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Falling for Florals with Caspar Haydar

Wedding décor trends are constantly evolving but florals are always in style! A timeless décor staple, florals can elevate your wedding esthetic and bring your big day to full bloom. From luscious bouquets and picture-perfect floral walls to elaborate installations, the options for unique and gorgeous destination wedding floral designs are endless.

To help inspire your wedding look, we sat down to chat with floral and design expert Caspar Haydar. The Australia native grew up surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful flora and fauna which fueled his love for floral design and continues to inspire his work today. Known for his impeccable taste and creative eye, Caspar shared his thoughts on the latest floral trends, from what you should embrace or avoid to designing wow-worthy weddings on I Do Redo with our contributing editor, Jessica Mulroney.

What flowers do you recommend for destination wedding?

I always suggest using locally grown flowers for a destination wedding. This adds an authentic charm to your wedding décor and can help you stretch your budget much further than importing florals from home.

How can couples incorporate flowers into their destination wedding décor?

There are many great ways that you can incorporate flowers into your wedding décor! In addition to classic options such as centerpieces and bouquets, you can create delicate floral hair accessories for your bridesmaids or create a lush floral wall that’s perfect for photo opportunities.

Personally, I love dramatic floral arches. They create a stunning frame for your vows and first kiss and can be repurposed as eye-catching reception décor.

Do you have any tips for saving on wedding florals?

A simple way to save on florals for your destination wedding is to work with a local florist that can help you source locally grown flowers that are in season. In terms of cost-effective arrangements, you can swap elaborate centerpieces for bud vases filled with one or two single stem roses.

Can you tell us about some of your favorite floral trends?

Roses are a forever trend for me especially en masse, which are large-scale instillations created using clusters of long-stemmed roses. I’ve also been loving using pampas grass to add drama and height and playing around with the unique texture of ranunculus.

What floral trends do you think are outdated?

I think that floral crowns and mason jars have had their day.

What’s your favorite floral combination?

Definitely roses, peonies and ranunculus.

How soon should couples start planning their wedding florals?

This depends on the size of your wedding, but generally I would suggest starting to plan your wedding florals at least nine to 12 months before your big day.

What is a standard floral budget for a destination wedding?

Your floral budget really depends on your venue and wedding vision. Many resorts include basic wedding flowers, but you can always upgrade for more elaborate florals. With a destination wedding, you have a lot of flexibility in terms of your floral budget, for example you can save money by working with a florist in destination and using locally sourced flowers or fly in a designer and florals from home for an added cost.

Where do you suggest couples look for wedding floral inspiration?

I always suggest couples start with florals that mean something to them. This could mean choosing flowers based on their symbolic meaning or flowers they have a personal connection to, perhaps something that reminds them of a favorite person or place, season permitting of course.

Can you tell us a bit about your role on the new show I DO, REDO?

I work closely with Jessica Mulroney to design dream weddings for couples who deserve a second shot at tying the knot. For each wedding, I work specifically on designing stunning florals and décor that will elevate the look of their special day and bring the entire wedding vision to life.

What’s been your favorite part about working on this project?

By far, my favorite part is seeing the look on couples’ faces when they see what we’ve come up with for their wedding day. By giving them a second chance to celebrate their love, I genuinely feel like we’re making a positive difference in their lives and it’s very rewarding. Of course, traveling around the world for destination weddings is also pretty amazing.

 

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Wedding planning during COVID-19 with Jessica Mulroney

With social distancing rules and travel restrictions, the past few months have been difficult for couples planning their big day. Although sunnier days are not too far away, many couples have questions at this time. From what they can do to mark (what was supposed to be) their big day, to how to stay connected with their friends and family, that’s why we sat down with our contributing editor, Jessica Mulroney, to get some answers.

Jessica has always been passionate about bringing dream weddings to life, so she had a lot of advice for couples as they face this challenging time. Over the past month, she’s been assisting couples in any way she can, from helping brides find their dream dress to planning special would-be-wedding-night dinners. Read on below for her advice as couples face the challenges of wedding planning during COVID-19.

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P.S. If you haven’t watched Jessica Mulroney’s new CTV and Netflix show, I DO, REDO, yet we highly recommend it. It’s the perfect quarantine watch about couples whose first wedding didn’t go as planned getting a “redo” of their dream wedding.

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Many couples have had to reschedule their wedding day due to COVID-19. Should they still mark their original wedding date in some way?

Absolutely! Postponing a wedding is always disappointing but marking the original date – even in small ways – can help cheer couples up. They can order takeout from their favourite local restaurant and set up a romantic date night, organize a FaceTime wine night with their wedding party or enjoy a relaxing day of pampering. There are plenty of ways to still mark the day – do something special that will make them happy.

Couples are unable to meet with vendors to go over wedding plans – what are some things they can focus on while stuck at home?

One of the best parts of planning a destination wedding is that most of the planning can easily be done virtually. Couples can get inspired for their big day by browsing through photos online and on social media, following inspirational wedding accounts or building their Pinterest boards. They can also think of wedding favour ideas and order them ahead of time, since lots of online retailers are offering great deals.

What are some ways that couples can connect with their wedding guests during quarantine?

When you plan a destination wedding, one of the perks is spending quality time with all your guests. Since you’re delaying your week together in paradise, you can organize a video call or group chat with your family and friends. It’s important to stay connected! I’m also a huge fan of personal notes, so writing your guests a thoughtful card is a great way to let them know how much you’re looking forward to reconnecting when this is all over.

Are there are wedding planning projects brides and grooms can get started on right now?

There are lots of projects that couples can get started on from the comfort of their own home. They can design their wedding stationary online (including itineraries, menus, place settings, etc.), assemble their welcome gift bags and compile their reception playlist. They can even look up YouTube videos to learn a choreographed first dance!

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Ask the Wedding Consultant: Décor Edition

Our wedding consultants often receive questions from couples about how they can achieve their dream Pinterest-worthy wedding in destination. We sat down with Jessica Doutsas, Senior Destination Wedding Consultant, to chat with her about all things décor and customization for your big day. From items that you should bring from home to unique ways to personalize your resort package, read on for Jessica’s top tips.

Do you recommend that I visit my chosen resort before my wedding to get a better idea of how I can decorate my venues?

Some couples find it helpful to visit their resort before the big day, but it’s not required. If you choose to visit the resort, your destination wedding consultant can arrange a tour with the on-site wedding coordinators so you can see various ceremony and reception spaces to help you begin envisioning your décor.

However, other couples prefer to see the space for the first time during their destination wedding week. In this case, your Destination Wedding Consultant is especially valuable in sharing their expertise and suggesting décor that will suit the space, tie your theme together and reflect your personalities.

How can we customize our resort package to make our big day more personal?

When it comes to customizing your resort package, the sky is the limit. Most resorts offer a wide array of packages that range from simple intimate celebrations to grand elaborate events and everything in between.

Also, many resorts offer a wide selection of social packages and add-on experiences that couples can utilize to customize their special day. For instance, if your resort package includes a semi-private reception dinner at one of the restaurants but you’d prefer to have a private reception on the beach, your consultant can make arrangements upgrade your package.

Am I allowed to add or change the ceremony and reception décor?

We highly encourage couples to customize their décor to fit their personal style! While most packages include the basics, your destination wedding consultant can suggest ways to enhance these inclusions to fit your vision.

For instance, most resorts will offer a simple arch or gazebo for your wedding ceremony, but your consultant can help you get quotes for additional décor if you’d prefer to dress up your venue with floral arrangements, a unique hoop altar or a tiled aisle. For receptions, you can add a spacious dancefloor, opt for different setups with high top tables or glam up your table settings with stunning centrepieces. In addition, your destination wedding consultant can provide you with photos to help inspire your vision.

Are there any items from home you recommend couples bring for their big day?

In my opinion, the more you can bring from home, the better. Bringing unique pieces from home, such as candles, cake toppers, table numbers or even silk flowers, can really help to personalize your wedding day and help you save on décor costs.

The main item I always recommend bringing to destination are your printed materials including ceremony programs, welcome letters, itineraries, place cards and menus, which can all help incorporate your color scheme and tie your whole theme together.

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Real Wedding Photo Contest Winners: Marline & Mina

 Where it all started

Marline, a teacher, and Mina, a project coordinator, are both from Mississauga and ran in similar circles but somehow their paths never crossed. Ultimately, love brought them together when their close friends got married and paired Marline and Mina to walk down the aisle together at the ceremony. Sparks flew instantly; Mina asked Marline out for dinner and drinks and their own love story blossomed.

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Marline first thought about marrying Mina while she was vacationing with a friend in Cancun. There was a couple getting married on the beach and their heartfelt ceremony made her realize how much she missed Mina and that she wanted him by her side every day, and every vacation, to come.

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During a vacation in Paris, France, Mina took Marline to see the Eiffel Tower. While gazing up at this impressive landmark, Mina kneeled to tie his shoe. Marline jokingly warned him to be careful because getting down on one knee in such a romantic setting could give a girl the wrong idea. Mina momentarily agreed with her before surprising his bride-to-be with a glistening engagement ring!

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 Planning the wedding

Both Marline and Mina knew with complete certainty that a destination wedding was the right choice. They wanted to host a celebration that reflected their unique style and to provide their guests with an unparalleled experience that simply wouldn’t fit in a single day.

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The happy couple decided that Grand Oasis Cancun was the perfect setting for their tropical nuptials. The pair fell head over heels for this resort on a previous vacation and decided that it was the ideal spot to tie the knot. Plus, they knew that their guests would enjoy the stylish accommodation options, abundance of activities and breathtaking beachfront location.

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Marline and Mina planned an array of exciting activities for their friends and family to enjoy during their destination wedding week. They wanted their guests to experience all that this tropical oasis has to offer, so they organized a picturesque catamaran cruise along Cancun’s iconic coast as well as a lively pool party for their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

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 Day details

On Monday July 29th, 2019, Marline and Mina exchanged their vows during a gorgeous ceremony at Our Lady of Guadalupe chapel at Panama Jack Cancun. This elegant venue, which is the only oceanfront Catholic chapel in Cancun, offered a tranquil atmosphere and exceptional ocean views.

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Afterwards, the wedding festivities continued at Grand Oasis Cancun. The newlyweds hosted a fabulous outdoor terrace reception decorated with luscious floral arrangements in tropical hues of orange, yellow and pink, with a stunning sweetheart table and white round tables surrounding a spacious dancefloor. Marline and Mina spent the rest of the evening basking in newlywed bliss beneath twinkling fairy lights and dancing the night away with their nearest and dearest.

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Mina’s favorite moment was their beautiful and heartfelt ceremony while Marline loved the dazzling fireworks display.

Wedding Day Wear

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Marline’s gown: Lace A-line gown with an illusion neckline, custom-made by Egyptian designer Carolina Ayassa

Marline’s shoes: Strappy heels from Valentino

Marline’s accessories: Pearl headband and jewelry from KDM and Venus

Mina’s attire: Black Armani suit

Mina’s accessories: Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and belt

Wedding bands: Cartier yellow gold

The bridesmaids wore: Coral dresses in a variety of styles

The groomsmen wore: White shirts and grey pants with black suspenders

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 Small details 

Colour scheme: Tropical color scheme with hues of orange, pink and yellow

Flowers: Roses, freesias, lisianthus, tulips, stock, anthirium, luecos, spray roses and tropical leaves

Photographer: Just Klick Productions

Entertainment: DJ Ayman from the USA

First dance song: Endless Love – Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey

Favors: Personalized compasses and wooden hand fans

Invitations: Passport themed invitations designed and printed by Elegant Steps Planning

Welcome gifts: Matching orange t-shirts with their wedding logo for the entire group

Traditions: Father and daughter/ mother and son dance

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Tip

“Your wedding day will fly by faster than you could ever imagine. It is important to cherish each moment and not get caught up if everything doesn’t go 100% to plan”.

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Congratulations to Marline and Mina for winning our Real Weddings Photo Contest from Volume 9 Issue 2. As our grand prize winners, they’ll enjoy a seven-night getaway at Riu Palace Peninsula in Cancun!

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I DO, REDO with Jessica Mulroney

Our Contributing Editor, Jessica Mulroney is taking her wedding expertise on the road with her first-ever television series, I DO, REDO. This brand-new wedding series focuses on giving couples whose first wedding didn’t go as planned a ‘redo’, and an opportunity to finally have their dream weddings. Along with her co-host, renowned designer Caspar Haydar, Jessica plans and executes breathtaking weddings in an array of destinations across Canada, the U.S.A and the Caribbean to give couples a second chance at starting their forever.

We sat down with Jessica to get the lowdown on her exciting new project and talked about everything from her favorite moments during filming to when and where viewers can tune-in and watch the magic unfold.

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Your brand-new wedding series, I DO, REDO, is currently in production. What can you tell us about this exciting project?

I DO, REDO is an all-new wedding series that gives couples a second chance at their dream wedding. My team and I work with couples whose first wedding didn’t go as planned and remake the wedding they’ve always wished for!

The series includes ten episodes, two of which feature the Wedding Vacations team! The Wedding Vacations team helped us plan absolutely breathtaking destination weddings in exciting tropical locations and a few of the Destination Wedding Consultants even joined us in the tropics to lend their expertise on-site!  It was amazing to share this experience with the Wedding Vacations team I can’t wait for everyone to see the magic that we’ve created.

Why was it important for you to make this show?

I DO, REDO showcases a side of the wedding industry that has never been shown on television before. Instead of following the fairytale narrative that is often associated with weddings, this show goes beyond simply showing a perfect wedding highlight reel and bravely tells the stories of real people and their real weddings, pitfalls, mistakes, unexpected turns of events and all. It’s a thoughtful and feel-good series that provides us with the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the couples that we work with.

What exciting destination wedding locations can viewers expect to see?

We visit an array of exciting destinations including The Dominican Republic and Jamaica!  

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You mentioned that I DO, REDO focuses on planning weddings for couples whose first wedding didn’t go as planned, what was that like?

I was so inspired by each of the ten couples that we worked with during the first season and their love for one another. It was a privilege to give them the wedding that their love deserves. These couples are inspiring, their love is strong and it’s a privilege to give them the wedding that their love deserves.

What has been your favorite part of this experience so far?

I’ve loved meeting the couples and learning about each of their incredible love stories. Many of them have overcome the unimaginable together and are a shining example of the power of love and perseverance.

When is I DO, REDO premiering and where can fans watch?

I DO, REDO is set to premiere in 2020 on CTV, CTV Life Channel and Crave in Canada and on Netflix internationally.

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Real Weddings Photo Contest

Want to be featured in the next issue of Wedding Vacations magazine and get the chance to win a trip for two to Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa? Enter your favourite photos from your destination wedding into our Real Weddings Photo Contest and you could be one of the six couples featured in the glossy pages of our magazine. The grand prize winners will receive a trip for two to Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa.

About the Resort

Nestled on the sparkling white-sand shores of Cancun, Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa provides All-In Luxury® vacations just steps from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cancun. This luxurious resort is right in the heart of the action near the best nightlife, restaurants and shops– perfect for guests looking to soak in the local culture. Couples and groups of friends can spend their days relaxing by the resort’s infinity pool overlooking the beach or strolling along the pristine sands of Cancun’s coast.

The resort is also home to the adults only Level 18 Rooftop Cabana Lounge ($), the first of its kind for Royalton Luxury Resorts and one of Cancun’s hottest new nightlife venues; with pool access included for Diamond Club™ guests. Foodies can indulge in a variety of delectable dishes at the resort’s wide range of cuisine options, from the sophisticated Hunter Steakhouse to the authentic Mexican culinary experience at Agave, all of which offer breathtaking views of either the Caribbean Sea or Nichupte Lagoon.

How to Enter

Step 1: Submit up to 5 of your best destination wedding photos.

Step 2: Write a short description of your big day!

Step 3: Submit!

Click here to enter our Real Weddings Photo Contest!

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Most popular destination wedding locations of 2019

There are countless reasons to tie the knot in a breathtaking tropical destination – from stretching a day’s celebration to an entire week of fun with your nearest and dearest to securing a breathtaking venue and the services of a professional destination wedding planner.

Choosing the ideal destination for your big day isn’t easy, that’s why we’ve put together a list of the most popular destination wedding locations of 2019 to inspire your wedding day vision! Read on to see the hottest spots that couples are heading to this year.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Nestled outside lively Cancun, Riviera Maya is a tranquil seaside sanctuary. Home to spectacular beaches lined with a wide selection of luxury, boutique and family-friendly resorts, this tropical paradise has something to suit all wedding styles; from glamorous receptions to intimate ceremonies and even authentic Mayan wedding ceremonies. Celebrate in style with your guests at one of Playa del Carmen’s famed nightclubs or treat your wedding party to a thrilling excursion rappelling into fascinating cenotes or exploring ancient Mayan ruins.

Where to stay: Wedding groups are indulging in luxury getaways at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma this year. Here, couples can toast to forever at an array of upscale à la carte restaurants and host a lavish reception at Blue, a delectable restaurant specializing in international and Mexican fare. Guests can enjoy pampering in paradise with a host of gourmet services such as attentive beach butlers, 24-hour room service and more.  

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos’ perennially sunny weather, boasting nearly 360 days of sunshine each year, makes it a top choice for destination weddings year after year.  Couples can choose to walk down aisle on golden-sand shores or share their first married kiss on an elegant terrace overlooking legendary Los Cabos arch off the coast.  With a variety of nearby activities for a fun-filled wedding week, guests can tee off at world-class golf courses overlooking the coast of Cabo San Lucas, head on a thrilling ATV ride or embark on a romantic boat ride.

Where to stay: Set on the coveted coast of Cabo San Lucas, the recently opened Riu Palace Baja California offers awe-inspiring wedding venues and luxury amenities for an unforgettable destination wedding week. Those who prefer to unwind in paradise can achieve a wedding-worthy glow sunbathing by ocean-facing infinity pools while those looking to party can enjoy the legendary themed pool parties hosted next door! This new resort is sure to be a hit for wedding parties for many years to come.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Known for exquisite white-sand beaches dotted with picturesque palm trees, Punta Cana provides idyllic backdrops for tropical nuptials. This leading Dominican destination is known for its world-class golf courses, exceptional resorts and unparalleled natural beauty. Adventurous couples can channel their wedding week excitement into exploring Punta Cana’s impressive landscapes, from colorful coral reefs to verdant jungles.

Where to stay: Couples looking for a luxury wedding getaway can choose to host their celebrations at Majestic Mirage Punta Cana. Guests can relax in lavish one-bedroom suites complete with outdoor Jacuzzis or try out an array of resort-offered activities including windsurfing, snorkeling and catamaran rides across sparkling seas. Couples can choose from several picture-perfect wedding venues including the beach, a gorgeous wedding gazebo and an on-site chapel ideal for traditional ceremonies.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay offers laid-back getaways infused with vibrant Caribbean charm. Wedding groups will fall for the island’s warm and welcoming culture and can experience a range of activities to suit all travel styles, from relaxing on pristine beaches to hiking to the top of famed Blue Mountains and tasting local favorites such as rum and coffee. Couples can spice up their ceremony with Jamaican-flare with live reggae performances and gourmet meals featuring authentic flavors.

Where to stay: Royalton White Sands Montego Bay is an ideal destination for a luxurious wedding week to suit guests of all ages. Travelers can spend sunny days sipping tropical cocktails at the swim-up bar while younger guests cool off at the water park. With a variety of accommodation options catering to all types, guests can choose to stay in spacious family suites with a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean, elegant swim-out suites and more.

Antigua

Antigua is a dreamy destination wedding location with year-round sunshine and spectacular scenery. With 365 white-sand beaches wrapped around this picturesque island oasis, couples can host sun-kissed ceremonies against the backdrop of blue hued skies and seas. Wedding groups can choose to stay at an array of impeccable resorts or take advantage of the islands famed waters and sail along the coast or try an array of popular water sports.

Where to stay: Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa is brand-new resort set to open in 2019 on one of Antigua’s most coveted beachfronts. This opulent oasis is the first to offer Overwater Bungalows with direct access to the Caribbean Sea in Antigua and is sure to be a favorite for wedding couples for many years to come. Additionally, the resort features a tranquil spa offering an extensive menu of rejuvenating treatments including facials, massages and more to ensure couples have a stress-free wedding week and a beauty salon to assist with wedding day glam.   

Planning ahead? Stay tuned for info on the hottest wedding destinations for 2020 and 2021 coming soon.

Start planning your destination wedding today!
Contact a Destination Wedding Consultant at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info.

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Real Wedding: Ben & Karen


Where it all Started

Karen and Ben first met in their hometown of Ottawa when they were in high school. Years later, the couple reconnected and Ben asked Karen out; they went for a scenic drive downtown followed by a romantic skate on the Rideau Canal,  hot chocolate and Beaver Tails. Ben was stationed in Vancouver with the RCMP and Karen moved out to the west coast to be with him. It was on their first vacation together in Hawaii that Ben knew he wanted her to be a part of his life forever.

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In July 2016, Ben arranged to be working on Parliament Hill in his RCMP Red Serge as part of the Canada Day celebrations and asked Karen to come meet him on the Hill. After letting his coworkers in on the secret and getting permission to propose anywhere on the Hill’s grounds, Ben took Karen and their families for a private tour of the famous Library of Parliament.

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During the private tour, Ben took Karen up to the second floor. He told her how much she meant to him and that she had been an incredibly positive influence on his life – then, he pulled out a ring and nervously blurted out, “Will you marry me?!” Before Karen could even open her mouth to respond, Ben’s dad popped out from behind one of the bookshelves with a big grin on his face to take a celebratory photo – he thought she had already said yes! After some laughs, Ben’s dad left and Karen responded “YES!”

Planning the Wedding

Planning a wedding in Canada seemed like a lot of work, especially after the arrival of their first son. All their family lived in Ottawa while they were based in Vancouver and planning a wedding from across the country didn’t make sense. The couple decided on a destination wedding so they could spend an entire week with their friends and family from across Canada, in paradise.

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Karen and Ben were the lucky grand prize winners of a dream destination wedding provided by Wedding Vacations by Sunwing and jeweller Maison Birks. As the grand prize winners, they received a destination wedding at Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica, their wedding day attire from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay and Hudson’s Bay Men, wedding jewellery from Maison Birks and more! The couple worked with one of Wedding Vacations destination wedding experts to plan their big day and they even flew into Toronto for a bride and groom styling session with Jessica Mulroney.

Day Details

On December 6, 2018, Karen and Ben exchanged their vows in front of 30 of their closest family and friends on the picturesque Sky Terrace at Royalton Negril. One of the couple’s favourite moments from the big day was Karen walking down the aisle with her dad towards Ben, with a radiant smile on her face.

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After the ceremony, the couple celebrated with a private reception on the Sky Terrace, decorated in glamorous, romantic shades of pink and gold. They’re planning on taking a vacation with their son in the future for their honeymoon.

Wedding Day Wear

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Karen’s dress: Mikaella Bridal from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay

Karen’s accessories: Birks Snowflake® Jacket Earrings and Birks Birks Rosée du Matin® White Gold and Diamond Bracelet

Karen’s shoes: Michael Kors

Ben’s attire: Zegna suit, Tiger of Sweden shirt and tie all from Hudson’s Bay Men

Ben’s accessories: Birks Challenger® Watch with Brown Leather Strap

Ben’s shoes: Canali

Wedding bands: Birks Deco™  Wedding Bands and Birks Deco™ Round Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

The bridesmaids wore: Long pink shiffon dresses with Birks Pétale® Yellow Gold and Diamond Stud Earrings and Pendant

The groomsmen wore: Grey suits with Birks Challenger® Watch with Black Leather Strap

Small Details

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First dance: Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Flowers: Pink roses

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Hair and makeup: Lindsay Scarfone with Pretty Me Makeup

Stationary and invitations: Paleterra

Old | New | Borrowed | Blue

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Traditions: Memorial of pictures of those who passed and could not attend the wedding, with shots set up to do a toast in their memory

Old: Crochet flowers Karen’s grandmother used to knit, which were tied to her bouquet

New: Garter

Borrowed: Beautiful hair clip

Blue: Garter

Tips

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“It’s possible to have a destination wedding and still get the same customization and personalization as a wedding back home. Give some thought as to how you want your day to look and start getting ready early. Also, bring items from home to incorporate in your reception and ceremony – be creative!”

Start planning your destination wedding today! Contact a destination wedding consultant at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info

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Planning the perfect bachelorette in paradise with Tessa Virtue

Between breaking Olympic records at Pyeongchang, appearing on The Ellen Show with her long-time skating partner, Scott Moir, and producing and starring in her cross-country Thank you Canada Tour, Tessa Virtue got together with Jessica Mulroney to plan her friend Allie’s bachelorette party. With relaxation and pampering in mind, Tessa and Jessica decided the perfect place to host her bachelorette party was in beautiful Mexico.


This past summer, the Wedding Vacations team and Jessica Mulroney jetted off to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where Tessa and her friends, Allie and Kat, enjoyed the ultimate bachelorette party at Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa.

Pick the perfect venue

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Adults only all inclusive resorts are the way to go. Everything is at your fingertips from gourmet dinners to poolside pina coladas! Tessa and her friends stayed at the adults only Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa in the Riviera Maya, which offered options for both relaxation and adventure.

Plan an excursion


It’s always fun to get out of the resort and explore your destination. There are many different types of Sunwing Experiences excursions for every type of bachelor or bachelorette party – from city tours to sunset catamaran rides and ziplining. Tessa and her friends explored lively downtown Playa del Carmen, where they strolled along Fifth Avenue, explored the local shops and art galleries, and stopped for coffee and snacks at an oceanside restaurant.

Set aside some time for R&R


Make sure to set aside some time for pampering and relaxing! Visit the resort spa for a massage or even just a manicure to help ease any pre-wedding day stress. Tessa and her friends all enjoyed relaxing massages at the resort’s outdoor spa; Tessa even participated in a unique Mayan treatment.

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Real Weddings: Laura & Kevin

Where it all Started

Kevin and Laura’s love story began in high school. He invited her to his senior prom and within a week they were dating. Laura’s outgoing personality captivated Kevin, and his sky-blue eyes gave her butterflies.

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Since they went out for ice cream on their first date, Kevin dreamt about experiencing the world with Laura – and she knew nothing would make her happier than spending forever wrapped in Kevin’s arms.

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

The pair went on to travel the world, visiting nearly 30 countries. On a particularly cold night during a holiday to Hawaii, Kevin suggested warming up in the hot tub. When Laura joined him outside the night sky was lit up by stars, candles and a glistening engagement ring. Before Kevin could even finish asking Laura to marry him she jumped into his arms and said ‘yes’!

Planning the Wedding

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Kevin and Laura had always planned to tie the knot at a church in their hometown. However, after attending a relative’s destination wedding their plans changed. They envisioned saying ‘I do’ in paradise surrounded by their nearest and dearest and decided that a destination wedding was the perfect way to start their lives together.

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Their first vacation as a couple was spent in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They fell in love with the breathtaking beaches, remarkable rock formations and each other. Fast forward eight years, the two of them felt it was fitting to celebrate their love in the dreamy destination where it all began. Plus, their love for Riu Resorts made Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas an easy choice for their big day

Day Details

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

On a picturesque afternoon in April, Laura and Kevin exchanged their vows on the private pavilion at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Their romantic garden party was elegantly decorated in a blush, gold and white colour scheme. From sweet serenades by their violinist –  which was Laura’s favourite part of the day – to toasting new beginnings at sunset with their loved ones, Kevin and Laura’s destination wedding was a dream come true.

Wedding Day Wear

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Laura’s dress: Lennon Dress by Hayley Paige

Laura’s shoes: White lace booties from BHLDN

Laura’s accessories: Teardrop crystal earrings from BHLDN and a tennis bracelet gifted from her Godmother

Kevin’s attire: Alfred Sung navy blue suit, white Calvin Klein dress shirt and beige socks with navy polka dots

Kevin’s accessories: Black bowtie, tan leather Calvin Klein shoes and Michael Kors watch

Wedding bands: Custom-made yellow gold bands

The bridesmaids wore: Adrianna Papell beaded blush floor length gowns

The groomsmen wore: Navy blue suits

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Small Details

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Flowers: Baja Flowers (RIU Palace florist)

Hair: Renova Spa at the RIU Palace

Makeup: Makeup by Rachel Chivers

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Stationary and invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

First dance: Lady in Red – Chris De Burgh

Traditions: The bride’s sister read a poem written by the bride’s grandmother at the ceremony.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

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Old: Heirloom ring that belonged to the bride’s grandmother

New: Shoes

Borrowed: Ring box from her sister

Blue: Garter

Tips for Brides & Grooms

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