Weddings at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL

The Breakers Resort

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


Weddings at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, CO

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The newly renovated Hotel Jerome is hip Aspen-chic meets relaxed Colorado comfort.  I had the pleasure of attending a swanky fete there just a few weeks ago and I was certainly wowed by the new design.

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Nestled in the heart of Aspen, within walking distance to anything and everything you could want to do while in town, this boutique hotel boasts 93 swanky rooms and suites with every design detail imaginable.  Think wallpapers you want to rub, cowhide finished furniture and all the modern amenities of a luxury hotel while maintaining its nod to history.  The hotel was actually designed by my friend and the talented interior designer, Todd-Avery Lenahan.  He’s known for creating some of the most beautiful hotel and resort spaces around the world.  And this hotel spared no expense to make this place the fashionable spot to stay!

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The living room and J Bar are two of my favorite spots.  Preserving the rich history of the hotel while modernizing the look, you can see celebs ordering up a cocktail while you relax and unwind after a day on the mountain in a place that looks like this!

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They’ve also got a gorgeous ballroom for those winter weddings (complete with antler chandeliers) and in the summer, the garden terrace is perfect under a tent (be prepared for unexpected weather this time of year).

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The hotel can accommodate weddings of up to 250 and they’ve got a good curfew too (12am)!  The staff (especially Christine) is wonderful to work with when planning your wedding and of course the food is epic – we wouldn’t have expected anything less!

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If you want a chic city wedding in the town of Aspen, Hotel Jerome could be home.

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The Biltmore Estate Asheville, North Carolina

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I recently had the opportunity to speak at THE wedding industry summit – Engage!13: Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  Among a myrad of things I love about this event, getting to experience a new luxury property is near the top of that list.  This trip was certainly no exception, did not disappoint, and in fact, exceeded by expectations by miles!  Held at the historic Biltmore Estate (still owned by the Vanderbuilt family today), we had the chance to explore 8,000 acres of unparelled beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  To say this spot is serene is an understatement.  To say it’s glamorous, regal and magical is also an understatement.  The Biltmore is the perfect blend of fantasy meets fauna with beautiful grounds, mountains, trails, and water at every turn.

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A perfect place for a domestic destination wedding, one friend of mine described it as going to Europe without ever having to leave the states (great for your wedding guests!).  The home can be the backdrop to your tented reception, your wedding lawn and ceremony, and of course, tours for your friends and family. The Inn is where you and your loved ones will stay, just a short hike away from the original property.

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When you wake up in the morning, this is what you will look out to.  Yes, it’s true!  Nothing but nature (and surburb service) surrounding you.

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Ideal for a destination wedding, they offer an array of activities to bring your two families together – horseback riding, barns and animals for the kids, rafting down the river, archery, segway tours of the land, wine tasting at their vineyard on property, even beer tasting too for the guys!  Your group will not know what to do first!  (I highly recommend a private walk along one of their many hiking trials too…)

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The Biltmore Estate is such a unique place, it’s one that the web just can’t do justice.  Having worked on weddings here before, I had no idea how truly special it was until I arrived.  Maura and her team welcomed us with open arms and showed us the best that North Carolina has to offer!  I will be back!

All Photos By: Allan Zepeda, Carla Ten Eyck, Jeremie Barlow