Tag Archives: Destination Wedding

Burning Man Inspired Wedding in Thailand

As motorcycle-loving visual artists living in Laguna Beach, Dana and Michael didn’t want anything traditional for their December wedding. Inspired by Burning Man, they decided to fly to Thailand to have the non-traditional wedding of their dreams – complete with the bridal party in paper elephant heads!

“We wanted to take the opportunity to invite all our loved ones across the world to Koh Samui, Thailand”, Dana explained, “bringing them outside of their comfort zone in hopes of inspiring them, in much the same way that Burning Man inspires us each year. We incorporated details from our story together. Our wild three-day festival of events included ice-breakers across aquamarine waters, an all-white party with an elephant entrance, and the wedding where we asked all our loved ones to be our flowers (dress in floral pattern rather than making more trash) and participate in a Burning Man ritual to help us burn away the fears and hardships of the past, celebrate the now, and walk into the future together.”

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Halloween Meets Haunted Mansion Wedding at Epcot!

Lisa and John-Paul got married in front of a beautiful koi pond in Japan – that is, the Japanese Pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World! Originally from the UK but living in Sydney, they planned an elegant Halloween themed wedding, taking inspiration from the Haunted Mansion. I’m not sure it gets any better than a Halloween wedding at the Happiest Place on Earth! Who’s with me!?

“I was keen to stay away from cheesy Halloween and so black lace was a large inspiration,” Lisa explains. “Our ceremony was overlooking the koi pond in the Japan Pavilion which is really pretty. I’d loved this koi pond since my first trip to Disney when I was 14, but never expected to get married there! I’d envisaged pumpkins covered in black lace, gothic lanterns and red rose petals (it was unusually windy on the day though so a few blew away). The service by Rev Kev was lovely, and we had a sand ceremony using a Haunted Mansion shadow box created especially for us by Practically Perfect Crafts.”

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South American Inspired Autumnal NYC Wedding

As same sex marriage was not yet legal where they live in Australia, Scott and Carlos chose to have their destination wedding in New York, which for them, represents a multicultural, vibrant and positive city where millions of different people co-exist. Being in New York meant they were able to forget all their worries – how LGBTQ rights were about to be put out for debate in Australia and the furore that surrounded it, about going back to an unknown future in their home country of Venezuela that was/is falling apart, or the daily struggles and challenges in their everyday lives – and simply celebrate their love.

Their friends and family joined them for a holiday, which meant they were able to hold their wedding on a weekday, which helped considerably with costs. Although having a destination wedding has it’s drawbacks in not being able to visit venues, see suppliers, etc, coming into town a week before the wedding date meant that Carlos and Scott were able to have an amazing time doing all the prep at once! From food and cocktail tasting at their reception venue to picking up their flower order from The NYC Flower Market the morning of the wedding, it all added to the sense of celebration and help build excitement for their big day.

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Simple & Intimate Destination Wedding in the Stormy French Alps

Polly and Reuben’s summer French Alps wedding was small and intimate, with just 50 guests. And you would never know it from the beautiful bright photographs, but most of their ceremony was beset with darkening skies, heavy rain and a dramatic thunderstorm!

The groom said the aim was to have, “A simple, intimate and happy destination wedding in the mountains. A time for the guests to enjoy the Alps, its activities, nature, cuisine and our wedding.”

Polly and Reuben are both in the wedding industry and they met while working at a wedding in Israel. Reuben said, “I was shooting the photos and Polly was doing the videography.
After a few months (with hours of chatting on Facebook every day), we became a couple and moved in together very quickly. One year later, we had a destination wedding to shoot in Morzine at the French alps, and during our stay there I proposed to Polly at the beautiful Lake Montriond.”

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Bohemian, Magical and Fairy-esque Wedding on Lokrum Island

Lucy and Nick’s summer island wedding in Dubrovnik pulled inspiration from magic and folklore, added it to musical, artistic and popular culture references, and basically showed us all how you do a destination wedding of dreams. They even had photos taken on the Iron Throne! Wedding goals and then some.

They were destined to be together, with their creativity at the heart of it all, “We met in our university art gallery, while Nick was doing a masters in music and I was doing a degree in contemporary art”, said Lucy. “Nick asked me if I’d like to work with him on a project. I agreed, and together we created a contemporary opera The Life and Times of Virgil Edicere. The music was composed by Nick and the visuals created by me. It was during that creative process that we began to adore each other. I went travelling around California for the summer, and whilst I was there I had my fortune told; the cards said that love, sweet love, was coming my way. As soon as I stepped off the plane, Nick came to visit me, and we did indeed fall in love, sweet love.”

And this magic is very much present in their wedding day style.

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Sabina Kelley’s Glamorous Island Wedding in Thailand

Pale sands, black outfits, and at night the fire dancers come out – there’s drama and beauty throughout the entire day with this gorgeous destination wedding.

After being a very long distance couple (one from Las Vegas and the other the Gold Coast in Australia!), pin up model Sabina and Nixx married on Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, Thailand, at the height of summer this year. Their wedding colours were black, grey and white. Sabina said,”We both wore all black and wanted our wedding to be a beach wedding. To be classy and ‘our style’, but fun and laid back too, with just our closest friends and family.”

Sabina’s dress, which is one of the most perfect examples of a black wedding dress I’ve ever seen, was a black silk 1950s Charles James style vintage dress that was tailored by Venita Drennen to have a lower back and make it have more of a 1940s look. Worn with a stunning ballet-length black veil, Louboutin heels, and her grandma’s 1950s earrings, the bride was utterly arresting against the beachy backdrop.

The dress was not without its problems, however, as finding it was “The most difficult thing ever!” Sabina explained. “I had so much pressure on me to have such an incredible dress. I met with couture wedding dress designers all over Australia, and I could not see myself spending $20,000 or more on a dress I would never wear again. I tried on ‘normal’ wedding dresses and they all looked dumb on me and didn’t fit right, and I knew I did not want to have a dress that anyone could get. Then I was getting told by everyone that I could not do black on the beach, so I kept changing my mind if I was going to do it or not. I finally came to the conclusion of buying the vintage gown, and having Venita completely recreate it into my dream wedding dress.”

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