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24 CITY & SEA DUOS Are you considering a wedding and honeymoon in the same state, but desire different backdrops? Here we explore the idea with two examples of “City & Sea Duos.” Discover a Florida coupling with Orlando (pg. 24) and Destin (pg. 25) and a California combo with Hollywood (pg. 26) and Santa Monica (pg. 27). 28 SPOTLIGHT DESTINATION – Bermuda Our writer got engaged on this pink-sanded island years ago and recently returned to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary. Who better to explore the location’s options and appeal for destination wedding and honeymoon couples?

64 MEXICO These two hot spots south of the border have virtually endless options for your wedding away. Discover our current faves in Puerto Vallarta (pg. 64) and Cabo San Lucas (pg. 65). 70 MARRY HERE, HONEYMOON THERE – Fiji & Australia Say “I do” on a peaceful island in Fiji (pg. 70) before jetting off to Australia (pg. 72) for wine and Outback adventures. 74 HONEYMOON HIDEAWAYS This superstar line-up of honeymoon destinations will take your breath away. Wander amongst Mother Nature’s bounty in Botswana (pg. 74) and the Galápagos (pg. 78), cater to your inner foodie in Italy (pg. 80) or explore a recently renovated castle in Ireland (pg. 82).

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SOJOURN TO THE SOUTH 30 Haig Point, South Carolina – The only thing more welcoming than Southern hospitality is an island on which to truly unwind. 32 Palm Harbor, Florida – This golf resort is a highlight on the PGA Tour and doubles as a great destination wedding option. 33 Amelia Island, Florida – Travel to this charming island and you will be rewarded with privacy and pristine beaches.

62 CARIBBEAN – Turks and Caicos If you’re searching for a chic, Caribbean setting for your nuptials or honeymoon, look no further. This Turks and Caicos resort has prime placement on Grace Bay Beach and a talented wedding staff to boot.

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58 THE HONEYMOONIST – Romantic Spa Escapes Our resident honeymoon expert (and self-professed spa junkie) is sharing some of the best spas in which to unwind worldwide.

14 EDITOR’S LETTER 16 WEDDED WISDOM Get the inside scoop and helpful insights on the wedding world. 18 INSIDER TRAVELING No matter the destination, here are some helpful travel tips and must-know info. 20 ON THE HORIZON Stay up-to-speed on recent hotel happenings and wedding and travel trends. 34 GUEST BOOK – Spending Savvy – What You Get for the Money We explore the old adage of “you get what you pay for” with five real-life destination weddings, each accomplished on a different budget. Discover gorgeous events ranging in cost from $20,000 to $145,000.

92 ADVENTURES IN ETIQUETTE – Navigating Nuptial Landmines It’s common to feel like you’re walking on eggshells at least once during the wedding planning process. Discover the answers to some of our readers’ most pressing etiquette issues. 94 REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS This issue’s batch of real-life weddings leaves us speechless. How to describe such a unique group of couples and styles? Flip ahead to find a coastal Croatia wedding away, a friendly farm celebration in Tennessee, sophisticated nuptials in Costa Rica, a subtle pastel soirée in Scottsdale, a fête full of fashion fusion in Alabama, a vintage event among the vines in Solvang and million dollar views in Tuscany.

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FASHION FORWARD 48 Married in Mayakoba – This one-of-a-kind destination in Mexico is comprised of four luxury properties. Thanks to an excellent team of vendors, we’ve created photo shoots for each location to show the range and sophistication of Mexico. 84 Barefoot & Black Tie – Think outside the box by combining laid-back beachfront with black tie formality. Modern luxury meets the sand in this chic photo shoot.

68 ASK THE EXPERT – National Park Nuptials Hosting your destination wedding on federally protected land certainly provides a dramatic backdrop, but it comes with strings attached. Discover how to find success and navigate the unique logistics of saying, “I do” in a U.S. National Park.

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Fall 2018 Cover: Cuddling up on a stone bench outside of their Italian villa, destination wedding couple Kelly and Gavin exude amore. Kelly is stunning in a custom designed gown by Susanna Rachel, earrings by Vitrine Designs, hair vine by Kirena Exclusive, hair and makeup by Giulia Makeup and shoes by Ellie Wren. Gavin is the definition of dapper in a custom designed suit by Doherty Evens and Stott and tie by Handsome and Lace. This real-life wedding can be seen in its entirety starting on page 118. The image was taken on-site at Villa Catignano in Tuscany, Italy by professional photographer, Amanda Donaho Photography.

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Winter 2019 Cover: What’s more fun than getting all decked out for a black tie event? Doing it barefoot, of course! This image is from our “Barefoot and Black Tie” Fashion Forward photo shoot and combines the two style extremes in a flawless and fun way. Our models are shown in their wedding attire, ready to say “I do.” Shot on the beaches of Santa Barbara, our bride is wearing the “Alexii” gown from White Runway and the groom is in a black velvet tuxedo jacket and matching black slacks and bowtie from The Black Tux. Her organic, hand tied bouquet by Precious & Blooming paired with her “Dash” necklace from Ariel Jennifer Taub, set off her picture-perfect hair and makeup by Brianna Stewart. The full photo shoot can be seen starting on page 84. Planning and design by Onyx + Redwood, production by Be Inspired PR and photography by Sanaz Photography.

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TURNINGTables EDITOR'S LETTER

It’s not every day that the editor of a national wedding magazine gets engaged. Therefore, this “Editor’s Letter” is a special one. Our very own Courtney Cox (soon to be Courtney Kellar) heard the question she’d been waiting for, “Will you marry me?”

When she came into the office to spill the beans and, of course, after the squeals, tears and jumping subsided, I quickly realized – the author has now become the reader! To take full advantage of this rare opportunity, I decided to switch gears and let her be the subject of the interview for once. Having eight years at Destination I Do under her belt, she has some serious insider knowledge and unique wisdom.

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Q: What’s the first thing you did when you got your ring? A: I asked my fiancé if he had gotten jewelry insurance! Most women lose or damage their engagement ring within the first year, because they aren’t used to wearing one. I also made sure we had a jewelry insurance policy that covers international travel, since I go abroad regularly for the magazine.

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Q. How has working in the wedding industry, specifically for a wedding magazine, shaped your own wedding plans? A: I feel like I have a very realistic picture of what the planning process looks like. Not only in terms of logistics, but cost! My fiancé and I have been together throughout my eight years at the magazine and I’ve run the gamut in terms of what I thought I wanted – everything from a large, traditional wedding to an elopement. Because of my background, I feel like I skipped the “honeymoon

phase” of being engaged and jumped straight into the reality of what planning a wedding entails.

Q: How has your view of weddings changed in the time you’ve been in the business? A: I started at DID when I was 22 and I definitely took a romantic, somewhat naïve approach to weddings. For me it was all about the fairy tale. Now that I’ve matured and gained knowledge over the years, I realize that all of those things cost money. I’m a frugal person by nature, yet have very expensive taste. Those two contradictions don’t exactly add up to a big, fancy event. I can appreciate a gorgeous, over-the-top wedding as much as anyone, but it’s important to know what works for you and your fiancé’s personalities and priorities. Q: What is something you will absolutely splurge on for your wedding celebration? And what will you save on? A: For us, it’s all about the guest experience – thanking the people who have loved and supported us over the many years we’ve been together! Epic food, an open bar and a live band are top priorities. Also, a top-notch photographer – if there’s one thing I’m snobby about, it’s photography! As for areas in which to save, I would say my dress and décor. Ideally, our guests will spend all their time on the dance floor and not sitting at their tables admiring centerpieces (or lack thereof in my case!). Q: How many gowns do you think you’ll try on and will you continue to shop even after you’ve found “the one?” A: Normally, I’m in and out of a fitting room in lighting speed – either I like something or I don’t, there’s no hemming and hawing. But, for wedding

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dresses, I don’t know what’s going to look best on my body and I want something that fits the setting we ultimately choose. I can’t imagine trying on more than 10 dresses, but who knows! One thing I do know for sure is that I won’t continue to shop once I’ve made my choice. To me, that sounds like torture and a recipe for regretting my decision! Q: Which story are you most pumped about in this issue, now that your ring finger is considerably heavier? A: I have a nerdy fascination with national parks, so I’m in love with our Ask the Expert story, “National Park Nuptials” (pg. 68). Also, I’m all about the details, so the Guest Book story “Spending Savvy – What You Get for the Money” (pg. 34) is right up my alley and completely fascinating. And, of course, the Real-Life Weddings (pg. 94) is always a favorite. DID’s couples never cease to amaze me with their creativity and thoughtful responses. Congratulations to you, Courtney! You’re going to be a beautiful bride no matter where you say your destination “I do’s!” I just hope you let us cover YOUR story in our Real-Life Weddings section! Yours truly, Jennifer Stein

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“We knew [our wedding planners] had put us in the hands of capable professionals and we let them do what they do best with minimal input from us and the outcome was better than we could have expected.”

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RED FLAGS WORDS BY ANN COSIMANO WITH ARAG LEGAL INSURANCE, ARAGLEGAL.COM

Before signing on the dotted line, make sure you’re working with legitimate vendors. The last thing you want is your big day in the hands of an unreliable person or shady company. Here are five red flags to look out for. 1. You Can’t Find Info About Them Online Most wedding vendors have at least some sort of online presence these days. If they don’t have a website, you might want to consider how committed they are to their business. Also, if there aren’t any reviews of their services online or if all you can find are negative reviews, you should find out why. 2. The Price Seems Too Good to be True If their prices are much lower than their competitors, consider it a red flag. Maybe they use subpar products or inexperienced staff…whatever the case is, anything outside of the industry standard in your area should be questioned. 3. Their Contract is Hard to Understand Maybe it’s too vague or has too much fine print. Either way, if everything isn’t explained in plain English, you should ask an attorney to review the contract before signing. If you have legal insurance, you won’t have to pay any network attorney fees in case you need to call an attorney to review a contract. 4. They Can’t Answer Industry Questions If they are unsure about what ceremony permits need to be filed, for example, this is a sign of inexperience. You want someone who can walk you through exactly what to do to make sure everything goes smoothly. 5. You Can Only Pay in Cash A discount for paying in cash is one thing, but if the ONLY way a vendor lets you pay is in cash (i.e. they don’t want a paper trail) this should be considered a huge red flag. For more information regarding this topic, see our Adventures in Etiquette article on pg. 92.

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Wedding Planners vs. Event Designers WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

WORDS BY JUNG LEE OF FÊTE NY

At their core, wedding planners and event designers typically play very different roles in a wedding. Depending on the services offered by each, there could be some overlap, which can lead to confusion. A comprehensive wedding planner will provide the following services:   F They will serve as the lead project manager for the wedding by managing the planning process, coordinating all vendors and overseeing the operations both during the process and on the day-of. Think: details, organization, negotiator, advocate and leader.   F They will also help you develop a wedding “vision” – the overall experience and how it reflects you as a couple. The planner will get to know the couple better than anyone, so they need to collaborate and communicate with the vendors to help customize the design, food, drink, service, music and beyond. They do develop creative concepts for the wedding, but in conjunction with the vendors.

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Event designers will provide the following services: F Create the look and feel of a wedding. Some have a very narrow definition of design and only consider flowers, ceremony and tabletop, while others take every visual aspect of a wedding into consideration. F Traditionally, designers are not always hired for their logistic and operational expertise, so unless an event design firm has a separate department run by professional project managers that handles all facets of a wedding, such as contracts, budgeting, food service and timelines, you’ll want a true wedding planner handling those details.   Ultimately, you want someone organized, detail-oriented and experienced with a deep understanding of all facets of a wedding to plan your event. There are a few select companies that excel at both planning and design. For destination weddings, these are of great value, because they eliminate the need to bring in two different companies.

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Products that work for heavy-duty travelers aren’t always the prettiest. Until recently, finding a clutch that could stylishly convert to a cross-body was no easy feat. HAIST Designs is changing the landscape of stylish, travelworthy handbags. The Nomad Clutch can be purchased on its own ($475) or really up your style sojourn with the Nomad Trio ($1,595), which includes a genuine leather tote, clutch and crossbody bag. haistdesigns.com

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The beauty benefits of silk are well established and an easy way to boost your beauty routine. Whether traveling for your destination wedding or honeymoon, get some quality Z’s on the plane with a Belle de Nuit Eye Masque ($42) by Branché. It will block unwanted light, while protecting the delicate skin around your eyes. For home or hotel, there’s the Charmeuse Case ($95). The glossy pillowcase helps to prevent wrinkles and boost skin hydration. The brand’s motto is especially appropriate for wedding travel: “Sleep in luxury…wake up beautiful.” branchebeautysleep.com

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SHANGHAI WORDS BY HARMONY WALTON

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Store your bags at Shanghai Pudong International Airport for just a couple of dollars a day, grab a metro pass on the world’s largest rapid transit system, and in no time you’ll be in the heart of the booming city of Shanghai for an exciting honeymoon stopover, visa not required (during a layover). 8 HOURS Maximize your time in the city with an English-speaking guide and driver (taxi drivers often don’t speak English). Start your day with sunrise at the Bund, the west bank of the Huangpu River, looking out on the city’s modern skyline. Enjoy the sights and a stroll as you work up an appetite for local hairy crabs and later stop at Jing’an Temple for a little quiet time in one of the three main halls before you depart.

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12 HOURS Shopping is sensory overload in the Old City market of Shanghai. Stop, shop, smell and taste the flavors here before walking over the waters of the neighboring Yuyuan Garden, then head towards the famed People’s Square. See the modern marvels of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall or, on weekends, stroll past the “marriage market” – an ancient tradition. End your day overlooking the Bund from the 58th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, Pudong at Flair Rooftop Restaurant and Bar. Boasting the highest alfresco dining in China, you can’t beat the views, the raw bar or 40 types of vodka on hand. 24 HOURS If an overnight is available to you, stay at the new St. Regis Shanghai Jingan and get a taste of East-meets-West in a traditional English-style setting, complete with Chinese art and amenities. Take Afternoon Tea in The Drawing Room while enjoying live music. 72 HOURS With a little more time on your trip, consider a visit to Shanghai Disney Resort. This makes a great last day activity before you depart in the evening. With no Instagram or other popular social media outlets available during your time in China, you’ll find those extra hours go a long way towards seeing the city on a limited schedule!

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HORIZON A CELEBRITY PLANNER’S PREDICTIONS for 2019 WORDS BY BRYAN RAFANELLI, FOUNDER & CEO OF RAFANELLI EVENTS, RAFANELLIEVENTS.COM

Paris is always a favorite destination for romantic couples all over the world. The newly renovated and legendary Ritz Paris on Vendôme Square is a stunning choice for a wedding in the City of Lights. Popular among Hollywood celebrities, guests will be dazzled by the elegant interiors and views of the Eiffel Tower. For the outdoorsy couple, Colorado is perfect. Settled in the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs will engulf your guests in natural beauty. You can rent the tiny former mining town for a private, intimate celebration. The unique location offers excellent food, stunning accommodations and nearly 1,700 acres of private wilderness to enjoy. Beach weddings never go out of style and the Amanyara resort in Turks and Caicos is the perfect white sand destination for your dream day. Situated on the breathtaking coast of Providenciales, the spectacular ocean views will serve as an ideal backdrop for a wedding in paradise and guests will find comfort and serenity in the resort’s amazing amenities and luxurious spa.

The historic Cabin Bluff in Woodbine, Georgia is a picturesque hideaway for a couple seeking Southern charm and hospitality. Tucked beneath the Georgia pines, Cabin Bluff offers a uniquely private and elegant experience, as the entire property belongs to you and your guests. Backdrops include sweeping marsh views, ancient oaks draped in Spanish moss and the tranquil Cumberland River, creating a range of venues for ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners. For a classic wedding with a luxurious, big city ambience, the iconic Rainbow Room is ideal. Situated on top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, the breathtaking space is adorned with stunning crystals and Art Deco glamour. You and your guests can dance the night away surrounded by New York City’s endless cityscapes.

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Mykonos, Greece The latest 5-star addition to the Katikies Resorts & Club portfolio opened in June of 2018 and is already a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Katikies Mykonos features 35 rooms, each with private pools overlooking the Aegean Sea. The hotel is unique in its offering of 24-hour concierge service anywhere on-island via hotel-provided mobile phones. Rates start at $420 USD per night. katikies.com/katikiesmykonos

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom): Katikies Mykonos, Montage Los Cabos, Castello di Ugento & Marriott International

MONTAGE LOS CABOS

A promise for the future in a place called paradise.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Montage Los Cabos opened its doors in May 2018 and is the first international resort for the brand. It boasts 122 sophisticated guestrooms, walk-in access to two swimming beaches (a rarity for the area) and over 30,000 square feet of outdoor event space. The resort is certainly wedding-worthy, set on 39 acres overlooking Santa Maria Bay. Rates start at $525 USD per night. montagehotels.com/loscabos

CASTELLO DI UGENTO

Puglia, Italy Following a $10 million euro renovation, this 17th century castle is now welcoming guests in its nine individually designed rooms and suites. Modern comforts and ancient culture collide with a prestigious culinary center and a museum featuring over 900 pieces of Italian art. Rates start at $396 USD per night (price includes breakfast and dinner). castellodiugento.com

SOLAZ LOS CABOS

San JosĂŠ del Cabo, Mexico This Luxury Collection resort celebrates the best of what Mexico has to offer. Solaz Los Cabos opened in June 2018 with 128 rooms boasting private patios overlooking the Sea of Cortez. The dĂŠcor is sophisticated and modern, blending the outdoors and in with floor-to-ceiling windows. Events are most welcome with an 11,000 square foot outdoor deck. Rates start at $437 USD per night. solazloscabos.com

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eunion Resort is a unique combination of rolling vistas near a city scene. While only 25 minutes outside of Orlando, the resort’s 2,200 acres make it feel like it’s in a world of its own. If a beach isn’t essential to your Florida destination wedding vision, but you still want lots of activities for you and your guests, Reunion could be the perfect solution. It’s convenient to Orlando’s main attractions, but there’s plenty to keep you and your guests busy on-site.

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This AAA Four-Diamond Salamander Resort especially caters to multigenerational families. There’s a five-acre water park for the kiddos, three world-class golf courses for the sport enthusiasts and a quaint, but comfortable, spa for those looking to truly kick back and relax. Whatever your taste or budget, there’s a level of accommodation to fit your

needs. Reunion Resort is made up of seven different communities, ranging from Reunion Grande™ villas to vacation rental homes with up to 12 bedrooms – either way there’s more than enough space to go around. The sprawling resort does come with a slight drawback…don’t be surprised if you get turned around! If you have an iPhone, I recommend “dropping a pin” outside your front door, so there’s no room for error. Your Lyft driver will thank you! With so much land to cover and activities to choose from, you can see your guests as much – or as little – as you like. During your stay, be sure to head up to Eleven restaurant’s rooftop to view the nightly Disney World fireworks. Once the wedding weekend is at-hand, you can certainly find a unique destinationido.com

combination of settings and venues to suit several events. Consider Linear Park as your ceremony site and dance the night away with a reception in the Grande Falls Pavillion. Your wedding plans are in good hands with Senior Catering & Wedding Sales Manager Lisa New, who planned over-the-top events at nearby Disney World for several years. Also, spring and fall are ideal seasons, both in terms of weather and crowds at the nearby Orlando attractions. Some of your destination wedding guests may be surprised to learn you’re saying “I do” inland, but we can assure you they won’t miss the sand with the endless options at Reunion Resort.

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he coastal resort destination of Destin with emerald green water and sugar white sand is truly special. The Henderson Beach Resort and Spa is the new kid on the block. Destin, Florida has long been known as a great vacation spot for families and spring breakers, but now, with the addition of The Henderson, Destin can add luxury to its calling card. There are a number of reasons for Destin’s appeal, including easy access through four area airports, sumptuous seafood, championship golf courses, world-class fishing and every type of water sport you can think of.

Photos courtesy of: The Henderson

From the moment you enter the grand “living room” of The Henderson, you feel at home and have a sense of nostalgia. Great care has been taken to welcome you with the feeling of the sea, with soft teal hues blended with the gold tones of the sand throughout this calming resort. As you meander the hallways your eyes are drawn to the work of local artists and photographs of the area’s rich history. The Salamander Spa is one of the most serene and beautiful spas I have ever experienced. The Henderson is already the choice for many couples planning a destination wedding and we predict their dance card will be full very shortly as word gets out about the variety of venues for ceremonies, receptions and all the other events that are part of a destination wedding. Outdoor settings include beachfront to rooftop and garden to courtyard. When it is time to move inside, The Henderson features 10,000 square feet of event space that can accommodate up to 250 guests.

This seaside manor just steps from the powdery sands of the Emerald Coast has it all for the couple contemplating a family friendly, but elegant destination wedding. FALL & WINTER 2018

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The 170 spacious guest rooms and eight suites have every amenity you would expect in a luxury property, including comfy beds with soft-as-silk bedding, well appointed bathrooms and many rooms have balconies overlooking the sea. The loft-style guest suites with kitchen and dining areas are perfect for entertaining in a home-like setting.

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magine Hollywood: Granman’s Chinese Theater, generations of movie stars, bright lights, swaying palms and, of course, iconic Hollywood Boulevard. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, built in 1927, offers history, landmark attractions and stunning views. After a $25 million renovation, the 300 rooms offer several different star quality configurations. The Olympic-size pool is central to 64 of the rooms. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is the setting where movie icons like Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Prince, Charlie Chaplin and Angelina Jolie have gone for some fun in the sun.

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When it comes to your wedding day, if you can dream it, they will produce it. The Roosevelt is considered to be a “one-stop-shop” for unique and distinctive weddings. Set your own stage with any number of unforgettable backdrops for your up close and personal photo op. They offer a private, scene-stealing rooftop deck where you can hold your destinationido.com

reception under a canopy of stars and 360-degree city views. John Legend recently performed there and was literally singing from the rooftops! You can also select the 2,400 square foot Academy Room where voting was first held for the inaugural Academy Awards. There are floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Hollywood Boulevard and a 16-foot vaulted ceiling under which you can create your own wedding “screenplay.” TV’s “American Idol” has also held auditions here with Katy Perry. The Catering Sales & Banquet Operations Director Ernie Carrillo, Jr., who has been at The Hollywood Roosevelt for over 16 years, explained that their clients always say, “You guys just get it.” The Roosevelt may look like a hotel, but it is really an event-planning platform for any dream wedding. They are always thinking outside the box in addition to having everything needed for behind-the-scenes action. Looking for other gathering places? Head over to The Grove (about 30 minutes from the hotel) that offers a great mix of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Or, stay close by and enjoy a meal at the hotel’s Public Kitchen & Bar, Library Bar or The Spare Room. You must have the Spiked Milkshake at 25 Degrees restaurant – it’s open 24-hours. Any time of year is the right time at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for lights, camera, action!

Photos courtesy of: The Hollywood Roosevelt

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f you’re thinking of a romantic wedding on the beach, but don’t want to forgo a ballroom bash, Hotel Casa Del Mar offers a blend of traditional wedding options with the relaxed ocean air to accommodate anyone looking for a uncompromising fairy tale event.

Photos courtesy of: Hotel Casa Del Mar

The resort has been around since the 1920s and all its glitz and glamour offers up a true “L.A. experience.” The hotel provides 129 guest rooms, 16 suites and their sister property, Shutters on the Beach, is right next-door for a change of pace or additional guest accommodations. Hotel Casa Del Mar’s Mediterraneaninspired lobby is well balanced with an Art Deco flare. Romance here is a neverending story and the beauty doesn’t stop in the lobby. When I opened the door to my guest room, the natural warm glow of sunlight filtered in and instantly relaxed me. The fragrant fresh flowers were a welcome touch, but the Italian marble bathroom with hydrothermal massage tub was astonishing. Hotel Casa del Mar is located on Santa Monica Beach and within walking distance to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. If you are looking to do some shopping, then stroll over to Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. Feeling adventurous? Meander over to Muscle Beach or Venice Beach where people watching is all the entertainment you need. The hotel offers an exclusive list of recommended vendors and resources that are eager to assist with any specific wedding needs you may have. You and your betrothed will be the true center of attention, because Hotel Casa Del Mar only caters to one wedding a day.

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Opt for a wedding on the beach for the adventurous, romantic couple or host your guests in the Colonnade Ballroom, located right on the beach overlooking the white sand and blue waters. You can’t go wrong with either choice.

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ith mild weather yearround, exotic pink-sandy beaches, and warm turquoise waters filled with reefs, shipwrecks and grottos, including one with a spa (more on that later!), Bermuda has drawn couples to its shores for centuries. Including me and my husband, who got engaged on this small, sub-tropical getaway and recently returned to celebrate a milestone anniversary. Part of the island’s charm is its unique blend of British tradition and warm, island soul. Bermuda is Britain’s oldest Overseas Territory and thus, embraces

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cricket, afternoon tea and driving on the left side of the road. Queen Elizabeth II graces banknotes, men wear pressed shorts with blazers, knee-socks and dress shoes, and English is the island’s common language. You’ll also find West Indian traditions like the Gombey, a popular costumed dance performed to rhythmic drumming, and pepper-rich dishes, like seafood stews, along with conch fritters and rice and beans. And here’s something else: Bermuda has virtually no crowds and very few cars, because there are no car rentals for tourists and most people simply walk, ride mopeds or take the bus or ferry. What’s more, foreign fast-food outlets are

Photos courtesy of: Rosewood Bermuda

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illegal (a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hamilton opened before the legislation was introduced), meaning there’s plenty of authentic island cooking. A choice spot to stay is Rosewood Bermuda, which recently completed a $25 million renovation. All 92 guestrooms and suites have become glamorous retreats, most with oversize soaking tubs, wet bars, Italian bed linens, terraces and ocean views. Wander over to the Beach Club Restaurant with its hip new bar and posh cabanas to lounge by the pool, before lunching on French bistro fare like duck confit and cod meuniére. Savor Bermuda’s famous fish chowder invigorated with Bermuda’s Gosling’s Rum and Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers at The Island Brasserie. Then there’s Tucker’s Bar – serving light snacks and rum, the island’s signature spirit.            In addition to its own private beach, Rosewood Bermuda has an 18-hole, par 70 golf course. It also has a spa that incorporates island botanicals from the resort’s garden into pampering options like the half-day “Sense of Bermuda Experience” complete with a massage, facial, mani-pedi and lunch.    “For couples planning a wedding or honeymoon, the reimagined Rosewood Bermuda is the ideal venue to celebrate,” says Managing Director, Paul Telford, also Chairman of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “The property offers ample flexibility in terms of celebration venues; from the enhanced private beach club, to the golf club, to the new dining venues,

including a new Conservatory Bar and Lounge, which means couples can curate a completely unique fête based on their preferences.” For amorous off-premise adventures, Telford suggests seeing the Unfinished Church in St. George, a half-built, gothic cathedral with no ceilings or floors (other than grass). It’s one of the island’s most popular wedding spots (and a great place to snap a selfie). Another gem is Natura Spa at Grotto Bay Beach Resort and Spa, where you descend into the softly-lit Prospero’s Cave to luxuriate in private couple’s treatments in a tented area among the stalactites. There is “Lovers Lane” to visit near the gorgeous, plantfilled Paget Marsh Nature Reserve and the island’s horseshoe-shaped limestone structures called moongates. It’s tradition for newlyweds to step through for good luck. Of course, you and your partner will create your own romantic traditions on this beautiful island, less than three hours by plane from most major East Coast cities. For me and my husband, it’s visiting the rock he proposed upon at a secluded beach. For you two? The possibilities are as endless as your love for each other.

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SOJOURN TO THE SOUTH

Photos courtesy of: Haig Point

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balcony overlooking a pond. In addition, adjoining rooms can be used to expand the space to accommodate even more guests.

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ow Country is a place of unspoiled natural beauty, warm hospitality and where locals casually call you “darlin.” Savannah, Georgia is the closest airport with only a one-hour drive to the embarkation port for Haig Point on Daufuskie Island. The only way to and from this “bridgeless island” is by ferry. Around the halfway point to the island, you realize you are leaving your cares behind, which is one of the true perks of this location.

The Haig Point Ferry can be chartered for catered sunset cruises and private, member owned homes enable you to easily gather your friends and family for informal entertaining.

Haig Point is a South Carolina residential community that opened its doors and hearts to those wanting to tie the knot. Nestled among magnolia trees and large oaks draped with Spanish moss are plantation-style homes with wrap-around porches furnished with swings and rocking chairs. Golf carts transport you around the island, allowing for quick access to all of the amenities.

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The Beach Club is perfect for casual rehearsal dinners and the Calibogue Club, adjacent to the sound, lends itself to smaller weddings. The historic Strachan Mansion, with its country charm, is also a desirable setting.

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There are a variety of venues, both casual and more formal for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception or other gatherings. The historic 1873 lighthouse is perfect for the wedding party to prepare for the ceremony and is often the top choice for honeymooners. Throughout the property are both intimate and expansive lawns for ceremonies. The Daufuskie Dining Room is decorated in soft hues of blue and gray and is ideal for weddings of up to 120 guests. This lovely room opens up to a beautiful

Haig Point is a wedding destination that takes pride in making you feel at home and where you and your guests can unplug from everyday life to say your “I do’s” in style. There is no end to the amount of outdoor entertainment found at Haig Point. Choose from golf, tennis, horseback riding, lounging by the beach or pool, kayaking, fishing (deep sea and off the dock), crabbing or perusing art galleries.

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Our recommendations for casual dining in the area include: Lucy Bell’s Café, Old Daufuskie Crab Company, and Grille Room at the Clubhouse. For a more formal option, we loved Calibogue Club.

STAY:

For a quintessential Southern experience for two, we recommend a suite in the Strachan Mansion. For groups staying together, consider a private member home, which vary in size from two bedroom cottages to five bedroom oceanfront homes.

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he setting you select for your destination wedding is like a beautiful canvas, providing inspiration as you blend your personal style with the unique aspects of the location. If 70s “retro-chic” resonates, then Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Florida may be for you. The architects of this property took an eco-conscious approach with clusters of low-rise structures that sit below the tree line within the 900-acre property, giving the resort a truly unique feel and vintage vibe. Consider it inspiration to start your planning! Golf enthusiasts will immediately recognize Innisbrook Resort as the home of the Valspar Championship and will applaud your choice of venue as they tee up on any of four well-manicured courses on-site. If golf is an aspect of your vision for your ceremony, a favorite site is under an enormous oak tree on the 10th tee of the Island Club that accommodates up to 275 guests. A more intimate ceremony site for up to 75 guests is located on

Are you having a hard time narrowing down the guest list? Innisbrook Resort is one of the few wedding venues in the area that can accommodate extra large weddings. Ceremonies for up to 800 guests can be held at the Osprey South Oak Tree, followed by a reception at the elegant Inverness Hall Ballroom, with its high ceilings and crystal chandeliers that glimmer overhead. Guest suites are perfect for families and reasonably priced, so family and friends can be housed on property. There is plenty to keep all ages busy, whether it be a round of tennis, indulging yourself (and your wedding party) at the spa, lake fishing, jogging trails or swimming in one of the six pools on-site. The kiddos and “wannabe kiddos” will love the Loch Ness Monster Pool with its water slide! Farm-to-table cuisine is a highlight of the restaurant choices with our favorite being Packard’s Steakhouse for the uber delicious filet mignon. Lighter fare during the day is also easy to find at the numerous grilles and pubs on property. A destination wedding with a relaxed, retro feel and sharing moments that last a lifetime? That’s what it is all about.

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the Island Club Putting Green or on the secluded lawn by the Salamander Spa.


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amed for Princess Amelia, the daughter of George II of Great Britain, Amelia Island is a Southern gem befitting a modern princess bride. Thirteen miles of pristine beaches, rich history, unique shops, quaint churches and a long tradition of Southern hospitality are all reasons to consider Amelia Island for your dream destination wedding. Amelia Island is part of a chain of barrier islands, a short distance from Jacksonville, Florida with frequent and convenient flights from most domestic cities. With the magnificent Atlantic Ocean at your doorstep, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a perfect mix of laid-back and luxury. Each airy, beach-inspired room has an ocean view and there are a variety of choices when the “hungries” hit. Foodies will savor the chef inspired culinary treats at the Marsh View Bar and Grill, Oceanside, Marché Burette, and private events can be planned at “The Sprouting Project,” the unique vision of Chef Daven Wardynski. I have never seen a more inspired presentation than charcuterie served from an outdoor fence.

Gather your loved ones and kick off the event with a beach party around a firepit or indulge your wedding party at the spa with the relaxing Sea, Sand and Salt Package or the Plantation Blossom Ritual. The main event is certainly your wedding ceremony and reception and the Omni Amelia Island Plantation has a wide variety of venues to select from. There are three-and-a-half miles of coastline for the “sand-between-your-toes” beach ceremony, the splendid views and generous reception space of Walker’s Landing on the marsh side of the island, the Oceanview Terrace overlooking the Atlantic or the Amelia Plantation Chapel conveniently located near Red Maple Lake. To top it all off, when you have your destination wedding at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, there is the added perk of a complimentary honeymoon at one of 14 of Omni’s other resort properties.

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Photos courtesy of: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Both land and sea activities will entertain your wedding guests, including golfing, biking, fishing, swimming, boating, shelling and paddling through the marshes, to name just a few. We even ventured over to Amelia’s Wheels, donned a helmet and stepped on to a Segway to meander along the trails throughout the beautiful resort. Your family and friends can either break a sweat or bask in the sun and will thank you for the experience.

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You get what you pay for – or so they say. When it comes to some things, that old adage can absolutely ring true, but weddings are a bit more complex. We interviewed five couples to find out what their weddings cost, where they placed their priorities and how they cut back.

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While you’re reviewing the following pages, keep one thing in mind: the guest list. This is by far the biggest driver of cost. The more people who attend, the more it will cost you. However, you can save in some areas and splurge in others – the choice is yours! A little advice from a real-life destination bride (that’s me!): set your spending priorities first, before you get swept up in wanting it all! And most importantly, don’t go into debt for your wedding event – spend only what you are able. What is important is your union, so it’s best to start it off on solid financial ground. After all, each one of these weddings were beautiful, regardless of how much was spent.

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom): Madison Baltodano Photography, Dennis Kwan Weddings, Kelsea Holder, Brittany Mahood Photography and Emilia Jane Photography

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Brittany and Ross had clear wedding priorities from the start. They wanted to share

their love for Tulum and “the beaches, great food, charm, boutique hotels, history and natural beauty,” with their closest family and friends. “Intimacy and quality time were really important to us. We knew a destination wedding would allow us to accomplish both,” said the couple. An intimate, “bohemian-vibe,” was exactly what the couple got in the end. The bride admits, if they had held their celebration at home, the cost would have gone up dramatically. “I believe we saved money by doing a destination wedding. The guest count for a hometown wedding would have been much larger.”

NUMBER OF GUESTS:

SPLURGED ON:

An incredible photographer.

With a double rainbow appearing in the distance providing the ultimate photo-op, as well as the ceremony taking place in the jungle (giving it a “secret garden” feel), the couple got all they dreamed for and more. Their favorite part of the day was, “seeing our vision come to life and being able to celebrate with all our loved ones.”

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Décor due to an already beautiful venue.

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Never skimp on a professional photographer. “We [discourage] our couples from using a friend who has a nice camera to shoot their wedding. It’s not worth the gamble.”

Invest in a destination wedding planner. They made the planning process stress-free, eliminated day-of worries and kept us on a timeline.

THE PLANNER:

Hire a great DJ or band. “A good DJ or band can read the room and keep the energy going.”

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THE COUPLE:

Make sure to find some bride and groom time!

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VENDORS Photographer: Kelsea Holder, kelseaholder.com | Planning and Design: Crosby+Jon Design, crosbyandjon.com | Ceremony/Reception Site: Sanara Tulum, sanaratulum. com | Florist: María Limón Florals + Styling, marialimon. com | Rentals: Archive Rentals Mexico, archiverentals.com/ mexico | Videographer: Gallardo Films, gallardofilms.com | DJ and Cocktail Hour Music: Scenic Music Entertainment | Ceremony and Reception Music: Black Jam, facebook. com/blackjamcancun | Dance Floor: The Event Cancun, facebook.com/theeventcancun | Bakery: Shoebox Bakery, facebook.com/shoeboxbakery


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TOTAL BUDGET:

59,300

FOOD/ BEVERAGE:

17,000

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SITE/VENUE:

2,500

$

DESIGN & PLANNING:

7,000

$

PHOTOGRAPHY/ VIDEOGRAPHY:

4,700 FLORAL: $8,000 $

STATIONERY:

1,400

$

DÉCOR

(NON-FLORAL):

1,000

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RENTALS:

12,000

$

DJ & LIVE MUSIC:

4,000

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CAKE/DESSERT: $450 FALL & WINTER 2018

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LIGHTING/ DANCE FLOOR: $1,250

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The goal of an easy to get to and intimate wedding led Chuck and Dayle to the beautiful Colorado Rockies.

Only a two-hour drive brought 75 guests to Beaver Creek during peak fall foliage. “The aspen trees’ leaves are amazing in the fall and it made for a beautiful backdrop,” recalls the bride. Had they kept the wedding at home, the couple would have had 400-500 guests at their interfaith ceremony. Instead, they opted for a smaller group seated on wooden benches in the middle of an aspen grove as the sun was setting. Dayle had followed her destination wedding planner’s work for years and had total faith. “We wanted [the wedding] to be breathtakingly beautiful and I knew it would be. We also wanted our guests to feel taken care of.” With pointers from Aimee Monihan of Mountain Occasions, that’s exactly what happened. “Guests are still raving about it,” says the bride.

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NUMBER OF GUESTS:

SPLURGED ON:

A fabulous photographer and spoiling guests.

SAVED ON:

Hiring a DJ instead of a band.

THE PLANNER: Find a planner who will fight for you. “We advocate for the client, whereas an on-site venue planner advocates for the venue they work for. We add so much to the experience – allowing our clients to fully live in the present.”

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THE COUPLE: Hire an experienced planner/designer. Someone who truly understands your vision and personalities. Trust their connections and suggestions. This saved us in so many other areas and brought to life (on budget) exactly what I had dreamed in my head.

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Photographer: Dennis Kwan Weddings, denniskwandestinations.com | Wedding Planner and Designer: Aimee Monihan of Mountain Occasions, mountainoccasions.com | Ceremony/Reception Site: Allie’s Cabin with Beaver Creek Resorts, beavercreek.com | Florist and Décor Rentals: DesignWorks, designworksevents. com | Linens: La Tavola, latavolalinen.com | Hair: Inga Cox, ingacox.com | Makeup: Michele McKamie, michelemckamie. com | Paperie: Sweet Zion Paperie, sweetzionpaperie. com | Wedding Cake: Cornerstone Chocolates, cornerstonechocolates.com | Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: Piper James, facebook.com/piperjamesmusic | Rabbi: Rabbi Ron Speigel | Gown Designer: Kelly Faetanini from Emma and Grace Bridal, emmaandgracebridal. com | Groom’s Clothing Designer: Andrisen Morton, andrisenmorton.com | Bride’s Jewelry: Hyde Park Jewelers, hydeparkjewelers.com | Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, ritzcarlton.com

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TOTAL BUDGET:

$

76,125

FOOD & BEVERAGE:

20,000

$

DESIGN & PLANNING:

9,000

$

PHOTOGRAPHY:

8,500

$

VIDEOGRAPHY:

3,500

$

FLORAL & DÉCOR RENTALS:

16,385

$

CEREMONY MUSIC & DJ:

3,025

$

RABBI

(INCLUDING TRAVEL): $

2,000

PAPER GOODS: $700 WEDDING CAKE: $500 GIFT BAGS & FAVORS:

3,900

$

HAIR & MAKEUP:

2,115

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES: $1,500

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A teenaged girl’s dream turned reality when she married the love of her life in Maui, Hawaii.

“Carmen fell in love with Hawaii when she was 13 and had been planning her wedding there ever since,” said the groom. Over 80 people watched this lifelong dream come to fruition at the Mauka Lani Estate on the island of Maui with an exquisite sunset topping off an already magical event. The couple struggled a bit with budgeting for the wedding, but Lorrie from Unveiled Hawaii came to their rescue. “Our amazing wedding planner always kept us in check. She told us where it was important to save and splurge. We trusted her guidance and she never led us astray!” Carmen and Chad wanted their wedding to feel like them – “low key, welcoming and fun.” And when it came to priorities on where to spend – photography, “to die for” food, signature drinks and a favorite local band topped the list. “Our lovely wedding planner Lorrie was another top priority. At first I had no idea how amazing it would be, but we could not have done any of it without her.”

TIPS from THE PLANNER: When sticking to your spending plan: “Be REALISTIC!” Make sure you don’t just discuss what’s most important with your planner, but also with each other. As well as anyone who is contributing financially to the wedding.

TIPS from THE COUPLE: Take time to make all your big decisions. This way you won’t regret any of them. Allow yourself to change your mind. The wedding only got better as time went on.

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VENDORS Photographer: Brittany Mahood Photography, brittanymahood.com | Wedding Planner: Lorrie with Unveiled Hawaii, unveiledhawaii.com | Ceremony/Reception Site: Mauka Lani Estate, mauisangelsweddings.com | Florist: Mandy Grace Designs, mandygracedesigns.com | Gown Designer: Pronovias, pronovias.com | Groom’s Clothing Designer: Harry Rosen, harryrosen.com

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Setting the scene.

SAVED ON:

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Place settings and signage.

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TOTAL BUDGET:

44,842

FOOD & BEVERAGE:

14,115

$

SITE/VENUE:

4,100

$

RENTALS:

5,422

$

DÉCOR & LINENS:

2,030

$

PHOTOGRAPHY:

$7,000

STATIONERY:

588

$

DESIGN & PLANNING:

6,500

$

FLORAL:

5,087

$

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160

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If music and food are top priorities, New Orleans is a good place to meet those needs. With Rebecca and Charles’

families spread throughout the country, it only made sense for them to pick a destination wedding in the “Big Easy.” At first, some guests were a bit “skeptical” of the decision, but quickly came around. “We are still hearing back from guests about how much they enjoyed the experience,” says the couple.

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Budgeting for the wedding wasn’t easy for the couple, but a professional wedding planner helped “guide the process.” “We identified what was most important to us and made those our big ticket items,” recalls the couple. Food and beverage was extremely important. “The food served was decadent – filet mignon and shrimp and grits.” But the true star of the show was the music. “Between our band and DJ, everybody was on the dance floor permanently!”

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One highlight for the groom was the second line stopping traffic for an impromptu dance party. “The Catholic church across the street paused its mass and its parishioners joined our party!” recalls the couple.

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THE COUPLE: Start researching pricing early and force yourself to prioritize one or two things to splurge on. Be reasonable about everything else.

Music and entertainment.

SAVED ON:

The entire thing – due to a smaller guest list.

Rigorously track your spending. You will be surprised how quickly things add up.

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THE PLANNER: Work with your planner to design a wedding within your budget. There is always some give and take – learn what is the most important to you. Manage expectations. Educate yourselves on how much items might cost and where costs might expand.

VENDORS Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography, emiliajanephotography.com | Wedding Planner and Designer: Belinda with Blue Gardenia Events, bluegardeniaevents.com | Ceremony: The Cabildo at Jackson Square, louisianastatemuseum.org/museum/ cabildo | Reception: The Roosevelt New Orleans, therooseveltneworleans.com | Florist: Bee’s Wedding and Event Design, beesweddingdesigns.com | DJ: DJ R-Tistic, djr-tistic.com | Videography: Brock Gomez Productions, brockgomez.com | Candle Décor, Semi-circle Bar and

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Lounge Furniture: Firefly Ambiance, fireflyambiance. com | Wedding Cake & Dessert Display: The Roosevelt New Orleans, therooseveltneworleans.com | Table and Chair Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals, perrierpartyrentals. com | Linen: Nüage Designs, nuagedesigns.com | Lighting: See-Hear Productions, facebook.com/seehearpro | Second Line Band and Mardi Gras Indians: Kinfolk Brass Band, neworleanskinfolk.com | Ceremony Musicians: New Orleans Finest Musicians, decadesmusic.com | Reception Band: Brass-A-Holics, brass-a-holics.com | Invitation Suite: Gourmet Invitations, gourmetinvitations.com | Menus: Minted, minted.com | Place Cards: Jenn and Jules Designs, jennandjulesdesign.com | Escort Cards/Calligraphy: VCalligraphy, vcalligraphy.com | Hair: Ali Vasquez Hair, vsco. co/alivasquez | Makeup: Lynna Vo, lynnavo.com | Gown Designer: Wedding gown by Justin Alexander & Party Dress by Watters, justinalexander.com & watters.com | Groom’s Clothing Designer: Tom James Company, tomjames.com | Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Adrianna Papell & Jenny Woo, adriannapapell.com & jennywoo.com


TOTAL BUDGET:

143,250

$

FOOD/ BEVERAGE:

60,000

$

CEREMONY SITE:

2,550

$

PHOTOGRAPHY:

9,000

$

VIDEOGRAPHY:

6,000

$

DESIGN & PLANNING:

13,000

$

FLORAL:

11,000

$

STATIONERY:

4,500

$

FAVORS/GIFTS:

1,200

$

DÉCOR

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17,000

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10,000

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MUSIC:

9,000

$

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The best restaurant in town.

SAVED ON:

Music and ceremony décor.

An Internet search led Sarah and Brandon to their ideal destination – the beaches of Costa Rica. Being that Brandon is

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from California and Sarah had always thought she might want to get married on a beach, the little surfer town of Tamarindo was the perfect spot for their destination wedding.

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They quickly sought the help of Aimee Monihan, owner of Tropical Occasions, to “navigate the tough decisions.” Aimee is known for her savvy ability to repurpose, not just for budget’s sake, but for Mother Nature’s as well. “If there are any parts of design we can re-use, we see this as an option to help our clients save. For example: ceremony floral that can be moved during cocktail hour to be used at the reception.” Aimee even loves to re-use candles after guests have left their tables and are busy on the dance floor. “If possible, we will create a beautiful candle

pathway that guests walk through as they leave.” She says this leaves guests with a “lasting impression.”

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THE PLANNER: A really good planner should guide their clients to consciously and creatively spend. We treat our clients’ money as if it were our own – with great respect and constant monitoring. If you happen to overspend in one place, work with your planner to make up for it in another area. We saved on lighting and décor, as the venue already had a great space. This allowed us to spend more on the couple’s priorities!

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THE COUPLE: Find a great wedding planner you trust. Someone who will be honest with you and help you navigate the tough decisions.

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If you have a budget you want to stick to, be firm about that amount. Listen to your planners when they tell you what is important versus what you can let go.

VENDORS Photographer: Madison Baltodano Photography, photographymb.com | Wedding Planner, Designer and Florist: Tropical Occasions, tropicaloccasions. com | Ceremony/Reception Site: Pangas Beach Club, pangasbeachclubcr.com | Cake: Victoria Zoch, victoria.zoch@gmail.com | Lighting: Cabo Luna Event Rentals & Decor, cabolunacr.com | Gown Designer: Willowby by Watters, watters.com | Groom’s Clothing Designer: Bonobos & Mizzen+Main, bonobos. com & mizzenandmain.com | Rentals: Los Primos Designs and DGala Events, losprimosdesigns.com & dgalaevents.com | Hair: Famous Points Bridal Services, famouspointsbeauty.com | Makeup: Maravilla Makeup, maravillamakeup.com | Invitations: Minted, minted.com


TOTAL BUDGET:

21,815

$

DESIGN & PLANNING: $

4,000

PHOTOGRAPHY:

2,000

$

FLORAL:

3,500

$

RENTALS: $ 1,665 WEDDING DAY TRANSPORT:

400

$

MUSICIAN:

500

$

DESSERT DISPLAY:

500

$

LIGHTING:

800

$

CATERING, SITE FEE & FOOD AND BEVERAGE: $ 8,000

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HAIR & MAKEUP:

300

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DÉCOR:

150

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Married in

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WORDS BY JENNIFER STEIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES + SCHULZE

Mexico is known for its beautiful landscapes, friendly smiles, warm culture, sunny skies and decadent food. It’s no wonder couples flock here to tie the knot or celebrate having just done so.

guests to another time. It’s a place where you can live out a true Mexican experience,” says Fabiola Espinosa, Marketing & Communications Assistant Manager for Mayakoba.

Just 40 minutes’ drive from Cancun airport and fit for any wedding away is Mayakoba. This sprawling 1,400 acre destination is connected by mangrove-lined waterways. Consider Mayakoba the “Venice of Mexico,” as you can travel from one hotel property to another via interconnecting canals. What makes Mayakoba even more special are the four distinct properties that stretch from one end of the community to the other. No matter what your style or price range, one of the four resorts will fit your needs.

Our dream team of professionals worked hard to create a one-ofa-kind design for each location, so you can see exactly what your wedding could look like. Each property is totally unique from the others and the designs you’ll see in the following pages are inspired by the colors and landscapes of Mayakoba.

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If you’re looking for a romantic chapel backdrop, Mayakoba also has an area that is accessible from all four resorts. “A fantastic option is El Pueblito at Mayakoba, which transports

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Special Thanks To: Production, Floral and Design: Gabi Lavor of Canteiro Weddings, canteiro.mx; Lead Designer: Brian Worley of Bold Catering & Design, brianworley.com and bold-events.com; Photography: James + Schulze, jamesandschulze.com; Invitations, Menus and Graphic Design: Ceci New York, cecinewyork.com; Linens: I Do Linens, idolinens.com.


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Celebrate your wedding between June and October 2018/2019 and receive our best rates, along with special privileges exclusive for the couple such as a complementary upgrade to Spa Pool villa, USD$30 gift certificate at Banyan Tree Spa for your guests, complimentary rental fee for the wedding venue and more.

Sanctuary for the Senses All concessions are valid with a minimum amount of villas, based on the number of the wedding attendees, for 3 nights. Other restriction may apply. Please contact us for more details.

+52 984.877.3688 | carolina.moreno@banyantree.com

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Waterfront

Watercolor

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Set on the powder white sand directly in front of the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, this minimalist, eye-popping arrangement is repeated with incredible impact. A watercolor floral floor installation saturates the sand and shows through the glass-topped table. We love how the hand-painted menu design is repeated below, begging to be seen. The soft pops of light pink roses and white candles tie in with the juxtaposed black goblets, chairs and luminaries. Edison bulb lights echo the industrial vibe of the chairs. Floral, rentals, production and design by Gabi Lavor of Canteiro Weddings, lead design by Brian Worley of Bold Events, graphic design, invitations and menus by Ceci New York and images by James + Schulze.

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

True to its Thai roots, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba feels like a fusion between south of the border and Southeast Asia. The architecture is jaw-dropping, yet feels entirely indigenous to the area. With private villas and personal plunge pools for all, luxury and exclusivity go hand-in-hand. Weddings here are second nature: effortless and totally stress-free. The set-up shown is on the sprawling, white sand beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea, but there is no end to the backdrops Banyan Tree offers. From pool-side to fireside, gardens and terraces, no matter what you desire, paradise is found.

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Gilded

Lagoon

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Alfresco romance is in abundance with golden candelabras, white chandeliers, soft lavender and white floral centerpieces (all provided by Canteiro Weddings). The embroidered gold and white linens by I Do Linens paired with detailed ghost chairs allow the gorgeously adorned tables to be seen from any vantage point. Set on the negative edge pool of the Fairmont Mayakoba with the lagoon in the distance gives a “one with nature� feel, yet the glamour of the wedding design by Brian Worley of Bold Events and Gabi Lavor of Canteiro Weddings, as well as the sophisticated menus and invitations by Ceci New York beg for floor-length gowns and tuxedos. Images by James + Schulze.

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Thatched roofs, sprawling lawns and meandering walkways invite guests to take in the destination and slow down just a little. The Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya resort is a great fit for families and romantic couples alike. There are countless activities on-site, as well as sumptuous restaurants to indulge in. The Fairmont has no shortage of event space and can accommodate just about any size of group. This classic-meets-modern design is set-off perfectly by the Fairmont’s negative edge pool overlooking the lagoon.

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Fiesta

Forever

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Fiesta equals fun in this reception set-up at the Andaz Mayakoba. Brian Worley of Bold Events and Gabi Lavor of Canteiro Weddings collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind piñata installation in the center of a custom-made table embellished with a mix of citrus, floral and fine linen. The hand-painted, watercolor art of the menus, wrapped luminaries and invitations provides the perfect tie-in to the colorful excitement of the event’s design. Floral, piñata installation, custom table, tableware and whitewashed chairs provided by Canteiro Weddings, linens provided by I Do Linens, graphic art and stationery by Ceci New York, design by Brian Worley of Bold Events and images by James + Schulze.

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Andaz

Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

The Andaz Mayakoba’s design radiates modern luxury with just a dash of whimsy. The monochromatic buildings set off the juxtaposition of the brightly colored art, transporting guests to nirvana. The property feels like a contemporary village with the angular hilltop villas overlooking winding walking paths ensconced in foliage. A highlight here, and seen in the background from our stunning photo shoot, is Casa Amate. Its “residential concept” is reflected throughout the space with separate, intimate rooms where you can relax and enjoy family recipes from the chef. The lawn, where our piñata adorned table is positioned, overlooks a lagoon below and the rest of the property in the distance.

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Romance

Garden in the

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Set in the chef’s garden at Rosewood Mayakoba, the intricately patterned linens by I Do Linens mix effortlessly with bright pops of floral and wooden bistro chairs. Moravian metal stars hang from a reclaimed wood pergola above the main table, while wicker-wrapped market lights illuminate the round tables. Soft blue napkins and custom menus by Ceci New York are delicately placed over the distressed, light gold chargers at each guest’s place setting. The metal star detail is repeated along with tin luminaries and metallic votive candles on each tabletop. Design concept by Brian Worley of Bold Events. Production, design, floral and rentals by Gabi Lavor of Canteiro Weddings. Images by James + Schulze.

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Rosewood Mayakoba

This is approachable luxury at its finest. Not an impulse or need will go unchecked at the Rosewood Mayakoba. Accommodations are a standout with heated plunge pools, outdoor showers and individual boat docks. With the property’s sleek, modern design, the surrounding jungle and beaches blend paradise with natural landscapes. This offers a truly authentic experience and is precisely what the designers were going for. The Rosewood’s farm-to-table Cheiba Garden was the backdrop for this welcoming, yet romantically plush event.

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THE HONEYMOONIST

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SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY

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The Douro Valley is one of the hottest spots in Europe for food and wine lovers. One of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage region is famed for port, but has

plenty of other varietals to explore. Six Senses Douro Valley is a 57-room hillside retreat set in a restored 19th century manor house, with gorgeous views of the river valley. Rooms come with zen touches by well-known spa designer Clodagh, while the spa features indoor and outdoor pools and 10 treatment rooms overlooking the gardens. Enjoy nightly wine tastings and meals from the on-site organic garden.

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I especially love…the Alchemy Bar, where you mix up your own unique, locally-sourced scrubs and balms to use in treatments. When not spa-ing: Take a helicopter tour over the scenic valley to Quinta da Ervamoira for a tour and wine-paired lunch. On the way back, stop to see prehistoric rock paintings at Côa Valley Archaeologocal Park.

Photos courtesy of: Six Senses Douro Valley

Few things in life are more stressful than wedding planning. As a result, I’m finding more couples are making room for some spa time, either as a romantic getaway before the wedding or for a few days incorporated into a longer honeymoon. These four wellness retreats each offer a unique sense of place, gorgeous surroundings and major romance factor.


Photos courtesy of: Chablé Resort & Spa

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CHABLÉ RESORT & SPA Honeymooners flock to Mexico for its beaches, but this new spa makes you forget about the sea. Located on the Yucatán Peninsula outside the colonial city of Mérida, the hacienda-style Chablé Resort & Spa features 38 stand-alone villas, each with a free-standing stone

soaking tub, floor-to-ceiling windows and private plunge pool with a hammock strung handily overhead. The spa, designed around a cenote, features Mayan traditions alongside more expected body and beauty treatments. Rates include two daily activities, ranging from fitness classes to an indigenous temazcal (steam bath) ritual. After a day of relaxation, take advantage of three restaurants offering everything from fresh seafood ceviches to hearty moles, and sample from the largest private tequila collection in the world.

I especially love…the amazing hydrotherapy circuit with three plunge pools, a salt-water flotarium and a steam room set in a gold-tiled cave. When you’re not spa-ing: Take an excursion to the home of Doña Eneida, a local woman with serious culinary skills. She’ll teach you how to make a traditional dish of tortillas and pork over a wood fire in her humble kitchen.

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THE LODGE AT WOODLOCH

Anyone who equates “spa” with sacrifice will learn the opposite at this natural reserve in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains. It has easy access from major cities like N.Y.C., Philly and Boston, but disconnection is the goal. Cell phone use is restricted to the 58 plush guest rooms and

the 400 acres beg you to get outside, with hiking trails and a small lake for kayaking and paddleboarding. For additional activities, experience the Japanese art of forest bathing with a meditative nature walk, try a fitness class (“Barry White Yoga” is so fun you forget that you’re sweating!), learn to draw, or soak in two waterfall-style hot tubs, one indoors and one outside overlooking the pines. The treatment menu spans massages, facials and deeper modalities like reiki and craniosacral therapy, all delivered by top-notch therapists.

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I especially love…TREE Restaurant and Bar, which rivals any big-city spot with decadent, multi-course menus featuring organic produce, specials ranging from lobster pappardelle to cheesesteak dumplings, and a Wine Spectator-ranked wine list. When not spa-ing: The mountains beckon with everything from fly fishing and golf in the summer to snow-tubing, ice skating and skiing come winter. Much of it is offered at the sister property Woodloch Resort located just down the road.

Photos courtesy of: The Lodge at Woodloch

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Bali

Photos courtesy of: COMO Hotels & Resorts and Carla Ten Eyck (headshot)

COMO SHAMBHALA ESTATE

Bali

COMO SHAMBHALA ESTATE Get a break from the beach at this sexy retreat, located outside the creative center of Ubud. The thirty guest suites are spread throughout airy, villa-style residences, each with infinity edge pools overlooking the jungle. All rooms are unique but have similar touches like canopy beds, a yoga mat, COMO Shambhala bath amenities

and access to the residences’ shared infinity pool, lounge and dining area. (They also have one-to three-bedroom villas if you want more space.) A resident nutritionist, yoga teacher and Ayurvedic consultant means you can get as intense as you like. A third of the treatment rooms are reserved for couples, while activities include yoga and Pilates, but also tennis, biking and serious fitness training. I especially love…the on-site cooking class, where you’ll get hands-on with a bevy of fresh ingredients and learn how

to create a three-course lunch of healthy Indonesian-fusion dishes. When not spa-ing: Visit nearby water temple Tirta Empul, where your guided tour includes stops for cleansings at 30 different water sources followed by a blessing from the resident priests. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HONEYMOONIST, SUSAN MOYNIHAN (a.k.a. TRAVELER IN CHIEF), AT THEHONEYMOONIST.COM

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f chasing the green flash, dipping your toes into white sand and swimming with tropical fish in truly turquoise water sounds like heaven on earth to you, then consider your honeymoon and destination wedding location on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. Surrounded by the majestic natural beauty dreams are made of, this Caribbean island, just a three-and-a-half hour flight from New York City, is a hot spot for destination wedding couples seeking a certain level of urban luxury. When you touch down at Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, perched on the famed Grace Bay Beach, island life is majestic. You and your guests can take over the 91-room property, where everyone gets an ocean view. With plenty of space in each room and fully equipped kitchen suites (which can be stocked prior to your arrival), guests of all ages will be happy here.

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If you’re a foodie, you’re in luck. The cuisine on property is a highlight. On Wednesdays, you’ll find a fisherman’s menu at the beachfront restaurant where you select your local seafood and watch chefs prepare it as live local music plays in the background. Guest Services Manager, Brendan O’Neill, describes the local fare. “We have lobster and conch year round. These are some of the key island ingredients we have on the menu. Conch ceviche is a favorite at the hotel.”

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Also, stay up late to a DJ spinning tunes in Stelle on Fridays and partake in an all-you-can-eat sushi night twice a week in this indoor/outdoor eatery. Stelle is also home to your included breakfast buffet each morning and is a great location for an after-party on the wedding night. destinationido.com

Photos courtesy of: Alicia Swedenborg

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If you’re on the island on a Thursday night, try the local fish fry that takes place just next door to the Gansevoort. Enjoy live local music, all the conch fritters you can imagine, rum cocktails mixed into freshly cracked coconuts and a night filled with fun under the stars. Daytime activities are plentiful too, though simply napping on Grace Bay Beach tops many bucket lists. For those who seek underwater sports, a dive at one of the largest barrier reefs in the world is a must-do. Snorkeling is in abundance closer to shore and, if you’re lucky, you might spot JoJo, the island’s famous solitary dolphin who has adopted tourists as his family since separating from his pod as a calf. To go on the lookout for JoJo, take a group or private boat tour and get picked up right from the resort. Then, get intentionally marooned on a nearby uninhabited island for an afternoon of sun, sand, fresh conch and even a beach party if you choose. Come wedding day, say “I do” for up to 200 guests on the sand at Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. After all, this is why you came to the famous Grace Bay Beach. Or, consider an intimate wedding alternative at the recently opened Gansevoort Villas. Just an eight-minute drive from the hotel, the villas provide a completely different hotel-like experience, one ideal for small groups. The four- and five-bedroom oceanfront homes each come complete with two pools and patios, a sunken fire pit lounge area and stairs that lead right into the water. With resort rights and a shuttle to take you to-andfrom, a beach ceremony followed by a small cocktail hour and reception in your villa is a match made in heaven. Come honeymoon time, enjoy the Exhale Spa at the resort, attentive poolside service and all the amenities you could expect from a beachfront vacation hot spot with all the luxuries of city life and views that can’t be beat.

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MEXICO

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he charming city of Puerto Vallarta is an enchanting destination wedding spot; the cobblestone streets, authentic Mexican vibe and quaint town showcase delicious restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Less than 30 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta Airport sits one of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches and the home of Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta. The resort is a mecca of luxury for all five senses.

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The all-inclusive resort offers guests five restaurants to choose from, each with their

Puerto Vallarta

own unique flavor to explore your culinary taste buds. The sound of the waves crashing, the sight of the sunset from your private balcony, the feel of the buttery sand slipping through your toes and the smell of the ocean make this resort the perfect destination wedding venue. Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is ideal for the couple who want to spend their wedding weekend fully immersed in the company of their family and friends. You and your guests won't need to leave the property, as there is always something to do. Take a hike through the jungle, enjoy a variety

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of water sports, relax at the spa, work on your tan, enjoy the nightly entertainment and you will still have not been able to experience all the resort has to offer. As a wedding planner and designer, I can say firsthand the ease of Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, and the many breathtaking ceremony and reception sites on property, elevates the experience and exceeds the sometimes perceived notions of an all-inclusive resort. This oasis exposes guests to a higher standard of luxury against the sparkling Pacific Ocean, while celebrating in this tropical paradise.

Photos courtesy of: Playa Hotels & Resorts

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Cabo San Lucas, yet only a 20-minute, scenic drive from the airport, Cabo Azul offers all of this, plus iconic backdrops for your wedding away.

If what you’re after are beautifully appointed accommodations with your own suite and/or villa (at a reasonable price point), sumptuous cuisine and top-notch service, then Cabo Azul may be the place for your special occasion. Located just outside the busier parts of

Select from El Corazon (their open air chapel), which seats up to 125 guests, a beachfront celebration at Javier’s, or even dine under the stars on the rooftop deck, El Cielo, which can accommodate up to 150 people. For more intimate weddings of less than 40 people, the resort’s penthouse, with its own private lanai, is also an option. Any of these choices offers unparalleled views of the Sea of Cortez and the service and excellence Cabo Azul is known for.

WORDS BY JENNIFER STEIN t may make your head spin if you Google, “places to get married in Cabo.” The results that display are endless and can lead you down a rabbit hole. Before trying to decide on what travel review site is right, consider what you want out of your destination wedding experience.

When considering things to do for your guests while they’re in town, a sunset sail to Land’s End (or locally known as El Arco) is a must. The naturally formed rock arc allows for stunning photos and for you to see the exact point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. We recommend Cabo Adventures to assist you with your plans. They can provide direct transfers from your resort to the marina and are equipped to handle large groups. No matter where you wed south of the border, know that you are in good hands. After all, weddings and hospitality in Mexico come as naturally as their handmade guacamole.

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Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Cabo Azul Resort by Diamond Resorts (1st, 3rd, 4th), EMWEDDINGS (2nd) & Carlos Herrera Photographer (5th)

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experts to ensure a smooth process. “I think we were lucky to have such an amazing sales manager at Marigot Bay Resort and Marina. Not physically being there to meet with vendors can be challenging, but Lisa Samuel provided us with a list of vendors she trusted and had worked with previously, which really helped.”

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or many, vacations are a time to relax and rejuvenate their minds and bodies. For Amelia and Michael, their romantic journey had a much more significant impact…. embarking on a new life chapter. Their first trip together was to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia where they fell in love with Marigot Bay Resort and Marina. “We knew we did not want a cookie cutter wedding. While on vacation in Marigot Bay, the idea hit us,” recalls the couple. “The location is gorgeous. Its lush greenery and quiet setting overlooking the natural cove are spectacular.” This stunning locale turned

out to be the ideal fit for their destination wedding. With 86 “excited” guests, the couple tied the knot under the Palm Pavilion at Marigot Bay Resort and Marina surrounded by vibrant flowers and palm trees. During the couple’s ceremony, something unforgettable happened. “As we stood in front of everyone about to pronounce our vows to one another, a light sun shower started and created a rainbow right over us, it was magical!” says the couple. When it came to planning their wedding away, they had the help of on-site

It is no wonder the couple selected this resort as their nuptial backdrop. The tropical setting of the West Coast along with the panorama of the mountains offers a compelling lure, and Marigot Bay Resort and Marina also has the distinct ability to provide seamless land and sea experiences. “The flexibility of being able to add a luxury yacht as part of your wedding celebration right from our marina, truly sets us apart in terms of our exceptional location. The authentic, gracious service and unforgettable inimitable memories our team creates for each individual guest are what I am most proud of,” says Lisa Samuel. Visit MarigotBayResort.com or call (1) 758-458-5300 to speak to a romance specialist about how you can create your own romantic memories in paradise.

VENDORS: Location: Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, Saint Lucia; Photographer: Wavemaker Photography; Ceremony/Reception Site: Marigot Bay Resort and Marina; Gown Designer: Lazaro; Florist: TLC Events; Groom’s Clothing Designer: Custom white jacket from MY.Suit, pants Calvin Klein; Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Show Me Your Mumu / Calvin Klein; DJ: DJ Hershey; Solo Steel Pan & Fire-Eaters: Soul O Bliss Entertainment; String Quartet: Yannick James


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estination wedding couples are inherently adventurous, so it isn’t a stretch to imagine some of you might be considering saying, “I do” in a U.S. National Park. These massive expanses of Mother Nature are designated for a reason – they make amazing backdrops for life’s most meaningful moments. Choosing to host your event in a federally managed park certainly comes with strings attached, but the benefits outweigh the risks. You’re committing your lives to each other, while supporting the National Park Service. If you really want to go the extra mile, you might consider a charitable donation to your chosen park. Below you will discover four firsthand, industry experts’ advice for hosting your event in a U.S. National Park.

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Choose a Location: With over one million acres, Glacier National Park has endless possibilities for beautiful photos. What’s difficult is choosing how far you want to travel from where you’re staying, where you’re saying ‘I do,” etc.. Pick the spot you think is prettiest and plan everything else around it! You only have one chance at this, so I always say, ‘Go epic or go home!’

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Choose Your Time of Day: If you want breathtaking photos, you’ll want to have your ceremony in the morning or in the early evening. Whatever you do, don’t plan on photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as the light can be harsh. It can be difficult to plan around these times, but you didn’t choose to get married in a national park for convenience, you’re getting married there because it’s one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Don’t you want the photos to reflect that beauty?

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Choose a Photographer: It may seem too early to pick your photographer before your wedding date, but what if the photographer of your dreams already has the date taken? If epic, stunning, one-of-a-kind photos are important to you, then get talking with your photographer first thing.


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Make it a Vacation for All: For example, rent luxury cabins in Yosemite and invite all your guests to spend the weekend with you. Have activities planned like hiking, a BBQ rehearsal dinner and, of course, the wedding celebration. Create a Detailed Itinerary: With your wedding being held in a national park, cell service is limited. Make sure to provide each guest with a detailed itinerary including directions, activity start times and estimated travel times (oneway, windy roads take time!). Hire a Planner: I cannot stress this enough. Most, if not all of us, don’t plan weddings on a regular basis. A professional planner will help find the right vendors that not only fit within your budget, but know how to travel for a unique destination wedding. They plan all the details, communicate your vision and execute the day-of. EXPERT

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Keep it Intimate: National park weddings work really well for an intimate, casual vibe. Planning and logistics can start to get a bit more difficult as you creep-up in your guest count. Educate Yourselves: Ensure you know the permitting rules and regulations. Most parks require a permit and have certain rules when it comes to weddings specifically, so it’s important you fully understand them.

Research Restrooms and Electricity: Make sure you research all of the facilities available to you. You will most likely need to rent a generator – especially if your reception is located in the heart of the park. Additionally, restroom access is a must. If there aren’t any nearby, you will need to rent them. EXPERT

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Don’t Skip Your Docs: National parks take their lands very seriously, so if you’re thinking of skipping the permit office – don’t! We renewed our vows in Zion National Park with only 12 guests and the park rangers asked us for our permit before we even boarded the shuttle. Build-in Extra Time: Timing can be unpredictable in a national park. We once saw a shuttle bus come to a complete stop and then creep along the road for over 20 minutes. We discovered there was a tiny tarantula in the road that was preventing the shuttle from getting through. In a national park, anything can slow you down, so build extra time into your schedule for the unexpected.

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• What is the earliest and latest you can enter and leave the park? • What restrictions will you face when bringing in décor elements? • Will a park ranger need to be on-site at your ceremony location? • Will you need to use the park shuttle system for transport of your guests and vendors?

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f you’re looking to get married in an exotic, tropical locale dripping with romance, consider Fiji. This archipelago of over 300 islands in the South Pacific has palm-fringed beaches, misty jungles filled with sweet frangipani and some of the most beautiful retreats in the word. Here, you can kick back while soaking up the indigenous culture. Fiji Airways provides regular service from major West Coast cities to Australia, Fiji and beyond. It has spacious, comfortable cabins and courteous service, making it an excellent choice when choosing how to soar and slumber across the Pacific. At Nanuku Auberge Resort, which has its own airstrip and helicopter pad, you can tie the knot on your own private island, then spend the night nestled under the mangroves after a candlelit, Champagne dinner for two. Staff will stay on a small boat anchored far enough away to ensure your privacy, yet accessible enough to zip you back to the resort any time you wish. destinationido.com


MARRY HERE FIJI Nanuku also has its own two-mile beach with crystalline waters, a gorgeous infinity pool and private, thatched villas set in gardens and appointed with polished wood floors, canopy beds and bathrooms featuring outdoor rain showers. The spa has traditional Fijian treatments, like the Fijian Bobo Massage, which employs deep pressure and unique strokes, while the restaurant offers Fijian specialties ranging from coconut milk ceviche to lovo, a luscious feast for special occasions (like your rehearsal dinner) cooked underground in banana leaves and featuring smoky, juicy pork shoulder, white fish, sweet potatoes and taro. For a memorable excursion, visit ShangriLa’s Fijian Resort & Spa, where after some pampering body treatments using indigenous botanicals, you can visit a local, Fijian village. The Shangri-La works with Sigatoka River Safari outfitter, which will transport you via jet boat up the Sigatoka River to a local village, where you’ll partake in a traditional Fijian welcome ceremony (everyone in Fiji speaks English) by drinking the famous kava, a mild-tasting tea made from the dried, powdered root of a plant in the pepper family. Next, you’ll savor a bountiful lunch made with village-grown vegetables, followed by musical entertainment and dancing. Then, it’s back to the resort to relax as you wish.

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Many couples save Fiji for their honeymoon. But, by marrying on this slice of paradise, you can celebrate your new union in another exotic locale, thus doubling your pleasure, romance and fun.

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eclining by a pool with a tropical drink constitutes the perfect honeymoon for some couples. But, if you’re eager to rejoice your marriage in a spirited, adventurous way, South Australia can’t be beat. Beyond breathtaking scenery, South Australia has world-class wine and food, exotic wildlife and lavish retreats entrenched in nature. Begin your journey in the city of Adelaide, where you can catch your breath at the Mayfair Hotel, set in a renovated Romanesque heritage-style building surrounded by boulevards lined with shops, restaurants and cafés. Then, it’s off to Kangaroo Island, home of the fly-in Southern Ocean Lodge with dramatic views over the coastline, a self-serve bar, gourmet restaurant and hilltop spa, along with oceanfront suites. As you explore the island, try crafting your own bottle of gin at Kangaroo Island Spirits, sampling honey at Clifford’s Honey Farm, oysters at The

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Next, head to the Clare Valley to sample standout Rieslings at wineries like Skillogalee, where you can lunch alfresco on locavore specialties. In the nearby Barossa Valley, famous for its Shiraz, visit various cellar doors like Seppeltsfield, where you can taste a port from your birth year! Later, retreat to The Louise, a whiteglove resort with vineyard views and Appellation restaurant, serving some of the area’s best wines and food. The next morning, The Louise can arrange for you to breakfast with the kangaroos, complete with a guided walk into a nearby conservation park, followed by a gourmet picnic near these fuzzy marsupials.

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In the nearby Adelaide Hills, stroll around the charming town of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement established in 1839. Then, taste medal-winning Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Grigio at Hahndorf Hill Winery and more wine and artisanal gin at Unico Zelo and Applewood Distillery.

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Finally, discover the Outback in IkaraFlinders Ranges National Park, where you can glamp at Wilpena Pound Resort before exploring the 600-millionyear-old, red-rock landscape, home to ancient Aboriginal art and rare animals like the yellow-footed rock-wallaby. Seeing these creatures and this land with all its many riches will likely be one of the most memorable moments of your life. What could be more special than to do it on your honeymoon? PHOTO CAPTIONS: 1. Adelaide Hills, 2. Hahndorf, 3,5. Kangaroo Island, 4. Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park, 6. Mayfair Hotel, 7,8. Southern Ocean Lodge

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honeymooned in Botswana ten years ago and the country remains one of my favorite destinations in the world. It’s ideal for adventurous couples. What could be more romantic than sipping a gin and tonic while watching the giant sherbet-orange African sun slowly drop down over the bush and a herd of giraffe, zebra or elephant meander by? A honeymoon here is for those who are seeking up-close animal encounters, interaction with amazing locals and experiences like no other. I recommend a stay at the Natural Selection properties, which have locations throughout Botswana. Start your trip in the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the world’s largest salt pans formed on an ancient lake that has long since evaporated, leaving a beautiful desert scene in its wake.

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Spend a night at Jack’s Camp, one of the most well-known and highly-regarded safari camps in Botswana. Situated in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, the tented camp still maintains a 1940s style. The camp features seven twin and three double tents with en-suite bathrooms, as well as outdoor showers. The guides here are some of the best to be found, so don’t be surprised if you get within feet of a variety of animals – including lion cubs. For a real treat, be sure to go for a meerkat bush walk. These inquisitive little creatures will walk right up to people (if you’re sitting down, they may even climb over you). This destination is one of the best places to see meerkats in all of Africa.

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Next, head to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which is located in northeastern Botswana and is reportedly home to the largest tree in Africa, a world famous 5,300-year-old Baobab. Stay at Meno a Kwena Tented Camp, a luxury safari camp located in front of a river, where it’s possible to see a great array of wildlife, including one of Southern Africa’s largest zebra and wildebeest migrations in the dry season (May to November). Activities here include game drives, walking safaris, quad biking, tours to Gweta Village and bird watching. In the wet season, massive amounts of wildlife are drawn to the lake including cheetah, hyena and a large flock of pink flamingoes.

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Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, near the world famous Okavango Delta ecosystem. This region has some of the most diverse habitats in northern Botswana, including riverine woodlands, floodplains, open savannah, mopane forests, rivers and lagoons. You can spot tons of wildlife here including elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and the sable antelope.

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For the finale of your safari, be sure to include a night at Sable Alley’s sister property, Skybeds. It’s one of the most romantic “glamping” places in the world. The Skybeds are three-story, raised platforms that resemble stand-alone tree houses and overlook the wild. The walls and ceilings are open, so honeymooners will be sleeping directly under thousands of African stars and surrounded by the sounds of nature. Your view will look like someone threw a bag of glitter in the sky. A stay at Skybeds is one of the most unique – and romantic – experiences that can be had while on safari in Africa. PHOTO CAPTIONS: 1,2. Meno a Kwena Tented Camp, 3,4. Jack's Camp, 5-8. Sable Alley and 9-12. Skybeds

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Be sure to book a stay at Sable Alley, which has 12 luxury en-suite, solar powered tents raised on comfortable decks. Each tent has a private veranda overlooking the lagoon and floodplains, stretching towards the unfenced boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. Many of the staff here are made up of members of the nearby Khwai Village. A favorite excursion is taking a mokoro water safari in private dugout canoes; game viewing from the waterways provides eye-level action of the animals.


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Begin your life together in total harmony at Grand Iberostar resorts. These luxurious, adults-only destinations combine breathtaking settings and endless pampering to create a wedding made in paradise. It should come as no surprise that these remarkable resorts are recognized among the top all-inclusives in the world. At all three, personal wedding coordinators take care of every detail, so you’re ensured your moment in the spotlight is truly your own. Iberostar Grand Paraíso, Riviera Maya, Mexico Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica Iberostar Grand Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Contact your favorite travel professional or visit weddings.iberostar.com


WORDS BY HARMONY WALTON f your curiosity of life and love of exploration means you’re the type of couple who doesn’t sit still on a beach, then honeymooning in the Galápagos Islands is the perfect place to begin your newlywed adventures. Located an hour-and-a-half off the coast of mainland Ecuador (six hours fly time from New York), the destination is remote by design, so every element of its beauty is preserved for your wonderment. Once you land in this one-of-a-kind oasis, a short ferry ride takes you to the island of Santa Cruz, where a luxury, eco-conscious boutique hotel has been constructed. Pikaia Lodge is a land and sea experience that marries the best of both worlds in the islands. With just 14 rooms (the pool suite is perfect for honeymooners), you’ll disconnect from daily life, city living and crowds, luxuriating

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in the highland clouds. The property is an architectural marvel that feels more like a villa you can call home; complete with a movie lounge, bar and island education in the evenings. The restaurant, EVOLUTION, is a mix of inventive Peruvian, Ecuadorian and American favorites on a rotating menu to ensure variety. The pool deck is the ideal place to watch the fog roll in at night and enjoy the hot Ecuadorian sun by day. But, you won’t find much downtime here. Pikaia Lodge plans itineraries for every kind of adventurer. This unique, all-inclusive traveling experience pairs delicious fare and fun cocktails with daily land and sea excursions, all of which you won’t want to miss. “While doing the booking, our reservation agents organize the guests’ itineraries in order to maximize their exposure to other islands and [provide] adequate down time at the lodge,” Andrew Balfour, General Manager of Pikaia Lodge explained. “The end result is a

balanced program with activities, resting time and plenty of nature exposure.” The most popular four-night exploration package includes naturalist-guided land visits to giant volcanic sinkholes and a trip to see 500-pound land tortoises in the wild. Herein lies the real beauty, because everything in the Galápagos is in the wild, untouched by humans, protected by the government and friendly as can be, so you can get up close and personal with it all. A highlight of the daily tours is a visit to Santa Fé Bay where sea lions give birth to their young, swim with snorkelers and sunbathe side-by-side on the sand. Bird-watching along the shoreline of Bartolomé to spot rare tropical penguins also tops the hits list. And for those sea excursions, Pikaia Lodge owns its own yacht, the M/Y Pikaia I, which is the only yacht in Galápagos with guest cabins permitted for day tours, so afternoons out on the water are hardly roughing

it. No matter what your pleasure, a unique honeymoon experience can be created accordingly. “Guests can plan for surf lessons, diving day trips, cycling programs, catch and release fishing, a day of hiking or simply take it easy and enjoy our spa and pool area,” Balfour suggests. If you want to experience the best that Mother Nature has given us, but from the comfort of an impeccably-designed hotel and matching yacht, then seeing the Galápagos Islands by land and sea with Pikaia Lodge is perfect for your post-wedding trip-of-a-lifetime. It’s also ideal for intimate destination wedding buyouts!

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Plan a stopover en route in Guayaquil for a night or two. Break up your travel at the charming Hotel del Parque and enjoy the wildlife sanctuary alongside the property before you depart for the islands.

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pend your sweet escape at the intersection of Italy’s timeless romance and culinary heritage: the region of Emilia-Romagna. It’s a no-brainer that Italy is one of the world’s most romantic destinations, and for foodie couples, it’s nirvana. Rome, Florence and Venice might be your first choices for a post-wedding Italian getaway, but there’s good reason couples who identify as eating enthusiasts should head to the lesser-known region of EmiliaRomagna instead.

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Many of the ingredients you love in Italian cooking, including ParmigianoReggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto and salami, and – of course – pasta, all have their origins in Northern Italy. The Slow Food movement started there, too, so there’s a dedication to authenticity and traditionalism that doesn’t always translate to the more tourist-trafficked areas of the country.

Meaning: You’ll be hard pressed to find “tourist menus” – and that’s a good thing. Here’s how to eat your way through Northern Italy and savor every bite, while taking in some of the region’s most romantic hidden gems and la dolce vita vistas. DAY 1-2: BOLOGNA There’s a reason the reasonably-sized city of Bologna has worn the nickname “The Fat One” for centuries. It’s said this is where pasta was invented, not to mention Bolognese sauce, which tops the thick ribbons of pappardelle native to the city. The Bolognese people take their traditions seriously and you’ll have to work hard to have a bad meal here. Start at the Mercato di Mezzo and stroll through the winding streets together, taking in the sights and smells where the city’s flavors are on full display. Stop and sample some thinly shaved mortadella, a pistachio-studded deli-style meat that’s destinationido.com

wholly underappreciated stateside, but that the Bolognese claim as a staple, especially atop crusty bread spread with creamy ricotta. It’s to die for, and the place to get it is local favorite restaurant Zerocinquantello. Order the mortadella as a starter and then the tortellini en brodo. The tiny cheese-stuffed pastas float alongside fat shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano in a hearty chicken broth in this regional classic. Toast your union with a liter of semi-sweet, lightly fizzy Lambrusco wine, which you’ll find plentifully (and cheaply!) throughout Northern Italy. As a foodie couple, you’ll want to spend at least a day at the brand-new “food theme park” FICO Eataly World, about 20 minutes outside the city. It’s easy to get to – just take the shuttle bus that leaves every half-hour from Bologna Centrale train station. The building covers over a million square feet of space and is home to at least 25 restaurants, three of them with Michelin stars.

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DAY 2-3: MODENA You might know food-forward Modena from the Netflix series “Master of None” and “Chef’s Table” and, since you’re planning your honeymoon well in advance, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to score a table at Osteria Francescana, the world’s second-best restaurant, according to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization. If that’s a little out of budget, not to worry. Almost anywhere you eat in Modena will be a special experience. Balsamic vinegar was invented and first sold in Modena, and the first producer, or acetaia, as they’re called, offers exceptional tours and tastings. Acetaia Giusti has been producing the vinegar since 1605, and is the oldest continuous producer in the world. Take home a bottle or two and have a taste to remember your honeymoon when you get home. A few minutes away, visit another temple to one of the area’s most-loved ingredients, Parmigiano-Reggiano. 4 Madonne Caseificio dell’Emilia was established in 1967, and now produces 75,000 wheels of the cheese each year. Take a fat hunk home with you – don’t worry, it can withstand lack of refrigeration and is perfectly fine to take on a plane. (Just remember to claim any food items at U.S. Customs.)

DAY 4-5: PARMA If you’ve guessed that ParmigianoReggiano cheese is partly named for this charming town, you’d be right. The other major ingredient to come from Parma is prosciutto di Parma, and the locals are extremely proud of their brand of ham. Taste it and other charcuterie from the region at the charcuterie museum by Villani, between Modena and Parma, and pick up a few bottles of two-Euro Lambrusco to take home from Setticani Winery, which has been producing the wine since 1923. The historic old city of Parma is centuries in the making and there’s plenty to eat and see, including the Gothic cathedral and Romanesque baptistry. Stop into the Pasticceria Torino, one of the oldest pastry shops in the area, for an espresso and a sfogliatelle, a flaky pastry covered in powdered sugar and stuffed with almond paste. For lunch, head to Degusteria Romani where locals pack the bar for cheese and charcuterie boards full of cured meats like culatello, coppa, pancetta, patanegra, spalla and, of course, prosciutto. Once the sun sets, take a trip back in time to Ristorante La Greppia, where white-coated waiters serve traditional Parmigiani favorites with a side of snark. These guys are the real deal and many have been serving here for decades. An ultra-vintage detail: women get a special white menu, without prices.

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After leaving Bologna, rent a car for the rest of your trip. Driving in Italy is no more difficult than driving in the U.S., minus the myriad roundabouts you’ll have to navigate. Google Maps works just fine and get your international driver’s license in about 45 minutes from your nearest AAA office. HIRE AN EXPERT

Want to get the most from your Italian eatabout? Tour companies like Modenatur in Modena will help you set up an eating itinerary that will net you the best bites in town, plus some insider tips for brag-worthy experiences, like a guided tour through the Mercato Albinelli. DINNER IS AN EVENT

Italians love dinnertime. So much so, in fact, that you shouldn’t be surprised if a meal out takes three or four hours. If you plan on attending the opera or another event in the evening, plan on eating afterward or have a picnic in the piazza instead so you don’t miss a minute.

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Adorable couple photo alert: the place is so big, they offer complimentary bikes to get around. Ask someone to take your picture holding hands while pedaling through the markets.

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f you’ve ever imagined a romantic honeymoon set in a castle on rolling emerald hills in Ireland, now is the perfect moment to Google, “Ashford Castle.” Fresh off the heels of a $75 million restoration, the storied destination shimmers with romantic possibilities for newlyweds. The property, formerly home to the Guinness family, is now part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. “A honeymoon at Ashford Castle fulfills everyone’s dreams of a fairy tale romance in a castle,” said Ashford Castle’s General Manager Niall Rochford. “In addition to the luxurious surroundings, all guests are treated like royalty by our caring staff, creating memories of a lifetime.” As if a castle steeped in history, and dazzling under the lumens of 130 carefully curated new chandeliers isn’t enough, the restoration has added a 32-seat movie theater,

billiards room, cigar terrace, luxury lakeside cottage, boutique wine cellars for private dining and a spa. The glorious grounds of the 5-Star Ashford Castle are brimming with activities for couples to enjoy, including falconry, zip lining, golf, clay shooting, fishing, archery, horseback riding, tennis and billiards. After enjoying a bounty of activities, you will have earned your spot at one of the majestic dining options, graced by royalty and luminaries over the years. Delight in the splendor of the George V Dining Room, enjoy the ambiance at the steakhouse, The Dungeon, or indulge in Afternoon Tea in the elegant Connaught Room. Be sure to stop by the Wine Cellars where you can select from over 600 wines to toast your beloved. Grab some popcorn and watch “The Quiet Man” at the movie theater. The

classic film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, was filmed at Ashford Castle. While you may not want to mirror their tumultuous love story, you can create your own romantic tale in one of the 83 restored castle rooms or suites or the Hideaway Cottage. Couples looking for a more affordable option will adore their time in one of the 64 luxurious guest bedrooms and unique suites at The Lodge at Ashford Castle. The good news is that Norwegian Air offers discount fares, including direct flights to Shannon out of Newburgh, New York. It’s the details that create the magic at Ashford Castle. Who could have imagined the red carnation Stanley Tollman wore in his lapel when he met Founder and President Bea Tollman in the 1950s, would one day be worn by everyone working in the Red Carnation Hotel Collection? Yes, fairy tales do come true, especially when the story starts in a castle.

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The inspiration behind this Fashion Forward photo shoot came from Destination I Do’s Editor in Chief, Jennifer Stein, who wanted to see a ceremony and reception in the sand, without sacrificing high-end glamor. Oceanfront nuptials don’t have to equate to casual style and laid-back details. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with the boho style that has been saturating wedding trends for the past few years, we wanted to put a classic, modern spin on things. With our editor in chief’s idea in mind, a group of talented vendors took this inspiration and ran with it – creating a “Barefoot and Black Tie” event worthy of the chicest beach-goers.

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(Previous Page) 1: Our bride and groom walk hand-in-hand in the sand. He’s dapper in an ensemble courtesy of The Black Tux and she’s runway ready in the “Alexii Gown” by White Runway and “Dash” necklace from Ariel Jennifer Taub. Her bouquet was designed by Precious & Blooming and her hair and makeup are by Brianna Stewart.

3: Our bridesmaid is breathtaking in the “Monroe Dress” from White Runway and “Delicate” earrings and “Cleo” hairpiece by Ariel Jennifer

Taub. Her hair and makeup by Brianna Stewart are complemented by a gorgeous bouquet designed by Precious & Blooming. 4: Before the beachfront feast, first comes the ceremony. This modern take on a driftwood arch was conceptualized by Onyx + Redwood and executed by Precious & Blooming. The rentals were provided by Archive Rentals and the aisle-lining florals were also created by Precious & Blooming.

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2: This sumptuous spread and gorgeous table set-up epitomize the modern-meets-beach

feel we were after. The catering was courtesy of Contemporary Catering, the beautiful centerpieces were designed by Precious & Blooming, the menus were designed by XOWYO Paper Press, the linens are courtesy of La Tavola Linen and the rentals were provided by Archive Rentals.

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5: Our bride is leaving nothing to chance by accessorizing from every angle. Her “Alexii Gown” from White Runway is given a modern touch with the “Dash” necklace from Ariel Jennifer Taub. Her hair was styled by Brianna Stewart.

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6-8: Our vendor team did an amazing job putting a refined, sophisticated spin on beachfront style. What our ceremony altar might lack in circumference, it more than makes up for in floral drama. The driftwood altarpiece was conceptualized by Onyx + Redwood and achieved thanks to Precious & Blooming. Stationery sets the scene for your event and these gorgeous paper pages by XOWYO Paper Press would certainly garner plenty of RSVPs. The floral centerpieces were also designed by Precious & Blooming and the rentals are courtesy of Archive Rentals.

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10 & 11: These antique details put a different spin on the décor and are all courtesy of Archive Rentals. Precious & Blooming designed the floral and greenery accents.

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13 & 14: Contemporary Catering was the ideal fit for providing food and beverage for this beachfront soirée. Nothing says “celebrate” like a sophisticated cocktail and tasty oysters on the half shell.

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NUPTIAL LANDMINES When one approaches their wedding, a myriad of situations could occur that cause you to ponder, “What is the right thing to do?” A few couples have shared some of the challenges they have encountered as they try to avoid etiquette “landmines.”

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My best friend was planning her wedding last year when her venue suddenly went out of business. The venue refused to give them their deposit back. How can I protect myself from this happening with one of my vendors?

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The best way to protect yourself from ‘fly by night’ establishments is to do your homework prior to signing any contracts. Check online reviews, better business ratings and referrals from people who have used the venue or vendor. Steer clear of businesses that are not substantiated by a positive reputation. Make sure your contract includes verbiage about deposit reimbursement in the event of the venue closing its doors or not being able to host your event. destinationido.com

I entered into the wedding planning process with the goal of remaining as stress-free as possible. While I know some things are outside of my control, there is a member of my bridal party who has been difficult from the start. She is causing me and the other bridal party members an immense amount of stress at every turn. Under what circumstances is it okay to “fire” a member of my bridal party and how do I break the news to her? Without knowing the specific issues that have arisen with this difficult bridal party member, I would initially try to have a one-on-one conversation in person with her. Perhaps you might begin by questioning her about what her

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concerns are. Maybe you can figure out why she is being difficult. If she is not willing to work within the parameters and hopes you have for your event, or is unhappy with your wedding plans, you might ask her if she would prefer to “pull out.” Make sure you have this discussion either face-to-face or over the phone with her, as text and email can often create misunderstandings due to it being difficult to fully understand someone’s tone of voice. I am in the process of planning my destination wedding and I am really unsatisfied with one of my chosen vendors. They have been unresponsive to my emails and I am seriously considering hiring someone else. I feel like I should warn other couples about this company. When is it appropriate to leave a negative vendor review online? If you have been dealing with a vendor that has been unresponsive to emails, it would definitely be appropriate to find another business that you can work with. Leaving an online review would be appropriate. However, before you take action, try to get the vendor on the phone or over email to communicate your frustrations and to let them know your planned next steps, so they aren’t caught off-guard. This also gives them the opportunity to make things right.

One of the reasons my fiancé and I chose a destination wedding was to keep the guest list at a bare minimum. He has a large, extended family and it is not within our means to invite everyone. Do we have to invite all of our family or can we pick and choose? For example, can we invite some aunts and uncles and not others? When you consider your wedding guest list, it is important to be fair or you will definitely run the risk of hurt feelings within the respective families. If you invite some aunts and uncles, you should invite them all. The same would go for other categories of relatives...cousins, nieces and nephews, etc.. The best way to keep the numbers down for the actual destination wedding is to host an “at home reception” for all of the relatives who weren’t invited or couldn’t attend the actual wedding. There are many options for this type of event that can be less expensive. You can make it as casual or as formal as you would like. You might choose a theme linked to where you hosted your destination wedding. Including a video from the ceremony, cuisine from your wedding destination and displaying pictures from your destination wedding are all ways to recreate the event at home. An at-home reception can also provide an opportunity for your parents to host and invite their friends and the family who could not be included in the wedding. It’s also a fun excuse to get to wear your wedding attire again!

Is tipping my wedding vendors mandatory? Who is it customary to tip and how much? Should it be a flat amount or percentage based? Weddings can be costly events to host and gratuities are an added expense you’ll want to make sure you consider. It’s also important to make sure you’re giving gratuities that are customary. Some general gratuity guidelines to follow are: • Before you tip, check your contracts. Many venues and caterers outline what the gratuities are in the contract and as a line item in your final bill. Generally, business owners are not tipped. • For some vendors, it is optional to tip... reference our “cheat sheet” below for further explanation. • If a house of worship is used, donations are accepted, as well as $50-$100 for the officiant. • “Thank you” notes and positive online reviews are very appreciated by vendors and for all of those individuals who helped your wedding be a success...whether or not you tipped. • If you are planning an international destination wedding, it is very important to check the protocol in the country that you will be visiting. Tipping customs definitely vary from country to country.

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“Our ceremony was beautiful beyond measure. The columns inside the Sponza Palace were draped with stunning greenery and blooms that brought the entire palace to life.” Words by: Kinsley Brown Images by: Dyanna LaMora Photography Wedding Designer & Planner: Dubrovnik Luxury Weddings

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atie and Dale are in the habit of celebrating by breaking out their passports. After Katie passed the Bar Exam, the two backpacked through Europe for a month. “We drove down the coast from Split to Dubrovnik and fell in love with Croatia’s small coastal towns and wonderful people,” says Katie. “Of all the places we traveled, Dubrovnik was our favorite, hands-down.” When the time came to say “I do,” the couple couldn’t imagine celebrating their union anywhere else. Throughout the planning process, there was one rule the couple abided by, no matter what. “We decided from day one that we wouldn’t do anything that didn’t feel like ‘us’ for the sake of keeping with tradition or because someone said we had to,” says the bride. The most important part of the couple’s wedding vision was that their event be calm, meaningful and intimate. With lots of friends and a large extended family, a destination wedding was the perfect guest list solution. When the wedding weekend finally arrived, Katie and Dale were accompanied by just 15 guests.

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Old Town Dubrovnik consists of ancient, winding stone streets and the bride was concerned about navigating her way through the crowds en route to the ceremony. “As we started walking the streets, we were overwhelmed with love,” reminisces the bride. “People [visiting] from all over the world stopped what they were doing to watch us pass, showering us with well-wishes in all different languages, taking photos and videos and cheering as we walked by. It was as though everyone we crossed paths with knew and understood the importance of the day…” FALL & WINTER 2018

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“Because we were legally married, the ceremony had to be done in Croatian. Hearing the words that marked the beginning of our marriage spoken in the language of the charming city we love so much felt surreal.”

The well-wishers lined the streets of Old Town all the way to the ceremony site at Sponza Palace. “When my dad and I took our first steps to enter the palace, the whole crowd cheered,” says Katie. “As soon as those big, beautiful doors closed behind me, the whole world went silent and all I could see was Dale waiting for me at the other end of the aisle.” It’s ironic that the couple wanted an intimate wedding above all else, but ended up celebrating with the entire town in tow. It was the perfect demonstration of the local culture the couple first fell in love with and it all added up to a day they will never forget.

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VENDORS: Photographer: Dyanna LaMora Photography, dyannalamora.com, Wedding Designer & Planner: Dubrovnik Luxury Weddings, dubrovnikluxuryweddings.com, Ceremony Site: Sponza Palace, Reception Site: Villa Orsula, adriaticluxuryhotels.com/en/villa-orsula, Florist: Le Salon, Videographer: Mihoci Studios, mihoci.com, Bride’s Gown Designer: Atelier Pronovias, pronovias.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: The Black Tux, theblacktux. com, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Dessy Collection, dessy.com, Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: The Black Tux, theblacktux.com, Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin, christianlouboutin.com, Makeup: Maris Makeup, instagram. com/maris_make_up

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EMMA + BAER

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mma and Baer’s Tennessee destination wedding centered around passion – compelling emotion and extravagant enthusiasm. These two sentiments were expressed both by the couple and by their team of talented vendors. It was the couple’s shared passion for food that caused them to select Blackberry Farm. They first discovered the venue on the Cooking Channel and immediately started researching it. As it turns out, the farm met their two main requirements. “We wanted a location where everyone could all stay together for the entirety of the weekend,” says Emma. “[Also,] food is one of our shared passions and we wanted a truly unforgettable dining experience for our wedding.”

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While Emma and Baer’s loved ones were initially surprised, the decision made sense once the 180 guests arrived at the stunning location. After securing their venue, the couple utilized personal referrals and in-depth Internet searches to select their vendors. Once the dream team was in place, the bride and groom let them loose. “Our vendors made the wedding what it was,” says the couple. “We were woefully ambivalent about so many things. There are a million decisions to make and we didn’t have strong opinions on many of them. Having the team we did allowed us to defer to their expert opinions.”

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The couple credits Lewis Miller Design for crafting their ceremony and reception spaces from scratch. “He built an incredible chuppah inside The Barn restaurant from blooming branches. By braiding the beams with flowers and greenery, Lewis transformed the whole restaurant into a truly sacred space.” The magic continued with Emma and Baer’s reception at Bramble Hall. “It looked like a secret forest in bloom, integrating the tables and stage, as well as several potted trees – all without looking busy or overwhelming.”

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At the beginning of the planning process, Emma and Baer didn’t think they needed a wedding planner, but it was Jennifer Laraia Designs that brought together all of the passionate personalities. “As we approached the [wedding] date, we realized there was too much to coordinate,” reflects the couple. “Jennifer Laraia pulled it all together flawlessly.” In the end, this couple’s destination wedding was a fabulous fusion of their vision and their vendors’ expert execution. VENDORS: Photographer: Natalie Watson Photography, nataliewatsonphotography.com, Wedding Planner: Jennifer Laraia Designs, jenniferlaraia.com, Florist & Event Designer: Lewis Miller Design, lewismillerdesign.com, Ceremony/ Reception Site: Blackberry Farm, blackberryfarm.com, Videography: Ed Ballart, edballart.com, Stationery: Sloane Madureira with Press New York, pressnewyork.com, Bride’s Gown Designer: Oscar de la Renta, oscardelarenta.com, Wedding Stylist: Cynthia Cook Brides, cynthiacookbrides. com, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Miscellaneous selected by Cynthia Cook Brides, cynthiacookbrides.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Tom Ford, tomford.com

“[Our reception] looked like a secret forest in bloom, integrating the tables and stage, as well as several potted trees – all without looking busy or overwhelming.”

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SANJAY + MATTHEW

Words by: Lauren Marshall Images by: Dennis Kwan Weddings Wedding Designer & Planner: Tropical Occasions

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ake one look at Sanjay and Matthew’s destination wedding photos in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and the love jumps right off the page.

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This one-of-a-kind wedding came from a unique story of falling in love. “We met in an anatomy lab during medical school,” laughs the couple, “which could sound sexy/cute in a geeky way if not for all the cadavers around us.” The two opted for a “same-sex take on an Indian wedding.” And “instead of a traditional ceremony, defined by gender norms, we opted for a non-denominational one officiated by two of our professors and great friends,” recalls the couple.

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When it came time to select the destination for their wedding, it wasn’t a tough decision. “Tamarindo was sunny, warm and a reasonably priced place to throw the best week-long party for our family and friends,” explain the newlyweds. The two relied entirely on their event designer and wedding planner, Aimee Monihan, to make their dream of a big, “summer Gatsby-inspired” party a reality. “Our planning phone calls with her were often the highlight of our week,” the couple admits. “For two chill guys that ultimately just wanted to show up for an

amazing week-long party, things couldn’t have been much smoother. She not only exceeded our expectations, but became a good friend,” says the couple. To give you an idea of just how grand of a party the ceremony was, the grooms rode in on horses in traditional Indian fashion. The reception started in the evening with customized cocktails, a delicious poke bar and elaborate dessert bar. Guests enjoyed a four-course meal on one long dramatic table adorned with silver mirrored runners, black and gold accents and white florals, all

“For two chill guys that ultimately just wanted to show up for an amazing week-long party, things couldn’t have been much smoother.”

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under a waterfall of twinkling lights. After dinner, the ultimate dance party began. Everyone was having such an amazing time that when the reception was over, nobody wanted to leave. Their persuasive planner, Aimee, was able to negotiate an extra hour at the venue, so the party could continue. For a party that never ends, the couple advise to plan pre-wedding events at home so people can meet beforehand. Because guests felt comfortable enough to let loose together, it allowed for a joyful, celebratory atmosphere. VENDORS: Photographer: Dennis Kwan Weddings, denniskwandestinations.com, Wedding Designer & Planner: Aimee Monihan from Tropical Occasions, tropicaloccasions. com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club, haciendapinilla.com, Florist: Stylos and Flores, stylosyflores.com, Paper Goods: Whimsy Design Studio, whimsydesignstudio.com, Videography: Jonathan Yonkers Photography & Video, jonathanyonkers.com, Lighting Design: Cabo Luna Event Rentals & Décor, cabolunacr.com, Music: Karma DJs, karmadjs.com, Wedding Cake & Desserts: Victoria Zoch, instagram.com/victoriazoch, Hair & Makeup: Maravilla Make-Up, maravillamakeup.com & Famous Points Bridal Services, famouspointsbeauty.com, Décor & Rentals: Elegante Frenesi, elegantefrenesi.com, Eventos Artesanos, costaricaweddingrental.com, DGala Events, dgalaevents.com, Los Primos Designs, losprimosdesigns.com, Tuxedos: Suit Supply, us.suitsupply.com

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“The inspiration we gave [our wedding planner] was ‘summer Gatsby.’ We described some colors and sent some pictures of things we liked and she created a masterpiece!”

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“Although there were 170 people watching us, it felt intimate and more special than I could have imagined.”

Words by: Lauren Marshall Images by: Amy & Jordan Photography Wedding Designer & Planner: Imoni Events

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achel and Max went into the planning process with one goal in mind: create an intimate time with friends and family that would be cherished forever. Luckily, the duo was able to recruit the help of Rachel’s father, who quickly became their number one cheerleader and someone to help smooth out details. Since the couple did most of their planning from afar, their wedding planner, Jennifer with Imoni Events, was the boots on the ground and turned their vision of Arcadian elegance into reality.

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On the day of the wedding, everything came together seamlessly. Vendors delivered a special scene with greenery and succulents everywhere, along with lanterns, candles and copper accents. “[The ceremony began] right as the sun was setting, which lit up the mountains in a way that stunned everyone,” the bride reminisces. “Although there were 170 people watching us, it felt intimate and more special than I could have imagined.”

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“The theme was ‘rustic elegance.’ There was greenery and succulents (my favorite) everywhere, with lanterns, candles and copper accents. The venue was perfect – it felt right out of Tuscany.”

The two were able to maximize their desert destination wedding experience by kicking off Friday with a fiesta-themed welcome reception, giving guests full access to a hospitality suite and providing a hangout space stocked with food and drinks. They also held a Sunday brunch at a nearby restaurant before everyone left. “Just take it all in,” advise the newlyweds, “As everyone says, it goes by in the blink of an eye. So, every now and then, take a step back and appreciate the little, special and surprising moments.”

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VENDORS: Photographer: Amy & Jordan Photography, amyandjordan.com, Wedding Designer & Planner: Jennifer with Imoni Events, imonievents.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: The Silverleaf Club, silverleafclub.com, Florist: Sarah’s Garden Wedding Floral & Styling, sarahsweddinggarden.com, Stationery: Idieh Design, idiehdesign.com, Bride’s Gown Designer: Jenny Yoo, jennyyoo.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Alfred Sung for Dessy, dessy.com/ bridesmaid-dresses/alfredsung, Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Mr. Formal Rental, mrformalaz.com, Cake: A Bakeshop, abakeshop.com, Band: The Instant Classics, theinstantclassics.com, Custom Moscow Mule Mugs: Copper Mug Co., coppermugs.com, Makeup: Courtney Montes, instagram.com/courtmontes, Hair: Hair by Emily Hughes, hairbyemilyhughes.com, Accommodations/ Welcome Reception/Hospitality Suite/Sunday Brunch: The Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa, omnihotels.com/hotels/ scottsdale-montelucia, Furniture: Glamour and Woods, glamourandwoods.com

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aving developed their love over a three-year, long-distance relationship, it’s safe to say distance was no match for Shruti and Arun. The two met in Philadelphia at a dinner hosted by a mutual friend, and even though Shruti took a job in Chicago that same week, the two understood their chemistry was too special not to pursue.

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When it came time to tie the knot, the couple envisioned a destination wedding as special as their bond; which is exactly what they found in Point Clear, Alabama. The bride is from New Orleans and had some ties to the Gulf Shore area from spending summer vacations there as a girl, so the location just made sense. “We also wanted somewhere warm,” the two admitted.

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The duo wanted their 250 guests to think of their wedding weekend as a vacation. So, they leaned on their wedding designer and planner, Ali Phillips of Engaging Events by Ali, to elevate their traditional Indian celebration to new heights. destinationido.com


“We have both been to a number of weddings in the cities we lived in and are from, so we wanted something a little different,” Shruti and Arun explained. Their unique event quickly became a weekend-long affair with a welcome party on Friday night that had a fun, Southern theme to tie-in the bride’s New Orleans roots. The wedding day started at 10 a.m. with the Baraat where the Groom was led to the wedding venue in an elaborate procession. The ceremony and a lavish luncheon followed where guests enjoyed quality time with one another, which Shruti loved.

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“My favorite moments were spending quality time with the people I love,” the bride reminisced, “Like doing nails with my four and six-year-old nieces Friday morning before most people had arrived and chatting with my girlfriends in the bridal suite while getting my hair and makeup done.”

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“My favorite moments were spending quality time with the people I love, like doing nails with my four- and six-yearold nieces Friday morning before most people had arrived and chatting with my girlfriends in the bridal suite while getting my hair and makeup done.� With the warm sun shining down on a perfect union of Southern flare and Indian tradition, the couple left distance in the dust, hand-in-hand surrounded by family and friends. VENDORS: Photographer: averyhouse, averyhouse. net, Wedding Designer & Planner: Ali Phillips with Engaging Events by Ali, engagingeventsbyali.com, Venue: Grand Hotel Resort, marriottgrand.com, Videographer: Aria Films, evpvideography.net, Flowers: Wildflowers Fairhope, wildflowersfairhope.com, Draping: Southern Sounds, southernsounds.org, Chivari Chairs: Gulf Coast Events & Rentals, gcrent.com, Stationery: Indian Wedding Card and Clementine Ink, indianweddingcard.com & clementineink.com, Linens: BBJ Linens, bbjlinen.com, Hair and Makeup: H20 Salon, h2osalon-spa.com, DJ: Shivas Gilotra with One2 Entertainment, facebook.com/ djshivvy, Band: D Play Band, dplayband.com

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ANNIE + AARON

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nnie and Aaron’s relationship goes back almost as far as their love affair with Santa Ynez, California. The area is home to a host of small, charming towns and amazing wineries. For their destination wedding, Annie and Aaron chose a private winery in Solvang.

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“As we toured the winery, a rainbow appeared over the barn. We knew that this was where we needed to get married.”

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“We chose the winery because we loved its relaxed, beautiful feel,” recalls the couple. “As we toured the winery, a rainbow appeared over the barn. We knew this is where we needed to get married.”

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Their family and friends were supportive of the plan and 96 guests joined the couple on their wedding day. The ceremony was held in front of the century-old barn as the sun set over the surrounding vineyards. Having a close friend serve as their officiant added a sentimental touch to an already meaningful ceremony. After Aaron and Annie

exchanged vows, their guests showered them with white rose petals. What makes this wedding extra-special is the way the couple combined a lovely, classic color scheme with unique and rustic details befitting of the barn setting. Such details included a photo booth bus and an antique truck that doubled as a mobile beer bar. Guests were treated to a gorgeous reception set-up with sophisticated table settings juxtaposed by laid-back tunes and decorative elements. “The Bryan Titus Trio kicked off the reception with destinationido.com

bluegrass jams and we and our guests enjoyed Santa Maria-style barbeque and local wine,” reflects the couple. After dinner, a DJ took over and the group danced the night away under the Solvang stars. To thank their guests for coming, Annie and Aaron hosted a variety of pre- and post-wedding events including a meetand-greet at Solvang Brewing Company and a rehearsal dinner and brunch at Valley Piggery. As for advice, the couple kept it short and simple. “Make sure to make your wedding your own.”


“The Bryan Titus Trio kicked off the reception with bluegrass jams and we and our guests enjoyed Santa Maria-style barbeque and local wine.”

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VENDORS: Photographer: Rebecca Yale Photography, rebeccayalephotography.com, Wedding Designer & Planner: Davia Lee Weddings & Events, davialee.com, Ceremony/ Reception Site: Private Winery, Florist: Renae’s Bouquet, renaesbouquet.com, Stationery: Minted, minted.com, Bride’s Gown Designer: Hayley Paige, jlmcouture.com/hayley-paige, Hair & Makeup: Queens Bees, facebook.com/thequeensbees, Groom’s Clothing Designer: The Black Tux, theblacktux.com, Catering: Field to Table, fttevents.com, Rentals: The Tent Merchant, thetentmerchant.com, Lighting & Heaters: SPARK Creative Events, sparkcreativeevents.com, Wedding Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes, enjoycupcakes.com, Band: The Bryan Titus Trio, bryantitus.com, DJ: DJ Tempest or DJ Hecktik, djhecktik.com, Photo Booth Bus: 805 Camera Bus, 805camerabus.com, Rehearsal Dinner & Sunday Brunch: Valley Piggery, valleypiggery.com

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elly and Gavin are the definition of a well-traveled couple: expats who met in the U.K., planned their wedding while living in Dubai and recently moved to Australia. With loved ones all over the world, the couple felt their destination wedding options were limitless. The lovebirds settled on a location by narrowing-in on what was most important to them: amazing cuisine, beautiful views

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and the ability to spend quality time with their guests. Once Kelly and Gavin discovered Villa Catignano in Tuscany, Italy, there was no looking back. “After visiting the venue, we were instantly sold,” says the bride. “The beauty of the property and landscape is captivating.” In order to best accommodate their guests, the couple gave them 18 months notice and also chose a date during school holidays. On the big wedding weekend, the couple was joined by nearly 70 guests in the Tuscan hills just outside of Siena. Villa Catignano proved


to be the ideal setting for the couple’s nuptials with the ceremony taking place in the lemon gardens and the reception held in a courtyard on the villa’s manicured grounds. The bride wanted to let the breathtaking scenery do the majority of the work for the ceremony, so the aisle was decorated simply with eucalyptus and baby’s breath. After the “I do’s,” the group celebrated in style. “With the stunning terracotta villa as a backdrop on one side and a view of Siena on the other, we opted for one long, rectangular table, so it

felt like a Tuscan family feast,” explains Kelly. The night was full of touching speeches and several courses of delicious cuisine. It was the personalized touches that made this couple’s reception extra-special. “There was a dessert bar filled with all of our favorites brought in from around the world,” says the bride. “We also had a fruit and cheese bar, wine from local vineyards and a wheelbarrow filled with beer!”

“Every part of our wedding day was a reflection of us; who we are, what is important to us and our passions. It is beautiful when all of that comes together and everyone [enjoys] it.”

The couple’s pre- and post-wedding events were just as customized, with a welcome picnic on Italian style blankets

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and a pizza and pasta party. “The day after the wedding we had an outdoor pizza oven brought in and guests had a great time making their own pizzas,” recalls the bride. “It was an all-around crowd pleaser and the perfect way to thank everyone for joining us.” VENDORS: Photographer: Amanda Donaho Photography, amandadonaho.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Villa Catignano in Tuscany, Italy, villacatignano.it, Bride’s Gown Designer: Custom Design by Susanna Rachel, susannarachel. com, Bride’s Earrings: Vitrine Designs, etsy.com/shop/ vitrine, Bride’s Hair Vine: Kirena Exclusive, etsy.com/shop/

kirenaexclusive, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Custom Design by Doherty Evans & Stott, dohertyevansstott.co.uk, Groomsmens’ Suit Jackets: LOBO Tailors in Dubai, Bride & Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Custom Design by Ellie Wren, customweddingshoe.com, Groom & Groomsmen’s Ties: Handsome and Lace, etsy.com/shop/handsomeandlace, Hair & Makeup: Giulia Makeup, giuliamakeup.com, Catering: Prelude Catering, preludionoleggio.it, Audio & Lighting: Audio Visual, Band: Damien McFly, damienmcfly.com, Strings: Lorenzo Borneo, lorenzoborneo.com, Groomsmen’s Wallets: Teals Prairie, etsy.com/shop/tealsprairie, Groomsmen’s Sunglasses: Watch Your Sunglasses, Bridesmaids’ Wallets: The Daily Edited, thedailyedited.com, Favors: Olive Oil from Villa Catignano, villacatignano.it

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“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’ t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.”

LAST THOUGHTS

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