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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.

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Photography: Brian LaBrada Photography | Venue/Caterer/Rentals: The Ritz Carlton, Cancun | Dress Designer: Vera Wang | Shoes: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Milari | Officiant: Rabbi Stephen Spiegel | Hair Stylist: Melina Ruiz | Makeup Artist: Melina Ruiz and LuzElena Huezo | Invitations: Smile Pub by Angela Herrmann | DJ: Show System | Event Planner: William Perez

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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.

Inspired to start planning your own destination wedding? Click here for more information on Karen Bussen and Palladium Hotels & Resorts.

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We can’t seem to shake the cold weather here at WeddingWire HQ, so now more than ever, we’re dreaming of destination weddings in warm-weather locales. If you’re one of the lucky ones hosting (or thinking about hosting) a destination wedding, get thee to Twitter this Wednesday, March 26 at 3pm EST. Yes, it’s a Destination Wedding Twitter Party! Wedding designer Karen Bussen for Palladium Hotels & Resorts will be tweeting about the top destination wedding trends, and providing lots of great advice for your celebration! And – major bonus! – Palladium Hotels & Resorts is giving away a three-night stay to the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa in the Dominican Republic (pictured above) to one lucky participant. All you have to do is ask a question about destination weddings and add the hashtag #DestWedParty – and make sure you’re following @WeddingWire! Can’t want to see you at the party!


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Kristina and Will were married at the White Orchid Beach House in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 14 — all the way from Australia. The bride wore a sweetheart ruched a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a headband in her loose curls, while the groom wore a gray vest and pants, accessorized with argyle socks. Bridesmaids looked oh-so lovely in navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of all-white roses, orchids, and calla lilies. As intimate as the ceremony was overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the reception was even more so lit with a crystal chandelier, paper lanterns, and candles. Not to mention the palm trees! Each place setting featured a “thank you” tin for guests to take home with them. Can you guess what was inside? Well, it’s a secret.

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Photography: Joanna Tano Photography | Venue: White Orchid Beach House | Event Coordinator: A White Orchid Wedding, Inc. | Floral Designer: Teresa Sena Designs | Caterer: Maui Catering Services

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If you’re recently engaged and living in New York City or Los Angeles, you’re in luck! There are two Wedding Salon bridal shows coming to you in March. Here are all the details:

The Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Salon will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm at The Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Whether your considering a destination wedding or planning a trip-of-a-lifetime honeymoon, this event will feature representatives from top resorts and destinations from all over the world including Curacao Tourism, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, All Inclusive Hard Rock, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, The Villa Group, The Rack at Rock Creek, Iconic Weddings and more. And, oh yeah, celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie will also be making an appearance. This event will also  include cake tastings, cocktails, makeovers, gown previews, raffles, giveaways and an amazing goodie bag!

For all you Los Angeles brides, check out the Wedding Salon Los Angeles on Monday, March 10 from 4pm to 8pm at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. At this exciting event, you’ll find a TAO Bachelorette Suite where you and your pals can discover how to plan the ultimate bachelorette party, cake tastings from Charm City Cakes and Hansen’s Cakes, reception tablescapes from top designers, gorgeous wedding gowns, representatives from top venues and destination wedding sites worldwide, delicious treats from Eco Caters, beauty consultations, and an amazing goodie bag!

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the Wedding Salon’s website!

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