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How a Barefoot Bride Made a Rainy Wedding Day in the Forest Utterly Dreamy
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26980
VENUE:
The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch
LOCATION:
Dardanelle, Arkansas
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Modern Country
Country Roads
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

We’ve all heard the Lynyrd Skynyrd lyric, “sweet home Alabama, where the skies are so blue.” Though on this particular day the skies wound up being not-so-blue, and part of the charm of this adorable Alabama wedding at Twin Oaks Ranch is in the way this couple rolled with the droplets of rain that fell during their outdoor ceremony in a grove of trees. A few umbrellas opened up as this barefoot bride made her way down the cobblestone aisle to meet her groom at the altar for a moment of cheers and joyful tears just before exchanging vows.

Once inside the property’s rustic old barn, the party really kicked up as the rain settled down. Located totally off the grid, just outside Dardanelle, this high-ceiling wood slatted barn has that perfect outdoor/indoor vibe with a covered patio and enough space for a party of up to 225 folks.

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Birthday Bucket List: Grab Your GIrls & Gypset to this Candy-Colored Caribbean Getaway
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 26988
VENUE:
Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort
LOCATION:
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Luxury Resort
Caribbean Cool
High-Design Island Style
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

While there are resorts of all kinds, the word “resort” itself inherently broadcasts the same heavenly scene—pristine beaches, crystal waters, lush palms, and all the time in the world. We think of rummy cocktails the color of sunset. A breeze tumbling across your body.  About how nobody stops smiling.  Definitively, the “good life.”

This week’s #BirthdayBucketList is the beachy magnificence that is Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort as luxurious as it is laid back, as timeless as it is modern. Resting easy in Long Bay Village on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, Malliouhana is the paradise you expect when you the word “resort” sends gleeful shivers down your spine and places fantastical scenes in your mind. It’s a escape for relaxers of all sorts, with architecture that a tycoon would approve and a rum selection that a scoundrel would admire. It’s where everything melts away, leaving you in a zen-like state laid out on the beach or by the pool, wondering how anyone ever goes home. I mean, how is “visiting paradise” not on your bucket list?

 

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See How Our Very Own Photo Editor Celebrates a Birthday Road Trip to Yosemite
Nathan Mueller
REPORT
No. 27002
VENUE:
Yosemite Road Trip
LOCATION:
Yosemite
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Glampground
Camp Vibes
Desert to Mountains to Forest
REPORTER: Nathan Mueller

What's better than a glamping birthday celebration complete with bike rides, hiking to waterfalls along a misted trail and close friends gathering in a iconic national park to celebrate among redwoods? Cheers, Yosemite. 

Our very own photo editor Nathan Mueller not only creates stunning visual editorials for The Venue Report, he also writes for his travel journal Long Live Sundays that celebrates allll the things we love; traveling and gathering with the best people, places and vibes.


Words & Images by Nathan Mueller for The Venue Report x Long Live Sundays

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These Photos Prove You Can Plan A Gorgeous Wedding in Less Than A Month
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26986
VENUE:
Rockcraft Lodge
LOCATION:
East Sebago
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Lakefront Lodge
East Coast Estate
Rustic Luxury
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

A beautiful summer wedding next to a lake in Maine, complete with a sailcloth tent, dinner under the stars, freeflowing wine, and an abundant organic feast is the kind of wedding that usually takes months to plan and prepare. Yet, this couple defied the odds and pulled this gorgeous fête together in only a month’s time with the help of mStarr Design.

Set right alongside Sebago Lake, about an hour outside Portland, is Rockcraft Lodge. The estate is almost a century in age, with a stone country home built by Italian masons. To call this spot cozy is an understatement. There’s something about this place that makes you feel like you could’ve grown up spending summers here. And yet, there’s an air of romance in the crisp air that makes this venue shine in a way all its own.

Words by: Emily Starr Alfano of mStarr Event Design, Images by Corinne Krogh Photography

 

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Is China on Your Bucket List?
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 26964
VENUE:
The Country of China
LOCATION:
All Around China
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Travel Feature
Chinese Culture
China
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

China is so big with so much to offer that it's rare any traveler sees even a fraction of what they’d consider “enough.” Jungle temples, river adventures, intricate alleyways, fantastical mountain ranges, and good eats await any visitor who decides to take in a fair share of Chinese sights, culture, and cuisine. It’s no easy task, but the trek is undeniably worth it. 

As such, the country is diverse enough for a properly executed trip to seem like an exploration through multiple tinier nations. Whether it's chowing down on street food to write home about in the city or beholding breathtaking monuments out in the country, China is surely a colorful escape for the five senses of a westerner.

So when photographer Fiona Caroline traversed China and returned with every photo looking like a postcard or painting, The Venue Report team was thrilled to find out where she went, what she did, and what stayed with her—and then start looking up prices of flights to China.

 

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