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Odds are, you know exactly what you want in your

Seasoned traveler and destination wedding expert, Susan

destination wedding location. If that’s the case, opt for one

Moynihan, provides a round-up of the best Riviera Maya,

of these spots specializing in stellar service: country club

Mexico all-inclusives. Her top seven picks each made the

chic in Carmel, California (pg. 21), old Hollywood glam in

cut for different reasons, ranging from kid-friendly

Palm Springs, California (pg. 23) seaside swagger in Seattle,

to boutique chic.

Washington (pg. 22), magic in Santa Fe, New Mexico (pg. 24) or Mother Nature’s majesty in Carefree,



Arizona (pg. 25).

After celebrating the magazine’s ten-year anniversary, we’ve come up with ten fun and romantic ideas



for commemorating your own anniversary.

For those couples looking to go above-and-beyond in their destination wedding venue, we have three spectacular options. Rent your own Irish estate in Ballyfin, Ireland (pg.



Explore the upper elevations of the U.S. with these

28), live the high life with your own villa in Punta Mita,

seasoned stunners. Experience laidback luxe in Bend,

Mexico (pg. 26), or buy-out a high-end, hilltop health spa

Oregon (pg 72), over-the-top adventure in Ridgedale,

in Vista, California (pg. 30).

Missouri (pg. 73), winning wine country in Carmel, California (pg. 75) and ski slope chic in Park City, Utah (pg. 74).


OCEANFRONT OPTIONS The options are limitless with this variety of seaside charmers: find the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure in Maui, Hawaii (pg. 52), sweet seclusion in



From trend-loving couples to foodies, the Southeast offers up a healthy variety of options for any couple.

Lāna`i, Hawaii (pg. 53), adventure in Costa Rica (pg. 51), maritime charm in San Diego, California (pg. 54) and a


HONEYMOON HIDEAWAYS – Bali Take the “wow” factor to the next level with these two amazing Bali properties.


ITALY Our editor in chief went on the Italian trip of a lifetime and has mapped out the perfect destination wedding jaunt exploring Rome and Tuscany (with a little stop over in London).

Looking for other locations? Check out our website to order past issues featuring: celebrity weddings, romantic castles, Thailand, Australia, Europe, the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean, Mexico, countless locations in the U.S., the ultimate honeymoon hideaways and much more. destinationido.com/subscription


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historical setting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts (pg. 55).


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WEDDED WISDOM – Get the inside scoop and helpful

to come up with a guide to ensure your hair and makeup

insights in the wedding world.

complement your dream dress.

ASK THE EXPERT – Hair & Makeup Perfect Pairings We’ve partnered with the experts at TEAM Hair and Makeup


INSIDER TRAVELING – No matter your destination, here


are some helpful travel tips & must-know info.


TO HAVE & TO HOLD – Honeymoon Haute

ON THE HORIZON – Stay up-to-speed on wedding and

Look and feel your best beyond W-Day with these must-have

travel trends & recent hotel happenings.

honeymoon items. We have everything from a throwback camera and chic swimsuit cover-up, to a weight-loss cleanse


and a bikini that will make your new hubby swoon.

THE GUEST BOOK – Beauty in Bloom We’ve dedicated an entire feature to our favorite wedding detail – the bouquet. See our top ten of all-time.


REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS This issue’s real-life weddings leave little to be desired. With a



great mix of styles and destinations, you’re virtually guaranteed

In honor of our ten-year anniversary issue, we’ve

to be inspired. See how these couples said “I do” with both a

rounded up ten of our most asked destination wedding

colorful affair and traditional take on Lake Tahoe, California,

etiquette questions.

Italian coastal nuptials in Positano, Italy, vintage charm in Maui, Hawaii, a blend of cultures in Palm Coast, Florida, over-the-top



details in Big Sur, California and classic romance in Los

Amore in Amalfi – An Italian Love Story – Pulling from

Cabos, Mexico.

the natural landscapes of the Amalfi Coast and stunning architecture of the five-star resort Grand Convento di Amalfi, artist and stylist, Kristy Rice, created a swoonworthy photo shoot.


A Softer Side of the Southwest – This fashion ode to the Southwest goes beyond the typical cacti and Aztec prints – bringing you a romantic version of the desert landscape.


Visit our blog: destinationido.com/blog, to get frequent updates on products perfect for weddings away, places our traveling editors visit, beauty tips and tricks, gorgeous destination wedding dresses and all things travel, romance or wedding related! Need even more inspiration beyond what graces our gorgeous pages? Visit our oh-so-lovely Pinterest page, pinterest.com/destinationido.

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At Destination I Do, we love to celebrate. We love to celebrate romance (eh hem, why else would we have this magazine?!), we love to celebrate milestones and we love to celebrate anniversaries. This issue is special because we’re celebrating ten years on the newsstand! We’ve come a long way from our first issue and we’ve experienced quite a journey. From watching destination weddings transform from Vegas drive-through elopements (thanks Vegas for being the pioneer of destination weddings!) to elaborate weddings away in castles, private tropical villas, wineries and even rustic mountain destinations, it’s been an exciting ride to see what couples are doing and how unique and personal these celebrations have become. We’ve grown as a product over time as well. We’ve had tremendous help from the amazing wedding community with experts weighing-in every issue and stunning photo shoots in the most amazing destinations and collaborated on by some

Bali (pg. 56) and all the destinations in between, we have the important job of vetting all these places to make sure they are fit for a wedding or honeymoon away. Rest assured, we take our work very seriously.

There are several articles with the theme of “ten” to help us commemorate our milestone. We have ten ideas on how to celebrate your first anniversary with flair (pg. 68), ten bouquets that will fit any destination or style (pg. 32), and our top ten etiquette questions for destination weddings (pg. 36). With every page turn, I hope you find this magazine helpful and full of inspiration. With this many years under our belt, we should have it pretty buttoned up. But, if you think there is something missing or some area we should feature, my door (or email inbox) is open for feedback. The only way we will continue to grow is to continue to listen to the needs of the people reading, contributing to and advertising in this magazine. Thank you for the past ten years, and for many more decades ahead.

of the best talent around. We are eternally grateful to be here after ten years. We are better. We’re grateful for the beautiful couples who trust us to showcase their weddings in a way they would be proud of (see

Yours Truly, Jennifer Stein

Real-Life Weddings starting on pg. 86). We are here because of our readers, our advertisers and our editorial contributors. For that, I thank you! And personally, I’m so grateful to the team who makes up


Destination I Do. I come to work each and every day excited to collaborate with the people who make up this magazine. They are hard working, intelligent, professional and SO. MUCH. FUN. Rarely does a day go by without someone laughing out loud or

P.S. I'm serious about my email inbox always being open: jennifer@destinationidomag.com.

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SPRING: The hand-painted floral and plaid skirt on this Tara LaTour gown perfectly offsets the Italian backdrop on our beautiful bride. Shot on location at Grand Convento di Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast, Kristy Rice of Momental Designs created a shoot that will leave you breathless. Photography by De Tito Photography, planning by Sposiamovi and hair and makeup by Beyouty.me. See the entire shoot, entitled “Amore in Amalfi – an Italian Love Story” complete with reception, hand-painted stationery and traditional Italian pastries on page 38.

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SUMMER: Our stunning models lean in close for the cameras while on location at the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Our bride is donning the “Gretel” gown by Watters, a ring courtesy of Agot by Adriana Gómez Tristán, earrings by The Wedding Collection by Novica and hair flower by TEJANI.

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The groom’s tan suit is by The Dessy Group. Flowers created by Antonieta Sanjuan Miró of Embrujos Floral Studio, and hair and makeup by Fernando Hidalgo Fallas. Photo shoot designed by Brian Worley of YourBASH! and Aimee Monihan of Tropical Occasions. Photography by Beautiful Day Photography and styling by Keylee Sanders of Style Studio.

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WISDOM plan your wedding IN ONE PLACE

wise bride TIPS

Blast from

THE PAST In honor of DID’s ten-year anniversary, we caught up with two of the real couples who were featured in our very first issue. These lovebirds are still together and have some words of advice for other brides currently planning a destination


The Bridal Bar is a one-stop boutique founded by wedding expert Harmony Walton which offers a bevy of talented, vetted wedding professionals – from the cake to the caterer and everything in between. This beautiful storefront offers couples a place to plan their wedding day with ease and trust. "When I started the company, I wanted a place couples could call home, get complimentary advice, guidance, ideas and excellent professional recommendations with no strings attached. I wanted us to be the lifeboat for people

“I think it’s a good idea to arrive at least 2-3 days before the wedding, just to be prepared for any missed details.” — Elizabeth, Dominican Republic bride

“Remember that your marriage starts and ends with the two of you…don't let anything come between you: kids, work, life. These should enhance your relationship and provide laughter when things don't go as planned. Also, what

“Choose a photographer whose work you love and admire. [Also,] think about the time of year you would like to have your wedding, the seasonal colors and whether they’re your style.”

makes you laugh and smile? Include those things in your [wedding] day; plan them, do them and have fun,” says Tricia.

— Kim, Charleston bride

planning weddings," says Harmony. At any stage of your planning, go on in, kick back, relax, sip Champagne and let the wedding professionals come to you. Located in Los Angeles and San Diego. Visit bridalbar.com

wedding cost TOOL

“At the end of the day, it’s about you and your groom-to-be! Follow your heart and have fun.” — Morgan, Costa Rica bride

TISHA & SEAN: Budget can be a huge factor when deciding

“Make date nights mandatory. Remember

on your destination wedding location.

why you two fell in love in the first

Thankfully, there’s a tool available which

place before 'life' happened…schedule

can help you decide where you’ll get the

weekend getaways with just the two of

most bang for your buck. NerdWallet’s

you to reconnect and love on each other

tool compares costs in more than 2,800

all over again. [As far as the wedding,]

counties across America. Adjust the tool

my best advice is to be as specific as you

based on what you want to spend more,

can when working with the venue and/or

or less, on (i.e. flowers vs. food) and see

event coordinator. Don't be afraid to give

how your competing destinations stack up.

too much information,” says Tisha.



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wedding or trip down the aisle.

You Do.






Do you promise to go diving or snorkeling together, try flats fishing and kayaking along pristine mangrove shorelines? Will you take an ecotour, and enjoy breathtaking sunsets while dining on fresh seafood? And will you spend time hand in hand, forging a bond that will last a lifetime? If you commit to all of the above, say I do to Key Largo. fla-keys.com/keylargo 1.800.822.1088 ISL KEY W EST











TRAVELING travel tips from

OUR TEAM Words by Patricia K. Low with Jewelers unBLOCKed

1. Bring documentation certifying ownership…this could be a photo of the sales receipt, authenticity certification, appraisal details or insurance details. 2. Only bring those pieces you feel you

must bring and list them in a document. 3. Take pictures of each piece of jewelry you pack – this could come in handy for insurance purposes. 4. Make sure you have a place to store your ring should you take it off. Whenever your ring is not on your finger, it should be stored here. 5. No matter your honeymoon

“Even in the modern age, I always write down the address and contact information for my final destination. You never know when you’ll have cell service or a dead battery.” - COURTNEY COX

destination, your ring will get dirty. Soak your ring in cleaner to keep it sparkling and safe from nicks or tarnish. 6. Your ring probably won’t be adequately covered under your homeowners policy. Talk to an insurance professional to make sure you have the right coverage for your valuables. 7. When you are not wearing your engagement ring, leave it in the hotel's secured vault…only leave semi-valuables in the in-room safe. 8. Never take your jewelry off when going through security. It gives any stranger way too much time to swoop it up. 9. When you are out and about, turn your ring inside your palm, so the diamond/ gemstone is not visible. Out of sight, out of mind. 10. You are probably on cloud nine, so be sure that confident spirit is shown.


01 02 03 04 05 Drink Water: Staying hydrated can’t be

“Travel light is the best advice I can think of… pack half of what you think you’ll need…try to travel light in sprit too. Embrace the opportunity to leave your baggage at home and open your heart to new ideas and experiences.” - STACEY MARCUS

Thieves target those who appear

stressed enough. Be sure to drink plenty of water alongside your congratulatory Champagne.

Good Eats: Your honeymoon is a time to indulge, but be sure to also include healthy fruits and veggies in your diet while abroad.

Wash Up: This seems obvious, but wash your hands – a lot. Airplanes and tourist sites are high-volume, so there’s lots of potential for germs.

Conquer Jet Lag: Resist the urge to nap and get as much daylight as possible in order to adjust to your new time zone. Mind Over Matter: We believe in the

power of positivity. Not feeling so hot? Remain optimistic and determined to

oblivious, distracted and timid.


5 simple steps to stay healthy

stay healthy!

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one-of-a-kind WEIGHT LOSS

Described as a “user manual” for your body, ph360 is a groundbreaking resource if you’re looking to get in shape for W-Day. Developed over ten years of research, the site takes into account your genes, family history, environment and lifestyle to come up with a customized plan for you. Learn everything from what to eat to when the best time of day is to workout. One year access for $97, ph360.me

It’s always a good idea to take active steps in giving back. Here are three ways to give back via your destination wedding.

01 02 03

Create a charity registry.

The I Do Foundation is a great

Recent Hotel Renos & OPENINGS

resource for selecting a handful of charities with meaning to you. Next, share your registry with your guests to encourage them to donate in lieu

Warwick New York Hotel

Mahekal Beach Resort

Le Guanahani

New York City

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

St. Barth

of a gift. idofoundation.org Volunteer your time.

This NYC landmark recently

This St. Barth gem consists

Instead of a traditional bridal shower

completed a renovation

of multi-colored cottages

or bachelorette party, find a way

of all 400 of its guest

which recently underwent

you and your loved ones can make

rooms and added five

a 40-million dollar

a difference in your community. For

signature, themed suites –

renovation, including five

example, volunteer at the local animal

each perfect for a special

new grand suites.

shelter or clean up a community

wedding event.


park. Visit volunteermatch.org for


Located on one of the largest stretches of beach in Playa Del Carmen,


opportunities in your area.

Mahekal recently completed

Make care packages.

a multi-million dollar

If you’re putting together “welcome”

renovation with romance in

bags for your guests, make some

mind; boasting 121 thatched-

extras and send them to active military

roof bungalows.

members. Visit adoptaplatoon.org for


more information.

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More often than not, destination wedding couples are very well-traveled. For that reason, there’s a good chance you know just what you want when it comes to this trip-of-a-lifetime. We’ve selected five different destinations and properties which are upscale and special enough to satisfy even the most discerning of couples. Keep your guests busy in a country club-like atmosphere in Carmel, California, embrace old Hollywood glam in Palm Springs, California, get in touch with Mother Nature in Santa Fe, New Mexico, exchange seaside nuptials in Seattle, Washington or say “I do” under the Southwest stars in Carefree, Arizona.


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Photos courtesy of: Carmel Valley Ranch

Words by Courtney Cox

Having never been to Central Coast California before, I had visions of sunkissed rolling hills and foggy coastline.

vineyard lawn, to the towering Clubhouse and the River Ranch’s

My expectations were exceeded after a scenic 20-minute drive

Every guest will leave feeling special and satisfied thanks to the

from Monterey Airport and upon arriving at Carmel Valley Ranch.

luxe accommodations and stellar service. Every suite features an

This gated, all-suite resort would make a unique and relaxing

expansive patio and the new “treetop” suites offer even more

backdrop to any destination wedding. The stunning 500 acres

privacy thanks to the oak grove setting. Lovely fireplaces and

include lavender fields, extensive hiking trails, a hillside vineyard,

comfortable living rooms will make for cozy nights in after the

organic gardens and a plush golf course.

sun goes down.

Spend the days leading up to your wedding in a retreat-like

Dining at the Lodge Restaurant is a real pleasure since Executive

atmosphere with lots of optional fitness activities and interesting,

Chef Tim Wood takes advantage of the verdant valley setting

informative classes (i.e. how to make lavender essential oil).

by cooking with local, organic ingredients. The menu changes

The resort fee includes most activities, so you can relax about

according to the fresh catch-of-the-day and what’s available in

keeping your loved ones busy. Because the resort backs up

the resort’s own garden.



apple orchard dating back to the early 1800s. Carmel Valley Ranch can accommodate weddings for up to 600 guests and has some of the strongest indoor-venue options we’ve seen.

to a nature preserve, privacy is virtually guaranteed and the Carmel Valley Ranch is one of those wonderful places where you

expansive views are hard to beat.

can do as much – or as little – as you want. Whether you partake Less foggy than the well-known Carmel-by-the-Sea, take

in all the activities the resort offers or not, it’s virtually guaranteed

advantage of the warm, sunny California weather by hosting your

you and your guests will leave this peaceful place feeling

ceremony and/or reception outdoors. There are a vast array of

relaxed, rejuvenated and just plain happy.

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SEATTLE Words By Samantha Ross Photos courtesy of: The Edgewater Hotel


The Edge of Style

When you pull into the drive, The Edgewater Hotel welcomes you like an old friend: The crackling fireplace, the call of the gulls, the friendly faces – and this is all before you step foot inside the door.

lights. The intimate Forest Room can accommodate up to 24 guests. The room’s dramatic glass doors open out over the bay to create an open-air feel, setting the scene for a cozy, private affair with close friends and family. Beyond the luxurious event spaces, The Edgewater offers several wedding packages aimed at taking the anxiety out of coordinating your big day. Their wedding services team can provide you with local options for everything from flowers to

A perfect blend of city and nature, The Edgewater Hotel sits at

photography. Overnight accommodations for the wedding couple

the base of downtown Seattle’s industrial district on the waters of

and wedding party, event space set-up and tear-down, and a

Elliott Bay. Standing atop Pier 67, the hotel was originally built to

customized menu from Executive Chef Warren Cordoba

house the workers of the 1962 World’s Fair. The four story, 223-

of Six Seven Restaurant, are all a part of The Edgewater’s

room landmark has since become host to some incredible names

inclusive package.

in music (beginning with The Beatles’ iconic stay in 1964) and continues to “wow” guests with its signature style and service.

As honored supporters of marriage equality, The Edgewater also offers the “Plunge with Pride” package to engaged gay

The Edgewater’s legendary accommodations don’t stop at the

and lesbian couples who want to celebrate their union with

cozy lobby or the distinctive guest rooms (i.e. relaxing, European

a luxurious celebration under the Seattle skyline.

spa-style bathrooms with claw-foot soaking tubs and in-room


gas fireplaces). Destination weddings held at The Edgewater are

The Edgewater Hotel intends to surpass all the expectations

truly star status. The Olympic Ballroom, featuring panoramic bay

you have for your destination wedding. With gourmet cuisine,

views, can seat up to 220, banquet-style. The smaller Terrace

picturesque Seattle landscapes and dancing all night, you and

Room is perfect for a cocktail hour or small ceremony in front of

your new spouse are certain to find yourselves taking in the view

dramatic eight-foot French doors, presenting the city’s sparkling

and wishing you could do it all over again.

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PALM SPRINGS Photo courtesy of: Riviera Palm Springs

Words by Kathy A. Till

If “classic Hollywood glam” are words you use to describe the theme of your wedding event, then you must consider the Riviera Palm Springs, one of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts.


Hollywood Glam in

they may even perform just for old times’ sake. At the end of the evening, as you meander back to one of the 398 luxurious guestrooms and spacious, oversized suites, you’ll notice it truly feels like a boutique resort rather than a sprawling chain hotel. The resort offers everything needed for your wedding event, whether it’s an outside, intimate ceremony overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains or a reception, complete with a seated dinner

As you enter into the resort, you’ll be welcomed by a romantic

in the stunning Grand Ballroom for a large group.

and nostalgic familiarity that has been passed down from iconic starlets, vintage fashion and films from the silver screen. The

There are various activities to take in at the resort; enjoy fun, sun

large, but intimate feeling 24-acre resort boasts interior walls

and relaxation by one of the three heated pools or treat yourself

which are illuminated orange (Frank Sinatra’s favorite color).

to Cleopatra’s Milk Ritual at SpaTerre. For an outdoor adventure, jump on the complimentary trolley right in front of the resort to

In 2008, the thoroughly remodeled resort had its re-grand

downtown Palm Springs where you can stroll down the “Walk

opening and every little detail of “Old Hollywood” was taken

of Stars.” For some sensational food combinations, check out

into consideration. The mid-century modern furnishings inspired

Workshop Kitchen + Bar, where you can have your rehearsal

the décor and the mysterious artistic creations hanging on the

dinner with a personalized menu. If exploration is on your list,

walls – some of which are made out of Guatemalan coins. It

then experience a natural high on the Aerial Tramway while you

wouldn’t be too far-fetched to imagine Marilyn Monroe or the

enjoy a ten-minute ride from the desert floor up to the alpine

“Rat Pack” hanging out in one of beautifully appointed cabanas

forest at 8,516 feet.

at the Bikini Pool, which is in the heart of the resort and the hub of entertainment.

The 354 days of sunshine and the ambiance of this destination resort will appeal to all of your senses. See, smell, taste and

Savor the world-class cuisine at Circa 59 and then capture the

touch all that the Riviera Palm Springs has to offer and when your

happenings in the Bikini Bar, Starlite Lounge or the Chiki Bar.

special occasion comes to an end, know that everyone will leave

Don’t be surprised if someone famous stops by to reminisce and

feeling a little nostalgic of a bygone era.

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Honeymoon Enchantment in Words by John Roark

In New Mexico, enchantment is a given. Santa Fe will charm you with much more: natural beauty, culture, adventure – and a welcome as big as the Southwestern sky.

Fe Opera for a behind-the-scenes tour, followed by a private gourmet dinner against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. PLAY: Explore contemporary and ancient Santa Fe with

Adventure Partners as your guide. Private excursions ranging With the people you meet in Santa Fe, folks abandon

from a few hours to an entire day include hikes, archaeological

the rat race for the unmatched beauty of the Southwest.

tours and mountain bike treks that immerse you in history,

Creative spirits are awakened by the energy that draws so

tradition and natural beauty.

many to this extraordinary place. Rich in history and tradition, the oldest capital city in the U.S. makes an unforgettable


honeymoon destination.

Wineries: Grapes love the climate and soil of New Mexico and many respected wineries call Santa Fe home. Since 1987, Gruet

Make your base camp the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

has been producing international award-winning wines. Drop in

Santa Fe. Embraced by rolling hills and vast blue skies, the 57-

for a tour and invest in some exceptional additions for your cellar.

acre resort embodies the spirit of the Southwest. A palette of wood, iron, stone and glass creates a canvas of rustic luxury and

Galleries: Artwork makes a fantastic keepsake for newlyweds

elegance. Sixty-five spacious casitas and nine guest suites are

and whatever your style, you’ll find the perfect piece here. No

surrounded by stunning vistas, just ten minutes from downtown

tour of Santa Fe’s famed art district is complete without a stop at

Santa Fe.

the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Experience the words and works of the Southwest’s most celebrated artist.

EAT: Chef’s Table: Executive Chef Andrew Cooper’s interactive

epicurean journey features an elegant eight-to-12 course tasting

Spiritual Places: For centuries, the humble churches of northern

menu right inside the resort’s kitchen. Don an apron and you’re

Santa Fe have inspired multitudes. Visit one of the world’s most

part of the action with a fascinating and fun hands-on cooking

sacred pilgrimage sites, El Santuario de Chimayo. You’ll feel it:

lesson. This four-hour adventure is a fun and unforgettable

you are on holy ground.

experience for newlyweds or as many as ten guests. Leave your cares behind, open your senses and the magic of Santa Fe Opera Tailgate Party: Your opening-night experience

Santa Fe will find you.

begins with a chauffeured drive to the world-renowned Santa


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Rock Solid


ARIZONA Photos courtesy of: The Boulders

Words by Stacey Marcus

Happy endings, or should I say, beginnings, are possible in a land where pink fairy dusters blossom and the Sonoran Desert sun shines on a land rich with history and spirit. Take a trip to Carefree, Arizona and drive down streets with names like Why Worry Lane, Ho Hum Road, Peaceful Place and Tranquil Trail. Visit the world’s largest sundial and capture views of Black Mountain. The destination is easy to get to with nonstop flights available from major cities like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Be sure to turn on North Tom Darlington Drive to discover The Boulders, spread on 1,300 glorious acres staged by Mother Nature with twelve million year-old boulders, prickly pear cacti, soaring saguaros and cottontail bunnies.

the 19th Green, Rosie’s Rock, Promise Rock and the Organic Garden. “The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, offers a unique wedding destination with ancient boulder formations…it’s the perfect setting for a once-in-a-lifetime event that your family and friends will talk about for years to come,” says Ellen Haboush, Senior Catering Manager. Enjoy a roster of magical moments spent star gazing during a night-time mountain bike ride, enjoying a sumptuous couples massage at the 33,000 square-foot Waldorf Astoria Spa or playing golf on two championship golf courses accompanied by quails and rock squirrels. “Our experience at The Boulders was absolutely wonderful! I couldn't have imagined a more perfect venue. Our ceremony was on the grassy area in front of the duck pond. The backdrop for our photos was incredibly picturesque with the surrounding

The land now occupying The Boulders resort is often referred to as one of Arizona’s spiritual lands. “The Sonoran Desert is exquisitely magical and I was compelled to create the most ideal spot in this natural paradise for two people starting their lives together,” says Managing Director, Steve Ast. “I can think of no better way to celebrate the excitement of marriage and honor its importance.”

boulders and mountains. I especially loved all the baby bunnies that hopped around during the ceremony. The reception was in the ballroom at El Pedregal – again beautiful views and ending with a finale of fireworks!” says former bride Lindsey Gubler. Couples looking to combine the allure of nature with a truly spectacular setting should follow the whimsical roads of Carefree to the beauty of The Boulders.

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Punta Mita, Mexico:


Photos courtesy of: Casa Aramara

Words by Samantha Payne

At Casa Aramara, being treated like royalty is common practice, but treated like a god? Named for the Huichol goddess of life, Casa Aramara is a five-star estate with cascading ocean views, tropical flora and a 40,000 square-foot home exuding luxury and grandeur; the perfect balance of elegance and relaxation for a honeymoon or intimate wedding. 26

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Situated in Punta Mita, Mexico, only three hours south of L.A.,

basketball courts. The state-of-the-art kitchen allows the two

pampering begins at the airport where guests are chauffeured

professionally trained chefs to work their magic for a fine dining

in a sleek Mercedes sedan. Aramara prides itself on taking care

experience; masterpieces to be enjoyed alfresco or at the formal

of its guests. There are 15 staff members to cater to every need,

dining table large enough for a banquet. Aramara adjusts to the

butler and maid services and even an “anything button” within

guests’ needs. “We can easily convert rooms or sections of the

reach of every room. What can you request with this anything

property to accommodate the guests’ desires,” says Property

button? “Anything means anything,” Property Manager Sergio

Manager Cristina Villacorta. “We’ve turned our game room into

Bravo explains. “Please take advantage – a midnight snack, a

a sound-proof recording studio and have many areas inside

fireworks show, dancing monkeys, whatever you want – we will

and out that could be restructured to accommodate weddings,

do our best to provide…and we’ll do so discreetly.” With this kind

receptions or other large parties.”

of treatment, no wonder Hollywood A-Listers make this location their vacation home.

Step outside the open living room and absorb the spectacular ocean views. The beach at Banderas Bay guarantees guests

Casa Aramara is a 12-bedroom home impeccably decorated

will never be short of activities. “We want you to relax and to

by world-renowned interior designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

play here – a massage, a Champagne snorkeling cruise to water

Artwork, sculptures, glass and furnishings are masterfully placed

caves, horseback riding, Jet Skis – or just lounging in the pool

throughout. Sweeping tones of blues and earthy beige contrast

with a fresh fruit cocktail in-hand – guests find everything here,”

with the vibrant flowers and bucolic greenery the manicured

explains Bravo.

jungle provides. The majestic feeling upon entering the grounds is palpable, with the massive 25-foot wooden gates slowly

Luxury, seclusion, adventure and pampering thrive at Casa

opening to expose tropical greenery, flowers and waterfalls,

Aramara. Every need is predicted so guests simply enjoy and

welcoming you to your own slice of paradise. Greeted by

indulge. Of course these kinds of spoils come at a cost, with

the professional staff with a chilled linen cloth and fresh fruit

most of the year pricing out at upwards of $15,000 per night.

margarita, there’s no need to worry about luggage or unpacking.

For those who can afford to live the high life, Casa Aramara is sure to make your once-in-a-lifetime event truly unforgettable.

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Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland:


As a diehard fan of the Emerald Isle, I went into my stay at Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois with the highest of expectations. Luckily for me, this country-house-hotel (an hour outside Dublin and set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains) not only met my expectations, but far exceeded them. After eight years of meticulous restoration, the five-star Relais & Chateaux property reopened in 2011, with just 20 luxuriously appointed suites for


As soon as you pass through the moss-laden gates, you and your guests will feel as if you’re traveling back in time. After cresting a curve in the road, Ballyfin, in all its Neoclassical glory, will come into view. The staff stands at the edge of the drive to greet each and every guest…giving you the feeling that you’re arriving at your country home after a long time abroad. You and your guests will feel at home since you can come, go and do as you please thanks to the room rates including all meals, non-alcoholic beverages and activities.

the 600-acre property. The house dates back to the 1820s and

After breakfast in the conservatory, spend the day exploring the

is filled with priceless antiques, stunning architectural details

house and surrounding grounds and gardens. Downton Abbey

and more than enough charming staff to make your destination

fans will rejoice and revel both at the chance to see how the

wedding or honeymoon dreams a reality.

other half lives and to spend a few days in their well-polished

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shoes. True to a historic country house, activities abound in the

the front drive overlooking the lake and in the shadow

form of horseback riding, carriage rides, fishing, shooting and

of Ballyfin’s dramatic front. With so much space and so few

much more. Visit in late April or early May to see the surrounding

guests, there are endless options for hosting an elegant

forests swathed in vibrant hues of bluebell purple.

wedding at Ballyfin.

For weddings, June through August are the most popular months

With just 20 rooms, it’s possible to buy-out Ballyfin for your

and Ballyfin can accommodate up to 160 wedding guests. We

exclusive use. Requiring a minimum two-night stay, you and

recommend a rehearsal picnic in the shade of the tower – a folly

39 guests will have accommodations, activities and breakfast

of a medieval ruin built in the 1860s and meant to impress even

for €18,000 a night. Hosting a celebration at Ballyfin Demesne

the most astute of guests. For your ceremony, take your pick of

would be worthy of royalty, not only in appearance, but also

gorgeous outdoor locations or exchange vows in the glow of

in service. There’s no doubt that each and every member of

the Gold Drawing Room or the drama of the Rotunda for smaller

your wedding party would be treated as king or queen of this

groups. For dinner, we envision candlelit, family-style dining on

breathtaking estate.

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Vista, California


The Details: Imagine exchanging your vows on the property’s hilltop, inside a 400-year-old candle-lit chapel, surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and lavender fields. Move to the 300-year-old L’Orangerie just next door for a reception fit for royalty. Both

Imagine a platinum wedding, dipped in gold and served on a

buildings have been relocated directly from Dijon, France and

silver platter. It’s an experience and destination which every

exude warmth, romance and elegance.

bride certainly deserves (although far less may have the means The grounds are not just picturesque, but remarkable. With the

to realize).

serene ponds and lush gardens, it felt other worldly. There isn’t I found myself escaping my own mind during my experience, because this place is truly phenomenal. I was the queen of my own castle and the staff made sure I knew it. This is the experience each and every guest of Cal-a-Vie takes away with them.

a corner on the property you couldn’t just sit and enjoy all day. A gift to all of your senses, Cal-a-Vie sits on 200 private acres of land. For a destination wedding, you are able to reserve the entire property for your personal event (I thought only celebrities could do that?). You could treat up to 64 guests to three nights of complete luxury, inclusive of all meals and beverages, and fully customizable spa and health activities. For your reception, the L’Orangerie can accommodate up to 200 guests.


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If you dare to dream big, wake up to the reality of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Resort in the rolling hills of Vista, California.

Words by Shana Kinnerup

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Consider planning a group hike or yoga session. The fitness team can help organize activities from golf to sand volleyball, to keep all fitness levels involved. There are no catering or sales offices here asking for clients to choose from packages and offerings. You truly work as a team with the Cal-a-Vie staff to make your dreams come true. Make no mistake, Cal-a-Vie earns its A-list reputation as a health and wellness retreat, but for a bridal destination, this property is unparalleled. You need only see this property with your own eyes to appreciate the minimum investment of $100,000. Chances are, you’ll compare all other options to Cal-a-Vie.


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Words by Courtney Cox


Here at Destination I Do, we view thousands of beautiful weddings a year. While trends come and go, there’s one consummate wedding detail we just can’t get enough of: the bouquet. We love these floral masterpieces so much, in fact, that we’ve decided to dedicate this entire feature to some of our all-time favorites. There’s a little something for everyone here, whether you want sweet succulents, wine country couture or classically elegant. 32

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This cascading, blush bouquet was

This lovely and on-trend bouquet

created using ivory, antique and blush

consisted of succulents, dusty miller,

orchids, white phalaenopsis and two-toned pink phalaenopsis.



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pink roses, pops of pink cymbidium

lady's mantle, dahlias and lavender.



2 3. SIMPLE COLOR Coral charm peonies and hot pink garden roses made up this bouquet. The bright color makes it the perfect bouquet for summer — sweet and simple! BOUQUET BY DOLCE DESIGNS STUDIO BRAEDON FLYNN PHOTOGRAPHY




This bouquet is both elegant and wild

This vibrant bouquet consists of spring

using delicate white dahlia, open cream

sherbet shade ranunculus, free spirit roses, Iceland poppies, textured pincushions,

roses, blushing bridal protea and blue

mini banksias, leucadendron disbuds

thistle. There are also hints of fragrant herbs like rosemary and lavender finished

and pale parrot tulips – all of which

with touches of feathery soft native

are surrounded with local sage foliages

grasses for a fresh-from-the-field look.

in a hue befitting the trailing ribbons.





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This bouquet exudes rustic elegance

This earthy bouquet is made up of

with quirky and unexpected seasonal

amaryllis, two-toned double tulips, pieris,

accents. Calla lilies and sweet peas are

leucadendron and bay leaves.

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paired with brown artichokes, blackberry and raspberry branches, sorghum wheat,


green brunia berries, giant seeded


eucalyptus, scabiosa, scabiosa pods and privet berries. Stems were wrapped in antique gold, double face satin. BOUQUET BY AMY BURKE DESIGNS CAROLINE TRAN PHOTOGRAPHY







This cabernet bouquet with burlap wrap

This tailored, lush bouquet is made up

detail is the perfect statement for a wine

of vendella, blizzard and polo Ecuadorian

country couture wedding. It was created

roses, David Austin patience garden roses

with smoke bush, variegated plum and

and a variety of ivory garden roses called

green lady slipper orchids, lamb’s ear,

Swan. Stems were wrapped completely

clematis vine, aborigine ranunculus and

in rhinestones to give a tailored, yet

burgundy scabiosa blooms.

glamorous finishing touch.







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guest BOOK 10 10. LOVELY IN LACE This bouquet was filled with David Austin

Dusty miller and jasmine vine framed

garden roses, along with spray roses

the base and the finishing touch was

in blush pink and golden yellow. Tucked

the addition of a vintage pearl choker

in around the roses is chamomile,

and satin blush ribbon.


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QUESTIONS ANSWERED Words by Elaine Hilbelink


Destination wedding etiquette can be especially tricky with the extra element of travel involved. Therefore, we’ve curated our most frequently asked and best etiquette questions to help you navigate your wedding with ease.


What’s the best way to let guests know we don’t want them to give us anything except for their attendance? Should we still create a registry for those who insist on sending us something?

A: Telling your loved ones to consider their attendance as a


How do I tactfully avoid inviting children to my destination wedding?

A: Depending on where your wedding will take place, you may consider an appropriate age cut-off based on the location and

gift to you is a gracious act. You can include this information

style of wedding you are having. Make sure to communicate

on your invitations with a simple, “No gifts please. We consider

well in advance if you’ll be including children (or not) so guests

your presence your present.” If someone insists on sending

can plan ahead. While you may want to pick and choose, if you

something, then that’s their decision, but I would advise against

include some children, all children of your guests should be

creating a registry as it will create mixed messages.

invited. The exception to this would be children participating in


the wedding.


What exactly should I pay for in regards to my destination

Communicating this can be in the form of a hand-written note

wedding and what should my bridal party be responsible for?

placed inside the invitation to the individuals who do have

A: Traditional wedding etiquette generally requires attendants

children or a simple phone call. You can also research childcare

to pay for their own clothing, accessories, hair and makeup, travel, lodging, wedding and shower gifts. It is also customary for the maid of honor or bridesmaids to host a shower or bachelorette party.

along, so they are cared for during your festivities.



What do I do if a card has been separated from a gift and I don’t

Typically destination weddings are on a much smaller scale, so you may choose to subsidize wedding attire or accommodations (budget permitting), but it is not required. What you do for one

know the giver?

A: Keeping an accurate list of attendees and gifts is crucial in acknowledging your gifts in an orderly fashion. By process of elimination you might be able to figure out who the giver may

person, you should do for all.


options for the families that have no choice but to bring children

be or at least narrow the field. If you have it down to a few


people, you might have a friend or family member close to that

My fiancé and I are paying for our destination wedding. How

person explain the situation or do a little detective work.

should we word the invitation?

If you come up with no answer, call them and ask them. People

A: If you wish to host your own wedding, you may issue

understand how mix-ups happen and would likely be happy

the invitation yourselves. It is up to you if you want to include

to clarify what they sent.

any family in the invitation. Some good wording examples can be found on our website: destinationido.com/how-to-wordyour-invitations.


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How long do I have to write a thank you note if someone has



A: Ideally, you should write them as soon as a gift arrives, but within a month of returning from your honeymoon is acceptable. It is a misconception that you have one year to acknowledge gifts. Guests have up to a year to send a present, but your “thank

of the country where we are having our wedding? How do I communicate that information to our friends and relatives who will be attending?

A: Travel guidebooks, online searches and speaking to contacts at your venue or wedding planner are all effective ways to get

you” should be sent as soon as possible.

informed. Your personal wedding website is a great way to share



what you learn with your guests so they might plan appropriate

One of my bridesmaids is asking that I pay for her travel

dress for the trip, understand tipping and be sensitive to the

expenses for our destination wedding. We’re already paying

customs in your host country. You might also include some

for their attire and covering the cost of the beach house we’ve

information in a welcome bag to greet your guests in the room

rented for the group. How do I communicate that we aren’t going

or send them a guidebook after receiving their RSVP (if budget

to pay for her travel costs too without offending her?


A: As the bride, you are already being gracious to provide the attire and subsidize the cost of the accommodations (see question two for more on what tradition states attendants are supposed to pay for). I would politely let her know you are unable to pay for her travel and you would understand if she decides to forgo being in your wedding party. Another point of consideration with her “requests” is what you do for one

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What is the best way for me to find out the etiquette and customs

given us a gift?


I’ve got some guests who are uncomfortable with the idea of leaving the country to attend our wedding. How do I put their minds at ease?

A: Education can go a long way. Many times people are anxious because they don’t know what they’re in for. Especially if they don’t travel much or have never traveled outside of the country. I would suggest sending them information about the hotel, the

attendant; you need to do for all.


destination, how to get there and even make sure they have

One of my bridesmaids isn’t pleased

someone to travel with. By arming them with information and

with any dress I choose! It is too expensive,

gently reassuring them that they will be safe and cared for

too blue, too short or too long. I just don’t

throughout their visit, chances are they will have a great time and

know how to make her happy. What do I do?

any anxiety will quickly melt away.

A: As the bride, it is your prerogative to choose the colors and style of dresses for your wedding. Today there are designers who have lots of styles in the same color so bridesmaids can find a perfect silhouette (Dessy Group is one retailer to look into – they have their own app to make it as easy as possible). Perhaps select the color you would like them to wear and let them choose the dress. That way, they’re comfortable and so are you!

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This Italian love story is filled with romance and simplistic beauty. Pulling from the natural landscapes of the Amalfi Coast and stunning architecture of the five-star resort – The Grand Convento di Amalfi – artist and stylist, Kristy Rice, created a swoon-worthy photo shoot. Each piece of stationery was hand-painted with “the Amalfi coast as our only muse,” says Rice. This photo shoot “is a lesson in reserved expression and refined styling but with plentiful personality.” Note: Most of the vendors in this shoot were locally sourced and specialize in destination weddings in the area.

3. 4.



7. 1: Our story begins overlooking the Amalfi

2, 3, 5, 6 & 7: The stationery shown here was

4: Our table is set with the stunning backdrop

Coast on location at 13th century Grand

meant to give an “understated wow.” Created

of the historic Cloisters. “Our feast table was

Convento di Amalfi, as bride and groom stand

by Momental Designs, each piece was custom

first a feast for the eyes featuring layer upon

hand-in-hand. Her one-shoulder embellished

created specifically for this shoot. “Menus

layer of traditional ceramics, wood details,

Ricciardi Sposa gown feels whimsical and

featured foil printing on sturdy maple wood

berries, greenery and colored glassware,”

playful against the groom’s dashing black

veneer,” says Rice. “Free flowing brushstrokes

recalls Rice. Rentals provided by Wedding

Carlo Pignatelli suit. The perfect pairing of her

of dusty blue and creamy soft white ink framed

Solution, flowers by Domenico Ruggiero

handmade headpiece (created by Momental

the sophisticated calligraphy of Designsgirl,”

of CapriFlor and dinnerware by Pascal

Designs from painted millinery elements

says Rice. Pastries by Il Faro di Capo d’Orso

Ceramiche d'Arte – Ravello.

and hand sculpted paper blooms) sets

offer up even more visual interest and are

off her beautiful up-do and soft makeup

backed by more custom stationery

by Beyouty.me.

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8, 9 & 11: This stunning “Lloyd” dress by Tara LaTour was inspired by the gown designer’s grandparents. Entirely hand-painted, the plaid is a nod to her

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grandfather, Lloyd, and the floral, to her grandmother, Arlene. The offset halter bodice gives the overall look a modern twist. Her groom is dapper in a black suit from Carlo Pignatelli. Braided up-do and expertly applied makeup is by Beyouty.me. 10 &12: Artist Kristy Rice continued the design story with her custom-created stationery. “All the beauty of gold foil is delicately highlighted with brushstrokes of sheer blush and sage green watercolor for an effortlessly romantic suite.” Foil printing by Concoran Printing. Calligraphy by Designsgirl.


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13: The beautiful hand-painted tile floor was an ideal backdrop for this shot. The bride has simplified her Ricciardi Sposa gown by removing the shoulder embellishment and

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now dons a true strapless, A-line gown. Our groom is in a black Carlo Pignatelli suit. Hair and makeup by Beyouty.me. 14, 15 & 18: Showing additional angles of our stunning table, there’s not a bad vantage point to be had. With varying heights of greenery, china and florals, each perspective shows you something new. Rentals provided by Wedding Solution, flowers by Domenico Ruggiero of CapriFlor, dinnerware by Pascal Ceramiche d'Arte – Ravello, hand-painted menu cards by Momental Designs. 16: Snuggling close to her handsome groom, our bride is beautiful in her strapless Ricciardi Sposa gown and handmade headpiece by Momental Designs. Hair and makeup by Beyouty.me. 17: Berries and greenery surround the exquisite hand-painted stationery with custom calligraphy. Stationery design by Momental Designs, calligraphy by Designsgirl and foil printing by Corcoran Printing. 19: This traditional Italian-style wedding cake is fit for a classic Italian celebration “festooned with local berries, delicate greens and creamy layers,” describes Rice. Cake created by Il Faro di Capo d’Orso.


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tulle border and pearl silk lining,” this dress

Cascading bouquet created by Domenico

Italian soirée, looking ethereal in this Claire

is enough to take anyone’s breath away. The

Ruggiero of CapriFlor, hair and makup

Pettibone “Basillica” gown from the Gothic

braided up-do adorned with a handmade

by Beyouty.me.

Angel collection. Complete with black outlined

flower headpiece by Momental Designs takes

23: The end is just the beginning with the

French ivory lace “layered over embroidered

the look from sweet to divine perfection.

cutting of this traditional-style Italian wedding cake created by Il Faro di Capo d’Orso.



STYLING AND DESIGN: KRISTY RICE, momentaldesigns.com, VENUE: GRAND CONVENTO DI AMALFI, ghconventodiamalfi.com, PLANNING: SPOSIAMOVI, sposiamovi.it, FILM: MARCO CAPUTO FILMS, marcocaputofilms.com, PHOTOGRAPHY: DE TITO PHOTOGRAPHY, detitofotografie.com, MUSICIANS: weddingmusic.it, HAND-PAINTED STATIONERY: MOMENTAL DESIGNS, momentaldesigns.com, GOWNS: TARA LATOUR (hand-painted with halter) taralatour.com, CLAIRE PETTIBONE (white lace, black details), clairepettibone.com, RICCIARDI SPOSA, ricciardisposa.com, FLOWERS: CAPRIFLOR - DOMENICO RUGGIERO, caprifioriepiante.com, HAIR AND MAKEUP: BEYOUTY.ME, GROOM'S ATTIRE: CARLO PIGNATELLI, carlopignatelli.com, DINNERWARE: PASCAL CERAMICHE D'ARTE RAVELLO, ceramichedarte.com, RENTALS: WEDDING SOLUTION, wedding-solution.it, PASTRY: IL FARO DI CAPO D’ORSO, ilfarodicapodorso.it, MILLINERY HEADPIECE: Momental Designs, momentaldesigns.com, FOIL PRINTING: Corcoran Printing, corcoranprinting.com

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Perfect Pairings


Picking out your dream wedding dress is an emotional and pivotal process. Once you’ve found “the one,” it’s important to make sure your W-Day hair and makeup not only reflect your personal style, but coincide with the overall feel of your dress. The amazing folks over at TEAM Hair and Makeup (teamhairandmakeupservice.com) have put together some of their favorite beauty looks and their suggestions for which dress style pairs best. S PR IN G & S U M M E R 2 0 1 5 | destinationido.com



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1. DRESS: Strapless, beaded or embellished and form fitting HAIR: Sexy and understated is the key to this look. Keep elegant

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style with this soft and toned-down version of the Hollywood glam, or what we like to call the "Jessica Rabbit." Loose and billowy waves with our TEAM Hair Extensions, added for fullness, are perfect for a glitzy gown. Remember, never let the dress wear you. MAKEUP: Go naked! Well...almost! The makeup here needs to be defined, yet not distracting. The perfect look for an embellished dress is to go natural with the foundation and highlighting, however, add a little drama with winged liner and contouring on the cheeks with a hint of pink for some color. Pouty, nude lips are always a hit with this look.

Updated Elegance

2. DRESS: Traditional, Grace Kelly-inspired, sleeved gown



HAIR: Forgo the tight and outdated "up do." Instead, pull the hair

2 3

away from the face and form a "crown-like” frame around the face. Place in TEAM Hair Extensions for fullness and length. The look is stunning and striking with a hint of tradition. Giving a little volume on the crown and tighter around the sides of the style will ensure a breathtaking look. MAKEUP: A little pop of color is all a girl needs! Afraid of red lipstick? Try a berry tone! The deeper the lip shade, the more flawless your skin will look! Keep the application simple, although a must-have is flawless skin. Use a BB cream under the foundation for a dewy finish and use a crème blush for a flushed appearance which will enhance the berry lip.


3. DRESS: High-neck, modern styles & off-the-shoulder necklines HAIR: For a more traditional and conservative look, you can't go

wrong with a low chignon. By keeping a little volume on the top and more taught on the sides, there is still a sense of glamour, sans the “over-done" look. MAKEUP: A red lip will always look timeless with soft, neutral makeup everywhere else. The skin must be prepped properly using a BB cream. Then, by using an HD or water based foundation over it, you will create a soft-skin look which will last all evening long. A red lip, blue-red for a brunette and an orangered for a blonde, pairs perfectly with this sleek, yet elegant do.

Natural Beauty

4. DRESS: Understated or simple, traditional style HAIR: The hair should be pulled back in a soft, yet textured low

bun. Keeping a little volume on the crown of the head will give an elegant and stunning look walking down the aisle. MAKEUP: Like our mothers always said, "less is more" and this is certainly true with this look! Using peaches and soft browns on the eyes and lips will give the illusion of a sun kissed complexion.


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5. DRESS: Lace, Old Hollywood glam HAIR: Simplistic styling is top priority with this soft and romantic

style. With just a slight wave and a side part, this hairstyle is perfect for a timeless look. MAKEUP: Lips and cheeks are the main focus with this look. With a deep berry stain and a rosy blush, go light on the foundation and eyes for a fresh-faced look! Individual lashes are recommended.


6. DRESS: Off-the-shoulder, glamorous style, tulle or organza,

A-line or full skirt

HAIR: This sleek and sophisticated style is simplistic and Ăźber

classic. Using our TEAM Bridal Extensions, this style gives the illusion of fullness while maintaining a natural look to the hair. As a bonus, it's stunning from all angles. MAKEUP: Enhancing? Yes! Brows and eyes are the stars of this application. The arch in the brow is well defined and perfectly frames the face. With a wash of crème shimmer on the lid and a little nude crease, this makes for a beautifully done natural eye. By adding a fine line of liner then a row of lashes, this will ensure definition rather than that "too much" sort of look. Modern and chic is the goal here.

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Seaside nuptials are the number one destination wedding option for a reason. However, getting married in any of these oceanfront options doesn’t mean you have to opt for a traditional, “beachy” wedding. Each of these five destinations has plenty to offer in the way of beauty and each caters to a different type of wedding. Opt for American tradition in Cape Cod, adventure in Costa Rica, maritime fun in San Diego, seclusion in Lāna`i or a blend of excitement and relaxation in Maui. Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Kona Kai Resort & Marina, Courtney Cox, JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts


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GUANACASTE Words by Taylor Wilson

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Photo courtesy of: JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

With a verdant landscape of rolling hills and dense, green canopies, it’s easy for one to think they’ve stepped off the plane and into nature’s version of the Emerald City. Bienvenido a Costa Rica – a destination where “pura vida” is not only a saying, but a way of life.

Rainforest meets ocean on a serene horseback ride through the resort’s property. Follow your equestrian tour with a round of golf

After a three-hour plane ride from Miami to Liberia, imbibe the

on a course the pros would envy or relax at the revitalizing spa.

landscape on your way to the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort

“So little time, so much to do” has never been truer than here.

& Spa. Upon arrival, enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie and explore the stunning grounds.

Adventurists, it’s your turn! Hop on those ATVs for some fourwheeling fun or zip through the trees on a canopy tour. Close

With the largest infinity pool in Central America situated on the

your eyes and let go – this indescribable sensation is where

sandy shore, a spa boasting utmost relaxation and six delicious,

“pura vida” comes to life.

on-site restaurants with diverse cuisine, you and your guests would be content if you never left the property. But, why miss

It’s easy to get lost in the beauty and thrill of this land as the

out on the rest of the fun?

stress of planning a destination wedding disappears thanks to the Marriott’s accommodating property and staff. Whether you

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie who craves adventure,

want your ceremony to be large or intimate, indoors or outdoors,

a cultured traveler with a desire for all things “local,” or a nature

casual or luxurious, the event coordinators at Marriott can

buff who enjoys observing wildlife, Costa Rica has it all.

arrange it all. From a charming on-site chapel and a vast ballroom to the garden terrace overlooking the ocean and a picture-

Visit Hacienda el Viejo and perfect your tortilla-making skills

perfect courtyard, opportunities are endless.

in this historic homestead. Don’t be surprised by the chickens, iguanas and peacocks roaming the premise, as people and

Get carried away in Costa Rica and experience the magic

animals live as one here – a concept the locals take pride in.

of Guanacaste as you escape for your destination wedding

Observe the majestic creatures of the wetlands in their natural

or honeymoon. After all, every day spent here is better than

habitat on a river cruise. Soon, crocodiles basking in the sun and

the last.

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Words by Courtney Cox

When it comes time to decide exactly where to say “I do” in this

180-degree views of Namalu Bay. For your ceremony, exchange

tropical paradise, the Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui should be on

vows on The Point with the island of Molokai in the distance, and

your short-list of contenders.

a tented reception on the Pacific Lawn provides all the space you’ll need. The Montage Kapalua Bay is truly accommodating in

The all-suite property is perfectly suited for large groups and

exercising your destination wedding wishes.

families, with two and three-bedroom suites. Formerly the RitzCarlton Residences, Montage Kapalua Bay’s rooms feature high-

Between the two renowned Kapalua Bay golf courses across the

ceilings, full kitchens and expansive lanais. Originally designed

street and the Montage Spa’s extensive fitness class schedule

for long-term stays, families will enjoy bonuses like large walk-in

(think oceanfront yoga), everyone on your guest list will leave

closets and a washer and dryer in every unit.

self-improved and satisfied. Say a final “mahalo” to your loved ones and host a farewell soireé on the gorgeous outdoor patio at

Kapalua Bay Beach is a short walk and a great spot for

nearby Merriman’s restaurant. Hosting your destination wedding

snorkeling. After swimming with the fishes, swing by the

at Montage Kapalua Bay will allow your guests to do as much, or

Sunset Patio for delicious mahi mahi tacos. Also, be sure to

as little, as they like…true to the Hawaiian spirit.

enjoy at least one romantic dinner at Montage’s Cane & Canoe Restaurant. Executive Chef Riko Bartolome uses fresh, local ingredients to create playful, Hawaiian spins on culinary classics.

If you or your guests are traveling a great distance to reach Maui and the Montage Kapalua Bay, we recommend a stay

For your wedding festivities, the Montage has endless

at the Montage Beverly Hills en-route. Not only will this

options across its 22,000 acres. We recommend hosting an

break-up your travel, but you’ll enjoy high-end glamour

intimate rehearsal dinner in the Kapalua Cliff House which has


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in another beautiful place.

Photos courtesy of: Montage Kapalua Bay

Hawaii is one of the most popular destination wedding locations in America for a reason – awe-inspiring scenery and the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation.






Photos courtesy of: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Words by Anthony Stein

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Upon arriving at this privately owned Hawaiian Island it’s as if you have been transported to another world; a paradise where tranquility, culture and luxury come together for an experience unlike any other.

The island’s recent change in ownership has rendered

conferences, Hector Rubio, states “exclusivity.” He goes on

a revitalization and renaissance of old world Hawaii while

to explain the properties have over ten venue and ceremony

providing top-end luxury with two Four Season Hotels: the beach

locations and can host something as small as an elegant

resort Lāna`i at Manele Bay and its upcountry sister property,

elopement or as much as a 700 person resort buy-out.

The Lodge at Koele. As for things to do on the island, take a morning hike to With the recent unveiling of new guest rooms, suites, lobby

Sweetheart Rock to view a one-of-a-kind vantage of the sun

and world-renowned Nobu redesign, Lāna`i at Manele Bay

emerging from the famed Haleakala, meaning “house of the

has taken the next step towards a contemporary beach resort

sun,” or take the Fisherman Trail along the coast passing ancient

destination. The calm breeze brings the ocean’s welcoming

Hawaiian archeological sites. For water enthusiasts, you can

scent to already stunning views. As you get settled in, let the

snorkel in the pristinely preserved bay courtesy of the resort,

therapists at the spa massage away any nerves or worry with

stand-up paddle board and surf via Lāna`i Surf School or take in

their Lāna`i Lomi treatement. This classic Hawaiian technique

the island from a different perspective on a Trilogy Excursions'

of powerful yet rhythmic strokes will prepare you to soak in your

sunset sail. Go upcountry for horseback riding, sport clay

nuptial experience.

shooting or UTV adventures with Hawaii Western Adventures.

Speaking of nuptials, one can coordinate events at one or

No matter what reason you choose to travel to this wonderful

both Four Seasons properties. When asked what separates

island, you will experience Hawaiian tradition with all the modern

their properties from others in Hawaii, director of catering and

day amenities one could ask for. Aloha Lāna`i!

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SAN DIEGO Words by Shana Kinnerup

In its mid-century heyday, you may have sat at the Kona Kai marina pool watching John Wayne sail towards the harbor in his yacht. Granted, you won’t see John Wayne here today, but the midKai Resort in recent years is back with force following a massive renovation. Previously reputed as “that Hawaiian joint on Shelter Island,” Kona Kai has shed that Polynesian theme for a much sexier “Gen Y” appeal. It goes without saying that San Diego is a sought-after For the destination couple, the offerings at Kona Kai should

destination. It boasts year-round weather appeal and is one of

move this property to the top of the considerations list. Here are

the easier ports to travel to. Many of the reception spaces at

some reasons why:

the Kona Kai host well into the triple digits, and their wedding packages are both comprehensive and affordable. All of this

• Sitting on the end of Shelter Island, the property boasts water

makes San Diego a much more affordable destination wedding

on both sides. As a guest, this means each room has a view

option than many couples would’ve thought, and with the

of the water.

potential for a larger guest list.

• Kona Kai is one of very few properties with a private


waterfront beach. Located on property, their beach opens up

As a recent guest, I was pleasantly surprised at the amenities

to the marina and can not only be reserved for private events

(and even more impressed with the refreshed vibe), but most

(think welcome and rehearsal dinners), it also has fire pits for

importantly it was the friendly nature of the staff I encountered

s’mores and allows cocktails – a fantastic (and rare) offering!

around every corner of the Kona Kai that left an impression.

• The addition of a brand new spa and fitness facilities.

My husband and I were able to kick our feet up and enjoy the

• The America’s Cup Racing vessel “Stars and Stripes” sits

sounds of the nearby seals and seagulls while watching the

in the hotel marina and can be chartered right on sight. This is

yachts come in and out of the marina. We may not have spotted

a truly unique opportunity.

our modern-day John Wayne, but we sure did feel glamorous.

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Words by Shana Kinnerup

Photo courtesy of: Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

As a West Coast girl, there are East Coast destinations on my bucket list, and Cape Cod has always been one of them. It is a playground for the rich and famous, where powerful

choose to exchange vows in a number of dreamlike settings.

families like the Kennedys have actual compounds, and pop stars

Wequassett can accommodate parties, small and large, on

like Taylor Swift own beach-front property. This small elbow of

seaside lawns, in one of many manicured gardens, or their rich

land, extending out from the eastern tip of Massachusetts, is not

Grand Pavilion Room. Your less formal celebrations can take

just a wealthy little peninsula. It is also rich with history, culture

place on their small beach peninsula, poolside in the chic cabana

and stunning beauty.

space or on any of the many waterview decks.

Flying into Boston, the drive down to Cape Cod is about

To keep those bellies full, don’t forget you are in New England.

90 minutes of pure sightseeing. From city, to suburb, to forest…

Wequassett Resort offers some of the best dining options on

the scenery rich and ever changing. I had no idea what

the Cape and they specialize in regional favorites. You’ll want

to expect and soon found that it was everything I had hoped

to make sure your menu includes lobster, clambakes and that

it would be. I kept reminding myself that the view, the properties,

famous New England Clam Chowder. You can keep your event

the lush fauna – was all real: the storybook homes, the

formal with a classic plated dinner, prepared by Cape Cod’s

mysterious winding roads and even the densely wooded

highly regarded restaurant, Twenty-Eight Atlantic.

historic surroundings. Don’t miss the opportunity to take in the surrounding towns, I had the pleasure of spending my time at the Wequassett Resort

something you and your guests will cherish. Nearby Chatham

and Golf Club, a property with the distinction of being one of the

is seemingly from a movie set. It is picturesque, rich in history

finest resorts in Cape Cod. The grounds are as elegant as the

and charm, quaint, and has an allure that is hard to resist.

guest rooms, which have an air of luxury. This area was settled

Imagine your guests enjoying breakfast on the pool terrace,

hundreds of years ago by Native Americans who realized the

followed by shopping for the ladies and golf at the private Cape

pleasures of summering on the same bay that Wequassett sits

Cod National Golf Club for the men. A sunset cruise, departing

on today. Locals still “summer” on the Cape, the rest of us will

right from the shores of the Wequassett Resort, will cap-off an

have to settle for visiting.

unforgettable day.

Choosing Cape Cod as your wedding destination will set an

I can, sadly, cross Cape Cod off of my bucket list. But, my wish

unforgettable stage for your nuptials, and allowing Wequassett

for you, would be “go!” As a destination bride, you couldn’t set

Resort to host your event, and guests, will be a slam dunk.

a better stage for the biggest day of your life, or provide your

Guaranteed to take your (and your guests’) breath away,

guests with better memories that will last a lifetime.

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It Was Bali. Words by John Roark

“We were married in Bali.”

Bali is many things: epic and exotic, modest and enchanting, tranquil and vibrant. The “Island of the Gods” has become one of the world’s most prized destinations. A feast for all the senses, to go is to be embraced and transformed by beauty, tradition and charm.


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Photo courtesy of: AYANA Resort & Spa

You’ll see it every time you say it. The eyebrow raise. The jaw drop. Nonverbal cues that unmistakably exclaim, “Wow.”

Honeymoon HIDEAWAYS Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): AYANA Resort & Spa (1st), RIMBA Jimbaran Bali (2nd-4th)


of friends or a guest list numbering in the hundreds. Each venue

Like exquisitely enticing lotus blossoms, the five-star AYANA

is designed for maximum privacy, meaning your day belongs

Resort & Spa and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali await your discovery.

to you.

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens overlooking Jimbaran Bay and the Indian Ocean, these adjacent resorts incorporate

Create a magical, romantic trifecta – wedding, reception and

everything you’ve dreamed of for your day, with decadent

honeymoon – at the opulent AYANA Villa. This two-story, three-

touches you’ve never imagined.

bedroom presidential villa is the stuff of legendary romances. Exchange sunset vows in the gazebo at cliff’s edge, followed by

From the Sanskrit word meaning “a place of refuge for the

a custom indoor or poolside reception. At evening’s end, retire

gods,” AYANA welcomes, ready to indulge. Choose a secluded

to the most decadent bridal suite you’ll ever encounter. At

cliff-edge or oceanside villa, spacious and exquisitely appointed

sunrise, ring your own personal, dedicated butler for breakfast.

in the tradition of Indonesian palaces. Your private pool and 24DON’T MISS: AYANA’s new multi-purpose event venue, SKY.

hour on-call butler will make you feel like royalty.

Soaring 115 feet above the ocean, SKY’s cliff-top cantilevered Named for the Indonesian word for “forest,” RIMBA is sleek and

deck provides a 180-degree view of prismatic sunsets – and

organic. The award-winning sustainable design incorporates rich

wedding photos that will inspire prose.

materials that are repurposed and hand-forged. Choose upperfloor accommodations with forest and ocean views or go ground

Rock the rocks with a night-before-celebration or after-party at

level with direct pool access.

AYANA’s iconic open-air Rock Bar. Built into volcanic cliffs 45-feet above crashing waves, the view is nothing short of spectacular.


Chase a Balinese sunset with a glittering canopy of stars. You’ll

AYANA’s expert wedding planners are poised to help create

be dazzled by one of Forbes magazine’s “World's Best Bars With

your perfect day. Eight exquisite on-site wedding venues

Views.” Guests of AYANA and RIMBA receive VIP access.

accommodate every taste; virtually any wish can be granted. Ancient pavilions and filigreed gazebos, fragrant gardens and

With a backdrop of fragrant breezes and swaying palm trees,

sparkling glass chapels offer seclusion and privacy for a handful

Bali beckons. In this Eden-like paradise, even the gentle rain is beautiful. Discover this destination of a lifetime.

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An ItalianSojourn

Words by Jennifer Stein

Photo courtesy of: Monteverdi Tuscany, image captured by Cheryl Ungar

Imagine rolling, verdant hills alive with grapevines ripe for picking…a restored medieval village overlooking vast landscapes, which appear as if an artist has painted them. A bustling, ancient city lined with cobblestoned streets and handsome men on Vespas yelling something delicious in an unfamiliar language…the lapping waves of the ocean lulling you into a blissful state as you sip your Brunello and wait for the sun to set. Only, this isn’t a dream, this is Italy.


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Romance, culture, history, beauty, diversity and charcuterie

“greenhouse” rooms that sit below the villa gardens and 45

unite in this paradise for lovers. The food is outstanding, the

rooms in total. The “greenhouse” rooms are complete with

people and customs alone are worth coming for, and the

vaulted ceilings and rounded windows in the living rooms that

accommodations rival anything you’ll find around the world.

overlook the park. Accommodations in the main villa are unique

If you’ve contemplated celebrating your wedding or your

and inviting, with every room being slightly different. I enjoyed an

honeymoon here – you’re in good hands. The Italians are

oversized fireplace and view of the expansive Tuscan landscape,

experts in love.

while my neighbor had a room with a stained-glass floor and


fantastic terrace view of the city lights (the Duomo is magnificent

We begin our Italian itinerary just outside the ancient city of

Enjoy an expertly crafted meal in-house at Il Salviatino or enjoy

Florence on the hillside of Fiesole. As you traverse the winding

one of the nearby restaurants which have been carefully vetted

road, the stunning 15th century villa, Il Salviatino, greets you with

in advance, to make sure your dining experience is as you wish.

at night).


its manicured gardens and rose-scented terraces. Enjoy a chilled glass of Prosecco, alfresco, as you drink in the city views below.


About 1 ½ hours drive from Florence and atop the medieval Weddings here are welcome and encouraged. There are several

village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, you’ll stumble upon

idyllic ceremony backdrops as well as romantic vestibules to

Monteverdi Tuscany, a collection of restored 12th century villas

snuggle up in after you’ve said your “I do’s.” They have eight

and boutique hotel. The property is so well integrated into the

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destination FEATURE façade of the village, you may miss it completely if you don’t

believes in a farm-to-table concept. The views from Monteverdi

know where to look. Once there, you will realize the rare and

give a visual representation of how far the food has traveled,

unrivaled gift you have been given in visiting this one-of-a-kind

making it a truly “locally sourced” dining experience.

gem. What’s lacking is the typical hotel signage and grand entrance of marble, pomp and circumstance. What is not lacking:

If you make the sound decision of holding your wedding here,

personality, charm, heart and an effortless elegance, like a fine

you’ll be in great hands. david beahm design of New York is the

Super Tuscan wine.

exclusive event designer for the property. One of Monteverdi’s owners enjoyed the expert direction of Mr. Beahm and his

The gravel roads meandering through the village are lined with

talented team first hand during her very own nuptials in 2014.

unassuming entrances that house the common areas of the property, although these areas are anything but “common.”


The décor throughout the villas and hotel are a happy

Enjoy a cooking class at Monteverdi and learn from the master

marriage between contemporary design elements and ancient

herself, then dine on your creation, alfresco, with Val d’Orcia in

architecture. Every décor decision from the linens (oh, the linens!)

the distance.

to the bathtubs are pure perfection. Each room at Monteverdi gives you the feeling that you’re stepping into a modern art

Wine tasting in this region is a given. We suggest Tenuta di

gallery, surrounded by the vestiges of what history meant to

Trinoro (a well-known Super Tuscan producer) and Casanova di

leave behind.

Neri (recently awarded Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator).

Oreade is the restaurant on property which offers sumptuous

Shopping in Montepulciano is a must for fine Italian leather and

cuisine to delight even the pickiest of palates. Monteverdi’s


stellar culinary team is lead by Chef Giancarla Bodoni, who firmly


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Photos courtesy of: La Posta Vecchia (top three), Maybourne Hotel Group (bottom).


La Posta Vecchia Hotel is located just outside of Rome and

When you visit this exquisite country for your honeymoon or

rounds out our “Tour d’Italy” perfectly. Situated on the Lazio

destination wedding, no matter where you stay, eat or play, Italy

Coast, this 17th century home (once owned by American oil-

will never disappoint. Life truly is sweeter under the Tuscan sun.

tycoon, J. Paul Getty), turned luxury hotel is the definition of Italian refinement. With a sea-view terrace and fastidiously manicured gardens, you could get lost in the endless beauty


(and history) of this special place. The home is so special in fact,

In order to get to Italy, you

it’s thought Mr. Getty never truly left and still roams the halls.

may find yourself traveling through London. This is an

Because each room is luxuriously appointed with artwork from

ideal opportunity to stop off

around the world, unique décor and soaring ceilings, you could

and enjoy one of Europe’s

spend days just relishing what’s inside. The twinkling sea views

greatest cities and one of

by day and the moon’s reflection by night beg for you to spend at least some of your time on the grounds and terrace.

London’s most iconic and luxurious hotels, Claridge’s. This Art Deco masterpiece of a hotel offers modern amenities paired with the impeccable

If you didn’t have quite enough to eat in Tuscany, their Michelin-

service of a bygone era.

starred restaurant, The Cesar, will make sure you do. Select the Chef’s Tasting Menu and enjoy skillfully crafted courses, paired

Grand ballrooms and lavish suites lend themselves perfectly

with the finest wines and culminating with the most decadent

to a gathering of any size and their curated list of vendors

of desserts.

would ensure a wedding fit for royalty.

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Words by Susan Moynihan

So, what’s an engaged couple to do? Read between the lines, or better yet, read this, the first in a series on all-inclusives in popular wedding locales. For our inaugural edition, we’re focusing on Riviera Maya, Mexico. The area between Cancun and Playa del Carmen is lined with resorts in all range of budgets and styles. Here are seven we recommend, each for entirely different reasons.


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Photo courtesy of: Karisma Hotels & Resorts

All-inclusive resorts are great for weddings, but it can be tough to find the right one. After all, there are a lot of similarities: most offer various settings and packages at different budgets, unlimited food and activities, and they all make claim to luxury surroundings. But, just like “soulmate” means different things to different people, so does the word “luxury.”


1. Kid-Friendly Cool: AZUL BEACH

OVERVIEW: Engaged couples with small kids face a unique quandary: How do you find a resort that's romantic enough to say “wedding,” but also welcomes younger kids? Enter Azul Beach. From the outside, this looks like a romantic boutique hotel, with 148 rooms set in white, Mediterranean-style buildings and thatched-roof tiki huts lining the beach. But take a closer look and you’ll see kids – happy kids, and equally relaxed parents. Any parent knows how stressful it is to travel with little ones, so Azul Beach formed a unique partnership that lets them fully stock rooms with all of the extras you need, from cribs to changing tables and diapers, even toys via a partnership with Fisher Price. The comprehensive kids club allows little ones from six months to 12 years old, with activities from piñata making to movie night. EXTRAS: The five restaurants are all child-friendly to varying degrees, with special kids menus. When you need some adultonly time, head to the sexy tequila bar, with 30 labels for tasting and an 18-or-over policy. Speaking of adult, kid-free friends will be equally happy in their sexy Jacuzzi swim-up suite and hitting the on-site spa. VENUES: Take full advantage of the setting with a ceremony on Sky Rooftop Terrace which overlooks the beach from four stories up. Décor packages come in six different styles. Photo courtesy of (top right): Viceroy Riviera Maya


OVERVIEW: This luxury resort just north of Playa del Carmen is one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets, with 41 villas tucked in a stretch of jungle by the sea. At check-in you’re given a Mayan blessing to shake off the stresses of the outside world and it works: the place feels unlike anywhere else. Standalone bungalows are connected via winding jungle paths. Each has a cushy king bed, large patio with private plunge pool, hammock and chaise lounges; inside, the expansive bathroom has a soaking tub and rainforest shower, as well as a large garden 1

shower. Rates change depending on how close you are to the

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ocean, and while the resort is not officially all-inclusive, they offer

VENUES: Our favorite venue is the spa lawn, facing the ocean

a comprehensive package that includes meals, snacks and all

and set apart from the main pool to ensure ambiance and privacy.

domestic drinks, including beer, wine and cocktails.

Float candles in the pool, string lights up above and you have a spare, but elegant, ceremony site. In keeping with the resort vibe,

EXTRAS: Viceroy may be small, but you’ll never find yourselves

incorporate a Mayan blessing as part of your ceremony.

lacking. The beach has plenty of chaises and covered day beds


for lounging and the pretty, lagoon-style pool is just steps from the sea. Dining takes place at the beachfront Coral Grill, with

OVERVIEW: This AAA Five Diamond hotel aims to make you

a wood-fired oven. For something more formal, the second-

forget what you think you know about all-inclusive resorts – and

story Marea feels more like Tahiti than Mexico, serving up fresh

they deliver. The 491-room hotel spans a whopping 80 acres and

seafood and top-shelf wines along with tequila and ceviches.

is arranged in three sections: Zen Grand, set in the jungle with

VENUES: For smaller events, hold a ceremony on the pier, then

facing the scalloped main pool adjacent to the beach; and

retire to a reception in the Xcalacoco Garden, a lawn edged

Executive Grand Class, limited to guests 12 and over. Rates

by greenery with a great view of the sea. Or better yet, do a

change depending on section, but wherever you stay, you’ll find

property buy-out and hold a party that takes over the pool

chic, marble interiors with perks like patios, rainforest showers,

and Coral Grill.

Jacuzzi tubs and plunge pool upgrades.


EXTRAS: The whole resort is an interior decorator’s delight, with

OVERVIEW: This intimate hotel won converts in its original

artsy details from the South Beach-style Sky Bar to the eclectic,

incarnation as Paraiso de la Bonita before turning all-inclusive.

Far East-influenced Sen Lin. The spa is one of Mexico’s best,

We’re glad to say nothing was lost in the transformation. The

with an elaborate hydrotherapy circuit and dedicated bridal suite

90 suites are set in low, three-story buildings, every one facing

perfect for pre-wedding prep parties. The resort puts a special

the ocean and done in one of six décor styles. Every room

emphasis on dining, with creative molecular gastronomy at

has a separate living area, well-stocked mini bar and espresso

Cucina de Autour, classical French at Piaf or elegant Mexican at

machine, and sunken tub with Bulgari bath amenities. But we

Frida’s. Bonus: You can draw from any for your event menu.

especially love the plunge pool suites which are separated from the beach by an oceanfront lawn, upping the privacy factor.

VENUES: With this much space, venues run the gamut, from a secluded lawn set back in the jungle to classic beachfront, held

EXTRAS: Zoëtry is built around the theme of wellness, so the

on the quieter, southern end of the resort for more privacy. But

vibe here is more mellow than you will find at a typical all-

our favorite is the pool deck in the adult section, which faces the

inclusive. There’s no loud music or volleyball games at the

beach. Elegantly presented dishes and a white-on-white backdrop

main pool; instead, you’ll find cushy chaises and well placed

mean you can get as formal as you want.

hammocks for napping. The excellent Thalasso Center and Spa nutrient-rich deep seawater. In addition to massages, yoga and

5. Party Pleaser:

tai chi classes and facials, they have another unique feature: a

OVERVIEW: Some couples want a wedding that’s quiet and

traditional Mayan temescal sweat lodge, a great pre-wedding

sentimental; other couples just want a really good party. If you fall

bonding experience. But all this wellness doesn’t mean dry; the

into the latter camp, consider this 412-room, all-inclusive right in

resort serves up unlimited drinks at two bars, and rich dishes like

the middle of one of Mexico’s very best beaches. It’s adult-only

gnocchi with truffle butter at La Canoa, one of three restaurants.

with lots of room perks, from junior suites with terrace tubs, to

is the only spa in Riviera Maya to specialize in treatments utilizing



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a Balinese-style pool and conference center; the Ambassador,




swim-out honeymoon suites that open onto one of 12 swimming pools. Upgrade to a Preferred Club category and you’ll be closer to the ocean and have access to a lounge with daily food presentations and top-shelf liquor.

OVERVIEW: Weddings bring entire families together and that can be a tricky thing. Affluent baby boomer parents may want something luxurious that screams vacation, whereas younger

EXTRAS: Secrets Maroma draws an international crowd looking for fun. The six restaurants reflect the diversity, from teppanyakistyle Himitsu to elegant Italian at Portofino. After dinner, take in a live show at the open-air theater and hit the disco. Need to check-in with folks at home? It’s easy to stay connected with free Wi-Fi and stateside calls.

friends with families may want something more budget- (not to mention child) friendly. That’s the issue solved by Generations, the newest brand from Karisma Resorts. Their flagship property spreads along the beach midway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It’s only in phase one (more rooms, plus residential units and possibly a marina will be added in the next few years), but what a phase it is: The 144 suites range in size from one to

VENUES: The beach here is amazing, a wide strand of sugarPhotos courtesy of: Occidental Resorts (middle), Karisma Hotels & Resorts (right) and Carla Ten Eyck Photography (bottom)


white sand that’s considered one of the best in Mexico. But for something different (not to mention high-heel friendly), hold your vows in the picturesque wooden gazebo by the pool.

6. Old-World Elegance:

three bedrooms. In addition to oversized guest rooms, large living rooms with sofa beds, full kitchens and dining for six comes another amazing perk: plunge pools on every floor, built out onto balconies for an experience unlike anywhere else. EXTRAS: The resort is thoughtfully designed to please all age groups. Take the restaurant options: The main restaurant, Chef


OVERVIEW: If you’re looking for an all-inclusive with a romantic vibe, check out this 200-room, adults-only resort just south of Playa del Carmen. The dècor is old-world inspired, from the ornate chandelier and Spanish Colonial-style frescoes in the lobby to mahogany accents in the rooms. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, it draws an international crowd that returns year after year, giving it a special kind of warmth. EXTRAS: Six restaurants range from Mexican and Italian to creatively-presented fusion cuisine at Las Ventanas. Enjoy an English-style high tea served daily on the veranda off the lobby, or pay extra for a 12-course tasting experience at the Chef’s

Market Café, has everything from sushi and grilled prime rib, to jarred baby food. Enjoy family-style Asian cuisine at Jade, or fresh seafood, kebabs and Mediterranean-style mezze plates at Habb. The long, meandering pool has a big swim-up bar and natty green-and-white striped lounge chairs aplenty, including smaller ones designed just for kids. Speaking of kids, they’ll be well taken care of at the comprehensive Eko Kids Club. VENUES: If you want a beach view without the beach fuss, Generations has one of the most gorgeous venues in the area: a large refined deck off the Grand Café, with half-open glass windows that drink in the views in three directions.

Table. We also love the location: It’s just a 15-minute walk into Playa del Carmen for shopping, dining and club-hopping. VENUES: The most popular wedding spot is the beach and four


packages make planning easy. Add on to the basics with perks


from a mariachi serenade to Moet Champage for your wedding


night. For something fancier, rent out a restaurant. We love Las


Ventanas, with a private terrace overlooking the garden and food that is as pretty to look at as it is tasty.

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Words by Jennifer Stein and Courtney Cox



The INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic is a must-pack for your honeymoon jaunt. This instant film camera creates immediate memories and will make great keepsakes. Don’t be fooled by the retro design, the Mini 90 Neo Classic features a variety of shooting modes including double exposure and macro modes. $199.99


Did you fall in love with your professional wedding makeup? Continue the airbrush trend on your honeymoon by purchasing a TEMPTU Bridal Beauty Kit. It’s a professionalgrade airbrush makeup system that’s designed for the everyday makeup user. The kit comes with everything BIKINI CLEANSE

you’ll need to get started including the


Drop that last dress size with this

AIRbrush Makeup System and a variety

Stay picture-ready with this

healthful and effective seven-day cleanse.

of customized products. $325

conveniently tiny comb which fits into

With easy-to-follow instructions and


most wallets and wristlets. Available in

yummy supplements (such as their herbal

both regular and fine tooth and in

tea, daily smoothie mix and energy drink),

a variety of colors and prints – these

you’ll be bikini bound in no time. Be sure

cute combs are fully customizable.

to shop off of the suggested grocery list

Go-Combs are sleek, waterproof and

(complete with a generous list of healthy,

some styles even double as a mirror.

whole organic foods) to make sure the

Combs retail between $9.99-$17.99.

cleanse is most effective. $189 for a one-


week cleanse. bikinicleanse.com


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Stay chic when you aren’t poolside with

Show-off your wedding weight loss

After receiving Sun Bum sunscreen

one of Belusso Swimwear’s gorgeous

with these slimming, “hold-you-in” jeans.

in a promotional “swag bag,” we’ve

cover-ups. The brand specializes in fit

Love Premium Denim jeans come in

become hooked on these Skin Cancer

and luxurious fabrics, so their pieces are

a variety of cuts and colors, but each pair

Foundation-approved products. Sun Bum

special enough to make the packing list

are breathable with a unique blend of

sunscreen doesn’t leave an oily residue

for your honeymoon suitcase.

denim and Lycra. Designed for all body

on your skin and its creamy formula


types, you can look good and feel good

allows for great coverage. Best of all,

since the brand donates a percentage

it smells amazing. This is sunscreen you’ll

of their monthly proceeds to the CURE

actually want to wear. Try the Sun Bum


Foundation for breast cancer.

Day Tripper with travel-sized versions

An alternative to surgical liposuction,


of the essentials ($24.99). trustthebum.com

this laser, non-invasive procedure can contour and shrink some of the hardest to reach areas. We tried the four-week,


eight-treatment package (priced at about

This swimwear line combines Southern


$2,000 in most cities) and experienced

California coast-style and a Hawaiian

Keep the love alive by extending

a total loss of about two inches between

shoreline vibe to create flirty, feminine

the wedding night lingerie into your

the three areas measured. Keep in mind;

and practical bikinis. “Wow” your new

honeymoon travels. ThirdLove Lingerie

on the days of your treatment, you must

spouse with sexy-cut bikini bottoms

is beautiful for a special occasion, but

do enough exercise to burn no less

or a top with an intricately laced back.

practical enough to be worn again and

than 400 calories for the procedure to

Frankie’s Bikinis have some of the more

again. Best of all, the brand offers half-

work permanently. With zero down-time

unique and special styles we’ve seen

cup sizes – meaning you’ll find

and relatively quick results, you’ll be

in a while.

the perfect fit.

honeymoon hot before you know it!




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Celebrate TEN WAYS TO


Words by Courtney Cox, Images by Kurt Boomer, kurtboomer.com

While it might be the last thing on your mind right now, it’s important to keep the love alive beyond W-Day. What better way to do so than by celebrating your first anniversary in an extra-special way! Our own ten-year anniversary at DID got us thinking and here are ten great ways to commemorate your love.


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to dig a little deeper. Paper and calligraphy

than by toasting with a crisp glass of

but a goody. This is a sweet and simple

by Laura Hooper.

bubbly. Styling by Sterling Social, hair &

surprise that will go a long way in making

makeup by 10.11 Makeup, wardrobe by

your spouse feel special. Styling by


Donna Morgan (dress only) and sparkling

Sterling Social, food styling by Be Well

things up in the kitchen by learning some

wine provided by OneHope Wine.

by Kelly LeVeque, pajamas by Marigot

new meals to make together. Styling by

Collection and hair & makeup

Sterling Social, food styling by Be Well


by 10.11 Makeup.

by Kelly LeVeque and hair & makeup

SHOOT – Just like an engagement shoot,

by 10.11 Makeup.

mark your anniversary by capturing the


happiness you feel in photos. Styling by

feelings down on paper. Everyday “I love


Sterling Social, hair & makeup by 10.11

you’s” are great, but this is the chance

can’t think of a better way to celebrate

Makeup, and dress by Donna Morgan.

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Styling by Sterling Social, hair & makeup


While lingerie might not make a regular

by 10.11 Makeup, and wardrobe by Donna

a travel-loving couple, so this option is

appearance, your anniversary is definitely

Morgan (dress only).

perfect. Go somewhere the two of you

an occasion to kick things up a notch.

have never been before…great memories

Styling by Sterling Social, hair & makeup


are sure to ensue – especially at Four

by 10.11 Makeup, and lingerie & robe by Girl

some effort into an anniversary gift (and

Seasons Lāna`i at Manele Bay (shown).

with a Serious Dream.

this doesn’t have to mean spending lots of money). Paper and calligraphy by Laura

7. HAVE A FUN NIGHT OUT – Cap-off an

Hooper, luggage tag by Mark and Graham.

anniversary dinner with a night out kicking up your heels dancing or at a concert.


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a sweet spot, pack your lovebird’s favorite

PRODUCED BY: Be Inspired Public Relations, beinspiredpr.com, PHOTOGRAPHY: Kurt Boomer, kurtboomer.com, DESIGN & STYLING: Sterling Social, sterlingsocial.com, FOOD STYLIST/CHEF: Be Well by Kelly LeVeque, bewellbykelly.com, HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST: 10.11 Makeup, 1011makeup.com, PAJAMAS: Marigot Collection, marigotcollection.com, LINGERIE/ROBE: Girl with a Serious Dream, girlwithaseriousdream.com, PAPER & CALLIGRAPHY: Laura Hooper, lhcalligraphy.com, WARDROBE (night on the town dress, picnic dress, love shoot dress): Donna Morgan, donna-morgan.com, SPARKLING WINE: OneHope Wine, onehopewine.com, CELEBRATORY GETAWAY: Four Seasons Lāna`i at Manele Bay, fourseasons.com/manelebay

treats and enjoy. Styling by Sterling Social, food styling by Be Well by Kelly LeVeque, hair & makeup by 10.11 Makeup, and dress by Donna Morgan.

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Luxe & Lovable BEND, OREGON

Words by Courtney Cox

Photo courtesy of: PronghornRenaissance Private Island and White Modern Cuisine

haute HILLS

Imagine saying “I do” on a very different type of private island; not surrounded by splashing waves and swaying palms, but graceful swans and snowfrosted mountain peaks.

This fantasy comes to life at the pristine Pronghorn resort in

overlooking the 18th hole of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.

Bend, Oregon. Set on 640 acres and part of the Auberge Resorts

Opening in the summer of 2015, The Lodge at Pronghorn will add

Collection, both you and your guests will relish in the unique

66 modern, hotel-style rooms.

natural surroundings (including a 1,000 year-old juniper forest) Before and after the “I do’s,” there’s plenty to keep anyone and

and luxury accommodations.

everyone busy in Bend. This friendly and unassuming town is just When it comes to hosting your wedding, Pronghorn might just

a short 20-minute drive from the resort and the staff is happy to

be the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Any one of the many ceremony

arrange transportation. Lovingly dubbed, “Beer Town USA,” there

or reception options will have you surrounded by views of the

is an abundance of high-quality breweries which will have you

Cascade Mountains and the pristine Tom Fazio Championship

and your guests pub crawling. For craft beer lovers, the Bend Ale

Course. Because it’s a private course, there’s no need to

Trail is a must.

worry about golf carts and tee shots interrupting one of the most important moments of your life. The event island can

Be forewarned, it will be difficult to tear golf-loving guests away

accommodate up to 300 guests and offers a peaceful setting.

from the majestic Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Voted one

The Clubhouse and surrounding lawns are also solid options and

of the top 30 public courses in the country by Golf Digest in

the resort’s one-wedding-a-day policy promises a smooth and

2013, you will be in awe of the ancient rock lava ridges and

private event.

immaculate conditions. Peak season for the resort is in August and September, so be sure to book well in advance.

With residential-style lodging, your guests can stay in beautiful suites ranging from one-to-four bedrooms. The larger suites

Choosing Bend, Oregon as your destination wedding location

feature top-of-the-line kitchens, spacious living rooms and patios

may come as a surprise to guests, but when all is said and done, they’ll be thanking you for years to come.


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Heart of the Ozarks

Photo courtesy of: Big Cedar Lodgeenaissance Private Island and White Modern Cuisine

“Luxury meets Mother Nature” is the perfect way to describe Big Cedar Lodge, the premier wilderness resort located in Ridgedale, Missouri.

haute HILLS

Words by Carolyn Steere

In 1987, Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, purchased

The property offers you and your guests everything right at your

Big Cedar Lodge overlooking the exquisite Table Rock Lake with

fingertips; whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or looking

the vision of creating a place where others could capture the

to be pampered. The new 18,000 square-foot spa will feature

wonder of his own childhood memories. Since then the vision

treatments to indulge, while those seeking adventure can enjoy

has expanded to include nearby Top of the Rock, a mountaintop

bass fishing (what else?!), water sports, horseback riding or

golf paradise, and Dogwood Canyon, a pristine 10,000-acre

exploring one of the newly discovered caves along the Lost

nature preserve. Modern amenities coupled with cozy guest

Canyon Nature Trail. The golfers in the group will be in for a real

cabins, lodges and cottages, romantic wedding chapels,

treat at the Jack Nicklaus signature course, Top of the Rock, or

spacious lawns with outstanding lake and mountain views, ample

the Tom Fazio course, Buffalo Ridge. An evening lake cruise on

event space and activities-galore make this an outstanding

the Lady Liberty or campfire wagon ride are perfect for times

choice for a family-oriented destination wedding.

when you want to gather your wedding guests together.

If walking down the aisle of a charming wedding chapel and

Four conveniently located restaurants at Big Cedar provide

exchanging vows with a breathtaking view as a backdrop is

variety and dining at Top of the Rock is an experience not to

your vision, there are a number of picturesque settings for you

be missed for its culinary excellence, unique ambiance and

including chapels on the Big Cedar property or nearby Top of the

outstanding views.

Rock and Dogwood Canyon. Each is as charming as the last. One truly unique feature is the Civil War Era Cabin which has been

Stunning natural rock formations, waterfalls and covered Amish

repurposed by Amish craftsmen for a romantic post-wedding

bridges enhance the charm of this destination wedding venue or


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Healthfully Ever After Words by Stacey Marcus

Photo courtesy of: Waldorf Astoria Park City Private Island and White Modern Cuisine

haute HILLS

Mention Park City and avid skiers visualize swooshing down snow-capped mountains, film fanatics flash images from the Sundance Film Festival and outdoor enthusiasts dream of a myriad of ways to enjoy the vast outdoor terrain.

There’s mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, skiing,

“Waldorf Astoria Park City is the ideal destination for a

snowboarding and breathing in air purified directly from Heaven.

honeymoon retreat any time of the year. The activities in Park

If you query a newlywed couple as to why Park City is the perfect

City are endless; guests have access to over 4,000 acres of

place for a wedding or a honeymoon, I would venture to guess

adventure at Canyons Resort. The views are breathtaking;

they want to launch their life in a land rich with natural beauty

being located within the Wasatch Range. Our guests also enjoy

and a tribute to the great outdoors.

the liveliness and convenience of historic Old Town and our personalized ‘true Waldorf service’ from arrival to departure,”

“Park City is a unique, year-round destination that offers

says Kerry Hing, General Manager, Waldorf Astoria Park City.

something for everyone. Winter is well-known for skiing and snowboarding at three world-class resorts plus endless off-

Park City is also a picture perfect place to plan a wedding.

mountain activities. Spring, summer and fall bring days filled with

“With the stunning backdrop of the Wasatch mountain range,

hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, or just relaxing at our one of

this historic mining town has emerged as the place for

our many lodging or spa properties. With over 100 restaurants in

destination weddings,” says Dana Orlando, Director of Sales

town, there are options to please everyone’s palate. There are

and Marketing, Waldorf Astoria Park City.

over 300 flights coming into Salt Lake International Airport daily (non-stop flights available from New York City and Los Angeles)

Whether you are planning a wedding or honeymoon, Park City,

and it is just a 35-minute ride to enjoy all that Park City has to

Utah is a glorious spot to consider where the clear blue sky

offer,” says Bill Malone, President & CEO, Park City Chamber of

is the limit!

Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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Words by Carolyn Steere

Photo courtesy of: Bernardus Lodgeenaissance Private Island and White Modern Cuisine

This romantic retreat nestled in one of California’s premier wine regions marries the perfect destination wedding setting with culinary excellence, quaint luxury accommodations, near perfect weather and an endless array of activities for you and your guests.

haute HILLS

Words by Carolyn Steere

Also known as “the sunny side” of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel

away under the glow of wrought-iron chandeliers. Chef Cal

Valley is only a short drive to spectacular Monterey Peninsula;

Stamenov presides over the culinary experience inspired by the

home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach Golf Links,

local, seasonal offerings of the Central Coast.

a 17-mile drive along the rugged Pacific Coast and Big Sur, where the coastal wall drops 4,000 feet to the sea.

While there, be sure to dine at the Marinus and consider indulging in the Chef’s Tasting Menu which features regional,

The nearby award winning Bernardus Lodge and Spa has

organic produce and the day's catch from local fishermen. The

a “boutique” feel from the moment you drive up the winding

dessert menu, designed by Pastry Chef Ben Spurgin, beautifully

road lined with grapevines and arrive at the main lodge that

combines savory and sweet with the entire meal blended

features Monterey Territorial-style architecture. The guest rooms

together with the selections of Sommelier Paul Wetterau.

are warm and inviting with vaulted, beamed ceilings, limestone fireplaces and French doors which open to reveal spectacular

No visit to the area is complete without enjoying the local wines,

mountain or garden views.

and Carmel Valley is the perfect place. You can stroll from one tasting room to the next in this quaint town. Here you can delight

One wedding per day, coupled with the personal attention

your palate, learn from the local experts, and enjoy the quaint

of the talented staff, will put your mind at rest so you can take

boutiques and antique shops.

in the moment as you exchange vows in a landscaped garden surrounded by vineyards and roses. The Meritage Ballroom is

A romantic wedding in wine country…be sure to put Bernardus

only steps away, where up to 150 guests can dance the night

Lodge and Spa on your short list of places to consider.

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11 12 1 (pg.76): This beautiful photo shoot, shot by Brian Leahy Photography and designed by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events, is a testament to the diversity of the desert landscape. This talented team turned an active Arizona ranch into a stunning backdrop for wedding inspiration. We open onsite at the gorgeous Rancho De Los Caballeros with our bride looking stunning and relaxed in a Lazaro gown, style 3351, courtesy of JLM Couture Boutique. 2-6 (pg.77): The ranch provides a very different type of sandy aisle and our bride is beautiful and ready to say “I do” in a Hayley Paige gown, style 6350, courtesy of JLM Couture Boutique. Her natural and simple bouquet was created by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events. 7-12: With this look, both the dress and bouquet bring the drama to an otherwise laidback venue. The earthy browns of Rancho De Los Caballeros provide a welcome contrast to our bride’s Lazaro gown (style 3351, courtesy of JLM Couture Boutique) and vibrant bouquet by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events. Her ring and earrings are from the designer’s private collection. 13-19 (pg.79): Our bride is taking Rancho De Los Caballeros by storm in this stunning Lazaro gown, style 3316, courtesy of JLM Couture Boutique. Her trendy rose gold ring and earrings are from the designer’s private collection, Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events. A unique bouquet by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events, gold bangle bracelets by Free People, “Alameda” Ariat boots and a striking hairpiece (style 5541) by Maria Elena Headpieces and Accessories are the perfect additions to this blush look.


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Hayley Paige from JLM Couture Boutique, jlmboutique.com, MODEL & MAKEUP: Elly



Los Caballeros, ranchodeloscaballeros.com,

are from the designer’s private collection, Rani

ranihoover.com, GOWNS: Lazaro and

Couture Boutique. Her glam shoes and earrings

Rani Hoover, Inspired Weddings & Events,

Hayley Paige gown, style 6350, courtesy of JLM

brianleahyphoto.com, VENUE: Rancho De

freepeople.com, JEWELRY HEADPIECE:


BOOTS: “Alameda” by Ariat, ariat.com,

Brown, ellybrownonline.com, COWBOY

Private Collection, ranihoover.com



mariaelenaheadpieces.com, PLATINUM

Maria Elena Headpieces and Accessories,

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Brian Leahy Photography,


Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Inkaterra Reserva Amaz贸nica (1st & 4th) and Inkaterra La Casona (2nd & 3rd)

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Get Married – Southern Style Words by Jennifer Stein

New Orleans

Outer Banks

Smoky Mountains


Key West Key West

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Courtney Cox (1st, 3rd & 4th), NewOrleansonline.com (2nd), Jennifer Stein (5th) and Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce (6th).

The United States has no shortage of great places to have your wedding away or honeymoon, and the Southeast offers up a healthy variety for any discerning couple. From the bustling streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans and the shores of the Outer Banks in North Carolina to the breathtaking panoramas of the Smoky Mountains and the old-world charm of Savannah, the South has a plethora of romantic backdrops. No matter what you’re after, this region has something for you.


friendly and abundant in both beauty and options for wedding

Savannah, Georgia

venues. Complete with their own wedding association, planning

If there is one thing they love to do in Savannah, Georgia it is

a wedding here would not only be charming, but stress-free.

to host a party… particularly big, important parties. This historic and charming city is known for its warm hospitality, superb


picturesque settings and Southern traditions.

Nashville, Tennessee It may come as a surprise to some, but Nashville is being

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

heralded as an up-and-coming destination for foodies. Traditional

One of the most popular destinations in the South for weddings

comfort food such as fried chicken and BBQ may not be new,

away is the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Made up of

but in Nashville, they’re doing it well. There is also a bevy of

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, the area is family-

great places for a wedding. From historic hotels to sprawling plantations, they’ve got you covered.

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to a stunning part of the U.S.. Look out over the southern-most

Rich in culture, history and European influence, this enchanting

point of our great country and dip your toes in crystal clear

city has so much to offer a destination wedding couple. Hire

waters and white sand. Destination weddings here are a blast

a second line (your very own marching band) to serenade

and the places to have your nuptials, plentiful.

you through the French Quarter or enjoy an upscale wedding reception in any one of the beautiful properties in the area.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

The food in NOLA is exceptional: from the beignets to the

Whether you’re honeymooning or looking to say “I do” by the

shrimp etouffee.

sea, the Outer Banks area is picture perfect, affordable and easy to get to. With endless activities, beautiful beaches and loads


of places to tie-the-knot, the Outer Banks is a popular spot

Key West, Florida

for a reason.

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Rachel +Jason

Words by Kinsley Brown



Images by Kay English Photography, kayenglishphotography.com

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Even though we’d never The couple decided on Italy’s iconic Amalfi Coast It was after a trip in 2010, that been to Positano, as soon for their destination wedding after seeing photos Rachel and Jason’s love affair online. “Even though we’d never been to Positano, as I saw photos of the with Italy began. “It was our as soon as I saw photos of the incredible cliff side incredible cliff side and and idyllic beach, I was smitten,” recalls the bride. first big trip, just the two of idyllic beach, I was smitten. “Positano was the perfect combination of the fun us and we had a blast,” says and relaxed atmosphere of a beachfront venue, Rachel. “Italy is rich in history while still having all the culture and history that and culture and everyone was Europe has to offer.” incredibly welcoming.” Once they were Come W-Day, Rachel got the traditional Catholic ceremony she engaged, the two knew they wanted had always wanted which included a full Mass. Walking to their to introduce their loved ones to Italy reception venue with their 30 guests is one of the couple’s favorite memories. “Because Positano is such a small town… and the “adventure that travel brings everywhere we went people were cheering “auguri” (Italian out in everyone.” S PR IN G & S U M M E R 2 0 1 5 | destinationido.com


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When you’re getting married in one of the most beautiful places on earth, let the natural beauty of your location shine for itself.

for congratulations/best wishes) and it was such a warm and

to see you on your wedding. Everyone will be so in awe

welcoming experience we’ll never forget.”

of you and your gorgeous locale that they won’t even notice if you didn’t have a signature drink or the trendiest, Pinterest-

The couple chose to hold their reception at a local restaurant

worthy favors.”

which boasted stunning views – letting Mother Nature do the decorating. “When you’re getting married in one of the most

“All our planning, all our hard work had finally paid off. We had an

beautiful places on earth, let the natural beauty of your location

amazing wedding our guests couldn’t stop raving about, and to

shine for itself,” says Rachel. “Your guests flew around the world

see everyone truly enjoying themselves was the best feeling.”

Photographer: Kay English Photography, kayenglishphotography.com, Wedding Planner: The Amalfi Experience, theamalfiexperience.com, Ceremony Site: La Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, Reception Site: Rada Restaurant, radarestaurant.it, Florist: Florist Amalfi Coast, floristamalficoast.com, Music: Le Muse Societa Cooperativa, lemuse.info, Cinematography: Alfonso Longobardi, alfonsolongobardi.com, Hair: Piero Mansi, pieromansi.com, Makeup: Zoe Graham, zoegraham.co, Gown Designer: Danielle Caprese for Kleinfeld Bridal, kleinfeldbridal.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank, josbank.com, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Allure Bridals/Jos. A. Bank, allurebridals.com & josbank.com


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Maureen + David Words by Kate Darnell


Images by Catherine Hall Studios, catherinehall.net

“Quality time” was of paramount importance to Maureen and David when deciding on whether or not to have a destination wedding. “We wanted to have more than just the day of the wedding to enjoy having all our friends and family in one spot,” says Maureen. Lake Tahoe was an obvious choice as they had vacationed there for years and it required little travel time. “It’s the perfect distance away from the Bay Area, where most of our guests would be coming from…far enough away to definitely stay overnight and feel ‘away,’ but not far enough to have to fly.”


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We wanted to have more than just the day of the wedding to enjoy having all our friends and family in one spot.

The end result of their weekend planning sessions was a charming, rustic celebration, which perfectly encompassed the couple and many of their favorite things.

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They maximized their time together by having the rehearsal

When it came to planning the wedding from afar, Maureen

dinner two days before the wedding and the night before the

and David had a little help to pull it all together. “My wedding

wedding, having a welcome party that all their 175 guests were

planning team at One Fine Day Events was just amazing. I

invited to. “It gave us a chance to see and greet wedding guests

pulled pages out of magazines and sent them to the team for

before the actual wedding, so there was less pressure to make

inspiration, kept a Pinterest board of things I loved (and hated!)

sure we had meaningful interaction with each person,” says

and looked at a lot of wedding blogs.”

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Be mindful of what’s most important to you and your partner and don’t compromise on those points.

the bride. Her advice for others: “Be mindful of what’s most important to A “heartfelt and sweet” ceremony officiated by the bride’s

you and your partner and don’t compromise on those points.

uncle was followed by an “incredibly beautiful” lakeside dinner

Everyone will have an opinion about what you should do, but not

reception at sunset.

everyone’s opinions matter…and you can’t please everyone!”

Photographer: Catherine Hall Studios, catherinehall.net, Wedding Design and Planning: Stephanie Martin for One Fine Day Events and Paige Pruitt, One Fine Day Events, onefinedayevents.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: West Shore Café, westshorecafe.com, Florist: Sara Spurlock, Bellissima Floral, Stationery: Eve Weinsheimer, A Day in May, adayinmay.com, Gown Designer: Christos by Amsale, amsale.com, Groom's Clothing Designer: Ralph Lauren, ralphlauren.com, Bridesmaids' Designer: J. Crew, jcrew.com, Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com, Hair: Elyssa Lee, Greco Rose Beauty, grecorosebeauty.com, Makeup: Kari Addison, kariaddisonbeautiful.com, Officiant: Bride’s Great Uncle, Daniel Libarle, Desserts: D'lish Catering, dlish.com, Cake Designer: Sugar Pine Cakery, sugarpinecakery.com, Rentals: Blueprint Studios, blueprintstudios.com, Celebrations Party Rentals and One Fine Day Events, www.onefinedayevents.com,, celebrationspartyrentals.com, Linens: La Tavola Linens, latavolalinen.com, Ceremony & Cocktail Music: String Beings, thestringbeings.com, Reception Music: Steve Bloom with Hip Entertainment, www.HipEntertainment.com, Wedding Cinematography: Nik Sullivan, Doxa Studios, vimeo.com/doxastudios, Calligrapher: www.barbaracallow.com

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Diana +Jason

Words by Kate Darnell


Images by Tamiz Photography, tamizphotography.com

Love at first sight doesn’t always happen just between two people. Sometimes it can happen with a place. For this special couple, they fell in love with a special venue in Maui, Hawaii.


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We kept the itinerary loose because we realized many of our guests had never been to Hawaii and we knew this trip represented a significant vacation.

there. What do we need to do to make that

for our guests at the Grand Wailea. We kept the itinerary loose because we realized many of our guests had never been to Hawaii and we knew this trip represented a significant vacation. But suffice it to say, everyone had a blast,” says Jason Even though they had lots of lead-time, the couple still had to trust in their wedding vendors to get

happen?’” says Jason.

the job done. “[Planning from afar] can make you a little anxious but you just keep telling yourself that you’re working with

And boy did they make it happen. A two-year engagement gave

professionals who do this for a living,” says the groom.

them enough time to plan a stunning wedding from afar and incorporate DIY details like collected books as centerpieces and

The 77 guests used words like “magical” to describe their

handmade candle favors.

experience at Diana and Jason’s wedding, so chances are, those professionals pulled off a pretty spectacular event.

Guests enjoyed a great deal of time on the island with most people staying a week. “We secured a large block of rooms

Photographer: Tamiz Photography, tamizphotography.com, Wedding Planner: Emily Machernis, Ceremony/Reception Site: Haiku Mill, haikumill.com, Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero, maggiesottero.com, Florist: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique, bellabloommaui.com, Groom's Clothing Designer: Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com, Catering: Café O’ Lei, cafeoleirestaurants.com, DJ: Ace Beats, acebeats.com, Bar Service: Maui Bars Are Us, mauibarsareus.com, Rentals: Island Rents, islandrentsmaui.com, Invitations: Aerialist Press, theaerialistpress.com, Custom Bridal Headpiece: Gadegaard Design, gadegaard-design.com, Custom Bridal Qipao: Vinshop USA, vinshopusa.com, Cake: Ghiselani Designer Wedding Cakes, mauicakestore.com, Tent: Maui Rents, mauirents.com, Officiant: Kelii Brown, getmarriedmaui.com, Hair: Maui Makeup Artistry, mauimakeupartistry.com, Makeup: Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry, makeupmaui.com


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Yoshita + Michael Words by Kate Darnell



Images by Lexia Frank Photography, lexiafrank.com

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Instead of typical wedding favors, the couple opted to give back by making a donation to help children in need.

Incorporating tradition and giving to others was the main focus for this beautiful couple’s big day away.

adorned with flower garlands and real Indian bells (Yoshita’s days

Michael and Yoshita met in dental school and braved a long-

Instead of typical wedding favors, the couple opted to give back

distance engagement before they had their dream wedding in

by making a donation to help children in need. “The cards were

Palm Coast, Florida just a little over a year later. “I always wanted

handmade by children in India and the message on the back

a destination wedding on the ocean, so Michael and I drove

said ‘Thank you for brightening my life. Slum life often forces us

up and down the coasts of Florida to find a venue that would

into hazardous street labor, depriving us of our childhood and

accommodate our 300 guests and would focus on what we

education. Through this card I can now attend school, receive

thought were the most important parts of a wedding: the guests,

a nutritious snack and learn within a safe, fun, creative, and

the food and respecting and celebrating each other's cultures

loving environment.’” Guests were clearly touched by the gesture

and traditions,” recalls Yoshita.

as not one of the 300 cards was left behind.

Celebrating each other’s cultures and traditions is exactly what

A spirit of honoring tradition and giving to others is a winning

they did. Yoshita donned the same sari worn by her mother many

combo for any couple’s future…and it is clear Yoshita and Michael

years earlier. They also made sure to include customary foods

have both in spades.

as a classical Indian dancer were significant in incorporating this detail). They kept the mandap as simple as possible to ensure guests still had a beautiful view of the ocean.

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I always wanted a destination wedding on the ocean‌and wanted to focus on what we thought were the most important parts of a wedding: the guests, the food and respecting and celebrating each other's cultures and traditions.

Photographer: Lexia Frank Photography, lexiafrank.com, Wedding Planner: RĂŠve.ology Events, reveologyevents.com, Venue: Hammock Beach Resort, hammockbeach.com, DJ/Lighting: Prime DJs, prime-djs.com, Pandit: Dr. Majmudar, Video: One Fine Day Productions, onefinedayproductions.com, Hair & Makeup: Gunn Glamour, gunnglamour.com (hair) and Makeup by Jamie K, makeupbyjamiek.com (makeup) & Philosophie Hair Salon & Apothecary, philosophiesalon.com/weddings, Henna Artist: Sangita Auntie, Decorator/Floral: Suhaag Garden, suhaaggarden.com, Caterer: Hammock Beach Resort, Cake & Cupcakes: Publix, publix.com, Garlands & Floral Jewelry: Floral Creation by Ranjan, LLC.


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Erika + Karim

Words by Kinsley Brown |


Images by Jen Philips Photography, jenphilips.com

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These two had a very specific “peaches and cream” vision in mind and were able to execute it to perfection with the help of their wedding planner.

On a chilly afternoon in Paris, Erika had the surprise of a lifetime in store for her. In town to continue her education, her love, Karim, had arranged a special birthday surprise, all the way from the U.S. – or so Erika thought. “I arrived in Montmartre…and Karim popped out of the crowd, got down on one knee and proposed! It was one of the most romantic and memorable moments that we’ll forever share.” As a second surprise, Karim had arranged for Erika’s friend, who is a photographer, to be on-site and capture the entire scene.

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We did an amazing job of keeping the secret that we’d choreographed a dance… although my sweet husband forgot a good part of it…

After saying “yes,” the bride set to planning straight away. After

exclusively responsible for was their first dance – and they didn’t

selecting the scenic and relaxing Lake Tahoe, California for their

let their guests down.

destination, Erika quickly hired a wedding planner. “We did an amazing job of keeping the secret that we’d “You hire a lawyer because they know the law. You take your car

choreographed a dance…although my sweet husband forgot

to the auto mechanic because they specialize in fixing cars. Trust

a good part of it, hitting some of those Michael Jackson moves

a wedding planner because they too, know best! I don’t think

simultaneously and hearing the crowd roar at the end, put a huge

it’s prudent to depend too much on friends and family to assist

smile on our faces,” says the bride. “It was such an entertaining

you and I definitely don’t think, as the bride, you can and want to

and free spirited way to showcase our relationship in front of our

know all that goes into the orchestration of your wedding day,”

friends and families.”

says Erika. By sticking to a particular theme and organizing several pre-andThese two had a very specific “peaches and cream” vision in

post-wedding events for their guests, Erika and Karim really got it

mind and were able to execute it to perfection with the help of

all: the wedding of their dreams and happy, satisfied guests.

their wedding planner, Merrily Wed. One thing the couple was Photographer: Jen Philips Photography (Assisted by Tess Pace Photography), jenphilips.com, Wedding Design/Planning: Merrily Wed, merrilywed.com, Ceremony/Reception Venue: Private Estate, Floral Design: Martha Bernyk Floral Design, tahoe-florist.com, Catering: As You Wish Catering, asuwishcatering.com, Cake/Desserts: Sugar Pine Cakery, sugarpinecakery.com, Macaroons: Homage Bakery, homeagebakery.com, Invitations: Bella Figura, bellafigura.com, Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals, Classic Party Rentals & Forever Vintage Rentals, celebrationspartyrentals.com, classicpartyrentals.com & forevervintagerentals.com, Linens: La Tavola, latavolalinen.com, Chiavari Chair Sleeves: Wildflower Linen, wildflowerlinens.com, Ceremony Music: The String Beings, thestringbeings.com, Reception Music: We Ain’t Saints Entertainment, Hair: Laura Seegmiller with Salon Bella Vita, bellavitatahoe.com, Makeup: Jennifer Ergut with Kiss & Makeup, jenniferergutmakeup.com, Wedding Gown: Mark Zunino Couture for Kleinfeld Bridal, kleinfeldbridal.com, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, jennyyoo.com, Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank, josbank.com

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BIG SUR Jena Words by Kinsley Brown |


+ Yves

Images by Chrisman Studios, chrismanstudios.com

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These lovebirds embraced the majesty of their surroundings and created a romantic, one-of-a-kind ceremony and reception.

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With Jena and Yves’ gorgeous Big Sur destination wedding, these two proved that love really does conquer all. Come W-Day, the groom, unfortunately, was seriously under the weather with the stomach flu. “I wanted to get to Yves, ASAP,” says the bride. “He had to go to the hospital and get pumped with IV fluids and a plethora of you-name-its! So the ceremony was a relief, to say the least. He was there and he looked dashing as per usual!” The couple was thrilled to share their coastal destination with 85 guests. “[Big Sur] consists of mountains surrounded by redwoods and wildflowers perched on cliffs overlooking the ocean…can it get any better? It was perfect for our tastes and personalities.” Overall, Yves and Jena describe planning a destination wedding as “easier than people may think,” even though these two accomplished it all the way from Hong Kong!

These lovebirds embraced the majesty of their surroundings and created a romantic, one-of-a-kind ceremony and reception. According to the couple, one of the best decisions they made was including their guests’ children in the festivities. “The kids at our wedding tore up the dance floor, it was hilarious,” says Jena. “We had many activities other than dancing, mostly eating and drinking, but darts, a bouncy house, ring toss and a bonfire, too. We aren’t really dancers, so having other things to do was great!” When asked her favorite memory from the day, Jena describes the overall success of the event. “[Big Sur] is stamped in our hearts and memories…just seeing all the hard work come together with all the love from the most important people in our lives…” As for advice for other couples, Jena prescribes caution: “Don’t get the stomach flu! If you or anyone you are close to has had the flu…stay away!”

Photographer: Chrisman Studios, chrismanstudios.com, Wedding Planner: Big Sur Weddings and Elegant Events, bigsurweddings.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Private Estate, Floral & Event Designer: Christine Cater Wedding and Event Floral Design, christinecater.com, Gown Designer: Vivian Luk Bridal Atelier, vivianluk.com, Plant Rentals: Carmel Planttenders, carmelplanttenders.com, Stationery: A Little Love Story Ltd., alittlelovestory.com, Caterer: A Taste of Elegance Catering & Events, cateringmonterey.com, Dessert: Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes, edithmeyer.com, Officiant: Ken Robins, carmelweddingceremonies.com, Shuttle Service: AITS, inc., aitslimo.com, Ceremony/Reception Music: Kelly Productions, kellypro.com, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & Archive Rentals, classicpartyrentals.com & archiverentals.com, Chargers: BBJ Linen, bbjlinen.com, Napkins: Wildflower Linens, wildflowerlinens.com, Hair & Makeup: La Coiffure Carmel, lacoiffurecarmel.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Dolce&Gabbana, dolcegabbana.com, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer:


Margaret Court Tailoress in Hong Kong, Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Sam’s Tailor in Hong Kong, samstailor.com

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Alessandra + Tony Words by Kate Darnell |


Images by CHRIS + LYNN Photographers, chrispluslynn.com

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real-life WEDDINGS When it came down to where in Los Cabos, they Alessandra and Tony had a leg-up on most couples when it came to When we saw the chapel decided to take a quick scouting trip that turned out to be quite fruitful. “When we saw the chapel creating the destination wedding at One&Only Pamilla we at One&Only Pamilla we knew, this was the place,” knew, this was the place. says the bride. “We couldn’t imagine walking down of their dreams. First of all, any other aisle than this one. What we love most Alessandra is a designer by trade about the One&Only is how lush and private the property is. The and second, they’ve traveled all over the resort could be full, yet they always make you feel like you’re the world. The decision was easy when it only one there.” came to where they would celebrate their Because Alessandra took the lead as designer and her mother special day…it had to be in Los Cabos as pitched-in to help coordinate details, planning was a snap. Add it was the place they vacationed together to that the invaluable help of the on-site planner at the resort and a successful site-visit, the couple got the exact wedding they for the first time. were looking for. “When deciding to do a destination wedding and thus, planning remotely, you need to have trust in your

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It is a special moment when the first man you ever loved walks you to the one man you will love forever.

planner. We believed in ours immediately and, throughout

“We wanted the ambiance to glow as soon as the sun set,”

the process, fell in love with her just as much as the resort!”

says Alessandra.

says Alessandra. The bride’s favorite moment was walking to the altar. “It was With 73 elated guests in tow, the couple exchanged vows during

simply the most special few minutes and having my dad to hold

a traditional Catholic Mass in the chapel and celebrated their

me up meant everything because he has given me the world.

reception under the stars. They took full advantage of the resort’s

It is a special moment when the first man you ever loved walks

natural surroundings and filled the space with candlelight.

you to the one man you will love forever.”

Photographer: CHRIS+LYNN Photographers, chrispluslynn.com, Location: One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico, palmilla.oneandonlyresorts.com, Wedding Planner: Arianna Ocampo - One&Only Palmilla, Wedding Design: Design by bride Alessandra Morzan, alessandrainteriordesign.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: One&Only Palmilla, Gown Designer: Ramona Keveza, romonakeveza.com, Ines de Santo, inesdisanto.com, Vera Wang, verawang.com, Hair & Makeup: Nadia Albano Style Inc., nadiaalbano.com & Mikaela Goyarzu, Florist: Elena Damy, elenadamy.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: custom tuxedo, Bridesmaids' Clothing Designer: Nordstrom, nordstrom.com, Invitations: custom designed by alessandrainteriordesign.com & made in Lima, Peru, Rings: custom designed by Monecristo Jewellers Vancouver, montecristojewellers.ca, Shoes: Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com

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man's Odyssey Saint-Exupéry, Air

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Our 10-Year Anniversary Issue! Includes fashion from Italy to the American Southwest, destinations perfect for your destination wedding or h...

Destination I Do - Spring 2015  

Our 10-Year Anniversary Issue! Includes fashion from Italy to the American Southwest, destinations perfect for your destination wedding or h...