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Features Billboard Bride. . . . . . . . . . . 4 Showered with Love . . . 106

Events Bridal Extravaganza Celebrates 35 years. . . . 172 page

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After three and a half years of dating, Jared Miller gave Karla her birthday present, something every girl wants… a new set of break pads. However, the box did not contain clunky auto parts, inside were two tickets to a Royal Caribbean cruise (one in Jared’s name). The ship sailed through the beautiful Caribbean to Honduras. It happened during a private excursion, just the two of them on a Honduran beach with a backdrop of beautiful

blue water. “I was staring at a diamond ring and he was down on one knee,” says Karla. “With tearful eyes of joy I mumbled out yes and our forever story started.” Karla was eager to share this magical moment with family and friends; unfortunately, deserted Honduran beaches don’t have reliable cell service. When she finally reached an area where her phone picked up a tower, Jared convinced her to wait for one more surprise. “What other surprise

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could follow such a perfect proposal?” she wondered. Jared pulled out his laptop and clicked on a “work” file. This file was actually a work of love. A video began with photos of them. Then her parents appeared congratulating them on their engagement. Soon her friends were sharing their excitement. “My fiancé loves me so much he asked all our closest family and friends to meet one night at my house and they each recorded a special message congratulating

us,” she recalls. “I now treasure this 18-minute-long video Jared created just for me.” Jared wanted her to feel the excitement from their friends and families while they were away at sea. Back in Houston, this Dobie High School and San Jacinto College graduate is now working around a busy nursing schedule to plan her dream wedding. Her sister married last November and Karla was with her every step of the way as maid of honor. Planning is going well. “It was suppose to

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Proposal story: We walked on the beach at South Padre Island, the weather was breezy and beautiful. Over a glass of champagne, he told me how thankful he was for everything and expressed how much he loved me. Then he proposed.

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We planned this beautiful, small Mexican themed wedding in only two weeks. The actual plan had been to get married at the courthouse and invite our immediate family. Next thing we know, all of Rene’s family from Mexico City booked flights to McAllen. The invitation list kept expanding. My parents decided, “Let’s just invite the 80 people we were planning on having and do this thing!” So we did.

Yazmeen’s Advice: Every bride should hire a wedding planner. No matter how organized you or a family members may think they are, no bride or family member should run the show. Even if it is only a day-of coordinator, it relieves so much stress and allows the bridal couple to enjoy themselves on their special day.

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Proposal story Connor proposed at George Bush Library Garden, and it was absolutely perfect! Our friends then spoiled us with an engagement party. God has blessed us greatly with wonderful friends and family, an amazing experience at Texas A&M, and of course each other.

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Proposal Story: Thomas and I were in the process of building our first house together. Thomas had gone to the house earlier that day to set up pretty lights around the kitchen and fireplace. That evening we went to check on the progress as he kept asking, “Hey do you like the lights?” I hadn’t noticed the lights! Thomas distracted me and took me over to the fireplace, it was then that I realized what was going on. I turned around and he was on one knee and asked me to marry him!

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Their friendship blossomed. “One of my funniest memories of our budding relationship was a night when he asked if he could kiss me. I said no. Looking back now, it makes me laugh, but at the time I could tell he was mortified. Several months following, our friendship had grown stronger and I knew I had a crush on him. Knowing that he thought I had friend-zoned him after the whole kiss incident, I knew I would have to make the first move. On our Labor Day holiday, we went to see a drive in movie, and following, I proposed to him with a ring pop… to be my boyfriend of course.”

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Reilee’s proposal took place at a park. He hired a photographer who pretended to be taking pictures of her kids. “We set up the picnic, but instead of food I pulled a book out of the basket. I read a short story I had written for her, and at the end asked her to marry me and I pulled out the ring” says the groom. Of course she said yes, and that evening Sarah’s friends surprised her with an engagement party. “And if you all might be wondering, it wasn’t with a ring pop this time,” says Sarah happily.

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October 7th, 2017


Bride’s Advice: Enjoy the process and don’t get caught up in the details. The most important person while planning my wedding (aside from my husband) was my wedding planner. She made sure that my vision came to life and that we enjoyed our day without worrying about what was going on behind the scenes. If you can’t afford a planner, or choose not to have one, be as organized as possible. Lastly, as fun as it is to plan with family and friends, the opinions can get overwhelming. Try to remember that this is your special day! Make final decisions with your partner after taking other people’s opinions into consideration.

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Proposal: I had planned for us to take couples pictures in December, but kept having to reschedule because of the rain. On December 13th, 2015, we decided to take our pictures inside at the Museum of Natural Science. My friend took pictures of us in the butterfly garden and captured the moment when I turned around to see Diego down on one knee. The best part of it was that he proposed to me with his grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diamond in a new setting, making it even more meaningful.

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How you met: We knew of each other in middle school and occasionally talked to each other in the hallway once we got to high school. We shared mutual friends but never truly had the opportunity to get to know each other until we both attended Stephen F. Austin after high school. We became close, but never treated each other as anything but friends until several people pointed out to us how compatible we were, and we finally realized that we liked each other. We had our first date during the summer of 2012 and began to fall in love.

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How We Met: My parents own a coffee shop called Sycamore Grounds, and I came to town to help with the opening. Chase was hired as a barista and throughout the summer we would occasionally chat. Then one day he asked my dad if he could take me on a date. We decided to be friends since I was attending Baylor. A year later we met back at the coffee shop, went to a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve party together, and have been inseparable ever since.

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incredible terrace that provided a beautiful view from Houston Street and the Crystal Ballroom. This added the perfect amount of elegance to the wedding. The Crystal Ballroom had eye-catching chandeliers that were a luxurious touch for the reception. There were stunning centerpieces that were a unique combination of hurricane vases and votives with candles. These were complimented by incredible floral arrangements from HEB Weddings by Design.


Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice: My advice would be to shop around. We must have seen almost ten different venues, five different bakeries, and five different florists. We had an idea of what we wanted and what our budget was and we stuck to it. Each vendor we met with, we ranked on a scale from 1-10 and considered what he or she offered, [their] price, etc. We were able to narrow it down quickly and chose the vendors that we did. We were extremely satisfied with the quality and service we received with each and every one of [the vendors we chose] and they all contributed to making our big day that much more special. So, take the time to shop around and stick to your budget!

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A lot is happening in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit Look for new Auberge properties along with, One&Only Mandarina, Fairmont and Rosewood. With the success of Punta Mita’s Four Seasons and St. Regis, there is a lot of confidence in this area of Mexico. It’s an easy flight to Puerta Vallarta and total number of flights have doubled in the last four years. How about going whale watching in Banderas Bay or looking for the Blue Footed Booby Bird in Islas Marietas? Romantic, don't you think?

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Engagement at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, one of Texas’ leading resorts located right outside Austin, provides an “Engagement-cation” experience for couples to plan an unforgettable proposal. The dedicated wedding team works with each couple to keep everything a surprise while helping to plan every last detail for an unforgettable and perfect moment. The resort is also the perfect place to spend an ‘engagement-cation’ for couples to relax and spend some one-on-one time with each other. People who are planning to propose while on-site at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines will be connected with the resort’s event team in order to ensure every detail of the experience. The team will help to coordinate and implement everything from a pop-up photographer and decorations to a staged musician and even a “ring delivery” from one of the resort’s mascots including Yogi and Booboo the alpacas, or Patch and Feather the miniature horses. @ www.hyatt.com

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Overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean and nearby Marietas Islands, Casa Koko is a private oceanfront villa located in Punta Mita. The luxurious hideaway can accommodate up to 22 guests and is the perfect retreat for a family or group getaway in one of Mexico’s premier beach destinations. Casa Koko is spread over 24,000 square feet and features nine spacious suites with ocean or garden views, each with its own private bathroom. The expansive villa, designed by renowned architects Juan Collignon and Manolo Mestre with interior design by Karen Collignon, includes a thatched-roof dining area, spa facility, fitness room, sandy terrace with a firepit and lounge chairs, infinity pool, hot tub, hammocks and more. @ www.casakoko.com

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Situated above the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico, a special resort majestically and dramatically jets out of the cliffs.

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he Resort at Pedregal is a one-of-a-kind, AAA Five-Diamond, Forbes FiveStar Resort destination, offering impeccable service, surprise amenities, exceptional dining and a luxurious spa. The relaxing ambiance in the rooms is nearly indescribable. Is it the slow trickle of water cascading from the private infinity pools that is so calming or the methodical ebb and flow of the ocean waves?

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Get wedding ready by participating in the wellness retreat, a multi-day fitness experience led by Elite Fitness. The staff at Elite fitness understands most of Pedregal’s guests have access to the best gyms, trainers, and chefs as part of their daily lives, so they created an out of the ordinary fitness experience to impress the most discerning participants. It starts when Naturopath Dr. Wendy comes to your room to conduct a private BioFeedback Body Scan. She connects wrists, ankles and head to a computer, it feels kind of like having your

blood pressure taken. During the process she asks about lifestyle, heath goals, and diet. She compares body scan results with your goals, identifies deficiencies and offers solid steps for improvement. Her message may be to reduce toxins interfering with the brain and daily functions of vital organs, start intermittent fasting or make new/better dietary choices. Once a baseline and goals are set, it’s time to select activities.

BEACH BOOT CAMP Wake up early and Elite Fitness will push you beyond your normal workout by combining cardio, weight training, cross training, and more. Although it’s beautiful, the coarse Cabo sand makes easy squats become wobbly, cumbersome and


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challenging. Throughout the weights, squats and high and low impact exercises, fellow participants motivate and cheer on the group. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a team project nobody quits. If the pain starts to win focus on the ocean and your new friends.

FARM TO TABLE Visit a nearby farm where locals and Ex-Pats grow fruit, vegetables and herbs. Enjoy a tour of the gardens, yoga on the farm and a farm to table meal.

STRETCH AND BREATHE The group stretch and breathe workshop focuses on Foundational breathing. (Breath work is beneficial for men too!)

The goal is to open up the chest and back to combat the effects of constant laptop and smart phone usage. A beautiful hike follows with gorgeous views of the Baja. Discover the gravesites of the original family as well as the remains of their first home. Along the way small changes will be discussed: quinoa instead of pasta, chipotle instead of sauce, and steeping your own tea. The recommended dessert is particularly noteworthy --healthy ice cream.

YOGA Sunrise and sunset deserve their own salutations, yogi style. Join the Elite Fitness crew on a luxury yacht at the nearby Marina Cabo San Lucas. Your yoga practice commences just as the boat sails past the famous Cabo Arch at Pelicano beach. The onboard workout is a combination of yoga, mat Pilates and sculpting. This combination workout offers the best of both worlds and is great for people on

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the go who don’t think they have time for yoga and toning. Just as the sand did, the boat offers unique challenges to seemingly simple poses. The bonus in this “is this really happening moment” is watching the sunrise over beautiful Cabo. The evening calls for restorative yoga on the beach. The waves waft off the day’s workout allowing time to consider small lifestyle changes.

Fun yoga outfit by Manduka

SPA A well-rounded wellness program most certainly calls for spa time. Pedregal’s offering deserves ohhs and ahhs. Luna y Mar spa is built in the shape of a

at their highest, a nurturing massage using jasmine and coconut soothes; and during the waning moon the spa creates detoxification treatments using aloe vera and herbs to cleanse the body.

DINE

clam opening towards the ocean. The pool is the clam and the circular treatment rooms are the pearls. Each appointment begins with a foot cleansing ritual in a circular room displaying the phases of the moon. (new, full, waxing or waning). Various teas are offered based on the current moon phase. Prior to the signature Moon Phase Massage, take advantage of the steam rooms, saunas, ice room and pools. This treatment changes with the moon as well. For instance if there is a new moon,

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Dinner at Pedregal is epic. Start at the Champagne Terrace before taking your ocean-front seat. In true Sea-to-table style, sea bass, tuna, snapper and amberjack round out the fresh options. The fun filled atmosphere is filled with birthdays and special occasion celebrations at El Farallon, one of the best restaurants in the entire Cabo San Lucas area.

treatments will be geared towards awakening and invigorating the body through ingredients which include sea salt and chili oil. In contrast, during a full moon when energy levels are

Jump-start your wellness routine just in time for the wedding. A few days can make a big difference in your life. Spend them at The Resort at Pedregal and keep your wellness goals on track. www.theresortatpedregal.com


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Locals keep this area secret. I’ve been traveling, skiing and staying in the finest accommodations around the Salt Lake City area for over 25 years. Yet, I’ve only recently heard of Alta. The best-kept secret of Utah skiing is the talk of the town since the 50 million dollar renovation of Snowpine Lodge, an original lodge built right in the mountain.

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nly 25 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport, you can literally be skiing 70 minutes after landing. It’s an easy drive; shuttles are plentiful and reliable. The new Snowpine is a quaint mountain lodge with a whole new look. Grays and browns accent western artwork throughout the resort. The small, inviting lobby has a pleasant fireplace open on two sides, heating two cozy seating areas. A large inviting patio provides additional seating when the weather permits, perfect for sipping hot cocoa, cocktails or coffee as skiers zip by. Similar lobbies are found on most floors.

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New lodge ups luxury ante in Alta

The lodge is family owned and built for families. Board games litter the lobby and a kid’s zone is set up on level C with video and table games, plus toys for every age. There is even a bunny slope with its own chair lift so kids can ski without leaving the hotel property. Snowpine is located on the mountain so guests enjoy skiin-ski-out convenience. It’s a two-minute ski to the Albion basin, home to ski school, daycare, dining and two lifts. Despite our crowded Saturday in February, the kids signed up for ski school in no time! Alf

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Engen Ski School is first come first serve (no reservations), so plan accordingly on big snow days. This school has been called the best in Utah and year after year skiers return to their favorite coaches, who seem to stay forever. Skiing skills are enhanced with lessons on local environment, terrains and ecology. The Ski Adventure Center operates near the lifts, so it’s easy to take a peak and check on your mini-skier’s progress. As students progress


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it’s also super convenient to hop a lift and take skiing to the next level. Alta has always been known as “a skiers mountain” and to this day snowboarders aren’t allowed. Ski purists love this. When the lifts at Alta close, guests at Snowpine keep skiing

off Snowpine’s new private lift. Three or four bunny slope runs are great for family skiing and extra practice for ski students. When they are finally ready to turn in, storing gear is easy with storage lockers, complete with boot and mitten warmers, await just inside the door. This amenity is included with each

room. Be sure to partake in the chocolate chip, peanut butter and oatmeal cookies, served with hot chocolate. Swen’s is Snowpine’s eatery. The dining room is stunning and the communal dining table has views of the open kitchen as well as the mountains.

Floor-to-ceiling windows look over Cottonwood Canyon. Menu standouts are Short Rib Pot Pie, Scallops and Pork Schnitzel, a nod to the Austrian Alps. The Brussels Sprout Caesar salad was so good it had guests talking about it later at the bar; only the burger received more accolades. This is

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a new restaurant and will soon be winning awards. Breakfast is conveniently served buffet style so you can head directly to the slopes: eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fruit, yogurt, granola and bagels are available daily. Dine a la carte or purchase a meal plan. Accommodations are available at several price points. Our five-person family opted for a Snowpine Suite- a spacious master bed and bath, kitchenette and seating area where the couch contains a pullout bed and additional bath. See www.snowpine.com for other options and pricing.

and women’s locker rooms, so bathing suits are optional. The waiting area serves yogurtcovered pretzels, salted almonds, herbal tea and water.

It’s acceptable to walk around in your robe; and you should! After a long day on the slopes, Jacuzzis and massages reinvigorate tired bodies. The spa here is perfect. Very little of the original lodge is visible, until you enter the Stillwell Spa. The original bricks from the Jacuzzi/grotto have been preserved. The grotto is a constant 104 degrees and has room for 10; spa treatments start and end here. A minute in this historic grotto and you’re

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transported to the Austrian Alps. Every conceivable amenity is available. The provided robe is actually nicer than the one you arrived in. Steam and sauna are both available in the men’s

Brides and bridal parties are treated special at Snowpine. Gather bridesmaids for a 70-minute bridal party sip and soak or choose other treatments from their full spa menu. Speaking of weddings, the ballroom view is of the spectacular mountainside. The lawn is the perfect outdoor wedding space offering breathtaking mountain views. Alta is no longer a secret! Enjoy the luxurious, year round accommodations at Snowpine Lodge. www.snowpine.com


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The Miraval spa tradition started in Tucson, Arizona in 1995. The simple message hasn’t changed: Everyone can achieve life balance. Now you can balance your life right here in Texas! The calming open-air lobby looks over 220 acres of protected land and Lake Austin. The view creates a wave of relaxation the moment you walk in the door.

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There are 117 guest rooms, suites and villas decorated in gray and white and tucked into the woods MIRAVAL MODE Just as your cell phone can be set to airplane mode, guests are invited to set cell phones to “Miraval mode.” No phone conversations in public spaces; no phones at meals. They encourage guests to be present with the people and surroundings. To encourage setting to “Miraval mode,” cell phone sleeping bags are presented at check-in. The Texas hill country ambiance is breathtaking. Along the leisurely walk to the rooms is the Body Mindfulness Center, Yoga Barn, Life in

Balance culinary kitchen, and Miraval Spa- amenities important to your stay. The Body Mindfulness Center is always open, offering organized classes and activities. Texas line dancing, salsa, morning stretch, body & barre happen often. You can dig a little deeper with classes in the power of intuition, chakras and the elements or astrology. The gym, with its shiny new exercise equipment, is part of the Body Mindfulness Center. The yoga barn is a spectacularly Zen building boasting high ceilings. Natural light


illuminates through the floor to ceiling windows and a view of the Austin hill country lies beyond. Bodies suspend from the ceiling in yoga positions during aerial yoga. Wrapped in “satins,” purple cloths hanging from the ceiling, guests are in cocoons of comfort during floating meditation class, gently rocking to the soothing vibrations of crystal bowls.

The 20,000 square foot spa has 30 treatment rooms, a spa pool, relaxation rooms, salon, sauna, steam room and retail boutique

DINE The Crossings Hilltop Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and grab and go snacks, all included with your stay. Enjoy a buffet of fresh items and abundance of salads. The salads are noteworthy: butternut squash and quinoa, red lentil, Brussels sprout apple, roasted winter vegetable, Sonoran wheat berry, Mediterranean cous cous, chickpea and sweet potato, etc. There are also portion friendly made-to-order options like grilled vegetable sandwiches or vegetarian tacos.

DINNER: ELEVATED In the evening, the “Just Cook for me Chef ” introduces guests to the Conscious Cooking movement. Instead of rushing through a meal, slow down and enjoy the process. William Sonoma helped create a stunning chef ’s demonstration

kitchen. This hands-on culinary programming encourages guests to walk through the kitchen and talk to the chef. On this exquisite evening, we tasted: quail breast and scallop sliders, pasture raised chicken wings, butternut squash gnocchi, forage mushroom tartine, Texas Wagyu flank steak, and chocolate date pie.

SLUMBER, SWEET SLUMBER There are 117 guestrooms, suites and villas decorated in gray and white and tucked into the woods. The rooms are designed to enhance guests’ sleep experience with Miraval bedding, black out shades, and sleep-enhancing amenities, including Miraval’s signature cell phone sleeping bag. Each room has sought-after ZENTS’

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and stimulate circulation. The Crystal Energy Healing treatment is different for each person. Your therapist listens to your body and is guided by the crystals to balance and clear your energy. This energy work provides the same benefits as a relaxing massage.

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all-natural bath amenities in large, reusable bottles reinforcing the commitment to sustainability. Each room also has a spacious walk-in shower.

SPA PERFECTION

Balcones Canyonlands Preserve to promote relaxation, balance and a sense of wellbeing. The 20,000 square foot spa has 30 treatment rooms, a spa pool, relaxation rooms, salon, sauna, steam room and retail boutique.

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Arizona Miraval, but some are exclusive to this property. The Spiritual Warrior Facial utilizes energies of plants and gemstones. This facial is the real deal, complete with extractions, exfoliation and a gentle Gua Sha tool (the Japanese answer to Botox) to reduce puffiness

Before departure, guests reflect upon their stay. Was there an â&#x20AC;&#x153;ahaâ&#x20AC;? moment? Were new goals set or new life directions planned? Guest write these important moments down in a letter to themselves. Miraval will mail these out three months after the visit. Miraval becomes a part of your life. www.MiravalAustin.com


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Trust and respect are time-honored traditions at Vista Verde Ranch. Purchases at the boutique are on the honor system, there are no keys or codes to guest rooms and the dedicated staff knows everyone by name. Add the spectacular views of Colorado’s Routt National Forest and you create a once in a lifetime honeymoon.

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his magical place is in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The all-inclusive, family-owned, luxury dude ranch caters to the adventurous with mountain activities winter and summer. Adventures at Vista Verde Ranch start with luxury lodging. Think high-end cowboy-chic: rooms and cabins have vintage western chairs and tables, beds constructed of rustic pine logs, topped with cozy mattresses and comfy linens. But you will want to get out of bed at some point; all honeymooners have private Jacuzzis with stunning mountain views.

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The ranch is open seasonally, June through October, and Christmas through Spring break

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Internet is intermittent at best and there are no TVs, so plan on honeymooning unplugged. Unplugged does not mean unconnected. Socialize with fellow travelers during Happy Half Hour with appetizers, wine and beer. Meals are served in a common area where you’ll meet more guests, with whom you’ll share adventures throughout your stay. Meals are superb; some are casual (buffet) while others are seated and menu driven (formal). Neither option means you’ll dress up. On a ranch, steaks and barbeque

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are expected; king crab legs and Italian cuisine are nice surprises. Breakfasts are big and returning guests can’t wait for the pastry chef ’s famous sticky bread. The ranch is open seasonally, June through October, and Christmas through Spring break. Trail rides, culinary classes, photography experiences and yoga can be part of every visit. Summers


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call for paddle boarding, hiking, rafting, biking and fly-fishing. Winter activities include Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, sleigh rides and more. Remember, it’s all-inclusive, so there is no need to buy or rent equipment; and the gear provided is top notch.

Guests select their own activities, one morning and one afternoon, from a preplanned list. Each evening at dinner, a friendly staffer asks, “What would you like to do tomorrow?” When you wake up, your excursions are set up and ready. It’s that easy!

Our visit was in winter. We started with a trail ride around the 587-acre ranch. Astride a trusty steed, we plod through a blanket of snow as we take in the mountain views and learn the history of the ranch. Every now and then a few new fresh flakes fall and enhance

the ambiance. Our afternoon activity is on a frozen lake inside a heated tent. Using an auger, we bore holes through the ice in and around our tent and have fishing lines baited with worms and lures dropped through the holes. The fishing rods are designed to set the hooks automatically when a fish nibbles, so we concentrate on warm beverages and socializing until a rod springs up; then reel in our catch, which includes rainbow and lake trout. Every excursion comes to an end, as we pack up our fishing camp a bald eagle flies down lands on the ice. God Bless America. Snowshoeing is like hiking in the snow. Wide attachments hook right on to your boots and keep your feet from sinking in the fluffy white stuff. This

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morning we set out into nature for spectacular views of Mount Zirkel and the Elk River Valley. We track a moose who came down from the mountains to nibble on willows. As we duck walk through the snow (proper snowshoe technique) we learn about the Utes. Historians widely agree they are the longest continuous residents of Colorado. Steamboat Springs is near the northern edge of the Ute territory, which stretched from what is now northern New Mexico up to the Green

and balanced riding clinic. Guests can also learn to lead and guide these fine animals. The ranch hands leading the clinics are beautiful inside and out, their love for horses shines through. River area of Wyoming. The Ute believed the Aspen trees have eyes, the eyes of their ancestors. Looking at the black marks as we hike through an Aspen colony, we see eyes too. We spend the afternoon snow tubing. The hill is on property and reserved for Vista Verde Ranch guests- no crowds, no lines, no hassles. This experience is pure fun; slide/bounce your way down and ride a snowmobile back to the top of the hill. Repeat.

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The ranch is known for programs and clinics on horse training and care. The horse barn is state of the art. Classes include working ranch horse clinic, intro to horsemanship,

A stay at Vista Verde Ranch is a luxurious step back in time. Make your honeymoon what you want it to be. Go crazy with active adventures, relax in the luxurious rooms or Jacuzzis, experience the educational programs or work with the livestock; or do all of the above. Either way, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet new friends and have an unforgettable honeymoon experience. www.VistaVerdeRanch.com


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From a Japanese-inspired day spa, to the lush gardens of a secret wedding venue; destination wedding guests are invited to taste the creameries, meaderies, wineries and distilleries that commune with organic farms and dairies. These locallyowned businesses are what dot the hillsides of Sonoma County, California. Agri-loving residents represent the “cult” of cultivation.

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he organic and farm-totable movements began here and that spirit remains a way of life. Destination wedding guests will be served-up a fresh feast for the senses, as mother Earth’s bounty is celebrated by tourists and locals alike. There is so much to do in this 1,800-square mile area – with its 435 wineries alone, dubbing it the Bordeaux of the U.S. – that your wedding party, parents, and guests will plan a vacation around your nuptials. Thirty miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on a stretch of Highway 1, lies

coast and sea villages, nature parks, redwoods and rivers, wineries and vineyards, with wine and cheese tasting tours running through it all. But don’t try to organize an excursion like this alone. To plan an affordable wedding in the area, you’ll need a local guide who can put you on the right path. Stephanie Brown, owner of Off the Beaten Path Signature Experiences, specializes in Sonoma County weddings and wine tours. This hard-working planner, caterer, and entrepreneur, resources growers and makers of the region. Her purpose is to

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TRAVEL bring her clients as close to the source of their food and drink as possible, for a truly down to earth, regional taste. Brown says, “by pulling from the locals, [their harvests of the season], even the flowers are fresher and last longer. You get a higher quality product, without the price tag of a high-end event. And it supports local, organic growers and producers, and artisans, alike. Everyone involved benefits.” Including the land and animals. Brown’s an expert at bringing interesting and unique details to her events giving her Texas clients a once-in-a-lifetime edutainment opportunity, as well.

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Mead maker, Gordon Hull, former geologist-turned master fermenter, and founder of Heidrun Meadery has created a drink that will haunt you long after the first glass. “I always felt a fermented honey drink should be very light, refreshing, and pleasurable, and should taste like the honey it’s made from.” To achieve that, Hull employs techniques in honey bee management, by allowing

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Cowgirl Creamery’s “how cheese is made” tour, is a stop worth making in the quaint town of Point Reyes Station, CA. Co-founder Sue Conley was inspired to build the business back in 1997, when she met Ellen Strauss, matriarch of the Straus Family Creamery. The Straus family is famous for their development of organic dairy techniques, which has evolved since the seventies. Due to the Straus’s efforts, nearly 90% of the dairy farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties in Northern California are certified organic today.

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Kindness toward one another in adult relationships means paying attention to outbursts of emotion. Because an

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relationships, at least not without damaging vulnerability, because the heart shuts down when it senses manipulation. As adults, we have a responsibility to find agreement. No longer children without control over our situation, our beloved is also not a parent over us. Compromise then is the only way for true love to stay vulnerable and open.

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Give only what is yours, preserve what is theirs. Don’t try to take from your mate what’s not yours to take. Kindness requires you ask with respect, for more time, more consideration, etc. Making demands never gets anyone anywhere.

Never take pain for granted. If you’re in an argument, it’s pretty telling. It says you’re not being heard. But it also means they aren’t being heard by you, either. Learn to keep what your mate is saying not as the reason they can’t agree, but as a reason for you to identify what they need.

Never think your pain is important to someone who is hurting. The key to finding out what’s wrong is to notice what’s being held on to. For some people, it’s just the fear they won’t get what they want that motivates a need to be right. Acknowledging what they need instead, without giving up what you need, will provide a great deal more breathing room, and may even end the argument immediately. In a closed heart, love is conditional. It requires that all needs are met before love is given. It requires everyone do what is desired before it will love. It requires that everything is settled before it is warm.

As adults, we have a responsibility to find agreement. No longer children without control over our situation, our beloved is also not a parent over us.

An open heart does not need someone to say words in a particular way to be what it is, because it knows what it is, with or without those words. An open heart takes only what it needs, to be reminded of love, and nothing more. For example, when your beloved asks you to do something you’d rather not do, don’t explode or implode, simply say what you don’t want to do. Be firm, kind, and gracious about it. Make sure you know yourself enough to know this is what you prefer, not as a matter of disagreement but as a matter of preference. Eventually he or she will find someone else to do that thing with, or drop it all together. In a heart that is untrue, being right is more important than the health of the heart. A strong heart will not allow the words of a closed heart to remind what is untrue. A strong heart feels the feelings of another and chooses compromise over being right.

A childish heart has to be right and has to have the attention of the other on their being right. True love vows to meet needs with at least sympathy. Especially one’s own needs. Marriage is an experiment in monogamy. It is a land of making peace with the fact you are two, unique individuals. Your words are symbols of what’s needed, and not to be used as projectiles from old wounds. Learn to be fair with each other by staying vulnerable and open-hearted. Remember, before engaging the mouth, listen. Finding agreement is not always easy, but so much more fun than closed-hearted defense and disagreement. Love matures as the mind finds ways to make arguments a thing of the past, and compromise a way to be present and open.

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Menu Potato Leek Soup Honey Peach Glazed Pork Loin Basil Pesto Pasta Garlic Green Beans Strawberry Short Cake

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Fry bacon until crisp; allow to drain on paper towel, then chop into bits. Cook remaining cup of leeks in bacon grease until soft and drain on paper towel. Remove thyme and bay leaves from soup, pour into blender and puree (it will take a couple a trips to the blender). Pour soup back into the pot, stir in heavy cream and heat until it begins to boil. Stir in remaining leeks and adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with bacon bits and chives.

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Honey Peach Glazed Pork Loin 1 1 1 2 3

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Cook pasta as directed on package. Place basil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese in food processor and evenly grind. Add olive oil and spin again. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss basil mixture with hot pasta and serve. Fresh basil leaves are a nice garnish.

Place preserves, honey, brown sugar and lemon juice in medium saucepan, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for two minutes. Brush honey peach sauce on pork loin and continue to bake until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (about 30-40 minutes), brushing with honey peach sauce every 10 minutes. Cover with foil and let loin rest for 15 minutes. Slice and spoon pan drippings over the top.


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Cakes Allison’s Cake Boutique Edible Designs The Sweet Boutique Bakery Wedding Cakes by Tammy Allen Who Made the Cake!

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Catering 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ and Catering Black Tie Bartending LLC Cafe Natalie Chef B Services Cutwater Spirits DUO Winery & Cider Co, LLC IC-IT Supreme Kakes & Katering Sushic, LLC Third Coast Restaurant True Texas BBQ and Wedding Cakes by H-E-B

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Entertainment Cypress Photo Camper Darker Side Djs & Photo Booths Daulong’s Mobile Music Divisi Entertainment, LLC DJ Shorty Foam Party Hats Fred Astaire GingerSnap PhotoCamper Hamburger Mary’s JM Productions Professional DJ & Photo Booths Jonny Black Productions LG Event Entertainment & Production LLC Magic Mirror Memories Photo Booth Monkey Booth PicMeEvents and PB Texas Picture Me Houston Photo Booth Proof It Happened Photo Booth Royal Dukes Band Socially Snappin Photo Booth Tarik Clark Music

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Fashion Azazie Chasity Sereal David’s Bridal Inc. Fiancee Bridal Boutique Impressions Bridal Love and Lace Bridal Boutique Panache Bridal & Formalwear Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal The Princess Bridal Ventura’s Bridal Fashions Winnie Couture Woody’s Furs

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Abby’s Personal Touch Always Floral Dream Bouquet Elemental Floral Events H-E-B Blooms/ Blooms Design Studio Holyoak Floral Designs

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Gifts Arne’s Texas Size Party Store Bed Bath & Beyond Blue Butterfly Designs Celebrity China & Cookware Dillard’s Inc. iHeart Flipbooks Love & Sugar Lovewinx Nature’s Oils Pottery Barn Pure Romance The Guestbook Shop Williams Sonoma

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Invitations 8one Design Studio DGZ Invitations Elias Paper Co. Paper Tie Affair

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Photography Alexander Cross Photography BLVD Photography Cedar & Sage Studios Celebrate Your Sexy Chriswphoto.com DC Stanley Photography Delight Story Derrick Cooksey Photography Eden Grey Photography Giverny Wedding Photo & Film Gold Party Pix

Ivan Garcia Studio Khanh Nguyen Studio Magnificent Memory Natural Expressions Nhan photography Oryan photo and video Red Rock Visuals Shot Photo and Video The Knot Studio

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Transportation Houston Carriage Monarch British Limousines

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The Oaks at Oak Plantation The Villagio/TNT Events The Weinberg at Wixon Valley The Westin at The Woodlands Toddy Oaks TownHall Texas Villagroup Resorts Weddings at the Shire White Oaks on the Bayou Event Venue

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