Warm Up with These Winter Cocktails

Lately, we’ve been slightly obsessed with the idea of snowy white, winter wonderland wedding. Whether it’s in the Alps, the Andes, or the Rockies, these winter cocktails will be sure to warm you and your guests up. You can debut one as your signature drink during cocktail hour or offer it to guests at dessert. We especially love the winter white snowball martini, complete with cotton candy snowball, pumpkin spice white Russian, and Hot Apple Pie cocktail. So try these traditional holiday drinks with a twist, and get the party started!

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{Top Row Left: Tasty Kitchen, Right: Style Within Reach, Second Row: Locanda, Third Row Left: The Fairmont San Francisco, Right: The Wicked Noodle, Fourth Row: 15 Romolo, Bottom Row Left: Elixir, Right: Nutmeg Nanny}

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Cozy Christmas Wedding Ideas

If you’re planning your winter destination nuptials, the holidays are the perfect time to do it! With all your family and friends together, what better way to celebrate Christmas then with a cozy and intimate festive affair? Even if your wedding is in another country, you can bring Christmas with you by incorporating traditional ideas, like these ornament escort cards (that we absolutely love!) or a gold disk and spruce, pine, or fir leaf backdrop for a subtle, yet striking effect. Keep warm from the snow in a cozy lodge ceremony and reception adorned with hundreds of dreamy candles.

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{Top Row Left: Shari & Mike Photographers via Ruffled, Right: Rebecca Hollis Photography, Middle Row:Lauren Fair Photography via The Knot, Bottom Row Left: Caroline Frost Photography via SMP, Right: Tree of Life Films via Ruffled}

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Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone recently announced their new color of the year for 2014, “marsala”, which is sure to grace the pages of Vogue and stores around the world. It has been seen in various fashion shows, beauty, and interior decor trends, so what better way to celebrate and bring in the new year with a wedding post inspired by Pantone 18-1438? This rich, wine red color emulates sophistication and luxury and is sure to stimulate the body, soul, and mind through its elegant hue. Master the “rustic elegance” look in your forest or mountain wedding, or add a sophisticated pop of color to your winter wonderland nuptials.

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{Top Row Left:Rebecca Wedding Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Right:Lani Elias via Magnolia Rouge, Second Row:Eric Ronald Photography, Third Row Left: Yolandé Marx Photography via The Pretty Blog, Right:Erica B. Photography via Bridal Musings, Bottom Row:Erica B. Photography via Bridal Musings}

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Ranch Destination Wedding in Durango, Colorado

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Erin and Tom were a perfect match right from the start. The day after a mutual friend introduced them, this blushing bride told her mom, “If I don’t marry Tom Sawyer, I’m going to marry someone just like him.” The rest was history! The couple eventually opted for a destination wedding in Colorado at Blue Lake Ranch and Erin shared the details with us. “As a little girl, mom and I bought flowers from the Ranch and she talked about having my wedding there. When I got engaged I wanted a venue in an exotic location and we looked all over the world. After 9 months, my mom reminded me of the Ranch and it was exactly what we were looking for all along.”

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The bridesmaids wore an eclectic mix of blues and purple bridesmaid dresses all their own.  Beautiful!

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At a destination wedding, not everything goes according to plan, especially with the weather. But this mishap made for a special memory! “Rain poured on our outdoor ceremony and we all took cover in a nearby barn. As I hid in the back, everyone gathered on the porch and we had our ceremony surrounded by our loved ones in a thundering rainstorm. It was so beautiful and exciting. Our guests still talk about how special it was.”

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“Our officiant is a close friend so our ceremony felt deeply personal.”

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Erin and Tom used the natural surroundings to help set the tone for their décor. “We were inspired by our magnificent setting! With the Rockies behind and a green, flowering meadow in front, we let the Ranch guide the style and feel of our celebration. We love modern design so we added some contemporary details, such as metallic linens and a modern dinner, other than that we let the venue shine.”

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“The extraordinary people in our lives made our wedding feel like one giant special touch. My mom planted a wedding garden and all our flowers came from that special garden and my sister-in-law created our beautiful arrangements.”

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We asked the newlyweds what advice they have for future brides and grooms. “Be kind to your mom. During the planning our moms are easy targets for our frustrations and stress. Try to remember that she’s excited too, this is her big day too. Don’t make the mistake of being a jerk to your mom, ever- but really watch yourself during the planning.” Great advice!

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And to end the night?  A perfectly themed mountain inspired wedding cake (complete with custom dessert bar)!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Alders Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: Blue Lake Ranch, Event Planner: Amber Events, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Brooks Brothers, Shoes: Fendi, Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew, Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Linen, Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero, Caterer: The Yellow Carrot 

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Caribbean Club – Caymans Islands Destination Weddings + Honeymoons

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If you’re looking for a luxury property where all your friends and family can fit with the ease of living like you’re at home (but with the service of a special resort), then check in to the Caribbean Club, a boutique hotel on the sand of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

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With only 30 villas on property (each three bedrooms – with the ability to make them smaller), you can have the run of the place for your wedding weekend or simply stop here for your honeymoon and feel like you’re the only two people on property.

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Each villa comes complete with a full kitchen, living room, washer and dryer and more!  All the creature comforts of home without all the work!

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The friendly staff on property can even stock your fridge before you get there so should you want snacks, drinks or even cook while you’re there, everything is at your fingertips!  And fear not, if you prefer someone to cook for you, they can bring in a chef or you can order room service from this award-winning hotel.

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My favorite part about the property is the beach.  It really doesn’t get much better than this.  White sand, picture perfect waters, the ideal water and air temperatures and gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photos too!

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But the Caribbean Club prides itself on more than just luxury on the sand.  With a world-class restaurant, Luca, even your most foodie of friends will delight in your wedding night dinner (and hopefully indulge in their massive delish spread that is the Sunday brunch – a must do!).

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From the fantastic food to the stunning views and relaxed accommodations, we adore the Caribbean Club for a destination wedding group (and honeymoon too)!  Thanks to Danielle and her team for an amazing experience on property, we are already dreaming of coming back soon!

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All Photos by Carla Ten Eyck

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