Summer Classics: 6 Sublime Wedding Spots

A Beach Plum Inn wedding makes the most of Martha's Vineyard sunsets.

When you’re inviting people to dig into their savings and possibly upend their vacation plans in order to attend your destination wedding, there’s a good chance you’ll meet a few pockets of resistance. The remedy is to choose a destination that fulfills all the holiday fantasies—remarkable scenery, comfy accommodations, and food worth writing home about. My […] 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 »

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 »

Over-the-top wedding details from NFL star Joe Haden

Customized garter--perfect for marrying an NFL star (photo courtesy Alain Martinez)

  When you play for the NFL, you can pretty much have any kind of wedding you like. Which is exactly what Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden and his long-time girlfriend, Sarah Mahmoodshahi, got when they married at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach this summer. We asked the resort’s wedding planners for some inside info on […] 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 »

Indoors or out? Five glass-walled chapels for your destination wedding

glass wedding chapel Gran Caribe Real Cancun.

Indoors or out? It’s one of those questions brides planning a destination wedding often have difficulty making up their mind about. Outdoors means you can have a venue set against views of the ocean or mountains, on a hillside overlooking a vineyard, perhaps, or in a sunny glade surrounded by the trees of the forest. […] 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 »