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PLANNING YOUR DREAM WEDDING| The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers Palm Beach is one of America’s premier destinations for magnificent weddings and celebrations. A one-of-a-kind oceanfront destination resort, the bride and groom and their guests never have to leave the property. Director of Food & Beverage, Joan Bever gives Grace Ormonde Wedding Style readers an insider’s look on planning a wedding at the resort.

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Real Wedding | Johannesburg, South Africa

The story of how Sarah and Steven met is a well–contested story between family and friends. As they were both doctors the most common version is similar to a scene out of Grey’s Anatomy…

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Weekend Destination Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Experience a stylish, contemporary, accessible Dallas hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Dallas — where glamour, graciousness and the Texas spirit meet…

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

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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Weekend Destination Wedding at The Pierre, New York

The Pierre continues to set the standard for elegance and unrivalled hospitality in a form that is more rare and special than the rest…

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Spotlight on White Dresses Boutique, Alabama

Though many told her Alabama couldn’t handle couture, Madie went on to operate one of the most influential dress shops in the South…

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Weekend Destination Wedding At Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

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

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


Surprise Elements: Leyna & Tho Get Married

Leyna Tran and Tho Doan
Married in Costa Mesa, California on June 30, 2012

According to Leyna:

Being the owner of Leyna’s Kitchen, where I specialize in cupcakes, having a sweets table just wasn’t enough, so I created a pink and white “Sweets Lounge,” which consisted of a custom chandelier cupcake tower filled with my award-winning Strawberrilicious cupcakes, an attendant making fresh organic cotton candy, 40 glass domes filled with pink and white Parisian macaroons and imported Valrhona chocolate truffles.

Wanting to do something equally extraordinary for my husband, I reached out to my friends at Hennessy and they surprised us with launching their newly-remodeled VSOP bottle and gifted us a stunning custom bar with our monogram right across the front to match our wedding. It was spectacular!

I am naturally very detailed so almost everything was custom. We created surprise elements throughout the evening for our guests, as well as for each other. My husband was in a music video for a famous Vietnamese singer, Trish, called “Ever After.” We chose that song for our first dance, and I had arranged for her to make a surprise appearance. Tho in turn, pleasantly surprised me with fireworks.

My sister, Kim Meredith, is the owner and floral designer of Letu Floral Design. She did such an incredible job creating my Chanel bridal bouquet purses, a floral chandelier for the ceremony, and had hanging miniature chandeliers inside the vase of every centerpiece at the reception in addition to the breathtakingly beautiful large bouquets on top. 

Our venue, Turnip Rose, allowed me to bring in my own chefs. Our menu was entirely custom to us, “Bride’s Pink Soup” which was a chilled beet soup with crème fraîche and caviar, table side service, and the “Groom’s Bacon Salad” which was actually Pork Belly and heirloom tomatoes. To show our gratitude we gifted our chefs with jackets with our monogram embroidered with their names.

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Cinematographer: Jose Ortiz Films; Location: Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa, CA; Cupcakes: Leyna’s Kitchen, Beverly Hills, CA; Floral Designer: Letu Floral Design, Torrance, CA; Aerialists: Ruby Karen Project; Groom’s Tuxedo: Bespoke Couture by Muraco, New York, NY; Stylist: Danielle Muraco; Hair: Jenn Ever and Catherine Mai; Makeup: Catherine Mai and Tatyana; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Wedding Gown: Renee Strauss, Beverly Hills, CA; Ao Dai Gown: Calvin Hiep; Reception Gown: Herve Leger; Photography: Ernesto Olivares

We wish you countless years of happiness Leyna and Tho and a big thank you to Jose Ortiz of Jose Ortiz Films for letting us share this with our viewers!

You could say that it was the wedding they had both always dreamt of. What do you think?

An Immediate Connection: Nicole & Eric Get Married

Nicole Cornetta and Eric Foster
Married in New York, New York on April 28, 2012

“He likes to tell people I picked him up at a bar!” says Nicole Cornetta. Eric Foster laughs: “As soon as I saw her I felt an immediate connection.” The truth is, the couple actually met at a wedding and immediately hit it off. They exchanged numbers and Eric didn’t wait to call Nicole. In fact, he rang her at 8 a.m. the next morning, and as they say: the rest is history.

“Eric works in finance and is often prompted to entertain clients with dinners and such,” explains Nicole. One night they were supposed to meet clients at their room at the Mandarin Oriental New York before heading to dinner at Per Se. As they opened the clients’ hotel room Nicole was completely taken aback as she opened the door to see thousands of cherry blossom trees (a favorite of hers) filling the room. After looking around she realized that Eric was down on one knee, proposing.

And that wasn’t the only surprise: Eric arranged for the head chef at Masa to prepare their favorite meal right there in the room. It “was extremely extraordinary, as Masa was the location in which our first I love you’s were exchanged,” shares Nicole. And just when she didn’t think it could get any better, Eric topped off the weekend, the following night with a surprise celebratory cocktail party at the hotel where they were joined by friends and family to celebrate their engagement.

Their wedding planning included hiring some of New York’s finest to make their special day everything they dreamt of at dramatic Gotham Hall.

Location: Gotham Hall, New York, NY; Cake: Sylvia Weinstock, New York, NY; Event Planner and Design: David Beahm Design, New York, NY; Band: Steve Delisi Band for Hank Lane Music and Productions, New York, NY; Stationery: Alpine Creative Group, New York, NY; Tuxedo: Tom Ford; Shoes: Jimmy Choo and Brian Atwood; Jewelry: Marisa Perry, New York, NY; Hair and Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge, New York, NY; Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier; Veil: Rivini; After-Party Outfit: Stella McCartney; Photography: Anthony Vazquez Photography, New York, NY; Cinematography: Joseph Edwards Films, New York, NY

We wish you countless years of happiness Nicole and Eric and a big thank you to Edward Neary of Joseph Edwards Films for letting us share this with our viewers!

Dream Wedding: Rabia & Abir Get Married

Rabia Salim and Abir Ahmad
Married in Chicago, Illinois on April 29, 2011 and November 25th – 27th, 2011

Having attended multiple weddings of friends, Rabia Salim was excited to plan her own dream wedding to Abir Ahmad at her favorite Chicago venue. Since the wedding was comprised of three different events paying homage to their culture, “we wanted to make sure that each event had its own theme and style,” says Rabia. To do so, they incorporated a lot of color and personal touches throughout the three different wedding events to make each of them unique. “We also wanted to stay true to our culture so we made sure to perform all of the traditional customs that occur during Pakistani weddings,” explains Rabia. “Our wedding was extremely fun to plan and we were fortunate to have worked with amazing vendors who made the wedding planning process very easy.”

Location: Chicago Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, Chicago, IL; Florist: Flowers By Sprinkles, Chicago Ridge, IL; Makeup: Sana Yusuf Ghani, Chicago, IL; Transportation: Fivewest Chauffeur, Chicago, IL; Stationery: Studio 255; Cinematographer: Loudbyte Cinematography, Chicago, IL

We wish you countless years of happiness Rabia and Abir and a big thank you to Steve Gribben and Ton-Essa La’Rocque of Loudbyte Cinematography for letting us share this with our viewers!