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!


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


Weddings in Beaver Creek at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

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We’ve got more from the Engage!14 event today – but this time, we’re taking a look at the swanky setting where I had the pleasure of staying for five fabulous days, at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch.  I get to visit a lot of luxury resorts with this job (not hard work, I can’t lie!) but every once and a while one property will really jump out at me as incredible.  The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch did just that.  From the moment I walked in and was greeted with big smiles and friendly faces (something that’s so important to your destination wedding guest experience), to the local artisan postcards left on my pillows at night and the stunning views of the ski runs and mountain tops from the big bay windows in my room…they really had me at hello and I never wanted to say goodbye.

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Set right on the mountain in Beaver Creek, the resort feels like a giant log cabin, complete with fire pits, floor to ceiling fireplaces, even jacuzzis hidden underneath big trees.

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To make you feel even more like you’re at home in the woods, they even have a resident dog – Bachelor (the property is very dog friendly).  Bachelor is 130 lb St. Bernard with lots of personality (and he takes wedding photos too so just ask)!

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And what we experienced in cuisine was spectacular!  From a covered wagon charcuterie station to dinner dinning by Spago and Wolfgang Puck (they have a restaurant on property and Spago does the event catering!)…we feasted like kings and queens as week!

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The property has several options for weddings – from intimate spaces to areas for up to 350 guests.  The ballroom is beautifully appointed with rustic chic details (stay tuned for Monday’s post when we show you the gala), or you can wed on the skier bridge lawn which has views of the valley and holds up to 250 loved ones.  You can also say I do in the Beaver Creek Chapel, a cobble stone-adorned space that fits 200.  It’s off property, but the Ritz will get you to and from.  And if you say yes to a summer wedding, then consider the mountainside terrace, just at the base of the ski lift with stunning views and sun.

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I highly recommend the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch for a mountain destination wedding – in the snow or sun!  The views will take your breath away, the food will fill your tummies with delight, the staff will make you want to stay forever, and the rustic luxe details of the property will help give you an unforgettable event experience.  Oh, and while I didn’t have time to indulge, they have a spa that is of the top spas in the world!!  Heaven on earth.

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For more information about getting married at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, check out their site!

Event Photographers: John Cain Sargent, Tammy Swales, Sofia NegronCarla Ten Eyck, Laura DeCarlo


Weddings at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL

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Every once and a while I have the opportunity to touch down in a place that I love, and stay at a property that I might even love more than the place itself (if that’s possible!).  One of those such properties is The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.  Yep, I’ve had the pleasure of staying at this sprawling resort on more than one occasion (we’ll call it work, but take a look at the photos, it’s not hard work!) and each time I walk away from a business trip here, I feel more relaxed than on most vacations!  Now, just imagine your wedding at such a special place (and stateside no less).

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Getting married at The Breakers means you and your wedding guests will be met with rich history, exceptional service, spectacular ceremony (and reception) sites, and a destination wedding vacation on the coast of Florida that rivals any exotic and tropical destination you may be dreaming about.  With none of the hassle of saying “I do” overseas, the weddings team at The Breakers will take care of your every desire.  From an in-house production crew to design and dazzle you for your big day, to menus that will make any foodie swoon and beautifully appointed (and renovated) hotel rooms, this place has it all for the discerning destination couple.

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If the guys like to golf, they’ve got two championship courses.  Or if tennis is more your speed, they were voted one of the top 50 tennis resorts around!

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Then when it comes time for the wedding, you can tent the lawn, dance the night away in a grand ballroom, enjoy cocktails in a courtyard – any setting you’ve got in mind, chances are they’ve got it among their 140 acres of oceanfront property.

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From an intimate oceanside I do for fifty guests to a formal affair for 500, this versatile property really does treat each guest like their most important.

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Oh, and did I mention they have Sylvia Weinstock cakes for you too!?  You can get the godmother of cakes to create your wedding day dessert for the end of the night!

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And then of course when the big day is done, don’t forget to take a little time for yourselves and enjoy a honeymoon or mini-moon before jetting off to your next destination!  Hit the spa before, during and after your big day to get that blushing bride glow and keep it!

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For more information on Weddings at The Breakers, be sure to check out their dedicated wedding site!