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Seeing light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, designers rose to the occasion, fabricating grand gowns with playful designs and bold details. by Kayla Hayes



Romantic and bold, gowns budding with femme fl orals are sure to make a statement.

ABOVE IT ALL Top off your wedding ensemble with a delicate veil.








Whether sleek and chic or intricately detailed, gowns with gathered fabric are a designer favorite.


happy trails Foodies Shannon Smith and Austin Dale Waiter serve up a delicious celebration in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


The couple's first look takes place on a bridge at Antelope Trails Ranch.

1 1.Welcome bags provide snacks and area intel. 2. Ring bearer on the run. 3. Celebration venue Antelope Trails Ranch has a view to Snake River and the Teton Mountains. 4. Shannon's grandfather, Stephen Smith, officiated. “When it was time for Austin to say his vows, Grumps gave him too many words to remember and he forgot what to say, so we had to slow down and repeat,” Shannon laughs. 5. The bridal bouquet by Magnolia Ranch included dahlias, garden roses, lisianthus, hypericum berries and foraged greens. 22




the moment: “We met at Tony’s Restaurant in Houston, where Austin is now executive chef, and where I was an intern,” says Shannon, owner of The Everyday Bakeshop and Heirloom Interactive. They spent only a day working together before Shannon moved away briefly, then the two of them met up again serendipitously when Shannon moved back to Houston. “The timing was meant to be,” she says. “We have not been apart since.” A sweet backyard proposal after two and a half years of dating set the planning wheels in motion. “We picked Jackson Hole for our wedding on a whim. It turns out my grandfather had taken my father there as a young boy. When we heard that, we knew it was the perfect setting.”


4 1. The scenic ceremony setting. “Our wedding took place just as the leaves were changing and everything was now yellow,” Shannon says. The floral designer attached matchingbranches to the ceremony arch to play up the color. 2. The happy couple. 3. Dinner is served: The menu by Bistro Catering included pan-seared trout, Yukon gold potatos, caper coulis, grilled cauliflower steak, English peas, white corn with romanesco sauce. 4. The couple worked with their florist and planner, Skylar Caitlin for Chancey Charm Weddings to come up with a mix of both round and long tables.


1. Wedding-palette colors included blush, nude, camel, natural greens and “fall foliage yellow,” Shannon tells us. “We went for a mix of wildflowers and fall foliage, and wanted it all to feel naturally aligned with and woven into the surrounding scenery on site.” 2. A dapper crew. 3. The three-tiered vanilla crème fraiche cake with salted caramel filling embellished with pressed flowers was created by Jackson Cake Co. 4. Snazzy, autumnal boutonnieres. 5. Bud vases and mismatched candles and candleholders added an haute-boho touch. 6. Cheers!



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• The couple created all the paper goods themselves, from initial design to crafting pressed flowers and wax seals for the invitations. • The couple’s guest book was a cookbook. “Perfectly fitting, as we are both foodies,” Shannon laughs.

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7Reasons to Shop at

Your Local Bridal Salon


The YES Moment You,ve probably been dreaming of this day for a long time—with good reason! There is no greater feeling than trying on a wedding gown and seeing yourself as a bride for the very fi rst time. Surrounded by friends and loved ones makes the YES moment that much sweeter!

Selection Bridal salons offer the largest selection of reputable designers, styles, and colors. Your consultant will work directly with the designer to ensure everything from the color, to the fabric and the fi t, are exactly what you envision. Feel-Good Factor When you buy from a trusted, local bridal salon, you not only support your community, but also small businesses mostly owned by women!

No Surprises You get what you pay for. A designer dress may be pricier than similar versions online, but counterfeit gowns can be poorly constructed, ill-fi tting, and made out of cheap fabrics, if you receive your gown at all. Make the Dress Your Own The dress you try on in the store is just a starting point. Want to add a sleeve? Lower the back? Elongate the train? At a traditional bridal salon, you can work with a seamstress to customize your gown and turn your dream into a reality.

Special Pricing If budget is a concern, there are many ways to shop smart at a local salon. Many brick-and-mortar stores offer discounts at designer trunk shows, and host sample sales annually.

So Much More Than Just the Gown Your trained consultant will take precise measurements, assist with alterations, and put you at ease throughout the entire process. The salon will even steam your gown and store it safely until your wedding day!

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4Mexico 16 Virginia


4 RESORT ROUNDUP Cheers to these beautiful properties that craft their own spirits. 6 WEDDINGS AWAY Swap vows in spectacular settings at these gorgeous Hawaiian resorts. 8 REAL DESTINATION WEDDING Jetsetting vintage afi cionados go way back to celebrate their union at an uber-cool airport hotel in New York City. 16 REAL DESTINATION WEDDING One couple hosts friends and family for an activity-packed celebration weekend at a photogenic property in Virginia’s wine country. 26 FIRST LOOK Belmond Splendido Mare in Portofi no, Italy reopens after a chic makeover.

ON THE COVER: Photographed on the

island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Photo Courtesy of Cook Islands Tourism North America.

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Matices Hotel de Barricas There’s a saying, and it’s not very favorable, about getting into and staying at a bottle of tequila, but at this picturesque spot in the heart of the tequila-making region of Mexico, you can actually sleep in one of the 39 whimsically surreal tequila “barrels” dotting the property. Inside, the rooms feature handmade tiles and touches influenced by the agave plant. The on-site dining room is accessed via the distillery and showcases the best in Mexico’s regional cuisines (room rates start at about $677 a night; tequilacofradia.com.mx).

A.vod—the exclusive spirit at AKA.

AKA Rittenhouse Square

At the foot of Philadelphia’s most treasured plaza stands this urban-chic hideaway in a historic building that caters to longer stays of a week to months at a time. Accommodations are modern, sleek and sophisticated with marble bathrooms and kitchenettes and neutral palettes and furnishings flaunting mid-century-inspired straight lines. Amenities include a gym, meeting spaces and use of the house Tesla. The bar is notable for its bespoke vodka called a. vod. The low-fi spirit is distilled in batches of no more than 90. The result is a smooth vodka best enjoyed on the rocks (room rates start at $240 a night, one-week minimum; stayaka.com).

FUN FACT: Vodka is the most consumed liquor by volume in the United States since 1970. It was widely introduced the states when Russia became an ally in the Second World War.

Commerce Street Brewery Hotel in Wisconsin.

Commerce Street Brewery Hotel

In a restored limestone building dating to 1854 in a small town in one of the country’s most celebrated beer-making states, sits an intimate hotel of five individually appointed rooms located above a brewery specializing in ales and stouts. Guests may come for the beer, but they stay for the historic offerings in Mineral Point, a mining hotspot that was once bigger than Chicago and is called the “place where Wisconsin began.” There’s an antique railroad depot and a renovated opera house. Pendarvis, a collection of Cornishstyle cottages built in the city’s boomtown days, is the most popular attraction (room rates start at $155 a night and include breakfast; commercehotel.com).

Stylish in London at the Marylebone Hotel.

THE MARYLEBONE HOTEL In the chic central London neighborhood of the same name stands this haute hotel that’s as British as Burberry and as hip as Harry Styles. The design is all sleek and modern Brit inspired by decorator to the Royals, David Hicks. The three London suites have enormous marble bathrooms, private terraces and retractable roofs that promise spectacular city views. The clubby 108 Brasserie with its classicmeets-modern menu also showcases an inventive cocktail program. The star of the spirits offerings is seasonal botanical-infused gin distilled in the on-site and totally instagrammable copper still named Isabella (room rates start at about $460 a night; doylecollection.com).

The Cavalier Virginia Beach, an Autograph Hotel.

FUN FACT: Like champagne, gin was first handcrafted by monks in France. The medicinal liquor was also widely distilled in Flanders and the Netherlands.

A skyline view at the Marylebone Hotel.

The Cavalier Virginia Beach

First unveiled in 1927, this grande dame beach hotel recently underwent a massive renovation. Known as the only in-hotel distillery in the United States, the Tarnished Truth Room has been crafting bourbon whiskey since the property’s opening. Much of the whiskey’s history is culled from the yarns woven by the bootleggers who did their distilling in the shadows of the night under the cover of cypress and oak trees. Today’s batches are boiled and cooled in bespoke copper and brass equipment and casked in barrels of local woods. Tours of the intimate operation are available, as are the spirits and infused items like bourbon maple syrup and candles. Rooms showcase the property’s history and modern touches (room rates start at $319 a night; cavalierho-

Oregon’s The Allison Inn & Spa.

THE ALLISON INN & SPA Misted and verdant with ordered rows of vines, flowers and farms, and photogenically framed by the impressive Cascade mountains of Oregon, the 150-mile expanse of the Willamette Valley was named an AVA (American Viticultural Area) in 1983. Today, the celebrated region encompasses more than 500 wineries and is most known for awardwinning pinot noir, as well as pinot gris, pinot blanc and chardonnay. Among the sun-kissed hills of the wine country sits this full-service resort of 85 accommodations. An on-site winery casks pinot noir and pinot gris exclusively savored in the hotel’s farm-to-fork eatery, Jory. Spa treatments also utilize grapes from the property (room rates start at $445 a night; theallison.com). ¢


Montage Kapalua Bay.

In every issue, we scout a spot that’s perfect for tying the knot away from home. by Jenna Mahoney

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.

he spirit of Aloha—it’s tranquil and breezy, warm and welcoming—infuses all aspects of Hawaiian life. And the feeling of oneness with nature, family and community extends to marriage celebrations throughout the Hawaiian

TIslands. Here are some of our favorite spots to get lei’d.


Set on four lush acres of Maui, affording privacy, endless tropical foliage and awesome views of neighboring Lanai and Molokai islets, this modern-meets-Aloha traditional property offers 50 one- to fourbedroom villa accommodations. Weddings here are hosted at the refurbished wood-planked circa 1940s Kapalua’s Cliff House. The breezy building is fittingly positioned on a rocky outcropping over the eponymous bay (wedding packages start at $7,500 and include an officiant and ceremony setup for 10 guests, a wedding cake, lei exchange and champagne toast; montagehotels.com).


On Maui’s brilliant white sands is an aptly named luxury property with all the happily-ever-after amenities for romance. Among the gorgeous spa and outstanding eateries, the sparkling pools and towering palms sits a photogenic white clapboard chapel that’s positioned on a waterway and has gorgeous views of the tropical foliage-rich grounds. Ceremonies may also be hosted at the private Molokini Bluff with its uninterrupted vistas of classic Hawaii and ocean scenery (wedding packages start at $7,500 and include site fees, an officiant and wedding-planning services; grandwailea.com).


The chic hotel brand has made a splash with this sleek beachfront hotel on the state’s most popular island with its hip pool, cool restaurants and mod design. Ceremonies here are most often held on the pretty lawns that overlook the onlyin-Maui ocean and neighboring islands. Receptions are hosted in charming spaces with wood accents or outside and lit by torches (wedding packages start at $9,500 and include ceremony setup and site fees, an officiant and weddingplanning services, photography, bouquet, boutonniere and lei exchange, some music, a cake and more; hyatt.com).


Of all of Hawaii’s beautiful resorts, this low-rise vintage property with its renowned architecture and celebrated art collection is one of the most prized. It’s a haven for aesthetes as much as it is for beach lovers, foodies and active travelers thanks to its position on one of the most spectacular coves in the country, amazing cuisine and robust fitness programming that includes tennis, golf and yoga. Weddings here reflect the understated elegance of the property, with many opting for the micro offerings that showcase the pristine property’s natural beauty and bountiful food program (wedding packages start at $7,500 ceremony setup and site fees, an officiant and wedding-planning services, photography, bridal bouquet, boutonniere and lei exchange, some music, a cake and more; maunakeabeachhotel.com).¢

Legally Wedded In Hawaii, most resorts help with the paperwork and some include transportation to the Health Department (that is where marriage licenses are issued) in the wedding package. The couple must both be present to apply. Each must furnish, along with the application, a certified birth certificate or other valid proof of age and if applicable, an original divorce decree or death certificate, as well as the $60 fee in cash. There is no waiting period; the license is valid for 30 days.

Let’s celebrate together.




TWA Hotel’s food and beverage program features modern takes on beloved classics.

The ceremony on the refurbished tarmac.


Melissa and Thomas McGoff got engaged in Egypt, the minute they landed at home they toured the yet-to-be unveiled TWA Hotel, a former terminal at JFK International Airport. Even in hardhats, the vintage aficionados knew the artful “blend of past and present would provide a memorable and unique experience,” says Melissa. And sure enough, their friends and family feted the couple with sake, an array of international food favorites and all donned ’60s-inspired clothing. “The staff of the nostalgic hotel were gracious and made our dream a reality.”

Love takes flight.

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Queens is often eclipsed by the bright lights of Manhattan and the hipster ethos of Brooklyn, but the sprawling borough is the Big Apple’s most dynamic and offers many unique experiences for visitors. Take a tour of Jackson Heights, the most diverse neighborhood on the planet, where a large Indian population lives next door to first-generation Colombian families, Korean A dreamy reception table. businesses, Irish expats and a strong LBGTQ community, among others. In Long Island City, MoMa PS1 showcases rotating single-theme or group shows in a repurposed school building. Summer visits are notable for the seasonal outdoor installations created by big-name contemporary artists. A stroll along the revitalized boardwalk at Rockaway Beach promises a traditional beach-town day albeit with up-close views of planes coming in and out of JFK. It’s especially special at sunrise. ➺

The engagement announcement.

From the London Club area, guests can view the famous Flight Bridge.

“From the Connie Airplane sitting on the tarmac, to the 1960s restored phone booths and the radiant Sunken Lounge, each provides a unique backdrop.”

The Paris Café by Jean-Georges is the main restaurant.

big splash One of the couple’s favorite amenities of the throwback hotel is the rooftop pool. They staged much of their engagement photo shoot there and relaxed with wedding guests following their celebration. “It’s an infi nity pool that overlooks the runway, where you have a front-row position watching the planes taking off and landing,” Melissa says.

A star turn.

a bit of sweetness

Melissa surprised Thomas with a groom’s cake fashioned to look like Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets, one of the city’s professional baseball teams that’s based in Queens. Melissa provided a photo of the park to Buttercooky Bakery, one of the hotel’s preferred vendors, and was wowed by the results, which also included confections fashioned into a Mets helmet, baseball and bat.

Aboard the Connie.

“In place of fresh flowers, we had old maps fashioned into bouquets and boutonnieres sourced from a seller on Etsy.” takeoff

Guests followed a vintage dress code.


at the event. Melissa walked down the aisle accompanied by her father while the jazz group played “Come Fly With Me.” In a courtyard-like area stands the Connie (a Lockheed Constellation L-1649 Starliner, a record-breaking transcontinental aircraft fi rst commissioned by founder and owner of TWA, Howard Hughes). Now a cocktail lounge, the vintage plane, complete with a restored interior, served as the couple’s ceremony site.

legally wed Marriage licenses are required in the state of New York, and must be obtained in person by the couple. Each must furnish proof of age (requirements of exact documents may vary by county), the required fee ($40) and, if applicable, a divorce decree or death certifi cate.

Licenses are valid for 60 days. And there’s a 24-hour waiting period.

Swapping vows.

travel notes At New York City’s JFK international airport in 1962, Trans World Airways AKA TWA, owned by American business magnate Howard Hughes, debuted its soaring modernist terminal designed by one of the era’s most celebrated architects, Eero Saarinen. Inside, with furnishings by the equally renowned Ray and Charles Eames and Florence

Knoll, the photogenic masterpiece celebrated the glamour of air travel in that generation. After being decommissioned in 2001, the space was reimagined as a 512-room hotel debuting in May 2019. And the result is an homage to the golden age of travel while smashing the concept of ‘airport hotel.’

At the centerpoint of the exquisite building is the Sunken Lounge, a bar area with upholstered benches, Tulip chairs and tables and an antique departure board all set against soaring windows looking onto a vintage aircraft. More throwback touches include a heavy-on-the Rat Pack soundtrack, old-school photo booths, and an assortment of terminal-era cars throughout.

There is also an outdoor ski chalet-esque bar with red Malm fireplace and historic TWA destination posters in wedding details guest rooms, elevators and other public spaces. Also on display is PHOTOGRAPHERS: a fashion museum of TWA flight Gil Pizzaro and Brian Alevis, attendants’ uniforms throughout Fade to Black New York the decades, a replica of Howard CENTERPIECES AND DECOR: Special Touches Hughes’ office, and a look at JAZZ BAND: Bisou Saarinen’s design plans. The cuiDJ: Joe Orlando sine program is another notable WEDDING CAKE: standout: a modern interpretaButtercooky Bakery of Floral Park tion of classic favorites helmed

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TWA crew uniforms over the years.


It’s the day you’ve always dreamed of, and Beaches is here to make your dreams come true. Get married on the beach or in a tropical garden. Have a Free* Tropical Wedding that includes all of the touches of a traditional wedding in a picture-perfect Caribbean setting when you stay three nights or longer and you can bring as many guests as you want—or you can customize your entire celebration from ceremony to reception with decorative options inspired by love and created by you. From simply elegant to stunningly extravagant, every detail can be customized, with a limitless selection of décor options that can be mixed and matched to refl ect your own sense of style. Choose from an endless assortment of slip covers, glittering faux jewels, colorful fl oral blooms, table linens, place settings, centerpieces, and other décor to create a ceremony and reception that’s uniquely your own. From storybook romance to breezy island chic, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own fairytale wedding day.





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Jenna and Josh after making it legal.

The planning team set up a gorgeous tent for the reception.


wanted a wedding weekend that was inclusive, active and filled with fantastic food in a photogenic setting. Originally from the East Coast, the bride also knew at least half of their guest list would be traveling to toast to their union. Jenna and Josh selected Salamander Resort and Spa in Virginia for its superlative food and wine program, awesome activity menu and accessibility to Dulles International Airport. “Salamander is stunning; it’s the ultimate definition of Zen,” says Jenna. It’s a place where people can truly relax and enjoy the amenities, she adds, noting that their guests remained on-property, celebrating for the entire sun-kissed September weekend.

“The Salamander has two pools with different energies at each. The resort pool is where we held our Friday wedding pool party with all of our guests. The spa pool, tucked in the corner of the property, is just heavenly.”

The ceremony was hosted on the Great Lawn.


Sure, Salamander is superlative in its beauty and cinematic in its scenery, but what really sold the couple on hosting their friends and family here is the dizzying array of activities on the property’s 340 acres. There are art classes, biking, hiking, yoga and meditation, a spectacular spa, a comprehensive—and award-winning—equestrian center, and golf privileges. “We wanted the wedding to be a true weekend destination with several activities and events planned throughout,” explains Jenna. The groomsman played golf and the bridesmaids took a dance class. All guests enjoyed a pool party with a buffet, beer and bespoke cocktails. Then there was the dueling pianos ➺performance, rehearsal in the light-flooded library and farewell brunch hosted in the main lobby.

Perfectly presented.

Welcome boxes were put together to showcase the bounty of the region. Goodies included Virginia peanuts, popcorn, local Route 11 chips and Jenna and John’s favorite La Croix fl avor. Custom weekend itineraries and bespoke cookies rounded out the selections crafted by

Marigold & Grey, an artisan gifting company located just outside of Washington D.C. Guests savored a menu heavy on organic ingredients.



town of Middleburg, which itself is on the National Register of Historic Places, is just one bucolic gem in picturesque Loudoun County, a locale dotted with photogenic stone buildings set on pastoral landscapes punctuated by horse farms and wineries. Boxwood Estate Winery sits on 26.5 rolling acres, producing varietals based on French traditions including merlot, cabernet franc and its most celebrated—sauvignon blanc. Neighboring Greenhill Vineyards is considered the region’s most renowned with its selection of 100% Virginia wines. The on-site farm store also sells honey from the property’s apiaries.

All together now.

we are family Jenna’s something old was a gold wedding band that once belonged to her great grandmother. “The ring I wore for the ceremony is one that all of the brides in my mother’s family wore at their weddings,” she explains.

Mazel tov!

Fruity libations. Jenna and Josh visited the property twice before their main event.

A lock of love. legally wed The state of Virginia requires marriage licenses; blood tests, however, are not necessary. The couple must furnish, under oath, proof of age (driver’s license or passport), and if applicable, a divorce decree or death certifi cate. Fees vary, yet none may exceed $50. There is no waiting period; a marriage license is valid for 60 days.

“The entrance road into the hotel once you make the turn out of town is simply magical. And it’s all smiles from that point on.”

The spectacular setting. sun-kissed The couple bookended their wedding weekend with a quiet moment at one of the property’s most scenic spots—the Middleburg Terrace, a stone expanse overlooking the epic grounds. The perch affords unbeatable vistas of the photogenic grand lawn, the equestrian center and culinary garden. “It is a very special place, there is often a guitarist or other musical entertainment, and you can look out and see the vast and beautiful property,” says Jenna, who particularly enjoyed sipping local wine while watching the sunset here.

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VENUE AND CATERING: Salamander Resort & Spa

WEDDING PLANNER: Grit & Grace Inc.

FLORALS AND DECOR: Amaryllis Designs

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Day Collective VIDEOGRAPHY: White in Revery Just an hour from the

INVITATIONS: Cheree Berry Paper CALLIGRAPHY: Laura Hooper Calligraphy TENT: Skyline Tent Company LINENS: La Tavola Linens travel notes nation’s capital sits Loudoun County, Virginia, a pristine expanse of

FURNISHINGS: Something Vintage Rentals working farms and awardRENTALS: DC Rental winning wineries, old manor WELCOME GIFTS: Marigold & Grey homes and ancient stone walls at the BAND: Elan Artists foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of GUITARIST: Elan Artists the marquee attractions in this fantastical DJ FOR AFTERPARTY: vacationland setting is the 168-room Dan Huynh, Premier DJ Services Salamander Resort & Spa, a full-service DUELING PIANOS: Bobby McKeys resort in every sense of the concept. WEDDING GOWN: Vera Wang Sprawling over a whopping 340 postcard-

GROOM’S ATTIRE: Saks Fifth Avenue perfect pastoral acres, a stay at the historic hotel property is a luxurious camp-like experience for all ages. The amenities and activities are endless as are the myriad spots for photo-ops. Among them is the fantastic spa that features an integrative approach to treatments and relaxation. The signature 90-minute calming ritual showcases shea butter and organic CBD to restore stressed bodies and minds.

As is expected in wine-producing regions, the cuisine here is exceptional, with a focus on locavore preparations of classics such as filet mignon, salmon and caesar salad, all of which were served at Jenna and Josh’s wedding celebration. Much of the produce and herbs are sourced from the culinary garden, which also serves as a spot for private alfresco dining. The property also flaunts a comprehensive cooking school (room rates start at $700 a night; salamanderresort.com). 

Cooking classes are a popular activity. The resort is renowned for its equine center and activities.

A grand welcome.

One of the many gathering spaces.

Simply stunning.

THE CRYSTAL COAST | Southern Outer Banks, North Carolina

Start planning your fairytale wedding on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, where windswept beaches and breathtaking Atlantic waters set the stage for your celebration. Everything to create the wedding of your dreams is right here, a place that’s nothing short of magical. Sprinkled along more than 85 miles of pristine shoreline, you’ll discover accommodations that will wow you and your guests—incredible beachfront homes, charming seaside hotels, quaint B&Bs, and more. Go to crystalcoastnc.org/weddings for a full list of options. Crystal Coast bridal planners will help you create a day you will never forget. From photography and flowers, to reception decor and music, they will source everything you need to set the tone to make your wedding an exciting and memorable occasion. You’ll find all manner of exceptional reception locations to celebrate your special day—majestic gardens that bloom with authentic Southern charm, elegant shore side estates, and rustic-chic cottages, to name a few. Award-winning chefs will curate your wedding banquet with an assortment of sensational culinary experiences, and there are exceptional bakeries in the area that specialize in crafting beautiful wedding day masterpieces, cookies and other confections. Email weddings@crystalcoastnc.org to find out more about venues and vendors and to get the party started!

The collection of beaches and towns offers a unique blend of history, family fun, water sports and natural areas.



In South Walton, Florida, you can truly have it all. With an idyllic setting, distinctive venues and convenient amenities, there’s nothing standing between you and the wedding of your dreams.

These 16 unique beach neighborhoods are filled with opportunities to create lasting memories. With great year-round weather, any season is perfect for starting your ‘happily ever after.’


This upscale yet relaxing destination was named one of “The World’s Greatest Places” by TIME Magazine. Your guests will enjoy excellent dining featuring Gulf-fresh seafood and upscale options for farm-to-table cuisine, as well as a wide variety of boutique shopping and championship golf, all with 26 miles of beautiful white-sand beach as your backdrop. Luxurious accommodations range from boutique hotels to beach cottages or full-service resorts. And travel is a breeze, whether by car or by plane. With non-stop flights from 28 U.S. cities, all major carriers service two convenient airports.

Sugar-white sand, turquoise water, and every amenity imaginable. At Sandestin, you’ll fi nd gorgeous venue options, on-site day-of wedding coordinator, inventive catering team, championship golf and tennis, fi rst-class accommodations and so much more.

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he Italian coastline, with its pastel buildings hugging mountains that meet the Mediterranean Sea, is a forever romantic ideal that’s captured in treasured novels and classic cinema. One such film, The Barefoot Contessa,

Tand its glamorous star Ava Gardner had an indelible influence on the uber intimate—and aptly named—Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel, a jewel box hideaway positioned on Portofino’s main piazzetta and fronting the picturesque harbor. The first of the Belmond resort collection to be totally revamped by fashionable owners LVMH, the haute hotel is chic, serene and utterly romantic.

A grand reopening unveiled unparalleled sophistication in all aspects of the intimate guest house— there are just 14 rooms. Decor is a masterful blend of vintage and modern pieces that pay homage to the 1950s ideal of la dolce vita and the property’s location adjacent to the sea. There are wood and woven headboards and bespoke pieces crafted from reclaimed boats. Only-in-Italy items include Murano glass lighting, handmade terracotta floors and sumptuous linens. The Ava Gardner suite with its expansive stone terrace overlooking the harbor is a showstopper. Meals here are best savored harborside and alfresco and followed with a gelato from the on-site parlor, where tastings can also be arranged. Guests here enjoy exclusive access to sister property Splendido with its spectacular pool and amazing spa (room rates start at about $670 a night and include breakfast; belmond.com) —Jenna Mahoney LOCAL FAVORITES CASTELLO BROWN Flaunting some of the best views of the fi shing village and its marina, this ancient military fortress turned private home is now a museum hosting rotating cultural events and exhibits. THE CHRIST OF THE ABYSS Submerged nearly 50 feet under the water’s surface, this bronze statue was lowered onto the seabed in 1954. Scuba excursions to the recently refurbished piece leave from neighboring San Fruttuoso. BAR MORENO Peach Bellinis and spritzes are served along with pizzas, appetizers and unbeatable village and water views. Postcard-perfect Portofi no. Classic Italian beauty.

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