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WED IN WIDE OPEN SPACES

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HONEYMOON HIDEAWAYS

Escape to the desert Southwest with exotic and romantic

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South Africa – Perhaps nothing is more special than

Arizona spots like Sedona (page 22) and Fountain Hills (page

spending your first days as man and wife on a South

23). Park City, Utah (page 24) and Portland, Oregon (page

African safari.

25) offer big-time exclusivity in the city. Getting married in

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the expansive terrain of the Western U.S. is luxurious and unexpected in Gateway Canyons, Colorado (page 26) and

Thailand – These Thai properties specialize in revitalization and might be just the ticket post-wedding planning.

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Saratoga, Wyoming (page 29). World-class service is key in

Germany/France – Go on the road trip of a lifetime by exploring the Southern Germany and French Alsace

the historic destinations of Colorado Springs, Colorado (page

wine routes.

27) and Paso Robles, California (page 28).

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CARIBBEAN

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New Zealand – This historic Victorian mansion is a romantic departure from the typical Kiwi offerings.

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Antigua – Jumby Bay Island is a popular romantic

stunning backdrops and the kind and friendly service this

hideaway for a reason: stunning tropical beauty, combined

South Pacific destination is known for.

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with top-notch service.

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California – Consider paradise found. This resort, located

St. Maarten – This Caribbean novelty offers two cultures

in the heart of San Diego, is a warm and welcoming respite

(Dutch & French) on one island.

from the hustle and bustle of a major tourist town.

Aruba – Between the nearly-constant days of sunshine and the endless festivals, you and your guests will leave dazzled.

MEXICO

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Fiji – These island resorts are quintessentially Fijian with

Punta de Mita – Having been all over Mexico, the Imanta

DESTINATION WEDDING MYTHS — BUSTED

Resort is a true stand-out, all while being sandwiched

Our friends over at All About Honeymoons and Destination

between an adventurous jungle reserve and Banderas Bay.

Weddings have taken some of the most common

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misconceptions about destination weddings and debunked the rumors. Among other things, discover the secrets

Cancun – Discover the definition of “gourmet all-inclusive” at Azul Beach Hotel.

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Cabo San Lucas – Each and every suite at the Grand Solmar resort offers unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez and

to book together.

is a ten-minute stroll to downtown Cabo. Photo courtesy of: Andi Hatch Photography, andihatchphoto.com

of hurricane season and why it’s best for your guests

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table of contents

10 EDITOR’S LETTER

TO HAVE & TO HOLD – Travel Like a Travel Writer As frequent and efficient travelers, Destination I Do’s editors

14 THE GUEST BOOK – An Inspired Soirée

give you a list of must-have essentials for tromping the globe

This deliciously-styled destination bridal shower embraced

with convenience and style. From the wrinkle-free LBD to

the California coast while making great strides in the

noise-cancelling headphones, you’ll be thanking us later.

inspiration department. Tiffany blues and creamy corals unite

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to delight the senses.

REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS As with the real destination weddings in past issues, here

38 BLUSH & BASHFUL – Dealing with “Negative Nellies”

personalization is key. Each of our seven diverse and

When it comes to weddings, there is bound to be some

adorable couples brought their own unique and fun style to

complaining. Our etiquette expert weighs-in on how best to

already-gorgeous destinations. From a crystal confection

handle unhappy guests or ticked-off mother-in-laws.

in Mexico, to a sweet and sassy soirée in Santa Margarita, there is something for every type of bride. The gorgeousness

40 FASHION FORWARD

continues with creamy elegance in Maui, peach perfection in

Classic Elegance, Great Gatsby Style – Inspired by the

Malibu, rustic touches in Wyoming, dreamy details in Sonoma

classic novel and most recent feature film, 1920s glamour

and quintessential romance in Vermont.

meets a stunning Hawaiian locale (page 40). California Couture: Southern Style – The ever-prevalent trend of retro-chic meets Southern California in this beachside, casual event (page 48).

Visit our blog, destinationido.com/blog, to get frequent updates on products perfect for weddings away, places our traveling editors visit, beauty tips and tricks, gorgeous destination wedding dresses

Diamond in the Rough – A vintage take on the desert wedding. This spread is sure to inspire any couple looking

and all things travel, romance or wedding related! Need even more inspiration beyond what graces our glossy pages?

to say “I do” in geographic isolation and with cultivated style (page 58).

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

Mad Hatters – Our senior editor gets the inside scoop Discover their inspiration, upcoming trends and the must-have for weddings (page 66).

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editor's LETTER

baskin g&breathing

One of my absolute favorite magazines is Travel + Leisure. In one of their recent issues, Editor-in-Chief, Nancy Novogrod writes, “Between sometimes jarringly fast transitions, travel offers delectable opportunities to take a deep breath and bask in where you are.”

wedding website templates and checklists) and destination wedding specific articles, to our new interactive tool to help you figure out which destination is perfect for you – it’s all new. I must say it was a labor of love, with one thing in mind – you. After you visit, tell me what you think, I’d love to hear it – jennifer@destinationidomag.com. This issue is packed with amazing fashion ideas (check out pages 40-67 for our Fashion Forward section), exciting destinations in Mexico (pages 84-88), the Caribbean (pages

I feel this is true of weddings as well. Unfortunately, many

30-35) and the desert Southwest (pages 20-29). You can eat

couples don’t take the time to do any basking or take any deep

your way through Germany and France on your honeymoon

breaths in the course of their engagement and I think this is

(specifics on page 72), island hop through Fiji (page 76) or check

partly the fault of the wedding industry. The minute we find

out African wildlife (page 68). Whatever you’re looking for as you

out you’re engaged, we bombard you with lists of what to do,

prepare for your big day (or the honeymoon after) we hope you

when to do it, what you’ll need to buy and when in order to

find the following pages helpful.

pull off the perfect event. That’s unfair to you. What we should say first is, “So glad you’re engaged, enjoy it for a moment and

And remember this saying as you forge the wedding planning

we’re here when you need us.” Whether you’ve decided on a

path: "We are human beings, not human doings."

long engagement or a short one, it’s the journey you should be enjoying rather than being a slave to the to-do list and deadlines associated with it.

Yours Truly, Jennifer Stein

Planning should be fun. I’ll say it again. Planning should be fun. It is an opportunity for you and your betrothed to work in unison as you discover the perfect destination, honeymoon locale, invitation designs and such. What you’re planning is merely a party to celebrate your union. Yes, it’s a milestone. Yes, it’s important. But it shouldn’t feel like work or worse – stress you out. Of course it helps to be organized and have the details in place in order to have the flawless wedding day you envision, but as you plan, take a moment and remember you’re only engaged for a short time, therefore your preparations should be fun and exciting. Follow Us: Now, when it comes to helping you get ready for W-Day, we have

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guest BOOK

Inspired SoirĂŠes HOW TO BRING DESTINATION STYLE TO YOUR BRIDAL SHOWER Words by Jennifer Stein Images by: Samuel Lippke Studios, samuellippke.com

On the coast of Laguna Beach at the Montage Resort, a destinationthemed bridal shower came to life. Jeannie Savage of Details Details worked in conjunction with several other talented wedding vendors to create a styled shoot to show just how to pull off a fanciful, yet classic bridal shower for any destination bride.

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Bright pink and Tiffany blue macaroons displayed in white pedestal serving

A stark white dinner plate sets off

and a splash of color, while

the aqua-colored Russian linen

the mini cupcakes serve

provided by Wildflower Linen

as a mouth-watering treat.

perfectly, while the menu card is

"Sweet Table" povided by

unexpected and playful.

Montage Resort.

Signature drinks adorned with

The custom cake was one of the

paper vintage straws from

over-the-top details created by

etsy.com and paper tags

Grace Chyun from Sweet Gems

from Rock Paper Scissors offer

Cakes. "The cake was fun to

a true "party" atmosphere.

design," says Jeannie. "In my

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dishes offer dimension

mind, when I think destination, I think 'pack your bags,' so stacked luggage was perfect."

“The location was a large inspiration for the shoot,” recalls

Having an attention-grabbing dessert table is a great way to

Jeannie. “I wanted aqua to be the main color while adding in a

create a focal point while bringing in color and adding a dramatic

contrasting color such as coral to make the shower more fun

feature. Here you’ll notice the varied heights of cake stands and

and whimsical and not so formal.” With the Laguna coastline in

serving platters help create some interest, while grouping colors

the background of a vibrant color palette, the goal of exuding

creates a bold look.

whimsy and fun was absolutely accomplished. When it comes to satisfying the guest-of-honor, Jeannie The paper details were created by Rachel Baker of Rock Paper

offered three questions to ask the bride. “Does she want a

Scissors Design. Paper scroll invitations with a vintage map

lunch, afternoon tea or dinner event, as this would affect the

design were delicately placed in a mother-of-pearl box and

menu. Second, does she have a theme in mind? Some girls, for

happened to be one of Jeannie’s favorite details.

example, have always wanted a lingerie shower. You never know, so it’s better to ask. And third, ask what to avoid. The hostess

Although not all hostesses have the same budget it would

may not know everyone on the guest list. For example, will

cost to recreate something of this caliber, Jeannie had some

children be attending, etc.?”

good advice on how to make a solid design statement without breaking the bank. “Stick with a color palette…one that's not

A successful bridal shower doesn’t have to be expensive, but

complicated. Colors like green, orange and yellow are widely

does need a central focus – making the bride feel special before

available in floral and other items like invitations and paper

her big day. Do this and success will be had.

napkins are easy to match.”

PHOTOGRAPHER: SAMUEL LIPPKE STUDIOS, SAMUELLIPPKE.COM, FLORIST: NISIE’S ENCHANTED FLORIST, NISIESENCHANTED.COM, PAPER PRODUCTS & INVITATIONS: ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, ROCKPAPERSCISSORSDESIGN.COM, LOCATION: MONTAGE RESORT & SPA, MONTAGELAGUNABEACH.COM, CAKE AND DESSERTS: SWEET GEMS CAKES, SWEET-GEMS.COM, CHAIRS: IMPACT EVENT RENTALS, IMPACTEVENTRENTALS.COM, LINENS: WILDFLOWER LINEN, WILDFLOWERLINENS.COM, EVENT DESIGN AND PLANNING: JEANNIE SAVAGE FROM DETAILS DETAILS, ABOUTDETAILSDETAILS.COM, AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO RITA HERMES.

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Personalized wine-stoppers filled with sand and seashells are a useful and appreciated favor. Provided by Rock Paper Scissors.

guest BOOK A vintage trunk and luggage offer an unexpected, yet eloquent touch for guests to sign in and leave a note for the bride. Notecards provided by Rock Paper Scissors.

Coral and peach roses on a bed of white hydrangeas in a cube vase adorned with burlap and mother-of-

The paper scroll invitation

pearl buttons, along with blue sea

is a perfect pairing

glass vases offer a laid-back beachy

for this destination

vibe. Floral arrangement by Nisie's

celebration. Invitations

Enchanted Florist.

by Rock Paper Scissors.

Low-set floral arrangements make

This dessert table is a stand-out

conversation a breeze, while the

with it's high/low displays, pops of

padded silver Chiavari chairs add

color and many sweet options all on

a touch of elegance. Florals were

a bed of white roses. "Sweet Table"

designed by Nisie's Enchanted

provided by Montage Resort.

Florist, linens by Wildflower Linens and chairs are from Impact Event Rentals.

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A light lunch of basil crusted

Long dining tables set

Alaskan halibut, expertly

perpendicular to the ocean

prepared by the chef at Montage

allow all guests to have

Resort, is an ideal pairing to this

a spectacular view of the

seaside celebration.

Laguna Beach Coastline.

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wide open spaces Warm western hospitality…an endless array of adventure…lush majestic landscapes…rustic elegance…rich culinary delight…love & togetherness…mountain memories to last a lifetime. When one conjures up images of the American West, luxury and elegance may not be the first words which come to mind, but we found a second look is well worth taking. So, while it may be a bit of a stretch to go from visions of dusty cowboys and tumbling sagebrush to sophisticated boutique resorts and first-class amenities, we challenge you to do so. You will be delightfully surprised and truly inspired.

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Desert Luxe

Words by Carolyn Gerin

In seven years of travel writing, nothing prepared me for the stark, staggering, otherworld majesty of the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Located at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon (sacred Native Indian terrain), Sedona is also the backdrop of many Western films you’ve seen.

satisfying, eclectic cuisine of Executive Chef David Schmidt and

Nestled into 70-acres of secluded Boynton Canyon in the

modern mix of Southwest local art and artifacts with streamlined

Coconino National Forest lies the mecca of desert luxury: The

modernity. The result is a deeply comfortable room with

Enchantment Resort. Turn in any direction and experience

handmade elements, earth tones and clean lines.

towering martian-like cliffs which ensconce the resort like a jewel. Feeling that vortex zen? Sit in any one of the stylish desert-meets-divine cocktail lounges and take in the cool, dry evening air; watch the sun set over caramel-colored rocks as you sip a prickly-pear margarita by the fire pit. Tuck into the

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Chef de Cuisine Sam Williams; enjoy duck, steak and green-chili pork infused with the bright, fresh flavors of the Southwest. Enjoy casual dining at Tii Gavo, tapas-style swank at View 180, or fine dining (and brunch) under the stars at the signature Che-Ah-Chi. Let your cares evaporate at top spa, Mii Amo Spa, for full-service relaxation rooted in Native American traditions. Tranquility starts in your adobe-inspired casita, infusing a

Wake up to hearty huevos ranchos and mimosas and head up the Boynton Canyon Trail – what should be a two and a half hour hike takes four (massive photo opportunities). Our hike to the summit is richly rewarded: towering peaks and cavernous valleys against an intensely turquoise sky.

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Photos courtesy of: The Enchantment Resort (bottom, left) and CopperWynd Resort and Club (top, right).

FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA:

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The desert Southwest is full of splendor. From the vast desert mesas and jagged mountain terrain, to the seemingly infinite valleys replete with desert creatures and fauna – there is plenty to admire and experience. One such destination in Fountain Hills, Arizona has all of the aforementioned qualities plus an extra little “something” – the CopperWynd Resort and Club. This intimate boutique inn is just a stone’s throw from civilization, but feels worlds away. The property overlooks the town of Fountain Hills and at night you can see for miles from their award-winning fine-dining restaurant, Alchemy. The food here is nothing short of incredible and the service is on par with the cuisine. With twinkling stars above, sparkling city lights down below and romantic candle-light Romantic activity alert: see the canyon from the sky at daybreak with Northern Light Balloon Expeditions. Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon journey over forests and canyons ending with a Champagne toast.

surrounding you, the experience exudes romance, making it ideal for a destination wedding. There are many options for engaged couples looking to tie the knot. A stunning wedding lawn overlooking the mountains

Thrillseekers unite! Head over to “doors off” Sedona Helicopter Adventures – fly through ancient ruins deep in the Secret Canyons' 2,000-foot red rock walls. Your pulse races as you climb over the Mogollon Rim, plunge into the Boynton Canyon

and golf course below is an ideal place to say your destination “I do’s” and a private room with floor-to-ceiling windows to celebrate and dance the night away couldn’t be a more perfect fit.

and careen around crevices – exhilarating! The spa, swimming pool and activities menu at the health club Sedona is stunning, and if you hit it at the right time: secluded.

top this experience off like a cherry on a sundae. It’s a 20-minute

If you seek peace, staggering beauty, loss of care, gain of

drive to Scottsdale so if you plan to stay for several days, there

perspective, spectacular food and accommodations, endless

is plenty to do nearby besides hiking, golfing and indulging

outdoor activities and a perfect setting to connect with each

in their spa.

other (and the universe) – look no further – Sedona’s waiting for you.

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Absolute luxury, personalized service and breathtaking scenery defines the St. Regis Deer Valley, located in the ultimate playground, Park City, Utah. Surrounded by the snow-kissed Wasatch Mountains, this alpine resort offers wedding venues ranging from elegant chandelier-lit ballrooms to an intimate gathering by the fire pit on the terrace. One of the special features at the St. Regis Deer Valley is the personalized butler service, where you are greeted upon arrival and even your smallest request is answered by “allow me.” The same level of gracious hospitality applies to every aspect of your destination wedding, where the expert wedding professionals strive to make your dreams come alive on your all-important day. The Astor Terrace is a favorite venue for the summer months, where a blanket of stars can light the sky as you dance the

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and sparkling chandeliers, the Astor Ballroom can provide an awe-inspiring setting for a more formal event. In either of these venues or any of the other choices available to you, the awardwinning culinary team can create a personalized menu which will delight the palate. Boredom is an impossibility with all of the nearby attractions including the quaint, historic Park City Main Street with its charming shops, art galleries and eateries. During the warmer months this alpine setting offers spectacular golf courses with majestic mountain views, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, fly fishing and miles of hiking trails to entertain your guests. Be sure to not miss Olympic Park where you can experience firsthand the thrill of an Olympic bobsled ride (definitely not for the faint of heart). In the winter, the deep powder has earned the region the accolade: “The Best Snow on Earth,” with winter activities including ice skating, sleigh rides, snowmobiling or enjoying the convenience of the ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort. Park City is truly a winter wonderland.

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The term ‘dressed to the nines’ indicates the epitome of style and taste. The Nines hotel is just that and is situated on the upper nine floors of the landmark Meier & Frank Building in the heart of downtown Portland. For couples who desire an upscale, urban setting in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, The Nines is the destination to consider.

delicious. Everything is organic, homemade and comes directly from local growers. The Nines’ other unique dining experience is Departure. This rooftop restaurant offers upscale Asian cuisine, innovative cocktails and sake, with panoramic views from the heart of downtown Portland to the surrounding bridges, rivers and mountains. Two outdoor patios, teak decking and a nautical motif enhance this evening dining destination and might be an option for one of your smaller wedding gatherings. It is a hub of excitement for nightlife in the center of the city. Since the location is in the heart of town overlooking Pioneer

This award-winning, eco-conscious hotel opened in October

Square, shopping options are plentiful. Pedi-cabs can take the

2008 as part of the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection. Careful

tourist-minded guests to the local breweries, sports events

attention was paid to design and décor resulting in a soaring

or sightseeing.

seven-story atrium centered in the heart of the building, original art work commissioned from local artists, a majestic staircase

The Nines is the perfect venue for the couple who desires

winding down from the eighth floor to the ballroom level and

an urban feel with proximity to Oregon’s lush wine country.

elegant Murano glass chandeliers in the ballroom.

The famed Willamette Valley is a short car ride away and many wineries dot the verdant hills with tasting experiences for you

Dining at The Nines is another experience which offers

and your guests.

extraordinary options. The Urban Farmer, located next to the eighth floor atrium, provides a menu from morning until night

Just as in the world of fashion, the term ‘the nines’ indicates

with culinary experiences which are farm-fresh and utterly

quality and class and you’ll get just that with this chic hotel in the heart of Portland.

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GATEWAY CANYONS, COLORADO:

The Beautiful Wilderness Words and Images by Courtney Cox

When couples dream of getting away, most picture a quiet beach on a far away island. Do you and your guests a favor and consider escaping into the wild canyons of Colorado for a truly romantic and isolated experience. Nestled among red rock canyons, the vistas don’t get more stunning than those at Gateway Canyons Resort. Located 45 minutes from the nearest town, it’s a photographer’s dream and offers countless ceremony spots throughout the expansive grounds. Established by John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of the Discovery Channel, the resort focuses on taking advantage of its unique geographic location. Gateway’s Adventure Center is an outdoorsman’s dream with all the essentials for river rafting, hiking, off-roading, rock climbing or fly fishing. After a delicious breakfast of buffalo hash at Paradox Restaurant, grab your helmet for an ATV tour of the surrounding canyons. The red dirt roads are otherworldly – it’s like exploring the dusty surface of

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another planet. An absolute must is a pit-stop by the awesome and authentic dinosaur tracks deep within the canyon. The resort’s stables are a true show stopper. Amy Wilkinson, the Equestrian Manager, is a gentle soul who brings out the best in her horses. Even the most novice of riders will become at-ease with the experts. Take to the air with Gateway’s scenic air tours, a sure-fire way to grasp the immense beauty of this place. Looking to stay more grounded? The resort recently launched their “Driven Experiences” program. After working with a professional instructor, get behind the wheel of a baja-style race truck for a fast and furious race through the landscape. After so much outdoor adventure, your room will be a welcome respite. With high ceilings, stunning hand-crafted details and one of the most comfortable beds you’ll ever sleep in, you might rethink that fifteenth scheduled activity and opt for staying in to cuddle in front of the fire. Private patios and two-bedroom casitas, opening summer 2013, are perfect for destination wedding crowds and will serve as a home away from home. With so much to do, don’t forget to take a moment with the one you love to simply sit in the shadows of the surrounding mountains. Soak it all in, because Gateway Canyons is one of those places which is uniquely removed and truly one-of-a-kind.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO:

Photos courtesy of: The Broadmoor

Our journey begins at the foot of Pikes Peak in the Colorado Rockies with the historic Broadmoor, a 3,000-acre AAA, Five Diamond resort. Opening its doors in 1918, this magnificent property located in Colorado Springs is an architectural delight with its spectacular curved marble staircase, dramatic chandeliers, Della Robbia-style tile, hand-painted beams and ceilings, a carved marble fountain and a striking pink stucco façade.

Known as the "Grande Dame of the Rockies," the resort surrounds picturesque Cheyenne Lake and offers amenities including three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, retail, indoor and outdoor pools and 18 different options for dining which range from the finest French cuisine to charming al fresco American. All of your guests can be easily accommodated with options ranging from charming hotel rooms to the "cottages," which provide a home-like setting for hosting your family or wedding party. Amazing settings for your wedding ceremony are found throughout the resort grounds, but one unique option stands out…the Pauline Chapel, an exquisite example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and home to a vast collection of religious art. Indoor and outdoor venues can accommodate everything from a small, intimate gathering to lavish events for up to 1,000 guests, with the ability to uniquely host all of the

Philadelphia entrepreneur Spencer Penrose and his wife, Julie,

events which are part of your destination wedding. Whether it

were the genius behind both the design of the property and the

is an informal gathering to welcome your guests, a golf outing

level of service which rivaled the finest hotels of Europe in the

for the groomsmen, a day at the spa to primp and pamper

early 1900s. This high standard has characterized the Broadmoor

your attendants, the rehearsal dinner or farewell brunch, the

throughout its rich history and has been enjoyed by the “who’s

Broadmoor and its expert wedding professionals can make your

who” of the rich and famous as illustrated by the hotel’s

destination wedding dreams come true.

impressive gallery of portraits.

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Romantic Wine Country Words by Kathy Till

Envision yourself in a horse-drawn carriage on a quiet country road, flanked by mature trees on your way to experience the wedding of a lifetime…

on the patio while Phil’s Catering provides amazing food along with fantastic service. Time with loved ones is a precious commodity and Windfall Farms offers you a tranquil sanctuary where there is little interruption from the outside world. Unless of course, you want

Windfall Farms is a 724-acre Kentucky thoroughbred equestrienne farm nestled in the heart of Central California wine country, just outside Paso Robles. Vast green pastures and dramatic brick buildings with glass and copper steeples offer a variety of spaces and structures for all the inspiration your wedding day needs. This open-ranch experience accommodates wedding parties as small as a few close loved ones up to a group of 500 guests.

in on the interesting history of Paso Robles. Visit a few of the local wineries to savor the Central Coast wine tasting experience. Take a Jeep ride through the “Steinbeck Vineyards” to ponder the succulent differences of the grapes right off the vine. Treasure a candlelight dinner in one of the 16,000 square-feet of winding tunnels beneath Eberle Winery.

Look out over rolling hills filled with thoroughbred horses grazing in the pastures. This picture-perfect destination offers something couples only dream about – an incredible landscape to celebrate with family and friends. Enjoy all the amenities of home in the spacious 10,000 square-foot main residence or in one of the other two large homes on property. Relax and sip Champagne

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to visit the local farmers’ market or spend time being shuttled by Breakaway Tours who knows the entire area and will fill you

Finish an afternoon at Niner Wine Estates for some wine tasting next to the incredible oak grove which, over the years, has grown into the shape of a heart and is now known as "Heart Hill." Create a special moment in time at Windfall Farms and see the wedding of your dreams become a reality.

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SOUTHERN, WYOMING:

Adventurous Splendor Words by Carolyn Steere

The setting you select for your destination wedding is like the artist’s canvas, providing rich inspiration for you to build on as you meld your personal touches with the unique aspects of the location. Inspiration abounds and the spirit of the West is alive and well at the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, located in the wide open spaces of southern Wyoming.

In winter or summer, this 15,000-acre working cattle ranch is the perfect setting for creating lasting memories with family and friends. Where else can you host a poker tournament or Karaoke contest in a western style saloon, or treat your groomsmen to a guided fishing expedition all on the same day? Snowshoeing through pristine snow, sitting around the warmth of a fire pit or sharing a sumptuous meal in the elegantly appointed lodge are all opportunities for bonding at its finest. The accommodations are both rustic and first class, with warm touches inspired by the natural setting. The 38,000 square-foot Trailhead Lodge can host your guests and serve as the main gathering area with meals served “family style,” or you can choose to reserve Magee Homestead, a remote “hideaway” for

Adventure and luxury…this is a place where your guests can

a more exclusive experience for up to 25 guests.

enjoy a one-of-a-kind, authentic ranch experience as they fly fish in the morning, indulge themselves at the spa in the afternoon

When it is time to say and celebrate your “I do’s,” deciding on

and then kick up their heels and don their finest to dance under

a unique and picturesque setting may prove difficult with all

the stars at your rustic-chic wedding reception that evening.

of the options at your disposal. For more inspiration see the wedding of Alexi and Beno on page 98.

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Jumby Joy

ENTICING ANTIGUA:

Words by Carolyn Gerin

Photos courtesy of: Jumby Bay

Flying over the West Indies at dusk amidst a deep orange sky is only a hint of what’s to come in the jewel box called Jumby. Jumby Bay Island is a 300-acre private island two miles north of Antigua, replete with white sand beaches, romantic hideaways and warm tropical breezes which stir the soul and set the stage for romance. A short boat ride whisks you away to another world of deep island relaxation.

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Things to Do

Christopher Columbus discovered this island in 1493 and the

Jumby’s got game: snorkeling, Hobie Cat sailing, eco tours,

British acquired it in 1632. The island was tagged by the locals

tennis, sunset cruises and live music. Saunter up to the SENSE

as: Jumbie, Antiguan for “playful spirit.” Over time it was held

spa and eradicate your jet lag with an expert massage. Post

by a series of sugarcane farmers and eventually a passionate

paradise: head down to the beach in a happy haze with your

group of homeowners who sought to support an easy, elegant

favorite book, enjoy cool fruits, smoothies (or cocktails) from

island-lifestyle with a focus on sustainable practices. They

the Beach Bar while you survey a clear blue sea from your

are stewards of a protected nesting site for the endangered

shady chaise.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle and a host of wildlife: sheep, White Egrets Jumby Joy

and Blue Pelicans.

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History Lesson: Jumby

Here’s what had this travel writer at "Hello." Rosewood Resorts reopened the beautifully renovated Jumby Bay in 2010. Eighteen months of strict attention to detail shows:

…Flowers and smiley-faced notes left on my dresser

28 newly-built and 12 updated suites. The rooms are Caribbean-

by the room attendant.

inspired with a soothing, aquatic palette as opposed to “tuttifruity tropicalia.” I was lucky to experience one of the ten Ocean Front Pool Suites overlooking gently bending palm trees, the

…A beach cruiser with a wooden bike basket for peddling around the grounds.

infinity pool and a lush, privately gated outdoor garden with a

…Elaine at the Verandah bar who not only whipped up

huge footed bathtub for two. Enjoying a midnight Champagne

a delicious round of rum drinks during a particularly competitive

under the stars is the height of honeymoon haute.

Scrabble match among the press corps, but danced

For fresh, “Cari-Pean” dining, the open air Verandah Restaurant

the entire time.

delivers with a focus on local seafood and vegetables with a

…A devoted staff: Maureen at the Verandah who telepathically

European influence. Uncomplicated and delicious, everything

deduced that I ate gluten-free and wanted to create a custom

tastes freshly picked or caught with bright, intense flavors. Order

menu just for me.

dessert: island fruit fantasy. The Pool Grille is located by the elegant infinity pool and is your respite for a cooling salad, glass

Photos courtesy of: Jumby Bay

of bubbly and of course, Key Lime Pie. Slip into something slinky

It’s no secret why Jumby Bay is a honeymoon haven: almost

and hop on over to The Estate House, an 1830s former sugar

every newlywed we met continued to say the same thing: the

plantation. Enjoy a collection of vintage rums (a history class you

service is friendly and impeccable.

can sip through) and a dinner under the stars. There are dozens of luxury trips to consider for your honeymoon, For destination wedding-bound couples (including the recent

but the little things which matter most are the reason people

wedding of country music star Kellie Pickler), many of the villas

come to Jumby and would return for their anniversary. It’s

and estates are available for rent, staffed by expert catering

a special place where your every need is anticipated amidst

teams. The Jumby chefs are ready to dazzle: Sous Chefs

a stunning setting, so you can focus on what’s important:

Giovanni D’Alitta and Mervin Friday are both standouts for their

each other.

fresh ravioli and ceviche.

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ST. MAARTEN:

A Lesson in Caribbean Culture

Words by Courtney Cox

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The Caribbean is made up of thousands of islands which boast friendly locals, palm trees and stunning, sandy beaches. When it comes to choosing a destination for your wedding or honeymoon, it’s important to do your research as each Caribbean island maintains its own distinct flair. St. Maarten is one such island that has all the gorgeousness typical of the Caribbean, but with some unique and fun attributes. Located in the Netherlands Antilles, the island is split: one part Dutch and one part French. Spend time in the capital of the Dutch side, Philipsburg, for shopping and walking the boardwalk, or head over to Marigot, capital of the French side, for some delicious eats and topless tanning (optional, of course). For comfy accommodations and friendly service, The Westin St.

and offers an extreme, up-close and personal look at the

Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is a good option for couples

incoming planes.

with an eye on their budget or with lots of guests. The Westin has plenty to offer in the way of wedding options and planning

With all the activities and options, it’s hard to settle on a few. So

services. The resort’s beach offers a beautiful backdrop of St.

here are my personal favorites: Pinel Island is an absolute must –

Barts in the distance or the wedding patio is perfect for more

plan on spending at least an entire day here. It’s a short boat ride

privacy. As a bonus, The Westin hosts a Champagne brunch

to your own little piece of heaven: small, beachside huts are the

every Sunday – just right for wrapping up a wedding weekend.

place for fresh seafood, a casual hangout and more than a few

For the most reliable weather, book anytime between December

handsome, French-speaking servers. The beaches are seriously

and April.

stunning and offer gorgeous views of the surrounding islands. For a sweet treat, Palm Beach lounge is on the island’s famous

The real star of St. Maarten is the island itself. Your guests will

Orient Beach and has gigantic, made-from-scratch ice cream

gush over activities like world-class diving, snorkeling, hiking

sundaes. If you and your sweetie are looking for a nice night out,

and zip-lining. If you’re looking to explore, day trips to Anguilla

Holland House in Philipsburg has awesome ambiance and even

and St. Barts are common and convenient. It’s also popular for

better food.

couples to marry on St. Maarten for the activities and amenities, but then honeymoon on St. Barts or Anguilla for more seclusion.

Whether on your honeymoon or hosting a destination wedding,

For a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity, head over to Sunset

the best thing about St. Maarten is you can do as little or as much

Beach Bar. A hot tourist spot, the bar borders the airport

as you want. Either way you’re guaranteed to have a great time and some gorgeous pictures to boot.

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Arriba! Words by Gordon Steere

Photos courtesy of: the Aruba Tourism Authority

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ARUBA

Imagine a world-class Caribbean destination with 365 days of sunshine cooled by balmy trade winds, offering a modern infrastructure fused with distinctive history, incredible beaches and nightlife which pulsates to the beat of Caribbean Jazz.

charm of Aruba lies in the local people who were indeed happy, genuinely warm and eager to share their island with visitors. A quick cab ride from the airport brought me to the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino, winner of the 2012 Four Diamond Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice Award. There is a threelevel pool complex facing the beach and over 357 guest rooms, ZOIA Spa and four world-class restaurants. After a great night's sleep it was time to explore the island. First

Aruba is unmatched as a romantic destination for those wanting

stop was an off-road safari adventure through the Arikok National

everything under the sun. With miles of pristine white beaches,

Park hosted by De Palm Tours. This band of joyful guides took

luxurious resorts and continuous island festivals throughout the

great pleasure in finding the most challenging and (oh, yes) butt

year, this is one happy island.

crushing roads to showcase Aruba's diverse desert vegetation and wildlife. With a welcome break and a chance to cool off at a

After a short two and a half hour flight from Miami, I arrived in

natural pool along the coast, we continued to circle the island,

Aruba to enjoy the annual Caribbean Jazz Festival and sample all

stopping at several historic landmarks. Passing by brightly

the island has to offer. Exiting the airport you are greeted by

colored homes in the welcoming neighborhoods of Oranjestad,

a sign, "Aruba – One Happy Island." Looking back I found the true

the tour guides constantly honked their horns greeting people we passed on the street.

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Fourplay, Oscar D' Leon and my personal favorite Kuenta I Tambu, which had a kind of Latin/African/Techno beat. Aruba boasts a staggering calendar of events. Check them out on aruba.com for updates on all the latest festivals. Aruba is a very easy place to navigate if you are considering a destination wedding or honeymoon. English is spoken effortlessly and there is no need to convert dollars into the Aruban currency. On my last day in Aruba I sat by the pool enjoying the local

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A ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH A DESTINATION WEDDING SPECIALIST By Jennifer Stein

Couples have many preconceived notions when it comes to getting married away from home. Before you dismiss it because your well-meaning aunt gave you an earful of incorrect information, consider the point of view of an expert. Our friends at All About Honeymoons and Destination Weddings help couples get down the destination aisle every day and know a thing or two about what really happens. Jackie Waechter, Romance Specialist and award-winning franchise owner at All About Honeymoons, answers some direct questions to bust some myths about doing a destination wedding.

Q: Will it cost more to have my wedding away from home? JW: No, actually it will most likely cost quite a bit less. First of all, you will likely have fewer guests attend because you’re doing a destination wedding. Also, many resorts offer complimentary or low cost weddings when you are staying at the resort. You can also combine the wedding and honeymoon into one trip and get the most "bang for your buck!"

Q: Will it cost more if I have someone else plan my travel? JW: Having a qualified destination wedding specialist help you plan your wedding away will not cost you anything additional and will actually save you money because of the discounts they are able to obtain on your behalf. They will also save you hours of work in searching and planning, and ease your stress with their expertise.

Q: If I use a travel agent or specialist I'm afraid I won't be able to get married at the property I want, only the ones they partner with, is this true? JW: That is certainly not true at All About Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. I have built relationships with resorts all over the World and am able to match couples up with the resort that best fits their needs. All resorts are different with varied characteristics and amenities, so working with a vast array of companies and resorts allows me to provide couples ideal options for their special day away.

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destination wedding MYTHS Q: I'm concerned I will only get price breaks if ALL my guests

Q:

stay at the hotel or use the same travel specialist I'm using - is

Caribbean, is it true that my wedding will be rained out?

If I have my wedding during hurricane season in the

this going to happen? JW: It rains almost daily in most tropical destinations, but only JW: You will definitely have better pricing and group amenities

for a short period. So yes, your wedding could encounter rain,

when booking as a group with one travel agent. It really benefits

however, most resorts have a back-up plan in place in case

couples to encourage guests to work with the travel agent

of rain such as an ocean-front or garden gazebo or a covered

chosen as she/he can make the process very easy for everyone.

area of the property. Out of all the regions in the Caribbean, the

It also takes a lot of work off of the bride and groom by having

south-eastern part has the least number of hurricanes and the

an expert there to answer questions and guide guests with

south-western and the north-east region (The Bahamas) has the

planning. You can still find some discounts if you don’t book

most. The Caribbean hurricane season reaches its peak during

together, but you won’t have the ease of working with one

October with the majority of hurricane formation occurring in the

person nor will you find the same level of discounting if you have

western Caribbean. All guests should plan to purchase travel

your guests do it themselves.

insurance which will cover them in the event that a hurricane

Q: Because the wedding will be so expensive, I'm afraid I won't

cancels, postpones or redirects the wedding group.

be able to afford a honeymoon if we do a destination wedding. JW: In most cases couples get married, extend their stay

FYI: Hurricane season lasts from June through October. If,

and treat that additional time as their honeymoon. They can

perchance, your wedding does get a bit of rain, consider it good

choose to stay at the same property or move to a nearby

luck and use it as an opportunity to have a laugh and bond with

property for more privacy. This actually saves the couple money

your guests.

because they only pay airfare once and have both a wedding and a honeymoon.

Q:

Now you have a little more information about destination weddings and the myths you may hear from family or friends, and

I've heard it's really dangerous traveling to certain places in

can rest assured that having a destination wedding will not cost

the Caribbean and Mexico. Will anyone come if I do my wedding

you more. We’d love to hear any other questions you may have,

in one of these destinations?

so please email us at info@destinationidomag.com.

JW: Most areas in the Caribbean are just as safe, if not safer

A little about Jackie Waechter: She’s been a Romance Travel Specialist

than major cities in the U.S.. My "rule of thumb" is that I won't

for ten years and loves planning honeymoons and destination weddings.

send clients anywhere I wouldn't take my own family. I have

She just celebrated 20 years of marriage and has three teenage children.

had some guests call me with concerns about safety and when

She started her company so she could do what she loves and also be

I explain more about the area they are going, the resort and

a stay-at-home mom. In 2012, Jackie won seven prestigious awards

surroundings and set expectations, they realize there is nothing

including: 2012 Franchisee of the Year with All About Honeymoons

to be concerned about. I've not had any guests back out of a

and the 2012 GIVC Level 3 Diamond Award. If you’re interested in

wedding due to safety concerns.

working with All About Honeymoons and Destination Weddings to plan your wedding away or dream honeymoon, visit them online at allabouthoneymoons.com

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dealing with DESTINATION WEDDING

"negative nellies" Words by Elaine Hilbelink

Q. My soon to be mother-in-law was very outspoken about

upon circumstances, any of these issues might prohibit certain family or friends from attending your wedding. One solution might be having a destination wedding at your chosen locale for immediate family and the closest of friends, with an at-home reception to include more guests. Another solution might be choosing a destination which is accessible to more people. For example, if you want a beach wedding, host it in California instead of Hawaii so more guests can attend. Communication with all immediate family members early in the planning stages about your destination plans can prevent discord later on.

Q. One of my bridesmaids is demanding I pay for her travel expenses for our destination wedding. We’re already paying for

us having a destination wedding and even went as far as to

the bridal party’s clothes and subsidizing the cost of the beach

say we were being selfish. We realized early on that everyone

house we have rented. Am I really supposed to cover this as

would have to travel to our current hometown anyway, so

well? If not, how do I communicate that?

selecting a destination seemed like a fun way for the family to have a vacation together. I am at a loss as to how to handle this

A. According to traditional etiquette, when someone agrees

situation. Any suggestions?

to be an attendant in a wedding party, they are responsible

A. Perhaps you and your fiancé should sit down and have a

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elderly relatives to reach your destination venue? Depending

for the costs of their attire, the accommodations and the travel expenses. As the bride, you are already being gracious to

calm discussion with his parents about the reasons for their

provide the attire and subsidize the cost of accommodations.

objections. Are they concerned about the locale you have

For your bridesmaid to demand you pay for her travel is totally

chosen; the travel costs for family members; the fact many of

unacceptable. I would politely let her know you are unable to

their local friends might not be able to attend; or the difficulty for

subsidize her travel and you would fully understand if she wishes

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body types might be accommodated and bridesmaids can find a

with her "demands" is what you do for one attendant, you need

perfect silhouette to suit them. It sounds as if this person wants

to do for all. Friction between friends and family can occur if you

to wield a little too much power! As the bride, you make the final

subsidize the expenses of one person and no one else.

choice and know that you can’t please everyone all of the time.

Q. My fiancé and I have decided on Mexico for our destination

Q. We are having a destination wedding and my fiancé’s family

wedding. Unfortunately, our older relatives are concerned about

is pushing back on the cost of hosting the rehearsal dinner for

our choice and telling us that it is unsafe. There are currently

the wedding party, family and eight additional guests who would

no travel warnings being issued and I have never experienced

be attending. It seems silly to me, but cost is a concern for them.

a safety issue during my vacations there. I want my relatives to

How do we find a happy medium?

come, but my heart is set on Mexico. What should I do?

A. There are several options which might appease your future

A. If your heart is set on Mexico and older relatives do not

in-laws and keep the peace. As the host for that event, they are

want to attend, you might choose to have a very small, intimate

responsible for determining the venue and the costs involved

ceremony at your destination and choose the at-home reception

with whatever they might choose. They might:

option for family unable or unwilling to travel. If relatives are reluctant and grumbling, it can create a negative atmosphere at your celebration. There are ways to make the at-home reception

• Choose to host the night before all out of town guests arrive so it is just attendants and immediate family. • Choose a more casual meal for the rehearsal

festive and a continued celebration for those who don’t want to

(e.g. a barbeque at a park or the beach or a cocktail party

travel.

with heavy appetizers).

Q. I’ve exhausted my resources to find the perfect bridesmaid

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to forgo being in your wedding. Another point of consideration

• Or, you might choose to pay for the extra guests if they want a more formal dinner.

dress, color, cut, etc. for my ladies. One of them can’t seem to be pleased with anything! It is too expensive, too blue, too short or

Your wedding is a special day, a milestone in your life. With family

too long. I just don’t know how to make her happy. Can you help?

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1: A vintage surfboard from Found – Vintage

ranunculus, parrot tulips, dahlias, celosia

also composed of peonies, ranunculus, parrot

Rentals doubles as a befitting backdrop

and Juliet roses.

tulips, dahlias, celosia and Juliet roses.

and a hand-written menu for the evening’s

2: This bridal party brings the fun and whimsy

3: This laid-back, So-Cal couple took

delicacies. The calligraphy is by Laura Hooper

with bridesmaid’s dresses by ModCloth,

to the beaches of Malibu for a vibrant, cozy

Calligraphy. The table’s centerpieces are by

a suit from Elite Tuxedo and a bow tie from

affair. The bride’s dress is by Kirstie Kelly

Dolce Designs Studio and include peonies,

xoelle. The boutonniere and bouquets are

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4: These cute and cool cakes by Cupcakes

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way to lounge in the sand. The setting sun

complemented by a vintage table from Found

and Juliet roses.

backlights the scene perfectly and adds to

– Vintage Rentals and floral arrangements

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CONCEPT, STYLING AND STATIONERY: KRISTY RICE, MOMENTAL DESIGNS, PHOTOGRAPHY: JIMMY BISHOP, GIDEON PHOTOGRAPHY, FLOWERS: ANGIE AND KATHY JESSOP, BLOOMERS, HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTRY: ENZIO, ATTIRE: ANNE BARGE VIA ALTA MODA BRIDAL, HAND PAINTED SHOES: MOMENTAL DESIGNS, SEATING CARD FLAGS, CUSTOM: PALOMA’S NEST, CAKE: PINK PEACH CAKES, LOCATION: LA VERKIN OVERLOOK NEAR SPRINGDALE, UTAH, LINENS: LA TAVOLA LINEN, CAKE PEDESTAL: WEDDING CAKE PEDESTALS, PRODUCTION/RENTALS: LAURA STAGG, FOREVERMORE EVENTS, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: TESSA WOOLF

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MILLINERS WITH METTLE: STEPHEN JONES AND MELISSA BOLIN Words by Carolyn Gerin

…She slowly descends the red-carpeted stairway, perusing the crowd, all eyes transfixed upon her arresting, intricate, plumed chapeau: the photographers swoop in, cameras flash…

In Ancien Régime France, status was conveyed by the size, scale and context of a hat. News of the day – miniature battle ships and victory ribbons – festooned the chapeaus of social superstars like Marie Antoinette. Although she ultimately lost her head, that head wore some newsworthy hats. In celebration of the hat, today’s "veil alternative," we delve into

Welcome to your entrance and the power of a hat (courage

the inspirations of two landmark "Mad Hatters": Stephen Jones,

and moxie imbued at no additional charge). Having witnessed

elder statesmen and milliner to punks, princesses and the polo

milliner Melissa Bolin bring an A-lister ballroom to heel, it’s

pony set at Coworth Park; and New York’s next big thing Melissa

official: whether you’re a royal (or a mere mortal), don a topper of

Bolin, at Kitty Andrews Millinery.

distinction and rule your runway.

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DID: How did you first become interested in being a milliner?

MB: “Cage veils” made of Russian veiling, shorter illusion tulle. I

SJ: My first day working in Shirley Hex’s millinery workroom. It

am obsessed with lace and pieces which look like confections.

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was 1976, my punk years: with terrible unemployment in England and Thatcher at the helm. I opened my first shop in 1980, went to

DID: What defines your design philosophy?

NYC and ultimately, Paris.

SJ: Lightness, humor.

MB: I lived in Japan when I was younger and I experimented

MB: Fringe element, with glamour and tact.

with extreme, crazy headpieces. I studied visual design at FIDM and took millinery classes. I began making hats of my own and

DID: Define your client.

people noticed.

SJ: Someone who sees fashion as self-expression. MB: A confident woman passionate about headwear who wants

DID: What is your favorite time in history to design chapeaus?

to be noticed, whether they are the life of the party, or not.

SJ: Wartime 40s – people made their own and had to be inventive.

DID: Your ultimate “it” girl?

MB: The 1930s and 40s – women wouldn’t leave the house

SJ: Dita von Teese.

without donning a fabulous chapeau.

MB: Gwen Stefani.

DID: One woman in history for whom you would make your

DID: Who are style icons for you; yesterday and today?

dream hat?

SJ: Issy and Anna, Rihanna, the Duchess of Cambridge, Elsa

SJ: Michelle Obama.

Schiaparelli and Oscar Niemeyer.

MB: Grace Kelly.

MB: Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Lulu Guinness, Grace Coddington, Zelda Fitzgerald, Rita Hayworth, Edith Head,

DID: How does your work differ from royal milliner Phillip Treacy?

Bettie Page, Diana Vreeland, Rosalind Russell and Katharine

SJ: He is a sculptor, I am a lyricist.

Hepburn.

MB: I'm a huge fan of '77 and glam-style punk, indentifying with that devil-may-care attitude.

DID: What does the future hold? SJ: Very busy. New hat collections for the UK and Japan, a new

DID: What are today’s bridal trends?

book next year.

SJ: Smaller, more precise…almost tailored; a proper hat looks

MB: My gorgeous Fall/Winter 2013 bridal collection!

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SOUTH AFRICA’S QUIET

ROAR romance Words by Stacey Marcus

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Photo courtesy of: &Beyond Dulini Lodge

After my recent trip to South Africa, I have officially named Mother Nature the best wedding planner on the planet. Who needs LED lights and an amped-up sound system when you can tie the knot under a canopy of stars and be serenaded by a symphony of African dwarf frogs and a choir of songbirds? Although it may seem like a wild idea, getting married or honeymooning in South Africa offers couples an opportunity to celebrate their union in a natural setting surrounded by endless miles of breathtaking landscape where the big five (elephant, lion, rhinoceroses, buffalo and leopard) roam free and romance blossoms beautifully like the South African protea.

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“Our most memorable moment on safari was our wedding on the

of wildlife. Imagine sitting in front of a herd of elephants enjoying

river,” says Andrew Davies and Rebecca Hammond of the United

an afternoon drink at a waterhole, or witnessing a pride of lions

Kingdom who recently got married at andBeyond’s Phinda’s

laze in the afternoon shade of an umbrella thorn acacia.

Mountain Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. “The day was perfect and even the weather behaved itself. We got married

Yes, it is a long distance from the United States, but the South

to the sound of birds at sunset and it is a day we will never forget

African Airways flight went quickly with my own TV and plenty

– unique and perfect in every way.”

of food and beverage. “Our morning, non-stop flight from New York JFK to Johannesburg, South Africa, is the fastest way to fly

Couples can tie the knot in an African boma illuminated by

and gets you there in about 15 hours,” says Gregg Truman, Vice

flickering fires and warm lanterns, enjoy a bush banquet deep

President of Marketing, North America, for South African Airways.

in the dense forest, or ride on a river boat gliding past hippos

“Once in South Africa and its surrounding countries and islands,

(maybe a crocodile or two) and clusters of indigenous birds.

you’ll have the vacation or honeymoon of a lifetime, with awe-

While most weddings on the reserves are intimate, Phinda’s

inspiring experiences you won’t soon forget and which are hard

collection of six lodges can accommodate up to 122 guests.

to replicate anywhere else.”

The Rock Lodge, with only six suites, was incredibly romantic and where I enjoyed complete seclusion in my adobe suite with its

On one of my last drives in Phinda, the ranger Marc Lindsay-

own private plunge pool and outdoor shower. The glass chalet

Rea stopped the Jeep and told me to look around. As the sun

at the Forest Lodge was furnished with Zulu artifacts and a most

was setting and the frogs and birds were gearing up for their

romantic spot for afternoon canoodling and monkey spotting.

afternoon concert, he told me to close my eyes and record the sounds and feelings I was experiencing. I can’t think of the

While the unique ceremony and luxury accommodations will

exact words to describe the kaleidoscope of emotions I felt, but

be most memorable, perhaps the best reason to get married in

perhaps it was love, pure and simple. I can’t think of a better way

South Africa is to experience a safari together. I can’t think of a

to launch a love story. Kudos to Mother Nature!

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THAILAND

Revitalizing

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT

A short-list romantic destination for its spectacular resorts, stunning beaches and welcoming culture, Thailand is also home to Chiva-Som (literally, “Haven of Life”), one of the World’s most celebrated and treasured luxury destination spas. Transform your future together with a focus on greater wellbeing and vitality, as you rejuvenate your minds, bodies and spirits.

My Chiva-Som journey began with a health and wellness consultation. What did I want to focus on during my stay? Destressing topped my list and I wanted to learn to generally live better and eat healthier. Much to my delight, I was ordered to do nothing strenuous for 24 hours, which gave me time to explore the resort at my leisure. Located on seven secluded beachfront acres with garden and ocean-view rooms and suites, Chiva-Som’s spa facilities include 70 treatment rooms, a kinesis studio, gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, bathing pavilion, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool. The immaculate grounds and buildings are well-tended and charming. The resort can accommodate up to 114 guests, and although they were near capacity during my

Three hours south of the bustle of Bangkok, Chiva-Som

visit, I never had the sense of being crowded. It was quiet and

specializes in retreat packages focusing on physical renewal,

peaceful at all times.

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I returned to my pavilion for a nap. I slid open my doors

disciplines, the non-regimented, holistic approach to wellness

overlooking a waterfall and koi pond and drifted blissfully off

incorporates a serenity and tranquility you will feel as soon as

for a couple of hours. When I awakened, my personal schedule

you check in.

for the rest of my stay had been discreetly slipped under my

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THE SIAM HOTEL: UNPRECEDENTED URBAN LUXURY Words by John Roark

One of the hospitality industry’s most anticipated openings of the last year was The Siam Hotel. Set among some of Thailand’s most exquisite palaces and temples in Bangkok’s historic Dusit District, The Art Deco-inspired Siam generated considerable buzz from publications including

The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure months before opening in 2012. Photos courtesy of: Chiva-Som (1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th) and The Siam Hotel (2nd).

The Siam has exceeded even the most lavish expectations and door. Each day included recommended activities (yoga, Pilates,

has become Thailand’s luxury boutique destination of choice.

meditation) and actual appointments (massage, stress-release therapy, physiotherapy). Time to relax and rejuvenate, balanced

The Siam features 39 individually designed suites and villas

with constructive therapies to help me reach my goals.

(each with its own dedicated butler service), appointed with original turn-of-the-century artwork and antiques. You’ll

Guests at Chiva-Som enjoy retreats spanning five to 14 days

experience expansive, understated luxury which extends

(longer stays are available on request). Your retreat package

to the smallest detail; sumptuous decor, lush interior and

includes accommodations, three spa cuisine meals per day, daily

exterior gardens and private balconies are all awash in brilliant,

massages, personal training, nutritional counseling and unlimited

natural light.

use of water therapy suites. The Siam’s intimately private Opium Spa features five double Throughout my stay, I was enveloped in a feeling of caring

treatment rooms for couples to indulge in an array of natural,

and wellness. All of the spa’s personnel attend the internationally

Thai-inspired massages and therapies. Opium Spa also includes

accredited Chiva-Som Academy, learning the highest standard

Bangkok’s first professionally equipped Muay Thai gym (Muay

of practical skills. They are knowledgeable, confident

is a traditional Thai sport similar to boxing) and a sumptuous

and genuinely invested in helping you reach your goals.

Hammam-inspired bath house with dry and steam saunas, steam showers and Jacuzzis.

At Chiva-Som, each day is an exploration of the physical body and the inner self. The result: I have never felt so relaxed and

At The Siam, wherever your eye lands you will see a level of

pampered, but also empowered to return home (however

luxury which is found in only a handful of destinations in the

reluctantly) and enjoy and appreciate each moment.

World. The experience is unforgettable; the setting unmatched for romantic travelers who appreciate the best.

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& ALSACE WINE REGIONS Words by Victoria Abbott Riccardi

Villa Rothschild Kempinski

Equisheim, France

Obernai, France

Awash in sun-dappled vineyards, storybook villages and crumbling castles, the enchanting wine regions of Southern Germany and French Alsace are perfect for honeymooners eager to chill out in a romantic European region known for its sumptuous food, crisp white wines and luxurious palace hotels. While each region makes a dreamy destination on its own, couples with more time on their hands can easily combine the two. 72

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honeymoon HIDEAWAYS Alsace Wine Route

Obernai, France

Photos courtesy of: Victoria Abbott Riccardi

The German Wine Route is one of the oldest wine routes in

Like its German counterpart, the Alsace Wine Route offers

Europe. Approximately 50 miles long, it begins in the town

inviting wine cellars, welcoming restaurants and medieval

of Bockenheim and meanders south past ancient Roman

villages harboring ancient churches, fountains and flower-decked

settlements, lush vineyards, castles, canals and picturesque

homes. The 106-mile drive snakes south through the foothills

towns, ending in Schweigen-Rechtenbach on the French border.

of the Vosges Mountains from Marlenheim near the German

The area, known as the Palatinate region, produces some red

border to Thann. Local wines available to sample along the route

wines, but mainly aromatic whites and toast-worthy sparklers.

include sparkling Crémant d’Alsace, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sylvaner, perfect partners for

After flying into Frankfurt, catch your breath at Villa Rothschild

the region’s juicy hams, quiche Lorraine and choucroute garnie

Kempinski, a majestic country retreat dating back to 1894

(sauerkraut and meats).

and only 30-minutes by car from the airport. The hotel has 22 individually designed rooms and suites filled with antiques and

Begin your Alsace journey in Strasbourg, a bucolic city only two

an elegant outdoor terrace overlooking landscaped gardens. In

and a half hours by fast train from the Paris airport and filled with

addition to a cozy, crimson bar and brasserie, the hotel has an

gorgeous historic buildings like the Notre Dame cathedral. A

exquisite Michelin two-star restaurant serving innovative German

wonderful place to stay is Cour du Corbeau, a hip hotel with 57

fare, like foie gras with green apples and coriander.

stylish rooms and suites set in a former 16th century inn which once welcomed such luminaries as the King of Poland and

When it comes to honeymooners, “The hotel can arrange pretty

Frederic the Great. At nearby Restaurant La Casserole, owned by

much anything a couple would want,” says Wedding Planner,

a husband and wife team, you’ll find modern Alsace dishes like

Josefine Winkler. “We can arrange for a limo to take them into

game hens with asparagus, morels and white wine.

Frankfurt for shopping or a meal at a popular restaurant like The Ivory Club for high-class steak. We also can arrange a

Another don’t-miss town is Obernai with its medieval homes,

horse-drawn carriage ride or a couples massage in the double

cobbled lanes and gift shops selling traditional gingerbread

treatment room at our sister property [the Falkenstein Grand

cake and red and white embroidered table linens. Ribeauville

Kempinski, just minutes down the road.]”

also shines with three crumbling castles and a bounty of tasting rooms like F. E. Trimbach, which imports its wines to the United

While it’s hard to pick favorite wine route towns, don’t miss Bad

States. Hugel et Fils (and Sons) Winery in the darling town of

Dürkheim, if only to see the largest wooden wine barrel in the

Riquewihr also imports its wines to the U.S. and has a fabulous

World. Deidesheim is another gem with a gorgeous town square,

tasting room. Just to name a few, Turkheim, Colmar and

half-timbered homes adorned with geranium-filled flower boxes

Eguisheim also warrant visits due to their historic town squares,

and a myriad of tasting rooms, such as Dr. Kern winery and

friendly tasting rooms and lively cafés.

Reichstrat v. Buhl winery, proffering tastes of chilled Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Scheurebe wines. If hunger strikes, head to

Finally, if time allows, cap off your trip at Château d’Isenbourg in

Turm Stübl for juicy sausages – the house specialty.

Roufflach (near the end of the wine route). The epitome of French country elegance, this 12th century castle has 41 posh rooms and

Also worth visiting is Annweiler, site of the glorious Burg Trifels

suites, a spa, pool and two restaurants.

(castle), where Richard the Lionhearted was captured in 1193 (and later released). It houses a breath-taking collection of imperial

Whether you visit one or both wine regions, the journey will feel

regalia, such as jeweled crowns. For a sumptuous nearby retreat,

like a fairytale starring you and your prince charming off on a

head to Erbprinz Hotel Restaurant & Spa dating back to 1788 and

romantic adventure to wine, dine and bond as a couple before

located in Ettingen near the French border.

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OTAHUNA LODGE

Words by Elaine Hilbelink

If an isle in the South Pacific is your wedding or honeymoon destination dream, New Zealand offers a breathtakingly beautiful locale; and Otahuna Lodge, a Relais & Chateaux property, could provide the ideal romantic venue. Nestled in the hills near Christchurch, it is a destination which transports you to an era of bygone elegance and charm. Otahuna, a Victorian mansion built in 1895, in a Queen Anne style by Sir Heaton Rhodes, remained a family estate through the 1950s.

In 2005, the 30 remaining acres of this historic country property were purchased and the accommodations restored to their turn of the century elegance with all of the comforts and amenities one could wish for in a modern day luxury lodge. Otahuna and its acres of gardens could provide an exclusive site for your "down under" destination wedding, or a romantic honeymoon home-base to explore all this scenic country has to offer. When you choose Otahuna, its seven distinctive luxury suites with spa-like bathrooms and fireplaces can provide accommodations for your closest guests. The property is recognized as “A Garden of National Significance� and guests can meander through formal gardens, along manicured wooded trails, around ponds or fields of daffodils, or enjoy the pool, hot tub and tennis court. Dining at Otahuna is an experience which tantalizes the taste buds and is included in the room tariff. Distinctive cuisine paired

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with fine New Zealand wines is offered communally to guests

The “Kiwis,” as New Zealanders are affectionately referred

each evening in the dining room or in more private settings

to, are hospitable and welcoming to visitors whom travel

if you so choose. When you head down to the homey kitchen

below the equator. The owners, chefs and staff truly epitomize

in the morning, chefs are on hand to prepare breakfasts tailored

sophisticated, gracious hospitality to all who come to visit for

to your personal tastes. Much of the produce served comes

their New Zealand destination wedding or honeymoon.

from the potager-style garden and orchard on Otahuna’s land. Guests can also enjoy cooking demonstrations and guided tours of the garden. While visiting the southern island of New Zealand, Canterbury Guiding Co. can tailor excursions to suit your taste. Try a helicopter ride over verdant patchworks of pasturelands, snowcapped peaks on the Southern Alps, glacial braided rivers or historic sheep stations. Another day you might sail from Akaroa Harbor, a geologic remnant of New Zealand’s volcanic history, in search of Hector’s dolphins. In keeping with the tradition of another time, the staff will greet you on the front veranda as you return to your lavish Otahuna home.

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NOURISH YOUR SOUL, DELIGHT YOUR SENSES Words by Carolyn Steere

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

“Ni sa bula” – Welcome to Fiji. From the moment I heard the sweet harmonies of the native greeters singing their welcome song, I fell in love with Fiji and its people who are some of the friendliest, warm and joyful people I have ever had the privilege to meet. Add an average temperature in the mid-80s, alabaster sands, crystal blue ocean with pristine coral reefs, amazing feasts, an endless array of activities and truly superb places to snuggle in at night, Fiji is a honeymoon hideaway which nourishes the soul and delights the senses. 76

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restaurant, and the chef takes great pride in creating new

Located only 16 miles from the Nadi airport, Likuliku Lagoon

culinary delights highlighting the exquisite flavors of the

Resort is truly a rare gem. Great care has been taken to provide

Pacific Rim.

visitors with an authentic Fijian experience from traditional architecture to the friendliness and playful spirit of the staff

Once rested and fed we encourage you to venture over

— who never miss the opportunity to flash a warm smile, wave

to the activities center where you will discover a multitude

and shout “Bula!”

of experiences including wind surfing, kayaking, sailing, game fishing, diving, snorkeling or visiting a nearby Fijian village.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Royal Davui

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Royal Davui

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In addition to 32 spacious and beautifully appointed beachfront

No honeymoon is complete without a couples massage and

accommodations, Likuliku is the first resort to include overwater

the Tatadra Spa won’t disappoint. The spa kicks it up a notch

bures. How fun to be able to climb down a few steps from your

with the ability to reserve the facility for an intimate evening

private over-water deck to snorkel in the clear waters of the

of pampering…all to yourselves!

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Likuliku Lagoon Resort

lagoon or enjoy an ocean view from your oversized, decadent tub. But, no matter how much you are enjoying the creature

Royal Davui

comforts of your room, at some point you must venture out and

Next on our treasure hunt of Fijian honeymoon locations is the

enjoy what this island paradise has to offer.

Royal Davui, an intimate, adults-only private island where you can enjoy the privacy and elegance of one of 16 vales set within

Executive Chef Ihaka Peri, is responsible for Likuliku’s

ten acres of lush tropical landscape. Each richly appointed and

outstanding location-inspired cuisine. Throughout their stay,

private vale has its own plunge pool and enjoys unobstructed

guests enjoy most of their meals at Fijiana, the resort’s signature

views of Bega Lagoon. The meeting place for guests and the

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Laucala Island Resort

Laucala Island Resort

heart of activities is under the impressive Banyan tree which

On your first day you are encouraged to enlist the time of the

ascends through the main restaurant and bar where you can

Laucala Concierge for an island tour to discover the chef’s herb

enjoy locally inspired meals and drinks, including Kava, the

garden and hydroponics, marina, orchid nursery, farm and 18-

traditional Fijian libation.

hole golf course. Then, just to get you a bit more complimentary, you are invited to visit the spa for your 90-minute complimentary

Island catamarans, paddle boats and sea kayaks are the perfect

massage. (Pinch Me!)

way to explore the rich underwater world which surrounds the coral gardens around the island. For those who are so inclined,

Executive Chef Martin Klein is responsible for the extraordinary

some of the best diving locations are within a short distance.

cuisine found on the island. Since coming to Laucala from

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic and popular activities

Salzburg, Austria, Chef Martin has made great strides in the

offered by the Royal Davui is the Sand Quay Picnic where a

ability to source the ingredients for his locally inspired dishes

short, seven-minute boat ride takes you to a tidal islet which

from the gardens and farm on the island, personally ensuring the

appears for a few short hours at low tide. Reserved for only one

quality and freshness. The Seagrass Restaurant and Lounge, with

couple at a time, the experience of finding yourself in the middle

its breathtaking ocean views and seaside teppanyaki grill set into

of the clear blue lagoon with your new spouse, soaking up the

a cliff, provides the setting for more culinary delight under the

sun, digging your toes into the powdery white sand and enjoying

direction of Thai Chef Khun Santi.

delicious food is truly unique and not to miss. The natural setting on and around Laucala Island provide for new Laucala Island

experiences every day – from galloping along the beach on

“On Laucala your soul collects magic moments like sea shells,”

a horse, sailing on the resort’s luxury “Rere Ahi,” to diving along

and a week is clearly not long enough to experience all this

the world-renowned “White Wall” coral reef — all within steps

12 square-mile island paradise has to offer. I guarantee within

of your villa.

minutes of settling into your luxurious private villa, you will be contemplating how to stay forever. There are 25 private

Fiji is truly a romantic destination which rivals few places on Earth

residences situated either beachfront or positioned for

and these romantic honeymoon destinations are definitely worth

astonishingly beautiful views, surrounded by lush, manicured

your attention. “Isa Lei” Farewell, Fiji.

tropical landscape for ultimate privacy. Each villa comes with its own golf cart which enables you to venture out and explore.

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How to get there: Fly from the West Coast of the U.S. on Air Pacific.

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PARADISE IN SAN DIEGO

Words and Images by Courtney Cox

A great honeymoon destination has to have the perfect balance of two things: relaxation and adventure. Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, California is one such spot. Set on 44 acres overlooking Mission Bay, Paradise Point really is a unique resort. As newlyweds, you’ll feel as though you’ve escaped to a lush retreat. In actuality, you’re just minutes to all of the area’s major attractions like Balboa Park, Sea World, the Gaslamp Quarter and Mission Beach. The resort’s 60s-style bungalows are not only adorable, but perfect for nesting newlyweds. Step off your private patio and right onto the beach for an early morning swim or stroll. Being bay-side does mean there aren’t any waves, but the views of downtown San Diego and Coronado Bridge more than make up for it. In addition to the typical perks of a private beach, as a bonus there are fire-pits scattered in front of the bungalows for beachside s’mores as the sun goes down. If you get a bit too much sun on your relaxing getaway, stop by The Spa for a calming and skin-soothing treatment. The treatment rooms are spacious with high, wood-beamed ceilings. No matter what indulgence you choose, all treatments include a natural coolant for your skin like lemongrass, pineapple or peppermint – perfect for that sore sunburn. After a day spent sailing or paddle boarding around the bay, I recommend a romantic dinner at Baleen. The Wood Roasted Day Boat Scallops was a real standout and the views from the restaurant’s patio are something you and your new spouse won’t soon forget. To cap things off, the crème brulee has a unique twist with chocolate fudge delightfully hidden at the bottom. Despite being so close to activities and attractions, you might just stay at Paradise Point throughout your entire honeymoon getaway. If you’re a seasoned sailor, feel free to travel down the coast by boat and dock directly on the edge of Paradise Point. The resort just celebrated its 50-year anniversary and it appears this private escape isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

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travel like a travel writer: PERFECT PRODUCTS FOR GLAMOUR AND EASE Words by Carolyn Gerin

It only takes one press trip in an exotic city surrounded by fabulously turned-out journalists to comprehend the dreaded lost luggage issue: you simply cannot wear what you wore on a 12-hour flight to dinner. Is it any wonder travel writers live by the “carry-on manifesto?” Within every over-packer is a minimalist waiting to break free. The upside? The joy of fresh clothes and smart gadgets to help you sail out of the airport to your five-Star honeymoon or wedding destination. Get inspired, fear not and here’s how:

RULE 2: Bring the Bling You’ll need one big bauble: it needs to be editorial and work with everything. Dannijo, the dashing NYC design duo, creates perfect pieces to elicit queries from even the most scintillating fashion editors.

RULE 1: Bring one LBD and one Patterned Dress – every woman’s trusted co-pilot. To avoid the “all black all the time” style snooze, bring a companion dress in a patterned, classic shape which you can roll into a ball, shake out and wear from day to dinner like this figure-worshipping sheath from J. McLaughlin.

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RULE 3: Scarves – Fashion Super-Heroes Ignore scarves at your peril: that LBD can look like three different outfits with

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the right accoutrements. A luxurious cashmere scarf from We Are Owls will keep you toasty on frigid transatlantic flights and trendy when you land.

RULE 4: Give Peace a Chance Noise canceling headphones are the last bastion of peace when traveling coach. Sleeping or marathon film watching is within reach with these two exceptional picks: Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 Quiet Point Noise Canceling Headphones reduce noise up to 95%. Tri-Level Cancellation offers custom performance: office, study and airplane. Sennheiser USA MM 550-X – NoiseGard 2.0 reduce up to 90% of cabin noise and is equipped with Bluetooth 2.1 with Apt-X for clear stereo music (and calls), SRS Wow HD for movie and music enjoyment and folds up to a compact storage size.

RULE 5: Respect the Regimen For carry-on aficionados, great cosmetic devices do come in small packages. Keep best practices even when traveling: The Clarisonic Mia 2 is a highly effective acne-fighting cleansing device, sloughing off dead cells from the flight to reveal glowing skin in a carry-on-friendly miniature size. Fight frizz, go flat out or flip it with the Keratin Complex Travel Mini Iron. The ceramic-ionic surface heats

RULE 6: Go Small or Go Home

up quickly to tame your tresses and

Victorianox/Swiss Army’s Werks

buttons up neatly in a heatproof

Traveler 4.0 is the ultimate roller-

travel pouch.

board carry-on workhorse with plenty of nooks and crannies to fit up to 7 days of gear (depending on your packsmarts). Its even got a laptop-sized pocket in the front for easy access.

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RULE 7: Double Duty Beauty Any product which takes up carry-on real estate needs to pull double duty to save space:

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Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum:

This hard working, non-sticky, lightweight sunscreen doesn’t irritate skin, is parabenfree and is perfect for Barcelona or the beach. ESP Botanicals New Hope 1

– Anti-inflammatory, anti-acne ointment keeps you deeply moisturized at 25,000 feet for hours. Use it as a night, day or under-eye cream. The New Hope 1 Soap is a fantastic cleanser, pore exfoliator and leave-on facial masque. Josie Maran Argan Oil Concealer and Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Used together they offer moisturizing, 100% pure Argan oil so you are protected and dewy from daybreak to dinner. Bare Essentials Buxom Mascara and Lip Gloss – Eye drops and Buxom Mascara get

my peepers prepped for that post flight media dinner. The fine brush lengthens lashes, opening the eye area. Bring one luscious Buxom Lip Plumping Gloss in a rich shade and you’re set. Orly Nail Lacquer is DBP, formaldehyde and

toluene-free for the sustainable crowd. Plus, it road tests well due to its long-lasting formula and sexy, sublime colors.

RULE 8: Party like a Rock Star Yay! You’ve arrived, time to pop the Champagne. Egads! The hotel has provided an 80s Muzak CD set up. Not to fear: the Boombotix Boombot 2 is a portable, wireless, baseball-sized speaker which fills the room with crisp audio. Plug in your iPhone and let the games begin. Left some room in your suitcase for that covetable rare bottle? In case of a wine-mergency pack a Jet Bag: these reusable padded bags pack flat and zip shut to protect your bottle (and clothes) from breakage. The Travel Writer Pledge: Pack purposefully and with intention for comfort and style; look to tools and systems to save space, sanity and look sensational. Bon Voyage!

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MEXICO:

ROMANTIC SECLUSION VILLA-STYLE Words by Jennifer Stein

Photo courtesy of: Imanta Resort

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Mexico is by no means short on amazing properties for weddings and honeymoons. From Cancun to Cabo, Puerto Vallarta to Acapulco – couples can find just about anything to fit their needs and budget. We’re always trying to uncover the most beautiful, interesting, adventurous and off-the-beaten-path properties out there, and after being invited to Imanta Resort, we found a place which matches all those characteristics to a tee. Nestled in the verdant jungle of Punta de Mita and overlooking Banderas Bay, Imanta Resort feels as if it has been there for centuries. From the water, it looks like an abandoned Mayan civilization built into the mountainside, but meticulously preserved and turned into a luxury villa property.

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With a total of 12 villas, each one is completely custom and offers different luxuries. My husband and I stayed in two villas in the three days we visited. The first offered panoramic views of Banderas Bay with oversized windows, white walls contrasting with the luxurious dark hardwoods of the bed, furniture and light-blocking shutters. The room was enormous with ceilings stretching 20 feet in the air, an outdoor shower, soaking tub and plunge pool. It was steps away from the restaurant which served breakfast, evening cocktails on their rooftop terrace and dinner each night. Our villa was even closer to the concierge who would point us in the right direction of hiking trails, sunscreen or whatever we needed at that moment. Our next room was ocean-front with the waves crashing below our expansive sun deck complete with day bed, private plunge pool, private outdoor shower and a Jacuzzi tub which had a bay window that completely opened up to overlook our negativeedge pool and the ocean.

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We took a property tour and noted the many magnificent views from the grounds and the multiple bedroom “casonas� which would be ideal for traveling families coming for a destination wedding. With sun decks, chefs kitchens and private swimming pools, an intimate destination wedding take-over here would be like a tropical fairytale. Imanta has hosted several weddings in the past and they take great care in the details, creating a special experience for each and every couple.

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When it comes to romance, Imanta has it figured out. While we were there, my husband and I celebrated our seven-year anniversary. I had mentioned this in passing and as we headed to dinner our last night there, the concierge escorted us to another part of the restaurant, opened two double doors and inside was a candle-lit dinner for two in a private room overlooking the ocean, with flower petals leading the way. The food the chef prepared was out of this world and unexpected. After dinner, we headed back to our villa only to find a candle-lit path of flower petals leading to a bubble bath and two glasses of Champagne. Every detail was a delightful surprise and seamlessly executed by the staff. If you’re considering a destination wedding or ideal honeymoon location, I can, without reservation, recommend the Imanta Resort. A three day visit made me fall in love with Mexico (and my handsome husband of seven years) all over again.


Words by Courtney Cox

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After deciding Mexico is the destination for you and your dream wedding away, comes the task of choosing the perfect resort and venue. The hundreds of choices in the Cancun area alone are bittersweet; there’s something for everyone, but how on earth do you choose just one? The best way to help decide is to prioritize your wants and needs. For example, do you want adults-only or kid friendly? All-inclusive or traditional? Budget friendly or five-star luxury? Luckily for you, we at Destination I Do have one Cancun recommendation which will be sure to please and leave not only you, but your guests happy. 86

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AZUL BEACH HOTEL


Azul Beach offers more than just sand and surf when you check

and is ideal for couples looking for a high-end, family-friendly all-

into one of the hotel's swim-up suites. Pools throughout the

inclusive. The hotel stresses its “gourmet-inclusive” experience

property surround rooms where you can take a quick dip any

and it really is just that with stellar food, amazing service and

time of day. Aside from the amazing kids programs, the hotel’s

a customized stay. Upon check-in, adults select from a pillow

five dining options are a real surprise. Often at all-inclusives, your

and aromatherapy menu while the kiddos pick from a toy menu

only dining option is a buffet. At Azul Beach, all five restaurants

– all to be quickly delivered to your room. Thanks to the hotel’s

offer a la carte dining, ensuring you get exactly what you want.

partnership with Fisher Price Toys, your guests with little ones

Latino restaurant has a delicious sangria menu, while Roma

will be able to rest easy. Azul Beach provides everything and

is the spot for northern Italian food. For the inside scoop on the

anything kids could need from baby monitors and high chairs to

hotel’s fresh produce, swing over to El Dorado Royale (a Karisma

Gerber baby food – all included in your stay.

sister property) to view the Certified Organic greenhouse which

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Azul Beach Hotel is one of many Karisma properties in the area

produces up to nine tons of fresh veggies, fruits and herbs The pampering doesn’t end there. While laying ocean-side on

a month.

one of the king-size beach beds, beach butlers are available for every guest and will bring you a book to suit your interests

If you’re looking to say “I do” during your stay at Azul Beach,

or sun-tan lotion with extra SPF. If you or your guests want

we recommend the Sky Wedding location: a roof-top spot with

to explore beyond the sand, take a quick boat out to sea as

gorgeous views and lots of privacy. It even has a webcam so you

the World’s second-largest reef is just off shore and ideal for

can stream your ceremony live for any loved ones who couldn’t

snorkeling. Looking to stay in? Call the hotel’s concierge and

make the trek to Mexico. Post-nuptials, Azul Beach’s Tequila Bar

order a DVD to be sent to your room, complimentary of course.

is a must for the hotel’s signature drink, The Mosquito. A frozen

As an added surprise, after your requested movie arrives, it will

beverage made with tamarind, mezcal, blanco tequila and lime all

quickly be followed by fresh popcorn.

topped off with a chili-powder rim. Toast to a great stay, a great wedding or simply, love!

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CABO SAN LUCAS: Words by John Roark

D ES TINAT

ION BEA UTY,

ADVENTURE ,

ROMANCE.

Like a glittering jewel on the southernmost tip of the California Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas has an unmatched majesty. As a honeymoon escape for two or an unforgettable wedding destination, Cabo offers a backdrop of natural beauty and high adventure. >> story next page S PR IN G & S U M M E R 2 0 1 3 | destinationido.com

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Even though Grand Solmar is hidden from view, a quick ten

hospitality into a fine art. Hidden among soaring granite cliffs

minute stroll will take you to downtown Cabo San Lucas with

and golden-sand beaches, you’ll feel the exclusivity the moment

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{maui}

SABRINA + ANDREW It’s said that opposites attract, but sometimes even the smallest of similarities is what kindles the flame of love.

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The charm of the abandoned sugar mill, combined with curated, French antique details was just what the couple had been searching for. Sabrina and Andrew were set up on a photo outing arranged

“The ceremony was officiated by Andrew’s brother,” says Sabrina.

by a mutual friend. The two immediately challenged each

“We left out the traditional readings and replaced them with

other to take their photographic skill to the next level: Sabrina

speeches from two of our closest friends who have witnessed

needed to master “motion” and Andrew to capture “light.” It

our relationship grow over the years.”

was this shared hobby which bonded the two for life. Sabrina and Andrew added both rustic and elegant details When it came time to plan their destination wedding, the

to the already beautiful landscape such as roses intertwined

primary goal was to find the perfect balance of the couple’s

with existing chandeliers. A unique touch was a custom-created

differing personalities. “As polar opposites in just about

timeline which the couple had a calligrapher create to mark

everything, we wanted to blend our different styles in a

the major milestones of their relationship. After taking the time

harmonious way for our wedding,” says the bride. “We wanted

to imbue their event with a striking balance of personality, the

a combination of rustic elements representing Andrew’s

couple has some final words of advice.

outdoorsy side and French elegance, representing my love of city life and my inner-Francophile.”

“When you realize how rare it is to be able to vacation with 70 of the people you love the most, you realize that the time you

These San Francisco natives originally looked into marrying

spend on gift bags and seating charts could instead be spent

in California wine country, but when they came across Haiku

splashing in the waves with the people who love you enough

Mill in Maui, Hawaii online – they booked without even visiting.

to have made the trip.”

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{malibu canyon} ASHLEY + TYMAN

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It’s not easy to get away from it all when you live in crowded central California. But when Tyman and Ashley wed just miles from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, they managed to create a tranquil and fun escape for a day – with memories to last a lifetime.

planner Jesi Haack Design and florist JL Designs – kept décor to a minimum, adding only potted lavender and a few crocheted pieces to the aisle. The bridal party’s peachy attire and a variety of spring florals added refreshing pops of color. While the celebration included 145 of their closest family members and friends, Ashley and Tyman added special touches to make it more intimate – from being married by Ashley’s uncle, to perfectly timing dinner to coincide with a canyon sunset. Guests were invited to visit a “love note” station to draft heartfelt

The couple knew they wanted to be married outdoors and

letters which were later mailed to the couple. Tyman even

surrounded by trees, and the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon

managed to pull off a wedding-day surprise when, unbeknownst

Open Space Preserve, overlooking picturesque Malibu Canyon,

to Ashley, he walked down the aisle in a vintage red boxing robe

created the close and convenient getaway they were looking

to the “Rocky” theme song.

for. “It was the first place we visited and we fell in love instantly!” says Ashley. “It’s extremely secluded, set right in the middle of a

Ashley recalls one of her favorite parts of the reception, sitting

nature preserve with the closest building miles away.”

at a sweetheart table overlooking Malibu Canyon with her new husband. “It was our first moment to really be alone and soak

The quaint location set the scene for an equally lovely ceremony

it all in,” she says. “We were surrounded by the people we love

and reception with a vintage feel. Using the natural surroundings

and who are the most important to us. It’s a moment we’ll never

to their advantage, the couple – with the help of wedding

experience again, but will always remember!”

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"We always wanted to be married outdoors! We love being outside and love the beauty nature provides." department real-life WEDDINGS HEADING Photographer: This Modern Romance, thismodernromance.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Upper Las Virgines Open Space Preserve, lamountains.com, Wedding Planner: Jesi Haack Design, jesihaackdesign. com, Gown: Alvina Valenta, jlmcouture.com/alvina-valenta, Florist: JL Designs, jldesignsandevents.com, Groom’s Clothing: Brooks Brothers, brooksbrothers.com, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen's Clothing: Alisa Benay/ Brooks Brothers, alisabenay.com & brooksbrothers.com, Invitations/Stationery: Cherish Paperie and Pitbulls & Posies, cherishpaperie.com & pitbullsandposies.com, Cake/Desserts: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach, cupcakescouturemb.com, DJ: DJ Kahn & Austin Hendrix Productions, djkahn.com & austinhendrixproductions.com, Hair/Makeup: Ten.Eleven Makeup, 1011makeup.com, Catering: Huntington Catering, huntingtoncateringcompany.com, Video: Floataway Studios, floatawaystudios.com, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, classicpartyrentals.com, Photo Booth: Shoutoutbooth, shoutoutbooth.com Organic Spray Tan: Plush Tan, plushtan.com, Special Thanks: Be Inspired PR, beinspiredpr.com

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ALEXI + BENO

You never know when true love will come knocking. Such was the case with Alexi and Beno who met in the stairwell of a Hong Kong apartment building. Alexi was visiting a friend and Beno just so happened to live next door.

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real-life WEDDINGS Fast forward and the two stand surrounded by 60 of their closest

bride’s closest friends handed her wildflowers as she made her

friends and family on a luxury dude ranch in Wyoming.

way down the aisle, creating an organic, one-of-a-kind bouquet. After exchanging heartfelt vows, the newlyweds made their way

“We chose Brush Creek Ranch because we wanted a location

up the aisle through showers of lavender.

where [the venue] cared about the environment, but was luxurious and rustic at the same time,” recalls the bride. “[We wanted]

The reception offered a warm and lively atmosphere in the ranch’s

someplace where our guests didn’t have to think about anything

main lodge, capped with roaring fireplaces on either end of the

other than having fun. We wanted our wedding to feel like a big

room. Rustic, personalized touches reflected the theme of the day

family reunion with a wedding on top, like icing on the cake!”

and a lavender Champagne toast transitioned the guests from dinner to dancing. After a long night of celebrating, guests were

In the days leading up to the wedding, the couple and their

met with customized, bison-shaped chocolates on their pillows as

guests enjoyed endless vistas while fly fishing, horseback riding,

a turn-down gift from the newlyweds.

barrel racing, archery and mountain biking. A welcome dinner held alongside a creek and illuminated by bonfire was followed

When asked for her favorite moment of the day, this bride has a

by drinks and Karaoke in the ranch’s saloon.

surprising and sentimental response, “I have so many favorites, but one of the top moments was having those precious ten min-

Come W-day, Alexi entered the natural stone amphitheater on

utes alone with my father as we rode into the ceremony site on

horseback admiring not only her handsome hubby-to-be, but the

horseback. Things were so rushed up until that point and it was

Medicine Bow Mountains. While guests sipped Moscow Mules,

nice to just slow it down before the actual ceremony. We hadn’t

the couple’s signature drink, out of boot-shaped mugs, the

been out for a ride together in over 20 years.”

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“We wanted our wedding to feel like a big family reunion with a wedding on top, like icing on the cake!”

Photographer: Otto Schulze Photographers, ottoschulzephotographers.com, Wedding Planner: Heather Allen with Table 6 Productions, table6productions.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, brushcreekranch.com, Florist: The Perfect Petal, theperfectpetal.com, Event Coordinating, Makeup, Catering & Cake: The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, brushcreekranch.com, Gown Designer: Romona Keveza, romonakeveza.com, Reception Dress Designer: BHLDN, bhldn.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: J. Crew, jcrew.com, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: AllSaints, us.allsaints.com, Officiant: Pastor John Nadasi

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{santa margarita} MARISSA + JAY

Words by Kate Darnell Images by Amelia Lyon, amelialyon.net

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Love can happen just about anywhere. For Jay and Marissa, it happened on the set of the children’s television show “Yo Gabba Gabba,” where she is the lead makeup artist and he is the director of photography. Their eyes met on set and the rest was history.

wooden tables rather than the traditional round tables. In lieu of a standard wedding cake, the couple opted for a “cake” made out of wheels of cheese adorned with flowers. For those with a sweet tooth, fresh baked cookies were served. Marissa and Jay had the help of a local coordinator to pull off the destination event. However, the distance did pose some difficulty which the couple took in stride. “It was a little tough having to travel 200 miles every time we needed to take care of little things like a food tasting,” recalls Marissa. “However, this

A destination wedding on the Central Coast of California came

whole area is so beautiful and inviting, that it felt more like a mini-

about due to the desire to have a rustic, outdoor setting. “The

vacation rather than stressful wedding 'work.’”

[Central Coast] has some of the most unique and picturesque landscapes in the World and the historic Santa Margarita Ranch

Favorite memories of the day:

is one of those places…we even got a barn,” says Marissa. Marissa’s: "When I got to see Jay for the first time on our wedding

The celebration perfectly reflected the couple’s personalities,

day, it felt like it was the first time that weekend when it was just

down to their close friend officiating the ceremony. “The

him and I…it was a very intimate moment."

ceremony took place in the garden on the ranch property under a big 100 year-old oak tree,” says Marissa. “The combination

Jay’s: "When I realized there was nothing left to do but enjoy the

of the warm golden sun rays, blue sky and lush green fields

moment with my beautiful bride. We had so many great people,

couldn't have been a more perfect setting.”

(vendors, but also friends and family) in place to take care of things, I was able to concentrate on the reason I was there,

The reception was held in the barn with rustic, chic touches

Marissa."

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“The combination of the warm golden sun rays, blue sky and lush green fields couldn't have been a more perfect setting.”

Photographer: Amelia Lyon Photography, amelialyon.net, Ceremony/Reception Site: Santa Margarita Ranch, historicsantamargaritaranch.com, Wedding Planner: Taffy Gonzalez from All Traditions, alltraditions.net, DJ: Got you Cover’d - Aaron Watene, gycrentals.com, Floral: Debbie Deis - D&D Floral, danddfloral.com, Catering: Gretchen LeMiere - In Good Taste Catering, igtcatering.com, Gown Designer: Enzoani, enzoani.com, Grooms Clothing Designer: Jean Yves, jeanyvescatalog.com, Bridesmaids’s Clothing Designer: Maggy London, maggylondon.com, Lighting/Photo Booth - Kramer Entertainment, kramerevents.com, Trolley Company: Central Coast Trolley Co., centralcoasttrolley.com

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{punta mita} MEXICO

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LACEY + ROBERT Words by Jennifer Stein

Images by Chris + Lynn Photography, chrispluslynn.com

You know the saying, “Love knows no boundaries?” This is a story to prove that saying true.

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“Our first dance under the thousands of twinkling, hanging crystals in the tent was perfect.” Lacey and Robert met in L.A. when she moved there to pursue

Lacey says planning a destination wedding was at first a

a career in the music industry. After one of their dear mutual

challenge, but her mom knew Todd Fiscus of Todd Events in

friends passed away unexpectedly, it brought them together and

Dallas, and after bringing his team on board, it was all easy going

their relationship ventured beyond friendship. “To get through

from there. One of Lacey’s priorities was finding the perfect

our shared grief, we leaned on each other and truly became soul

photographer. “I searched everywhere and I finally, luckily, found

mates,” recalls Lacey.

Chris + Lynn,” says Lacey.

A birthday celebration would lead to something bigger and

At the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort on a clear platform over a pool

eventually determine where they would say their “I do’s.”

of water overlooking the ocean, Robert and Lacey made their commitment official. “Everyone we loved was there,” reminisces

“Robert proposed to me the day before my birthday on a beach

Lacey. “The sun started to set as we said our vows and it was

in Punta Mita, Mexico,” says Lacey. “He had planned a surprise

just a perfect moment.”

birthday party for me and flew down three of my best girlfriends. It was definitely the best birthday I have ever had and probably

The reception had a true party atmosphere with hired DJ, Lucy

one of the best weekends of my life. That's why we decided to

Wrubel, and The Cowling Band, getting the group dancing and

get married at the beautiful St. Regis Punta Mita. There is just

having a blast. “When the Mexican sombreros, maracas and

something magical about that place and it only holds positive

coconuts came out, things got crazy!” says Lacey.

memories for us.” Lacey’s favorite moment of the day was hard to pin down Their loved ones were beyond excited and approximately 100

because as she recalls, it was all a blur. “I’ll never forget walking,

guests traveled there to celebrate with them.

or I should say dancing, down to the beach to the sound of dozens of mariachis all playing. Our first dance under the thousands of twinkling, hanging crystals in the tents was perfect.”

Ceremony/Reception Site: Punta Mita, Mexico: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, starwoodhotels.com/stregis/puntamita, Photographer: CHRIS + LYNN Photographers, chrispluslynn.com, Wedding Planner: Todd Events - Todd Fiscus & Mary Wright Shah, toddevents.com, Wedding Gown Designer: Ines Di Santo, inesdisanto.com, Reception Dress Designer: Herve Leger, herveleger.com, Florist: Todd Events, toddevents.com, Groom's Clothing Designer: J Crew suit with Louis Vuitton tie, jcrew.com & louisvuitton.com, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, us.christianlouboutin.com, Other bridal jewelry: Diamond earrings by Sue Gragg, suegraggpreciousjewels. com, Music/DJ: Lucy Wrubel, lucywrubel.com, Band: The Cowling Band from West Coast Music, westcoastmusic.com S PR IN G & S U M M E R 2 0 1 3 | destinationido.com

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{sonoma} ANNE + JIM

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What happens when you team up bride Anne, Creative Manager at Williams Sonoma, and groom Jim, museum installation extraordinaire, to plan an elegant, eclectic wedding in Sonoma’s wine country? A mix of DIY spirit, personally designed elements, foodie fun, rustic romance and pure originality. Serenaded by a classical trio playing Pachelbel’s Canon, Anne,

apothecary jars alongside a French macaroon tree. A & J moss-

in a stunning Selia Yang gown, exchanged vows with her

covered initials were hung around the property. Blush peonies

Calvin Klein-clad groom under an old oak tree amidst a lushly

spilled out of antique silver vases on linen-covered tables laden

landscaped private estate in an intimate ceremony attended

with white china, vintage settings and mercury glass votives.

by 65 close friends and family. Anne’s mother, who is a writer,

A white canopy with crystal chandeliers hung over the bridal

composed a heartfelt poem for the couple and the officiate

table, while vintage French country furniture created intimate

sealed the union with vows they wrote themselves.

lounge areas for guest relaxation.

The wedding theme sprung from a "rustic meets elegant"

Elaine Bell Catering served fresh grilled halibut, beef tenderloin,

sensibility, incorporating design elements of an oak tree and

mache salad, local Cow Girl Creamery cheese, wine from the

rustic shed on the property and informing custom-designed

vineyard and Blue Bottle coffee with dessert (the location of their

invitations, hand-stamped place cards, favor hangtags, welcome

first date!). Dancing and revelry was trumped only by Anne’s

gift bags and hand-built wooden directional signs. The wedding

surprise: a vintage white Packard convertible getaway car to

favors, homemade mini blueberry pies inside canning jars, were

whisk them away to enjoy their first, perfect moments alone as

made by Jim’s mother. A "candy bar" was set up in vintage

Mr. and Mrs. under starry skies.

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Dancing and revelry was trumped only by Anne’s surprise: a vintage white Packard convertible getaway car to whisk them away to enjoy their first, perfect moments alone as Mr. and Mrs. under starry skies. department HEADING Photographer: Andi Hatch Photography, andihatchphoto.com, Day-of Coordinator: EL Events, elainelan.events@gmail.com, Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering, elainebellcatering.com, Rentals: Wine Country Party, winecountryparty.com, Canopy & Chandelier: The Lux Productions, thelux.com, Vintage Furniture: One True Love Vintage Rentals, onetruelovevintage.com, Officiant: Kimberly Thompson with A Beautiful Ceremony, abeautifulceremonynapavalley.com, Ceremony Musicians: The Sterling Flute Trio, sfstrings.com/sterling.htm, DJ: David Carvalho, playagencysf.com/David_Carvalho, Bride’s Makeup: Audrey Crandell with Glowing Bridal, glowingbridal.com, Bride’s Hair: Stella Rickett, stellastevenshairdesigns.com, Getaway Packard Car: Convertible Wine Tours, ccwinetours.com, On-site Tailor: SewHeidi Wedding De-Tailor, sewheidi@earthlink.com, Wedding Dress Tailor: Janene’s Bridal, janenesbridalboutique.com, Wedding Invitations & Collateral: Rachel Vrana (bridesmaid), Letterpress Printer: La Bonne Vie Studio, lbvstudio.com, Florist: Cherries Flowers, cherriesflowers.com, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Watters & Watters/Calvin Klein, watters.com/calvinklein.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Calvin Klein, calvinklein.com, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com, Bride’s Accessories: Haute Bride, hautebride.com, Gown Designer: Selia Yang, New York, seliayang.com

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{st. johnsbury} TARA + JASON Words by Kinsley Brown Images by Rodeo & Co. Photography, rodeoandco.com

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“Clip magazines, search Pinterest, find out what you like and don’t be afraid to break tradition. It’s the things you do which are different that people will appreciate and remember most.” Tara and Jason knew they wanted to have their reception in

Some highlights of the couple’s wedding weekend: the big

a barn on the East Coast, so naturally they settled on Vermont

yellow school busses which transported guests to and fro,

– known for exactly that. The rustic setting combined with soft,

fireworks as a surprise to the newlyweds from the groom’s

muted colors and candlelight were the perfect equation for

parents, and the couple’s favorite comfort foods like pie, ice

country plus glamour. Despite their dream barn reception coming

cream sundaes, cotton candy and late-night sliders with french

to fruition, it was the ceremony which sticks out most in the

fries.

couple’s minds. It took place on a hilltop surrounded by 140 wellwishers seated on log benches. After exchanging hand-written

Tara has heartfelt advice to pass on to other destination wedding

vows, guests threw celebratory rose petals and hydrangeas high

brides. Advice she says would have helped her in planning her

into the air.

own dream affair. “Don’t rush. I felt rushed to make decisions and there IS time! Clip magazines, search Pinterest, find out what you like and don’t be afraid to break tradition. It’s the things you do which are different that people will appreciate and remember most.”

Photography: Rodeo & Co. Photography, rodeoandco.com, Wedding Planner: Angela Poulin with White Jasmine Weddings and Events, whitejasmineweddingsandevents.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: Alerin Barn, thealerinbarn.com, Florist: Emily Herzig Floral Studio, ehfloral.com, Videographer: Timothy Bakland Videography, timothybakland.com, Musician/DJ: Corin Ashley, corinashley.com, Gown Designer: Melissa Sweet, davidsbridal.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: J. Crew, jcrew.com, Bridesmaid’s Designer: Dessy, dessy.com, Special thanks to Christy and Alexa with Alerin Barn, thealerinbarn.com

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TO FIND YOUR LOCAL ROMANCE TRAVEL SPECIALIST, VISIT WWW.ALLABOUTHONEYMOONS.COM All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/memberguide. Offers void where prohibited by law. Offers subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

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Destination I Do - Spring 2013  

This issue of Destination I Do features more fashion than ever before with three inspired photo shoots & also favorites like real weddings!

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