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 »

A Catskill wedding charmer with a touch of Disney

Spillian's "Beauty and the Beast" dining room

The Catskill Mountains, recently rediscovered by New Yorkers with a thirst for the country life, have a host of funky staying places—some mod, some rustic—that dabble in weddings. But until recently, the area didn’t have much in the way of authentic elegance. Enter Spillian, former estate of the Fleischmanns Yeast family and now an inn, retreat center, and full-service estate for […] Read more »

Best Destination Wedding Sites from Maria McBride’s Peconic Productions

A glorious Long Island greenhouse

  The North Fork of Long Island is one glorious spot for a destination wedding. Who says? Maria McBride, a former style editor at Brides magazine and author of such books as The Perfect Wedding and Perfect Wedding Details,  who returns to the sleepy area time and again to stage picturesque ceremonies and stunning receptions. Here’s how […] Read more »

A charming Catskills wedding: DIY touches and Irish tradition

Anne and Marcus with an equine audience

One of our favorite wedding photographers, Hillary Harvey, recently sent us these images from a gloriously sunny wedding in the Catskills town of Roxbury, New York. When Californians Annie O’Rourke and Marcus Taormina decided to marry, they took a grand leap East in order to accommodate their guests coming from  New York, New Jersey, and Ireland. […] Read more »

Another kind of New York wedding: small and chic at The Carlyle

Carlyle suite living room

If you love the Old World ambience of New York’s classic hotels but would rather leave the 500-guest blowout to the society girls and their parents, we’ve got the place for you: The Carlyle. Yes, it’s big and it’s grand and and it sits smack in the middle of Manhattan’s Silk Stocking District, but it […] Read more »

New destination wedding ideas in the Spring 2013 issue of Destination: W

Proud to announce the second issue of Destination: W magazine!

The second issue of Destination: W magazine is live today! With gorgeous real wedding photography by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, Hillary Harvey, and Cengiz, of Adagion Photography, the Spring 2013 issue of Destination: W magazine invites you behind the scenes at amazing celebrations on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, in New York’s Hudson Valley, and on the Greek […] Read more »

10 things about planning a city wedding every couple needs to know

A small token of thanks for guests attending your Big Apple wedding from

Editor’s note: Guest blogger Maria McBride is a wedding planner and author of the book Perfect Wedding Details. Beaches and barns are go-to locations for destination weddings, but if you’ looking for a more energetic vibe, welcome your guests to your favorite city. For most folks, cities are easy to get to; their  landmark sites […] Read more »

5 reasons to let Donald Trump plan your destination wedding

SoHi, a superglam wedding space (cocktail party, anyone?) at the Trump Soho

True, the last thing you want at your wedding is someone telling the minister, “You’re fired!” Still, if you’re in search of a glam, only-in-New-York celebration, you might just put The Donald in charge. Not that we suggest letting him orchestrate the music or choose the bridesmaids dresses, but his hotel in downtown Manhattan, the […] Read more »

Four destination wedding venues with world-famous views

Golden Gate Bridge views from wedding at Cavallo Point lodge

How do you measure the world’s man-made wonders? How about by how well they serve as a backdrop for your destination wedding? Here are four hotels with ceremony and reception views that are of some of the world’s most recognizable architectural icons. Just add the oohs and I do’s.   Statue of Liberty The Ritz-Carlton […] Read more »