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Flipping Out

Travel Flip-Flops from CityFlips

Destination wedding guest meltdown: The flight to the far-flung island affair leaves first thing in the morning, and you’ve put off packing until midnight. Plus, everything must fit in a carry-on so you can easily hop onto a puddle-jumper.

Beachy flats go best with the breezy maxi dress you’ll wear to the reception, but for lounging around throw in a pair of travel-friendly CityFlips. The foldable flip-flops come in a small pouch that fits into a purse (the pouch also expands into a full-size tote bag to lug home favors and souvenirs). Funky leopard, zebra, or black-and-pink striped patterns are fun for the beach, and will leave you enough room in your luggage for all those 3-oz. toiletries.

It’s better than barefoot.



Chantilly Weddings: Kara & Jim

Kara Scheidel & James Liedka: 11/13/10 in Montego Bay, Jamaica

A lover of the beach, Kara always dreamed of a tropical wedding. “I really loved Jamaica and knew Jim would feel the same way,” she says. After Jim proposed in the backyard of their Florida vacation home, the Brooklyn couple chose the Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica as their ideal destination. “I envisioned a chic beach wedding with boho touches,” Kara says.

To jumpstart the wedding festivities at Half Moon, the couple hosted a casual beachside welcome barbecue where their friends and family indulged in an elaborate buffet of Jamaican cuisine. A steel band provided the dancing music and guests enjoyed a lively show that included local dancers, flame throwers and a contortionist.

The morning of the wedding, the groom and several friends teed off at the resort’s golf course while the bridal party relaxed at the Fern Tree spa. That afternoon, 45 guests gathered at the beachside Orleander Terrace at Half Moon to watch Kara and Jim exchange vows. A violinist played a selection of Beatles music for the wedding processional, then the bridesmaids and groomsmen entered to “Let It Be” while the bride walked down the aisle to “And I Love Her.”

Following the ceremony, guests sipped Jamaican Sunsets, the wedding’s signature drink made from Myers dark rum and fruit juices, while a steel band played in the background. After sunset, the reception kicked off with Kara and Jim’s upbeat first dance to Peter Franti’s “Hey Now” followed by a sit-down dinner of petite filet with strawberry grouper and spicy jerk chicken with grilled shrimp. The lively celebration overlooking the ocean continued into the wee hours with an afterparty at one of the six-bedroom villas reserved for the guests. “I think I danced to every song that night,” Kara says. Looking back, Kara’s most memorable moment was seeing Jim for the first time on their wedding day. “He had tears in his eyes. It was the happiest I’ve ever seen him.” Jim adds, “It really sinked in that we were husband and wife.”


Bride’s Dress and Hair Piece: Pronovias
Bridesmaid Dresses: Printed chiffon dresses from  J. Crew
Bridesmaid Gifts: Rachel Leigh bow necklaces and rings
Groom’s Attire: J. Crew
Photographer: Saab Weddings
Venue & Honeymoon: Half Moon, A RockResort
Wedding Rings: Michael C. Fina

SoHi Fidelity

Parties at Trump Soho

You feel on top of the world, so why not plan a wedding fete with the best possible vantage point.

The new(ish) Trump SoHo hotel in downtown Manhattan is a celebration of sleek NYC style, and its SoHi event space on the 46th floor offers the best possible views of the Big Apple. With 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll see the city in a gorgeous panorama that will inspire amor. Whether it’s a cocktails-only engagement party or a blowout wedding reception, out-of-towners will get the best possible introduction to Gotham at this party way up high — even the most jaded local will be drawn to the surrounding cityscape full of lights. And after a night of revelry, it’s ever-so-convenient to stumble back to a guest suite furnished by Fendi Casa and fall asleep on a bed of Bellino Italian linens.

Call this party pie in the sky.


Over the Moon

Destination Weddings at Half Moon Resort, Jamaica

If Prince William’s engagement has you dreaming of a royal wedding, Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica is fit for a queen (both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles have vacationed there). Whether it’s a grand ballroom or an intimate crescent-shaped beach, the lush 400-acre resort can deliver on any wedding vision.

Reserve a few private villas for your group — each comes along with a personal chef, butler and housekeeper. Surrounded by fragrant gardens, the plantation-style homes (complete with terrace and private pool) are decked out with colonial decor offset by bright Caribbean hues. Keep the rehearsal dinner casual with a beachfront BBQ of jerk chicken, seafood and rum punch while a steel band plays under the stars. On wedding morning, primp in private in one of the Fern Tree Spa’s cottages, while golf enthusiasts can play nine holes on the award-winning course. Around sunset, get married with your feet in the sand at the Royal Pavilion, a private beach with an open terrace for the reception.

Once your guests depart, you and new hubby can unwind at the spa with their signature couples’ massage (followed by a private soak, champagne and truffles), swim with the dolphins (Tony and Reggae) and end the day with a romantic dinner of escovetch fish on the terrace of the famed Sugar Mill restaurant.

Everything is irie.


Full Bodied

Vinotherapy at The Plaza’s Caudalie Spa

We like to think wine cures all, but here’s confirmation that it should be part of your bridal regimen: French beauty brand Caudalie uses the restorative powers of the grape to keep skin looking gorg, a theory that lends itself to some intense prenuptial pampering.

Couples tying the knot at The Plaza (or another dreamy Manhattan destination) should book the VIP room at the hotel’s Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, a luxe escape that’s one of only a few in the world. The cozy private suite is the ideal place to relax together the day before or after the wedding. All treatments are vino inspired, from a honey and vine wrap to a crushed Cabernet scrub. Book side-by-side massages, take a dip in a red wine barrel bath or try a steam shower for two. Afterwards, relax in the spa’s wine lounge, where an on-site sommelier (spammelier?) can recommend the perfect post-facial pairing.

In vino veritas.

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