A Wedding Fiesta to Remember South of the Border
By Celece & Rob Krieger
It’s hard to believe it had been seven years since View On Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Kathy Lee introduced her golf writer, Rob Krieger and travel writer, Celece Seegmiller. Two years ago, we were engaged, and last year we found ourselves with a big decision to make: “Where in the world do we get married?” Several destinations were considered, everywhere from Zion National Park to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. With family and friends scattered from coast to coast, we wanted a location that was convenient, affordable, and fun. We finally settled on Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Spa and Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. Of course, Kathy Lee was there and she asked her golf and travel writers to collaborate on our articles for this issue.
From the Bride:
On June 9, thirty-six of our dearest family members and friends gathered to witness our wedding celebration, or as I like to call it, our wedding fiesta. Many guests arrived early and stayed for five or six days. Getting to Secrets from St. George was incredibly convenient with a short forty-five minute flight from St. George to Phoenix, and a ninety minute flight from Phoenix on American Airlines. With eight restaurants and four bars, beautiful pools, and a sublime spa, we had a wonderful time together enjoying this beautiful all-inclusive resort.
While most brides spend the days before their wedding rushing around finalizing details, I had the opportunity to relax and enjoy our guests. On the day of the wedding, the only thing I had to do was have my hair and makeup done by the spa professionals and get dressed while Rob played golf. The entire wedding team at the resort was incredible to work with, from start to finish. It was the wedding I had always dreamed of, with the waves crashing on the beach and a light ocean breeze setting the scene. Our dear friend and local musician, Nonamarie Miller was there to share her talents as she played the violin while we walked down the aisle. She also sang Marry Me by Train. According to witnesses, there was not a dry eye in the house. Of course, it was only appropriate for us to ride off in a golf cart for our reception.
Our sunset reception was set on a patio above the ocean with waves rolling in and a Mariachi band playing in the background. After dinner, the sunset and a beautiful rare full strawberry moon rose above the sea. It was indeed the best day of my life, and I could not have asked for a better setting to marry the love of my life. After a late night of dancing under the twinkling lights, we arrived back to our room and found it covered in rose petals and washed in candlelight. The next morning, we were served a gourmet champagne breakfast in bed followed by a couple’s massage. Who could ask for more?
I now get to spend the rest of my life full of adventures with my best friend.
From the Groom:
I’ve played golf since the age of six and have been a bachelor for over twenty years. I am getting married in a few hours. There is only one way to spend the last hours of my bachelorhood, on the golf course, of course.
With thirty-six people gathering at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos for our wedding, I played two rounds of golf with family and friends at the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course on the Secrets property. I chose the course because there were many holes that surround the resort, there were amazing views of the ocean on over half the holes, and it was only a three minute ride from the resort to the clubhouse.
Golf has been a consistent part of my life since I was young, so as I was ending one chapter of my life and welcoming the newest exciting chapter, it felt like the most natural way to prepare myself mentally, physically, and emotionally. Golf for me, is not just a competitive sport, but a therapeutic activity that helps me cerebrally, whether it be playing, practicing, or just hitting golf balls.
It also helps when the course creates a great experience, and this golf course does. But it also has an interesting story. The 18-hole course is a combination of two originally designed 18-hole courses. (It is currently built as 9-holes designed by Jack Nicklaus and 9-holes designed by Greg Norman.) However, by October of this year, the second 9-holes from Jack’s course will be completed and open for play. The permanent clubhouse is also under construction and should open next year. The golf course is a lot of fun to play and manageable for all skill levels. To add to the incredible experience, the golf course is all-inclusive. That means that when you pay for your green fee, your golf cart, range balls, and all of your food and drinks for the day are included. At the comfort stations, you can have fresh tacos, hot dogs, and burgers made to order. Any mixed drinks can be prepared by the bartender at the fully-stocked bar. Players can grab a couple of beers or soft drinks and a plethora of snacks to keep them energized, all at no extra charge. What a different concept and a unique way to create an awesome experience.
By the end of my round, the game of golf, like an old friend, was there to put me in the right frame of mind to go take on the next adventure with peace and excitement knowing I will have a great caddy for the rest of my life. Fairways and Greens, Rob.
Destination weddings not only create an incredible experience for the bride and groom, but for their guests as well. Weddings have a way of bringing people together. Our family and friends from Boston, Cleveland, Salt Lake, Mesquite, and St. George arrived as strangers and left as friends. It was the best wedding gift we could have asked for.
**To see our wedding video and more photos, visit www.stgeorgetravel.com/blog