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20 CLASSIC CALI Discover three of this iconic state’s must-see spots with wine country charisma in Calistoga (pg. 20), desert luxe in Palm Springs (pg. 21) and historic charm in Hollywood (pg. 22).

54 MEXICO Discover one of the newest properties in an established destination, Los Cabos (pg. 54), or explore a lesser-known paradise in La Paz (pg. 56).

24 ARIZONA THREE WAYS Explore DID’s home state with three very different, but equally wedding-friendly destinations: Sedona (pg. 24), Tucson (pg. 25) and Phoenix (pg. 27).

68 MAUI VOW RENEWAL One of DID’s writers explored the island to find the most romantic places to say “I do” all over again.

PICK YOUR PASSION 31 Get Your “Glamp” On – Celebrate at this rural Montana paradise where “glamping” took root. 32 Discover Wine Country – Your vino-loving guests will delight in exploring Oregon’s wine country. 34 Golf Lovers Unite – Combine Southern charm with country club exclusivity at this Georgia haven. 36 Beaches & Brew – If your nuptials must include ocean breezes and cold brews, this Florida location is for you. 38 High-end History – Embrace the history and sophistication of this luxurious retreat by the sea in Palm Beach, Florida. 39 Bayside Style – This Texas Hill Country respite offers dozens of activities to suit any taste.


HONEYMOON HIDEAWAYS 80 Peru – Follow in the footsteps of the Incas and honeymoon in the Sacred Valley and hike Machu Picchu while discovering this country’s cultural charm and heritage. 82 China – While this might not be an obvious option for a romantic honeymoon, Hangzhou is a lover’s paradise with gorgeous scenery and ancient traditions. 85 Belize – For adventure-lovers, honeymoon with the best combination of high-end accommodations and largely un-touched natural surroundings.

Photo courtesy of: Amanda Julca


40 MARRY HERE, HONEYMOON THERE – GERMANY & ITALY This European pairing is a great option for destination wedding couples. Say “I do” with logistical ease in Düsseldorf, Germany (pg. 40) and explore Italy’s most romantic locations on your honeymoon (pg. 42).

76 THE HONEYMOONIST – GET OFF THE GRID IN NICARAGUA Nicaragua is sometimes overshadowed by its popular Central American neighbors, but it’s time to sit up and take notice. The Honeymoonist shares her favorite Nicaraguan getaways – from luxury casitas set into the trees to a charming hillside ranch.

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10 EDITOR’S LETTER 12 ON THE HORIZON Stay up-to-speed on wedding and travel trends & recent hotel happenings.

62 ADVENTURES IN ETIQUETTE – THE ETIQUETTE OF EXCLUSION It’s important to put yourselves first when planning your “I do’s,” but out-of-the-box decisions can sometimes lead to hurt feelings and familial issues. Here’s how to be different without being disrespectful.

14 INSIDER TRAVELING No matter your destination, here are some helpful travel tips and must-know info. 18 WEDDED WISDOM Get the inside scoop and helpful insights on the wedding world. FASHION FORWARD 46 Maui: A Taste of the Tropics – Inspired by the flora and fauna that makes Hawaii such a destination wedding draw, this styled-shoot is a tropical feast for the senses. 70 California: Wildly Refined – The wild of Mother Nature meets chic, trendy details with this coral fantasy.


86 REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS As one of our magazine’s most popular departments, we feel pressured to deliver the freshest, most fun and fabulous reallife destination weddings. Thankfully, we had more beautiful submissions to choose from than ever before. In this issue you will find a chic soirée in Maui, a colorful fiesta in Colombia, a cultural sensation in Wyoming, heartfelt nuptials in Cabo San Lucas, a long-awaited elopement in La Jolla, earthy elegance in Big Sur & destination-inspired details in Mykonos.

Photo courtesy of: Amanda Julca


58 ASK THE EXPERT – THE ART OF ELOPING While forgoing a traditional wedding and opting to elope might sound simple enough, it comes with its own questions and complexities. We’ve asked five experts to weigh-in on how to achieve a sentimental and streamlined wedding away for two.

64 THE GUEST BOOK – A DREAM VOW RENEWAL IN LOS CABOS After a hometown wedding and ten years together, this couple hosted the destination vow renewal of their dreams at the One&Only Palmilla in Mexico.

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n June, I headed to one of my happiest places – a luxury wedding business summit called Engage!. The summit is meant to bring together the best-of-the-best under one roof to have honest conversation, learn from one another and inspire our industry as a whole. At each Engage! (there have been 17), there is an overarching message that emerges – even though the speakers and individuals attending don’t plan on it. This time it was the message of vulnerability: being vulnerable as business leaders and owners; with the couples who entrust us with their weddings, in our relationships and with each other. One speaker said, “Being vulnerable isn’t being weak. It takes true courage.”

Making dreams come true is ultimately the reason this magazine exists and why wedding planners, photographers, florists etc. do what they do. As cheesy as that may sound, it’s the truth. When you trust someone with your dreams, there is no more vulnerable a place to be. Thank you for trusting us with your vision of what your wedding day should be and for being as vulnerable with us as we are with you. Cheers to your wedding, cheers to the artistry that makes up this exceptional luxury wedding industry and cheers to coming together to make dreams a reality!

So how does this message impact you and your upcoming nuptials? On my way home from the conference, I began to think about it. It actually affects you considerably. You see, we’re all a bit vulnerable when it comes to our wedding day. For example, you must trust the individuals you select to pull off the event you’ve been dreaming of; to show up, and deliver what you discussed, be it with your wedding planner, photographer, florist or even your venue. You’re putting one of the biggest days of your life in the hands of others.


But when we come together in that feeling of vulnerability, trust emerges. A connection is created and, in the end, a collaborative vision comes to fruition in the most special of times – a wedding.


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From the standpoint of the vendors you hire, this opens them up to potential criticism of their art. Working alongside individuals who might not take the same care in their craft could reflect poorly on them. They could even face not getting paid for their hard work or losing business to a competitor. From our position as a magazine, we expose ourselves to the same criticism – for people to be disappointed in the way a story turned out or, God forbid, we made a mistake. All of us take this VERY seriously, and the ones who don’t are the very reason we feel exposed to begin with.

Yours truly, Jennifer Stein

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FALL 2016: This real-life bride is the perfect complement to her Big Sur, California surroundings. She’s lovely and on-trend with a keyhole-back gown from Stardust Celebrations, minimalist floral crown and blooming bouquet both by Natalie Bowen Designs. Feather & Twine Photography captured this striking photo. See the bride’s real wedding feature on pg. 106.


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WINTER 2017: One of two photoshoots in this issue, “Maui: A Taste of the Tropics” encapsulates the exotic paradise of Hawaii. Our bride is ready for her close-up with a dramatic haku floral crown by Jackson Durham, beachy waves by Vera Joyce Hair Studio and glowing makeup by Ry-n Shimabuku. She’s wearing the “Asha” silk tank by Wtoo by Watters & Watters. Image captured by Amanda Julca. See the full photoshoot on pg. 46. Special thanks to Kasey Conyers of Bliss Wedding & Event Design.

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HORIZON recent hotel RENOS & OPENINGS Malibu, California New to the wellness scene, this “boutique retreat-meets-ashram” is ideal for couples who want to splurge on a holistic honeymoon. Check out The Magick Process™ – a seven night all-inclusive program.


Bluffton, South Carolina An ongoing expansion includes a new Inn with 150 rooms and new 13,000 square-foot Spa – complete with a salon ideal for brides.


West Indies, Anguilla The first new-build on the island in six years and the first resort to open on the island’s East End, Zemi Beach House was named “One of 2016’s Hottest Hotels” by Vogue Magazine.


Montego Bay, Jamaica The Caribbean’s first “Over-the-Water Villas” are now available for booking for November 2016 arrivals. The Tahitian-style private villas, complete with glass floors and private pools, start at $4,321 per night.

Santa Monica, California The historic beachfront property now offers 32 newly-built bungalow suites. Each boasts its own patio, Bungalow Concierge Service, a stocked minibar and separate entrance for the utmost in privacy.

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Aja Malibu, Montage Palmetto Bluff, Christian Horan Photography, Sandals Resorts & Rickiell Hodge


COUPLES: what’s your

financial forecast? Advice by Paige Christenberry & Cathleen Ringo with Regions Bank

Before starting your life together and embarking on your happily ever after, it is important to lay down the facts and speak openly about finances, expectations and long-term financial goals. WHERE’S YOUR MONEY AT?

Talk about what your current financial situations are and your individual money styles. Oftentimes a marriage will have one spender and one saver, but you need to know what to expect and how to plan accordingly.


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If it’s a fit, a prenup can help take at least some financial surprises out of your marriage. When considering a prenuptial agreement, honesty is the best policy and make sure to consult with a qualified attorney.


Try to take a businesslike approach to investment planning, even though it’s difficult to separate emotion from money. Try to understand where your spouse’s attitude about spending and saving comes from and take each other’s comfort zones into account.

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TRAVELING Here are three examples of how resorts and hotels are going above and beyond to guarantee your stay is as rejuvenating and relaxing as possible. Adult Naps: Enjoy a refreshing 30-minute cocooned “nap” at Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Relax in a zero-gravity lounger aimed at reducing stress, fatigue and pain. 30 minutes for $69, scottsdale/spa



When traveling for your destination wedding or honeymoon, it can be tough to maintain your skincare routine. Keep your face in tip-top shape with FOREO’s LUNA™ 2. It’s a personalized facial cleansing brush and antiaging device you use for two minutes each day in conjunction with your regular cleanser. Select the right LUNA™ 2 for you, based on your skin type, and prepare to see fantastic results. After a few weeks, our skin was clean, bright and tight. You’re guaranteed to be ready for your close-up come W-Day. $199,

FLY worry-free Meditative Paddleboarding: At Oil Nut Bay, an intimate island resort in the British Virgin Islands, you can practice your “Lotus Pose” during paddleboard yoga and meditation. Take your attempts at balance to a whole other level. $95 per person, per hour,


Island Glo-Ga: W Hotels is known for putting a twist on the traditional and the W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island property is no exception. Experience weekly Glow in the Dark Yoga classes to “flow and glow” – complete with body paint and fluorescent black lights. complimentary,

When traveling for your destination wedding or honeymoon, there is no need to worry about cancelled or delayed flights. With Freebird coverage, you get real-time updates on your flights and can book a new flight, if necessary, directly through the app at no additional charge to you. Book a new flight on any airline without having to wait on the phone or in line. During Freebird’s launch promotion, coverage is $19 for a one-way flight or $34 for a round-trip flight.

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): FOREO, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Oil Nut Bay, W Vieques & Freebird

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WISDOM wise bride TIPS “Find the best wedding planner you can. Without a doubt, the joy and ease of our wedding was largely due to [our planner]. The greatest gift [she] gave us was that we were able to smile all day long! We had nothing to think about other than each other and treasuring each moment of the most important day of our lives.” – Chantelle, Maui destination wedding bride Wedding Planner: Maui’s Angels Weddings

“Try to stay as relaxed as possible! Stress and frustration only make dealing with any issue that arises more tedious and can cloud your ability to solve the problem.” – Devon, Costa Rica destination wedding bride

“Consider having your destination wedding on a Friday night. We loved that after our wedding on Friday night, our celebration continued with a pool party on Saturday afternoon. We had so much fun spending time with our guests before they departed on Sunday.”

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We’ve all received an e-card before, but ThankView takes paperless messages to another level. Choose an animated theme, personalize your card with colors, fonts and photos and, best of all, add a video message. Import your contact list and add a personalized video recording for each guest. Send it off and you can track your “Thank You” e-cards in real time to see when each was viewed. Pricing starts at $20 for 25 ThankViews.


Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Love and Water Photography (1st) & (2nd & 3rd)

– Tara, Cancun destination wedding bride


stress-busting tips By Jennifer Dene, Founder of Mind Body Bride,



Next time you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, simply close your eyes and take ten slow, deep breaths. Breathing acts as a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system and will help you think more clearly. Keep this trick in mind as you travel to your destination wedding and before you walk down the aisle.


Step away from the details of wedding planning and take time to organize your to-do list. Start by creating main categories (such as travel, accommodations, invitations, etc.) and then list individual tasks within them. Seeing like-items grouped together will make it easier to focus on completing those to-dos efficiently, on time and with less stress.


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Nothing boosts endorphins and gets you out of your busy bride-brain like a good sweat session. Whether it’s a quick run around the block or hitting up a boxing class, choose an activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves no space for nagging thoughts.



Photo courtesy of: Love & Light Photographs

When was the last time you visualized exactly what your big day will look like? The next time anxiety hits, simply close your eyes and picture yourself at your beautiful destination wedding, surrounded by all the people you love. Let gratitude and excitement wash through your body and feel the stress and worry melt away.


Social media is an amazing source of inspiration, but can also be overwhelming. Once you’ve made a decision, be it the venue, the invitation design or the dress, stop looking at alternatives online. Doing this means you won’t second-guess your opinions and frees up more time to spend on other (relaxing) activities.



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gods with blue skies, gently rolling hills and picture-perfect sunsets. While the more famous areas of Napa Valley draw crowds, you can’t beat the tranquil charm of the town of Calistoga.

A 90-minute drive from the Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco airports, Calistoga’s treelined streets give you a taste of Wine Country before it became commercialized. You won’t see highways, billboards or chain restaurants. What you will find is a laid-back enclave, authentically quaint storefronts, locals who greet you with “good morning,” and more than 60 wineries. Framed by panoramic vistas, Solage Calistoga Resort offers understated luxury for guests who aren’t looking for stodgy conservatism. The resort’s 89 freestanding retreats artfully balance the organic with the contemporary, warm woods with native stone and beautiful natural light. “Napa Valley generally has a rustic flair due to its long legacy,” says Solage’s General Manager, Marcus Mueller. “Solage interprets this style in a more modern and slightly less formal way, appealing to a younger clientele.” Each bungalow features all the creature comforts, plus two bicycles for exploring the region. Solage’s recently updated Michelin-rated Solbar delivers exceptional dining and, as you would expect, expert sommelier service. Also, the recently updated 20,000 square-foot, full-service Spa Solage is the largest in Napa Valley.


EAT Evangeline A casual bistro with a Creole soul, one of Calistoga’s newest culinary destinations embodies authentic French cuisine with a fresh, fun take. Sunday brunch is a must.


TASTE Tank Garage Winery One of Napa Valley’s hippest wineries lives in a 1930s-era gas station. Tank’s one-off, uniquely crafted wines are distinctively fun. Drop in for a tasting and learn the legend behind their motto, “Never Dream Alone.”

Photos courtesy of: Solage Calistoga

Weddings can be as intimate or as grand as you wish. Set against the backdrop of the Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga will make your day uniquely yours.


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seemingly barren highway exits for Palm Desert and Palm Springs. Like a true hidden gem, the hustle and bustle of a flourishing community is tucked back toward the hills. Palm Springs has been experiencing a rebirth in recent years. Once Hollywood’s playground, the lavish luxury still exists today. However, more youthful draws (think the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival) have begun to transform the area into a trendy destination for younger generations. If you can romanticize the era of the Rat Pack, Marilyn and our “Camelot” presidency, you will fall in love with the Mid-Century vibe turned modern day escape of Rancho Mirage. With a literal bird’s eye view of Palm Springs, Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is the peak-echelon for a luxury experience. For the destination couple, The RitzCarlton provides an opulent escape in one of the most upcoming communities. Sitting on top of a bluff, there are ample indoor and outdoor backdrop FALL & WINTER 2016

options with views limited only by your imagination. High above the desert floor, The Ritz-Carlton is home to the best steak and seafood fare in the area (coupled with the most spectacular view) at The Edge Steakhouse. His-and-hers activities are abundant in the area. The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton combines a full suite of services with an unforgettable experience. Palm Springs is also famous for its shopping options, making for an easy girl’s day out. A short drive from the property, the boys can let loose with an appointment at the BMW Performance Center. Their expert instructors lead drivers through a number of track and experience options, all of which involve high speeds, high performance vehicles and high levels of adrenaline! Just a three-hour drive from Los Angeles, don’t be afraid to take that highway exit and experience extravagance for your destination wedding or honeymoon.


Photos courtesy of: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage


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is one of North Hollywood’s rediscovered hot-spots. Named one of the “Top 15 Hotels in Los Angeles” in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards, this retro-cool boutique hotel is also one of the San Fernando Valley’s hippest wedding and reception locales.

Recognized for film and television actress Beverly Garland, whose husband built the oasis for her, The Garland has been a neighborhood fixture since the 1970s. “It’s the personal touch that counts,” Garland used to say, and it remains the mantra of the hotel to this day. Her son, James Crank, now oversees the property and its recent $20 million redesign. “My goal in the renovation was to bring back Los Angeles in a simpler time,” he says. “I wanted to highlight L.A.’s lost bohemian days of endless sunshine, macramé, pottery and color.”


The redesign included the creation of a new wedding and event venue, Beverly Park. This stunning 4,000 square-foot “secret garden” is perfect for weddings and receptions. Towering sycamores, lush foliage, an enchanting fountain and Executive Chef Chris Turano’s locally sourced, unparalleled culinary wizardry will make your event unforgettable. The Garland offers proximity to Hollywood’s most popular attractions without the chaos of an inner-city hotel. Quiet and relaxed, you’re in good hands and close enough to the action for quick jaunts to cool spots.

Photos courtesy of: The Garland


A visit to The Garland is like stepping back to another era. “The hotel remains recognizable from its 1971 grand opening,” says Crank. “But it’s all grown up, in all the right ways.”

Photos courtesy of: The Garland

PLAY Universal Studios Hop onto The Garland’s free trolley to one of Los Angeles’ most popular attractions. Spring for the VIP Experience for guided behind-the-scenes access to the famous backlot, sound stages and front-of-line access to all the rides. WANDER Studio City Enjoy an urban stroll through charming Studio City. Follow The Garland’s map and keep an eye out for the original house used for the exterior shots of The Brady Bunch. Refuel at Aroma Coffee & Tea Company for an amazing cup of locally sourced coffee and magnificent baked delicacies.

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here is no place on earth like Sedona. Where energy transcends to create a sense of serenity and well-being, this dreamlike location is where you can feel the textured fabric of peace, which can only be created by nature. The all-new contemporary design of L’Auberge de Sedona is nestled within the majestic and magical red rocks of Arizona. Next to the waters of Oak Creek, your once-in-a-lifetime event will organically mix with Mother Nature. Oak Creek flows alongside luxury vista cottages, suites and traditional lodge-style guest rooms. All offering spectacular views of the enchanting and pristine property spread out over 11 acres. Every interaction is with the highly attentive staff who are eager to offer exceptional service (all tips included), whether it is for your intimate reception, vow renewal or even a romantic getaway to pop the question.


The new L’Apothecary Spa was specifically designed to turn off all outside distractions. The blending of local ingredients allows you to playfully customize and create lotions and potions. Begin your spa day with breathing exercises before your massage, allowing your body to respond to a blissful treatment. Interested in experiencing all the elements of hiking? Contact Greg from The Hike House, who is one of Sedona’s foremost hiking experts. Look into wine tasting at the family-owned Page Springs Cellars winery, where custom wines are provided for the resort and where the artisan spring waters offer a thread of connectivity with L’Auberge de Sedona. Choose from a casual meal in the recently opened Etch Kitchen & Bar, fine dining at Cress on Oak Creek with renowned Executive Chef Rochelle Daniel or explore the brand new 89Agave, where an expert explains all the nuances of tequila. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience in an unforgettable location, then the romantic L’Auberge de Sedona will offer you the opportunity to share the story of your love.

Photos courtesy of: L’Auberge de Sedona


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rizona’s first congresswoman and longtime friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Isabella Greenway, first opened the Arizona Inn as a philanthropic act to help World War I veterans gain employment. Since 1930, the Inn has remained a family-operated property in Tucson and continues to host families visiting the nearby area and university.

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The terra cotta exterior of the Inn stands out against the monochromatic desert surroundings and the expertly tended gardens look like a tropical mirage set into the dry landscape. The view of Mount Lemmon will stop you in your tracks and a 90-minute drive will take you there for skiing in the winter months. The property offers several places, both indoor and out, to say your destination “I do’s.” From gardens and spacious ballrooms to fountain backdrops and private patios, the Arizona Inn caters to couples wanting a little sunshine and a relaxed vibe. The rooms are spacious and adorned with classic furniture with a bed and breakfast feel. The property also offers fun little perks like DVD deliveries for the kiddos, sundae happy hour by the pool in the summer and afternoon tea in the winter. If sunshine, warmth and history are what you’re looking for, the Arizona Inn delivers a pretty satisfying trifecta.

Photos courtesy of: Arizona Inn

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hat Phoenix lacks in an impressive city skyline, it more than makes up for in interesting properties with character and caliber.

What was once The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix (with traditional furnishings and artwork) is now The Camby Hotel – an eclectic boutique hotel catering to the sophisticated yet quirky traveler. The rebranding happened in December 2015, when The Camby opened its doors as one of Marriott’s Autograph Collection properties. “Refined revelry is the theme throughout the hotel and décor elements play on the ‘five C’s’ of Arizona – cattle, cotton, climate, copper and citrus,” says Doug McCorkle, the property’s Chief Ideation Officer.

Photos courtesy of: The Camby Hotel

From the romantic “illusion poster beds” with copper canopies in every room to thoughtful touches that are carried out down to the bathmats (which read: clean up your act), The Camby is downright fun. For wedding couples who are looking for something a little out of the norm, but with the high-end sophistication of brands like The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis, The Camby hits the mark. One major standout is their on-site restaurant, Artizen. Continuing the décor theme of the five C’s of Arizona, you’re welcomed by industrial copper lighting, dark blue walls, cotton throw pillows, citrus artwork and an open-air patio just off the bar that takes full advantage of the (mostly) gorgeous weather Phoenix is known for. Delight your palate from start-to-finish when you order the locally sourced and expertly prepared offerings created by their award-nominated chef, Dushyant Singh. The rooftop pool can be used as the backdrop for weddings, taking advantage of valley views and romantic sunsets. Host some or all of your events at The Camby Hotel as they have diverse meeting space options that are anything but ordinary. “Double take” is part of the property’s philosophy and this hotel definitely earns more than a passing glance.

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With your loved ones boarding flights or enduring family road trips to make it to your nuptials, the pressure is on to pick a destination they will enjoy. To aide in your quest, we’ve rounded up five destinations that each have a particular passion in mind. Consider your guest list – would they enjoy a golf paradise in Georgia, seaside sunsets in Florida, wine in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, an outdoorsman’s dream in Montana or a bayside, country club atmosphere in Texas’ Hill Country? When considering a destination or venue for your wedding, be sure to do your research. Discover what makes that place special and if that specialty will suit your friends and family.


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s a lover of both Mother Nature and the finer things in life, I’ve always held a fascination with the “glamping” trend. The Resort at Paws Up, located 35 minutes northeast of Missoula, Montana, was one of the first luxury resorts to embrace the idea of outdoor living. It’s also the perfect place to hold a family-friendly wedding for the nature lovers in your life. If you want to host your event at this glamezon of a rural resort, be aware that Paws Up only hosts elopements or small weddings (20 or less) June through August.

one of five camps. Each camp boasts six safari-style tents and a dedicated chef and butler. If you prefer a traditional roof over your head, there are 28 expansive private homes. If little ones want to sleep under the stars, eight of the homes also come with fully outfitted “backyard” tents. The rates include all meals, airport transfers and even a Kia Soul for use during your stay. When it comes to activities, Paws Up offers all the ranch staples, plus unique options like a petting zoo in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter.

Take over your own piece of luxe camping real estate May through September at

The Resort at Paws Up hosts the majority of their weddings in the off-season, but this FALL & WINTER 2016

doesn’t mean you’re missing out. In fact, the staff will roll out the red carpet for you and your entire wedding party. The 37,000-acre ranch is your oyster and the Big Sky is the limit. Paws Up has gone so far as to transport a grand piano into the wilderness and marry a couple on a sandbar in the middle of the Blackfoot River. The Resort at Paws Up is a special place, where abundance meets adventure, and the Meriwether Lewis quote displayed in the Lewis and Clark Reception Barn says it best. You and your guests will be “…much pleased at having arrived at this long wished for spot.”


Photos courtesy of: The Resort at Paws Up



Discover Wine Country WORDS BY COURTNEY COX



overs of wine and rolling hills often think of California Wine Country for their destination wedding, but there’s an equally impressive, alternative option. Oregon has emerged into the limelight with world-class craft beer, but it was the Willamette Valley that put the state on the libation map. The 150-mile valley (known for its Pinot Noir) is home to more than 500 wineries and the misty, maritime climate is ideal for cool-weather grapes. In the past, most wine lovers stayed in Portland and made the 45-minute drive for wine-tastings. However, The Allison Inn & Spa opened in the fall of 2009 and brought with it the area’s first


upscale accommodations. The resort can accommodate weddings of up to 150 people. In addition to a vast collection of local wine, The Allison Inn & Spa specializes in exceptional cuisine. For this reason, all receptions are hosted indoors in order to guarantee the best service and food quality. The family-owned resort was originally built as a legacy project for the community and supports local farmers, wineries and artists. Executive Chef Sunny Jin embraces this concept with an extensive Chef’s Garden that is visited and tended by local schools and community members. To sample the Allison’s bounty, enjoy a dinner at JORY and

feast on seasonal veggies like parsnips, acorn squash and Brussels sprouts. Any wine-tasting adventure must include a stop at Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills. When the owner inherited the family farm, he put his viticulture experience to work. The winery’s south facing slopes and native Oak groves create a breathtaking backdrop. We asked Stoller’s Cellar Master, Marcus Mejia, what set the Willamette Valley apart from its California competitor. “We survive off of each other up here. It still has a very small-community feel to it. [Think] world-class Pinot Noir in a farm setting.” It’s the sense of community that makes the Willamette Valley an ideal place for your intimate destination wedding.

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): The Allison Inn & Spa (1st, 3rd & 4th), Mike Haverkate (2nd & 5th) & Andrea Johnson (6th)





eorgia + golf = Augusta National Golf Club. This is what nearly all golf aficionados will think, but there’s more to Georgia golf than The Masters. Drive 30 minutes northwest and you’ll find the Champions Retreat Golf Club. The club’s concept was born at the 1999 Masters Champions Dinner by none other than Gary Player. He recruited his friends, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, to create a 27-hole golf club. What resulted were three, nine-hole courses, each designed by one of the game’s “Big Three” – a feat found nowhere else in the world. In addition to world-class golf, Champions Retreat has 16 cottages and a 10,000 square-


foot Party Barn ideal for destination weddings. While the club is members-only, hosting your nuptials here grants you and your guests access to the cottages and all three courses. Each cottage features luxe and cozy décor, fireplaces and large patios complete with comfy rockers. Champions Retreat will play a humble host to any wedding group with its small village feel and location along the banks of the Savannah River. Treat your guests to a traditional oyster shucking at your cottage, but consider the Party Barn for larger gatherings. Unveiled in 2016, the space is the definition of rusticchic and would make a gorgeous setting for any Southern-inspired wedding. You and

your guests can dine beneath chandeliers and dark wood trusses before stepping onto the back porch for a beautiful view of the Bluff course’s ninth hole. The barn can accommodate up to 150 people, but tenting the nearby event lawn can double your guest list to 300. Champions Retreat is known for its themed parties, so consider a fun welcome dinner like a Low Country boil. Non-golf lovers will also feel at home, because it’s meant to feel like a sanctuary rather than a traditional, jaunty golf club. The illustrious Arnold Palmer said, “There is not a better setting for golf in the South,” and there’s no higher praise than that.

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Champions Retreat & Captured By Brent Cline (1st, 2nd, 4th & 6th) & Champions Retreat (3rd & 5th)


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n the Gulf Coast of Florida sits a stretch of pristine white sand and warm ocean water. The jewel of this oyster, known as Clearwater Beach, is the Sandpearl Resort. With luxury accommodations and the only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant in Clearwater, guests can expect a distinct experience. This property provides the duplicity of upscale and casual, making it a top choice for destination nuptials in Florida. It’s also the only property in Clearwater with private beach access, so the options for saying “I do” with your feet in the sand are seemingly limitless. Sandpearl Resort’s dining options range from high-end and poolside to make-your-own


s’mores on the sand. Caretta on the Gulf provides both indoor and outdoor dining options, as well as private eating areas for larger parties. Their dinner menu is a medley of steakhouse and sushi with organic pairings. This award-winning restaurant can provide an unforgettable experience for your guests. For a more casual or celebratory experience, consider enlisting the Sandpearl staff to book a tour of local area breweries such as Sea Dog Brewing Company, 7venth Sun Brewing or Dunedin Brewery. There are also many casual beach options for dining and drinks within walking distance of Sandpearl Resort.

Photos courtesy of: South Seas Island Resort Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Sandpearl Resort (1st, 2nd & 4th-6th) & Copyright: blizzard_77 (3rd)


For the destination couple, the Sandpearl Resort offers a myriad of accommodations that can be transformed into your dream beachfront wedding. Whether it be a handful of guests or up to 600 of your friends and family, venues include beachfront, ballroom or the pool lawn with a waterfall. The only limitation to your special day is your own imagination.

The Sandpearl Resort is one of the premiere wedding destinations in Clearwater, Florida. After having the opportunity to experience this property firsthand and peek into a real-life wedding celebration, the draw is undeniable: cashmere sand, molten sunsets and consummate service.

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onestly, I’ve never met a 90-year-old who looked so good. The Breakers Palm Beach has the sophistication and class befitting it’s age, but with the outward, sparkling youth of something much newer. The substantial entrance, decadent details, intricately painted ceilings and thoughtfully laid out property paired with the new, sexy Flagler Club (their hotel-within-a-hotel) and newly renovated spa, leave visitors extending their stays and delaying their flights home. Special occasions here are only limited by the imagination. The team at The Breakers don’t know the word “no,” and it shows. Having visited during a recent luxury wedding business summit called Engage! (look up #engage16 on Instagram to view the fabulousness!), it became apparent to me that this property and its staff are not just out


of the ordinary, they are extraordinary. Catering to every whim and request, the service here is unparalleled. It’s no surprise that celebrities, politicians and the world’s most discerning travelers choose The Breakers not only for their family vacations, but to host their events.

crystals that you are placed upon. The smooth alpha quartz sand ensconces your body like a warm, thick cloud and the healing properties help release muscle tension, sending you into a dreamlike hypnosis.

Any wedding here will be accompanied with outstanding food, breathtaking backdrops and envelope-pushing décor. With a majority of the hotel’s couples being from out of town, destination weddings are their specialty. The Breaker’s staff works seamlessly with outside vendors to create flawless events every time.

Make sure to check out the Flagler Club for the ultimate in pampering. Imagine a devoted, personal staff attending to your every need and private club lounge access with daily cocktails, full breakfast and refreshments throughout the day. The luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites and the indulgent bath and body products by Jo Malone, will help you start your wedding off right.

A check-in at the new and improved spa is a must. Try the signature Quartz Massage. Similar to a traditional Swedish massage, the difference here is the bed of tiny quartz

Celebrating your wedding, special occasion or honeymoon at The Breakers Palm Beach will be as timeless and heartfelt as the very love you’re celebrating.

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Munoz Photography (1st), The Breakers Palm Beach (2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th) & KT Merry Photography (4th)


Bayside Style


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estled in the heart of scenic Texas Hill Country on the shores of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, is the highly rated Horseshoe Bay Resort. From your first friendly “hello,” expect to bask in warm Texas hospitality extended by the staff and beauty of your surroundings. Everything is big in Texas and this 7,000-acre resort is no exception, with numerous options for accommodating, feeding and entertaining your guests right on property. With Austin approximately one hour and San Antonio about 90 minutes away, getting there is easy. If you are lucky enough to own a personal aircraft, there is even a Resort Airport Jet Center with a 6,000-foot lighted runway.

When planning a destination wedding at Horseshoe Bay, there are year-round options with romantic ceremony and reception venues sprinkled throughout the property. Lush green gardens, dramatic pavilions, waterfront settings or spectacular ballrooms are all options to choose from. The resort’s truly talented wedding professionals are eager to listen to your dreams, embrace them and make them come true. Exceptional culinary talent and customer service standards are the norm at Horseshoe Bay Resort, so you can relax knowing that your wedding is in good hands. The golfers who are on your guest list will be singing your praises when they discover FALL & WINTER 2016

there are four championship courses, including the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, Summit Rock. The full-service marina with its nautical fleet of boats, WaveRunners, pontoons and ski boats, will beckon the water lovers onto Lake LBJ. For those who would like a bit of pampering, the Bayside Spa offers a full menu of decadent treatments. Whether your destination wedding is an intimate gathering of your nearest and dearest or a large lavish event with many guests, the Horseshoe Bay Resort may be a perfect location. From casual to elegant, this Texas resort has settings to fit every style and preference, and the depth of experience to ensure a seamless event.


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trolling along the Rhine embankment promenade through the heart of Düsseldorf, Germany, the contrasts between ancient and new are hard to miss. The cobblestoned streets of Altstadt (Old Town) are home to historical treasures such as the Rathaus (city hall) and the Schlossturm (palace tower), but the area is also known for being “the longest bar in the world” with more than 250 trendy bars, brewery pubs and restaurants. Düsseldorf has recently emerged as a sophisticated fashion capital, with well-known designers adopting it as their home and elegant shopping options that leave nothing to be desired.


From vibrant downtown high-rise hotels to palaces and quaint inns, Düsseldorf offers a wide range of destination wedding venues – all within the city limits. If you dream of a fairytale setting, the 200-year-old Benrath Palace, situated on the Rhine River, may be the picture-perfect choice. As you approach the Baroque-style pink palace, you are struck by how it is beautifully mirrored in the reflection pool and embraced by the manicured gardens that surround it. Elegant ballrooms, grand halls and hidden sitting rooms are appointed with intricate parquet floors, silk wall coverings, crystal chandeliers and carefully

preserved artifacts from a bygone era. The palace is a masterpiece and can be the setting of a truly inspired destination wedding. In contrast, the ultra-modern Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf boasts magnificent views from almost every vantage point. It is located in a prominent position on the tip of the peninsula and in the heart of the city’s trendy MedienHafen area. A pedestrian bridge connects the property with the opposite side of the river. Many venues are available on property, but the main ballroom with its light-flooded glass roof provides amazing ambiance. For even more drama, you can surprise your guests with a sensational en-

Photos courtesy of: ©Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH - Photographer U. Otte

Romance on the Rhine

If you prefer a quaint village atmosphere, hop on the city tram and venture a short way to the historic area of Kaiserswerth, Düsseldorf’s oldest neighborhood. With its medieval ruins, charming Baroque-style houses, cozy cafés and beer gardens, you will feel as though you have been transported to another time. Explore the picturesque ruins of Kaiserpfalz, the legendary Emperor Friedrich

Barbarossa’s Royal Palace (also an amazing backdrop for wedding pictures). A few steps away, discover the charming Hotel MutterHaus, once the site where countless women from around the world were trained as nurses, including Florence Nightingale. When selecting a destination for a wedding away from home, accessibility is key and Düsseldorf is blessed with a modern, convenient airport that serves 190 destinations worldwide. Air Berlin, the second largest airline in Germany, has frequent non-stop flights from several U.S. cities and very competitive fares.


Upon your arrival, it is simple to master Düsseldorf’s public transportation system and you will find many affordable options to accommodate your guests. The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is located central to the airport and city tram system and would be a great option for hosting your guests for other events including a rehearsal dinner or welcome brunch. Charm and convenience coupled with rich culture and heritage…all in a city where the motto is “visitors become friends.” Destination Düsseldorf has kind of a nice ring to it.


Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf (1st-3rd, 5th & 6th), ©Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH – Photographer U. Otte (4th)

trance through the hydraulic outdoor staircase. Be sure to reserve one of their luxury suites on an upper floor for your wedding night where the sparkling city lights literally surround you. It doesn’t get more romantic!


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Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Victoria Abbott Riccardi (1st & 4th), Baglioni Hotels / Peccoz (2nd & 6th), Baglioni Hotels / MOREAU (3rd) & Baglioni Hotels (5th)



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Relais Santa Croce

La Vela Club in Punta Ala



o matter where you choose to go in Italy – a bustling city, seaside village or tiny mountain town – this sensual country delivers over-the-top romance for newlyweds. Below are several ideas to help you plan the perfect escape in a variety of locations. To ensure a flawless experience, one of Italy’s most luxurious, five-star, family-owned hotel lines – Baglioni Hotels, has you covered. ROME: A CHIC COSMOPOLITAN SOJOURN Combining ancient history with urban edge, The Eternal City provides a dashing setting for your honeymoon. Baglioni Hotel Regina, which has hosted Madonna and Kim and FALL & WINTER 2016

Kanye, has a sumptuous Roman Penthouse Suite with a stunning 360-degree view of the city, where you can toast your marriage in style. The hotel can arrange a whirlwind tour of the city’s top sites, including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Stroll hand-in-hand along the Tiber River, then lose yourselves among the cobbled streets of the medieval quarter, breaking at a sun-dappled café for gelato. For dinner, enjoy a pre-prandial Prosecco in the hotel’s Brunello Lounge & Restaurant (which also makes a magnificent pasta carbonara). Enjoy succulent veal and mushrooms, perhaps at Clemente alla Maddalena, a favorite of


Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Baglioni Hotels (1st & 3rd) & Victoria Abbott Riccardi (2nd & 4th)

Baglioni Hotel Luna


Relais Santa Croce

FLORENCE: A STYLISH CAPITAL ESCAPE Known as the birthplace of Italian language and the Renaissance, Florence makes a fitting urban oasis to usher in the birth of your new life together. Filled with glorious art and architecture, the city abounds with world-renowned museums like the Uffizi Gallery, home of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and The Galleria dell’Accademia, displaying Michelangelo’s David. As for accommodations, there is the 18th century palazzo, Relais Santa Croce, now a Relais & Châteaux and Baglioni Hotels property. With frescoed ceilings and antique-filled suites, you can luxuriate in the lap of splendor (like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt did when they were guests). If you wish, you can buy out the entire


hotel with its 24 rooms and suites and the attached Michelin three-star Enoteca Pinchiorri restaurant. During your stay, be sure to stroll over the Ponte Vecchio, a small bridge arching over the Arno River. Explore the city’s shops selling leather goods and jewelry, and savor regional specialties, including saffron risotto and rich red Super Tuscan. Saluti! VENICE: A MAGICAL WATER WONDERLAND For a floating fairytale of a honeymoon, the city of Venice rivals no other. Built on a 118-island archipelago, this noble Italian port feels frozen in time with no cars or skyscrapers, just miles of spired buildings, palaces and foot bridges. Take a water taxi from the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia (train station) to Baglioni Hotel Luna, steps from Piazza San Marco and surrounded by the city’s top shops. Try to book the San Giorgio Terrace Suite, which has its own private terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. In addition to arranging for a private gondola ride, the hotel can coordinate a day on the island of Murano, where you can peruse an assortment of glass shops to find such keepsakes as a dozen swirled, crystal Champagne flutes. Speaking of flutes, be sure to visit the original Harry’s Bar. Visited by kings and queens and featured in Ernest Hemmingway’s Across the River and into the Trees, it is located only minutes from the hotel and is where the famous Bellini (Prosecco blended with white peach puree) was invented. Back at the hotel, share an intimate candlelit, rooftop dinner of Venetian specialties, like cuttlefish risotto and tiramisu, where you can raise a toast to your love under a tapestry of shimmering stars. William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is one of the most romantic stories ever written about an Italian couple. However, by honeymooning Italian-style, you and your mate can create your own passionate tale of never-ending love.

Baglioni Hotel Regina

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom): Baglioni Hotels / MOREAU & Baglioni Hotels


local politicians and movie stars like Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, tucked away in an elegant 16th century building near the Pantheon. And isn’t this fitting? The word “romance” is derived from “in the Roman style!” PUNTA ALA: A TUSCAN SEASIDE SECRET Beach lovers seeking a posh, yet secluded spot to honeymoon will adore the southern Tuscan port town of Punta Ala. Known for its sailing regattas on the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, this town is where Italy’s fashion elite have second homes – including Bulgari, Prada and Ferragamo. Kick back at Baglioni Hotel Cala Del Porto, a Relais & Châteaux property perched high on a cliff. Here you can savor grilled seafood, al fresco, at Belvedere Restaurant. During the day, head to the resort’s uncrowded beaches, ride horses along trails in the Maremma pine forest or golf at the Golf Club Punta Ala. For a memorable day trip, the hotel can transport you to Rocca di Frassinello winery, where, under expert guidance, you can create your own signature wine blend, which the winery will ship home bearing your own personal label. Imagine uncorking a bottle on your first anniversary!


Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Baglioni Hotels / Peccoz (1st), Baglioni Hotels (2nd & 4th), Victoria Abbott Riccardi (3rd) & Copyright: Roberto A Sanchez (5th)


Baglioni Hotel Regina

Baglioni Hotel Regina







A Taste of the Tropics


Anyone who has traveled to Hawaii will tell you that the island paradise has a magical sense about it. Unlike anywhere else in the U.S., Hawaii grants you a true taste of the tropics. It brings forth mental images of crashing waves, tall swaying palms, velvety green mountains, stunning sunsets and rainbows streaking across the sky. If there’s one island that meets this quintessential description – it’s Maui. Inspired by the exotic and varied natural beauty of Maui, this photoshoot highlights the topography and tropical flora that makes this destination wedding and honeymoon location so popular.




3: A unique bouquet by Jackson Durham adds an island twist to our bridesmaid’s traditional “Eloise” dress by Jenny Yoo. Her striking updo is by Vera Joyce Hair Studio and her dewy makeup is by Ry-n Shimabuku.




1 & 2: Drive down a winding road to Kula and you’ll likely find a beautiful pasture like the one in which our couple is standing. The rural setting and rolling hills provide a sharp contrast to our bride’s “Nori” silk organza skirt and silk charmeuse “Asha” tank, both by Wtoo by Watters & Watters. Her jeweled belt (Style 12B0815) is by Vera Wang. A stunning haku by Jackson Durham adds a dramatic tropical touch. Her look is completed with glowing makeup by Ry-n Shimabuku and beach-ready locks by Vera Joyce Hair Studio. Our groom’s chambray shirt is his own and his Pele’s lei is by Jackson Durham.




4. 7. 4: Our groom accessorizes his own formal shirt and vest with a traditional maile lei.

7: Nothing exudes more “aloha” spirit than a fabulous “welcome” bag. The trendy tote bag and its contents are courtesy of Montage Kapalua Bay’s Mahana Market. The beautiful, hand-painted card is by Momental Designs.


5: This cake by Cake Fanatics injects a burst of color and was inspired by a rainbow-like color palette of turquoise, pink, green and yellow.

6: An intricate menu created by Momental Designs elevates a sunset-inspired table setting. A La Tavola Linen napkin patterned in a smattering of petals provides the perfect backdrop.


8: This table setting channels true island style with bright, tropical colors inspired by the pineapple. It’s practically bursting with local foliage and bright blooms – giving off a joyful aura. The chairs, glassware and table décor are courtesy of Montage Kapalua Bay and the floral centerpieces are by Jackson Durham – all of which are accented by sky blue linens from La Tavola Linen. Our groom is channeling a surfer vibe in his own shirt and pants, a vest from Beau Ties and shoes from Bucket Feet. Our bride only has eyes for him in the “Blanche” gown by Jenny Packham, earrings by Jenny Packham (Style JJPA223) and carrying a spray of flowers by Jackson Durham.









12. 11: Intricately stitched linens by La Tavola Linen and glittering gold chargers, courtesy of Montage Kapalua Bay, are a striking backdrop for palm-inspired, watercolor menus by Momental Designs.

10: Maui’s native flora takes center stage with this dramatic, vine-wrapped bouquet by Jackson Durham.

12: For a Maui photoshoot with true Hawaiian style, the Montage Kapalua Bay was a dream setting. Expansive, lush lawns, towering palms, breathtaking ocean views and nearby lava fields provided all the inspiration necessary.



9: Our bride is a goddess in a plunging neckline dress by Free People and a dramatic fishtail braid by Vera Joyce Hair Studio. Maui’s lava rock coastline provides an earthy, textured backdrop.


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13 & 16: Pineapple and palms: two classic Hawaiian staples. They’re also the perfect counterpart for our bride and groom. She’s elegant in a back-bearing Lazaro gown (Style LZ3558) and dramatic “Crystal Ship Earrings” by Paris by Debra Moreland. Her groom is surfer suave in his own short and pants, suspenders by Beau Ties and shoes from Bucket Feet. 14: These palm leaf-inspired invitations by Momental Designs set the scene for a romantic, tropical event. 15: The sun is setting on this island love affair, but our bride’s edgy fashion look has never shined brighter. She’s chic in the “Nori” silk organza skirt and silk charmeuse “Asha” tank, both by Wtoo by Watters & Watters. 17 & 18: Our bride has mastered boho, island style in this plunging neckline dress by Free People and a dramatic fishtail braid by Vera Joyce Hair Studio. Her bouquet is by Jackson Durham.





VENDORS: PHOTOGRAPHER/ART DIRECTOR/STYLIST: Amanda Julca,, Designer/Planner/Coordinator: Kasey Conyers with Bliss Wedding & Event Design,, Venue/Host Hotel/Rentals/Catering: Montage Kapalua Bay,, Production Assistant/Assistant Stylist: Kate Hare, Floral Design: Jackson Durham, jacksondurham. com, Stationery: Momental Designs,, Cinematography: Little Tree Studios,, Gowns Sourced From (Except Free People): La Jeune Mariee Collection,, Bridal Looks: Free People, freepeople. com, “Nori” skirt and “Asha” tank by Wtoo by Watters & Watters,, “Blanche” gown by Jenny Packham, jennypackham. com, Lazaro (Style LZ3558),, Bridesmaids Dress: “Eloise” by Jenny Yoo,, Jewelry: “Crystal Ship Earrings” by Paris by Debra Moreland and courtesy of La Jeune Mariee Collection, &, and Jenny Packham earrings (Style JJPA223),, Hair Stylist: Vera Joyce Hair Studio,, Makeup Artist: Ry-n Shimabuku,, Cake Designer: Cake Fanatics,, Groom’s Footwear: Bucket Feet,, Groom’s Accessories: Beau Ties,, Linens: La Tavola Linen,



os Cabos, Mexico is abuzz with talk of Hollywood elite touching down to the chic new beachfront property by Thompson Hotels, The Cape. The first of its kind in Mexico for the brand, the seductive, contemporary resort boasts, among other things, infinity and salt water pools overlooking the bay and famous El Arco, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. With all oceanfront rooms, your guests will feel like VIPs, regardless of celebrity status. Copper-finished tubs, swinging daybeds on the balconies and suites with private plunge pools complete the image. Masculine modern décor is peppered with local artisanal accents, including handmade tiles below your toes. This sexy new destination wedding spot is perfect for a sophisticated (and sand-free) beachfront “I do” as you exchange vows perched above the ocean. Just two hours from Los Angeles, touch down and check in to The Cape’s signature Surfer Villa, a perfect place to celebrate for thirty or so guests, complete with its own plunge pool, two stories of living space, private sauna, kitchen and expansive patio for a ceremony or stunning dinner at sunset. For an equally dramatic backdrop (and many more guests), set your nuptials looking out at El Arco from the infinity pool deck before whisking your loved ones off to one of the Thompson’s signature rooftop spaces where you’ll enjoy an al fresco reception overlooking Los Cabos from high in the sky. Eloping? What better than an open-air spa villa and romantic dinner for two with total privacy from the outside world?


No matter where you celebrate on property, you’ll enjoy the natural soundtrack of waves crashing against the rocks below and an eclectic cuisine paired with inventive craft cocktails from the award-winning resident mixologist, Osvaldo Vazquez. Executive Chef Enrique Olvera describes the menu: “It reflects the feel of The Cape, a mix of modern elements and casual Baja-style. Think housemade tortillas, fresh, locally sourced seafood and craft beer brewed right here in Baja.”


The menu is inventive, the view is spectacular, but the best part about checking into The Cape? The people. The resort may be new, but each staff member will feel like an old friend long before you and your wedding guests check out.

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Thomas Hart Shelby (1st & 3rd-6th) & Los Cabos Tourism Board (2nd)



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liding across tranquil Balandra Bay in La Paz, Mexico, you first notice the colorful beauty of your surroundings. Desert brown hills dotted with vibrant green cacti envelop white sandy stretches and glassy waters. Then you notice you’re only sharing that ombré bay and a smattering of thatched palapas on the sand with a few other kayakers. When you make the trek out to the region’s trademark Mushroom Rock, you get the perfect selfie without having to wait for a busload of sightseers to clear out. Offering practically private slices of paradise, like Balandra as well as other tourist magnets like a brand new whale museum, Baja California Sur’s capital, La Paz, still offers a vintage vibe. Imagine lazy afternoon walks along the sculpture-filled beachfront promenade, a cathedral-anchored town square and plenty of premium fish taco purveyors. Be sure to try the fresh ray! Perhaps the two-and-a-half hour drive from the Cabo airport through curvy mountain passes makes maintaining authenticity and staving off overcrowding a little easier. The extra effort often translates to more bang for your pesos. For example, CostaBaja Resort & Spa will include transportation with four-night bookings. However, don’t confuse affordable with ordinary. Throwing a wedding or staying at the 150-room CostaBaja will never feel like a sacrifice. Splurge on a suite with a tub on the patio (complimentary on the wedding night), the breakfast buffet and the spa’s signature Damiana Ritual, a treatment utilizing native flowers and ancestral techniques. While away the daylight lounging by the pool, hitting the lively beach club bar or giving


new meaning to foreplay on the country’s only Gary Player Signature golf course. Then settle in to a wood-grilled steak and guided tequila tasting from a 400-label collection at Steinbeck’s, which can also cater your event. Ceremonies at CostaBaja are most often held on the private beach using simple wood and white décor the hotel has on hand, but the on-site wedding planner can help coordinate more ornate rentals or shipments from the States. Receptions can be held at a variety of spaces including the modern, desert chic Golf Club House, a more traditional ballroom or on the patio that overlooks the marina and the mountains. Whether you’re in La Paz to get hitched or honeymoon, jump on a Fun Baja boat, which conveniently leaves from the dock, to explore what Jacques Cousteau dubbed “the aquarium of the world.” Some Sea of Cortez sails are seasonally dependent, like whale watching or swimming with whale sharks, but diving or snorkeling around a colony of sea lions provides year-round entertainment. After the underwater acrobatics show, the catch of the day is served on Espíritu Santo Island’s protected shores. The perfect outing concludes with a few hours to hike, paddleboard, swim or kayak around the serene cove. Thanks to the friendly faces, picturesque surroundings, abundant wildlife, throwback feel and luxurious lodging, it is easy to be at peace in La Paz, making it one of the most appropriately named cities in Mexico.

Photos courtesy of: CostaBaja Resort & Spa



The Art of Eloping





Couples might choose to elope for a number of reasons, but a common thread is the desire for logistical simplicity. While there might not be guests to accommodate and a large event to plan, eloping comes with its own unique set of questions. We’ve asked five experts to aid in your quest for simplification. WEDDING & EVENT PLANNER Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli DID: Would you recommend couples hire a wedding planner if they are doing an elopement? JG: Yes, I would highly recommend they hire a planner to prearrange the actual ceremony and then plan a private dinner celebration. A planner can help hire the best vendors to provide photography and video and organize a romantic dinner for two. Once the ceremony concludes and they return home, they want to show their family and friends their wedding ceremony, so having photography and video documentation is important. DID: If a couple is eloping, can they still opt for all the traditional trimmings of a larger wedding (i.e. wedding cake, floral arrangements)? JG: Absolutely. I did a recent elopement in Napa complete with a wedding cake, a Champagne toast, a floral bouquet and candles – plus a wonderful private dinner prepared by a personal chef. We even hired an antique car to drive the couple around Napa to take wedding pictures.

WEDDING & ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER Shannon Elizabeth Photography DID: Elopements are generally shorter and much more simple than traditional weddings. Should couples pay less for their photographer if they’re eloping? SE: You get what you pay for, right? If you want amazing photographs and you are already going the extra mile (literally) to elope in a beautiful destination, then why not choose a photographer that you know you’ll love and trust on one of the most important days



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of your life? There are so many ways to cut down on a budget when it comes to weddings, but photography should never be one of them. DID: If a couple gets married away and then hosts a hometown reception, would you recommend they book the same photographer for both events? SE: 100% YES! Not only is a connection already established with the photographer and couple, but it brings the photographs full circle and tells a more complete story. Plus, there’s the added fact that the photographs will all have a similar style and look, which if you have OCD like me, can’t hurt!

TRAVEL EXPERT The Honeymoonist – Susan Moynihan DID: For couples that opt to elope, would you recommend they wrap their honeymoon into the same trip or should they say “I do” in one place and honeymoon in another? SM: The great thing about eloping is that it’s just the two of you, uniting and celebrating in your own unique style. Personally, I look at the wedding and the honeymoon as two separate events, so in my world, I would do the elopement in one place and then move to a new place for the honeymoon. It’s all about the two of you taking time out of your lives to fully commit to each other and then to have some time to bask in the glow of that connection before you return to the real word. DID: Sometimes resorts offer perks for couples hosting their wedding on-site. Does the same hold true for elopements? SM: All-inclusive resorts are known for offering special incentives for weddings, but if it’s just the two of you for a short stay, you may not find as many packages and perks. Whether you’re eloping or booking a honeymoon package, read the fine print carefully. That’s the job of a good travel or wedding planner – to act as your advocate, help you decipher the details and make sure you’re truly getting a great value, instead of one that just looks good online!


Karly, eloped to the South of France (shown here).


DID: What were the logistics of planning an elopement like? Do you feel it was significantly less stressful than planning a destination or hometown wedding?

RB: Our elopement was in a foreign country, but it was certainly less stressful not having to worry about guests: which dates work for which people, how much it would cost them, logistics of getting them to a rural venue in a foreign country, accommodations, etc.. It’s refreshing to be able to focus on each other, which is really what it’s all about. DID: What resources did you use to help you pull off your dream event? A traditional wedding planner, online resources, etc.? RB: We were already familiar with France, so initially we were going to try and see what we could accomplish on our own. After a while, we decided that given how busy we were with our jobs, bringing in a French wedding planner would be convenient given the time commitment necessary to sort out the details, plus factors like significant time zone differences, having to work out back and forth negotiations, and legwork that simply required eyes on the ground in France.

FASHION EXPERT Beth Chapman, Stylist/Owner of The White Dress by the shore DID: Is it still appropriate to have a large, formal gown for an elopement or should it be more understated like the event? BC: I generally recommend that the level of formality of the gown mirror that of the event. That being said, that does not mean you can’t do a ball gown for an elopement. If a princess silhouette is what is the most flattering for you and reflects the vision you have for your wedding, then by all means go for it! I might recommend a ball gown in a soft, lightweight fabric, like tulle or organza, so it is not as formal and easier to travel with. DID: In terms of accessories, can a couple still go all-out for an elopement, i.e. veil, bouquet etc.? BC: Whether your wedding is an intimate elopement or a grand soiree for 500 guests, it is still your wedding. I think a veil and bouquet are always appropriate for a bride regardless of the size of the event. They are traditional elements that make a bride, a bride!

“It’s all about the two of you taking time out of your lives to fully commit to each other.” - THE HONEYMOONIST, SUSAN MOYNIHAN

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My fiancé and I started planning a large hometown wedding, but quickly realized it was not for us. Our families are set on the idea, so we’ve decided to elope. We’re nervous to tell our loved ones. What is the best way to communicate our decision and avoid issues? Do we need to tell everyone individually and in person or can we send out a formal announcement?


One of the most formidable challenges in eloping is risking the feelings of family and close friends… particularly parents! If you decide to elope, have a personal conversation with those closest to you immediately after the ceremony, specifically parents, siblings and closest friends. Some people choose to include parents in the actual ceremony – if they can be trusted with the secret!


Even though elopements are often informal, avoid sending something as casual as a group email as it will certainly offend those not included. Sending a wedding announcement after the occasion is an appropriate way to notify those in your broader circle of family and friends.


Photo courtesy of: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography

However, if you choose to do a traditional elopement, your family members may wish to throw an at-home reception or less formal party for you. This could be a solution to ensure they feel included in your marriage without all of the planning that is involved in a traditional wedding.



My husband and I love to travel, so we’ve decided to renew our vows in Hawaii for our tenth wedding anniversary. We want our family and friends to attend, but a lot of them may not be able to. How can we explain our desire to have them there without them feeling obligated to come?


It sounds as if you have already verbally mentioned your intentions to some family and friends and received feedback about your vow renewal. Limited vacation time and finances can be a constraint on some of those close to you. If this is something you and your husband want to do, then proceed with your plans. You could send a written invitation to those you wish to include, with the disclaimer that you certainly understand if the travel would not fit in their schedules.


Instead of inviting our large extended families, my fiancé and I have decided to invite only a few close friends to our destination wedding. What is the best way to explain our decision to our families without hurting their feelings?


It is important to involve your parents in the discussion of how to best keep harmony in your respective families if you choose not to include them in the destination ceremony. An at-home reception, planned shortly after your ceremony, is certainly a common option that many choose as a way to include those not participating in the destination wedding. This can be as formal or informal as you would choose to make it, and will help family members feel as if they are an important part of celebrating your marriage.


My sister and best friend have been looking forward to being in my bridal party for years. I was in both of their weddings, but have decided to forgo having a bridal party at my own wedding. I am worried they are going to be hurt and disappointed. What is the best way to break the news?


While we’ve decided to get married away with just the two of us, my fiancé and I still want to celebrate with our friends and family after we are back. What is the protocol for planning a hometown reception when no one was invited to the wedding?


It is entirely normal to want to celebrate with your family and friends after a private ceremony. This after-party or reception can take on whatever form you wish. An announcement of your wedding can be sent with a written invitation to the reception or party. If it is more formal, you may wish to wear your wedding dress and have a theme related to your wedding destination. You might have pictures of your ceremony available at the party for those who want to see where you exchanged your vows. If it is a less formal event, it can be a dinner hosted by one of the families, a “sip and see” party, a barbeque in the park or on the beach…whatever is comfortable for your family and budget.


My fiancé and I plan to elope, so I’m not sure what to do when it comes to registering for gifts. Should we still register and should we mention it on our wedding announcement?


It is certainly permissible to create a gift registry, since those close to you will probably want to give you a gift. A wedding announcement should not include registry information, since that would send a message that a gift is expected. Make sure your close friends and family know where you are registered so the information can be shared by word-of-mouth to those who inquire.


I’ve always known I didn’t want a big wedding, but I would still like to have a bridal shower. Is it OK to ask my mom or best friend to throw me a shower when neither of them are invited to the wedding?


Those invited to a bridal shower are typically invited to the wedding. If your mom and best friend were not invited to your wedding, it would be inappropriate of you to ask them to host a shower. If you want to create a bridal registry for those that inquire about giving you a gift, that would be acceptable, but you should not have the expectation of receiving gifts if you don’t want to include those people in your wedding.




A personal conversation with your sister and best friend is the ideal way for you to share your wedding plans. Let them know how important they are to you and how much you value their involvement. Allowing them to assist you in planning your big day will help them feel like part of your celebration.








To celebrate reaching a major relationship milestone (their ten-year anniversary), Rob and Jill opted to host a destination vow renewal event in Los Cabos, Mexico. Jill, who has a passion for party planning, organized a weekend of events for 50 friends and family, as well as the couple’s three young children. Guests were treated to a “welcome” party with sushi and margaritas, a sunset sail, a “white night” rehearsal dinner with flaming Mexican coffee and loads of Mexican performers, and a post-ceremony brunch. “We wanted it to be a weekend of nonstop celebration and for each event to feel distinct,” says Jill. The couple was so successful in pulling off the event of their dreams, that we’ve asked them to share their story and advice with you.


DID: Why did you choose to do a destination vow renewal? BRIDE: When we got married, we had a beautiful church ceremony and a ballroom reception, but as we got older, we started to attend many more destination weddings and loved the idea of smaller groups spending several days together. In that way, guests are really able to relax and get to know one another. Given our love of the One&Only Palmilla, and my love of party planning, it was the perfect recipe for a destination vow renewal! DID: How did your family and friends respond to the decision? BRIDE: Many of our friends have gotten married by now and there are fewer weddings to attend, so our friends and family were very excited. Everyone loves an excuse to celebrate, and even better, an excuse to take a vacation. With the countless hours of planning we did, we never could have planned for the group to bond and come together the way they did. It really was priceless. DID: How and why did you choose your location and destination?



BRIDE: My husband asked me, “If you could pick any place in the world to host this celebration, where would it be?� I immediately thought of One&Only Palmilla. I knew they had the resources to organize events with a high level of attention to detail and we wanted to be on the ocean in the sun. [Another] one of the things we loved about One&Only Palmilla was the ability to have almost all


of the events on the property, but it never felt boring because there were so many venues to choose from. I also initially considered Paris, but it is so far away from Los Angeles. Many of our friends took breaks from busy work lives and children for this trip, so I didn’t want people to have a long flight. DID: Was planning a destination vow renewal easy? BRIDE: It wasn’t easy, but it was a lot of fun because I absolutely love planning parties! The most stressful part was Mother Nature. Cabo was hit by a devastating hurricane about seven months before our vow renewal. The entire resort shut down for a massive renovation. For a long time, we considered back up plans, but by the miraculous effort of the Palmilla staff, the resort reopened two weeks before our vow renewal and everyone agreed that it was better than ever! DID: What was your favorite moment on the big day and what advice would you offer other couples planning a wedding event abroad? BRIDE: We had so many favorite moments, but it would have to be the private fireworks show at the end of dinner. No one knew it was coming and we timed the first firework to go off at the end of Rob’s toast in front of the dinner canopy. We even played our favorite song by Panama that coordinated with the timing of the fireworks. The guests were so surprised and I’m pretty sure it was everyone’s favorite moment.


In terms of advice, embrace the planning, but don’t dwell on every little decision or you will become overwhelmed. Remember that it isn’t so much about what other people want, but about the two of you as a couple. It’s your vision alone.


VENDORS: Photographer: Steve Steinhardt Photography,, Ceremony/ Reception Site: One&Only Palmilla,, Wedding Planner: Arianna Ocampo with One&Only Palmilla, Florist: Elena Damy,, Videographer: Elysium Productions,, Stationery: Ceci New York,, Gown Designers: Monique Lhuillier (Ceremony & Dinner) and L’ezu Bridal Atelier (Reception), &, Hairpiece: Monique Lhuillier,, Shoes: Christian Louboutin,, Hair: Jennifer Keeler with A Secret Beauty Salon, Makeup: Liz Breton with Gina’s Simple Beauty,, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Custom Suit from Klein Epstein & Parker,, Welcome Bags: Carry Green,, Linen Napkin Custom Embroidery: Custom Embroidery,, Production & Lighting Designer: Victor Valdes, Furniture Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design,, Linens: La Tavola Linen, latavolalinen. com, DJ: Ricardo Patino,, Music: Francesco a la Torre, Custom Signage & Seating Chart: Signs of Love, Photo Booth: Photo Style In Cabo,, Photo Booth Backdrop: StephShivesStudio on Etsy,, Photo Booth Accessories: CraftingByDenise on Etsy,, Sunset Sail: Tropicat with Pezgato,





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WORDS BY STACEY MARCUS Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

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Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (1st & 4th), The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (2nd) & Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (3rd & 5th)

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua


y husband and I began our vow renewal celebration on the island of Maui riding to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in a convertible in the dark of night and under a canopy of luminous stars. The air was delicious and the trees welcoming. Aromatic leis, lush flora and a warm “aloha” greeting welcomed us to the resort.

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Life at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua feels like a gentle Hawaiian breeze. If you are lucky enough to stay at one of the gracious 463 guestrooms or suites, you will enjoy access to a variety of signature restaurants, the secluded D.T. Fleming Beach, an expansive threetiered pool and the inviting 17,500 square-foot spa. Highlights of our stay included swimming with sea turtles and seeing a kaleidoscope of colors during Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Cities Under the Sea program, and hitting the links amidst a 22,000-acre historic pineapple plantation on Kapalua’s Plantation and Bay courses. A favorite spot to renew vows at sunset is Lava Point, a sea-bearing cliff with spectacular views.

The resort offers formal spaces to renew your vows under a gazebo or in front of illuminated fountains. There are also many spots for renewal including the 9,000 square-foot Willow Stream Spa and three 24-hour swimming pools. Foodies will adore the myriad of dining selections including Kō, featuring Hawaii’s plantation era-inspired cuisine, and Nick’s Fishmarket Maui – serving up delectable fish selections paired with a 2,000-bottle wine cellar.

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Our last stop was Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, a sophisticated oasis on the white sands of Mokapu Beach. Each of the 297 guestrooms and seven villas are brilliantly outfitted to feng shui your soul. I enjoyed soaking up the sun at the three-tired infinity pool, dining al fresco at Ka’ana Kitchen and creating a custom oil blend at the ‘Āwili Spa. The resort also offers an over-the-top private cabana dining experience for couples who wish to celebrate in high style. Whether you are planning your wedding, dreaming about your honeymoon or renewing your vows, you will discover the essence of aloha perfuming the air in Maui. Mahalo for the memories!


Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

~ Gaze at a waterfall on the winding, three-hour Road to Hana ~ See the sun rise at Haleakalā National Park ~ Kiss under the banyan tree in the historic whaling town of Lahaina ~ Enjoy the catch of the hour at Mama’s Fish House



Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (1st-3rd) & Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (4th)

Next we drove to Wailea, the island’s sunny southwest shore, and a giant rainbow streamed across the sky. We arrived at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa oceanfront resort featuring 413 one-bedroom spacious suites and 37 luxurious two and threebedroom villas. We learned the art of paddling and the significance of the blowing of the Pū (conch shell) on an outrigger canoe trip. The resort’s cultural ambassador led an ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i Session teaching the basics of the Hawaiian language (who knew there are only 13 letters?).


Wildly Refined





Tucked away in the foothills of Silverado in Southern California, you’ll discover Rancho Las Lomas. Known for its natural beauty, the setting was the perfect backdrop for a romantic photoshoot bursting with trendy details. Largely inspired by lush gardens and wild foliage, a table setting with textured elements and coral colors really pops. This “Wildly Refined” shoot puts an earthy twist on Southern California bridal style.


PHOTOGRAPHER: BRANDON KIDD PHOTOGRAPHY DESIGNER: WINK! WEDDINGS VENUE: RANCHO LAS LOMAS PRODUCED BY: BE INSPIRED PR 1 & 4: Our bride may look demure, but she brings the drama with her low-backed “Luna” gown by Rebecca Schoneveld and “Delicate” earrings by Ariel Jennifer Taub. Her natural makeup and sweeping updo are both by PAGE Beauty. Our groom looks anxious to say “I do” in a tie by The Grunion Run and a boutonniere by Art With Nature.


3: Our bridesmaid certainly won’t fade into the background in this “Abby Long” dress in Ramble on Rose by Joanna August, “Dash” necklace by Ariel Jennifer Taub and dramatic bouquet of blooms by Art With Nature.




2 & 5: Coral and creamy details provide the perfect pop against a vibrant, leafy backdrop. The macramé screen and low-level table are courtesy of Circa Rentals, while the tabletop rentals, such as the glassware and table settings, are courtesy of Borrowed Blu. The overflowing, vibrant floral centerpieces are crafted by Art With Nature.



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6 & 8: Take a seat on a Moroccan poof or any of the comfy coral pillows surrounding this tablescape. The wood table with metal-leg details is courtesy of Circa Rentals and the glassware and tableware are courtesy of Borrowed Blu. The many floral centerpieces are by Art With Nature. 7: These down-to-earth invitations by Shindig Bespoke clearly took inspiration from the beautiful, natural surroundings at Rancho Las Lomas.


9: The “Dash” necklace and “Delicate” earrings by Ariel Jennifer Taub add a welcome touch of metallic sparkle with their gold finish and Swarovski crystal detailing. 10: Our bride sits atop a tropical throne courtesy of Circa Rentals and with vibrant floral fixtures by Art With Nature. Her “Luna” gown by Rebecca Schoneveld looks lovely draped across a frond-frosted floor.


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13. 11 & 14: Forget ladies who lunch – these beauties are toasting to love. Their bistro table and chairs are courtesy of Circa Rentals and the delicate flower centerpiece is by Art With Nature. Their hair and makeup is by PAGE Beauty. Their dresses by Rebecca Schoneveld and Joanna August, and accessories by Ariel Jennifer Taub, are well-suited for a groom in a tie from The Grunion Run and boutonniere by Art with Nature.


12: This paper suite by Shindig Bespoke embraces trendy, handwritten fonts, while incorporating earth tones and a tribute to Mother Nature’s bounty. 13 & 15: With greenery found behind and below, loosely gathered floral centerpieces with vivacious blooms, designed by Art With Nature, are a perfect complement.


Vendors: Photographer: Brandon Kidd Photography,, Designer: WINK! Weddings,, Produced By: Be Inspired PR,, Venue: Rancho Las Lomas,, Floral Designer: Art With Nature,, Rentals: Circa Rentals,, Cake/Sweets: A Sweet Savory,, Paper Goods: Shindig Bespoke,, Details/Drink Stirrers: The Roc Shop,, Bridal Fashion: “Luna” gown by Rebecca Schoneveld,, Bridesmaid Fashion: “Abby Long” dress in Ramble on Rose by Joanna August,, Jewelry: “Dash” necklace and “Delicate” earrings by Ariel Jennifer Taub, arieltaub. com, Models: Aston Models,, Hair & Makeup: PAGE Beauty,, Groom’s Accessories: The Grunion Run, thegrunionrun. com, Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu,, Welcome Box: The Little Market, FALL & WINTER 2016


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Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Mukul Resort (1st & 2nd) & Cayuga Hotels (3rd)



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Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Cayuga Hotels (1st) & Rancho Santana (2nd-3rd)


icaragua is getting lots of buzz of late, and with good reason. It has the same attractions as its more famous neighbor, Costa Rica. Think volcanoes, eco-adventure and miles of Pacific coastline, but less traveled, so Nicaragua feels off the beaten path (and also offers great value). The country recently opened a new airport on the southern coast, Costa Esmeralda. This Pacific region is home to surf breaks and a cool boutique hotel scene that’s ideal for honeymooners looking for something different. Here are three of my favorites.

LUXE LIFE: MUKUL BEACH, GOLF AND SPA This 37-room hotel put Nicaragua on the luxury map when it opened in 2014 near the popular surf town of San Juan del Sur. Families love the two-bedroom beachfront villas, which have their own pools. But

honeymooners are better served by the sexy Bohios: stand-alone rooms set on the bluff for more privacy and optimum views from the plunge pool. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors embrace the vistas and open to a wide terrace. The in-room rum amenity allows you to taste owner Carlos Pellas Chamorro’s other passion; he’s the man behind Flor de Caña, the country’s top rum. Down by the beach you’ll find a sleek, scalloped pool and two restaurants – La Terraza and the more formal La Mesa, which showcase Nicaraguan-inspired global cuisine. But the real star is Manzanillo Beach, which stretches for more than a mile and has a beach club offering kayaking, SUP and surf lessons from TropicSurf. Crave something quieter? Shuttle over to Guacalito de la Isla, a perfectly deserted cove where the only amenities are a

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few thatched palapas with chaise lounges. Whatever you do, don’t miss time at the spa. In lieu of standard treatment rooms, each salon has its own theme and amenities, from a Turkish-style hammam to a plunge pool overlooking the Pacific.

HACIENDA STYLE: RANCHO SANTANA Set in the Pacific-facing hills midway between Managua and the Costa Rica border, this expat residential community added the charming 17-room Inn in March 2015, ideal for shorter stays or visitors who don’t want to rent an entire home. The two-story Inn has an old-world hacienda vibe, with wood-beamed ceilings, tile floors, local art and furnishings made on-site from local materials. It also serves as the social heart of the ranch and is home to the main restaurant and bar, as well as an art gallery and small pool with a bar, all set shoreside on stunning Playa Santana. Of course, you can also rent one of the luxury homes, which range from beachfront condos to elaborate multi-bedroom enclaves with full kitchens, open-air living rooms and swimming pools – all set high

in the hills for an optimum breeze and view. (The latter are ideal for destination weddings.) Rancho Santana spans 2,700 acres, so you’ll need a car to get around; in fact, the ranch requires 4x4s for guests renting homes. Explore the ranch’s five gorgeous beaches, as well as restaurants like groovy La Taqueria, with an open-air kitchen set on a beachside deck at Playa Los Perros. Surf lessons are a natural here (neighboring Popoyo is one of Nicaragua’s top breaks), as are nature hikes. Befitting a ranch, Santana has a fantastic stable; riding a horse along the hard-packed sand of Playa Santana is a must.

ISLAND FIND: JICARO ISLAND ECOLODGE Just a 15-minute boat ride from the historic city of Granada, in the collection of small isles that dot Lake Nicaragua, is the gumdrop islet of Jicaro. A member of the Cayuga Collection (which operates seven sustainable hotels in neighboring Costa Rica), this private-island lodge is eco in practice, but not experience. The


Rancho Santana


Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Cayuga Hotels (1st, 2nd & 5th) & Rancho Santana (3rd & 4th)

Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Rancho Santana (1st), Cayuga Hotels (3rd & 4th) & Carla Ten Eyck Photography (2nd)

Rancho Santana

vibe is Swiss Family Robinson, with just nine two-story casitas set around the isle’s perimeter. They feel more like treehouses, with upper-level lofts, mosquito-netted king beds and downstairs living areas that open to a hammock-stocked porch. Being eco, there are no TVs and no A/C – the breezes keep you cool and the sounds of birds provide your entertainment. The bi-level pool and bar is where guests gather to sun, swim and share the day’s adventures. The open-air restaurant is superlative, with tasty multi-course menus using ingredients supplied by local farmers and producers – many trained in sustainable agricultural practices by the Cayuga Collection.

THE 411 Nicaragua is in the heart of Central America, so prep for heat any time of year. Rainy season runs from May to October; expect higher humidity, daily showers and discounted hotel rates.


Activities range from easy (kayaking around the surrounding islands) to adventurous (zip-lining and hiking on a nearby volcano), and Granada is just 15 minutes away if you want to shop or dine. That being said, you may be tempted to just stay put – and with a setting this relaxing, who could blame you?


Jicaro Island Ecolodge






Mother Nature’s Masterpiece WORDS BY COURTNEY COX Cusco

y earliest memory of the now ever-persistent travel itch takes me back to seventh grade geography in which a poster of Machu Picchu decorated the classroom wall (#NerdAlert). Since then, the ancient Incan citadel has sat atop my “must-see mountain.” Fast-forward 16 years and, as an exultant editor of DID, the Peruvian invitation I had been waiting for, finally crossed my desk.


Huacahuasi Lodge


My humble hosts, Mountain Lodges of Peru, have been offering a different take on treks to Machu Picchu for over ten years. Instead of following the famed Inca Trail beginning in Km82 and camping every night, MLP’s treks focus on cultural immersion via a less-traveled route through the Andes Mountains. At the end of each day, hikers kick-up their feet at a MLP-exclusive lodge. I signed up for the five-day Lares Adventure, a new addition to the MLP’s line-up and less grueling than the seven-day, established Salkantay Trek. The Lares Adventure allows for flexibility depending on your interests or physical stamina, making it a great option for honeymoon couples. Hikes range from 90 minutes to eight hours, but all culminate in a solid night’s rest at a comfortable lodge. After reading through the helpful materials MLP sent me in advance, it was time to make my childhood dream a reality. After an hour flight from Lima to Cusco, I finally planted my feet on Peruvian soil in the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. I broke in my hiking shoes exploring the city’s cathedrals and public markets, and reinforced my caloric reserve with local beer and empanadas at Inka

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom): Courtney Cox (1st & 3rd) & Mountain Lodges of Peru (2nd & 4th)


Grill and fresh ceviche and pisco sours at LIMO – both of which are conveniently located off the main square. El Mercado, a boutique hotel owned by the same folks as MLP, is a great home base with comfy beds and an inviting center courtyard, complete with a fire pit and live music. Starting at 12,980 feet, and after a 90-minute drive from Cusco, my group set off into the clouds for our first hike. Rounding a rocky bend and most definitely out of breath, I was surprised to see a very external struggle – woman vs. donkey. As it turns out, this local spit-fire (the woman, not the donkey) was to be our guide up the trail and into the mouth of the Sacred Valley. After a lunch consisting of smoked meats and six different kinds of potatoes (my kind of meal!), we made our way to the archeological ruins at Pisaq. Arriving at the site in late afternoon, we found it empty and under the halo of the setting sun. Determined to the end, I climbed what would be the first of many steep, stone staircases (aka Inca elevators) and was rewarded with a sweeping view of stone terraces dating back to the 15th century.

village of Patacancha. While a hike of this difficulty might sound unbearable, it’s a must for experiencing this country as it’s meant to be seen. There’s no need to keep your eyes on the road when walking – you’re free to let your senses wander and take in the surrounding natural beauty. Five hours in, and after climbing to the highest point (14,600’) en route to Ipsaycocha Lake, I was overcome with mixed emotion. With a rapidly thumping heart and watering eyes, I felt immense relief at having accomplished something I imagined to be impossible. What better way to bond with your new spouse than by pushing yourselves to the limit and supporting each other to the other side? For helpful tips on making the most of your trip to Peru, visit


Just as memorable as my long-awaited visit to Machu Picchu, was an eight-hour hike from MLP’s Huacahuasi Lodge to the mountain Lamay Lodge


Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Courtney Cox (1st) & Mountain Lodges of Peru (2nd & 3rd)

The remainder of the trip followed a similar, fabulous formula. Hours spent walking through breathtaking (no pun intended) scenery, getting to know Quechua-speaking locals and exploring some of the most impressive and best-preserved Inca archeological sites. These included Ancasmarca; circular storage structures spilling down the side of a mountain like honeycomb, Ollantaytambo; a temple of religious significance and an amazing example of Inca city planning, Machu Picchu (of course) and many others.






ou’ve probably heard of Beijing, home to the Great Wall of China, or Shanghai, the modern metropolis that rivals New York in terms of world-class shopping and top-notch restaurants, but Hangzhou is the sleepy little sister – she’s beautiful, tranquil and flies under the radar. Until now. Recently ranked as one of the top destinations to visit, Hangzhou is the place for a true, off-thebeaten-path honeymoon. “Plus, compared to many other romantic destinations, the value cannot be beat,” says Ken Pringle, Director of Reservations Sales at Avanti Destinations. Here is what you need to know to plan a honeymoon in Hangzhou.


Play: “Hangzhou is considered the ‘Love Capital’ of China, not only because of its natural beauty like the UNESCO World Heritage Site West Lake, but it is also steeped in history and legends of love,” says Helen Clausen, Owner of AsiaLuxe Holidays. For the ultimate love story, make sure to see the evening performance of “Impression West Lake,” which is a light, music, dance and theater extravaganza that takes place on the waters of West Lake. It’s produced by the famed Zhang Yimou, who created the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Another must is a romantic boat ride on the Grand Canal, the world’s oldest and longest canal that spreads 1,200 miles from Hangzhou to Beijing. You and your mate can snuggle up on your own private tour while viewing ancient pagodas in the distance and watching local Chinese life on the banks.

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom): Hangzhou Tourism (1st & 3rd) & Ken Seet / Four Seasons (2nd)


For the best honeymoon souvenir, head to Hangzhou’s Xiling Seal Engravers’ Society. China has a long tradition of calligraphy, dating back to ancient times, and you’ll learn the craft by engraving your name (or symbol of love) on your own bronze tablet. Of course, you can’t come to China and not visit a pagoda, a true masterpiece of architecture. For one of the most magnificent, head to the Six Harmonies Pagoda, which towers at almost 200 feet tall. Not only will you get amazing exercise walking to the top, but you’ll get the most gorgeous 360-degree views of the Qiantang River. Another beautiful architectural site worth seeing is the Lingyin Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China. “Hangzhou is a big city with lots to do, but it doesn’t feel crowded like many of the other big cities in China,” notes David Kartagener, President of Kartagener Associates Inc. Having said that, it’s still China, the most populous country in the world, so definitely expect lots of people wherever you go.

Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou

For an early-morning excursion, take part in one of the most cherished rituals in all of China – the tea ceremony. Head to Longjing Imperial Tea Garden in Hangzhou’s Longjing Village. You’ll walk through beautiful tea terraces, learn the history and sip various brews in a traditional teahouse. To end your trip, take a leisurely boat ride through Xixi National Wetland Park, the only national wetland park in China. You’ll see the beauty of nature in the blanket of trees – plum, bamboo, hibiscus, and persimmon – that sweep through the area. Birdwatching is amazing there, and if you’re lucky enough to visit in June, the wetland is the site of one of the largest dragon boat festivals in China. FALL & WINTER 2016


Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou (1st & 3rd) & Ken Seet / Four Seasons (2nd & 4th)

Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou

Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake


Go: There are direct flights to Shanghai from New York and L.A.. Once in Shanghai, take the high-speed train through beautiful scenery en route to Hangzhou.


Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right): Hangzhou Tourism (1st-6th) & Four Seasons (7th)


Stay: If you’re looking for luxury (and who isn’t on their honeymoon?), it’s hard to beat the Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake (which offers an amazing spa, plus an infinity pool which overlooks West Lake). Another good option is the Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou, which offers great dining. Be sure to eat at the Shang Palace, which offers plenty of Hangzhou culinary specialties.


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oneymooning in Belize is not for the faint of heart. Just getting to the country’s largest island, Ambergris Caye, requires a two-hour flight from Houston or Miami, navigating a quaint airport and climbing (literally!) aboard a teeny-tiny plane filled with what feels like hooptie car seats for a quick 15 minutes before taking a car and boat shuttle. Of course, that’s kind of the point. Belize is for couples who prefer to mix relaxation with a rush of blood to the head and newlyweds who want to swim with sharks at the world’s second largest barrier reef, scale Mayan ruins, zipline and bike unmarked, unpaved roads to discover hidden beaches. Folks who would let out squeals of delight rather than cries for help if they opened their door at Las Terrazas Resort to find a four-foot iguana outside. Even the fairly common vacation activity of taking a cooking class gets an injection of adrenaline at the 37-room property. Chef Papy will have you rolling venomous lionfish sushi in your kitchenette. Much of the country remains wild and Mother Nature can be fickle, forcing you to be flexible in planning activities like cave tubing at Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch or helicoptering over the awe-inspiring Great Blue Hole. Taking cover under a tarp for some of your jungle cruise with SEAduced By Belize tours becomes part of the fun and damp unmentionables are worth the rewards of homemade juice and Johnnycakes (a local delicacy) in Bomba Village or a meeting with a very friendly spider monkey. When you’ve had enough adventure, return to your expansive and well air-conditioned (a godsend for any sub-tropical climate) suite. More sun relief can be had by sipping the property’s signature Tiffany blue frozen cocktail from a partially submerged chaise at the pool, hitting the private beach or by asking Leroy, a legend on TripAdvisor, to clamber up a palm and machete you a fresh coconut. When truly ready to indulge, sign up for matching massages at the on-site spa or sip and snack on Caye-crafted rums and chocolate in the open-air lobby. Then feast on O Restaurant’s steak and seafood risotto. Even better, splurge on various dining a deux options that the staff can arrange on O’s romantic rooftop, the shore or a secluded sandbar, perfect for a private picnic followed by kayaking and paddleboarding in a translucent bay. Whether you choose to partake in a string of dauntless escapades or some simple post-wedding recuperating, you better “Belize” this Central American country has you covered on both accounts. FALL & WINTER 2016


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KAILUAKONA Hee Sun+Simon Words by: Kinsley Brown

Images by: Mirelle Carmichael Photography


Wedding Planning: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai



ost couples who choose to marry away pick a location with emotional ties or sentimental memories. Hee Sun and Simon took a practical approach in opting to say “I do” on Hawaii’s Big Island. With their loved ones split between New Zealand and South Korea, the New Yorkers had a tough decision to make.

“We felt hosting a destination wedding in Hawaii sounded like a good way to ensure the wedding was at a closer distance to our families,” says the couple. Not surprisingly, the couple soon discovered that Hawaii had much more to offer than just convenience. “We had decided on Hawaii for a few reasons: location, scenery and weather.” The couple was so confident in their choice that they decided on both Hawaii and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kailua-Kona without ever visiting. The couple catered to their families when it came to location, so it’s no surprise they also kept their loved ones in mind when it came to the guest list.

The couple’s strategy of keeping their wedding simple, intimate and elegant paid off in spades.



“We decided to limit our wedding guests to close family only,” says Hee Sun. “Simon’s family was happy because it was a chance for the whole family to be together since they all live throughout the world.” The couple’s strategy of keeping their wedding simple, intimate and elegant paid off in spades. In the end, the couple treated their nine guests to a meaningful ceremony next to the sea and a refined dinner beneath a crisp, white canopy.


When we asked the bride to describe the ceremony, it’s clear it was a scene she will forever cherish. “The altar was located between two tall palm trees and was covered with white orchids, lilies and roses. During the ceremony we exchanged a white rose as a symbol of love. It was a sunny day, the wind was blowing slightly and we could smell the sea.”

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CARTAGENA Roby+Rosanna Words by: Kinsley Brown Images by: Beautiful Day Photography Wedding and Event Planner: Tatiana Tarón Eventos




“The whole wedding was over-the-top and every moment was special.”

oby and Rosanna wanted to create an unforgettable event for their loved ones and the bride’s native Colombia was the perfect setting for the party of a lifetime. As for the wedding location, the couple picked one of the country’s most historic cities. “We traveled to [Cartagena] to make sure it was what we were looking for and to get a feel for how our guests would like their visit to the city,” says the couple. “It is the most beautiful city in Colombia and perfect for romance. It has everything: history, entertainment, culture and it’s warm!”


To mark the beginning of dinner, the lights dimmed, choirboys began to sing and bottles of Champagne were popped simultaneously.


Nothing about Roby and Rosanna’s wedding was less than spectacular; from the ceremony in a 17th century church to the ninehour reception complete with three bands and a fireworks display. The traditional Catholic ceremony was performed in front of 150 guests in what the couple called “a classically romantic setting.” For the reception, the wedding party moved to the 17th century chapel at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena. In case the historic interior wasn’t dramatic enough, the couple imported a dozen crystal chandeliers to make the setting “wonderfully sparkly.”


The finale of the night was a traditional Colombian crazy hour or “hora loca.” Dancers in Carnival costumes rushed the floor and the party raged on well into the morning. When asked what they found most memorable, the couple said, “We find it impossible to pick one specific moment. The whole wedding was over-thetop and every moment was special. We enjoyed our day from the beginning to the end.”


To mark the beginning of dinner, the lights dimmed, choirboys began to sing and bottles of Champagne were popped simultaneously. The energy escalated throughout the night with hours of dancing to Cuban, Salsa and Merengue music. Roby and Rosanna surprised their guests at midnight when a famous Colombian band took the stage. “People swarmed the stage with camera phones and even the hotel staff crammed into the chapel,” says the bride. “Honestly, I don’t think anyone was running the hotel for an hour.”

VENDORS: Photographer: Beautiful Day Photography,, Wedding and Event Planner: Tatiana Tarón Eventos,, Ceremony Site: Iglesia de San Pedro Claver, Reception Site: Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena,, Florist: Florarte,, Cake: Natalia Martinez with La Pasteleria, Sound and Illumination: Wave Entretenimiento,, Music: Orquesta Manhattan, Tropical Son & Grupo Kvrass,, Gown Designer: Galia Lahav,, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Tom Ford,, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Scala,




CABO SAN LUCAS Jenny+Brad Words by: Sydney Bowen Images by: Jennifer Emerling with YEAH! Weddings Wedding Designer/Planner: Brian Worley, Jaime Geffen & Casey Taslitz with YourWEDDINGS!



raternities and sororities are known to create lifelong friendships among their recruits. When Jenny’s brother joined Zeta Beta Tau at UCLA, he didn’t just find a friend in ZBT – he found his future brother-in-law. After meeting through her brother, Jenny and Brad were soon committing their love to each other in a gorgeous, beachfront ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


Leading up to their nuptials, guests of Brad and Jenny enjoyed a taco party rehearsal dinner filled with pops of vibrant color – allowing everyone to relax and let loose before the big day. As waves crashed on to the beach in the background, Jenny walked barefoot through the sand to her groom who was standing under an arch of gorgeous greenery and white flowers. The couple swapped vows in front of 120 of their closest friends and family at a private villa.

“The couple swapped vows in front of 120 of their closest friends and family at a private villa.”

After saying, “I do,” the party began. During the newlyweds’ first dance, fireworks were set off, creating a magical moment. Keeping the fun going, the bride and groom, plus their 24-person bridal party, got down on the dance floor in choreographed fashion, performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in its entirety. As the night went on, Jenny and Brad had the time of their lives celebrating one of the most important days of their lives. The reception was a nonstop party with many memorable moments.




“It was hard to beat the unexpected group sing-along to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ everyone in a few circles on the dance floor singing their hearts out in unison,” says Brad. Their wedding day was exactly what the couple envisioned – celebrating their union and sharing their incredible memories with so many loved ones. VENDORS: Photographer: Jennifer Emerling with Yeah! Weddings,, Ceremony/Reception Site: Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa,, Wedding Designer/Planner: Brian Worley, Jaime Geffen & Casey Taslitz with YourWEDDINGS!,, Florist: Josefina Hernandez at Natural Pina, Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas,, Videographer: Day Dream Cinema,, Rentals & Lighting: Del Cabo Event Design,, Gown Designer: Winnie Couture,, Bride’s Makeup: Nicole Blanco Beauty,, Bride’s Hair: Natalie Paz, nataliepazhair@, Bridesmaids’ Makeup:, Bridesmaids’ Hair: Mindy Cook,, Jewelry: Julieri, julieri. com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Eli Gill, J. Hilburn,, Wardrobe Stylist: Nichole Ferrera, DJ: Michael Antonia – The Flashdance,

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SARATOGA Anneka+Sean Words by: Sydney Bowen Images by: James+Schulze Wedding Planner & Event Designer: Kara Delay with Love This Day Events


he first time Sean and Anneka crossed paths, he noticed her because Anneka was one of only two girls in their freshman year physics course at Stanford University. Anneka noticed Sean because he would regularly nap in class without hesitation.


After they started dating and a few years passed, Anneka and Sean were set to wed in a traditional Indian ceremony in Wyoming. Longing for a unique experience for their “I do’s,” they decided on a destination wedding at the beautiful Brush Creek Ranch.

“By day we rode horses, fly-fished and sipped wine on the porch of the rustic lodge with our friends and family,” says Anneka. “By night we injected the essential elements of a traditional Indian wedding into this Wild West setting.” The couple’s wedding weekend was filled with traditional Indian wedding rituals, including their Sangeet, a musical talent show, where Sean and Anneka performed a choreographed dance to a medley of Bollywood songs and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The ceremony began with the baraat, when both sides of the families danced together toward the meadow where the couple would be wed. Sean rode in to the ceremony on a beautiful white horse that was dressed in red and gold with gold sparkled hooves.




Sean and Anneka swapped rings and short vows under their mandap, made of birchwood and covered in stunning flowers, and exited their ceremony in a shower of rice and rose petals.

“By day we rode horses, flyfished and sipped wine on the porch of the rustic lodge with our friends and family.”

The reception took place in a tent, decorated with hanging wreaths of flowers and coral-colored linens. Sean and Anneka changed out of their Indian outfits and into American wedding attire to join their friends and family for a beautiful and intimate reception, complete with Indian food, cooked by a chef flown-in for the occasion, and a surprise fireworks display.

With all the amazing details of Anneka and Sean’s wedding weekend, it’s hard to pick a moment that stands out the most. For Anneka, the five minutes she and Sean took to themselves after the ceremony is a lasting memory. “It was incredibly special to share that moment and realize we would be spending the rest of our lives together.”

VENDORS: Photographer: James+Schulze,, Wedding Planner & Event Designer: Kara Delay with Love This Day


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LA JOLLA Andrea+Travis Words by: Sydney Bowen Images by: Beautiful Day Photography Wedding Planner & Event Designer: Brooke Keegan Special Events


midst the chaos of the ER at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, Andrea and Travis met and fell in love. She was a nursing student and he was in the middle of medical school. After a few months, they both found the courage to talk to each other.


“Three years later, I was working as a registered nurse and after Travis graduated medical school, we went on a vacation to Cape Cod to celebrate. On one of our last nights there, while walking on the beach, he knelt down on one knee and proposed,” says Andrea. “I said ‘yes’ of course!”

While searching the Internet for wedding inspiration, after allotting themselves a two-year timeline to plan and save money, Andrea discovered a promotion on Destination I Do’s website for a dream elopement contest. It was to be held at La Valencia Hotel and designed by Brooke Keegan Special Events. “Knowing it was a long shot, she decided to enter because how amazing would it be if we could just get married without all the planning and financial stress?” says Travis.

“Travis knelt down and asked our son if he had permission to marry me.”

To the couple’s surprise, they won! Andrea, Travis, their son, Easton, and Travis’ mother, Jeanne, headed to sunny La Jolla, California to say, “I do.” As an acoustic guitar played softly in the background, the couple’s son walked Andrea down the aisle where Travis was waiting in front of a picture-perfect ocean view.




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“After a few words of wisdom on marriage and well wishes from JP, our officiant, as well as a reading from my mother-in-law, Travis knelt down and asked our son if he had permission to marry me,” says Andrea. “Easton agreed, and hand-in-hand we said the vows we had written together.”

Following their intimate ceremony, the couple, their son and Travis’ mother enjoyed an intimate meal as the sun slowly set. “I honestly could not have imagined a more perfect evening,” says Andrea. “Our hearts and our bellies were completely full.”

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BIG SUR Tyler+Mary Words by: Kinsley Brown Images by: Feather & Twine Photography


Event Planning and Design: Alison Events Planning + Design


“Walking down the aisle to see my fiancé and family looking back at me, with the most amazing backdrop of the Pacific Coast behind them, is a moment I will never forget.”


yler and Mary knew they wanted a destination wedding from the start, but the question was, “where?” To make that decision, the couple traveled back in time to the trips they had taken together. “One of our all-time favorite vacations was driving the Pacific Coast Highway, which included a night in Big Sur,” says the bride. “We instantly fell in love with the place and it became our favorite stop on our trip.” Big Sur was the perfect combination of beauty for their guests and sentiment for the couple.

Early on in the planning process, the couple decided to limit the guest list to immediate family. This had several perks, but the best was the bonding time for Mary and Tyler’s loved ones. “Everyone was excited at the idea of getting to spend three days with the two families together,” says Mary. Come wedding weekend, the group of 13 spent many wonderful hours together. This included a hike at Andrew Molera State Park, which ended at the beach – the perfect way to introduce their loved ones to the beauty of Big Sur.



Tyler and Mary’s chosen venue, the Ventana Inn & Spa, was a perfect fit for this small, close-knit group. The heartfelt ceremony took place overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “Walking down the aisle to see my fiancé and family looking back at me, with the most amazing backdrop of the Pacific Coast behind them, is a moment I will never forget,” says the bride. “The reception dinner that followed, however, was a pretty close second.”


“There was dancing, toasts were given and stories and laughter were shared. It was a very special night celebrating the joining of two families.”

To celebrate, the wedding group moved to the Ventana Inn’s restaurant for an intimate dinner under an arbor. “There was dancing, toasts were given and stories and laughter were shared,” reflects Mary. “It was a very special night celebrating the joining of two families.” Not only did Tyler and Mary achieve a beautiful destination wedding, but a beautiful experience for all in attendance.

Photographer: Feather & Twine Photography,, Event Planning and Design: Alison Events Planning


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MYKONOS Toni+Ingrid Words by: Kinsley Brown Images by: George Pahountis Wedding Planning, Styling & Florals: Rock Paper Scissors Events



here’s a first time for everything. For example, the first time Ingrid went on a blind date was also the first time she met her future husband. It was also love at first sight. “There he was, the guy with the most beautiful smile I have ever seen,” reflects Ingrid. “That night we talked about anything and everything. We both love to travel, so we shared stories about our trips. I recommended he travel to Greece as it is the most stunning place I have been.” Fast forward two years and Toni and Ingrid were on their way to Mykonos to say, “I do.”


The couple treated 65 guests to an event packed with personalized details and interactive activities. “[Before the] ceremony there was a flower bar where guests had the chance to pick their preferred flowers and wear wreaths, boutonnieres and corsages prepared on the spot,” says the bride. “Also, we put together a three-step ‘toss confetti bar’ outside the church where guests could prepare their cones according to their preferences (confetti, lavender or rose petals).” This touch was ultimately the bride’s favorite memory of the day – walking up the aisle to a beautiful, scented flower toss. The reception was a reflection of the couple’s style with “boho-inspired, vintage accents.” Instrumental in the couple pulling off the wedding of their dreams was their wedding planner at Rock Paper Scissors Events.

The couple treated 65 guests to an event packed with personalized details and interactive activities.




The whitewashed walls of Mykonos served as the perfect backdrop for the wedding’s rich-colored details. In the end, Ingrid got her wish and so much more. Not only did Toni visit Greece, but they shared the beautiful destination and their heartfelt commitment with those they love most. VENDORS: Photographer: George Pahountis,, Wedding Planning, Styling & Florals: Rock Paper Scissors Events, rpsevents. gr, Ceremony Site: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Reception Site: Ftelia Restaurant,, Videography: I Like to Movie It – Nikos Dimou True Stories,, Stationery: Whole Lotta Love,, Gown Designer: Vintage Piece, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo,, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Ermenegildo Zegna,, Groom’s Shoes: Cheaney Shoes,, DJ, Sound & Lights: Showtime Djs,, Macrame Details: #1001knots




“To love and be loved is to feel the last sun

from both sides.”




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