Battle of the Exotic Weddings: Bali vs. Thailand

Wedding couple at Thailand's InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Samui

For couples who love to travel as much as they love each other, Bali and Thailand are a pair of irresistibly exotic  wedding  locations. Both have lots going for them, not the least of which are romantic resorts adept at combining local traditions with deep-dish luxury. If you’re torn between the two locations, we’ll help you decide by detailing the […] 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 »

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 »

Eurobrides vs. US Brides: Wedding Dress Trends on observer.com

French wedding gowns from Delphine Manivet

European and American women have some pretty profound style differences. It’s often said that Europeans make investments when they shop for their wardrobes, while Americans look for what’s most current. But does that extend to what a woman wears when she chooses a wedding dress? The recent European bridal fashion shows revealed some intriguing trends. […] Read more »

Bridal Fashion Week: Notes from the Trenches

Fashion Week

This week, fashion editor Rachel Leonard and I continued our collaboration for the New York Observer, reporting on the big trends in the world of wedding dresses seen during bridal fashion week. Key findings: The time for topless bridal gowns has not quite come, regardless of how daring you might feel en route to the altar (sorry, […] 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 7 Most Romantic Wedding Gowns of the Year

The romance of a vintage-style lace wedding gown from Claire Pettibone

I recently partnered with a former Brides magazine colleague to produce a piece for the observer.com that showcases the season’s most romantic wedding gowns. It’s quite a collection—with A-list designers including Vera Wang and Claire Pettibone, we’re showcasing everything from a lingerie-inspired ball gown to a wild Kardashian-Meets-Victorian-England ensemble. One word of warning: Transporting these frocks isn’t easy; […] Read more »

New! San Diego Destination Wedding Guide

San Diego skyline at night

Consider the elements of a perfect wedding destination: Easy access for guests from across the country. Dream weather year-round. Gorgeous venues in gardens and by the sea. A vast pool of staying places in all styles and price ranges. Access to a bounty of top-notch wedding professionals. Beautiful scenery. Terrific restaurants. Tons of attractions for […] Read more »

El Convento, Puerto Rico’s Wedding Classic

El Convento seduces with 17th-century charm set in one of San Juan's liveliest neighborhoods

A Spanish Colonial treasury of Andalusian tile floors, mahogany beams, and butter-yellow archways, Puerto Rico’s most beloved hotel, El Convento, has been a favorite wedding spot for many years. Much of the allure is the setting. Smack in the middle of the cobblestone byways of Old San Juan, the former convent is across the street […] Read more »

Merrill Lynch Interview: Does a Destination Wedding Save Money?

Does a destination wedding cost less than a traditional wedding?

For many couples, the topic comes up almost before the engagement photos are posted on Instagram: Will a destination wedding cost less than getting married where you or your families live? Recently, the editors of Merrill Lynch’s online site interviewed me on the subject, which is apparently of interest even to couples with very deep pockets, or who […] Read more »