A Mile High Honeymoon in Denver

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“Many newlyweds consider heading to the beaches of Cabo San Lucas or the islands off the coast do Greece to escape from the world and enjoy time as husband and wife. However, millennials, who are more connected than ever are considering heading to the city to romance and wine and dine as husband and wife.”  And where is that?  Well, we asked expert wedding planners, Sarah and Lindsay at Pink Paisley Events and they gave us the inside scoop on honeymooning domestically – in Denver!  The duo is joining us today to give you ideas on where to stay and what to do when you hit the Mile High City for your honeymoon.

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Where to stay: Hotel Teatro

 “Built in 1911, Hotel Teatro’s walls are embedded with the history of this city. The first location of the Evans Mansion, home to Colorado’s second territorial governor, that was originally built as the Denver Tramway Building. Due to its close proximity to the performing arts complex, Hotel Teatro, which is theatre in Italian, has combined modern structure with Renaissance era brick and terra cotta.

 Home to Denver’s best restaurant according to the Denver post, restaurant Kevin Taylor with ensure you’re stay at Hotel Teatro is nothing short of perfect.”

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What To Do: Day One: Mile High Sports

 “Lower Downtown or LoDo as the natives call it, is a district of refurbished warehouses that house the city’s most popular bars, restaurants and nightclubs. With Coors Field sitting center stage, your day is sure to be a home run.

 Start off with breakfast at Snooze A.M. Eatery. This local hipster hotspot is filled with young adults lining the booth with famous Snooze Bloody Mary’s and their famous “Brewmosa.” Order a stack of pineapple upside pancakes and sit back an enjoy breakfast as husband and wife.

 Next head off on foot for a historic walking tour of LoDo to explore the sites of this old warehouse district. Self guided tours are available allowing you to go at your pace and stop anytime for drink or snack along the way.

 To quench your thirst, head to The View House right across the street from Coors Field for a game day beer and pretzel. With 360 degree views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains, View House boats the best rooftop patio in the city! After, head right across the street to Coors Field to catch the Colorado Rockies in action!

 Colorado is known as the “Napa of Microbrews” so following the game head down to the Sand Lot, where the famous Blue Moon was invented for a fresh brew and bite after the Rockies game.”

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 Day Two: Adventure in the City

 “Even though Denver is about an hour from the mountains there are plenty of things to do outdoors that will make you feel like your right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Using your smart phone, locate the nearest B-cycle station, Denver bicycle sharing programs that lets you rent bikes and ride all around the city.

 Ride down to REI‘s flagship store and wander the 18,000 square foot store where you can test your rock climbing skills on the indoor rock wall, pedal your way through the indoor mountain biking track and practice your kayaking skills on the Platte River, right outside the store. This store will give you the feeling that you’re in the mountains without ever having to leave the city.

 To ensure your outdoor day in the city is authentic as possible head over to the Buffalo Exchange, home to the city’s first liquor license and where people as famous as Buffalo Bill and Wyatt Earp have sat the buffalo exchange will give you the best meat that Colorado has to offer. If you’re extra brave, try the Rocky Mountain Oysters. Don’t ask, just try!”

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 Day Three: Luxury in the city

“After your whirlwind tour of this great city, it’s time to relax together as husband and wife and wrap up your honeymoon on with a great meal and there is no better place to do that than The Ritz Carlton. Their world-class spa and five star dining are sure to be the cherry on top this Mile High Honeymoon. Schedule a couple massage at the spa that overlooks the Rocky Mountains. After that head right downstairs to Elway’s, a famous steakhouse named after Denver Bronco and NFL great John Elway.”

You’ll have plenty of down time and plenty to do during a Mile High honeymoon!  A BIG thanks to Sarah and Lindsay from Pink Paisley Events in Colorado for sharing their insights to a fantastic trip to Denver.  Check back soon to see some of their fabulous real wedding work!

All Photos Courtesy of Pink Paisley Events.

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An Off the Strip Las Vegas Wedding

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Sarah and Clayton said I do outside of Las Vegas for their destination wedding celebration.  We asked Sarah to share the details of their big day and how they came to be.  Clayton and I stumbled upon the Springs Preserve by accident!   We thought we made an appointment to see a ranch on the outskirts of Las Vegas and I was cursing the GPS for taking us to this unknown location!  As soon as we drove in, we knew we had found a hidden gem!  We were looking for an outdoor venue to support our country theme, and the Springs Preserve was full of beautiful gardens and country style décor embedded throughout the property.  It was the first and last venue we looked at.”

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“My husband was born in North Carolina making him a Tarheel fan for life!  This made it a must to incorporate baby blue into as many details as we could! I also knew it would earn me some bonus point with my mother-in-law because she is a diehard fan as well!”

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“The “first look” moment that Chelsea Nicole Photography created for Clayton and I was unforgettable!  I was lead down a dirt path by Chelsea and her assistant, both holding parts of my wedding dress above their heads!  My childhood best friend had asked me if she could sneak down with us and spy on the first look.  So through the long walk, flying fabric, and my anxious belly, I could see her popping from tree to tree like a Mission Impossible agent! When it finally came to the moment Clayton could turn around, his reaction made it all worth it!  For a few seconds, he was frozen in his tracks and didn’t know what to do!  When he finally approached me, it was the first time in our 6 year relationship, I saw his eyes water.  The moment was so intimate, like the world was swirling around us, but all we could see was each other.”

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“The country inspiration came from not only our love of country music and my husband’s upbringing, but from the fond memory of our first date camping and two-stepping under the stars to our favorite Brad Paisley CD.”

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“I will also never forget being lifted in the chair for the traditional Jewish dance of the Horah.  Having fallen out of the chair at my bat-mitzvah, I was not keen on trying it again!  My husband recruited his 3 strongest friends, who actually put together a plan of attack to ensure I was comfortable!  When the moment came, our good friend Louie got his finger stuck in the chair after the lift and had to stay that way, screaming in pain, until it was time to put me down!  He said he knew if he let go and something happened to me, he would never survive!  His pain was all worth it to be able to throw my arms in the air with my new husband and celebrate our marriage!”

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“My advice for future destination couples is to know who you are working with!  Take the time to travel to your destination location and meet everyone you will be working with, so you feel more comfortable and trusting when the day comes.  If it is at all possible to have local vendors travel with you, you will have fewer surprises!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Chelsea Nicole Photography

Wedding Vendors: Planning, Design + Floral Designer: DM Events, Event Venue: Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Day of Event Planner: Love & Lilikoi Event Planning, Officiant:Rabbi Shai, Catering: Culinary Arts Institute, Hair and Makeup: Noel Kanaley, Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, Cake: Layers Bakery

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Perfect Table Design for A Beach Wedding

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Today’s event isn’t a full wedding, but a close up look at what an amazing destination wedding reception table could be.  This party, produced and designed by the talented team at BROWNHOT Events took place in Malibu, CA overlooking the perfect Pacific Ocean.

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We asked Jeff Brown of BROWNHOT Events to share with us the inspiration behind this beach wedding table inspiration.  “The client wanted a “simple” chic summer dinner table that would emulate the seaside beach property in Malibu.”  So he brought the sea to the seaside dinner!

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“We brought “under the sea” atop the table – using elements that emulated creatures and objects and visuals found underwater – coral, pincushion protea as anemones, succulents as kelp/seaweed, and crisp white linen for the sandy underbottom.” 

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“Our salmon and mango palette paid homage to the great iconic Malibu sunset colors.”

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“It was a big hit with the lucky guests.  The environment evoked luxe indulgence, in extreme comfort.”

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We asked Jeff to share some of his insider expertise with those of you planning a beach wedding.  Here’s his great advice!  “Most definitely visit the site at nighttime – temperatures drop, lighting shifts, and the moist dew sets in – everywhere.  Plan accordingly.  Dance floors become slick, food can turn wilted, and guests can become chilly – even on the hottest summer night.  Choose a menu that holds up easily, and slip lightweight throws on chairbacks for added warmth.”

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Photography: Claire Barrett Photography

Event Vendors: Event Design + Production: BROWNHot Events, Florals: Sticks and Stones Design, Linens, Chairs, Cushion: Resource One Linens, Catering: Chef Cordelia

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A Winter Wonderland Wedding in Park City, Utah

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Chelsey and David had a wonderful winter wonderland wedding at the swanky St. Regis Deer Valley (we’ve been – it’s fantastic!).  The bride shared with us how they selected this special location to celebrate with close friends and family.  “It is close to my family’s winter home. It also has breathtaking views from where we said our vows.  I love the winter season and my favorite childhood memories are in deer valley with my family. Plus the pictures were breathtaking with the snow.”

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 Like many couples these days, these two lovebirds opted for a first look with wedding photographer, Pepper Nix“We thought that it would ease the nerves a bit to see each other before the wedding. It also gave us time together without anyone else. The pictures of this moment are amazing. They tell a story and I look at them constantly — reliving the moment by looking at the pictures makes me smile every time.”

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Even in the snow, they held their ceremony outside by the fire (which made for some amazing photos)!

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The bride’s father had passed so she asked her nearest and dearest to walk her down the aisle. “My uncle Jeff escorted me to the beginning of the aisle where my mom and brother took over to take me down the rest of the way towards my groom.  My dad passed away a couple years before my wedding and my uncle seemed to be the next best thing to my dad because they were so close. I also wanted to have my brother and my mom be a part of giving me away so I had all three escort me down the aisle.”

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We often ask couples about their favorite moments from the day.  For this bride during the ceremony?  “I would have to say that my favorite memory of the ceremony was when we told each other our vows. It was the first time where my groom actually had to write down his feelings and I loved every word of his vows to me.  I loved every moment of the wedding but one thing that made me laugh was the hard time we had lighting the unity candle due to the light wind. We took forever while everyone was freezing out in the cold and had to have our officiant help block the wind with his folder.”

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For the design of the day and flowers, they opted for product that reflected the snowy winter season.  “When I first thought of my dream wedding I thought of my favorite season which is winter and so I decided to have a winter wedding. When thinking of colors I was inspired by the colors of the peacock feather. I thought that navy blue, deep purple, and teal would be a perfect color combination. I also wanted to have crystals incorporated because fancy anything that sparkles.”  And the flowers?  “They were beautiful. White dahlias and roses for me and my girls had purple/red dahlias and other flowers to accompany them.”

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Chelsey’s favorite moment from the reception?  “Our first dance. We hadn’t been able to practice and we were a bit nervous but we did it and it was to our song God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton.”

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What’s a winter wedding without an amazing white wedding cake?! “It was everything that I wanted and more. It was beautiful! It was white with bling — I had brought Carrie a picture of a cake that I saw in a magazine and she made it even better — the flavors were champagne and red velvet.”

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They even selected a favor fitting of what matters most to them – “a tin of homemade cookies from opportunity village — a local charity that we are passionate about.”

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We often ask couples for advice for you and here’s what Chelsey had to say.  “Don’t sweat the small stuff and take in every moment because it will be over in a heartbeat.  Take in the moment and let yourself go.”  If she could change anything?  “I would have worn my dress the entire time. I did a wardrobe change into a shorter dress for the reception and I wish I would’ve worn my wedding dress the entire time.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location + Catering: St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, Event Planner: Soiree Productions LLC, Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai, Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld, Floral Designer: Sean Oviatt Designs, Invitations: Shop Annabelle’s, Cake: Carrie’s Cakes, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Makeup: Paula Dahlberg, Her Rings: A. Jaffe, Jewelry: Borrowed from mom, Bridesmaids: Nordstrom, His Ring: Carlex, Favors + Gifts: Opportunity Village, Officiant: Kamrin Carver, DJ: Craig Chambers, Linens: Wildflower Linen 

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An Intimate Destination Wedding at Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma

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Mindy and Brian tied the knot at their destination wedding at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, CA.  With beautiful wine country as the backdrop to their nuptials, this darling couples and their nearest and dearest loved ones celebrated at an intimate event with lots of personal details and local touches.  Mindy shared with us a bit about their day.  “We knew we wanted our wedding to be small (close friends and family), fun, and stress-free. We kept saying that we wanted people to feel like they were on vacation. One night we sat down and started talking about places that we’d like to go to on vacation. We had always wanted to go to California’s wine country, but hadn’t been. We looked at each other and said “Napa?” We did some research and fell in love with Kenwood, CA. That’s how it started…”

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During the ceremony, the couple recited a few words of their own.  “The ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ books were our vow books. We each wrote our own vows and read them from the books during the ceremony.”

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My favorite moment of the day was the ceremony. We had written our own vows and hadn’t shared them with one another (or anyone for that matter). I think I was most excited to hear what Brian had written.  We had one of our good friends perform the ceremony. It was so special and so personal. It was perfect!”

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“For the guest book, we didn’t want something “typical” or something that we would put away and never look at again. I came across the idea of a dictionary guest book online. Brian (my husband) and I went to a small bookstore near campus (we both work at Clemson University) and found vintage dictionaries and thesauruses. I think we bought 4 (for a total of like $10). We put them out during the cocktail hour and asked guests to circle a word that reminded them of our day and to leave a note with their signature. We have the books out on a shelf in our living room and look at them from time to time.”  What a great idea!  Though that’s a lot of dictionary reading to find all your loved ones’ notes!

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For the décor, we wanted colors that were very simple and clean. We chose a neutral palette with light pink, blush, cream, and gold/silver metallic. Overall, we wanted to keep the feeling soft and romantic, which I think is reflected in the billowing peonies and the ruffled layered cake.”

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“The lavender details actually didn’t happen until we were in California. On Wednesday, two days before our wedding, we took a wine trolley tour with our friends and family. At the last vineyard, in one of the tasting rooms, there were piles of dried lavender. I made a comment about the lovely smell and the lady facilitating the tasting told me to take as much as I’d like. I took one bushel and thought about how to incorporate the lavender into our wedding. During our walk through at Kenwood Inn and Spa on Thursday, we decided that the lavender would be a nice addition to the place settings.”

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No matter how small this gathering may have been, clearly a party was created for all in attendance!

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Pink cotton candy and sparklers helped send the newlyweds and guests off with a bang!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Kenwood Inn and Spa, Ceremony/Reception Music: Taylor Brown, Hair/Makeup: The Powder Room, Wedding Coordination: Honey Darling Events, Flowers: The Monkey Flower Group, Event Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events, Cake/Favors: Sweet on Cake, Cotton Candy Favors: Pinky’s, Invitations: Sophia Invitations and Prints

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Viceroy Palm Springs Destination Wedding

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Karie and Joe hosted their destination wedding at the swanky Viceroy Palm Springs in Southern California.  They opted for a November wedding date – the perfect time of year for the desert region when the weather is just right, and not too hot.  We asked the darling couple how they selected the location.  “We were looking for a modern, comfortable venue at which we would be the only wedding on site the day of our wedding. It was important for us to find a contemporary venue to match our personalities.  We were also looking for something different from recent friends’ weddings that we had attended (urban, beach, Mexico, golf club, etc.) We fell in love with the Viceroy Palm Springs the moment we entered the hotel. It is this old 50’s motor lodge in the desert, which has been completely updated and redecorated to reflect the modern, chic ambiance of its clientele. The Viceroy is adorned in black, white and lemon yellow décor.  Yellow being my favorite color and the chosen color for our wedding, I knew the Viceroy would be a perfect fit.”

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This couple started their destination wedding journey with a very special proposal!  “My husband Joe proposed to me at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA, over looking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  He had reserved a suite at the resort for the night.  Dozens of yellow and red roses, lit candles and champagne for toasting adorned the hotel suite. The next morning, Joe surprised me with a family brunch at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, CA. My parents, brothers, sisters and their spouses were there to celebrate with us.  Later that evening, the celebration continued as we flew to Kansas City, KS to visit Joe’s family.  It was one of the most wonderful, memorable times of our lives and the beginning of our lives together.”

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“The ring in the bride’s bouquet was my grandmother’s ring; she passed away a few years back.  Since my grandmother couldn’t be with us at the wedding, the ring represented my something old and made us feel as though she was there with us on our special day.  The colored jewels within the ring are the birthstones of each of my family members.”

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“During the unity celebration in our ceremony, we exchanged red, long stem roses instead of lighting a unity candle.  The red roses symbolized our love for each other.  Whenever things get tough, we’re supposed to give one another a red, long stem rose as an expression of our love for each other.”  Love this idea!!

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When it came time to design their day, not only were their favorite things incorporated but the style of the property was important too.  “We originally wanted yellow to be the main color for our wedding.   Although, since we were marrying in November and I was having a hard time conceptualizing yellow as our main color since it is traditionally a spring/summer color.  After toying with many color options, I stumbled upon a photo shoot online of a wedding styled in yellow, raspberry and navy blue.  I loved the color combination and thought it would be a great solution to my problem. It allowed us to incorporate the rich fall colors of navy & raspberry into our wedding and still use yellow accents to match the hotel’s color scheme.”  

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 “Once the colors were selected, I knew I wanted tablecloths with a design.  We settled on a navy blue runner with a white chain-link pattern.  The chain link pattern became the overall symbol for our wedding.  We incorporated the design into our invitations, programs, seating chart and wedding cake.”

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“We loved our square lemon yellow wedding cake with the chain link design.”

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And, like their his and hers chairs, the couple had a “thank you” sign to round out the night and snap a pic for a thanks to be sent later to their loved ones.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Hoffmann Photographer

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Viceroy Palm Springs, Wedding Coordinator: Joie De Vivre Weddings & Events, Makeup: Maja Janjic at MAC, Hair: Ashley, Band: New Sensations, Florist: Artisan Flora, Officiant: Bishop Brian Delvaux

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An Intimate Las Vegas Destination Wedding

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Keith and Lisa wed in an intimate ceremony in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas!  They wanted a place about 20 friends and family could visit, vacation, and celebrate and they did just that!  “We decided on Las Vegas as it has always been a dream of mine to have a ‘fun’ wedding with either Elvis or Captain Kirk or Spock marrying us…. neither of us are treckies so we thought Elvis would be perfect! We also wanted a destination that was open to all family and friends to attend as everyone is scattered across the states. Planning the wedding from Florida was a bit intimidating as we had to have a lot of faith, people were who they said they were and were going to be in place when they said they would….. thanks to the wonderful internet it was easy to piece everything together. He picked the hotel/reception area, we picked the ceremony destination, I got to pick the food, he picked the theme (colors) and he my shoes!!! :) It really was a group effort of Team Downing and turned out better than we could ever have imagined!”

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A hotel suite at the famed Cosmopolitan Hotel was where they would celebrate on the strip.

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Lisa found her unique dress on Etsy, but the meaning behind it was what sold it!  “The fun fact of my dress and what sealed the deal, was that the designer lives in Israel – which is where the dress was made. My parents, met in Israel and I too was made there. We thought it was a fun sign – we ordered the dress with out trying it on and knowing that it would be the perfect fit…. and it was! (PS – I LOVE the dress!)”

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“Originally our plan was to elope and share with our family and friends post marriage, but we wanted to give all of our loved ones the option to be there. We gave everyone 2 months notice and we had 18 of our closest friends and family members there! Needless to say we were blown away with the support and attendance. We also had family in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and as far away as England watching.”

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“Keith asked his two best friends to stand up with him….. Will was his ‘Best Man’ and Nik (whom you can see is in Blue – when it was suppose to be white) Was the ‘Worst Man’…. which was really quite fitting! I asked my Sister in-law and best friend Cassie to be my ‘Matron of Honor’ and my other best friend Hannah whom has been my partner in crime for years – to be my ‘Matron of Dishonor.”

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The theme of the wedding was Vegas!  They had lots of glitter to reflect the setting – like these glitter dipped glasses!

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For favors the famous Las Vegas sign flanked match boxes for guests to take.

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That same sign was then woven into the cake design to complete the look!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Davista Photography 

 Wedding Vendors: Chapel: A Wedding Chapel, Reception Location, Sushi + Cake: Cosmopolitan Hotel Suite, Wedding Dress: Blush

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A Rustic Destination Wedding in Jackson Hole, WY

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Catherine and Hunter chose Jackson Hole, Wyoming for their rustic ranch-like destination wedding at the Teton Pines Country Club.  Catherine told us a bit about their lives and planning the big day.  “Hunter and I originally met 10 years ago in college, and it took a decade of an on-and-off romance before we tied the knot. We originally fell in love during the summer of 2001 on a fly fishing trip to Montana, so it seems only right to go back to the same setting 10 years later. We spent the past few summers visiting Jackson and fishing the rivers in and around Wyoming – so it was a no brainer on the destination choice – Jackson Hole!”

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Cowboy boot-clad bridesmaids were just the touch for this location!

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“Destination weddings are so fun for a million reasons, but besides everyone getting a “trip” out of your special day, you also get to tie in the destination as part of your weekend’s “theme.” We wanted our big day to capture not only our personality together as a couple, but also the attitude and essence of Jackson Hole. For us, that meant laid back & outdoorsy, with a cowboy flair.”

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“We went with a simple “rustic elegance” theme – beautiful but simple, with rustic accents. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and comfortable, and have a GREAT time! And we made sure ALL the guests wore cowboy boots!”

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The reception had several nods to the locale, even the motif on the paper goods matched!

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While fish flags embellished the cocktail straws and a rustic wedding cake by Jackson Cake Co added a sweet touch!

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Books about Wyoming and sparklers helped seal the deal at the end of the night before this newlywed couple headed off in a getaway car.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Hannah Hardaway Photography

Wedding Vendors: Event Planner:  In Any Event, Floral Designer:  Lily and Co LLC, Reception Venue:  Teton Pines Country Club, Cake Designer:  Jackson Cake Company, Lighting:  Hughes Production

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A Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Wedding

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Rebecca and Michael held their destination wedding in a spectacular park in San Francisco; but not just any park – the Golden Gate Park.  Hidden beneath beautiful trees, a sweet ceremony with an intimate crowd of friends and family stood by their side as they said “I do.”

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The bride’s style was to die for!  A Vera Wang wedding dress paired with love appropriate red heart adorned shoes and in lieu of a bouquet, a wrist corsage!

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Michael and Rebecca selected the location because… “San Francisco is our favourite city, we love everything about it.”

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Wooden benches dressed with pillows set the ceremony and blended nicely with the natural environment.

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Sweet and sentimental moments were shared during this darling ceremony.

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Then it was time for a few fabulous photo ops with destination wedding photographer, Jonas Peterson.

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A trolley car then took guests to the reception!

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An array of tea cups, orange florals and personal details awaited guests when they arrived.  “We wanted an eclectic mix of patterns & colours to create a fresh & happy atmosphere for us and for our guests.”

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Local beers and lavender cocktails were served to keep the magic of the city infused into every detail!

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And the day went off without a hitch!  “Everything ran smoothly from the beginning. Planning the day from the other side of the world was often time consuming & tricky with the time difference, but thankfully no real hiccups.”

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To wrap up the event, guests were given Ghiradelli chocolates in tin trolley car containers!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jonas Peterson

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony: Golden Gate Park, Reception: Zazie, Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Florist: Loop Event Arts San Francisco

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Las Vegas Destination Wedding + A Trip to the Sign Graveyard

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Today’s destination wedding in Las Vegas comes to us from Meg Ruth Photo who not only captured the main event but spent some time with this darling couple out in the desert of Nevada and the famous sign graveyard for some fun photos before the “I do.”

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Jennifer and Dennet’s big day included some pretty spectacular wardrobe looks, each fitting of their beautiful photo backdrops.

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These imagess served several purposes, one of which included decor at the reception (wait and you’ll see…).

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The reception took place at Vdara, high above the strip.  Jennifer told us about the selection process.  “We decided to have our wedding in Vegas for many different reasons but one main reason was because thats were it all began for us as a couple!  Vdara Slik road was selected because it wasn’t your typical wedding ballroom. It was a trendy, upbeat, and unique venue. The perfect place for our Vegas themed Reception.”

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Meg shared a few insights into the lovely pair.  ”This couple wanted to embrace the Vegas theme while keeping things classic, romantic and beautiful. Vdara was the perfect location for this combination. I was so excited to be a part of their day together.

Unfortunately Dennet’s mother became sick shortly before the wedding and was unable to make the long trip. I made sure that we took photos with Dennet’s phone while we were taking couple photos so she could feel a part of the day. Family is so important to these two. It was evident in the speeches and how much they wanted everyone included.”

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Jennifer wore a stunning gown by Lazaro.

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Since the wedding was in Vegas after all, a playing card theme was woven throughout the paper goods at the reception.  A fun way to include the location!

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We asked the bride to share her advice with future couples.  “My advice for any bride is that planning a wedding can become A LOT overwhelming at times and its easy to lose sight of the things that matter most. So if she can just remember that, that day is just about her and her groom and not try to please everyone else that day she will be able to truly enjoy her day!”

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“We really did not have any challenges along the way. The Bellagio and Angelina at the Vdara made sure that everything went smoothly. Angelina at the Vdara was a dream!! I can not say enough nice stuff about her. I highly recommend her to any future bride wanting to get married at the Vdara.”

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What’s a Las Vegas wedding reception without a visit from someone special to round out the night?!?  “I wanted to keep the ceremony traditional however my husband wanted to have Elvis marry us. So this was one of our first challenges starting off as husband and wife. So what I decided to do was have a “Vegas themed” reception and have Elvis sing at it, and I kept the ceremony traditional. This way we both got what we wanted.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Meg Ruth Photo

Wedding Vendors: Reception Location: Vdara, Ceremony Location: Bellagio, Wedding Dress: Lazaro, Hair and Makeup: Your Beauty Call, Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Depot, Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin and Toms, Groom and groomsmen’s tuxes: Men’s Warehouse, Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals

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