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Take Me Away Tuesday: Snique Away

imageIf you’re a jetsetter like me, you enjoy clearing customs more often than you clear your throat.  Frequent travel can be a little burdensome on the Prada purse, which is why I absolutely love Snique Away.  Not so much for the deeply discounted, secret pricing, but also because each day is a new limited offer: some where new, unexplored, unchartered, and ready for you to enjoy. 

For example, at the time that I’m writing this post, this was one of the offers I was swooning over (as I want my before-the-end-of-2011 getaway to be in DR):

sivory punta cana vacation destination wedding dominican republic


SniqueAway is your accomplice for stunning escapes.

A brand-new private sale travel experience, that offers their members top brands and A-List accommodations at surprisingly affordable prices. There is no cost to join SniqueAway, but an invitation is required. By limiting membership, they’re able to bring you exclusive rates on the world’s top hotels. Our limited-time-only sales showcase the sleek, chic, and always unique. Oh, and check out our pedigree: We’re part of Smarter Travel Media—a TripAdvisor Media Group company. TripAdvisor offers the world’s most trusted travel advice™. We take full advantage of their knowledge by bringing you the recommendations and guidance of millions of travelers.


So it’s simple:  Look, book, save, rave.  Discover somewhere new each day or keep your eye on your favorite locale on the upcoming secret sale radar.  Don’t worry—SniqueAway offers US and International Destinations!  It’s also perfect for checking out the location of your destination wedding at a deeply discounted rate, which of course means more money for shopping.

And yes, I’ll share my invite with you 🙂

Take Me Away Tuesday: Hôtel Le Toiny


hotel le toiny resort in st barth for weddings, honeymoons and vacations

Situated in the area of the island referred to as Côte Sauvage, the 15 pastel-colored bungalows, called Villa Suites, are set on a gentle slope overlooking the bay of Toiny and the Caribbean Sea.  A hidden paradise of privilege, romance and luxury features many experiences during your stay: snorkeling and underwater adventures, surfing, big game fishing, tennis and diving.  The Serenity Spa Cottage features delicious treatments for ladies and gentlemen with premium products from GEO. F. Trumper and local Ligne St. Barth.  The new hot shell massage puts a Caribbean spin on the traditional hot stone massage, utilizing locally sourced clams filled with a blend of self-heating organic ingredients, resulting in firmer, healthier looking skin.  The resort is home to the popular Restaurant Le Gaïac featuring innovative French cuisine with a Creole accent.  Hôtel Le Toiny is affiliated with Relais & Chateaux, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.

vacations in st barth

For more information on weddings, honeymoons or luxury vacations at Hôtel Le Toiny, please contact our Cocktails + Details Travel Division

Fashion Monday: Winnie Couture

w8nnie couture sweetheart strapless gown with rosette designs


If there was one word I could think of when I see the gowns of Winnie Couture it would be “romantic”.  With rich textures and designs of soft rosettes, flounces, bubble skirts and ruffles, there is a gown for the bride who wants to look and feel ultra feminine on her wedding day.  Everything from overly fashionable and chic to demure to destination gowns, these wedding dresses, Winnie Couture does not disappoint.

strapless wedding dress with beaded lace overlay  drop waist sweetheart wedding dress winnie couturesweetheart wedding dress criss cross bodice winnie couture bustled wedding dress with satin rosettes layers winnie couture


Visit the Winnie Couture website for more information on buying your Winnie Couture wedding dress, additional designs (including those for bridesmaids) as well as real weddings featuring Winnie Couture gowns!

Fashion Monday: Dress Fabulously with eDressMe

Online shopping has revolutionized everyday life, and your wedding is not excluded from its goodness.  Now with eDressMe, the premier website for dresses for all occasions, has offered tips for choosing the best dress to wear as a guest for every type of wedding.  These, in our opinion, even work fabulously for bridesmaids dresses as well.


Black Tie Affairs – Slip on that snazzy cocktail dress you have been waiting to wear because for a black tie affair you can wear a very dressy short gown.

bridesmaids dresses for black tie weddings

Destination Weddings– If you are dealing with a venue of sun and sand, opt for light and flowing fabrics in bohemian prints or vibrantly graceful colors.

bridesmaids dresses for destination weddings

Garden Ceremony– A short colorful dress or a beautiful print will look wonderful against the backdrop of nature. Avoid anything too dressy or embellished and stick to comfortable and playful.

bridesmaids dresses for garden weddings

Dressy Wedding-For dressy evening weddings, particularly in the city, you’ll want to make sure you look fashion forward. This is a chance for you to dress glamorously and stand out at the occasion without upstaging the bride.

dressy, chic glamorous bridesmaid dresses

Did you know the average age for an American girl to get married is 25? In celebration of this, enjoy 25% off all wedding attire from now until July 6th, 2010 with code “weddingguest10

eDRESS promo code for 25% off WEDDINGGUEST10

Take Me Away: Peter Island Resort

peter island resort british virgin islands


Color me enamored!  This is the perfect site for a secluded event on an exotic private island. The combination of verdant mountains, white beaches and crystalline waters present the opportunity for a dream-come-true, ocean-side wedding. And with a guest to staff ratio of 3:1 and the newly initiated Island Host program, which offers each guest a personal host throughout their stay, the happy couple will find all of their other desires fulfilled as well. The online resort brochure is absolutely breathtaking as are the other images of the resort:

peter island resort british virgin islands beach spa

  Here are some of their fabulous packages available for destination weddings:

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peter island destination weddings british virgin islands image

Surf & Soul Ceremony – A beach, guest choice of course, will be sprinkled with luminaries, a tropical floral archway, and chairs dressed in white linen decorate this beachside wedding. A Caribbean cocktail party compete with canapés is held as the bride and groom step away for an hour photo shoot. The island chef tends to an oil-drum grill to get it primed and ready it for a succulent surf’n’turf seafood feast; think fresh shrimp, lobster, steaks and more. A towering tropical cake is also on the menu with layers of Caribbean inspired flavors – pineapple, rum, coconut and more.

Serene Sailing – The British Virgin Islands are renowned for boating, and Peter Island Resort & Spa, a favorite among yachties, is now offering what else but a yacht-inspired wedding ceremony, Serene Sailing. The ceremony takes place on the high seas aboard the 41’ Silmaril, where an intimate wedding ceremony is performed. The reception continues on island as the bride and groom enjoy a one-hour sunset photography session and an evening dinner party in Peter Island private wine room. The chef prepares a personalized five-course meal, complete with wine pairing and of course, a lavish cake-cutting ceremony.  The evening culminates with dancing under the starts to a Caribbean trio.


Cocktails & Details’ luxury travel department awaits an opportunity to serve you and your guests. If you are drawn to these packages, feel free to contact us!

Take Me Away: Couples Sans Souci

couples sans souci resort in ocho rios jamaica


I must say that I am completely biased with this week’s selection.  It is where Captain America and I renewed our vows and was our first of many trips to the beautiful country that is Jamaica. As a matter of fact—see that little gazebo?  That’s where our ceremony was!

Originally operating as its own resort, Sans Souci in Ocho Rios was purchased by Couples Resorts and added to their collection of beautiful Jamaican resorts.  Everything from their delectable restaurants such as the Casanova (our favorite) to romantic and eclectic lounges like the Balloon Bar, there are so many hidden treasures and fun experiences lying within the gorgeous resort.  Everything is very slow paced, comforting and visually stimulating—perfect for your honeymoon, destination wedding or getaway.


couples resort sans souci ocho rios jamaica

couple sesorts sans souci jamaica spa hut

couples sans souci welcome party ocho rios jamaica

Couples Sans Souci by

Couples Sans Souci by


I love and miss you Sans Souci!  (You too, Captain America 🙂 )

We Likey: Wiley Valentine

Wiley Valentine has my heart (pardon the pun).  Their work is exquisite, luscious (my new word, BTW), and captivating.  Ok, so you think I’m being dramatic?  Nope!  Check out their wedding invitations:


Marie Antoinette (my favorite):

marie antoinette wedding invitation by wiley valentine

marie antoinette save the date for wedding by wiley valentine


Seaside Fete (for some reason, this reminds me of Sea Island):

seaside fete wedding invitation by wiley valentine

seaside fete wedding invitation by wiley valentine


Old World Opulence (say with me, now: DEE-VIIIINNNE!):

old world opulence wedding invitation by wiley valentine


Matzinger: (look at this yellow and black, and I dare you to say that it is not fabulous….):

matzinger wedding invitation by wiley valentine

matzinger rsvp wedding invitation by wiley valentine


Toberty (The azure flower and French wording takes a simple RSVP and transforms it into art)

toberty rsvp wedding invitation from wiley valentine

blue envelope for wedding invitation toberty by wiley valentine


Michelle (loving the beach aspects of this suite!):

michelle beach save the date by wiley valentine

wedding weekend agenda wedding invitations wiley valentine


There are so many fantastic suites that are in the Wiley Valentine line like Luxe and Luxe II, the eco-friendly Bridal, and the luxurious Letterpress.  I did want to share a few from those lines and encourage you to view their other collections—like those for social events and for baby!  And needless to say, the WV Couture line is fabulous all by itself.


Enjoy the beauty of Wiley Valentine!

Tips for Planning a Caribbean Destination Wedding from Porto Cupecoy


St. Maarten’s gorgeous Porto Cupecoy has shaped up to be one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean with its Mediterranean-inspired village, the camaraderie of a private white-glove marina, and  what they describe as “Cosmopolitan Living”.  Be sure to check out the gorgeous video of the Porto Cupecoy property.  They were kind enough share their tips for planning a Caribbean destination wedding with our readers:


A beach wedding in a tropical country is the stuff dreams are made of. A Caribbean destination wedding can be magical and exciting – and a great way to "get away from the everyday". While planning a wedding outside of your hometown does have its complications, there’s no reason to have a wedding disaster in paradise – if you follow a few tips.

Make it Legal
.  Make sure you are aware of the wedding requirements of the destination (they vary from place to place) and you want to make sure your wedding will be legally recognized  (e.g. requirements for the Caribbean Island of St. Martin/Saint Maarten

Tropical or Bust?  Consider what the weather will be like that time of year.  An off-season wedding might be cheaper – but might not be as tropical as you might be hoping for.

Plan Ahead.  Destination Weddings may sound impulsive – but they require a great deal of planning.  Many recommend booking flights and resorts up to 10 months in advance.

Hire Help.  You probably have enough to think about without trying to research every aspect of your wedding – especially in another country and timezone. While you might like the control of planning everything yourself, hiring an on-site wedding planner who has local connections – or getting someone with experience planning in your intended destination – may be just the stress-reliever you need.

Be wardrobe aware.  High heels aren’t great in the sand and many standard wedding outfits will make you – and your wedding party – swelter in the heat.  Think light. (Or to borrow the Cover Girl motto, think: "Easy, Breezy, Beautiful")

Be clear about your budget – and that of others.  Some sites have calculators so you can plan effectively.  Remember that some of your guests won’t be able to afford to go to your destination, so make sure that the people you most want to attend can afford to go – or budget to cover their costs.

Choose the perfect place.  Porto Cupecoy ( is the perfect tropical location for a 2010 wedding. Porto Cupecoy is a luxury residence on the island paradise of St. Martin. While it’s primarily a residence, it will also be an ideal location for special events, like weddings, when construction is complete later this fall.  The Porto Cupecoy Marina Village is located on Simpson Bay Lagoon in St. Martin, one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean and the perfect backdrop for any wedding. 

Reva Revs Up Bridal Fashion

I am completely loving the new collection from Reva Mivasagar.  The designs are so light and soft, but  detailed enough to make impact.  His designs are described as “unique and cosmopolitan” that “symbolizes the individuality of the modern woman”.  It’s not too frilly,but can be if you need it to be.  It’s not too modern, but has feminine lines to add lush curves and touches that every woman wants to feel on her wedding day.  Feast your eyes on these gorgeous designs photographed by Mike Colon.



aloha (super sexy for a destination wedding!)











Be sure to check out some of the beauties from the full collection:



belle  du jour



Totally in love with Reva?  Find your nearest location and be sure to acquaint yourself with the salon policy


Happy shopping!