Historic Rome Destination Wedding Location

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There are few more romantic places on earth to host a destination wedding than in the beautiful country of Italy. It’s so diverse with locations on the beach, in the Tuscan countryside, on island and even in the city too. If a city chic destination wedding is your speed, then we think you should seriously consider a historic property in Rome, one of the most romantic cities in the world!

We recently traveled to this spectacular city and discovered a lesser-known property perfect for a formal and oh-so grand destination wedding. A private home turned event space, La Pinacoteca del Tesoriere, is rich in history, ornate décor, and sophisticated wedding backdrops. From a private chapel in which to host an intimate destination wedding to a grand ballroom that once housed the Roman elite, this unique setting is in the heart of the city where location is everything, but the interior is not to be overlooked as well.

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Across the street from San Luigi dei Francesi Church, you can opt for a religious ceremony just steps from the front door to keep everyone inside for the entire day within the multi-level property.

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You’ll be welcomed by a grand staircase in what was once the carriage house before you ascend to the main floor, where each room is more impressive than the next. Total privacy is what you’ll find and fantastic settings for your wedding photos too. There’s even an outdoor terrace and modernized restrooms so your guests feel like they’re in old world luxury while enjoying the finer things of modern times.

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La Pinacoteca del Tesoriere is ideal for the couple who wants an iconic Roman wedding with plenty of privacy, pomp and circumstance and fantastic food too (their in-house caterer, Le Voila, is incredible). Whether you’ll be serving 500 of your closest friends for cocktails or an intimate group of friends and family, the variety within these walls means there’s something for every size with a propensity for the over-the-top style.

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To learn more about getting married at La Pinacoteca del Tesoriere, be sure to check out their website here.


Amazing Beach Wedding Location in Cancun, Mexico: Nizuc

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Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our party recaps from Engage!17: Nizuc the past several days. But we couldn’t wrap up without telling you a little bit about the amazing property these incredible events took place at. Nizuc Resort & Spa, just ten minutes from the Cancun Airport (but worlds away from the city life) is an oasis on the ocean that is completely different from any other property in the area.

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The giant walled compound is a modern couple’s dream, with fire torches throughout at night, ponds to reflect the sunset, infinity pools for kids and adults and fine dining from around the world. But of course, it’s not just what the resort offers regular hotel guests, but wedding couples too! There’s a fantastic beach to host a wedding party or reception on (think fireworks over the ocean), a posh ballroom for indoor parties, and restaurant spaces that need no décor – they are so perfectly appointed.

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From sushi to Italian food, swim-up bars and amazing in-room dining, no matter how many nights you stay, if you’re a foodie, you will find happiness time and time again. (Be sure to hit the brunch, it’s arguably the best on the planet!)

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The spa is sensational, the weddings department staff are a delight to work with and the hotel rooms, oh the hotel rooms! At a place as fun as this, one would think spending any time in your room would be a waste. But their suites and villas are so stunning, it’s hard to ever want to exit your own front door! Dilemmas, dilemmas…

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Tip: Book a garden villa and you really won’t ever want to leave. For those of you living in land-locked states, you might prefer the ocean view. But if you can live without it, do, and instead opt to stay in a garden villa, complete with private pool and waterfall, outdoor living room and yard and a bedroom suite with walls that open to the outside. It’s like living within your own private resort, with an indoor and outdoor shower too! Once you check-in to this room, you’ll understand why room service becomes so important. Oh, and on that note, you’ll have butler service too, to assist you with that room service and almost anything else your heart could desire.

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Nizuc Resort & Spa has it all for destination wedding couples and is even more ideal for honeymooners. With a convenient location in Cancun and close proximity to cenotes, the ruins of Tulum and local shopping too, there’s plenty to do on and off property for couples and groups. A trip to Nizuc is one you will not forget anytime soon…especially when you return home wanting to redecorate your home to look like theirs!

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Photography: Gigi de ManioJohn Cain SargentPaul Morse PhotographyPhillip Van NostrandLaura Dee | Location: NIZUC Resort & Spa


A Mexican Fiesta Wedding You’ll Want to Celebrate At!


If you’re entertaining the idea of a destination wedding in Mexico, then this story is for you!  On a trip in 2017 to one of my favorite properties in the world, Rosewood Mayakoba, I got to experience a Mexican fiesta rivaled by no other!  The colors, the cocktails, the food carts around the garden, the live mariachi music and the churros, oh the fresh churros!!  This dinner was to-die-for!  And the decor was perfection.  For colorful wedding inspiration, consider a fiesta outdoors among the stars like this one at the famed Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Whether you opt for the idea to be used as a rehearsal dinner or the big day, your guests will love the cultural experience you give them and the celebration that is sure to follow when arriving at a place as decked out as this!


Events & Weddings in Cancun are credited with these fantastic bars and event accessories that really make a destination wedding in Mexico FUN!  How about a tequila and mezcal tasting during your cocktail hour?  Learn about the local flavors while you delight on the taste!

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Our dinner was under the stars and twinkle lights and was filled with vibrant orchids and flags overhead. Incredibly talented (and equally as kind), local floral designer Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design set the stage for this evening with her beautiful bright pops of color and details throughout.  One of my favorite things about a wedding in Riviera Maya are all the amazing professional talents in the region.  If you wed in Riviera Maya, you will not be disappointed by the beauty your team can create (like this!).

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As guests went from station to station, trying fresh tortillas and churros too, mariachis serenaded us with oodles of fanfare.

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Will you throw a fiesta at your destination wedding in Mexico?  After attending one as fun as this, we sure hope so!


Photography: Dave Noonan – C10 Studios, Location + Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba, Floral Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design, Furniture, Rentals + Bars: Events & Weddings


Riviera Maya Wedding Location: Banyan Tree

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If you’re seeking a swanky destination wedding spot, one with a ceremony site on the sand, exquisite food from the region and beyond, and suites or villas that are possibly better than anywhere you might call home, then take a look at the beautiful Banyan Tree Mayakoba for your wedding in Mexico.

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What stands out most in this idyllic spot isn’t its breathtaking beachfront or even its grand entry and lobby, open on all sides and complete with a boat dock for departures, but the suites that you stay in when you wed or honeymoon here.

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When you check in to this paradise, you find yourself in a villa oasis complete with a full size swimming pool, jacuzzi, set of beach cruiser bikes, and floor to ceiling walls that open up to the great outdoors within your absolutely private compound.  That’s right, each guest or family stays within their own private walls which protect a garden or a rooftop pool, and even secluded views of the mangroves.  Life doesn’t get much better than this when you’re tucked into your home at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

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If and when you decide to emerge from your villa, which is actually hard to do since it’s so special, you’ll find modern event spaces, world-class cuisine and even cooking classes for families who like to experience the culture they find themselves surrounded by.

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For your reception, this stunning beach palapa in a rustic white style just steps from the sand makes for a great party site for up to 350 of your closest friends and family.

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You might even consider the nearby Catholic Church in El Pueblito for a religious event before you’re ushered back to the beach to celebrate.

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No matter how you choose to wed at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, this is how you’ll retire at the end of the night, and even entertain, should a family BBQ in your villa be on the menu.

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If a full size private pool, jacuzzi and even romantic outdoor bathtub is your style, then honeymooning here is the way to go too.  Even with friends and family on property, you’ll feel a sense of privacy that allows you to unwind – just for two.

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Just be sure to make time for their famous Thai massages in the spa and award-winning restaurants.  Once you set foot at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, you’ll never have to leave…and you certainly won’t want to!

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Posh San Diego Wedding Location: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe


Today we’re sharing a sweet soiree that we actually got to attend this time!  The posh (and only) boutique hotel in Rancho Santa Fe (North County San Diego, CA), The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, hosted a few wedding professionals for an intimate evening of celebrating with “The Inn Crowd.”  And what a celebration it was!  If you’re looking for a domestic destination wedding location in a city where it’s almost always sunny, at a place that feels truly private, then be sure to stop and see The Inn and you’ll discover a little hidden magic in this Southern California city.


The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is ideal for buyouts, with only 80 rooms situated in 17 cottages, every guest of yours will feel right at home when they check into their fireplace-clad cozy getaway.  Sitting on 21-acres surrounded by old eucalyptus trees and winding pathways, it’s really the perfect disconnect from the big hotel wedding and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


And the wedding venues – oh the weddings venues!  Whether you opt to play a round of croquet on the lawn during cocktail hour or tent it instead for larger parties (up to 350), your beautiful backdrop will be the center of this quaint California town and the 1920’s adobe style hotel structure that you wish was home!


For more intimate gatherings, like the dinner we attended, head to the croquet cottage – where we dined on an incredible meal fireside with the sweet smell of the fireplace burning beside us.  The chefs on property are so exceptional that certain dishes have even become local legend (I highly recommend the Royce Salad)!  For decor on this delightful night, Isari Flower Studio dressed the room from top to bottom and we couldn’t have loved the look more!

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Yet this isn’t the only intimate event space on property.  The library makes a great post-wedding brunch spot for your immediate family and the spa is perfect for a girls gathering.  There are so many surprising spots to discover at The Inn; just exploring the grounds you never know what you’ll find!


But perhaps even better than the surroundings that welcome you at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is the staff that greets you with a smile upon arrival.  And the weddings department is no different – Morgan and Rebecca and their team quickly become trusted confidants when working with them.  Rest assured your wedding will be truly spectacular when you say “I do” in this special spot.  I loved our time here and can’t wait to go back for that perfect Southern California staycation!


Event Vendors: Location: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Planner: Kelsey Rae Designs, Floral: Isari Floral Studios, Paper Goods: Brightly Designed, Photography: Brian Leahy Photography, Videography: Anthology Films, Decor Rentals: Jake Duke Studios, Music: Brian Stodart, Linens: Wildflower Linen, Bar: Wiens Family Cellars, Dessert Bar: Mallow Mallow, Marquee: My Marquee SD, Gifts: Gaspara Flora, Desserts: Kuba Kreations, Menswear: Friar Tux Shop, Other: Aisle Planner