Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico was proud to have hosted the beautiful wedding of Emma Bates & Joshua Zar on Saturday, April 28, 2012, with celebrity officiant Neil Patrick Harris. NPH shared his love of Villa Santa Cruz by sending out this tweet to his 3.2 million Twitter followers:
Check out the lovely write-up and photos on the infamous, Pink is the New Blog, in which blogger Trent Vanegas describes the Villa as "one of the most beautiful estates I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing." Don't forget to visit his follow up blog post that has another great photo of the newlyweds with NPH.
Here are more details and photos of the beautiful wedding:
Under a canopy of papel picado streamers and a bamboo chuppah decorated with flowing white fabric, the couple exchanged vows while their friends and family cheered them on.
After NPH declared that Emma & Josh were now husband and wife, mariachis poured on to the balconies overlooking the back lawn and congratulated the couple with lively Mexican music.
The couple headed inside for another kiss...
The guests then found their way up to the Roof Terrace and out to the Pool for delicious cocktails and appetizers.
The weather turned a little cool, so the party moved inside for dinner and toasts. The beautiful candles around the fountain, gas lamps, and calla lily centerpieces made for a warm and cozy evening.
After dinner, the party moved outside under a canopy of lights to dance the night away. The evening was capped off with the release of Chinese Wish Lanterns from the Villa's Beach. We wish Emma & Josh the best in their new life together!
Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, is the perfect backdrop for a hacienda-style wedding. Todos Santos based photographers, Chris+Lynn, captured the true essence of the Villa with a beachy, cowboy inspired wedding shoot. Read the excerpt below from their blog and then click the link to see all the fun photos!
Imagine driving down a dusty dirt road, past acres of palm groves, deserted ranches, ancient cacti, and the odd cow, only to come to a golden hacienda set right on the beach. Guests convinced they must have been . . ."
Click here to jump to their blog to read on and see all the AMAZING photos!
On the evening of December 19, 2011, we will proudly host a Food & Wine Pairing Event at Villa Santa Cruz to benefit one of Todos Santos' most important charities, Hogar Del Nino (orphanage). This special evening, limited to 60 guests, promises to be a gastronomic experience! Chef Sergio of La Casita Tapas & Wine Bar will prepare five amazing food courses, each to be paired with specially selected Baja wines. The evening will include music, a small silent auction of select items and a cash raffle. All net proceeds go directly to the Hogar for support of basic needs such as food, clothing, transportation and utilities.
Don't hesitate to reserve your ticket - the evening is almost sold out!
Event tickets are $75 USD (or $1,000 pesos) and raffle tickets are $50 pesos each. All ticket purchases include a ticket for a 50/50 cash raffle. 50/50 raffle tickets are available to those not attending the event, as well.
Please contact the following ladies for more information:
Nancy Serfas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Welsch - email@example.com
Sylvia St Clair - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Naigle - email@example.com
When you walk through the garden, you can brush up on your Spanish vocabulary – all the signs that name the vegetables and flowers are in English and Español. One day soon, we’ll be picking betabels (beets), zanahorias (carrots), and albahaca (basil), just to name a few.
While we patiently wait for the seeds to grow and produce, we'll be collecting new breakfast and lunch recipes that incorporate the fresh veggies into the meals served here at the Villa. If you have a favorite, please send it our way!
Even in the hot summer months, produce abounds in Todos Santos and at Villa Santa Cruz. We are co-oping with a local organic farmer, Sueño Tropical, to grow beautiful basil in our southernmost lot. The seedlings were planted in early August and are already producing boxes full of healthy, fragrant basil. Picked in the cool early mornings, the subtle smell of basil gently drifts through the Villa and out to the beach. The expansive green field is a delightful sight from our Roof Terrace and Guest Suites.
When life gives you mangoes, it is time to get creative in the kitchen! With over 40 mango trees on our property at Villa Santa Cruz, our trees are just dripping with fruit. In fact, the entire Pueblo Mágico of Todos Santos is overflowing with mangoes. We love to incorporate mangoes into the meals we serve our hotel guests – fresh mango slices at breakfast and mango salsa to liven up fish tacos at lunch.
Here is our favorite mango salsa recipe. Enjoy!
1 large ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the mango salsa by combining the mango, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper in a bowl. Add the lime juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, was the ideal setting for 20 yogis from San Diego to take a deep breath and find their inner calm. From July 16 – 20, the Villa was the main headquarters for a Yoga Retreat organized by Asana in Paradise. The Retreat’s yoga instructor, Roxanne DePalma, led morning and night classes on the Villa’s Roof Terrace and at the Pool. Combined with a week of warm weather and delicious meals prepared by Todos Santos local Dominique Sawyer, the Yoga Retreat was a huge success!
Yoga photographers, Todd LeVeck and Micaela Malmi of Epic PhotoJournalism, were on site capturing the experience. Click here to see their complete photo album of the Yoga Retreat on Facebook. Additionally, you can read Micaela’s Blog Post about the Retreat here. We love the sentiment captured in these lines from her Blog, "Lunch is followed by another yoga class by the poolside where our yoga teacher reminds us that we should really feel the surfaces beneath our feet - the grass, the sand, the ocean. It is a beautiful reminder to just stop and observe. And to take time to feel."
Villa Santa Cruz was ready for its close-up yesterday evening when the internationally recognized shoe company, Söfft Shoes, came to do a photo shoot for its Spring 2012 collection. The team arrived just before sunset and headed out to the beach to take advantage of the beautiful golden light of Todos Santos. The model, Gabriela, was absolutely stunning as she posed on the winding path that leads from the hotel out to the beach – the Villa’s version of a runway! After hundreds of camera clicks and a wardrobe change, the photographers got their shots and excitedly said, “It’s a wrap!” Check out the pictures below to see a few photos of the shoot.