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 »

5 destination wedding resorts with a little country and a lot of luxury

Primland aerial view

  When couples say they want a country wedding, they’re usually talking about an authentic back-to-the-land kind of party with flowers in mason jars, family-style food, and maybe a bluegrass band. And that’s charming, no question. But what if you want a dose of glamour along with your antique linens and pie buffet? We’ve brought […] Read more »

3 romantic new wedding hotels in California, Hawaii, and Virginia

Santa BArbara's El Encanto offers serene views above the Pacific.

  El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California With hilltop gardens all around, and the Pacific Ocean off in the distance below, it’s hard to imagine a more serene setting for a destination wedding than El Encanto, a fabled Santa Barbara hotel that first opened in 1918 and re-opened in late March after a seven-year, $134 million […] Read more »

How to have a storybook destination wedding: 5 fairytale resorts

Thornbury Castle

I recently did a story for CNTraveler.com on hotel rooms set in fairytale-like towers, which was picked up by FoxNews.com for Valentine’s Day. (Here’s the link.) All five places are unbelievably romantic; let’s see how they rate as wedding territory. We’ll assign each one to five hearts. 1. Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, England. While Henry VIII […] Read more »

5 Great Southern Resorts for a Destination Wedding

In my latest blog for CNTraveler.com, I profiled five resorts, inns, and lodges across the Southern U.S. that couldn’t be more different, but would each make a delightful destination wedding site. Here, the top five: The Sanderling, a beach resort on the Outer Banks; The Inn at Little Washington, a foodie mecca in the Virginia […] Read more »

Truffled popcorn, a genius wedding idea from the Inn at Little Washington

It’s been 35 years since chef Patrick O’Connell opened The Inn at Little Washington, in rural Virginia, and gave foodies around the world a reason to head for the Blue Ridge foothills. In those three-and-a-half decades, The Inn has expanded to encompass several outbuildings and gardens, and now hosts 45 weddings a year, from two-person […] Read more »

Virginia’s most romantic destination wedding site: Primland

Placing a chic resort in the middle of 12,000 acres of Blue Ridge wilderness is a bit like pairing a tulle ball gown with a leather jacket: When executed with skill, the contrast is drop-dead. Wedding weekends at Primland, a three-year-old sporting resort with top-of-the-world views, can involve ATV excursions, horseback rides, fly-fishing, and shooting […] Read more »