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The Wedding Issue 2020

SAY I DO

In The Perfect Setting

The Honeymoon Suite

Wake Up In A Dream Suite

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Make the Special Day into A Magical One

THIS ISSUE IN COLLABORATION WITH WEDAWAYS


WEDAWAYS Pamela and I are thrilled to be a part of this inaugural Design Destinations Magazine Special Wedding Edition and presenting an exclusive selection of our partners to you. We dedicate ourselves to exploring the world and finding properties that discerning engaged couples and wedding planners will fall in love with and book for their destination weddings and romantic honeymoons. Our dynamic portfolio is featured on our search engine Wedaways, which includes resources for global venues & destinations, Wedaways Getaways™ webinars, our popular blog, and so much more. Led by Pamela, we are the luxury travel partner that wedding planners and their clients engage to assist in venue searching, room block bookings, ground transfers & excursions for pre-wedding, wedding celebrations and post-wedding experiences. And of course, magical honeymoons. Neither Pamela nor I ever imagined would be in business together, and never considered a mother/daughter partnership before Wedaways. As my lifetime career in luxury bridal retail and television came to a close, I was considering new opportunities. After completing her Masters and launching a startup in Israel, Pamela was considering a move back to London to launch another startup. Our daily conversations led to a meet up in Italy. It wasn’t long after that we realized we could start something new and exciting together by combining our unique abilities and resources. So back to Los Angeles she came. Wedaways  was born out of heart-to-heart, head-to-head conversations between two very independent women deeply connected by familial bond, and mutual respect. The concept morphed a bit along the way, but the vision of the business has remained consistent. To add value to an already existing niche marketplace. We’re enjoying the journey. The best is yet to come! Wedaways | Providing the global wedding community access to luxury venues & travel services and luxury venues access to the worldwide wedding community. Renée Strauss - CEO & Pamela Goldman - COO

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DESIGN DESTINATIONS MAGAZINE

Letter From our Editor-In-Chief & Founder Welcome to our Design Destinations Magazine second issue dedicated to great locations for the perfect wedding or celebration. We have the pleasure of joining forces with Renee Strauss and Pamela Goldman, owners of Wedways in the selection of some of the most amazing locations around the world. From Tanzania, to Mexico, to Italy to Greece, to Roatan to Lake Atitlan to Turkey. These resorts are simply fantastic in the execution of the perfect celebration and with the collaboration of amazing Wedding Planners they create the first chapter of a couples life together. Hope you enjoy this special issue and look forward to you selecting one of the resorts for your next celebration. Go and travel the world!

Franz E Buchhalter Editor-In-Chief & Founder

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Franz E Buchhalter, Founder & Editor-in-Chief Cynthia P. Howland Editor A Division of Buchhalter International Group 9121 SW 140th St Miami, FL 33176 3054841012 buchhalterinternationalgroup.com

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ONE NATURE

NYARUSWIGA, SERENGETI TANZANIA

A "camp like no other" is the best way to describe this beautiful tented safari property. One Nature Nyaruswiga is located in a secluded area, in the heart of the Serengeti National Park, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Nyaruswiga Hills' endless plains. This magical destination provides an almost surreal backdrop for truly unforgettable experiences. With a reputation for 5-star luxury service and cuisine, it's a favorite Tanzanian favorite beloved for intimate, unique, and romantic weddings. And the honeymoons that follow promise magic.

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CASTELLO DI VICARELLO

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Set in Tuscany's verdant hills, Castello di Vicarello is a gorgeous bohemian destination oering a genuinely enchanting Italian experience. In the heart of Tuscany's wild Maremma countryside, located between Rome and Florence, the castle is surrounded by 40 hectares of organic vineyards, olive groves, and farmland. Rustic courtyards nestled all around the property designed to host milestone celebrations. Sprawling gardens of lavender and roses frame the fairy-tale castle atmosphere. Breathtaking views enhance this magical setting for weddings of all sizes, intimate to grand. Enjoy cool sea breezes and relaxing views under the stars during summer; stage the wedding ceremony among the grape and olive harvests during the fall or be inspired by misty forests and glowing fires during a winter wedding celebration. The estate captures the essence of contemporary luxury a n d t o t a l p r i v a c y, a w a r d - w i n n i n g accommodation, and exceptional cuisine.

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RELAIS LA CORTE DEI PAPI

CORTONA, ITALY

Truly one of the unique properties in Tuscany. Set in a small valley surrounded by rolling hills, this beautiful country house paints the perfect backdrop for an iconic Tuscan countryside wedding or honeymoon. The wonderfully renovated late eighteenth-century structure joins the traditional beauty of Tuscany with modern luxury. Stroll through manicured lawns, sculpted paths, and walk on rich wooden floors. Surrounded by a beautiful park, filled with fragrant flowers, olive, and pine trees—offering many romantic outdoor options for wedding celebrations. But what sets Relais La Corte Dei Papi apart from all other properties in Tuscany are two highlights: The over the top guest-room décor and the magnificent grand ballroom situated on the second floor of the elegant building bordering the swimming pool. Grand only begins to describe the interiors. Host the reception in the baroque ballroom and dance the night away outside in the pool's beautifully lit courtyards.

The restaurant, considered the very heart of the property located in the farmhouse's ancient cellar, serves superb traditional Tuscan specialties. Enjoy home-made bread, hand-made pasta, irresistible pastries, and many other delicacies in a warm and elegant atmosphere. The restaurant is the perfect venue space for rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches.

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SIKELIA LUXURY RETREAT & COSTE GHIRLANDA

PANTELLERIA ISLAND, ITALY

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A hybrid of Italian, African and Arabic tradition, architecture, and ambiance, Sikelia Luxury Resort is an exclusive wedding and honeymoon destination. Set in Pantelleria island, known as the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean, with dark rocks carved by the wind and sharp forms softened by the white Dammusi dwellings' roundness, the property and its environment promise striking photographs and lasting memories. The wine estate Coste Ghirlanda, in combination with Sikelia Luxury Retreat, pays homage to this beautiful destination by hosting events among the wondrous nature of this mystical natural stage. Celebrations here evoke emotions tied to the very foundations of the islands' romantic past. The ideal wedding celebration is hosted over several days and includes various events to entertain the couple and their guests at both properties.

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CASA PALOPÓ

LAKE ATITLAN, GUATEMALA

Casa Palopó is set on one of the world's most beautiful lakes, Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. The Relais & Chateaux boutique resort offers magnificent views of the lake and its three majestic volcanoes. Surrounded by twelve indigenous villages, the 15-suite hotel offers a unique experience. The romantic setting is ideal for an intimate celebration where nature is part of the event. Casa Palopó is a retreat of elegance and beautiful nature and evokes Guatemala's rich Mayan heritage. Named one of the best places to visit by Conde Nast readers on consecutive years, its guests are immersed in the mythical setting and are captivated by Lake Atitlan's beauty and tranquility.

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IBAGARI

ROATAN HN

Set on the Caribbean Island of Roatan off the coast of Honduras is Ibagari, a boutique resort that celebrates life, art, nature and cuisine. Ibagari means in the local language “Life." The beachfront boutique hotel offers stunning views of the Caribbean sea from every room and suite. The property is ideal for an intimate beach celebration. Most of the event space is beachfront, giving the planners amazing options for a memorable event. Additional space is offered in the beautiful restaurant, Muna Luna, and on its several wood decks that surround the restaurant. The hotel is decorated with commissioned art from prominent Central American artists. Each of the eight rooms and suites is decorated with local materials and offers a fresh and open space respecting the eco-system.

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ÇIRAĞAN PALACE KEMPINSKI

ISTANBUL, TURKEY

The Çırağan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, Turkey, is fit for royalty. Located on the magnificent Bosphorus, overlooking the ancient city, this hotel offers the ultimate luxury and glamour of a genuine Ottoman Palace. Its grand style, superb location, stunning views, and resort ambiance ensures an unforgettable destination wedding experience. Istanbul is a mystical city, where East meets West, Europe meets Asia, and classic meets modern. This stunning landmark is brimming with romance and a legacy of impeccable service. An unrivaled fairy-tale setting, The Ciragan Palace Kempinski’s outstanding venues provide picture-perfect backdrops for any size celebrations.

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ABATON ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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Located on the north coast of Crete, Greece, the five-star Abaton Island Resort & Spa features sleek marble floors and striking minimalist interiors that are sexy and luxurious. The property hugs the rugged and scenic coastline making an impressive setting for unforgettable celebrations in any of Abaton’s many venue options. The on-site wedding coordinated can arrange music and entertainment, beauty services, and floral arrangements. Customize the menus with delicious cuisine the resort is known for and add some sparkle with a champagne cocktail bar. The celebration can continue late into the night at the exclusive Buddha Bar.

For those wanting to explore Crete in extra-special style, a private helicopter or yacht will undoubtedly create unforgettable memories. Or if you desire is to unwind and relax, head to Abaton’s heavenly SPA. Choose a luxurious couple’s treatment session in the couple’s suite, then enjoy the Turkish hammam, heated saltwater pool with waterfall, sauna, and steam room.

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HACIENDA TEMOZÓN

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Hacienda Temozon is both a Luxury Collection hotel as well as a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide. With origins as far back as 1655, it began as a cattle ranch in the 17th century. In the 19th century, it reached glorious splendor during the Belle Epoque of the Yucatan. Over time it was neglected but was revived with loving care and is now an authentic luxury hotel with elegant guest rooms and magnificent grounds. The landscape was designed to enhance the architecture, and the colors burst forth from the ground up. Hacienda Temozon is located in the Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico, surrounded by tropical rainforest; Mayan touches throughout the region and within its property. Wedding and honeymoon celebrations enjoy an ambiance filled with history, tradition, nature, and luxury.

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MAR DEL CABO

Los Cabos, Mexico

With its fresh ocean breeze and deep blue water, the Sea of Cortez welcomes guests to Mar del Cabo by Velas Resorts. It is beautifully appointed, with fresh, light, and bright colors that awaken your senses. Enter at the top of the world and descend the winding stairways as they wrap around the cascade of sugar-cube white, colorful hammock adorned buildings with accommodations of various sizes and decor. Bougainvillea burst brightly at every turn, making this petit yet striking property an Instagram-envy experience. The restaurant wraps around the foot of the property at the beach, and the fresh, sparkling pool is private and beckons a swim. Venue spaces for weddings face the breathtaking Sea of Cortez. An excellent option for a truly exclusive experience.

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HOTEL MANAPANY

ST BARTHS

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Hotel Manapany exudes the soul of St Barth. A luxury “eco-lodge” complimenting the casual sophistication and relaxed elegance of the island. Serenity and relaxation are the operative words that describe the experience guests can expect. This Garden of Eden is a perfect setting for an island celebration. Nestled on a private palm-fringed beach with clear turquoise water at Anse des Cayes, Manapany is peppered with a Parisian influence dash. Amid sea birds in flight, sexy coconut palms, fluttering butterflies, and the sweet fragrance of blossoms filling the air, guests are immersed in an ultrachic world of savvy and understated, elegant hospitality. A sensational experience in the Caribbean that will live in one’s memory forever.

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LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO A ROSEWOOD RESORT

Los Cabos, Mexico Located between the two capes that give Los Cabos its name, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort sets the standard for luxury with its unparalleled service level, innovative amenities, and superbly romantic ambiance. The resort oers 84 luxurious accommodations, including Signature Beachfront Villas and the acclaimed, 28,000 square-foot Ty Warner Mansion. Hypnotic sunsets and cotton candy skies wash over the resort’s dramatic landscape, casting an indescribably romantic spell. Famous for curating unforgettable, bespoke experiences and events from a romantic dinner on the beach for two to a lavish celebration for 250. Graced with 350 days of sunshine per year, and some of the most picturesque venues in Mexico, Las Ventanas sets the stage for memorable weddings. From beachfront ceremonies at sunset to private gypsy encampment dinners, the highly curated celebrations are always magical.

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INTERCONTINENTAL MAAMUNAGAU

Raa Atoll, Maldives

Curate your special day with a choice of mesmerizing settings to say “I Do” from a private sandbank, the intimate Lighthouse rooftop, or on a secluded beach, all with majestic views of the Indian Ocean where time stops and beautiful stories unfold. InterContinental® Maamunagau Maldives is where dream details of your magic day come to life. In a secluded paradise, in the heart of one of the world’s most picturesque archipelagos, this resort is the perfect venue to celebrate your commitment to one another. And after the ceremony, enjoy the indulgent touches offer at the resort, including a designed intimate and romantic beach dinner to a gentle sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht and traditional “bodu beru” drummers. InterContinental® Maamunagau Maldives brings to life your dream celebration.

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THE HONEYMOON

Waking up in an amazing Suite

After many months of planning, the anticipation, and the special day's culmination, the celebration is over, and the guests are gone! Now, it is time to relax and enjoy the first night as a couple. Begin life together as you wake up in your dreamed Honeymoon Suite. Your Honeymoon is, after all, the most memorable time for newlyweds. Perhaps you dreamed of waking up and witnessing the sunrise from your balcony, or maybe you envision watching the sunset from your private pool; the options are endless. The fantastic suites offered by the properties in this issue are magnificent. Some offer views of Tuscany's beautiful landscape, others of the African wildlife, while others offer views of the Mediterranean or the Caribbean sea. Some provide the magical views of stunning volcanoes in the highlands of Guatemala. Or enjoy the sunrise and sunset in your over the water villa in the Maldives. One thing they all share is the posh, sexy, dreamy, and comfy accommodations the unique honeymoon suites have to offer. These are some of the most romantic, luxurious, elegant, and superb honeymoon suites in the world, that are guaranteed to be memorable and unforgettable. Here are some stunning spaces perfect for kicking off the new ever.

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ONE NATURE

NYARUSWIGA, SERENGETI TANZANIA Harmoniously nestled into the pristine woodlands of the Nyaruswiga, overlooking the stunning savannah, One Nature’s ultraluxurious safari tents oer a sensational connection with the breathtaking nature that surrounds them. Propped up by poles made from solid African Eucalyptus wood and capped with the most elegant brass crown befitting royalty, the upscale canvas tents incorporate luxury into an exciting African safari camping experience. Each tent contains an emperor-size bed. Other features within the bedroom include mosquito drapes, a pillow menu, and a walk-in closet complete with an electronic safe. The tents have a lounge area, with a cozy wood-burning stove and a custommade oversized copper bathtub; en-suite washing facilities feature indoor and outdoor showers

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CASTELLO DI VICARELLO

Tuscany, Italy

Castello di Vicarello Suite Sassi offers more than 1,200 square feet of elegance, lovingly restored and elegantly decorated. Located in a building adjacent to the main castle and close to the infinity pool. Lush gardens surround the suite. It features original stone and brick walls, a tasteful mélange of antique and modern furniture with oriental touch stemming from the Baccheschi Berti family’s years spent in Indonesia. This romantic suite is full of character: s u m p t u o u s i n t e r i o r s a n d a re g a l bathroom made from rare Giallo di Siena marble. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills to the sea from every room.

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CORTONA TUSCANY, ITALY The over-the-top Deluxe Spa Suite designed to offer complete wellness and ultimate luxury finished with a “Private Spa” that includes a Turkish bath equipped with four multi-sensory showers oversized Jacuzzi with four different sensory paths. The Spa Suite is spacious and comfortable, with 650 square feet of elegance and luxury. Romance starts here on the large terrace with spectacular views of Cortona and the Tuscan countryside, in the solarium, or on the beautiful floral gazebo set with a romantic dinner by candle-light and complete privacy.

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SIKELIA RESORT &

COSTE GHIRLANDA

PELLETERIA ISLAND, ITALY Sikelia's suites, each uniquely dierent, reflect the owner, Giulia Pazienza Gelmetti's exceptional taste. Custom a r t i f a c t s t a i l o r- m a d e f o r S i k e l i a incorporate natural materials reflective of its wild nature. From the embroidered Frette linens to the sculptured Gessi fixtures to the designs by acclaimed Italian artist Gennaro Avallone. Many of the suites face the hotel's palm-filled central courtyard overlooking the freeform pool, and others oer panoramic views of the sea. Leave the world behind and allow Sikelia to seduce you.

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CASA PALOPÓ

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Casa Palopó is perched above one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, surrounded by small indigenous villages and three majestic volcanoes. Casa Palopó is a retreat of elegance and beautiful nature. The Master Suite, with its bright teal walls are paired with sister shades of blue and white. This suite includes a king-sized bed, floor-to-ceiling windows draped in cotton linens, and design elements coordinated with the rest of the suite’s trendy, colorful scheme. The decor offers local materials and textiles woven by the local indigenous communities designed exclusively for Casa Palopo. Guests enjoy romantic views of the sunrise and sunset with the beautiful backdrop of the lake and the awe-inspiring volcanoes.

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IBAGARI BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Roatan, HN The Master Suite

The beach-front Master Suite is a bi-level suite oering magnificent ocean views, opening onto a balcony with am ultracomfortable sitting area and lounge chairs facing the Caribbean Ocean. The suite is decorated with natural materials and beautiful commissioned artwork from Central American renowned artists. Enjoy a romantic dinner on your private balcony, or sip your favorite beverage and witness a beautiful sunrise and sunsets.

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ÇIRAĞAN PALACE KEMPINSKI

Istanbul, Turkey The Pasha & Presidential Suite at The Çırağan Palace Kempinski is located on the hotel’s top floor and offers stunning panoramic views of the Bosphorus. The magnificent suite features two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lavish lounge with a library, and a dining room. From the decor to the service, this elegant and luxurious suite makes for a royal guest experience. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views from your private balcony while enjoying a sumptuous champagne breakfast or a romantic dinner.

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ABATON ISLAND RESORT

Crete, Greece Seafront Island Honeymoon Suite. Roam around your 2,000 square feet of outdoor space, relax in your private outdoor jacuzzi and take in Aegean Sea views during a swim in your private outdoor pool. Every detail has been carefully considered to ensure that each and every moment of your stay embodies a complete redefinition of the true meaning of pampering and luxury. The inviting dÊcor and extensive amenities mean you’ll never want to leave the comforts of your suite.

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HACIENDA TEMOZÓN

Yucatan, Mexico Casa del Patron Presidential Suite

Casa del Patron blends vintage style with Mexican décor. This large suite is located in the old main house next to the charming chapel. The hacienda owners' former quarters offer a living room, an expansive bedroom, and a spectacular bathroom with a Ticul stone bathtub. Outside, there is a huge private garden with a swimming pool (constructed from the old cistern of the hacienda) and a terrace with teak furniture for lounging and sunbathing. Couples can enjoy a romantic al fresco candlelight dinner in the patio as they begin their life together.

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MAR DEL CABO

Los Cabos, Mexico The suites at Mar del Cabo by Velas Resorts reflect the majesty of Mexican architecture combined with ancient Greek elegance. The 48 one-or-two bedroom suites in this beautiful boutique hotel are decorated with Mexican handicrafts that provide a colorful atmosphere, and have ideal venues for relaxation. Guests can enjoy suites featuring spacious, sophisticated, and comfortable living room, two bedrooms, a dining-areas with the luxurious amenities of modern living. Step out onto the terrace and open your eyes to paradise.

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HOTEL MANAPANY

St Barths Hotel Manapany’s 43 rooms and suites are like the pearls surrounding the island of St. Barth. Each one has a sundeck with views of the Caribbean Sea, so you can stare into the sun’s reflection as it dances on the waves. Gaze at the tropical gardens enjoys the music of tropical birds as they fly through palm fronds. The atmosphere is an elegant blend of contemporary French design, with furnishings crafted from local materials. Aligned with Hotel Manapany’s environmentally responsible commitment to offering its visitors a unique and authentic St. Barth experience, Caribbean know-how is everywhere. With an ocean-facing Beach Prestige room, experience the soothing & energizing sound of the Caribbean waves. Facilities include a spacious sundeck with direct access to the turquoise waters and ivory sand.

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LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, A ROSEWOOD RESORT

Los Cabos, Mexico

Exquisitely designed with the beach lover and wellness devotee in mind, this elegant one-bedroom beachfront villa welcomes guests to their private sanctuary. Every detail was thought out to ensure a memorable experience. Relax into 5,700 sq. ft. of inspired indoor and outdoor living space, where painted skies, azure seas, and white sands create living wall art. Or seek relaxation and reinvigoration in the private wellness room, a sanctuary for mind, body, and spirit oering innovative new fitness equipment and a wellness coach to guide guests along their journey to perfect balance. This authentic desert hideaway weds the old soul of a Mexican villa and the ultra-modern services of a premier international destination into a magical escape.

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INTERCONTINENTAL MAAMUNAGAU

Raa Atoll, Maldives

Escape and reconnect with nature, yourself, and those who matter most in the sweeping blue panoramic of the Indian Ocean. With soft white sands and palm tree peppered terraces, be mesmerized by island life. Indulge in one of Maldives mosts exclusive & spacious overwater villas oering luxury pleasure & secluded slice of paradise, and ample space for all. Each overwater villas oers a contemporary Maldivian design, private infinity pool with 360 views of the Indian Ocean. InterContinental Maamunagau Maldives Resorts provides its guest the opportunity to enjoy InterContinental acclaimed Club privileges throughout the resort.

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Grand Velas Riviera Maya

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS The date is set, the idea of what the wedding would be is in your head, now it is time to plan it. First is deciding what you want most for your celebration. First and foremost, a venue! The choice may be between an indoor or an outdoor wedding. Perhaps you dreamed of a beachfront wedding or in a garden surrounded by olive trees. Maybe you dreamed of a fairy tale wedding or a simple but elegant one. Whatever the decision may be, one thing is guaranteed to ensure that your wedding is a success, and it all falls in the details. We asked six professional wedding planners to consider the essential information when planning your special celebration and they share with us these important tips that can make a wedding a memorable and magical one.

What are the most important distinctions couples look for when selecting a destination wedding venue? “Couples mainly look for a certain aesthetic be that tropical, Mediterranean, mountain, etc. -, Proximity to airport and ease of travel, and availability of quality vendors to execute the vision.” TYLER SPEIER “It's essential to consider the time of year and any potential weather challenges. This sounds obvious but weather and sunset times are frequently overlooked.” EMILY COYNE

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“Most places look and feel different on Media vs. Reality. The client needs to fall in love not only with the venue but also the destination.” ARIEL BECKER

How often and why do couples prefer to bring vendors from home? “We typically use at least 80% local vendors and only bring about 20% from home, but this can range based on the exact destination and the design vision. More and more though, the local vendors are offering outstanding quality and value to our couples, and I always explore everything we can do locally before bringing someone in.” EMILY COYNE

Specifically, what special details can be incorporated into a wedding that sets it apart? “We love incorporating special details that are unique to the couple and their story. And if possible, also into the venue space where the wedding is being held and overall wedding design. We especially love favors that double as a place card or an escort card, and we like to make sure that it is a touch that is true to the couple and continues telling their story. One of our absolute favorite details is a handwritten “thank you” note that doubles as a place card for each guest. Especially with micro-weddings being more common these days, it is more possible for our couples to add this personal touch. When we see every guest open that personal letter, their reaction is so sweet and we can see that they truly feel honored to be invited to celebrate with our couple. We have even incorporated things like specialty garlic olive oil that was specifically produced at the venue, to double as a favor and escort card display. Guests love treats of this sort because they are useful, extremely tasty and every time they use it, it serves as a nice memory of the wedding celebration.” NANCY PARK

“The majority of our destination couples tend to source local talent when selecting vendors to service their destination weddings – except for photographers and planners. Vendors that can travel easily with their product/service are the most desirable.” STEPHANIE COLE Do couples use the flowers they love or what’s available locally? “In our experience, couples prefer to work with locally available flowers for their destination weddings and special events. Working with locally grown flowers is typically more cost-effective and always more environmentally friendly. Also, it’s a great way to incorporate some local flair into the event!” BROOKE AVISHAY

How do couples infuse the “sense of place” when they work with a wedding planner in planning their destination wedding?

What are the elements of a property that you recommend? “With a buyout and the entire property is utilized, the result is a spectacular destination experience for your guests. For example a 3000-acre ranch may boast mountain top sites with 360-degree views that are epic for a ceremony. We love when the guests feel that they are on an adventure, wondering what they will discover when brought to a site like this, and then watching their jaws drop as they arrive.” EMILY COYNE

“The key is to stay cohesive and true to those grounding factors in more than just one or two elements. Give guests a glimpse into where they will be with things like invitations and your wedding website, Let them taste it in your menus, allow them to live it themselves through your welcome bag inclusions, let them hear it in your music, and let them see it in things like entertainment, design details, or vendor uniforms. This doesn't mean going over the top with everything. It's the subtle details that create impact. Tasteful and authentic.” EMILY COYNE

“For the Reception it would be a unique Venue. For the entire time would be the in-house public areas and F&B outlets. However, a proactive and positive attitude and service by management and staff is a huge bonus.” ARIEL BECKER

How valuable are site inspections?

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Design Destinations Magazine Wedding Issue 2020

Grand Velas, Riviera Maya

128 Styled Shoots by Wedaways & Best Bribe at Grand Velas Riviera Maya


129 Design Destinations Magazine Wedding Issue 2020


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Design Destinations Magazine Special Issue: Weddings 2020  

Featuring a select list of beautiful properties in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Roatan, Maldives, Guatemala, St Barths, Tanzania, and Mexico. This...

Design Destinations Magazine Special Issue: Weddings 2020  

Featuring a select list of beautiful properties in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Roatan, Maldives, Guatemala, St Barths, Tanzania, and Mexico. This...