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We are very grateful for all the wedding professionals who took their time to respond to our inquiries and shared their opinion on each matter. We realize professionals may have differing opinions on the same topic; so, the LUXURY Wedding & Style magazine aims to provide these opinions to assist you in your decision-making process. LUXURY Wedding & Style took every step to ensure accurate reporting in the LUXURY Wedding & Style magazine and no responsibility can be accepted of goods or services supplied by advertisers or publishing errors. Additionally, all images not specifically credited to a photographer are courtesy of the respective company and used with their permeation.

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Welcome to the new issue of exciting destinations! We are thrilled to invite you to give yourself the gift of travel. Whether you are planning a large destination wedding, a small romantic getaway or are looking to share an exciting adventure with your family—we have reviewed some amazing places to jumpstart your inspiration. Experience is what people value most during their travel. Because our team has visited every place we are featuring in this publication, it has been exciting to work on this issue. The locations we have experienced will leave you with longlasting memories and the desire to explore the world even more. We focus on destinations readers have expressed greater interest in. We explored a wide range of places including Italy, Mexico, India, Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Let it be known, a night at the Ice Hotel will be difficult to top and the four beautiful Sardinian venues have given us an experience of the Sardinian culture, wine and food.

Join the Cabo Sky Tours which provide you unmatched thrill that is hard to find elsewhere! While many of us love to snorkel and explore sea life from the boat, the best whale watching we have ever done is from that ultralight glider. Palazzo Gattini offers guests sweeping views of Sassi Matera. And, the hotel is just a few steps away from many of the most important landmarks and monuments of Matera, both UNESCO heritage and elected cultural capital for 2019.

Nicole Flanagan is an international speaker and has been featured in numerous international publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Expensive Pleasure and more. Nicole is known for helping wedding and lifestyle businesses to obtain international publicity and open new opportunities worldwide. Nicole is also the founder of the American Wedding Academy which provides educational courses to wedding professionals in the Russian language. Nicole Flanagan has a B.S. in Computer Science from the Purdue University School of Science and a Master of Science in Strategic Management as well as an MBA from the Indiana University School of Business.

Helsinki’s Hotel Kamp is for those who want to be a part of history, Lapland’s Camp Ripan will give you astonishing opportunities to view the Northern Lights, and the Raj Palace is a true Jewel of the Pink City. Additionally, Grand Hotel is in the heart of Oslo and proudly hosts the winners of the Peace Prize. We know you will enjoy not only reading about these beautiful destinations, but also planning your next exciting adventure. We would also love to hear from you about the places that are most curious about so we can add those adventures to future publications. Nicole Flanagan


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Sardinia, Mexico, India, USA, Italy, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Swedish Lapland

Expert Spotlight:

A Masterclass to Remember; Your Bespoke Floral Architectural Experiences with TomasDeBruyne

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Nestled down near the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, where the desert meets the sea, this allinclusive resort welcomes you with elegant suite accommodations and world-class dining, as well as an abundance of superb amenities and activities. photo | press materials


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Marquis Los Cabos is part of the Marquis Hotel family, where three generations have shared ideas and created an ambiance defined by its Mexican hospitality, where each guest and employee enjoys life, work, business and lesure.


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At Marquis Los Cabos it is strongly believed that dining should be about more than simply satisfying your appetite. It should be an adventure for all the senses — a celebration of fresh, seasonal flavors in an atmosphere of warmth and conviviality.


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This all-inclusive resort offers five restaurants, each presided over by Executive Chef Thierry Dufour and each boasts its own distinct personality — from fine French dining to exceptional Asian-style cuisine and casual alfresco fare. Choose the restaurant that best suits your mood, and immerse yourself in a remarkable experience.


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The wedding celebration of anyone’s fantasies can become a blissful reality here at the Marquis Los Cabos. Perhaps you dream of a barefoot beach wedding, exchanging vows as the sun sets over the sea, followed by a reception in the magnificent Mar de Cortes Ballroom. Or perhaps an intimate cocktail party is more your style. Whatever your preference, the talented and enthusiastic team at the resort is on hand to assist you in creating a flawless event, from venue selection and dÊcor to catering and group reservations.


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“The experience at Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites went far beyond my expectations. The personal touch throughout my stay felt like I was a distant relative of a warm and loving Sardinian family who embraced me and cared for me� Oksana Flanagan, Editor-in-chief, LUXURY Wedding & Style

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Sardinia is probably one of the most fascinating Italian wedding destinations, and the stunning views of this magical location, in the amazing Golfo Aranci, adds to the charm of the Sardinian hinterland where time seems to have stopped. This Italian island features a turquoise sea, blue skies, pristine waters and some of the best beaches you will find in Europe and the food, well ‌ one will not soon forget. photo | press materials


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What brings a significant difference to the experience at Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites is that it is a family-run hotel, owned and operated by the Da Tome Family for over 50 years. Many of their employees have been lovingly providing their services for several decades and they approach their duties with an effortless charm, always attentive to their guest’s needs.


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This is the ultimate Sardinian holiday experience designed for the most demanding travelers and luxury lovers. Their newest Suite concept features your own separate villa that delights guests with 5 luxurious Suites complete with a private deck on the roof that features a large salt water pool and whirlpool, sunbeds and stunning views of the sea and surrounding landscape.


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The timeless style, luminous aesthetic and natural details give you a sophisticated, yet essential environment, where comfort and beauty soothe and pamper the guest.

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Dining at Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites is an extraordinary culinary experience on its own. The Mediterranean cuisine and Sardinian traditions are fused together featuring a signature menu for the BlĂš Restaurant, and a daily a la carte menu to be enjoyed at the White Restaurant.

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It is said that tasting local specialties is a bit like assimilating yourself to the area, and this is definitely the main objective of the dining experience at the BlĂš Restaurant. The magical, charming location, only three meters above the Sardinian sea, is a prelude to an unforgettable Italian gourmet experience.


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The White Restaurant features wide spaces flooded with light from large windows overlooking the sea. The panoramic 180 degree view will give you a feeling of sailing, being surrounded by the dazzling blue of sky and water.

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Golfo Aranci, a long, narrow piece of land surrounded by the sea and kissed all day long by the sun, provides breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. You can enjoy relaxing at the Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites for days and have a private dinner on the beach. Or you can enjoy some of the beautiful excursions, such as sailing around nearby islands, watching bottlenose dolphins at sunset or diving to explore an underwater museum. Numerous land excursions will also keep your imagination and excitement going for days with a variety of sites to explore, such as archeological, pre-historical sites, majestic cliffs, stunning pine forests, picturesque beaches and wineries.


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Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites is only a 5 minute walk from the cozy fishermen town of Golfo Aranci. The history of the town is full of charm and its future is bright and flourishing: the walk along the sea (called ‘La Dolce Vita Golfo Aranci’) offers an entertaining shopping experience, where you will be able to enjoy not only many Italian brands, but also enjoy the landscape, the colorful and lively port, a nice area for kids to play and the famous chanting Mermaid statue daily rising from the sea, along with a few seasonal events and festivals.


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A former Maharaja’s palace built in 1727 in the «Pink City» of Jaipur, The Raj Palace Hotel is truly stunning and has been meticulously restored to reflect the palace’s original majesty. It is considered unique as it is one of the only palaces where the Maharajah lived that has been restored to its original glory and charm.


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The Raj Palace Hotel is brimming with antiques and artifacts from the days of the Raj including beautiful Oriental rugs, crystal chandeliers and rich fabrics. With impressive arches, ornate wall decorations, pillars and courtyards, not only is the palace spectacular, but history seems to come alive.

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The Raj Palace, with its grand heritage, is a boutique hotel featuring only suites and beautiful multi-cuisine restaurants. It also boasts one of the biggest crystal chandeliers in all of India, as well as a beautiful museum with a collection of 200-year-old crockery used by the royal kings and queens, including the Maharaja of Jaipur and Maharani of Jaipur.

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Stepping into the Raj Palace feels like entering a jewelry box — from the moment you enter the doors, there is exquisite art in every corner. A luxurious experience with true Indian flavor is found at the Raj Palace, one of the finest luxury hotels in the world.

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This charming boutique hotel is restored and decorated, preserving its original character and architecture that gives you the sensation of being on the Greek Islands. Your senses unfold amidst the fresh scents of organic cuisine inspired by local Baja dishes and coastal Mediterranean fare. With 48 suites, Mar del Cabo is an attractive venue for private events, allowing only your guests to enjoy the property during your celebration.

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Every year, when the Torne River turns to ice, a new ICEHOTEL is created in the small village of Jukkasjärvi in the northern part of Sweden. The ice of the river transforms to design and architecture at ICEHOTEL, an art project and the world’s first, and largest hotel built of snow and ice. Since 2016, right next to the winter open hotel of ice, you’ll find the year-round open part of ICEHOTEL, which runs on solar power and houses twenty art and luxury suites of ice and snow, an ice gallery and ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi. photo | Asaf Kliger


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Every year about 70,000 guests from all over the world are experiencing ICEHOTEL. There are two ways of spending the night—in the hotel rooms made of ice and snow or in the warm cabins. Most of the people who visit ICEHOTEL stay one night in “cold” accommodation and the other nights in the warm hotel accommodation. The temperature in the “cold” rooms never drops below -5 Celsius (23 Fahrenheit), but how to survive a night on ice? photo | Asaf Kliger


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Each year, 80 couples choose to have their wedding ceremony surrounded by snow and ice. ICEHOTEL – literally one of the world’s coolest wedding destinations on Earth! photo | Asaf Kliger


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Hospitality is as ancient as Sardinia’s region of Gallura, and seems to emanate from the beauty of the landscape itself. The unforgettable panorama of the Costa Smeralda will welcome you and delight you with each moment you spend at Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort.


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The complex of Luxury Suites of Villa del Golfo Lifestyle is a true romantic nest in the granite rocks of the Costa Smeralda. Every detail is a tribute to luxury absolute architectural forms that are based on culture and nature, the search for valuable materials, and personalized services. Relax in the hotel’s intimate atmosphere, be seduced by the menu of the nearby La Colti Farmhouse and be caressed by the mistral breeze on board of the Hotel’s private sailing yacht BonAria.


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Dining is an integral part of the Sardinian experience at Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort. It is inseparable from the atmosphere and everything that surrounds this unique resort. With the large veranda next to the pool, the MiraLuna Restaurant overlooks the evocative panorama of the Cannigione Bay. Carefully chosen local produce meets traditional culinary expertise in a menu inspired by the Mediterranean and its aromas and flavors.


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La Colti restaurant is perhaps one of the resort’s most unique attractions that best represents the Sardinian roots. The lovingly restored ancient Gallura Farmhouse is cozy and full of character. They offer an authentic Sardinian menu that is far from ordinary, prepared with seasonal produce that comes directly from the owner’s farm. Experience the most authentic Sardinian gastronomic traditions — La Colti is not to be missed.


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A ÂŤmust doÂť at Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort is a sailing trip, and discover the unspoiled nature of Gallura. The beautiful and charming coastline can be experienced on board the Bon Aria, a Jeanneau 53 Yacht available only to Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort guests. Dive into the crystal clear waters of the Costa Smeralda Sea, head toward the deserted islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago, enjoy a candlelight dinner and reminisce about your day. These are the little-big adventures that make your holiday a special event.

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Palazzo Gattini offers guests sweeping views of Sassi Matera and the cathedral from many of its rooms and suites, and the hotel is just a few steps away from many of the most important landmarks and monuments of Matera. photo | press materials


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Enjoying a spectacular location overlooking the cathedral of Matera, Palazzo Gattini is set in a magnificently restored 18th century palace, with origins going as far back as the 1400s. This luxury boutique hotel offers five-star accommodations and fine dining in a unique, exclusive setting.


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For more than six centuries, it was the home of the Gattinis, one of Matera’s noble families. Palazzo Gattini was built with the region’s famous stones, and when you step inside it is cool and quiet— cathedral-like. The stones have not been reserved just for show— each of the 20 rooms and suites has stone walls and ceilings, and magnificent stone-lined bathrooms. photo | press materials


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In the lower level of the Palace, with caves carved into the stone, there is a silence of the Spa that remind of ancient noble bathrooms. photo | press materials


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There is also an elegant bar-lounge, and guests can take advantage of the hotel’s Spa and Wellness center, located in the ancient cisterns of the palazzo, which offers a wide range of water treatments and massage. photo | press materials


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Le Bubbole restaurant offers an unforgettable experience through flavors, aromas and through the pursuit culinary experience of all senses. The menu is seasonal that allows to serve quality traditional dishes with high-quality products.


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Flora’s Field Kitchen is all about handmade food using its own farm’s fresh ingredients. The original Flora Restaurant was located in San Jose del Cabo for 5 years. Everything that was produced at the farm was used in the Flora restaurant. The owner then decided she would rather bring the restaurant to the farm instead of the other way around, and it has proven to be a huge success. photo | press materials


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The menu of the Kitchen is seasonal, with some permanent classics. All meat served at Flora’s Field Kitchen comes from their nearby 150-acre ranch where animals are humanely raised on diets that do not include hormones or antibiotics. Flora’s Field Kitchen does not offer beef on the menu as it is not sustainable because of Baja’s dry climate.


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Flora’s Field Kitchen strives to only serve what is made, raised and grown on the farm, providing their guests with organic food of the highest quality. Guests can enjoy grocery shopping at Flora Farms Grocery, where they can bring home produce, meats, canned goods and handmade artisan breads, all from the farm.


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The Farm Bar is a unique fieldside gathering place where guests love to relax in beautiful surroundings. Along with traditional cocktails, wine and beer from Flora’s Brewery, the Farm Bar serves up a full range of fruit- and vegetable-infused craft cocktails such as the Heirloom Carrot Farmarita, Flora Farm’s spin on the traditional Margarita, and the Pelo de Perro, (hair of the dog) a Bloody Mary made with heirloom tomato water.


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Many beautiful areas of Flora Farms are available for private gatherings to celebrate life’s milestones and special occasions. Event menus, which vary with the farm offerings and the event host’s personal preferences, are crafted to provide a fresh and unique connection to the field surroundings. photo | Ana & Jerome Photography


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There is a lovely barn in the Mango Grove, which is equipped with private kitchen and bathroom facilities, an herb garden, amphitheater, lakeside lawn, and an enchanting potting shed for smaller groups. The number of guests, time of year and type of celebration will determine which area is best suited for a particular celebration.

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Set in luxurious surroundings and an expansive garden, this 1750 stately mansion offers effortless elegance with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This fantastic property is set on 4 acres of magnificent formal gardens that overlook Dublin Bay.

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The Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel Dublin is one of the finest hotels in the Irish capital and is located just three miles south of the city center. The hotel was formerly one of Ireland’s most important historic houses, reflecting the charm and timeless elegance associated with great Irish houses.

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If you are dreaming of a Dublin wedding — look no further. Picturesque gardens and historic architecture make the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel an ideal venue for elegant storybook weddings.

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Here at St. Helen’s, it is easy to find a superb choice of wedding menus and wines to suit every taste. Using only the freshest and finest of local produce, each dish is prepared with authenticity, style and flair. St. Helen’s prides itself on its superb choice of wedding menus and it is clear why. photo | press materials


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From perfect photos and amazing food to exclusive touches and an unrivalled location, the hotel offers a dedicated wedding coordinator who will work with the couple every step of the way. Veiled in natural daylight with floor-to-ceiling windows and a decor that is the perfect fusion of times past and modern touches, the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s is a beautiful setting to celebrate your special day.


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Capturing those special moments on camera is something that is hugely important to every couple to cherish for years to come. The luxurious surroundings of the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s offer the perfect backdrop to those special memories that will last a lifetime. Outside, the four acres of formal gardens are maintained to the highest standards, with tranquil vistas over the Wicklow Mountains and Dublin Bay. The attention to detail throughout the hotel offers a variety of settings for spectacular wedding photography.

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A jewel set in a beautiful stretch of coast of the Mediterranean, illuminated by the crystal-clear blue of the sea — this is Villa Las Tronas. This incredible place had been a treasure long before Sardinia became a tourist destination.


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Once a residence of the royal family in Italy, Villa Las Tronas conserves the historic atmosphere of an aristocratic hideaway, renewing the tradition and the fascination of the ancient mansion.


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Villa Las Tronas is bordered on three sides by the crystalline waters of the bay, and its Spa, set in the green of the park of almost two hectares that separates it from the seaside boulevard of the city, is an ideal location for anyone who wishes to refresh their mind and body. photo | press materials


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A total of 24 rooms and suites with terraces overlook magnificent views of the park or the sea. All the rooms differ from one another in size, interior decoration and colors—just as each of us has unique tastes and passions. The helisurface at Villa Las Tronas makes it possible to land directly at the hotel, in perfect privacy and comfort. photo | press materials


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The gorgeous Spa is dedicated to relaxation, freedom and regeneration, imbued with a meditative experience. It includes a gym, massage area, sauna, Turkish bath and indoor swimming pool.


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There are a couple of options to enhance your experience: you can chose to fly smooth as a pelican, or if you prefer, you can fly like a hawk chasing its prey, feeling as close to nature as you can possibly be.

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You do not need to jump from the top of the mountain to fly in this hang glider. The Cabo Sky Tours is using a glider with a motor and you will be taking off from the ground, climbing high in the sky. If you are a thrill seeker but crave safety – you can ask to turn of the engine after you have soared high as a bird in the sky, and then you can experience a calm and exciting descent‌ you will love it!


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The Pilot, Ernesto Magaùa, has 29 years of flying experience and more than 7,800 hours of flight time. He was the first pilot to receive an Ultralight Airplane Pilot’s License in Mexico. He has covered more than 650 Hang Glider flights from mountain slopes, 130 Ultralight aero towed hang glider flights, more than 1,200 boats towed, ample experience on slow-wing powered hang glider (26-55 mph) and fast wing powered hang glider (30-80 mph) flights.


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But the most important thing to know about Ernesto is that he is an incredibly positive person who is passionate about what he does and most of all, he is in a constant pursuit to bring as much happy experiences to his clients as he possibly can. “When I fly I like to feel the control in my hands, but the greatest pleasure for me are the smiles of my passengers. It is like food for my heart—this is a huge part of my personal life experience, when I can bring so much joy to so many people.” You cannot help but feel loved and welcomed in Ernesto’s company. His enthusiasm is contagious and his sincere drive to make the experience the best you have ever had is heartwarming.


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Flying is a great passion of Ernesto’s life: “I love to fly low so that I can smell and feel the breeze of the sea in the mornings with crystal water under me. When I see the marine life under me – I feel like I have a privileged place on this earth to be able to experience this beauty. This priceless gift is what I want to share with all of my clients.” photo | press materials


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The Sky Cabo Tours affects so many people in a positive way! Besides the exciting flights, you can share your message with a loved one and with the world: Ernesto is in huge demand when wedding guests or the wedding couple’s parents want to send a congratulatory message across the sky during a celebration. Surprise proposals have been an exciting choice for many potential grooms as well: how can she possibly resist this extravagant proposal standing next to the man of her dreams holding a beautiful engagement ring. photo | press materials


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Tourists from all over the world associate Grand Hotel with the Nobel Peace Prize Award. Grand Hotel is proudly hosting the winner of the Peace Prize that first was awarded in 1901. The tradition of hosting the winner at Grand Hotel also involves several rituals. One of them is that the award-winner receives ovations from the thousands that have gathered outside the hotel to salute the peacemaker. photo | press materials


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A long history of creating remarkable events, banquet festivities and weddings will ensure that the entire party will have an unforgettable evening at Grand Hotel.Whatever the occasion is, the hotel’s creative event team is ready to facilitate and accommodate the guests’ needs. Artesia Spa Grand Hotel is owned and managed by Artesia AS, known as one of Norway’s most exclusive fitness center and spa, with its location at Majorstuen in Oslo. The combination of highly-skilled therapists, unique surroundings, outstanding service and a friendly, relaxing atmosphere has made Artesia spa and fitness center an award-winning spa in Oslo for several years. Every time you leave Artesia, you will sincerely look forward to your next visit. photo | press materials


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And yet, it’s a short ride to the towns of San Jose Del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, and the destination’s renowned outdoor and sports activities. In the Los Cabos vicinity, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing adventures.


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Located just 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, you will find it easy to lose yourself in the world of all-inclusive luxury, romance and adventure. At Grand Velas it is natural to embrace the spirit of Los Cabos, Mexico, a place where your senses come alive and imagination soars.


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Escape to the epitome of luxury in these stylishly appointed suites, all over 1,100 square feet., with ocean views and private terraces that seamlessly blend the indoors and outdoors. There’s a choice of suites, depending on specific needs. Explore the Ambassador Suites, with spacious living areas to relax complemented by premium stocked mini bars. Or retreat to the Grand Class Suites where your own plunge pool is an extra touch of indulgence. Renewal awaits in the uniquely stunning Wellness Suites, with organic food and beverage amenities, fitness features and special services. Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy the pampering and warm service of a 24-hour personalized butler concierge.


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All-inclusive dining includes 7 Distinct Gourmet Restaurants. Savor a global gastronomic tour without leaving the comfort of the resort. Relish a different restaurant every night of the week, be it one of seven uniquely designed and themed gourmet restaurants that deliver fresh, local ingredients with varied cuisines.


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With its unforgettable presence as a landmark on Tallinn’s skyline, Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia is a stone’s throw from the city’s pulse and a short distance from the airport, seaport and coach terminal, making it an unmatched location and venue for romantic getaways for couples worldwide.


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The hotel’s 26 floors of rooms and suites offer dazzling views of Estonia’s capital city and provides comfortable furnishings with tasteful décor.


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The story of the hotel began with a revolutionary idea. In the 1960s, Peppeddu Palimodde began serving local cuisine close to the Su Gologone Spring: he was responsible for bringing the Supramonte region out of historical isolation. «When we were engaged,» recalls his wife, Pasqua, «Peppeddu wanted to do something to celebrate the land he loved. He thought opening a restaurant was the perfect way to do this. When we returned from our honeymoon, he’d convinced me it was a good idea.»


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Today, travelers are welcomed by Pasqua and her daughter, Giovanna. Giovanna has transformed the hotel into a world-renowned destination, creating interiors that feature the works of major Sardinian artists and furnishings made in Su Gologone’s own Botteghe d’Arte. She also designed alfresco settings such as the Terrazzo del Sogni, Terrazzo dei Desideri and Magico Tablao bar, and plenty of hidden corners that guests discover during their stay.


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If you are looking for a unique nature-wellness vacation and wish to experience genuine Mayan traditions and culture, then the boutique hotel, Hacienda Chichen Resort, is the place for you to stay.  Its ideal location gives you direct access to the Chichen Itza archaeological zone with an entrance gate within the hotel’s own gardens! 

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Allow your personal wellness balance to be cared for with delicious healthy gourmet meals, Mayan Spa therapies, mindful caring nature activities, and pampering hospitality.. At the same time, enjoy a vacation full of excitement—swim in enchanting cenotes, wonder through sacred Mayan caves, or visit many ancient Mayan sites and Colonial towns nearby. 


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The hotel has won many accolades and awards as one of the most distinguished Green Leader hotels you can stay in. Be captivated by the hotel’s vast flora and fauna, as well as Mayan medicinal plants. Since 2015, the Hacienda achieved the highest level of Green Leader recognition from TripAdvisor — the Platinum Level. Hacienda Chichen is continually adding exciting activities for guests to enjoy, including the mindful wellness program. In addition, Hacienda Chichen brings you a wealth of in-house eco-cultural activities within its own Sanctuary of Wildlife.  photo | press materials


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Mayan Sacred Ceremonial Garden is the perfect place to have a spiritual Mayan Wedding Ceremony an ancient Maya Nuptial tradition reclaimed by Hacienda Chichen to preserve Maya culture and heritage. This Mayan sacred ceremonial garden is part of our cultural identity and connection to the ancient Maya of Chichen Itza, Yucatan.

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Outback and Camel Ride Safari Set out on a voyage of unique proportions as you journey through the Baja desert atop a friendly camel. Discover the natural wonders and rich Baja Californian culture of the region from knowledgeable guides. You will get introduced to your camel by name before hopping on and setting off to explore! Camel riding is a truly unique way to take in the picturesque scenery of Baja California.


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Sea of Cortez Wildlife & Snorkeling Adventure: An Adventure in the «Aquarium of the World» The Sea of Cortez is a legendary and magnificent wonder, full of exotic marine life and extreme beauty. The Sea of Cortez Snorkeling tour at Cabo Adventures is much more than just an ordinary snorkeling tour. Being surrounded by pristine, azure waters and white sandy beaches will provide calming panoramic views you will remember for a lifetime. Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the “aquarium of the world” for a good reason. This aquatic habitat is brimming with extraordinary marine life you can’t find anywhere else.


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On this Sea of Cortez snorkeling tour adventure, you’ll have the chance of close encounters with dolphins, schools of exotic fish, sea lions, manta rays, and whale sharks among other breathtaking undersea creatures. Discover some of the most extraordinary and remote wonders of the world in the Sea of Cortez on your next trip to Cabo San Lucas!


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See The Many Sights of Los Cabos From a Luxury Sail Boat The best part about sailing in Los Cabos is seeing the many spectacular sights the area has to offer. On the Luxury Day Sailing Los Cabos tour, the expert tour guides take you up close to all of the scenic hotspots in Los Cabos. Cruise past the famous Arch, Lover’s Beach and the alwaysbustling sea lion colony. The attentive crew will be on hand to deliver world-class service with hors d’oeuvres and drinks from the open bar. Keep an eye out for incredible sea life — dolphins, rays, and, in the winter months — humpback whales!

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Dolphin Swim Feel the excitement wash over you as you wade into the refreshing dolphin pool and get nose-to-bottlenose with the friendly family of dolphins. The Dolphin Signature Swim is the most fun and informative program available anywhere. Swim around the pool on the ride of a lifetime as your dolphin gives you a dorsal ride, a belly ride, or, hold your breath for a unique, underwater ride! Create life-long memories in Cabo and make a friend that will live in your heart forever.


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Whale Watching Cabo Photo Safari When it comes to whale watching, Cabo San Lucas is a worldwide hotspot, as the waters surrounding Cabo are breeding areas and migratory stops for humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean. To help you get as close to these magnificent creatures as possible and take pictures to memorialize the moment, Cabo Adventure experts proudly offer this one-of-a-kind Whale Watching Safari. Witness the awe-inspiring enormity and grace of 40-50ft (12-16m) humpback whales up-close in their natural environment from the specialized, inflatable boats. Feel the rush of seeing them shoot out of the ocean depths, launching high into the air and returning to the sea amidst a colossal splash! web: cabo-adventures.com


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Recipient of the «Best of Award of Excellence» from Wine Spectator and consistently rated as one of the best downtown Denver fine dining experiences, Palace Arms at The Brown Palace can easily be considered the hotel’s crown jewel. The Independence Room offers private dining and has the same 1834 Zuber & Cie wallpaper from France that Jacquelyn Kennedy added to the White House. The main dining room is decorated with antiques dating to Napleonic times. Among the flags, weapons, uniforms and ornaments, is a set of flintlock dueling pistols that belonged to Napoleon and his second wife, Louisa, and extremely rare gold-plated French eagles that were used in his celebrations. photo | press materials


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Guests have cherished the long-standing tradition of “taking tea� at The Brown Palace for more than a century, although it has only been served in the atrium since 1986. Afternoon Tea is enjoyed daily in the warm light of the atrium lobby, always with the soothing sounds of a harpist or pianist. Specially commissioned Royal Doulton bone china graces each tea table, along with engraved silver teapots. House-made scones are served with Devonshire clotted cream shipped in from England, alongside savory tea sandwiches, and a decadent selection of classic and chocolate tea pastries. Afternoon tea is served daily in the stunning atrium lobby where you can people- watch, chat with friends or read the newspaper.


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Stretching out over the bay like a timeless village and seemingly sculpted by the wind, the Hotel Cala di Volpe embodies elegance immersed between the colors and scents of nature and sea. This five-star legendary hotel is widely recognized as the lifestyle authority of the Mediterranean. photo | press materials


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Hotel Cala di Volpe features many exceptional venues that are ideal for small or large receptions. Invite your guests to a fabulous buffet under the stars at the acclaimed Barbeque Restaurant, host a refined sit-down dinner with sensational wine pairings in the magical La Cave Wine Cellar, or mingle informally on the paved terrace of Il Pontile Bar.

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Your wedding ceremony may be held near the outdoor pool area, on the wooden pier heading into the Cala di Volte Bay, or in true resort fashion, on their private beach. Indoor options also abound—with enchanting private salons or the graceful Cala di Volpe Restaurant to choose from. web: marriott.com


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Kämp’s rich, prestigious past continues to define its soul and being, while it offers all the modern luxuries and services one can desire. Kämp wishes to maintain many of the traditional and timeless elements embedded in its city’s past, and to integrate them with modern luxury to balance heritage with high functionality.


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Holistic treatments integrate ancient wisdom with modern techniques. Designed by a team of biochemists, dermatologists and aromatherapists, all ESPA products are made of active ingredients extracted from natural sources.


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This beautiful five-star enclave is a celebration of art and architecture, design and dÊcor, landscaping and biodiversity. Each element seamlessly intermingles to create a relaxing getaway that inspires to reconnect with what’s truly important.


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From design to cuisine, from immersive adventures to spacious accommodations, Solaz Resort pays tribute to its Baja home, celebrating the magnificent natural landscapes and exquisite cultural marvels that are the region’s signatures. Solaz Resort has collaborated with the very best in locally grown talent, including Mexican architects, artists and chefs, to ensure a truly captivating experience rooted in authenticity.

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Immerse yourself in the experience by trying the exquisite local dishes. UNESCO declared Mexican traditional cuisine «An intangible cultural heritage of humanity.» At Solaz, you’ll be sure to taste the country’s history and tradition in every bite.


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The Iconic Ojo de Liebre Lagoon has been an inviting sanctuary for a wide variety of sea mammals that follow a journey of thousands of miles to relax and bathe in its revitalizing waters of unrivaled beauty. Inspired by this lagoon of natural opulence, Solaz Resort Spa has created its own version of this sanctuary. At Ojo de Liebre Spa, you will find a fabled selection of ingredients and treatments curated specially to offer a transcendent experience to mind, body, and soul.

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Engaged couples who are looking to plan a meaningful, one-of-a-kind wedding are in luck., and there’s a new book that draws on age-old traditions to show you how. Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs, and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding is a crosscollection of rituals from all over the world that is meant to bring luck to couples getting married.

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LUXURY Wedding & Style’s editor-in-chief, Oksana Flanagan, had the pleasure of experiencing one of the highly sought-after masterclasses by the floral designer Federica Ambrosini. Living in Rome, this brilliant young couture florist is full of life and creativity, and she is eager to share her beautiful creations with the world. We had a chat with Federica to share her inspiration and approach to this gorgeous project.

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OF: Federica, your masterclasses have proven to be a magnet for aspiring wedding florists, as well as for accomplished wedding professionals. Bridal magazines are striving to obtain your work and your masterclasses are creating a beautiful splash in every area where you hold your stunning educational events. What is your secret? FA: (laughing) Thank you for this compliment! It’s really difficult to explain what I feel when I work and teach. I have a lot of passion for what I do and I think this is what is playing the biggest role in the success of my masterclasses. Our well-tested format for these events have proven to be working because we are reaching the right people who want to get together to learn, to get inspired and to create something unique based on my vision and the participants’ input. It’s just amazing how many wedding professionals come together, novice or experienced, to create something unique. They spend several days together sharing ideas and learning new approaches.


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OF: Who is the audience for your masterclasses? FA: Our goal is to get together and to collaborate with all types of wedding professionals: wedding planners, floral designers and photographers. We welcome every wedding professional who is looking for more experience working on high-end events so that they can attract more of this type of work for their business. There is a lot to learn not only from the masterclass, but from each of the attendees who is sharing other experiences with their colleagues.


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OF: Why did you decide to hold your masterclass in Matera, Italy? FA: We were planning to create a scenic floral design in an exclusive location. After the massive success of my previous masterclasses that were held in picturesque cities such as Rome and Venice, our 9th masterclass was held in the magical setting of the City of Matera, both UNESCO heritage and elected cultural capital for 2019. In the amazing Piazza del Duomo, overlooking the «Città dei Sassi,” 25 participants, with the precious support of professional suppliers, gave life to this luxurious project: over 10,000 flowers were used, a world-renowned band came from Prague, and we paid great attention to every detail, light and color, which made this masterclass unique in its kind.


OF: What was your inspiration for the event? FA: For this particular masterclass I was supported by Elisa Mocci, international wedding designer, who held a one-day class on event designing. We were also so lucky to have incredible support by «Novia Weddings,” who helped us realize such a special event in a location where an event of such magnitude never took place before. Only a unique city such as Matera — one of the most ancient cities of the world — with its natural caves dug directly in the bare rock and its rocky panoramas could have lit the spark of desire in my imagination to create such a contrast between the city’s rural rocky history and contemporary glamour. The contrast between dark rocks and the bright extravagant colors of the chosen flowers, between the ancient Cathedral and the modern crystal marquise, are the extreme modern elements that characterized the staging of the final evening gala. I am so pleased how amazingly well it all went together.


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OF: What unique opportunities did the participants experience during this event? How was the event structured? What should your future participants expect from your masterclass? FA: All our participants had the opportunity to actually assist and contribute to the realization of this event in its entirety—from beginning to end—together with some of the most renowned Italian professionals of the industry. I personally illustrated my approach to the floral art world, and supporting directly every single attendee, passing on all my knowledge of floral design. I also gave tips and advice on problem solving and stress management, which is essential when organizing large events with a high budget. OF: What are your plans for the future? FA: My goals and objectives for the future are always the same: to continue to propose new ideas and innovative inspirations for the Italian and international market, continuing the constant research of new styles, and flower and color combinations that are always avant garde.


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OF: Your masterclasses are always full and sell out quickly. Why are these wedding professionals so eager to participate in your events? FA: The biggest reason is that this is not a theoretical class where one just reads a textbook. We are providing an invaluable experience for our participants where they can express their vision, they can learn from other colleagues and they get a real feel for what it’s like to work on a high budget event. They have the possibility to participate directly to the realization of a luxury event in an exclusive location, increase their own social network, enjoy the conclusive gala evening, add on to their cultural exposure and to simply have a good time while learning! OF: What would be your most important advice for wedding professionals? FA: Never lose your curiosity. In this particular industry, it is of utmost importance to continue to research new inspirational trends while always being yourself. It is crucial to believe in what you do and in your capabilities while taking creative risks and striving to be original.


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Held at the world’s top resorts, Engage! Summits are a luxury wedding and event business experience like no other. Engage! Summits bring together the best in the luxury events industry for three days of inspiration and opportunity. With powerhouse speakers, specially curated content and intimate experiences with the leading stars of the industry, Engage Summits are an opportunity worth embarking on.


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Since 2008, Engage! luxury wedding business summits has produced 26 successfully sold out events and brought together more than 6,500 luxury wedding and event professionals. Attendees have been from all over the United States and over 50 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, Dubai/United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Kuwait, South Africa, China, India, the Caribbean and many more.


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The world-renowned floral designer Tomas De Bruyne is the director and founder of Tomas De Bruyne Floral Experiences Worldwide, that specializes in large-scale floral art installations for weddings, private and social events. Tomas is the co-author of 15 books and a recipient of multiple international Tomas De Bruyne awards. He creates artistic designs from being a personal decorator for the Swarovski family, creator of large-scale floral installations for Indian weddings to the Senior Advisor for the Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2005 a new variety of Gloriosa lily flower was officially named after Tomas Bruyne and was honored with Princess Nora, wife of HRH Prince Saud of KSA as patroness.Tomas De Bruyne is known for his unmatched ability to turn exclusive events into magical experiences with his architectural floral grandeur. In this exclusive interview, Tomas shares his unique approach to making his discerning clients’ dreams a reality.

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Every couple wants to be heard. They want to be understood by their floral designer so they can tell the unique story of their love. What is your process to make your clients’ dreams a reality and to then exceed their expectations?

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How does the vision develop while you are creating such unique realities for each different client?

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You are known to be an exceptionally empathetic professional who follows a human-centric design process. Why is this so important, especially at the level of collaborations you are accustomed to?

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We know that you dare to be proactive with your clients by sharing your expertise and knowledge to make them see creative expressions of their vision. How do you accomplish such amazing connection that instills so much trust from the people you are creating the designs for?

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Individuality is becoming more and more important in this industry, and this results in creating personal trends as well as worldwide or localized, regional trends. I work closely with a renowned company located in Belgium that comes up with trends based on thorough research of many industries: international furniture, wallpaper, cars, lighting, carpet, and even banking. With this knowledge, we have the diverse expertise in understanding the current trends in colors and materials, trends in flowers, knowledge of local and global flora, design of unique exclusive constructions, interior design, high-tech construction and customer contact. Our passion for the profession means that we are invited to be guest speakers at seminars and to speak to the press.


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This is absolutely fascinating! Please tell me about your own floral journey — what parts of your experience are enriching your clients’ events?

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photo | Tanuj Bhatia Set Design | Scenografia Sumant Floral Design | Tomas De Bruyne Location | Delhi – India


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You are a preferred floral partner for many international wedding professionals. How did you accomplish such incredible trust from these experts?

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What are your biggest wishes for the affluent couple who is planning the luxury event of their lifetime? Just be yourself. Hire the people who are open minded and brave that will encourage you to take risks when expressing your inner world. And most importantly—have fun along the way!

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photo | Tanuj Bhatia Set Design | Scenografia Sumant Floral Design | Tomas De Bruyne Management | E-factor Entertainment Location | New Delhi – India


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LUXURY Wedding & Style DESTINATIONS 2019  

Exciting worldwide locations for your destination wedding, romantic honeymoon or a family vacation.

LUXURY Wedding & Style DESTINATIONS 2019  

Exciting worldwide locations for your destination wedding, romantic honeymoon or a family vacation.