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CARIBBEAN These tropical islands take luxe to another level with properties in Turks & Caicos (pg. 20), St. Barths, Anguilla (pg. 21) and Antigua (pg. 26).

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DRIVABLE DESTINATIONS If you’re up for an old-fashioned road trip for your destination wedding or honeymoon, we’ve explored two regions of the country. Seek solace in the Southwest in Marana, Arizona (pg. 28), Pebble Beach, California (pg. 30), Riverside, California (pg. 32) and Las Vegas, Nevada (pg. 33). Escape to the Southeast in Asheville, North Carolina (pg. 35), Virginia (pg. 36) and the Florida Keys (pg. 40).

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MEXICO One of the most beautiful countries on earth, Mexico is a classic choice for your destination wedding or honeymoon. Explore two modern properties in Mayakoba and Cancun (pg. 42) and oceanfront splendor in Riviera Nayarit (pg. 44).

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ELEVATION ENCHANTMENT Get your adrenaline pumping and plan the wedding of your dreams in any of these high-elevation hits; including Telluride, Colorado (pg. 52), Keystone, Colorado (pg. 53), Big Sky, Montana (pg. 54) and Colorado Springs, Colorado (pg. 56). HONEYMOON HIDEAWAYS St. Barths – Relax in tropical luxury at this hip and happy resort. Italy – Create your own home-away-from-home at any of these posh, Puglia villas. Guatemala – Eclectic honeymooners will love this colorful, artists’ nest with world-class views. THE HONEYMOONIST – Cabo Reborn After recovering from 2014’s Hurricane Odile, these Cabo properties are back and better than ever. The Honeymoonist shares her favorites – from easy allinclusives to luxury classics.

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WEDDED WISDOM – Get the inside scoop and helpful insights on the wedding world.

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ASK THE EXPERT – It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding We’ve partnered with professional wedding planner, design director and founder of Tropical Occasions, Aimee Monihan, to bring you tips and tricks for offsetting your destination wedding’s carbon footprint.

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ADVENTURES IN ETIQUETTE – Wedding Guest Guidelines Just as wedding traditions change for couples, so do etiquette expectations for guests. Here’s a helpful guide to attending a destination wedding with proper social graces.

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THE GUEST BOOK – A Boho, Balinese-Inspired Bridal Shower Discover how one of our real-life brides was inspired by her destination wedding locale to create an equally enchanting hometown bridal shower.

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REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS A longtime favorite and feast for the eyes, this issue’s real weddings are as strong as ever. Get inspiration from a colorful Baja soirée, a glitzy take on classic in Lake Tahoe, Italian romance at its finest in Tuscany, a tropical twist on old-school romance in Grand Cayman, peachy and purple perfection in Maui, Mexican-inspired flair in San Miguel de Allende and Kate Spade kitsch in Vail.

ON THE HORIZON – Stay up-to-speed on wedding and travel trends & recent hotel happenings. FASHION FORWARD Yellowstone: Nature’s Masterpiece – Inspired by nature’s beauty, this photo shoot is just as gorgeous as its Yellowstone National Park background. California: Golden Summer – This sunshine-inspired photo shoot reflects the colors and natural ombré effect of the sunset and sunrise. Mexico: Old World Elegance – A favorite for destination wedding couples, this fashion take was inspired by Mexico’s magnificence and natural beauty.

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“Grounded” EDITOR'S LETTER

THE PERKS OF BEING

ach issue, I travel a fair amount to ensure the properties and destinations we include in the pages of our magazine are ideal for your wedding away or honeymoon trip-of-a-lifetime. Truth be told, all our writers and editors check out each of the properties firsthand. Our goal isn’t to jet-set off into the sunset and take advantage of five-star accommodations around the world (although that’s a huge bonus). It is to make sure we’re asking the right questions with YOU in mind. This issue, I was “grounded” for much of it – I’ve got baby #2 on the way, so my traveling days came to a screeching halt. At first, it felt a little foreign…seeing editorial pitches come in for places I’d been dying to go, and probably would have, if it weren’t for my “delicate” condition. Then I realized this was a true opportunity for me to jump into the driver's seat of the destination couple.

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There are questions you should be asking potential venues or properties, questions that I am able to ask in person, when I’m on property with the wedding coordinator or general manager. These questions could save you headache, time and even money. For example, we got an editorial pitch for a place that, although the website made it look amazing and the writer (who really wanted to get the assignment) said was fabulous, begged a little more investigating. It was a considerable drive from any major airport and seemed a little too “off-the-beaten-path.” For a honeymoon, this could work, but for a destination wedding? I wasn’t so sure. When I put myself in the proverbial shoes of a bride, there were a few “red flags” that came up for me (and should for you). First of all, it’s great this wasn’t a super touristy place, but was the infrastructure something that would allow for an easy destination wedding? Were there adequate hotel options for guests to stay? How about local wedding resources such as good florists, rental companies or tour operators? Would it make sense to drive an additional few hours from a major airport after guests already had traveled so far? The answer to these questions may have all been “yes.” In that case, great, slam dunk – it’s worthy of our attention as a magazine and yours as a couple. But if one answer is "no," how much extra effort would it take to pull off a wedding there? These are all questions we investigate before heading out the door with our own passports in hand – and they should be the same questions you have before you pick your place to say “I do.”

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When it comes to your honeymoon, “off-the-beaten-path” is often a welcome vernacular, so it may not be as important to investigate. Know and understand what suits you and make sure the destination and property will deliver. We’ve got lots of amazing (and recently vetted) properties throughout this issue. Each one has been personally visited by a roving reporter listed in our masthead and journalists who know just what questions to ask. Check out our “Drivable Destinations” feature starting on page 28 for places you (and your loved ones) can road trip to. Feeling adventurous and wanting to check out a higher elevation? Our feature on page 52, “Elevation Enchantment” will give you some solid suggestions on where to wed above the clouds. Keep in mind, as you turn the pages of this (and every Destination I Do) issue, we have your big day and honeymoon at the forefront of everything we do. Our goal is to protect your wedding and honeymoon plans as much as we can by recommending places we would go to ourselves. Rest assured, your day will be as special and as wonderful as the love you’re celebrating. No matter where that may be.

Yours Truly, Jennifer Stein

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This image is from “Mexico: Old World Elegance,” one of three Fashion Forward photo shoots in this issue. Carmen Laborin is a vision in “The Magnolia Tree” gown by Lela Rose, earrings from Goldfine Jewelry and a bouquet created by Elena Damy. Her hair and makeup are by The Troublefield Lifestyle. Our groom is wearing a suit from Friar Tux Shop. See the full photo shoot on pg. 80. Photo courtesy of Sarah Kate Photography and creative direction by Stefanie Miles Events. Special thanks to Harmony Walton.

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The second of three photo shoots, “California: Golden Summer,” produced this gorgeous image befitting our summer cover. These three beauties bask in the warm sunset light with bouquets by The Hidden Garden and hair and makeup by Fiore Beauty. Our bride is wearing the “Luna” gown by Amy Kuschel. Her bridesmaids are each wearing dresses by Joanna August. See the full photo shoot on pg. 66. Photo courtesy of Caroline Tran Photography and planning by All You Need Is Love Events. Special thanks to Be Inspired PR.

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TRAVELING Capture YOUR HONEYMOON

Innovative

HOTEL SERVICES When traveling for your destination wedding or honeymoon, you want to pick a host hotel that is going to go the extra mile for you in terms of service and amenities. Here are four properties that fit the bill.

THE ST. REGIS ASPEN RESORT ASPEN, COLORADO

This beautiful mountain retreat has partnered up with Anchor Distilling Company to create customized bar carts for couples prior to their wedding. Both carts come stocked for up to eight people and include a mixology book and a signature cocktail. The Custom Bar Carts are included for couples who spend $25,000 on food and beverage or can be added to a smaller wedding package for $500. stregisaspen.com

Virtually everyone considers hiring a professional photographer for their wedding day, but what about capturing your first days as “man and wife” while on your honeymoon? Flytographer allows you to capture honeymoon memories without being stuck behind the camera lens yourself. The company connects travelers with over 230 local photographers in 150 destinations around the world. You can coordinate candid photo shoots and get recommendations for the must-see spots from a local professional. Flytographer was founded on the belief that memories are the best travel souvenirs and we couldn’t agree more! Packages start at $250. flytographer.com

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It’s always fun to find unique and sentimental ways to mark your destination wedding or honeymoon. Coordinates Collection is a customizable jewelry line where you can engrave your own custom coordinates to signify an important place in your life – i.e. Maui where you said “I do” or Paris where you honeymooned. In addition to necklaces, pendants and bracelets, the line also has wedding rings. Every piece is made using high quality materials such as semi-precious to precious metals, stones and ceramic coatings. Prices begin around $125 and range into the thousands. coordinatescollection.com

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Complement your diamond sparkler with freshly manicured nails at this posh Park Avenue property. Stop by the front desk to have the Manicure Concierge come right to your room or ask for an appointment at one of the pre-vetted, recommended salons nearby. 70parkave.com

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Ronél Kruger Photography for Flytographer, C2 Photography, 70 park avenue & Coordinates Collections

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THE RITZ-CARLTON LODGE, REYNOLDS PLANTATION GREENSBORO, GEORGIA

Made for music lovers, couples saying “I do” at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge can take advantage of the “Exclusive Songwriting Service.” Choose one of the famous songwriters from the property’s partnership and create a one-of-a-kind, personalized wedding song. The service starts at $5,000 and includes an appointment with the writer, a demo version of your wedding song, a digital copy of the completed tune and a keepsake gold record. ritzcarlton.com

ST. REGIS HOTELS & RESORTS AMENITY AVAILABLE COMPANY WIDE

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, of the luxury brand Marchesa, have been named official “St. Regis Connoisseurs” and launched a Marchesa Bridal Capsule Collection for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts to celebrate. The couture gowns in the capsule collection are available exclusively for St. Regis brides and include four designs inspired by famous St. Regis destinations: Punta Mita, Dubai, Mumbai and New York. Prices range from $20,000 to $50,000 and include a fitting with Marchesa’s team in New York. stregis.com/marchesa

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WEDDED

WISDOM

Just for the BRIDE

“Give as much time to planning as possible. Not only does it ensure your guests will have ample opportunity to make the logistical preparations for getting there, it also avoids last-minute issues that require your attention. When you finally reach your wedding day and the celebrations leading up to it, you want to be able to direct as much of your energy and focus to enjoying and living in the moment.”

This pocket-sized manual is a great way to get the nitty-gritty details for planning a wedding. From etiquette to must-ask questions for your vendors and keys to enjoying your engagement, it’s one you’ll want to pass along.

— Gina, Tuscany destination wedding bride Photo by Kelly Fajack Photography (shown)

“What made the process so much easier was with every choice, I gave myself three options and picked the one I liked best. Be decisive and trust your gut. It is so easy to get overwhelmed now with Pinterest and the Internet being so accessible. Those are great tools to have, but don’t overwhelm yourself with choices.” — LK, North Carolina destination wedding bride

“The two things to invest in are food and photography. Your guests are always happiest if they eat and drink like kings and you will be able to relive every moment of that day with spectacular photographs.” — Rachel, Mexico destination wedding bride

The Loverly Wedding Planner:

THE MODERN COUPLE’S GUIDE TO SIMPLIFIED WEDDING PLANNING

MyPublisher PREMIUM ALBUMS If an album from your wedding photographer is out of reach or you want to create a keepsake from your honeymoon, we’ve found a beautiful, do-it-yourself option. MyPublisher recently introduced their Premium Photo Albums and they’re not only impressive, they will stand the test of time. The premium albums are made with luxe leather and feature thick, rigid pages. Prices start at $270. mypublisher.com

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The team of experts from the wedding inspiration site Loverly recently introduced their first wedding planner. The guide is not only gorgeous, but is tailored toward couples wanting a stress-free planning experience and wedding that is quintessentially “them.” $16.99 at shop.lover.ly

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Quirk Books, Kelly Fajack Photography, Caroline Tran Photography & MyPublisher

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FLOWER KITS

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ALTERATIONS Once you've found your dream wedding wardrobe, then comes the question of tailoring. Thankfully, there’s a new service that brings expert tailors to your front door – literally! zTailors launched in 2015 as the first-ever national tailor network, which offers on-demand service to everyone. Simply hop online or call to request a tailor. Each tailor available within the zTailors' network has been vetted and has a minimum of five years of professional experience and can often get your pieces back to you within a week. ztailors.com

Fleurish is a floral design bar in California, which teaches classes and hosts parties to help you fine-tune your floral design skills. Now, they’ve introduced shippable flower kits that can be sent all over the U.S. and could be a perfect option for your wedding or bridal events. The kits come with everything you’ll need to create a beautiful floral arrangement: the flowers, vase, necessary tools and step-by-step instructions. Whether you want to create a floral crown for your bridal shower or boutonnieres for the groomsmen, Fleurish makes a great option for the DIY couple. youfleurish.com

Recent Hotel Renos & OPENINGS

GURNEY’S MONTAUK RESORT & SEAWATER SPA MONTAUK, NEW YORK

OUTRIGGER KONOTTA MALDIVES RESORT GAAFU DHAALU ATOLL, REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES

Located in the famed Hamptons, Gurney’s recently completed a major renovation, which includes 38 new oceanfront guest rooms, a revamp of their iconic Beach Club and a new one-of-a-kind ocean-fed, seawater pool. If you’re looking to say “I do,” the property also launched a brand new food and beverage program with five new venues. gurneysmontauk.com

Opened in August of 2015, the Outrigger brand has expanded to the Maldives. The all-villa property boasts chic décor and is a stunning 30-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport. The location is ideal for marine life and coral diversity, so pack your snorkel. outriggermaldives.com

HAMILTON PRINCESS & BEACH CLUB HAMILTON, BERMUDA

THE CAPE, A THOMPSON HOTEL LOS CABOS, MEXICO

From a ballroom fit for a princess to barefoot on the beach, this iconic Bermuda resort just completed an extensive renovation and added a new oceanfront wedding venue to its lineup of places to say “I do.” thehamiltonprincess.com

This new, contemporary Mexico resort by Thompson Hotels boasts infinity and saltwater pools overlooking the bay where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean and heaven meets earth. The sleek, modern décor is peppered with local artisanal accents to make you feel like a part of the beautiful culture in Baja. thompsonhotels.com

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TURKS & CAICOS: PARADISE IN PROVIDENCIALES

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Turks and Caicos is accessible via direct flights from Miami, JFK,

their toes in the sands of Grace Bay Beach in Turks

Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte and Philadelphia. While flying

and Caicos. Experiencing this pristine Caribbean island is like

time is just three hours from New York, it takes between eight to

swinging in a hammock made of silk while sipping on an exotic

ten hours to fly from Los Angeles.

drink and being fanned by swaying palm trees.

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A magical spot on the island is The Palms Turks and Caicos, a Lynne Watts, Wedding Planner at NILA Destinations, advises

72-suite slice of nirvana, which recently underwent a $3.5 million

couples to embrace the award-winning island for its many

renovation. The resort is an ideal spot for both weddings and

attributes including “fantastic beaches, amazing sunsets, friendly

honeymoons. Weddings can be held beach-side at Grace Bay

people, delicious food and awesome rum punch.” Watts also

Beach, in the largest ballroom in Turks and Caicos, as well as in

explains, “Turks and Caicos is considered a high-end destination

the award-winning 25,000 square-foot spa. Couples also have

and, as such, a budget will not stretch

the special option of having their

as far as other Caribbean destinations

ceremony in the expansive, yet

– be aware of this and make sure

intimate, outdoor relaxation area,

you have a realistic idea of what

surrounded by a soothing water-

your wedding will cost. Consider the

walkway, which can be covered for

time of year. Peak season (Christmas

the ceremony giving the illusion of

through April) will be more costly, and

dancing on water. Launching your

resorts and the beach more busy than

love life in Turks and Caicos is truly

other times. September is the least

paradise found.

expensive month, but certainly the

hottest and most humid.”

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ANGUILLA & ST. BARTHS BATHED IN LUXURY Words by Carolyn Steere

Photo courtesy of: Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort

Island (def.) (noun) A piece of land surrounded by water.

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hen considering the islands of the Caribbean, the definition is the only thing they have in common. Each possesses its own charm and personality and choosing the picture-perfect fit for your tropical nuptials can make all the difference. We have two favorites to acquaint you with‌the islands of Anguilla and St. Barths. Located in the northeastern Caribbean adjacent to St. Martin, these serene, exotic pieces of heaven have beaches for every mood or whim, culinary scenes that will satisfy the most discriminating palate and stunningly beautiful resorts and villas.

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ANGUILLA When planning your wedding away, if you envision an intimate, tranquil location where you and your guests can take a deep breath and leave your cares behind, you will be delighted with the slow pace enjoyed by residents and visitors of Anguilla in the British West Indies.

As a mid-sized property, smaller weddings are easily accommodated and weddings up to 120 are also doable with a resort buy-out. Most couples choose one of the secluded beaches for their ceremony, but there are many settings with dramatic ocean backdrops you can choose from. Only one wedding per day allows staff to focus on making your wedding dreams a reality.

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The newly renovated Malliouhana, with its unique boutique charm, is definitely a location to consider. Upon your arrival, as you receive a warm greeting and refreshing drink, your eyes are

immediately drawn to the panoramic view of the teal blue waters of the Caribbean through the white arches in the lobby. The dÊcor is interesting and eclectic – but artfully blended together with the soft hues of the Caribbean. Most guest rooms have ocean views with super comfy beds and enormous verandas where you can lounge away the hours or take in the sunset. When you are ready to dip your toes in some cool water, you can either head to the two-tiered infinity pool accented by bright yellow umbrellas or to one of three beaches just steps below the resort.

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Photos courtesy of: Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort

Both take a bit more effort to get to than other Caribbean destinations, which may be why they remain quite exclusive. Many guests arrive through Puerto Rico where Tradewind Aviation provides direct one-hour flights to either island or through St. Martin where you can connect to a ferry or charter flight for the short trip to either island. Regardless, upon your arrival you will be pleased that you made the extra effort.


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dessert, you will be in for a culinary delight. The calm, shallow waters outside your door make this the perfect place to enjoy snorkeling, kayaking or learn to kitesurf or paddleboard.

ST. BARTHS In contrast to Anguilla, from the moment you step onto the nearby ultra-chic island of St. Barths, you sense a high-energy vibe. This French paradise may encompass only eight square miles, but it is home to fabulous beaches, designer boutiques and is the Caribbean destination where you are most likely to bump into a celebrity. Here, draw your attention to Le Sereno, a small slice of paradise situated on a picturesque lagoon. The renowned French designer Christian Liaigre’s influence is seen in the exquisite minimalist décor of the rooms, suites and villas where the focus is on the natural beauty of the setting. Samy Ghachem, the General Manager, is a visible presence throughout the day and into the evening – ensuring every aspect of your experience is flawless. Gourmet meals blending French cuisine and local Caribbean flavors are served in the beachfront open-air restaurant. So, from your morning croissant to your evening

Hosting events are a specialty of Le Sereno and the talented staff delight in planning weddings that are the perfect blend of relaxation, fun and luxury. Le Sereno’s 7,000 square-foot, four-bedroom villas with extraordinary ocean views are perfect for intimate weddings. Larger weddings have multiple on-site options for a ceremony and reception with a resort buy-out. Once discovered, the enchanting islands of Anguilla and St. Barths tend to beckon guests to return for years to come. Take your pick! These two distinct Caribbean jewels offer perfect settings for wedding celebrations, honeymoons, anniversaries or just to make memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

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ome beach resorts have a flaw; they’re often set on popular beaches, which means that you share the sand with other guests from neighboring hotels and condos or strolling vendors selling tchotchkes. But, you won’t find that issue at Carlisle Bay on Antigua. First of all, there’s the island itself; Antigua claims to have 365 beaches (“one for every day of the year,” as the popular saying goes), so there are plenty of strands for everyone. Secondly, the resort has a great location, tucked in a cove that’s bookended by bluffs for maximum privacy. This means, chances are you won’t see anyone but fellow resort guests and a few yachts looking for a mellow mooring.

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The resort takes full advantage of this fact. The 82 suites are set in three-story cottages along a white-sand beach and include chic interiors featuring crisp white-and-aqua hues with sea-facing terraces. Smaller weddings take place on the beach, followed by a four-course private dinner on their postcard-perfect jetty. For something larger, take over the pool deck, which is surrounded by lush foliage for privacy and surprise your guests with a fireworks show; Carlisle Bay can arrange it all. For a honeymoon, we recommend the Ocean Suites; they’re set on the quieter, east end of the beach, while families are grouped on the opposite end.

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This is the Caribbean, so of course you’ll find watersports from paddleboarding to snorkeling. But that’s not all. The resort began as a private tennis club, so there are nine courts and an on-site pro to help you with your game. The screening room shows nightly movies (you can also rent it out) and private yoga classes take place in an open-air pavilion set in a garden.

If you get the urge to hit the town, the Sunday evening barbecue brings live bands and fun to Shirley Heights, overlooking English Harbour. You can enjoy fresh grilled seafood at Indigo on the Beach, wood-fired pizzas at Ottimo! or exceptional Asian at East. Nightlife means nightcaps and live piano music at the airy Pavilion Bar, followed by a stroll home along the quiet beach under a sky full of stars – which is really all the entertainment you need on a honeymoon.

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We suggest taking advantage of the resort’s private boat. They can ferry you for a sightseeing tour of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, a 1700s English boatyard-turned-open-air-museum that’s the pride of the island. Or, skip the history and beach-hop around the island. Antigua’s water has to be seen to be believed,

in shades of aqua and teal that look more like the South Pacific than the Caribbean.

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hile the U.S. is an expansive country with beautiful locales from shore to shore, there are great concentrations of destinations on each coast. Road trips are almost as American as apple pie, so we’ve selected some destinations in the Southwest and Southeast, which are perfect for couples wanting to pack up the car and hit the road for their destination wedding.

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he hardscape of the desert is quickly softened by the stunning beauty that surrounds Marana, Arizona. You’ll find solace in the kaleidoscope of color in every sunset and the light, dry breezes drifting off the foothills. This area will quickly slow the brisk pace of daily American life.

What better way to start your journey as a married couple than in a serene place like The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and in the hands of their consummate event-planning professionals? It is the equivalent of being a guest at your own wedding. They take care of it all.

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Enjoy countless picturesque backdrops such as the rolling hills of their pristine, Jack Nicklaus golf course and the generous lawns nestled into the mountains peppered with soaring saguaros; no location here is dull or ordinary. Just ask Claire Wade, the on-site wedding planner at The RitzCarlton, Dove Mountain. “Every wedding is special in our eyes. Every couple is as well. We treat each of our events as if it were us getting married.” The property can accommodate weddings as small as an elopement or up to several hundred.

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A promise for the future in a place called paradise.

The accommodations and amenities at Dove Mountain will leave the pickiest guests satisfied. From the expansive pool located in the heart of the resort (complete with splash pad, water slide and luxurious chaise lounges set in the pool) to the award-winning spa and sumptuous fare at any one of their five dining options, any visitor will find themselves lingering come check-out time. The service is unparalleled. Everyone from the valet to the housekeeping staff will greet you and treat you as a lady or gentleman, just as the Ritz-Carlton brand is known for.

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he legendary Pebble Beach lives up to the hype. Located just minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea in California, this prestigious area leaves nothing to be desired. For the golf-enthusiast, this is a check mark off the bucket list. For the couple about to say “I do,” the resort property has just about any gorgeous backdrop you can dream up. For the honeymooners, Pebble Beach Resorts dishes up endless romance.

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From three distinctly different resort properties, five noteworthy golf courses, countless places to tie the knot and 13 sumptuous restaurants and bars to choose from, any discerning couple will find exactly what they’re looking for. Say "I Do"

The Lodge at Pebble Beach – This is their signature property with oceanfront accommodations and a comfortable sophistication rarely found at this price point. Choose from stunning indoor options with ocean views to a wedding set on the iconic 18th lawn.

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The Beach & Tennis Club – Breathtaking views of Stillwater Cove can be had at any vantage point, inside or out. Enjoy indoor dining in their glass conservatory under the stars or a posh “beach club” vibe on their outdoor terrace complete with bistro lights, a fireplace and conversational-style seating.

THE LEGENDARY PEBBLE BEACH LIVES UP TO THE HYPE AND DISHES UP ENDLESS ROMANCE. The Inn at Spanish Bay – Take a ten-minute meandering drive through Pebble Beach to yet another outstanding property. One side is tucked into the Monterey pines, but the other offers additional stunning ocean views. Warm and inviting, you will still enjoy the “Pebble Beach experience.” Casa Palmero – This historic 24-room hacienda provides luxury in abundance, minus the ocean views…but I promise, you won’t miss them for a moment. From a private outdoor terrace

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complete with Jacuzzi tub and breakfast served daily to your room, you might never want to leave. Casa Palmero is idyllic for an intimate wedding buy-out or honeymoon escape. All four venues are managed under Pebble Beach Resorts, ensuring you will have the exemplary service and dedication they are known for. A wedding, getaway or honeymoon here is worth the investment. For more on what Pebble Beach Resorts has to offer, visit destinationido.com/pebblebeach.

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Grand Parisian Ballroom is the hotel’s largest venue, resembling a medieval castle with Westminster Abbey replica pews. The exquisite St. Francis of Assisi Chapel can accommodate as many as 150 guests. It features an opulent 18th century multistory, 18-karat gold leaf altar and kaleidoscopic Tiffany-stained glass windows. For more intimate ceremonies of up to 15, the St. Cecilia Chapel’s gold leaf altar dates back to 1740, one of the oldest artifacts at The Inn.

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aking in my spectacular view from the Alhambra Suite at The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa (where Ronald and Nancy Reagan honeymooned), I texted pictures to friends saying, “Guess where I am?” The replies included Barcelona, Prague – even Buenos Aires. No one was able to pinpoint my destination: Southern California. Occupying an entire city block, The Mission Inn is the heart and soul of historic Riverside. The elegant Mediterraneanstyle enclave includes turrets, domes, spiraling staircases, hanging gardens, sculptures, dragons, a bell tower and even underground catacombs. Every turn reveals a treasure; every view begs to be captured. Seriously – wedding and engagement photos don’t get more glamorous than this. The Mission Inn has been the fairytale site of weddings for more than a century, including ceremonies for Bette Davis and Richard and Pat Nixon. For events for as many as 300 guests, the

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Following your vows, make a spectacular entrance down the Spanish Art Gallery’s marble grand staircase and party in truly lavish style. The Mission Inn has an abundance of reception locales and their team is ready to make your day as quaint or as extravagant as you can imagine.

THE MISSION INN HAS BEEN THE FAIRYTALE SITE OF WEDDINGS FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY. The Mission Inn offers a variety of attractions for honeymooners too: golf, hiking, exploring Riverside’s charming shops and restaurants, plus attractions just a stone’s throw away, including downtown Los Angeles and Disneyland. It's the storied retreat for some of history’s most prominent royalty, presidents, writers, artists and celebrities dating all the way back to the early 1900s. The AAA Four Diamond Mission Inn is an iconic landmark unlike anything else in the United States.

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Las Vegas RENAISSANCE ROMANCE Words by Courtney Cox

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as Vegas is the birthplace of destination weddings, so it makes sense that the location has a plethora of options to fit any couple’s style. If you want to say “I do” in Sin City without sacrificing elegance, consider The Venetian or The Palazzo. The two all-suite hotels occupy prime real estate on the strip and boast some of the largest and most sophisticated rooms. Staying at either grants you easy access to both hotels. Exchanging vows at either The Venetian or The Palazzo offers you spaces ranging from elegant chapels (similar to private ballrooms), sweeping terraces and shaded courtyards, to an indoor replica of Venice’s St. Mark’s Square. With thousands of weddings’ worth of experience, anything is possible and The Venetian has dozens of packages to choose from. The most unique option is a 15-minute ceremony that takes place aboard a white wedding gondola on the Grand Canal. Celebrate being newlyweds with a serenade from your gondolier as crowds shout their congratulations. Only in Vegas!

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f historic charm and misty mountain vistas are what you envision for your destination wedding, consider Asheville, North Carolina. The city grew in the late 19th century as a health haven for nearby big city dwellers thanks to its elevation and ideal weather conditions. Today, you can still enjoy the striking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but with added bonuses like dozens of craft breweries and a thriving Art District.

IF HISTORIC CHARM AND MISTY MOUNTAIN VISTAS ARE WHAT YOU'RE AFTER — CONSIDER ASHEVILLE.

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Sunset Terrace – This is the hotel’s most popular restaurant due to its sweeping views. The menu features elevated, chophouse classics. Blue Ridge – In my opinion, the best breakfast buffet ever. Host a post-wedding brunch and treat your guests to Southern specialties like cheddar grits and a smorgasbord of house-made doughnuts.

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The Omni Grove Park Inn – Located on Sunset Mountain, the Inn’s granite façade blends with the natural surroundings and is charmingly unique. Once inside, the hotel’s lobby features two massive stone fireplaces fully equipped with fireside rocking chairs. Dating back to 1913, The Omni Grove Park Inn still feels like an exclusive mountain retreat – encouraging you to relax and mingle. Past guests include regulars like Thomas Edison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford.

The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn – This 43,000 square-foot spa is in a class of its own. The subterranean spa features rock walls, arches and tunnels. Most impressive are the cavernous mineral pools with calming music below the water and thousands of fiber-optic stars above.

The Omni Grove Park Inn’s wedding venues make the most of the mountains with multiple outdoor terrace options. Autumn

If you opt to say “I do” here, don’t fret over the weather forecast. Cooler weather and rain showers bring the mist and fog over the mountains and it’s under these conditions that The Omni Grove Park Inn and Asheville really shine.

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’ve traveled to wedding and honeymoon destinations all over the world, but I’m consistently awed by locations right here in the good ol’ USA. Having grown up on the West Coast, I had never visited Virginia before and to be frank, I was floored by what I found. Hosted by Virginia Tourism Corporation, I went on a road trip to explore what the state had to offer for romance travelers.

If you’re looking for a more traditional option, The Jefferson Hotel just celebrated 120 years and is befitting of royalty with grand ballrooms, a marble-column mezzanine and the infamous Palm Court Lobby. The recently renovated rooms are equally impressive with marble bathrooms and high ceilings. Treat your wedding guests to The Jefferson’s famous Sunday brunch – they will serve up to 1,000 guests a day in high season.

Virginia has three major perks: convenience to big-time East Coast cities, a staggering amount of American history and a varying topography that will leave your head spinning. The capitol of Richmond is roughly a two-hour drive from Washington D.C. and five hours from New York City. The state boasts beaches, the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling vineyards and some of the prettiest countryside I’ve seen. Driving down unassuming country roads, I passed signs for the homes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison – to name a few. Here is a sampling of what else I discovered on my Virginia adventure.

If you wish to say “I do” outdoors, both the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Maymont Estate are excellent options. Maymont includes a Romanesque-style mansion dating back to 1893 and two gardens that are over a century old. Choose the Japanese Garden for nuptials in front of a waterfall or the Italian Garden for tulips and a dramatic column walkway. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is relatively new to the outdoor wedding scene, having first opened a mere 50 years ago. The options here are more extensive and just as impressive – from the Rose Garden and Visitor’s Center, to the Lace Gazebo and Bloomendale House.

RICHMOND The state’s capital is currently undergoing a renaissance and sees new hotel and restaurant openings on a regular basis. New to the scene, the Quirk Hotel is the perfect example of what Richmond has to offer the modern couple. First opened in the historic Arts District in 2015, Quirk Hotel is an “art-infused” boutique hotel, which has unique touches to spare. I would recommend a ceremony in the marble courtyard, cocktail hour in the art gallery and a rooftop terrace reception to take in the sites of Broad Street below.

CHARLOTTESVILLE An hour northwest of Richmond, you’ll find the former home of three of our nation’s founding fathers and a breathtaking landscape. It’s now home to Keswick Hall and Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a stone’s throw from Jefferson’s Monticello, Keswick Hall is a 48-room mansion, which would make a resplendent option for your guests’ accommodations. For your nuptials, I can’t say enough about Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. The décor and architecture are straight out of a Restoration Hardware catalog.

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The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau offers complimentary assistance to brides and grooms when planning their wedding in the Big Easy. We can assist with locating hotel accommodations for groups of 10 rooms or more. We also offer assistance with reception venues, rehearsal dinners, transportation, caterers, florists, photographers and Official Visitor Guides for your guests- anything you need to make your special day a perfect one.

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The ceremony lawn has sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards and mountains and The Granary will make a stunning, rustic backdrop for your reception. As if the views and décor weren’t enough, they also happen to make delicious wine.

vineyards. For true wine enthusiasts, consider Stone Tower Winery. Venue options include the Harvest Barn, Tank Room and Vineyard View Ballroom. Exchange vows amongst the vines or on the hillside overlooking the pond and Stone Grotto.

LOUDOUN COUNTY Two hours northeast of Charlottesville is quaint and charming Loudoun County – home to Salamander Resort & Spa and Stone Tower Winery. Opened in 2013, Salamander Resort is a striking and welcome addition to the landscape. Ideal for the couple wanting a more pastoral, outdoor wedding, the equestrian center and culinary garden are both gorgeous. To keep your guests busy, the resort will provide transportation to the five nearby

No matter your tastes or vision, I’m confident you can find a wedding or honeymoon option to fit your needs in Virginia. Who says you have to have a passport or travel tremendous distances for your destination wedding? Sometimes your ideal setting is right in your own American backyard. For more information on Virginia, the food scene and additional recommendations, visit destinationido.com/virginia.

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Blue Heaven – Home of legendary eggs benedict. We also loved the key lime pie with meringue that’s about a foot high.

Each island has its own vibe, but they share a laid-back attitude. Here we focus on two of our favorites.

Azur Restaurant – Perfect for a rehearsal dinner, where two families getting to know each other can bond over family-style, Mediterranean-influenced shared plates. ISLAMORADA

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Like your favorite Jimmy Buffet song come to life, the southernmost city in the continental U.S. welcomes you with a big smile. Carol Shaughnessy, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Florida Keys News Bureau, says it best: “Key West is full of friends you haven’t met yet.” Make your wedding as traditional or as eccentric as you can imagine, with a ceremony at a historic landmark like the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens or Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, or a funky vow-exchange on (or even under) the water. Key West is also one of the most popular U.S. destinations for same-sex weddings. STAY

Pier House Resort & Spa – Conveniently located on the edge of Old Town, this full-service hotel includes a private beach and is steps away from Duval Street’s many attractions.

“The Purple Isle” is the destination of choice for couples seeking an upscale destination a bit off-the-beaten-track. Located on the southern side of the Keys, Islamorada is known as the “sportfishing capital of the world.” Anglers will find more than 500 species of fish and much more. Luxury resorts coexist with quaint lodgings within easy reach of world-class restaurants and a vibrant arts community. STAY

Cheeca Lodge & Spa – Named one of Travel + Leisure’s “Best of the Florida Keys” destination resorts, Cheeca sets the standard for luxury in Islamorada. The property’s white-sand beach and cerulean waters are the perfect backdrop for weddings. The resort welcomes all couples with picture-perfect celebrations from the intimate to the grand. EAT

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Ibis Bay Paddle Sports – For an adventure you won’t find anywhere else in Key West, book a Nightrider Experience paddleboard excursion in a lucite-bottomed kayak. Two thousand lumen-waterproof light bars give you an unforgettable glimpse of the brilliant aquatic landscape.

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Morada Bay Beach Café – This outdoor Caribbean-inspired bistro café serves up the freshest seafood and most spectacular sunsets you’ll find in Islamorada. They say once you get sand in your shoes, you’ll return to the Keys again and again. With so much to explore and experience, count on it…you’ll be back. destinationido.com

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The hard decision is narrowing down where to stay in this sprawling country. One of my favorite areas is Riviera Maya. The Caribbean Sea and white-sand beaches never disappoint and properties like Banyan Tree Mayakoba (about a 50-minute drive south of Cancun airport) deliver a stellar, high-end experience you’ll be talking about for years to come. The modern Asian influences in the hospitality, architecture and food form a perfect union with the vibrancy and culture of Mexico. For the engaged couple looking to marry, Banyan Tree Mayakoba provides everything from beachfront backdrops to expansive travertine open-air patios with panoramic views of lagoons, mangroves and the Caribbean Sea in the distance.

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& Spa. Reflecting pools, ancient Mayan customs and stunning design make for one of the most luxurious experiences one can expect from this region. The resort is spread over 29 acres of winding lagoons and pristine oceanfront property. With 274 private suites and villas boasting contemporary décor, private soaking tubs, oversized showers and some of the best service you’ll find south of the border, any wedding group here would be lingering come check-out time. Don’t be concerned with the size of the property and getting around. First, you may never want to leave your room, but when you do, there is always a golf cart within view to pick you up and take you anywhere you need to go. When it comes time to say “I do” or “we did,” traveling to one of these modern marvel resorts will be well worth the investment. They both offer something unique and unparalleled, much like the very love you’re celebrating…

Honeymooners will delight in the couple’s spa casitas and secluded villas complete with outdoor soaking tubs, private pools and oversized beds. Travel about 45 minutes north to Cancun to another modern property, this one with a strong Mayan influence – NIZUC Resort

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ounging on a bright yellow beach chair on the sandy shore of Riviera Nayarit, a cold drink in my hand, toes dancing upon the rippling waves, I have not a worry in the world besides the reality of eventually having to leave this place. Mexico has always been a premier locale for destination weddings and honeymoons and a trip to IBEROSTAR Playa Mita reminds us why. After a three-hour flight from LAX and upon arriving in Puerto Vallarta, prepare to be pampered. From the moment you step onto the property, superior service is virtually guaranteed. Spacious rooms and top-notch amenities provide a sense of exclusivity at an affordable price. Known for their family-friendly atmosphere and spectacular wedding planning services, this all-inclusive resort is ideal for any destination wedding or honeymoon. Although it can be difficult mustering up the motivation to leave your lounger by the pool, it is well worth exploring the resort’s surrounding area. After all, a trip to Riviera Nayarit isn’t complete without a little adventure. Board a boat to Playa Escondida, part of the Marieta Islands, and experience natural beauty in its purest form. What appears to be a rocky island morphs into an underground beach as low tide exposes a small passageway to swim through. A morning spent splashing around deserves lunch in the charming town of Sayulita. Boasting a vibrant culture and a laidback vibe, celebrities flock here to escape. If you’re not yet sold on what Riviera Nayarit has to offer for a destination wedding or honeymoon, this tiny town will surely seal the deal.

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Whether you are dining at one of the resort’s four specialty restaurants, relaxing at their top-notch spa or saying “I do” beneath the gazebo overlooking the ocean, IBEROSTAR Playa Mita makes your dream destination wedding a reality.

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IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Wedding Packages Starting At $999* Wedding venue and set-up

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains in Riviera Nayarit, you’ll find the all-inclusive IBEROSTAR Playa Mita. Here, you can begin your life together in total harmony amid spectacular mountain and ocean views, while enjoying spacious accommodations, four specialty restaurants, onsite golf, world-class entertainment and more. Start with a Star, Silver Star or Gold Star wedding package* to create the event of your dreams. Your personal wedding specialist is here to take care of every detail, from an intimate affair to a celebration with the entire family, and with only one wedding per day— you’re ensured the most special day of your life receives the attention it deserves.

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YELLOWSTONE: NATURE’S MASTERPIECE

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1: Model Terasina Bonanini is a vision in the “Seville” gown by Claire Pettibone. Her bouquet of foraged flora found on-site lends itself to the rustic elegance of the look. 2: The bountiful centerpieces of mixed floral by Intrigue Designs pairs perfectly with the linens by La Tavola and tabletop rentals by Posh Couture Rentals. Table and chairs provided by Yellowstone Under Canvas.

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a vision in the “Rachel” gown by Claire Pettibone. 6-8: Wooden director’s chairs with canvas covers give the exact feel this “Painter’s Wedding” reception demands. The table is set with stunning flowers by Intrigue Designs, linens by La Tavola and tabletop rentals by Posh Couture Rentals. The hand-painted cookie favors top off this table with the perfect whimsy and detail it deserves. The copper, mirror-finished menus reflecting the sky destinationido.com

10. above give elegance to the look. Both painted by Momental Designs. 9: This watercolor invitation was created with heavy ink and individually applied gold spatter. Stationery by Momental Designs and calligraphy by Kelle Anne McCarter of designsgirl. 10: Painted wood veneer place cards with ink details by Momental Designs and calligraphy by Kelle Anne McCarter of designsgirl are superbly fitting for this celebration.


“A color palette incorporating saturated blues, reds, golden tones and select greens were used sparingly so as to not overwhelm the eye, but embolden the aesthetic.� ~ Kristy Rice of Momental Designs

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15. (From Previous Page) 11: Our model floats across a grassy field in the “Rachel” gown by Claire Pettibone, holding a bouquet of wildflowers with Yellowstone Under Canvas as her backdrop. This “glamping” venue offers luxury-rustic tents with down comforters, wood stoves and comfy vintage seating. 12: A mountain watercolor painting paying homage to the beautiful surroundings that are Yellowstone, acts as the backdrop to this vintage silver platter adorned with personalized, hand-painted sugar cookies, art created by Momental Designs.

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16. 17. 13: A wooden cake table is topped with a two-tiered confection created by Whipped. 14 & 15: Our reception table centerpiece was designed to mimic the feel of wild lupine growing in a field with understated, modern linens by La Tavola, golden flatware, purple glass goblets, china and chargers by Posh Couture Rentals, hand-painted cookie favors and copper menu cards by Momental Designs. Calligraphy by designsgirl. 16: Our bride looks contemplative and stunning in the “Luella” gown by Tara LaTour holding a wildflower bouquet.

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17: Painted wood veneer place cards duplicating the soft, yet vibrant color palette are a perfect fit for our celebration of nature’s bounty. Created by Momental Designs. 18: A simple up-do and twirling dropwaisted blush “Luella” gown by Tara LaTour with an oversized bouquet of wildflowers complements the sprawling fields of Yellowstone.


“Yellowstone comes alive at daybreak when the fog and mist of the evening hours begins to burn away, revealing sun-drenched glistening fields of grasses.” ~ Kristy Rice of Momental Designs

18. STYLING & STATIONERY – KRISTY RICE OF MOMENTAL DESIGNS, MOMENTALDESIGNS.COM, PHOTOGRAPHY – JOHN CAIN PHOTOGRAPHY, JOHNCAINPHOTOGRAPHY.COM, DESIGN AND PLANNING – EMILY CLARKE EVENTS, EMILYCLARKEEVENTS.COM, VENUES – YELLOWSTONE UNDER CANVAS, MTUNDERCANVAS.COM & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, NPS.GOV/YELL, FLORAL – INTRIGUE DESIGNS, INTRIGUE-DESIGNS.COM, GOWNS – CLAIRE PETTIBONE, CLAIREPETTIBONE.COM & TARA LA TOUR, TARALATOUR.COM, CALLIGRAPHY – KELLE ANNE MCCARTER OF DESIGNSGIRL, DESIGNSGIRL.SQUARESPACE.COM, CAKE – WHIPPED, WHIPPEDCONFECTIONS.COM, MODEL – TERASINA BONANINI, LINENS – LA TAVOLA, LATAVOLALINEN.COM, TABLETOP RENTALS – POSH COUTURE RENTALS, POSHCOUTURERENTALS.COM, FLOWER SUPPLIER – SCHAEFER WHOLESALE, SWFLORIST.COM, TABLE & CHAIRS – ON-SITE FROM YELLOWSTONE UNDER CANVAS, MTUNDERCANVAS.COM

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ome to Tomboy Mine (formerly one of the world’s greatest gold producers), Telluride, Colorado knows a thing or two about things that sparkle. Seated in a box canyon in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, the city is enveloped by towering peaks, thick forest and breathtaking waterfalls.

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Take a gondola ride up to the top of the mountain and back down the other side, where you’ll find the charming city of Mountain Village, a European-styled alpine village of restaurants, boutiques and family-centered mountain activities. It is here you’ll find Madeline Hotel and Residences. The Madeline, a luxury ski-resort for travelers with sophisticated taste, is a sensation – regardless of whether you visit in the summer sunshine or the wonderland of winter. As a four-diamond full-service hotel, the Madeline is the ideal place for couples to host their guests and tie the knot. A copy of “Tomboy Bride” by Harriet Fish Backus in your guests’ rooms is a unique wedding favor. Follow in the true footsteps of the book’s protagonist, and the miners that built the town of Telluride, by taking a 4x4 Jeep tour to an elevation of 13,500 feet. Touring the camp is just one of many outdoor activities you and your guests can enjoy in the days before and after you say your vows.

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When it comes to your rehearsal dinner, there is no shortage of first-class selections. From the upscale cuisine of the Cosmopolitan, to the modern fare of Black Iron Kitchen and Bar, it is impossible to find a backdrop in Telluride that isn’t aweinspiring. No other view can be compared to that of Allred’s Restaurant at St. Sophia Station (at 10,551 feet in elevation). In the evening, Telluride’s lights glow warmly in the valley below. With farmers’ markets, original Victorian architecture, and a living history that abounds around every corner, Telluride is a treasure trove of quaint and cozy feelings. It’s no wonder this small town has caught the eye of many and stole the heart of every fortunate traveler who has visited.

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Mountaintop Bliss KEYSTONE:

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Hit the Links: Keystone Resort boasts two great golf options. Both are challenging and in excellent condition for summer visitors. Perhaps the only thing more dramatic than the courses’ elevation changes is the scenery surrounding you.

have yet to meet a Colorado mountain retreat I haven’t liked and Keystone Resort is no exception. Located 70 miles west of Denver, Keystone has all the must-have outdoor offerings, plus a family-friendly atmosphere that makes it ideal for destination weddings.

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River Run Village: Located in the heart of Keystone Resort, these updated condos include in-room fireplaces and access to three mountains. Bars, restaurants and equipment rentals are all within walking distance.

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Dinner Wagon Ride: Book this charming outing through the adventure center and enjoy a ride through Soda Creek Valley to a secluded BBQ dinner, complete with breathtaking mountain scenery.

Keystone Ranch: Say “I do” with Mount Baldy in the distance and in front of the 1930s homestead. The venue can accommodate up to 180 people and the site fee includes virtually everything you’ll need, from linens and Champagne to lighting and your cake. A perk of hosting your destination wedding at a mountain resort like Keystone is that it’s the definition of a one-stop-shop, making wedding planning a breeze.

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Ski Tip Lodge: This cozy B&B was originally an 1800s stagecoach stop, but now has ten quaint rooms. Ski Tip’s restaurant is continually ranked as one of the best in the country and its fourcourse dinners rotate daily. After one of the best dinners you’ll ever have, retire to the living room to enjoy your dessert next to a roaring fire.

Mountaintop Options: If your ideal wedding includes a picturesque gondola ride, then any of these venues could work for you. Schoolmarm ski run is the locals’ favorite with aweinspiring views of Lake Dillon, while Timber Ridge is a mountain lodge with cathedral ceilings and a two-story fireplace.

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recently visited Big Sky, Montana and was impressed by the destination’s vast offerings in terms of weddings, accommodations and activities. Big Sky boasts the largest ski area in America at roughly 5,600 acres. At Big Sky Resort, summertime activities include biking, archery, zip line, skeet shooting and even a tram adventure to the top of Lone Peak. If you and your guests are visiting this piece of American paradise, fly fishing and white water rafting on the Gallatin River are a must. The sky’s the limit when it comes to accommodations, but our personal favorite is Lone Mountain Ranch, a scenic 60-minute drive from Bozeman following the original Lewis and Clark trail. The land was first homesteaded in 1915 and was opened as a guest ranch in 1927. Some of the guest cabins are original to the

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ranch with lodgepole pine interiors and comfortable amenities. The ranch can accommodate up to 75 guests across 24 cabins, making a destination wedding buy-out a real possibility. “Lone Mountain is the root of Big Sky,” says Lone Mountain Ranch General Manager, Paul Robertson. The ranch strives to keep those Montana traditions alive by offering world-class fly fishing and horseback riding. Guests can book four-to-seven night packages and, while peak season is May through August, the locals’ favorite is September when the weather is still beautiful, the area is less busy and the Yellowstone wildlife is more active. If a cabin in the woods isn’t quite your cup of tea, you might consider renting a luxury home with a comfortable view. Big

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What might surprise you is Big Sky’s proximity to Yellowstone National Park. The gate to enter West Yellowstone is less than 50 miles away. Treating your guests to a pre-wedding day trip to Yellowstone will not only make for great bonding time, but will leave them breathless after sites like Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic. Tour America’s first national park, established in 1872, with Yellowstone Luxury Tours and you’ll be treated to a picnic lunch and expert information from your professional

guide. Traveling to this part of the country and not seeing Yellowstone equates to a missed opportunity – it’s worth the time to appreciate sweeping natural scenes, dramatic waterfalls and seemingly endless wildlife. I’ve always found that the higher I am in elevation, the more my spirits are lifted. Despite traveling the world-over, I continually find myself returning to this land of big sky, rugged ranges and open spaces. I can’t imagine a more magical place than Montana to be married and I think you will agree. For a round-up of places to say “I do” in Big Sky country, visit destinationido.com/big_sky_weddings.

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Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Courtney Cox, Lone Mountain Ranch (2nd, 3rd & 5th), Big Sky Luxury Rentals, vacationbigsky.com (4th) & Chris Kamman for Visit Big Sky (6th)

Sky Luxury Rentals has homes for rent ranging in size from two bedrooms to 10,000 square-foot homes that will sleep 22. This would make a high-end and cost-effective option for wedding parties. Go the extra mile and hire local favorite, the Hungry Moose Market, to make a custom grocery delivery prior to your arrival to have that chef’s-worthy kitchen fully stocked.

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roudly perched on the summit of Cheyenne Mountain and 3,000 feet above its parent property, the highly-acclaimed Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, sits a new wilderness property – Cloud Camp.

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Cloud Camp guests are transported seven miles up Cheyenne Mountain from The Broadmoor’s “base camp” in a luxury SUV, by mule or, for the truly fit and adventurous, by hiking up! However you arrive, the awe-inspiring view of the Colorado Rockies that awaits you at the top will take your breath away. The resort’s hub for food and activity is an 8,000 square-foot rustic lodge with hand-hewn beams, authentic Native American art, enormous stone fireplaces and an expansive wrap-around deck where you can take in the amazing 360-degree panoramic

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views. Guest accommodations include 12 cozy and beautifully appointed cabins and seven lodge rooms to snuggle into at the end of the day. The romantic “honeymoon suite” has its own private mountaintop escape overlooking the city lights of Colorado Springs. All this, coupled with unparalleled customer service and the world-renowned cuisine of The Broadmoor, make Cloud Camp an amazing choice for an intimate destination wedding or romantic honeymoon getaway. Cloud Camp is the perfect location for a couple whose vision is a casual, rustic destination wedding getaway complete with exceptional service. Open during the months of May through October, there are many mountain activities offered on-site and the stargazing is unparalleled. One not-to-miss activity is a visit to the hot tub that sits on an outcrop with a million-dollar view.

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Regular shuttles are available to guests so you can easily take advantage of the amenities of The Broadmoor including the spa, restaurants, golf courses, shopping or to enjoy nearby sites in and around Colorado Springs. Our picks would be to visit the outstanding Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, hopping on a Jeep tour to the spectacular Garden of the Gods park or summiting nearby Pikes Peak via the Cog Railway. The wedding professionals of The Broadmoor add a wealth of experience to make planning a destination wedding at Cloud Camp seamless, even at 9,200 feet of elevation! If your honeymoon or destination wedding dream is a getaway close to the stars, Cloud Camp may be the perfect choice.

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ush tropical landscapes, luxurious amenities, lavish, but cozy cottages, large private verandas surrounded by gardens, ocean views from almost every vantage point. These are just a few of the amazing features you’ll find at Le Guanahani on the French Caribbean island of St. Barths. Situated on top of a peninsula nestled between Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac, Le Guanahani offers the romantic setting honeymooners seek, without sacrificing the vibrant atmosphere that St. Barths is known for. Party at Nikki Beach or sip cocktails at the trendy Eden Rock, but then return home to the sweet solitude of Le Guanahani.

The cottages were recently redesigned under the guidance of Luis Pons, who married subtle blues and greys with pops of red and yellow. He furnished the rooms with unique pieces that reflect the themes of exploration and travel. For your honeymoon, we suggest a one-bedroom suite with a private pool or, for a truly unique experience, the new Wellness Suite with private access to the spa after-hours.

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A visit to the Spa by Clarins is a must for any honeymooning couple. Their menu includes a variety of treatments from across the world including Thai, Shiatsu and Lomi-Lomi, as well as facials, body wraps and hot stone massages. The spa’s large, secluded pool is available to all adult guests during their stay. Le Guanahani is blessed with two parallel beaches – one on the calm lagoon side where you can partake in all manner of water sports and the other with more active surf. Deep-sea fishing, tennis, shopping excursions and snorkeling with sea turtles will keep your time at Le Guanahani as busy as you care to be. Le Guanahani has the “je ne sais quoi” that makes it an amazing honeymoon destination.

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Gentle walking paths lined with bougainvillea and hibiscus meander through the property’s 18 lush acres past the multicolored cottages and down to Indigo and Indigo on the Beach – the two casual dining options. In the evening, enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at Bartolomeo where the chef expertly blends Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors served with an impressive wine list and delightful cocktails.


WEDDINGS AT L E B L A N C . When you say “I do” here, an unforgettable day is only the beginning. Y O U R D AY Here, every detail reflects your unique vision, from perfectly color-coordinated

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flowers to reception décor. YO U R T E A M Choose Le Blanc, and our team of experts will be in touch on day one. We’re ready to answer questions, figure out logistics and coordinate details. YO U R B E N E F I T S Every guest room in your wedding will enjoy up to a $1,500 Resort Credit, good toward spa treatments, rounds of golf, and more. Yo u ’ l l a l s o g e t g e n e r o u s g r o u p b e n e f i t s l i k e complimentary nights and private events. S T A R T P L A N N I N G T O D AY. CALL 1-877-331-2064 OR VISIT L E B L A N C S PA R E S O R T. C O M / W E D D I N G S


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ITALY: Think Puglia Words by Kathy Till

Book your stay with The Thinking Traveller, a team of experts who want to know and understand all your needs, wants and desires in order to remove honeymoon planning stress. They are always available for questions, do their best to satisfy your wishes and truly know and understand the differences with all the areas and properties in Puglia. I had the distinct pleasure of visiting several of their exclusive, pristine properties too beautiful to imagine. It will be difficult to choose from the numerous and very private villas, masserias and palazzos.

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The properties are carefully selected and are unique homeaway-from-home options that accommodate anywhere from eight to 18 guests in some of the most breathtaking areas of Puglia. Some services offered include maid service and cooks upon request who will conjure up traditional meals with homegrown food from the local markets. Most estates come standard with courtside cinema, wood-fired pizza ovens and cozy patios to snuggle up on, along with excellent nearby restaurants.

L’Argentiera This luxury villa can sleep a family of 18 with nine bedrooms (each with en-suite bathrooms) and overlooks mesmerizing views of the Adriatic Sea. Anna Maria Chirone, a food writer and teacher, can stop by and give you a lesson in making orecchiette (Puglia’s signature pasta) while you enjoy a glass of Prosecco. Villa Blanca A refreshingly different coastal luxury that has awe-inspiring views and restaurants just around the corner in the resort town of Santa Maria di Leuca. Stop for a casual seaside lunch at Lo Scalo and select an entrée from the fresh caught seafood menu. Trullo Rosmarino and Trullo Terra Dolce These two original, updated properties were inspired from Trulli architecture and are nestled in the Valle d’Itria which has an exquisite quaintness where all the dwellings are built with an interesting cylindrical base and conical tiled roofs.

Masseria Cisterna Rossa This is just the spot to enjoy quiet seclusion in a beautifully restored oasis surrounded by olive orchards and home to an art dealer who owns a gallery in Rome.

I am not sure I have ever seen such creative continuity in a destination. After you visit you will find yourself saying, “I had an incredible experience and I can't wait to come back.” Grazie Mille Puglia!

Palazzo Ducale Guarini Allow the Duke and Duchess to detail how they painstakingly created one of the most amazing gardens – designed with the goal of creating an unforgettable experience. The palazzo is complete with modern amenities and has been in existence for over five centuries.

1 & 4: Trullo Terra Dolce 2, 7 & 12: L'Argentiera 3 & 9: Trullo Rosmarino 5 & 6: Masseria Cisterna Rossa 8 & 11: Palazzo Ducale Guarini 10: Villa Blanca

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f you are looking to celebrate your engagement, intimate wedding, honeymoon, or just a romantic getaway, think Puglia (poo-lia), a southern region of the Italian coast or "heel of the boot" of Italy. Traveling to Pulgia is taking a journey into a bygone era. It’s a quiet place where aristocrats spend their summer vacations and where most Italians go on holiday. Every day is like falling in love again while exploring the road less traveled and where all the local towns and fascinating communities showcase their history.


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GUATEMALA:

An Artsy Escape Words by Susan Moynihan

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et in the Guatemalan Highlands on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Casa Palopó started as a vacation home and still feels that way, dressed with vibrant colors, handcrafted wooden furniture and an eclectic array of Latin American art. In fact, the art was one of the things that sealed the deal for owner Claudia Bosch when she bought the hotel. "The former owner was an art collector," she says. "I loved the artwork, too, so when we bought the hotel he included it." The homey living room/bar welcomes visitors who make the 90-mile trek from Guatemala City with oversized sofas, cheeky Botero paintings and colorful folk art. A wooden confessional booth sits in the tiled hallway, adding whimsy. Each of the seven suites has a different color palette, with wood-beamed ceilings, textile accents and cushy beds facing lakefront windows or terraces. The hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux, so the cuisine at 6.8 Palopó is a work of art as well, offering a classic European take on local ingredients like seafood and plantains. For destination weddings, take over the property’s sister villa as well. Located just above the hotel, it has two more bedrooms, a large open-air salon and infinity pool with wide sun deck, and overlooks a grassy lawn perfect for ceremonies. Casa Palopó has a second private villa in the historic capital of Antigua, ideal if you want to do some pre or post-lake exploring. Guatemala is spot-on for adventurous honeymooners interested in nature and cultural exploration. Hiking and horseback riding are a natural in the region, as are tours to indigenous villages like Panajachel and Santa Catarina Palopó, where women weave and sell colorful textiles, with patterns unique to each home village. And you won't want to miss a chance to get out on the water; Central America's deepest lake is strikingly beautiful and edged by three active volcanoes. When you're back from your excursions, settle into a chaise at one of the two solar-heated infinity pools and watch the sun disappear behind the mountains.

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For your honeymoon finale, arrange a session with a local shaman who will come to the hotel and perform a private blessing for you both, designed to strengthen your bond as you go into your next chapter of life together – the perfect cap to a honeymoon.

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imee Monihan founded Tropical Occasions in Costa Rica in 1999 as the country’s first professional wedding planning and design firm. She helped develop and pioneer the destination wedding market to where it is today – one of the world’s top destinations for weddings and honeymoons. Her initial love for the land has transformed her business into one focused on sustainability and ecofriendly practices. Destination weddings can often create large carbon footprints due to the amount of travel required by guests, so Destination I Do has asked Aimee to share some easy and clever ways to help decrease your wedding’s impact on Mother Earth.

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Get creative by having décor items do double duty. “For example, consider reusing lanterns and flower arrangements from your ceremony to decorate your reception tables,” says Aimee. Tropical Occasions has gotten creative in the past by designing a stunning ceremony backdrop using locally sourced, recycled bottles. Then, post-ceremony, they placed the same bottles down the center of the reception tables as additional décor. Reusing and repurposing your décor is not only ecofriendly, but budget-friendly too.

When booking room blocks for your guests or deciding on your event’s venue, take into account the properties’ sustainability practices. “We work with some amazing properties in Costa Rica that are 100% sustainable – from solar to hydro-powered, saltwater pools and organic restaurants,” explains Aimee. “We love planning with them as we know they care as much as we do and will work with us to collaborate with our clients on how to be more green. Visit cayugaonline.com for some great sustainable properties.”

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If you can’t go without flowers for your ceremony or reception, consider sourcing them locally and opt for flora that grows naturally and in abundance. For one wedding, Tropical Occasions incorporated décor details found in the Costa Rican jungle nearby. “The ceremony was a simple walkway of fallen coconuts, palm fronds used as fans and chair décor, and tall fallen bamboo poles decorated with floating hemp fabric,” explains Aimee. “It was beautiful, modern, produced a zero-cost florist bill and, above all, was incredibly eco-conscious.”

Perhaps the most straightforward way to offset your wedding’s carbon footprint is to make a cash donation on behalf of you and your guests. This could also serve as your favors. Some options include carbonfund.org and terrapass.com. If you want to be more hands-on, consider doing something for the community where you marry. “One of our past clients had all their guests bring school supplies and they went to a local impoverished school to gift the items to students,” recalls Aimee. “Another option is, in lieu of gifts, donate to a local eco-cause.”

“Instead of using paper, consider a PDF that is compatible with a smart phone or combine both invite and welcome info with a great app like Appy Couple,” suggests Aimee. Also, get creative when it comes to signage: write on reusable chalkboards, mirrors or driftwood from the local beach. A more hands-on approach would be hosting a tree-planting celebration with your guests. You can make it a fun and symbolic way of giving back.

You can also make the most of your destination’s resources by hiring a chef or caterer who specializes in sustainable food practice (i.e. an emphasis on organic, locally-grown items). When designing your wedding menu, support local farms and food suppliers by celebrating regional flavors. Try not to use anything that needs to be imported.

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In most cases, couples have strong ties to their chosen wedding destination. So, why not take some or all of these small steps toward helping preserve the land you love? Aimee explained it best when she said, “You do not have to be wasteful or extravagant to have an amazing event.”

on Aimee Monihan and Tropical Occasions, visit tropicaloccasions.com.

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PLANNING: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: CAROLINE TRAN PHOTOGRAPHY PRODUCED BY: BE INSPIRED PR

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1: Our couple basks in their love and the warmth of the setting sun. He’s handsome in a suit from Groom Studio and she’s beautiful in the “Luna” gown by Amy Kuschel, a dramatic veil by Ariel Jennifer Taub and carrying a bouquet by The Hidden Garden.

2: Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills, California provides the backdrop for this intimate tablescape. Vibrant centerpieces by The Hidden Garden pop against the wood table and chairs from Pretty Vintage Rentals.

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7: Warm, sunnny colors and a watercolor ombré add personality to this stationery by GubbaGumma Studio. Calligraphy by Twinkle & Toast.


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9 & 11-14: Personality and pizazz take center stage with these details: ombrĂŠ escort cards and colorful geometric stationery by GubbaGumma Studio with calligraphy by Twinkle & Toast and wooden drink stirrers and place cards by Delovely Details.

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22. sunset. His suit is courtesy of Groom Studio and his tie is from The Grunion Run. Our bride is at ease in the elegant “Luna” gown by Amy Kuschel and her bridesmaids complement the color palette in dresses by Joanna August. Their bountiful bouquets are each by The Hidden Garden. Their lovely hair and makeup is by Fiore Beauty.

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(Found on Next Page) 23: Our hearts go pitter-patter over this dramatic and elaborate floral archway and bouquet, both by The Hidden Garden. The ceremony site exudes romance and is the ideal backdrop for our bride in her “Luna” gown by Amy Kuschel and groom in his suit courtesy of Groom Studio and tie from The Grunion Run.


VENDORS: PHOTOGRAPHER: Caroline Tran Photography, carolinetran.net, PLANNER: All You Need Is Love Events, allyouneedisloveevents.com, VENUE: Triunfo Creek Vineyards, triunfocreek.com, PRODUCED BY: Be Inspired PR, beinspiredpr.com, VIDEOGRAPHER: Hoo Films, hoofilms.com, FLORAL DESIGN: The Hidden Garden, hiddengardenflowers.com, RENTALS: Pretty Vintage Rentals, prettyvintagerentals.com, STATIONERY: GubbaGumma Studio, gubbagumma.com, CALLIGRAPHY: Twinkle & Toast, twinkleandtoast.com, CATERING: Contemporary Catering, contemporarycatering.com, CAKE & DESSERTS: Beverly’s Best Bakery, beverlysbestbakery.com, DISHES/GLASSWARE: Borrowed Blu, borrowedblu.com, DRINK STIRRERS & WOODEN PLACE CARDS: Delovely Details, delovelydetails.com, HAIR AND MAKEUP: Fiore Beauty, fiorebeauty.com, WEDDING DRESS: “Luna” gown by Amy Kuschel from Love & Lace Bridal Salon, amykuschel.com & loveandlacebridalsalon.com, VEIL: Ariel Jennifer Taub, arieltaub.com, SUIT: Groom Studio, groomstudioweddings.com, GROOM’S ACCESSORIES: The Grunion Run, thegrunionrun.com, BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Joanna August, joannaaugust.com

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ttending a wedding today comes with a new set of etiquette rules. From social media and technology emerging as part of any special event (selfies and GoPro’s oh, my!), to ditching old traditions like how long you have to send a gift, guests have their own list of social graces to obey. Here is a list of our top five questions and how to navigate the world of destination weddings, gifting and all the responsibilities you have as a guest.

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Q: I’ve always heard it’s a faux pas to wear white to a wedding. Does this apply to a destination wedding and is it even still an issue in this day and age?

A: Before using your cell phone to photograph and share on social media, I would ask the host or wedding coordinator what the couple’s wishes are.

A: Traditionally white has always been the color for the bride to wear. A guest would never want to dress in anything that might compete with anyone in the bridal party. With all the colors available, discarding one (white) shouldn’t be an issue – especially if it risks upsetting the bride.

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on the registry. This avoids transporting the gift for you and the couple. Technically you have up to a year to send a gift, but it is best to send it as soon as possible and preferably within a month of the wedding.

wedding and the invitation said “adults only.” Does this mean just the wedding or do we have to leave our children home altogether? Is there a polite way to bring this up to the couple if it is not possible to leave our children at home?

A: If it is your desire to turn the destination wedding into a family vacation, I would check with the venue to see if they have any resources for childcare during the activities that are “adults only.” You could also check with the hosts to see what is being planned for the bridal weekend. If the whole event is “adults only,” you should respect the wishes of the hosts and either not attend or arrange for childcare during the times you wish to be included in the pre-planned wedding activities. Q: I recently attended a wedding where the couple asked guests not to use their cell phones during the ceremony and reception, but I also attended a wedding where the couple created their own social media hashtag. How do I know if the couple is okay with my taking pictures and sharing them via social media?

The couple’s registry information was included, but do I take the gift with me to the destination? If not, how long do I have to send a gift?

A: It is always advisable to send gifts to the address listed

Q: I’m attending a destination wedding where I wasn’t initially granted a ‘plus one’ because I was single. However, I’m now dating someone who I would like to bring with me to the wedding. Is it okay to ask the couple if I can bring a date?

A: It is always a delicate situation to approach hosts to inquire about extra guests. If the couple is close to you, they may be aware that your situation has changed. If you do inquire, you never want to put the couple in an awkward situation of feeling obligated to add a plus one. For more destination wedding etiquette advice on everything from finances to faux pas, visit our website at destinationido.com/ article-categories/etiquette.

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a boho, balinese-inspired bridal shower Words by Courtney Cox Images courtesy of lunaphoto and Event Planning by CBS Lifestylist

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fter we began working on real-life bride Jamie’s wedding feature (pg. 86), we were pleased to discover she had an equally-as-enchanting hometown bridal shower influenced by her destination wedding. The bride has been a part of the wedding and event industry for over ten years, so we at Destination I Do reached out to discover how she pulled off not one, but two fantastic wedding events.

DID: Why did you choose to have a bridal shower and how did hosting a destination wedding influence your decision? BRIDE: Many of my family and friends were unable to attend our destination wedding, so it was important for me to have a shower to be able to celebrate with the 16 most important women in my life.

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DID: How and why did you choose the event location? BRIDE: Since [my now-husband and I] launched Estate Weddings and Events back in 2007, I always assumed we would get married at an estate and since we chose to get married in Mexico, I thought having my shower at one of my favorite estates would be perfect. It was also a way for me to share my work with the ladies that I love most in my life.

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DID: How would you describe your bridal shower and how was the styling influenced by your destination wedding? BRIDE: Since we were having a modern, Mexican-themed reception in Mexico’s wine country, we wanted to do something completely different for the shower, but still speaking to my style. The Sanctuary Estate was the perfect setting to host a bold, boho-inspired Balinese bridal shower. Tam of Isari Flower Studio created bright and bold centerpieces and combined them with boho-style lounges in a clean, modern home.

BRIDE: Do not stress over the little things and take time to enjoy every minute of it. Let the experts do what they do best, so you do not have to worry about the details. If you can hire a planner, it’s well worth it. You only get married once and you should be able to enjoy it!

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DID: What was your favorite aspect of your bridal shower? BRIDE: My favorite aspect of the day was of course spending it with all my friends and family. I was fortunate to have a very talented group of friends or “friendors” to create such a spectacular day for me.

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DID: Do you have any special advice you would like to share with our readers to help them plan multiple wedding events?

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Cabo Reborn Words by Susan Moynihan

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n September 2014, Hurricane Odile blew through Los Cabos, wreaking havoc. But now, after a lot of hard work, most hotels have reopened and are better than ever, with upgraded rooms and expanded offerings. Here are four favorites, ready for romance. EASY ALL-INCLUSIVES Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos The much-anticipated Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos sits on a wide stretch of beach in San Jose del Cabo. The 591 rooms are set horseshoe-style around the oversized lagoon-style pool and adjacent oceanfront infinity pool with swim-up bar. We also love the lounge chairs; get there early to grab a pair set on a ledge

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in the pool itself! Come evening, hit one of seven restaurants (including oceanfront Italian at Zafiro or teppanyaki-style grill at DoZo), take in a stage show at the theater or party in the sports bar or piano bar, depending on your mood. THE WEDDING: Ziva was built with big events in mind. Hold your ceremony on the beach or by the adult pool, then party all night in one of the ballrooms. Multiple kitchens means you can bring in a chef to create specialty menus, from Indian to kosher. THE HONEYMOON: Book an oceanview swim-up suite and you just might never leave your room. They have 24-hour room service, so you don't have to.

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Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort This 635-room all-inclusive in Cabo San Lucas is terraced into a hillside facing the Pacific. Generously-sized rooms come with family-friendly perks like full kitchenettes, pull-out sofas and oceanview terraces. The property is large, but connected by winding paths and serviced by continuous golf carts. The seven restaurants and three bars include AAA Four Diamond LaFrida (surcharge applies) and a new all-night bistro, a first for Cabo. Shuttle service connects you to two sister resorts downtown, where you have access to a swimmable beach and all of the facilities.

THE WEDDING: Opened this year, the covered beach pavilion lets you have a ceremony and reception just steps from the waves. Or, wow your guests with amazing views at the hilltop Sky Terrace – a stone terrace surrounding a tiered pool. THE HONEYMOON: Post-vows, move to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, the adult-only sister property set on a gorgeous beach just minutes away. The scene is completely different, with only 154 rooms and a spa-like desert vibe.

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THE WEDDING: Hold your ceremony in the charming hilltop chapel, then stroll down to a poolside reception at Agua by Larbi. The hacienda-style ballroom is a natural for after-parties; it's set off by itself so you can go as late and as loud as you want. THE HONEYMOON: Cozy up in an oceanfront pool casita, with a terrace plunge pool overlooking Turtle Beach. When you get the urge to stir, your butler can arrange a couple's treatment at the redone spa, set in your own treatment room with a private garden.

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LUXURY CLASSICS One&Only Palmilla This celebrity favorite took advantage of the storm to redo interiors and add a few extras without losing the “Old Mexico� vibe that makes it so special. New additions include an expanded spa, with a garden for bridesmaids' parties and a retro Barber and Blade for the men. Jean-Georges Vongerichten gets his grill on at SEARED, featuring steaks and fish a la plancha, while Suviche goes the opposite direction with sushi and sashimi. The 173 rooms all have redone interiors, featuring earthy textile accents and modern Mexican art paired with rain showers, soaking tubs and oceanview terraces.


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The Resort at Pedregal Set on the northern side of Cabo San Lucas, this romantic favorite was spared much of the storm damage of other resorts, but has still made a few changes. The biggest is the name change; formerly known as Capella Pedregal, it is now independently operated as The Resort at Pedregal. That being said, guests won't notice the difference; most of the staff has stayed on and the quality has remained untouched. The striking signature restaurant, El Farallon, dramatically perched on an ocean-facing cliff, added an al fresco Champagne bar where you can enjoy bubbly tastings in impeccable surroundings. Also new are expanded wellness options at Luna y Mar Spa; think treatments timed to the phases of the moon and moonlight

meditation sessions. What hasn't changed are the sexy rooms. Every one comes with a king bed, separate sitting area with fireplace and a plunge pool facing the sea – bliss! THE WEDDING: The Resort at Pedregal is famous for its tunnel that links the Cabo side of the resort on the Sea of Cortez with the Pacific-facing beach. Use this to make your entrance for a sunset ceremony in the sand, followed by an open-air party at the Beach Club Terrace. THE HONEYMOON: We love their comprehensive honeymoon package, which includes dinners at each restaurant as well as on the beach and in their private wine cellar, plus couple's massages, a cooking class and other perks.

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1 & 6: Our bride and groom look perfect in “The Magnolia Tree” gown by Lela Rose, earrings by Goldfine Jewelry and a suit by Friar Tux Shop.

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tablescape, Stefanie Miles “added in pattern through the dinnerware and [La Tavola] linens to continue to add depth to the design.” Flatware courtesy of Stefanie Miles Events and china and glassware courtesy of Rancho Pescadero. The earthy, leather place card napkin wraps were designed by Méldeen. 13-15: The locally-inspired design continued in the form of wooden welcome boxes and neutral pashmina favors by Teak & Twine and stamped leather vows by Méldeen.


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19: Our bride has elevated her look, consisting of “The Magnolia Tree” gown by Lela Rose and earrings by Goldfine Jewelry, by weaving pieces of lace into her elaborate up-do by The Troublefield Lifestyle. The wooden ceremony altar is embellished with elaborate floral displays including terracotta roses, white freesia, white ranunculus, green amaranthus, blush

spray roses and yellow cymbidium orchids. Our bride’s bouquet is constructed with similar flowers and finished with a naturally-hued ribbon. Both created by Elena Damy. Our groom is wedding-ready in a suit from Friar Tux Shop. The ceremony aisle is decorated with weathered lanterns from Elena Damy and leather chairs courtesy of Rancho Pescadero.

MARADEE WAHL (BRIDAL STYLIST), MARADEEWAHL.COM, LOCATION, COCKTAILS, FOOD & CHURROS: RANCHO PESCADERO, RANCHOPESCADERO.COM, VIDEOGRAPHER: CANDLELIGHT FILMS, CANDLELIGHTFILMS.COM, INVITATIONS & LEATHER/PAPER GOODS: MÉLDEEN, MELDEEN. COM, LINENS: LA TAVOLA, LATAVOLALINEN.COM, WELCOME BOX/FAVORS: TEAK & TWINE, TEAKANDTWINE.COM, HAIR & MAKEUP: THE TROUBLEFIELD LIFESTYLE, DAVEETROUBLEFIELD.COM, BRIDAL GOWN: “THE MAGNOLIA TREE” BY LELA ROSE, LELAROSE.COM, EARRINGS: GOLDFINE JEWELRY, GOLDFINE-JEWELRY.COM, MENSWEAR: FRIAR TUX SHOP, FRIARTUX.COM, TRANSPORTATION: TRANSCABO, TRANSCABO.COM, LOCAL TOURISM COMPANY: FIDEICOMISO DE TURISMO, VISITBAJASUR.TRAVEL, MARIACHI: MARIACHI CABO, MARIACHICABO.COM, FEMALE MODEL: CARMEN LABORIN WITH BODAS DESTINO LATINOAMERICA, BODASDESTINOLATINOAMERICA.COM, MALE MODEL: EUGENIO DUBERNARD

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n Halloween 11 years ago, Rainbow Brite locked eyes with a Super Trooper and the rest was history. Today they’re simply known as Jamie and Luke and both have been involved in the wedding and event industry for over ten years.

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It wasn’t until a spur of the moment trip down to Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico that the couple met their venue match: Encuentro Guadalupe. “In less than 24 hours we had decided that when we had our wedding, it would be there,” says the bride. “Our love of food, wine and, of course, Mexico is what made us quickly fall in love with this little destination just south of the border.”

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However, when it came time to plan their own wedding, the couple was stumped. “With an absolute passion for event space and finding unique, off-the-beaten-path venues, you would think it would be an easy decision of where we would get married,” says Jamie. “Surprisingly, we didn’t have a clue.”

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“I wanted no part in planning or designing our wedding,” says Jamie. “We wanted the process to be easy and fun, so we put full trust in our talented group of ‘friendors’ who we trusted very much to make our day a success. After being in the wedding and events industry for ten-plus years, we wanted a wedding that was intimate, did not feel like work and was 100% ‘us.’”

It wasn’t until a spur of the moment trip down to Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico that the couple met their venue match: Encuentro Guadalupe.

The couple was smart to place their trust in their vendors. “The style of the reception incorporated the modern, eco features of the venue with traditional Mexican style by incorporating textiles, bright colorful florals and rustic wood farm tables,” explains the bride. “The wedding day was relaxing and never once did we feel stressed out. We knew our amazing team of vendors had it under control.”

VENDORS: Photographer: lunaphoto, lunaphoto.com, Wedding Planner: CBS Lifestylist, cbslifestylist.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Encuentro Guadalupe via Venuelust, antiresorts.com & venuelust.com, Florist: Isari Flower Studio + Event Design, isariflowerstudio.com, Stationery: Pam Winters Studio, pamwinters.com, Chef: Flor Franco, chefsroll.com, Makeup & Hair: Beauty by Stacey, beautybystacey.com, Runners & Textiles: Folk Project, folk-project.com, Film: Anthology Films, anthologyfilms.com, Wine: Baja Wine + Food, bajawinefood.com, DJ: Vario Productions, varioproductions.com, Gown Designer: Grace Loves Lace, graceloveslace.com, Bride’s Headpiece: Grace Loves Lace, graceloveslace.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Express, Rehearsal Dinner: Finca Altozano, fincaltozano.com

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here is such a thing as being in the right place at the right time. For Maureen and Scott, that time didn’t arrive until after college. “The more we got to know each other we realized that, although we had never met before, we had grown up right down the road from each other, but went to different schools and even attended the same church, but different masses." destinationido.com


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we began.” As a result, the ceremony was one When it came time to say “I do,” Maureen and I couldn’t believe a place filled with promises of love and commitment. Scott knew they wanted to get married outside Texas, but didn’t have much direction beyond as beautiful as Tahoe existed When it came to the reception, Maureen and that. Luckily, a friend suggested the couple in the U.S. and I had never been Scott had a specific look in mind. “We had many check out Lake Tahoe. “I couldn’t believe a vision board sessions where we talked about place as beautiful as Tahoe existed in the U.S. there.” the look and feel of how we wanted our wedand I had never been there,” recalls the bride. ding to be and relied on our planners to provide “After [one] day of exploring the town, we knew recommendations for vendors who fit that mold.” Come W-Day, Lake Tahoe was the place we wanted to say our vows.” the couple saw their vision become reality. “The décor was exactly what we had envisioned, weaving the natural beauty of There was one important detail the couple couldn’t go without. Lake Tahoe and its greenery into the gold accented linens used “We are both Catholic, but decided against a full Catholic mass. on the head tables and, overall, creating the perfect balance of We worked with our wedding planner to find a priest who would nature and elegance that we had dreamed of.” perform a ceremony outside and bless the ceremony site before

Paper, sweetmagnoliapaper.com, Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals, celebrationspartyrentals.com, Linens: La Tavola Linen, latavolalinen.com, Band: Hip Service, hipservice.com, Ceremony Music: The String Beings, thestringbeings.com, Cake: West Shore Café, westshorecafe. com, Videographer: Johnny.B.Films, johnnybfilms.com, Hair: Nicole Oxandaboure with Bella Vita Salon, bellavitatahoe.com, Makeup: LA di DA Beauty, ladidamakeup.com, Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero, maggiesottero.com, Groom’s Tux: Knot Standard, knotstandard.com, Groom’s Shoes: Kenneth Cole, kennethcole.com, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Adrianna Papell & Jenny Yoo, adriannapapell.com & jennyyoo.com, Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: The Black Tux, theblacktux.com

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TUSCANY Gina+Scott Words by Jennifer Stein

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and boutique hotel called Monteverdi in the medieval village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. This is where 130 friends and family joined them from all over the U.S. and Italy to experience an unforgettable celebration.

olitical functions and romance don’t typically go hand-inhand, but for one destined couple, it was the start to a life even a Disney princess would go green with envy over. Gina found herself attending George Washington University while Scott was in and out of D.C. for his job in politics. The two ended up at the same political event and the rest is history. “Having just moved to D.C., I thought I should learn a little more about the political process firsthand, but didn’t know I would find a husband instead!” recalls Gina.

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When it came time to decide on where to have their wedding, the destination was an obvious choice. Gina already spent much of her time in Tuscany running a passion project and family business: an exquisite collection of restored 12th century villas

The ceremony setting turned out to be symbolic in more ways than one. Gina’s father’s favorite place in the village is the town’s oldest structure: the medieval archway. “We actually had not planned on using the arch in the ceremony at all, until our designer, David Beahm, said off-handedly, ‘It’s too bad we can’t do the ceremony right here under the arch.’ Scott and I both looked at each other and knew instantly it had to be the place,” says Gina. The archway is symbolic of new beginnings as well as persistence and strength, so it made sense that the couple passed through the archway with all their guests.

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“The inspiration for our reception was a glass of Champagne…everything from the tablecloths to the centerpieces had a feeling of elegant sparkle.” Outside of the gorgeous setting, music took center stage for the reception with Rhythm Collective performing and Grammy award winning, Steve Tyrell serenading the father/ daughter dance.

There were a lot of logistical challenges and hiring a wedding designer like David Beahm Experiences to execute was extremely helpful.”

Gina and Scott didn’t say goodnight until the sun came up and Gina took one last look at the stunning décor. “When we came out again, all of it – every chair, every tablecloth and every flower – was gone, as if it had never happened. It was a nice metaphor for looking forward to the life ahead of us, rather than dwelling, even on the good things, in the past.”

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VENDORS: Event Design and Production for Rehearsal and Wedding: David Beahm Experiences, davidbeahm.com, Photography: Kelly Fajack, kellyfajack.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Monteverdi, Tuscany, Italy, monteverdituscany.com, Florist: David Beahm Experiences, davidbeahm.com, Rentals Rehearsal and Wedding: Preluddio Noleggi, preludionoleggio.it, Lighting and A/V Production Manager Rehearsal and Wedding: Alessandro Dal Pra, Lighting and A/V Production Company Rehearsal and Wedding: Net Service Events Factory, Entertainment Rehearsal and Wedding: Elan Artists, elanartists.com, Special Guest Entertainer Rehearsal and Wedding: Steve Tyrell, stevetyrell.com, Catering Rehearsal Dinner: Dopolavoro La Foce, dopolavorolafoce.it, Catering Wedding: Monteverdi Tuscany, monteverdituscany.com, Wedding Stationery Suite: Red Bliss, redbliss.com, Transportation: Il Girasole, autonoleggioilgirasole.it, Videography: Elysium Productions, elysiumproductions.com, Welcome Baskets: created by the Bride with components from Eataly, eataly.com, Save the Date: created by the bride accompanied by wine from Tenuta Valdipiata, valdipiatta.it, Bride Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Marchesa, marchesa.com, Bride Rehearsal Dinner Shoes: Christian Louboutin, christianlouboutin.com, Groom Rehearsal Dinner Suit: Moods of Norway, moodsofnorway.com, Groom Rehearsal Dinner Shoes: Tod's, tods.com, Bride Wedding Dress: Giada Curti Haute Couture, giadacurti.it, Bride Wedding Shoes: René Caovilla, renecaovilla.com/en, Hair and Makeup: Mary Curran, mcurranstylist.com, Groom’s Tux: designed by the Groom at Wingtip, wingtip.com, Groom’s shoes: Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com, Rings: J. Landau, Los Angeles, LED Light Sculpture: Andres Amador, andresamadorarts.com

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The only mood swing happened to be mutual friend, a cool car and a bit of time I am by far the luckiest Mother Nature’s doing when the weather were all this couple needed to unite for girl on the planet. Our stars aligned turned a bit dramatic. But, it only added to life. When Brett and Candace were teenagers, the day from the bride’s perspective: they met through a common friend. Candace twice. Now and forever.” “It made for amazing pictures and was taken by Brett’s old hot rod and asked a lovely breeze!” their friend for Brett’s number. Alas, timing wasn’t on her side (and neither was the friend, as he refused to give A beautiful reception with “amazing food, fantastic drinks, happy her the number), so it took another four years before they began faces, the best soundtrack, special speeches, laughter and dating. “I am by far the luckiest girl on the planet. Our stars dancing and magical wish lanterns,” made for the aligned twice. Now and forever,” says the bride. perfect celebration. The Cayman Islands turned out to be the perfect destination The couple used Pinterest, wedding magazines and their to plan their wedding away. Loved ones were elated and 107 own personal taste to put the wedding details together. Their guests made their way to a very quick, yet very emotional wedding planners were the true secret weapon. “My husband ceremony. “During the ceremony, the reverend paused for what has worked with JoAnne Brown and Mary Ann Mehigan from felt like a very long moment and my husband just started telling Celebrations Ltd. in the past and they are the best-of-theme how much he loved me. I thought they were vows so I just best, so it was an easy decision to make,” shares the bride. returned the sweet sentiment. We both laughed and enjoyed the When it comes to advice for other couples: “You don’t have to nervous and exciting spontaneity of speaking to one another,” micromanage the pros. Share your ideas with them and sit back recalls Candace. and let them work their magic.”

VENDORS: Photographer: Amanda Kopp Images, amandakopp.com, Wedding Planning: Celebrations Ltd., celebrationsltd.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Pedro’s Castle, pedrostjames.ky, Florist: Celebrations Ltd., celebrationsltd.com, Stationery: Invitations By Dawn, invitationsbydawn.com, Gown Designer: Haley Paige, jlmcouture.com/Hayley-Paige, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Custom Design from Festari for Men, festariformen.com , Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Monique Lhuillier, moniquelhuillier.com, Catering: Ristorante Pappagallo, pappagallo.ky, Minister: Reverend Myers, unitedchurch.org.ky, Musician: Inna of The Cayman Islands Music School, caymanmusicschool.com, Transportation: Majestic Tours, majestic-tours.com, DJ: DJ Craig from OneWorld Entertainment, Cigar Roller: Yvonne Byrne Nevin

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MAUI Ashley+Paul Words by Kate Darnell Images by Tamiz Photography Wedding Planning and Design by Belle Destination Weddings and Events

That’s what happened when Ashley met Paul at the Ivy Pool Bar in Sydney. While visiting her best friend, the two of them went out for cocktails and spotted some handsome gents at the bar and gestured them over. “The first thing he ever said to me was ‘You’re not Australian are you? No Australian girl would call

Having loved ones spread all over the world helped solidify the decision for a destination wedding in Maui. Her family’s visits over the years also had Ashley dreaming of the destination from the age of 18.

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a guy over.’ I responded with, ‘No sir, I am an American.’ We’ve been inseparable ever since,” recalls the bride.

girl walks into a bar…only the punch line this time is, “They lived happily ever after.”

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However, the tragic loss of her father back in 2006, made the reason to choose Maui even more special. “Even though he couldn’t walk me down the aisle, I felt like he was there with us in Maui – a place he loved and where our family had shared so many great memories,” recalls Ashley. The help of a professional planner eased the process considerably. “I would never do a destination wedding without a wedding planner. Without [Belle Destination Weddings and Events], there is no way I could have pulled it off,” says the bride.

An idyllic ceremony with the traditional blowing of the conch shell, the blue ocean in the distance and all their special loved ones there to witness was just what the couple was after. They added a special Christian dedication for their one-year-old daughter to make sure she was involved. “It was a beautiful moment and a way to share our love and commitment not only as husband and wife, but as parents.” The reception included all the details the bride had envisioned during her planning: a floating chandelier over the dance floor, canopies over bare wood tables, lounge furniture and even gold-rimmed glassware. One bit of advice the bride has for others, “Just let it go and enjoy this time with the people who love you and your fiancée the most.” VENDORS: Photographer: Tamiz Photography, tamizphotography.com, Wedding Planning and Design: Belle Destination Weddings and Events, belledestinationevents.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Olowalu Plantation House, olowaluplantationhouse.com, Floral: Mandy Grace, mandygracedesigns.com, Stationery: Erica Keuter, ericakeuterdesigns.com, Bride’s Dress: Custom Couture gown

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from Pallas Couture Sydney, pallascouture.com, Groom’s Suit: Custom Suit from The Suit Shop Sydney, suitshop.com.au, Bride’s Shoes: Emmy London, emmylondon.com, Catering: Aloha Events Catering, alohaeventscatering.com, Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy, missbcalligraphy.com, Bar Service: Garnish Events, garnishcocktails.com, Tableware: Set Collections, setmaui.com, DJ: DJ Del Sol, mauiweddingdj.com, Cake + Treats: Maui Sweet Cakes, mauisweetcakes.com, Ribbon: Adorn Company, Videography: Cinemaui, cinemaui.com, Minister: Tino Rosete mauiminister.net/about, Music: Vance Koenig, mauiguitar.com, Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Maui Mira, mauimira.com, Bridesmaids’ Hair and Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry, mauimakeupartistry.com, Rentals: Signature Rentals, signaturemaui.com, Pacific Isle Rentals, pirmaui.com and Winters Events, wintersevents.com

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Just let it go and enjoy this time with the people who love you and your fiancée the most.”

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MEXICO

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

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or Kathryn and William, their wedding wishes were simple: spend tons of quality time with their loved ones in a fabulous destination.

with the historic Mexican city.

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Initially, the couple thought they would say “I do” where they got engaged, but after attending a friend’s destination wedding, they got cold feet. “We thought we had our hearts set on getting married in Vail, but when one of our best friends got married in San Miguel de Allende, we simply fell in love with it,” says Kathryn. In fact, the couple made it their mission to ensure their 80 guests fell head-over-heels in love

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fueled parade through the streets. Guests were Once the couple discovered a charming [For the ceremony] also immersed in the local culture with traditional church right across the street from their chosen Mexican food and drink, music and even a reception venue, they knew the stars were I wanted an all-white color sweeping view of the San Miguel de Allende aligned. The bride and her wedding designers palette to speak to the purity skyline from the rooftop reception location. took a unique approach to styling the event of the church…” As they had hoped, Kathryn and William made by having two distinct color palettes. “[For the their destination the true star of their wedding ceremony] I wanted an all-white color palette weekend. “We arranged for a trolley tour of San Miguel for all our to speak to the purity of the church, so Todd Events wedding guests so they could explore the city together. I think came up with a simple, but stunning arrangement that it is really important to let your wedding guests explore the city worked perfectly in the space.” For the reception, the couple you’ve asked them to come to.” pumped-up the volume with rich, romantic colors in their décor. The newlyweds incorporated a local wedding tradition by traveling from the church to the reception with a mariachi-

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VENDORS: Photographer: John Cain Photography, johncainphotography.com, Wedding & Event Design: Todd Events, toddevents.com, Ceremony Site: Saint Paul’s Church in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, stpauls.org.mx, Reception Site: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, rosewoodhotels.com, Florist: Todd Events produced by Arte Floral, toddevents.com & emflorista.com, Stationery: Papellerie, papellerie.com, Linens: La Tavola Linen, latavolalinen.com, Reception Décor Rental: Trinitate, trinitateleon.com, Bouquet Rosary: Maria Elena Headpieces, mariaelenaheadpieces.com, Bride/Bridesmaids’ “Getting Ready” Dresses: Custom-made by Mi Golondrina, migolondrina.com, Bride’s Wedding Gown: Oscar de la Renta purchased at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, oscardelarenta.com & joanpillowbridal.com, Bride’s Veil: Oscar de la Renta, oscardelarenta.com, Bride’s Shoes: Tabitha Simmons, Jimmy Choo and Stubbs and Wootton, tabithasimmons.com, jimmychoo.com & stubbsandwootton.com, Bride’s Necklace and Earrings: H. Stern, hstern.net, Bride’s Bracelet: Van Cleef & Arpels, vancleefarpels.com, Hair: Laura Cerón, lauraceron.com, Makeup: Jimena Tamayo Cordova, Groom’s Tuxedo: Canali, canali.com, Groom’s Shirt: Eton, etonshirts.com, Groom’s Shoes: Gucci, gucci.com, Groom’s Pocket Square: Brioni, brioni.com, Groom’s Sunglasses: Tod’s, tods.com

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VAIL

Nicole + Fletcher

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Thankfully, the couple’s loved ones were thrilled and the majority of them turned the couple’s wedding into a week-long Colorado vacation. “We wanted a whole weekend with our friends and

family to celebrate not only our marriage, but how special each and every person is to us,” says the bride. Come W-Day, the couple was joined by 160 guests atop Vail Mountain. The couple had a vision for their reception, which centered around creating a great experience for their guests. “The reception was fun and lively and the décor was Kate Spadeinspired,” says Nicole. “We wanted our guests to enjoy a nice dinner, but in a fun and inviting atmosphere that set the tone for a true celebration. Following the first dances, not one slow song was played and that is exactly what we wanted.”

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ometimes life’s greatest challenges can be a force for positivity. Nicole was in Colorado having surgery when she spotted a bride at the top of Vail Mountain. The image stuck with her and when it came time to pick a location for her destination wedding, Vail was the clear choice for both her and her beloved. “We could not think of a better place to start our life together than in a place where our lives were spiritually transformed…the Rocky Mountains is where we both see God the most.”

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The overwhelming sense of being surrounded by so much love and support was an unbelievable feeling."

These newlyweds had a great planning experience, but credit it to their amazing wedding planner. “Find someone who is organized and with whom your personalities mesh to help you and the planning will come

Guests feed off of the bride and groom. So, enjoy yourself and so will everyone else.”

easily.” These two have some wise words to share with couples currently looking forward to W-Day, “Guests feed off of the bride and groom. So, enjoy yourself and so will everyone else.”

arrabelle.rockresorts.com, Florist/Linens: Swank Stems, swankstems.com, Stationery: Micah Lea, micahlea.com, Event Design: Pink Monkey Solutions, pinkmonkeysolutions.com, Audio/Visual Company: Kaleidoscope Productions, kaleidoscope-co.com, Videographer: Velare, velare.tv, Live Digital Caricatures: Ryan Rhoads, digitalcaricatureslive.com, Reception Entertainment: No Limits, nolimitsrocks.com, Ceremony/Cocktail Hour/Dinner Entertainment: Piper James, reverbnation.com/piperjames, Catering/Cake: The Arrabelle at Vail Square, arrabelle.rockresorts.com, Hair & Makeup: Maitee Miles, facebook.com/maitee.miles, Gown Designer: Rivini, rivini.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank, josbank.com, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Monique Lhuillier, moniquelhuillier.com, Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank, josbank.com

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VENDOR LIST: Photographer: Sara Hasstedt Photography, sarahasstedt.com, Wedding Planner: Kelly Karli Weddings and Events, kellykarliweddingsandevents.com, Ceremony Site: Vail Mountain Wedding Deck, vail.com, Reception Site: The Arrabelle at Vail Square,

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“And hand-in-hand,

on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.”

LAST THOUGHTS

Photo courtesy of: Tamiz Photography, tamizphotography.com

~ EDWARD LEAR, THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT

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