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 »

Miami Wedding Chic: 1 Hotel, 7 Places to Celebrate

n outdoor wedding setup at the James Royal Palms

A stand-alone hotel often poses a problem for destination weddings: How are you going to mix it up enough to keep people excited and thrilled all weekend? That rooftop pool, stunning as it is, gets a little stale after you’ve used it as your venue for welcome cocktails, a girls-only lunch, pre-wedding cocktails, and the ceremony. So we were […] Read more »

Sea shells? For sure, at Sanibel and Captiva Island destination weddings

Shells on chairs at South Seas Island Resort

We are not among those who can say, “She sells seashells by the seashore” with never a twist of the tongue. But we have been to Florida’s Lower Gulf Coast often enough to understand why shells play a part in the themes of so many destination weddings on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Sanibel and Captiva, […] Read more »

5 Fab wedding resorts in Florida

Granted, it may not have the exotic allure of some remote Balinese beach, but there’s one huge reason that Florida is so popular for destination weddings: It’s easy. And not just for you, but for everyone from Great Aunt Cindy to your big sister with the triplets. I profiled five resorts for CNTraveler.com that employ […] Read more »

The wedding cake as entertainment: a performance in pastry at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Talk about a sweet genius: If you aren’t quite sure how to keep your guests amused while you do your meet-and-greet, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples has the answer: Their executive pastry chef, Sebastien Thieffine, will decorate your cake in the reception area as guests watch. One of Florida’s most popular wedding sites, this Gulf Coast landmark […] Read more »

The ultimate Florida beach wedding: dinner in the sand

If you really, really, REALLY love the beach, this is the wedding reception for you: At the Lido Beach Resort, towering over a wide stretch of Lido Key shoreline near Sarasota, you can follow your vows with a small dinner on the sand. Make that in the sand. Team Sandtastic, a world championship-winning sand-sculpting crew […] Read more »