Atlantis and One and Only Ocean Club

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Nassau Paradise Island in the Bahamas is home to some of the world’s most luxurious resorts and spas, which are all perfect destinations for couples looking to honeymoon or wed abroad. I was lucky enough to be invited by The Cove Atlantis to visit for a couple of days to learn about what makes their resort world class and why it is the perfect location for destination weddings and honeymoons in the Bahamas.

The Cove Atlantis is perched on a peninsula above two of the most magnificent white sand beaches in the world. With 600 luxurious rooms and suites with oversized living spaces, you’ll feel right at home in this glorious resort. Once you check in, you have access to adult only, and family pools, and the beach, which is lined with amazing cabanas for you to lounge underneath.

During our first night on the island, we ate dinner at Olives, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Mediterranean cuisine was absolutely delicious and the perfect way for us to start our trip!

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Our second day at The Cove Atlantis, we enjoyed a tour of the exclusive One and Only Ocean Club, where Casino Royale was filmed! This luxurious section of the resort offers a wide range of guest accommodations outside of the gorgeous suites at The Cove Atlantis. We ate an amazing breakfast at Dune, a crucially acclaimed French-Asian restaurant on the island. After seeing more of the One and Only Ocean club, including the 18 hole Ocean Club golf course, One and Only Spa, and Versailles Gardens, we enjoyed an amazing day next to the clear turquoise blue waters of the Atlantic. There is so much more to do, however, if you’re looking for other activities while you’re at The Cove Atlantis like the world famous Aquaventure, full of wave pools, waterslides, and even more water fun!

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I’m so thrilled that we were lucky enough to see how fantastic The Cove Atlantis is for destination weddings and honeymoons. Atlantis offers different wedding and vow renewal packages for you to choose from depending on the size of your bridal party. Included in the different wedding packages are your venue, an on-site officiant, marriage license, flowers, and photography. Your options for wedding style and venue are endless with The Cove Atlantis. You can choose from traditional garden and terrace weddings, or a modern and organic ceremony on the beach. They even offer custom invitation suites to coordinate with your gorgeous destination wedding.  You are also provided with fantastic options with regards to accommodations, and airport transportation to make your wedding planning even easier!

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The Cove Alantis also makes planning your honeymoon easier than ever with their different honeymoon packages. The last thing you need after planning a wedding is planning a complicated honeymoon. You are able to choose from simple honeymoon packages to all-inclusive stays at the resort that include meals, spa treatments, activities like swimming with dolphins, and entry into the casino. They have even opened a wedding honeymoon registry for your friends and family to use to gift you with a dream honeymoon. Your guests can purchase accommodations, meals, activities (like a yacht charter), and even spa services for you to enjoy on your honeymoon, which is perfect for the couple who has everything!

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Atlantis has so many great activities for you to enjoy on your dream honeymoon. You have unlimited access to the private Atlantis beach, aquatic adventures like swimming with dolphins, up close experiences with marine life in their marine habitats. The island offers 21 restaurants, and 19 bars from you to choose from along with the Atlantis Casino, which is the largest in the Caribbean. You also have access to Mandara Spa, which is a full service salon and spa. Choose from a wide variety of treatments from couples massages, aroma stone therapy, manicures and pedicures, and facials. The spa has perfected a technique that provides ultimate skin therapy through specialized massage techniques combined with formulas that restore skin radiance. And remember, these great activities won’t just be amazing for you on your honeymoon, but if you choose to have your destination wedding at The Cove Atlantis, your friends and guests can enjoy these great amenities as well!

We can’t thank The Cove Atlantis and the One and Only Ocean Club for our visit to the Bahamas! I hope everyone visits their websites to learn more about The Cove Atlantis and the One and Only Ocean club, and how amazing you can make your destination wedding or honeymoon with these world-class resorts!

02.06.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Effortless Outdoor San Jose Wedding

I love the simplicity of this elegant and effortless wedding Austin Gros recently sent to us. The bride and groom wanted their wedding day to be a relaxed gathering of their families and best friends, and the result was a sweet party full of love and delicate details.

From the Bride and Groom:

Mike and I are high school sweethearts. Over 10 years ago, while Mike was a senior and I was a junior, we met in our Math Analysis class. Mike apparently noticed me, and ‘stole’ my name from a sign-in sheet so he could strike up a conversation. Our friendship and relationship quickly blossomed over a series of late-night chats and time spent goofing off in class. Shortly thereafter, we had our first date and were joined at the hip…
After high school, I went to college at Cal Poly while Mike studied at San Jose State. Over the course of 5 years there were countless trips up and down the coast so we could spend weekends together. The 3-hour distance definitely tested the strength of our relationship, but while most couples would have grown apart at this stage in their lives, we grew closer together as we grew up together. 
 
Coming from two very different cultural backgrounds, our Vietnamese tea ceremony in the morning served as a bridge between families and a homage to the bride’s ancestors.
 
We value uniqueness and simplicity, and envisioned our wedding to be a relaxed, less-traditional celebration, with an emphasis on good people, good food, and good music. The overall style we hoped to create was simple, effortless and a bit rustic. We wanted to keep the decor minimal and focused on items that we could source ourselves. The dishes were inspired by meals that Mike and I have shared over the years, and we opted to not serve a cake, and instead focus on our love for ice cream. In essence, we wanted the day to feel like a festive home gathering peppered with details of what make us ‘us’.
Photographer: Austin Gros | Venue: Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast | Caterer: Five Star Catering | Dessert: Pop Nation | Music: DJ Umami through Scratch Weddings | Officiant: Linda Belton | Day-of Coordinator: Aimee Newlander from Weddings by Aimee |Cinematographer: Graham Lovelis from Grimace Films | Makeup: Friend of the Bride | Wedding Dress: Reformation| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Topshop | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew | Wedding Invitation Suite: By the Bride (with the help of the Groom) | Floral and Decor: Bride and Groom/ San Francisco Flower Mart

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02.03.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Wedding Favors and Decor from Luna Bazaar

If you’ve been trying to find unique, fun, and inexpensive details to complete your wedding vision, we want to let you in on a little industry secret: our favorite wedding stylists and floral designers swear by Luna Bazaar. Luna Bazaar is the one stop website where industry professionals and savvy brides find wedding décor and accessories.

Luna Bazaar offers a great selection of paper lanternsparasolspaper fanspaper pom pomscandle holdersvasesplace card holders and almost any other type of décor and gift you can think of for your wedding. They carry colorful decorations that are made of natural materials like bamboo, paper, metal, and glass, and their extensive collection is inexpensive, which makes Luna Bazaar perfect for budget conscious brides. Paper lanterns start at under $1.00 each, and you can find gorgeous candleholders and votives for under $2.00! You can simply get lost in the huge selection of wedding décor and accessories. For example, they have paper lanterns in over 60 different colors! Luna Bazaar makes coordinating your wedding easy by matching colors across product lines, so you can create a cohesive feeling to your ceremony and reception. And good news for our international brides, Luna Bazaar ships to Canada!

Luna Bazaar wants to treat one lucky Once Wed reader to a $200 shopping spree! Just comment below saying what your favorite product Luna Bazaar is and how you would use it on your wedding day. Winner will be chosen at random. Contest ends February 17th.

Visit Luna Bazaar today to find the perfect accessories for your wedding day!

02.03.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Ethereal Seaside Wedding Ideas

Erich Mcvey and Emily Riggs recently collaborated on a beautiful editorial by the sea, and I absolutely love the images they sent over. More from the dress designer, Emily Riggs

For me there is nothing more inspiring, romantic nor mysterious than an endless enchanting sea of waves that appears to go on for an eternity. Never ending, and always beautiful. A perfect place to exchange vows.

These gorgeous images were captured by Erich McVey. Taken on one of the many beautiful rocky and rustic coastlines Oregon has to offer here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m always thrilled to work with such an inspiring photographer. It comes naturally for Erich to capture the magic and beauty in every photo. He always makes it happen, and that’s makes him so special!

The dress was made custom for this shoot. It’s French couture inspired, featuring a plunging V back line using imported French lace with eyelash detailing. The long sweeping skirt was made using crepe backed satin and soft ivory tulle. My main focus was to create a dress that was amorous but also refined.

The wire wrapped hair adornments and veils were custom made using a mix of Swarovski crystals,fresh water pearls, silk tulle, hand cut flowers and vines with touches of gold. These pieces were inspired by the romantic and rustic costal elements.

Photography: Erich McVey  | Dress: Emily Riggs | Veil & Hair Pieces: Emily Riggs | Makeup and Hair: Amy McVey | Model: Skye with Option

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01.30.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog