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Sure, we love beaches: The sand, the palm trees, the crashing surf. Super romantic, no? Well, if you love them less than we do, they're not your only options for a destination wedding. Here, five equally romantic choices for where to tie the knot:
Why We Love It: With cacti and flowering succulents, there's plenty of spectacular color popping up everywhere.
One to Love: Scottsdale, Arizona
Where to Get Hitched: The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North is set in the Sonoran Desert, just far enough away from the suburbs to see plenty of stars, hear the howl of the coyote at night, and see the lights of the city off in the distance.
Why We Love It: The gorgeous open spaces, combined with the natural flora and fauna, give us a sense of peace with nature.
One to Love: Hill Country, Texas
Where to Get Hitched: Rough Creek Lodge will serve your guests local game, create a fire pit for post-reception smores, and organize a daytime horseback riding excursion for the whole party.
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Why We Love It: Cool culture and urban adventure await couples who gather friends and family in these sophisticated settings.
One to Love: New York, New York
Where to Get Hitched: The Carlyle Hotel is located on Madison Avenue, in Manhattan's tony Upper East Side Neighborhood. It feels as posh as this city gets, and it's just steps from Central Park.
Why We Love It: Whether you come in summer and hike or in winter to ski, there's no denying that your guests will have a blast here.
One to Love: Aspen, Colorado
Where to Get Hitched: The Viceroy Snowmass does ski bunny chic oh-so-well, and with a modern edge.
Why We Love It: It's lush, it's green — it feels like life beginning, which is a really powerful metaphor. (Okay, so we're hopeless romantics. Guilty as Charged)
One to Love: Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Where to Get Hitched: Lake Quinault Lodge is located in Olympic National Park, home to old growth forest, well-marked hiking trails, and spectacular water falls.