A Night at the Plaza

A Night at the Plaza
Wedding designed and produced by Elegant Occasions, Inc.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Napa... vineyards, wine, great food... without a passport

Are you looking for that special wedding destination but don't want to leave the country? Having your wedding in Napa, California may be the perfect choice for you.

Forget the hassle of everyone needing to get passports.  Instead you can still 'get away' to one of the most romantic wedding locations in the country. 

Depending on the season you want your wedding in, starting from September through October is when Napa harvest the grapes for their famous wines.  It's not too busy then and you can enjoy the freshly harvested wines.  If you want your wedding a little earlier in the year, at the start of Spring is when the famous mustard plants come into bloom and give off an eye-popping, bright yellow color.  These two seasons may be something to keep in mind.

Napa is famous for their vineyards and abundance of different wines; after all it is called the Wine Country.  There are many different ways to explore the vineyards other then just by car.  To make it more memorable you can ride a bike, rent a motorcycle, go by horseback, go on a boat, or even use one of the famous Napa Valley Balloons.

Your guests will love touring the many famous vineyards in the area and will be especially excited for your wedding, knowing there are plenty of attractions here for the entire time they stay.  From food and wine tasting, spas, culinary activities, antique shopping, art work, tours, and sightseeing. 

With views of vineyards at the location of your choice in Napa, it will give off the perfect romantic setting.  You will feel as though you left the country and will find out why so many couples choose a Napa wedding. 

The vibrant green look at every wedding will give you a perfect picturesque wedding to say the least.
You can choose your location based on mountain backdrops, the classic Tuscan feel, phenomenal vineyards, romantic barrel rooms, modern-style barns, and even vintage estates. 

For those who enjoy fine wine and great food, you can't go wrong with a Napa wedding.  The area alone has attracted plenty of talented chefs and many chefs who grew up in the area with a real appreciation for fine dining. 

The entire atmosphere is European-styled, so why leave the country when you don't have to? 

There will be activities for all of your guests throughout the entire weekend and will leave them wanting to come back.  Once you enter Wine Country you'll truly appreciate all it has to offer.

One Love... Jamaica

Jamaica only a short flight away from the states is the home of Reggae, Bob Marley, Jerk Chicken, Rice and Peas and the land of ONE LOVE!! What a perfect place to get married.

Jamaica has a variety of wedding options depending on the type of wedding your looking for. There are plenty of different style beach weddings if you want that more relaxed feel or if you're looking for a luxurious resort just away from home, Jamaica has plenty of options to plan your special day.

If you want a destination wedding don't wait too long to start planning so you can have your choice of location and date for the perfect wedding.

One of the great things about Jamaica is that whether you have a modest budget or a large one, there are plenty of choices in Jamaica to accommodate you.

If knowing that Jamaica is famous for its land of love hasn't quite sold you yet, the people, let alone the atmosphere will make you feel completely welcomed. The people are generally high spirited, always giving off friendly vibes and this will help reassure your destination choice.

As with many of our destination weddings, the views here are incredible. From the clear blue waters, the white sand beaches, the colorful sunsets, and of course the popular waterfalls; it truly is a sight to see.

From Ocho Rios to Montego Bay to Negril, this island offers a wonderful variety of places to say your I DO's.

After having your wedding, you have to check out the various activities the Jamaica has to offer. If you're feeling adventurous you could go zip lining, snorkeling, cliff diving, or go hiking on the famous Blue Mountains.

If those activities don't sound quite like your forte, there are plenty of other things to do for each individual's taste. Try horseback riding on the beach, go shopping at the craft markets, or even catch up on your history and take a visit to the famous Bob Marley museum. There is always something going on whether it's daytime activities or enjoying the night life.

Just remember you can't go wrong with planning your destination wedding in Jamaica... the land of love.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Eat, Pray, Love Italy

The most important thing to remember while planning your wedding is that it's all about the love that you and your partner share; making the promise to stay together forever, no matter what.  Of course all the glitz and glamour of weddings is always a plus while planning, but at the same time too many people get caught up on the little things and forget what weddings are truly all about.

As Shakespeare refers to Italy as the land of love, what better way to really feel the love and romance then right in Italy? The buildings and sights alone will put you in that perfect mood for your wedding and help you remember through all the craziness why you're having this celebration.

Italy is known for its rich history, brilliant architecture, and may just have the best cuisine in the world.

First Step: explore the sites in the city from the older style buildings to the magnificent gardens.

Since the buildings were built so long ago, the architecture in Italy showed the true talent that many of the architects did have.  Detail was extremely important so when it comes time to pick a unique wedding venue you won't find many locations this astonishing that can be found in Italy. 

When looking to book a destination wedding, of course one of the main focuses is going to be the views, sights, landscape, and a different feel from what your used to.  Not only does Italy include that when walking through town but the actual country and sites you see will leave your guests amazed.  There is so many different locations in Italy when looking to plan your wedding that it might leave you clueless as to where you should look first, but I assure you that you can't go wrong with any part of Italy.  Our favorite location is the Amalfi Coast, from Sorrento to Amalfi the locations are breath-taking.

As stated before, the cuisine is entirely out of this world.  Unlimited true Italian pastas, different sauces, pizza, all the best for your wedding.  Italy truly can exceed your highest expectations with their food alone. Everything is always perfectly fresh and prepared to the food's greatest potential.

To top everything else off, we absolutely love our Italian weddings.  The team of experts that we have assembled in Italy makes our job a dream.  They're extremely friendly and very helpful.  Planning a wedding here is one of our favorites and is always a pleasure.  With twenty years experience in Europe we are the experts on Italy. We love to commission boats to explore the coast from Almalfi to Sorrento.  Italy never fails to impress each guest and there really is something for everyone to see and enjoy.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Newport Rhode Island's Famous Mansions

Newport Rhode Island Home to the Great Gatsby Mansions:

One of the latest comebacks: The Gatsby Era or More Formally the 1920's

The Roaring Twenties were viewed as a tremendously prosperous decade for America.  From 1920-1929 the nation's wealth just about doubled.  With more money it allowed people to gain a pursuit of pleasure, having a little extra cash brought along a major social change.  Extravagant parties were thrown and the Jazz age came forward full swing.  The Great Gatsby portrays this social life through many of the character's events and honestly who doesn't want to be able to just enjoy a good time with some great company?

The Great Gatsby is known for these extraordinary events featured in both the book and following movies.  Everyone lives for these fulfilling times and forget about the stress that money brings.  The 1974 movie was filmed using one of the breath-taking mansions, Rosecliff in Newport, Rhode Island.  The construction for this mansion completed in 1902 from the famous architect Stanford White.  Stanford White was famous for his homes of the Guilded Age known for the lavish palaces, all the jewels, and the business leaders earning mass fortunes.  Rosecliff was modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden of retreat of the French Kings.  This was built for Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs which she herself hosted lavish parties and various entertainment.

Gatsby Inspired Weddings have seemingly been a great new thing.  From the entire theme, fashion, food, drinks, even venue; it seems to be what people now are dreaming of.  The 1920's decade theme was so upbeat and fresh making it definitely a decade to relive.

Rhode Island mansion weddings are fitting for the unique and diverse needs of the nontraditional wedding.  The sights alone give off that romantic feel that everyone wishes for.  Whether you want an inside ballroom wedding, an outside beach event, or even both put together; Newport Rhode Island truly has it all.

For the extremists, you can even climb down the rocky mountains and when you reach the bottom swim in the ocean from there.  For the nature lovers, the beauty and openness of the area is really very suiting.  Lastly, for the brides who are quite unsure of what type of wedding she wants to have, this is a perfect spot to start if you really want to WOW your guests.