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In collaboration with our friends at Graff
Couples who choose to attack the node outside have reason to fall. Then comes the when — which can be hard to pinpoint for a myriad of reasons (hello, rainy season, and contrasting family schedules). But that’s where it can feel almost impossible, since beautiful wild landscapes and exquisite properties abound in all fifty states. If you are looking for inspiration, New Orleans, United States Napa is Sonoma Valley, and Aspen they all deliver on three wedding wishes: great food, and a pretty serious time for fifty or five hundred.
New Orleans it is a gloriously eccentric, sensual city, shrouded in a nebulous, warm glamor. In other words, for those contemplating a small wedding with a twist, it’s an introduction. Of the dozens of unexpected places, steeped in history – many with lush, sprawling moss-covered gardens – the sculpture gardens at the New Orleans Museum of Art is distinguished. If all you’ve ever wanted is a backyard wedding surrounded by dramatic tropical vegetation, choose the Museum of Pharmacy patio. Meanwhile, the plush guest rooms and excellent cooking at the Peter and Paul Hotel, Chloe, and the newly opened Hotel Saint Vincent will inspire hundreds of return visits for your guests.
No other mountain town marries (ha!) As luxurious and relaxed as it gets Aspen. While swept ranches aren’t exactly hard to find here, we do have good authority over that T Lazy 7 and Chaparral Ranch are the top two for an outdoor, Western-style wedding. (They both win bonus points for wild horses, seen for days, and in the case of Chaparral, a lake that reflects the sky in the most stunning way.) The Sundeck at the Little Nell it’s all earthy elegance — at 11,212 feet — for the couple who want a sumptuous celebration with peak views. Wedding ceremony aside, rehearsal dinner and choose your own adventure on day two are your chance to immerse yourself in the rustic-rustic atmosphere of Aspen: oysters and champagne at Clark, Betula for a French-inspired dinner, and a nightcap Hotel Jerome.
Napa is Sonoma Valley
The same mermaid song that draws gourmands and enophiles in Napa and Sonoma — hills of emerald vineyards to the eye can see more of an ever-expanding list of world-class restaurants — makes both valleys sublime surroundings for a ceremony at air. They write and Prompt leads the cellar-like-wedding package with views, beautiful patios, and travel-worthy years. We can’t wait to see what’s newly renovated, romantically rustic Pratu has in reserve when it comes to accommodation and amenities. Oh, and that food to the Charter Oak are you fantasizing I swear to do it now, with your nearest and dearest before the big day.
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