Put a ring on it! Take four – Wedding ring photography idea for the beach

As you know, I love seeing pictures of wedding and engagement rings on vacation.  Think Where’s Waldo with jewelry!

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In case you missed it, here’s a recap of some Globetrotting Bride around-the-world wedding ring photo inspiration and tutorials:

Put a ring on it!  Take one – Wedding Ring Photography – Mexican style in Mayakoba

Put a ring on it!  Take two – Wedding Ring Photography – Arizona style in Sedona

Put a ring on it!  Take three – Wedding Ring Photography – Caribbean style in Anguilla

Tips from the Pros – How to take amazing engagement and wedding ring photos

I saw this photo on Pinterest and it was too cute to not pass along.  If you’re traveling to a beachy honeymoon spot or having a beachy destination wedding, you’ll want to get one of these shots.

Globetrotting Bride - Wedding Ring Photography

Globetrotting Bride – Wedding Ring Photography

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Simply make a handprint in the sand, insert your wedding rings onto the appropriate fingers and snap away!  Add a “Save the Date” or “Just Married” caption and you’re ready to share the news with the world!

If you have a great ring on vacation photo, send it over.  I’ll be compiling a list of my faves.

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Oooh la la! Have you been dreaming of a Paris Wedding?????

When I think romantic cities, I think Paris!  Have you been dreaming of tying the knot in Paris?  Or, maybe you just want to incorporate some French touches into your wedding?  Read on for all the inspiration you’ll need to pull it off!

Kimberly Petyt has one of those amazing dream jobs…she’s an American wedding planner who coordinates Parisian weddings for couples across the globe!  Her first book, The Paris Wedding, just hit the shelves and its a beauty. Check out some scrumptious eye candy from the weddings she’s coordinated in The City of Light.

It doesn’t get more scenic than a bridal party shot in front of the Eiffel Tower:

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(Photo credit: The Paris Wedding, with event design & coordination to Kim Petyt, parisian events. Heidi Geldhauser, photographer.)

If that’s too tame, why not incorporate a merry go round AND the Eiffel Tower into your pics?  Love this one:

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(Photo credit: The Paris Wedding, with event design & coordination to Kim Petyt, parisian events. Milos Horvat, photographer.)

Since there are quite a few hoops to jump through for an actual wedding in Paris (think residency requirements, red tape and rules – no, you cannot tie the knot on top of the Eiffel Tower), you may want to head there for an elopement or engagement photo shoot (stay tuned for the most romantic photo op spots).  Or, why not incorporate a little oooh, la, la into your own wedding with some of these French touches?

The French love their food, especially when it comes time for dessert.  These beautiful Ladurée macaron towers are as yummy as they look and will also make a gorgeous backdrop:

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(Photo credit: The Paris Wedding, with event design & coordination to Kim Petyt, parisian events. Ladurée, photography.)

Or perhaps you’d like to serve a Croquembouche, a traditional French wedding cake, for dessert:

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 (Photo credit: The Paris Wedding, with event design & coordination to Kim Petyt, parisian events.  Arman Molavi, photographer.)

Or maybe you want to send your guests off with a little whiff of Paris with a favor filled with lavender sugar.  Turn to page 78 to find out how to DIY these goodies:

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(Photo credit: The Paris Wedding, with event design & coordination to Kim Petyt, parisian events. Ian Holmes, photographer.)

 The book features actual weddings, interviews with top Parisian wedding experts and much more!  You can also follow Kim’s blog Parisian Party and Facebook Page for more French inspired goodness.

Au revoir…

Tres Cool NYC themed Save The Dates!

Tying the knot in the Big Apple and looking for a fun way to tell guests to save the date?  Look no further than these adorable NYC postcards that turn into foldable big city icons.  Print your info on the back of the cards.

And your guests can turn them into one of these:

I think that’s much more fun than a magnet…

Eleuthera, the Best Kept Secret in the Caribbean!

Globetrotting Cindy says its better in the Bahamas!  Check out her report…

If you’re looking for an off the beatin’ track honeymoon destination with amazing beaches and a rustic feel, look no further than the “out” island of Eleuthera.  Everyone knows the Bahamas but few have visited the less developed “out” islands that are so “in” these days!

Located off the southeast coast of Florida, Eleuthera is more secluded and private than the other Bahamian destinations with emerald green waters, pink sand beaches, colonial villages, pineapple plantations, green rolling hills and isolated coves and dramatic cliffs.  Taxis are extremely expensive on the island so get a rental car (starting at $80 per day) and explore the many attractions and secluded beaches.

I was lucky enough to sample the two best honeymoon hotspots on Eluthera last month and both did not disappoint.  And, if you’re thinking destination wedding, both properties offer customized weddings and for the ultimate beach wedding, you can rent out the entire property!  Here’s the scoop.

The Cove is a luxurious haven offering 26 newly remodeled garden and beachfront rooms and deluxe suites (think urban chic meets island charm) with spectacular sunrise and sunset views.  You’ll find preloaded iPods, 600-count bed linens, free bikes and friendly staff who will arrange off-site scuba diving, surfing, island tours, bone and reef fishing, cave trips and day trips to the home of the rich and famous, Harbour Island.  You’ll enjoy an “electronic–free” getaway with no televisions or phones but WiFi is available on the beach if you must stay in touch. The Cove’s restaurant, one of the best on the island offers fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Insider Secret: If you’re looking to splurge, book the Point House suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows, water on three sides and a wrap-around patio offering the best observation deck on the island.

Rates start at $235/night for a garden room.

Pineapple Fields is a 32-unit boutique resort featuring oversized one and two-bedroom cottage-style condos tucked into acres of lush tropical landscape.  All the units are steps from the most spectacular beach in Eleuthera and include front and back verandahs, full size kitchens, cable TVs with DVD players, CD players, in-room safes, telephones, high-speed internet and washer/dryers.  Forty’s Sports & Rental Shop offers everything from beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, bikes, kayaks and boogie boards and they can arrange deep sea and bone fishing, as well as water skiing, knee boarding and banana boat rides.


Insider Secret: Well, no longer a secret, Tippy’s Restaurant has become an island icon and the hottest restaurant in all of The Bahamas (think fresh seafood, beach views and live music in season). This no frills restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and they can arrange weddings right on the beach.


Rates start at $200/night for a 1-bedroom unit.

Check out these Irish Wedding Traditions

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Did you know that today is considered the luckiest wedding anniversary date in Ireland?  Betcha didn’t.

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In case you’re getting married today (or if you want to incorporate some Irish elements into your wedding), check out these wedding day traditions from Ireland:

An old Irish tradition calls for the wedding couple to walk to the church together before exchanging their wedding vows. As they walk down the main street to the chapel, onlookers would not only throw rice to bless the marriage, but larger items as well, such as pots and pans.  OUCH!!!

The traditional Irish bride often wears a blue wedding dress, rather than a white dress. This is because blue symbolized purity in ancient times. It wasn’t until the year 1499 that a white wedding dress began to symbolize virginity and purity.

English lavender, an ancient symbol of love, loyalty, devotion and even luck is often mixed with the bride’s wedding flowers to help insure a happy and long-lasting union.

Another tradition is for the bride to braid her hair for her wedding day. Braided hair is an ancient symbol of feminine power and luck.

Want a Florida Destination Wedding, Without the Hustle and Bustle? Head to Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, The Florida You’ve Never Imagined!

Globetrotting Cindy is back from sunny Fort Myers, Florida with a fabulous new find for destination weddings.  Here’s the scoop:

Fort Myers, known as the “City of Palms,” is the entryway to Southwest Florida (just three hours from Miami and two hours from Fort Lauderdale) and offers some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in Florida.    I stayed at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, an 85-acre waterfront property secluded on the lazy shores of San Carlos Bay.  With 374 luxurious rooms, a 40,000 sq ft. spa, six restaurants, and the Sanibel Harbour Princess, a 100-foot yacht for dining, this property is a perfect option for a contemporary yet elegant destination wedding on a lavish waterfront escape.

As one of Fort Myers’ most sought after wedding reception locations, Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa helps brides plan every element for a perfect wedding. The pristine beauty of Sanibel and Captiva islands provide a picturesque backdrop for an enchanted wedding ceremony and reception, allowing couples to choose from many wedding packages and striking locations: a charming poolside veranda surrounded by lush foliage and fountains; a magnificent 100-foot private luxury yacht; or a secluded cove of the bayside beach all their own. Each scenario offering breathtaking water views and amazing sunsets.

My favorite ceremony packages:

Pelican Beach

The most private and intimate beach location right on the back bay of the Gulf of Mexico, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and beautiful palm trees.  Seats 2 to 70 guests – $1,250

The Palm Pool

A grand poolside veranda, surrounded by beautiful landscaping overlooking the majestic back bay of the Gulf of Mexico.  Up to 500 guests – $2,000

Everglades Pool Terrace

An intimate tropical poolside location, providing a picturesque view of the resort and the back bay of the Gulf of Mexico.  Up to 100 guests – $1,250

Note: The prices above don’t include reception packages, only the ceremony.  Reception packages start at $110-$230 per person, based on menus and add-ons.

Planning a wedding? David Tutera to the rescue!

If you haven’t seen My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, you’ll want to tune in on Sunday, September 27 (10 pm on WE tv) for the start of Season 2.  I took my mom to the premiere party this week and got a sneak peek!  Lets just say he can rescue a wedding like nobody else while keeping the bride’s original ideas.  I don’t know how brides get chosen for this show but if you hear about a casting call, run — don’t walk!

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David has some other big news…he’s paired up with special occasion dress house Faviana to launch a line of luxurious wedding gowns inspired by celebrity red carpet fashions!  The wedding gowns are named after the celebrity who inspired them including Charlize, Cameron, Penelope, Fergie, Gwenyth, Audrey, Marilyn and more.  The fashion show was amazing and we loved the gowns.  I can see them working for an array of weddings from intimate affairs to destination weddings and eleborate gala dinners.  I especially loved the ones that had detachable bottoms which turned them into cute mini-dresses perfect for the two-dress bride.

The collection is expected to be in-stores this February.  Check out some of my favorites below.  And yes, it is really hard to photograph a moving model…

PS – I thought it was very cool that the Kleinfeld Bridal team was sitting across the runway from us!

GTB Penelope

GTB Sophia 1

GTB Fergie long

GTB Fergie short

GTB Klienfelds

GTB David Faviana