Maui Destination Wedding Location: The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua


Where can you go to get away from it all and still have all the creature comforts from home? The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua is one such place framing a picture-perfect bay formed of volcanic rock on the sleepy side (aka private and relaxing part) of Maui, Hawaii. A dream destination for your destination wedding or honeymoon! I recently got the chance to experience it firsthand and let’s just say, I’m already planning my next trip back!


The area of Kapalua Bay is its own private-like oasis set apart from the rest of the world. Complete with breathtaking views of two golf courses and a quaint town with a complimentary shuttle to get you around, you’ll feel relaxed and right at home here. I loved the small village vibe, it’s just a few hundred feet from the front door of The Ritz Carlton, allowing you to stock your mini-fridge with a few essential provisions, get out for a night of great sushi (at Sansei), and even pay a visit to The Wine Palette, a place where you can yes, enjoy your wine, while painting its glass! They say location is everything and The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua has that in spades!


Back on property, I highly recommend you partake in the couples massage experience – it’s a must. You’ll be treated to a treatment for two while listening to the sounds of birds in paradise and winds blowing in the palm leaves around you. The natural soundtrack is something you would bottle up and sell in an app, but don’t pay too close of attention, let yourself go with the soothing hands of the exceptional staff (I highly recommend Chris if he’s available) and then enjoy!


Then once you’re fully relaxed, it’s time to wed! The events and weddings staff at The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua take your wedding under their wing with a delicate yet commanding touch, making sure no detail goes undone. And at this unique property, that includes every detail – right down to your bridal bouquet. That’s right, they even have floral and décor options for your event, among other amenities, allowing for a one-stop-shopping experience for your destination wedding. This means you don’t have to worry about sourcing and shopping for anything off-property, making planning your wedding something you could do in your sleep! Then say “I do” outdoors on the lawn overlooking the ocean and you’ve created a night you’ll never forget.  Just don’t forget to add in a few Hawaiian traditions (like a blessing during your ceremony and shave ice at your reception) – the resort can arrange all this and more for you too!


And when the big day is done, be sure to enjoy all that the location has to offer – like a stunning hike along the shore, beautiful beaches to choose from for your lazy days, and fine dinning at one of their six restaurants within the resort. When you touch down at The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, you’ll find something for everyone in your group to enjoy.  I know I’ll be back to explore some more!

For more information on getting married at The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, be sure to visit their weddings page here.


Famous Luxury Resort for Destination Weddings in Florida


All Resort Photos: The Breakers Palm Beach

Looking for a spectacular stateside destination wedding location?  Just think, white sands and clear blue waters without leaving the country, making planning your destination wedding a breeze!  For a picturesque domestic destination wedding, look no further than Palm Beach, Florida at the world famous oceanfront resort, The Breakers Palm Beach.


This historic property dates back to 1896, but of course has all the modern amenities and luxuries you would come to expect from a five diamond property. Each year the owners put $30 million dollars back into it to make it better than ever! No corner is left untouched, from the eight bars and restaurants to the new indoor / outdoor fitness center, two championship golf courses, four pools and even a private beach – love and attention goes into every facet of the place. But its real charm is no matter how high tech it becomes to provide you with all the creature comforts; it always leads with its timeless sophistication and grand residential feeling. I’ve been lucky enough to be a guest at this magnificent property, and I can tell you, the relaxed elegance of the rooms and suites will certainly make you wish this was your permanent residence!


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With 538 guestrooms (including 68 suites), The Breakers certainly has everyone in your bridal party covered! And for those looking for a more boutique experience, they’ve got something new for you too – it’s called Flagler Club, a 25-room boutique hotel experience within the resort.


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The property really has it all, including a dedicated weddings department too! A wedding at The Breakers means you will be walked through this special time in your life by the delicate touch of an exceptional staff waiting to carry out your every wish (just like they did for Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello who wed there late last year). From tenting the Ocean Lawn overlooking warm waters to serving up individual raw bars of fresh seafood atop custom ice sculptures for your guests, to designing a floral installation fit for royalty, The Breakers Palm Beach makes magic happen for their brides and grooms.


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While I love a wedding outdoors in the sunny Florida weather, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to dine and dance the night away in their Venetian Ballroom, complete with floor to ceiling windows looking out at the Atlantic and seating for up to 550.

For smaller events, the Circle Ballroom seats 200 beneath a soaring fresco-painted ceiling and of course, has ocean views too.


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Still looking for that perfect ceremony site? How about the Mediterranean Ballroom, a Romanesque-space with fresco-painted renaissance ceilings and views of the courtyard (which makes for a great cocktail hour location too!). In all, there are twelve options and event spaces to choose from, so chances are they have exactly what you’re looking for.

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Above Two Photos: Braedon Flynn Photography

And when all the dancing is done, or to get your beauty prep on before the big day, be sure to carve out some time during your stay for the spa. The Breakers has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation to the spa, offering you a state-of-the-art indoor / outdoor oasis complete with a heated sand-quartz bed for massages and services designed with couples in mind!

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If you’re looking for a grand venue for your destination wedding, one with beachfront wedding sites as well as glorious ballrooms and exquisite guestrooms for your loved ones, then it’s time to call The Breakers Palm Beach home for your big day.


Photo: Amy Hill Photography

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Perfect Destination Wedding Location in Todos Santos, Mexico


If you’re looking for a {slightly} off the beaten path destination for your wedding or honeymoon, you love Mexico, are looking for a quick and easy flight but want to really get away from it all, then Rancho Pescadero is for you. Tucked in Todos Santos, Mexico, about 45 minutes North of Cabo San Lucas, you’ll enjoy the Pacific Ocean, wide white beaches, and the beauty of Cabo but without the hustle and bustle of being right in town.


Instead, when you arrive at Rancho Pescadero, a 28-room boutique hotel, you’ll find yourself part of the family right from the start. We recently got to visit the property while shooting a feature for Destination I Do Magazine (see all the amazing destination wedding photos here if you missed it!), and while we were there, I got to experience a little bit of laid back heaven.

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The hotel has no phones, clocks or tv’s in the rooms, so that you can completely disconnect from the world and spend your days focused on which lounge bed you plan to nap in instead. Right on the ocean, you’ve got gorgeous views, the sounds of crashing waves (it’s not a swimming beach but a great place to throw a wedding!), and plenty of flora and fauna to get lost in.


Perfect for a buyout for a destination wedding, you can wed in the sand, celebrate with cocktails by the pool and dine and dance in their picture-perfect al fresco garden restaurant, that truly represents it’s name – the garden along side it is where the produce you enjoy actually comes from. And trust me, you’ll enjoy it. Some of the best food I’ve ever had in Mexico, I got to experience here. And thanks to on site mixologist, Danny, I even had perfectly paired cocktails using local ingredients to boot!


I can’t say enough about the food and drink – an element to your destination wedding that your guests will be raving about! And the staff serves it up with open arms and hearts (I even had a latte with my name in the foam). With an onsite wedding planner (who happens to be an ex-pat), and stunning sunsets at your ceremony site, Rancho Pescadero is certainly one to watch when considering an authentic destination wedding experience in Mexico. I know I’ll be back!

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New Wedding Chapel Over Water: Four Seasons Resort


How amazing is this?! Breaking news in the world of destination weddings – you can now wed over water in the Maldives without being on a boat!  The swanky Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has just opened a wedding chapel in the ocean, off the shore of their resort.  Wow.  If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding destination, it doesn’t get more unique than this in the tropics.


With panels in the floor looking down at the fish below, you can have a truly indoor/outdoor over water experience when you say I do.  And of course you’ll have 360 degree views of that crystal clear water around you!  This place is perfect if you want an exotic locale, have an intimate guest list (16 or less), and of course are ready to experience true luxury, thanks to the Four Seasons.


And when the “I do’s” are done, you’ll find yourself back on dry land for a picture-perfect honeymoon you won’t soon forget.

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Happy honeymooning in the Maldives!


All photos from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru


Overwater Bungalows, Boats + One Amazing Destination Wedding or Honeymoon Location in Mexico

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If you’re looking for a private place to honeymoon with easy access from the US and an expansive destination wedding deck to boot for a grand getaway with all your loved ones, then Rosewood Mayakoba is your answer.

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Set both along the beach in Riviera Maya and the lagoon of Mayakoba, you get the best of both worlds – sun and sand and the tranquil sounds of nature at its finest along the lagoon.

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I had the opportunity to experience this magical place not long ago and it truly does offer honeymooners all you could ask for and destination weddings just what you need.

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There’s a large palapa on the beach perfect for a wedding reception (for up to 300 people!). It’s open air, beautifully created with weddings in mind, comes complete with an outdoor lounge area, and of course, the beach just a step away for a sunset ceremony.

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For a rehearsal dinner or perhaps a party not on the water, the lovely La Ceiba Garden is the place to be. Incredibly unique, this outdoor event space comes complete with an outdoor kitchen, flooring to dance and dine on, a fire and water fountain, and better yet, a fully functioning vegetable garden to celebrate within. That’s right, each morning chefs at Rosewood Mayakoba cultivate and pick what they need to cook with (true farm to table style) and come nightfall, you get to dine and dance under the stars surrounded by the sweet smells of all the local ingredients you could imagine.

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But the best part about Rosewood Mayakoba might just be the overwater suites (I highly recommend those on the lagoon). You’ll arrive to your room by private boat, where you’ll be greeted by your smiling butler, waiting to comfort your every need throughout your stay. You’ll enjoy a plunge pool on your balcony, lounges and dinner area for two al fresco and inside you’ll find a beautifully minimalistic suite complete with telescope to stargaze at night. Choose from one of two showers (indoor and outdoor) or a beautiful footed tub to unwind after a day at the beach or visit to the nearby Mayan Ruins of Tulum.

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Rosewood Mayakoba feels like the ultimate honeymoon hideaway but offers the space, service, and amenities we’ve come to require at a destination wedding. The best of both worlds for nearly and newlyweds.

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For more information, visit Rosewood Mayakoba and ask for Magnolia to assist you in planning your dream destination wedding!