CATEGORY: Correspondents on Location

Destination Wedding
If You Want to Have a Gorgeous Wedding in Antigua, Book the Local Ruins
Jake Kilroy
by Jake Kilroy

There’s a good chance ruins aren’t on your list of dream venues—they’re certainly unconventional—but this wedding will absolutely change your mind. A spirit of class and romance still bounces through these well-kept Antiguan ruins, and lovebirds Adriana and Cesar made sure to fill them with their most fun loved ones for such a joyous celebration. Architecture like this—a stunning masterwork of stone, iron, wood, and brick—holds a timeless beauty for events. Each courtyard and corridor, surrounded by plants or water, presents a remarkable palette of rich, dark colors. Thus, between the oil paintings and full-body statues draped over rock walls, the wedding begins to take on a fable-like quality.

The ceremony itself took place in a hall that looked like a movie set cathedral for a period epic, and the reception seems to have been the party of the year. The wedding’s photo album probably looks like half history book and half fairy tale when put together. To find out more details about such a magical affair, we had a little Q&A with the wedding’s photographer, A Fist Full of Bolts.

Words and Photography by A Fist Full of Bolts


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Feast by the Lake
What Dinner By A Lake Looks Like When Urban Outfitters Dresses Your Squad
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown


Urban Dictionary defines Friendsgiving as, “the celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. This usually occurs on the Wednesday before or the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, since Thanksgiving is usually reserved for family gatherings.” Yet, here at the Venue Report, we define Friendsgiving as, “a time to gather all the crazy characters in your life to sit down at one beautiful table and eat too much, drink too much, laugh too much, and have an epic dance party in a gorgeous setting.” We’re willing to bet that most of you agree with the latter definition and have likely celebrated a holiday or two in this fashion. 

And since it’s not every day that we get to hear the scoop behind an awesome brand collaboration, you can imagine how stoked we were to interview photographer Hannah Merritt about this photo shoot she did with stylist and social media darling Mel Denisse. All clothing and some of the decorative accessories were provided by Urban Outfitters, and Mel put together the vision of this Friendsgiving by the lake. We’d say she pretty much nailed it, since now all we can think about is planning our next Friendsgiving. Check out what Hannah has to say about this cool collab.

Words + Photos by Hannah Merritt 


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Rainy Bridal Shoot
Downton Abbey Fans, This Photo Shoot’s For You
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown
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Port Eliot Estate

Port Eliot, Saint Germans, United Kingdom


As any Downton Abbey fan will happily reminisce over, the wedding scene when Lady Mary finally marries Matthew Crawley is easily the most beautiful wedding scene in all of TV history. With the perfect amount of light flooding into the big, airy mansion, and the abundance of gorgeous flowers in an otherwise dark and moody setting, there’s an air of old English gloominess that makes the celebration that much sweeter. You can imagine our excitement when we got our hands on this photo shoot with a similar vibe.

We recently had a fill-us-in session with the shoot’s creative director Amanda Rose of Oak and Cypress and photographer Kristen Marie Parker. The dream team gave us all the details of the inspiration behind this stunning photo series and the incredible property. Spoiler alert: there may or may not have been a sighting of a ghost.

Words + Photos by Kristen Marie Parker

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Destination Wedding Week
This Couple Just Hosted Everyone’s Dream Tuscan Villa Wedding
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown

Tuscan villa weddings never cease to inspire. There’s something so magical about that fragrant Italian air, the rich history, and the gorgeous architecture. And Italians seem to host weddings with such an air of simplicity, like it’s no big deal to host a dinner party for fifty or sixty people outdoors, under the clear Tuscan sky. Sara and Patrick’s wedding at Villa Catureglio has us all in total fantasy land over here, what with the Chestnut hunt in the mountains, vineyard tours, and the gorgeous meals they celebrated with.

Sara and Patrick recently filled us in on all the details of their wedding planning from afar. They worked with the creative and brilliant duo, Elyse and Katie, at BW Theory in Austin to make all their great ideas into a reality.

Words by bride, Sara + Katie Moore of BW Theory | Photography by Matthew Moore Photography 

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Weekend Roadtrip
What Does A Mixologist Make For Himself On Vacation?
The Venue Report
by The Venue Report
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Stargazing Desert Retreat

Pioneertown, CA, United States


Ian Collis is a known around town as the king of crafting cocktails. This craft has wowed many taste buds around the country and we got the inside scoop on Ian's best tips and favorite recipes.  

Ian spends his days creating tasty libations and experimenting with his over 100 different bottles of liquors & liqueurs. He has collected his bolstered bar from cross country journeys, alcohol inspired adventures, and local vendors in his neighborhood, always adding to his never ending queue of what to make next. Hello, most delicious science experiment, ever! What better way to comemmorate a weekend in the desert then rolling up to Stargazing Desert Retreat and it's fully loaded, on-site saloon that's private to the property? Stay tuned for a how-to video, recipe, and the best kept secrets for any mix master. Happy drinking! 


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