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Seasonal Honeymoon Hotspots with Michelle’s Destinations

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When the wedding bells ring, the fun is really just beginning! If you’re treating yourselves to an amazing honeymoon, you want to make sure your destination makes the most sense for not only your vacationing style (Do you want to see all the sights? Do you prefer to relax?) and for the season and weather at hand.

Get the scoop from travel expert Michelle Carbone of Michelle’s Destinations on the ideal locales to visit during each season. Whether you’re budget conscious or looking for ideal temps, Michelle knows the best time and place to plan your newlywed getaway! Read on to learn more about the best honeymoon hotspots to visit during each season of the year!

Winter

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BEST WEATHER | Wing your way to the scenic Caribbean islands and escape the frigid cold at home for your romantic honeymoon on the beach. Aruba, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, Dominican Republic and many other islands make a fantastic getaway. Across the world, it’s summer down under, so if you’ve ever wanted to visit Australia or New Zealand, this is the perfect time.

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GREAT VALUE | Europe is in low season during the winter months, and if you don’t mind the cold and rain, you can escape the crowds and get great bang for the buck. Some fun events happen in the winter, like the famous Christmas Markets! River cruises also hit rock bottom prices this time of year.

Spring

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BEST WEATHER | We still see great weather in the Caribbean, and hurricane season doesn’t start until June so you won’t have to stress. We also see gorgeous blue skies and sunshine in Mexico, Costa Rica and Hawaii!

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GREAT VALUE | Tahiti has great rates through the end of March. Europe still offers great bang for the buck, with better weather the later in spring you travel. If you’ve wanted to take a cruise, you’ll find amazing deals with off season sailings in April or early May in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Summer

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BEST WEATHER | Europe, Alaska and Canada all have great weather for a memorable trip in the summer months! Escape from the sweltering Oklahoma heat and wing your way to Alaska or Canada. Find warmer temps ideal for siteseeing in Europe, or take a cruise through the Mediterranean.

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GREAT VALUE | It’s hurricane season, which means deals galore in the Caribbean and Mexico as long as you plan a little bit ahead! The demand does go up when school is out. June tends to be higher than July. After school starts up in August, you’ll find great rates all over the Caribbean and in Mexico.

Fall

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BEST WEATHER | While it can rain, many of our clients love Hawaii in the fall when the temps cool down a little, especially at night. Europe has great weather early in the fall, and of late, even into October we’ll see some fabulous temps! Later fall offers ideal temps for Australia and New Zealand’s spring time.

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GREAT VALUE | Cruises, Europe, Caribbean, Costa Rica and Mexico all see great rates during the fall season due to school being back in sesion and it’s hurricane season for the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Mexico if you’re willing to take a risk.


Ready to pack your suitcase and head to one of these honeymoon hotspots? Get in touch with Michelle here to inquire about her travel planning services.

Photos: Courtesy of Michelle’s Destinations and Unsplash

The Latest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

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With yet another New York Bridal Fashion Week in the books, we are looking back on all the fabulous trends that are still inspiring us! From suits, to new textures and fabrics, we are nothing but amazed at what the upcoming season will bring! There’s something for every bride when it comes to bridal style, and we loving where bridal fashion is headed. Keep scrolling to see our top three favorite trends from the Spring 2020 runway, and visit our Instagram profile for more live-action photos straight from the shows under the “RUNWAY” highlight tab!

The Latest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

Swiss Dot

This dainty, spotted print made its way up and down the runway this season, and we can’t get enough. From studded and jeweled polkadot looks, to our favorite and more commonly seen Swiss dot fabric, these feminine gowns made quite a statement. Be sure to look for this fabulous Blush by Hayley Paige style from the Spring 2020 collection at Bella Rose Bridal, J.J. Kelly Bridal, and Prim.

Shorts Suits

While pantsuits are nothing new to the New York runways, bridal short suits are! While we saw many short styles ranging from rompers to cropped top ensembles, we most often saw shorts paired with a blazer-cut jacket. This suit set from Reem Acra is one of the more sleek looks we saw this spring, with another major fashion week trend – minimalism – on display. Shop the all-new Reem Acra collection locally at J.J. Kelly Bridal.

Stripes

Striped gowns were back this season, and in a BIG WAY! We spotted every look from bold lines, like in this Wtoo gown, to more subtle textures layered beneath traditional floral designs. This playful patters is a great option for any preppy, nautical-inspired, or whimsical wedding! Shop this look and other Spring 2020 Wtoo bridal gowns locally at J.J. Kelly Bridal, The Bridal Boutique, and Prescott Bridal.


Looking for other trends straight from the runway? Keep a look out for the newest designs to hit our favorite local stores in the months to come at J.J. Kelly Bridal, The Bridal Boutique, Prescott Bridal, Prim, Bella Rose Bridal and Chantilly Couture.

Seven Must-See Modern Oklahoma Wedding Venues

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If you’re looking for a modern venue for your upcoming wedding, you’ve come to the right place! Today we are sharing seven of our favorite modern Oklahoma wedding venues that are filled with contemporary charm and one-of-a-kind style. Enjoy!

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21c Museum Hotel OKC

The beautiful 21c Museum Hotel OKC venue in downtown Oklahoma City is perfect for any event, from your ceremony to your rehearsal dinner. Located in the historical Fred Jones building, this contemporary venue is artsy, unique and has a large event space to fit your needs!

Photo // Melissa Marshall Photography

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The sophisticated dining, unique spaces and exceptional art of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art makes it the perfect location to host any special event. Located in the Arts District, you’ll find beautiful rooftop views of OKC and a one-of-a-kind experience.

Photo // Kristen Edwards Photography

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V2 Events at Vast 

High above the clouds, V2 Events at Vast is something special! Enjoy several private event spaces on the 50th floor of the Devon Tower with V2 Events at Vast. The contemporary, chic rooms feature an intimate setting for your event as well as beautiful downtown views. The service and food with V2 is unlike any other!

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Park House at Myriad Gardens 

Make your event a truly unforgettable experience with views of landscaped gardens, breathtaking sunsets and the nighttime glow of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at Park House at Myriad Gardens. This venue is ideal for a modern garden themed ceremony, reception and so much more!

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Walker Terrace

Walker Terrace is located on the 3rd floor of The Walker Building, located in Midtown OKC. Completed in 2017, the new space can seat up to 80 guests inside, with additional seating and standing room on the spacious rooftop deck. The venue boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views of Midtown, slideshow-ready tv’s and much more! Beyond receptions, Walker Terrace is an ideal space for engagement parties, showers, anniversary parties… any pre-wedding day event!

Photo // Kelsi Laine Photography

Seven Must-See Modern Oklahoma Wedding Venues

Capitol View Event Center

Sunsets over OKC can’t be beat with a view like this! If you are looking for a more modern feel with an epic skyline view, Capitol View Event Center might be for you. As a blank canvas, the venue sparks creativity and lends itself to any type of design. Whether you envision a simple setting or lavishly decorated reception, the space can easily transform to the beautiful event of your dreams.

Photo // Rosie Cheeks Photography

Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden

Oklahoma City’s NEWEST, Premier Event Space is Sanctuary Asia at Oklahoma City Zoo! Be one of the first to host your wedding reception in the Zoo’s spectacular new event space, Sanctuary Asia, with stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking the elephant, Asian rhino and komodo dragon habitats. What could be better?

Floral Engagement Celebration at The Golf Club of Oklahoma

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A scenic outdoor lawn and a southern style wraparound veranda beckon us for a floral engagement celebration at the beautiful Golf Club of Oklahoma! Just eight miles from Tulsa, this stunning venue appears straight out of a movie, sitting on 525 secluded acres of scenic land, with towering oaks and a 32-acre lake. It’s the epitome of a country club soirée and Andi Bravo Photography captured this berry and plum-hued scene beautifully! Joining deep floral notes with fruity tones, the feminine setting came together seamlessly! Blue Label Bartending provided the colorful cocktails, while Ever Something livened up every corner of the space with incredible blooms of all shades pink and purple. Subtle hints of gold popped up throughout the venue and even on the gorgeous four-tier cake from Laurannae Baking Co. It wouldn’t be a floral engagement celebration without a statement-making ring, and the oval halo cut beauty from Jewels by Simpson is a stunner! A bold watercolor invitation suite from The Letter Box sets the tone, inviting guests to this sweet southern celebration – we can’t get enough! Cheers!

Photos // Andi Bravo Photography

 

90s Chic Wedding Decor Styled by Alli Coleman Events

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We are here to give you the 411 on all things 90s color and flair with this flashback styled shoot, styled by Alli Coleman Events! Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s country club vibes and model Cindy Crawford, this team set to work creating the ultimate preppy wedding inspiration at The Baumberhof. Vibrant yellow blooms by Poppy Lane Design and patterned linens from Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions were juxtaposed with navy blue accents. The five-tiered navy blue cake by Amy Cakes with textured, cross-hatch piping makes for a perfect stand-alone centerpiece. There was no better way to announce this special soiree than a classic monogram invitation suite by No Regrets. With all the 90s fashions coming back in style, it’s no wonder we’re loving this model’s bride’s look! Her structured, strapless ball gown and lengthy veil from J.J. Kelly Bridal are to-die for! Profile Concierge Hair Service’s paired the glamorous look with sleek, middle-parted hair and a bright red lip (of course!), and her ensemble was finished with a glam ring set from BC Clark Jewelers and a punchy yellow bouquet. Holly Gannett Photography captured all these 90s chic details, and you can bet we will totally be obsessing over them for decades to come. Major props!

Photos // Holly Gannett Photography

From the planner, Alli Coleman of Alli Coleman Events: “Since tiny sunglasses, satin wedding gowns and grunge on the runway started resurfacing in the last two years, I feel like I am totally in my design element, hence the idea for a 90s chic styled shoot. The 90s have made a comeback, and I really love the 90s. That era is a cornerstone to my overall design aesthetic. As a kid in the 90s, I was obsessed with music and fashion. I wanted to showcase that Ralph Lauren, waspy country club vibe of the time with monograms, china, clean lines and bold monochromatic flowers, with a babe bride who resembles a young Cindy Crawford. I mean what would the 90s have been without Cindy?”