about our featured blogger

We're so excited to have JoAnn Gregoli, owner of Elegant Occasions, blogging on our site. JoAnn is the co-author of The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings with Carley Roney and has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry. Check back often to get her tips and advice on planning a destination wedding!

about our featured blogger

CR Luxury Vacation Properties & Tours, located in Los Sueños Resort in Herradura Costa Rica, is a reputable wedding planning company dedicated to creating your dream wedding. Heading the CR Luxury wedding team is Aura Luisa Mora. Aura has been working as a special events coordinator and wedding specialist for over 11 years, and with extensive knowledge of the country, venues and vendors, Aura and her team will insure a hassle free, amazing destination wedding experience.

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The Breakers

Upon arrival to the Breakers Palm Beach, you arrive to palm tree-lined driveway leading to a regal Italian-Renaissance setting. You will quickly realize why The Breakers is a romantic destination for weddings. This tropical, oceanfront mansion offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, lush gardens and charming courtyards.

The list of amenities is quite impressive:

· Mediterranean-style Beach Club reminiscent of St. Tropez

· One-half mile of private beach, five oceanfront pools and four whirlpool spas

· 25 luxury beach bungalows for daytime use, including personal concierge

· Luxury oceanfront spa featuring masterful treatments, services, and spa fitness classes

· Two fitness centers

· Nine distinctive restaurants and five bars for an array of dining and entertainment options

· 36 holes championship golf, including The Breakers Rees Jones® Course

· World-class golf instruction featuring the acclaimed John Webster Golf Academy

· 10 lighted Har-Tru tennis courts and instruction by USPTA/USPTR-certified professionals

· 10 on-site boutiques, including Guerlain, Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer® at The Breakers

· Family Entertainment Center and Coconut Crew Kids Camp

Weddings Locations:

What is fantastic about this venue is that there are plenty of options to host different events.

The Ocean Lawn has a breathtaking direct view of the Atlantic Ocean and provides the relaxed feel of a beachside wedding. This space is perfect to host a ceremony, welcome and rehearsal dinners, or even brunch. The Lawn accommodates 100 to 500 guests.

Mediterranean Courtyard

Framed by classical balustrades and furnished with tropical flora, the Mediterranean Courtyard is a dazzling spot for an outdoor cocktail hour, or can be transformed for a romantic ceremony. Reflecting the hotel’s Renaissance inspiration, it was designed to provide sunshine as well and cross-ventilation for many rooms in the days before air conditioning. The Courtyard accommodates 75 to 500 guests.

Mediterranean Ballroom

Modeled after the loggias of Italian villas, the elaborate fresco-painted renaissance ceilings portray paintings of the sky, with large Venetian-style chandeliers and tall, arched windows. The ballroom overlooks the Mediterranean Courtyard, and can accommodate up to 250 guests.

The Circle Ballroom (One of my favorites!)

The Circle offers spectacular ocean views, through its 15 ft windows. The soaring 30-foot ceiling has a shallow dome with eight oval fresco-painted murals depicting Renaissance landscapes such as Villa Medici outside Florence, and the famous Tivoli Gardens near Rome. At the center, a Venetian crystal chandelier hangs from a stylized gold-leaf sunburst. The Circle accommodates up to 200 guests.

Venetian Ballroom:

This room offers stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Venetian Ballroom is one of The Breakers’ largest ballrooms. The 25-foot-high space glows with six chandeliers, custom fabrics and golden tones. This majestic room accommodates up to 550 guests.

Front Lawn

Offering guests a garden-like setting with lush, tropical foliage, the Front Lawn is a picturesque backdrop for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail reception. Originally used as the hotel’s croquet lawn, the Front Lawn adjoins The Palm Courtyard. The Front Lawn accommodates 75 to 300 guests.

The Gold Room

Aptly named for its gorgeous diagonally paneled gold ceiling, the Gold Room is adorned with 260 hand-carved cherubs. Niches just below the ceiling contain portraits of Renaissance rulers and explorers of the New World. The ballroom is a replica of a room in Venice’s Galleria Accademia and offers an elegant, romantic setting for a ceremony, wedding dinner, or after-party. The Gold Room can accommodate up to 250 guests for a ceremony and 85 guests for dinner with a dance floor and band.

Magnolia Room

Originally the living room-style North Lounge for the hotel, the Magnolia Room accommodates up to 250 guests for a ceremony and 85 guests for dinner with a dance floor and band.

I love finding great spots that don’t require us to use passports (nothing against traveling outside the USA, it’s just a little perk to think “Oh I don’t need that this time”). With daily flights into Palm Beach, this hotel is the perfect destination that feels exotic but remains somewhat familiar.

The hotel is gorgeous, it’s easy to get there but the best thing about this hotel is their amazing team. Their wedding team is probably the best in the business… accommodating, helpful and passionate about their clients. Once you go to the Breakers you will come back every year for your anniversary!! I guarantee it!

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