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Monday, December 23, 2013

Avigliano at Honora Winery & Vineyard

Honora Vineyard is a truly unique and unforgettable setting for your wedding, special event or wedding gathering.  The French doors that surround the building allow beautiful views from every direction. It is also complete with two hand crafted mahogany bars, six wrought iron chandeliers, and to enhance the ambiance of any event, there is a four sided cut stone fireplace in the center of the space.

Adjacent to Avigliano there is a luxurious stone patio overlooking the mountains, a perfect location for your ceremony and cocktail hour.  On the grounds there are many photo opportunity spaces from the vineyards, two traditional white gazebos, country roads, beautiful trees, white fences and more.

Your experience will begin as you drive up the country roads to their oasis in the mountains. Drive between the vineyards to their spacious events center where you will be welcomed to Honora with a glass of wine and partake in sumptuous crudités. Take a few moments to unwind, relax and distress from the rest of the world and be enveloped by the inspiring views of the vineyards and mountains.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Facets of The Jewel

White sand beaches nonstop fun water sports sensational dining unlimited amenities.  Discover the sparkle of the Caribbean all inclusive adults only Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa located just moments from one of Jamaica's top attractions, Dunn River Falls.

A handful of rose petals sprinkled across crisp white pillows; an exotic gem of the day signature cocktail just poured by a friendly mixologist. A multi course candlelit dinner served under Caribbean stars. Inspired dishes from every corner of the world, all prepared with fresh, local ingredients; Served upon white linen, overlooking the ocean or under the stars as your mood strikes.

Few resorts offer as intimate and accommodating a setting as The Jewel; Their luxurious guest rooms and suites, adult only ambience, lush tropical gardens and exotic island location makes it easy for romance to bloom year round.

At the Jewel, they strive to accommodate you in every way. From the moment you awake in a handcrafted mahogany bed to the last glass of champagne served in-suite by your butler; your every need will be met and every sense pampered.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Your Wedding, Your Style with Sandals

Sandals Resorts believes that you shouldn't have to compromise on your wedding day. After all, this is your wedding it should reflect your style and be everything you ever dreamed of. Your ceremony is all about you, and since a Sandals wedding is fully customizable, you can have a wedding that matches your personality and style. It can be as intimate as the two of you, or as extravagant an affair as a celebrity wedding.

Exchange vows in a tropical garden beneath an all-white ceremony structure draped in delicate white fabric, or adorn it with colorful orchids. Or walk down a flower petal sewn aisle to a styled gazebo overlooking the sea. However and wherever you choose to get married, you can be sure it will marry all of your hopes and dreams.

Love is always in bloom on your wedding day, so why not carry a bouquet that speaks to your sense of romance. Every flower has its own meaning roses symbolize unity and love. While orchids embody all that is beautiful. And it's the combination of these flowers that truly makes them uniquely yours.

Toast to your love all night long in a delicious celebration that can offer everything from extravagant hors d'oeuvres and a full menu to a unique martini bar. There's a world of culinary opportunities, so whether you want cuisine that reflects your favorite place in the world Tuscany, France, the Far East or something more eclectic you can have a celebration that's all about you.

Your wedding may last a day, but the cherished memories will last a lifetime.

Monday, November 25, 2013

One of a Kind

Imagine taking marriage vows on a terrace perched above the Caribbean Sea with breathtaking views of Montego Bay in the distance. At Tryall, an idyllic setting that has been called the ultimate backdrop for wedding day pictures, the perfect wedding becomes a reality. The Tryall Club offers all the services and amenities needed for an unforgettable wedding day. At Tryall Club, they also realize that your wedding should be your vision.

On your wedding day, bridal parties have access to the spa services for pre-wedding treatments, including facials, body scrubs, body wraps, therapeutic massages, hair and nail care. Golf at Tryall Club is an unforgettable experience that blends the beauty of the Caribbean with the challenges of a world class course.

At Tryall Club, they host only one wedding on a given day. They realize how important your wedding is, so they focus all their resources on you, giving you the one of a kind event you deserve. The day, in fact, the entire visit, belongs also to your wedding guests, who can enjoy Tryall offers pre-wedding group activities including golf outings, boating, picnics, nature hunts, beach parties and much more. Rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons can be staged at the casual waterfront Beach Cafe or poolside in one of the villas.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Experience the Seductive Charm of Jamaica

Whether you're about to tie the knot or commemorate an anniversary of your own, Jamaica is an unmatched destination, replete with natural beauty, vibrant culture, seductive beaches, top-notch service and charming accommodations.

A sanctuary for couples to create unforgettable memories and honor lifetime commitments, there is no better place to say "I Do" or to enjoy a romantic honeymoon. North, south, east or west an adventure awaits in each resort area, all of which boast diverse offerings sure to capture your heart and imagination.

Montego Bay - this energetic and stunning resort area, adorned with a bustling, colorful "hip strip" of shops and restaurants is home to world class golf courses, historic great houses and a pulsating nightlife.

Negril - active honeymooners looking for exciting adventures can experience the exhilaration of cliff jumping among the coves or witness the magnificent, world renowned sunsets at Rick's Cafe.

Ocho Rios - offers classic gorgeous resorts, beaches and exciting activities; daring couples can climb the tricky Dunn’s river falls, a 600-foot cascading waterfall, or get hitched while flying through the tree tops courtesy of mystic mountains "I Do at 700 feet".

Port Antonio - has an unforgettable beauty and charm; this quaint resort are brims with verdant foliage and majestic fauna; couples will love the secluded villa type hideaways.

South Coast - looking for a laid back vibe can discover another fascinating world as they venture off the beaten path to fishing villages, miles of beaches, historic great houses and natural waterfalls;

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sandals "Love is all you need"

At Sandals Resorts dining is one of the most impressive highlights of your luxury destination wedding. Like everything else at Sandals you'll experience a level of excellence unrivaled at other resorts. They offer a breathtaking array of restaurants, and for a nominal cost, they cater to your every fantasy. Celebrate in epicurean style on your own floating sea raft. Savor morsels of grilled lobster at a table for two in beachside shallows. Let them serve you a four-course meal directly on the beach under a billowy canopy. Or dine under a velvety sky of stars surrounded by balmy tropical gardens. Whatever you envision, moments for two are yours whenever and wherever you wish and yours alone to remember forever.

Make your wedding day as unique and special as your love by creating a totally personalized celebration designed by you. Choose from an impressive array of inspirations from floral arrangements, ceremony styles, place settings, and finishing touches. The icing on the cake is that every detail is taken care of and you can choose from a wide range of gorgeous color palettes.

Exchange your vows in veritable Garden of Eden, surrounded by the colorful foliage of the Caribbean. Everywhere you look are picture perfect locations for a wedding ceremony surrounded by those you love? Begin your new life together on a bluff overlooking the sea, with a view of paradise as far as the eye can see. Or in a lushly landscaped garden beneath a romantic trellis or a signature gazebo laced with the fragrant blooms of the Caribbean. Anything and everything is possible when you get married in the most romantic places on Earth.

Your dream wedding should be as unique as your love you can plan every aspect of your special day, from the location and color palette, to the flowers, decor and cake. When you get married at the resorts made for love, every detail is taken care of so you can celebrate your promise of eternal love in paradise. There's something enchanting about exchanging vows in a place so romantic it feels like you'll want to share it forever.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Unforgettable Weddings Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

Imagine a dramatic destination wedding experience so all-encompassing that it will stick with you forever in memories, so all-inclusive that there will be no last minute surprise expenses, and so sensational that you know it was held on a beachfront Barcelo Resort. Adapted to each bride and groom's personal taste, their magnificent oceanfront settings reflect individual style.

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort complex has its own Catholic Chapel on property. Celebrate your union in the beautiful, outdoor setting. The southwestern region of Mexico is a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches, gentle ocean breezes, and endless shopping and entertainment. Choose from one of our four resorts in the Dominican Republic, to arouse your senses and relax your body in their beautiful spa’s, where you can choose from a wide range of relaxing treatments for both you and your partner. The multiplicity and diversity of Costa Rica’s natural landscapes provide an incomparable setting for nature enthusiasts and lovers of outdoor activities such as deep sea fishing, scuba diving and surfing.

White sand beaches, crystal clear Caribbean waters, gentle ocean breezes. These are just some of the elements that make the Barcelo resorts the perfect place to get away from it all. At Barcelo Hotel & Resorts, we put at your disposal everything that you need, making the most important day of your life one to treasure always.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wedding Venues in Hacienda Encantada

Unique and breathtakingly beautiful, Hacienda Encantada offers relaxation, romance and luxury, holding a variety of ceremony and wedding reception venues with amazing panoramic vistas to the Sea of Cortes.

Wedding Reception Locations - Hacienda Encantada

Las Marias - For arguably the most romantic and memorable wedding reception venue you simply cannot overlook Las Marias Restaurant & bar, a uniquely decorated Mexican specialty restaurant with amazing cliff top balconies looking the Sea of Cortes. This beautiful venue lends itself to the perfect setting for your wedding reception.

La Trajinera - A perfect location for a private or low attendance wedding reception, located conveniently next door to their Las Marias restaurant perched high above the hotel and sea below.  This colonial inspired decor features upholstered armchairs, wood tables, and a massive dark wood colonial glass decor bar back with bar seating, 18th century paintings, crystal chandeliers and the baby grand piano creating an elegant ambiance. Exotic wood arched French windows and the patio dining area offer views of the Sea of Cortez.

La Pergola - Their La Pergola restaurant & pool bar is the perfect place for a casual fresh reception, offering a poolside dining al fresco under a shady pergola on elephant, cast iron glass covered tables and comfy chairs; a red tile roofed outdoor kitchen and bar makes this guest facility very comfortable for your special event; down the stairs you can watch your kids playing on the fascinating water playground kids area.

Las Terrazas - Have your special event at Hacienda Encantada's beautiful open air Terraces. Be it weddings, vow renewals, or private parties. Their terraces are located conveniently at the highest points within the resort, above the main lobby, las marias & la trajinera restaurants. Enjoy the amazing panoramic vistas of the Sea of Cortes.

El Patio - Enjoy and relax the amazing view of the Sea of Cortes, while celebrating your special event at El Patio restaurant & bar, the perfect place for a cocktail prior or after a ceremony at the beach area. The beautiful contemporary Mexican open air beach front Patio lends itself to the perfect setting for your special cocktail.

Wedding Ceremony locations

The Kiosko - This is the ideal place for a special, romantic and unforgettable ceremony and wedding reception. Imagine yourself getting married in an authentic Mexican Kiosko surrounded by beautiful stone arches and bright, terra cotta colored, Mexican Hacienda style buildings? The kiosko is conveniently located in the heart of hacienda encantada resort, at the front yard of la noria.

Beach area - Great location, amazing views and an unforgettable experience; the perfect venue ceremony to view it all! Celebrate your special event surrounded by towering rocks, desert landscape and prickly cacti with the most beautiful scenario of the sea of Cortes making this breathtaking location so romantic and unique perfect to use a beautiful floral decor gazebo.

The Mirador - A once in a life time occasion deserves a once in a life time location. Set high on a cliff, on the highest point of the resort, overlooking the sea of Cortes and land's end, this spectacular setting provides the perfect wedding venue for a magical ceremony. Imagine for your photographic options getting married under a beautiful floral decor gazebo facing one of the most amazing breathtaking ocean views overlooking the beautiful los cabos coast line?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hold Me In Cabo Magic Moments

A wedding is the celebration of a new beginning of life, a new starting point for happiness and usefulness which makes this magical moment, shared with family and friends, meaningful and memorable. Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa offers the most luxurious, romantic and relaxing settings with magnificent panoramic views to the Sea of Cortes.

From its hillside location at Land's End, Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa takes in unparalleled views of the Sea of Cortez and Baja's dramatic desert landscape. In fact, guests enjoy spectacular sunrise and sunset vistas over El Arco from most any site on property, including the infinity pools restaurants and the terrace of their private suite.

Traditional Mexican hacienda style decor fuses with sleek contemporary lines in the 150 suites, each featuring high-end amenities, handcrafted wood furnishings, luxurious fabrics and rich color accents that add a feeling of home away from home.

Some couples spend their day by the sea, discovering hidden coves, surfing or snorkeling. Others tee off on award winning Cabo Del Sol golf course, go sport fishing or explore nearby Cabo San Lucas. With its panoramic sea and mountain views, towering rocks and prickly cacti, Hacienda Encantada promises a stunning setting for a wedding celebration.

Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa offers the most luxurious, romantic and relaxing settings with magnificent 360 degree ocean and mountain amazing views. Let us help to make this special lifetime celebration an unforgettable moment. Whether your celebration is a solemn ritual with high attendance or a private moment, it will be their pleasure to help. Experience Hacienda Encantada, the perfect enchanted beachside wedding venue in Los Cabos where you and your guests will never forget.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

With You in Mind

Along a seaside stretch between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas beside the destination's most swimmable beach, none could wish for a more ideal setting. Come share the attentive service, expansive pool oasis, delicious dining trend setting spa and beauty salon. Your beachside ceremony and ocean view terrace await you with their best wishes for a lifetime of wedded bliss.

Their mission is to see your vision for the special occasion realized in every way crafted from a selection of inspirational sites with ceremonies, catering, decor, amenities, music and arrangements for your destination wedding. Be swept away by the enchanting ambience of the Pacific where time and nature seem to stand still on that one special day. Romance blossoms in a magical setting with stunning ocean views and a staff that will cater to every need. And what could be better than a world-class Cabo spa to leave you refreshed and radiant for one of the most important moments in your life.

Where the vast Pacific Ocean weds the serene Sea of Cortez, every aspiration for your new beginning is fulfilled. Here, sun swept beaches and starlit mountains embrace sheltered coves and intimate retreats. Gracious colonial charm and eclectic nightlife await devoted couples as nowhere else. Regarded as Mexico's most diverse ecological destination, Los Cabos is bathed in a romantic ambience that pervades every shared moment and memory.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Place your Heart in the Soul of Mexico, Michoacan

If you want to celebrate your wedding in a magical place, rich in natural wonders, traditions, and architectural beauty, you'll find that Michoacan is the ideal setting for the wedding of your dreams. You will discover majestic churches, buildings that formerly housed convents, gorgeous colonial-era Haciendas, mansions, and Spanish palaces in combination with modern facilities and highest level services as well as gourmet restaurants, boutique hotels, spas, and golf courses.

Morelia, capital of the state of Michocan, is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in all of Mexico. It has been named a UNESCO world heritage site it 16th, 17rh and 18th century buildings once private homes are today’s hotels. Morelia's restaurants and open spaces are witnesses to its history and will be the ideal setting for an unforgettable wedding.

Patzcuaro is one of Mexico's designated Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns). Its name means "Doorway to Heaven" because its ancient population believed that there, the entryway to heaven was close at hand. That's not far from the truth, because the city and its surrounding area are calm and lovely. They also have the entire infrastructure you need to celebrate your dream wedding.

In Tzintzuntzan, the former convent of St. Francis is a magnificent setting for your wedding. Its olive trees, planted there since the 1500s, will surprise you with their beauty. Lake Zirahuen is another surprising place. The lake's transparent waters change from deep blue to turquoise to emerald green. The combination of woods and the lake will decorate your wedding with amazing beauty and color. You can spend a romantic night in the cabins on the lakeshore.

In Michoacan, you will not only enjoy the warmth and personalized service that are typical of their state, but you will also be delighted with a unique experience for your honeymoon. Your Michoacan honeymoon will be unforgettable!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Perfect Pair on the Riviera Maya

Good things come in pairs, which is why El Dorado Resorts cater to couples. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, an elaborate destination wedding or celebrating an anniversary their relaxing beachfront locations and gourmet inclusive resorts are as intimate as your love for each other. All of their adult only beachfront resorts feature gourmet inclusive a la carte dining and over the top services such as full service concierge and 24 hour room service in an environment designed to foster togetherness for an unforgettable vacation experience.

Discover a destination wedding unlike any other at El Dorado Resorts a unique collection of resorts designed to meet your every desire. Experience the allure of walkways for two bound by gardens and embellished with romantic music throughout the properties. Hammocks, beach beds, Jacuzzis for couples and the intimate ambience of the restaurants are a few of the many ways their resorts specialize in romance. Share a moment together during a beachfront candle light dinner or sip champagne as the sun sets on your private terrace.

Experience a specially arranged champagne dinner or explore local culture with land and sea adventures arranged by their dedicated concierge team. With a variety of wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages, you'll find the perfect fit your special occasion. From abundant locations for ceremonies and receptions, El Dorado Spa Resorts provide the perfect setting for weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries.

A secluded beach lined with private thatched roof beach beds provides the picturesque setting for romance at El Dorado Royale. This beachfront oasis puts romantic activities at your fingertips with such perks as beachfront candlelight dinners; in-suite Jacuzzi, couples massage, full-service spa and beach butlers make the ultimate romantic getaway. Discover the innovative spa and fitness facilities that offer an abundance of treatments and services tailored to couples. Whether you decide to try a cooking class together or unwind with a couple’s beachfront SKY massage, the romantic options are infinite just like your love.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Destinations for your wedding or honeymoon in Guatemala Part 2

Guatemala City is the most modern and cosmopolitan city of the Central American region. It is the ideal place to have a beautiful wedding in an elegant ballroom in one of the different five-star hotels or in one of the several gardens surrounding the city. A romantic honeymoon can also take place in a stunning boutique hotel surrounding the city.

• Lake Atitlan your wedding or honeymoon will definitely be unforgettable if you have it in one of the locations nominated for the new 7 wonders of the world. With a stunning landscape of Lake Atitlan which is surrounded by three spectacular volcanoes and vegetation you will have the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams.

• Pacific Coast of Guatemala extensive coasts of volcanic sand can be the exotic setting of a non-traditional beach wedding. Guatemala's splendid 300 kilometer long beach allows honeymooners to experience amazing sunsets, diverse fauna species and water sports.

• Green Caribbean with an original charm, rich ecosystems, and the happiness of the Garifuna culture, lzabal offers honeymooners an encounter with a Caribbean of exuberant and natural beauty. Peten this department holds a unique historic value for its archeological richness, fauna, and biosphere reserve. Its numerous archeological sites make this region the most important one of the Mayan world. One of such sites is Tikal, which was also declared cultural heritage of humanity site by UNESCO in 1979. You can celebrate a new beginning surrounded by mysticism, history and nature.

• The picturesque and enchanting city of Antigua Guatemala, main icon of the Hispanic colonial heritage, is only forty five minutes away from Guatemala City. It is surrounded by volcanoes, mountains, and coffee plantations. Its cobblestone street and ancestral buildings, built in 1543, create a scene where splendorous cultural and religious traditions emerge.

Romanticism floats in every corner of this city making this the perfect place to celebrate weddings and honeymoons. For their ceremony couples may choose among beautiful colonial hotels, churches, gardens and colonial ruin sites. Honeymooners can choose hotels filled with history and an unbelievable setting.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Destination Weddings & Honeymoon in Guatemala Part 1

Imagine having your wedding or honeymoon in Guatemala, Heart of the Mayan world, a country full of life, magic, mysticism and romance. The diversity of wedding locations or honeymoon destinations to choose from, will range from a romantic colonial city declared a cultural heritage of humanity site by UNESCO to magnificent gardens with views of a lake nominated for the new 7 wonders of the world or views of majestic volcanoes.

Not only will you have an extensive selection of unbelievable destinations to choose from but you will also have numerous activities you can enjoy. You can decide between activities full of adventure like canopy, rafting, and volcano climbing, to relaxing activities like golf, sport fishing, bird watching or hiking. In addition to these wonderful advantages, the best part of having your wedding or honeymoon in Guatemala will be having a more glamorous, less expensive experience. You will have more details, more sophistication and the best of all, more unforgettable moments.

You will find the best hotels of Central America in Guatemala, not only will you find international hotel chains, but also ecological and romantic boutique hotels. This is perfect for honeymooners looking for a dream setting or for a couple who wants to say I do in a spectacular unique location.

Having your wedding in Guatemala will be less expensive than having it at home, including airfare, hotel expenses and the cost of additional activities. Lower costs will let you include more details to your ceremony and enjoy more quality time with your guests with pre and post ceremony activities. Your American dollars will definitely take you farther in Guatemala because of the exchange rate. Your honeymoon can also be less expensive in Guatemala. You will enjoy from fascinating boutique hotels, fine dining and entertaining activities all within your budget.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Be Swept Off Your Feet

For those with a lifelong dream saying I do at a romantic island getaway with charming French ambience let St. Martin make your dreams come true, all while creating memories that will last a lifetime. There are several good words to describe how beautiful an island wedding can be fairy tale like, romantic, glamorous, or carefree and so much more fun you will not believe it's your wedding. A destination wedding in St. Martin is like being on an extraordinary vacation with all the people you love and like the most. This is your day and if you choose to get married on St. Maarten/St. Martin, it will be the most memorable day of your life even more so than if you got married back where you come from.

Getting married on St. Maarten/St. Martin has a lot of benefits. You have great weather and a gorgeous location. Be swept away and live out your wedding day fantasies on this paradise island. Whether you want simple and traditional or over the top and outrageous, the floral decor possibilities are endless. From white Thai orchids to iridescent French peonies draped over wedding arches, you can have pretty much what you dream. As a backdrop to you, your wedding party and the flowers, the island is also home to creative set designers who add that extra layer of beauty to the dream of your wedding like sheer panels floating in tropical breezes, grand arches to frame the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop or bridal paths strewn with tropical petals.

The benefits of a destination wedding in St. Martin aren't limited to picturesque locations or honeymoon options. This is also a great place to play and entertain your guests. Spa days and activities at places like L'Aqualigne, Good Life Spa, and the Radisson blue, Westin or Indulgence by the Sea. Other options include horseback rides, zip line excursions through the rainforest, scenic boat day trips, diving and snorkeling trips and day trips to the neighboring islands of Saba, St. Barths and Anguilla.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

You've found Heaven and The Sea Cayman Islands

Leontyne Price said "The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do." With such a diverse range of pursuits to enjoy and explore, your visit here can be filled with activity, day and night. Do it all, or do nothing at all, except savor the delicious view, the warmth of their people and the perfect weather. Either way, one thing is for certain, your time in the Cayman Islands will be one you'll treasure forever.

There is nothing like the allure of the Cayman Islands, a trio of tiny, sun kissed locales in the Western Caribbean for discerning couples looking for island weddings of style and distinction. It's a match made in heaven. The tropical beauty of a Caribbean paradise combined with all the amenities you would expect from stateside sophistication. From their first glimpse of the azure water and white sand beaches, couples will fall head over heels for this serene and captivating romantic destination.  Here, gentle ocean breezes and dramatic backgrounds give the islands an air of casual elegance. The easy flowing comfort and friendliness of the Cayman Islands invites couples and all their guests into a world where island wedding wishes come true.

World class amenities make any wedding wish come true. Weddings in the Cayman Islands are limited only by the imagination. There is no need to import anything from home. High end service is the standard and sheer elegance complimented by some of the world's preeminent white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and pristine coral reefs.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Classic French Caribbean Fare

Decades revered as one of the Caribbean's most secluded resorts, the 55-acre oceanfront estate is a throwback to complete indulgence spacious and natural. A boutique hotel bathed in a surreal haze of St. Martin's mangroves, bright pin bougainvillea’s and charming Caribbean luxury. All set forth along its very own stretch of exclusive beach Baie Longue. This is way beyond your typical destination wedding.

St. Martín is one island with two distinct cultures French and Dutch. On the French side, Marigot's traditional Wednesday market teems with eclectic arrays of locals, spices and authentic wares. While after sunset, the sharp beat of a steel drum draws people to the Dutch side. Where a pulsating nightlife offers wedding guests the promise of mischief; all a world away, but within quick reach of direct flights from major cities.

Weddings at La Samanna are truly wondrous occasions. And the venues are nothing short of spectacular. The property offers a wide range of vantage points looking back across a sparkling Caribbean Sea. Whether it's an intimate affair along Baie Lounge beach or a sunset inspired ceremony at Wedding Point, they have locations to accommodate your every wish.

Baie Longue - mile long stretch of secluded beach is famous for its elegant sunsets. The cove's turquoise blue water creates the perfect backdrop.
Courtyard - surrounded by tropical flora, the bride and groom exchange vows at a charming gazebo overlooking a stunning ocean view.
Pool Terrace - gentle breezes, immense views of Baie Longue. The pool terrace is adjacent to Le Grill, creating an ideal location for your wedding reception for dinner.
Rendezvous Pavilion - Torches lead wedding guests to a Caribbean style ballroom. Perfect for the ultimate dream reception
Beach Bar Deck - Effortless sunset views. Authentic steel drum band plays your first dance. The Beach Bar Deck can host a casual beachfront experience.
Le Reserve - Offers a dramatic open air setting overlooking Baie Longue. Upon entry the ocean views are bold and magnificent.

Whether it's an intimate dinner or elaborate occasion, we promise to create a dining experience that is uniquely you. It's more than a destination wedding. La Samanna offers you and your wedding guests an opportunity to turn the event into a once in a lifetime adventure.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Forever In A Day

Join Palace Resorts, where crystal white sand meets the turquoise blue of the Caribbean and gentle breezes off the Pacific Ocean transport you to a relaxed state of mind. Absolutely breathtaking, it is how your day is remembered when your vows are framed by the serene tropical landscapes of their luxurious resorts. From the shores of Riviera Maya and Cozumel to Isla Mujeres, Riviera Nayarit, Cancun, and majestic Punta Cana, their personalized service anticipates your every need and delivers on the promise of a truly memorable experience. And with their all-inclusive luxuries spoiling you in every way, you can just sit back and take it all in.

Their exquisite wedding options come together for you in their precious wedding collection, made even more memorable by personal touches. By reflecting the hues of the precious gems that inspire each package, customized with your wishes and desires, your wedding landscape is a harmonious affair that is picture perfect in every way.

After a magical day that you'll never forget, you look into each other's eyes and the mood transforms from a joyous celebration into a more intimate affair with endless possibilities. Sharing long walks along white sand beaches leads to carefree days by the pool and couples spa treatments that leaves you rejuvenated for even more. Exciting tours and championship golf continue your days while romantic candlelight dinners and the exhilarating nightlife of the resort take you into the night. Wrapped up for you and generously offered with their signature all inclusive service, all that you desire is all here for you.

Perfect, that's how the most important day of your life should be. At Palace Resorts, it's a memory we want you to hold onto forever. So their promise to you is to make your wedding a joyous celebration of wonderfully unforgettable moments. With every detail carefully planned and beautifully played out, your day truly is a dream come true!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Aruba weddings by Divi Resorts

Located in the southern Caribbean with year round warm weather and cooling trade breezes, Aruba is recognized by island travelers as one of the best overall Caribbean destinations. Aruba is home to some of the world's most scenic beaches, world class shopping, dining, entertainment, and lively nightlife.

The Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is a beach lovers treasure located directly in the sands of Aruba's famed Palm Beach. There is no better ceremony location than their quiet stretch of Palm Beach. Walk down sand swept aisle complimented by subtle green palm fronds and tropical flowers, and say your vows with the azure sea as your backdrop. Make the most of your beach wedding with a private after party at the romantic sunset beach bistro. This delightful open air restaurant features indoor dining with classic Caribbean decor, rounded thatched roofline, and hanging lanterns. The Divi Aruba Phoenix ballroom is also perfect for an indoor celebration. This unique air conditioned ballroom features vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, and a wall of glass with views to the Caribbean oceans. The ballroom curves around a garden lined deck area so that 180 guests can easily mingle between indoors and out.

The all-suite Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is nestled within the lush greens of the links at Divi Aruba golf course just steps from the beach and the Divi and Tamarijn Aruba all inclusive. Say "I do" in a classic beach ceremony, or plan a sunset event on the emerald greens of the links golf course against a backdrop of dramatic Aruba sky and tropically landscaped waterfalls. Enjoy modern island elegance at windows on Aruba restaurant featuring dramatic floor to ceiling windows with sweeping views of the golf course and Caribbean Sea.

Thinking of something different for your once in a lifetime event? Celebrate your special day island style with Divi resorts from wind-swept cliffs to sun kissed beaches they guarantee you an "I do" with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and gentle music of waves. Your destination wedding is effortless at Divi resorts in Aruba.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Your TradeWinds Wedding

Tradewinds Island Resorts offer an unusual variety of tropical and special venues for your special day and all those events surrounding it. Your bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and post wedding brunch can all be hosted with its own theme and unique setting. Your guests will appreciate all the benefits of a beachfront resort destination with a tropical island ambience, yet enjoy quick and easy access from airports and metropolitan areas.

The joyous celebration of your wedding day does not only revolve around the day itself, but the events before and after as well. Enjoy your bachelorette party with the perfect mix of fun, sun and relaxation; your party will be long talked about among your friends.

After the wedding ceremony, forget the long hours in the airport and make us your romantic honeymoon destination. They have a variety of honeymoon suites and romance rooms that will surely enhance the newlywed mood.

To celebrate each year of happiness, Tradewinds is the destination to pick for your anniversary as well. There's always room for two at your favorite restaurant and a spot on the beach in one of their cabanas. After all, nothing says "love forever" quite like a Gulf of Mexico sunset.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fresh Ideas for an Outdoor Wedding

If you’re a couple who loves the outdoors, why not plan a wedding celebration al fresco? Let loose and let your personalities shine through. Forget about formal dining halls and hotel function rooms. Let nature’s blessings be your backdrop while exchanging your vows and partying with your family and friends afterwards.

You can make it different, memorable and definitely romantic. Work with what open air venues can give you – from the lakes to the skies. Pick some elements from nature and incorporate it in everything you need for your big day. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

You might have a wider selection of beautiful outdoor venues than you think. You just need to use a little creativity and look around you.

Your home. You can literally start looking in your own backyard – or front lawn. If you’ve got a well-manicured garden, go ahead and plan your wedding right in your own home. You’d only need a little more flowers and lighting here and there.

Parks and nature reserves. Many of these places have designated areas open for private functions, including weddings. Imagine the lush greenery and the sound of the birds around you. You might even find a spot near a waterfall that would make an incredible setting. What could be more romantic and awesome than that?

Botanical and butterfly gardens. In some locations, botanical and butterfly gardens have opened their gates to special gatherings. Similar to parks and nature reserves, you don’t really have to add a lot of decor and flowers in these places. In butterfly gardens, the butterflies can also be used in the ceremony instead of lighting up fireworks or sending balloons up in the air.

From the bridal dress to the guests’ attire, everything should be more comfortable than in traditional weddings. It would also be lovely to see touches of nature on the clothing and accessories of the bride and groom.

Bridal dress. Skip styles like ball gowns and restrictive cuts. Choose free-flowing dresses made of chiffon and other soft fabrics. Instead of a tiara or some sparkly hair accessory, use fresh flowers for your headpiece. Keep your veil short, if you plan to have one. But it would match the theme better if you leave it out.

Wedding and engagement rings. Choose a figural ring with the shape of a butterfly or a flower to signify your engagement, if you haven’t picked an engagement ring yet. For your wedding bands, you can match the design with your nature-themed engagement ring, or ask the jeweller to put details like leaves or flowers on the band.

Guests’ attire. Ask your guests to come in semi-formal attire, at the most. Don’t bother thinking of making them wear tuxedos and gowns. They’ll enjoy the atmosphere and the celebration you’ve prepared more if they’re in relaxed clothing.

Ideally, live music is best for an outdoor or nature-themed wedding. An acoustic trio or a string quartet would be excellent. But if that’s not possible, make sure that you’ve got a sound system set up perfectly for the outdoors.

Instead of the usual wedding band and games, have a couple of outdoor games like croquet, mini golf or even horseshoes. These games are unique alternatives to bring fun into your party.

As you go on with your wedding plans, you’ll come up with other novel ideas on how to make your outdoor wedding more memorable and fun for everyone. Just remember to pick a date that promises good weather. Although most probably, no amount of rain can dampen the spirits of a newlywed couple.

About the author
Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wonder Weddings

Dreaming of celebrating that happiest of days your wedding in Puerto Rico? You'll be glad to know that tying the knot just got easier, now it is a snap to arrange the perfect destination wedding on the beach, in the mountains, even underwater, if that is what you want! It is always summer in Puerto Rico, so if you dream of balmy days running barefoot on the beach, waves murmuring over the sand, or nights that begin with a golden sunset and end with a champagne colored moon, forget about what season it is. This is the Caribbean: it is always a warm, exotic, and romance place to get married. And it is easy.
Many midsize or small hotels and country inns feature wedding packages and have hosted countless beachside and mountaintop events, so if you want something more intimate be sure to look into the islands of the beaten track locations. You may prefer a simple sunrise or sunset ceremony under the mango tree at the minimalist 20-room Casa Grande Mountain Retreat in Utuado or a barefoot on the beach party literally steps from your room at Hosteria del Mar in Ocean Park.

What will you find in Puerto Rico besides a couple hundred miles of beautiful beaches? Every watersport you can imagine, a score of championship golf courses, hot hotels with hotter casinos, a whole city that is a National Heritage Site, horseback riding, mountain bike and ATV trails, one of the highest and longest zip lines on the planet, a cave system with one of the world’s major underground rivers, the world’s best rums, a rainforest that is considered one of the natural wonders of the world, and much more.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top Ten Reasons to Marry in Aruba

• Aruba's romantic environment of sunset-lit beaches and private beach coves has long endeared the island as a honeymoon destination. Now both the celebration of the honeymoon destination as well as the actual wedding ceremony and reception can also take place on the island. As one of the hot spots for both weddings and honeymoons in the Caribbean, couples seeking romance in Aruba find they come away with their fair share of memorable moments to accompany the wedding and honeymoon photos that will soon be uploaded to favorite social website to share with family and friends.

• An average rainfall of less than 20 inches a year, an average daytime temperature of 82 degrees with low humidity, a location away from the path of hurricanes; and the constant cooling influence of the trade winds.

• A long history of hospitality pervades the local culture, with island residents offering a warm smile and welcome to visitors.

• Accommodations on the island range from renowned names in high rise resorts with all the amenities, to the more intimate environs of low-rise and boutique hotels; the type of resort experience you choose is up to you!

• Aruba offers a cosmopolitan air and all the comforts of home, while still retaining its small town charm.

• Pristine landscapes and historical sites abound, especially in Arikok National Park

• Gourmet adventures available with the island featuring international chefs specializing in several different types of cuisines. Aruba is home to over 100 fine restaurant choices.

• Aruba is a shopper’s paradise. Numerous shops specialize in luxury watches, designer clothing, scents and jewelry.

• Aruba allows you to do exactly what you want to do. With so many choices, you can pursue your favorite activities or simply luxuriate in doing nothing at all.

• Seven miles of white sandy beaches have put Aruba in a class by itself.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

We Found Paradise!

Discover Costa Rica's ultimate rainforest lodging experience. You will never forget adventurous white water rafting, gorgeous lodging in the middle of the jungle, romantic dinner with extraordinary food, a very relaxing  massage, meeting interesting people, fantastic swimming in the waterfall and a very friendly and wonderful staff.

Nestled between Costa Rica’s spectacular Pacuare River and a private rainforest reserve, the Pacuare Lodge is an ideal spot for an intimate, tropical wedding or honeymoon. The Pacuare Lodge’s exquisite combination of a pristine setting, elegant architecture, outdoor adventures and exemplary service make it the perfect place for nature lovers to celebrate the beginning of their life together. The Pacuare Lodge is also an ideal destination for honeymooners, or anyone looking for privacy, tranquility and tropical nature.

Retreat into tranquil luxury and design. Submerge in nature. They will exceed your expectations. It is too difficult to pick your favorite since there are so many but you will just love being barefoot in the lodge, the food is excellent and the vista suite is breathtaking. The honeymoon suite is intimate, alluring and indescribably romantic. The beauty and seclusion of this place is beyond description. The bungalows are like your own private heaven. The outside shower is a perfect touch and a wonderful and unique experience. Venture into the heart of Costa Rica's untamed rainforest where luxury and nature go hand in hand.

Their mission is to provide you with a wedding/honeymoon rainforest experience that you won't soon forget, a trip out of the ordinary with memories to last a lifetime.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Get ready to B Warm

Whether you're planning to get away for just a few days or wanting to run away for a week, there's no better place where to escape and B playful than B Ocean Fort Lauderdale. For the discerning traveler, the hotel's location and offerings are ideally suited for Weddings. Upon entering one of their rooms and suites, guests will B mesmerized by the stunning views of the sandy white beaches and colorful shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean.

Play at the beach all day or B adventurous by taking a local excursion to discover all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Hop on a water taxi to discover why the city is called the Venice of America or B in the City and experience their chic nightspots just a car ride away. Guests can always B in touch with their free high speed internet access available in the hotel including guest rooms. B Adventurous by taking a local excursion to discover all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer, such as jet skiing, parasailing, shopping, the international swimming hall of fame, the everglades, and so much more.

B Ocean features delicious dining options including SAIA their signature restaurant or Bistro on the beach offering fresh pastries, delicious sandwiches and an incredible self-service wine bar. Or step outside where one can quench not only their appetite but also their desire to take a refreshing dip in their infinity edge pool.

At B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, it's not about guests staying with them; it's about each guests experience being what they want it to B!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Unleash your fantasies

If you’re dreaming of sweet romance, of being surrounded by dazzling white sand beaches and the bluest clearest sea imaginable, then visit the islands of the Bahamas. Once there you'll find a true tropical paradise with more than 700 stunning islands and cays strung like jewels across the shimmering turquoise waters. Choose from the glitz and glamour of Nassau and Grand Bahaman Island with their sophisticated hotels and casinos or the rustic escapism of the out islands where life slows down its pace and finding a deserted beach to enjoy alone is easy.
Whether you're looking to get married, enjoy an exotic honeymoon or simply seeking a romantic escape. The Bahamas will ensure an unforgettable experience. Whatever dreamy island you pick, you will find a host of leisure activities. That is, if you can drag yourself away from the luxury of your hotel or idyllic palm lined beaches.

It could be an extravagant event with all the trimmings or a simple ceremony on a deserted beach. Imagine a beautiful horse drawn carriage whisking you away to the wedding ceremony, limousine transfers to and from the hotel, swimming with dolphins or tea at Government House. For a Royal Wedding Bliss experience, colonial Nassau is the ideal location. Come see the breath taking blues of their ocean, tickle each other's feet in pink sand and enjoy the warm hospitality of Bahamians. With the Tropical Wedding Bliss experience couples can still enjoy a simple and elegant wedding in a lush garden or on a pristine beach. Steal away to a quiet location or spice up that special day dancing to the rhythmic beat of a Junkanoo Rushout.

The Islands of the Bahamas offer the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure. Wonderful spas await those is search of pampering while great outdoors beckons the more playful honeymooner. If you want to go exploring, The Bahamas serves up to host of exciting ways to fill your time including: Scuba diving, fishing, golfing, shopping, island hopping and yes there is more!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Indulge - Cayman Islands

There is nothing like the allure of the Cayman Islands, a trio of tiny, sun kissed locales in the Western Caribbean for discerning couples looking for island weddings of style and distinction. It's a match made in heaven. The tropical beauty of a Caribbean paradise combined with all the amenities you'd expect from stateside sophistication. From their first glimpse of the azure water and white sand beaches, couples will fall head over heels for this serene and captivating romantic destination. Here, gentle ocean breezes and dramatic backgrounds give the islands an air of casual elegance. The easy flowing comfort and friendliness of the Cayman Islands invites couples and all their guests into a world where island wedding wishes come true.
Your big day is their big day. Whether you choose to say your vows on the beautiful white sand beach or poolside with lit palm trees they will accommodate your every wish in order to make your Grand Cayman wedding absolutely perfect. Grand Cayman set a new standard in romantic sophistication. From bridal showers and island excursions to breathtaking Grand Cayman Island inspired wedding receptions and stunning wedding venues for uniquely perfect experiences.
With such a diverse range of pursuits to enjoy and explore, your visit there can be fill with activity, day and night. Do it all. Or do nothing at all, except savor the delicious view, the warmth of their people and the perfect weather. Either way, one thing is for certain, your time in the Cayman Islands will be one you'll treasure forever.