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Verdi’s of Westbury is a family owned catering hall that has gained a reputation for serving outstanding cuisine while providing impeccable service. Come and experience the warmth and elegance that surrounds you at Verdi’s of Westbury.

INTRODUCING THE NEW TOSCA BALLROOM

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Since 1973 Jericho Terrace has been an icon of the New York Catering Industry. In that time, we have built a reputation on fine cuisine, impeccable service, elegant ambiance and attention to detail. We welcome the responsibility and honor of receiving your family and friends to our home in the same high standard as you would have in your own home.

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NEW YORK RECEPTION SITE GUIDE Fabulous wedding facilities for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

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FOOD TASTING AT YOUR VENUE Catering pros offer insights on how to choose your reception menu.

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PUBLISHER Gary Paris EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Matthew Victoria PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Valerie Nani TRAVEL EDITOR Guy Preston BEAUTY EDITOR Tim Alan CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Meghan L. Chalfant Nicole Fallon Kaitlyn Roberts ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Diane Benko EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Meghan L. Chalfant EDITORIAL INTERNS Nicole Fallon Kaitlyn Roberts

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1. Guests were invited to Dana and Nicholas’ wedding with navy blue and cream pocketfold invitations. 2. Dana opted for navy blue embellished Stuart Weitzman shoes that served as her something blue. 3. The ceremony was held at St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Parish where Dana walked down the aisle in a Pnina Tornai gown. A fingertip-length veil and a Swarovski crystal headpiece completed her look perfectly. “Eddie and Elaine from Bridal Styles made sure my headpiece fit perfectly,” the bride commented. 4. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and bridal party took a party bus provided by Double Diamond Limousines to Times Square for pictures captured by Patken Photographer. 5. Set on white organza overlay linens were large arrangements of curly white willow with white dendrobium orchids, suspended candles, and crystal strands. Votive candles completed each tablescape design. 6. A custom seating chart was designed and framed that informed guests where they would be seated. 7. A trio of fruit tart, chocolate mousse, and cheese cake were served for dessert, along with their four-tiered wedding cake. 8. When asked if Dana had any advice for future couples, she shared, “Take your time with making important decisions and don’t rush into the first good deal that comes along.”

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ana and Nicholas met through mutual friends at a New York City nightclub on May 14, 2005. After dancing together all night, they exchanged phone numbers and Nicholas called Dana the next day. They soon began dating and officially became a couple several months later. Exactly five years from the day they met, Nicholas and Dana were having dinner at Baronda, the restaurant where they had their first date. Nicholas had arranged for the waitress to pretend his credit card had been declined so that Dana would have to look at the bill to pay. “There was a handwritten note from him inside that said, ‘You can eat for free if you say yes’,” recalled Dana. When she looked up, Nicholas was on his knee asking her to marry him. Dana said yes, and the couple began planning their modern version of a classic Italian wedding. When Dana and Nicholas visited Glen Island Harbour Club, they were impressed with the breathtaking view of the Long Island Sound from the all-window wall of the reception room, and the beautiful indoor/outdoor cocktail area. Photography by Patken Photographer

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At Riccardo’s, an elegant wedding can be inexpensive. From the moment you arrive at Riccardo’s By The Bridge you will see why this Queens catering landmark has been the setting for over 50 years worth of memories. Riccardo’s is the perfect banquet hall, able to host an event of any size, from a gathering of 50 to a grand affair of over 400 guests. As part of our Wedding package, Riccardo’s is proud to offer each bride an exclusive, spacious Bridal Suite complete hour, open bar and closed circuit color TV that scans the reception so that you and your bridal party may enjoy your own private time in style. Just imagine…never missing even one moment of your wedding reception! If you’re planning a special event, you owe it to yourself to be pleasantly surprised.

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Top your wedding cake with crystal monogram cake toppers. This single monogram “K” features the colors ruby, fuchsia, and amethyst shown in the font “wendy”. www.topperswithglitz.com

Combining the brightness of chartreuse and the rich tones of peacock, the DIY Chartreuse Peacock Invitation will capture your event's style with a double faced satin ribbon and beautiful rhinestone buckle. www.invitationsbyalecia.com

Off-white lace garter (Style #355) embellished with a cluster of pearls, rhinestones, and other sparklers. www.thegartergirl.com

Asymmetrically shirred sweetheart gown with jewel centered flower appliqués and full pleated satin skirt from the Lo-Ve-La Timeless Liz Fields Collection (Style #9608). www.lizfields.com

Moliere Nugget Cuff Links are a modern, masculine silhouette that radiates sophistication. The dark intensity of the Jet crystal harmonizes elegantly with the ruthenium plating. www.swarovski.com

Add glamour to your wedding day with this Diamante Encrusted Headpiece (Reina) made of Swarovski diamante lace on a rhodium plated metal setting. Finished at back with elastic and can also be worn as a single row. www.portobellojewelry.com

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Exquisite diamond drop Stevenson Earrings feature continuous diamonds ending in large pear shape diamonds surrounded by smaller round diamonds to create a teardrop shape. www.adorn.com

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Brooklyn

$40+

Famous for over 25 years of personalized service; hosting only one wedding at a time; superb cuisine and service.

$95+

Offering indoor and outdoor wedding choices in the gazebo terrace or ballroom with worldclass service.

Bay Ridge Manor 476 76th Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 748-8855 www.bayridgemanor.com





300

Dyker Beach Golf Course 86th Street and 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 836-9722 www.countryclubreceptions.com

  

The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

300

   

1000 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 398-2400 www.palmhouse.com

300 $150+

Have your event in a beautiful 50-acre garden oasis; victorian greenhouse; exquisite food and friendly service.

150 $100+

3 West Club provides the classic ambiance of a bygone era complete with crystal chandeliers, high ceilings and art deco touches.

Manhattan 3 West Club 3 West 51st Street New York, NY (212) 582-5454 www.3westclub.com

  

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800 $135+

Recognized for setting the wedding standard, creating spectacular menus, and providing world-class service assisting you every step of the way.

110 $100+

Beautiful and harmonious environment perfect for an intimate event featuring sky lights, chandeliers, high ceilings, custom lighting, and more.

Abigail Kirsch at Pier Sixty 23rd St. & The Hudson River New York, NY (212) 336-6144 www.abigailkirsch.com

   

Alger House in the Village 45 Downing Street New York, NY (212) 627-8838 www.algerhouse.com





The Edison Ballroom 240 West 47th Street New York, NY (212) 201-7650 www.edisonballroom.com



 

Creating a magical setting for your event of a lifetime.

450 $175+

The Puck Building 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY (212) 993-5858 www.thepuckbuilding.com Ballroom

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Towers on the Green... Where dreams really do come true.

Whether you are planning an intimate ceremony, a reception or a rehearsal dinner, our expert catering and culinary team are waiting to assist you in all aspects of your special day.

We can accommodate parties from 100 - 350 people.

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Queens Riccardo’s by the Bridge 2101 24th Avenue Astoria, NY (718) 721-7777 www.riccardos.com



500

$50

Featuring New York’s largest private bridal suites with closed circuit TV so you never have to miss one moment of your wedding.

View more on page 10 Known for serving outstanding cuisine.

Verdi’s of Whitestone 149-58 Cross Island Parkway Whitestone, NY (718) 746-6000 www.verdis.com

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Staten Island Framboise at Colony Hall 460 Brielle Avenue Staten Island, NY (718) 448-4252 www.framboisecatering.com

  

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Mouth-watering cuisine presented in custom-designed menus; inhouse event planners will incorporate all your ideas and favorites.

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Grand Plaza 23 Nelson Avenue Staten Island, NY (718) 967-4034 www.grand-plaza.com

  

250

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Exquisite ambiance, gourmet food and service above the rest with a dedication to quality that is second to none.

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The Vanderbilt at South Beach

  

300 Father Capodanno Blvd Staten Island, NY (718) 447-0800 www.vanderbiltsouthbeach.com

450

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Staten Island’s exclusive beachfront banquet facility. Unique elegance with magnificent ocean views.

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Long Island - Nassau County Crest Hollow Country Club 8325 Jericho Turnpike Woodbury, NY (516) 692-8000 www.cresthollow.com

  

700

$95+

View more on pages 96 & 97 Long Island’s premier Gold Coast caterers and luxury suites hotel.

Fox Hollow Catering 7725 Jericho Turnpike Woodbury, NY (516) 921-1415 www.thefoxhollow.com

   

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The Garden City Hotel 45 Seventh Street Garden City, NY (516) 747-3000 www.gardencityhotel.com Ballroom

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500 $160+

Combination of world-class luxury and impeccable service; peaceful village setting; 30 minutes from Manhattan.

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Long Island - Nassau County (cont’) The Inn at New Hyde Park 214 Jericho Turnpike New Hyde Park, NY (516) 354-7797 www.innatnhp.com

   

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Patio, gazebos, waterfalls and fountains; intimate and luxurious events; a magnificent turn of the $100+ century facility.

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Jericho Terrace 249 Jericho Turnpike Mineola, NY (516) 742-5251 www.jerichoterrace.com



 

500

$65+

35 years of catering expertise; pursuit of service excellence; commitment to artistry led by our executive chef.

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Towers on the Green 272-48 Grand Central Parkway Floral Park, NY (516) 775-7710 www.towersonthegreen.com

  

3500

$85

Where your special day is embraced by a professional staff with enthusiasm and sincerity.

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Verdi’s of Westbury 680 Old Country Road Westbury, NY (516) 334-4552 www.verdis.com





300

$60+

Known for serving outstanding Italian and Continental cuisine. Long Island’s most distinctive caterer.

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WaterView Club 45 Bayville Avenue Bayville, NY (516) 628-3111 www.thewaterviewclub.com

   

250

$65+

Offering views of the blue waters on the LI Sound highlighted by crystal chandeliers and a baby grand piano.

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Long Island Suffolk County

1200 $50+

26 lush acres enriched with beautiful gardens, gazebos, and flourishing floral arbors for outdoor ceremonies.

250

$50+

Offering country club style, service, and accommodation in a comfortable and elegant atmosphere.

1000

Breathtakingly beautiful historic mansion. Premier wedding venue boasting 32 luxuriously appointed $200+ guest rooms and suites. Site Fee.

East Wind Caterers 5720 Route 25A Wading River, NY (631) 929-6585 www.eastwindlongisland.com

   

The Meadow Club of Port Jefferson

  

1147 Route 112 Port Jefferson Station, NY (631) 928-3800 www.themeadowclub.com

OHEKA Castle Hotel and Estate

   

135 West Gate Drive Huntington, NY (631) 659-1400 www.oheka.com Ballroom

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We are committed to providing each client, friend and family member with an unrivaled experience of a lifetime. Hosting only one elegant event at a time and having over twenty years of experience allows us to provide each of our valued patrons with individual service, affair customization and keen attention to detail. As guests of our facility, we feel you deserve nothing less. The warmth, comfort and charm of The Estate offers a truly unique setting for your most special

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day. Our Georgian-style mansion boasts expansive gardens, spacious and elegant rooms and décor, world-class cuisine and expert and courteous staff. At The Estate, we are devoted to making your special day everything you dreamed it would be… and much more. We would love the opportunity to be a part of your beautiful beginning, your wonderful journey and a day you will remember for a lifetime.

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Long Island Suffolk County Vineyard Caterers 978 Main Road (Route 25) Aqueboque, NY (631) 722-3200 www.vineyardcaterers.com

  

300

$85+

50 acre winery estate with beautiful gardens and gazebos complemented with elegant white glove service.

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Westchester County Antun’s of Westchester Catering & Events

  

35 Valley Avenue Elmsford, NJ (914) 592-5260 www.antunsofwestchester.com

250

$45+

A unique mansion with beautiful private gardens serving delicious food at value prices. Romantic charm and lasting memories.

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Glen Island Harbour Club Glen Island Park New Rochelle, NY (914) 636-6500 www.glenisland-harbourclub.com

  

600

$90+

Recently renovated into Westchester's premier banquet facility where new, everlasting memories are created.

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New Jersey The Estate at Florentine Gardens

   

97 Rivervale Road River Vale, NJ (201) 666-0444 www.florentinegardens.com

350

varies

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Pleasantdale Chateau

  

757 Eagle Rock Avenue West Orange, NJ (973) 731-5600 www.pleasantdale.com

250

$90

26 Paris Avenue Rockleigh, NJ (201) 768-7171 www.therockleigh.net

Beautiful outdoor setting for ceremonies and photographs; elegant mansion-style decor.

   

600 $115+ View more on the Inside Front Cover

Shadowbrook Route 35 Shrewsbury, NJ (732) 747-0200 www.shadowbrook.com

  

300

$90+

Elegant Georgian mansion set on 20 secluded acres of spectacular formal gardens for ceremonies and cocktail hours.

View more on pages 33 & 44

Westmount Country Club 728 Rifle Camp Road Woodland Park, NJ (973) 256-2700 www.westmountcc.com

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Breathtaking grounds and rooms for a variety of ceremony and reception location options; grand yet intimate atmosphere.

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The Rockleigh

Ballroom

Devoted to making your special day everything you dreamed it would be; we would love to be a part of your journey

   

1200

Remodeled lounges and dining room; breathtaking views; awardwinning cuisine; outdoor cere$100+ monies; gazebo; lavish waterfalls. View more on page 23

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Choosing your reception menu can be a difficult task. Many banquet facilities offer such a wide variety of options that it may be difficult to narrow down your choices. Attending a food tasting will give you the opportunity to sample some of the dishes a venue has to offer, and make the decision process much easier. No two facilities are exactly alike, and this goes for their food tasting policies as well. For all potential venues, find out where they stand on these major points.

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Private versus group Some venues hold semi-annual group tastings, but also allow couples to come in for a private tasting. This can be beneficial because you’ll have the undivided attention of your facility representative, so you won’t have to compete with other couples with questions about their weddings. Locations that offer private tastings also show they’re willing to work around your schedule and meet your specific tastes and needs. However, food at a group tasting is likely a more accurate representation of what will be served at your wedding. “Cooking for two people is very different than cooking for two hundred, and it’s not guaranteed to taste the same,” commented Chris Marino, executive director of South Gate Manor in Freehold, New Jersey.

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The English Manor in Ocean Township, New Jersey agrees. “Couples should book as close to contract time as possible,” she said.

Number of guests You and your fiancé are the only ones who need to be at the tasting, but most venues will accommodate additional guests. However, they will likely only allow for three or four more seats, so choose your extras carefully. If your parents or future in-laws are helping with wedding expenses, they should be invited. If you’re funding your own wedding, consider bringing the best man and/or maid of honor to sample the menu with you. While it is helpful to get second opinions, remember you and your fiancé will make the final decision. Regardless of whom you bring, let your facility know the final head count ahead of time. Jennifer Hayes, general manager of Vanity Fare in Lakewood, New Jersey stresses the importance of providing this information to ensure that there will be enough seating and food. South Gate Manor by The Studio Photographers

Required booking While most facilities don’t charge for their tastings, some require you to book your event with them before you can attend one. This may seem like a lot of pressure, but it’s understandable from a caterer’s point of view; they know of all the places you’re considering, you’ll only choose one in the end. It’s fair that you should be their client before they go to the expense of providing samples of their food. However, if a facility you’re looking at doesn’t require a commitment, take advantage of the opportunity to compare cuisines, but only schedule a tasting if you’re serious about considering a facility. Attending tastings at too many locations will only confuse you and make the decision harder. “A food tasting should be done as a decision factor once you have narrowed down your venue list,” mentioned Cathy Marro, general manager of The Graycliff in Moonachie, New Jersey. If you like what a venue has to offer, act quickly. Tom Wright, general manager of The Chateau Caterers in Long Island, New York, advises couples to book as soon as possible due to the shortage of available dates at many popular facilities. Lisa Truesdale, owner of

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Speak with family and friends who know the facility, or search customer reviews online. See how others rate the service, helpfulness, and cleanliness of the venue—you want a venue that is top-quality in all areas, not just the food. A venue that stands behind its reputation should let prospective clients see how it operates and allow them to view as much of the “behind-the-scenes” action as they can. Thomas Casella, general manager of Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, New Jersey, suggests that couples come in for their tasting during a time when the facility is preparing for an event for this very reason. “You should be able to speak with the Chef and ask as many questions as possible so you can make an educated decision,” he said.

Enjoy your food tasting! Choosing your menu is an important part of planning your wedding, and at times it The Swan Club by Ariana Studios can be stressful. Banquet facilities understand So what’s the best advice for a couple about to attend a food tasting? how hectic this can be, and genuinely want you and your fiancé to Here’s what banquet facilities want you to know: have a positive experience at your tasting. “It’s all about enjoying the food and making the planning process easier and more fun for Pay attention to the staff. Lisa Truesdale of The English Manor couples,” said The English Manor’s Lisa Truesdale. The management reminds couples to consider both the quality of a facility’s food and wants to make you feel confident about choosing them to host the how accommodating the staff is. While the main reason you’re there most important event of your life, so sit back, relax, and let them do is to choose your menu, the courtesy and attentiveness of a facility’s what they do best. staff is key to ensuring that an event runs smoothly. Remember, if you Remember to get as much information on a venue’s policies as choose this venue, the people serving you could be the same ones you can, including the type of tasting, whether or not you have to serving your guests, so take note of how they treat your table and oth- book, and the number of guests you can bring. Once you’ve made ers around you. your appointment—which you should only do if the facility is one of your top choices—be sure to pay attention to the staff, address any Be organized and take notes. Bring a notepad and pen to jot down dietary or allergy concerns beforehand, keep track of what you liked, what you like and don’t like about the food so you don’t forget any- look at the overall reputation of your caterer before making a final thing when choosing your menu. You’ll also have something to refer decision, and enjoy the experience. Follow these tips and your food to when asking about specific food items. tasting is sure to run smoothly! Don’t expect to taste everything on the menu. Do your homework: review your options before you arrive (most venues make their wedding packages available online) and taste the things you were already inclined to choose. Discuss dietary restrictions or food allergies beforehand. The sooner they know about your specific needs, the more time they’ll have to prepare a tasting menu that works for everyone.

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fter John moved to Long Island to start a new job, it didn’t take long for him to meet Erin. “John’s smile caught my attention immediately and I started asking my coworkers about him,” Erin shared. She introduced herself to him and they began spending time together. On October 28, 2010, which marked their two year anniversary, Erin and John were walking on the Long Beach boardwalk with their dog, Casey. John got down on one knee and proposed at the location where their love began. With a little less than a year until their wedding day, Erin and John immediately began planning. From the moment they stepped onto the grounds of Fox Hollow they knew it was the perfect place to host their wedding. They loved the Winter Garden Pavilion room which features a cascading waterfall, fireplace, and atrium ceilings with skylight windows. Additionally, they were pleased with the professionalism of the staff. “They understood the importance of being involved in every aspect of the celebration,” noted the groom.

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There’s no doubt that you always want to feel and look your best, especially for your engagement party, bridal shower, and any other upcoming event leading up to your wedding day. If you’re searching for beauty products that won’t break your bank, try these must-haves below.

Be Legendary Lipstick Ultra creamy formula with vitamins A and E, shea butter, and unique moisture complex. Be Discovered Eye Shadow Palette Eight sheer and matte pigmented shadows that give lasting color with just one application. Available at www.smashbox.com and select beauty retailers.

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From your engagement and throughout your special day, wedding photography gives couples the opportunity to treasure each milestone for years to come; including all of those details you worked so hard on.

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Why professional photography? Capturing your wedding is one of the most important details for many reasons. It documents all of your details, captures moments you may miss, and tells a wonderful story of the day’s events as it unfolds. Jessica Urzua of Jessica Lauren Photography shared that not making photography a priority on your wedding day is a huge mistake. This will be your remembrance from your once-in-a-lifetime event that you will be able to show to your children. “Years from now when the wedding is just a distant memory, you can always go back and relive that day through your pictures. There is no other investment you will make, that will give you years and years of memories like your wedding photographs,” Jessica Urzua added.

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Finding a professional Whether you already know the photography style you’re looking for or not, meeting with professionals is imperative before making a decision. Start your search by referring to magazines such as Contemporary Bride Magazine and schedule meetings to speak with potential photographers. Use the appointment to ask questions, address concerns, and view their work and albums, as well as seeing if your personalities fit together. After all, you will likely be spending the entire day with this person and the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable. Don’t forget to make sure the photographer you’re interested in has the wedding date available prior to scheduling an

appointment. You would hate to fall in love with a photographer and find out the date is already booked. Noble Milton of Noble Studios advises couples to “Inspect the work of the photographer who took the photos and ask intricate questions about how and why he/she shot the photos.” Take into consideration the photographer’s creativity, energy, and overall experience. These are all qualities to pay attention to. Sure, anyone can purchase high quality cameras, lenses, and even backup equipment, but when it comes to a true professional, he/she will have years of experience, training, and even awards to back up their reputation.

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Once you’ve narrowed down the potential companies, assess their work and what each has to offer. If you’re still unsure, schedule an additional appointment to clarify any concerns you may have. Many companies are now using social media to their advantage by updating their blog and Facebook pages, for example, with their most recent work which gives you the opportunity to see more photographs and even testimonials. Most professionals are reserved months sometimes years in advance, so research and book as soon as you and your to-be come to a final decision. “Make sure to review the contract and have a clear understanding of what is included and agreed upon. That way, nothing is subject to debate afterwards or on the day of,” mentioned Alex Ruchaevsky from Abacus Wedding Studios.

Additionally, engagement pictures allow the couple to be more audacious when it comes to choosing a location. On the wedding day, you will be more limited to the types of pictures you can take, meanwhile, during the engagement shoot you have the chance to play in water, sit on the beach or grass, and even go on rides at an amusement park. The Girls of Heyn Photography added, “E-sessions are your opportunity to explore and try new things because you can always stay out longer or reshoot them.” It’s during the engagement session, where you will discover exactly what you’re trying to convey in your pictures, while the photographer can smooth out any potential issues prior to the wedding day.

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After a photographer is selected, schedule a time to take your engagement pictures. This photo shoot acts as a “test run” to solidify your decision about the photographer. An engagement shoot will allow you to feel more comfortable in front of the camera, as well as getting to know your photographer better. You will learn their style and figure out what works best for you. In return, your photographer will become more aware of what angles you look best in and have a better understanding of what makes the two of you unique. “Most couples do not routinely take two or three hour photo shoots together and it can be awkward for your wedding the first time you do long periods of shooting together. Engagement sessions help the couples decide what their photographic style is. Someone may come in and insist that they want their whole wedding outside in a park and then during an engagement session realize that they prefer an indoor location with gardens,” noted the Girls of Heyn Photography.

Since your wedding celebration will only happen once, it’s important to be as prepared as possible before the big day. Do your homework through researching and viewing wedding photographs. By jotting down specific pictures you like or don’t like you’re formulating a photography style. Communicate all of these ideas with your photographer so they know what you’re expecting from them. Compile and provide the professional with a short list of must-have shots, especially if there are special or unique pictures you want him/her to capture. When all is said and done, trust your photographer on your wedding day. Relax, take each moment in, and have fun. “Worrying about every little wedding detail instead of enjoying yourself is a huge mistake,” shared Sean Patrick of Sean Patrick Photography. “Have fun and enjoy yourselves. That way your pictures will look natural and your personalities will shine through.”

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1. The ceremony was held at Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York City where Claire’s parents had been married. 2. Gold peep-toe Jimmy Choo heels completed Claire’s look. 3. Votive candles and a beautiful coordinated arrangement were elegantly displayed on the guest’s escort card table. 4. A three-tiered masterpiece of alternating layers of chocolate raspberry and vanilla with raspberry cream was served for dessert. 5. The reception décor was traditional, with intricate centerpieces of amnesia roses, pink and green hydrangea, silver brunia, lavender lisianthus, and delicate variegated ivory. The room was tastefully lit by Stortz Lighting with pin spots on each table composition, a color wash on the dance floor, and uplighting throughout the ballroom. 6. White and cream roses made up Claire’s bouquet, while her bridesmaids’ carried lavender sterling roses to complement their navy blue chiffon dresses. 7. Hank Lane Music performed “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” for Michael and Claire’s first dance as husband and wife and played a mixture of swing and contemporary throughout the night. Ceremony Location: Cathedral of Saint Patrick Officiant: Reverend Christopher Pliauplis Reception Location: 3 West Club Photographer: Hechler Photographers Entertainment: Hank Lane Music and Productions Florist: Chestnuts in the Tuileries Limousine Service: Silver Star Limousine Cake Designer: Madame Butterfly Cakes Bridal Salons: Exquisite Bride & Designer Loft Veil: Exquisite Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo Formal Attire: Coleman’s Tuxedos Invitations: Dempsey & Carroll Favors: Bouchon Bakery Hair Salon: Marie Bové Salon Makeup Artist: Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs Jeweler: Jay Roberts Jewelers Lighting: Stortz Lighting Honeymoon Locations: Rome Cavalieri- Rome & Hotel Punta Tragara- Capri, Italy

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Choosing your wedding flowers is an exciting part of the planning process. As your wedding day quickly approaches, deciding on specific blossoms will give a bigger picture as to not only what your reception décor will look like through centerpieces, but bridal bouquets and even boutonnières will tie together your overall color scheme and add a splash of color to your wedding day attire. Whether you’re a traditional or modern bride, be sure to talk to your florist on how to make your bouquet your own. Add a personalized touch by incorporating embellishments to the stems of the bouquet, such as rosary beads, a locket, heirloom brooch, or even a piece of fabric to remember a loved one. Searching for a way to make your bouquet more glamorous? Add pearls or crystal pins within the flowers to easily add sparkle to a simple cluster of blooms. ContemporaryBride.com

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1. Evelyn and Saul were married during an evening ceremony at the Life Church, chosen for its newly renovated modern interior and proximity to Crest Hollow. 2. The couple chose high centerpieces including freedom roses, circus, lindois, yellow lilies, fuchsia dendrobium orchids, white snap, white wax, and willow. A submerged water lily, clear rocks, and a purple LED light illuminated each flute-shaped vase. 3. The bridal party wore apple red to reflect the overall color scheme of the wedding. 4. Royalty Limousines transported the wedding party to and from their photos at Fox Hollow, Crest Hollow, and the church in a 14-passenger Lincoln and 20-passenger Escalade. 5. Frank and Dwayne from Tommy’s Tunes DJ Entertainment kept guests dancing all night to everything from pop and ‘80s songs to Latin and dance music. “My Baby You” by Marc Anthony played as Evelyn and Saul shared their first dance as husband and wife. 6. Crest Hollow didn’t disapoint with this stunning ice sculpture. 7. For dessert, Crest Hollow designed an elegant vanilla wedding cake filled with fresh strawberries and cream, which was served alongside a Tartuffo duet of dark and milk chocolate bon bons filled with mocha and vanilla ice cream.

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1. Gina walked down the aisle wearing an A-line Maggie Sottero gown embellished with Swarovski crystals. Christopher looked sharp in a classic black Calvin Klein tuxedo with a black and white tie and converse sneakers. “He looked timeless,” commented Gina. 2. The couple loved the idea of having their ceremony on site, which made it convenient for their guests. 3. From the first consultation through the planning process, Joe ZiColello of Dash of Class Entertainment was helpful and made Gina and Christopher comfortable. “Our reception was awesome,” commented Gina. 4. Instead of traditional floral centerpieces, the coupled opted for Edible Arrangements. 5. For dinner, guests had a choice of Chateaubriand, shrimp scampi, chicken, grilled salmon, duck al’orange, land and sea duet, or a vegetarian dish. 6. Designed by Fox Hollow, the red velvet wedding cake was decorated to reflect the couple's black-and-white color scheme. 7. Gina and Christopher invited their guests to their wedding with elegant invitations. 8. At the end of the night, guests took home black and white cookies to coordinate with the color scheme.

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ina and Christopher met when they were children and even dated for two weeks as young teenagers, but it wasn’t until the two reconnected 11 years later that they began to date. While on vacation in Florence, Italy, Christopher decided it would be the perfect opportunity to surprise Gina. As they were standing on their hotel balcony drinking wine, Christopher proposed with a solitaire engagement ring. With approximately two years until March 25, 2011, Gina and Christopher had plenty of time to plan their wedding and enjoy their engagement. Once all of the details were finalized, the big day finally arrived. Chosen for its reputation and delectable food, the ceremony and reception was held at Fox Hollow. The couple also chose Fox Hollow as they were able to have the day's events at one location.

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Mexico “The place you thought you knew” By Meghan Chalfant

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As the old saying goes, “As one door closes, another one opens” and what better way to begin your journey as newlyweds than on a honeymoon in paradise? Escape on a romantic getaway where turquoise blue water and white sandy beaches stretch on forever. If you’re looking for serenity, adventure, and romance, then travel to Cancun, where you’ll create memories that will last long after you say, “I do.”

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About Cancun Situated north of Cozumel along the northeast coast of Quintana Roo and Gulf of Mexico, lies the beautiful locale of Cancun, Mexico. While this destination is widely known for spring breakers, it’s also a popular destination for honeymooners and travelers. With its natural, lush landscape, endless adventures, and romantic ambiance, it’s no wonder why more than three million visitors return annually. The tropical climate in Cancun offers year round sunshine with temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees from October through March and 75 to 91 degrees from April to September. Home to over 200,000 inhabitants, many of the residents speak Spanish, the official language; however, most people in the tourism industry are multilingual and speak English, as well as French, Italian, and German.

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Where to Stay Catering exclusively to couples, Sun Palace is located in the quiet southern end of the hotel zone only 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport. Offering luxurious yet affordable accommodations and amenities, Sun Palace features 252 guest rooms including deluxe rooms with ocean views, junior suites, concierge level rooms, and presidential suites. Guests staying at Sun Palace will enjoy an all-inclusive experience, which includes meals, snacks, beverages, 24-hour room service, entertainment, non-motorized water sports, and a variety of activities. With a variety of specialty restaurants located on the resorts grounds, your palate is sure to be satisfied. Dine at El Alamo for casual Mexican cuisine, make reservations at La Tratto serving Italian or The Steak restaurant for seafood fare. At Oriental Lounge, enjoy Asian hors d’oeuvres and a sushi bar or fulfill your cravings throughout the day at the Pool Snack Bar. 104

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Things to Do From relaxation to adventure and shopping to nightlife, there are many things to explore while honeymooning in Mexico. With its ancient structures and extraordinary views of the Caribbean, Tulum (meaning “wall”) is one of the most visited and famous archaeological sites, located 82 miles south of Cancun on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

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About 117 miles west of Cancun, discover the Mayan culture and pyramids at Chichen Itza, located in the peninsula of Yucatan. Named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO Heritage Site for over 20 years, this is the second most visited archeological site in Mexico. If you’re an adventure seeker, driving through the jungle in an open top jeep, free-fall bungee jumping, or zip-lining may be the perfect tours for you. The turquoise blue water gives way to breathtaking sea life of vivid colored fish and corals- perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling. Other activities you might want to consider are fishing, sailing, swimming with dolphins, or visiting Xel-Ha – the largest natural aquarium made up of a series of inlet and lagoon systems.

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From designer and famous brand stores to flea markets and souvenir shops selling Mexican local handcrafts, shopping in Cancun is sure to be extensive and an enjoyable day out. The nightlife in Cancun is also an all time favorite with a variety of restaurants, discos, bars, and nightclubs. At Coco Bongo, watch entertainers bring the stage to life as acrobats perform choreographed numbers and impersonators pay tributes to pop stars such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Britney Spears. Let loose at Señor Frogs “where anything can happen”. This casual restaurant bar features nightly entertainment including 105


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contests, prizes, conga lines, a reggae band, and more. Back at Sun Palace unwind at the spa with individual or couple’s therapies offering a blend of Mayan, Oriental, or European techniques for the ultimate pampering experience. Relax at one of three infinity pools with swim up bars and signature submerged lounge chaises and bask under the Caribbean sun with private beach access. Get your daily workout at the fully equipped fitness center with exercise rooms and daily classes. The options are endless; do it all or nothing at all.

Honeymoon Packages From upgraded luxuries to intimate private dinners and turndown service, Palace Resorts can enhance your honeymoon experience with one of their honeymoon package options. Available to couples who present proof of marriage within the past year, enjoy all of the upgrades in the Complimentary Package offering upscale guest room amenities, such as double Jacuzzis, premium Farouk Biosilk bath products, and 24-hour room service. Other upgrades include breakfast in bed, a bottle of sparkling wine, honeymoon cake, private dinner for two, turndown service, access to the exclusive honeymoon concierge desk, and late checkout (available upon request and availability). Additional packages can be added to your vacation at an additional cost, which includes a small floral arrangement and two 25-minute back massages infused with natural botanical oils in the Romance Honeymoon Package to the Deluxe Honeymoon Package consisting of two 50-minute holistic massages, optional tours, and a medium floral arrangement. The Ultra Romance Honeymoon Package pampers guests with a holistic spa package, intimate 106

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in-room dinner with butler service, optional tours, and a large overflowing in-room f loral arrangement. All optional packages offer a guaranteed king-size bed, ocean view, chocolate dipped strawberries upon arrival, and personalized aromatherapy keepsake bathrobes and slippers. Palace Resorts also offers wedding packages to those couples who want to tie the knot in a tropical oasis. For more information on Palace Resorts wedding collections, visit weddings.palaceresorts.com. Photo courtesy of Palace Resorts

Traveling To and From Getting to Cancun is easy, since many airlines provide direct and non-stop flights to and from Cancun International Airport throughout the week. Most U.S. air carriers, such as American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, US Airways, and Spirit Airlines are available to fly into Cancun from New Jersey and New York. Upon arrival, a valid passport is required, as well as a customs form (Hacienda) which is given and filled out during the inbound flight. Your travel agent can answer any questions you have regarding the specific documents you may need. With endless activities, pristine beaches, and a serene environment with romance, your honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico is sure to create everlasting memories. Log on to www.PalaceResorts.com for more information or to book your honeymoon at the luxurious Sun Palace.

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Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua

(866) 237-1644 • www.galleybayresort.com This intimate Caribbean hideaway delights guests with its refined, unpretentious atmosphere and its relaxing, allinclusive pricing. It's glimmering turquoise seascapes and lush gardens create a relaxing, natural setting for those who want to decompress and escape from the world. The focal point is our three-quarter-mile white sand beach on the clear, warm Caribbean, where you can recline in the shade of a palm tree, soak up the sun or enjoy a refreshing swim and complimentary non-motorized water-sports. The boutique property's 98 guest rooms are set amid 40 acres of beautiful tropical gardens, providing a sense of privacy.

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Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

(888) ROSEWOOD • www.jumbybayresort.com Set on a 300-acre private island, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, casts a spell of serene enchantment. Nestled two miles off the coast of Antigua, the exclusive resort is noted for its landscape, lush with rare tropical flowers, stately palm trees, and abundant foliage. A naturalist's haven, the island features three superb, white sand beaches. Jumby Bay, a secluded hideaway accessible only by boat, is known worldwide for providing discerning travelers with world-class service and distinguished amenities. With 40 beautifully refurbished suites and 11 villas spread across nearly a third of the island, guests feel deliciously ensconced in their own secluded hideaway. Each suite is an oasis of luxurious idleness, embodying the island's stylish good taste.

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(800) 367-3484 • www.diviarubaphoenix.com Enjoy miles of white sand beach at the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort. Nestled in Aruba’s famed Palm Beach, this resort is the perfect host for your vacation in paradise. Spacious beachfront studios and suites offer fully equipped kitchens, picture windows, and large private balconies with widespread views. Relax in thatch cabanas and hammocks overlooking the Caribbean Sea, or enjoy activities, like windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort will provide you with the ultimate romantic escape. Their romance packages include beachside candlelit dining, premiere suite accommodations, champagne, and more.

Occidental Grand Aruba

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(800) 858-2258 • www.occidentalhotels.com Experience the history, the myth, and the eternal fascination of Aruba. Discover the beaches that curve like an Aruban smile, at the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Aruba. A tropical honeymoon awaits you at the 341 room Occidental Grand Aruba as you explore countless ways to enjoy your time together. Try your luck with fantastic gaming at the resort’s casino. Or get active with a variety of sports and activities such as kayaking, paddle boats,and aqua aerobics, including scuba clinics! And at the end of an active day, let your Occidental Grand Aruba’s hosts entertain you with one of the nightly shows featuring talented locals and staff members.

(800) HOTELS-1 • www.renaissancearuba.com Romance has a home here at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. The beauty of nature swims with a fresh style and unique attitude, creating the perfect atmosphere for a honeymoon. Gourmet dining, endless indulgences, and touches of pure luxury bring the best of Aruba to life, an experience and environment not soon forgotten. The resort features two distinctive lodging options that showcase unique personalities. The adult-exclusive Renaissance Marina Hotel is close to the heart of the action and just steps away from the vibrant center of Oranjestad. The family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites is set right on the Caribbean Sea. At the Aruba Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, you’ll discover a paradise that offers you more than just a spectacular honeymoon, but an ideal backdrop for a lifetime of memories.

Hotel Riu Palace Aruba

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(888) Riu-4990 • www.riu.com Located on Aruba’s famous Palm Beach, discover Hotel Palace Riu Aruba and the island itself, a paradise for lovers of beach and relax. Elegantly designed and offering a wide range of all-inclusive amenities including two swimming pools, fitness center, daily activities, and restaurants to satisfy everyone’s palate.

(877) 822-2222 • www.westinaruba.com The Westin Aruba Resort is the perfect island destination, offering the charm of the Dutch Caribbean, a magnificent beach, glittering casino, and a host of outdoor pleasures. Located on the luxurious strip of Palm Beach, Aruba, amidst sparkling blue water and soft sand beaches, we invite you to create the memories of a lifetime. Enjoy sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and golf. Take a refreshing swim in the ocean. Drift in our gorgeous seaside pool. Or relax with a refreshing massage, body wrap or facial at our Spa. Discover the ideal blend of Caribbean warmth and Las-Vegasstyle excitement at The Westin Aruba Resort!

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(888) 4-BUCUTI • www.bucuti.com Situated on 14 acres of powder white sand on Eagle Beach, enjoy breathtaking views, feel the warm trade winds and marvel over the stunning tropical sunsets. With only 104 rooms, suites and penthouse rooms, Bucuti offers a more intimate getaway vacation through its award-winning hospitality and world-class facilities and services. The only boutique-style resort in Aruba that caters exclusively to couples and adults, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts are serene and peaceful, perfect to relax, rejuvenate and get away from it all. For those wanting to explore Aruba, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts are centrally located near all major attractions.

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Atlantis Paradise Island

Breezes Bahamas

(800) ATLANTIS • www.atlantis.com With over 3,000 rooms, 21 restaurants, 19 lounges, a casino, marina, beautiful beach, incredible pools, waterslides, tennis, golf, and more, the Atlantis Resort Paradise Island truly features something for everyone. From world-class luxury to moderately-priced comfort, Atlantis gives you a range of choice. Regardless of which tower you choose, you'll have all the exciting experiences of Atlantis at your doorstep and at your disposal. Eleven pool areas and miles of white beach provide both adventure and relaxation. Enjoy formal pools, zero-entry pools, kid's pools, and more!

(877) BREEZES • www.breezes.com Set on 1,000 feet of Nassau’s magnificent two-mile, sugarwhite Cable Beach, Breezes Bahamas offers all of the amenities of a Super-Inclusive vacation at a more affordable price. Only 15 minutes from the airport, the resort offers amazing oceanfront deluxe rooms, with the beach only steps from the door. Enjoy fine dining at the Garden of Eden, where you’ll enjoy a romantic and intimate dinner, then hit the resort’s four bars, which include the hot Hurricanes Disco and a dreamy piano bar.

One&Only Ocean Club

Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island

(888) 528-7157 • www.oneandonlyresorts.com Nestled peacefully along a shore of delicate white sand beach, One&Only Ocean Club is a treasured sanctuary of privileged perfection. Renowned for its legendary sophistication and contemporary elegance, this alluring beachfront hideaway reflects the glamorous ambience and posh exclusivity of a grand colonial manor, welcoming generations of the world’s travelling elite. Expansive manicured lawns and towering coconut palms provide an enchanting backdrop to the pristine beaches of Paradise Island. One&Only Ocean Club is a playground of world-class golf, tennis, spa, and of course, watersports. The spectacular blue waters of the Caribbean are the elixir of Bahamian life, explored with a rich roster of activities, including diving, snorkelling, sailing, and wind-surfing.

(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Standing on a spectacular 3-mile stretch of white sandy beach, Riu Paradise Island has a prime location next to Atlantis and just two miles from downtown. Riu Paradise Island offers the ultimate all-inclusive Bahamas vacation coupled with Riu’s outstanding services. Riu Paradise Island offers three conference rooms, a gym, a swimming pool, tennis court three bars and six restaurants. Take advantage of the gambling, shopping, and entertainment opportunities offered by our neighbor the Atlantis Resort & Casino. Begin the rest of your life with the friendly Bahamian pace, where the world slows down.

Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

(888) SANDALS • www.sandals.com Sandals Emerald Bay, an all-inclusive oceanfront resort in laid-back Great Exuma, opened as the first all-butler resort in January 2010. Your butler will cater to your every need with just the touch of a button. Enjoy the mile-long crescent shaped beach, a par 72 Greg Norman designed golf course, a 29,000 square foot spa, a deepwater marina and delectable food from five restaurants. At Sandals, the honeymoon package is included. Indulge in a bottle of chilled sparkling wine upon arrival, turndown service with flower petals on your bed for your first night, and breakfast in bed served with fresh flowers one morning.

(888) SANDALS • www.sandals.com Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa in Nassau, Bahamas, is a monument to regal elegance. Voted the Top Caribbean Spa Resort by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, this spectacular resort combines European sophistication with the passion of the Caribbean. Experience perfection in everything from a fullservice European spa (considered the finest in the Caribbean) to heated, colonnaded pools. Also enjoy water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and even a private offshore island. Indulge your passion for classical elegance and romance at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa.

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(800) 425-6663 • www.almondresorts.com No matter what you’re looking for, the all-inclusive Almond Beach Village has it all from water activities and excursions to historical sites to simply relaxing on the beach. This 395-room resort boasts ten pools, five restaurants, a golf course and tennis courts, and an on-site mini spa, and is conveniently located just 15 minutes from its sister resort, Almond Beach Club & Spa for full spa services.

Almond Casuarina Beach

Divi Heritage Beach Resort

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(800) 367-3484 • www.diviheritage.com Discover a romantic adults-only hideaway overlooking beautiful St. James Beach. Private verandas in each of the 22 colonial-inspired suites guarantee an intimate experience as you enjoy a wide range of island activities. All-inclusive day passes and meal plans are available for guests to take advantage of the amenities at the neighboring Almond Beach Resort.

Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

Mango Bay Barbados

(800) 367-3484 • www.divisouthwinds.com Divi Southwinds Beach Resort features over 130 suites and is situated on a half mile of white sand beach among 20 acres of tropical gardens. You’ll never run out of things to do between the numerous outdoor activities and historical tours, and the shops, restaurants and nightlife of the St. Lawrence Gap, which conveniently runs through the resort.

(246) 432-1384 • www.mangobaybarbados.com The deluxe 76-room Mango Bay in sun-splashed Barbados offers an unforgettable, romantic, all-inclusive way to spend your honeymoon. The resort is cozy and intimate – perfect for romance – and white sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and clear blue skies create an idyllic Caribbean backdrop for that first vacation as husband and wife. Mango Bay’s all-inclusive vacation features all meals, afternoon tea, local and brand name drinks, including wine with dinner, nightly entertainment, water sports, such as waterskiing, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking and snorkeling, a glass-bottom boat ride, a shopping trip into the capital city of Bridgetown, and a catamaran sail.

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Almond Beach Village

(800) 425-6663 • www.almondresorts.com This 161-room adults-only resort is located on a 100-yard water frontage lined with beautiful coral rock formations and lush gardens. With a two-level pool, spa, gourmet restaurants and a variety of water activities, this all-inclusive intimate oasis is an excellent choice for your romantic getaway.

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ClubHotel Riu Bachata

ClubHotel Riu Bambu

(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Riu Bachata, a luxury all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and with a Maimon Bay beachfront location, this luxury hotel offers the ideal setting for your dream Dominican Republic vacation. Riu Bachata offers two tennis courts, two swimming pools, four bars and two restaurants.

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ClubHotel Riu Mambo

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(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Nestled among tall palm trees on the beach of Maimon Bay, Riu Merengue provides stunning views of green mountains and lush tropical gardens. Riu Merengue features a swimming pool, two tennis courts, two restaurants and three bars.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hotel Riu Naiboa

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Hotel Riu Palace Macao

Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

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(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Standing on the beach of Arena Gorda, Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana achieves an even higher level of luxury, comfort and beauty. Located on a spectacular stretch of white sandy beach, the hotel boasts 612 junior suites. Room service 24 hours a day and 24-hour All-Inclusive complement the wide array of gourmet restaurants and bars available, completed recently with a new fushion Krystal restaurant.

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(877) BREEZES • www.breezes.com With quiet coves, endless beaches and shady hammocks around every corner, you’ll instantly feel like you’ve run away from all the pressures of the real world. Conveniently located just about an hour away from the city of Montego Bay, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club is one of the world’s truly great escapes. Skim across the crystal blue Caribbean on a catamaran cruise, enhance your skills at our video-assisted golf and tennis schools, play a round of golf at our private, PGA-quality Golf Course, or just spend your days in a comfortable lounge chair while the warm, tropical sun dissolves your stress. Best of all, Breezes Runaway Bay is brilliantly designed to keep you as close to the action as you want to be, without compromising the peace and quiet you crave.

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(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Riu Ocho Rios is located in beautiful Ocho Rios. Like the other exceptional Jamaica resorts in Negril, the Riu Tropical Bay and Riu Negril, this new addition to the RIU resort family features the fine amenities and personalized service available. Ten restaurants, seven bars, two conference rooms, a tennis court, a gym, two swimming pools and a children’s club are just a few of the hotel’s amenities.

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Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club

(877) BREEZES • www.breezes.com Situated along Jamaica’s Southwest shore, you can find Breezes flagship of Super-Inclusive resorts – Breezes Grand Resort & Spa Negril. At this world-acclaimed resort, you will not only be welcomed by the friendly team members, but enter paradise with breathtaking beaches and tropical gardens. Water sports, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a soothing spa, are just a few of the resort’s amenities, in addition to six classic restaurants, a piano bar, and disco. At this luxurious resort you are sure to leave your worries home. Not only will your honeymoon be memorable, but it will be nothing short of paradise.

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Sandals Montego Bay

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Sunset at the Palms

(888) SANDALS • www.sandals.com On the lush north coast of Jamaica, where the rolling St. Ann Mountains sweep down to two private cove beaches, the art of stylish hospitality can be found at this all-butler, alloceanfront resort. Boasting a charming intimacy in an atmosphere of aesthetic sophistication, this five-decade gem of history hosts 74 ocean view suites tucked into a magnificent coral bluff.

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Sunset Beach Resort & Spa

Sunset Jamaica Grande

(877) 734-3486 • www.sunsetbeachresort.com Escape to the playful, all-inclusive, 430-room Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, offering the awesome new Pirate’s Paradise Water Park for the ultimate fun in the sun. Perfect for singles, couples and families, with a spectacular beachfront setting, spacious guestrooms, three restaurants, six bars, beach grill, three swimming pools, giant Jacuzzi, nonstop activities and entertainment. Spend a day pampering in the sumptuous spa with Jamaican inspired treatments or relaxing on the white sand beaches. Or tie the knot ‘island style’. And it’s all just ten minutes from the ‘Hip Strip’ of Montego Bay, featuring shopping, dining, and entertainment. Named one of the Top Ten Family Resorts In The Caribbean by TripAdvisor.com.

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(800) 635-1836 • www.palaceresorts.com The all-inclusive Aventura Cove Palace is located just minutes from sister resort Aventura Spa Palace on the beautiful Riviera Maya. This resort is ideal for adventurous, active travelers; some of Mexico’s most exciting attractions like the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Xcaret eco-archeological park are just a short journey from the resort’s white-sand beaches and protected clear blue waters where you can swim, snorkel, and kayak. With its nightly entertainment, delicious cuisine, and endless outdoor activities, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at Aventura Cove.

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Palace Resorts, Isla Mujeres

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(800) 635-1836 • www.palaceresorts.com Enjoy a romantic, couples-only experience at the allinclusive Isla Mujeres Hotel Palace. Located away from the hustle and bustle of urban Cancun, this 62-room paradise is all about relaxing and rejuvenating with in-room Jacuzzis, spa services, and 24-hour room service. With destination wedding and honeymoon packages, your trip to this undisturbed tropical oasis is sure to be unforgettable.

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(800) 635-1826 • www.palaceresorts.com Escape to the intimate couples-only Sun Palace, situated 15 minutes from the Cancun airport on the gorgeous coastline of the Carribean Sea. The all-inclusive resort features five restaurants, three bars, and nearby golf courses, along with a double Jacuzzi, private balcony and 24-hour room service for each of its 252 guest rooms.

(800) 635-1826 • www.palaceresorts.com Find romance, adventure, and relaxation at the 348-room, all-inclusive Vallarta Palace. This beachfront oasis is nestled in the heart of Puerto Vallarta and features four restaurants, three bars, two outdoor pools, spa services and access to a wide variety of water sports and outdoor activities. Destination wedding and honeymoon packages are available at the resort, whose mainly oceanfront rooms boast private French balconies and double Jacuzzis.

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(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Located in the lively hotel resort of Cancun and built on the beachfront, the hotel Riu Caribe is ideal for enjoying an unforgettable holiday along with your loved ones thanks to the convenience of the “All Inclusive” system, as well as the wide range of leisure options in the area. Six restaurants, four bars, three conference rooms, two tennis courts, a gym, two swimming pools and a disco are just a few of the hotel’s amenities.

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(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Winner of the AAA Four-diamond Award, Riu Palace Las Americas in Cancun, Mexico offers beachfront luxury. Our spectacular beachfront Cancun resort is located on a dazzling stretch of white sandy beach framed by tropical trees and crystal clear turquoise waters, making this the ideal place to enjoy the fun, sun, and nightlife of the magical city of Cancun. Five restaurants and a brand new Krystal fushion food restaurant, five bars, a conference room, gym, two swimming pools and a disco are just a few of the hotel’s amenities.

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The vows have been exchanged, the dance floor has been cleared, and the wedding gifts are ready to be brought home. Now you can get ready to relax with your new husband on your honeymoon. Here are some tips to help you make sure you don’t forget anything when packing for your honeymoon. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS What could be worse than getting ready to board the flight for your honeymoon and realize that your passport is sitting in a drawer at home? The night before you leave, make sure all of your travel documents are together in a visible spot that neither of you will miss on your way out the door. Documents include your boarding passes, photo I.D. s, traveler’s insurance papers if applicable, and passports and visas for out-of-country trips. Lisa Jones, Executive Director of World Wide Group Travel, stresses the importance of remembering your passport if you’re leaving the U.S. “You’d be surprised how mnay people actually forget it!” she noted. Check with your travel agent if you are unsure about the specific documents you will need for your destination. If your trip does require a passport, make sure it is updated at least a few weeks before your departure; if you don’t have one, you’ll need to apply in advance, as it takes minimally six weeks to process.

TOILETRIES While your hotel will probably provide basics like shampoo and mouthwash, make sure you have all the toiletries you’ll need for your trip, especially if you use specific brands. Don’t forget your shower products, moisturizer, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, and other everyday items. Purchasing small, clear plastic bottles will create perfect travel-size versions of your favorite products so you don’t have to pack the whole container. This is particularly helpful if you’re putting these items in your carry-on bag, since airline security requires all carry-on liquids and gels to be in 3-ounce bottles and stored in a 1-quart, clear zip-top bag. Even if your liquids are going in your checked bag, you may want to place them in zip-top bags anyway—you wouldn’t want everything else in your suitcase to get ruined if your bath gel accidentally opens and spills during the flight!

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It’s easy to forget daily items like prescription medications and vitamins when packing for a trip. Make a list of all the pills or supplements you take on a daily basis and pack them the night before. If you take them in the morning, leave out one of each pill to take on the day you leave and put the bottles in your suitcase. You’ll also want to bring any over-the-counter medications that you may need during your trip, such as aspirin, antacids, and decongestants. A splitting headache or upset stomach would really put a damper on your honeymoon, so it’s good to be prepared if those situations arise.

It is important to know the environment and customs of your destination, especially if you’ve never been there before. Research the weather in your honeymoon location during the time of year you plan to go so you can be sure you’re packing the appropriate clothing for the climate. Check the dress code at your resort or hotel so you’ll know if you should bring dresses or nice outfits for dining out. Lisa Jones also recommends looking up the local and national holidays in your destination country if you’re traveling outside the U.S. “Some countries have different holidays, and if you travel at that time, everything might be shut down,” she said.

ELECTRONICS Though your honeymoon can be a chance to be “unplugged” for a week or so, you and your husband will probably want to bring some of your electronic devices like your cell phones, iPods, laptops, and digital cameras. If you bring these items, make sure you bring the appropriate chargers for these devices so you can actually use them! If you’re traveling outside the country, check with your hotel about the type of outlets they have so you can bring an outlet connector or converter if necessary.

PRE-PURCHASE AND PACK AS MUCH AS YOU CAN If you’re leaving the country, you may end up paying much more after currency conversion rates and taxes, or possibly not find the item you’re looking for at all. What you’ll need will vary depending on your destination, but some items that can be brought from home are makeup, sunscreen, sunglasses, beachwear and towels, and basic first aid items like bandages. Be sure to weigh and measure your luggage once you’ve packed to make certain it is within your airline’s regulations. The limit per bag on most airlines is 50 pounds and a maximum combined dimension of 62 inches, but check with your airline to be sure.

Lastly, leave copies of your travel itinerary and documents with a trusted family member or friend before your trip. In the unlikely event that you lose your return boarding passes or identification while on your honeymoon, someone at home will have records of those items so you and your husband can get back with minimal hassle. Your honeymoon is supposed to be a time of fun and relaxation with the love of your life. The last thing you want is to forget an important item and spend your vacation wishing you had it. If you stay organized, keep track of what you’ve packed, and double check your bags before you leave, you’ll be sure to have everything you need for a spectacular honeymoon.

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Great Bridal Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 954-522-7001 www.greatbridalexpo.com

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Great Bridal Extravaganza . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136 800-422-3976 www.greatbridalextravaganza.com

Westmount Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 973-256-2700 www.westmountcc.com

Jenks Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136 800-955-7469 www.jenksproductions.com

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Bridal Styles Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 718-339-3222 www.bridalstylesboutique.com Prestige Weddings Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 888-294-1004 www.pweddings.com

Bridal Consultants/Event Planners Jericho Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 516-742-5251 www.jerichoterrace.com

Alva Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 646-504-0538 www.alvaevents.com

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Park Ave Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78-79 631-589-7735 www.parkavestudio.com

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa . . . . . . .124 305-444-4033 www.cbayresort.com

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