Highlights From My Trip to Aspen: The Little Nell, Ajax Tavern and Blazing Adventures!

photo 3Hey Y’all,

I recently had the privilege to spend a few incredible days in Aspen at The Little Nell, which I might add is an incredible resort that pays attention to detail in every sense of the word.

Settled at the base of the mountain, you really could not ask for a better location to stay in Aspen.  Not only is it easy to walk around Aspen because it is so quaint and charming of a town, but from The Little Nell you can hop right on the ski slopes if it is in fact ski season or take the gondola up to the top of the mountain for lunch and take in the stunning views.

We were fortunate enough on our first night there to have dinner at the top of the mountain while enjoying a few different bands from Elan Artists and a delicious meal from the The Nell‘s chef who created culinary magic.

On our second night, we ventured down the mountain to the Ajax Tavern for amazing food, an impromptu bocce ball tournament and lots of wine.  Beyond the fine dining, for anyone planning to get married in Aspen, or thinking of a mountain wedding, I highly suggest checking out the breathtaking views (click here for Little Nell wedding testimonials).

The view alone is worth millions and the Nell has a few special places for the ceremony, as well as the reception, all right there for the perfect wedding.

Also, the rooms at the Nell are incredibly comfortable and spacious, I slept like a log. I don’t think that there is much more you can ask for in a room when traveling.

photo 2In addition to awesome accommodations, our days were packed full of fun, and there are plenty of things to do while in Aspen. I have to admit that the highlight of the trip would have to be the white water rafting trip we took with Blazing Paddles.

The two hours floating down the rapids were a complete blast and I would be open to doing that everyday if possible.  Unfortunately, we barely get rain in Los Angeles, so I am not sure a daily rafting trip would even be possible.

photo 4Our last day in Aspen we went fly fishing, something I had never done before, but I caught seven fish, so I must have some sort of beginners luck. As you can see from the pictures we were prepared for the elements, but at the stocked ponds where we went fishing, the waders were not necessary other than for an awesome photo op. The only time we got in the water was for the picture.  Also, all seven of the fish I caught were released back into the ponds.

Image of Sundeck Wedding at The Little Nell via http://www.thelittlenell.com/Information/Photo-Gallery

Image of Sundeck Wedding at The Little Nell via http://www.thelittlenell.com/Information/Photo-Gallery

Winter or summer, Aspen is stunning and has something for everyone to do.  I can’t understand why anyone would not want to go there all the time.  I am addicted and will be back!
-Brian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Peek at My Costa Rica Trip and Photo Shoot

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A teaser of what’s to come from our ‘Destination I Do’ photo shoot in Costa Rica.

Hey Y’all,

I’ve been so busy with work I haven’t had a chance to post any snapshots from my trip to Costa Rica here, although you may have already seen some on my social channels.

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As I said in my initial post about this trip, the people that I had the opportunity to travel and work with on this job were a real ‘dream team’. Our photographer, Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography, posted a collection of her snapshots (mostly us having a great time, a few of the design process and photo shoot) and you can check them out, here: http://beautifuldayphotography.com/2014/05/four-seasons-in-guanacaste-costa-rica-fam-trip/

As you can see from the photo gallery, we had a blast together. The photo shoot turned out even better than we expected, but it will have to remain under wraps until the the special issue of Destination I Do magazine comes out. I’ll be sure to keep you posted! Have a fantastic weekend, everybody!
-Brian

My Best Tips for Outdoor and Destination Weddings as Featured by Destination I Do

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 9.12.41 AMHey Ya’ll,

The fabulous Destination I Do Magazine, asked me to do a guest post chock full of my best tips for hosting an outdoor wedding.

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 9.14.56 AMThere are a lot of extra elements to contend with when you’re hosting a wedding outside, the most obvious of which is the weather.

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 9.15.40 AMThat’s why my number one tip is to plan ahead for any possible weather scenarios. Unexpected rain and wind are the most common wedding day surprises, so make sure you have a back up space or a plan for keeping everyone dry and everything in place.

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 9.13.30 AMMy second best tip is to know your location by doing your homework. Make sure you ask questions like, are there enough bathrooms for your guests? Are they close enough to the ceremony and reception space? These are important details to consider when you’re not in an indoor venue.

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 9.14.05 AMFor the rest of my tips on planning an outdoor event of any kind or a destination wedding, check out my Destination I Do post, HERE.  Have a great weekend everyone!
-Brian

My Top 6 Picks for Places to See, Stay and Eat in New York City 2013

Image via Louis Vuitton City Guide 2011 http://bit.ly/1dEsVlI

Image via Louis Vuitton City Guide 2011 http://bit.ly/1dEsVlI

Hey Ya’ll,

I was recently in the Big Apple working on some planning for The Knot Gala, which takes place in October (stay tuned for more details on this awesome event!). While there, I managed to do a bit of sight-seeing and snap some pics along the way, so today I’m sharing those photos and a few of my best recommendations for places to see, eat and stay in NYC.

1. Empire State Building

image-9The Empire State Building is a great spot for taking in city views both day and night. The observation deck is open from 8AM until 2AM, with the last elevator up leaving around 1:15AM. It’s a must-see in my book! Here are a couple of my photos from the top:

image-8 image-72. Washington Square Park

imageWashington Square Park is known for the gorgeous arch (pictured above), which was dedicated in 1895 in honor of George Washington, for whom the park is named. The park also features a large grassy area with a fountain that’s a popular meeting spot in the city (pictured below).

image-13. The 9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial Rendering via http://www.911memorial.org/about-memorial

9/11 Memorial Rendering via http://www.911memorial.org/about-memorial

The National September 11 Memorial honors the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks that occurred on 9/11/2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

6 copy The Memorial is made up of two waterfall pools that are each nearly an acre in size and sit in the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools.

4. Lombardi’s Pizza

lombardis_v2_460x285(2)For a quick bite to eat, I love popping into the pizza places that are scattered around the city. I have yet to meet a slice of New York pizza that I didn’t love. Lombardi’s is one of the best and is over 100 years old and considered one of America’s first pizzerias!

pizza5. Hakkasan

Hakkasan foodOn my most recent trip to NYC,  I ate at Hakkasan located in midtown Manhattan and the food was incredible. I highly recommend checking this spot out both for the delicious menu as well as the stunning 11,000 square foot space (see photo below).

Hakkasan NY6. Eventi Hotel

eventi hotelI loved staying at New York’s Eventi on my last trip, which is a Kimpton Hotel. It’s very modern and stylish.

Eventi loungeI have also stayed at the Gotham Hotel and all of their rooms have a little balcony. That’s another great option for the price (see photo below).

hotel09I’ll be sure to update this list each time I visit the city in the coming months but for now, those are some of my favorite spots in the city! What are your favorite places in New York City? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

In Vegas for Engage! 12

Hey ya’ll,

Just wanted to check in with you all and let you know that I’m in Vegas for Engage! 12. I’m having such a great time so far, who wouldn’t love getting all this fun swag?

Yesterday, I participated in a hosted lunch where the guests drew cards with different speaker’s picture on them and asked questions about our businesses in order to get to know each other better. Here’s mine:

This morning I’m speaking in front of everyone at the event. So thank you, for your thoughtful suggestions on what to include in my presentation I’ve decided to speak about my process for designing Hollywood type events and my inspiration for designing weddings. Keep your fingers crossed that it goes smoothly!

For real-time photos of the event (you can probably spot me in a few!), click HERE.

I’ll be in Vegas until Friday. Let me know in the comment section below if you have any suggestions for things to do while I’m here!
-Brian

My Guest Blog for ‘Destination I Do’

Hey Ya’ll,

Last week, I was featured as a guest blogger for “Destination I Do.” They asked me to offer my advice to couples considering a destination wedding.

Click HERE to read my tips now, for planning and preparing for an unforgettable wedding away!

In a nutshell, if planned well, a destination wedding could be less costly than a wedding on your home-turf, not to mention a lot less stressful. Plus, it gives you and your guests (if you decide to have any… Click HERE for my post on guest-free weddings!) a chance to enjoy a fabulous mini-vacation to remember forever!

And if you haven’t already, be sure the check out “Destination I Do” magazine. It’s chock full of helpful information for couples considering a wedding away from home or romantic honeymoon. Plus, lots of beautiful stories and inspirational photos from weddings that took place all over the world!
-Brian

March Wedding Series: Eloping in the 21st Century

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Hey Ya’ll,

For the final post in my March Wedding Series, I was inspired by an article I recently read in the New York Times about an interesting wedding trend that’s on the rise… guest-free weddings!

You heard me right. All the fabulousness of a big, elaborate wedding, including the bride, the groom, the dress, the suit, the cake, the food, the flowers, the location, and the photographer, minus all of the usual guests. Think of it as the modern day equivalent to eloping, without all of the shame. Or as an elaborate photo shoot, starring the couple at whatever beautiful setting they choose for their intimate ceremony for two.

This modern twist on your average wedding not only saves couples a lot of money, especially when you consider the cost of catering alone, but also, for the most part, completely eliminates the usual stress, worry, and anxiety associated with planning a wedding.

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Not only this, but in terms of location, not having any guests means the sky’s the limit! Atop a picturesque snow-capped mountain, on a sailboat in Greece, a private garden in Paris, or a beautiful remote island–they’re are all viable options when you don’t have guests to take into consideration! In fact, many hotels and resorts have noticed the trend and are currently offering elopement packages coordinated by a full-time, on-site wedding consultant.

So what do you think about this modern take on eloping? Would you have a wedding with zero guests? Why or why not? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
-Brian