Sam and I LOVE the growing trend of venues catering to the couples who are looking for a “local” destination wedding experience. We love it because it creates such an intimate celebration. There is no need to travel to Jamaica in order to have a special weekend with your family and friends as you celebrate saying “I do.”
“Back in the day” when I got married (aka 15 years ago!!! gulp…hooray!!!), brides and grooms were lucky to even get a chance to greet each guest. Forget about any quality time! Family and friends are what make life worth celebrating for Pete’s sake! So, I love the notion of slowing the whole experience dooowwwwwwnnnnnnnn.
You will see what I mean about intimate….such fun!
The happy couple (my sissy and new brother-in-law) were even happier the next morning when they got to wake up to a catered brunch for about 100 family and friends who were still in town.
Yay for quality time!!!
Above images via Ely Roberts Photography
Of course, when you live in such a gorgeous area, you are bound to have a few venue owners jumping on this trend wagon.
Check out Juliann and Stephen’s wedding at Grace Maralyn Estate & Gardens where Zest it Up is more that ecstatic to be the in-house caterers!
Images via Sara Lucero
And, the inspiration for today’s post! Sam and I were privileged to tour a brand new “destination” wedding site called
(We were ready to stay and “retreat” for a little R&R….seriously! So fabulous that we did not want to leave)
I think this new trend is pretty enticing, if ya ask me! I almost want to renew my vows just for an excuse to get everyone together again!