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 »

The Best Little Wedding Resort in Arizona: 7 Reasons to Plan a CopperWynd Wedding

The entrance at CopperWynd, in the Arizona desert

Capping a rugged rise between Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, CopperWynd, a boutique Arizona resort, has flown under the radar for years. Now with a chic renovation and a stellar new restaurant, it is poised to become one of the Southwest’s most coveted wedding spots. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Outrageous panoramas. Beyond the golf courses and swimming pools […] Read more »

The McCormick Scottsdale: Arizona’s most surprising wedding bargain

Lakeside wedding at The McCormick Scottsdale

You wouldn’t think that a smart-looking hotel set in Scottsdale’s most prestigious neighborhood would be within the reach of real-people wedding budgets. But during a recent visit to The McCormick Scottsdale, we were delighted to discover what might be the best bridal bargain in the state. We’ll get right to the details. For the ceremony, the lakeside […] 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 »

3 Ideas for a “Gone With the Wind” Destination Wedding

A lantern-lit wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation

It’s been 75 years since David Selznick brought Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind to the big screen. To celebrate the anniversary of the movie—one of the most beloved films on the planet–we’ve identified a trio of Southern plantations that would be splendid settings in which to seal the deal on your own epic romance. Just choose your […] 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 »

Utah’s most scenic destination wedding spot (whiskey included)

The Ranch at White Pines Canyon, a romantic and rustic wedding site at Deer Valley's Waldorf-Astoria

Utah as a destination wedding spot? Surely we jest—after all, what’s an unfettered weekend of fun, friends, family, and (the promise of) fidelity without the occasional goblet of crisp white Sauvignon Blanc? Or, for that matter, a few fingers of well-aged Scotch? Truth is, although Utah has a reputation as a tee-totaling state, liquor flows […] 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 »

Las Vegas destination wedding guide: elegant to outrageous

Bellagio exterior

Gone are the days when a Las Vegas wedding meant his ‘n’ her track suits and an Elvis minister. During a recent weekend visit  we found a rich collection of destination wedding venues that combine genuine elegance (really) with the kind of eye-popping showmanship you’d expect. Whether it’s a tiny ceremony with just the two […] Read more »