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  • Monday, December 17, 2018

    Los Cabos Wedding Inspiration

    Words by Courtney Cox
    Photos courtesy of Collin Pierson

    Researching inspiration and décor ideas for your destination wedding is one of the most fun parts of the planning process. Today, we’re bringing you a lovely, romantic photo shoot that took place at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. The property opened in June 2018, so this talented vendor group was excited to explore the new resort and all its potential destination wedding offerings. “Shooting at Solaz was both a pleasure and a thrill for me, as no one had ever shot there!” says photographer Collin Pierson. “We did a walk through and I knew we had a location that was both unique and an environment well suited to create an amazing concept. The softness that [Kesh Events] and [Michelle Durpetti Events] brought into the design helped to show off the most romantic aspects of the Solaz property.”

    The concept of this photo shoot centered around highlighting the modern sleekness of the setting, while still bringing in classic, romantic details. The goal of the vendor team was to use the beach location to bring personal details into a luxury setting. “The Solaz is such a sleek, contemporary property, so when [Kesh Events] was talking about wanting to create something so romantic, I was excited to bring it to life in a property that I felt would encourage people to be a little more modern and clean [in their design]. I loved the challenge of that juxtaposition,” says Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events.

    The ceremony, of course, took place on the beach at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. “A modern floral arch was designed using soft colors in white and pinks and accented with greenery,” says Akeshi Akinseye with Kesh Events. “The aisle was set with a cluster of pillar candles and lanters with floral accents.”

    Our couple is ready to say “I do” in a gown by Berta and a classic veil, both courtesy of Ultimate Bride Chicago, and a custom tux from J. Hillburn. “Ultimate Bride in Chicago generously came to the table and loaned us a gorgeous gown from Berta with a figure-hugging silhouette and just the right amount of sparkle,” says Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events. Both the bride and groom’s shoes are from Jimmy Choo and our bride’s hair and makeup is by Isabellina Perches.

    The vendor team focused on personalized details that could serve as real inspiration for destination wedding couples. “Gourmet Invitations designed the most exquisite stationery for a destination wedding,” says Akeshi Akinseye with Kesh Events. “The soft colors and floral touches were perfect. The monogram was cleverly tied into the invitations, welcome bags, vow cards and menus. These beautiful details really brought to life the sophistication we were shooting for.”

    This dynamic team of wedding professionals really brought their A-game when it came to designing an inspiring reception set-up. “The basis for the design was whites, creams and a touch of blush floral with soft, fluttering volume and utilizing some of the texture naturally found in the environment at the resort, like the gorgeous marble and beautifully finished woods,” says Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events. “We utilized soft colors and textures and a mix of heights, metals and greens to bring a cascading tablescape to life. Small details really brought this look from ‘just beachy’ to bespoke – including linen hemstich monogrammed napkins by BBJ Linen and hand painted invitations and paper goods from Gourmet Invitations.” 

    The florals at the ceremony, lounge, cocktail hour and reception set-ups were arguably the stars of the inspirational show. Akeshi Akinseye with Kesh Events worked on the floral and design and explains, “I chose blooms that had a lot of movement and brought romance. Roses, lisianthus and foliage were some of the feature flowers for the floral arrangements. The table arrangments were designed in different vases with varying shapes and sizes.”

    Hopefully this lovely, Los Cabos photo shoot has got your inspirational engine revving for your own destination wedding design! For more information about the local Los Cabos team who put together this photo shoot, please reference the full vendor list below.

    Vendor List: Photography: Collin Pierson, Venue, Catering & Cake: Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, Floral & Design: Kesh Events, Logistics & Styling: Michelle Durpetti Events, Invitations/Stationery: Gourmet Invitations, Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design, Linens: BBJ Linen, Gown: Berta, Veil: Ultimate Bride Chicago, Hair & Makeup: Isabellina Perches, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Groom’s Tux: J. Hilburn & Media Placement: Rayce PR.

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Scottsdale, Arizona Wedding Venues

    Words by Jennifer Stein

    Spa enthusiasts, golf lovers and foodies, consider yourselves covered in the Scottsdale area of Arizona. Home to some of the most renowned golf courses in the West and equally impressive destination spas, you can enjoy over 300 days of sunshine and nine months of near-perfect temperatures. Wedding groups will find convenience (the airport is a mere 20 minute drive), adventure (Camelback Mountain is one of the most hiked locations in the valley) and beauty (jaw dropping sunsets appear nightly).

    One of our favorite properties in the valley for events is the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, which is situated on the side of, you guessed it, Camelback Mountain. This modern-meets-magnificent property offers spectacular views, sumptuous dining, newly refurbished spa suites and multi-level spa casitas – all within close proximity to the action nearby Scottsdale is known for.

    The luxury accommodations come complete with outdoor bathtubs, fireplaces, day beds overlooking Paradise Valley, bright and cozy décor and the seclusion all romantic retreats should offer.

    Food Network star, Chef Beau MacMillan has created a culinary paradise ideally suited for the very destination it’s in. At elements restaurant, choose from local, organic and seasonal ingredients found on Chef MacMillan’s artfully crafted menu.

    For those spa-goers in the group, you’ve truly found the perfect haven. Sanctuary Spa is one of the most well-known and popular spa destinations in the area. Celebrities have graced the massage tables for a reason – it’s transcendent. The comfortable, yet luxurious décor sets your mind and body at ease. 

    Around the corner from Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa – one of the area’s newest and most celebrated arrivals.

    This mid-century modern gem is thoughtful in all the right ways. Instead of the typical reservation desk, the welcoming “Living Room” gives you the impression you’ve been invited into someone’s home rather than a hotel. Local artists have work on display throughout the hotel, for sale in the gift shop and the Andaz Scottsdale has gone so far as to partner with a local nonprofit organization called Cattle Track (a historic complex for local artisans, performers and students in celebration of Scottsdale’s heritage).

    The heart of the resort, which is getting widespread acclaim, is Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Serving up seasonal specialties in interesting ways – like their mouthwatering watermelon starter with sea salt, crispy chicken skin and basil on goat cheese crème – makes this place an inviting culinary escape.

    Venue options here are numerous – both indoors and out. Sprawling lawns with Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain views are in abundance, as well as ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern décor. The two presidential suites would prove ideal for a rehearsal dinner. With stunning views and a wrap-around patio complete with a fire pit, your guests will continue the celebration straight through into the wedding.

    As you look to the West for your destination wedding event and honeymoon vacation, a trip to paradise in the Valley of the Sun may just be the retreat you’re looking for.

    Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa (1st & 5th-7th) & Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa (2nd-4th).

    This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2018 issue. You can order a copy here.

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