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As Seen on Cityline – Vow Renewal Inspiration

You have probably seen our contributing editor Jessica Mulroney sharing her fashion savvy-tips and chatting with host Tracy Moore on Cityline many times. Friends on and off screen, when Jessica learned that Tracy and her husband Lio’s 10 year wedding anniversary was coming up she started working with our experts to create the perfect celebration.

“So for the past year and a half, I’ve been scheming with Wedding Vacations by Sunwing to get her [Tracy] on a trip to do a vow renewal. “ – Jessica Mulroney

With the help of her friends at Wedding Vacations by Sunwing this incredibly sweet celebration started to come together. First we had to find the perfect place, a personal favourite resort of Jessica and many of our clients, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa was the perfect fit. This resort offers a stunning sky terrace that’s private and romantic for the ceremony itself. Since Tracy and Lio wanted to include their kids in the celebration, this luxurious resort was the perfect pick because of its family friendly features like a splash park, spacious family suites, and a kids club.

Getting Ready

The morning of the big day all the girls got ready in the Bridal Suite at the Royal Spa onsite for some pre-ceremony pampering. Even Tracy’s young daughter got into vacation mode with a manicure perfect for little girls and some of her pretty braids touched up. They got their makeup and hair done before putting on their looks for the day from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay. Tracy’s dress was a beautiful hand-beaded V-neck gown she found with a little help from Jessica. Ethereal but lightweight this gown was the perfect choice for a destination vow renewal. Eva’s cute dress featured some sparkly beading just like Mom’s with tonal stripes.

The boys relaxed in their suite where the donned their Hudson’s Bay Menswear ensembles and relaxed on the patio with some cool drinks. Lio’s modern and bright blue suit from Tombolini’s Zero Gravity collection was perfect for the heat with a lining-free design and lightweight fabrication. Sid’s suit from Lauren Ralph Lauren was perfectly dapper and contrasted nicely with Dad’s.

The Ceremony

Beautiful florals decorated the sky terrace and were hung at different lengths to create an incredible flower wall effect. With beautiful pillar candles, an elegant table with custom menus, and full floral bouquets, this ceremony space was private, romantic, and family-friendly.

Celebrating ten years of marriage on its own is an amazing milestone, but having the whole family together to celebrate made this celebration one to remember. The kids shared some loving words and pictures they had drawn for the special day. Jessica acted as the officiant and then all the family got to participate in the sand ceremony together.

 

“When we actually did it it’s one of the best memories I have with my family now. It was so beautiful to have my kids involved in this renewal ceremony.” – Tracy Moore

 

Happily Ever After (Again)

 

After a cute kiss,  a sparkling toast, and a live serenade the family cozied up to an elegant table to share a meal together. The family spend the rest of the week at the resort to relax and prolong the celebration.  If you didn’t catch the clip on Cityline you can watch some scenes from the vow renewal here.

As always, for more tips, real weddings, and fun articles keep visiting weddingvacations.com, follow us @weddingvacations, or contact a consultant to start planning your own vow renewal or destination wedding.

 

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Real Weddings: Mike and Erica

Where It All Started 

For Erica and Mike, love took a long time. The couple met in ninth grade in Milton, and both became smitten. He saw a beautiful and sweet soul, and she had a big crush on the “cool kid.” They formed a lasting friendship, hanging out after school and going on a few tentative dates during college and university. But it wasn’t until they were finished with their education, until Erica was working as a kindergarten teacher and Mike was working in the business world, that they finally decided to take a leap and make their long-simmering affections official. On their first real date, Mike surprised Erica with dinner at Skylon Tower (an observation tower with a revolving restaurant) in Niagara Falls and then a romantic stroll around one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

Years later, Mike planned another surprise over a Thanksgiving weekend. He took Erica back to Niagara Falls and back to the Skylon Tower. It was there, on the observation deck on a chilly autumn evening, that Mike got down on one knee and asked Erica to marry him. Erica was completely shocked when she saw the ring, and her first question was whether Mike had asked her Dad first. (He had.) She was thrilled and said yes. They finished their perfect night by having dinner at the Skylon’s restaurant, a perfect circle from the moment they first committed to building a relationship together.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

Planning the Wedding

Erica was initially seduced by the idea of the big “princess” wedding. But her love of travel made her realize that a destination wedding would be perfect – not only would she get to celebrate on the big day, but she and Mike would also get to vacation with their nearest and dearest. When Erica told Mike about her dreams of a wedding down south, he was immediately onboard and, admittedly, just keen to make Erica happy.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

They chose Grand Palladium Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, a resort they had traveled to together and absolutely loved. Already familiar with the property, they could really envision how their wedding would unfold. The couple worked with a wedding planner named Meghan, who was attentive and committed, always keeping Mike and Erica’s interests and budget in mind. Erica notes that she’s prone to stress, and letting Meghan take the reins of organizing their wedding allowed Erica to let go and really enjoy the experience.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

Day Details

On January 24, 2017, Erica and Mike got married in front of sixty friends and family on a white-sand beach. It was a sunny day, and the clear blue sky, azure waters and swaying green palm trees created a bright and colourful canvas for this glam-meets-rustic bohemian wedding with coral and teal accents. Erica mesmerized Mike as she walked down the beach in her champagne and ivory lace dress, accompanied by her beaming father. When the ceremony was over, and as the sun began to set, Erica and Mike and their guests moved on to a beach barbecue reception.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

Erica was determined to make her destination wedding personal, and she made almost all of the decorations herself. Even though it was a busy day, Erica’s favourite moment was when she just took a moment for herself on that perfect balmy, starry evening and watched everyone she loved having a wonderful time together. After a successful wedding and vacation in the Dominican Republic, Mike and Erica are looking forward to some alone time when they unwind on their honeymoon in Jamaica in March.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

Wedding Day Wear

Erica’s gown: Strapless, fitted and flared by Mori Lee.

Erica’s shoes: Bottomless sandals with diamante starfish and pearls.

Erica’s accessories: Diamond earrings and a bracelet.

Mike’s attire: White linen button-up from Le Chateau, with sandy-coloured linen pants from Banana Republic. He was barefoot and wearing a necklace gifted by Erica.

The bridesmaids wore: Coral knee-length dresses from David’s Bridal.

The groomsmen wore: Same outfit as the groom, with white linen button-up with sandy-coloured linen pants.

Wedding bands: Spence Diamonds.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

Small Details

Flowers: The bride’s bouquet was made with artificial flowers and broaches. The bridesmaids had real white roses.

Hair and makeup: Done at the Grand Palladium spa.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

Stationary and invitations: Designed their own “Save the date” cards and printed them from Vista Print.

First dance: John Legend – You and I.

Welcome gifts: All guests were treated to a private catamaran ride.

Photographer: Junior Cruz from Bridal Punta Cana.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Old: A garter that belonged to Erica’s grandmother.

New: Erica’s dress.

Borrowed: Erica’s grandmother’s garter.

Blue: Erica’s garter.

 

Tips for Brides and Grooms 

  • Use a wedding coordinator! They are fantastic and take away a lot of the stress around planning a wedding.
  • Know that not everyone can make it but the important people in your life will make it work.
  • Things will come up and not go exactly according to plan, but no one will even know.

As always, for more tips, real weddings, and fun articles on destination weddings keep visiting www.weddingvacations.com, follow us @weddingvacations, or contact a consultant to start planning your own destination wedding.

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Beautifully Boho Destination Wedding Tips

Tropical palms. Feet in the sand. Beautiful waves.

Even the basic elements of a destination wedding just have that boho feel.

Here at Wedding Vacations by Sunwing we believe that a destination wedding can be a blank canvas. Our destination wedding planners have created everything from ultra-glam to modern-chic weddings and in-between. But, we’re so excited the beauty and romance of boho is back for weddings in 2017.

Here are some of our tops tips for embracing this in every element of your big day.

The Fashion

Photographer: Camilla Pucholt.

 

Groomsmen looks from our real client’s Kathy and Chris’s destination wedding.

For her:

The great thing about boho for wedding dresses is you can still wear a bunch of different types of fabrics: silk, chiffon, satin, lace, and tulle are all options as long as you keep your silhouette on the simple side. Flowing trains and pretty back details can work well with this trend too, for a little celeb inspiration check out Troian Bellisario’s wedding style on Instagram. For bridesmaids, why not let them choose their own dresses in nature-inspired hues or opt for romantic sundresses with soft florals or crochet detailing.

For him:

Think natural fabrics like cotton and linen with a little bit of a mix-matched look. Rather than a blazer, try for a vintage-looking vest or thin leather suspenders. If you still have your heart set on a classic suit, go for a modern fit and try to add in bohemian touches like a boutonniere with feathers or a bowtie in a soft floral print. Tweak your groomsmen’s look to be similar but more casual than the groom so he’ll clearly stand out in photos.



The Hair

A bit of curl or wave will go a long way in helping you get a boho look with your tresses. Big braids or twists can help add a little detailing and help accessories like flower crowns or hair chains to stay in place. We love the look of delicate chain draped over loose curls or a florals woven into a big braid.

Photographer: Camilla Pucholt.

Photographer: Camilla Pucholt.

The Ceremony

How could you go wrong with the beach for a laid-back boho wedding? Many resorts also have garden areas that would work perfectly to achieve this feel as well. We asked our destination wedding expert, Meghan Jakubowski (sales Manager of Wedding Vacations by Sunwing) for her tips on creating this style of ceremony in destination with ease: “It’s all about incorporating details from nature! Try and use natural, earthy tones in your colour scheme with one or two accent colours. Simple bamboo or driftwood gazebos with white or neutral flowy fabric and loose garlands of greenery go with this theme perfectly. I also love the trend towards tent-style structures with natural fabrics, macramé and even feathers!”

From our client’s Sabrina and Peter, this bamboo arch with flowing fabrics is perfect for a bohemian ceremony. Resort: Riu Playa Blanca.

Want to see some of our favourite inspiration for boho weddings? Follow our Boho Beach Wedding board on Pinterest.

 

 

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Hitched on Holiday: Behind the Scenes with Flare

Planning on getting hitched on holiday? Great news – Wedding Vacations by Sunwing recently teamed up with Flare.com to provide photo inspiration, articles and wedding planning tips for destination wedding couples-to-be! Turn your wedding day into a wedding vacation by combining your romantic celebration with a holiday in paradise for newlyweds and guests alike.

The first step was selecting the perfect destination. What better location for our photo shoot, than the impeccable white sand beaches in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba? This unique location combines plentiful gardens with gorgeous scenery. We selected the stunning Grand Memories Cayo Santa Maria for its laid-back vibe and vintage-inspired architecture. The neighbouring resorts include the adults-only section, Sanctuary at Grand Memories Cayo Santa Maria, Memories Paraiso, Starfish Cayo Santa Maria, and last but definitely not least, the luxurious adults-only Royalton Cayo Santa Maria. All five resorts are situated along the same stretch of pristine beach, each offering incredible backdrops for romantic wedding photos.

 

To bring all of our ideas to life, we recruited our fashion expert and contributing editor, Jessica Mulroney. Using her expertise, Jessica selected her top wedding dress and suit picks to complement our bohemian theme, and collaborated on ideas for hair and makeup with our beauty expert, Rachel Renna, and hair guru, Ryan Dowell. Once we narrowed down our top choices, these beautiful dresses were tailored by the experts at Kleinfeld, and accessories were selected to match.

Photography: Camilla Pucholt Photography

In between fittings, Jessica had a chance to answer questions for Flare on wedding trends for 2017, her favourite celebrity destination wedding to date, and style tips on how to look picture-perfect in the tropical heat.

Photography: Camilla Pucholt Photography

We hope you enjoy all of the tips and inspiration we’ve put together in collaboration with Flare. As always, for more tips, real weddings, and fun articles on destination weddings keep visiting www.weddingvacations.com, follow us @weddingvacations, or contact a consultant

 

 

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Pretty Petals: Destination Wedding Floral Trends for 2017

While today might be commonly known as pancake day, February 28th is also National Floral Design Day. Here at Wedding Vacations by Sunwing we know how those pretty blooms can add to the overall look of the wedding day decor and style. With boho style back on the rise, we thought we’d bring in one of the pros, an avid traveller and professional florist Tellie Hunt of Hunt and Gather, to chat about upcoming trends for big day blossoms.

WV: Where do you think destination wedding flower trends are heading for 2017?

TH: I think flower trends in general are tending to focus more on your surroundings and compliment them. Therefore, for a destination wedding, I think it is important to think about the tropical foliage and flowers and bring the outdoors in creating a natural, complementary look.

WV: What are some of your favourite colours for tropical bouquets?

TH: I think when a lot of people think of tropical flowers, they think super bright and contrasting. It is so important to focus on creating more of an ombre effect and have each colour lead into one another.

Flowers by: Local florist in Cuba. Photo by: Camilla Pucholt Photography

WV: Which tropical flowers/plants hold up well in the heat? What are some tips for making sure bouquets will stay pretty in the temperatures of Cuba, Mexico, or Central America?

TH: Generally, most tropical flowers are extremely long lasting and hearty. If you are looking for more dainty, gardenesque blooms like anemone and hellebore, you may run into problems. I always recommend keeping your flowers in water as much as possible. It is always good to have a vase close by so that when you are done pictures or the ceremony, you can put it back in water.

Flowers by: Local florist in Cuba. Photo by: Camilla Pucholt Photography

WV: What style of floral décor would you suggest for a beach wedding? What about a sky terrace wedding?

TH: One important thing for a beach wedding is that you have to think of the elements like the wind. You will want something sturdy so that it is not precarious. I think for a beach I would go for a nice arch with flowey fabric and for a terrace I would play up on some big tropical leaves in clear glass vases, maybe even bring in some potted tropical plants.

WV: What type of boutonniere styles do you love for tropical locales?

TH: I think it is always so important to use something hearty for boutonnieres – especially in the heat. Small orchids or calla lilies can be great accented with little bits from the bouquets.

Flowers by: Local florist in Cuba. Photo by: Camilla Pucholt Photography

Thank you to Tellie for answering our questions and shedding the light on floral trends for 2017. Keep visiting us here at www.weddingvacations.com follow us @weddingvacations for more tips and trends, or contact a consultant

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Romantic Resorts: Royalton Saint Lucia

Resort Overview

Exciting news! Newly-engaged couples looking to bring their guests somewhere completely new for their destination wedding have a luxurious option as of February 2017: Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa. Saint (or St.) Lucia is known for romance, but this is one of the only new builds on this lush island and one of the only resorts with a modern look and feel.

The location looks just like a postcard— the resort sits in a private cove surrounded by rolling green hills on either side. Perfect for photos (or Instagram, or Snapchats. We don’t judge.) the resort’s delightful tropical decor and elegant design is around every corner. The entrance alone features a welcoming open concept with contemporary fountains and an incredible view of the ocean. Wedding party photo location? Check.

For when you start tackling your guest list, the resort has separate sections that might make your job a little easier. This is one of the only locations in Saint Lucia where couples can stay in an adults only area (Hideaway) while guests with kids can stay in the main section of the resort. A pirate-themed splash park will make sure the flower girl and ring bearer have as much fun on their wedding vacation as the adults.

Our Favourite Wedding Venues

Sky Terrace

While the idea of wedding crashers makes an excellent movie, in reality, those unwanted resort guests wandering in during the best man speech isn’t quite as entertaining. This is just one of the many perks of hosting your wedding at the Sky Terrace. Located above the Grazie Italian restaurant, this private terrace is designed with stunning architecture and a view that will allow your guests (and photographer, let’s be real) an uninterrupted view of the sunset.

This venue offers an exclusive feel and private bar so your guests can get the perfect cocktail without a long walk or lineup. New for Royalton Resorts, this sky terrace’s location allows for plated meals as opposed to buffet-style dinners. Embracing the latest trends, late night snack add-ons include items popular on Pinterest including gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and mini burgers.

Beautiful Beaches

Beaches and destination weddings go hand-in-hand, and with Royalton Saint Lucia’s beautiful setting this option is a no-brainer. Perfect for intimate or boho weddings, this venue option can be as laid back or glammed up as you like. Aisle runners, seat décor, and extra flowers can all be arranged (extra costs may apply some extras are included depending on your package) by your destination wedding planner.
 

The Inside Scoop:

  • There are multiple ceremony options available including symbolic, Hindu, Jewish and Catholic.
  • The on-site Royal Spa has a bridal suite for the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup appointments the day of the wedding.
  • If you want to check out the resort before you make your final call, the bride and groom can get 3 nights back on the bridal suite if you book the wedding after your site visit.
  • Cx Culinary Experience is perfect activity for small groups and features multiple gourmet courses with wine and beverage pairings. We love this experience for a rehearsal dinner or special treat for the wedding party and parents. This is not included in the resort’s all-inclusive experience and requires an extra cost.
  • The bride and groom can book a private cabana the day after the wedding where they can order private breakfast and spend the day relaxing after the “I do”.

Your destination wedding planner can help you arrange any of the details above and provide you with package details for weddings at this resort. Call 1.800.739.8876 or email for more info.


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Real Wedding Photo Contest Winners: Ashley and David

Volume 6 Issue Congratulations to Ashley and David on winning our Destination Weddings Photo Contest from Volume 6 Issue 1.

Where it All Started

New Year’s is often a time of new resolutions and beginnings. For Ashley and David, it was the setting for their meeting and a budding relationship. Both quickly fell head-over-heels for one another, with David’s kind nature and Ashley’s fun-loving personality being some of their most favourite qualities of each other. It wasn’t long before David asked Ashley out, and they went out for a nice dinner followed by a romantic stroll along the lakeshore for their first date.

Both travel enthusiasts quickly realized they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together—Ashley not being able to think of a single day where David wasn’t kind and sweet to her, and David missing Ashley immensely whenever they were apart. So one evening when Ashley was working late, David expertly put together his proposal. Tired after a long day’s work, Ashley was surprised to come home and find rose petals and candles trailing upstairs to their living room, where David wrote, “Will you marry me?” with beautiful roses. Ecstatic, Ashley happily said yes and the newly-engaged couple celebrated with a delicious meal that David prepared—and champagne of course.

 

Planning the Wedding

 

As the both shared a love for travel, David and Ashley knew a destination wedding would be perfect for them. Plus, they thought it would also be great for their friends and family to share their love and joy, and have an unforgettable time together in a tropical destination. Previously, David had vacationed in Mexico and raved about the destination to Ashley and so they decided to get married on the stunning white sands of Royalton Riviera Cancun in Mexico.

Day Details

Every moment leading up to their special day was perfect. Many find wedding planning to be stressful as there are so many things to take into account, but Ashley and David enjoyed every minute of it since Royalton’s wedding planners and staff treated the pair like royalty. The expert staff arranged everything from the ceremony location, to the food and stunning decorations. The couple were even upgraded to a beautiful suite overlooking the ocean—even more romantic as the sun begins to set!

On February 28, 2015, the rooftop sky terrace on top of the resort’s Hideaway section was beautifully decorated in a glamorous-meets-rustic-bohemian style, with ocean blue and ivory decorations and simple white flowers with pink-rose accents. Dressed in an ivory taffeta gown with a beaded bodice and Tiffany-blue suede pumps, Ashley happily looked onto David as she strode down the aisle, her neatly pulled-back curls gently rustling in the ocean air. David too gazed back lovingly at his gorgeous bride.

 

Old | New | Borrowed | Blue

Old: Ashley’s grandmother’s handkerchief—passed down as a family tradition.

New: A bracelet.

Borrowed: Jewelry.

Blue: The garter.

Wedding day wear

Ashley’s gown: Ivory taffeta gown with a sweetheart neckline, beaded bodice, and corset back.

Ashley’s shoes: Tiffany blue suede pumps.

Ashley’s accessories: Hairpiece and faux crystal earrings and bracelet.

David’s attire: Linen pants, blue and white dress shirt.

The bridesmaids wore: Tiffany blue gowns.

The groomsmen wore: Blue shirts with linen pants.

Wedding bands: Tungsten ring, double halo princess cut, with double jacket.

Small details

Flowers: Bloom Bridal.

Hair and makeup: As a makeup artist and owner of Pohanka Makeup Artistry, Ashley did her own makeup just the way she envisioned: classic bridal look, using rose gold and soft plums, individual lashes and winged liner, contoured cheeks with bronzy glow—accented with a soft pink lip stain. Hair was styled in beachy curls, slightly pulled back with hairpiece and veil.

Photographer: Stefania Giordano.

Stationary and invitations: Online via email.

First Dance: I Don’t Dance by Lee Brice.

Favours: Shot glasses with date and location printed on it.

Want to be featured in the next issue or on our blog? Our contest is now open click here to enter. For French (Quebec entrants) click here.

Tips for other brides and grooms

“Research your resort, don’t sweat the small stuff, relax, and enjoy every second of your day.”

“Don’t worry about others opinions! Do your wedding the way you want and you will be much happier in the end.”

“Take as many pictures as you can! You will love looking back on the memories.”

 As the winners of the Destination Weddings Photo Contest, Ashley and David will be treated to a romantic getaway at the Riu Palace Pacifico in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inside the Latest Issue of Wedding Vacations

We’re so excited to announce that the latest edition of our magazine is now available for download. (You can also pick up a copy in any leading travel agency, or look out for it inserted in the spring/summer edition of Today’s Bride that hits newsstands early January.) From following The Bachelorette Canada’s ups and downs throughout her adventure in Cuba, to the glamorous interior of Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, this issue offers brides-to-be plenty of destination wedding inspiration. For those who want to learn all the details of Jasmine’s stay at Royalton Hicacos can read all about how this resort helped create romance while our in-destination experts NexusTours helped create the Fantasy Dates.

For brides-to-be trying to determine which dress will eventually be ‘the one.’ Jessica Mulroney returns with a selection of six inspiration-worthy gowns from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay.

This is the perfect issue to just leave open for your significant other, with an exciting article about proposing in unique destinations like cenotes, waterfalls, or in atmospheric restaurants in Old Havana. Whether they get the hint or not these sites make for perfect couples excursions on your next getaway.

 

Our trending section includes a fun quiz for what your flower choices say about your relationship, plus tips on what to put in welcome tote-bags for wedding guests. No matter which stage of the wedding planning process you’re at this issue has helpful tips and inspiration to help you reach the big day.

 

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6 Fashion Forward Gowns for Destination Weddings

Walking into Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, the Wedding Vacations by Sunwing’s team is greeted warmly by our contributing editor Jessica Mulroney and a sea of dazzling wedding gowns. The other floors of Hudson’s Bay’s flagship store on Queen Street are decorated in the holiday spirit, Christmas windows included, but the heavenly glow of Kleinfeld on the seventh floor is a world unto its own.

As we walk through the store Jessica’s excitement is infectious and the selection of dresses she has to share with this issue’s readers are even more stunning in person. Our favourite part of the line-up is the vast range of styles she’s chosen. There’s something for every bride: from whimsical and modern to super sultry, every personal taste is reflected. After our model Mackenzie finished hair and makeup with fellow experts Rachel Renna and Ryan Dowell the transformation truly started with a dramatic looking eye, a classic lip, and soft, romantic waves

1. Glittering Lace Romance

Featuring an elegant mermaid shape, Jessica picked this stunning LOVE by Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld gown because the shapes in the lace detailing reminded her of “tiny, glittering starfish.” The shape skims the figure and pools into a lovely, circular chapel-length train. For a touch of drama, the dress features a plunging neckline, cap sleeves and sexy keyhole back trimmed in cut-out lace shapes. With a romantic drape and all-over sparkle this dress is reminiscent of a mythical mermaid washed ashore.

2. Macramé Magic

 

Embracing a bohemian look in a sweet yet sexy way, this Oscar de la Renta gown combines a laid-back column shape with sweet and sexy lace look. Sheer from the upper thigh down, this dress is perfect for a beach ceremony or photos on the sand after the ceremony. Giving the dress a sophisticated option, the dress has lacy self-tie straps that can be tucked in or left out for extra modesty.

3. Silky and Sultry

Another mermaid silhouette gown, this pick by Ines Di Santo is perfect for brides looking to show a little (okay, or a lot of) skin in destination. Featuring an illusion front with elaborate lace, the neckline dips low for a daring statement. The back features a dramatic keyhole and illusion back finished with buttons that trace along the spine. Finished with a sweeping chapel-length train this gown embraces the sheer trend that’s still growing strong, while keeping a romantic silhouette.

4. Retro Inspired Sheath

This figure-hugging sheath gown by Sottero and Midgley is perfect for a beach-loving bride. With a timeless shape, this gown features spaghetti straps and V-neckline accented with subtle beading. The lace pattern creates a striking, vintage-looking pattern that flows across the form and finished with a dramatic illusion back with buttons. An easy to manoeuvre sweep-length train makes this effortless gown perfect for dancing the night away or walking across the sand to your partner-to-be. Our editors loved this gown as the circular lace shapes reminded us faintly of sand dollars.

5. Girly Stripes

Ultra-modern but with a classic romantic shape this Hayley Paige gown features a ballgown silhouette in a sweet organza. The bodice features a ballet-inspired plunging neckline with illusion cut-outs below the arm and simple ribbon sash. A U-shaped back is accented with cut-out detailing which flows into a dramatic, full-skirt. The stripe detail designed in a tonal hue so this sweet detailing also adds a slight sheen.

6. Soft Pink Blossoms

Featuring a soft petal pink hue this embroidered organza gown by Rivini adds a little extra princess feel to your destination wedding. The illusion keyhole back is finished with embroidered floral details that have a slight shimmer, perfect for catching tropical sunshine. The chapel length train is perfect for brides looking for a little bit of drama, while the front bodice dips almost to the waistline for a statement-making entrance.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Resorts for Romance

With the finale of The Bachelorette Canada airing this week we can’t wait to see who Jasmine’s final pick is. While she was getting swept away in the romance at Royalton Hicacos and exploring Cuba on two very different (yet equally spectacular!) fantasy dates, we couldn’t help but get a bit of romance-travel-envy ourselves. If you’re looking to create a vacation filled with golden sunsets, beach dinners, and perfect rooms for an evening in, check out our top ten picks for romantic resorts.

1. Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa

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Where better to start than the Royalton resort that enchanted us all on The Bachelorette Canada? Located along the beautiful, white-sand beaches of Varadero, this adults only resort has a tranquil atmosphere perfect for couples. Spend some time with your honey at the on-site spa relaxing with a couples Swedish massage, or enjoy unlimited à la carte dining so every meal feels like a special occasion. Recreate a Fantasy Date with a catamaran ride or try paddle boarding. Tempted by a sunset dinner like the one Jasmine and Mikhel had on Cayo Blanco? The resort can make it happen right here on the beach.

2. Chic Punta Cana

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Perfect for couples looking for a glamorous vacation with plenty of exciting activities, this adults only Dominican Republic resort features heavenly indulgences, a “Just Us” couples package for romantic extras, and luxurious accommodations. Relax in elegant poolside cabanas and take some silly photos in the mermaid pool. With special events throughout the week including live bands, dance parties, retro nights and beach parties, couples will stay entertained around the clock.

3. Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia

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Opening this January, this all-new resort in stunning St Lucia promises to offer couples an adults only paradise that is perfect for couples who want to relax or explore this fascinating island. Situated along a lush coastline this resort will let you experience the best of the landscape with yoga classes on the beach, or snorkelling. With Royalton luxuries such as unlimited à la carte dining plus a ‘Romance Package’ for dinners on the beach, this resort will delight couples looking for romance and a chance to see the famous Pitons.

4. Riu Reggae

Part of the Signature Collection available through Sunwing Vacations

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Newly opened, Riu Reggae is the second adults only resort to be situated in the ‘Land of All Right’. Part of the Signature Collection the new adults only Riu Reggae in Montego Bay offers an idyllic location to unwind together. Swim away the hours in the infinity pools, enjoy the beachfront location, and dine in gourmet restaurants. With access to the neighbouring Riu Montego Bay resort, couples can also dance the night away at the nightclub.

5. Riu Palace St. Martin

Part of the Signature Collection available through Sunwing Vacations

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Nestled in a hidden bay on the French side of St Maarten, Riu Palace St Martin is an oasis that lends itself to romantic vacations. This boutique style property is situated on a secluded golden-sand beach while the on-site spa offers relaxing treatments perfect for two. Watch the waves roll in from the infinity pool overlooking the beach and enjoy varied gourmet dining options. A favourite is La Mer, a French restaurant with a lovely terrace right on the beach

6. Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa

Part of Sunwing’s Relax Resorts™

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Offering couples an excellent beach and location near all the attractions of Ocho Rios, this Jamaica resort is perfect for couples who want to explore. With opportunities to dine under the stars or watch movies from the pool with ‘Dive-In Movies’, it’ll be hard to top date nights like these when you’re home again. An ideal location for active couples, there’s a host of land and water sports on offer, plus unlimited green fees at the nearby Championship golf course.

7. Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa

Part of Sunwing’s Relax Resorts™

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Located in the Riviera Maya, this resort features a beautiful beachfront location with crystalline pools, a serene spa, and a range of elegant à la carte restaurants. Couples can have a soothing steam in the sauna, visit the driving range, or dance the night away at La Salsa nightclub. Relax on Bali beds or cabanas on the beach, and at the end of the night cozy up in your suite with comfortable features and modern décor.

8. The Lodge Pico Bonito

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For couples wanting an “off the beaten path” feel to a romantic getaway this jungle lodge has won itself a spot on National Geographic Traveler’s Top 50 Eco-lodges of the World. Featuring intimate, cabin-style accommodations with private patios, the lodge is great for wilderness loving couples as it is surrounded by rainforest views, waterfalls, and beautiful tropical birds. Embark on guided tours, visit a butterfly nursery, or try river rafting nearby.

9. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

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Situated on the impeccable beaches of Cuba’s Cayo Santa Maria, this resort has been rated the #1 All Inclusive Resort in the area by TripAdvisor®. Couples will love the adults only atmosphere and serene environment with unlimited à la carte dining, dedicated butler service, and relaxing rain showers.  Activities such as catamaran rides or Hobie cat sailing make this resort is perfect for couples looking to make the most of the beach together.

10. Dreams Las Mareas

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Combining luxury with the lush scenery of Costa Rica, Dreams Las Mareas is perfect for couples who want to spend an evening relaxing in their patio Jacuzzi while tropical birds and butterflies dance in the trees. The resort has a spacious adults only pool section while the beach offers activities like kayaking and boogie boarding. With options for romantic meals on the beach, an on-site spa, and excursions like ziplining and hot springs nearby, this resort is perfect for couples who want to experience a little eco-adventure.

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