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Of people and place.

Left: Britney Hope, editor with Liz Scull

from DestinationVows in Cap Cana.

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Trends

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Ocean Cruise

Publisher

Ensemble Travel® Group

Managing Editor

Liz Scull

Editor

Britney Hope

Creative Director

Liz Scull

destinationvows.ca

2019 |

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Brittney & Al

Style

10

Trends

16

Essential Bridal Styles for 2019

Featured Resort

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The One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos

Destinations

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Island Charm:

Where to Wed in the Grenadines

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How to Have a Dream Wedding in Madrid

66

The Waterside Chapel at Baha Mar, Nassau

Planning

38

Top Wedding Customs Nobody

Wants to Live Without

Real Weddings

24

Santana & Symroy

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Brittney & Jason

30

Rebecca & Danny

34

Tanisha & Don

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Jasmine & Bryan

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Natasha & Hector

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Brittney & Al

Honeymoons

46

Sweet Sri Lanka

50

Finding Romance in the Land Down Under

52

Sip, Savour, Saluti on an Italian Honeymoon

Vow Renewal

70

Tony & Pamela: A Surprise Vow Renewal

Ocean Cruising

78

Why Get Married on an Ocean Cruise?

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destinationvows.ca

2019

Contributing Writers

Liz Scull, Carly Ostroff, Vawn Himmelsbach, Charlotte New,

Megan Honan, Sarah Harris, Zachary-Cy Vanasse,

Katie Lockhart, Christina Newberry, Alex Davies, Waheeda Harris,

Heather Greenwood Davis, Erin Lindholm, Gracie Carroll

Advertising Co-ordinator

Ingrid Lopez

Art Direction

Cherry Ann Valles, Cinzia Cammisa

Foxx Advertising & Design Inc.

Production Management

Joe Viecili, Dalia Shamkhani

Foxx Advertising & Design Inc.

Print Management

St. Joseph Print, Concord

Marketing & Advertising

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No matter how many stories we read, Liz and I never get tired of learning

about a person’s real destination wedding. There’s just something so

romantic about the concept of friends and family stealing away to an exotic

locale, gathering beneath a warm sun and filling that place with love, hope

and good times. And after another year of working on

DestinationVows

magazine, we’re still blown away by the sheer community of it all.

Perhaps it’s the romance of stepping away from daily life and into a place

that holds special meaning for you and yours. Or, maybe it’s the feeling of

being surrounded by your loved ones in a place that’s essentially worry-free

thanks to the help of thoughtful and skilled wedding experts. A wedding can

be themed, purposeful, unplugged (page 10), or include the hottest fashions

(page 16) - anything is possible. It can be on the beach, on a ship (page 78)

or in a waterside chapel (page 66) - whatever the details, there’s no denying

it: Marrying away from home is an unbeatable way to make some memories

(and let’s face it - the photos are always just spectacular).

But there’s something else about taking your vows in a special place. After

everyone has returned home, and anniversaries have gone by, the memories

of one of the best days of your life stays quite vivid - made stronger by the

fact that everyone took time out of the busyness of life to really celebrate

your love in a big way. When you think back to that day, the memories are

more tangible - you can still hear all the beautiful things that were said that

day, taste the flavours of the foods you’d never had before, or feel the warmth

of the sand beneath your toes.

It stays with you, perhaps because it was deeply meaningful, like the intrinsic

customs of Natasha and Hector’s multicultural Indian-Mexican wedding (page

54). Maybe because it was incredibly touching, like the tender love story of

Santana and Symroy, who wed in Jamaica (page 24). Or, maybe because it

was just a rollicking good time, like Tanisha and Don’s post-ceremony frolic

in the surf (page 34). The common thread tying all the real weddings in the

following pages is this: It was the people and the place that made the

wedding day so special.

So as you sit back and enjoy our latest issue of

DestinationVows

, don’t just

try to pull inspiration from the fabulous photography, decadent décor and

sensational style of these weddings. Take a moment to consider how you’d

like your own day to feel in-destination - before, during and after it’s all taken

place, and most importantly, who will help you make it that way.

Britney Hope

Editor

bhope@ensembletravel.ca