned for a wedding, so we kept our fingers crossed for sunny skies. The remainder of the day was spent greeting our arriving guests and working on a “no tan-line” tan at the pool. We ate at the Mexican restaurant that night and it was amazing. Everything was fresh and we were offered tequila upon arrival, ordering our meals, and departure (ick…I am not a tequila person) The staff of this restaurant is the same group that was the staff at our wedding, which was great because they seemed so happy and excited at the wedding after getting to know us all a bit.

On our third day in Mexico, we took an excursion through Edventure Tours. The tour included the Mayan Ruins at Tulum, ATV riding, rock climbing, rapelling and snorkeling in the cenotes.  I wrote a very thorough recap here on my blog! We walked around the ruins on our own for about an hour, then met back up with the guides.
Next, we drove the ATVs into the jungle and after going over the rules, we started our zipline adventure. It was a series of ziplines, bridges, platforms, and stairs.

 After that, our group did the rockclimbing and rappeling portion, which were both fun, but not the focus of the day, which was fine with me.

Next we went to the cenotes. We were provided with masks and mouthpieces and were allowed to explore the first cave on our own. It was open, so you could see where you were swimming.There was a platform where we all jumped into the crystal clear fresh water! Next, we walked over to another cenote and were given flashlights and the small inflatable life jacket/ floats. We followed the guides around the cenote and it was truly breathtaking.
Following the snorkeling, we were able to change and enjoy some beverage before eating an amazing lunch of chicken and pork tacos (literally the best food I ate in Mexico).
Friday was another beach/ pool day and my birthday! We held a welcome cocktail reception at the Lobby bar for our guests and they surprised me with a birthday cake!

Sibs at the Welcome Party

Saturday was Wedding Day! Tate and I ate breakfast and relaxed for a while before he went to the beach with the guys and the ladies and I hit the salon to get ready!
When we arrived back to the room, we noshed on some room service and mimosas before the photographer arrive. At 5 pm, it was ceremony time. There are no words for how awesome it felt to say our vows on the beach in front of the people we love! I could go on and on about the wedding day, but that is a post for another day!
The Kiss
 First Dance

Sunday was supposed to be a relaxing morning with breakfast in bed, but we were surprised with a call from the spa! They had made a mistake and scheduled our couples massage for the wrong day, but it worked out and was very relaxing. If you get the chance, get a couples massage! Sunday was also Tate’s birthday, so the fellas celebrated with some shots at dinner! If you are reading closely, you will realize that we did, in fact, get married the day between our birthdays.

Monday was more of the same: eat breakfast, go to the beach, eat lunch, drink at the pool bar, eat dinner, hang out and listen to live music, eat late night room service or the buffet and get a glorious night of sleep. Why can’t real life be like this?

While I know a destination wedding isn’t for everyone, a trip to an all-inclusive resort in a tropical local is a perfect getaway for couples, singles, or groups of friends. We really enjoyed the quality and accessibility of the food and the small size and relaxed nature of the resort. It made it easy to find our guests and it was easy to get from one part of the resort to another.

What is your favorite tropical location to visit?

I am honestly going to look up this place as a possible honeymoon destination.  These pictures look awesome!  And geez…can you imagine zip lining through Mexico.  Sign me up!

Thank you Tiffany for sharing your wedding and adventures with us!  And that you so much for guest posting while I am recovering…whew!  Being away for 7 days is rough!

I want to give one last huge shout out to the lovely ladies who guest posted for me; Kim, Patricia, Stevie, and Tiffany.  Thank you ladies again so much!

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