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A Jewish + Hindu Destination Wedding in Antigua, Guatemala

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Tina and David and their most beloved friends and family traveled from around the world to Central America to celebrate their stunning Hindu and Jewish wedding.  Tina shared all the details of their intimate day with us. David and I live to travel so a destination wedding was perfect for us.  We chose to have our wedding in Antigua, Guatemala, an old Spanish colonial city with a breathtaking landscape, beautiful architecture, and warm and friendly people.  We had 70 guests join us in Antigua for a truly unforgettable week-long wedding adventure.”  

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“While the wedding was in Guatemala, I am Hindu, and David is Jewish.  So, we strived to incorporate aspects of all three cultures, as well as our love for adventure and travel, into the festivities.”

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“We kicked off the celebration with one our favorite pastimes – a hike up Guatemala’s most famous active volcano, Volcan Pacaya.  The following day, we hosted a sun and fun-filled lakeside pool party on the shores of the breathtaking 1000-foot deep Lake Atitlan.  The day before the wedding, we put a Guatemalan twist on a traditional Hindu pre-wedding celebration by having a “Mehndi Picnic” on the lush grounds of Casa Capuchinas, a lovely bed and breakfast in the heart of Antigua.  Local henna artists applied traditional henna designs on our guests.  That evening we also held a traditional Jewish “rehearsal” dinner at Restaurant Welten, with poolside cocktails and dinner in Welten’s gorgeous dining room, which is decorated in the style of a colonial Spanish home.  The night ended with a “Torrito,” a unique Guatemalan firework display.”  

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“For the wedding itself, we choose to have both a Hindu and Jewish ceremony.   Both were held outside atop Antigua’s famous El Cerro de la Cruz, a hill that offers a magnificent view of one of the three volcanoes that surround Antigua and overlooks the entire city below.  The mix of the two ceremonies was visually stunning and it was a beautiful way to join both families.”  

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“The reception was held at the temple of Las Capuchinas, a convent built in the 1700s that is beyond gorgeous.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to celebrate our wedding.  Our wedding planner, Diana Sciarrilo of I Do, Guatemala, did an exceptional job.  Sear Carr or Sean Carr Photography, did an outstanding job capturing the beauty of Antigua and the wedding itself.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sean Carr Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Coordinator + Florals: I Do, Guatemala, Catering: El Convento, Ceremony Site: El Cerro De La Cruz, Reception Venue: Las Capuchinas

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Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui Engagement Party

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Emma and Jaan planned a destination wedding in Maui, but things don’t always go according to plan.  Jaan is from Belgium and they had a bit of unexpected visa trouble before the intended “I do’s.”  But the plans had been made, the flights booked and guests excited to attend the big day so instead, the couple turned their would-be wedding into a fabulous destination engagement party!  With just a few good friends and family members in attendance, the pair celebrated their upcoming wedding with a dinner overlooking the ocean at the Kapalua Bay Cliff House.

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We asked Emma about their experience and what it was like having an engagement party instead of the wedding they had expected.  “I thought we were going to feel really disappointed on the day of, but it was so relaxing and the party was so much fun we couldn’t be sad about not getting married that day.”

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Luckily, these love birds didn’t have to wait much long to actually tie the knot.  “We got married a week after my husband’s visa came through. In other words, we had a week to plan a wedding and decided to piggy back on a 3rd cousin’s wedding (she was okay with it!)”

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We often ask couples for advice for you and here’s what this pair had to say.  “Don’t get too wrapped up in planning. We planned for months only to have to cancel our wedding. But in the end, we were able to plan our actual wedding in a week and it turned out just as ideal as we’d imagined.” 

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“In the end I was happy we didn’t get married in Hawaii. There were so many competing weddings happening on the beach we had planned to get married on, I’m glad things turned out the way they did. But of course, everything else about Hawaii was beautiful and amazing.” 

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One of their favorite moments from the festivities?  “Trying to light lanterns on a very windy night and then having the hotel sprinklers go on and getting totally soaked.”  Sometimes the unexpected and unplanned are the best of memories from the big day!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography + Design 

Wedding Vendors: Location: Ritz Carlton, Kapalua Bay, Dinner Venue:  Kapalua Bay Cliff House Wedding Cake: Maui Cake Store, Bride’s Dress: Urban Outfitters

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A Destination Elopement in Iceland!

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Today’s shoot is actually a day after elopement session for Julee and John who decided to tie the know with just the two of them in magical Iceland!  The pair enlisted destination wedding photographers, Nordica Photography to capture some personal moments the day after they said “I do.”

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The bride shared a bit about their decision to land in Iceland for the wedding.  ”John and Julee fell in love with Iceland 2 years before they decided to get married there. The breathtaking landscapes, the quiet eeriness of the land, and the subdued mood it encompassed made them appreciate it’s unique beauty.” 

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“Being from New York City, an intimate and isolated marriage ceremony was what they were looking for and found that in Snaefellsnes Peninsula out in West Iceland.” 

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“On October 29th, 2013 they married via civic union and dedicated the following glorious (but cold) day galavanting around the peninsula taking amazing photos with Nordica. Such a great day to remember!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Nordica Photography

Wedding Vendors: Bride’s Dress: Ian Stuart’s RhapsodiaBride’s Coat: ELLIATT Angel Fur Jacket, Flowers: Reykjavíkurblóm, Groom’s Suit: J. Crew Ludlow Suit, Venue: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland, Accommodations: Hotel Budir

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One&Only Palmilla Destination Wedding in Los Cabos

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Alfredo and Gioconda said I do to a destination wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico at the spectacular One&Only Palmilla.  The pair had a larger guest count that traveled all the way from Brazil so instead of using the inside of the authentic chapel, they wed on the steps of the grand site to accommodate all their guests!  We chatted with wedding manager, Arianna Ocampo at the resort and she gave us a peek into this beautiful couple’s beautiful big day.  “It was certainly a joy to work with these two, my main contact was the groom and he put a lot of trust in us in the entire event design and vendor selection. We planned this wedding in 3 months and had 250 guests from Brazil so it was so much fun.”

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“For the bride was extremely important to make sure using classic wedding color like white, she envisioned lots of floral and also we had as part of the Latin traditions, little organza bags with rice inside to through after the couple got married.”  And so she called on local event designers, Elena Damy to create an abundant, beautiful backdrop complete with all those perfect details she could have ever imagined!

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And that classic chic style certainly led to a more formal destination wedding than one that’s barefoot in the sand (though this couple still enjoyed amazing ocean views).  We asked Arianna for her advice for hosting a destination wedding where guests get a bit more dressed up for the occasion and here is her two cents.  “Certainly the weather in Los Cabos works better for a formal destination wedding during the months of December through June.”

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After the outdoor ceremony, guests moved to the pool deck area for dinner under the stars listening to the ocean below.

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The talented team at Elena Damy designed white tablescapes that paired perfectly with the wrought iron and wooden accents around and didn’t detract from the stunning setting.

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Even monogrammed napkins welcomed guests to dinner!

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“The dinner and dancing reception had lovely details such as hanging crystal balls with orchids and candles, we also had a wood arch with greenery and crystal drops and balls along with orchids and candles. One of my favorite details was the cake, we set that up over a stage covering the Jacuzzi at Agua Pool, we had special lighting over it and the cake was a fun and gorgeous design by Chef Steven Lindsay.”

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“One of the hits from the dinner, was the Famous Tres Leches Cake from Steven Lindsay, all guests were commenting about it.”

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“Certainly the best part was the dancing reception, we had 3 DJ’s from Brazil and the party was amazing until 5am.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: CHRIS+LYNN | Destination Wedding Photographers

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony + Reception Location: One&Only Palmilla, Caterer: One&Only Palmilla, Agua by Larbi Restaurant, Baker: Steven Lindsay at One&Only Palmilla, Logistic & Coordination: Arianna Ocampo at One&Only Palmilla, Lighting & Production: Oxten, Floral + Event Design: Elena Damy, DJ’S: Eduardo & Paulo, Photobooth: MVS Studio, Reverend: Marco Arechiga, Videographer: Elysium Productions

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Couture Wedding Dress from Australian Designer Jaime Lee

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We recently landed on the collection of an Aussie designer by the name of Jaime Lee Major after a bride whose wedding we featured rocked an incredible dress by the designer.  So today we decided to share a bit more of the looks created by this couture fashion house.  Great for formal destination weddings and daring brides-to-be, we love all the lace and bead work – it’s just breathtaking!

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As seen in her recent fashion show that was a show stopper in itself, the gold is what we are obssessed with!  Perfect for the bride who wants a little color in her aisle.

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Short, long, sheer or formal sophisticated, Jaime Lee has a few new fans stateside!

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Pretty in Pink, a Beach Wedding in Cabo with a Pink Wedding Dress

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Heather and John said I do on the beautiful beach of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  The pair enlisted the help of Beth Bernstein of SQN Events to plan their destination wedding and she gave us an insider’s look into their big day.  “Heather & Johnny always knew they wanted a smaller destination wedding. Heather spent many vacations in Cabo with her family throughout her teens and hooked Johnny on the beautiful locale shortly after they began dating. They love the warm and sunny weather, and the relaxing Mexican way of life, but still enjoy a good party – Cabo offers all of that and more.

The couple attended a friend’s wedding in 2013 at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica and knew it was the perfect spot for their nuptials as well. They wanted their guests who would be traveling from the Midwest in the middle of Winter to enjoy a thoroughly relaxing, pampering, luxurious, and fun vacation.”

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“Though the wedding was on the beach, the couple did not want the event to be casual. We wanted to create an atmosphere of elegance while keeping things light and fun. The save-the-dates were linen & lace luggage tags, telling guests immediately that this was a destination wedding on the beach. The linen was then carried through on the wedding invitations, but here we introduced the gold element for a more elegant look.” 

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This bride changed up the color palette by putting her maids in white while she rocked a stunning blush pink Lazaro wedding dress.

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“The groom’s sister-in-law wrote and officiated the ceremony, and the couple wrote their own vows.”

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“Instead of traditional escort cards, we guided guests to their table with a glass of champagne which had their name and table number printed on a disc placed on the rim.”

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“We achieved the “beach-meets-chic” look by using a palette of white and gold, with just a hint of blush pink in the décor. Dinner tables were draped in a textured linen from Nuage that resembled cascading flower petals, and adorned with clusters of vessels containing floating candles and orchids. To add sparkle, we rented gold Chivari chairs and purchased whimsical, glittery table numbers from BHLDN (their Mr. & Mrs. Signs were used on the bride & groom’s chairs as well).” 

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“The menu focused on Mexican cuisine and an authentic Mariachi band played during cocktails around the fire pit.”

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We often ask what unique challenges the destination wedding planning experience brought on and here was Beth’s explanation.  “Life runs at a much slower pace in Mexico. Response times are not as fast as they are in the U.S. which initially caused some stress. Getting someone on the phone is actually much for effective than communicating via email. This is very different than the way planning is done at home. Of course you need a paper trail (or an e-trail) to document big decisions and contracts, but if you need a quick answer, it’s best to pick up the phone than sending an email.

We found out about three weeks before the wedding that sales tax was increasing significantly as of January 1st. The wedding was scheduled for January 4th, so we made sure to pay our contractors by the end of the year in order to avoid the increase (which we had not budgeted for).  Instead of shipping welcome bag items and sending them through customs, which can be costly and time-consuming, we visited a local Walmart and loaded our shopping carts with items.”

Then there are those little details on the day of that only a wedding planner can tend to (and the couple is happier not knowing about them of course)!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography

Wedding Vendors: Event Planning & Design: SQN Events, Venue: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa, Videography: Poetic Productions, Floral: Mazarte Floral, Chair Rentals: Linens, Things, and More, Linens: Nuage Designs, DJ: Roberto Contreras, Paper: Erickson Design, Hair & Makeup: Suzanne Morel, Bridal Gown: Lazaro, Men’s Suits: Formally Modern, Bridesmaids Dresses: Faviana Couture, Rings: Gary Simon of Simon Jewelers

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Saint Augustine, Florida Destination I Do

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We’re obsessed with Mike and Allison’s wedding color palette, among other things!  This sweet couple selected Florida for their destination wedding and we chatted with their wedding planner, Valerie Pritt from Fleur de Lis Event Consulting who shared with us some insights into their special day.  “It was a non-traditional wedding and will definitely go down in the book as one of my favorites.  Allison and Mike originate from Pennsylvania but chose to have an intimate celebration with close friends and family in Florida. To accommodate all their guests they reserved the Bayfront Marin House; the hotel was also where the reception was held- a perfect place for this fun loving bunch.” 

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“The wedding color palette was an absolute favorite of mine- purple, silver and green and Ashley Steeby Photography did a wonderful job of capturing everything!” 

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Such a beautiful way to dress a bridal party – all in the color palette but each unique in cut, pattern and hue!

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“August is an unpredictable month and rain was in the forecast for that day.  However, by the time the ceremony started everything was perfect, including the weather. The ceremony and cocktail hour was held at the Llambias House, which was only a few streets over from the Marin House.  It was a wonderful ceremony with unforgettable vows and joyful tears.” 

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“After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a  few glasses of champagne and some light appetizers while the family and couple took pictures.  The bride and groom mixed it up a little by having their 1st dance at the ceremony site as well as the Matron of Honor and Best Man toasts. Afterwards everyone walked back over to the Marin House to enjoy the rest of the festivities.”  

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“As I told you earlier, it was a non-traditional wedding with no cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss or a special exit. But this did not change the spirit of the event, in fact it gave more time for dancing and some more unforgettable and funny toasts.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ashley Steeby Photography

Wedding Professionals:  Ceremony Venue: Llambias House, Reception Venue: Bayfront Marin House, Wedding Planner: Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Officiant: Rev. David Shokes, Caterer: D’Vine Cuisine, Florist: Conservatoire, Bakery: Publix, DJ: Unique DJ Entertainment, Hair: Michelle Schaeffer, Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft

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A Mile High Honeymoon in Denver

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“Many newlyweds consider heading to the beaches of Cabo San Lucas or the islands off the coast do Greece to escape from the world and enjoy time as husband and wife. However, millennials, who are more connected than ever are considering heading to the city to romance and wine and dine as husband and wife.”  And where is that?  Well, we asked expert wedding planners, Sarah and Lindsay at Pink Paisley Events and they gave us the inside scoop on honeymooning domestically – in Denver!  The duo is joining us today to give you ideas on where to stay and what to do when you hit the Mile High City for your honeymoon!

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Where to stay: Hotel Teatro

 “Built in 1911, Hotel Teatro’s walls are embedded with the history of this city. The first location of the Evans Mansion, home to Colorado’s second territorial governor, that was originally built as the Denver Tramway Building. Due to its close proximity to the performing arts complex, Hotel Teatro, which is theatre in Italian, has combined modern structure with Renaissance era brick and terra cotta.

 Home to Denver’s best restaurant according to the Denver post, restaurant Kevin Taylor with ensure you’re stay at Hotel Teatro is nothing short of perfect.”

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What To Do: Day One: Mile High Sports

 “Lower Downtown or LoDo as the natives call it, is a district of refurbished warehouses that house the city’s most popular bars, restaurants and nightclubs. With Coors Field sitting center stage, your day is sure to be a home run.

 Start off with breakfast at Snooze A.M. Eatery. This local hipster hotspot is filled with young adults lining the booth with famous Snooze Bloody Mary’s and their famous “Brewmosa.” Order a stack of pineapple upside pancakes and sit back an enjoy breakfast as husband and wife.

 Next head off on foot for a historic walking tour of LoDo to explore the sites of this old warehouse district. Self guided tours are available allowing you to go at your pace and stop anytime for drink or snack along the way.

 To quench your thirst, head to The View House right across the street from Coors Field for a game day beer and pretzel. With 360 degree views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains, View House boats the best rooftop patio in the city! After, head right across the street to Coors Field to catch the Colorado Rockies in action!

 Colorado is known as the “Napa of Microbrews” so following the game head down to the Sand Lot, where the famous Blue Moon was invented for a fresh brew and bite after the Rockies game.”

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 Day Two: Adventure in the City

 “Even though Denver is about an hour from the mountains there are plenty of things to do outdoors that will make you feel like your right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Using your smart phone, locate the nearest B-cycle station, Denver bicycle sharing programs that lets you rent bikes and ride all around the city.

 Ride down to REI‘s flagship store and wander the 18,000 square foot store where you can test your rock climbing skills on the indoor rock wall, pedal your way through the indoor mountain biking track and practice your kayaking skills on the Platte River, right outside the store. This store will give you the feeling that you’re in the mountains without ever having to leave the city.

 To ensure your outdoor day in the city is authentic as possible head over to the Buffalo Exchange, home to the city’s first liquor license and where people as famous as Buffalo Bill and Wyatt Earp have sat the buffalo exchange will give you the best meat that Colorado has to offer. If you’re extra brave, try the Rocky Mountain Oysters. Don’t ask, just try!”

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 Day Three: Luxury in the city

“After your whirlwind tour of this great city, it’s time to relax together as husband and wife and wrap up your honeymoon on with a great meal and there is no better place to do that than The Ritz Carlton. Their world-class spa and five star dining are sure to be the cherry on top this Mile High Honeymoon. Schedule a couple massage at the spa that overlooks the Rocky Mountains. After that head right downstairs to Elway’s, a famous steakhouse named after Denver Bronco and NFL great John Elway.”

You’ll have plenty of down time and plenty to do during a Mile High honeymoon!  A BIG thanks to Sarah and Lindsay from Pink Paisley Events in Colorado for sharing their insights to a fantastic trip to Denver.  Check back soon to see some of their fabulous real wedding work!

All Photos Courtesy of Pink Paisley Events.

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