Bridal Shower Hot Spot in Los Angeles: Ciel Spa Beverly Hills

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More than half of all bachelorette parties take place out of town these days; so whether you’re having a destination wedding or not, chances are you might be having a destination girls weekend.  If you are, consider hitting up Hollywood, the perfect place to party, but also to relax, recover, and get ready for the big day.

For a beautiful location for a bridal shower, a spa-themed bachelorette party, or a swanky spot to get ready on your wedding day, look no further than Ciel Spa at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel.  The all-white wonderland of beauty designed by Philippe Starck has a full service salon by IGK Hair to get you looking your best before your night out and ultra glam treatment rooms to help you recover the next day.

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Located in the heart of where all things in Los Angeles happen, you can walk to restaurants and shops or order in and walk up to your hotel room to retire when you’re done primping and pampering yourself.

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Ciel Spa is also a great gift idea for that bride-to-be getting ready for her big day.  ‘Tis the season for spa gift cards and this is one she’s sure to love.

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Ciel Spa is so pretty, the only downside is you won’t want to leave.  Even the locker room looks like a bridal paradise, complete with fresh flowers and all the spa amenities you could ask for.  And it’s boutique enough that if you want to celebrate with friends, you won’t get lost looking for one another to unwind with.

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A great place for private parties, Ciel Spa is a picture-perfect backdrop to celebrate one very lucky bride-to-be.  Whether you live in Los Angeles or are taking a trip for that once-in-a-lifetime bachelorette weekend, be sure to stop here and recover from all things wedding, before and after the big day!

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Our Must-Do List of Things to Do in Bermuda

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We’re back with the rest of our top 10 can’t miss activities and places to visit in Bermuda on a tropical honeymoon or destination wedding weekend.  If you missed the first half of our list, be sure to check it out here.  And to round out our favorites from a recent trip to Bermuda, be sure not to skip these fabulous vacation finds!

6. Watch America’s Cup Boats Train at Dockyard: Did you know that the America’s Cup race is in Bermuda in 2017? That means the teams have already moved in and are gearing up for their big day. You can catch the boats training in the harbor if you’re lucky, so head to Dock Yard for a full day of shopping, sight seeing, lunching and you might even spot a little friendly competition out on the waters.

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7. Golf at Tucker’s Point: Bermuda is home to seven golf courses, more per capita then any other county in the world, and has even been host to events like the PGA Grand Slam. If golf is your speed, I suggest splurging on a day at Tuckers Point Golf Course and you might just tee off next to a former president or Hollywood starlet enjoying a low-key day off.

8. Enjoy fresh Wahoo at Wahoo’s Bistro: Fresh fish is abundant in Bermuda and one of their local favorites is Wahoo. During your travels, take a pit stop to Wahoo’s Bistro for lunch on the water and their Wahoo fish tacos, you won’t find fresher fish anywhere out there.

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9. Tuck in to Rosewood Tucker’s Point: A 200-acre property filled with lush forests, beautiful beaches, gorgeous golf, and four swimming pools is a sprawling luxury resort fit for a queen. Rosewood Tucker’s Point sits in the ultra posh part of the island, Tucker’s Town, where celebs from around the world hide out and enjoy the view. The hotel has a beautiful British charm, large rooms in every category, and a world-class spa that includes one of only four Silver TAG showers in the world. Check in and you may never want to leave.

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10. Put your toes in the Pink Sand: Bermuda is famous for its pink sand beaches so we couldn’t possibly send you there without plenty of fun in the sun and sand. Gorgeous beaches are all around the island, many private in front of your hotel or beach club (the beach at Elbow Beach Hotel is top-notch), or head to one of the public beaches like the lesser-known but stunning Clear Water Beach Park.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Bermuda, the island, the people, and amazing places, beaches and caves will not disappoint!

{Top Image: Courtesy of Bermuda Tourism, Bottom Three Images: Rosewood Tucker’s Point}

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10 Things to Do on a Bermuda Honeymoon or at a Destination Wedding

I recently visited the island of Bermuda for the first time and feel in love with this forgotten favorite for vacationers. Just 90 minutes from New York and a stone’s through from the coast of North Carolina, the crystal blue waters and pink sand beaches look like a postcard from the Caribbean, but it’s actually in the Atlantic, in a place all its own. And what the country has to offer guests, specifically for destination weddings and honeymoons, is certainly worth writing home about. So take a look at our top ten must-do activities and sites during your destination wedding stay in Bermuda.

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1. Swim with the Dolphins: Dolphin Quest offers up private and group swims with dolphins right in the Atlantic waters of the harbor. Tucked into their own enclosed natural habitat, these happy-as-can-be dolphins will perform tricks for you, give kisses, teach you a thing or two about conservation, and all around love on you while you and your trainer swim with and even dance with these beautiful creatures. This is a bucket list item done well by the team in Bermuda – an experience you will never forget!

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2. Jet Ski among Ship Wrecks: Take a guided tour of one of the hundreds of shipwrecked vessels along the coast and reef of Bermuda – all by jet ski with Island Sports Centre! Your personable guides will show you a wild time at high speeds while you explore the island from a different perspective. Take a dip off the side to swim with sea turtles and take time out to feed the fish too! If speed, sun, and sea are your favorite things in life, then this is for you!

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3. Get a Couple’s Massage in a Cave: You read that right – there’s a spa in the center of the Crystal Caves of Bermuda. These breathtaking caverns are lined with sparkles of limestone and chandelier clusters and complete with floating docks holding cabanas for two. Get locked into this other world below sea level and enjoy the most romantic couple’s massage on earth at Grotto Bay Beach Resort. Just imagine getting treated together as you hear the natural sounds of the cave waters below your beds in total privacy from the outside world. It’s once in a lifetime kind of romance.

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4. Dine at Waterlot Inn: For one of the best meals on the island, put your jackets on and head out for a swanky night on the town at this posh eatery at the Fairmont Southampton. The steakhouse has an old-world charm, and plenty of history to back it up. And their service today boasts that old time luxury not found many places anymore. Case in point – order up Caesar salad for two and they’ll make it for you tableside. That goes for dessert too! Regardless what you order, just don’t leave without tasting the truffle mac n’ cheese or you’ll regret it.

5. Swizzle Inn and Swagger Out at The Swizzle Inn: When in Bermuda, do as the locals do and drink up a Rum Swizzle (similar to a rum punch with a kick) and have it at the famous Swizzle Inn. A pub-like restaurant, dine inside or out on local favorites while you sip pitchers of Rum Swizzle in the sun.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the rest of our top ten ideas for an amazing honeymoon in Bermuda!

{Top Image: The Reefs, Middle Three Images: Grotto Bay, Bottom Image: Fairmont Southampton}

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Italian Honeymoon Photo Shoot

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Today we’ve got an elopement inspired shoot, ideal for a wedding for two or honeymoon in Italy!  The photo shoot took place in Ischia where the models went for a swim, were spotted out on a boat, and got to explore the town streets together.  Art of Perfection Events shared this shoot with us and here’s what they had to say about their idea.

Magical. Enchanting. Timeless. That’s exactly what it feels like to attend a destination wedding in Italy. About twenty minutes from the mainland of Naples, Italy there are three exclusive Italian Islands: Ischia, Procida, and Capri. These are dreamlike locations that are full of vibrant colors, authentic architecture and natural volcanic thermal spas. 

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This past summer, we photographed and videographed these beautiful islands and surrounding waters to capture the most realistic setting for a destination Italy wedding like no other. We created this photoshoot to showcase to brides-to-be how beautiful getting married in Italy can be with the right event planner. With hints of white and blue and accents of silver accessories, our color palette was stunning. This natural looking palette was inspired by the beautiful colorful hues provided by Mother Nature and the beauty of Italy.

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Our photographer, Gennaro Cimmino and our videographer, Francesco Rocco, produced gorgeous pieces of our adventure around the Italian Islands of Ischia and Procida, which I have attached so you can envision the beauty and romance of a couple diving into love and the clear waters of the Mediterranean.

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To see more from this shoot, check out the video highlights here:

Photo Shoot Team: Bride Model: Angela Fascelli, Groom Model: Giuseppe Assante, Destination Wedding Planner + Guest Villa Rentas: Art of Perfection Events, Photographer: Gennaro Cimmino, Videographer: Francesco Rocco, Bride’s Gown: Costanza Chevalier, Groom’s Blazer and Shoes: Zara

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Quick + Easy Way to Slim Down for the Big Day

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Today we want to dish about a great product, a little known secret that should be shared among brides, bridesmaids, or anyone looking to drop a few pounds before the big day.  It’s called the Bikini Cleanse!   Can you say honeymoon ready!?  

We recently tried the new three-day kit and wow, dare I say I liked it? The three or seven day programs come packaged so cute, you’ll actually want to get going!  And once you do, you won’t starve, I promise! 7 day wedding cleanseThe Bikini Cleanse

The kit comes complete with a “passport” to help you succeed – with shopping lists, meal plan suggestions, and even journal notes to keep you positive through the process.  Also included is a shake (I recommend you have for breakfast) that tastes a little like an orangesicle from childhood, only this one helps you lose weight!  Then you’ll enjoy a berry flavored tea pack twice a day to snack in between two real meals (think salmon and broccoli).  Before bed?  A detox tea to get you through the night (and it tastes delish!).  Surprisingly, I wasn’t hungry at all, in fact, I had to remind myself not to skip a step throughout the day since you’re still eating meals while on the cleanse.   

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And it works.  The Bikini Cleanse is a great way to drop some quick water weight and lose a few pounds before putting on that dress (I did it before walking as a bridesmaid recently).  It’s also something I would consider including in my semi-regular routine just to reset and rid myself of those cravings that tend to creep up throughout the year.  The program is simple, easy to do, tastes good, and it’s affordable too.  Why not?!

And once the big day is done, I highly recommend ordering a few extra detox tea packs for bedtime.  It tastes so good, it’s a healthy habit you’ll want to keep long after the cleanse is complete.

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To order your three day cleanse or seven day routine, check out the Bikini Cleanse here!

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