Modern Destination Wedding in Bali

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Zhang and Lian said “I do” at a destination wedding in Bali, where the modern hotel backdrop set the stage for this otherwise traditional big day.  From blue Manolos to picture-perfect favors, this darling couple put thought into the details, yet selected a venue that needed absolutely nothing!

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There was nothing unusual on how Zhang and Lian met. Zhang’s mom is a business contact to Lian’s boss and that’s how they got introduced to each other. First they chat through WeChat, then they met the first time right before the Chinese New Year of 2015; and the rest was history.

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When it was time to plan their wedding, the couple wanted a location with a great ocean view, a peaceful atmosphere and nothing too crowded. So they opted for the elegant Alila Villas and everything was as they dreamed!

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The beautiful all white ceremony details were woven into the reception too, which had pops of color to compliment it.

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This was a somewhat intimate gathering so long tables looked lovely for the group.

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The bride’s reception dress sparkled as much as the fireworks around her! We love a wardrobe change if it doesn’t take too much time away from your celebration…

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Iluminen

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location + Catering: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

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A Colorful Wedding Dress at this Destination Wedding in Greece

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Anna and Dino live in New York but decided to travel all the way to Rhodes, Greece for their destination wedding surrounded by friends and family. The beautiful big day took place at St. Paul’s chapel followed by a reception nearby at Tambakio restaurant. Not only did this couple get adventurous in their location selection but in their fashion too. We love that the bride wore red! Wow what a stunning standout way to walk down the aisle!

The two lovebirds shared the story of how their Greece destination wedding came to be.

 The starting point of Anna & Dino’s destination wedding story was a romantic moment watching the magic sunset in amazing Santorini, when Dino proposed to Anna; a dreamy vacation from New York to Greece, where Dino comes from.

While searching their Greek destination, they came across Lindos area in Rhodes, and that was the sign; since the beginning of their relationship they called each other “Linda” because of funny video on internet of a little boy complaining to his mother – Linda – about not letting him eat cupcakes (the favorite dessert of Dino’s). That’s how Lindos St. Paul’s bay with its beautiful chapel and the restaurant on the beach became the venues.

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Dinos’ Greek background was the inspiration behind the selection of the main element of the wedding – olive leaves and branches, and the added palette colors came up from Anna’s stunning bridal dress, this unique deep red Vera Wang creation. The bridal dress was the first thing Anna had chosen for her wedding as it was love at first sight on her gown scouting.

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Bridesmaids helped on creating the wedding fans while spending funny moments on the poolside, during the pre-wedding days.

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We asked the bride and groom about their favorite moment from the experience:

Our wedding ceremony. It was based on our personal love story, and our best friend was the officiant. We shared theses precious moment with our most beloved people. It was an unforgettable experience full of laughter and happy tears – something we all will treasure forever!

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In all decoration aspects, from the printings to table decoration, olive branches were incorporated with blush pink flowers. Lots of candles were used to highlight the magic feeling of the night and sparkles sent off to escort Mr & Mrs’ first dance.

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Anna’s idea was to use many Greek touches so to add an emotional feeling for Dino’s family. Just like on traditional Greek weddings, the bride arrived to the chapel escorted by the music of 2 traditional instruments, lyre and accordion. Cones with rice and golden olive leaves were given to all the guests to throw at the end of the ceremony. Throwing of rice has a special meaning in Greek weddings as it symbolizes good luck for a strong relationship. A candy table was welcoming guests on the reception entrance, offering local sweets used in Greece to celebrate the union of the newlyweds. The highlight of the night was the starting of the wedding party; DJ mixed the slow first dance song with the traditional Zorbas the Greek song! A crazy dance when we made all guests join with us and proceed to an unforgettable wedding night!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jenny Kim Photography

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Tambakio Restaurant, Wedding planner: Golden Apple Weddings, Bridal Gown: Vera Wang, Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN, Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Groom’s tuxedo: My Suit, Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan

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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.

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Jewel Toned Posh Elopement on St. John

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Today we’re sharing a very special destination wedding. This is the first wedding to take place on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. John after Hurricane Irma hit. The island is rebuilding and rebounding and welcoming weddings once again and it’s clear from this magical day, that St. John is coming back for couples in style!

The bride, Mariam and her groom Jesse decided to elope but make it something extra special to see, not just to experience. So they enlisted the assistance of some incredibly talented St. John wedding professionals who are back at work since the hurricane and creating beautiful memories like these once again.

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We asked the couple’s amazing destination wedding planner and St. John resident, Mary Bartolucci from Island Style Weddings, to tell us about this very big milestone, not only for the couple but the island too!

When my friend Jesse approached me about marrying he and his fiance in early December, I was delighted to be able to assist them.  I explained to them that I was leaving island for some R& R and we would have to hold the wedding within a week. Due to the situation we all found ourselves in, they just wanted a quick ceremony on the beach with a few friends to celebrate with after. 

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Jesse and Mariam met in Thailand and continued a long distance romance over the next year. Mariam, a beauty from Siberia moved to St John in July 2017 to be with Jesse.  Little did they know 6 weeks after her arrival, all of our lives would change dramatically.  Hurricane Irma was making her way to the US Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm.( it actually came as a Cat 8- 265 MPH winds)  They chose to stay in Jesse’s apartment for the storm, having their landlord board them inside the apartment to ride out the storm. How is that curve ball to test the relationship?

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After 3 months of bucket baths, no power, phone, or Internet, it was a wonderful gift to be able to design something special for them.  I called on some wedding vendor friends, all were quite hungry for their creative juices to flow again. 

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Jessica from Roses Too Flowers and I had been admiring a table scape by Colin Cowie we had been itching to create.  I love the beach feel without the standard starfish and lanterns look.  We wanted to create a St John chic look.

For weeks after the storm I had been walking the beach at Chocolate Hole on St John.  I found some great driftwood, sea fans, sea urchins and sponges to incorporate with the floral design.  

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The energy on Trunk Bay felt like new beginnings, the beach is wider, more expansive and even more beautiful.

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The island is recovering quickly, it is a great time to come and enjoy the natural beauty which is more magnificent than before.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Savanah Loftus

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Coordination + Design: Island Style Weddings, Flowers: Roses Too Flowers, Hair and Makeup: Cruz Salon, Catering: Oasis Private Chefs, Wedding Dress: Lulee Bridal, Jewelry: Bamboo St. John

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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

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