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Stories from Auberge Resorts Collection

White Barn Inn Keep Your Kennebunk Wedding Close To Your Heart With a Native Gemstone

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When your love story takes you to Maine, whether to pop the question or to exchange vows, this coastal town is sure to sweep couple’s off their feet with warm hospitality and abundant local treasures. One of these such treasures, Coastal Jewelers, awaits just a three-minute drive from White Barn Inn. A best-kept secret that will make the romantic in you swoon, this jewelry shop offers the unique opportunity to take a piece of our beloved Kennebunk home with you. Step inside and find gorgeous adornments crafted from natural indigenous Tourmaline gemstones that are native to the town of Kennebunk.

Crista Oppenheim Area Sales Manager
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Vanderbilt The Wedding Style Secret That Meets “Preppy Handbook” Standard

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Vineyard Vines knows it’s the subtlest of details that can transform your wedding into the polished, picturesque day of your dreams. From ties to clothing crests, our bride and groom’s have adored the boundless customizable attire options for the ultimate in elite style experience. One of our best-kept secrets, this embellishment option is perfect for any couple with timeless taste.

Jocelyn Evans Sales & Catering Manager
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Hacienda AltaGracia Trade in Your Wedding Wear for Gardening Shoes to Select Your Dream Spread

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A fine dining wedding menu takes on a whole new meaning at AltaGracia. Here, join Chef Ramces in hand-selecting your special day's ingredients straight from the earth’s soil at “La Huerta,” our 20-acre sustainably-managed farm. As we guide couples through our lesser-known garden gems, from chayote to maracuyá, guests have the opportunity to craft a highly-personalized menu that incorporates the local tastes of Costa Rica.

Rebeca Villalobos Groups and Events Manager
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Malliouhana Sprinkle (and Sip) White Rum at Your Wedding to Ward Off Evil Spirits

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Upon arrival in Anguilla, where the natural rhythm of rolling aqua waves, slight ocean breeze, and gentle sunshine ease a tension that you didn’t even know you had, it’s hard to believe how this paradise could get any better. However, on your wedding day, white rum begs to differ. A Caribbean tradition, white rum is traditionally sprinkled around bride and groom before their ceremony to ward off evil spirits and start off the celebration with good intentions.

Khondah Hazell Event Coordinator
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Esperanza Your Wedding Getaway Car Awaits in Cabo

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Walk hand-in-hand down the aisle and into your getaway car— a golf cart decked out with wedding decor and ready to whisk you away to your wedding photoshoot location. From fresh-flower garlands to flowing ribbons to an elaborate “just married” banner, style your ride to suit your special day. Post-ceremony, our couples have enjoyed the option to swiftly depart upon a whimsical photo shoot tour to Esperanza's most picturesque, scenic backdrops.

Grissel Zavala Wedding and Social Sales Manager
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Vanderbilt There’s A Story Behind Every Drink

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As guests walk into our bar I almost always see them immediately start to unwind. I think it’s our unique, historical and cozy setting, accented by candlelight and a fireplace that naturally gives way to conversation and relaxation. The lighting is soft, the seating is cozy and the music does not get in the way of talking. As a bartender, the atmosphere here helps me to connect with the guests. I LOVE hearing their stories and I feel like we can learn so much from each other.  Sometimes the Leyendecker paintings at the bar spark conversation, but often just a simple conversation about a drink recommendation can lead to a story.

Christina Mercado Beverage Manager and Bartender at The Vanderbilt
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Calistoga Ranch Making Your Wedding Unique with What’s Hot in Weddings

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Stephanie Cole and Sarah Drake of Cole Drake Events, a luxury destination Napa & Sonoma wedding planning company, have seen everything from flamenco performances to fire dancers when it comes to unique wedding reception entertainment. It seems dreaming big is trending and there are endless non-traditional entertainment options for the newly engaged to explore. Known for planning exquisite events in the Napa Valley at properties such as Calistoga Ranch, Solage Resort, and Auberge du Soleil, Stephanie Cole & Sarah Drake let us in on the unique, modern wedding elements that will elevate your big day.

Stephanie Cole and Sarah Drake Cole Drake Events
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Solage A Wedding Outside The Box: The Transformation of a Traditional Wine Country Venue

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Alison Events’ is described as more than just a boutique event-planning firm. “We’re a global team with the creative capacity to design and execute an unforgettable party.” Principle of Alison Events, Alison Hotchkiss, reveals what goes into planning one of these unforgettable parties, giving us a closer look into how one bride and groom’s wedding vision was brought to life. Held in wine country amid Solage Resort’s unique, natural beauty and colored with vibrant hues inspired by the seasonal fruit, exotic spices, and textiles found at an Indian marketplace, this Sangeet (a celebration for Indian families prior to a traditional Indian wedding ceremony) is sure to give soon-to-weds inspiration and make romantic souls swoon.

Alison Hotchkiss Alison Events
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Hotel Jerome 5 Tips for Selecting a Destination Wedding Venue

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We specialize in events all over the world. With offices in both Costa Rica and Colorado, we work with clients seeking very different weddings. With the world as your oyster, narrowing down a destination wedding venue can be challenging, albeit exciting. It’s my job as a destination wedding planner to help our clients see their vision come to life in a setting that’s perfect for them. Over the years, I’ve created a formula for getting us to the right place. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be celebrating in paradise in no time!

Aimee Monihan Tropical Occasions
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Malliouhana The Stories of My Most Memorable Weddings

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Jennifer Zabinski of JZ Events shares her most memorable wedding-planning moments, from welcome gifts with altitude kits at Hotel Jerome, to yoga on the pool deck for wedding guests at Malliouhana. Whether emerging trend or tried-and-true detail, the newly-engaged will want to take note of how JZ Events approaches every step of the wedding process with unparalleled creativity, crafting your special day into something that can only be described as magic.

Jennifer Zabinski JZ Events
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Grace Hotel Santorini Holds the Window to My Soul

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Half Greek, half American I’ve spent my childhood summers in Santorini—one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, as my father would say. From a window in my grandparents’ white Cycladic house, our view seemed to reach the edges of the earth. With each hour, a shift in light revealed new sights to marvel over, coloring the blur of ocean and sky into shades as captivating as the flicker of a candle flame. I remember that only one sight could compare; catching a glimpse of a Santorini wedding.

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Madeline Telluride’s Fall Season Stole Our Hearts

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Every autumn since my husband and I have been together, we travel to a new destination to witness the fall foliage. In 2016, we selected Telluride as our next destination. Renowned for the golds, yellows, and reds that sweep the San Juan Mountains in brilliant color, we had a feeling it would be special. Little did we know, however, what exactly this charming town would have in store for us!

Rachel Engen #AubergeMoments Photo Contest Winner
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White Barn Inn Debate Over Whoopie Pie Like A Local

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American Whoopie pie dessert and coffee on the table. horizontal view from above

You might be surprised to learn that the origin story of whoopie pie, a beloved treat in New England, has been a source of great controversy between Maine and Pennsylvania for nearly a century. If you’re wondering how a dessert could cause such debate, let me stop you right there. Whoopie pie isn’t just any dessert.

Local Who Knows Their Dessert
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White Barn Inn Soap Up With Scent of Maine’s Rocky Coast

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Sometimes, I feel like I’m in a long-distance relationship with Kennebunk. We may live on opposite coasts, but Maine’s mystical coastline has my heart. From wide sandy beaches sprawled with delicate sand dollars to rocky stretches of seaside that sound of waves crashing up against dramatic cliffs, I’ve spent my most tranquil, cherished moments sharing these striking sights with my husband. When I refer to my “happy place,” my family knows exactly where I’m talking about— and when I miss it’s lobster rolls and warm beach days, I take out my favorite souvenir: White Barn Inn’s hand soap.

Maine’s Other Half
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Chileno Bay Love Can Walk On Water

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Marking your steps towards forever, a bridal entrance is unrivaled in grandeur. Make this milestone moment your own, and craft a custom entry point to honor the bridge between bride-to-be and newly-wed. Whether it be traditional or avant-garde, let your dreams guide you. For one of our brides, this meant walking on water. Perhaps the most extravagant entrance we've crafted at Chileno Bay Resort was a custom pathway that led the bride over our pool to the ceremony. With a subtle change in music, wedding guests turned to see the first glimpse of their loved one dressed in white, gracefully making her way to say “I do” while seemingly floating upon glimmering water. Unanimous awe fell over the ceremony—and a swift reach for tissues. In crafting an uncompromising, custom bridal entrance, elevate your ceremony or reception with the details that tell your unique story.

Samantha Macedo Weddings and Events Sales Manager, Chileno Bay Resort
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