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Friday, April 16, 2021
Photos courtesy of Jessica Bordner Along Florida’s Gold Coast sits Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, an award-winning Palm Beach resort that exudes a French Provincial meets sunny South Florida style. This stunning shoot was inspired by the destination’s natural beauty and the modern-day desire for a wedding that is close to home but feels worlds away. With its French-inspired architecture and oceanfront backdrop, Eau is a natural setting for an alfresco European-style soiree that is feminine and artisanal.
The shoot, styled by Tasha Bracken Events, incorporates the elements and feel of a more significant celebration but into a smaller design for an intimate gathering. Photographer Jessica Bordner and cinematographer, Key Moment Films, captured the exceptionally gorgeous day and all of the soft, romantic details inspired by Eau’s French influences. The bride wore a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown from Chic Parisian, which featured a gorgeous bodice with intricate applique detail that complemented the light breeze and movement of the ocean. Her bridal look was a blend of romantic and traditional beauty, with Jeanette from FaceTime Beauty creating a soft romantic makeup and modern updo. The groom’s attire was a nod to an old-world European feel with a white tux jacket paired with black suit pants and a bow tie from Tux Shop of Palm Beach.
The ceremony was hosted in one of the resort’s many lawns off-set by the sea in a light and airy yet meaningful setting. Xquisite Events created lush floral displays, including an arch framing two palm trees and the Atlantic Ocean, coverage in roses of soft hues. For guests, private seating sections were designed with furniture from Elements and Accents and a glass of Perrier Jouet champagne welcomed their arrival.
Eau’s magnificent Spa Garden was the perfect backdrop for a private outdoor reception. The design was centered around more dramatic florals infused with greenery to evoke an aesthetic of relaxed beauty. Perhaps the pièce de resistance of the day was the gorgeous, intimate guest seating surrounded by a light waterfall and literally placed in a tranquil splash of water across the cobble stone to create an ethereal celebration. All of the touches, from the paper for the stationery and calligraphy by Michelle Banks of Calligraphy by Michelle to the romantic table linens and dainty flatware, reflect femininity and handcrafted luxury. Janderyn Makris of Earth and Sugar created the cake to incorporate florals while remaining petite. The styled reception is an example of the opportunity offered by intimate events to include more personal elements and experiences not generally allowed by a larger-scale celebration.
“With clients fully embracing intimate weddings, we want them to feel confident in their decision and not as though they are sacrificing their original vision and design,” said Tasha Bracken. Maybe you’ve always dreamt of a large wedding with everyone you love, so you can’t imagine how that vision can transfer from a large 200 person celebration to an intimate 20 person soiree. If you’ve decided to scale back your wedding plans, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers an inspiring setting that feels private and special with all the amenities.
Vendors: Photography: Jessica Bordner; Event Planning: Tasha Bracken Events; Venue: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa; Florals: Xquisite Events; Bride's Gown: Chic Parisien; Hair & Makeup: Face Time Beauty; Groom's Attire: Tux Shop Palm Beach; Videography: Key Moment Films; Stationer: Able Printing & Letterpress; Calligrapher: Michelle Banks Calligraphy & Engraving; Cake: Earth and Sugar; Shoes: Bella Belle; Rentals: Elements & Accents, Different Look LLC & Nüage Designs; Models: Stacey Leuliette & Christian Janeski
Thursday, April 15, 2021
You’ve said, “I do” – now what?
A tropical honeymoon is calling! Home to the “World’s Best Beach,” breathtaking hues from inviting waters, and world-class hotels, restaurants, and spas, the Turks and Caicos Islands beckon newlyweds to an undiscovered, romantic Caribbean. Honeymooners are invited to relax in the unique serenity, hospitality, and beauty of this extraordinary destination, along its famous stretches of uncrowded beaches, all of which act as the perfect backdrop for making lifelong memories in paradise.
The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, nine of which are inhabited. At the heart of the archipelago is Providenciales – known locally as “Provo” – an international getaway hotspot. Located on Provo, Beaches Turks and Caicos is a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive tropical hideaway on the immaculate sands of Grace Bay Beach. Beaches offers all-inclusive honeymoon packages, inclusive of dining at 21 specialty restaurants, and romantic gestures such as a bottle of complimentary sparkling wine, a turndown service that includes flower petals on your bed, and a delivery of fresh flowers and a decadent breakfast in bed. Also on Providenciales is Ocean Club Resorts – a duo of intimate properties, located just a mile from each other on Grace Bay Beach, with unique experiences, exceptional dining, and superb amenities. Ocean Club’s 7-night, 8-day Honeymoon Package includes a bottle of champagne and fruit basket upon arrival, indulgent his-and-her massages, sunset cruise, romantic dinner for two at the beloved Opus Wine Bar & Grill, water sports, and a 2-day car rental.
Beyond the world-class resorts, Provo offers activities for all types of couples and adventure levels. Start your day horseback riding along the breathtaking beaches with Provo Ponies, head out on the catamaran tour of a lifetime with Big Blue Collective, dine and drink your way through the day with Taste of TCI’s guided food tours, and perhaps even bring home a new furry family member from local dog rescue Potcake Place – all this and more, just outside your suite!
A quick 20-minute flight or 90-minute ferry ride from Providenciales is the 18-square-mile sister island of South Caicos, home to Sailrock Resort. Perfectly nestled into the pristine white sand beaches, this five-star property is ideal for honeymooners looking for an out-island experience with unparalleled hospitality, exclusivity, and relaxation. Sailrock Resort’s Honeymoon Getaway Package includes a couple’s massage and romantic 3-course dinner for two, as well as roundtrip flights and transfers to and from the property. While on South Caicos, be sure to try out snorkeling or scuba diving at Amos’ Wall, Eagle Nest, and The Arch.
Located on its own private island just northeast of Providenciales, the award-winning COMO Parrot Cay is an idyllic Caribbean paradise, perfect for couples looking to be pampered while enjoying seclusion and obscurity. The 1,000-acre luxury resort provides some of the best villa accommodations in the region, complete with its own private deck, pool, and shimmering beach. COMO Parrot Cay is also home to one of the most therapeutic spas in the Turks and Caicos, where honeymooners will enjoy holistic, Asian-inspired treatments, as well as nine treatment rooms, an outdoor jacuzzi garden, double massage rooms, and Japanese baths – all in low-lying pavilions overlooking the North Caicos Channel and surrounding wetlands.
Regardless of which island you choose, Turks and Caicos will provide an exceptional honeymoon experience, unmatched by any other destination in the world.
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Turks And Caicos Tourist Board (1st); Beaches Turks and Caicos (2nd); Ocean Club Resorts (3rd); Big Blue Collective (4th); Sail Rock Resort (5th); COMO Parrot Cay (6th)
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