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!


Getting Married at the Ritz Carlton Cancun

ritz carlton cancunIt’s always fun to revisit a place you have fond memories from your childhood and recently I had the opportunity to do just that.  While in Mexico to speak at the Love Mexico Weddings Conference, I got to spend some time at the Ritz Carlton Cancun.  A property on the Yucatan Peninsula where beautiful blue waters flow just outside of Downtown, the ‘U’ shaped resort encases a wonderful pool area that almost beacons you away from the beach, which is no easy task there.  The beach is as you would except in the Caribbean, clear blue water, soft white sand, plenty of space for R&R, but the waters are a bit rougher than you might except.  If you love to crash in the waves but like the warmer waters, then Cancun could just be the spot for you!

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The resort is close to completing it’s room renovations so you’ll find soft, serene, greys, whites and blue beach hues awaiting you while the rest of the property is as I remember it.  Grand staircases, a bit of old world regal charm, and exceptional service as one might except from a Ritz Carlton.  The staff was exceptionally friendly, accommodating and helpful.  The food was delicious and the property even boasts a gym (for those who can’t completely disconnect) with a fabulous view of the pool.

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For honeymooners looking for a quick flight, a very Americanized city but still the charm of the Mexican culture, you might just consider this spot as home.  If you’re considering a destination wedding, they’ve got all you need for that too.

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From stunning ceremony settings on the beach to two top rated restaurants, an epic spa and Cancun’s only restaurant on the beach (perfect for dinning under a cabana), the resort has all you need to say “I do,” host your rehearsal and even post-wedding brunch.  You can wed in front of the beautiful blue water, host a formal reception in the ballroom, and even lean on them for assistance with florals and other planning needs.

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For more information, check out their website here.

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Getting Married at Montelucia Resort & Spa

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While getting the opportunity to speak at the recent Engage!13 Luxury Wedding Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, I was lucky enough to stay at the host hotel, the Montelucia Resort & Spa.  Tucked in the shadow of the great Camelback Mountain (a desert mountain that resembles the shape and face of a camel), this residential-like resort takes full advantage of all the outdoor sunshine Scottsdale has to offer.

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When you arrive, you walk through two giant and commanding doors towards an outdoor living area (complete with fire pits for winter) and a small indoor lobby to assist you.  The hotel rooms are in a variety of buildings peppered throughout the rear of the property near the base of the mountain, which gives you the feeling that your neighbors aren’t hotel neighbors but those of home.

The rooms are spacious but that’s not why you stay at Montelucia.  For those looking for a fabulous destination wedding stateside, this property has it all.  There’s a chapel with high ceilings, lovely chandeliers and even removable pews.  The ballroom is beautifully appointed and sits adjacent to an outdoor manicured courtyard perfect for cocktails and an indoor/outdoor event.  They even have a villa suite that one could live in, complete with it’s own lawn big enough for an outside ceremony (and your home base for the week).

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The chef is creative but true to the culture around them.  We dinned on everything from southwest inspired fare and fabulous guacamole and avocado gazpacho to surf and turf with a twist.

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The event staff, headed up by Traci Mead and team are a delight to work with and make welcoming your friends and family with love and open arms a breeze.  The hotel is easy to get to, but outside of town for that feeling of disconnect and relaxation and for those who love the outdoors, you will find yourself plenty busy.

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To learn about their destination weddings (and honeymoons too!), check out their website here.

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All Photos by Elan Artists / Chellise Michael and Scott Clark Photography