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 »

4 Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding at Hawaii’s Ihilani Resort

At the JW Marriott at Ihilani, weddings come with complimentary trade winds

It would be hard to plan an unsuccessful destination wedding in Hawaii. These green velvet islands floating in the Pacific hit all the tropical high notes:  sandy beaches, wind-ruffled palm trees, ravishing sunsets. And since you’re in America, there’s no language barrier, no currency confusion, and no passport control. Marrying here has been a popular […] Read more »

Maui’s newest wedding mecca: Montage Kapalua Bay

Montage Kapalua Bay

We’ve always loved the spirit of Hawaii’s Kapalua Bay Hotel. Extremely low-key, with a spectacular nature preserve setting, a beach that has earned “best in America” ranking, and a location far from Maui’s T-shirt shops and tiki bars, it was a world-class resort and yet a slice of old Hawaii. Weddings were more like family […] 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 »

Hawaiian Airlines’ Wedding Wings program means big savings for destination weddings

Destination wedding Hawaii

    Hawaiian Airlines’ Wedding Wings program is making it easy for couples planning a destination wedding to consider Hawaii.   Program perks include a ten percent discount on your round-trip wedding fares if you book the flight through Hawaiian Airlines, as well as five percent off for your guests. And – here’s where it’s […] Read more »

Hawaii’s most unusual wedding site comes with a depth of feeling

There’s certainly nothing wrong with getting married by the sea. But for something really different, why not under it? And without even getting your hair wet? You can on the island of Maui, where Hawaiian Island Weddings offers ceremonies for up to 20 guests aboard a private submarine based in Lahaina. Subs don’t come cheap. […] Read more »

Mai tais and Mickey: weddings at Disney’s Aulani resort

When Disney opened its Aulani resort on the island of Oahu in 2011, it sounded—well, unnecessary.  What could a brand known for its princesses and castles bring to a place that was already a genuine fantasy? As it turns out, some pretty good things. Praised for its embrace of Hawaiian culture (it shelters the largest […] Read more »