Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Puerto Rico

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Gabi and Gabe tied the knot at their destination wedding in Rio Grande Puerto Rico.  The bride was from the area originally and they knew once they returned, that was it!  Gabi shared a bit about their wedding and how the weekend came to be.

My husband and I both wanted a destination wedding and I am from Puerto Rico. We decided to go and look at venues one weekend and once I stepped foot here, I knew it was the place. The scenery is spectacular and the ambiance magical. 

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The decor was just to compliment what the venue already going for itself, a rustic feel with luscious gardens. The venue had tons of my favorite bugambilia bushes, market lighting/Christmas lights and romantic amber lighting. So I settled on various shades of pink and gold with exposed farm tables with delicate lace runners. 

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My favorite moments from the day (aside from marrying the man of my dreams!) was enjoying the sorbet from a local vendor I grew up enjoying and dancing the night away with our loved ones. 

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Advice for destination wedding couples: BE PATIENT, everything runs on island time. Have a planner on the island/country who knows all vendors that you cannot find on google/wedding wire/the knot, and they alleviate so much stress.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Rudy+Marta Photography

Wedding Vendors: Dress Designer: Alegria’s Brides, Makeup Artist: Color Touch by Ana, DJ: DJ Fabian Kroselj, Specialty Foods: Helados Caribe, Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm, Event Venue: La Hacienda Siesta Alegre, Dress Store: Missguided, Event Planner: MR Party & Events, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: My Grooms Room, Musicians: Sal Pa’ Fuera Batucada, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Sartori Amici, Cake Designer: Vanessa Caro

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Glam Wedding Style Photos from Jamaica

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Today’s destination wedding inspiration shoot is brought to us by Manuela Stefan Photography, who knew she found something special when she landed upon this Jamaica wedding location.  She shared with us a bit about the inspiration and design of this “could be” wedding day.

Borghinvilla is a spectacular wedding venue with an exquisite blend of the most desirable details in one place: two acres of lush tropical gardens, cliffs, a sand beach and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.

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In contrast to the natural elements, the ceremony and reception decor chosen included luxurious items such as hanging chandeliers, crystals, soft white and blush roses and candle light. The turquoise sea view acted as the most incredible backdrop.

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Wedding Photo Shoot Vendor Team: Photographer:  Manuela Stefan Photography, Design and Decor: Borghinvilla Designs, Event Venue: Borghinvilla Wedding Venue, Event Planner: Jennifer Borgh Events, Bakery: Joy of Food, Dress Designer: Mori Lee by Madelaine Gardener

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Colorful Coral and Peach Destination Wedding on St. John

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KJ and Mark tied the knot in a beautiful coral and peach-clad beach wedding on the island of St. John. This destination wedding was designed with the help of Island Style Weddings and the end result was near picture-perfect! The happy bride and groom shared with us a little bit about their story and how this big day came together on island.

We selected St. John because we wanted to be surrounded by family and friends on a beautiful beach during sunset. 

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We selected coral, aqua and gold as our color palette because of the way the coral popped against the crystal clear water in the background.

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Favorite memories from the night? Dancing and celebrating with our family and friends under the stars on Oppenheimer Beach. 

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And the next day the couple headed back to the beach for a trash the dress session in the Caribbean Sea!

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Their advice for other destination wedding couples? Do what makes you happy and don’t worry about pleasing everyone else. Be sure to set aside enough time to explore the destination.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Blue Glass Photography (Alain Brin)

Destination Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planning + Design: Island Style WeddingsDress Designer: Allure BridalsBridesmaids Dresses: Donna MorganGroom’s Suit: Tasso ElbaGroomsmen attire: Tasso ElbaRings: Custom Jeweler and Diamonds DirectSave The Dates: MagnetStreet, Invitations: Coppia CreativaCeremony Program Fans: Inspirations by Amie LeeCeremony Venue: Trunk BayCeremony Music: Steel Pan Drum by Albion SewerOfficiant: Mary BartolucciReception Venue: Oppenheimer Beach, Reception Music: In The Sand BandFlorist: Roses TooCake: Queen of TartsCaterer: St. John CateringHair/Makeup: Cruz Salon St JohnWelcome Party Venue: Sunset Sail aboard KekoSailing Charter: Cruz Bay Watersports

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Pretty in Purple Destination Wedding in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Tiffani and Scott said I do in a beautiful outdoor ceremony and destination wedding in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The couple had looked at the farthest points of the globe before landing on Puerto Rico for a pretty, purple-clad big day. Tiffani shared their story with us:

We spent a long time trying to find the right location – we looked at Utah and Iceland because we met in Nepal and thought we would incorporate mountains into our theme. But when we visited Puerto Rico we found a place so vibrant and full of life, we couldn’t have chosen another location. The Condado Vanderbilt truly captured the essence of what we wanted, breathtaking scenery and elegant simplicity. And although it didn’t have the mountains we thought we wanted – it had more.

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We made the gift bags because we thought it would be fun and would personalize the event. We met on Mt Everest, so we created backpacks with a little notecard explaining why we added what we did – each item related to how we met (water bottles, socks, caribiners, prayer flags, candy bars, etc). My favorite item was a photo book we created for each guest. We were fortunate that almost everyone knew each other (40 guests) – but we built a book, that had 2 pages each (titled for each person/couple) of our lives with them.

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Scott made 24 cards / gifts to be given to me throughout the day on our wedding day. Photos of us, phrases about love, cards, and even deliveries of my favorite drinks at specific times throughout the day. Definitely a favorite memory that he would put so much thought into finding ways to say “I love you” in the hours before the ceremony.

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Ultimately, our inspiration is really the people who matter most in our lives. Everything about this place seemed to hold some piece of all the people we love.

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We were very fortunate to work with such an incredible wedding planner, brilliant designers – and of course the Condado Vanderbilt is a breathtaking location. We planned this wedding in less than 9 weeks and so we relied heavily on our local vendors. In truth, we told them what colors we loved, the table we wanted – and the first time I saw it was when I waked down the aisle. The setting of the ceremony itself was incredibly beautiful and simply elegant. But the table was perhaps the most stunning design I’ve ever seen. Long farm table, bowls of orchids in purples and teal and rose color; it was spectacular. I would also say the fire dancers and salsa instructors made the event so fun and interactive for our guests. Because we met on Mt Everest, the touch of prayer flags illuminated by little lights hanging over the reception were really loved by Scott.

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We asked the happy couple about their favorite moments from the day. The maid of honor accidentally stepped into the pool during the ceremony, watching Scott try and salsa dance, all the guys at the wedding wearing funny socks. Definitely my fathers speech.

Otherwise, my favorite memory is seeing Scott standing there when I walked down the aisle. Scott says it was seeing me walk down the aisle. We’re a pretty simple couple.

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We cannot express enough our appreciation and gratitude for the incredible people who made this day such an extraordinary event. We’ve heard from most guests that rarely had they seen a wedding more beautifully designed, in a more stunning location, with better food and entertainment. All of which was made possibly by our vendors, which we now call friends.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Don Mears Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planning: Maria Lugo, Wedding Design: Arquetipo, Venue and Catering: Condando Vanderbilt, Cake: C+M Cake Designers, Makeup: Caridad Vidro, Music: Music Factory, Fireshow and Salsa Dancers: SAK Entertainment, Officiant: Ministros De Bodas

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Beautiful Black Tie Destination Wedding at Round Hill

Kerby and Michael hailed from the south down to Jamaica for their swanky black tie destination wedding at the beautiful Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Kerby was kind enough to give us a peek into the makings of this magical event in the Caribbean. We wanted a black tie, destination wedding, at an intimate location. Round Hill is just that. It is small, it is rich and feels exclusive. My vision for our wedding was elegant, formal, chic, classic and luxurious. Round Hill has the old Hollywood feel that I absolutely love. It is timeless. It offers many venues for wedding events–other than the beach! I am from Destin, Florida, some of the prettiest beaches in the world. But I only enjoy the beach to get a suntan. I wanted no part of a “beachy” wedding or wedding events on sand, but wanted our guests to enjoy a Caribbean vacation. Round Hill has amazing terraces, lush greenery and exquisite Villas. It is so dreamy.

Tiffani and Jimmy wedding at Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, California.

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I opted for Black Tie simply because I wanted a formal wedding. It set the tone for our entire wedding weekend. My guests looked magnificent and the vision I had came to life. We should have had a red carpet ;) kidding.

We had four wedding events–Thursday night Cocktail Party, Friday night Rehearsal Dinner and Saturday Ceremony and Reception. We had each of the events at a different location on the property and they were all perfect. The food is wonderful and stunning. The staff is warm and genuine. 

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We did not see each other before the ceremony, so walking down the isle and seeing each other for the first time was our favorite moment.

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We also thoroughly enjoyed our first dances. We danced to two of our favorite songs and it was a loving and fun first moment as husband and wife. 

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We asked Kerby about the decision to host a destination wedding and advice for our readers planning one now. It’s the best decision we made. It can be intimidating and overwhelming, but find a place you love and you won’t regret it. If you are able to travel to your venue to plan, I would highly recommend it, especially if you are OCD like me:) 

I don’t like surprises so being hands on in the planning and face to face with the staff was an absolute must. We had two visits to Round Hill prior to our wedding weekend. Depending on your location and photographer, I would strongly suggest taking day-after pictures.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Modernmade Weddings

Wedding Vendors: Shoes: Del Toro, Cinema and Video: Jamaican Wedding Videographer, Dress Designer: Naeem Khan, Event Venue, Cake, Catering + Hair: Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Invitations, Itineraries & Seating Cards: Paces Papers, Band: PACE Band, Ceremony Music: Classical Trio, Flowers: Tai Flora, Bridal Salon: Joan Pillow Bridal, Groom Tux: Custom, H Stockton, Bridesmaids: Zimmermann, Engagement and Wedding Rings: Brown & Company

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