Best Place to Bachelor/Bachelorette in Los Angeles

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Summer is right around the corner, which means here in Southern California, it’s bachelor and bachelorette party time!  If you’re planning your bachelorette weekend or getaway bachelor party, then look no further than sunny So Cal and the bright lights of Los Angeles!  The trend to getaway for a bachelorette party is taking the country by storm – no longer do guys and gal pals go out for just one night, they get in the car or hop on a plane for a quick ride to somewhere special for a few fabulous days with friends.  And Hollywood is one happening place to do just that!  If you want a spot that marries (pun intended) hip nightlife with sun tanning and spa, then check out the newly redone W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills.

This posh property has everything a weekend away with friends could need – a popular pool and poolside restaurant for cabana living and dare we say, a little day drinking; live local music certain times of the month in the swanky lobby lounge known as the Living Room Bar, a celeb-favorite steakhouse, STK (complete with it’s own DJ and entertainment), and even a Bliss Spa on property to help you recover from all the fun you had the night before!

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Located within perfect proximity to Hollywood nightclubs if you want to go out, but complete with all the social scene you could need within the walls of the hotel, the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills is the ideal home to dance all night, lounge all day, and celebrate those last few days of single life with those you love most.

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If you’re organizing a little soiree during the weekend or you’ve got a good size group, consider staying in the E Wow Suite, a lavish party palace complete with a tufted wall-clad screening room, floating bed, and bar in the living room.   It’s got good times written all over it!

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With a recent renovation, all the rooms are inviting, modern, and made for fun, regardless of the suite or size room you select.

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But even with a room as wow as the E Wow Suite, you won’t want to spend too much time tucked away with a happening lobby and lounge scene like this.  Head downstairs to celebrate in style and don’t forget to dine and indulge at STK when you do!  Just ask the W Insider for help, they’re goal is to provide you Whatever / Whenever you want it and make your bachelorette weekend a breeze to plan!

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If you want to get some sun before the big day, see the City of Angels by night, and experience some of the best food and drink in LA on your bachelor or bachelorette weekend, then W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills is the place to be.  You might even spot a celeb or two during your stay!

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For more information on parties, dinning, spa, and getaway weekends in Los Angeles, check out the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills for more ideas and great rates.

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Colorful Destination Wedding in Sayulita, Mexico

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Matt and Sidney said I do in Sayulita, Mexico where almost 150 friends and family gathered for a week of fun and festivities! Sidney shared with us the story of their destination wedding week in Mexico. 

Simple Elegance – Trading our Alaskan raingear for ponchos and whisky for tequila we knew our 145 wedding guests would fall in love with Sayulita like Matt and I did. A true oasis of Nayarit, Mexico, a vibrant town filled with culture, flare, and romance that has a little of something for everyone. Matt and I were selfish in asking our near and dear for over a week of their time with festivities they couldn’t say no to. From an amazing day on the water with Ally Cat to a welcoming party on the beach of La Terrazola and finishing it off with an amazing brunch at Villa Amor to hear all the details we might have missed when we slipped away from the reception.

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We wanted our day to be a day of endless love and laughter, a day where the lines were blurred between friends and family. With the wonderful help of Yazmin from Sea of Dreams and her team of staff our day came to life, they move around with such grace and ease and were there for anything we could possible need.

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Mireya brought our vision to life with simple beauty with each flower she beautiful placed. Her work is magical and truly is the final touches every wedding need to feel beautiful.

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Jess for Sayulita Musica kept the party going all night long with his excellent selection of music and Marjie, owner of Funky Diva Hair did wonders with all my ladies hair and make-up including mine. Amazing wedding photographer, Joann Arruda, was able to capture every ounce of love and happiness with her artistic eye to find the beauty in each shot.

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 Matt and I feel beyond blessed by the out pouring of love and support we felt and are so thankful to our support team that made the whole experience so wonderful. We wish we could live in the day forever.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Joann Arruda Photography

Wedding Vendors: Floral Designer: Flor Mimo, Hair Stylist: Funky Diva Collective, Musicians: Mariachi America del Real, DJ: Sayulita Musica, Event Designer: Sea of Dreams, Reception Venue: Villa del Oso

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An Intimate Elopement Shoot at Disney World

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Today we’ve got a very special shoot from one of our favorite places, Disney World!  This vintage Disney inspired elopement shoot is brought to us by Degrees North Images who clearly shares our love of fairy tales!  They take us to the beachside location of Disney’s Boardwalk for this shoot and here’s what they had to say about the day.

I’m a very nostalgic girl who loves an adventure…and Disney! I used to be a Disney Cast Member and my husband and I got married at Walt Disney World so I have a very soft spot for all things Disney fairytale…because they really do exist! I wanted to create a shoot to inspire couples who reflect that sentiment and I knew the absolute perfect place to do it was at Disney’s Boardwalk and the Beach Club Resort’s beach on Crescent Lake.

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Elopements aren’t what they used to be. With wedding costs rising, a lot of couples are bucking the modern tradition of the big white wedding to truly craft a day that’s all about them! Couples that decide to elope are inviting close family, buying a dress, and even traveling to epic destinations. I wanted to celebrate those daringly romantic and special couples and with the help of Yasmen Katrina Events, we were able to design a classic, vintage elopement inspiration at the Happiest Place on Earth! Walt Disney World has been hosting weddings on their property for decades now, but a lot of couples (and their families) still think a Disney wedding is too expensive and that it could even be a little hokie. Sure, if you want Mickey and Minnie to attend, you can have that, but if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, you can have that too…and this is the proof!

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Our adorable stationary suit from Stone Werks set the tone. The carnival style matched the Coney Island vibe of the Boardwalk and the included ticket invited guests to come for the embarrassing speeches and joy! Our real life, newly engaged couple Kristine and Nicholas couldn’t wait to see the day unfold!

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We definitely wanted to keep with the vintage theme so we opted for a short dress. The Justin Alexander gown from Casa di Bella and the vintage inspired hairstyle beautifully sculpted by Laura Reynolds Artistry made our bride, Kristine, look like she was straight out of 1940! We literally all gasped when we saw her! To add some classic Disney into her look, we adorned her with matching Minnie Mouse bow earrings and necklace. Nicholas was festive in suspenders and bow tie. The Flower Studio pulled colors from the buildings lining the Boardwalk and constructed a quirky, modern bouquet and bout and By Brittany Branson hand painted a set of Just Eloped canvases for our couple to announce the news! The canvases even feature some “hidden Mickeys”! In the spirit of a romantic, adventurous elopement, our couple celebrated with a morning picnic at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, just across Crescent Lake from the “historic” boardwalk. That’s Darlin’ assembled a beautiful basket complete with blanket, fruit, sodas and some sweet treats! Adventuring with your one true love is the most romantic, fun story you could ever share with future generations. A little Disney magic ensures it’ll be the best day ever!

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Photo Shoot Team: Photographer:  Degrees North Images, Signage: By Brittany Branson, Dress Store: Casa di Bella Bridal, Location: Disney’s Boardwalk, Makeup Artist: Laura Reynolds Artistry, Invitation Designer: Stone Werks, Favors and Gifts: That’s Darlin’, Floral Designer: The Flower Studio, Event Planner: Yasmen Katrina Events, Wedding Dress Designer: Justin Alexander, Models: Kristine and Nicholas, Bridal Shoes: Nine West, Engagement Ring: Judith Ripka, Minnie Mouse Jewelry: World of Disney

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A Fun Star Wars Themed Destination Wedding

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Today we’ve got a darling Hawaiian destination wedding with a Star Wars twist!  You read that right, Brittany and Ethan wanted a little personal touch for their event and they got exactly that!  The couple shared with us the details and decisions behind their big day.

Halekulani is one of the most beautiful and elegant hotels you can visit on Oahu. It was the first and only venue we looked at when we were shopping around for venues and we instantly fell in love with the intimate setting provided by the “Hau Terrace” (a patio deck and cozy banquet hall that overlooks the ocean). We wanted our wedding to be for the closest of family and friends while providing an upscale, yet relaxed environment (we are in Hawaii after all!). Lastly, Halekulani is known for their exquisite food, desserts, and service… And isn’t that what most guests enjoy in a wedding? It was “perfect” for our needs.

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The significance behind the Star Wars theme starts with Ethan’s love for Star Wars. Although we both love a lot of different “nerdy” stuff, we had to narrow it down to something that meant something for both of us – and that was Star Wars. Our birthdays are 5/5 and 5/9, we often celebrate our birthdays together on May the Fourth (a “geek-culture holiday” that doubles as the line from Star Wars, “may the force be with you”). And so, we settled on Star Wars because it was a perfect embodiment of our “nerdy-ness.”

 We incorporated it because we wanted to be a little different while staying true to our interests as a couple. A lot of weddings we’ve attended all seemed very traditional, and so we wanted to do things just a tad different. Also, with all the collectibles we have lying around the house and Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out around the time we were planning, it just made sense to incorporate the Star Wars theme into our wedding.

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Our most favorite moment from the day was our “First Look,” there was so much anticipation building up to it (with getting ready and our vendors coming in to capture every moment) and Halekulani offers such a prime spot for this little moment to take place that it felt “perfect.” It was a wave of emotions that hit us as soon as I tapped Ethan on the shoulders and he turned around. At that exact moment, we knew we were getting married and that we would be spending the rest of our lives together. It sounds really cheesy, but in that moment is when the weight of this symbolic event – and everything that marriage stands for – finally hits you! Other memorable moments were the Mother/Son & Father/Daughter dance. We are both close to our parents and so having that private moment with them in the midst of our wedding celebration was a touching moment for both of us. Our last favorite moment was our Grand Entrance, it was such a silly idea to walk into our wedding reception with lightsabers and to do a little Star Wars battle before our first dance, but it was a great encapsulation of who we are as a couple. It was fun, different, and “ours” and that’s what made it so memorable.

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The details from Star Wars that we incorporated were a lightsaber grand entrance with a lightsaber duel right in the middle of it using our Force FX lightsaber props and complete with the Imperial March playing in the background. A harpist that played iconic Star Wars tunes for our guests leading up to our wedding reception. A Star Wars themed sign in poster with 1990 Star Wars micro machine collectibles to accent the sign in table. Darth Vader table numbers and storm trooper, rebel alliance, and imperial insignia confetti for table decorations. Custom made Star Wars keychains for each guests. A custom made wedding topper of Totoro (one of Sumi’s favorite anime characters) with lightsaber in hand. And lastly, Xwing and TIE fighter hidden “Easter eggs” on our welcome cards and printed materials.

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One last thing we would like to share is that we learned to not worry about making everything “perfect” for everyone else, but to make it perfect for ourselves. We had family members second guess a lot of our choices, but we knew what we wanted and we stuck to it. In the end, everything turned out beyond what we had envisioned and it made for our “perfect little moment” in our new lives together.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Creatrix Photography

Wedding Vendors: Favors and Gifts: Candy Art Hawaii, Veils and headpieces: Casablanca Bridal & Formals, Photo Booth Equipment: Crane Media, Beauty: face art beauty, Reception Venue: Halekulani, Linens and Coverings: The Wedding Linen Co.

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Palm Springs Wedding Location: The Parker Palm Springs

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If you want a swanky place to wed in the desert of California, then your search may have just ended here.  One of our favorite places for a destination wedding in Southern California is sunny Palm Springs, and one of the best hotels in the region?  The Parker Palm Springs.  Beautifully manicured grounds, delicious cuisine, fire pits and places at every turn, a spa worth writing home about, and a retro chic style unique only to The Parker is what ultimately sets this special spot apart from the rest.

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Even the front drive is memorable – a giant decorative wall that you almost tuck into to get inside and check in for a relaxing, old world experience.  Once you get past all the eye candy in the lobby (where I highly suggest you return later to enjoy a drink by the fire), your room will be nestled away in one of several buildings that you’ll get to via a secret-like winding path.  What I love about this property is that it’s not small, 144 rooms, big enough for a large wedding party, but it feels incredibly boutique, without the hustle and bustle of a large resort.  But if you want big, they’ve got that too – with reception lawns large enough to fill a small county fair (they’ve built one for a private party before, complete with rides and all!).

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Weddings at The Parker have several options – outdoors under the stars of course (if it’s not too hot in the summer months), and two beautifully appointed ballroom spaces that need little else to dress them up other than the elegant decor already inside.  The Mafiya Suite, which is perfect for parties of 100 or less, has beautiful high ceilings, grand windows and drapes, and even makes for an intimate indoor ceremony site when need be.  For larger weddings, the Grand Ballroom can hold up to 200 for dinner and dancing and has a private indoor / outdoor space for when curfew calls.

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The Parker has charm, sophistication, and playfulness – including a spiked lemonade stand on property with a bike and cart for poolside delivery – all that you’d want in a Palm Springs wedding.  And with so many party places on property, you’ll never have to leave when celebrating your destination wedding weekend.  Shhh…that includes the spa too!  One thing not to miss is a day at their stunning spa, which, for just the right occasion, has been known to host a party or two.

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For more information on getting married at The Parker Palm Springs, check out their dedicated weddings site here!

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All Photos Courtesy of The Parker Palm Springs.

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