Paradise Pavilion at Ladera, St. Lucia The stunning view of this Caribbean islands iconic twin Piton peaks hasnt changed since this serene, 32-room resort opened, but the recent addition of this 1,200-square-foot, open-air (yet sheltered) wedding venue means couples and their guests can enjoy it in private. Set along the same rainforest ridge as Laderas romantic plunge-pool suites, with unobstructed panoramic views of the Pitons and the sea, Paradise Pavilion (see photo, above) accommodates up to 100 people for a sunset ceremony and reception catered by award-winning chef Orlando Satchell of Laderas Dasheene restaurant and guarantees memorable wedding photos. It is linked via landscaped stone pathway to Hilltop Dream Suite #X8, which serves both as a bridal party dressing room and post-party honeymoon suite. For a wedding of approximately 80 guests, couples can take over the entire resort. Rooms from $380; for Wedding Packages and Paradise Pavilion rental rates, contact email@example.com.
Promise Rock at The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Carefree, AZ Nature provides a magical altar at the made-for-sunset wedding venue recently added by this pampering resort and spa with 160 casitas and 61 villas located just outside Phoenix. Against a backdrop of 12-million-year-old golden-hued boulders, a trickling waterfall and an abundance of cacti including a pair of giant his & her saguaros couples can marry in front of up to 250 guests (see photo, right). The site, a grassy meadow set at 2,288 feet and offering dramatic vistas of the Sonoran Desert and the resorts emerald fairways, is part one of a celebration that will carry over into one of The Boulders many special events venues, some with patios and fireplaces. Rooms from $149; for Promise Rock venue and catering rates, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cloister at One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Couples seeking a one-of-a-kind setting for intimate I Dos, can now book the Cloister Wedding Celebration to marry at the ivy-wrapped 12th-century Augustinian Cloister (shipped piece by piece from France see photo, left) at this elegant and easy-to-reach Bahamas resort. The package includes a five-night stay for the couple plus all ceremony-related details such as license, officiant, venue fee, bridal floral and photographer and allows a maximum of 10 guests to attend the ceremony. Also included: a champagne turn down, a Caribbean Awakening Spa experience for two and a dining credit of $400. If youll be celebrating with friends, a dinner reception can be arranged at either Dune, Jean-Georges Vongerichtens seaside restaurant at the resort, or the alfresco Courtyard Terrace. Rooms from $495 and five-night Cloister Wedding Celebration for two, from $8,093; for more info, email email@example.com.