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rock that wedding

afterglow The next level of paradise comes after you take your vows. Introducing three breathtaking honeymoon packages inspired by celebrity event designer Colin Cowie.

Sip sparkling wine, dine by candlelight at a honeymoon dinner for two, then enjoy breakfast in bed. What happens in between is up to you. It’s all part of your COMPLIMENTARY HONEYMOON PACKAGE, included with your wedding. Or turn up the luxury with the unparalleled elegance and extras of our other select honeymoon packages.

For Select Colin Cowie Wedding Packages, Golf, Spa, & More.

To find your Romance Travel Specialist, visit our website at allabouthoneymoons.com today.

“Romancing the world … one couple at a time” Your Destination Wedding Experts

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Finding a destination and venue which offers above-


Los Cabos – Capella, one of our favorite hotel

average luxury, but is easy going enough for a destination

brands, has outdone itself with the beauty and service

wedding crowd is like having your cake and eating it too.

of Capella Pedregal.

We found seven U.S. destinations which offer exactly that. HONEYMOON HIDEAWAYS

From a family-friendly ranch in Montana (page 20), an allsuite hotel in Rancho Santa Fe (page 22) and the glitz and


to offer in the way of city, sea and sky.

glam of Las Vegas (page 26), to the sand-duned shores of the Outerbanks (page 28), a desert oasis retreat in

Morocco – We explore all this North African country has


Italy – It isn’t hard to recommend Tuscany, it’s hard

Scottsdale (page 21), the crisp ocean-air getaway of San

to narrow down the ways in which to spend your time

Francisco (page 24) and the historic backdrop of Rhode

as a honeymooner.

Island (page 30), Marie Antoinette would be shouting,


Fiji – These captivating islands have a culture and allure all their own, plus waterfalls and world-class beaches

“Let them eat cake!”

to boot.




Bahamas – The One&Only Ocean Club and Atlantis Hotel

French Polynesia – See this infamous paradise from a different angle – aboard a luxury cruise liner.

& Casino on Paradise Island have a reputation so excellent it’s hard to uphold. However, these service-driven hotels

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not only met, but exceeded our expectations.

Ever consider renting out an entire property for your

St. Kitts – This Caribbean gem is convenient for East

wedding away? The experts at All About Honeymoons

Coasters and a tried-and-true treasure.

weigh-in on the benefits and offer up an ideal Mexico

St. Martin – Can’t make up your mind? Grace St. Martin

property that fits the bill.

with your presence and split your time between the French and Dutch halves of the island.


Dominican Republic – Grab the guests and show entertainment (trapeze, anyone?) to the ceremony set-up.


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THE GUEST BOOK – From Mobile to Married

what to expect. These tips and tricks will help you navigate

Discover these must-have apps for designing your dream

etiquette abroad.

BLUSH & BASHFUL – Travel Taboos Traveling to visit a new place can be stressful if you don’t know

destination wedding or planning a logistically-seamless


honeymoon. Control freaks rejoice!

REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS A constant crowd favorite, our real wedding couples continue to


ASK THE EXPERT – Colin Cowie's Destination Style

surprise even us with their fun and inspired destination events.

We asked this wedding industry expert for the inside scoop

Out-of-the-box locations like Thailand and Belgium are perfectly

on what’s hot, what’s not and what’s most important in

complemented with both classic and funky “I do’s” in Palm

creating your dream event.

Springs, Lake Tahoe, New Jersey, Maui, Palm Beach and Santa Ynez. Whether you’ve got a hankering for classic Hawaiian-style



or gold-hued glam, there’s a wedding here to inspire your own.

Get Away With Me – This romantic and rustic event will have you seeking out peaceful back-roads for your

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upcoming nuptials. Stunning backdrops included.

Visit our blog, destinationido.com/blog, to get frequent updates on

Sail Away With Me – We put a modern and trendy twist on

products perfect for weddings away, places our traveling editors

the all-American, nautical style.

visit, beauty tips and tricks, gorgeous destination wedding dresses

Fly Away With Me – Love is in the air with this classically

and all things travel, romance or wedding related! Need even more

Parisian elopement. One word: Magnifique!

inspiration beyond what graces our gorgeous pages?

TO HAVE & TO HOLD – Dress Your Nest

Visit our oh-so-lovely Pinterest page, pinterest.com/destinationido.

These modern and helpful items will ensure you come back to a home perfectly suited to newlywed life after that

Looking for other locations? Check out our website to order past

fantastic honeymoon of yours! From a traditional Japanese

issues featuring: celebrity weddings, romantic castles, Thailand,

soaking tub, to an outdoor fire bowl, lovebirds can continue

Australia, Europe, the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean, Mexico,

to kindle the flame of love!

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editor's LETTER

Leave it to the Pros Don't be a DIY Disaster

I love Pinterest as much as the next girl, but I also know there is a major limit to my sewing, crafting and styling abilities. A recent holiday get-together made me realize just how limited these said abilities are. We were having family and friends over and I had been happily "pinning" all of the fun food creations and décor I wanted to try. Lucky for me, my first attempt, which I ruined, wasn’t too expensive and I tried it a week before our party. The photo

online and tutorial looked easy enough, but unfortunately for me, the Crock-Pot orange chicken turned out to be more like chicken jerky in orange soup (if you’ve seen that recipe floating around, don’t try it!).

True story: When I got married, someone told me, “Leave it to the pros, they’ll do it better than you ever could.” So when it came time for the meeting with our florist – I decided to take the advice. I simply gave her our color palette and the flowers we didn’t like and told her to have fun…she had total creative freedom. The day of our wedding, when I saw my bouquet and ceremony set-up, I cried happy tears. If I had instructed every detail, those flowers never would have been as beautiful as what she delivered. In the end, keep two things in mind: know your own DIY limitations and leave it to the pros. Speaking of pros, we have a great "Ask the Expert" article this issue with the one and only, Colin Cowie (page 44). We also have three gorgeous photo shoots for those of you who are looking for inspiration – be it on land or at sea (page 46). And for those of you who are trying to get from point A to point B without offending anyone – our travel taboo article about etiquette

Next were the party favors. I realized once I got to the fabric store that the pretty little fabric boxes cost more to make than the gifts themselves. Idea number two, also a bust.

abroad is a must read (page 90). Now, go enjoy your wedding planning, pin away and for goodness sake, avoid burlap!

And finally was the table décor – let’s just say there is a large population out there that is very allergic to burlap and leave it at that, shall we?

Yours Truly, Jennifer Stein

What’s my point? My point is that many of these gorgeous ideas floating out there are often executed by the pros. Especially when it comes to weddings. Are you a florist? My guess would be no. Are you a décor and lighting specialist? Probably not. DIY has been an ongoing craze for some time now and, although we love all the personalized details, much of what you see in magazines and on Pinterest was done by professionals. Please don’t misunderstand, if you’ve got mad skills in the do-it-yourself department, then by all means – have a heyday. Just know what you’re capable of.

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If you’re like me though, perhaps hand the inspiration off to someone who can actually achieve it. Also, keep something in mind…you chose that photographer or wedding planner because you like their style, right? So give them a little creative freedom.


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From Mobile to Married: APPS FOR A STRESS-FREE WEDDING AWAY Words by Courtney Cox

For us 21st century amblers, there are more techie resources than ever before for traveling abroad or planning your wedding. We've rounded up some of the latest and greatest in the form of mobile apps to make your jaunts and nuptials as stress-free and trendy as possible.

Appy Couple (shown on the iPhone above): Revolutionizing the wedding website, Appy Couple is in a league of its own. There is a flat, one-time fee involved, but you not only get a truly customized wedding website, but a mobile version of it as well! Appy Couple offers a free mobile app so both you and your guests can stay up-to-speed on wedding specifics such as hotel and flight info, RSVP details and photos no matter where you are. Available for iOS and Android users as well as Mac and Windows.


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through hundreds of pictures on your phone looking for that one photo? This mobile app allows you to caption, categorize and actively search through all your mobile photos. Not only that, but you can wirelessly share your

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Photo credits: Mural.ly image is a screenshot from tripwiremagazine.com, Photo Manager Pro is a screenshot from itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-manager-pro/id393858562?mt=8, All other images are screeenshots taken directly from each app.

Photo Manager Pro: Sick of scrolling

images between devices over a Wi-Fi network. You also have the ability to lock either the entire app or only certain folders – ensuring that what happened in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Evernote: If you’re one

Available on iOS devices for $2.99

of those people who has lists for their lists, this app is the answer to your organizational prayers. It’s a free app which

Worldmate: Before you hit the

helps you stay on track when planning your destination wedding or honeymoon – across all your devices. Take notes, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and store photos – all in a way which works for you. Create as many folders and subfolders as you want in order to organize yourself as you see fit. Available on all major mobile devices, Mac and Windows.

Viber: If you’re traveling internationally

friendly skies for your destination

for your destination wedding or

wedding or honeymoon, you need

honeymoon, Viber is an awesome,

to download this app. Worldmate

free way to stay in touch abroad. You

syncs all your travel reservations

can call, text and send pictures for free

and itineraries in one place:

with any other Viber app user via 3G

flight confirmations, rental car

or Wi-Fi. It’s a great way for you and

information, hotel reservations and

your guests to feel connected without

meeting locations. Not only that, but

having to worry about international

it stays up-to-date and sends you

calling/data fees. Bittersweet is the

alerts about delays or cancellations

fact that Viber automatically syncs with

with your flights. Once you’re on

your phone’s contact list – meaning

the ground, Worldmate plots out

you do have to grant access to your

your trip on a digital map so you no

contacts. Available on all major mobile

longer have to wonder how far your

devices, Mac and Windows.

hotel is from the airport. Free for iOS and Android users.

Lover.ly: Pinterest for the weddingobsessed, Lover.ly offers curated, wedding-only content for the bride seeking inspiration. Create “bundles” by category and/or theme or simply “love” something. The key difference is that users aren’t able to add their own images – all of the inspiration here has been hand-selected by the fab folks at Lover.ly. The up-side is there’s no sifting through spam or images unrelated to what you want. See something you can’t live without? Visit Lover.ly’s shop for all things beautiful. The website is free to sign-up and their mobile app is available for iOS users.

Mural.ly: Giving you the ability to

Sign-up is free and you can use the

create your own inspiration boards,

murals to plan out everything from

but with a free-form twist, Mural.ly is

the travel details of your honeymoon

for the bride who doesn’t want

(where to visit & flight itineraries), to

to be limited to using images in

finding the dream dress (images &

boxes. Create murals on large,

directions to salons which carry your

open canvases which can include

favorite look). A mobile app is now

images, post-it notes, arrows, links,

available for iOS users.

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Luxury doesn’t have to mean dressing in your Sunday best or an ostentatious atmosphere. When it comes to your destination wedding or honeymoon, you want all the creature comforts of home not only in your accommodations, but in attitude. We’ve scoured the country for the best in laid-back luxury for your wedding away or start of your life as Mr. and Mrs.


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Receptions are warmer in Key Largo.






Your tropical wedding is closer than you think. Perfectly situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Key Largo boasts crystal waters, gentle breezes and some of the most romantic sunsets on earth. And after you take the plunge, try diving, snorkeling or fishing in one of the world’s most treasured marine sanctuaries. f la-keys.com/keylargo 1.800.822.1088 IS KEY W EST









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Montana WORLDS AWAY Words by Courtney Cox

This high-end guest ranch located in Philipsburg, Montana is

Not surprising, once you arrive at The Ranch at Rock Creek,

roughly an hour-and-a-half drive from Missoula and boasts

owners Maja and Thomas will do their best to ensure your stay

some of the best fly fishing in the region. You may hear the

is as stress-free and welcoming as possible. For starters, you'll

word "ranch" and associate it with dusty fields, cowboys and

be met by Troy the Rhodesian Ridgeback for a quick "hello" and

straw beds, but The Ranch at Rock Creek is in a class all its own.

scratch behind the ears. (Her, not you.) Best of all, your meals,

There are roughly 6,400 acres on which lay the home base of

activities, alcohol and equipment are all included in the price of

the Granite Lodge, canvas cabins for the glamping adventurers,

your stay. If you've never stayed at an all-inclusive before, it can

luxury log cabins ranging all the way up to five bedrooms, a

take some getting used to. Leave your wallet in your room, don't

saloon and even a 19th century barn which has been renovated

worry about the cost of that craft beer you're dying to try, and the

to accommodate guests.

fresh baked cookies left out in the Great Room really are meant for you — help yourself.


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How many times in your life do you get the chance to truly get away from it all? For most people, not many. If you've never gotten the chance to visit a place where cell phones are rendered virtually useless, there isn't a neighbor as far as the eye can see and there are more horses than people — you're missing out. There's something truly romantic and exhilarating about feeling totally removed from everyday life, making the lovely and isolated Ranch at Rock Creek an ideal option for your destination wedding or honeymoon.

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Scottsdale, Arizona A MEDITERRANEAN GETAWAY Words byJennifer Stein The range of accommodations makes the ranch a dream for destination wedding groups. You can stay at the Granite Lodge where you're just steps from it all, or opt for one of the many log cabins for more privacy and your very own home-away-from-home.

Situated at the base of famed Camelback Mountain is an Andalusian-inspired retreat complete with an award-winning spa, AAA Four-Diamond restaurant and one of the best ceremony sites in the valley — The Montelucia Resort and Spa. The property offers a modern twist on Old World Mediterranean

If your ideal honeymoon or destination wedding involves mostly lounging around, then The Ranch at Rock Creek might not be

style. Just turning a corner greets you with something unexpected. From their uber-modern Centro Lounge to their outdoor patio at Prado, you are transported to something new again and again.

Photos courtesy of: (left to right) The Ranch at Rock Creek and Montelucia Resort & Spa

for you, because what makes it truly unique is the amount of activities offered to guests. Don't get me wrong, there's still the

Joya Spa is one of the property’s highlights sending you on a journey

option of curling up in front of a roaring fire with a book, but that's

of rejuvenation and relaxation from the moment you set foot inside. Before

not really what the ranch is all about. World-class instructors will

you even get into the main area, a spa attendant will walk you through the

teach you to fly fish on the Blue Ribbon Rock Creek, ride a horse

“Joys of Discovery,” which aims to free you of stress and negativity. Once

with the best of them or perfect your aim at one of their four

you’re in the main spa, the dim lighting, exotic smells and tranquil lounge

shooting ranges. Whether you're a fly fishing expert or just want

areas do their trick to ready you for your treatment. Once you’re treatment

to give it a go, this is the perfect opportunity. Visit between mid-

is complete (I highly recommend the Joyambrosia Signature Massage), visit

March and mid-November for the best conditions.

their rooftop pool on Joya Terrace with picturesque views of Camelback Mountain, or enjoy their saunas and steam rooms.

After a day riding the trails or fishing the creek in the Montana sunshine and fresh air, you will have worked up quite an appetite. Thankfully, Chef Josh Drage has you covered with cuisine

While on property, an absolute must is dinner on the terrace at Prado. We were lucky enough to get a table with an amazing view and started off the meal with an ice-cold glass of bubbly. The offerings were unexpected

inspired by cattle-producing regions around the World. You will

(kale salad and tomato with watermelon gazpacho), but absolutely mouth-

be treated to a three-course dinner every night with a perfectly

watering and satisfying. We ended the meal with the ultimate bang – a

selected wine pairing. After dinner, curl up for a movie, get in a

caramelized banana split with salted caramel gelato and bacon. Yes, bacon.

couple games of bowling (yes, they have a movie theater and bowling alley), or sing your lungs out performing karaoke. The

The wedding ceremony and reception locations here are also a major

choice is yours and, frankly, you can't make a bad one.

highlight of the property. Their Valencia Lawn has one of the best backdrops for a sunset ceremony I’ve seen in Arizona. Pair that with the countless

The Ranch at Rock Creek will offer your destination wedding

reception spaces and any couple would be overjoyed at their decision

guests a truly unique experience and plenty of opportunities

to get married here.

to make everlasting memories. At the end of it all, say "I do" with a mountain range as your backdrop and galloping horses announcing your first kiss as husband and wife.

From sunsets and ceremony locations to a soothing spa and scrumptious eats, Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona is a luxury getaway with that little extra "something."

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ROMANTIC Rancho Santa Fe, California

Words by Courtney Cox

We recently discovered a California hot-spot in the form of Rancho Santa Fe. Known for being a private, luxurious locale 30 minutes north of San Diego, it’s the perfect alternative for a destination wedding couple who doesn’t require a beach within walking distance. Having been to San Diego countless times, I found the quiet, rolling hills of Rancho Santa Fe a welcome change of scenery. For a true experience of laid-back luxury, the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is a beautiful option. Each of the 49 rooms has its own private patio with hot tub, an in-room fireplace, expansive steam shower and walk-in closet. The Spanish, ranch-style architecture is cozy with high beamed ceilings, large rooms and hand-painted tiles. If you have a small destination wedding party, we strongly suggest looking into Rancho Valencia’s La Hacienda suite. The three-bedroom home is located on property, but offers another level of privacy and comfort. It is the equivalent of renting a private home for your wedding, but with all the services and amenities of a hotel. A ceremony in La Hacienda’s backyard is the epitome of exclusivity and can accommodate up to 60 people.


Rancho Valencia encourages guests to take advantage of the many world-class activities offered. Take a tennis lesson with former U.S. Open Doubles Champion, Robin White, and improve both your backhand and abs with lots of laughs thanks to this sassy instructor. In addition to impressive tennis courts, the resort also has a breathtaking indoor/outdoor yoga pavilion and both spin and pilates studios. After all the activity, stop by the spa for a Sixth Sense Ritual massage which includes a soak in an outdoor cast-iron tub, scalp massage and paraffin treatment. Delight in coastal-ranch cuisine by Executive Chef Eric Bauer at the beautiful Veladora restaurant, or more casual fare at the laid-back Pony Room. When it comes to food, virtually everything is made in-house at Rancho Valencia. From smoked meats and fresh pastas, to breads and stocks, it’s all fresh and delicious. To cap-off your wedding experience, request a tasting lesson with Sommelier Jayson Knack. With over 600 wines to choose from, it will be both an educational and beautiful experience in the resort’s Wine Room. For luxurious accommodations with a laid-back vibe, Rancho Valencia is the perfect option.

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Photos courtesy of: Courtney Cox (1st) and Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa (2nd-4th)

Torrey Pines State Beach (shown here) is a quick drive from Rancho Santa Fe.

For more information, call 877.264.6932 or visit mgmgrandweddings.com.

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Bay Area, Beautifully

Words by Carolyn Gerin

San Francisco

Start your adventure on the waterfront: Hotel Vitale on the

The Clift Hotel’s got dark sparkle, with a "mod historic" vibe

Embarcadero has a full view of the illuminated Bay Bridge. A

perfectly tuned to the local hipster crowd. Cocktails at the

certified-green hotel, this room-with-a-view is luxe and comfy,

Redwood Room are racy with video "paintings" of Italian soap

with sweeping panoramas. Head to the Americano Bar, enjoy

opera stars whose eyes follow your every move. Sink into a

a cocktail and hob nob with S.F.’s fabled digerati. Chef Cory

leather banquette in the Velvet Room for an intimate dinner

Stewart serves up farm-to-fork American fare with a Cali-Italian

for two. Chef Thomas Weibull works with local farmers to bring

vibe. Check out the farmers market every Saturday at the Ferry

seasonal, organic dishes like rich beef shortribs.

Building right across the street.


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The Bay Area doesn’t have a bad angle, and the truth is, there aren’t many places I can say that about. The best part about living here? You can be somewhere glorious in under an hour. We have it all: crashing waves, rolling hills, towering redwoods, bountiful vineyards and majestic purple fog that rolls in every evening. The foodie scene is off the hook and the social vibe is ripe with start-up swagger and artistic, eclectic innovation. Engaged couples and honeymooners who seek nature and an urban edge will find it right here.


Mystic Hotel

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Hotel Vitale

Carousing begins at the Make-Out Room in the Mission District.

names in music, sip Cabernet under the stars and revel in the

With a 1940s carnival vibe and silver streamers from vaulted

ultimate romantic evening.

ceilings, enjoy S.F.’s best margaritas in town while being serenaded by a French chanteuse. Head to Bar Tartine for Chef

Daybreak brings hiking through the stunning Hakone Japanese

Nicolaus Balla’s slow-food style and Hungarian influences.

gardens. After, enter the Zen emporium of Preston Wynne Spa for a deep tissue massage with essential oils and become one with

Paris can wait – big flavors come from the tiny kitchen at Bouche.

the Universe.

Sit ringside at the bar and observe a fleet of culinary wizards under Chef Nicolas Borzee conjure up Gallic magic like wild boar

The big night begins at Cinnabar Wine Bar – enjoy local music

and duck confit croquants – c’est bon!

on the patio with a glass of Sonoma Zinfandel. As the day turns to dusk, get your glam on for Chef Peter Armellino’s Plumed

The Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer is a sleek boutique tucked

Horse, a Michelin star masterpiece. The sexy, modern lounge sets

away off Union Square – their mod-meets-Victorian décor

the stage for a night of culinary marvels. The parmesan soufflé

rooms are comfy, yet cool. The film-noir inspired Burritt Room

is a stand-out.

bar/restaurant boasts expert mixologists and craft cocktails. Canoodle in a curtained booth and enjoy the live jazz over

Chef Josiah Sloane at Sent Sovi brings on the Cali-French flavors

lobster risotto.

in his cottage restaurant, where small farms and local wine makers inform his stellar menu. Slip back to the wine lounge

Prepare to be dazzled by Michael Mina’s sleek "French meets

to sip and savor the end of a perfect meal.

Photos courtesy of: (left to right) Hotel Vitale, Bouche and Eisen Tuazon

Japanese" dining experience. Savor the deconstructed lobster pot pie, the tuna tartar and sparkling Champagne. The décor

The Basin serves modern, farm-raised American fare and boasts

is a mélange of earth tones shot with metallic accents and

over 20 signature martinis. Dine under a huge oak tree at dusk

spectacular art.

and enjoy duck confit and local wines.



Hit the road for stunning Saratoga, nestled in the foothills

Hop the ferry and enjoy a brisk 30-minute ride to Sausalito from

of the Santa Cruz Mountains – under an hour’s drive from San

San Francisco, depositing you on the dock directly in front

Francisco. Stay at the Saratoga Oaks Lodge, a comfy retro-motor

of Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa perched on a hillside overlooking

lodge and a great basecamp for adventures ahead. Start off

Richardson Bay. Daydream and watch the sailboats while

at Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards for scenic horseback riding

enjoying the sun and a good book. Later, head to Poggio’s

and wine tasting. Work up an appetite for Casa de Cobre’s

for freshly caught local seafood and Napa wines.

organic, Michoacan enchiladas and fresh-squeezed margaritas The Bay Area brings it all: beauty and brains (and all in close

with agave.

proximity). Wine Country, the mountains, the ocean and the Get ready for your close-up at James Craig Salon – perfect

bay are at your fingertips, so lift a glass to toast your grand

nights call for runway-worthy hair: you’ve got a hot date later

adventure together.

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"I Do" inVegas


Las Vegas is the flagship destination for weddings away. With plenty of wedding chapels and simple marriage requirements, they make it pretty easy to tie-the-knot. What you may associate Vegas with is fun, gambling and that old adage, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” But what you may not realize is the upscale destination wedding options are endless in this party town. Here are seven lucky ways to say “I do.”


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5. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas - Bridal packages include intimate gathering spaces or their Grand Ballroom for larger

couple. Consider a custom proposal in front of their world-

parties. They have a renowned High Tea Service at their top

famous fountains to the tune of your choice and in a completely

floor bar which provides an unforgettable view of Las Vegas.

private location. Book through The Wedding Chapel at the

Their newly offered Ultimate Luxury Wedding Package includes

Bellagio and they will tie-up all the loose ends from food

a couture dress consultation, ceremony and reception for up

to flowers.

to 200 guests, wedding night accommodations, couple's spa treatment and a one week honeymoon stay at any Mandarin

2. Graceland Wedding Chapel - There is a reason over 3,000

Oriental property for a healthy $100,000.

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1. The Bellagio - Surprisingly affordable, packages starting at $1500 make this Five-Diamond property an option for any

couples a year choose this little landmark destination for their nuptials. It’s fun. The people are abundantly friendly and the

6. Mob Museum - This is the venue for you if what you seek

experience is equally unforgettable. Just about anything goes

is something different and memorable. Set in the historic

in this venue, so it’s the place to let your imagination run wild

former federal building of Las Vegas, you can tie-the-knot

with your big day. They offer a full-service experience starting

where many infamous gangsters heard, “Guilty!” Customize

at $199, so even if it’s a spur of the moment decision to meet

your experience to use the courtroom, museum exhibit rooms

Elvis, your needs are covered (signature Elvis shades included).

or other private spaces.

3. Wynn Las Vegas - A massive property which is distinctively

7. Smith Center for the Performing Arts - The ultimate off-the-

elegant, The Wedding Salon at Wynn Las Vegas offers a diverse

strip experience of luxury and class. Venues include a live jazz

set of locations and price options which would please any bride.

bar and the Reynolds Hall main stage which seats over 2,000.

Packages start just above $1000 for a ceremony in one of their

Nestled between these are grand lobbies, outdoor courtyards

rich salons, topped off with private access to Tryst Nightclub

and studio space for any size party. Built in a true art deco

where you can say “I do” under a towering waterfall.

style, the setting is timeless and elegant throughout the entire property.

4. Cosmopolitan - Everything about this property is young and trendy. Send the guys to feast at STK, while the ladies indulge

No matter the venue, there’s one thing you can count on when

in a bachelorette experience at Marquee Night Club’s 62,000

you get married in Vegas – you will hit the jackpot when

square-feet of space. Boasting the most unconventional wedding

it comes to love.

chapel on the strip, make your vows legal while guests enjoy an unforgettable experience.







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North Carolina's

CRYSTAL COAST Words by Courtney Cox

Whether you're a fan of Nicholas Sparks-type romance, or a lover of dune-laced beaches, the Crystal Coast just might be your dream come true. More than just a pretty face, its history ranges from Spanish explorers in the 1500s and famous pirates like Blackbeard himself, to Civil War battle sites. Located in the southern Outerbanks of North Carolina, the Crystal Coast has plenty to offer in the way of destination weddings and honeymoons. The location boasts Southern-facing beaches, meaning you get both glowing sunrises and sunsets over the water. Arguably two of the most important must-haves in choosing where to honeymoon or wed away is a beautiful destination and plenty of things to do – both of which you can find here. 28

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comfy, birds-eye view of historic homes dating

ing, suit-up for world-class scuba diving in the

back to 1709. Prefer to take your time? There

area known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic."

are also self-guided walking tours or, if you're

A major highlight is the U-353, a World War II

lucky, you can catch a home tour to see the

German U-boat sunk by the Coast Guard in

inside of some of these monumental homes.

1942. If you prefer keeping your head above water, fish for dramatic catches like yellowfin

Destination wedding groups should call Emer-

tuna, dolphin fish, mahi mahi and bill fish in-

ald Isle home with its own infamous lodg-

cluding blue marlin, white marlin and sail fish.

ing options in the form of beach "cottages." Cottages is a bit of a stretch with most of the

On the flip side, if you want to get your roman-

homes featuring expansive decks, eleva-

tic heart racing, a ferry to the 150 year-old

tors and more bedrooms than you and your

Cape Lookout Lighthouse, also known as

guests can count. While a bit removed from

the "Diamond Lady," is a must-see. Best of

the hustle and bustle of town, stock-up your chef's kitchen and settle into your massive

all, Shackleford Banks is on the way and an absolute must with its famous wild horses. How they came to be

home-away-from-home for some much-needed R&R with your

isn't known for sure, but the most popular version is that they are

guests. Get married on the beach just outside your backdoor

descendants of Spanish horses which swam ashore over 400

with wild dolphins just off shore. Contact Emerald Isle Realty for

years ago from shipwrecks. The island and these beauties are

rental options and the inside scoop on hosting your wedding in

heavily protected, so bring your binoculars and telephoto lens.

this coastal gem.

Whether you're honeymooning or looking to say "I do" on the

With endless activities, beautiful beaches and enough history to

Crystal Coast, the historic colonial town of Beaufort needs to be

keep your guests busy for weeks, the Crystal Coast is a popu-

on your to-do list. Ranked as the "Coolest Small Town in America"

lar East Coast vacation spot for a reason, and ideal for your

by Budget Travel in 2012, take a double-decker bus tour to get a

destination wedding or honeymoon.

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If you're looking to get your adrenaline pump-

Rhode Island

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Castle Hill

Rhode Island may be known as the smallest state in the U.S., but it packs an enormous amount of diversity, historical charm and beauty within its borders. Locals like to refer to Rhode Island as “America’s first resort town,” with visitors making it their destination of choice since the early 1900s. Whether your wedding day vision is seaside, quaint historic inn or downtown chic, your options here are endless. Newport, Rhode Island is long known for its rich sailing tradition,

memorabilia of the tennis greats. “The Great Gatsby” provides

exceptional cuisine, charming shops, galleries and stately

rich inspiration if you choose Rosecliff, a mansion modeled after

mansions. The boutique Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, conveniently

the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings. Belle Mer

located in downtown, dates back to 1909 and is an ideal location

and Regatta Place are superb waterfront venues where the sea

for small wedding gatherings. The Rooftop Deck is the perfect

can be the backdrop to your ceremony and you can dance the

spot to sip a cocktail and enjoy the spectacular view as the sun

night away nautical style.


away and has been the choice of notables like Will Rogers, Ella

As you leave the town of Newport and drive along the iconic

Fitzgerald and John and Jackie Kennedy. Its historic Kay Chapel

Ocean Drive with acres of rolling lawns on one side and the

is a charming setting for a storybook-inspired ceremony and

sea on the other, you come upon OceanCliff. This breathtaking

its stately dining rooms make for an elegant reception. For a

estate was built in 1864 and offers one of the largest ballrooms

truly unique setting, you might consider hosting your nuptials

in Newport and world-class cuisine. Nearby Castle Hill is magical

(or pre-nuptial events) at the Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, a

with expansive green lawns on the edge of the ocean where

Victorian-inspired complex where you can be surrounded by

chefs artfully prepare local seafood and regional specialties.

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disappears over Narragansett Bay. The Hotel Viking is just steps

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Ocean House

The city of Providence has enjoyed a renaissance in recent

setting you might consider Linden Place, where presidents and

years and one venue not to be overlooked is the Providence

the rich and famous were entertained, or Blithewold Mansion

Public Library which was founded in 1875. A newly renovated

Gardens & Arboretum, a 33-acre historic property overlooking

1,225 square-foot hall has been transformed into a magnificent

Narragansett Bay for a grand event perfect for all seasons.

event space where you can make your entrance through rich mahogany doors and descend down an elegant marble staircase

Perched high on an ocean bluff in Watch Hill, Rhode Island sits

through towering arches supported by ornamented columns.

the AAA Five-Diamond Ocean House, which opened its doors

A number of uniquely appointed rooms off of the main hall

in 1868 and welcomed guests for 136 years. It was then

provide variety and flexibility in how you stage your event. If a

completely demolished and rebuilt with great care taken to

garden setting is more your vision, you might consider the Roger

duplicate its original design. Luxury suites are richly appointed

Williams Park Botanical Center, which is the largest public indoor-

with the soft colors of its seaside surroundings, making the

display garden in New England. Their greenhouses are home to

Ocean House a perfect honeymoon choice as well. From small

150 different species of plants including 17 different varieties of

weddings to grand affairs with up to 400 guests, this seaside

palms. Since many venues in this area allow for outside catering,

resort is an idyllic setting.

check out Russell Morin Fine Catering to provide customized and inspirational cuisine.

This small state still holds the charm and glam which made it the choice of the rich and famous of yesteryear. From Gatsby-

A short drive down a peninsula heading back toward Newport

style historic mansions overlooking the sea, to sophisticated city

is the "Most Patriotic Town in America," Bristol, Rhode Island.

sites, Rhode Island offers a wide variety of amazing wedding

Rich in historic significance, this tranquil little town is a bit off

venues to serve as the backdrop to the destination wedding

the beaten path, but should not be overlooked. For an intimate

of your dreams.

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Sand like powdered sugar between your toes. Gentle lapping waves rolling in off azure-colored waters. Lying in a hammock, swaying in the breeze as you sip your handmade signature cocktail. A gentle knock at your door offers up your afternoon Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberry service…free of charge. Heaven? Yes. Possible to have a piece of it? Absolutely.

My most recent adventure took me to The One&Only Ocean

Your wedding venue and photo opportunities are endless.

Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. What I described above

Snuggling up for a quick pre-ceremony photo at The Cloisters

was exactly what I experienced within an hour of arrival. This

is a must and it’s also a popular choice for couples to hold their

little slice of Eden is a mere 30-minutes from the airport, but

ceremonies on the surrounding lawns. The ruins were brought

once you arrive, you feel a world away.

over from France and reconstructed on-site. The gardens in and around the ruins are immaculately kept and offer up a romantic

With 105 elegantly appointed rooms, your stay at this historic

and secluded backdrop.

landmark will be one to remember. Have your wedding here and you’ll be the envy of every bride. It’s not inexpensive, but with

Not to be ironic, but only one wedding happens per day at the

the five-star service, it shouldn’t be.

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One&Only Ocean Club

caribbean One&Only Ocean Club The Atlantis

The Atlantis

Photos courtesy of: (top to bottom, left to right) One&Only Ocean Club (1st & 3rd) and The Atlantis (2nd & 4th)

One&Only Ocean Club

brand is known for. Anna Schmid, VP of Weddings and Special

property. Several of the dolphins were rescued and rehabilitated

Affairs, has seen everything from over-the-top event kick-offs

here which makes the experience that much more fulfilling.

(with “James Bond” jumping out of a helicopter to begin their “007 Casino Night”), to customized kids programs to keep the

We were lucky enough to stay at The Cove, a luxury hotel

guests' children entertained. “Whether they’re planning an

within the Atlantis. The views of the Caribbean ocean will take

intimate event for 30, serenaded by the National Bahamian

your breath away, as will the outstanding service and opulent

Children’s Choir, or an extravagant three-day production with

accommodations. Rent a private cabana by their modern and

celebrity guests and performers, One&Only Ocean Club is the

sophisticated pool, complete with a live DJ mixing beats and

ideal resort for an unforgettable and extraordinarily serviced

sounds. Relax on your daybed or take a dip in the warm ocean

destination wedding.”

water while your private cabana server tends to your every whim.

When it comes to cuisine, their Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Arguably the best meal I’ve had in years was at Nobu, one

restaurant, Dune, is as mouthwatering as it is stunning. Perfect

of the restaurants on-site at The Atlantis. Sticky rice bursting with

views of the Caribbean Sea accompany expertly prepared dishes

mouthwatering flavors and melt-in-your-mouth sashimi paired

and wine pairings. Interested in getting the same level of service

with handcrafted cocktails will transport you to culinary ecstasy.

and culinary expertise, but in your own private setting? One of

If you are interested in hosting your event at The Atlantis, it will

their over-sized villas can be used for private parties, rehearsal

be difficult to narrow down where to say your destination “I do’s.”

dinners or intimate weddings and the exquisite menu follows you

Expansive lawns and gardens are in abundance, along with their

wherever you eat at the One&Only.

personalized service.

If you’re looking for a bit of action, The Atlantis is right next door

No matter if you choose the One&Only Ocean Club Resort

and open to all the guests at the One&Only. Waterslides, daring

or The Atlantis for your special day away, one thing’s for certain:

innertube adventures and even the opportunity to swim with

your wedding day will be as unforgettable as your love for

dolphins at their famed Dolphin Cay exhibit can be found on

one another.

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Romance seekers looking to canoodle under a ribbon of clear blue skies and sink their toes in diamond-dusted sands will adore St. Kitts. While daylight illuminates the island’s considerable natural assets, it is in the deep dark of night when St. Kitts is truly lit for love. Artist Rosey Cameron Smith recalls crying the first time she saw the night sky when she moved to the island from Scotland 35 years ago. “You just lie down on the beach and the moon comes up right plump in the middle of the sky over the ocean,” says Smith.


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caribbean “St. Kitts is untouched, unspoiled and secluded," says Lavern

dream wedding is taken care of and at the passing of that special

Stevens, Public Relations Manager at St. Kitts Marriott Resort. "A

day there is nothing left but beautiful memories,” says Jamielah

laid-back atmosphere, numerous secluded beaches with waters

Fleming, Wedding Coordinator at St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

of the deepest blue, infused with year-round sunshine makes it the perfect setting for romance.” While little light pollution

Getting to St. Kitts from New York is an easy four hours and 15

creates the ideal ambience for nocturnal romance under shining

minutes on non-stop flights. The fastest total travel time from Los

stars, there’s an abundance of ways to monkey around in

Angeles, with stops, is about 11 hours. Once you arrive, you will

daylight in St. Kitts.

be instantly enamored with its gracious people, lovely land and fresh food.

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While I enjoyed the colorful magic of watching batik tapestries being created and strolling through the lovely botanical garden,

"The agricultural industry on the island continues to grow and

the thrill of zip-lining across the fertile rainforest and climbing

we support it by purchasing items from the local farmers which

almost 4,000 feet to the top of Mt. Liamuiga made my heart beat

are organically grown," says St. Kitts Marriott Resort Executive

the fastest. Other favorite island excursions included a trip to

Chef, William Stringfellow. "Whether it is Nevisian greens, Kittitian

Brimstone Hill Fortress and a catamaran ride to the sister island

cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, sweet bananas or ripe plantains, you

of Nevis.

are sure to find locally grown ingredients in our dishes.”

There are a bouquet of ways to tie the knot, from intimate

Toasting to good times and fun in the sun is on the menu

beachside vow exchanges, to lavish ceremonies. “We work step-

every day. St. Kitts is a great spot to get married, enjoy your

by-step with the happy couple to ensure every detail of their

honeymoon or simply steal a kiss under a canopy of twinkling stars.

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Legend has it that Christopher Columbus landed on this Caribbean paradise on the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, hence the island’s name. Jointly owned by the French (St. Martin) and the Dutch (St. Maarten), one can pass easily from one side to the next on this tiny Caribbean island and enjoy a rich diversity of culture and personality.


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Words by Carolyn Steere

caribbean Your vacation begins the moment you step outside Princess

establishments for every budget and palate. A must visit location

Juliana International Airport as you board the water shuttle

is the town of Grand Case, aptly named the “culinary capital of

service which takes you on a scenic journey past the mega-

the Caribbean” because of the myriad of fine eateries all within

yachts of Simpson Bay. Thirty minutes later you are warmly

a short stroll. Be sure to check out our favorite, Le Pressoir,

welcomed to the Radisson Blu Resort Marina & Spa located in

a restored 1870s West-Indian house where Chef Franck Mear

a secluded Caribbean cove surrounded by the Anse Marcel’s

serves up locally inspired culinary delights. Le Marigot, the main

National Nature Reserve. The newly renovated rooms and suites

town and capital of French St. Martin, and Loterie Farm, a secret

are comfy cozy and exquisitely decorated in beautiful tropical

hideaway nestled in the hillside of Pic Paradis, are scenic and fun

hues which calm the soul and mind. Step outside the doors to

stops along the way to hang out, zipline or grab a bite.

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your private balcony overlooking the marina or gardens to sip your morning java or evening glass of wine. The 18 acres of

As an added benefit, the neighboring islands of St. Barths and

the resort provide lush gardens to stroll through, an enormous

Anguilla are easily accessible by ferry, charter or air, expanding

infinity edge pool to relax by with a pristine white sand beach

your choices of beaches, restaurants and quaint towns. A day

just steps away. Want to play? The resort offers plenty of toys

trip to Yellow Beach on Pinel Island with Scoobi Charter is a

to rent (banana boats, kayaks and WaveRunners) and is more

great spot for snorkeling, lunch and relaxing on the powder

than pleased to arrange scuba, sailing, fishing and snorkeling

sand beach.

excursions to the nearby islands. Great options are available for dining on-site, including the upscale beachside C Le Restaurant

Perfect for a destination wedding (particularly one including

and Le Marche’ for more casual dining. Also located on property

families), the Radisson Blu Resort Marina & Spa is amazingly

is LeSpa, where you can feel the ocean breezes as you

affordable, has an abundant number of options for ceremony and

indulge in a seaside treatment. On-site car rental is an added

reception sites and offers every conceivable amenity for you and

convenience when you want to explore all the island

your guests. St. Martin/St. Maarten is a place where everyone

of St. Martin offers.

gets along…what a perfect location to gather your friends and family to celebrate your all important wedding event!

Clearly, the French side is a haven for “foodies” with multitudes of “lolos” (local beachside restaurants) and haute cuisine

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For the bride planning a destination wedding, the details can be overwhelming. There are many unknowns which are hard to account for, including planning a memorable experience for your guests. Sure, they’ll remember a beautiful bride and a heartfelt ceremony, but as the host, you want your guests to enjoy their vacation time as well. Having never experienced either an all-inclusive or a Club Med

are plans, meals and even activities to ensure your guests are

property, the Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

comfortable. At the Club Med Punta Cana, these details are the

made me a convert. I found myself sunning under an umbrella,

responsibility of the friendly guest relations staff who immerse

drink in hand, next to the infinity-edge pool thinking of all of the

themselves in your vacation. You see them everywhere. They

ways I would’ve done my own destination wedding differently. I

may dine with you or join you for a Latin dance class. From sun-up

found my feet getting a bit hot, and without noticing, my umbrella

to sun-down, they are there making your stay more enjoyable.

had been shifted to accommodate the moving sun. I also didn’t

There is an abundance of dining, activity and entertainment

notice my fresh cocktail, the extra ice water or afternoon snack

options available for your guests throughout the day and property.

bar which had been arranged. It dawned on me that service is

Therefore, the destination bride is able to focus on just one thing

the keystone of this property, and I wasn’t supposed to notice.

— being a bride.

Nor was I supposed to ask. At an elite all-inclusive resort, the details are already played out and executed for you. I wasn’t

The Club Med Punta Cana property is truly breathtaking. Being

a bride, or a VIP, just a guest – and they had me covered.

a bit of a self-proclaimed beach snob, I found the water incredibly clear and blue and the sand soft and white. The beachfront area of


Having recently had a destination wedding of my own,

this property is massive. The rest of the grounds are tropical and

I understand the bride can get hung up on making sure there

lush, giving you the ultimate “Caribbean destination” ambiance.

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And receive free first class air on

a plethora of options, all of which are set in a breathtaking scene. There is tennis, archery, kayaking, snorkeling, yoga, Latin dance classes — you can even have a go at the trapeze. You can allow your guests to get lost on the property, knowing they are


et us design your dream wedding in Hawaii and discover a world of luxury, exclusive privileges and exceptional experiences. When booking 15 rooms or more at one of our participating properties, the wedding couple receives:

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enjoying every minute of their stay and ultimately knowing you are not responsible for entertaining them the entire trip.

• • •

Complimentary upgrade to a suite Complimentary dining credit Complimentary upgrade to a convertible**

Focus on being a bride. Unwind. Relax. Treat your bridal party to an amazing treatment at the L’Occitane spa. Grab a bottle of wine at dinner (included, of course) and head down to the

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beach to catch a glimpse of those Caribbean stars. It’s sure to be an experience neither you, nor your guests, will soon forget.

Offers are valid on new Group bookings and apply to the wedding couple only. May not be combinable with other offers. A minimum of 15 paid rooms with a minimum of 5 nights per room (or a total of 75 room nights) required in order to qualify for the offer inclusions. Book by Dec. 13, 2013 for travel through Dec. 15, 2014 * First class air is for wedding couple only from U.S. gateways only. ** Upgrade to convertible is valid when booking a full size car with Alamo. Complimentary room nights are not included in the minimum night stay requirements. Customer is responsible for cancellation fees once complimentary airline tickets have been issued. Blackout dates for complimentary airline tickets may apply. If minimum requirements are not met, the wedding couple will have the opportunity to either purchase coach class ticket (based on availability), or to pay for the 1st Class tickets that were issued. Complimentary car upgrade valid only through Alamo when booking a full-size car. Offers are subject to availability at time of signing contract and receipt of deposit, and may be changed or discontinued without notice. Blackout dates, minimum night stays, room category restrictions, seasonal surcharges, taxes, resort fees, and other restrictions may apply. Customer is responsible for hotel taxes and fees. Classic Vacations CST: 2079429-20. 3944-


Words by Jennifer Stein

Being a busy mom of a toddler and the editor of a magazine, it’s not often I’m able to escape these days to research destinations for each issue. I made an exception after visiting the website for Capella Pedregal. If it was half as good as it looked online, I’d be in for a treat. Turns out, it was more than a treat, it was tremendous.

We were given a general overview of the property by one of the smiling staff members the minute we arrived. He showed us the stunning resort complete with infinity pools appearing to extend straight into the Pacific Ocean, immaculately kept grounds and whimsical touches such as star lanterns and brightly colored glass hearts hanging like ornaments from selected trees. When we made our way to our ocean-front suite, we were unprepared for the beauty and splendor which awaited us. The ocean waves were crashing just 50 yards from the bedroom and the private (heated) plunge pool, perfectly placed hammock and fire pit were just begging for our attention. Inside the room with doors opening up to meet the private plunge pool was a lavishly

Located on the pristine beaches of Los Cabos, Mexico, Capella

appointed bed with a wood-carved headboard facing the ocean.

Pedregal is the definition of luxurious pampering. Upon arrival,

No wonder they have no check-in or check-out times…who would

you will be offered a welcome drink – a fresh house-made

ever want to leave this place?

margarita was my choice and set the mood for relaxation before we even made it to our room.


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, Los Cabos: Heaven on Earth

The soft lighting, soothing colors and serenity pool are just the

afternoon amenity – freshly made pico de gallo, guacamole and

beginning. Each treatment starts with a foot washing ritual using

ice-cold beer. I had been there two hours and determined, this

fresh herbs and sumptuous oils. For the bride and groom, I highly

place is officially Heaven on Earth.

recommend a couples massage to relax and unwind together.

When it comes to food at Capella Pedregal, there are surprises

Holding your destination wedding here is an absolute must. The

and cravings satisfied around every turn. Don Manuel’s is the

ceremony locations are idyllic (think infinity pools ensconcing

main restaurant and leaves nothing to be desired. No matter

your guests and you surrounded by the Pacific Ocean) and the

if it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, the cuisine is playful and made

staff will attend to your every need. According to the resort’s

with expert talent, the freshest local ingredients and paired to

romance manager, Cecilia Villanueva, “Here at Capella, our

perfection with the resort's extensive wine list.

goal is to pamper our couples. We only have one wedding per


A knock on the door revealed room service delivering the

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day so we can focus entirely on that couple and give them the One stand-out is El Farrallon, their cliffside restaurant. This open-

personalized service they deserve.” She went on to explain they

aired dining experience is one to write home about. The daily

can bring in anything a couple can dream up. From fire dancers

catch is displayed for you to personally select your dinner

to fireworks, no request is too large.

and to be grilled to perfection by the chef. As you await your meal, live music is performed, the waves crash on the rocks

From the exquisite service to the stunning accommodations

below and the sun sets in the distance. Beware, your heart just

and most of all, the friendly-do-anything-for-you staff, this place

might skip a beat.

is as close to Heaven on Earth as I’ve found. If I were to do my destination wedding again, Capella Pedregal would be at the top

As for pampering here, Auriga Spa is a don't miss. The moment

of my list. Without a doubt, it should be at the top of yours too.

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THE E XPERT Words by Carolyn Gerin

Colin Cowie is misunderstood: People are dazzled by his celebrity wedding planner prowess (J-Lo, Jennifer Aniston) and his position as an international thought leader, tastemaker and author. Yes, he’s all of those things, but the wow factor for us is his down-to-earth quality: that intangible gift not all wedding planners have – he’s a filter for his couples' signature style which makes his signature style all the more special and relevant.

We believe dreams do come true. We believe great style does not have a high price tag. We believe planning a wedding should be fun. We believe there should be magic…


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Colin believes, as we do, that true style isn’t about cash, it’s about creativity:

ask THE EXPERT DID: When you are tasked with designing a destination wedding,

DID: What's the most creative destination wedding you've

what are your strategies for bringing it all together in a foreign

ever done?

country where you may not have all your resources at hand? CC: Costa Careyes on the west coast of Mexico is a jewel and CC: We always bring in a small management team of my most

I created my most fun and beautiful destination wedding there

trusted creative partners who work and collaborate with local

for 56 people. Other big contenders have been the South

resources to ensure we have a knowledgeable and capable

of France, Venice, Capri and Sydney.

team on the ground. Regarding equipment, if we are not able to find local props and décor we ship it in on containers.

DID: What are the three most important things to consider when planning a wedding?

DID: How do you pull in the local color for a destination wedding CC: To never lose sight of the fact that this is about love and not

and incorporate it into your vision?

about a perfect party! That you should enjoy the journey and CC: It’s important to embrace local color and culture as it will set

not allow yourself to be too stressed out. That timing is the most

you up for success and make an authentic experience for your

important aspect of the wedding. Your wedding should move

guests. However, I always keep the vision of the wedding up

at a good, well thought-out pace vs. keeping your guests waiting

front and don't allow myself to be too distracted from it.

all the time – this is the difference between a good and bad wedding and timing does not cost a single cent!

DID: What's trending now in weddings? What's hot and what's not? Any colors, themes or movements you are seeing?

DID: What are the main takeaways from a Colin Cowie wedding? What will the guests remember which make your events different

CC: From a color point of view we have all embraced emerald

from all other weddings?

green. Shades of purple, lavender and lilac continue to be strong, as does anything reflective. Mirror and mercury glass

CC: That we took them on a magical journey with a beginning,

is super popular – mirrored table runners; chargers, vases and

middle and end…that we transported them to a fantasy place

tabletops add big doses of glamour to any room. Crystal and

while they were with us…that we appealed to everything they

beaded accents go a long way too – from napkin treatments

smelled, touched, heard, tasted and felt from the time they

to applications on printed materials. The macaroon seems to

arrived till the time they left. That life is too short, and we need

have replaced the cupcake. The miniaturization of food is super

to celebrate when we can.

popular, as is the idea of creating food stations that are paired with appropriate wines. Speaking of beverages, the mixologist

Note: Check out the Colin Cowie Wedding Planner & Keepsake

is a must-have at any party to create a custom drink list for your

Organizer from Sterling Publishing.

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1 fashion FORWARD 1: Ethereal is the name of the game with this sun-sweetened look. This bride accents her loose curls and natural makeup, by {ever after} artistry, with a flower headpiece beautifully created by PANACEA event floral design. She’s dressed in the “Je t’aime” gown by Ivy & Aster with an Untamed Petals "Nanette" sash. 2: Nothing complements a sunset like a group of lovely ladies! Our bride is wearing the “In Bloom” gown by Ivy & Aster and a "Coco" necklace and "Matilda" sash by Untamed Petals. Her bridesmaids match the cotton candy sunset in the (left to right) "Kaitlin," "Verity" and "Allessandra" gowns by Rachel Gilbert. Their hair and makeup is by {ever after} artistry. All of the rustically-chic bouquets are by PANACEA event floral design. Our bridesmaids (left to right) are also wearing the "Sage" headpiece, "Jasmine" earrings and "Anna" headband, all by Untamed Petals. The bridesmaid to the far right is also wearing a ring by KKG Vintage.


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3 3: For this shot, only wedding dresses all around could stand-up against that view. The bride to the far left is lovely in a gown by Moonlight Bridal, style H1199, and the "Jolie" headband by Untamed Petals. Our bride second to the left is wearing the “Je t’aime” gown by Ivy & Aster, the "Nanette" sash by Untamed Petals and a KKG Vintage ring. Not to be outdone, our third bride complements her “In Bloom” gown and “Flourish” beaded cape, both by Ivy & Aster, with a photogenic pooch. Her beaded "Alexis" crown and "Lucille" bracelet are by Untamed Petals and her ring is by KKG Vintage. Our last and final bride is in a strapless “Sweet Pea” gown by Ivy & Aster. Her beaded "Desiree" sash and "Sage" headpiece are both by Untamed Petals. Each of the bouquets are by PANACEA



event floral design and their hair and makeup is courtesy of {ever after} artistry. 4 & 7: With a location like Figueroa Mountain


Farmhouse, only a rustic tablescape will do.


Centerpieces by PANACEA event floral design mix perfectly with warm-colored glassware and a sequin table-runner, both courtesy of Embellish Vintage Rentals. White scalloped plates from Pier One are paired with silverware by Bella Patina. One of our brides toasts to the day with wine from Saarloos + Sons and wearing a fur stole from Embellish Vintage


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“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” – Dr. Seuss

Rentals and jeweled "Sage" headpiece

6: Two of our ladies keep warm in fur stoles

8: Bouquets by PANACEA event floral design

by Untamed Petals.

from Embellish Vintage Rentals on the deck

and fur stoles from Embellish Vintage Rentals

5: No wedding celebration would be complete

of Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. Not

complete these glamorous bridal looks. The

without some delectable delights. The cake

forgetting their accessories, the ladies

gowns are (from left to right): the “Sweet Pea”

as well as the s’mores, peppermint hearts

(from left to right) are also wearing a "Sage"

gown by Ivy & Aster, the “In Bloom” gown

and Mexican wedding cookies are all from

headpiece, "Alexis" crown, "Jolie" headband,

and “Flourish” beaded cape by Ivy & Aster,

Enjoy Cupcakes.

all by Untamed Petals, and the "Sunrise"

the “J t’aime” gown by Ivy & Aster and style

earrings by Elle Time & Jewelry.

H1199 by Moonlight Bridal.

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“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” –Alice Walker


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10 10: The beautiful Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse is the perfect setting for this Santa Ynez, California photo shoot. 11: Good news – there’s enough for seconds! This adorable cake as well as the s’mores, peppermint hearts and Mexican wedding cookies are all from Enjoy Cupcakes 12: Any groom would be happy to add this vintage feeling boutonniere by PANACEA event floral design to his W-day ensemble. 13: A walk in the Santa Ynez sun is just what this beautiful bride needs. She’s wearing a gown with beaded, illusion straps and



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a figure-flattering silhouette by Moonlight Bridal (style H1199), a lovely "Jolie" headband by Untamed Petals and is carrying a bouquet by PANACEA event floral design. 14: These soft-hued dresses by Rachel Gilbert are perfect for this rural, sunset-inspired shoot. The dress to the left, “Kaitlin,” defines the figure with horizontal beading at the waste and offers good support with delicate straps. The middle gown, “Allessandra,” has a silverlined sweetheart neckline and shimmers head to toe thanks to nude sequins. The last gown, “Verity,” has a retro feel with a drop-waste and is well balanced with an intricately beaded bodice and soft chiffon skirt.

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19 15, 21 & 22: There’s no doubt this table would

Petals and "Victoria" bracelet by Justine M

be the centerpiece of lively conversation

Couture. The lovely lady third from the left

and good eats. Centerpieces by PANACEA

is in a strapless “Sweet Pea” gown by Ivy

event floral design are surrounded by earth-

& Aster, beaded "Desiree" sash and "Sage"

toned glassware and a sequin table-runner,

headpiece both by Untamed Petals. Her fur

both courtesy of Embellish Vintage Rentals.

stole is courtesy of Embellish Vintage Rentals.

White scalloped plates from Pier One are

Our final bride is in Ivy & Aster’s “In Bloom”

paired with silverware by Bella Patina. Take

gown and “Flourish” beaded cape. Her

a seat on decorative pillows from Pier One.

jeweled "Alexis" crown and "Lucille" bracelet

16: Nothing says “love me” like ruffles and

are by Untamed Petals. Her ring is courtesy

that’s just what this “In Bloom” gown by Ivy

of KKG Vintage. Each of the bouquets are

& Aster has to offer. The “Flourish” beaded

by PANACEA event floral design and their hair

cape by Ivy & Aster is a lovely addition and

and makeup is courtesy of {ever after} artistry.

removes the necessity of a necklace. Her

18: Long, loose tendrils, by {ever after} artistry,

bouquet is by PANACEA event floral design,

are romantic and befitting of this outdoor

jeweled "Alexis" crown and "Lucille" bracelet

wedding set-up and are accented by bejeweled

by Untamed Petals and ring by KKG Vintage.

"Alexandra" clips by Untamed Petals.

17: As the sun sets behind them, these

19: A turquoise velvet pillow from Pier

ladies enjoy the view of Figueroa Mountain

One is the perfect resting place for this rustic

Farmhouse. The bride on the far left is

bouquet by PANACEA event floral design.

wearing the “Je t’aime” gown by Ivy & Aster

20: Our bridesmaid is playful with an antique

and a fur stole courtesy of Embellish Vintage

horn from Embellish Vintage Rentals and in

Rentals. The bride second to the left is

the soft, beaded “Kaitlin” dress by Ivy & Aster.

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of Beth Helmstetter Events.


7: This bridesmaid is ready to dance in a short, turquoise number from ModCloth. Shoestring fries with Cajun remoulade, courtesy of Contemporary Catering, are fancified by their yellow pail containers and pink flowers. 9: This wedding reception feels cool and casual with plush pillows from Designer Specialty Linens on the sand for seating and a low dining table from Found – Vintage Rentals. Floral decorations by Dolce Designs Studio set the mood and complement the surrounding décor. Guests can peruse the hand-written dinner menu, by Laura Hooper Calligraphy, on a vintage surf board from Found – Vintage Rentals. 10: This bride gets her toes wet while strolling with her beloved. Dress by Kirstie Kelly Couture and her groom’s suit, by Elite Tuxedo, is capped off by a xoelle bow tie.


3 & 4: What would a wedding be without some


sweet treats to cure those sugary cravings? These chic, white and blue confections are all by the Sweet and Saucy Shop. The decorative floral arrangements bring in a pop of color

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and are by JL Designs. 5 & 6: Beyond that beautiful cake, there were small treats like anchor-printed macaroons, shooters and mini cupcakes to tempt each and every wedding guest. The custom-made treats are by the Sweet and Saucy Shop. Colorful glass jars and vibrant fuschia floral arrangements add interest to the tablescape and are courtesy of Found – Vintage Rentals

“All love that has not friendship for its base is like a mansion built upon the sand. ” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

and JL Designs. 7: A sunset stroll on the docks of Balboa Bay Resort is just what this occasion called for! The couple is complementary in a bolero and gown by Kirstie Kelly and a suit by Bonobos.

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8: Inspired by Saint Tropez, this photo shoot was a modern twist on the classic American, nautical style. This all-white bouquet is the perfect addition and was created by JL Designs. 9: The navy and deep raspberry color palette was implemented to perfection with these whimsical seaside-themed paper goods. These items, including the RSVP card, invitation and menu card were all created


by the fab folks at Posh Paperie. 10: Man’s best friend has never looked better than with a bright pink floral addition to his collar! 11: Signature Party Rentals provided the chic, gorgeous silverware, plates and chargers. A compass courtesy of Laura Hooper served as a fun spin on a traditional napkin ring. A menu card with a raspberry-hued geometric element by Posh Paperie gave a modern twist to this seaside feast. Our favorite detail – the on-trend, navy ikat-patterned linens from La Tavola Linen. FAL L & W I N T E R 2 0 1 3 | destinationido.com


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12: This modern, nautical event is made current with funky linens by La Tavola, metallic accessories from Found – Vintage Rentals and bright-hued florals by JL Designs. 13: Our groom’s jacket, shirt and tie are all courtesy of Bonobos. Between the fun, patterned shirt and rope-tinged boutonniere by JL Designs, this is one sharp-dressed groom! 14: These sleek signature cocktails are served in glasses courtesy of Signature Party Rentals. Cheers to seaside glam! 15: It’s a night to remember after these nautical nuptials! Our couple takes a moment to themselves on a private yacht at Balboa Bay Resort. Her gown is by Kirstie Kelly and his suit and tie is courtesy of Bonobos. 16 & 17: These bridesmaids are gorgeous in dresses by Jenny Yoo which are set off

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by vibrant, fuschia bouquets by JL Designs. Necklace is courtesy of J. Crew. 18: Inspired by Saint Tropez, a mostly white wedding is brought to life with bright bougainvillea and a perfectly accessorized bridal party. Our bridesmaids are wearing dresses by Jenny Yoo and the maid of honor also has on a necklace by J. Crew. Both the groomsman and groom’s suits are courtesy of Bonobos. Our bride is stunning and seaside appropriate in a bolero and gown by Kirstie Kelly. All the bouquets were expertly crafted by JL Designs.


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19: Our bride takes in the view with a patterned parasol from Found – Vintage Rentals. Her hair, by 10.11 Makeup, is lovely but casual with loose curls and braids. A simple, chic dress is elevated to supreme style with an intricately beaded bolero, both by Kirstie Kelly. 20: What’s the most important thing to remember for your own gorgeous destination wedding event? Have fun! Our wedding group celebrates a beautiful day surrounded by nautical table accessories from Found – Vintage Rentals and fun linens from La Tavola.


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1 & 2: These lovebirds are too distracted by each other to take notice of their beautiful surroundings – Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower. She is lovely in a Claire Pettibone gown, headpiece by Twigs & Honey and a feather bolero by Emmy Ray Designs. Her makeup is by James Professional MUA. He is on-trend in a gray suit and tie by Zara.


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3: These two made a bold choice and eloped to Paris for their dream destination nuptials! The picture-perfect sign was created by Announce This! Wedding Stationery & Custom Design. Her feather bolero by Emmy Ray Designs ties at the neck with a dainty ribbon. She accessorizes her dramatic Claire Pettibone gown with a headpiece made of beads and rhinestones by Twigs & Honey and drop earrings from Forever 21. 4, 5 & 6: Our bride prepares for the day at a private residence in Paris and looks striking with makeup by James Professional MUA, a headpiece by Twigs & Honey, drop earrings from Forever 21, a dramatic feather bolero by Emmy Ray Designs and a whimsical gown by Claire Pettibone. 7: The Parisian-themed stationery is perfect with pale pinks, creams and golds. The scroll details and script-like fonts are classically romantic, but funky enough to befit this bold couple. Each was designed by Announce This! Wedding Stationery & Custom Design. FAL L & W I N T E R 2 0 1 3 | destinationido.com


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8: An intimate and dreamy table set-up is made interesting by the cascading linens courtesy of Hotel Phillips. The peach, cream and pale yellow floral centerpieces are by Victorian Gardens. This set-up was put together and shot in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hotel Phillips. 9 & 12: Our bride shows off the show-stopping detail of her Claire Pettibone dress – a large, pale pink flower. She and her groom take a moment to themselves beneath a Parisian parasol by Great Lookz. Our bride’s costume ring is inspired by actress Katie Holmes’ former wedding ring.


10: What better way to celebrate a Parisian elopement than with a Champagne toast with Dom Pérignon? 11: It’s hardly a wedding without a beautiful bouquet and this soft, lovely confection by Victorian Gardens fits the bill. The colorcoordinated sign was designed by Announce This! Wedding Stationery and Custom Design. 13: This cake would have Marie Antoinette green (or should we say pink) with envy!

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A simple design is taken over the top with a large plume feather and ribbon cake-stand. The gorgeous piece of art is by Classic Cakes. 14 & 15: These newlyweds stroll through the streets of Paris for photo ops and a cup of cappuccino. Her Claire Pettibone dress is perfectly accented by a dramatic feather bolero by Emmy Ray Designs and beaded headpiece by Twigs & Honey. Together, they are très chic thanks to his suit by Zara. 16: This is what it’s all about. No matter your location or special details, it’s all about the love come W-day!


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“You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.” – Gone with the Wind

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MOROCCO Words by Courtney Cox


Take a quick ten-minute walk from the hotel to the historic

experience using black sea salt) and a hearty and authentic

Marrakesh souks and Djma el Fna Square. You’ll quickly find

meal at Les Trois Saveurs. As you dig into your tagine, take

yourself lost (figuratively) in the 250-acres of craftsmen, food

a moment to soak it all in: La Maison Arabe really shines at night

vendors and local artisans. Back at your hotel, cap off the

with its intricate architecture and breezy courtyards accented

day with a traditional hammam spa treatment (an exfoliating

by fragmented lantern light.

1. The lobby of Heure Bleue Palais. 2. A hammam treatment room at Heure Bleue Palais. 3. The rooftop pool of Heure Bleue Palais overlooking Essaouira. 4. Marrakesh’s infamous Djma el Fna Square. 5. The coastal beauty of Essaouira. 6. A seaside camel ride in Diabat. 7. A hammam treatment room at the Kasbah du Toubkal. 8. Shopping for Berber rugs in Essaouira. 9. Intricate doors in the “mellah” section of Essaouira. 10. Traditional Moroccan lanterns cast a beautiful glow at La Maison Arabe. 11. The fabric section of Marrakesh’s souks. 12. Hiking the High Atlas. 13. A view from the Kasbah du Toubkal. 14. A rooftop feast at the Kasbah du Toubkal with a view of the High Atlas Mountains. 15. The traditional dining room of the Kasbah du Toubkal.


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I arrived to the hustle and bustle of market day in Casablanca, Morocco and began the two-hour drive to Marrakesh. One of four imperial cities of Morocco, Marrakesh rises out of the landscape like an intricate, red-tinged mirage. My home here was the lovely La Maison Arabe, located just inside the medina. The medina, a staple of imperial cities, is surrounded by walls dating back to the 12th century and is the epicenter of action and adventure in the city. La Maison Arabe was the first boutique hotel to open up within the walls of the medina back in 1998. Since then, many have followed suit, but none have the reputation for luxurious accommodations and amazing cuisine like La Maison Arabe. After a poolside lunch under shady fig trees at the property’s quiet country club, my adventure officially began.

Photos courtesy of: Heure Bleue Palais (1st-3rd), Courtney Cox (4th-6th & 8th-12th) and Kasbah du Toubkal (7th & 13th-15th)

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Once you're ready for a change of pace, head west to the

After a few days in Essaouira, pack your bags and head for the

coastal imperial city of Essaouira. Unlike the action of the ochre-

town of Imlil and the drama of the High Atlas. The Kasbah du

colored Marrakesh, Essaouira’s medina is closed to cars, making

Toubkal peeks out of the mountainside foliage like a high-altitude

it pedestrian-friendly and perfect for leisurely strolls. The white-

oasis. As mules loaded with your luggage lead the way, hike

washed buildings and blue architectural details make this city

about 15 minutes up to the restored fortress which is located on

an obvious coastal choice. Visit the mellah, or Jewish Quarter,

the slopes of the highest peak of the Atlas Mountains in an area

known for its intricately tiled and vibrantly colored doors. I made

known as the “roof of North Africa.” While the accommodations

Heure Bleue Palais my home with its breezy, bright courtyard

are rustic, they’re comfortable with examples of Berber

and eccentric, comfortable accommodations. Like La Maison

architecture and thoughtful details like large soaking tubs.

like love – it’s what’s inside that counts. For an easy afternoon in,

After stepping over the intricately carved doorway, you’re met

head up to the relaxing rooftop pool for some North African sun.

with traditional Berber hospitality in the form of cooling rose water to cleanse your hands. Berbers are the indigenous people

For an authentic, adventurous experience, head to the small city

of North Africa and live in the villages surrounding the Kasbah.

of Diabat for camel rides through the sand and surf. After you’ve

I took a challenging hike offered in the area which covers ten

said goodbye to your new long-legged friend, set out on foot

miles and takes you through beautiful countryside as well as

to explore the historic “castle made of sand.” Once a sultan’s

isolated villages built into the mountainside. There are also

palace, these ruins have since been engulfed by wind and sand.

plenty of shorter walks and hikes available to take full advantage

Back in Essaouira, be sure to take a walking tour of the city’s

of this gorgeous location. The spring and fall are ideal here, but

historic battlements and swing by Le Chalet de la Plage for

I recommend visiting in April through June for gurgling creeks

a scrumptious seafood dinner.


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Arabe, the hotel isn’t much to look at from the outside, but much

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and lush green foliage thanks to the snow run-off. The Kasbah du

After a week abroad with my Country Walkers comrades,

Toubkal is isolated, intimate and quickly growing in popularity,

my adventure came to an end. But not before I saw what the

so be sure to book as far in advance as possible.

beautiful country of Morocco had to offer: land, sea and sky. Venturing into unknown lands with the knowledge and knowhow

There are many ways in which to see the World – you simply

of experts definitely made the travel experience much more

need to find what works best for you. For this Moroccan jaunt, we

relaxing and is a must for intrepid honeymooners.

used a travel company, Country Walkers, which caters to couples or groups who want an out-of-the-box experience, but with the comfort of expert guidance. Country Walkers offers experiences from a safari in South Africa or walking tour of Nepal, to a biking tour of Provence or family adventure in Yellowstone National Park. If you’re looking to go outside your comfort zone for your honeymoon, but aren’t comfortable doing it all on your own, Photo courtesy of: Courtney Cox

Country Walkers can create a private itinerary for you, or you can choose from one of 150 options, all of which have been expertly planned and scouted by a C.W. expert. If you’re looking to do a group trip abroad, but loathe the idea of spending your honeymoon with 50 strangers, C.W. offers a welcome alternative.

REMEMBER • Marrakesh is a big destination for Parisians, so avoid major French holidays and the hot months of July and August. • While Morocco is a progressive Islamic country, dress conservatively to avoid any unwanted attention. • The official language of Morocco is Arabic, but French is also widely spoken.

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Tuscany, Italy


Gently rolling hills dotted with cypress trees as far as the eye can see and tiny medieval villages with ancient cobbled streets. The cultural and artistic epicenter of Europe, Tuscany promises unlimited choices and incomparable memories. Begin your life together against a backdrop a thousand years in the making.


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Words by John Roark

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Ten a.m. and tipsy: Tour the wineries.

Get a room with a view.

Tuscany is home to some of the World’s most beautiful and

Every fairytale has a castle. Dating back to the 10th century, the

distinctive wineries. Go “behind the label” from grape to cork

5-star Castello di Casole was originally owned by a noble family

by touring, tasting and learning. We recommend: Panizzi in

of Siena. The historic 4,200-acre estate was purchased in the

San Gimignano, Poggio Amorelli in Amorelli and La Brancaia in

1960s by famed Italian film director Luchino Visconti and became

Chianti. Salute!

the posh playground of movie stars, Italian nobility and jetsetters. The embodiment of Italian luxury, today Castello di Casole

Pretend the paparazzi is stalking you.

features 28 artfully restored farmhouses and a 41-suite boutique

Make your escape by touring the Italian countryside on rented

hotel. Surrounded by tranquil Tuscan countryside, vineyards

Vespas. As the velvet hills and valleys roll by, you’ll feel like a

and olive groves, every view is a postcard. Your stay will include

movie star (don’t forget your coolest retro sunglasses). Pack a

supreme comfort and simple pleasures, tempered with old-world

picnic of rustic bread, olive oil, local cheeses and a bottle of wine

elegance and sophistication. Your reluctant departure will include

for a romantic (and cinematic) afternoon you’ll never forget.

a promise to return.

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Surrounded by tranquil Tuscan countryside, vineyards and olive groves, every view is a postcard.

at the Accademia Gallery. Don’t miss: The Salvatore

Explore the ancient villages of Tuscany by bicycle: Siena, San

Ferragamo Museum for a fascinating look at the life (and shoes!)

Gimignano, Pisa. Ditch your guide book and wander the streets

of one of Italy’s – and Hollywood’s – most celebrated

of Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. You’ll find

and creative craftsmen.

centuries-old cathedrals, frescoes, paintings and sculpture. Don’t miss: The Duomo - completed in 1436, the Basilica di Santa Maria


del Fiore is Florence’s most famous church. Gazing up at the

Think beyond (far beyond) spaghetti and meatballs. Authentic

frescoed interior of the dome, you’ll be humbled.

Tuscan food is fresh, hearty and healthy. Enjoy local fish, pork and beef, vegetables roasted with native herbs, risotto

Bring home something Italian.

and of course, pasta. And no trip to Italy is complete without

Do some bartering in the open-air markets of Florence: fine

experiencing authentic gelato. Don’t miss: Necci - chestnut

leather, textiles, artwork and more. Visit designers, jewelers and

crepes filled with fresh sheep’s milk ricotta.

artisans on the Ponte Vecchio. Don’t miss: Scuola del Cuoio, the largest and most respected leather craft school in Florence.

When your journey together begins in a land as fabled as Tuscany, happily ever after is a given!

Soak up some culture. Florence has the World’s largest concentration of Renaissance

What’s on your Tuscany “must” list?

antiquities. See original works of Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli

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at the Uffizi Gallery; say, “Buon giorno!” to Michelangelo’s David


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I’M IN HEAVEN, I’M IN FIJI Words by Courtney Cox

Fiji is the type of place every honeymooner dreams of: crystal clear waters, powder-sand beaches, friendly locals and unique cultural experiences. Having been lucky enough to visit some of the World’s most beautiful tropical places, it takes more than a pretty beach to stand out in my mind. However, Fiji did just that with a beauty and level of service all its own. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort was my home for the week

Chit-chatting with this lovely woman, I learned that nearly every

and a short 60-minute flight from the Fijian capital of Nadi.

resort employee is a local; most of whom have worked there for

Located on the island of Vanua Levu, the resort is known as a

ten-plus years. Note: Take the time to get to know a few locals

beacon of luxury and environmental responsibility. Set on 17

to really get a taste of your destination’s culture.

bures and a villa which is truly spectacular. If it’s an authentic

The prices are all-inclusive, so you get major bang for your buck.

experience you’re looking for, the accommodations deliver with

First off, the food is out-of-this-world. The menu changes daily

bures constructed without the use of any cement, metal or glass.

and includes local fare, fresh caught seafood and freshly baked

Also, (gasp!) there’s no air conditioning. As an Arizona-native, this

breads and desserts. Ironically, I had some of the best Indian

idea frightened me. However, with constant ocean air breezes

food I’ve ever tasted at Jean-Michel thanks to a share of the

and a bure designed to keep cool, I quickly felt at ease.

island’s population being of Indian decent. The breadfruit chips are a spicy, South-Pacific version of potato chips and are

Upon arrival, I was shown to my bure and before I knew it,

an absolute must.

there was a tap on my door. A friendly staff member appeared


and treated my travel-swollen tootsies to a scrub consisting

If you’re traveling with children, it doesn’t get better than the

of coconut milk and brown sugar – the perfect beginning

service at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Each and every child

to a relaxing trip. Every guest at the Jean-Michel Cousteau

staying at the property gets their own nanny for the length of

Resort receives a complimentary foot massage after check-in.

their stay. Also included are four off-site excursions per week.

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acres of a former coconut plantation, there are 25 traditional

honeymoon HIDEAWAYS Visit the Savusavu Farmers Market for locally made treasures,

hands. Catch an early breakfast and look on as the staff sings a

unique produce and fresh-ground spices. The island also boasts

song and says a prayer before the start of every day. The staff’s

some of the most impressive snorkeling sites on Earth and Jean-

friendly nature and love of their homeland is contagious and will

Michel Resort has highly educated professionals to accompany

quickly spread like wildfire and cement itself into your memory.

you on your trip.

Photos courtesy of: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

In order to get the most out of your stay, here are a few words A can’t-miss is the rainforest and Maroroya Falls hike. Only

of advice. You are on an isolated tropical island, so pack the bug

accessible to resort guests, go for a dip below the falls or watch

spray and apply it religiously. The mosquitoes will only dampen

your local guides climb the slippery rocks to perform acrobatic

your experience if you come unprepared. Also, ask a staff

dives into the swirling waters below. Another activity which

member to light a “coil” during turndown service and install a

is ideal for honeymooners, but requires an additional fee, is

mosquito net over your bed. The earthy fragrance of the coil and

a trip to the resort’s private island. Take a short boat ride to

soft rustle of the net will only enhance your experience. Also, the

your own private paradise. Sit back with a Fiji Gold beer, listen

pounding of the kava and kava ceremony is a cultural tradition

to your guide serenade you with local songs on the acoustic

in Fiji. While the drink comes from an organic root, it can have

guitar and watch the tide come in. This is the definition of

some strange side effects which vary depending on the person.

pure bliss. Request the song, “I’m in Heaven, I’m in Fiji” for a

There’s no need to opt-out entirely, but pace yourself and ask for

beautiful tribute to the island. At the very least, you can’t have

a “low-tide.”

a honeymoon in tropical paradise without a romantic couples massage. The resort’s open-air spa bures overlook the ocean

Cap off your trip with a romantic, candlelit dinner for two

and truly transport you to another realm of relaxation.

underneath a poolside Plumeria tree or at the end of the dock. Lanterns line the way to what feels like your own private

All of this would be enough to make Fiji a honeymooner’s

sanctuary where the only thing to interrupt you is the lapping of

paradise, but in my opinion, the thing which really sets this

waves. You can’t help but take in the sight of the stars and say to

destination and Jean-Michel Cousteau apart are the local staff

yourself, “Sega na leqa.” It means “no worries.”

members and traditions. Fijians are natural born musicians who sing like angels and seem to be born with a guitar in their

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honeymoon HIDEAWAYS Words by John Roark

I found love. She’s beautiful, intelligent, sophisticated – and she moves like a dream. Confidently she led me through exotic, faraway lands. With her, I experienced things I had only read about in books and she has left her imprint on my heart. I fell hard for a girl named Paul. Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa


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Finding Love in Paradise: FRENCH POLYNESIA BY SEA

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Photos courtesy of: (top to bottom, left to right) Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (1st & 4th) and Paul Gauguin Cruises (2nd & 3rd)

Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

The m/s Paul Gauguin

and excursions which celebrate the beauty of the ship and the

Whether you’re blushing cruise virgins (as I was), or seagoing

islands. For an over-the-top evening, surprise your partner with

veterans, ocean travel is redefined by the m/s Paul Gauguin.

“Dinner Under the Stars.” You’ll be chauffeured into the lagoon

Specifically designed to navigate the shallow waters of the South

by private Zodiac for your own Technicolor sunset; a feast for two

Pacific, she harkens back to a time when the romance of travel

(with Champagne) follows on the ship’s marina. This is what they

by sea was the prerogative of the very privileged. The Gauguin’s

meant when they created the word "romance."

smaller footprint grants you closer access to ports of call – exploring hidden coves impossible for larger ships.

Offering a variety of seven to 14-day cruises, the Gauguin was made for romantic getaways. They also offer a honeymoon gift

From the moment you step on board you are won over by

registry. Create a “wish list” ranging from shore excursions to

her genuine hospitality. Accommodating only 332 guests, the

dining and spa options. Friends and family can visit the registry

Gauguin is a stunner radiating warmth and informal luxury with

to select the gift (or gifts) they would like to give. Paul Gauguin

personalized five-star service you won’t find on large ocean

Cruises takes care of the rest!

liners. In 2012, a seven-million dollar renovation updated the vessel with exquisite woods, textiles, flooring and furniture.

The Society Islands

Seventy percent of the spacious staterooms feature private

You see pictures of French Polynesia and think, "Yeah, right."

balconies. Every intuitive detail has been designed with your

You’ll discover the islands really are that beautiful, the colors that

comfort in mind.

vibrant, the vistas that stunning. Photography doesn’t begin to capture these welcoming lands. (But still bring your camera!)

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Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa

Intercontinental Tahiti Resort

Tahiti - The Queen of the Pacific

eroded cone of an extinct volcano surrounded by crystal blue

Do you like your travel bustling with tourists, or prefer something

waters. The mountain Bali Hai in the movie "South Pacific" is

more private? More people go to Hawaii in one week than go

actually Bora Bora’s majestic Mount Otemanu. (Try looking at it

to Tahiti in an entire year! STAY: Pre or post-cruise, enjoy a day

with your mouth closed. Can’t be done.) PLAY: Intercontinental

room at the spectacular Intercontinental Tahiti Resort. With

Bora Bora Le Moana’s Matira Beach was named "The World’s

unbelievable views of the Eden-like landscape and aquamarine

Most Beautiful Beach" by CNN in 2011. STAY: Ranked first on

waters, it’s the perfect sanctuary to unwind and refresh.

TripAdvisor’s 2011 “Best Rooms with a View” list, Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa features the World’s first

Raiatea - The Secret Island

glass-floored chapel. During your stay, have breakfast delivered

The second largest of the Society Islands, charming Raiatea is

to your bungalow by canoe.

encircled by a coral reef which provides excellent diving and snorkeling. DON’T MISS: Black Pearl Farm Adventure. Learn why

Moorea - The Magical Island

Tahitian cultured pearls are prized throughout the World for their

One of the area’s most stunning tropical islands, with a palette

flawless beauty.

of deep greens and brilliant blues, Moorea embodies the South Pacific. The panorama encompasses volcanic ridges, velvet

Taha’a - The Vanilla Island

green vegetation and turquoise lagoons. STAY: Like an exquisite

Sharing the same barrier reef as Raiatea, on Taha’a the rich scent

gem set between mountains and sea, Intercontinental Moorea

of vanilla lingers in the air. Intimate, lush, exclusive and tranquil,

Resort & Spa features over-water bungalows and an intimate

spend the day on Motu Mahana, a private islet accessible only to

indoor/outdoor spa with indulgent couples therapies.

passengers of the Gauguin. Call it fate. I discovered unconventional love in the South Pacific.


Bora Bora - The Romantic Island

Our affair was brief, but unforgettable. Will we be together again?

Known as “the Pearl of the Pacific,” this island showcases the

Without a doubt.

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wedding TAKEOVER

The Wedding Takeover


Photos courtesy of: Gerd Corrigan

Most likely, when you think of reserving an entire resort for your wedding, you may associate it with celebrities or the uber rich and famous. However, with the right property, you may find it’s more attainable than you thought. A team of experts from All About Honeymoons and Palace Resorts weighed-in on what some of the benefits are and suggested an ideal property for just such an occasion.


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Q. What exactly is a "wedding takeover" or “resort buyout?"

For example, a property buyout at Isla Mujeres Palace includes

How does it work?

a certified on-property wedding coordinator, available to ensure

A. A wedding takeover or resort buyout is when a couple, their

every wedding detail is perfectly executed. The couple will also enjoy welcome cocktails for the entire party upon arrival,

wedding group and their guests reserve all the rooms of a resort.

followed by a festive afternoon pool party with details such

Guests who arrange a resort takeover can fully customize their

as the music and cocktail menu preselected by the bride and

wedding. Custom options are endless; esthetic changes such

groom. The evening will set the stage for an elegant rehearsal

as personalized signage throughout the property, playing an

dinner complete with a decadent menu. On the day of, the

in-room video brought by the couple, specific cuisine options

wedding ceremony and reception can be themed to fit the

and much, much more. The total look, feel and experience can

bride and groom’s personalities. Other activities available with

be created to fit a couple’s needs and make their wedding as

a buyout include tequila tastings, live entertainment, themed

unique as they are.

breakfasts, group games and more.

- Connie Marianacci, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weddings at Palace Resorts

- Connie Marianacci, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weddings at Palace Resorts

Q. Can you give an example of a property that lends itself

Q. What are the benefits of a resort takeover?

to a buyout?

A. Couples who reserve an entire property don't have

A. An intimate beachfront hotel designed exclusively for

to worry about other resort guests either watching their wedding

adults, such as Isla Mujeres Palace, is a perfect beach retreat

from a distance or walking by while they are taking pictures.

which offers buyouts. Equal parts bohemian-chic and resort-

They can play the music at the reception and not worry about

modern, this 62-room hideaway is known for its romantic setting,

disturbing other guests. They have flexibility for ceremony times

personalized service, attention to detail, luxurious extras and

and locations and get to choose the perfect spot to hold the

serene ambiance. Although the resort is normally adults-only,

reception as the resort is all theirs. That’s where your creativity

when guests book a buyout, children are more than welcome

plays a big role! You can plan events like karaoke or local

on property.

entertainment can be arranged in advance. - Dana Franklin, Romance Travel Specialist at All About Honeymoons

Imagine having your wedding in a “palace” where everything is exclusively yours, from a beautiful white sand beach,

Q. What makes Isla Mujeres Palace an ideal property

to a refreshing pool, where all of the restaurants and staff are

for a destination wedding buyout?

catering to you and your guests’ desires. This is the epitome of unique and will be a wedding everyone will be talking about

A. Isla Mujeres Palace is a small, boutique property which lends

and no one will forget.

itself well to a wedding group. A close, intimate space shared

- Connie Marianacci, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weddings at Palace Resorts

by your friends and family with no other guests can be a dream come true; you feel like you have a private island all to yourself.

Q. What is included with a buyout? A. In addition to privacy and the highest level of personalized

Isla Mujeres Palace is where my husband and I chose to get married, and it was the ideal choice for us. I felt like it was

service, a buyout allows the couple to truly bring their wedding

my home and I had all my guests coming to visit. On top of that,

dreams to life by having total control of all details, surrounded

we had staff pampering all our guests, so I was worry-free.

by friends and family.

- Sam B. Dockter, Romance Travel Specialist at All About Honeymoons and past bride at Isla Mujeres Palace

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A. In the case of Isla Mujeres Palace, the buyout rate is very accessible and brings substantial savings in comparison to

Q. If I only have 30 guests attending my wedding, is there a way to reserve a portion of a resort so we have areas to ourselves?

individual rooms or even group rates. You have the flexibility

A. Absolutely! With a group of 30 guests, a resort “buyout” may

to book the buyout and collect funds from the group at your

not be the ideal scenario. However, many resorts offer the option

discretion. At Isla Mujeres Palace, buyouts can be done for three-

to host private events exclusive for your wedding celebration.

night stays or longer.

Locations will vary by resort, but may include picturesque

- Sam B. Dockter, Romance Travel Specialist at All About Honeymoons and past bride at Isla Mujeres Palace

terraces, poolside patios, tropical gardens, restaurant venues

Q. Would all the guests need to arrive and depart on the

that may include unlimited private functions, a room upgrade for

same day when there is a resort buyout?

and beachfront settings. Palace Resorts has great group benefits the bride and groom and complimentary nights. - Stephanie Medina, Romance Travel Specialist at All About Honeymoons

A. You will want to buyout the resort for the dates that all guests will be there. Most guests will stay three to four nights

Q. Is it better to book a buyout directly with the hotel or to work with a travel specialist?

on average for a destination wedding. You can do a buyout just for those three to four nights and guests can come in early

A. Planning a destination wedding can be overwhelming,

or stay later. Your travel agent will negotiate rates for extended

especially if you’re buying out an entire resort. With the help

stays. In the case of Isla Mujeres Palace, transportation

of an experienced destination wedding travel specialist, the

is included from Puerto Juares to the resort on the date

process can be a breeze! As a Palace Resorts PRO destination

the buyout begins.

wedding travel specialist, I work with the hotel to negotiate the

- Jackie Waechter, Romance Travel Specialist at All About Honeymoons

best pricing, promotions and amenities for you and your guests.

Q. What is the ideal size wedding to do a takeover?

I have knowledge and professional experience which will work

A. The advantage of buying out a property is we can find a

is most familiar with the process. Ultimately, it will save you time

resort to fit the number of guests attending and the group's

– like finding that perfect wedding dress!

interests! Isla Mujeres Palace offers 62 rooms so you could have

in your favor, so leave the hotel negotiations to an expert who and money. Even better, you can focus on the fun stuff - Stephanie Medina, Romance Travel Specialist at All About Honeymoons

100+ guests at this resort. There are other resorts with fewer rooms for smaller, more intimate destination weddings and much bigger resorts if you are planning to have a larger group. - Dana Franklin, Romance Travel Specialist at All About Honeymoons


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TRAVEL TABOOS NAVIGATING ETIQUETTE ABROAD Words by Elaine Hilbelink Illustrations by Kiana Cates

Traveling to exotic places or foreign soil can be part of the charm of your destination wedding. Different customs and standards for what is appropriate in dress and behavior vary wherever we go. Clothing, gestures, greetings and general conduct can tag you as a tourist, and we want to be respectful and respected as we journey around the World.

Q. What is the best way for me to find out the etiquette and customs of the country where we are having our wedding? How do I communicate that information to our friends and relatives who will be attending?

A. As a host, it is important for you to research what is appropriate in the country you have selected. Travel guidebooks, online searches and speaking to contacts at your venue are all effective ways to inform yourself about appropriate behavior and customs. Your personal wedding website is a great way to share what you learn with your guests so they might plan appropriate dress for the trip and be sensitive to the cultural customs in your host country. You might also include some travel tips and local customs in a hospitality bag to greet your guests in their room, or if budget permits, you may consider sending them a guidebook after you receive their RSVP.


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Q. In the past, I've had taxi drivers in different places who drive

A. If you feel comfortable, you might politely speak to the

recklessly or talk on their cell phones while I'm in the car.

parent of the child and ask them to talk to their child about kicking

How do I handle this situation not only in my own country,

the seat. If you are hesitant to do that, you could quietly talk to

but other countries?

the flight attendant and have them resolve the situation for you.

A. If your driver is talking on the phone, gently request they end their call. Same goes for speeding or driving recklessly. Just ask

If it continues, you may ask the flight attendant to move your seat if there is another available.

them to drive cautiously. Explain that you’re just looking out for your

Q. I have heard that customs as simple as shaking hands,

safety. If they refuse, my suggestion would be to have them pull over

touching someone on the head and even tipping can offend

in a safe, populated place where you can easily find another taxi.

people in parts of the World. Is this true?

In other countries, make sure you bring a language book so you can

A. Yes, it is true. In parts of the World, people bow to each other

politely ask them to slow down or be careful. It’s respectful for you

or greet each other with hands in prayer position (Namaste) rather

to know their language. Simply saying, “Slow down please,”

than shaking hands. Men greeting each other with a kiss on the

is adequate.

cheek might also be customary. Showing the soles of your feet can offend in certain countries in the Middle East and Asia. Public

If you ever feel unsafe, it is better to risk being confrontational than

displays of affection might wind up putting you in jail depending

to put your life in danger. Always pay for your ride, but whether you

on where you are! Tipping customs also vary depending upon your

tip would be optional.

destination. Some Scandanavian countries don’t tip unless it’s overthe-top service, and even in that case, simply leaving the change

Also, as a side note – make sure you know your fare before you

is acceptable – definitely not 18-20 percent like in the U.S..

travel. In Thailand it is best to negotiate before you ride as prices tend to vary. In the U.S. it’s more straight forward and prices are

At weddings in Sweden and Norway, it’s considered impolite

usually posted. In other countries, it might not be so cut and dry.

for men to remove their jackets before the groom or to talk while

Q. What do I do about loud partying guests in my hotel when it

a speech is going on. Make sure you know basic etiquette about dress. In many countries

is late at night?

A. If it is past a reasonable hour, it is best to call the front desk and

they won’t allow you into places of worship if you don’t have your shoulders or even ankles covered.

make a noise complaint. Never go to the room and try to handle the situation yourself or bang on the walls as that will only aggravate the

By simply buying an up-to-date guide book, speaking to someone

situation. If the disturbance does not end after 20 or 30 minutes, call

who has recently traveled there, or looking it up on the destination’s

again and make a second complaint. Be prepared, however, that you

tourism website, you’ll find out what the customs are for that area.

may have to move to another room if the noise continues.

Q. I've always wondered the best way to handle a kid kicking my seat on a flight. What's your suggestion?

For all of these reasons, knowing the customs and local etiquette of your chosen destination will enable you and your guests to be prepared to be sensitive to the cultural mores and enjoy your event.

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{maui} ELENA + JEFF

Elena and Jeff have been inseparable since the moment they met and it is more than appropriate to say there were fireworks between them – considering the couple met at a Fourth of July party. When it came time to begin planning their dream destination wedding, the couple knew only one place would do: Maui, Hawaii. The groom was born and raised on the island and the two were anxious to share the “beautiful and peaceful” place with those they love the most. Words by Courtney Cox Images by Tamiz Photography, tamizphotography.com


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“We looked at multiple locations and the more we looked, the more we realized we had the perfect location all along at Jeff’s family’s home in Alaeloa.”

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“As the main course was winding down, it started to sprinkle, which is considered a blessing during a wedding in Hawaii.” “We looked at multiple locations and the more we looked, the

bride. “The ceremony was fairly quick and was lighthearted with

more we realized we had the perfect location all along at Jeff’s

tears and laughter throughout.”

family’s home in Alaeloa,” says the couple. “In doing so, we kept a family tradition alive since both Jeff’s parents and aunt and

The reception was held in the property’s mango orchard and

uncle also held their wedding receptions at Alaeloa.”

was a mix of vintage and modern touches all with the goal of showcasing the natural beauty of the location. Guests dined on

In order to make the most of the time they had with their guests,

dishes made with locally grown ingredients and fresh caught

Elena and Jeff planned a few pre-wedding activities. Most

fish, with a view of beautiful flower centerpieces in metal urns,

memorable was a “Golf with the Groom” tournament held at

hanging lanterns and bistro lights.

the Kapalua Bay golf course. Twenty-eight guests competed in the fun, yet competitive scramble. Following fun in the sun, the

“As the main course was winding down, it started to sprinkle,

couple hosted a welcome dinner at the Old Lahaina Luau for

which is considered a blessing during a wedding in Hawaii,”

their guests.

says the couple. “After a minute or two it was a downpour. We laughed as the rain came down as it was such a fun moment to

On W-day, 85 guests walked along a path and through a canopy

pull everyone together.”

of plumeria trees to arrive at the ceremony on the property’s beach lawn. Elena and Jeff said “I do” overlooking the ocean and

Elena says a crucial part in planning your dream destination

with a view of Molokai in the distance.

wedding is to have a clear picture of what you want from the start. What’s her favorite moment from the day? “After we were

“Our officiant was Jeff’s childhood pastor and he presided over

pronounced husband and wife, we walked down the aisle in total

the ceremony with a mix of spoken word and song,” recalls the

bliss after months and months of preparation. Those exciting first few moments as man and wife were incredible!”

Ceremony and Reception Site: Private estate in Alaeloa, Maui, Hawaii, Photography: Tamiz Photography, tamizphotography.com, Wedding Planner: Belle Destination and Events, belledestinationevents.com, Invitations & Paper Goods: Erica Keuter Designs, ericakeuterdesigns.com, Floral Design: Bella Blooms, bellabloommaui.com, Décor: Opihi Love, opihilove.com, Catering: Maui Executive Catering, mauiexecutivecatering.com, Mixology/Bar: Garnish Events, garnishevents.com, Beauty Services: Maui Mira, mauimira.com, Wedding Gown: Lazaro, jlmcouture.com/lazaro, Groom’s Attire: Suit by J. Crew & custom bowtie and pocket square by Otis James Nashville, jcrew.com & otisjamesnashville.com, Bridesmaids’ Attire: J. Crew, jcrew.com, Groomsmens’ Attire: Suit by J. Crew & custom bowtie and pocket square by Otis James Nashville, jcrew.com & otisjamesnashville.com


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DONNA + MATTHEW Words by Jennifer Stein

Images by Melissa McClure Photography, melissamcclure.com

Deciding on the destination of Krabi, Thailand as the backdrop for Donna and Matthew’s wedding away was easier than one would think. The couple fell in love with it, and a visit five years prior resulted in annual trips and eventually a proposal. “Thailand is a very special place for us,” says Donna. “It’s where we first started laying plans for our future…we wanted to share this place we love so much with the people we love.”


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The couple included a few very personal details into the mix.

County, but quickly realized the cost to have a destination

“Since many of our family members couldn't be there, I wanted to

wedding in a place like Thailand would prove to be more

create a special place at the wedding to keep them close,” says

affordable. “We knew most guests would need to travel anyway

Donna. “We had a table setup scattered with old family photos.

and the costs for a short trip to California were actually higher

We also had a photo of my husband's father who passed, as well

than a longer stay in Thailand (although the flight was much

as pictures of my grandmothers and his grandfather.” They also

longer!). We factored the costs for each and realized Thailand

included a “wishing tree” on the table which allowed guests to

would give us much more quality time with our family and

write wishes to the couple and hang them for all to see. “We

friends,” says Donna.

loved reading those after the wedding was over!”

The cost of the wedding itself was also less expensive as the

When it comes to experience and offering a few tips and

property they chose in Thailand, Railay Bay Resort, offered

tricks to other brides, Donna had some great advice. “Design

straight-forward wedding packages which even included

the wedding invitations to include as much information as

a fire show.

possible. They should both excite and prepare your guests for

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They originally began looking in their hometown of Sonoma

a destination wedding abroad. The more information you can The day started bright and early at 7:30 a.m. with a Buddhist

include, the better. If guests understand that the destination is

Monk traditional Thai water ceremony – meant to provide a

more than just a wedding; that it will be a travel experience, the

marriage with merit and blessings. Later that afternoon, the

more comfortable and excited they will be to make the journey.”

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{ palm springs } SABRINA + ALEXANDER Words by Sarah Padilla Images by Happy Confetti Photography, happyconfettiphotography.com


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How does an international couple with family and friends across the globe choose where to hold their destination wedding? They go back to where it all began.

Sabrina and Alexander wed at the trendy Viceroy Palm Springs surrounded by about 50 of their favorite people. Like much of Palm Springs, the retro Viceroy evokes an old Hollywood vibe – but this modern couple put their own spin on the day. Their short, yet intimate, ceremony was held on the hotel’s lush green lawns, flanked by palm trees and a desert mountain backdrop. The ceremony included readings by the bridal

While Sabrina, originally from Montreal, and her Russian husband

party in both English and French, and the couple recited

Alexander are currently living in the United Kingdom, their

both traditional Catholic vows and personal vows they had

relationship first took hold in the United States. The couple

written themselves.

attended law school together at Cornell University in Ithica, New York. But it was later, in California, where they truly fell in love.

“It was very important for us to make these promises twice,”

That made choosing a destination wedding locale easy.

says the bride. It couldn’t have been a better start to Sabrina and Alexander’s new life.

“We fell in love in California. We thought it would be a great

homage to our love to get married under the sun,” says Sabrina.

“It was certainly the happiest day of my life,” recalls Sabrina. “I remember my father holding my hand tightly as we were

And when Sabrina says sun, she means sun. The couple had no

walking down the aisle. All I could see was the smiling, teary

intention of getting rain on their wedding day, which is part of

face of my fiancé and feel the touch of my father. It was

what led them to Palm Springs. The arid desert city in Southern

a marvelous moment.”

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"We always wanted to be married outdoors! We love being outside and love the beauty nature provides."

Photographer: Happy Confetti Photography, happyconfettiphotography.com, Wedding Planner: April Seuss with The Bride and I, thebrideandi.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: The Viceroy Palm Springs, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/palmsprings, Gown Designer: Ulla-Maija Couture, ulla-maija.com, Groom's Clothing Designer: Me [4] You Menswear, me4you.ca, Bridesmaids' Clothing Designer: Jenny Yoo, jennyyoo.com, Invitations/Paper Products: Alexandra Castonguay at FormidĂŠe Communication, formidee.com, Guest Book: Smythson, smythson.com, Cake: Jeannette at Juliette Bakery, juliettesbakery.com


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{santa ynez} DIANA + CYRUS

Words by: Alicia Clark Images by: Braedon Photography, braedonphotography.com

When planning a destination wedding, it’s important to keep an open mind, because you never know when you might change it! For Diana and Cyrus, a wedding in Santa Barbara had always been their dream. It was only after taking a drive to The Villa at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California that they realized they may have found an even more ideal location. 104

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As the sun began to set, guests looked out over acres of vineyards and mountains while enjoying Persian hors d'oeuvres. “Winding around mountains and whirling around lakes, it’s

After vows were exchanged, Diana and Cyrus were eager

stunning, and we both have a soft spot in our hearts for romantic

to blend their Italian and Persian cultures for a dining experience

vineyards,” said the bride of their destination wedding location.

their guests would be sure to remember. As the sun began to set, guests looked out over acres of vineyards and mountains

It was important to the couple they provide their guests with a

while enjoying Persian hors d'oeuvres. They later sat down

trip they would not soon forget. Guests participated in a wine

to an Italian-style surf and turf, black-tie dinner.

tasting, an olive and vinegar tasting and baking brick-oven pizzas on the back patio of The Villa at Sunstone Winery.

“Just off in the distance, as the three-piece jazz trio hummed in the background, chandeliers hung from a beautiful oak tree

On their wedding day, the couple said their “I do’s” against

directly over a wine barrel bar serving guests,” the bride recalls.

the warm vanilla and caramel colors of the Tuscan-style villa surrounded by friends and family, a dramatic crescendo to their

As for advice, Diana and Cyrus had this bit of wisdom to offer:

dream wedding.

“Know there are no rules, do what you want as a couple on your day…”

Ceremony and Reception Site: The Villa at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California, sunstonewinery.com, Photography: Braedon Photography, braedonphotography.com, Day-of Coordinatior: Inspired Events by Rani Hoover, ranihoover.com, Floral Design: Designs by Nico, nicosb.com, Wedding Gown: Alvina Valenta by Jim Hjelm, jlmcouture.com/alvina-valenta, Groom’s Attire: Jos A. Bank, josbank.com, Bridesmaids' Attire: Vera Wang, verawang.com, Other Vendors: trycapsule.com


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See what happens when girls fall in love with books. In the developing world, a girl doesn’t have a lot of options. She often has to drop out of school to work or marry young due to societal pressures. But an education can change that. The longer girls stay in school, the more likely they are to earn higher wages, marry later in life, have healthier families and educate their own children. Room to Read has helped thousands of girls gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Honor the power of education on your wedding day with a gift that changes lives. Celebrate generously by visiting roomtoread.org.

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{new egypt} NEW JERSEY

DANIELLE + COLLIN Words by Sarah Padilla

Images by Vanessa Joy Photography, vanessajoy.com

For Danielle and Collin, their destination wedding was actually a homecoming of sorts. The New Jersey natives had dated for years before moving to Indiana, nearly 700 miles away, a year before tying the knot. A wedding back home just made sense.


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department real-life WEDDINGS HEADING “Not only would it be easier for family and friends to attend,

“Seeing all of our hard work come together felt so good, and we

but I was homesick having just moved away. It meant even

were excited for everyone to enjoy what we had been planning

more to me to have the wedding there, near our real home,”

for so long,” says Danielle, who adds that wedding planner Carla

says Danielle.

was instrumental in pulling everything together.

The result was a stunning sunset ceremony at the picturesque

Following a ceremony in which the couple shared their heartfelt

Laurita Winery in New Egypt, New Jersey. Set against a back-

and handwritten vows, Danielle and Collin’s 185 guests headed

drop of sprawling grapevines, this intimate vineyard allowed the

indoors for an upbeat cocktail reception with plenty of dancing

couple to host an outdoor ceremony during the area’s beautiful

– a perfect ending to a perfect day.

fall season. Being surrounded by wine was an added bonus. Danielle recalls her favorite memory – a close second being her With the help of wedding planner, Carla Friday of Details Made

dad walking her down the aisle – as the couple’s “first look,” held

Simple, and several family members and friends, Danielle and

before the ceremony at nearby Allaire State Park.

Collin created a vintage-chic celebration, embellished with DIY details and hand-picked treasures. The tables featured charm-

“I felt such butterflies in my stomach, which is not something

ing centerpieces of antique books, jars, lanterns and lace. An

you’re used to feeling after being with someone for so long,” says

old-fashioned candy buffet tempted guests with a sweet display

the bride. “That feeling was indescribable. It was so romantic!”

of retro treats.

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real-life WEDDINGS Photographer: Vanessa Joy, vanessajoy.com, Wedding Planner: Carla Friday of Details Made Simple, detailsmadesimple.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Laurita Winery, lauritawinery.com, Gown Designer: J. Hjelm from Mustillo’s Bridal Boutique, mustillos.com, Florist: Spence Cook of Bloom Boxx, Asbury Park, jerseyweddingflowers.com, Groom's Clothing Designer: Liz Claiborne and J.Crew, jcrew.com, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens' Clothing Designer: J.Crew and Liz Claiborne, jcrew.com, DJ: Be Our Guest Entertainment, Point Pleasant, beourguestdjs.com, Invitations: Dapper Paper, etsy.com/shop/dapperpaper, Caterer: Conroy Catering, Philadelphia, PA, conroycatering.com, Videographer: Rob Adams Films, robadamsproductions.com, Makeup: Tina Georgy, tinageorgy.com, Hair: Tina Georgya and Carly Christensen, tinageorgy.com, Pre-Ceremony Wedding Pictures: Allaire State Park, Wall, NJ.


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{ palm beach } FLORIDA

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Perhaps the number-one piece of advice we give brides is to slow down and enjoy their wedding day and to not sweat the small stuff. Thankfully, North Carolina couple Jenny and Alex kept their cool after Mother Nature wasn’t willing to cooperate come W-day. What was supposed to be a beautiful, outdoor ceremony at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida was hastily moved indoors due to rain. Guests rolled with the punches and were handed glasses of Champagne as they entered a beautiful ballroom where Jenny and Alex would say “I do.” The ceremony was intimate with just 35 guests and was made all the more special because the bride’s sister-in-law officiated the union. Jenny and Alex chose The Breakers as their venue because of

some pretty fabulous desserts including milk “shots” and warm

“the beauty, reputation and impeccable service.” Thankfully, the

chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake lollipops, chocolate-dipped

couple’s assumptions were proven correct with the last minute

key lime pie and crème brulee.

change of ceremony plans and impeccable cocktail hour and reception.

Despite the rain, this bride had a tough time deciding what she didn’t love about her wedding. “My favorite moment was

The couple’s reception was just as breathtaking as the room

when Alex and I first saw each other for the ‘first look’ photos

in which it was held: The Breakers’ Gold Room. This was

before the wedding ceremony,” recalls Jenny. “We had so

no easy feat and only accomplished with towering, dramatic

much fun taking photos before the rain arrived. I also loved the

centerpieces, vivid blooms, lush linens and – of course – a gold

moment when Alex and I were whisked away from the cocktail

cake. Guests were treated to a three-course dinner, dancing and

hour to see the decorated [reception] room for the first time. It was stunning!”

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real-life WEDDINGS Ceremony and Reception Site: The Breakers, thebreakers.com, Photography: VUE Photography, vuephotographyonline.com, Wedding Planner: Sara Renee Events, sarareneeevents.com, Floral Design: Kim Votaw with The Breakers, thebreakers.com, Stationery: Austin Press, austinpress.com, Catering: The Breakers, thebreakers.com, Music: Marischen Music, marischenmusic.com & Jason Cardinal (ceremony), Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier, moniquelhuillier.com, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com, Groom’s Attire: J. Crew, jcrew.com


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Words by Alicia Clark Images by K. Thompson Photography, kthompsonphotography.com

As the clock struck midnight on the last day of January in 2008, love was in the air. It sounds like something out of a fairytale; two people meet on New Year’s Eve and end up spending the rest of their lives together. But this is no made up story, this is how Jennifer and Thomas met. From their meeting to their marriage, Jennifer and Thomas’ love

The couple had always wanted a destination wedding where

for each other and their friends and family was truly magical.

their guests would have the opportunity to travel and experience

Their destination wedding in Bruges, Belgium was a special affair

a different culture, something they took into account when

the 39 attending guests won’t soon forget. After visiting together

planning group activities.

in 2009, the couple immediately fell in love with the location.


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For the reception, guests were transported in a 1930s vintage

two events their guests could chose from. An afternoon tea

bus to De Pottemaecker, a restored 18th century barn situated

hosted by the bride, including a chocolate tasting tour,

in the Belgian countryside. While waiting for the wedding party

or a brewery tour and stop at a local pub led by the groom.

to arrive, guests were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The day before the wedding, all of the guests gathered together

After dinner, cake and dessert, the band began playing and

for a canal tour of Bruges followed by the rehearsal dinner

guests moved into the dancing area of the barn which included

at a quaint restaurant the couple had discovered on a past trip.

a lounge and bar setup. “I loved the idea of guests not sitting

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A few days before the wedding, the bride and groom organized

at their dinner table and instead at a bar stool or sofa if they were

With the aid of wedding magazines, a local wedding planner,

not dancing, so we incorporated this into our design and layout

Internet research and Colin Cowie’s Extraordinary Weddings

of the reception location,” the bride said.

(see pg. 44 for an interview with Colin), the couple was able to provide their guests with memories to last a lifetime and

For many couples, picking a favorite moment is difficult because

a wedding a Disney princess would be proud of.

so many of them were wonderful. “The entire day was more than we ever could have imagined and certainly one that we will never

On the big day, the bride her parents and bridesmaids arrived

forget,” the couple said. “But if we had to pick one moment, it was

in a horse-drawn carriage at the ceremony site, a 17th century

walking into the reception for the first time being introduced

Baroque cathedral.

as Mr. and Mrs. and seeing how happy and excited our guests were for us.”

Reception Site: De Pottemaecker, pottemaecker.be, Photography: K. Thompson Photography, kthompsonphotography.com, Day-of Coordinator: Veerle Polfliet, Double You (W) Consult, w-consult.be, Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera, carolinaherrera.com/en, Groom’s Attire: JoS. A Bank, josbank.com, Bridesmaids’ Attire: Dolly Pearl, Melinda Gown, dollypearl.com, Invitations/Menus/Programs/All Printed Material: Say Something Designs, saysomethingdesigns.com, Band: Practically Einstein, practicallyeinstein.com FAL L & W I N T E R 2 0 1 3 | destinationido.com


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{lake tahoe} MEREDITH + JUSTIN Words by Kate Darnell

Images by Maya Myers Photography, mayamyers.com

Law school sweethearts Meredith and Justin fell in love while studying in the library at UC Berkeley.


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real-life WEDDINGS This adorable couple had more than smarts in common, they

The couple was married at Sugar Bowl Lodge by the bride’s

also share a love of the Donner Pass area near Lake Tahoe.

grandmother’s pastor using their own personal vows. Post-

When they were studying for the California Bar, they would

ceremony, the guests were offered Champagne and a shuttle

stay at Meredith’s family home. They whiled away the hours

up to the top of the mountain via the chairlift. There they were

cramming for the exam and falling in love with each other

met with a breathtaking view and cocktail hour.

– and the area. “We love everything about the Sierras in the summer – the dry piney air, the fluffy clouds and the beautiful

The celebration continued through the night at the base of the

sparkling lakes,” recalls Meredith.

mountain where dinner was served and guests were entertained by a New Orleans brass band.

The destination proved to be the perfect spot for their wedding away with close to 140 people in attendance. Most of their loved

The entire weekend turned out to be a lot of fun for both the

ones made a vacation out of it and stayed three days.

couple and their guests. As Meredith recalls, “One of the best things about having a destination wedding was to be able to

The wedding came together with the help of their on-site

have such extended time with family and friends, and to let our

coordinator, Meghon from Sugar Bowl Resort. “Meghon had

guests explore a place that means so much to us.”

everything down to a science; she was amazing to work with, even from far off and was a magician on the wedding weekend itself,” says Meredith.

Photographer: Maya Myers Photography, mayamyers.com, Wedding Planner: Meghon Shrewsbury from Sugar Bowl Resort, sugarbowl.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Sugar Bowl Resort, Soda Springs, CA, sugarbowl.com, Gown Designer: Morgane Le Fay, morganelefay.com, Florist: Dinner Bell Farms, dinnerbellfarm.com, Groom's Clothing Designer: Mark Pomerantz, markpomerantz.com

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– Marilyn Monroe

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“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead, or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

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