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Going the Distance

With a long family history in San José del Cabo, this Houston bride tied the knot during a three day wedding weekend in Mexico.


Becky and Jeff after their walk down the aisle. 

The bride’s bouquet was filled with white parrot tulips and roses, and wrapped with a monogrammed handkerchief 

A Mexican mariachi band dressed in white for the occasion, serenaded the crowd throughout the evening 

A dessert table was laid out with a bevy of sweets for guests to graze on


Laser-cut paper held the invitation suite together for guests to easily keep in one place 

Tables placed around the pool at the Querencia had a view of the Pacific Ocean.

Some love goes the distance, some goes to San José del Cabo, makes a stop at the Maldives and settles back in Dallas—or so it was for native Houstonian Becky Tanenbaum and Arizonan Jeff Mallace. The two first met at iconic bar The Loon in Dallas. Jeff, wanting to impress her on their initial date, got tickets to a Mavericks game before Becky, a principal at a commercial real estate developer, opened up and admitted she wasn’t a sporty gal. “We were in the second row of the game but didn’t watch a second of it,” Becky says. “We just talked the entire time. It was one of those great, perfect first dates.” So after three or four more sport dates and enough “playing it cool,” they took to their second love: travel.

From weekend getaways to friend’s weddings, from short road trips to spending an entire week in Mexico, before they knew it, an entire year had gone by. “I went on a two-week work trip, and while I was gone, we spoke daily,” Jeff, vice president at a marketing firm, says. “When I returned and we spent the weekend together, I just knew this was the person I wanted to be with for the rest of my life.” Wanting to respect Becky’s wishes of dating an entire year before getting engaged, he waited a year and four days. At a suite at The Crescent hotel in Dallas, among myriad candles and flowers, he asked for her hand.

For Becky, it was important that their wedding feel like a vacation. And for Jeff, what mattered was that Becky’s vision come to life. Working with renowned Julian Leaver from The Dapper Diplomat, the couple set out to create a relaxing retreat at the Querencia residential community in San José del Cabo, where Becky’s parents have owned a home for 20 years. “They both had a very clear vision of what they wanted their wedding not to look like but to feel like,” says Leaver. “They wanted each guest to feel like a member of their family.” So there were plenty of activities planned for their lavish list of 200 over the course of the three-day weekend, such as a welcome reception at Becky’s parents’ home, a bridesmaids brunch and a groomsmen golf tournament.

On the day of the wedding, white and green hydrangeas, white roses and white parrot tulips adorned the rustic tablescape at the reception, and candles and blue goblets added a pop of color while Mexican piñatas swung in the breeze. After generous servings of Champagne-flavored cake with raspberry filling were served and feet were exhausted from dancing, the couple jetted off on a honeymoon to the Maldives with a stop in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Querencia, San José del Cabo, Mexico
Wedding Planner Julian Leaver
Bride’s Gown Carolina Herrera, Mark Ingram Atelier
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Hair and Makeup Maitee Miles
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Lela Rose at Bella Bridesmaids
Groom’s Tux J. Hilburn
Florals Elena Damy
Invitations Paradise Design Co.
Linens & Rentals Del Cabo Event Design
Cake Fancy Cakes by Lauren