Claire and Robin were married at the Spetses Amphitheatre followed by a reception at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses, Greece on June 8. The decision to wed at this particular location was an easy one for the couple. “We had visited the Poseidonion Grand Hotel on Spetses several times over the two years before,” Claire explained.” We adore the beauty of the island and the hotel is so classically beautiful, when Robin proposed we both instantly knew where to spend our magical day.” The bride looked beautiful in a flowy gown with a plunging v-neck. The dress featured a sheer lace back and short sleeves, as well as jeweled detailing at the waistline. She wore her hair in a tightly-curled updo and carried a bouquet of white roses. The groom looked dapper in a gray suit and ditched the tie for a more casual look. 85 guests looked on as Claire and Robin exchanged vows in the amphitheatre. After they became husband and wife, everyone moved to the outdoor patio at the hotel. The reception featured round tables with white linens and glass vase centerpieces filled with greenery. Friends and family enjoyed an 8-course classic Greek meal. While Claire and Robin were the guests of honor they certainly made their guests feel special. “We wrote personal letters to all our guests sharing why they mean so much to us.” How thoughtful! As for their fairytale ending? The couple enjoyed a horse-pulled carriage ride along the water, and that wasn’t even Claire’s favorite part. “Seeing my husband’s face as i walked down the aisle and seeing how happy he was,” Claire said. “Knowing my best friend and soulmate was to become my husband.”
Lauren and Jarratt were married at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Kohala Coast, Hawaii on May 31. “We both loved the history, architecture and simple beauty of it,” Lauren said. “We knew it would be a place we would always return to and the perfect place to get married!” The bride wore a strapless sheath wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom kept it casual with a white button-up shirt and khaki pants, accessorized with a lei. Bridesmaids wore long ruffled fuchsia dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, lilies, and succulents. Only 25 guests were in attendance for the intimate ceremony with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “When we were pronounced husband and wife and had our first kiss,” she said. Of course, it wasn’t about the details of the day! “Don’t worry about the details on your wedding day,” Lauren said. “Enjoy all the special moments and know you will be marrying the person you love with all of your friends and family around you.” A long banquet table was decorated with a turquoise runner, mercury glass centerpieces, and tall pillar candles atop candelabras. Even crystal chandeliers hung high above from the trees! There were two dinner entree options: fish and beef filet. Luckily, room was spared when it came time for dessert. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake with cascading blooms looked super irresistible. And that’s not all — a special performance was made from a fire dancer.
Kelly and Chris were married at Sugarman Estate in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 11. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and ruffled tulle skirt, accessorized with shoulder-length veil in her half-up/half-down ‘do, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a skull-themed bow tie. The maid of honor wore a short navy blue chiffon dress and carried a bouquet of roses, berries, dusty millers, and ferns. The ceremony took place at sunset with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop stretching from the shores of Honua Kai Lani to the islands of Kahoolawe, Molokini, and beyond. The couple decided to write their own vows. “There are no words I could ever relay about how I feel about you . . . I could only think of a movie — Jerry McGuire — you literally complete me, you make me want to be a better man, you make me a better man, and even though it’s taken 17 long years, it was worth the wait,” Chris said. Fun fact: They dated in high school and went to Arizona State University together! That’s why “I always knew you were the one,” Kelly said. After wiping away the tears and sealing their commitment with a kiss, it was official! The reception followed underneath a framed tent decorated with hanging lanterns, overflowing centerpieces atop moss-covered wooden boxes, and “mahalo” (thank you) notes at each place setting.
Deborah and Laurence were married at The Ritz Carlton in Cancun, Mexico on November 27 — right after Thanksgiving! “The warm location, and the outstanding customer service of the hotel” made them know it was the venue for them! Who could resist that? The bride wore an ivory sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a sash tied in a bow, while the groom wore a black suit and tie. “Walking down the aisle barefoot with the sand between my toes . . . seeing my future life partner, family and close friends in front of this breathtaking ocean view,” Deborah said. “It was a moment of joy and tremendous gratitude with God for allowing everything I envisioned to be materialized.” The ceremony was strictly barefoot! Approximately 25 guests sat on comfy ottoman poufs, aisles were lined with wooden signs that displayed verses such as “love never fails” and “it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily ignored, it keeps no record of wrongs” from 1 Corinthians 13. After the traditional Jewish breaking of the glass, the nuptials were sealed with a kiss under the chuppah. Dinner and dancing followed inside the ballroom. Farm tables were decorated with lit lanterns and candles, continent table names, and lots and lots of rose petals. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “The song I wrote and sang for Larry,” she said. Hangover kits attached to bottles of water served as favors, and a grand exit of sparklers ended the night.
Last week, we hosted a fabulous and lively Twitter Party featuring wedding expert Karen Bussen for Palladium Hotels & Resorts. We got lots of wonderful questions and Karen shared lots of fabulous advice (plus we gave away a three-night stay to the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa to one lucky winner), so we just wanted to share some of the highlights in case you missed the chat.
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