At this time, last week, we were landing in Oakland after four verrrrry relaxing days in Cancun.  My mom sent me this spot on NYT article about keeping that vacation feeling, and so in that spirit, a bit of vacation reminiscing…

After a crazy early flight Friday morning, we meet up with Mr. Bress in Phoenix.

Ha! After a slight delay, we landed in Quintana Roo.  I’ll write about the wedding in a moment (AMAZING) but first some memories from the vacation.

The resort (the Now Sapphire) was huge and a very tasetfully decorated all-inclusive.  I’ve never stayed at an all inclusive resort, and after one trip, I can safely say it is the most stress-free way to travel.  Basically, once we checked in, we literally did not have to do anything.  No planning, no navigating, no deciding.  Just wake up, go to breakfast, lay at the beach, have lunch, some drinks, repeat.  It was an ideal way to completely let go and let your mind relax.

Having said that (can’t say that without thinking of Curb), I’m not sure all-inclusives are my thing.  It was unbelievably relaxing, but also, a bit confined.  By design, it’s an artificial environment and there’s a Disneyfication that is impossible to ignore (though, I loved the Hibachi restaurant and the fake French restaurant was quite good).  The resort itself was beautiful, and I could see going back for a few days in a few years if we need to totally relax.

If we do return, I would LOVE to stay at the Zoetry Paraiso la Bonita, Katie and Brendon’s wedding resort. On Saturday, we took a short cab ride up the road to the wedding.  The resort was stunning, as was the bride and the wedding.

Such a romantic setting!

On the water!


Katie was such a happy, gorgeous bride.  A favorite moment in the ceremony: a reading from Justice Margaret Marshall’s opinion in Goodridge v. Department of Health.  It was a beautiful moment to recognize equality and a powerful passage:

“Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family…Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”

Another favorite moment was at the reception.  Katie’s mom read a beautiful passage from a YA book.  Sadly, I don’t remember the name of the book! But it was a sweet mother-daughter moment:

And then-ocean front dancing time! The kicked the dancing off with my current favorite dancing song and it was a BLAST.

These two + Katie and Brendon were such special friends during our DC years.  It was awesome to be reunited for such a special event.

The rest of the trip, we just CHILLED.  My favorite restaurant at the hotel was the ocean side grill, with awesome ceviche and fish tacos, right on the water.

I read Girls in White Dresses and Beautiful Ruins-both light and breezy beach reads.

Feeling very grateful for the retreat and restoration and time together.

After a few short days, and a quick layover in Guadalajara, we were home!

Usually, a three night trip might leave me pretty drained, but the resort was so relaxing and the wedding so reinvigorating, it was just the right amount of time.

As always, very thankful for the opportunity to travel :)

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