VENUE TYPE: Historic Building

If You Want to Have a Gorgeous Wedding in Antigua, Book the Local Ruins
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27070
VENUE:
Old Ruins
LOCATION:
Antigua
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Destination Wedding
Vintage Made New
Antigua
REPORTER: 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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This Couple Got Married in A Field of Palm Trees in Morocco
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27069
VENUE:
Dar Al Hossoun
LOCATION:
Taroudant, Souss-Massa-Drâa
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Outdoor Wedding
Desert Oasis
Moroccan Garden
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

The look of tropical, greenery-filled weddings is a trend we hope never goes away. One of the most visually impressive weddings we’ve spotted with an all-natural surrounding, this wedding in a field full of palm trees and palm fronds in a little Moroccan village is one for the inspiration boards. We’re especially fond of the ceremony setup with all the cool rugs leading the way to a Mecca of palms and cool hanging fixtures. We can practically hear the beats of all those drummers from here.

A venue located just outside Taroudant, Dar Al Hossoun is nestled in an ancient olive grove. A big mix of traditional architecture and modern amenities, this desert oasis with its lush gardens and contemporary structures is an escape we’re adding to our wanderlust list. Life Stories Photography recently sat down with us to give us the skinny on this gorgeous ethnic affair and we couldn’t wait to share their photos and words.

Words + Photography by Life Stories Photography

 

This Destination Jungle Wedding To Morrocco Could Not Have Been Any More Beautiful.

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See How These Creatives Turned A Luxury Wedding Conference Into A Dream Vacation
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27036
VENUE:
Borgo Egnazia
LOCATION:
Puglio
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Creative Conference
Laidback Luxury
Italian Villa
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

For those who haven’t heard about it, Engage! is a traveling event that brings together the wedding industry’s most creative minds in gorgeous settings around the world. Think of it as TedTalks but for people whose businesses depend on them knowing the ins and outs of the luxury market. Magazine editors, bloggers, planners, designers, and photographers from around the world gathered in Puglia, Italy for this year’s Engage!16 to discuss entrepreneurship, design, and more. And of course, they did it in total style, with a series of beautiful, thoughtful, and fun events hosted over three days’ time.

Brought on board as the official Engage!16 photographer, Betsi Ewing captured the stunning setting and the key events of the conference. Here’s the scoop straight from Betsi herself.

Words + Photography by Betsi Ewing

 

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Behold The Travel Yogi’s Amazing Adventure At The Ultimate Yoga Retreat in Bhutan
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27044
VENUE:
Amankora
LOCATION:
Jakar, Bumthang
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Group Getaway
Yoga Retreat
Bhutan
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

To many, the ideal vacation is one of both exploration and relaxation. Most of us aren’t round-the-clock thrill-seekers or constant nappers. Instead, we like to go big and then take it easy. We want to see the big, beautiful world, but we also want to stop to smell the roses—and you need energy to do all the things you want. So, naturally, there’s a good chance you’ll feel better and be way more psyched on adventure if you start and end your day with delicious food and healthy yoga sessions. Get your blood pumping, loose up your muscles, fill your stomach with healthy treats, and prepare to take on the world around you!

This week’s #BirthdayBucketList comes courtesy of The Travel Yogi, who had a downright incredible time while staying at a Bhutanese wellness and yoga retreat. Since Bhutan limits its total availability of annual tourists visas, the country is able more easily maintain as well as sustain their colorful, wondrous culture. Luckily, The Travel Yogi went and, in turn, laid out a terrific 10-day adventure of fun and rest, based on the team’s journey as well as venue deets (yes, Amankora always has us drooling) and some insider's information providing everything you need to know before booking the ultimate yoga retreat.

 

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This Abandoned Arizona Church Turned Into A Wedding Venue for One Lucky Couple
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27040
VENUE:
The Monroe Abbey
LOCATION:
Phoenix
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Abandoned Church Wedding
Distressed Feminine
Abandoned Church
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

If you’ve ever explored Phoenix, you’re well aware of the architectural mix of old storied buildings and modern developments. Possibly no other singular structure tells the story of the mix of old and new as the The Monroe Abbey, a former Baptist church that was destroyed by a fire in the mid ‘80s and is now undergoing a transformation to keep its early 20th century exterior intact while cleaning up the inside to hopefully host open-air events inside the roofless shell.

Prior to the restoration kicking off at Monroe Street Abbey, a lucky couple was able to plan a wedding inside the crusty, crumbly old building that dates back to 1929. A gathering of local bar and restaurant pros, their wedding was one full of celebration and simple design in not-so-simple spaces.
We recently reached out to photographer, née storyteller, Jamie Allio for the 411 on this wedding. Because really, why get married in a church when you can get married in church ruins?

Words + Photography by Jamie Allio

 

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