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ARUBA

WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS • 2020 EDITION


ARUBA

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WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS • 2020 EDITION

MANAGING EDITOR

Zelly Zuskin

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ART DIRECTOR

Béatrice Parc WRITERS

Susan Campbell, Rosanna Mignacca, Anne Sasso PHOTOGRAPHY

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An Affair to Remember

Say “I do” on Aruba and become one happy couple celebrating both your wedding or honeymoon

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Romance on the Menu

Steal away with your significant other to canoodle tête-à-tête at these very special spots by Susan Campbell 22

Perfect Pearls

Our enduring love affair with pearls began when our ancestors pried open oysters by Anne Sasso

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Welcome

Dream Weddings Come True on Aruba Imagine saying “I do” while barefoot on white sands, bathed in a magnificent sunset or perhaps at another ideal setting against the backdrop of one of Aruba’s iconic picturesque vistas. With its worldrenowned beaches, year-round sunshine, exclusive hotels, and exciting activities, Aruba has become one of the Caribbean’s most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations for couples from around the world. The friendly island population loves to celebrate the sacred declaration of vows as well as the renewal of nuptials or memorable engagement proposals. Civil marriages are held in the historic downtown of Oranjestad, an iconic island tradition, and customary religious ceremonies can be hosted at most of the island’s historic churches, chapels, and synagogues. It’s easy to reach our island paradise and enjoy world class accommodations for wedding guests and parties of all sizes. Located in the warm waters of the southern Caribbean, outside of the hurricane belt, Aruba is easily accessible with direct air service by all US major airlines from 14 US gateways plus Toronto, Canada. Shop for special gifts, wedding or engagement rings during a relaxed downtown stroll to the many reputable jewelers, and enjoy a variety of unique cultural, culinary, wellness or adventure experiences around the island. Our wedding planners have extensive experience and passion to organize everything from flowers and photographers to champagne toasts, sunset receptions and dinners. When it comes to love and romance, the options are endless and the expertise is highly rated and valued. Whether one wants to celebrate on an exclusive boat, catamaran or yacht, a private island, a country club, an intimate boutique hotel, secret cove, or colonial mansion, Aruba can make all dreams come true. Make this day that much more special with memories of a lifetime to be shared with family and friends only on the One Happy Island of Aruba. What a great place to start a new life together! Aruba Tourism Authority

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An Affair to Remember

An Affair to Remember Saying “I Do”... on Aruba by Rosanna Mignacca You have found your soul mate, and you are both ready to take the plunge. Perhaps you’re even planning your honeymoon on Aruba. Think how much fun it would be to get married here as well. Should it be the ultimate, intimate getaway? Or, do you picture your families and friends in the photos? An island wedding – what a wonderful way, in a perfect place – for everyone to meet and mingle!

Perhaps you’ve dreamed of getting married since you were little. Perhaps it came as a surprise that you, of all people, are now studying celebrity wedding dresses with newfound interest, and reading about perfect venues to hold a wedding. Maybe, a fairytale affair with family and friends on a stunning Aruba white sand beach at sunset could be your dream come true for so many reasons.

makings of a magazine-worthy wedding photo shoot. For your locale, check out the scenic vistas of the California Lighthouse or intimate Baby Beach. From the exotic sand dunes of Boca Prins to Aruba’s private coastal island resorts or the secluded cove of Spanish Lagoon, once a haunt of pirates, your special spot for an Aruba wedding awaits you! One happy wedding

Just like a postcard

When you choose Aruba, you’re almost guaranteed a picture-perfect day with sunny skies and billowy clouds. Aruba has more days of sunshine than any other Caribbean island. No need to forego that significant February or November date you wanted for fear of bad weather. Aruba has sunny skies all year round. Factor in the pristine beaches and romantic sunsets to ensure a dreamy glow. Add the colorful, historic architecture and you’ve got all the

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Visitors know Aruba’s reputation of One Happy Island is more than well deserved. The people of Aruba, comprised of some 96 nationalities, are warm and welcoming and definitely know how to throw the greatest celebrations. As you might guess, wedding choices are as diverse as the island itself. If you’d like a private affair for just the two of you, or even a small group, you’ll find Arubans are friendly and eager to help you with your arrangements. On the other hand,

should you decide on an elaborate gala with a large guest list, consider hiring one of the many on-island wedding planners. Several of Aruba’s resorts and hotels also offer wedding packages ranging from affordable to lavish. Stylish, special… memorable

When you choose Aruba for your destination wedding, chances are your guest list will be more pared down than if you married in your hometown. Destination weddings mean fewer obligatory guests and more time spent with the people you really want to share your day with. Friends and family who do receive invitations know the list was limited and feel extra special to the couple. If you and your beloved are from different geographic locations, there’s no home advantage or travel for just one side of the family. There is a sense of excitement among guests to celebrate with you on an Aruba getaway. E

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Precious time together

Aruba destination weddings are so popular because they allow you and your spouse to interact with guests over a longer event. When your guests stay at the same resort, quality time and casual events can ensure everyone has a chance to mingle, make new friends, and celebrate. You can set up a variety of activities for your guests to enjoy, such as a pampering spa day, a golf tournament, a cruise or deepsea fishing, or guests can choose to just relax and explore Aruba on their own. A perfect day, at a perfect price

If you are looking to create a beautiful wedding with memories to last a lifetime, but not take a lifetime to pay off the bill, Aruba resorts can offer you a total package of everything you need for your wedding or vow renewal: planner, decor, photographer, videographer, and more. These options can free you from the stress of planning and overseeing each detail while you stick to a budget you’re comfortable with. Imagine simply getting ready to relax and enjoy your special day. Many Aruba resorts offer honeymoon discounts when you also book your wedding or vow renewal ceremony with them. These can include everything from preferred check-ins to gifts, discounts, and exclusive offers on activities and attractions. Some resorts even offer a free night’s stay when you return for your first anniversary. Have fun, shop around, and speak to the wedding pros on Aruba. You’ll be so glad you did!

Eat and drink to your heart’s content

For gourmands, Aruba offers something for every taste. From casual buffet style dining to award-winning chefs at five-star resorts, you and your guests’ taste buds are sure to be delighted. The many resorts on Aruba also offer wedding packages that can include expert catering and banquet staff to be on hand to serve your guests. Choose from packages that include all-inclusive buffets with open bars, or full-service, sit-down dinners and per consumption drinking. These options are usually mix-and-match, so you choose the elements that fit your style and budget. Celebrate with a flourish

Flowers are quintessential to any wedding and on Aruba you can make all your floral dreams come true. The local flower shops and planners can cater to every couple’s color palette, style and imagination. But try thinking outside the box for your island wedding. Some brides Courtesy of Elsa’s Flowers & Events

want their bouquet to serve as a lasting memento, so be sure to speak to your planner or florist about incorporating shells into the bouquet! The same goes for wedding aisle décor. Choose fresh floral bouquets to adorn the aisle chairs, or try lanterns with tea lights for a sunset wedding. For a sweet, organic touch, mark each aisle with white clay pots filled with Aruba’s cacti. Love rules

All legal civil ceremonies are held in the pretty and historic Town Hall in Oranjestad. This short, simple ceremony can then be followed by your romantic wedding on a beach and a reception at one of the many fine resorts on Aruba that cater to all tastes and budgets. For the legal requirements of getting married on Aruba, any of the qualified Aruba wedding planners can help you arrange everything so that when you arrive, you’ll be all set to just say, “I do!” Your Aruba wedding planner can also help you arrange for a wedding cake, E Reverend Nilka Franka

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Top photo courtesy of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. Bottom photos courtesy of Elsa’s Flowers & Events


An Affair to Remember Honeymooning in paradise

flowers, a photographer, and transportation to the Town Hall and back to the destination of your choice. All you have to think about is exchanging vows with your true love in some dreamy setting, then dining and dancing the night away. Let’s get married... again!

More and more couples are renewing their vows. After the kids have left the nest, after an illness when life seems more precious than ever, for a milestone anniversary, or just as a second chance to have that “run away to a tropical island” wedding that you always wanted, Aruba offers everything your heart desires. Say “I do” again, and this time, wear what you want, write and say the vows that are in your heart, and renew your commitment once again to the person who has stood by you for so long. With pearly white sand and turquoise water as your perfect

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From beach lovers to adventure seekers, Aruba offers the perfect honeymoon setting. Spend your first days as a couple relaxing on the glittering white sands, go off-roading, horseback riding, scuba diving, surfing, and hang-gliding; take in romantic sunsets and sip your nightcaps under the stars. Best of all, when you get married on Aruba, your honeymoon will have already begun! So say “I do” on Aruba and become one happy couple celebrating both your wedding and honeymoon. You will have your own reasons to call Aruba “One Happy Island”! K

backdrop, you can rest assured that your vow renewal ceremony is a heartfelt affair for both husband and wife, whether shared with others or just an intimate moment for two.

For help in planning your perfect destination wedding on Aruba visit www.aruba.com/us/why-aruba/weddings. For a checklist of documents required for marrying on Aruba, please refer to page 14 of this magazine.

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Top middle photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba


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What to Do Before You Say “I Do” Sunny Aruba, with its mix of barefoot casual and sexy glamour, has become one of the most desirable island wedding destinations. Its westward-facing, white-sand beaches wrap sunset ceremonies in a dreamy glow, and its luxurious waterfront resorts offer upscale wining and dining for the most discerning tastes. If you want a legal, civil marriage on Aruba, it must take place at the beautiful Town Hall in Oranjestad. But couples can also arrange a religious blessing or vow-exchanging beach ceremony after they have been legally married, either on Aruba or at home. During the ceremony, you will sign and receive a symbolic marriage book. Many couples choose to be legally married at home, and then have their beach wedding ceremony on Aruba. Your wedding planner will help guide you through the steps. If you do choose to be legally married on Aruba, you will need to provide the following documents:

• Copy of birth certificate for bride and groom, with apostille (state certification). Full names of parents, including mother’s maiden name, must be on the birth certificate. • Certificate of no impediment for bride and groom, with apostille. This is also referred to as a single status report, and in some states called a negative statement of marriage. • Copy of the first and last page of the divorce decree(s), with apostille, if either party is divorced. Even if you have your divorce decree you still need the certificate of no impediment for bride and groom. • Copy of death certificate, with apostille, if either party is widowed. Forms to be completed also include the following and will be sent to you from Aruba:

• Letter of intent for bride and groom • Declaration of single status for bride and groom • Passport picture page for bride and groom • Passport picture for two (2) witnesses Please note, original documents are required a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to the wedding date.

For more information:

Aruba Tourism Authority www.aruba.com/us/why-aruba/weddings Lissy Lampe, Ceremonies & Celebrations in Aruba candcaruba@outlook.com www.facebook.com/ceremoniesinaruba/ Arlette Oduber, Letz Aruba letzaruba@gmail.com www.letzaruba.com

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Romance on the Menu

Romance on the Menu by Susan Campbell Steal away with your significant other to canoodle tête-à-tête at these very special spots. Barefoot in the sand, secreted away inside a sophisticated enclave, or glammed up to the max in a trendy gourmet hot spot, we guarantee you’ll always find romance on the menu at these first-rate dining establishments.

Seaside enchantment in the sand

The only thing more romantic than long walks together on a beautiful beach is dining surfside by tiki torchlight with your bare toes touching in the soft white sand. The soothing sound of gentle waves and the brilliance of the stars in a tropical night sky set the stage for a night to remember forever. Aruba has many beachfront dining options, each with their own individual appeal. And if you reserve early enough in many of these retreats, you’ll also be treated to a spectacular sunset over the sea. For playing footsie under the table with bare toes, Barefoot Aruba offers creative cuisine right on Surfside Beach, and their covered dining area is carpeted in sand – perfect for couples in love. Pureocean at the Divi Aruba Phoenix Resort offers tables on the beach as well, and they have intimate private seaside dining options with their three-course Romance Menu. The Hyatt Regency Aruba has also set aside some tables in the sand for couples seeking intimate beach dining as part of their Pampered in Paradise menu that includes a three-course dinner with champagne. And private palapa

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dining is very romantic and popular with honeymooners or those seeking to propose. The Old Man & The Sea at Aruba Ocean Villas in Savaneta has one such private palapa pier over the water that will instantly attract couples in love. They have tables on their private beach, but it’s a very tiny boutique property, so reserve well in advance to avoid disappointment.

If you’re dressed to the nines and seeking an inside escape, then Windows on Aruba offers a classic upscale and sophisticated vibe with a panoramic glassed-in view. But if an indoor, casual, more nautical theme is to your liking, then legendary Driftwood is the place for fresh fish and seafood lovers. And though Aruba is famous for its fresh fish and seafood, couples who are E

Heavenly alfresco hideaways

If you’d prefer that your sandals and stilettos remain on solid ground but still seek a dining spot close to the sea, Pinchos Grill & Bar is situated on its own sparkling private pier with underwater lights that allow you to see the colorful tropical fish swimming right by your table. Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant at Casa del Mar is mere steps from the surf and affords epic sea view vistas, while the Sunset Grille at the Hilton Aruba is aptly named for its nightly show and seduces couples with gourmet food as well. And now, you’ll find upscale casual fare at the new Allegra Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott Aruba; choose a table by the lovely lit garden facing the ethereal glass wall for the best privacy.

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passionate about red meat are more than well accommodated at many top establishments like Ruth’s Chris Steak House, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House, and The Chophouse – all classy indoor locations with air conditioning should you need to cool down a bit from your steamy attraction to one another! For couples seeking vegan and vegetarian fare, Aruba has undergone a massive plant-based food revolution over the last few years, and today, the choices are legion and very creative. Just ask. Places such as Ike’s Bistro at the Manchebo Resort have developed entire stand-alone vegan menus beyond their regular specialties. The international language of love

Why not feed each other amazing tidbits from around the globe at some of Aruba’s finest international restaurants? Discover amore at Casa Nonna, The Ritz-Carlton Aruba’s signature Italian enclave, or become transported into a laid-back New York state of mind at their BLT Steak that also boasts amazing sunsets. Da Vinci Ristorante in the Holiday Inn Resort serves up amazing authentic Italian, and they have

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a private nook where couples can enjoy dining away from families and groups. For Cuban cuisine, killer mojitos, and sultry live Latin music every night, Cuba’s Cookin’ is the place to be in the Renaissance Marketplace. And as the saying goes, “French is the language of love,” your taste buds will surely fall in love at Papillon Restaurant that specializes in French cuisine classics with a Caribbean fusion twist. And it’s not just the meat that sizzles at El Gaucho Argentine Grill, the entertainment is also pretty hot with meandering guitar players softly serenading you. Have you ever been to a dreamy escape that combines the cuisines of Peru

and Japan? You’ll find this quixotic and exotic experience at the new Nikkei Sushi Bar in the alfresco Cove Mall. For international and distinctly Aruban fare, a visit to the lush garden poolside terrace of Papiamento Restaurant is a must. Or enjoy the laid-back live entertainment at Fusion Restaurant Wine & Piano Bar where you and your significant other can savor an eclectic range of international food, tapas-style shareables, and fine wines by the glass. And don’t forget to ask about special “lovers’ menus” for two wherever you go because many spots offer them but don’t always present them on their regular menu. E

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Top photo courtesy of Pinchos Grill & Bar. Middle right photo courtesy of Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant. Bottom photos, from left to right, courtesy of Hyatt Regency Aruba and Papiamento Retaurant


Romance on the Menu Courtesy of Monforte III Luxury Cruise

Exquisitely unique venues

Aruba has some unique dining venues where passions can be fueled by food and wine. You’re bound to turn the libido level up a notch if you head to Screaming Eagle where you can dine privately in a gorgeous canopied bed. And the epic faux ruins and wonderful water circuit at Ruinas del Mar make it a perfect choice to kindle romance. Or sleuth out Quinta Del Carmen’s fabulous courtyard behind a beautifully restored mansion for an ideal location to celebrate your mutual adoration for each other with fine cuisine. You can also enjoy the enchanting liquid fireworks show in Paseo Herencia’s courtyard while you share a sensuous cheese fondue with wine for two at Melt Away Aruba. Hit the road with your significant other to experience a very special tour by Kukoo Kunuku called Wine on Down the Road with champagne toasts and a wine and tapas tour with a certified sommelier on board their party bus.

Looking to get starry-eyed upon the sea? Embark on a dreamy starlit dinner cruise onboard Monforte III. You may also opt for a combo of a sunset sail with Pelican Adventures, and after enjoy a seaside three-course dinner at Pelican Nest Seafood Grill, their restaurant right on the water. And who says you must do all your romantic dining in one place? You might want to plan a progressive dinner to experience as many delights as you can in

one night. Choose one restaurant for an appetizer, another for a main course, and finish up somewhere else for an extravagant dessert. For a great preview of the downtown dining options, sign up for Fusions of the World Food Tour with Aruba Walking Tours. Aruba is one big happy romantic island. So, get out and get closer over some fabulous dining adventures. The tropical sun shouldn’t be the only thing that makes your holiday here hot and steamy! K

Your Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Celebrate with us at Cuba’s Cookin’ for a unique, unforgettable, and festive way to start your new life. • SET OR CUSTOM-DESIGNED MENUS FOR ALL BUDGETS • BUFFET OR PLATE SERVICE • OPEN BAR (PREMIUM OR STANDARD) • SEATING UP TO 110 PEOPLE AVAILABLE (40 INSIDE AND 70 ON THE TERRACE) • SET DECORATION AVAILABLE • FREE MOJITO FOR BRIDE & GROOM

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Perfect Pearls

Perfect Pearls by Anne Sasso Our enduring love affair with pearls began when our ancestors pried open oysters in search of a meal and were surprised instead by a luminous gem.

For thousands of years, divers searched the waters of the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea for natural pearls – the only known source of these rare, highlyprized symbols of beauty and wealth. Then Europeans learned of pearl riches in the New World. When Christopher Columbus landed in what is now Venezuela in 1498, the luxurious pearls adorning the local women enchanted him. The warm blue waters encircling the islands of Cubagua, Margarita, and Coche off Venezuela’s coast were home to thick beds of pearl oysters. The region soon became known as the “Pearl Coast” and the Spanish established their first town in the New World, Nueva Cadiz, on the island of Cubagua in 1528 to collect the gems and ship them back to Spanish nobility.

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The Venezuelan riches became legendary, but over-harvesting in the 1500s quickly decimated the bounty, and the jewels disappeared from the region. A similar story played out around the globe: the hunger for pearls destroyed natural pearl stocks. By the 20th century, the Japanese began experimenting with cultured pearls – implanting a nucleus, often a bead or piece of shell, into pearl oysters and returning them to the sea for several years before harvesting the gems. Legendary pearl entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto used these techniques to bring stunning akoya pearls to the world. Now, all pearls, whether saltwater or freshwater, are cultured using these techniques, and Mikimoto’s name is still a hallmark of quality pearls.

From a classic necklace of matched pearls to sleek, modern drops threaded on delicate wire strands, the beauty of pearls is timeless. This year, designers favored nature-inspired, organic shapes and tones in the pieces chosen to accentuate their latest designs, and pearl jewelry is one of the hottest fashion accessories. E


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For years, pearl cultivators have followed in Mikimoto’s footsteps and sought to grow perfectly round pearls. So it’s ironic that today elaborately shaped baroque pearls are one of the latest fashion trends. Look for multicolored strands of pastel pink Chinese freshwater, silvery grey Tahitian, or golden South Sea pearls. The unconventional beauty of baroque pearls also comes with a bonus: they’re much less expensive than traditional round pearls. Other fashion trends include multiple strands of pearl necklaces; look for matching colors (pastels are in) but with varied hues to increase eye appeal. Complement the look with long, swinging chandelierstyle or sleek geometric earrings that graze the shoulder.

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Selecting pearls is easy if you know how they form. Once implanted, pearl oysters wrap the nucleus in nacre – microscopically thin plates of aragonite, a calcium carbonate mineral, cemented in an overlapping pattern by protein. When the nacre is thick, light travels through multiple layers of aragonite, reflects back from individual plates and creates a sumptuous glow that emanates from within the pearl, called luster. Thick nacre also allows the dispersion of light into multicolored hues, much like a raindrop or prism. Orient is the term used to describe this intoxicating swirl of rainbow iridescence moving across a pearl’s surface. The greater the luster and orient, the more beautiful and valuable the pearl.

By understanding the importance of nacre, you can choose pearls with confidence. Thick nacre is the secret to beautiful pearls. Thin nacre results in pearls that chip, crack, and rapidly lose their beauty. Thinner nacre also compromises luster and orient.


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Select pearls that have uniform iridescence across their surface – this is the sign of exceptional orient and thick nacre. Stay away from pearls that look dull or chalky, an indication of thin nacre. Always take the time to check for cracks or peeling. Borrow the jeweler’s loupe to examine the drill hole in each pearl, if the nacre has broken away during drilling or is peeling, choose another strand. Buying from a reputable firm will also assure fewer surprises. Finally, always remember to hold the pearls up to your face and neck to make sure that the hues flatter your coloring. Whether you choose the unconventional beauty of baroque pearls, the striking exoticism of Tahitian black pearls, or the ivory perfection of classic Japanese akoya pearls, the natural beauty of your pearls will endure for generations to come. K

On the left, La Peregrina reset by Cartier for Elizabeth Taylor. On the right, La Peregrina, worn by Queen Mary I, in a painting by Antonis Mor.

La Peregrina One of the world’s most magnificent and perhaps most famous pearls is La Peregrina, “the pilgrim.” Its fascinating story spans nearly 500 years. A slave found the large, pear-shaped gem in 1560 in the waters around Panama’s aptly named Pearl Islands. It was so magnificent that it bought him his freedom. The pearl then traveled the globe, adorning royalty, from Queen Mary I (Mary Tudor) who received it from King Philip II of Spain, to the Bonapartes of France and the British Marquis of Abercorn, who offered it to his lovely wife and mother of his 14 children, the Duchess Louisa Hamilton. In 1969, Richard Burton bought La Peregrina for $37,000 and presented it to his wife Elizabeth Taylor on Valentine’s Day, as an enduring symbol of love and of nature’s beauty. She had the 50-carat gem reset by Cartier with pearls, diamonds, and rubies, while also ensuring a more secure setting for her precious gift. Taylor cherished La Peregrina until her death in 2011. The rare and unique pearl was sold later that same year during a Christie’s auction to an anonymous buyer for more than $11 million. After wandering the world, this legendary pearl truly lived up to its name and will hopefully inspire many more love stories.

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Audrey Hepburn wearing her iconic pearls in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The Girl with a Pearl Earring Painting by Johannes Vermeer circa 1665

Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy, owned one of the most famous collections of natural pearls.

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Plan Your Wedding

Planning a Fairy-Tale Wedding You’ve met your soul mate; you’ve chosen your dream destination to tie the knot, but now come all the details. No worries. This island has the best venues, professionals, and planners around to ensure everything goes off perfectly, so all you need to do is bring the romance.

Aruba Ocean Villas RESORT & LUXURY VILLAS

Accommodation • Venue www.arubaoceanvillas.com S (297) 594-1815

Aruba Weddings Productions FILM & PICTURE

Photography • Videography www.arubaweddings.photography S (297) 733-0088

Courtyard BY MARRIOTT ARUBA RESORT

Accommodation • Venue www.courtyard.com S (297) 526-7740

Cuba’s Cookin’ RESTAURANT & BAR

Restaurant • Bar • Venue www.cubascookin.com S (297) 588-0627

Eagle Aruba RESORT & CASINO

Accommodation www.eaglearuba.com S (297) 587-9000

Elsa’s FLOWERS & EVENTS

Flowers • Event planner www.facebook.com/ElsasFlowers S (297) 585-8128 26 Nights

Located in the small town of Savaneta, this boutique-style resort offers luxury overwater villas or beach villas surrounded by the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. It’s the perfect place to slip into the soothing pace of paradise to celebrate an intimate wedding, propose to your sweetheart, renew vows, spend your honeymoon or any romantic escapade in absolute privacy. Discover Aruba’s precious marine life right at your doorstep, laze on your private deck, and treat yourself to a memorable sunset dinner at their excellent on-site restaurant. Guaranteed romance awaits. When you want to capture all the wonderful memories you’ll make during your time on Aruba, you don’t have to worry about trying to do it yourself. Let Aruba Weddings Productions create professional-grade videos and photographs for you so you can focus on what’s important: fully enjoying Aruba’s tropical paradise! Whether it’s a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, or simply a vacation getaway, AWP can document as much of your trip as you want with flexible packages to meet your specific needs and budget. Let them create your picture-perfect souvenirs. From a romantic sunset wedding on their gorgeous beach to a stylish reception around their chic pool area, the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort offers picture perfect settings for anyone looking to get married on Aruba. Whether you’re planning a very intimate wedding or big family gathering, the resort can fulfill all of your wedding dreams with its lovely beach, and indoor or outdoor venues. Enjoy beautifully renovated rooms, a new spa, and free Wi-Fi everywhere. Allegra Bistro and Delia’s Terrace, featuring a swim-up bar, offer tantalizing options that will enchant everyone. Getting married on Aruba? Why not make a small stop to Cuba too! Visit Cuba’s Cookin’ for an authentic feel of Havana, circa 1959, and no passport required! With seating up to 110 people available, they also offer set or custom-designed menus for every budget, as well as an open bar option with either premium or standard brands. The menu includes a full page of gluten-free and vegan options. If you’re looking to dance the night away to live Cuban music, this colorful and cozy restaurant is also a great spot to host your rehearsal dinner. There’s free parking and a free mojito for bride and groom! Escape to the best combination of amenities, location, and value on Aruba! Located a few steps from Eagle Beach, and tucked away from the resort crowds, indulge in a world of breathtaking natural beauty and unsurpassed comfort. Relax in their beautiful suites, which include full kitchens, a spacious living room, and a private balcony or patio surrounding the oasis swimming pools. Enjoy superb amenities including their Jacuzzi, boutique casino, spa, as well as marvelous restaurants and bars. Let their friendly concierge team assist with planning everything you need to make your stay memorable. From centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnières, or beautiful floral arches, trust the talented team at Elsa’s Flowers & Events to perfectly create all of your wedding flower arrangements. They can also help in planning any special occasion you wish to celebrate on Aruba, big or small. From your wedding to romantic vow renewals, from anniversaries to birthdays, or from marriage proposals to cocktail receptions, Elsa’s can make every special event a truly unforgettable one. Visit their Facebook page to see all of their breathtaking creations and find inspiration for your unique event.


Plan Your Wedding

Hilton Aruba CARIBBEAN RESORT & CASINO

Accommodation • Venue www.hiltonaruba.com S (297) 586-6555

Hyatt Regency ARUBA RESORT, SPA & CASINO

Accommodation • Venue www.aruba.regency.hyatt.com S (297) 586-1234

Kristie’s Jewels FINE JEWELRY

Shopping • Gifts www.kristiesjewels.com S (297) 586-0599

Matthew’s BEACHSIDE RESTAURANT

Restaurant • Venue www.matthews-aruba.com S (297) 588-7300

Monforte III LUXURY CRUISE

Cruise • Dining • Venue www.monfortecruise.com S (297) 583-0400

Pinchos GRILL & BAR

Restaurant • Bar • Venue www.pinchosaruba.com S (297) 583-2666

The Ritz-Carlton ARUBA

Accommodation • Venue www.ritzcarlton.com S (297) 527-2222

Escape to this 15-acre resort getaway set on the white sands of the most expansive beach in Palm Beach. Pamper yourself at the spa, work out at their state-of-the-art fitness center, or cool off in one of two pools. Come enjoy outstanding dining options, the excitement of the casino, complimentary Wi-Fi, and so much more. The Hilton Aruba Resort is also a blissful, tropical, and stunning setting for your wedding day. Whether you are looking for a beachfront ceremony, a grand indoor reception, or a spectacular poolside party, their friendly and experienced team will assist you in sorting out all the details. Welcome to the luxurious Hyatt Regency Aruba beachfront resort on glorious Palm Beach, and experience the pampering and exquisite touches that enhance every moment of your vacation in paradise. From elegantly modern guest rooms to intimate gathering spaces, you will delight in the beauty of their design. The magnificent beachfront resort perfectly sets the mood for magical weddings. With a variety of services and venues at their resort to choose from, their staff will help you plan the perfect day. This is the ultimate island retreat where you are inspired to play, recharge, love, dream, and create memories. Kristie’s Jewels invites you to come discover their extensive collection of exquisite diamond rings, diamond jewelry and a large selection of stunning wedding bands. You may also browse through a wide array of loose and colored diamonds, as well as precious and semi-precious stone jewelry. Looking for thank you gifts for your wedding guests? Discover Dune Jewelry handmade with Aruba sand, and divi tree charms exclusively available at Kristie’s. Everyone at Kristie’s is passionate about what they do, and it’s truly their pleasure to make your jewelry wishes come true. Located in the luxurious and comfortable Casa del Mar Beach Resort, Matthew’s combines fine dining with an unparalleled view of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Known for their romantic sunset dining, lovebirds will adore their cozy atmosphere and intimate alcoves. Searching for a wedding venue, catering services, or need some advice about your wedding? Their knowledgeable and friendly staff will go out of their way to help you plan everything and make your experience a truly memorable one. Expect a magical setting, fabulous food, and stellar service that are second to none. Set sail on the luxury 115-foot teak schooner, Monforte III, and cruise the tranquil waters of Aruba. Offering both day cruises and sunset dinner cruises, you’ll experience the thrill of rope jumping into the turquoise sea or the luxury of fine dining under the stars. Each stop leads you to a new discovery, and their entire staff is dedicated to your complete enjoyment. Onboard the Monforte III, newlyweds, honeymooners, and romantic souls will find the ultimate setting for intimate, sophisticated, and unforgettable moments. All-inclusive private charters, tailored to your exact desires, are also available. With its white fairy lights and dreamy location right on the pier, this casual yet chic grill and bar overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Watch the sunset and enjoy the most amazingly fresh seafood. Great service, delicious food, wonderful drinks, and daily happy hour, this is one of the most romantic settings in the world. Celebrate special events at Pinchos, from rehearsal dinners to corporate events, they vow to do everything they can to make your event memorable. Their chef will prepare food as tasty as it is beautiful, and all their party decorations are locally found or grown to give your event a unique Aruban feel. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, is located along the island’s spectacular Palm Beach. With its exclusive location and outstanding amenities, this five-star resort offers an authentic island experience in a stunning oasis of luxury and elegance. The resort also offers comprehensive wedding services, dedicated wedding planners, and stunning Aruba wedding venues for the Caribbean destination wedding of your dreams. Let The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, plan each detail of your most cherished occasion from bridal showers to island excursions, and they’ll help make your Aruba destination wedding dream come true. Nights 27


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