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 »

Miami Wedding Chic: 1 Hotel, 7 Places to Celebrate

n outdoor wedding setup at the James Royal Palms

A stand-alone hotel often poses a problem for destination weddings: How are you going to mix it up enough to keep people excited and thrilled all weekend? That rooftop pool, stunning as it is, gets a little stale after you’ve used it as your venue for welcome cocktails, a girls-only lunch, pre-wedding cocktails, and the ceremony. So we were […] Read more »

Sea shells? For sure, at Sanibel and Captiva Island destination weddings

Shells on chairs at South Seas Island Resort

We are not among those who can say, “She sells seashells by the seashore” with never a twist of the tongue. But we have been to Florida’s Lower Gulf Coast often enough to understand why shells play a part in the themes of so many destination weddings on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Sanibel and Captiva, […] Read more »

30 minutes from Disney: a wedding resort with a heart of gold

Rooftop pool at the Alfond Inn

It’s not often that you can plan a pop-the-champagne-cue-the-D.J.-bring-on-the-shrimp-and-grits wedding while simultaneously giving back to society. But at the Alfond Inn, a new hotel in Winter Park, Florida, you’ll be helping financially-strapped college kids while treating guests to a bash at a venue with all the trimmings: lush lawns, palm-lined gardens, formal courtyards, and wrought-iron […] Read more »

Florida Gulf Coast’s newest destination wedding hotel

Sunset Rosemary Beach Florida

It’s a good thing Destination:W is not a print magazine. Just last month, we talked about the possibilities for destination weddings along Northwest Florida Panhandle’s Emerald Coast, and already those possibilities have expanded. Yesterday was the official opening of The Pearl, a 55-room boutique hotel in the planned community of Rosemary Beach, on the Gulf […] Read more »

A wedding in the sand? Panama City Beach is not just for Spring Breakers anymore

Florida Gulf Coast's Carillon Beach Pier

  Quick. What three words, other than sun, sand, and sex, come to mind when you think back to Spring Break? For generations of students going to school within road-trip distance of the Florida Panhandle, the obvious answer would be Panama City Beach. Often called the Spring Break Capital of America, PCB has seen, some […] Read more »

Style to the max: superchic weddings at the Viceroy Miami

Miami, America’s heartbeat of cool, has its share of eye-popping hotels lining its famous beach. But if you can tear your eyes away from the ocean, it would hard to find a more swellegant spot for a wedding  than the Viceroy, a 50-story boutique hotel in the financial district. If the neighborhood doesn’t scream “wedding,” […] Read more »

Weddings and bachelorettes at The Delano, Miami Beach

The hotel that first brought Miami Beach back into the land of cool, The Delano still has plenty of style up its sleeve, with Philippe Starck’s white-on-white design almost as surprising and surreal as when he first placed furniture directly in the swimming pool almost 20 years ago. Weddings here are small and hip, whether […] Read more »

5 Fab wedding resorts in Florida

Granted, it may not have the exotic allure of some remote Balinese beach, but there’s one huge reason that Florida is so popular for destination weddings: It’s easy. And not just for you, but for everyone from Great Aunt Cindy to your big sister with the triplets. I profiled five resorts for CNTraveler.com that employ […] Read more »

The wedding cake as entertainment: a performance in pastry at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Talk about a sweet genius: If you aren’t quite sure how to keep your guests amused while you do your meet-and-greet, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples has the answer: Their executive pastry chef, Sebastien Thieffine, will decorate your cake in the reception area as guests watch. One of Florida’s most popular wedding sites, this Gulf Coast landmark […] Read more »