Sea meets sky at The Verandah Resort & Spa, where you can reconnect with nature, your loved ones and yourself. This eco-friendly island resort offers 30 spectacular beachfront acres on Antigua’s northeast coast overlooking a tranquil bay. The Verandah’s idyllic Caribbean village ambiance is bound to inspire closeness and relaxation. It’s the perfect choice for romantic getaways, with the perfect mix of activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, and more. Unwind at the island’s largest free-form swimming pool or indulge in rejuvenating and exotic treatments at the resort’s signature Spa Tranquility spa. Whether you want to seek adventure or soak in the natural beauty at this all-inclusive island hideaway, The Verandah Resort & Spa is the perfect locale to celebrate and share new experiences!
We can all agree that Paris, France is THE city to embrace and celebrate love! It’s the perfect locale where passion explodes at every corner; from the breathtaking scenery, historic streets, and breathtaking landmarks that has us dreaming of romance. Mara and Conrad’s fairy tale wedding captured by Maxime Desessard Photographe is one that will not only have you fall madly in love for the City of Lights, but will have you ‘oooh la la-ing’ over every one of their wedding images.
When Mara and Conrad began planning their wedding, they knew Paris, France, was the perfect locale to host their destination wedding as this location holds emotional significance to their relationship. Additionally, it was an ideal geographical location for both families to meet in the middle. Mara and Conrad agreed, “It was surreal to have so many of our closest family and friends come from different corners of the world to be there for us, meet each other, and to experience a city that has meant so much to us as a couple.”
“It was surreal to have so many of our closest family and friends come literally from different corners of the world (from New Jersey to South Africa) to be there for us, to all meet each other, and to experience a city that has meant so much to us as a couple.”
The ceremony took place at The American Church, where the bride walked down the aisle wearing a stunning blush-colored Sareh Nouri wedding gown featuring a fitted bodice and dramatic organza skirt embellished with roses. Conrad sported a classic black Hugo Boss tuxedo with ivory bow tie.
ollowing the ceremony, the newlyweds, along with their guests, boarded the Seine River Cruise for their cocktail hour. As they viewed many prominent sights of Paris, guests were served a variety of specialty hors d’oeuvres prepared by Traiteur Tradition Française, while being entertained by La Planche à Dixie jazz band.
At the end of the boat cruise, the celebration continued at the historical Restaurant Le Procope, which was known for hosting intellectuals, revolutionaries, and philosophers in its day.
Centerpieces of ivory and blush roses completed each tablescape design, as Mara and Conrad wanted the main focus to be kept on Restaurant Le Procope’s dramatic architecture.
Tell us about your wedding proposal: Conrad proposed in South Africa (where he is from), in a beach town along South Africa’s garden route, where he spent summers growing up. He proposed on the terrace of our room, overlooking a beautiful sunset. I was completely surprised because I thought he was just being extra romantic that day for our anniversary. I started crying when I realized what was happening, and of course, said yes!
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: It had been raining in the morning, so walking out onto the boat after the ceremony and seeing the sun come out just in time for the cruise down the Seine was probably our favorite memory. That, and seeing our families and friends from all over the word meet each other and enjoy each other’s company.
What was the most exciting part of planning your wedding? Tasting the food and cake was definitely the most fun. We also enjoyed an excuse to take dancing lessons!
Where did you go on your honeymoon? We went to southern Spain for our honeymoon because we wanted to stay in Europe, but still have nice warm weather in mid-October. We started out on the Costa del Sol, in a beach town outside of Malaga, and rented a car which gave us the flexibility to take day trips to Marbella, Ronda, Grenada. We spent a few days relaxing in Seville, and ended with a few days in Madrid before flying back to New York. We loved trying all of the different tapas and tasting the delicious Spanish wine in the different cities.
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? Have fun [with the planning], even when its gets stressful. In the end, it is an incredibly happy day that you are planning and nothing can really go that badly in the end. Also remain true to yourselves and not feel pressured to stick to any specific traditions that don’t seem meaningful to you. Do what makes you both happy!
Mara & Conrad
October 13, 2012
Restaurant Le Procope • Paris, France
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: The American Church / Celebrant: Dr. Joseph Indano / Reception Location: Restaurant Le Procope / Cocktail Hour Caterer: Traiteur Tradition Française / Photographer: Maxime Desessard Photographe / Wedding Coordinator: Dreams in Paris / Ceremony Music: Eloise Renand (Violinist) & Fred Gramann (Organist) / Entertainment: La Planche à Dixie / Florist: L’atelier Vertige Marais / Limousine Service: Star Limos / Cake Designer: Wedding Cakes Avenue / Bridal Salon & Veil: Exquisite Bride / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Formal Attire: Hugo Boss / Invitations: Invitations by JoAnn / Favors: Miniature Wine Bottles / Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: Murielle Palace / Jeweler: Timeless Diamonds / Honeymoon Locations: Southern Spain
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