February 3rd, 2017 // Author: Tina Causey Bislick
Boston couple Kristen and Jamie O’Brien recently held their destination wedding on the beautiful shores of Aruba’s famed Palm Beach. Kristen has a personal connection to the island, having vacationed here with her family since she was a child.
You are vacationing on an island paradise—the ideal canvas for romance! Sultry sunsets, dreamy starlit skies, breakfast on your balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea…it all just oozes amore. But for those that like to put a little get-up-and-go in their vacation and enjoy activities and experiences together, there are plenty of adventures awaiting the two of you!
Many of us played the game of kickball as kids—you knew when the streetlights came on it was time to go home. The nostalgia of the game has led to a resurgence of the game for adults—after all aren’t we all still kids at heart? Fort Worth, Texas couple Yolanda and Jared met in an adult league that provided a casual, fun environment to hang out with friends and meet new ones, too. Although meeting while on opposing teams, the couple’s chemistry blended the two teams together, and love blossomed.
Today’s growing global society puts a spotlight on the diverse traditions of cultures around the world. Weddings are often highlighted by local customs, culture, religions, and traditions, and today’s modern couples are embracing traditions outside of their own cultures and including them in their nuptial celebrations.
Maria and James Forgione were recently wed on the shores of Palm Beach. The bride wanted every detail to ooze romance, choosing a simple, elegant color palate of white and champagne, which was carried out from the ceremony to the décor at the reception and ballroom dinner.
January 19th, 2017 // Author: Tina Causey Bislick
Who needs crazy Uncle Sal to keep the party going when a photo booth will do the trick?! The photo booth has been trending big at weddings for the past few years, and it seems to be a trend that will continue for quite some time. As one destination bride told me, “…as soon as dinner was over, we opened up the photo booth and BOOM—our reception took on this crazy, fun vibe…even my normally refined and formal grandparents had a blast wearing the props and posing for the camera!”
“True style comes when you follow your own rules.” Those are the words of fashion designer Kate Spade. Massachusetts bride Lindsay Oleson and her groom Mark Dettenrieder chose Aruba as the locale for their destination wedding, but put their own personal stamp on their seaside nuptials, and followed their own rules.
If you have been to Aruba, then you know that the breezy beaches of Aruba would present a challenge for anyone wanting to do a unity candle ritual during a wedding ceremony. The modern, beach version of the unity candle is the sand ceremony.
New Yorker Jessica Grun met Matt Lender, from Connecticut, online. “It seems to be the way these days,” shared Jessica. And planning a destination wedding online seems to be the way to go for many brides these days as well. Jessica and Matt decided to have a destination wedding, choosing Aruba as the locale for their special day.
January 5th, 2017 // Author: Tina Causey Bislick
At the heart of every wedding reception is the cake. Today, just about anything goes in terms of flavor, design, color, and decoration. Aruba’s bakers and pastry chefs are happy to accommodate each couple’s personal taste and flair.
Personalize your wedding party gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen with authentic accessories from VADAVAS. At the helm of the local company are three sisters—Valeria, Daniela, and Valentina, who create handcrafted accessories with a social conscience.
No need for mulling over destinations for their wedding—Aruba was inevitably meant to be. “Aruba was not only our first vacation as a couple, but a place we both visited as children…additionally, both his parents and mine went to Aruba on their honeymoon…its been a meaningful place in our lives and seemed the perfect choice,” the bride said.