Happy Thanksgiving Travelers + Friends!

Today is Thanksgiving here in the US and we just wanted to say how thankful we are for each and every one of you who read this blog, submit to the blog and share your stories with us.  We love seeing the world with you!  Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving with your families and fiances!

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{Photos: Wreath: Just Another Day in Paradise, Place Card: Minted, Table: Savvy Southern Style, Cookies: Glorious Treats, Pies: MS}

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Landmark Wedding Photos

When you’re hosting a destination wedding, often times the location or the landmark the location is known for becomes the third character in your story.  Well, if you’re lucky enough to say I do in front of or near a pretty spectacular site like the Eiffel Tower or even in a sports stadium in another state, be sure to build some extra time into your day-of timeline so the two of you and your photographer can take a stroll to make some very special memories like these!

If you’re near but not near enough one of these spots or perhaps your day is just too packed already to plan for a photo op visit, then consider doing a day after session together when you get back in your attire for these photos or just enjoy a more casual look and day out on the town with your destination wedding photographer.

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{Photos: Paris: Emm Fagadar, SF: Fondly Forever, Bath: More Than an Image, Biltmore Estate: Two Ring Studios, NYC: Shira Weinberger, Vegas: Meg Ruth, Baseball: Sweet Little Photographs via Ruffled, Chair Lift: Matt Alberts}

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Pastel Weddings on the Beach

Now is a great time to have a destination wedding on the beach! It’s Springtime in the states and if you’re hometown is still buried somewhere under feet of snow, then your “Spring” wedding would be more like a “Winter” wedding, and who wants that when winter is gone (technically)?

Well something else that goes great with Spring, weddings, and the beach: Pastels! These beautiful, light and romantic colors perfectly represent the life of this season as well as the happiness of your loving relationship. Pale blues, pinks, and greens work seamlessly with a beach setting just as well as bright tropical colors do, but can tame the decor and get the attention and focus on the couple and the love they are celebrating. And that’s what the wedding is all about anyway! But just because these colors are light, they can still create a lovely decorative atmosphere at your wedding, that will not be ignored. You can use pastels subtly with one color throughout, or you can use the whole spectrum with a “go big or go home approach” (maybe even wear a colored wedding gown yourself?!), either way you choose, it’s bound to look amazing!

Try implementing beach elements, like beach lanterns or starfish, and paint them different pastel colors, or use succulents in your floral arrangement since they’re already a nice light green color! Even your get-away car can be pastel, like the robin’s egg blue Beetle pictured below.  However you plan to use pastels for your beach wedding, make sure to have fun with it and keep the true meaning for the big day your main focus!

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{Photos- Peach wedding gown: Pinterest, Grits wedding favor: Southern Weddings, Just Married Beetle: Style Me Pretty, pastel lanterns: Seaside Inspired, wedding cake: Inspired by This, pastel table scape: One Wed, Bride+bridesmaids: Bridal Musings}

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Win a 3-Night Stay at The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas!

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Looking for a dream destination wedding location in the Caribbean??  What if you could preview and plan your perfect big day with all the experts, on vacation – for free!?  That’s right – it’s giveaway time!!  The expansive luxury property on Paradise Island, Bahamas, The Cove Atlantis want to welcome you to getaway while you plan away at their unique Brides in Paradise experience.  A three night, four day wedding weekend, this luxury bridal retreat will include everything from de-stressing morning yoga to expert speakers, fabulous swag bags, and poolside play and pampering of course!

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This exclusive event is $495 per bride ($150 per guest), excluding travel.  But comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win entrance to the event for two PLUS a three night stay at the swanking The Cove Atlantis.   That’s a $2400.00 value!!  Talk about a great way to reconnect with your fiance during the wedding planning process, should you opt to make it a romantic weekend for two of course!

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Want to take more guests with you??  Why not turn this trip into your bachelorette weekend!?!  What a memorable way to celebrate with your best friends by the beach!

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For more information or to register to attend, visit Brides in Paradise- Luxury Bridal Retreat at Atlantis.  And a special thanks to Atlantis for sharing this giveaway with our wonderful readers!

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The fine print: Must be 18 and up to attend.  The event includes access to all events and planned activities, swag bag and gifts for the bride, complimentary access to Aura, and eligibility to win any of the bridal giveaways, including a five night vacation and wedding dress!  Dates of the event are June 27th – 30th, 2013.

To enter to win a two tickets to this four day event and a three night stay at The Cove Atlantis, comment on this post before 5pm PST Tuesday, March 26th.  The winner will be selected at random.  Contest excludes air and incidentals.  Good luck travelers!!

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Honeymoon in Switzerland

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Julianne and Phil were married in August 2011 in Winter Park, Florida.  But the big destination for these two lovebirds was their honeymoon – to Zurich, Switzerland!  The newlyweds jetted off to Europe just after the big day and when they touched down, a fantastic photo shoot was held!

But let’s back up a minute first.  Why Switzerland?  This couple planned their vacation keeping in mind exactly what it was they wanted to experience, and so they found a locale that balanced a relaxed city culture and beautiful natural backdrops.  Julianne and Phil “wanted a honeymoon that offered opportunities to enjoy natural landscapes and have the option to go out on the town and experience a different culture. Zurich offered both of these,” honeymoon photographer Abby Liga tells us.

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Abby actually traveled with the pair specifically assigned to capture their moments of love, laughter, and a lot of relaxation as they unwound from the wedding.  As their wedding photographer in Florida, this team knew it would be a piece of cake (and a lot of fun together too).  If you have to have a party of three on your honeymoon, make it count and opt for fabulous photos to remember it by!

“Julianne and Phil, realizing the importance of capturing all of these one-of-a-kind events in life, invited me along to photograph a glimpse of their honeymoon beginning in Zurich. How can a girl say no?  We met up in the beautiful city just 2 days after theirwedding. After a day of travel and acclamation, Julianne, Phil, and I met right in the Old Town District and picked up right where we left off at The Winter Park Farmers Market.” 

Given this was their third shoot together, the couple eased right into their everyday life, just in front of the camera.

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The bride even tossed in a subtle theme to the shoot.  Rather than adding in props and distractions from the natural beauty of the day and the couple, Julianne simply incorporated the color of yellow – a color woven into their engagement session, wedding, and now honeymoon.  Smart!

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Then a change of clothes and off to get a pint!

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The bride even packed up her wedding dress for the long flight, just so she could wear it one last time!

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They certainly had a fun day out exploring on their honeymoon, and now the couple has some amazing photos to share it and remember it back home.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Liga Photography

Wedding Dress: Anne Barge purchased at Solutions Bridal

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NYC Destination Proposal

This post isn’t a destination wedding, but a destination proposal!!  Dan popped the question in a surprise adventure to New York City with his now fiance, Kailen.  The Seattle based couple had a vacation planned for the big apple so Dan set out to surprise Kailen on arrival.  Since photography is so important to Kailen, Dan even flew out wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison to capture every intimate moment!  Rebecca shared with us a bit about the trip and their experience.  ”Since Dan and Kailen have been good friends of mine for a couple of years, I jumped at the idea of capturing such a special moment for them, and I couldn’t wait to see the reaction on Kailen’s face when she realized my husband and I were there as well.” 

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“Dan and Kailen have been friends of mine for years, and I knew how much Kailen had been wanting Dan to propose. She had squirreled it out of him that something was going to happen before the end of the year, and I spoke with her a day or two before their trip. She was convinced he was going to propose at sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge because he had specified wanting to do that during the trip. I had to play dumb knowing that the proposal would happen on the trip, but not how she thought it would happen. That was a hard conversation, being a supportive friend, but not sharing what I knew, especially not that I would be there too!”

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“Dan had traveled to NYC quite a few times for work and he loved the fountain at the middle of Bryant Park with the public library behind it. It is a super small but intimate park in the middle of downtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times Square.  Dan had chosen this park months in advance, but didn’t realize until the week before the trip that the park completely transforms during winter into an outdoor fair for the holidays and a huge ice rink covering the majority of the park. Luckily since his main interest was the fountain, we were still able to capture the proposal there, we just had to work around a significant amount more people than expected on a cold Saturday morning (people got on that ice rink really really early!)”new york engagement ideas NYC Destination Proposalnyc engagement idea NYC Destination Proposal

After taking the subway the wrong direction, this early morning call time for the soon to be bride and groom was delayed.  But finally the photographer got the long awaited text message from Dan saying they had arrived at the fountain.  Rebecca remembers the moment.  “My heart starts to race. Not only did I want to make sure I captured the proposal without interference, I was so excited as Kailen and Dan are good friends, and I know she was about to be over the moon happy.  All of a sudden I see Dan. I use my human shields to make sure Kailen doesn’t see me and get to a good vantage point.  Dan gives Kailen a coin to toss into the fountain, and tries to get the ring out of his pocket, but Kailen tosses the coin too fast and he doesn’t have time to drop to one knee before she looks back. So he does it in front of her, and she starts to cry. I am furiously clicking away!  She obviously says an ecstatic yes, and then after a couple minutes of hugs and kisses, Dan turns to me and points me out of the crowd.  It takes her a second (because she obviously thinks I am across the country) but finally sees me… and starts to tear up again.  It was perfect!”

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 “We had all of Saturday and Sunday to spend with Dan and Kailen roaming around NYC and photographing them for their engagement photos. It is by far the most fun engagement session I have ever photographed in my career! We hit up Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Terminal, Subway Stations, and multiple other random spots throughout NYC.”

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 Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for sharing your moment with us!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Rebecca Ellison Photography

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African Safari Planner

African Safari Honeymoons African Safari PlannerThinking of an adventurous honeymoon and post-wedding getaway? How does an African safari sound?  Oh the headache of planning a trip across the world into the great unknown!  Where to begin for that once in a lifetime trip as new husband and wife?  How about an African Safari Planner to help!?  Launched by Natural Habitat Adventures, the African Safari Planner offers couples packages and opportunities to cater to all your wants and needs through a simple interactive online tool!  Are you anti-package or don’t see one that appeals to you?  Then build your own amazing and customized trip, with just a few clicks!african safari African Safari PlannerAfrican Safari Planner can help you plan every aspect of your trip, whether it’s choosing from many beautiful countries to tour, over 300 luxury camps to stay in, travel routes, activities and more!  If you want a beautiful getaway in Zimbabwe to see the magnificent waterfalls and wild animals, there are dozens of fantastic locations at your fingertips.  If you prefer something along the coast, they’ve got that too.safaris in africa African Safari PlannerAll of the camps were chosen with a careful hand, working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in order to preserve the surroundings and integrity of the African lands.  You can plan your trip knowing that you and your honey are not the only ones in safe hands, but the wildlife surrounding the areas are being protected as well.  The symbiotic relationship between the WWF and Natural Habitat Adventures are dedicated to creating an environmentally friendly travel experience that benefits all parties, not to mention the breathtaking locations and sights you get to see along the way!

Now what’s your excuse not to take that exotic tour and see the big five after your big day?!?!

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Lavender Wedding Ideas

Lavender is known to soothe, relax, and can even be used as a remedy to sleep.  It’s lovely color and timeless beauty (whether fresh or dried) makes it a wonderful addition to a wedding.  Lavender has origins across the globe, from Africa and Asia to the Mediterranean and Southern Europe (in ancient times it was even considered a holy herb).  So with its worldly roots, we thought it would make an excellent accent to a destination wedding of course!  Whether in fields in the South of France or touching down in Greece, a little lavender goes a long way to make a lasting impression.

In your wedding ceremony, consider utilizing the herb in bouquets, boutonnieres, potted plants at the altar, or hanging from the pews of a church, the ideas are endless!

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For your reception, adorn your tables with centerpieces – potted or in a variety of styles of vases and dinner will smell as sweet as it looks.  Spice up your cocktails with a hint of lavender, infuse it into your menu options (think cheese), opt for lavender flavored macaroons or even dress up your croquembouche or traditional American wedding cake with the sweet smell of lavender.  Yum!  For favors?  Muslin sacks filled with lavender seeds to keep in drawers back home (or use these to toss at the ceremony); and when putting together welcome bags, why not include a lavender eye mask to help guests recover from that jet lag?  Oh how we love the look of lavender!

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Destination Wedding Photography

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Today marks the first of many posts to come that we’re calling Top Shots.  We spend so much time sifting through wedding photos, websites, and submissions and we love that time because it means we get to look at pretty things – all. day. long.  Sometimes a wedding isn’t a fit for our blog, but a photo or two or three from the event takes our breath away.  Destination weddings provide such unique backdrops and settings to capture such magical moments that we want to share with you some of those moments and images that we just can’t stop starring at!  So today we’re talking black and whites.  The timeless and romantic look of a stellar black and white wedding photo really makes that incredible moment iconic.  So enjoy a few of our recent favorites from around the web!

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I hope these inspire you like they did me!  The above are some amazing wedding photographers who will travel the world and bring back moments like this!

If you have a photo (or several) you’d like to submit to us for a future Top Shots feature (black and white or other), please email it to us at ido{at}jetfeteblog.com.  We love looking for fabulous destination wedding photography!

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Grand Cayman Wedding Shoot

Starfish Point Weddings1 Grand Cayman Wedding ShootA destination wedding often means ample time at a unique and picturesque setting and hopefully with a destination wedding photographer in tow.  So why not take advantage of that time (and team) and get the most out of your locale?  A “day after” wedding shoot is becoming increasingly popular.  It’s when the newlyweds and photographer get out and about for a day of fun and photos without the stress of a timeline and pressure of the ceremony.  Destination weddings are the PERFECT time and place for a “day after” shoot!  Get out and see the island, take time away just for the two of you to sightsee, really enjoy your environment and marvel at all that’s around you.  And while you’re at it, why not ask your photographer to capture it all?  That’s exactly what we did with today’s inspiration photo shoot.starfish point wedding Grand Cayman Wedding ShootWhen we jetted off to the Cayman Islands a few weeks back for the Engage!11 conference, we thought why not take advantage of the stunning setting and put together a day after adventure!?!  So today and tomorrow, you’ll see what our fantastic team came up with.  The setting – a dreamy day out on the Cayman Elusion, a Cayman Luxury Charter (the perfect way to get away the day after your “I do’s”).  The stops – Starfish Point, a secluded beach where starfish are in abundance and Stingray City – a sandbar off the island where dozens of stingrays congregate.  Our plan was to capture those more casual bride and groom shots once the wedding was done and end the day with a very brave and adventurous trash the dress session, with stingrays and all!  Our models, Dave and Cristin (Cristin was Miss Cayman Islands 2010) were so amazing, we were so lucky to get to work with them!  And of course it didn’t hurt that we had the fabulous adventure-seeking destination wedding photographer, Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography to capture it all!weddings at starfish point Grand Cayman Wedding ShootCristin wore a beautiful dress by Kirstie Kelly (chiffon flows perfectly in a windy locale and made for some great shots floating in the water).  Her look, paired with the neutral suit worn by Dave and the white sands and crystal clear water nearby made the colors of the sky and trees around really pop.  Her bouquet incorporated local flowers and even shells from the island, and was created by the talented local Cayman team at Celebrations.starfish point cayman islands Grand Cayman Wedding ShootWe had the best time out on the ocean and at the beach for this shoot!  Imagine getting away from it all after the wedding and taking some time just for two, yet you’re back by dinner to continue the celebration with friends and family still on island!starfish point grand cayman Grand Cayman Wedding ShootYou can even get a little cheeky…here Dave and Cristin channeled their inner music video divas as they headed back to the boat by Sea-Doo.cayman islands wedding Grand Cayman Wedding ShootWhile you’re out for the day, keep in mind you might just find the perfect Christmas or holiday card photo or the ideal thank you photo for the many thanks you’ll be sending to those who traveled near and far to be with you on your big day.  If you plan ahead and bring a sign or prop or two, you’ll have that much more to work with when planning out your stationery when you touch down back at home.  Just remember to have fun with it, whatever you do!!  This is after all, the day after…no pressure, just fun and time together out of the hotel to see what your chosen destination has to offer.just married signs Grand Cayman Wedding ShootStay tuned tomorrow for photos of the grand finale – Christin and Dave dive in with the stingrays!

And a big hug and giant thanks to the amazing professionals who produced this fantastic day!  Crystal Blue Weddings, the go-to for all things Cayman weddings organized an epic on island team!!   And thanks to those from the states who packed up their gear and goods and joined forces with the amazing local companies.  Such a fun day!

Photo Shoot Team:

Yacht: Cayman Elusion by Cayman Luxury Charters

Photography:  Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly Collection

Co-Producer & Cayman Islands Weddings: Crystal Blue Weddings

Floral:  Celebrations

Just Married Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Hair:  Kelly Massias

Makeup: Cristin Alexander

Female Model:  Cristin Alexander

Male Model: Dave Connolly

Hair Pin: Maria Elena Headpieces


Crystal Blue Weddings, Beautiful Day Photography, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy are vetted and highly recommended advertisers of Jet Fete and/or The Bridal Bar. 

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