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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Spectacular Captiva Island Tented Wedding

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­­Helene and Mike held their destination wedding in Florida – Captiva Island to be exact. The darling pair wed under a tent with beautiful palm trees and ocean views all around. We asked the bride to share with us a little bit about the design of the day (complete with a horse drawn carriage!) and how it all came to be.

We choose the location because of the sunset and beach waterfront.  My husband also fishes regularly in the waters off the beach.  Red Fish Pass is one of his favorite places to fish.

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The color palette I selected are my favorite colors, lavender, white, and pink.

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Our coordinator Kelly McWilliams was wonderful.  The beautiful decor I owe to Kelly.

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We are happy we opted for a tent.  We think the tent made the reception intimate and special.  We had more control over decor.  It was a beautiful evening and nice to be outside.

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Congratulations to the happy couple!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Impressions Photography

Wedding Vendors: Photo Booth Equipment: Bash Booths, Floral Designer: Floral Artistry, Cinema and Video: IheART Films, Cake Designer: Kakes by Karen, Event Planner: Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Linens and Coverings: nuage designs, Equipment Rentals: Party Time Rentals, Officiant: Reverend Dan, Makeup Artist + Hair Salon: Salon Tease, Reception Venue: South Seas Island Resort, Equipment Rentals: Tentlogix, Musicians: Thank You For The Dance Entertainment, Other: Tie the Knot Bridal Couture Collections

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Picture Perfect Beachside Wedding Dinner on Maui

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Looking for a truly picture-perfect place to wed in Hawaii?  If you’re hosting an intimate destination wedding or elopement, then look no further than Cliff House, a private event space perched on the rocks above the water at Montage Kapalua Bay.

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This stunning dinner took place at sunset with waves crashing below and whales out on the horizon (yes, you can whale watch from your wedding dinner, pending the season)!  A table set for 20 was the perfect size party, but you can certain host more cocktail style and even exchange vows in this intimate wedding space.

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The design was provided by the talented team at Island Events, using a mix of local and brought in decor elements.  Of course the florals were inspired by the tropical island surroundings and fit perfectly in this space!

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The menus for the amazing five course meal were designed and hand embellished by the Hawaiian wedding invitation company, The Boutiquery.  And the dinner that it described was truly unforgettable! One event guest said it best meal they’ve ever had!  The Montage Kapalua Bay showcased the freshest fish from the area, local lobster, root vegetables, and even bread made from their local potatoes.  If you’re looking for a food-centric wedding venue with a million dollar view, you’ve arrived here.

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As the sun set, the incredible staff wined and dined guests who not only enjoyed the indoor space but time out on the wraparound balcony too.  This tiny structure is one you will wish you could call home, but it’s only available for private events!

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Luckily for us though, when the night did end, the incredible Montage Kapalua Bay residences (what they call suites) were waiting for us to retire to.  And if you think this wedding location is amazing, what until you experience the rest of the resort!

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For an unforgettable destination wedding experience in Hawaii, land on Maui and say I do to the Montage Kapalua Bay.

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Event Vendors: Location: Cliff House at Montage Kapalua Bay, Linens: LaTavola Linens, Chair covers: WildFlower Linens, Florals: Maverick Events, Menu cards: The Boutiquery, Design: Island Events

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National Park Wedding in Utah

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Lauren and Brian had a beautiful intimate destination wedding among the vast rock formations of Utah in Arches National Park, where a select group of friends and family gathered to witness their nuptials before celebrating beneath the stars, and later, heading to Denver for a reception. The couple’s wedding planner, Meredith Commender of Significant Events of Texas, shared with us the story of this oh-so unique destination wedding.

Years ago when our bride Lauren finished veterinarian school, she headed West for some much needed decompression time and landed in Moab, UT. An outdoors adventurer by nature, Lauren fell in love with the beautiful rock formations in Arches National Park and decided that when it came time for her to get married, this would be the place. And indeed it was, as Brian and Lauren chose this very location for the site of their incredible destination wedding.

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A small group of family and closest friends traveled to our ceremony location in Moab, UT for the multi-day celebration. They were welcomed at their hotel with a branded Welcome Box full of treats and outdoor adventure essentials.

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On the day of the wedding, guests were picked up by bus and taken around Arches National Park on a guided tour of the lovely landscape before their final stop at Double Arch, the majestic site of Brian and Lauren’s unforgettable wedding ceremony.

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Following the ceremony, the guests were transported to the Colorado River where they enjoyed a guided sunset boat cruise, complete with drinks and hors d’oeurves. The next stop was dinner atop a cliff with the best views in all of Moab. Guests sat at a long table with beautiful succulent centerpieces, copper chargers, and our custom designed menus.

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After dinner, we took the guests to their hotel for the night: an incredible “glamping” experience under the Utah sky with luxury tent accommodations. But, before bed, it was time for our campfire which included S’mores, mini pies, and mini Pop Tarts which could all be roasted over the fire accompanied by cold and hot beverages. Guests had the best time celebrating the newlyweds in this truly once-in-a-lifetime fashion.

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After giving guests a few days to explore the area, we held our reception for a larger group of family and friends at a beautiful downtown Denver hotel.

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The ballroom reflected our Moab sunset design with mountain lighting designs on the wall, amber uplighting, Southwestern style furniture, and more of our mountain and desert inspired floral.

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Our dinner stations each reflected a location where Brian and Lauren have lived – Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado – and featured food particular to each region. We even had a Utah dessert station as a nod to their recent nuptials.

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Guests were treated to a slideshow of the stunning photos from their Moab ceremony. Their wedding cake was designed to reflect the outdoors setting we had created for the entire week as well. Guests enjoyed connecting with old friends, toasting the couple, and dancing before ending the night with Texas Pecans as their parting gift. It was truly a wedding we will never forget!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: The Willinghams

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Site: Arches National Park (Moab, UT), Post-Ceremony Dinner: Sunset Grill, Reception Site, Catering + Cake: The Four Seasons Hotel (Denver, CO), Wedding Planner + Designer: Significant Events of Texas | Meredith Commender, Hair + Makeup: Atomic Salon | Rebecca Wanless, Invitations: Significantly Said: Invitations by Significant Events, Transportation: Canyonlands by Night, Accommodations: Moab Under Canvas, Campfire Desserts: Pistachio Pastries, Floral: Plum Sage Flowers, Rentals: Butler Rents, DJ + Lighting: Skyline Productions, Lounge Furniture: Eclectic Hive, Favors: Alamo Pecans, Gown: Anna B, Suit: Q Clothier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful Beach Wedding in White in Florida

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Donna and Asher said “I do” at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The bride shared with us the story of their destination and big day!

I have always dreamed of a beach ceremony.  The beach is my “happy place.” When Asher and I discussed our wedding, he was fully on board with the idea.   We met and live in the DC area so a beach wedding here wasn’t really an option. Asher loved the idea of a destination wedding and something a little more intimate.   Although this idea was appealing, we also wanted something that was convenient for our family and close friends.  This is how we came to Ponte Vedra Beach.   Neither of us are from the area; however, my sister and her family have been living in Ponte Vedra for many years.  Asher and I frequently visit as my parents also stay in their condo a few months of the year.  As a lot of people can attest to, planning a wedding can be stressful and time consuming! Needless to say, it was incredible having my mother and sister to help with the planning and selecting of vendors. We absolutely love the area and may relocate there within the next year!

What a story! From destination wedding to new hometown, this couple loved their location so much, they might just move there!

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We asked the couple about any unique challenges they faced in planning a destination wedding.

It was sea turtle nesting season!!! We were completely oblivious to this as we are not from the area.   Fortunately, my sister explained the phenomenon to us; however, there were still challenges that arose.   Initially, I was opting not to get a wedding planner.  When I met up with our photographer, Severine, she encouraged me to get one and put me in contact with “Simply Weddings by Amanda”.  This ended up being a lifesaver! When Amanda went to take care of our beach permit (you need a beach permit in St. John’s County for any event taking place on the beach), she discovered that the permit could only be issued until 6:30 pm due to turtle nesting season.  Our ceremony only started at 8pm so this is when my anxiety heightened. Fortunately, Amanda was able to reach an agreement with the county that all structures would be removed immediately following the ceremony and we were good to go, weather permitting :)

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The ceremony?

It exceeded all of my expectations.  Rabbi Matuson, from Beth El Synagogue conducted our ceremony.  He took the time to get to know us as we met several times before our wedding day.  We wanted to make everyone feel comfortable as Asher and I were raised with different faiths.  The ceremony evoked a feeling of warmth, acceptance and love.  Our wedding party consisted of family members.  We both have a lot of nieces and nephews, 12 be exact 9 of whom were in our wedding in addition to two of cousins! This led to one fun rehearsal :).

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We had a traditional Chuppah (similar to a canopy, an element of a Jewish ceremony).  I wanted one with a rustic feel constructed out of branches with birch poles.  I was not able to find one already made so my wedding planner, Amanda, with “Simply Wedding by Amanda” designed and constructed one for us!

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I wanted a bohemian, rustic, and chic feel.  This led to my chosen palate of neutral colors.  The only pop of color we had was the green monstera leaves incorporated in the floral arrangements.

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We had an incredible team of vendors from the event coordinator at the Marriott Sawgrass, Severine Photography, Simply Weddings by Amanda, A Happily Ever After Floral, D’Land Entertainment, makeup by Kimstasha, hair by Sarah Bright, to Mugwump Productions for the floor board used on the beach.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Séverine Photography

Wedding Vendors: Getting Ready + Reception Venue: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ceremony: Marriott Cabana Beach Club, Wedding Coordinator: Simply Weddings by AmandaFlorist: A Happily Ever After FloralCake: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & SpaDJ: D’Land EntertainmentDress: WattersMakeup: KimtashaHair: Sarah Bright, Boardwalk: Mugwump Productions

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