Palm Desert Destination Weddings at Omni Rancho Las Palmas

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If you’re looking for a beautiful destination wedding venue in Southern California that’s kid-friendly, oodles of fun with plenty of event location options, then look no further than to Palm Desert at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa.  We had the recent pleasure of checking out the property firsthand and oh what fun!  The resort has over 465 rooms and suites to service your large (or small) party and several spectacular sites for your ceremony and reception (like this lawn overlooking a pond and the golf course).

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Or perhaps perch your party atop the roof for a view of the mountains and the resort below as you dance under the stars and celebrate in total privacy!

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The resort is just 20 minutes from the airport and about 20 minutes from the town of Palm Springs – for those of your guests who want to get out and explore the city, nightlife and shopping.  Of course, it’s not far from amazing shopping in Palm Desert too with great restaurants like the Tommy Bahama Restaurant to host your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch if you want to get off property.

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But there’s really no reason to leave!  The Omni Rancho Las Palmas has a lovely spa with a variety of amenities and services to treat you and your bridal party before and on your big day (we recommend spending the afternoon lounging at the spa pool for a little more R&R and privacy away from the other guests).

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There’s also the entertaining Splashtopia waterpark on property for the kids and kids in all of you who want to float down a lazy river or splash on a few slides in the sun.  If your group has children, ask for rooms near this part of the resort.  For adults only, opt to be closer to the spa and lobby areas (which have great curb appeal and outdoor fire pits to enjoy at night with a glass of wine as you reflect on your wedding weekend).

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Needless to say, the resort really has it all for a destination wedding group.  But it’s actually the team behind it all that gives this place that something extra.  Pam Olson, the resort’s Catering Sales Manager is your go-to gal for all things wedding at the resort and we promise you’ll fall in love with her too as she dedicates herself wholeheartedly to making your big day the best it can be.  You get the sense that the entire staff lives like this – with open arms, warmth, kindness and dedication to your event so no detail is left undone and no guest leaves without feeling like they’re leaving home.

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For more information for your honeymoon or destination wedding, be sure to check out the Omni Rancho Las Palmas.


Destination Wedding at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas

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Jamie and Paul said I do in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where friends and family flew in for their fabulous destination wedding. The couple met in 2009 in Southern California but decided to call Mexico home when it came time for their big day. Paul shared with us a few details from the day from the groom’s perspective. “We had always talked about doing a destination wedding, and when we started looking at places that we personally loved, Cabo was high on the list.  And then, we selected Esperanza because the place that we met was also named Esperanza, so we fell in love with the name and then when we visited the resort we were sold – it was perfect.”

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And what better way to kick off their destination wedding in Mexico than with these adorable “Hola Amigo” welcome bags for their wedding guests!

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The stunning ceremony took place outside overlooking the ocean on a perfect day.

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Paul’s favorite moment from that perfect day? “I would say Jamie walking down the aisle was my personal favorite, but I think collectively when we were at our sweetheart table looking out over our friends and family and realizing what an amazing day it was and how fortunate we are.”

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Jamie and Paul’s wedding planner, Fatima Falcon explained some of the décor elements that were personal to the bride and groom. “The planning process was smooth and I enjoyed greatly planning their wedding decor and details, which were inspired by the Paul’s last name (King) and Jamie’s favorite color.  The wedding day couldn’t have turned out better!  The weather was just perfect, the wedding setup as planned, the wedding group was in an amazing and positive mood, I could tell everyone really enjoyed the wedding day, with lots of energy, smiles and dancing!”

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What about the newlyweds’ advice for couples still in the planning stages of their wedding? “If you are debating whether or not to do a destination wedding – DO IT.  Make sure you have enough time before the wedding to spend time with your friends and family, but make it relaxing and low key – and remember have fun!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sara Richardson

Wedding Vendors: Invitations & Save The Dates: The Greenvelope, Wedding Dress: Katie May, Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Hair & Make-up: Suzanne Morel, DJ: DJ Mijares, Wedding Planner: Fatima Falcon, Momentos Weddings and Events, Los Cabos
Wedding Decor Rental: Let It Be Events Wedding Flowers: Florenta Flower Design, 
Wedding Location, Rentals, Catering, Cake: Esperanza Hotel & Resort


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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Image: Amy Hill Photography

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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Image: Alain Martinez Photography

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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Image: Nancy Cohn Photography

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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Image: Ambrosio Photography

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.


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


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