Love NYC, but always dreamed of a destination wedding? If traveling to tie the knot is more your speed, these city-based folks provide the best of both worlds: local face-to-face service with a little black book of fabulous global venues, vendors and resources to make your destination wedding come to life. Be it a breezy Caribbean getaway or a great Tuscan villa, the sky is the limit to these experienced planners who "have passport, will travel" to help you tie the knot anywhere around the world!
David Beahm Destinations
This high-end design firm can actualize your wedding anywhere around the world. They consider themselves "event storytellers," utilizing their vast international resources to create design details that tell a couple's personal story, wherever they choose to dream it. Staying in the States? These pros have designed fabulous fetes at luxe locales such as Palmetto Bluff, Brush Creek Ranch and the Lake Placid Lodge. Itching to elope in Italy? David Beahm Destinations has the exclusive ability to put an entire Tuscan town at your fingertips. Think exquisite cuisine, striking villas, sunsets that stretch over rolling hills... We're already dusting off our passports! Read real brides' reviews here!
Michelle Rago Destinations
Michelle Rago is no stranger to New York City wedding planning — she's been in the biz for close to two decades, carving a destination-wedding niche for socialites and celebrities alike. Her stateside favorite locale is Castle Hill, in Newport, RI, where she designed a chic wedding weekend that played homage to the historic city's past. Internationally, she's created luxurious fetes at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos, where couples and their guests have use of the entire island for the length of their celebration. Michelle recently expanded her team to include seasoned planners with experience in the luxury Caribbean and Mexico markets.
Brilliant Event Planning
With offices on both coasts and exclusive contacts from Cabo to Cancun, Brilliant Event Planning is the New York City bride's go-to resource for producing a destination wedding in Mexico (or the Caribbean, for that matter). Co-owner Sarah Pease began the business to help super-busy Manhattan professionals plan their proposals and weddings, but soon saw a niche in the Mexican market. Her team is adept at planning buy-out style wedding weekends at lush properties such as Maroma. They will be sure to tackle important, destination-centric wedding details the way you do your busy career — with quick-to-respond, detail-driven results that keep all the logistics in line on your big day. Read real brides' reviews here!
With an eye for style and a taste for Epicurean adventure, Francesca Abbracciamento cultivated her instinctive event planning talents by growing up in the restaurant business. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, and working for established Manhattan catering firm, she began her own firm to service the bride who loves a celebration that inspires her senses. Her business is based on the Upper East Side, but Francesca is often asked to create beautiful, tented gatherings beyond city (and stateside) limits. The logistical coordination of her destination weddings are inspired by the personal relationships between her clients — Francesca is known to keep a well-curated list of talented global vendors to suit every couple's style.