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Weekend Destination Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Experience a stylish, contemporary, accessible Dallas hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Dallas — where glamour, graciousness and the Texas spirit meet. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is ideally located in the chic, picturesque enclave of uptown, adjacent to downtown Dallas, on the McKinney Avenue Trolley Line. The luxury hotel is within walking distance to gourmet dining, upscale shopping, sightseeing, galleries, professional sports games, live entertainment, outdoor parks and downtown’s largest urban arts district in the United States.

ritz-carlton-dallas-wedding-style-001GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
RCD: World-Class. Experiential. Memorable.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
RCD: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas recently experienced the fortunate addition of Chef Chris Southwick as Executive of Culinary and Food & Beverage, overseeing all hotel culinary activities, including weddings. Chef Southwick not only holds an impressive background with leadership at some of The Ritz-Carlton’s top hotels, including Sanya, Sarasota, Moscow and Palm Beach, he’s charismatic, energetic and alive with creativity, making him the ideal culinary partner for our brides & grooms. He leads the team to customize each menu, ensuring it suits the vision of the evening.

Another wonderful benefit of hosting a wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is our in-house pastry chef, Corey Thomson. Chef Thomson has created numerous newsworthy wedding cakes and desserts, such as seasonally-flavored macaroons in pear, salted caramel, passion fruit, and rose with rosewater buttercream.

GO: What do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
RCD: First and foremost, couples can feel confident due to the level of personal attention and commitment from the hotel’s senior leadership team throughout the entire wedding process.

For planning details, the Event Design Studio at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is the ultimate resource in the creation of customized events. Couples are welcome to invite their event planner within this private space to select from an array of the finest linens, china and specialty décor available. Private tastings by our culinary team are also possible within this space.

For weddings with a minimum of 150 guests, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas provides couples with a complimentary deluxe suite guest room with a rose petal turndown on the night of their wedding. The hotel also happily coordinates anniversary stays to ensure lasting memories for years to come. Additionally, the hotel offers weddings with 250 plus attendees access to a private valet entrance and valet service staff, providing a convenient and seamless arrival/departure process.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
RCD: The hotel orchestrates a variety of unique offerings and packages for wedding festivities including:

  • Welcoming wine receptions for wedding guests in the hotel’s three connecting Arboretum Rooms or the outdoor Live Oak Bar.
  • Rehearsal dinners in the Sendero, a glass enclosed pavilion overlooking outdoor gardens and water features, at the hotel’s award-winning Fearing’s Restaurant by celebrity chef Dean Fearing.
  • Wedding party packages at the 12,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, including ‘Manicures & Mimosas’ for the bridal party and ‘Groom the Groomsmen’ for the husband-to-be and his main men.
  • Ceremonies and receptions in The Ritz-Carlton, Ballroom – the largest luxury ballroom in Dallas which can be divided and setup for a variety of celebrations.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
RCD: Absolutely. Our saline-treated rooftop pool and outdoor terrace is the perfect place to sip cocktails and soak in the Texas sun. The hotel also offers a nightly Guacamologist™ experience at 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby where a chef prepares fresh tableside guacamole and a tasting of our signature margaritas. After the experience, I highly recommend a visit to Fearing’s Restaurant. It’s been recognized as one of the top 10 hotel restaurants in the world and offers phenomenal Elevated American Cuisine by Chef Dean Fearing. The restaurants two bars – The Rattlesnake Bar and Live Oak Bar, are also terrific places to people watch and catch a glimpse of the Dallas social scene.

When it comes to accommodations, The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level is a must try. It’s the only experience of its kind within the city of Dallas, offering a private concierge and continuous complimentary culinary offerings, including light snacks, hors d’ oeuvres, champagne and cocktails. Additionally, Club Level guests are invited to partake in a new Friday Night Flights offering when a rotating presentation of regional tastes and sips, such as cheeses from nearby creameries, handmade Texas salsas, local jams and preserves, and decants of Texas wines and brews are presented in the hotel’s key-required Club Lounge.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
RCD: I invite couple’s to become acquainted with our event space and wedding packages by visiting our website at www.ritzcarlton.com/dallas. To arrange an appointment to visit our hotel and personally view the event space, I welcome guests to reach me by phone at 214.922.0200.

The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
214.922.0200
RitzCarlton.com/Dallas

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Weekend Destination Wedding at The St. Regis New York, New York

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The St. Regis New York is home of the famed “million dollar staircase” located on 55th Street just steps away from the prestigious shopping on Fifth Avenue and minutes from Times Square and Boradway. It is the epitome of beauty and luxury and can provide you with the perfect setting and fulfill the desires of your wedding day.

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GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
TSRNY: Bespoke. Timeless. Uncompromising.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
TSRNY: Our Executive Chef and team of catering professionals collaborate with each bride and groom to create a personalized menu reflecting their individual tastes and character. With the utmost attention given to even the smallest details, they create a flawless meal that is impeccably planned and presented.

GO: Service is huge in the destination wedding business, what do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
TSRNY: Couples who get married at The St. Regis New York are offered a complimentary bridal suite for the night of their wedding for a truly luxurious and romantic experience. Ideally located at 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, The St. Regis is in the heart of New York City just steps from Central Park, luxury stores and boutiques, the Theater District and fine dining. Our concierge is available to arrange activities for couples and their guests to experience everything New York has to offer. Every guest room and suite at The St. Regis New York has butler service. Our signature butler service is available 24-hours and offers many complimentary services including unpacking at arrival and packing at departure, coffee or tea with morning wakeup call, pressing of up to two items per person, shoe shine upon arrival, and any other request to make your stay more comfortable. This service is greatly appreciated by couples and their guest as the butler is there to allow you to relax and enjoy your stay.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
TSRNY: Just steps from famous Fifth Avenue, couples can take quintessential New York photos just outside the hotel to capture the spirit of the city. Many of our couples also opt to take photos in their suite as all rooms are beautifully furnished with elegant furniture, crown-molding and Waterford crystal chandeliers.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
TSRNY: An oasis in the heart of Manhattan, The St. Regis New York can accommodate couples and their guests from start to finish. A Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star hotel for 19 years, The St. Regis New York is one of the best hotels in the world. With 229 guest rooms and suites, we have a variety of options to select from. We are able to set up a block with preferred room rates for your guests, and the bride and groom will have access to a complimentary bridal suite on the night of their wedding. Located on property, our spa offers customized treatments for a truly luxurious experience. To relax before the Big Day or unwind after a night of dancing, all treatments are personalized to meet individual needs. Salon Fodera, world-renowned stylist Salvatore Fodera’s eponymous salon, is located on the lower lobby level. From a simply coifed blow out to an intricate up-do, Salvatore and his team are New York’s leading hair stylists. In-room services are available so you can stay within the comforts of your room to get primped. Salon Fodera also offers manicure and pedicure services. There are 16 unique event spaces at The St. Regis New York that can also be utilized for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, wedding brunches, or any other event connected to your wedding. Our catering team is available to assist in creating these special occasions.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
TSRNY: The St. Regis New York’s guest rooms and suites are sumptuous retreats from the buzz of the city. Every room features custom-made furnishings, including the signature St. Regis Bed for a perfect night’s rest. With our signature butler service, guests do not have to worry about a thing from the moment they come through our bronzed doors. Located on Fifth Avenue and just four blocks from Central Park, there is plenty to see and do just steps from the hotel.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
TSRNY: Please contact our catering department directly at 212.339.6776. You may also visit our website at www.stregisnewyork.com/meet-celebrate for photos and more information our event space and bespoke wedding options.

GO: Any other information that you would like to share with our readers that is related to weekend destination weddings?
TSRNY: The St. Regis New York represents New York City’s combination of rich history and modern amenities. New York provides a romantic backdrop for weddings at any time of the year, and at The St. Regis we are here to help create an unforgettable experience for our brides and grooms. With so much to see and do, New York is the ultimate getaway. Allow us to welcome you to our city and take care of all the details to create a night you will always remember.

The St. Regis New York
2 East 55th Street at Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10022
T: 212.753.4500
stregisnewyork.com

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Weekend Destination Wedding at The Palms Hotel & Spa Miami Beach

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Palms Hotel & Spa welcomes you with genuine service and laid-back sophistication at their serene oceanfront resort, set in the heart of the beautiful Miami Beach. With soul-reviving AVEDA spa experiences, natural gourmet cuisine and newly renovated rooms inspired by the beautiful nature surrounding sanctuary, this award winning beach resort could be the perfect site for your dream wedding.

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GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
TPHMB: Elegant, Tropical, Enchanting

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
TPHMB: The Palms’ signature restaurant, Essensia, follows a farm-to-table philosophy, offering a seasonal selection of wholesome global cuisine with emphasis on premium local and sustainable ingredients. This philosophy also applies to The Palms’ specialty food and drink menus. Essensia’s culinary team and catering coordinators work with clients to customize menus. Several different menu options are available, but the goal is to design a menu that speaks specifically to each individual.

GO: Service is huge in the destination wedding business, what do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
TPHMB: Personalized service is key and The Palms has dedicated wedding specialists working with each client throughout the planning process. Many couples choose to hire one of our wedding specialists as their day-of coordinator ensuring that the rehearsal, ceremony and reception are executed flawlessly.  The property’s highly trained professionals know how to combine the best in style, function, service, and convenience.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
TPHMB: The oceanfront Palms Hotel & Spa offers an experience that is difficult to find.  Couples can choose between an array of exceptional indoor and outdoor spaces, including the Palms picturesque Colonial-style gazebo with an exquisite private lawn set amidst a botanical paradise, a covered Veranda Terrace ideal for post-ceremony cocktail receptions, and several beautifully appointed ballrooms.

Many couples decide to create a destination-wedding experience, extending the festivities into an extraordinary vacation getaway. Our onsite catering and concierge team can specially tailor your stay from a day at our in-house Aveda spa, followed by a poolside Champagne Bubble-Q, to a Bon Voyage Brunch post-wedding. From an extravagant 200+ weekend long wedding celebration to a private beachfront ceremony, weddings at The Palms Hotel & Spa are simply unforgettable.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding? (spa, golf, rehearsal, hair, accommodations etc…)
TPHMB: The Palms Hotel & Spa offer a city-block of grounds, a large heated swimming pool and a pristine stretch of white sandy beach featuring lounges, sun umbrellas, beach towels and food/beverage service all surrounded by the property’s lush gardens providing a laid-back, tropical ambience. Several hammocks and private Tiki Cabanas offer secluded locations for relaxing before and after the big day.

Casual snacks and drinks are available poolside at The Tiki Bar as well as on the beach. The signature restaurant, Essensia, offers natural gourmet cuisine featuring healthful and flavorful dishes made with locally sourced produce, meats and seafood in a vibrant and sophisticated style. Situated next to the restaurant, Essensia Lounge features signature cocktails made with fresh fruit, herbs grown in Essensia’s Organic Chef’s Gardens; pure, artisanal spirits; and a variety of imported, domestic and craft beers. The exclusive wine list is committed to being sustainable, organic or biodynamic. The Essensia Lounge also offers a tasty gourmet bar menu featuring nibbles & sharing plates, soups, salads, sandwiches and flatbreads.

The hotel is also home to a luxury Aveda lifestyle spa featuring holistic treatments and rituals set to deliver a highly personalized experience. Facilities include a series of multi-purpose rooms including a couple’s suite, an indoor/outdoor relaxation area with steam room, poolside treatment cabanas, a full service beauty salon, a fitness room and an Aveda retail area.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
TPHMB: In between wedding activities, guests can continue the celebration by relaxing poolside, enjoying The Palms’ seascape, visiting the on-site Aveda Spa & Salon and enjoying natural gourmet dining at Essensia. Our expert concierge team can also help guests select and book several off-site excursions and tours. Guests can also venture out on their own to enjoy all South Beach has to offer.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting having a destination wedding at your property?
TPHMB: The first step would be to contact the catering department at 305.534.0505 or catering@thepalmshotel.com to set up a tour of the property and select a wedding date. Saturday’s are the most popular, especially anywhere between November and May, so I would recommend that couples give themselves amply time to plan.

GO: Any other information that you would like to share with our readers that is related to weekend destination weddings?
TPHMB: A bit of history is nice to have when making a venue selection. I especially like the fact that The Palms Hotel & Spa is family owned and operated. Here’s the whole story in a nutshell: Just minutes from the heart of South Beach, with a city-block of grounds and a pristine stretch of white sandy beach, The Palms Hotel & Spa originally opened its doors as the Sea Isle Hotel in 1939. It was purchased by its current owners, the Krause Family, in 1989, renovated and re-opened as The Miami Beach Ocean Resort in the summer of 1992. In the following years, the family continued to modernize and re-position the property, culminating in a 2010 re-launch as The Palms Hotel & Spa. The AAA Four Diamond property is now part of the exclusive collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and one of few independently owned and operated full-service hotels on the beach.

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Weekend Destination Wedding at Palace Resorts

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Six beautiful resorts with endless ways to make the wedding of your dreams a reality. Whether you want an intimate wedding at a quiet island retreat or the grand views of a beachfront in Cancun for your special day, it’s all here. At Palace Resorts, you truly get it all.

For a splash of stylish elegance, couples can choose from nine gorgeously appointed Colin Cowie Wedding Collections available exclusively at Palace Resorts, featuring luxurious handcrafted touches and colorful designs by celebrity event planner Colin Cowie. Best of all, these collections are surprisingly accessible.

The day after your wedding, you’ll enjoy breakfast in bed and a candlelit dinner at one of our acclaimed international restaurants. Besides excellent wedding options, each property is like a world of its own, with unique features found nowhere else. Say “I do” to Palace Resorts, and take the first step toward the wedding of your dreams.

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PR:
Palace Resorts’ acclaimed chefs are constantly raising the bar by creating culinary treats that are both high in quality and taste. Meeting and surpassing expectations by utilizing the highest standards of ingredients the team behind Palace Resorts is dedicated to excellence. A testament to the brand’s unparalleled offerings, Palace Resorts recently partnered with celebrity event planner Colin Cowie to bring unmatched style and innovation to destination wedding design. Each Colin Cowie Wedding Collection, includes everything needed to create the perfect affair. The wedding cake is no exception. Our expert team works with the bride and groom to ensure a cake and customized menu that compliments the wedding motif while also adding a memorable and delicious flavor to the evening.

GO: Service is huge in the destination wedding business, what do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
PR:
For all of Palace Resorts six luxury properties we offer a highly experienced, personalized, team of expert wedding planners. From floral arrangements to fine cutlery, the Palace team ensures every detail for the big day surpasses expectations. Adding a personal touch to the experience, every couple works with an onsite wedding coordinator dedicated to their wedding. It doesn’t just stop at the ceremony or reception but can also step in for couples to plan group activities throughout the resort pre and post wedding, including a day-after brunch and honeymoon coordination.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
PR:
Each of the properties boasts its own unique and signature locale for the perfect wedding photo backdrop. On property highlights include Cozumel’s elegant gazebo; Moon Palace’s on property Catholic chapel; Beach Palace’s Sky Terrace; Sun Palace and Playacar Palace’s exquisite beach.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
PR:
Couples that spend the first few days as a married couple with Palace Resorts can also add on the Complimentary Honeymoon package. The morning after their momentous day, newlyweds are welcomed with breakfast in bed, a bottle of sparkling wine and a honeymoon cake. Couples are also treated to a private romantic dinner for two, special turndown service, access to the exclusive honeymoon concierge desk and 6:00 p.m. late check-out (upon request and subject to availability). The Complimentary Honeymoon package is also available to couples who present marriage licenses within the past year.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting having a destination wedding at your property?
PR:
The first thing to do is call or email Palace Resorts in order to begin the planning process. Reserving your date for your special event is also essential in creating a memorable and unparalleled event. To book your wedding at Palace Resorts or for more information, please visit Weddings.PalaceResorts.com or call (800) 635-1836.

GO: Any other information that you would like to share with our readers that is related to weekend destination weddings?
PR: Guests who book a stay of five nights or more can take advantage of Palace Resorts’ most valued promotion – the $1,500 Resort Credit offer. On top of the already unmatched all-inclusive offerings, resort credits can be used towards room upgrades, spa and beauty salon treatments, golf outings, romantic dinners, Colin Cowie Wedding Collections, and off-site excursions and tours.

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Weekend Destination Wedding at Le Blanc Spa Resort

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

This serene spa resort is renowned for providing first-class personal attention and the utmost in euphoric relaxation—all of which also makes it perfect for a blissful luxury wedding. With all-inclusive amenities and dedicated wedding planners, every last detail of your ceremony will reflect your desires. Le Blanc Spa Resort sits on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach facing a brilliant turquoise sea, making it the perfect setting for the wedding you’ve always imagined.

A variety of distinctive wedding designs are offered, including a complimentary option, which allow you to add personal touches that make your ceremony chic and unique. Best of all, a $1,500 Resort Credit promotion is available, which can be applied toward your wedding, so there’s even more reason to indulge.

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GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?

LBSR: Le Blanc Spa Resort offers the ultimate luxury experience and brings gourmet dining to the next level. Dining at eight on-site restaurants, bars and lounges, with premium drinks and fine cuisine from around the world, is also included in every Le Blanc getaway. Combining the freshest and highest quality ingredients and the ideal balance of classic and modern, LeBlanc’s culinary team creates an indelible taste for the senses seldom seen at all-inclusive resorts.  Each with its own unique ambiance and cuisine, the Resort’s dining outlets offer exquisite a la carte menus, decadent snacks and decadent buffets, and for each day. Fully customizable menus are available for weddings both lavish and intimate. The expert and renowned culinary staff from Le Blanc’s restaurants will create a menu specific to the needs and desires of each couple. Exquisitely crafted to visually awe, food presentation is just as important as the cuisine at Le Blanc.

GO: Service is huge in the destination wedding business, what do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?

LBSR: Le Blanc offers guests access to a team of highly experienced, personalized, team of expert wedding planners who are committed to the highest level of luxury. From exquisite floral arrangements to elegant cutlery and stemware, the Le Blanc team ensures every imaginable detail for the big day surpasses expectations. Adding a personal touch to the experience, every couple works with an onsite wedding coordinator dedicated to their wedding. It doesn’t just stop at the ceremony or reception but can also step in for couples to plan group activities throughout the resort pre and post wedding, including a day-after brunch and honeymoon coordination.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?

LBSR: Le Blanc Spa Resort boasts its own unique and signature locale for the perfect wedding photo backdrop. On property highlights include Le Blanc’s breathtaking terrace and private beach and lagoon. Offering jaw dropping views of nature and aquamarine life, the Nichupte Lagoon showcases a tropical paradise for wedding photography.

 GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?

LBSR: Le Blanc Spa Resort is the ideal option for important and special gatherings, including weddings. The resort offers unparalleled service and personalized attention for groups of 20 to 300 guests, all at one all-inclusive rate for setting up and holding functions or meetings. For couples seeking the highest level of pampering, Le Blanc Spa offers a unique mix of Asian and European traditions and a luxe journey of the senses. Couples interested in the ultimate private relaxation experience are invited to choose the 800-square-foot Blanc D’Or Golden VIP Suite, with private sauna, steam room, shower, double Jacuzzi and side-by-side treatment tables. Guests staying on property five nights or more have the option using Le Blanc’s most valued promotion – the $1,500 Resort Credit offer – on offerings including spa treatments.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?

LBSR: Contact the wedding team at Le Blanc to save the date and begin the process of creating a memorable and unparalleled event. To book your wedding at Le Blanc Spa Resort, please visit weddings.leblancsparesort.com or call (877) 753-2526.

GO: Any other information that you would like to share with our readers that is related to weekend destination weddings?

LBSR: Guests who book a stay of five nights or more can take advantage of Le Blanc Spa Resort’s most valued promotion – the $1,500 Resort Credit offer. On top of the already unmatched all-inclusive offerings, resort credits can be used towards room upgrades, spa and beauty salon treatments, golf outings, romantic dinners and off-site excursions and tours. Le Blanc Spa Resort a premier all-inclusive property by Palace Resorts, received the prestigious 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award for top resort in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.  For the past 25 years, Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards has been travel’s most comprehensive, influential, and trusted opinion poll. Le Blanc Spa Resort provides the ultimate level of luxury, consistency and service. The quality and attention to detail in everything offered, from cuisine and beachside service to in-room amenities, personal butler service and spa offerings are unmatched. Le Blanc is also the proud recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award, continually shining through the rating system with premium service standards, personalized guest experiences and outstanding on-site amenities. A five diamond property is the ultimate of luxury and sophistication, always exceeding the expectations of even the most refined and experienced traveler. Le Blanc Spa Resort is committed to offering current and future guests equal parts style and substance with a mission of surpassing expectations and ensuring lasting experiences.

Le Blanc Spa Resort
Kukulkan KM-10, Zona Hotelera
77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
T:877.753.2526

http://www.leblancsparesort.com/default-en.html

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Weekend Destination Wedding At Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Fall in love all over again at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This distinctive Southern California beach wedding location sets a new standard in romantic elegance, with the natural grace and beauty of a coastal retreat. From bridal showers at afternoon tea to martini nights for bachelor parties, they offer the most comprehensive services. As the premier setting for special events and beach weddings in Southern California, they specialize in creating uniquely perfect experiences. Thank you Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and Grover Photographers for sharing this wedding!

ritz-carlton-laguna-niguel-weddingGO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
RCLN: Excellence, Iconic and Oceanfront!

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
RCLN: Part of The Ritz-Carlton experience is being able to custom design the culinary desires of the wedding party. If you need fusion of two cultures or the recreation of a family recipe our expert culinary team and pastry chefs put their hearts and expertise into creating a memorable culinary experience.

GO: Service is huge in the destination wedding business, what do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
RCLN: At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel we say, “Let Us Stay With You”. The Ritz-Carlton service is so unique because  all of our ladies and gentlemen strive to create unique, memorable, personable experiences for every guest, every day. These moments leave indelible marks creating long lasting memories that stay with our guests, long after they’ve left.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
RCLN: The magnificent backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and the California Riviera are not only the background in photographs, but also the backdrop of the event itself, for all of the guests. Other unique choices for photographs include our grand staircase with a luxurious crystal chandelier. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is highly sought after by many brides and grooms from all over, as the setting for their wedding photography.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding? 
RCLN: The choices for special activities are endless. They can choose from couples massage, bridal party yoga classes, grooms golf or tennis tournaments, cooking classes, wine tasting or toasting the sunset from our 150 foot bluff top lounge “180blũ” and many more.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
RCLN: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California oceanfront luxury. This iconic resort is world-class destination. The resort is perched 150 feet on a bluff and all the spaces and guest rooms embody ocean inspired décor and the Southern California lifestyle. The “must see” 180blũ bluff top oceanfront lounge with its panoramic view of the California coast, is just the beginning of a uniquely memorable weekend for all.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting having a destination wedding at your property?
RCLN: Call our wedding professionals at 949-240-5054 and visit www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaWeddings

GO: Any other information that you would like to share with our readers that is related to weekend destination weddings?
RCLN: With the extraordinary service and spectacular beachfront location of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel we are the perfect weekend destination wedding. We offer something for everyone with a full service spa, salon, ocean view golf and our eco-adventure center Jean Michele Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. Two pools, tennis courts, kids play structure, four restaurant concepts and incredibly memorable ceremony and wedding reception sites.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
T: 949.240.2000
http://www.ritzcarlton.comLagunaNiguel

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Weekend Destination Wedding at Hotel Del Coronado

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Hotel Del Coronado with its iconic red turrets piercing the taut horizontal lines of an azure California skyline, radiates with a confidence of gracious Victorian splendor that is without equal. For couples, the resort’s enchanting island setting and classic architecture form the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape or a weekend destination wedding! Thank you for sharing this colorful beach wedding!

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GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
HDC: Historic, Fairytale, & Seaside

GO: What do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
HDC: We create an unmatched experience from other resorts because we are the only Southern California resort that can do events directly on the beach of the Pacific Ocean. Our experienced and dedicated catering sales team handles every detail and works closely with all departments including the check-in process, culinary, execution, operations and everything in between.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?

HDC: The Del has beautiful grounds that are accessible for photography. As a National Historic Landmark, the resort has gorgeous architecture and garden areas. And, of course, our beach that was just named America’s best.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
HDC: Award-winning Spa and Salon, Kidtopia and Vibz Teen Lounge for younger guests, 1500 OCEAN restaurant for an ocean-view rehearsal dinner, ENO wine bar for family gatherings, famous Sunday brunch to get together with out-of-town relatives, and luxury beach cottages and villas at Beach Village.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
HDC: Besides our world-famous main resort accommodations, Beach Village is an exclusive enclave of luxury beachfront cottages and villas and offers a relaxing and private retreat.

GO:  What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
HDC: Visit our website and submit a request for proposal or contact the catering department by phone

GO: Is there any other information about your resort and weekend destination weddings you would like to share with our readers?
HDC: Hotel Del Coronado offers a variety of unique options for weddings, so if it’s a celebration that’s traditional or trend-setting, festive or formal, intimate or grand scale, The Del can make your dream wedding a reality.

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
800-468-3533
hoteldel.com

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Weekend Destination Wedding at The Taj Boston

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Crown Jewel of Boston Hotels, Taj Boston occupies the city’s most prestigious address at Arlington and Newbury Streets. Renowned for their classic style and award-winning service, Taj Hotels can handle any wedding function with flawless execution.

Taj BostonGO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
TB: Elegant, Timeless and Location!

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
TB: Authentic Cuisine, European, America Continental and South Asian.

GO: What do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
TB: Personal and luxury service reflective in our high-end restaurants. We also gift a 6-night honeymoon stay to a Taj property for couples having their reception here at Taj Boston. (*restrictions apply)

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
TB: Couples have their selection of  everything from the grand staircases to private turn-of-the-century architecture venues to the botanical garden. Couples also have access to The Boston Public Gardens, which is located right outside our front doors!

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
TB: We feature Chanel makeup consultants, high tea overlooking Newbury Street with violinists (ideal for bridesmaids gatherings or time with your mother). We also have a stately mahogany bar featuring premier selections of scotch, whisky, etc. for the groomsman. A Sunday rooftop brunch with views of the Boston skyline is another highlight along with some of the premier spas and hair salons that Newbury Street has to offer.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
TB: We have working fireplace suites with a menu of select woods to create the right blend of desired scents. There is also a decadent bubble bath menu.

GO:  What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
TB: Contact the Catering Sales Department.

Taj Boston
15 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
T: 617.536.5700
TajHotels.com/Boston

Photography: Eric Barry Photography

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Weekend Destination Wedding at Villa One Twenty

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Villa One Twenty is a boutique inn which has been luxuriously decorated in an eclectic, yet relaxed European style. Villa One Twenty offers an atmosphere which is ideal for romance, relaxation, comfort or a unique escape, situated in beautiful Rhode Island. Enjoy this weekend wedding that took place at Villa One Twenty.

Villa 120GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
VOT: Newport’s Hidden Gem!

GO: What do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
VOT: Anything from planning to organizing vendor meetings at the Villa saving the couple from running around Newport, not to mention personal service.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
VOT: The gardens alone are breathtaking, but we also have beautiful interiors for that grand old world feel.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
VOT: A glass of champagne and a small chocolate fountain is served to overnight guests upon arrival setting the mood for the weekend. We can organize anything, but have on-site rehearsal dinners, hair and make-up in natural day light, and massages on site.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
VOT: Absolutely, our grand ball room makes everyone feel special, but we also have a wonderful front porch for rest and relaxation. We also have a library for cocktails and a beautiful secluded garden with croquet and other grass games.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
VOT: Call to see if we have availability on their chosen date and ensure their guest list does not exceed 60.

Villa One Twenty
120 Miantonomi Avenue
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
T: 401.619.5993
VillaOneTwenty.com

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Weekend Destination Wedding at The Boston Marriott Long Wharf

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, at historic Long Wharf, the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel provides all of the luxury and comfort you and your guests could possibly want—on top of a fabulous and effortlessly planned weekend destination wedding. Just like this one photographed by the fabulous Eric Barry Photography!

Eric Barry PhotographerGO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
BMLW: Elegant. Memorable. Inspired!

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team.
BMLW: Our Culinary Team, led by Executive Chef Joseph Chaves, uses only the freshest ingredients and enjoys highlighting local New England ingredients at each event. The food and beverage possibilities are endless. Chef Chaves works with each couple to incorporate their favorite flavors and foods into the wedding menu.  That may mean replacing a wedding cake with an interactive waffle bar station, or weaving a dish from the couple’s first date into the meal. Waterline Restaurant has a talented beverage team led by Restaurant Manager Mark Minerd, who can work with brides and grooms to create custom cocktails, themed drinks, DIY beverage stations and more.

GO: What do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart  from everyone else?
BMLW: We offer unparalleled services that wedding guests will appreciate, from valet parking and spacious guest rooms, to private pre-reception areas, breathtaking indoor and outdoor venues, specialty linens and chairs, customized lighting options, as well as many other wedding extras. Couples should expect stunning waterfront views, flexible event options and incredible care every step of the way.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
BMLW: There are so many options. The terrace just off of the Harbor View Ballroom is always a top choice, as it allows for spectacular views of the Boston Harbor. We have several one-of-a-kind features in our hotel, which can serve as beautiful indoor options, such as a stunning multi-story chandelier in the lobby and a vibrant art feature wall.

Just outside of the hotel, Christopher Columbus Park and the Long Wharf Pier offer panoramic views of historic Boston Harbor. Also, the Rose Kennedy Greenway can be a fun location if guests are interested in incorporating Boston city life into wedding pictures. We are surrounded by many historic points of interest, including Faneuil Hall and Old North Church, which can also provide unique settings for wedding photos.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
BMLW: Our team of concierges are here to help make every stay and event, memorable. Whether that means arranging a special in-room surprise for the bride or bridal party, taking care of day-of beauty reservations or offering wedding party recommendations for local must-see destinations.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
BMLW: Absolutely. The Boston Marriott Long Wharf recently emerged from a four year, $30 million transformation. Guests can now relax and unwind in the reinvented lobby with its library, or meet friends for dinner or drinks in the adjoining new Waterline restaurant and bar. This landmark hotel also now offers an expanded health club and concierge lounge, guest rooms and suites, and a beautiful indoor pool that’s connected to an expansive terrace overlooking the Boston Harbor.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
BMLW: Call us or visit our wedding website at www.longwharfmarriottweddings.com

Eric Barry Photography

Eric Barry Photography Boston Marriott Long Wharf
296 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
T: 617.227.0800
LongWharfMarriottWeddings.com

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