Monday, December 31, 2018

PM Light Rain tomorrow!

With a high of 40F and a low of 35F.

Glamorous Bridal Jewellery Inspiration

Wedding jewellery is an essential part of any bridal look. Add a little sparkle to your wedding day style with these glamorous bridal jewellery ideas.

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Dream Destination Wedding Locations

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When you host your wedding with Opal Collection, you will enjoy access to some of the most beautiful wedding destinations in the United States. Whether you are dreaming of a sunset ceremony on a white-sand beach in Florida, a lavish reception in Bar Harbor, Maine or reciting your vows on a 72-foot touring vessel as it sails across New York's Lake George, Opal Collection will bring your wedding vision to life at our award-winning luxury resorts and hotels. 

Our Wedding Specialists will be by your side throughout the planning process, arranging every detail from entertainment and photography to rehearsal dinners and activities for your guests like golf outings and eco-tours. We also invite you to enjoy pre- or post-wedding pampering at our renowned spas and celebrate with customized menus created specifically for your reception. Once the vows have been exchanged and the bouquet has been thrown, be swept away in the romance of a perfect honeymoon.

Luxurious accommodations and one-of-a-kind destinations are just the beginning. Infuse your special day with the timeless allure of Opal Collection and allow us to help create wedding memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Mostly Sunny tomorrow!

With a high of 42F and a low of 25F.

Modern Wedding’s 2018 Real Wedding Wrap Up

As we look back at the 2018, we can't help but swoon over all of the stunning weddings we have had the privilege to share. We've rounded up 12 of our favourite weddings from the year for the Modern Wedding 2018 Real Wedding Wrap Up!

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A Palm Beach Destination Wedding

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A Palm Beach Destination Wedding

A dreamy Palm Beach destination wedding was the clear choice for Tera and Nick. The couple met in the sixth grade and Tera spent countless family vacations on the island. “Nick also fell in love with the island during his first visit and proposed there too!” says the bride. Because of the special place the couple holds in their hearts for Palm Beach, they and 165 of their closest friends and family made the trip to Florida to celebrate their W-day.

The couple said planning a destination wedding was a breeze thanks to the talented people who helped out every step of the way. Internet searches, wedding magazines, personal referrals and their wedding planner were all important resources during the planning process.

Before the wedding, the couple hosted a welcome party in Palm Beach and a pool party at The Breakers, which was a nice opportunity for the guests to enjoy some sunshine before the wedding activities.

“A dream come true!” was the only way the couple could describe their wedding. “My cousin officiated the wedding, so that made the ceremony even more special and personal,” says the happy bride.

The bride’s favorite moment was seeing her groom for the first time while she walked down the aisle with her father by her side. “There was so much anticipation and it was such an incredible moment that I’ll be forever grateful for,” says Tera.

The bride described the reception in one word: fun! “The combination of the dining experience, the band, the music and the sparkler exit made for an incredible evening. We had chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches with rainbow sprinkles passed on the dance floor and a Chicago style hot dog stand full of toppings, which was a special detail that our guests loved.”

“Soak it up!” recommends Tera. “Savor each and every moment with your groom, the day truly does fly by and it’s important to take a moment together to share such a special day.”

Vendors: Photographer: Jacqui Cole Photography, Wedding Planner: Lisa Bascomb with GiaBella Weddings, Ceremony/Reception Site: The Breakers Palm Beach Resort, Florist: Design Studio at The Breakers, Stationery: All She Wrote and Able Invitations and Stationery, Gown Designer: Mira Zwillinger, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Suitsupply and Tom Ford, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Lula Kate and Formally Modern Tuxedo, Videographer: McKnight Media, Bagpiper: Graeme Massie, Calligrapher: Bien Fait Calligraphy, Dresser: Lenyce Boyd with Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon, Hair & Makeup: Lotus Hair Studio, Transportation: Palm Beach Tours and Transportation & Music: The Powerhouse Group

Saturday, December 29, 2018

PM Light Rain tomorrow!

With a high of 41F and a low of 35F.

Party Dresses Perfect For New Years Eve

As you head out to say goodbye to 2018 and celebrate the beginning of 2019, ensure that you are feeling and looking your best with a party perfect New Years Eve dress! Check out some of our favourite designs to suit every style

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A Romantic Wedding in the Bahamas

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For Michele and Edward, their destination wedding to Exuma, Bahamas was like coming home. The couple had visited the Bahamas every year for vacation, so it only made sense to bring their guests to paradise. 

Family and friends were thrilled with the idea and embarked on the journey from New Jersey to enjoy a wedding vacation filled with snorkeling, swimming with pigs and stingrays and enjoying the beauty of the Bahamas.

While on vacation to scout locations, Michele and Edward immediately enlisted the help of Marva Munroe of Chic Bahamas Weddings & Events to plan their event. “I contacted the wonderful Marva Munroe who recommended and arranged a pre-wedding visit to The Grand Isle Resort,” recalls Michele. “The grounds and villas are impeccable and beyond beautiful. Not to mention the amazing staff working there! Everyone was so welcoming and accommodating, it was a no brainer for us! We fell in love with Exuma and wanted to share all its beauty with our family and friends.”

When it came to planning from afar, the couple relied on their wedding planner and it paid off in spades. “To say we were lucky to have found Marva Munroe from Chic Bahamas Weddings would be an understatement. When we decided on Exuma, we quickly realized planning our wedding so far away wasn’t going to be an easy task,” says Michele. “We had so many ideas but didn’t know where to start, we were lost. That’s when we contacted Marva and I am so happy we did! After our first phone conversation, she put my mind at ease and everything fell perfectly into place. Marva was unbelievably positive, supportive, patient and professional throughout our entire wedding planning process.”

Each guest received a fun DIY welcome bag. Canvas tote bags were filled with fun and useful items such as a hangover kit, beach towels, toiletries, snacks and flip-flops. They also included a welcome note and weekend itinerary for their guests.

The couple’s wedding weekend went off without a hitch thanks to Chic Bahamas Weddings. “Marva stopped at nothing to make sure my husband and I had the most incredible day of our lives! I couldn’t have planned my destination wedding without her,” says Michele.

When it comes to advice for other couples, Michele had this to say: “Have trust in your planner and know that your day is going to be perfect. At the end of the day, it is about you and your significant other. Nothing else matters.”

Vendors: Photographer: Alfred Anderson,Wedding Planner: Marva Munroe from Chic Bahamas Weddings & Events, Ceremony/Reception Site: Emerald Beach at the Grand Isle Resort, Flowers: RAH Designs and Anna Floral Design, Invitations: Durante New York, Hair and Makeup: Callidora Bahamas, Linens: Contempo Linen & Event Rentals, Cake: Lysann Delancey, Gown Designer: Pronovias, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Tommy Hilfiger 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Mostly Sunny tomorrow!

With a high of 43F and a low of 33F.

Is Munich Getting Cool? Look for the Boat on the Bridge

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A Palm Coast Wedding Venue

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A Palm Coast Wedding Venue

In a state as big as Florida, it’s all about location, location, location for your destination wedding! Hammock Beach Resort is located in Palm Coast, 30 minutes from the Daytona airport, 90 minutes east of Orlando and just south of St. Augustine. Hammock Beach, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, is truly a one-stop-shop for couples looking to host several wedding events and lots of guests.

The variety of venues and accommodations is truly perfect for wedding groups. In terms of lodging for families, we recommend a suite in the Ocean Tower. The three or four bedroom luxury suites start at 2,800 sq. ft. and feature three full baths and a gorgeous gourmet kitchen. For couples, The Lodge is certainly the way to go. Located right on the ocean, The Lodge is like a boutique hotel within the resort that was fully renovated in 2017 and features only 20 rooms and luxurious amenities. Odds are, you’re going to have some family driving in for the big occasion and Hammock Beach’s villas or vacation rentals would be a great option with garages and/or complimentary parking.

When it comes time to say “I do,” the resort has various lawns and ballrooms to suit any capacity or style. It’s entirely feasible for you to host multiple events, all with a different look and location. Hammock Beach even offers special wedding packages that include three to four days’ worth of experiences like welcome events, rehearsal dinners and more. “We want [couples] to have that giant wedding experience where it’s the entire wedding weekend,” says Director of Catering and Conference Services, Britni Malloy.

Speaking of experiences, there are activities galore at Hammock Beach. The resort is known for its world-class golf, including the recently reopened Ocean Course, and its Water Pavilion complete with a lazy river, waterslide and sandy bottom pool. If your guests want to get out and see the sights, we can’t recommend historic St. Augustine enough. St. George Street is five blocks of pedestrian-only shopping, museums, restaurants and live music venues. Most of the buildings date back to the 18th century and it’s a charming town in which to spend a day away from the resort.

Perhaps best of all, Palm Coast and Hammock Beach offer enough variety to make it affordable and accessible for virtually any budget. Whether you want a wedding for 50 or 500, you’re sure to find just the right combination.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2018 issue. You can order a copy here.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

AM Light Rain tomorrow!

With a high of 43F and a low of 34F.

Should I Have A Wedding Videographer?

It is a common debate among brides, should I have a wedding videographer? We have weighed up the pros and cons to help make your decision easier.

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Meet the 2019 52 Places to Go Applicants

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Meet the Applicants for 2019’s 52 Places to Go Traveler

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Luxury Travel Essentials

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While packing for your destination wedding or honeymoon don’t forget to pack the essentials to help you travel in comfort. Masters of Mayfair, a British luxury travel accessory brand, offers a variety of products to enhance your overall travel experience.

According to Masters of Mayfair, the founders Jamie and Katie formed the brand over their own honeymoon where Jamie handcrafted sleeping masks filled with lavender to make for a more enjoyable flight. After sleeping through the entire flight, they decided the creation was too good not to share.

With the Luxury Sleep Mask pioneering the way for Masters of Mayfair, the company now offers compression socks, inflatable neck pillows and calming room and pillow sprays.

Masters of Mayfair describes each product as follows:

The Luxury Sleep Mask is made from 100% breathable cotton for padded comfort, a silk lining to cool the eyes and is infused with natural lavender essential oils to aid relaxation and ease fatigue.

The Luxury Anti-DVT Travel Compression Socks use a Swiss-tested compression technology to improve blood circulation on long-haul flights, car or train journeys. Made with a cotton rich design, they help the calf muscles and lower legs through graduated pressure, making you feel fresh and less fatigued when you arrive at your destination.

The Luxury Inflatable Neck Pillow fits in your pocket and inflates whenever you need it, so no more carrying around big, bulky neck pillows. It’s made from 100% natural breathable cotton and the secure clip keeps it in place for greater comfort.

The Room & Pillow Sprays come in four calming scents made from 100% natural ingredients and essential oils that naturally reduce your heart rate and induce feelings of relaxation. All sprays are vegan-friendly.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Partly Cloudy tomorrow!

With a high of 43F and a low of 34F.

The Best Travel Photographs of 2018

How To Make The Perfect Bar Cart For Your NYE Celebrations

Bar carts are super popular right now and adding one to your NYE celebrations will make your party one to remember. Check out these tips on how to make the perfect bar cart for your NYE celebrations.

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Facing the Future in Laos and the Cambodian Coast

An Inside Look at Ritz Carlton Sarasota Wedding Venues

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An Inside Look at Ritz Carlton Sarasota Wedding Venues

I was recently invited to Sarasota along with a group of wedding planners and designers, to experience an incredible 3-day wedding showcase.  Florida is a popular wedding destination for obvious reasons, but I guess I was sleeping on Sarasota!  It was never really on my radar, and boy was I missing out! I’m so glad …

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Partly Cloudy tomorrow!

With a high of 40F and a low of 35F.

The Ultimate Wedding Reception Cheat Sheet

To make your wedding spectacular you’ll need to put in some planning. We've done the hard work to bring you the ultimate wedding reception cheat sheet. 

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A Modern Palm Springs Wedding

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After 10 years of dating, John proposed to Lauren during a vacation to Iceland. He popped the question while visiting Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest building in Reykjavik, overlooking the bright and colorful town.

For the bride, Palm Springs, California, felt like a second home. Lauren grew up visiting the valley over spring breaks to see her grandfather who lived in Rancho Mirage and her recently retired parents now live nearby. The newlyweds have always prioritized travel, and with Palm Springs feeling like a second home, it made sense to have a destination wedding there. Over half of their guests would have to travel to their hometown in Michigan and they figured it wasn’t much of a stretch to travel to California. “We also loved the idea of having a wedding weekend, versus just one night, to spend with our dearest family and friends,” the couple says. “So we did our best to host everyone throughout the entire week.”

The couple's wedding theme was modern elegance with a nod to old Hollywood, decorated with peach, pink and orange flowers anchored with greenery offset by black and white and pops of gold. “We wanted to celebrate the history of Palm Springs and California’s mid-century influence, but have a strong sense of modern design,” Lauren says. 

The newlyweds say their favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony. Lauren’s uncle and brother officiated the wedding. The groom says their heartfelt descriptions of him and his bride’s relationship had most of the guests in tears. “The entire wedding weekend was a blast from the welcome party at The Saguaro to the dance floor, but the meaning during the ceremony and walking down the aisle beaming is a moment I will never forget,” the bride says.

The bride and groom opted for a private vow exchange. Lauren and John shared their vows before the ceremony with just each other. The bride and groom wanted this private moment to share with each other before the rush of the day. “It was truly one of the most special moments,” the newlyweds say.

Vendors: Venue: Avalon Palm Springs, Photographer: Mi Belle Photographers, Videography: Kapsul, Invitations: Prim & Prixie, Printed Materials: Emily Joel Lettering, Florist: Jensens Mary Cass, Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Lighting: Perfect Touch, DJ: DJ Chris Paul, Signing Performance: Harmonic Voices, Desserts: Exquisite Desserts, Photo Booth: Photo Studio Party Bang Bang, Hair and Makeup: Jen Plus Colour, Bride's Dress: Carol Hannah Bridal & Groom's Tux: Versace.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Mostly Cloudy tomorrow!

With a high of 38F and a low of 33F.

How The A-Listers Are Celebrating Christmas This Year

From the Kardashians to Reese Witherspoon, Mariah Carey and so many more, we can't help but love an #extra celebrity Christmas. Here are how the A-listers are celebrating the silly season this year. 

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Oahu: The Heart of Hawaii

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Oahu: The Heart of Hawaii

Affectionately called the “Heart of Hawaii,” Oahu has recently experienced a renaissance. “We’re seeing a new generation – both Hawaiian and local – who are taking ownership of their community from both a cultural and business standpoint,” says Noelani Schilling-Wheeler, Executive Director of Oahu Visitors Bureau. “They’re passionate and confident and want to give back to our community in a truly local way.”

This new energy has made Oahu the Hawaiian go-to for weddings and honeymoons. Beating with the rhythm that simultaneously embodies big-city energy, laid-back surf-town charm and timeless tradition, this island literally has something for everyone. In addition to the breathtaking beaches and jaw-dropping vistas, you’ll discover rich history, a vibrant art community, an edgy and emerging food scene and more. “Oahu is a melting pot of ethnicities, interests and experiences,” says Schilling-Wheeler. 

For the all-encompassing Hawaiian experience, follow your heart to Oahu. She will charm, dazzle and welcome you with open arms and limitless opportunities.


FOUR SEASONS RESORT – Having recently celebrated its first birthday in 2017, The Four Seasons Oahu Resort at Ko Olina is Oahu’s newest gem. Considered a sacred place by Hawaiian royalty, Ko Olina literally means “place of joy.” Located 30 minutes from Honolulu International Airport, the property offers fully customizable wedding packages for all budgets. Whether your vision includes sand-between-your-toes vows on the beach as the sun sets over the ocean, or a ceremony in an intimate light-filled chapel set amid whispering palms and wandering streams, the Four Seasons promises off-the-charts tropical romance. The property features more than two dozen postcard-worthy locales for indoor and outdoor receptions for two to 2,000.

Overlooking the island’s west coast, the resort’s amenities read like a vacation wish list, including golf, tennis, water sports and a nearby marina for easy access to snorkeling, deep sea fishing, whale watching and more.

For a once-in-a-lifetime excursion, the Earth, Wind and Fire day charter includes a private helicopter tour of the island of Oahu’s stunning beaches, active volcanoes and waterfalls. You’ll also be well-fed; a gourmet five-course Chef’s Table with wine pairings is part of the package.  


PEARL HARBOR – Choose from a variety of guided experiences at one of the most historically significant sites in the United States, including battleship tours, museums and memorials. Book your tour through the Four Seasons concierge, which includes transportation to and from the hotel.


KAKA ‘AKO – What was once Oahu’s industrial district is now Honolulu’s hippest urban waterfront mecca with great shopping, fine dining, street food, music, entertainment and fun.


Eat the Street – on the last Friday of every month, Hawaii’s best food truck event brings more than 40 gourmet food vendors to Kaka’Ako Park.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

AM Light Rain tomorrow!

With a high of 42F and a low of 27F.

Modern Wedding Approved Bridal Fashion Favourites

The aesthetics of this season’s bridal collections can be summarised in one word: magic. Here is a few Modern Wedding approved bridal fashion favourites. 

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Bold & Beautiful in Santa Barbara

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Bold & Beautiful in Santa Barbara

Incorporating a vibrant color palette into your destination wedding décor doesn’t have to mean sacrificing sophistication. This talented team of wedding vendors joined forces at a private estate in Montecito, California to prove that bold can still be bridal. For “The Bold & The Beautiful in Santa Barbara” shoot, inspiration stemmed from incredible spring flowers and a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown. The “Floral Gazar Ball Gown” and flowers, such as coral charm peonies and golden celebration garden roses, set the scene for a truly spectacular event. We hope this photo shoot will provide you with the insight and inspiration necessary to pull off a colorful, yet sophisticated wedding of your own!

1 & 3: These newlyweds only have eyes for each other. She’s a vision in the “Rosemary” dress by Monique Lhuillier and “Quinn” crown by Hushed Commotion. Her hair and makeup are by TEAM Hair & Makeup and her shoes are courtesy of Bella Belle. Our groom’s tuxedo is from Sene Studio and his boutonniere is by Toast Santa Barbara.

2: These two toast to love overlooking a dramatic and whimsical wedding cake by Lele Patisserie. His tuxedo is from Sene Studio and she’s wearing the “Beaumont” gown by Monique Lhuillier.

4-7: A private estate in Montecito, California provided the perfect setting for these charming, spring-inspired details like a welcome box by Salt & Pepper Co. and a lovely stationery suite and place cards by Lotus & Ash. The ceremony featured large floral displays by Toast Santa Barbara and ceremony pews courtesy of Found Vintage Rentals. Our couple says “I do” in the “Rosemary” dress by Monique Lhuillier and a tuxedo courtesy of Sene Studio.

8: Our bride is ready to hit the dance floor in the “Beaumont” dress by Monique LhuillierBella Belle shoes, the “Dylan” earrings by Hushed Commotion and holding a gorgeous bouquet by Toast Santa Barbara. Both her hair and makeup are by TEAM Hair & Makeup.

9-12: This dramatic “Floral Gazar Ball Gown” by Monique Lhuillier was the source of inspiration for this “Bold & Beautiful” photo shoot. Her shoes are by Bella Belle, earrings by Hushed Commotion and dramatic bouquet by Toast Santa Barbara. The romantic tablescape features a table and chairs courtesy of Found Vintage Rentals, florals by Toast Santa Barbara and china, glassware and flatware from The Ark. The table runner, napkins and chair cushions are from La Tavola. The lovely paper goods are by Lotus & Ash.

Our bride's hair and makeup are by TEAM Hair & Makeup and her shoes are courtesy of Bella Belle. Our groom looks handsome in his tuxedo from Sene Studio with his boutonniere by Toast Santa Barbara.

15-17: The dramatic color scheme stays true to our "bold and beautiful" theme for this shoot. The whimsical wedding cake is by Lele Patisserie while the stunning florals are by Toast Santa Barbara. The table and chairs are courtesy of Found Vintage Rentals, florals by Toast Santa Barbara and china, glassware and flatware from The Ark. The table runner, napkins and chair cushions are from La Tavola

18-19: Along with the inspiration from the Monique Lhuillier gown, “The Bold & The Beautiful in Santa Barbara” shoot, inspiration also stemmed from spring flowers.  

Vendors: Photographer: Rebecca Yale PhotographyCoordination/Design/Floral: Toast Santa Barbara, Venue: Private Estate, Table/Dining Chairs/Ceremony Pews: Found Vintage Rentals, China/Glassware/Flatware: The ArkFlowers: Florabundance & Rose Story FarmDresses: “Floral Gazar Ball Gown” (Fall 2017), “Beaumont” (Spring 2017) & “Rosemary” (Fall 2017) by  Monique Lhuillier, Earrings/Crown: “Quinn” crown and “Dylan” earrings by Hushed Commotion, Rings: Trumpet & Horn, Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle, Tuxedos: Sene Studio, Runners/Napkins/Chair Cushions/Cake Table Linen: La Tavola, Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup, Invitations/Menus/Place Cards: Lotus & Ash, Venue Sketch: Silver Fox Calligraphy & Design, Cake: Lele Patisserie, Models: Delaney Sager and Kevin Clough with Newmark Models, Welcome Boxes: Salt & Pepper Co. & Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2018 issue. You can order a copy here.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Partly Cloudy tomorrow!

With a high of 44F and a low of 35F.

15 Flower Wall Wedding Ideas

One of the best things about flowers is their versatility. We are absolutely loving flower walls. Here are some of our favourite flower wall wedding ideas. 

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A ‘Beautiful Thing Called Masa’ Stars at a Texas Restaurant

A Gorgeous Charleston Wedding

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A Gorgeous Charleston Wedding

Ashley and Dave wanted to have a destination wedding in a city that their guests would love to travel to and experience. The couple chose gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina, for their wedding away.

The couple made their family and friends’ experience a priority and it paid off. Their wedding guests were “very excited to travel to such a spectacular destination.”

Ashley and Dave kicked off the weekend getaway with a welcome party at the Peninsula Grill at Planters Inn in the downtown historic district. The couple gave their guests a list of their favorites places to see, eat and shop to experience the best of what the city had to offer during their visit.

For the wedding, the now-newlyweds wanted their guests to see a modern side of Charleston’s Southern hospitality. “We loved Cannon Green for its elegant simplicity,” they said about their venue. “We knew the ‘live wall’ in the courtyard would be the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and were drawn to the Trolley Room for its historic and industrial vibes.”

Ashley says hiring their wedding planner and Sam Hurd were two no-brainers while planning their wedding. “We love, love, love how unique our photographs are and I was relaxed the whole weekend because [our planners] Aimee and Cindy are so good at what they do,” she said. 

The bride says Charleston is both expensive to travel to and expensive to host a wedding in, but she did her best to make it worthwhile for her guests by really making it a weekend-long celebration. As part of the celebration, the couple incorporated traditional Charleston palmetto roses into their place settings. The tradition dates back to the Civil War and is still considered symbols of true love today.

Dave and Ashley also rented a classic Charleston trolley to take guests to a bar downtown for more celebratory drinks after the reception. “We loved getting to spend some extra time with our guests,” the couple said.

Ashley’s advice is to not lose sight of the fact that it’s your day and to put your happiness first. She also says to pay homage to your destination through details, as they make your day unique and memorable.

Vendors: Photographer: Sam Hurd, Wedding Planner: A. Dominick Events, Ceremony/Reception Site: Cannon Green, Florist: Branch Design Studio, Stationery: Minted and Flourishing Penguin, Cake: Sugar Bakeshop, Hair & Makeup: Nadine Matar and Winston Thompson, Gown Designer: Lela Rose, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Ratio Clothing Customer Menswear, Band: Ben Fagan and The Charleston Groove Factory, Hotel/Bridal Suite: Zero George, Linens: La Tavola, Rentals: Event Haus, Vintage Car: Lowcountry Valet, Trolley for End-of-Night Transportation: Absolutely Charleston & Biscuits for Welcome Party Favor: Callie’s Charleston Biscuits.

Friday, December 21, 2018

AM Rain tomorrow!

With a high of 43F and a low of 36F.

Hotel Review: The Source Hotel + Market Hall, Denver

Los Cabos Wedding Inspiration

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Los Cabos Wedding Inspiration

Researching inspiration and décor ideas for your destination wedding is one of the most fun parts of the planning process. Today, we’re bringing you a lovely, romantic photo shoot that took place at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. The property opened in June 2018, so this talented vendor group was excited to explore the new resort and all its potential destination wedding offerings. “Shooting at Solaz was both a pleasure and a thrill for me, as no one had ever shot there!” says photographer Collin Pierson. “We did a walk through and I knew we had a location that was both unique and an environment well suited to create an amazing concept. The softness that [Kesh Events] and [Michelle Durpetti Events] brought into the design helped to show off the most romantic aspects of the Solaz property.”

The concept of this photo shoot centered around highlighting the modern sleekness of the setting, while still bringing in classic, romantic details. The goal of the vendor team was to use the beach location to bring personal details into a luxury setting. “The Solaz is such a sleek, contemporary property, so when [Kesh Events] was talking about wanting to create something so romantic, I was excited to bring it to life in a property that I felt would encourage people to be a little more modern and clean [in their design]. I loved the challenge of that juxtaposition,” says Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events.

The ceremony, of course, took place on the beach at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. “A modern floral arch was designed using soft colors in white and pinks and accented with greenery,” says Akeshi Akinseye with Kesh Events. “The aisle was set with a cluster of pillar candles and lanters with floral accents.”

Our couple is ready to say “I do” in a gown by Berta and a classic veil, both courtesy of Ultimate Bride Chicago, and a custom tux from J. Hillburn. “Ultimate Bride in Chicago generously came to the table and loaned us a gorgeous gown from Berta with a figure-hugging silhouette and just the right amount of sparkle,” says Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events. Both the bride and groom’s shoes are from Jimmy Choo and our bride’s hair and makeup is by Isabellina Perches.

The vendor team focused on personalized details that could serve as real inspiration for destination wedding couples. “Gourmet Invitations designed the most exquisite stationery for a destination wedding,” says Akeshi Akinseye with Kesh Events. “The soft colors and floral touches were perfect. The monogram was cleverly tied into the invitations, welcome bags, vow cards and menus. These beautiful details really brought to life the sophistication we were shooting for.”

This dynamic team of wedding professionals really brought their A-game when it came to designing an inspiring reception set-up. “The basis for the design was whites, creams and a touch of blush floral with soft, fluttering volume and utilizing some of the texture naturally found in the environment at the resort, like the gorgeous marble and beautifully finished woods,” says Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events. “We utilized soft colors and textures and a mix of heights, metals and greens to bring a cascading tablescape to life. Small details really brought this look from ‘just beachy’ to bespoke – including linen hemstich monogrammed napkins by BBJ Linen and hand painted invitations and paper goods from Gourmet Invitations.” 

The florals at the ceremony, lounge, cocktail hour and reception set-ups were arguably the stars of the inspirational show. Akeshi Akinseye with Kesh Events worked on the floral and design and explains, “I chose blooms that had a lot of movement and brought romance. Roses, lisianthus and foliage were some of the feature flowers for the floral arrangements. The table arrangments were designed in different vases with varying shapes and sizes.”

Hopefully this lovely, Los Cabos photo shoot has got your inspirational engine revving for your own destination wedding design! For more information about the local Los Cabos team who put together this photo shoot, please reference the full vendor list below.

Vendor List: Photography: Collin Pierson, Venue, Catering & Cake: Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, Floral & Design: Kesh Events, Logistics & Styling: Michelle Durpetti Events, Invitations/Stationery: Gourmet Invitations, Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design, Linens: BBJ Linen, Gown: Berta, Veil: Ultimate Bride Chicago, Hair & Makeup: Isabellina Perches, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Groom’s Tux: J. Hilburn & Media Placement: Rayce PR.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Cloudy tomorrow!

With a high of 33F and a low of 31F.

Maria and Stanislav’s Picturesque Parisian Elopement

Wanting to choose an intimate and romantic setting, Maria and Stanislav chose to elope in Paris. This is nothing short of picturesque Parisian perfection!

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A Cabo San Lucas Wedding

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Audrey and Allen had never attended a destination wedding and decided they might as well plan their own. They wanted a tropical and warm setting and determined that Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was the perfect place to tie the knot. “We wanted the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends over the course of a weekend, rather than rushing through an eight-hour affair,” says the couple.

The couple had a lot to consider when deciding on the location of their destination wedding and wanted to prioritize the needs of their guests. “We wanted it to be an easily accessible location where our guests wouldn’t have too much trouble flying to and from,” says the newlyweds. “Specifically, we wanted our grandmother, who hadn’t been on a plane in over 20 years, to be able to attend our destination wedding.”

Thankfully, breaking the news to family and friends came easily. “Our family and friends were more excited than we were because they could use our wedding as an excuse for a vacation,” says the couple. “Honestly, we were delighted when people responded back with enthusiasm.” With no delays or cancellations, travel was nearly seamless for the couple and their guests, despite the hour-long drive from the airport to the resort.

The planning stage had its ups and downs for the couple. They received a lot of help and tips from friends, resort reviews and YouTube videos, all of which helped them envision their special day. They faced some difficulties and frustrations with contacting the on-site coordinator. “Planning an event from several thousand miles away can be hectic, uncertain and scary,” says the bride. “For us, the top three things we desired were an open bar, good food and great dancing music for the reception.” After the couple decided to rely heavily on Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Beach Resort reviews, they found that the resort's all-inclusive accommodations would “fit the bill” for them and their guests.

The resort took care of everything from table settings to food and drinks, which made it so the couple would just be responsible for providing their own flowers. Friends of the bride and groom helped arrange flowers that they bought from Costco for the bouquets and table arrangements.

Audrey and Allen also wanted to include various do-it-yourself projects for their big day. The bride’s cousin put together the signage for the ceremony and guest tables and the bride put together childhood photos of her and her husband that were placed at each table.

The newlyweds feel they absolutely spent less on their Cabo San Lucas wedding than what they would have on a wedding in their hometown of San Francisco, California.

“I don’t think we would have collected as many wonderful memories without having been able to spend some time before and after the wedding with our guests,” says the couple. “The day-of [flies] by all too quickly and we were fortunate enough to celebrate the evening before the wedding with a giant beach bonfire and matching jumbo marshmallows to roast.”

The bride advises that couples considering a destination wedding shouldn’t waste their time worrying about things out of their control, such as travel delays and weather. “Create a spreadsheet of all the logistics that are in your control and keep track of the big-ticket items,” says Audrey. “You may not be able to choose the flavor of your cake or the type of silverware on the tables, but who cares? At the end of the day, no one remembers the tiniest details, they only remember how they felt and how much fun they had, so make sure you also have fun on your wedding day."

Vendors: Photographer: Sonya Yruel, Ceremony/Reception Site: Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Beach Resort, Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, Cake: Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Beach Resort, Gown Designer: La Sposa, Groom’s Clothing Designer: The Black Tux, Bridesmaid’s Clothing Designer: Union Station, Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Men’s Wearhouse

An Inside Look at Ritz Carlton Sarasota Wedding Venues

I was recently invited to Sarasota along with a group of wedding planners and designers, to experience an incredible 3-day wedding showcase.  Florida is a popular wedding destination for obvious reasons, but I guess I was sleeping on Sarasota!  It was never really on my radar, and boy was I missing out! I’m so glad …

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