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INTRO Floral centerpiece 1 THE GUEST LIST designed for a RFWOIGHRHYYTIOT’USA DESTINATION WEDDING: Asking your best friend to travel to wedding reception your wedding is easy. Asking your We’ve all seen the photos: a bride and groom smiling at Dreams Tulum mom’s friend from work who you’ve in front of a beautiful seaside sunset, or jumping with Resort & Spa never met before? Not so much. their bridal party on a white sand beach. But Hosting a ceremony away from home memorable images are just one of the benefits of a is a natural way to whittle down the destination wedding — here are 9 more reasons guest list, ensuring you’re surrounded getting married on the beach could be right for you. by your absolute nearest and dearest on the big day. 2 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 2 THE DECOR No amount of tulle, lanterns or lights can compete with sweeping ocean views, blue skies and vibrant tropical plants. And when it comes to decor, our resorts use elements from their surroundings, with everything from flowers to the menu inspired by the lush locales. 3 THE EASE Our resorts have dedicated on-site planners and coordinators included in the cost of the event. So rather than juggling multiple sites and vendors, communication is streamlined between you and a small team committed to making your dream wedding a reality. 4 THE BUDGET The average wedding in the United States rings in around $26,000, but you can host a destination wedding for a fraction of the cost. Choose from a variety of wedding packages ... some resorts even offer FREE weddings. 5 THE VACATION Between time, money and busy schedules, it can be downright impossible to get away. A beach wedding means you’re giving friends and family that oh-so-badly needed vacation — and with details already worked out for them, it’s less stressful than planning their own voyage. 6 THE DRESS CODE Beach venues allow for a more laid- back approach to attire, from loose maxi dresses and sandals for the ladies to short-sleeve shirts and flip-flops for the guys. 7 THE QUALITY TIME With a one-night affair, couples are lucky to get a two-minute

conversation with loved ones. But with For nearly 50 years, millions of couples have trusted guests staying at the same place, a Apple Vacations to help them plan the most romantic day destination wedding can include many of their lives. Your travel authority when it comes to events — a welcome cocktail party, destination weddings, Apple Vacations will help you select excursions, a post-wedding brunch — the perfect resort that offers everything you’re looking for where the bride and groom can spend — professional wedding coordinators who take the stress quality time with friends and family. out of planning, an incredible tropical beachfront setting and the most romantic honeymoon you could ever imagine! 8 THE BUILT-IN HONEYMOON Apple Vacations is devoted to making the planning process for your special day fun and stress-free. We’ll Forget the post-wedding scramble handle all of your travel arrangements, and set up a of packing, getting to the airport and reserved block of rooms for your group. Then we’ll put you jetting off to paradise. You’re already directly in touch with your personal wedding coordinator there! Plus, many resorts offer at the resort of your choice. They’ll help you plan the upgrades and perks to couples who wedding ceremony and reception, and help to ensure stay for their honeymoons, providing a that not a petal is out of place on your special day. When VIP newlywed experience. you book with Apple Vacations, you’ll receive great group discounts and value-added extras that will make your 9 THE MEMORIES destination wedding unique and affordable for you, as well as for your guests. For many brides, the wedding day is a blur. But with fewer demands, more Apple Vacations has helped countless couples celebrate time with loved ones and plenty of their new beginnings in the setting of their dreams, time enjoying nature, you can live in whether it’s a grand gala or an intimate gathering barefoot the moment and truly savor it, creating in the sand. So call your travel professional or visit memories that last a lifetime., and start planning your happily-ever-after today! A beach ceremony at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa (from top); the Wine Cellar at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa; a relaxing Jacuzzi in the Hacienda Presidential Suite at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 3

Let your dreams come true Let Barceló Hotel Group bring your dreams of the perfect destination wedding come to life. An onsite wedding coordinator at the all-inclusive, beachfront resort or urban hotel of your choice will handle all the details while you prepare for your special day. ARUBA | COLOMBIA | COSTA RICA | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | MEXICO | PANAMA 4 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS

MAP MAJESTIC ELEGANCE PUNTA CANA SECRETS BREATHLESS IBEROSTAR PUERTO LOS RIVIERA CANCUN GRAND HOTEL CABOS GOLF & SPA RESORT RESORT & SPA ROSE HALL DREAMS TULUM RESORT & SPA FIND YOUR Breathless Riviera PARADISE Cancun Resort & Spa We’re highlighting 5 incredible resorts Page 8 ideal for destination weddings — find out Majestic Elegance more about each inside Punta Cana Page 12 Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa Page 16 IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall Page 26 Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort Page 30 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 5

PERKS BBOLISNSUFSUELS See Akilah & Melvin’s wedding Many tropical resorts offer promotions, deals, perks and upgrades designed to help alleviate wedding costs and give brides, grooms and their guests the at IBEROSTAR VIP treatment. While perks vary by resort, here are a few popular Grand Hotel Rose promos worth asking about. Hall on page 27 6 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS • At a destination wedding, your guests stay on-site, creating a fun, vibrant community atmosphere. Book 10 rooms or more and qualify for great group rates, including free hotel stays and airfare credits depending on departure date, airline, etc. You may also qualify for room upgrades and more. Promotions vary, so ask your travel professional for details. • Look for offers of 15-20 percent off spa treatments for the wedding party and wedding guests, perfect for day-of primping. • Apple Vacations and many resorts offer honeymoon registries, allowing guests to purchase spa treatments, excursions and romantic meals as wedding gifts to be enjoyed on your honeymoon. • Stay for the honeymoon and you’ll receive top-tier treatment. At some locations, when you book premium rooms for the wedding, you can score a complimentary honeymoon package including spa treatments, beachfront dinners and other romantic touches. • When your anniversary rolls around, head back to where it all began. Many hotels offer free anniversary nights for couples who wed at their properties. These packages come with perks such as complimentary bottles of wine, discounted spa treatments, breakfast in bed and more.

IN MY KINGDOM, EVEN SCIENTISTS AGREE, THE EARTH REVOLVES AROUND ME. At the center of every kingdom, stands a palace. One where every bride’s wish is granted. And where the world revolves only around you. You and your entire wedding party will be eligible to receive up to US $1,500 in Resort Credit to use toward the spa, tours, romantic dinners and so much more. Let us help you plan your perfect day. Live the Palace Life. To book or learn more, contact your travel agent today. APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 7


R ather than one-night-only celebrations, many brides are now seizing the opportunity to spend more time with their best buds by making their bachelorette parties memorable, multiday events in unique locations. Breathless Resorts & Spas have taken note, creating celebration packages like “Last Fling Before the Ring” for a VIP experience. The sprawling resort has all the elements for a successful girls’ trip: beachfront location, luxe spa, vibrant pools, gourmet food, 24-hour room service, DJs and nightly events. Plus, the adults-only property boasts three distinct areas, accommodating different celebration styles. There’s the xhale club for those seeking a more relaxed and elevated experience; the Energy Center, for groups looking for a lively social scene; and the xcelerate Party Zone, for those who want to take it to the next level (foam party, anyone?). Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is also just a short ride from downtown Cancun, perfect for exploring the city’s nightlife. The best part? With the benefits of Unlimited- Luxury®, everything is included — gourmet dining, premium brand beverages, nightly entertainment and much more. Guests pay up front, avoiding a surprise bar or restaurant bill each night. By purchasing the bachelorette package, the event is taken to the next level with a spa day, a late-night in-room party, a reserved table and bottle service, a group dinner, a pool spot with a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, a group photo shoot and nightly chocolates in the guest of honor’s room. Talk about sweet dreams. The details: Last Fling Before the Ring package is $135 per person, with certain room night requirements, in addition to flights and room rates (pricing and package subject to change). Blackout dates may apply. To book, contact a travel professional. APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 9

FLORALS 12 3 FLWOWILDERS 4 1 The Majestic Elegance Punta Cana floral team With everything from classic blooms to tropical blossoms blended jasmine, roses, at their fingertips, on-site floral experts can create unique birds of paradise and bouquets, centerpieces and other flower-filled touches that greenery to give this bridal bouquet a tropical go far beyond garden-variety arrangements. feel. 2 The floral experts at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa use unique vases to showcase flowers in a new way. 3 This groom’s boutonniére — included in the wedding package at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana — features coral rose and baby’s breath. 4 This centerpiece at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana features birds of paradise, red and pink ginger and palm leaves. 5 Bold reds, bright fuchsias and soft pinks come together in a towering centerpiece at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. 6 An arrangement of arum lily and green foliage sits next to rustic lanterns on a linen and lace runner at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort. 6 5 10 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS


RESORTS EPMULAENJGETASANTCICCAENA With white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and impeccable design also receive all-access passes to all three Majestic resorts — perfect for the honeymoon. touches, the five-star Majestic Elegance Punta Cana resort in Dominican Republic “It’s an awesome getaway to celebrate a special moment with family and friends, and serves as a stunning backdrop for weddings of all styles and sizes. “Couples are able to personalize the wedding they’ve always dreamed about,” says weddings department at the same time to have a great vacation in the Caribbean on one of the most popular manager Dayra Polanco. beaches in the world,” Polanco says. Couples will work with a dedicated planner — “the most experienced weddings The details: Majestic Elegance Punta Cana can accomodate weddings up to 600 team in Punta Cana,” says Polanco — to customize their day down to the smallest guests. Ceremonies start at $1,250 (symbolic) or $1,750 (civil or Catholic); buffet dinner detail. The resort can accommodate any type of celebration, with both family-friendly and three-hour open bar starts at $55 per person (pricing subject to change). To book — and adults-only areas on the property. The bride and groom can choose from several and to find out about free wedding promotions — contact a travel professional. ceremony venues, including an on-site chapel or beach gazebo, and customize additional features, such as flowers, dinner, dessert and decor to fit their personal style. The events team sweetens the deal with luxe touches, such as handcrafted treats upon arrival, day-of refreshments for the bridal party, post-ceremony Champagne, a couple’s massage, room upgrades for the bride and groom and much more. The newlyweds will 12 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS

Wedding Spotlight AT MAJESTIC ELEGANCE PUNTA CANA JACOB &HCAHRMELESRY Destination Punta Cana: “We chose to do a destination wedding because we wanted our closest friends and family with us in the most spectacular venue.” Chelsy says. “It’s so much less stress having a destination wedding. We would do it all over in a heartbeat!” Magical moment: “Our wedding setup, with all my favorite decor and the beach gazebo. It was breathtaking.” Pro tip: “The day goes so, so fast — don’t forget to just enjoy being a bride and groom.” DETAILS The Harmers were married underneath Majestic’s Beach Gazebo. Their decor included white chair covers with aqua sashes and a bouquet of white and aqua blue Phalaenopsis orchids. WEDDING PHOTOS BY JUNIOR CRUZ APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 13

CAKES 1 At Majestic Elegance Punta Cana, the Coral Starfish Cake has a ribbon of starfish atop two layers of cake, giving a nod to the beachfront CTTAHAKEKEE location. 2 A cake from IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay features fondant rose petals. 3 The simple, two-tiered Rustic Five tiers draped in bright Elegant cake at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana is finished with real flowers, two tiers awash with flowers for a romantic, vintage touch. 4 The unique Naked Cake at beachy touches — from simple Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa features frosting tucked between layers of to elaborate, resort cake lush cake and is topped with fresh berries. 5 Featuring intricate frosting bosses create delicious rosettes and rows of silver “pearls” made of caramel, this cake from confections that offer a sweet IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall can be made in chocolate, sendoff into married life. strawberry, vanilla or cheesecake. 5 1 14 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 2 3 4

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RESORTS TAKE ME TO CHURCH 18 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS Spanish Chapel blurb goes here xxy xxy xxxxxxxxxxyxyxyxyx xxyx xy Spanish Chapel blurb goes here xxy xxy xxxxxxxxxxyxyxyxyx xxyx xy Spanish Chapel blurb goes here xxy xxy xxxxxxxxxxyxyxyxyx xxyx xy Spanish Chapel blurb goes here xxy xxy xxxxxxxxxxyxyxyxyx xxyx xy Spanish Chapel blurb goes here xxy xxy xxxxxxxxxxyxyxyxyx xxyx xy Spanish Chapel blurb goes here xxy xxy xxxxxxxxTxxIyMxyxEyxTyOx xxRyxExLy AX The world-class Dreams Spa by Pevonia® offers a haven for pre-wedding prep or post-event relaxation time, with a blend of indigenous treatments and modern hydrotherapy. Look for bridal suites, steam rooms, massage showers, a beauty salon and an outdoor oceanfront palapa. Plus, private thatched-roof jungle cabins are like treehouses for grown-ups, with all glass walls, dual massage beds and a Jacuzzi sunken into the wood floor. adsfadsf

WEDDING BELLS ON JON: SUIT: JOSHUA KERCHER BESPOKE, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa’s beach ceremony locale is beyond compare JOSHKERCHER.COM SHIRT: — a stunning stretch of white sand JOHN VARVATOS; BLOOMING- sits secluded from the resort, with turquoise waves glistening in the DALES.COM SHOES: JACK background — to offer the ERWIN; JACKERWIN.COM picture-perfect backdrop for your ON ANITA: VENUS GOWN, big moment. In addition to the beach and chapel, couples can opt SAMANTHA SLEEPER; for ceremonies in the lush garden HONEY-BRIDAL.COM or the elegant terrace convention center — each venue boasts its own NECKLACE, NAKAMOL; distinct vibe and allows you to NAKAMOL.COM CROWN: extend your party as late as you wish! APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDVINDTIANGGES 19

RESORTS THE PARTY After the ceremony, it’s time to celebrate with your friends and family. Host a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner or dance party at a location that fits your personal style. Options include the beach, the jungle gardens, the patio terrace, the wine cellar at Italian restaurant Portofino and more — and are included in select wedding packages, expertly crafted to make your day flawless. ON JON: JACKET: JOSHUA KERCHER BESPOKE; JOSHKERCHER.COM SHIRT: THEORY; BLOOMINGDALES.COM PANTS: NORDSTROM; NORDSTROM.COM SHOES: BROLETTO; NORDSTROMRACK.COM ON ANITA: DRESS: VERONICA SHEAFFER; VERONICASHEAFFER. COM SANDALS: STUART WEITZMAN; STUARTWEITZMAN.COM NECKLACE AND EARRINGS: NAKAMOL; NAKAMOL.COM 20 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS There’s something for every honey- moon style at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. Venture off-site to explore the rich area around the resort: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is located just minutes from Tulum’s famous archaeological ruins, jaw-dropping cenotes (underground swimming holes) and the boho chic town of Tulum. On-site, enjoy the benefits of Unlimited-Luxury®, where everything is included: wristband- and reservation-free gourmet dining, top-shelf spirits, pool and beach wait service, nightly shows, non-motorized water sports and so much more. You can do as much or as little as you desire! The details: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa can accommodate weddings of up to 250 guests. Four different wedding packages start at $999, $3,199, $3,599 and $5,999 (pricing subject to change), including ceremony and reception, with added features increasing at each price point. Packages include up to 20 guests; additional cost per guest varies. To book, contact a travel professional. ON ANITA: DRESS: T&J; TANDJ DESIGNS.COM SHOES: VINCE; NORDSTROMRACK.COM NECKLACES: INK +ALLOY; INKALLOY.COM AND NAKAMOL; NAKAMOL.COM SUNGLASSES: ELLISON; WEARELLISON.COM PURSE: VINTAGE; STORE-REVOLV- INGCURATION.COM UMBRELLA: VINTAGE ON JON: SHIRT: THEORY, SOÑADOR BOUTIQUE; SONADOR- BOUTIQUE.COM SHORTS: LULULUEMON; SHOP.LULULEMON. COM SHOES: BEN SHERMAN; NORDSTROMRACK.COM APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 21


TO-DO LIST Dreams Tulum Start planning activities for your guests, such as Resort & Spa area tours, golf outings and other excursions (see (clockwise from page 34). top left): A dinner reception in the 2-3 months before the big day Dreams Garden; a Western-themed Confirm ceremony and reception locations and welcome barbecue; make any necessary changes. a tropical beachfront Select cake, flowers and other decor. reception; an event on the Mexican Work with your coordinator to book ceremony Terrace musicians. WBEHFOATRTEO‘I DDOO’ Share any readings, songs or special ceremony elements with your coordinator. Planning a destination wedding? We’ve compiled a checklist for you to keep on hand, and our resorts’ on-site wedding coordinators are there to help make it all a bit more manageable. Finalize reception seating chart and place cards and send to coordinator. 6-12 months before the big day If you are planning a legal wedding, work with your coordinator to file the necessary paperwork (see 1 month before the big day Determine your budget. page 36) . Confirm food and drink menus for all events. Contact a travel professional for advice on resorts If you will be booking any local vendors, such as and wedding packages available, and select the photographers and videographers who aren’t Book hair and makeup appointments for the bridal date of your big day. included as part of your wedding package, work party at the resort spa. with your wedding coordinator, who will likely have Map out your wedding vision, including ceremony/ great ideas based on past experience. Print programs, place cards, menus and other paper reception location, time of day and number of elements. guests. Book a room block for your guests at the resort (this may require a deposit). Confirm wedding-day timeline and any special Fill out hotel paperwork and send a deposit to requests with the resort. secure your wedding date, then look for a confirma- 4-6 months before the big day tion email (don’t fret — it may take up to a week). 1 week before the big day Decide on any additional wedding events, such Now that logistics are confirmed, begin fleshing out as a rehearsal dinner, welcome cocktail party or Meet with the on-site coordinator to go over event visual elements such as theme and colors. post-wedding brunch. details — now is the chance to make any last-minute changes or additions! Visit the spa for a hair and makeup trial run, if desired. Set up a spa day with mom, bridesmaids and other loved ones for pre-wedding bonding. Arrange for welcome bags to be delivered to guests’ rooms. Arrange to have a private dinner on the beach with your love — the last one before you’re married! Give wedding dress and suit to your coordinator to have them steamed and ready for the big day. 1 day before the big day Host a welcome cocktail party or rehearsal dinner for your guests. Arrange for any special bride and groom or wedding party deliveries such as Champagne, flowers or sweets. Get a good night’s sleep — tomorrow is the big day! APPLEVAACPAPTLIEOVNASC.CAOTIMON|SA.CVOWME/DAVDWINEGDSDISINSUGES 23

SPAS Whether it’s a pre-wedding primp with the bridal party, SWEET a wedding day ’do or a newlyweds’ massage, on-site spas ensure that you’re never too far from some much-needed RETREAT rest,relaxationandrefinement. 23 4 1 5 1 At Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort, couples can indulge in the hydrotherapy circuit, which includes a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, cold-plunge pool, whirlpools and a HydroMassage. 2 Breathless Riviera Cancun’s spa offers relaxation areas with sweeping views of the water. 3 Bridal parties can prep at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall’s Spa Salon, where specialists offer flawless hair and makeup services with Jamaican hospitality. 4 The spa at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana is a great place for the bridal party to spend time before the wedding. 5 Majestic Elegance Punta Cana’s double room is ideal for a couples’ treatment, or for the bride and her maid of honor to get a pre-wedding massage or facial. 6 Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa’s 6 beachfront palapa can be used for a couples’ spa massage during the day, or for a romantic dinner at night. 24 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS

Allow us to be part of your dreams OBTAIN UP TO $2,000 USD DISCOUNT ON YOUR WEDDING PACKAGE! Take advantage of this attractive deal. Thanks to this new offer, inviting more friends and family along will not only create a fun-filled all inclusive vacation surrounded by your loved ones, but it will also help you save even more on your destination wedding at Sandos Hotels & Resorts in Mexico. Ask your destination wedding specialist for more information! Terms and conditions apply APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 25

RESORTS GIRBOREASRENOHDSTAHALOLRTEL “IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall is the perfect combination of luxury and Caribbean vibe that couples are looking for when they choose to have a destination wedding in Jamaica,” says Loreto Lazo, weddings manager at the Montego Bay resort. Located on the beach alongside bright, tropical gardens, the resort boasts two sister properties — IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites and IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach — but it’s the five-star, adults-only IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall where you’ll find next-level touches. Personal butler service, a two-story spa, an infinity pool with swim-up bar, complimentary golf, 24-hour gourmet dining and chilled sparkling wine upon arrival are perfect for both the wedding party and guests. There’s also nightly entertainment and an on-site nightclub to ensure a lively party. Couples can choose between several idyllic spots for their ceremony, including the beach, an ocean-view terrace or an indoor dome, and hold receptions in one of the specialty restaurants, ballrooms or right on the Caribbean shore. A dedicated wedding planner takes care of details small and large and, best of all, booking a wedding at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall means guests have access to the neighboring properties, whether it’s to try another pool for a day, or reserve their rooms just a short walk away. “Having the family-friendly resorts within the same complex gives couples the opportunity to celebrate a wedding with all their family and friends as attendees, no matter age and budget,” Lazo says. “Everyone can be included in the celebrations.” The details: Three different wedding packages start at $999, $1,999 or $2,899 (pricing subject to change), including ceremony and reception, with added features increasing at each price point. Packages include up to 20 guests, but can accommodate up to 200 people with an additional cost per guest. To book, contact a travel professional. 26 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS

WEDDING PHOTOS BY DWAYNE WATKINS OF TEAM DWP STUDIOS Wedding Spotlight AT IBEROSTAR GRAND HOTEL ROSE HALL MELVIN & AKILAH CLARKE Destination Jamaica: “We both love Jamaica — the ‘no problem, everything irie’ feeling,” Akilah says. “Our guest list was extremely large, and it was the most cost-effective option for a large group. It was the perfect setting to get families together to bond and have a wonderful celebration while being on vacation.” Magical moment: “[On-site wedding coordinator] Syrecka Tucker was outstanding, knowing what we wanted without us having to ask. Every small detail was covered and executed. We were stress-free, which allowed us to enjoy every minute of the day. The elegant decor, ambiance and employee hospitality made it feel like a million-dollar wedding.” The details: “The flowers — orchids — were absolutely one of our favorite details. The arrangements at both the ceremony and reception were flawless. The food was not only delicious but presented and served like a royal banquet, and the custom wedding cake was simply stunning. We wouldn’t change a thing.” DETAILS Akilah’s bouquet featured white roses, green Cymbidium orchids and purple Dendrobium orchids. The bridesmaids’ bouquets doubled as centerpieces at the reception, and the head table was an ivory-draped cabana, with a crystal chandelier and purple LED lights. APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 27


PFALARYE FOOD Food is hardly an afterthought at 1 Ten on-site restaurants boast global these tropical locales, where flavors at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. 2 Salmon with crispy world-class chefs can create an lentils and shrimp chutney is served at abundant menu of gourmet cuisine fit Galleon Surf & Turf steakhouse at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall. for any wedding style and palate. 3 Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa offers an artful bread service. 4 One of eight 12 on-site restaurants at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort, Portofino Terrace serves upscale Italian. 5 Classic French dishes such as coq au vin are on the menu at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa’s Coquette. 6 Beef roulade with spinach is served at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall’s Italian eatery, La Toscana. 7 A chef puts the finishing touches on duck confit at Es Palau at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall. 34 7 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 29 6 56

RESORTS LS&OESCSPRACERATBESSOPOSURGETORTLOF Set in the exclusive community of Puerto Los Cabos, wristbands or reservations), relax at the Secrets Spa by Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort offers adults a Pevonia® or hit the links at the nearby professional golf course. stunning Unlimited-Luxury® getaway — meaning everything Plus, the resort is located just a few minutes north of the historic is included — in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Secrets San Jose del Cabo downtown area. Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort is the ideal wedding or honeymoon destination for couples who want striking views Keep in mind, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos is an adults-only of native flora and fauna and miles of unspoiled beachfront. resort; for weddings with kids on the guest list, look to its sister “Los Cabos also has the perfect climate for weddings — not property, Dreams Los Cabos Golf Resort & Spa. “Secrets Puerto humid and very little rain,” explains the resort’s wedding Los Cabos is the perfect resort for couples who want that ‘wow manager, Leslie Chavez. “Couples are able to fully relax and wedding,’ and who want their guests to feel pampered and at experience the event of their dreams.” home,” Chavez says. “It’s the perfect place to host a wedding and then extend the stay into your honeymoon.” Scenic backdrop in place, couples can say their vows and celebrate afterward at a number of locations on the property, The details: Three different packages start at $999 from a terrace secluded from the rest of the resort to a private (complimentary when booking rooms for a certain number of gazebo with a stunning ocean view. Couples can also add nights), $3,199 and $3,599 (pricing subject to change), including interactive, standout elements to their reception, such as a ceremony and reception and up to 20 guests, with added photo booth, cigar roller, tequila tasting, live traditional Mexican features increasing at each price point. Secrets Puerto Los music and dove or butterfly releases. Cabos Golf & Spa Resort can accommodate up to 300 guests for an additional cost per guest. To book, contact a travel While staying at the resort, guests can lounge by the pool professional. (with wait service!), experience gourmet dining (with no 30 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS

Wedding Spotlight DETAILS Consuelo and Alex AT SECRETS PUERTO LOS CABOS GOLF & SPA RESORT were married in the Wedding Gazebo and found ALEX FLORES & a picture-perfect moment in CONSUELO ZUBELDIA the Portofino Foyer (above). Their reception centerpieces Destination Mexico: “We decided to do a destination wedding because we featured flowers and wanted something different than what the traditional Texas Hill County cylinders with water, river stone and floating could offer,” Consuelo says. “We wanted a location that was memorable not coral baby roses. only for us, but for our guests as well.” Magical moment: “I will always remember how attentive the Secrets Puerto Los Cabos staff was. The amount of kindness and generosity they showed us was simply amazing on all levels, from housekeeping to the waitstaff to management. After our wedding, we returned to our room and found it filled with romantic candles and beautiful red rose petals. This was totally unexpected and such a nice surprise.” WEDDING PHOTOS BY GILDA BADILLO APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 31

Wedding in Paradise at Royalton Luxury Resorts Experience All-In Luxury® Weddings A Royalton wedding is as unique and unforgettable as our resorts. Royalton Luxury Weddings Starting FREE* Unlimited Reservation Free Dining Resorts are set on some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, and offer modern amenities Breathtaking Backdrops Luxury Accommodations which include hand-crafted DreamBed™ mattresses, Royalton signature rain shower, free Wi-Fi resort-wide, and conveniences like 24- hour room service and unlimited, reservation-free luxury dining across a sumptuous selection of à la carte restaurants. This year, brand new signature Royalton resort experiences are being unveiled to host your special celebration. In Jamaica, Royalton Blue Waters offers Stay at 1 Play at 2 benefits with nearby Royalton White Sands, and Royalton Negril with its Hideaway the adults-only oasis is a newcomer to Negril. If a more exotic destination is what you seek, Royalton Saint Lucia offers a luxury ceremony in one of the world’s most romantic islands with the option to escape within Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia, the adjacent 18+ resort. Royalton’s Weddings are designed to ensure that you, along with your friends & family enjoy this momentous occasion in paradise complete with All-In Luxury® offerings. With personalized wedding services, beautiful scenery, beach wedding options, and a professional planning team, we can turn your special day into a dream come true. Choose from packages such as Love, Dream, Paradise and Just the Two of Us or inquire about the Free Wedding Package*. Terms & Conditions: *Free Wedding Package is based on a total combined booking of 35 room nights. Other conditions apply. Dominican Republic · Jamaica · Mexico · Saint Lucia 32 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS

A LTA R S Exchanging vows has never been so romantic, with decor teams crafting picture-perfect altars using colorful flowers, lush greenery, rustic wood and rich fabrics — all of which pop against tropical gardens and the sparkling blue ocean. 21 CENTER STAGE 3 1 This IBEROSTAR Grand 5 Hotel Rose Hall custom 4 setting features a gazebo decked in white roses and calla lilies, sheer fabrics and crystal draperies, with mirrors and clear Chiavari chairs. 2 An altar setup at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is made from terracotta roses, pink snapdragons and red Amaranth. 3 Aqua draping and chair ribbons in Majestic Elegance Punta Cana’s private garden gazebo pull in the rich blues of the ocean. 4 A beach altar at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa features bright, tropical greenery. 5 The secret garden at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is accented with hot pink roses, white and pink Dendrobium orchids, white and green Anthurium, mums and tropical leaves. APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 33

EXCURSIONS &AMWSOTARRLDDSMTACR With operations in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, Amstar DMC has access to unique adventures in some of the most beautiful locations across the globe. Through Hawaii-based sister company Worldstar DMC, they also have intimate access to the state’s stunning scenery and warm hospitality. The destination management companies offer everything from streamlined logistics like airport rides and car rentals to unique excursions to VIP touches. They handle every element of the planning process, taking the stress off the bride and groom, and services are tailored to each client. Excursion options are unique to each location: swim with dolphins near Cabo San Lucas, go deep sea fishing in Punta Cana, explore the Riviera Maya cenotes, speed along a zip line in Montego Bay, hike near waterfalls in Hawaii and so much more. Arrange a group event for guests, or wrap it into an official wedding gathering (think rehearsal dinners on a sailboat or vow renewals near a volcano). Let your imagination run wild, and Amstar DMC and Worldstar DMC will take care of the rest. 34 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS

WEDDING PHOTOS BY CRYSTAL CHANEL PHOTOGRAPHY Wedding Spotlight BY WORLDSTAR DMC JGEDRE&ELNINBLDASTETY Destination Hawaii: “We wanted a non-traditional adventure to start off our lifelong journey together,” Lindsey says. “When we were looking at venues and possible beach locations, we discovered the Kaneohe Bay and sandbar and knew right away it was the right location.” The Worldstar Experience: “Jo [Josephine Dole, wedding specialist] from Worldstar was a lifesaver because Jed and I did not know Hawaii that well. When it came to decision making, she made us feel at home. She helped coordinate the boat ride and permits for our ocean ceremony, and she was also instrumental to our coordinating our entire reception at Kualoa with multiple vendors.” Memorable moments: “We loved the boat ride out to the sandbar and the time at the reception right when the sun was setting — there we were right on the water at the base of the Kualoa mountains.” Hawaiian hospitality: “Jed and I both loved learning and becoming a part of the Hawaiian culture over our wedding adventure. Jo made us feel a part of things, and those moments of feeling the aloha spirit on that magical island will forever be in our lives.” APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS 35

ETC. DESTINATION FACT SHEET The need-to-know legal and other requirements Requirements may change, so be sure to contact the Every country has different regulations when it MEXICO embassy or consulate of the country in which you comes to tying the knot. Some couples exchange vows plan to marry for the most updated information. in the U.S. beforehand and simply hold a symbolic Civil ceremony/legal marriage requirements: The ceremony — but for those who want to seal the deal in ceremony must be performed in Spanish (your wedding The U.S. Mexican Consulate: (202) 736-1000 paradise, the on-site wedding coordinator can help coordinator can arrange a ceremony translator) and have guide the process. (Note that many recommend arriving four witnesses over the age of 18. Same-sex marriage is Embassy of Jamaica: (202) 452-0660 at your destination three to four days ahead to ensure legal in some states of Mexico, including Mexico City, things are in order before the big day.) Quintana Roo, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Dominican Republic Consulate: (202) 332-7670 Coahuila, Michoacán and Morelos. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC JAMAICA Necessary paperwork: Civil ceremony/legal marriage requirements: Couples Civil ceremony/legal marriage requirements: Visitors can must have two witnesses over the age of 18. Though • Copies of valid passports be married 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, with prior same-sex marriage is not currently recognized in the application for a marriage license to the Ministry of Justice. Dominican Republic, a symbolic ceremony can be • Copies of birth certificates Same-sex marriage is not legal in Jamaica. performed. • Copies of witnesses’ photo IDs Necessary paperwork: Necessary paperwork: • If the bride or groom has been divorced/widowed, a • Notarized copies of valid passports and birth • Copies of valid passports copy of the divorce decree/death certificate certificates, which must include the fathers’ names • Copies of birth certificates • Marriage application (to be secured by your wedding • If the bride or groom has been divorced/widowed, a coordinator) notarized copy of the divorce decree/death certificate • Copies of witnesses’ passports • Copies of tourist cards for the bride, groom and • Notarized copies of name-change documents, deed • Names, occupations and addresses of parents and witnesses (filled out at the airport) polls, etc. witnesses • A health certificate: Mexican law requires the results • Upon travel to Jamaica, the ORIGINAL documents are • Names of grandparents of a blood test be submitted before the ceremony. This also to be brought. test can be performed at the hotel beforehand (fees • A signed, notarized and translated Single Status apply), with results available in 24 hours. • All documents not issued in English must be translated Affidavit, which confirms both parties are legally single by an Official Translator and subsequently certified by • Post-ceremony, your coordinator will send a copy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of • If the bride or groom has been divorced/widowed, a your marriage license to get the Apostille seal, which residence and by the nearest Jamaican Mission or copy of the divorce decree/death certificate will validate the marriage internationally; this can take Honorary Consulate. two to three months. • All documents must be translated in Spanish • Immediately following the ceremony, a copy of the Religious ceremony: Couples can arrange for a wedding Marriage Register will be provided. This is NOT a legal Religious ceremony: Catholic couples getting married at a at a religious institution, which may involve an additional document; a certified copy of the marriage certificate is church must meet with a Dominican priest and show proof fee. Catholic couples will need to provide copies of their usually processed between one and three months. of attendance at a pre-marriage class. baptism certificates, and both Catholic and Jewish couples will need to provide letters from their houses of worship. Religious ceremony: Couples may bring their own religious leader to perform a ceremony, however, an ordained minister certified to perform weddings in Jamaica must legally pronounce the couple as husband and wife. Catholic and Jewish weddings may be an additional cost. 36 APPLEVACATIONS.COM/AVWEDDINGS


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