Glorious Sites for a Fall Wedding

At the Grace Mayflower Inn, fall weddings get the classic treatment.

The months of September and October are officially America’s favorite time to get married, which makes a lot of sense. Humidity is on the decline, the trees are ablaze with color, and you can decorate with mini pumpkins and grapevines to your heart’s desire. Our latest post on observer.com showcases a trio of wedding sites […] Read more »

Ultimate Country Wedding Sites and Gowns

Weddings at The Point, on Saranac Lake, are a throwback to the gilded era of Adirondack Great Camps, complete with mahogany boats and croquet.

Not ever country wedding features gingham-clad flower girls and banjo processionals. For couples who are more “Downton Abbey” than “Little House on the Prairie,” planning a sophisticated wedding surrounded by nature starts with an unforgettable location. In our latest post for observer.com, colleague Rachel Leonard and I collaborated on a guide to the ultimate countryside wedding. I identified six extraordinary rural […] Read more »

Summer Style Guide: 8 Iconic Spots for a Beach Wedding

The Grand Hotel's wedding-worthy front porch, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Summertime weddings and beaches go hand in hand, and my most recent article for observer.com features eight U.S. spots ideal for seaside vows. They range from a sophisticated hotel in the Hamptons that feels like an artsy house party to Michigan’s most famous waterside venue, where you can marry on the world’s longest front porch. With gorgeous ceremony options and reception […] Read more »

New Wedding Ideas at The Boulders

A wedding-worthy patio at The Boulders' Spa

If you’re looking for destination wedding ideas, one of Arizona’s most iconic resorts has just emerged from a major renovation with some excellent options. The Boulders, less than an hour’s drive from SkyHarbor Airport, in the town of Carefree, has long been recognized for the  brilliant way it blends into the surrounding Sonoran Desert, and has […] Read more »

Destination wedding adds up to free honeymoon nights at Hyatt hotels

There’s nothing like free honeymoon nights to help couples decide they picked the right hotel for their destination wedding. The nice people at Andaz West Hollywood, in the Los Angeles area, have been telling us about just such a deal offered by participating Hyatt hotels worldwide, of which they are one. The deal is that […] Read more »

A destination wedding travel app that could save the day

bride and groom walking away with scooters

Even on an occasion as happy as a destination wedding, medical mishaps can occur. Perhaps the best man  slices his big toe on coral, or the mother of the bride twists her ankle doing the limbo, or the wedding couple get it into their heads to try push scooters together——with predictable results. Or, more worrisome, a grandparent […] Read more »

Beautiful Colorado destination weddings on a budget

Outside view dining hall Chautagua Colorado

  Never mind what they’re smoking in Colorado these days.  If you’re planning a destination wedding, the state’s real Rocky Mountain high is a location that combines charm, history and stunning vistas with wallet-friendly prices. We’re talking about Chautauqua, a National Historic Landmark in Boulder that has been a meeting place for all manner of cultural celebrations […] Read more »

10 Top Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding at Four Seasons Punta Mita

Setup for a barefoot beach wedding at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

The Four Seasons Punta Mita is glam. It’s tropical. It’s elegant. But you could say that about scores of Mexican resorts. What makes this Pacific beauty, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, such a prime spot for a destination wedding? Let us count the ways. 1. A better beach ceremony. There are two private beaches […] Read more »

Top 10 Reasons for a Hotel del Coronado Destination Wedding

A Beach Village cottage at the Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado, a California landmark since 1888, has just emerged from a renovation that lasted two years and cost $13 million. Reason enough for us to compile a list of the San Diego resort’s most destination-wedding worthy assets. 1. One Mighty Fine Beach. None other than Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, named it “America’s […] Read more »

The Ultimate Guide to Phoenix/Scottsdale Destination Weddings

The Boulders golf course

They call it the Valley of the Sun, and truth is the weather in Phoenix and Scottsdale is extraordinary—brilliant skies, 10% humidity (every day is a great hair day—trust us!), and reliable warmth. (Just avoid the broiling summers. Although if you can deal with 110F daytime temps, you’ll get some stunning  hotel bargains. Luxury digs […] Read more »