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Wedding chapel vows in Hawaii or New Mexico

Consider a warm weather, sunny destination wedding without leaving the U.S. When it comes to places where Mother Nature provides the knockout décor, it's hard to beat Hawaii or New Mexico. America's oldest capital city is New Mexico's charming Santa Fe, and the newest state capital in the nation is Honolulu, Hawaii. Check out these wedding destination favorites, where a romantic wedding chapel beside a historic Hilton hotel adds extra romance.

Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

Imagine a Santa Fe wedding inspired by the sensational colors and textures of the desert. The bride walks down the aisle wearing a vintage gown with cowboy boots in an 1878 Gothic-style chapel, filled with sunlight filtered through antique stained-glass windows. The chapel's vaulted ceilings amplify the heavenly organ music. Along the pews, selections of succulents in clusters are tied with raffia and ribbons. A colorfully costumed mariachi trio waits beside a donkey adorned with baskets of flowers at the exit. That's just one wedding planner's vision ...

Whatever you settle upon, know that the legendary Loretto Chapel is just a five-minute walk from Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza. The venue has become legendary and all because of the wedding chapel's Miraculous Staircase. A traveling carpenter built the elegant, circular staircase. He took no payment and left no trace of his identity. Even stranger though, the staircase was designed with no visible means of support, a feat many still ponder today. The beautiful Loretto Chapel is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Modeled after the glorious Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, it must be the most intriguing wedding chapel in the Southwest.

Ocean Crystal Chapel

Creamy white interiors, a landscaped stairway with a lava rock waterfall and arched floor-to-ceiling ocean view windows provide a beautiful blank palette, ready for couples to stamp their mark. On the 22-acre grounds of Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort overlooking Diamond Head, the Ocean Crystal Chapel couldn't be more convenient to all the resort's amenities.

Since Honolulu's glorious weather is a key motivator for destination weddings, the Ocean Crystal Chapel has an option for outdoor ceremonies. A pretty wedding gazebo opens onto the lagoon, surrounded by lush greenery and tropical flowers. Also on the resort, the intimate White Beach Chapel faces Waikiki Beach, seen through a big picture window. Perhaps you'd rather exchange your vows on Waikiki's wide, sandy beach. Here, at Hilton Hawaiian Village, the options are plentiful.