New Wedding Chapel Over Water: Four Seasons Resort

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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.

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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.

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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!

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All photos from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

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Miami Wedding Location: Mondrian South Beach

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Today we’re showing you a swanky property perfect for a destination wedding in Florida, or better yet, a bachelorette weekend in Miami! Enter the Mondrian South Beach. If you’ve ever been, there’s a chance it had a familiar feeling to it. That’s because the design was actually inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle! What could be a more perfect place for a fairy tale wedding than that?!

The Mondrian South Beach was designed by Marcel Wanders, a Dutch architectural designer, who created a look that’s a modern interpretation on the castle. The property is surrounded by tall hedges a la historic European site, and he added whimsical touches like a dramatic black staircase that almost mimics the look of lace! The hotel is dressed with oversized bell-shaped candelabras, and the stark white and black (with pops of gold) contrast to the décor gives it a very modern vibe that meets the romance and femininity of the castle inspiration.

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If you’re considering a destination wedding at Mondrian South Beach, it’s perfect for about 70 guests, though if your group is larger, they can get creative to design the day around your size. You can wed by the pool in a special lounge area overlooking the waters or opt for inside in the restaurant, La Savina, or the Sunset Lounge too. But my favorite has to be the lush North Kissing Garden, even appropriately named for the occasion!

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The property isn’t huge, just 209 rooms and suites, perfect for a domestic destination wedding with no passport required so just enough loved ones can attend. And if you and your guy or gal pals are looking for a hip place to call home during your bachelor or bachelorette weekend, this spot in Miami just might be perfect for you. Close to the nightlife scene, right on the water, and a scene all its own, Mondrian South Beach is ideal to celebrate your last single nights!

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For more information on Mondrian South Beach, check out their site here.

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Where to Wed in San Francisco: The Ritz Carlton

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If you’re on the hunt for a swanky city wedding location, then you can stop your search at The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco, a newly-renovated hot spot for society elite and a chic city wedding.

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The perfectly positioned, Nob Hill property boasts 336 rooms and suites, all with a new look – to reflect the bay and modern men’s fashion. Trust us, grooms will love it! But not to fear brides-to-be, the ballroom and pre-function/cocktail hour spaces are dripping with romance and crystal chandeliers too – just the right blend of masculine and feminine with all the glitz and glamour you could want for your wedding day.  The grey and blue hues create a sense of calming all around so you’ll be sure to walk down the aisle without so much as a jitter.

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Before you say “I do,” consider a welcome dinner on the terrace of the presidential suite, one with stunning sunset views at cocktail hour. Or enjoy a high tea with your best gal pals in the lobby lounge in lieu of a bridal luncheon and then be sure to spend some time in the new spa coming soon (shhh…we can’t tell you what exactly, but it’s going to be amazing, and just a few weeks away, Nov 2015 opening).

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Then when the wedding day comes, enjoy a delightful garden ceremony under a tent (something that’s hard to come by in this city), before heading to the grand ballroom, seating up to 500 or The Terrace Room for more intimate gatherings of up to 140.

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A wedding in San Francisco also means great food and local cuisine. And The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco has that in spades. Local celebrity chef Michael Rotondo oversees Parallel 37, the hip restaurant just off the lobby, complete with a chef’s table if you want to treat your VIP’s or just be treated like one yourself! And of course the wine selections aren’t bad either with Napa and Sonoma just over the bay; you’re in an amazing selection!

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And speaking of wine, if you’re a wine lover, then a visit to the JCB Tasting Lounge is a must-do! Enjoy a wine or bubbles flight paired with Chef Rotondo’s treats and get to know the local vintner-to-the-stars. The plush, velvet-clad, intimate space also makes for a remarkable place to propose or perhaps enjoy a honeymoon night out for two.

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When you wed at The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco, there’s no reason to ever leave. But if you do, you’re a quick walk to China Town, Union Square, Ghirardelli Square and so much more. For a destination wedding, the city (and hotel) have endless options to keep you and your guests busy for days!

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For more information on getting married at The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco, be sure to check out their site here.

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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!

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Luxury Destination Wedding Location in The Bahamas

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Quite possibly the best, relaxed luxury you’ll find in the Caribbean, The Cove Eleuthera is The Bahamas’ best kept secret. I got the opportunity to check out the boutique property recently and few hotels are designed more perfectly for destination weddings than this.   It would be hard to relocate for your honeymoon and ever leave, so I suggest you don’t.

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A destination wedding at this spot means picturesque nature 360 degrees. For your ceremony site, how about standing on a point straddling two bays in the Caribbean for views on all sides? You and your fiancé can literally say “I do” between two beautiful, white sand beaches.

From there, cocktails could be served at the Greecian-esque outdoor bar perched overlooking one of those breathtaking bays.

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When you’re ready for your group to reset and relocate for dinner, there’s an expansive infinity pool deck awaiting your wedding reception just steps away with equally as stunning of a view – from all sides.

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In the event of rain, the modern, white, and perfectly appointed restaurant will not only suffice but serve as a swanky spot to dance the night away in.

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Or, should a true beach wedding be more your destination style, celebrate in the sand on either private beach – just take your pick!

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And the best part about The Cove Eleuthera? With only 57 rooms (mostly bungalows and private villas), it’s built for a buy-out. Just imagine, you and all your favorite friends and family taking over this 40 acre property, strolling through 600 palm trees seeking out fresh coconut water, napping amongst the 30 hammocks, and bumping into each other not only at dinner, but perhaps around the point during an afternoon snorkel or paddleboard session.

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It’s truly the perfect home away from home for a wedding party – even the rooms are wedding chic white in color! And for the newlyweds, opt for one of the beachfront three bedroom villas complete with butler service and private infinity pool (and double it as a welcome cocktail spot or post-wedding brunch venue).

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Then bring in a rake and scrape band for some local tunes, serve up some fresh lionfish (that’s caught off the reef to help eradicate them from the area), and toast with an “I Love the Cove” cocktail – complete with fresh sage and you’ve got yourself the perfect destination wedding party.

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Saying “I do” to the island of Eleuthera and The Cove means your happily ever after begins the minute you touch down in this paradise.

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All Photos from Enchantment Group.

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