Destination I Do

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Words by Lauren Ertl

Today marks the launch of our Summer 2021 cover. Our 32nd issue is an invitation back into the world of travel and weddings– haven't you missed it? Whether you’re in the process of planning your destination wedding, honeymoon or simply a romantic getaway for two, this issue has something for you. In this issue, you’ll find the trusty departments some of you may have come to count on, as well as some new and exciting features that strive to aide and inspire.


On the cover is real-life bride, Kayla looking gorgeous in her “Showstopper” robe from BHLDN as she gets ready for her Palm Springs wedding showcased on page 118. After having to completely switch gears from her original wedding plans due to Covid-19, Kayla ended up getting even more of a destination wedding celebration in the end. The bride and her husband, Ifeanyi, celebrated both her Mexican culture and his Nigerian heritage through their cuisine and kept their guest list intimate ensuring everyone’s safety. The amazing Valorie Darling photographed this milestone event, Pure Lavish Events handled all the planning and event design (two times over), hair was by Bethany Gonzales of Babe Hair by B and makeup was done by the bride herself. Flawless is an understatement.

One characteristic of a strong relationship is a shared passion –whether that be for travel, family or simply living life to its fullest. Destination I Do readers tend to be adventurous, so we encourage you to take your passions into account when pursuing your destination wedding or honeymoon dreams. We’re sharing examples in “Destination Weddings World Tour,” highlighting four popular destination wedding regions across the globe. On this issue's "Spotlight Destination," home to Hawaii’s state capital, world-class North Shore surfing and famed Waikiki Beach, Oahu puts even the most discerning destination wedding guest at ease. With all of the uncertainty of the pandemic this "Gathering Guide" by expert event planner, wedding designer and thought leader, Annie Lee from Daughter of Design and Ask Plannie, guides us through the best ways to handle your event changes and safeguard your guests. Rounding out our features is "10 Ways to Keep Calm and Marry On." COVID-19 may have thrown your plans into a tailspin as it has for many, but these ten tips will help you get down the destination wedding planning aisle with ease.

Our robust departments offer the latest and greatest in fashion, etiquette, real-life weddings and more. In Wedded Wisdom experts share their advice on the best and safest ways to plan your destination wedding right now. Get tips from the best in the biz in Ask the Expert, where you'll find tips for sourcing your hair and makeup team from afar. This issue also includes two photoshoots within our Fashion Forward section: “Château Couture in the South of France” and “Romancing the Vine in Napa Valley.” For our Guest Book section, we are sharing inspirational set-ups to up your aisle-style.

Nothing inspires us quite like other couples’ success stories! We are highlighting eight stunning Real-Life Weddings including trendsetters in Thailand, colorful fun in Rhode Island, a combining of cultures in Maui, earthly masterpieces in Turkey, oceanfront opulence in Pacific Palisades, fall-friendly colors in Maui, classical romance in San Juan Capistrano and a reimagined soiree in Palm Springs.

Of course, this is just a sampling of what you’ll find between the pages of our Summer 2021 issue. To get the whole scoop, be sure to pick up a copy at your local Barnes & NobleTargetSafeway, some of the U.S.'s major airports and select newsstands. Can't wait? Visit our website to order your issue today or view our digital edition of Destination I Do!

As always, we at Destination I Do would like to take a moment to thank each and every person who helped to make this new issue what it is! From our real wedding couples to the talented photographers and creative contributors, thanks for helping us continue to strive to inspire destination wedding couples and romantic travelers the world over!

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