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Brittany & Don Destination Wedding Inspiration | Caribbean Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

What was the proposal like? We traveled to Quebec City for New Year’s Eve and stayed in a beautiful suite at Chateau Frontenac overlooking the St. Lawrence River.  Four years earlier we had spent our first New Year’s Eve together in Quebec City, so it already held a special place in our hearts as we had the most fun and romantic experience where we reminisced about returning.  Soon after we arrived and settled into our beautiful room there was a knock on the door and to my surprise, Don had coordinated for my sister to join us to spend her first night away from her 3-month-old baby in Quebec City for New Year’s Eve and to celebrate our engagement.  I was surprised with dinner reservations that evening at Le Saint-Amour where we had dined four years earlier, which is also rated in the top ten of Canadian traveler’s favorite dining restaurants and an icon of Quebec gastronomy.  We opted for the Chef’s menu with wine pairing as we had done in the past, which quickly turned our evening into a full dining event.  By the end of the dinner we were all so full that the thought of one more course was almost unbearable, but dessert was served with a note on my plate and Don getting down on one knee to pop the question.  It almost felt as though the other restaurant goers were in on the surprise because they all stopped eating to watch us in our moment and they broke out into a huge applause congratulating and celebrating with us.  We then spent two more days in Quebec City and quietly enjoyed our recent engagement only sharing the news with our closest friends and family.  It wasn’t until we returned from our trip that we published the news on social media as we wanted to spend our time in Quebec City living in the moment and celebrating our excitement with just each other.

How did you choose your venue? We both knew that we would prefer a more intimate wedding with our closest friends and family, which is why we decided on hosting a destination wedding.  I was more hesitant about planning a destination wedding as I knew that some of our loved ones would not be able to go and I also knew that the distance could be difficult for planning purposes.  When I began my venue search, I realized that I couldn’t imagine our wedding any other way than on a beach, which led us to our choice in celebrating in Barbados.

Brittany & Don Destination Wedding Inspiration | Caribbean Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you want to talk about destination weddings, this one is unique and extreme. The photos of Maja and Patrick’s intimate ceremony in Iceland are jaw droopingly gorgeous and the warmth of their love and happiness seem to melt the chilly landscape around them. Despite battling some less than ideal weather, Maja and Patrick were able to realize the magical elopement they envisioned. Iceland was breathtaking, with every road bringing new, spectacular views. The couple, and their photographer, drove 800km in two days in search of new vistas, awe-struck by the raw landscape. Maja and Patrick fell in love with Iceland because of it’s romantic, melancholy scenery and it’s neutrality. Since their families are spread all over the world it was impossible to include everyone, so they decided a private wedding followed by receptions in different locations seemed the fairest way to go about it. It also helped that they could start their honeymoon right away!

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHY: M & J Studios Photography | GOWN: Rami Kadi

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

As summer is winding down it may leave many of us dreaming of the beach and warmer weather. Perhaps this Labor Day weekend, even, you are traveling for one last hurrah at the ocean. So it seems fitting for us to share this warm and bright destination wedding that took place in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Under a stunning blue sky and amid the swaying palm trees, Cortney and Justin said "I do" on the beach, with barefoot bridesmaids and and sound of crashing waves in the distance. The beauty of the Azul Beach Resort only added to the tropical location and their friends and family enjoyed dining al fresco and then dancing the night away in celebration of their two families joining together.

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Aldabella Photography | TRANSPORTATION: DestinationWeddings.comVENUE, CATERING, FLORAL DESIGN: Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma | DRESS STORE: Blue Bridal Boutique | VIDEOGRAPHY: CaribePhoto | DRESS DESIGNER: Casablanca Bridal | HAIR STYLIST: Jennifer Voss-Pachello | TUXEDO AND MENS ATTIRE: Michael Kors | SPARKLERS: Special Events Mexico