Asoni Haus & Honeymoons and Get-a-Ways Partnership

Philadelphia, PA — (SBWIRE) — 11/18/2013 — Leading luxury Lifestyle Management, Event production and PR agency Asoni Haus have strategically partnered with Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways; a comprehensive travel firm with over 10 years experience, focusing on the luxury travel, honeymoon and destination wedding markets. With the aim of working together to provide curated travel experiences to the elite lifestyle members managed by the Asoni Haus team. This service partnership will see a more targeted luxury focus for Asoni Haus members who are demanding more than ever, romantic getaways, bespoke honeymoon experiences and opportunities to access the inaccessible, especially when it comes to creating that special moment with, or for their loved one. Asoni Haus spend their days working with the world’s elite, providing Lifestyle support to their members, comprising of Celebrities, Sporting personalities, UHNWI, Leading Business men and women, Diplomats and Dignitaries. Asoni Haus are the curators of Luxury, utilizing their global contacts and partners to provide their members access to the inaccessible. Call them the “Fixers” as they truly understand what it is to provide Luxury, effortlessly.

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways founder Nancy Barkley says “Our mission is to plan your most memorable travel experience ever, anywhere the client heart desires. We are able to achieve this goal by years of traveling the world and finding the perfect locations for clients. We are able to offer our customers exclusive VIP treatment due to our strategic associations worldwide”. While Asoni Haus Founder & CEO Ingrid Asoni feels that “this partnership is long overdue, bringing together two companies that truly understand the needs of the elite, are driven by service quality, have vast experience within the luxury market and have the need to exceed client expectations, especially when it comes to requests of the heart”. Bringing these two forces together, will only ensure that romantic moments become even more unimaginably unforgettable.

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Dreaming of a romantic wedding in Italy?

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Have you always dreamed of a romantic wedding In Italy, at a luxury boutique hotel or possibly on the cliffs of the Amalfi Italian coast or at a medieval castle in Tuscany or on the beaches of South Florida?

Imagine saying “I do” in an exotic locale and spending three to seven unforgettable days bonding with your family and friends.

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life. A destination wedding is the perfect way to make that day memorable
for you and your guests.

With over 15 years in the events, hospitality and lifestyle services industry, Pamela, owner of Celebrating With Elegance, strives to please with an attention to detail, exceptional customer service and an overall enthusiasm, no matter what special event or Concierge lifestyle need you may have.

A keen sense of understanding a client’s vision and needs while finding the most effective and compelling solution is always Pamela’s objective.

From concept to creation Celebrating With Elegance is proud to offer full service Special Event and Wedding Planning in Florida and to all of Italy.

The talented team of event designers are here to eliminate all of the stress in planning your Wedding, Anniversary, Birthday or Product Launch.  As they work closely with each of their clients to bring their visions to reality, their goal is to create truly wonderful events that will exceed the expectations of their clients and all of their guests.

They show their talents proudly by custom designing each event and wedding according to the style, budget and request of their client. They are available for travel.

From custom props, to decor, lighting, and big themed entertainment their professional  approach to event design and wedding planning, along with their impeccable sense of detail and creativity are just a few reasons why their clients call on them to make their visions come true.

They are Creative, Unique and Dedicated.

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President, Celebrating with Elegance

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Highlights of Costa Rica, Mayakoba Mexico, and St. Lucia

Today’s post is by travel agent Nancy Barkley, of Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways. Nancy just returned from visiting Costa Rica, Mexico, and St. Lucia and shares with us a hotel that especially impressed her at each of these destinations.

I would like to highlight a resort from each of the three remarkable destinations I just visited. All are perfect choices for honeymooners, destination wedding couples or your next vacation.

Costa Rica

Wake up to this view from your window at The Springs Resort and Spa

Wake up to this view from your window at The Springs Resort and Spa

I am a huge fan of Costa Rica and the country’s abundance of flora and fauna, national parks, volcanoes, cloud and rain forests. Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone, the adventuresome, the wildlife lover, the sporty, and those who would like to relax and unwind in the natural hot springs.

My highlight hotel is The Springs Resort and Spa. We arrived in the evening and immediately went into their 18 mineral laden Hot Springs. When I awoke in the morning I was greeted by a picture perfect view of the Arenal Volcano. The food was exceptional as was their 14, 0000 foot spa and fitness center.

Now open is the first phase of Club Rio Outdoor Center, located directly below the resort on a beautiful stretch of the Arenal River. It is truly “a must” offering Inflatable River kayaking, river tubing, horseback tours, and more. What I liked best about this resort, in addition to the 5 star accommodations, and relaxing hot springs, were the staff. Everyone there made you feel at home and wanting to return.

Mayakoba, Mexico

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Rosewood Mayakoba – on the way to breakfast

Riviera Maya, Mexico has so much to offer travelers, warm Mexican culture, perfect beaches, Mayan Caves, or shopping and dining on La Quinta Avenida.

I stayed in Mayakoba Mexico at the astounding Rosewood Mayakoba. This truly luxurious resort is surrounded by jungles and white beaches offering guests privacy, extravagance, and beauty. Villas are accessed by boat and I was greeted by my butler who checked in on me twice daily.

During my stay, their crown jewel was unveiled, Casa Laguna. This two-level villa is truly for the most discerning guest offering a chef’s kitchen, three bedroom, two master suite, and media room. Outside, 3,000 square feet of outdoor space offers private pool, show and dining deck.

The Mayakoba Complex connects 3 enchanting hotels, Banyan Tree, Rosewood, Fairmont and 18 hole Greg Norman golf course.

St. Lucia

The spa at Viceroy Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

The spa at Viceroy Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

I fell in love with the island of St. Lucia, and could not help but notice some similarities to Costa Rica, the rain forests, volcanoes, hot springs, zip lining and windy roads. St. Lucia has something for everyone as well in part because of its varied landscape and diverse culture and cuisine. I thought St. Lucia to be a truly romantic destination and the Piton Mountains are just breath taking. My highlight hotel is Viceroy Sugar Beach. Yes, I heard all the hype–Matt Damon just recently had his vow renewals at this resort and all roads were closed for some time in and out of resort. But having visited, I have to say, this resort lives up to the hype and then some. Our first visit was to the spa…think Robinson Caruso. All of the treatment rooms are in trees in the middle of the rain forest, an ideal location, very tranquil and peaceful, just the sounds of the birds in the trees. The resort has two white sand beaches with a variety of water sports. All of the accommodations, from the standard king to the four bedroom villas offer truly are truly deluxe offering lavish amenities. I don’t think you can beat the location of this resort, overlooking Sugar Beach and beneath the peaks of the twin Piton mountains, just jaw dropping.

St. Lucia is simply beautiful.

Nancy on her way to the hotel in St.Lucia, with the Pitons in the background

Nancy on her way to the hotel in St.Lucia, with the Pitons in the background

Runaway Bride Destination Weddings has partnered with Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways to create an extraordinary and unique destination wedding experience for brides and their grooms.

Kimberly Richmond and Nancy Barkley, A-List destination wedding experts, offer brides a wedding experience in unique settings and service without limitations.

What does this venture mean for brides and grooms?  Finally, Destination Wedding Experts offering a hands-on approach while providing creative customization of every event with flawless execution and 5-star service.  Couples will have a dedicated team adept at handling the unique nuptial “tasks” from honing in on the perfect flower arrangement in a remote destination to navigating the requirements for a legally-binding union far from home. The partnership will benefit couples who are looking for personal, intimate service, as opposed to generic on-line “destination wedding sites” and “cookie-cutter weddings.”

Destination weddings can be stressful, so you are invited to Run Away with them, place your “wish list” in their capable hands and allow them to stage your dream wedding.

Both Kimberly Richmond, owner of Runaway Bride Destination Weddings and Nancy Barkley, owner of Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways started in the Destinations Wedding business the old- fashioned way – by planning their own destination wedding.  Kimberly and Nancy realize the importance of working with someone you trust and this partnership promises to make your wishes come true.

Leave it to the Experts:

Runaway Bride Destination Weddings is a boutique destination wedding company specializing in luxurious hideaways all over the world. They represent select properties in unique locales and partner only with exclusive venues.

Services are customized for each individual, starting from the first meeting with the bride and groom, through the “Big Day.”

Runaway Bride Destination Weddings personally researches every destination they book and hand picks every vendor they propose. Because of their established relationships in each destination, they are able to obtain “preferred pricing,” which in turn, assures you the best “bang for your buck.” Their “quality, versus quantity” philosophy defines their approach and validates them as veritable connoisseurs of the places they recommend.

Runaway Bride Destination Weddings will guide you every step of the way, allowing you and your groom to be “guests” at your own wedding, while leaving the tedious details behind.

Contact information: http://www.runawaybridedestinations.com k.richmond@runawaybridedestinations.com

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways is a leading full service travel agency which has built a valued reputation based on expertise, attention to every detail and unrivaled customer service. They specialize in Destination Wedding, Honeymoon, and Luxury Travel.  Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways is committed to their clients and will provide you the best travel experience available. Travel with Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways and you will quickly become accustomed to an exceptional level of service at competitive prices.

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways go the extra mile for every single client. By leveraging their buying power of partners they are able to offer superior value added amenities, upgrades, and more. Rely on their team of travel experts whose combined in-depth destination knowledge offers more than 75 years of travel experience.  Most importantly, they are here for you, before, during, and after the trip!

Contact Information- http://www.honeymoonsandgetaways.com   nancy@honeymoonsandgetaways.com

Turkey in Style

“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Constantinople,” marveled Alphonse de Lamartine, the 19th-century French writer and politician.

Perhaps I should have paid more attention in school while learning about the Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empires, but my extraordinary tour guides on my recent visit to Turkey had my undivided attention.   Istanbul was known as Byzantium around 660BC than as Constantinople after Constantine moved the capital of the Roman there in A.D. 330 and then Istanbul by 1453 when Turkish Conqueror made it the seat of the Ottoman Empire.  I would like to share my extraordinary journey with you and hope you will  have the opportunity to travel to this beautiful country full of beauty, culture and legend.

Galati Tower – “The treasures of Galati are dangerously charming.” This is an old Turkish saying, probably devised by desperate house wives of old Istanbul, because Galati has been the most seductive of Istanbul’s treasures over the centuries.  Once this place was a Genovese trade colony, and it kept its autonomy even after the conquest of the city by the Turks. The Genovese had a huge tower, called the Tower of Galati, of which the keys were handled to Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror as a sign acceptance of his authority.

Today, the Galati Tower still stands, and it has become a major attraction, with a great spectacle and great food; keeping the tradition alive

Karrie (Chore) Museum – Famous with its incredible mosaics and frescoes, dating from the later period of Byzantine Pictorial art. Between the years of 1948 and 1958, they were fully restored through the efforts of the American Byzantine Institute.

Sultan Ahmet Mosque – It was the dying wish of Sultan Ahmet, who perished at a young age at the 17th century, due to a disease, to finish the mosque so that his name would live forever. It is called Blue Mosque by visitors who fell in the awe of the delicate designs of Ottoman tiles that decorate the walls of the shrine. The floral patterns of the tiles, as well as well-lighted, capacious internal spaces are a testimonial of the eternity of the soul.

Basilica Cistern – The Underground Cistern was constructed at the time of Byzantine Empire in order to meet the water needs of the city. Its illuminated columns and mystical atmosphere will undoubtedly enchant you.

Hamam(Turkish Bath)  Hürrem Sultan Hamamı. This historical Turkish bath was the present of Magnificent Suleyman to his beloved wife Hurrem. Experience Turkish bath like sultan’s had in the past, with scrubbing, foam massage and tea.

Topkapi Palace –The Topkapi Palace has been the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th century. Its design, initially devised by Sultan Mehmed himself and then enhanced by Sinan, hides clues of the rituals of the structure of Ottoman hierarchy and the running of state affairs.

Home to the imperial treasury and the cabinet, as well as being the site of the barracks for the Janissaries, the elite of the army, every corner of the palace tells about the splendor of the Ottomans. Apart from the priceless treasury, a distinguished collection of Chinese porcelains, holy relics, sultan’s costumes and imperial weaponry are exhibited in different sections of the palace.

Museum of Islamic Arts – Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts – Originally, this palace, which dates from the sixteenth century, was offered as a gift to the Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha by the Sultan Süleyman the Lawgiver. The building was converted in to a museum in 1983, housing handwritten Qurans, epigraphs, hand-woven carpets, wooden and stone artifacts dating back to the ages between 9th to 17th centuries.

Suleymaniye Mosque – It is said that the master architect Sinan has built his mosques that decorate Istanbul for over 450 years, in the image of their donators. Sinan’s masterpiece in Istanbul, the city’s largest mosque, clearly verifies that, as one can feel the dignity and the power of the greatest of Ottoman sultans: Suleiman the Magnificent.

Apart from the mosque, you may also see the resting places of the two heroes of a love story that has changed the fate of an empire: Sultan Suleiman, the man called the Magnificent in Europe and “The Lawmaker” by his subjects; and his beloved wife, Roxelana.

Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar– Oriental shopping area located in the heart of old city , where you may experience the vibrant pulse of Istanbul at its best, rare spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, live animals, flowers are sold.

Bosphorus Cruise – A poet once described the Bosporus as “God’s beautiful calligraphy written by an ink made of sapphires”. This straight, separating (and connecting) to two continents that form the two faces of a city, take its name from a mythological legend. Ever since those ancient times, it had marveled people with its beauty.

While cruising along the Asian and European shores(app. 21 miles long), you will be surprised to see the harmony of Ottoman and modern architecture; as well as having an opportunity to see the major highlights of the city’s fairy tale-like skyline from the sea.

The İstanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions, was founded in 2004 and occupies an 8,000 square meter site on the shores of the Bosphorus.

İstanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessible to art lovers.

As part of its commitment to sharing Turkey’s artistic creativity with wide audiences and promoting its cultural identity in the international art world, İstanbul Modern hosts a broad array of interdisciplinary activities.

Hippodrome – The Hippodrome had been a center for sports and entertainment in the old Constantinople, the Eastern Roman Capital; as well as very important center for politics, as sports and politics were closely knitted up at these times. No wonder that Hippodrome had been a starting point for revolts and political movements throughout the history.

Echoes of cries by slaves riding chariots in ferocious races; and the passionate words of intellectuals and poets that lit the flame of public movements have still been reminiscent, to those with a powerful imagination.

Hagia Sophia The “Shrine of Holy Wisdom”, the marvelous Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century marks the true beginning of the golden age of Justinianus, the conqueror of Africa and Italy, who achieved lasting fame through the complete revision of all Roman law, resulting in what is known today as the Corpus Juris Civilis.

The domed construction of the sanctuary is an architectural innovation; and was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian proclaimed, “Solomon, I have outdone thee!  Mankind would have to wait for over millennia before being able to build a cathedral that would surpass the gigantic size of Hagia Sophia. Converted to a Mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city, by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1453; as the young Sultan fulfilled a divine premonition by the Holy Prophet Mohammad himself. In 1935 the building was converted to a museum, by the executive order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Culinary Lecture at Nar Restaurant ( Learn and experience how to make a rock candy  from one of the famous chefs of Turkey)  Rock Candy (Akide) – Rock candy (also called rock sugar) is a type of confectionery mineral composed of relatively large sugar crystals. This candy is formed by allowing a supersaturated solution of sugar and water to crystallize onto a surface suitable for crystal nucleation, such as a string or stick.

Grand Bazaar – The largest and the most attractive covered bazaar in the world; where people have been trading diamonds, carpets, food, perfumes, and, even gossip for centuries!

Fun Facts : Turks introduce Tulips to the World and the first shipment from Turkey arrived in Belgium in 1562 and is the only city in the world that sits on two continents, Asia and Europe.

One hour flight to Bodrum, pearl of Aegean coast the Turkish have dubbed ‘St. Tropez’ of Turkey and justly so.   The Greek-style whitewashed houses that dot the hillside and overlook the bays are poster card perfect.

A quick stop at the crumbled yet lasting remains of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders and then on to

St. Peter (Crusaders’) Castle- The Crusader castle was built by the Knights of St. John between 1402 and 1409. The fortifications of the castle consisted of walls to which ramparts and central towers were added. Today the castle’s rooms are used as a museum where findings from the Bronze Age, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods are exhibited. The castle also houses the largest underwater archaeological museum in Turkey. It is one of the few of its kind in the world. Reconstruction of shipwreck is in display in the museum.

The following day was spent sailing the beautiful bays of Bodrum aboard the the Luxury Private Yacht “DIVA” , sailing by Orak Island, Kisebuku Bay ,Mazı Bay,Cokertme Bay while enjoying a gourmet meal prepared by our personal chef.

The next day we made a journey to visit The House of Virgin Mary.  This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Mother Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived her last days there.

The day continued with adventure as we then explored Ephesus- The Ancient City of Ephesus is one of the crown jewels of mankind’s greatest cultural and historical heritage   We visited the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor including  the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre.

We also discovered Artemission (Diana) Temple -Ephesus is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE and destroyed in 401 CE by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom). You  still see the remnants of the huge temple.

Seljuk Castle/ Basilica of St. John-The Basilica of St. John was a basilica in Ephesus that was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century , standing over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. The basilica is on the slopes of Ayasuluk Hill just below the fortress near the center of Seljuk, It is believed that the Apostle John traveled from Jerusalem to the city of Ephesus where he remained for the rest of his life. It was during his time there that Emperor Domitian exiled him to the Isle of Patmos, when Nerva became emperor John was pardoned and returned to Ephesus, where he lived the remainder of his days and completed  Gospel of St. John.

Our afternoon was made unspoiled by stopping and having lunch at an old Greek village in the top of Selcuk mountains well known for typical cherry wine.

As all good things must come to an end our conclusion was a walk through Dario Moreno Street ( Jewish Singer who lived and died in Izmir) to Asansor for watching  the colorful nightlife  of  Izmir.

Asansor-Turkish for “elevator”, derived from the French word ascenseur is a historical building in İzmir, Konak. It was built in 1907 as a work of public service by a wealthy Jewish banker and trader of that period in order to ease passage from the narrow coastline of Karataş to the hillside, the elevator within the building serving to carry people and goods through the steep cliff between the two parts of the quarter.

In time, the small street that led to the building also came to be known under the same name, Asansör Street (Asansör Sokağı). In the 1940s, one of the residents of the street was the singer Dario Moreno, who was to attain fame later.

It was recently restored and since then, became one of the landmarks of İzmir. The street was renamed Dario Moreno Street in memory of the singer.

My only wish is I had more time there to explore the beauty, culture, and legend of Turkey.  All the more reason to go back!.   All of our exceptional accommodations, tours, guides, transportation, and services were provided by Premium Destinations, a leading provider of travel services.  Together with Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways, we will customize a truly one of a kind trip for you or you can enjoy one of their suggested itineraries which you may find at  http://www.honeymoonsandgetaways.com/getaways/turkey

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Planning your Destination Wedding

So, you want to have a Destination Wedding? Something different, unique, nontraditional, that is great. However, do your guests want to be part of a Destination Wedding? This is the first dilemma when you decide on having your wedding in a different country or state.  Aunt Sue, who does not have a passport or has never been on a plane, does not want to fly anywhere, yet alone to a country where she does not speak the language.    Brides and Grooms, my first piece of advice is to make a list of absolutely “must be there” guests and make sure they can attend. The last thing you want to do is get six months into the planning and then have somebody back out.   Of course, I have planned Destination Weddings, with the above being the very reason for the couple chose to have a Destination Wedding, knowing Aunt Sue will not go- if that is the case, then carry on and have your Destination Wedding, you know your family and friends best.

Location, Location, Location- where to have your Destination Wedding?   A lot of this depends on where you and your guests are physically located and how far you would like your guests to travel.   If you are traveling to another county, researching air lift helps prevent many troubles before they begin.  Also, looking at a map helps the geographically challenged, trust me, one cannot drive to Hawaii.

When to have your Destination Wedding?  Mother Nature is an important part of the wedding party.  The Caribbean is a popular choice for many couples, with summer being popular because children are out of school and summer usually provides more vacation time for guests.  However, summer starts Hurricane Season in the Caribbean, so it is advisable to plan on a different time.   In this situation, advance planning is key to allow guests enough time to request off. You can perhaps take advantage of long holiday weekends that will not be during hurricane season, or typhoon season or  weather events at your destination.  While on the topic of children, if you would like an adult only event, the same rules apply to a Destination Wedding as a local wedding.  Save the Dates and invitations should be address only to those who are invited, meaning if the children names are left off, they are not invited.

So you have the date, you have the location, what type of wedding are you going to have?  Legal, religious? Symbolic.    For legal weddings, many countries require you to be in their country a certain amount of time before wedding and have blood tests taken locally as well as papers translated.  For religious, it is not always easy to find say a priest or rabbi in certain areas.  For many the religious ceremonies, it is less complicated to fly, your rabbi with you to perform ceremony.  All of this can be done when planned ahead of time.  Also, just because you have chosen an exotic destination, you can still walk down a literal church aisle.  Many venues provide a traditional chapel at their location.   If choosing a legal ceremony, I find more and more brides getting married legally ahead of time and doing symbolic ceremony at location (which can look exactly like a legal ceremony) if you do not wish your guests to know, they will be none to the wiser.

Regardless of when you have to arrive at your destination for residency requirements, please allow yourself an extra day, especially if you are flying.  Weather and flight cancellations can delay travel and giving yourself extra time can avoid a problem before it happens.  Also, I do not suggest shipping your wedding dress, EVER, I cannot tell you the horror stories of dresses being caught up in customs.  Same goes for gifts you bring on the flight for guests.  Ideally, purchase locally or bring with you unwrapped.

Being a bit of control freak myself and having planned my own Destination Wedding, I quickly learned you need to let go of some of the control.  So, if you are a hand-on bride, be forewarned, to avoid a lot of unnecessary stress, give up of some of the power.  If at all possible, I always suggest visiting the destination you have chosen and meeting all the players that will be involved in your wedding.  If this is not possible, make sure you work with reputable travel and wedding professionals who provide references and then call the references that are most recent.  Once you are comfortable that your Destination Wedding Team is prepared to handle everything, introduce them to your Decision Making Team.  Establish an initial conference call. Discuss the entire wedding process and establish a realistic time line for everything involved for your wedding and who will be doing what.    From there, you can send pictures and detailed description of exactly what you are envisioning for flowers, table settings etc.  Just like communication is vital for your marriage, it is very important with your wedding planner.

Have your Destination Team recommend a local photographer at your destination that has knowledge of the local area, for some great unique photos you will always cherish.    Always have a Plan B for wedding location.  You do not want to think of inclement weather for your wedding day but it happens, and having an alternative location selected ahead of time will help you avoid undue stress.

This is your day, decide on exactly how both of you envision it, communicate it with your Destination Wedding Team and let them take it from there.  When planning a Destination Wedding, try not to get caught up in making everything perfect, role with whatever comes your way and it is your wedding day and it will amazing!

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways,  Destination Wedding Specialits have been planning unique, one of a kind weddings for over 20 years.  Visit their website at www.honeymoonsandgetaways.com  Facebook at www.facebook.com/honeymoonsandgetaways  or call them today at 877 – 793 – 4808.

Marry in Querétaro or Michoacán , Mexico

“Welcome Home” is often how I am greeted when traveling to Mexico.  This honestly rings true as the warmth and hospitality of the Mexican citizens make you feel immediately at home.  You will leave Mexico sharing their passion and love for their country looking to return again soon.

“Honeymoon” a period of harmony immediately following marriage.  I cannot think of a more beautiful and breathtaking place, for newlyweds to take their first journey as husband and wife, than to Mexico.  There are so many wonderful choices in Mexico to start your honeymoon trip, I would like to begin with the beautiful Colonial towns of Mexico, specifically Michoacán and Queretaro, where I had the privilege of traveling to this summer.

Travel with your soul mate to the soul of Mexico, Michoacán.  When you arrive to Michoacán it will be like taking a step back in time to Old World Europe and traditional Mexico.  Here you will discover formerly housed convents, glorious haciendas, and Spanish palaces.  Your first trip as husband and wife will be to a truly magical place.

Morelia, the capital of Michoacán is not only a stunning colonial city but has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site with its architecture dating back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.  These grand buildings house many of the hotels that you will stay at.  The focal point of Morelia is the cathedral with soaring twin spires, located in the middle of the main square and heart of the city.  On Saturday evenings, the Cathedral is gradually lit up with awe inspiring results.

In Tzintzuntzan, you will visit the former Covent of St. Francis.  This monastery thrived for over one hundred years, before being converted into a school.  This ancient convent is  now open  to the public and  much of the original two-story quadrangle remains, and fragments of original frescoes over 400 years old can still be seen in the large arched entryway

So close to Morelia is Patzcuaro, one of the four Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns) in Michoacán.  Patzcuaro means “Doorway to Heaven” because the ancient population believed the entryway to heaven was near.   Its focal point is the Plaza Grande, showcasing the statue of Bishop Vasco de Quirogas.

If adventure is more your style, enjoy zip lining, kayaking, mountain biking, hike, golf or visit the youngest volcano in the world – Paricutin.  One can tour the Don Vasco Route that will navigate you through historical zones that will thrust you into the magic of thousand year old traditions.

Magnificent, Magical, Mystifying, Miraculous, Majestic, in my opinion, they all describe Michoacán.

Multicolored mosaics that maintain authentic traditions, sunsets upon splendid architecture, preserved in its original beauty since viceroyalty times are for you to experience in Queratro, a treasure in the heartland of Mexico, which is a short two hour drive, away from Michoacán.

I have to agree with the cover of a pamphlet I was given while in Queretaro.  “Explore the Unexpected” I did not expect Queretaro to be a romantic destination, I was so wrong.  Magnificent colonial buildings filled with fine art galleries, museums, elegant restaurants and sidewalk cafes, and artisan’s shops.  Country Estates, gardens and vineyards , world class musicians, National and International cuisines and long established wine producing in the valley running from San Juan del Rio Ezequiel Montes, need any more romance?

Queretaro is a state of vice regal and baroque sceneries.  Michoacán is a magical place rich in nature wonders, traditions and architectural beauty.  Both are the ideal destination for the honeymoon of your dreams.

I truly enjoyed every magical moment of my trip to Querétaro and Michoacán and was touched by every person I met.  It is my hope you will honeymoon to the romantic colonial jewels of Mexico and experience the enchantment as well.