Hotel Hassler – Where the Stars Stay in Rome

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If you’re considering the romantic city of Roma, Italy for your honeymoon, then look no further than high above the famed Spanish Steps where an elegant little hotel overlooks the sprawling city and welcomes you with warmth and sophistication.  Hotel Hassler is the spot where the stars go (yep, even Clooney) but it’s also home to some lavish destination (and local) weddings and a great spot to honeymoon if you want to see the eternal city.

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The 96 rooms and suites are beautifully designed with European charm, each different from one another, some suiting the more modern couple while others can enjoy more of a nod to the old world.  If you’re not just staying here but celebrating too, I suggest one of the penthouse or presidential rooftop suites so you can entertain on your massive balcony with sights of the entire city (and perhaps even take a dip in your jacuzzi as night falls).

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You certainly can’t beat the location, literally steps from the Spanish Steps and the oh-so popular shopping district below (known as the luxury center of the city).  Then when you return from a day of taking in the rich history of the area (and modern shops too), enjoy dinner atop the hotel at Imago, a Michelin-starred restaurant with a seriously creative spin to the Italian food you’ve come to know and love in Rome.

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If you’re there in the warmer months of the year, enjoy afternoon cocktails in the courtyard before heading to the library or lounge for light bites.

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And don’t forget to indulge in the spa!  With locally sourced products created specifically for and by the hotel, you’ll love the aroma you take with you when you go. luxury hotel rome italy

From five star food and drink to stunning views of this magical city, this is one stop to be sure to hit on your European honeymoon.  Why?  Well, basically, because Hotel Hassler has it all!

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All Photos via Hotel Hassler.

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Caribbean Club – Caymans Islands Destination Weddings + Honeymoons

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If you’re looking for a luxury property where all your friends and family can fit with the ease of living like you’re at home (but with the service of a special resort), then check in to the Caribbean Club, a boutique hotel on the sand of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

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With only 30 villas on property (each three bedrooms – with the ability to make them smaller), you can have the run of the place for your wedding weekend or simply stop here for your honeymoon and feel like you’re the only two people on property.

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Each villa comes complete with a full kitchen, living room, washer and dryer and more!  All the creature comforts of home without all the work!

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The friendly staff on property can even stock your fridge before you get there so should you want snacks, drinks or even cook while you’re there, everything is at your fingertips!  And fear not, if you prefer someone to cook for you, they can bring in a chef or you can order room service from this award-winning hotel.

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My favorite part about the property is the beach.  It really doesn’t get much better than this.  White sand, picture perfect waters, the ideal water and air temperatures and gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photos too!

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But the Caribbean Club prides itself on more than just luxury on the sand.  With a world-class restaurant, Luca, even your most foodie of friends will delight in your wedding night dinner (and hopefully indulge in their massive delish spread that is the Sunday brunch – a must do!).

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From the fantastic food to the stunning views and relaxed accommodations, we adore the Caribbean Club for a destination wedding group (and honeymoon too)!  Thanks to Danielle and her team for an amazing experience on property, we are already dreaming of coming back soon!

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All Photos by Carla Ten Eyck

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Weddings at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

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I love a big beachfront resort. I really do. I don’t need a tiny property off the beaten path to completely disconnect from it all. In fact, I find that often times is easier (especially with bigger groups for weddings) with the amount of service, staff and amenities a larger property has at your beck and call. And believe me, those finer things in life are certainly at your beck and call at the recently renovated Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. What a spectacular spot! Nestled right on the sand of the beautiful Seven Mile Beach (think water sand, clear blue bath waters and perfect temperatures), the Ritz Carlton has mastered the art of exceptional service in the sand.

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This beautiful beach isn’t just a beach.  Reserve a cabana by day or simply enjoy the cold towels passed around in between your cocktail service (which can also be delivered to you on one of their aqua bars floating in the ocean). Lounge the day away by the oceanfront pool or in the sand and if at a moment’s notice, you’re feeling active again, check out a complementary paddleboard or go for a snorkel with their gear awaiting you on the sand.

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When you just can’t get anymore sun (these are the problems you face on island), then check into one of only three La Prairie Spas in North America and indulge in one of their exceptional services. But don’t forget to save time in your schedule for a nap in their beautifully appointed and oh-so cozy quiet room (a must visit, snuggle up to their furry pillows!) or a dip in the Jacuzzi below it.

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Then, for dinner dine at Seven (and don’t leave the island without trying the truffle mac n’ cheese). Hosting your destination wedding here? I highly recommend a beach party in the evening (followed by fireworks off the shore if budget permits). Wow your guests inside in the grand ballroom (seats up to 1000 guests) or dine al fresco under the stars on the pool deck, the garden property, or of course the beach.

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When you retire to your room, you’ll be pleasantly welcomed back to what feels like home. Colors that remind you of the island around you but luxury, amenities, and comfort of what you’ve come to know and love about a Ritz Carlton property – the renovation is a perfect balance between a nod to island life and luxury travel too.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman many times over the past two decades and if it’s possible, it actually gets better with age.

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Weddings at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a coastal resort in sunny San Diego, perfect for a nearby destination wedding for Southern Californians and ideal for a domestic destination wedding for those of you looking to live in luxury for a few days without needing your passport.  The property is reminiscent of the Craftsman era, full of rich woods, home-like touches, exposed brick, fireplaces galore, giant trees, stained glass, and of course, a world-class golf course.  That’s right, this is the perfect place for grooms (and gals too)!

If your guy loves to golf, he’ll be happy to know the property (and wedding ceremony lawn) overlook the Torrey Pines Golf Course (it’s public, so all can play), when the US Open isn’t in town that is!

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That ceremony lawn, did we mention how spectacular it is?!  The Arroyo Terrace looks onto the 18th hole, and then of course, the Pacific Ocean – what a view!  It holds up to 220 guests for ceremonies, even dinner and dancing beneath the stars if you so choose!

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{Photos by Darin Fong}

But the beautiful lawn, richly appointed ballroom (complete with Craftsman style fireplace), and golf course aren’t even the best part.  I recently stayed at the resort and the friendly people greeting you at every turn, waiting on you at every possible moment, and making sure no detail on your big day is left undone is what really made me want to come back for more.  Their weddings department is all-star and every person we came in contact with on property was a delight (so much so that we forced our waitress to try the wine she suggested – it was so good and she had been so helpful).

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{Photos by We Heart Photography}

Service aside, The Lodge locations are great for parties large and small.  A presidential suite also overlooking the course makes for a great welcome cocktail reception location or a dinner party patio for an intimate I do.  Want something mid-sized?  Consider the Signature Courtyard for a secluded and more private ceremony spot.  Or go grand and dance the night away in the ballroom tucked away in a part of the hotel that makes you feel like the only people on property.

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{Photos by Lauren Brochmann}

And while you’re on property, don’t forget to hit up the spa!  Get a great massage from Kirsteen (I highly recommend) and unwind after a day of hiking the nearby trails of the nature preserve or hitting the waves in the ocean below.

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{Photos by Pam Scott}

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is surrounded by sea, city, golf, and the great outdoors – a perfect combination for a destination wedding location.  Spend an afternoon shopping in La Jolla before you head back for dinner and some fresh, seasonal and local fare from A. R. Valentien (when I was there, they were serving up a seasonal peach salad that was to die for)!

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{Photos by Boyd Harris}

If you like to cuddle by the fire after a day of fun outdoors, then San Diego’s The Lodge at Torrey Pines could just be the perfect match for your big day!

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Happy travels!

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Weddings at The Little Nell in Aspen, CO

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Every once and a while we get to experience a spectacular property firsthand – for a wedding, special event, or special trip.  Today’s featured property I’ve had the joy of visiting twice, once for an incredibly memorable destination wedding and once with a group of wedding professionals and both times The Little Nell just blew me away with all they do for their guests!  Set on the base of Aspen Mountain, with a wedding ceremony and reception site at the very top of the gondola, there are few properties in the world that offer couples such a unique way to wed, with such exemplary service (and delish food too!).

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When I payed them another visit last month, we were invited with this picture perfect mountain invitation, complete with an Aspen leaf accessory created by Richard’s Notebook.  Great idea for a destination wedding in the region!

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For weddings at The Little Nell, one of the location options you can choose the Sundeck which actually includes a 16 minute gondola ride to the top to get there!  Trust me, this part of the experience is completely magical.  Especially at the end of the night in the summer months when the mountain is dark and you feel like the people in your pod are the only people on earth as you make your way back to your hotel rooms at the base of the ride.  It’s heavenly!

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Talk about creative wedding transportation!

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When you arrive at the top of the mountain, you can host your ceremony in more than one spot – pictured below is the deck at the Aspen Mountain Club, complete with music by Elan Artists.

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Inside the Aspen Mountain Club is a swanky spot for an intimate wedding or great cocktail hour for larger parties.  Aspen Branch created some beautiful florals for our fun dinner party!

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One of the many things that makes The Little Nell so special is the amazing staff – and that includes the chefs.  The food.  Oh, the food!  I can say from experience that your wedding catering will be one of the best meals of your life, and not just one of the best meals at a wedding!

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If you’re entertaining an Aspen wedding, The Little Nell can accommodate 250 people for weddings at the top of mountain.  But they also offer off-site catering if you’re hosting something in or outside of town – up to 5oo people!

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And when at the end of the night, you return to your hotel rooms, you’ll be greeted with no detail left undone.  Fireplaces to fall asleep to, plush beds to collapse into, and an intimate mountain home vibe your guests will love.  The rooms were actually designed by the famous Holly Hunt and with a recent renovation, the property just spent $20 million on rooms and $2.5 million on the restaurant alone!  Wow!   But with just 93 rooms (12 of which are suites), the hotel won’t feel too big for your party (no matter the size) – you’ll see friends and loved ones in the lobby before a hike and then hit the jacuzzi under the stars together at night.  Just the way a destination wedding in the mountains should be!

Tune in later this week with more from Aspen, CO and what to do while you’re in town!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Scott Clark Photo

Wedding Professionals: Venue: The Little Nell, Flowers: Aspen Branch, Invitations: Richard’s Notebook, Music + Entertainment: Elan Artists, Paper Goods: Express Yourself

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