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Jess Levin of Carats & Cake shares a few of the best warm winter wedding destinations to escape the cold.
Avalon Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA
"Once a playground to Hollywood's Golden Age, Palm Springs provides a destination wedding experience without the hassle & uncertainty of international destinations. Located in downtown Palm Springs, the Avalon offers intimate weddings staged in manicured gardens of citrus trees, topiaries & white garden roses with the San Jacinto Mountain range as your backdrop."
- Olivia Prescott, Director of Special Events, Avalon Palm Springs
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W Retreat & Spa Vieques, Vieques, Puerto Rico
"There is a little island off of the coast of Puerto Rico called Vieques. Horses roam free, the beaches are endless, beautiful, and generally empty, and you get that totally laid-back island vibe. It's the perfect warm winter wedding destination for a few reasons: it's on eastern standard time (so you don't have to worry too much about jet lag), it's also a very quick trip in flying time for most of us in North America, no passport necessary makes traveling there super convenient and easy."
- Leila Brewster, Owner and Creative Director, Leila Brewster Photography
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The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
"Put your passport away and get an easy flight to Palm Beach Florida and take advantage of The Breakers. This venue stays warm year-round, is right on the ocean, but still features classic décor and a stunning ballroom if you want an elegant wedding. Some people want the warmer weather for the winter months, but don't necessarily want a beach feel to their wedding. This is the kind of venue where you can have style and sand."
- Luke Walker, Co-Owner, Clark+Walker Studio
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Montage Kapalua Bay, Lahaina, HI
"Designed as residences, the Montage Kapalua Bay feels like home to your wedding guests. The gorgeous lawns and cliff house are the perfect backdrop for your celebration while maze of pools and quiet corners invite you and your guests to relax and enjoy the Hawaiian beauty."
- Donna Von Bruening, Owner, Donna Von Bruening
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Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica
"With its private enclave of luxury villas, boutique oceanfront rooms, and lush tropical hillside, Round Hill Montego Bay Resort and Villas in Jamaica, really is the perfect setting for a winter wedding weekend getaway. From understated luxury to rich history and old-world glamour, you instantly feel at home in Jamaica!"
- Aimee Dominick, President, A. Dominick Events
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The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA
"The Ranch is situated in a breathtaking canyon, less than a minute from the beaches of Laguna Beach. Perfect for a destination wedding, it offers all the charms of a small beach town and also the relaxation of a nature getaway. The surf, sand, and sun are all within easy reach of your guests."
- Matthew Morgan, Owner, Matthew Morgan Photography
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The One&Only Palmilla, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
"The One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos is an oceanfront luxury resort that comes complete with several restaurants, a spa, and a gorgeous chapel right on the property. Combined with the fact that it’s an easy drive from a major airport, it's absolutely a perfect destination wedding venue."
- Liz Banfield, Owner & Lead Photographer, Liz Banfield
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica, CA
"The crisp and clear Southern California winter weather provides a gorgeous setting for outdoor ceremonies, and Santa Monica is the perfect escape for family and friends traveling from chillier locales. There's no better time to enjoy a custom, seasonal menu with twinkling lights overhead in the Fig Tree or cozy candle lit seating indoors."
- Callista Sessler, Assistant Director of Events, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Naples, FL
"Winter weather in Florida will have your guests thrilled to leave to cold up north and make a trip for your destination wedding. The hotel provides a gorgeous backdrop, incredible customer service, fun activities for your guests, and a wide variety of wedding venue styles to match a wedding of any size from their casual elegant Beach House to their impressive ballrooms, you and your guests will dance the night away at the Ritz."
- Tracie Domino, Founder & Creative Director, Tracie Domino Events
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA
"The Arroyo Terrace is a perfect location to warm up your winter wedding. It’s the ultimate space to cozy up to the glow of the fire, nestled in plush furniture pieces under twinkling market lighting."
- Sonja Parcell, Senior Catering Sales Manager, The Lodge at Torrey Pines
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