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Images of Love | Alison Conklin Photography

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Images of Love | Alison Conklin Photography | GraceOrmonde.com

Always remember to be happy, because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile.  ~Author Unknown

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography Philadelphia, PA

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Extraordinary Elegance

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Located on the Atlantic Ocean in one of the most glamorous neighborhoods, W South Beach is a beachfront oasis that blends organic architectural elements with contemporary design. With its playful and energetic ambiance, the luxury property offers an intimate and sensual escape in the center of all the action.

Pre-wedding festivities are always posh at W South Beach. From the proposal to the rehearsal dinner, W South Beach will do whatever/ whenever to make the occasion memorable.

Celebrate Vows seaside, and dance the night away in the 4,000-square-foot Great Room. The graceful Grove, inspired by the gardens of the Nimes, offers a lush, outdoor garden setting while the lovely Lawn is a semi-private hideaway. Guests will be delighted and palates are sure to be tantalized by the creative cuisine of award-winning chefs at W South Beach’s signature restaurants.

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Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, the Four Seasons Hotel Miami is located in Downtown Miami on bustling Brickell Avenue. 221 Guest rooms and suites feature Miami flair and European-style luxury within an architecturally striking tower of glass and granite that reflects the dazzling Biscayne Bay. A two-acre rooftop terrace features lush landscaping, two swimming pools, separate kids’ area, and a wading pool shaded by majestic palms. The hotel also features a 50,000 square foot fitness floor, spa and 15,000 square feet of function space dedicated to meetings, events and special occasions.

Reflective of the rhythm and flavor of its lively city, Four Seasons Hotel Miami features a variety of venues and event space for couples looking to tie the knot. Weddings and receptions, from two to 525, enjoy gourmet cuisine, attentive service and views of the Biscayne Bay and Miami’s cityscape for the big day. Four Seasons Hotel Miami has dedicated wedding specialists to guide couples through every step of the planning process, ensuring a flawless event and a seamless transition from wedding to honeymoon.

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Enjoy Nature’s Beauty

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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From breathtaking views of the Red Rocks to the soothing sounds of Oak Creek, L’Auberge de Sedona offers a rare combination of natural beauty and Country European elegance that make it a popular choice for a romantic wedding celebration, wedding rehearsal dinners, showers and pre-wedding festivities. Weddings are not just planned at L’Auberge de Sedona; they are designed.  Enhance your wedding reception with exceptional cuisine prepared by the resort’s culinary team, whether for a late-morning brunch, luncheon buffet or elegant plated dinner. A magnificent cake created by L’Auberge’s talented pastry team will cap off the wedding celebration in grand style.

With onsite ceremony and reception locations, as well as catering, bakers, and rehearsal dinner sites, this elegant mountain destination is sure to impress everyone at your wedding!

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Oheka Castle is the premier venue to host exquisite society weddings and gala celebrations, located on Long Island’s famed Gold Coast between New York City and The Hamptons. Exclusive and unforgettable, from the historic estate and formal gardens to the elegant rooms, meticulous white-glove service, European ambience, and award winning cuisine, Oheka is one of the finest venues in the world. And with just one elegant wedding a day Oheka is truly a castle you can call your own. This magnificent historic hotel boasts 32 uniquely designed guestrooms and suites on the upper floors of the estate where your guests can sleep like royalty.

Featuring onsite ceremony and reception locations, as well as catering and a cake designer, Oheka has everything needed for your wedding day. This classic, old-world castle and chateau feel will surely provide that extra something special for your big day to make it stand out in your guests minds.

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As the only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California, we are the one place where guests can experience the sophistication of The Ritz-Carlton and the rustic beauty of the Sierra mountains.  In addition the many small touches that make a Ritz-Carlton experience like no other including a la minute dining service with food freshly prepared by our chefs and hand-carried to each guest, white gloved synchronized table service, innovative cuisine incorporating the season’s freshest ingredients.

The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe offers onsite design teams, ceremony and reception locations, catering, and cake designer. Relax and unwind with a wine tasting while enjoying the mountain views. You could also enjoy ski in-ski out access and a spa to relax after a day on the slopes. This rustic modern property is perfect for anyone looking to get married in a unique, woodland environment.

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West Coast Beachfront

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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Coastal sophistication has an address, and it lives at Montage Laguna Beach. This gracious oceanfront resort inspires once-in-a-lifetime memories. Every wedding dream you’ve ever imagined will appear as you collaborate with one of the hotel’s expert event planners. Whether you want to wed outdoors or in an opulent ballroom, this is one property you and your husband-to-be will both agree on.

Montage Laguna Beach offers you onsite ceremony and reception locations, as well as catering and a cake designer! This elegant beach location is perfect for any wedding, and when all the stress of the big day is over, you can relax in the spa, by the pool, or on the beach, your choice!

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is the ideal destination for a memorable beginning to a new life together, offering awe-inspiring backdrops complete with romance, adventure and wedding experts to ensure each couple’s experience is unique and unforgettable. The wedding department at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua includes the island’s only full-time wedding concierge and offers full-service coordination to assist the bridal couple every step of the way. From intimate destination weddings with breath taking views to elaborate ballroom celebrations with elegant décor, this luxury hotel is the perfect destination for your dream wedding.

When planning your wedding at this tropical location, make sure to enjoy more than just all of the onsite wedding amenities. Take advantage of the spa, golf course, pool and beach, surrounded by mountain views AND ocean views.

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East Coast Beachfront

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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Say “I do” at Naples’ only beachfront luxury hotel. With its outstanding views of the Gulf of Mexico, beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets as a backdrop, LaPlaya is the perfect Florida wedding destination offering outdoor wedding venues as well as indoor banquet rooms and spacious ballrooms. There are over 11,000 square feet of extremely flexible wedding facilities, not including the stunning tropical ambiance of the outdoor reception sites!

The LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, along with its expert professional catering team and all its available services, will help to give the couple the perfect palette and canvas needed to create all the magical moments for a dream Florida wedding.

This tropical property offers onsite rehearsal dinner options, ceremony locations, and catering. It is also home to a golf course, a spa, and cigar bar if relaxing by the pool or beach isn’t enough!

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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is a 450-room deluxe oceanfront resort set amidst 12 acres of tropical gardens, redefining the luxury hotel landscape of Miami. Located on the island of Key Biscayne, it is ideally situated on the southernmost barrier island of the United States, just six miles from the Miami coast and easily accessible by a picturesque causeway. The resort features a 20,000 square-foot spa and wellness center, four globally-inspired dining destinations, two heated pools, multimillion dollar art sculpture collection and an 11-court tennis center under the direction of tennis legend Cliff Drysdale, the largest tennis facility of any Ritz-Carlton of the world.

Whether planning a proposal under the stars, an elegant ceremony in an oceanfront lawn or a memorable honeymoon filled with romantic surprises, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is an ideal destination for couples saying “I do.” The possibilities are endless, as are the efforts of the Director of Social Catering and recognized wedding expert, Elda Brouwer, who has overseen more than 1,500 weddings.

Make sure you take time to enjoy the resort’s cigar bar, wine tasting, boat rentals, spa, golf, and tennis center. The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Miami has a lot more to offer than just pools and beaches!

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Turn your wildest dreams for your special day into a reality.  Featuring the unspoiled natural beauty of our unparalleled seaside location on the Paradise Coast of Florida, The Ritz-Carlton-Naples and Naples Golf, offer a fabulous backdrop for the ideal destination wedding.  You and your guests will enjoy three miles of fine white sand beaches, the serene waters of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunsets and our signature impeccable service.  From small intimate seaside gatherings to grand celebrations and elaborate receptions, the options are endless at this tropical oasis.

The epitome of beachfront elegance, The Ritz Carlton Naples offers onsite ceremony and reception locations, catering, cake designer, and design team. You will never have to leave the resort! Even though you will be busy with wedding preparations, make sure relax and enjoy golf, wine tasting, or even the luxurious spa! The beach and pool give you two great options if you want to cool off from the Florida sun!

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The St. Regis Bal Harbour is one of the most prestigious in the world, offering uncompromising views to the spectacular Atlantic beachfront as well as access to world renowned shopping and proximity to South Beach. Their venue is ideal for destination wedding celebrations and provides guests with a multitude of options and ways to spend their free time

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is an upscale modern luxurious resort located in tropical Florida. From its creation in 1904, the St. Regis was founded upon a heritage of tradition, innovation, luxury and incomparable service.  St. Regis brides and grooms receive the highest level of care and attention, from the first meeting to the ultimate moment of the wedding celebration. When seeking the epitome of elegance and modern luxury, our stunning Astor Ballroom is the perfect setting with intricate sculpted ceilings, accents of floor to ceiling antiqued mirrors, and rare blonde Movinque West African wood paneling. Additionally, stunning outdoor space is available including select terraces, courtyards, chic cabanas, as well as the beach and ocean. No matter what venue you select, you will be surrounded in luxury.

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International Icons

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

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Since its beginning, the Hôtel de Glace has welcomed over 150 couples from all around the world, including same-sex couples, who have decided to unite their destiny. The Hôtel de Glace chapel offers all the romance and the exoticism that you can wish for on this very important day. Whether it is for a wedding or a vows renewal, the Hôtel de Glace chapel promises you unforgettable memories and beautiful pictures. Choose the Hôtel de Glace for a white and wonderful wedding that you will remember forever.

This hotel will really stand out from all the others- everything is made with ice and snow! If you are looking for the perfect winter wonderland wedding, this is the place to go!

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Situated on a private white sandy beach, Villa Serena is a 6,103 square-foot exclusive beachfront residence with five bedrooms and five and one-half granite and marble bathrooms. Villa Serena is the epitome if a beachfront vacation villa. The living room, dining room and master bedroom have breathtaking views over the infinity edge pool to the pristine white sandy beach and the calm warm waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Let your LIFESTYLE Concierge arrange for breakfast in bed, a poolside manicure, pedicure or margaritas after golf. If you feel the need to leave the beautiful villa, we can arrange for whale watching, deep-sea fishing or a shopping tour. If you are looking for additional rooms, other villas are available and in total you could have up to 20 bedrooms and sleep up to 50 guests, inside one gated community and all within minutes of each other and to a very private white sandy beach. Our Blue Sea Compound is where the Celebrities preferred to kick back, be served and relax in the lap of luxury & care of Lifestyle. You can too!

With onsite ceremony locations and catering, there is no need to leave this luxurious oasis. Classified as a modern, beachfront property, your guests will love the walking out the front door right onto the beach! You can continue your wedding celebration right in your own personal villa!

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At The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas making your dreams come true is our pleasure. Whether it’s a ceremony on the white sands beach of Great Bay, aboard our luxury catamaran or under the shady branches of the sea grape trees, we want you to sail away to romance and discover island treasures, Caribbean cultures and an Island Love.

Offering an onsite design team, convention spaces, as well as onsite catering, cake designer, ceremony and rehearsal dinner locations, The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas has it all! Aside from planning and prepping for your big day, you can relax in the spa, on the beach, or by the pool! If you want to get a little more adventurous, you can rent a boat or yacht for you personal pleasure, or unwind with a wine tasting.

This modern, elegant, and tropical destination is home to weddings and celebrations year round. Let them help you and be a part of your special day!

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Resting on a beautiful peninsula in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Caribe Hilton San Juan hotel is one of the island’s most luxurious hotels – and a AAA Four Diamond Property. Set in 17 acres of exotic gardens, the hotel is ideally located in Puerto Rico – just a short drive from old San Juan and the Condado area. It is also just a 15 minute drive from Luis Muñoz Marín Airport and five minutes from San Juan’s new Convention Center.

Surrounded by exuberant gardens, breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and historical sites such as the San Geronimo Fort, Luis Muñoz Rivera Park and the romantic Old San Juan, the Caribe Hilton is without a doubt the perfect location for your wedding celebration.

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New England Charm

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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Since 1865, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa has been an inspiring New Hampshire destination. Nestled amidst the White Mountains on 400 beautifully landscaped acres, our historical resort features stunning indoor and outdoor ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner settings, breathtaking views of the surrounding 57 mountain peaks, fine on-site restaurants, 144 luxurious guest rooms and an award-winning spa and wellness center. Indulge your guests in the many indoor and outdoor activities offered at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa such as axe throwing, campfires, hiking, tennis, golf, ice skating, snowmobiling, snow tubing and the Mountaineering Club for children.

This elegant, historic resort has everything you need for you wedding right on site! From ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner locations, to catering and cake designers, there is nothing to stress about! Relax with wine tasting while enjoying the mountain views, experience the spa, or play a round of golf. If you want to soak up the sun, grab a book from the library and lay by the pool!

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The Nonantum, an independent, family-owned resort, is the perfect landscape for a truly unique experience. The sky is the limit! Their on-site wedding coordinators create memorable occasions for couples and all of their guests. What sets The Nonantum Resort apart is that there are no wedding packages! Each and every event we host is purely customized and built from the ground up. Whether you would like to bring your own ideas or have us create your dream wedding for you-we are at your service!

The Nonantum’s picturesque, tranquil setting provides a backdrop that is truly majestic. Be it on the water’s edge, aboard one of our sailboats, in front of our lighthouse, in our Ballroom, the possibilities are endless! The town of Kennebunkport is one of the most beautiful coastal villages in Maine, and offers many serene areas such as Goose Rocks Beach, Mother’s Beach, Gooch’s Beach, and Colony Beach. President Bush has even been known to stop by The Nonantum Resort for a photo opportunity on the docks if he happens to be out on his boat!

With onsite ceremony locations, catering, and rehearsal dinner options, there is no need to go anywhere else but the resort! But don’t worry, there is plenty for you and your guests to do such as boat rentals, wine tasting, and relaxing by the pool! The Nonantum captures that classic, vintage feel, while providing an elegant experience for your wedding.

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There is no event more important or precious than a wedding. The iconic Boston Public Library and award-winning The Catered Affair have combined strengths to bring you the beauty of Boston’s most definitive landmarks complemented by the first class event planning and orchestration capabilities of this year’s Boston Best Wedding Caterer. In 1986, the National Park Service designated the McKim Building a National Historic Landmark citing it as “the first outstanding example of Renaissance Beaux-Arts Classicism in America.” Cherish the fact that your grandchildren will be able to see where you exchanged vows, and that the beauty and grandeur will be unchanged.

The Boston Public Library is a grand, regal space that offers onsite ceremony and reception locations, as well as and onsite design team, cake designer, and caterer- The Catered Affair. Aside from the historic library, the space also features an Italianate Courtyard with a fountain located on the second level terrace.

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Wheatleigh is an idyllic setting for any wedding, from a weekend celebration to a midweek getaway or a Sunday afternoon gathering. A Florentine palazzo atop a Berkshire knoll overlooking mountains and lake, Wheatleigh offers exquisite cuisine and guest accommodations, along with 22 private acres and terraced lawns.

Enjoy Wheatleigh as your own private estate for a weekend of festivities, from the prenuptial party, to the wedding dinner, to the farewell brunch. Chef Jeffrey Thompson will craft unique menus for every event. With attention to each detail and incomparable service from the first tasting through the departure of the last guest, Wheatleigh’s European trained staff will create the extraordinary wedding you envision.

Wheatleigh’s classic chateau-like atmosphere will make you feel like modern, elegant royalty! Aside from rooms and wedding space, Wheatleigh offers gorgeous gardens, a lush golf course, and wine tasting in their wine cellar!

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City Life

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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Renowned for their oriental charm, five-star service and luxurious facilities, Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has hosted exquisite events from lavish weddings to intimate private parties.  In the heart of the chic Buckhead neighborhood, we offer the perfect setting for all special occasions.

The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is a modern, elegant property that features onsite design teams, ceremony locations, catering, rehearsal dinners, and cake designer to make your wedding experience stress free! With all this help you will have time to enjoy the spa, pool, or even wine tasting!

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Whether you’re planning an intimate affair or a grand celebration, every wedding held at the Arizona Biltmore combines a singular sense of exclusivity, time and place with the romance of an ageless Grande Dame. The choice of venues runs the gamut, accommodating any size and style of event – from one of the state’s largest ballrooms, to sublime outdoor sites, to historic rooms that are architectural masterpieces. For many couples, the outdoor venues are irresistible for saying “I do”:  Verdant lawns set amid gorgeous flower-filled gardens radiating a rainbow of color surrounded by the historic buildings of the legendary resort.

The resort’s original ballroom, the dramatic Aztec Room, with a gold-leaf dome supported by a phalanx of 40-ton copper filigree beams. Also very popular is the resort’s other historic architectural gem, the Gold Room, with its stunning copper and gold-leaf ceiling, Native American tapestries, floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor pre-reception area. Every wedding at the Arizona Biltmore is a special, unique event that is completely customized. A wedding held at the Arizona Biltmore is everything you want it to be, wrapped in romance, perfumed by blossoms, graced with a sense of place, imbued with cheer and happiness, and infused with enduring heartfelt memories.

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Mandarin Oriental San Francisco’s spectacular views and gracious service makes it the perfect place for couples to exchange vows. Their Ceremonial Deck, located on the 40th floor, gives couples a one of kind experience to marry over the breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay, which stretches from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge all the way to the Bay Bridge.

With a combined space of 5000 square feet of function space, it is the ideal place to host an intimate wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and more. Also, our new luxury spa is the perfect sanctuary for couples to escape to for the ideal rejuvenating experience.

Featuring onsite ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner locations, as well as catering, this modern, elegant hotel is ideal for you Northern California wedding year round!

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Weekend Destination Wedding at The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Overlooking the turquoise waters of Great Bay in the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is a secluded hideaway on a 30-acre beachfront estate with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands. The resort offers a variety of luxurious amenities including 180 guestrooms and suites; four distinctive ocean-front dining choices; a full-service spa; a 53’ luxury catamaran, the Lady Lynsey; and the newly unveiled acclaimed Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. For those visiting by sea, the resort offers moorings, allowing guests to access this ultimate lifestyle destination by sea or air.

The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas offers the island’s most beautiful and elegant wedding locations. Enjoy a panoramic view of our manicured lawns, infinity pool and the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, while the lush hills of St. John in the distance create the perfect backdrop for your wedding.

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GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
RCST: Luxurious, Beachfront, Paradise.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
RCST: Whether your reception is an intimate dinner or a lavish gathering, we offer a range of cuisines. From hors d’oeuvres and champagne cocktails to food stations and gourmet buffets or formal dinners with plated selections and synchronized service.  Your wedding manager along with our executive chef will be happy to assist you in customizing a menu to fit your needs and those of your guests.

In regards to our on property restaurants, savor the selection of the many St. Thomas fine dining options available at The Ritz-Carlton, and prepare your senses for a culinary experience like no other. From casual beach and poolside dining at Sails to exquisite cuts of meat and inventive local seafood creations at Bleuwater, discover the restaurant experiences that await your wedding.We have 4 onsite restaurants.

GO: Service is huge in the destination wedding business; what do you do for couples and their guests that sets you apart from everyone else?
RCST: From the moment he pops the question, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas wedding planners will be with you every step of the way to plan your dream wedding. Our on-property wedding planners will manage vendors, assist in crafting a savory menu, create a stunning décor or orchestrate the personal touches that make your reception truly unique. From welcome baskets to floral centerpieces, let our wedding planners make your day one-of-a-kind.

As you know, weddings are truly personal events, and each bride has a vision of her wedding. We have developed several wedding packages that have proven most popular among brides and their families.  Each bride uses a package as a foundation on which to build, and we have provided some of the most requested enhancements with pricing.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas also only has one wedding on property each morning/evening.  When booking our hotel, our couples are ensured that they will be the only wedding on property when they exchange their vows, take photos around the resort and enjoy the company of family and friends at their reception.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to have photos taken?
RCST: This is your wedding and your day. Our entire resort can be used for your wedding photo shoot.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
RCST: Let The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas event facility transform your celebration into an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza. With a team of event planners, choose from indoor event space featuring marble floors, vaulted ceilings and stunning views of the Great Bay or an outdoor event venue surrounded by Mediterranean-inspired archways, stucco walls and stone tiles. Your guests will be awed by the fabulous setting, impeccable service and lavish amenities waiting inside our dynamic event facility.  We also have three ocean front wedding venues for your ceremony.  For those who want a true beach experience, our beautiful white sand beach is the perfect setting with both the bridal party and guests  directly on the beach.  The Beach Gazebo would allow the bridal party to be located in the gazebo with the guests seated on the beach itself, whereas the Cliffside Gazebo allows the bridal party and guests to be on a three tiered decking overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  The Cliffside Gazebo is our most popular location because it is shaded and private.  Another feature which is exclusive to The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas if our private catamaran, Lady Lynsey.  Experience a day of sailing through crystal blue waters and hidden coves aboard Lady Lynsey, the resort’s luxury 53-foot catamaran. Private charter options include an adventurous snorkel excursion exploring beautiful coral reefs, a full-day trip to discover St. John or the British Virgin Islands, a relaxing sunset cocktail cruise or a special wedding celebration or rehearsal dinner. Charters can accommodate up to 49 guests.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
RCST: Cast as a tropical escape teeming with exotic marine life and endless opportunities to dine, relax and explore, the award-winning beachfront luxury resort features:

180 well-appointed guestrooms, including 55 Club rooms, 19 suites, three Presidential suites and the opulent Ritz-Carlton suite, each with private balconies or terracesFour distinctive oceanfront dining experiences: Bleuwater, Great Bay Lounge, Coconut Cove and Sails

53-foot luxury catamaran, Lady Lynsey, available for day sails, sunset cruises and private charters

The Ritz-Carlton Spa featuring 11 luxurious treatment rooms and a seaside cabana

Today, the picturesque white beaches, idyllic climate, rich history and natural beauty of St. Thomas brings visitors from around the world to explore its exciting attractions. From ample fine dining and duty-free shopping, to the plethora of active outdoor adventures the tropical playground of St. Thomas offers tourists the finest life has to offer and a host of things to do while staying on the island.

Easy access to the splendid Blue Flag beach of Great Bay and Coconut Cove beach

Comprehensive Aquatic Center featuring numerous non-motorized water activities: Hobie Cats, Kayaks, Paddle Boats, Snorkeling Equipment & Windsurfing

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
RCST: Contact Andy Cisick at (340) 715-9037 or andy.cisick@ritzcartlon.com to start planning your dream wedding

The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas
6900 Great Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
+1 340-775-3333
RitzCarlton.com/StThomas

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Wedding Destination at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Miami

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Whether planning a proposal under the stars, an elegant ceremony in an oceanfront lawn or a memorable honeymoon filled with romantic surprises, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is an ideal destination for couples saying “I do.” The possibilities are endless, as are the efforts of the Director of Social Catering and recognized wedding expert, Elda Brouwer, who has overseen more than 1,500 weddings.

From the moment the bride and groom are engaged and continuing through their first anniversary celebration, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami offers services and experiences unique to the couple. Weddings are serene on the Oceanfront Lawn or Grand Lawn or elegant in one of the beautiful ballrooms, which range from 1,000 to 10,000 square feet. Brides seeking a destination feel can have a sunset ceremony on the beach by the Atlantic Ocean or in the St. Tropez-style oceanfront lounge on the sand.

In addition to traditional events, Brouwer and her team are experts in planning cultural weddings. Smaller spaces are available for pre-ceremonial traditions, such as the Jewish ritual of signing of the ketubah. Chefs ensure authentic recipes and ingredients for traditional foods, and cultural décor is incorporated, with Indian ceremonies taking place under a mandap and Jewish ceremonies under a chuppah.

Every aspect of the ceremony and reception may be customized and nothing is beyond the Ritz-Carlton limit. A Wedding Concierge is dedicated to the bride and groom on their special day, assuring undivided attention and providing special niceties.

The resort also offers a variety of options that a bride can choose to incorporate into the wedding plan such as a bridal spa retreat in the resort’s 20,000 square foot spa, traditional bridal lunches and rehearsal dinners in one of the four restaurants or private dining rooms and honeymoon packages.

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GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
RCKBM: Romantic, Elegant, Paradise.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
RCKBM: One of the wonderful aspects regarding RCKBM’s menu is that each of them is customized to the bride and groom’s need. No two wedding menus are ever the same. Our culinary team represents diverse culture and backgrounds providing a selection of flavors and dishes inspired by regions all over the world.

GO: Service is huge in the destination wedding business; what do you do for couples and their guests that sets you apart from everyone else?
RCKBM: Our senior level catering director and meeting and special events team has executed thousands of events and specialize in even the smallest of details. Brides and grooms can expect expert advice, recommendations, latest trends and flawless execution in the event planning stages.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to have photos taken?
RCKBM: Wedding images can be taken in any space of the resort that the brides and groom request. The most popular locations for wedding images are the beach, courtyard terrace, lobby staircase and oceanfront garden areas.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
RCKBM: We offer any amenity the bride and groom request. The most popular are golf, tennis, spa retreats in the resort’s destination spa and brunches.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
RCKBM: The entire resort provides our guests with the feeling of being in the Caribbean. From the tropical palm trees to the Atlantic Ocean, each scene reflects an island ambiance.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
RCKBM: Contact the resort’s catering director, Elda Brouwer directly at (305) 365-4212 or via email at Elda.Brouwer@ritzcarlton.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Miami
455 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 365-4500
RitzCarlton.com/KeyBiscayne

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