Europe

Talking Tuscany Destination Weddings on Style Me Pretty

Photo by JaroPienza/ShutterstockPhoto by JaroPienza/Shutterstock

Some people love the canals of Venice, others cry for the dramatic cliffs on the Amalfi Coast. But when it comes to Italy, for us there’s no place more beautiful, diverse and perfect for a gathering than Tuscany. The rural triangle between Florence, Pisa and Rome is home to gorgeous acres of farmland, medieval-era hilltop towns laced with cobblestone alleys, and some of the country’s top wine producers. Not to mention the great selection of venues and hotels, from simple stone-walled villas that date back centuries to lavish estates owned by some of the top names in Italy.
That’s why we were excited  …

Best Honeymoon Picks from Virtuoso Travel Week

Courtesy of Ashford CastleCourtesy of Ashford Castle

I just got back from an exhilarating Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas. Virtuoso is the world’s leading luxury travel network: the best hotels, cruise lines, tour companies and other travel companies undergo a strict vetting policy before they are allowed to join, ensuring the highest level of quality across the Virtuoso brand. It’s just as exclusive on the travel advisor side; we have to pass the rigorous standards to be a part of Virtuoso, and through that we’re able to offer our clients unique perks and extras that aren’t available to the general public. Virtuoso is considered the “best of the best” in  …

The Coolest Hotel in London

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood LondonScarfes Bar at Rosewood London

I love everything about London. The history, the shopping, the style — and of course, the hotels! One of my absolute favorites is Rosewood London, which opened to much fanfare in late 2013. From the outside, it looks very much a traditional English hotel, set in a circa-1914 building with stately iron gates marking the courtyard entrance.
Inside, things get more interesting. I love the striped floor in the lobby, and the great collection of artwork and coffee table books make it feel more like a salon than a lobby.
Design touches are everywhere, from the birdcages by the elevator to this hallway off the  …

Globetrotter: A Secret Greek Isle Perfect for a Low-Key Destination Wedding

Chapel on beach on Amorgos islandPhoto by Amanda Julca

With the dollar on the upswing against the Euro, there’s no better time to have a destination wedding abroad. We love the Greek Isles, so when wedding planner Kasey Conyers of Bliss Event Design in Columbus, Ohio told us about her visit to the tiny Greek isle of Amorgos, we wanted to hear more! Here’s her story, along with photos from Amanda Julca.
“I love traveling, I always have” says Kasey, who is launching Bliss Event Co. Destinations this year. “It’s an extension of Bliss Wedding & Event Design,” say Kasey, “but we’re taking our planning and design work around the globe!”

What brought you to  …

Unique Luxury Destination Wedding Spot in Tuscany

Courtesy of Monteverdi TuscanyCourtesy of Monteverdi Tuscany

We’re always on the lookout for unique destination wedding spots. So when we recently got the invitation to travel to Tuscany with David Beahm, we couldn’t pass it up! Not only is David one of the top event designers in the U.S., he is an old-school gentleman with exquisite taste. So when he said we needed to see a hotel, we knew it would be special!
A hilltop town-turned-hotel, Monteverdi Tuscany is in Castiglioncello del Trinoro, near Chiusi. The Italian-American owners fell in love with the medieval-era town and started buying and renovating apartments. The result: A one-of-a-kind hotel spread throughout the town, home to approximately 10 full-time residents. As a guest,  …

Villa Life: Provence is Calling

Villa in Provence, France honeymoonLa Bergerie/Villas of Distinction

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love hotels — the service, the style, the ease never gets old, no many how many I visit. But since a recent trip with a group of dear pals, I’ve been dreaming about a different kind of stay: bringing my people to sprawling villa where we can laze by the pool and explore the area, then recap our adventures over long, relaxed dinners at the dining table.
Which is why I’m drooling over La Bergerie, a six-bedroom estate in Provence near the Cote D’Azur. Check out this amazing foyer, and that’s just  …