Soiree in the Sand
Tying the knot beats selling seashells by the seashore
Crashing waves, ocean spray and a seemingly endless sun-draped horizon … the setting of an oceanside wedding ignites imagination and romance. Be it barefoot in the powder-fine white sands of a tropical island or a few miles from home in SoCal atop a cliff's edge overlooking the Pacific, taking your vows by the sea is a surefire way to inspire an unforgettable evening under the stars among friends and family.
Jenny McGrath, 33, and Greg Merino, 33, of San Diego love to surf. So when they got married last February, there was no question that it would be on the ocean. "We're like fish," she said, describing how they came to choose the charming eco-luxe Casa Viva in Troncones, Mexico,
just a few hours south of Los Angeles by plane. "A close friend had been to Zihuatanejo," said McGrath, "and came back telling us of this little fishing-village-turned-surf-town that made her think of us." McGrath and Merino flew down and fell in love with the spot immediately. Their beach nuptials among 50 of their closest friends and family included a mariachi band, fireworks and tequila toasts with their toes touching the emerald waters of the warm Pacific.
According to Casa Viva owner David Leventhal, "many couples seeking beach weddings are coming to Mexico." He added that Zihuatanejo has sunshine about 300 days a year. He suggested that couples getting married by the sea take advantage of the location with activities like surfing, snorkeling and fishing, not to mention local shopping excursions.
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