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Within these pages you will find information, links, answers to questions and, other wedding event resources. In one convenient location you will be able to review a wide range of wedding information.

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Finally you may contact us to engage our services as a wedding planner. We also provide travel arrangements for your out of town guests and affordable honeymoon packages.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Weddings by Salamander

The perfect place to walk down the aisle, trot or gallop. Set on 340 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards. You can have your ceremony on their spectacularly lush grand lawn, the relished beauty of the culinary garden that offers sweeping Blue Ridge views or perhaps the rustic panache 100-year-old Stallion Barn.

A destination unto itself ride along wooded bridle paths, enjoy wine tasting tours at nearby wineries, or take an afternoon to explore the historic village of Middleburg. Picture the blue waters of the gulf, the shimmering sugar white sand that reflects the light from your wedding dress, and the epic sunset acting as the backdrop for our vows.

A wedding isn't just an extraordinary experience. It also doubles as the perfect excuse for an extended family reunion. And Reunion is the perfect place to make that a reality. This is one of those rare venues that defies convention. Here at Reunion, romantic gardens, a breathtaking rooftop restaurant perched above manicured surrounding, cascading waterfalls and glistening pools.

To find out how we can personalize your wedding or event, contact us today

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Why Fearrington Village

A scenic, relaxed, private setting guaranteed to put you and your guests at ease. The Spa at Fearrington offers bridal parties the perfect place for pampering and provides a full range of massages, facials, nail treatments and bridal packages.

Flexibility in venue, floral design and decor to create the celebration you envision. Mature gardens that are meticulously maintained and are in bloom year-round to provide the quintessential Southern garden experience.

A short stroll down a winding brick path takes you from venue to venue for ease of transition from ceremony to reception. The spectacular flowers throughout the gardens at Fearrington provide a glorious, natural setting for an elegant southern outdoor wedding. Your walk down the grass aisle, lined with their white ceremony chairs placed on a lush lawn amidst seasonal plantings, is the perfect beginning for your picturesque garden ceremony.

Begin your evening with a reception on the cobblestone front terrace before walking down the hallway adorned with twinkle lights leading to your main event, with twig chandeliers shining light on tables decorated by their experienced floral team, your reception will be an evening to remember.

The Barn is perfect for dinner and dancing, with ample space for seating and a large bandstand. This climate-controlled space adapts beautifully to a wide range of decorating themes. Imagining a formal wedding reception with elegant linens, silver, candlelight, magical twig chandeliers. Or a relaxed, but festive barbeque with red and white gingham linens.

Nestled beneath mature white oak trees, The Garden terrace features a dramatic stone fireplace, surrounded by a gracious brick patio overlooking a rolling pasture containing their prized Belted Galloway cows. The Fearrington granary is a versatile reception venue, with a large open floor plan and multi-level, intimate dining spaces. The Fearrington Granary offers a variety of private and semi-private rooms for rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons, as well as a lovely private venue for a wedding reception. The Fearrington House Restaurant's elegant dining rooms are furnished with antiques, and feature views of stunning gardens to create an atmosphere of understated elegance.

To find out how we can personalize your wedding or event, contact us today

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Yucatan a magical place for the perfect wedding

Yucatan where the Mayan culture still lives where the mystic is real, and you can explore, feel, live and relax in the union of magic and ancient culture. Enjoy its first-class infrastructure and the experience of a cultural event every day in its capital city Merida and throughout the state. Near Merida you will find caves and caverns, cenotes, beaches, colonial cities, haciendas and ancient archaeological sites.

What distinguishes the Yucatan from other destinations is he splendor of the spectacular sites located throughout the state, but what stands out most are the magnificent and beautiful colonial era haciendas. When walking around their estates you cannot fail to admire the beauty of their elaborate carved facades, lush gardens, and stately buildings which surround your guests in an atmosphere of luxury and comfort.

The colonial era haciendas are completely remodeled and equipped with modern high-quality facilities to accommodate all types of events, offering your guests first class services in a lovely and quiet atmosphere and making your event memorable for all your guests.

The Yucatan provides its beautiful scenery for that special day. With the perfect romantic ambience recreated in its haciendas, it is the perfect setting for your unforgettable event, and will stay in your memory and heart forever.

Come to Yucatan and live the experience!

To find out how we can personalize your wedding or event, contact us today

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pre and Post Wedding Programs for the Couple and their companions

There is no better experience in Riviera Maya than exploring the magical underwater universe; The Great Maya Reef runs parallel to the coast, offering a wonderful spectacle and the best settings for underwater activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and sport fishing.

Golf is one of the preferred activities by couples and their companions. In Riviera Maya they have golf courses built by renowned designers and companies that invite you to take on interesting challenges in secluded and spectacular settings.

Another great attraction in Riviera Maya that no other part of the world offers, is what the ancient Maya called the "Infraworld" sinkholes, underground rivers and ancient formations that create romantic settings offering light and shadows in crystal clear waters.

In Riviera Maya there are many dolphinariums in which wonderful ceremonies can be held with these intelligent marine mammals, you can also interact with gentle manatees and cute sea lions.

Before and after the wedding, couples and their guests can pamper themselves in one of their spas, luxurious or tranquil locations full of peace and harmony for body, mind and spirit.

The parks in Riviera Maya offer exciting activities, such as zip lines and rappel. Visitors can also discover the beauty of nature and cultural wealth of their country at Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Rio Secreto, Selvatica, Hidden Worlds, Aktun-Chen and Punta Venado, just to mention a few.

There are excursions to explore the jungle and discover the native flora and fauna on the way, before arriving at magnificent beaches or transparent sinkholes for a refreshing swim. The couple and their guests can explore the jungle on horseback or on-board all-terrain vehicles.

To find out how we can personalize your wedding or event, contact us today

Saturday, August 5, 2017

12 Reasons to Hold Weddings and Honeymoons in Riviera Maya

1. Accessibly, Cancun International Airport receives direct flights and easy connections from the most important cities in the world.

2. Riviera Maya offers an impressive variety of luxurious resorts, boutique hotels and even eco-chic villas.

3. Unique settings for love, spectacular jungle and ocean settings that only Riviera Maya can offer. Secluded spots full of magic and exclusive hotels with special services and amenities for couples.

4. Innovative actives created exclusively for couples, such as dolphins handling over wedding rings, a Mayan Ceremony on the magnificent beaches and even underwater weddings.

5. Unbeatable experiences that inspire romance, besides sea and sand Riviera Maya has spectacular archaeological Mayan sites, wonderful spas with treatments for couples, theme parks and much more.

6. Riviera Maya's warm hospitality is always present in all their services

7. An extensive territorial where Riviera Maya is formed by several tourist spots with different atmospheres offering endless options for Romance.

8.  They protect the flora and fauna, respect their surroundings and create integral programs to preserve their great natural wealth.

9. Flexibility and convenient wedding packages cater to all budgets and group rates are applicable depending on the number of participants.

10. Lights and special effects such as fireworks and a limousine or carriage for the Bride's arrival, and even butterflies to be released during the ceremony.

11. Riviera Maya is a very cosmopolitan destination and it caters to tourist from all over the world. Special ingredients from all continents are imported to prepare authentic dishes from different countries and regions, including the delicious Mexican cuisine.

12. Mexico offers an extraordinary variety of flowers and unlimited decorations such as an original Mayan style, colorful Mexican clothes or traditional pastel colors incorporating the couple’s tones into the bouquet, boutonniere and general wedding decorations.

To find out how we can personalize your wedding or event, contact us today

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Romance in sand, turquoise and emerald tones

Riviera Maya is one of the most romantic destinations in the world, with surprising secluded spots along the Mexican Caribbean coast.  Why choose Riviera Maya for romance? Because of its beautiful landscapes, full of color during the day, magical sunsets and starry nights.  It is the perfect place for a romantic wedding or honeymoon, renewing vows, finding or strengthening love.

Riviera Maya is specialized in gatherings, weddings and honeymoons this magical destination offers modern infrastructure and top-quality services. The options available for food wedding cakes, flowers, luxury amenities and general decorations are practically endless.  Hotels in Riviera Maya usually offer attractive wedding and honeymoon packages created to cater to almost any budget, offering substantial savings, especially when the client guarantees a certain number of rooms for guests.

In Riviera Maya couples can organize the wedding of their dreams, from the traditional to the unique. As for religious weddings, it is easy to celebrate a memorable Catholic or Jewish ceremony. The services of the corresponding ministers are coordinated and appropriate food and beverage is programmed. Hindu weddings are also available. A much requested option is the Maya Ceremony, in the setting of your choice, conducted by a Mayan shaman. The theme parks have locations set up for the occasion. or how about an original underwater wedding, with hundreds of multicolored fish as your surprised witnesses? The beautiful landscape of Riviera Maya offers endless possibilities.

To find out how we can personalize your wedding or event, contact us today

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Weddings & Honeymoons in Mexico

The options are equally plentiful for destination wedding couples, honeymooners and others seeking a romantic vacation, however they define romance sultry days and nights on the beach, colonial courtyard sophisticated dining at world class restaurants, dancing the night away; And in a rose strewn bed and a bottle of bubbly often complimentary from first class resorts and it’s a match in heaven.

Queretaro - a world heritage site the second most important wine producing zone in the country, located in Mexico’s heartland. Filled with nightlife, legends, museums and temples to neoclassic mansions, from colonial cities to picturesque towns, precincts that will give a sumptuous atmosphere to your celebration. 

Huatulco - Quiet romantic setting with secluded bays, fine resorts, water sports, dramatic sunsets and named among the top 10 beach and sun destinations in the world

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo - offers deluxe resorts and village charm, romantic tropical bay setting, good watersports and golf, very relaxed pace

Los Cabos, La Paz, Todos Santos - striking desert by the sea setting, unparalleled elegance, luxury resorts and boutique hotels offering seclusion as well as SPA and sports oriented activities

Merida - known as the "White City" a colonial yet modern, town with impressive archaeological sites historical architecture, Mayan communities, haciendas and famous cenotes

Morelia - a romance laced city where strolling musicians stop by your table and brides carry their white trains over cobblestones as a twin-towered, pink stone cathedral, with lots of swirling bougainvillea and colonial buildings, there's no shortage of backdrops for memorable wedding shots.

Oaxaca - one of the oldest Cathedral in America, colonial sightseeing, famous markets, world renowned archeological site;

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit - very romantic, tropical setting, charming village, loads of fun day trip excursions

Easy access, great value for the money and top notch resorts for fun and romance; Mexico's colorful culture adds an exotic element to destination wedding, whether you are looking for barefoot on the beach, or black tie in a ballroom, the multiple locations and resorts make it easy to say "I do".

To find out how we can personalize your wedding or event, contact us today