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  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    Feel the Welcome of Belize

    Words by Shana Kinnerup
    Photos courtesy of Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club

    Anchored firmly in the Caribbean Sea lies Ambergris Caye, the largest island off the coast of Belize. This long, narrow island is one of the more developed cayes, offering sophisticated options for wedding parties.

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    You’ll feel the welcome of Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club as you drive down the long dirt path to the Great House. Its luxurious, plantation style has a warmth to match the welcome. The Guest House is the heartbeat of the property, where guests can gather and socialize. The upper levels have expansive decks with million-dollar views; the perfect stage for unforgettable “I do’s.”   

    The Mahogany Bay Resort boasts some of the most varied accommodations on the island, with the ability to accommodate couples and large groups alike. Rentals include a cottage for two or villas for parties of 10 or more with a private pool and boat dock. They paid particular attention to using local hardwoods in each room, which all include outdoor seating spaces. This convergence of the indoors and out sets a stage for relaxation that the Caribbean is known for. The property is vast, the views abundant and privacy tangible. It is arranged as its own private community with spa amenities, a freestanding coffee shop and a vendor’s row offering local flavors and snacks, all complementing the full service dining options on property. For a destination wedding, this makes the Mahogany Bay Resort your singular Belizean island choice.  

    The beauty of Ambergris Caye is not Mahogany Bay Resorts’ alone. The Belize Barrier Reef, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, is one of the biggest draws to the island. For guests who wish to keep their feet aground, the property has its own private beach club.

    Don’t forget:

    • Golf carts are the main mode of island transportation, so you’ll want one for you and your guests to move around the property, as well as for excursions throughout the caye.
    • Spa day! The full service spa includes not just wellness and relaxation, but also hair and nail services to get you and your wedding party ready.
    • Flights to Ambergris Caye leave every 30 minutes to and from Belize City, making this island an easy destination for travelers.  
    • Charter a boat for a day-diving trip to Shark Ray Alley or the infamous Great Blue Hole.
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019

    Scottsdale Wedding Venue

    Words by Jennifer Stein
    Photos courtesy of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

    Cloudless skies, stunning sunsets and desert vistas as far as the eye can see – that’s Scottsdale, Arizona. And if you’re one of the tens of thousands who comes to this sunny state for your destination wedding, you’ll have a bevy of choices for where to host your event.

    One of our local favorites is Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. Wedding backdrops - both indoors and out – are numerous. Open lawns with views of both Mummy mountain and famed Camelback mountain are in abundance, as well as ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern décor. Stay on-property for your rehearsal dinner in one of two presidential suites. With stunning views and a wrap-around patio complete with a fire pit, your guests will continue the celebration straight through into the wedding.

    The heart of the resort, which is getting widespread acclaim, is Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Serving up local specialties in interesting ways – like their mouthwatering off-the-cob elote (Mexican street corn) and chili-rubbed prawns – makes this place an inviting culinary escape.

    Their newest addition (and potentially a fun inclusion into your own destination wedding if timing permits) is their monthly Artist Dinner series starting in October 2019 and continuing through April 2020. It features a seven-course dinner from their newcomer executive chef, Nate Larsen. Set on the property’s open-aired herb garden, eight guests are treated to dinner under the stars where they can mingle with local artists who are part of a non-profit organization called Cattle Track (a historic complex for local artisans, performers and students in celebration of Scottsdale’s heritage).

    After you’ve had your fill, or before you’ve said “I do,” head over to Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary. This bright and modern, yet relaxing and secluded spa and salon offers signature treatments for the most discerning spa-goer. With CBD-infused massages and custom-scent aromatherapies, you can enhance any of their menu selection and tailor it to your own preference.

    As you look to the Valley of the Sun for your destination wedding event and honeymoon vacation, a trip to the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalow might just be the retreat you’re looking for.

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