Destination I Do
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Destination Wedding Chapels

Words by Courtney Kellar

When it comes to choosing a destination for your wedding away, there are lots of points to consider: accessibility, beauty, sentimentality, etc. One factor you can’t overlook is a beautiful ceremony location or venue! Before committing to a location for your destination wedding, it’s not a bad idea to lock-in your dream ceremony location. We’ve provided some examples below of beautiful, traditional chapels located across the country and beyond.

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  • Colonial Plantation: A 16th Century hacienda set on a 30-acre coffee plantation, Costa Rica Marriott San Jose features a beautiful historic chapel boasting an antique altar, iron fixtures worked by Costa Rican artisans, exposed wooden beams and traditional tiled flooring.
  • Extravagant Architecture: Built in 1964 on the shores of the Finger Lakes’ Keuka Lake, the Norton Chapel was constructed utilizing building materials gathered from distant parts of the U.S. as well as several foreign countries. From the Italian blown glass spheres of the chandeliers, to the white marble chancel platform from Vermont, the chapel is a breathtaking architectural masterpiece hosting up to 650 guests.
  • Renovated Elegance: In early 2016, Hilton Hawaiian Village, romantically positioned on the longest stretch of beach in Waikiki, unveiled the renovated Akala Chapel bordered by a lava rock waterfall, garden pool and indigenous greenery. The floor-to-ceiling windows of this elegant and airy venue overlook the vast resort grounds and Pacific Ocean.
  • Southern Charm: With iconic, grey-stoned architecture paired with Lexington, Kentucky's bluegrass lined rolling hills, Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church is a wedding staple for couples seeking to tie the knot at the intersection of Southern charm and age old tradition.
  • Exclusive Venue: The Garrett Memorial Chapel, nestled amongst the romantic Finger Lakes’ region of Central New York, was originally constructed in the 1800s. Renowned for its architecture and distinct design elements, the chapel is an exclusive venue, only opening its doors to a select handful of couples throughout the year.

For more helpful info on planning your destination wedding, visit Happy Planning!

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Costa Rica Marriott San Jose, Joel Thompson of Finger Lakes VideoHilton Hawaiian & Norton Chapel

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