Getting Married at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida

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The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida is one of the country’s premier luxury resorts (and home to destination weddings from around the world). We checked out this property firsthand and found that whether you’re hosting an event for 50 or 500 friends and loved ones, you’ll certainly be well cared for by this incredible oasis and its team. We recently chatted with Joan Bever, Director of Food and Beverage – Event Sales and Services, who shared with us a bit about getting married in the area and all the recently renovated 140-acre property has to offer! Located just 15 minutes from the Palm Beach International Airport, The Breakers Palm Beach is easy to get to for your guests, makes your legal domestic destination wedding a breeze, and with eight restaurants and bars and 540 rooms and suites, they have everything you could need and more during your vacation of a lifetime!

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JF: What are some of the benefits of getting married at a grand resort?

JB: The Breakers Palm Beach is one of America’s premier destinations for magnificent weddings and celebrations. A one-of-a-kind oceanfront destination resort, the bride and groom and their guests never have to leave property. Every need or want is just a stroll away. 

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JF: Why is this a great option for destination couples?

JB: It’s a tropical paradise! From the great weather to the stunning ocean and the beautiful blue skies, Palm Beach offers the perfect environment and backdrop for a destination wedding. The Breakers also offers a fusion of old world tradition with modern luxury, giving couples the chance to get married in front of the Atlantic Ocean and celebrate inside a Renaissance-inspired palace – all without a passport required.

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JF: If a couple is planning a wedding at The Breakers, what creative ideas and events can couples plan to enhance the ceremony or reception?

JB: Planning an incredible celebration is all about the details, and a spectacular wedding features customized elements that reflect the couple’s personal styles and tastes.

We encourage our couples to consider incorporating a piece of home (a menu item with local flare), sharing something special to them with their gusts (a specialty cocktail that represents what they sipped on their first date) or by including a personalized element from their family’s heritage (a song or special dance).

Speaking to the menu, a few of the unique and fun items popular today include our Local Fresh Florida Stone Crab Claw First Course, Individual Ice-carved Raw Bar, Signature Giant Martini Sundae and interactive food stations. For dessert, try a pie bar, whoopee pie station or homemade cookie bar and for a new take on the cake, pass bite-sized monogramed petits fours.

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JF: What about activities that aren’t event driven?

JB: Beyond the classic resort amenities offered, guests can also enjoy poolside relaxation in our luxury Bungalows, take a bicycle tour of Palm Beach, delight in beachside Yoga or Pilates (we even offer Paddleboard Yoga!), discover deep sea fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling at The Breakers Reef, and, of course, spend a truly relaxing day at The Spa.

Our team can also help arrange private golf lessons or shotgun golf, tennis or croquet tournaments as well as beach volleyball and private fitness classes.

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Right: Donna Newman Photography, Left: Anthony Vazquez Photography 

JF: What can guests and couples experience at and around The Breakers when coming in for a destination wedding?

JB: The resort’s amenities include four oceanfront swimming pools and five whirlpool spas, a new, spectacular 6,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Ocean Fitness center, 25 luxury Bungalows for daytime-rentals, half-mile of private beach, an oceanfront luxury spa, 11 exclusive specialty shops, two 18-hole championship golf courses and 10 Har-Tru lighted tennis courts. The Breakers also features a collection of eight distinctive bars and restaurants.

If guests choose to explore the area, world-class shopping, unique entertainment, and captivating museums are located just around the corner. Guests can browse the designer boutiques on Worth Avenue, spend a leisurely afternoon shopping at CityPlace or take in a bit of history at the Henry Flagler Museum – all within minutes of The Breakers.

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JF: Can couples have a beach-inspired wedding or a black tie wedding?  Tell us about the diversity of the property and who it’s ideal for.

JB: Whether indoors or outdoors‚ The Breakers has myriad of breathtaking locations to suit every couple’s personal taste. From stunning oceanfront settings and lush gardens to magnificent ballrooms‚ we can accommodate ceremonies and receptions for 50 to 500 guests. Our one–of–a–kind venues set the perfect stage for a once–in–a–lifetime celebration. 

A few of our favorites include….

The Ocean Lawn: The Ocean Lawn has a breathtaking direct view of the Atlantic Ocean and provides the relaxed feel of a beachside wedding. Framed by palm trees, the Lawn is a favorite locale for stunning ceremonies. This outdoor paradise can be used for ceremonies, welcome and rehearsal dinners, and brunch. The Lawn accommodates 100 to 500 guests.

Venetian Ballroom: With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the stunning Atlantic Ocean, the Venetian Ballroom is one of The Breakers’ largest ballrooms. This majestic room accommodates up to 550 guests.

The Circle Ballroom: Ideal for an unforgettable ceremony or a gorgeous reception, The Circle boasts spectacular ocean views and a soaring fresco-painted ceiling. The Circle accommodates up to 200 guests.

Mediterranean Ballroom: The Romanesque Mediterranean Ballroom features views of the Mediterranean Courtyard and fresco-painted renaissance ceilings. The Mediterranean Ballroom accommodates up to 250 guests.

Mediterranean Courtyard: The Renaissance-inspired courtyard is a dazzling spot for an outdoor cocktail hour or can be transformed for a romantic ceremony. The Courtyard accommodates 75 to 500 guests.

For more information on getting married at The Breakers Palm Beach, be sure to check them out online and follow them on your favorite social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Sunflower Inspired Destination Wedding in Los Cabos

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Stephanie and Michael said I do in Los Cabos, Mexico surrounded by loved ones and a cheery design to celebrate within! This blushing bride shared their big day details and how it came to be.

 “Michael and I first met in San Francisco over three years ago in the most unlikeliest of places — an introductory speed reading class! As I was leaving the class, he stopped the elevator doors from closing to talk to me, walked me downtown, and we have been inseparable ever since.”

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So when it was time to tie the knot, why Los Cabos? “One of our favorite trips as a couple was to Los Cabos, Mexico, where we immediately fell in love with the gracious people, amazing views, and relaxed atmosphere. We both always wanted a destination wedding – an entire weekend with our closest family and friends, celebrating our love and the start of our lives together. Los Cabos provided the perfect destination without being too far from home.”

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“We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding in an intimate setting, which meant having a summer wedding at a small, private venue. We decided to have our wedding at the hacienda-style Villa Vista Ballena. From the Spanish tiled roof to the handmade Mexican art and décor, it truly captured the local culture. However, what we loved most about the villa were the panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez, which would ultimately become the backdrop to our ceremony and reception.”

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“Because the location and venue were already so breathtaking, we decided to keep the decor simple, yet elegant. We chose light muted colors accented with bright indigenous sunflowers to complement the unique beach and desert scenery of the Baja peninsula.”

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“Our wedding planner, Rachel Hansen of Infinity Weddings, did an amazing job taking care of all the details, allowing us to fully enjoy and appreciate each special moment as the day went on.”

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“Our favorite memories are the vows we wrote, the amazing speeches, and the relaxed, yet excited energy of the crowd throughout the evening. Between the open bar and the great music by DJ Ricardo, we had everyone partying on the dance floor and, by the end of the night, dancing in the pool! It was a beautiful night under the stars with all of the people we care about most in the world – one that we will never forget.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sara Richardson

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Villa Vista Ballena, Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design, Fire Dancers: Lunas De Fuego, Catering: Eat Cabo, DJ: DJ Ricardo, Floral Design: Cabo Flowers, Hair & Make-up: Suzanne Morel Spa, Wedding Coordinator: Rachel Hansen Of Infinity Weddings, Videographer: Jorge Ibarra

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A Tropical Wedding in Kona, Hawaii

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Trina and Chris said “I do” on the Big Island of Hawaii, at the Fairmont Orchid in Kona. But this big day was almost derailed by a natural disaster; luckily however the weather (and the surf) was perfect for the outdoor ceremony and reception overlooking the ocean.

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The couple came from Washington to the islands to tie the knot and found the Fairmont to be the perfect spot for their size, budget and style. Wedding planner, Erin Lindeman of Lindeman Weddings & Events filled us in on the planning and day’s details. The Fairmont Orchid is great because it carries the brand and service of a Fairmont property but isn’t very big compared to its sister property over on Maui or other surrounding mega hotels on the big island. It almost feels like a boutique hotel and is a perfect size for a smaller wedding group.”

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“The wedding was held just before Christmas so the hotel and surroundings were all decked out for the holidays.  I am so in love with the red poinsettia plants that overwhelm Hawaii during this season. Their colors of deep red-fuchsia and purple were perfect for this time of year in Hawaii.”

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“The wedding day started off a little rocky — without warning there were record breaking waves that day along the Kohala coast and a large wave had crashed into the resort at 6am that morning, flooding the property. The area that they were going to get married on was flooded as were the restaurants closest to the water.  The hotel staff didn’t miss a beat. They started working on the property immediately.  The incredibly high surf continued all day.  It was so spectacular I even saw a chef grab a surfboard and go tear up a few waves during his lunch break.  Gotta love the cowabunga dude attitude of the locals!”

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“As the day went on we needed to make the call whether or not we should do the wedding outside so close to the ocean or move into a ballroom.  This was a very difficult decision for everyone to make, including the hotel for liability purposes.  I am glad the hotel made the right decision and I am glad the bride and groom weren’t scared off by this either.  Let’s just say no one was swept away and they had the most spectacular backdrop to their wedding I’ve probably ever seen. The waves were so massive and loud, you could barely hear the ukulele player during the ceremony.”

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Rain or shine, this darling couple was going to have an amazing wedding day, and that they did!

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As guests enjoyed an amazing sunset, the reception kicked off next to where the ceremony had taken place.  One long purple-clad table was set to get the party started.

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The pair rented chandeliers to add a little drama to the outdoor setting which popped with color otherwise.

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The vibrant color palette was carried throughout the day and night, right down to the tropical wedding cake!

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This picture perfect wedding certainly doesn’t look like it faced a natural disaster that morning!  Luckily all was well!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Fletch Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding + Reception Location: Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, Wedding Planner: Lindeman Weddings & Events, Stationery: Nicole Mae Paper Design, Florist: Ainahua Florals, Linens: BBJ Linen, Chandelier Rental: Hawaii Island Events

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Orange + Grey NYC Destination Wedding

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Lauren and Adam had a domestic destination wedding in the Big Apple, where the bride had many ties.  Their wedding photographer, Carly Fuller shared a little insight into this fun-loving couple.  “These two met through work and fell for each others values, playful qualities, laughter, and adventurous spirits while meeting in different cities across the cross country.”

But no distance could keep this couple apart! Lauren moved from New York City to San Francisco to be with Adam. And the two would later return to NY to tie the knot with this fashion-forward, fabulous fete!

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In the spirit of their destination wedding, airline tickets acted as the “boarding passes to the wedding reception.”

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The colors the couple selected were bright and bold – pops of oranges, yellows, and reds paired with these stunning bridesmaid dresses in shades of grey.

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We love that each maid rocked her own signature look and each one looked amazing in their gowns.

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Orange heels tied the party together, as did coordinating bouquets.  What a great look!  We just can’t get enough of the fabulous fashion from this big day!

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Even the ring bearer got in on the fashion action with his orange bow tie and suspenders!

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The traditional Jewish wedding took place at the India House Club in Manhattan.

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And when saying “I do” in the city, a photo session in the streets is certainly on the schedule!

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It’s the personal, little details that are often most remembered by guests and this cake topper is no exception.  With two airplanes going back and forth from SFO and JFK airports, Lauren and Adam’s love story was told at every turn.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Carly Fuller Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: India House Club, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Hugo Boss, Floral Designer: JR Floral Designs, Caterer: Masterpiece Caterers, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Bridal Jewelry: Heirlooms, Rings: Ritz Jewelers of San Francisco, CA, Hair + Makeup Artist: Radiance NY, by Amy Klewitz Beauty, Band: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music, Hotel Accommodation: Wall Street Inn

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A Colorful Cabo Destination Wedding

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Gaby and Ryan opted for a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where friends and family would fly in for the fun, festive and oh-so colorful festivities! Their wedding planner, Vari Avila of Allure Event shared the planning process of this picture-perfect day with us. The couple knew they wanted to wed in Cabo, but in the beginning, didn’t know exactly where.

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“Armed with information on 4 different venues to choose from, Gaby and I toured the first three venues and while all seemed great, there was something missing.

We arrived at Hacienda Cocina late in the day and as soon as we drove into the property I saw Gaby’s demeanor change – her face lit up and she became giddy with excitement. After touring the venue, we sat down to chat over margaritas and ceviche verde and Gaby finally confirmed what I knew all along, she loved everything about Hacienda Cocina and thought it would be the perfect venue for their intimate wedding celebration only a few months later.”

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“The bride wore a gorgeous Reem Acra ivory gown with beaded lace and paired the dress with deep red glitter pumps and stunning deep blue drop earrings – Gaby was the epitome of femininity on her wedding day!”

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“Gaby and Ryan decided on a fall color scheme of coral, orange, deep red and yellow with hints of purple and blue which complemented the beach setting beautifully.”

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“For the ceremony on the beach, we chose to create a traditional ceremony setting by using ivory chapel benches with coral cushions for guest seating. The bride and groom stood under a simple canopy made with Torote tree branches as the groom’s father officiated the ceremony. Décor and color were purposely kept minimal to allow the surroundings and the sparkling Sea of Cortez to take center stage.”

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“After the ceremony, guests were greeted with delicious cocktails and canapés and were serenaded by an acoustic guitarist as the sun was setting.”

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“Gaby loves flowers and favors garden style arrangements so with the help of our fantastic florist, Lola del Campo, we created medium size arrangements for the reception tables that were full of movement and visual interest. Paired with gold vases, mercury glass votives, coral tablecloths and crystal chandeliers over the dance floor, the setting was truly romantic and ultra-feminine.”

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“Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Gaby and Ryan released a Chinese lantern that had been filled with guests’ best wishes for the happy newlyweds. A truly wonderful sendoff for a perfect day!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sara Richardson Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Hacienda Cocina, Wedding Planner & Designer: Vari Avila Of Allure Event, Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design, Additional Rentals: Let It Be Events, Wedding Cake: Criss Cakes, Guitarist: David Flores, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Groom’s Attire, Groomsmen’s Attire: J. Crew, Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Wedding Dress: Reem Acra, Floral Design: Florenta Flower Design 

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