The World’s Richest Man Married Here (You Can, Too)

On the Hawaiian island of Lanaie, the Manele Bay golf course is back in business as a spectacular wedding venue.

When Bill Gates and Melinda French married on the tiny (and mostly private) Hawaiian island of Lanai in 1994, their wedding made the news. Gates was already the second-richest man in the world and was determined to keep the event thoroughly media-free: Not only did the Microsoft mogul buy out all of the resort’s 250 hotel rooms for […] 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 »

Same-sex marriage in Hawaii: the rules

The St. Regis Princeville: Gorgeous grounds for a same-sex wedding in Hawaii

In less than two weeks, on December 2,  same-sex couples will be able to legally apply to marry in Hawaii, and the state anticipates $217 million in increased tourism revenue as a result. Which is great, but we’re surprised that they haven’t yet put a few pennies from that imminent windfall toward updating their website, […] Read more »

Hawaii’s best destination wedding resorts: the ultimate guide

Pool fountain at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Getting married in Hawaii is one of those gestures that marks you as a genuine romantic. The tradewinds toss your hair just-so as you exchange vows while the palm trees darken against the sunset. Afterward, an aisle of tiki torches lights your way to the reception, where guests clink mai tais and a lone ukelele […] Read more »