I remember it like it was yesterday, we were young and in love. There was great energy and excitement as we planned our wedding and took steps to buy our first home. Anticipation of our new life together was over the top. We didn’t have websites like YourHome1Source or apps like Pinterest in those days (early 1980’s), so planning a wedding and finding a starter home through online resources just wasn’t an option. Finding a broad range of ideas and solutions nationally or internationally wasn’t reality for young couples back then. We asked our parents, older siblings or close friends for ideas, but today, wow, there are so many wonderful and adventurous options for young couples.
Many today decide to start life together on an adventure, and it often begins with a Destination Wedding. Couples seek out beautiful and exotic places to get married, places we would have never dreamed of in the 1980’s. Let’s get married in Fiji – just wasn’t in our vocabulary. Could we have done it? It would have probably required the sale of my 1965 Mustang, but if my bride-to-be said she wanted to be married in Fiji, it would’ve been goodbye Mustang!
So for those interested in a Destination Wedding, here are a few OTT (over-the-top) destinations available through kathy ireland® Weddings and Resorts.
Casa Elizabeth, Palm Springs, CA
California – Casa Elizabeth
This is the only Palm Springs home ever owned by Elizabeth Taylor. It’s known as The Jewel of the Desert. This stunning 4-bedroom, 5-bath Palm Springs estate has original art, majestic mountain views, a fireplace, pool and spa, beautiful water features and a detached casita with full bath. This estate opens to impeccable grounds with luxury landscaping and offers an outdoor kitchen. The property is walled and gated with great security and privacy. This award-winning property has been renovated and curated by kathy ireland® Worldwide.
Fiji – Villa Takali
The most exclusive, extravagant private beachfront Villa in the South Pacific. Set on two splendid acres directly on Loloma Beach Villa Takali is your own secure private sanctuary. Villa Takali is situated just 40km (40min) west of Suva and 140km (2hrs) south of Nadi, outside the adventurous town of Pacific Harbour. The Villa can be reached via helipad and there’s also a runway 3 min down the road. Villa Takali is designed in a Balinese layout with rooms spread around a central pool….10 000 square feet of luxury. This 5-bed, 6-bath beachfront estate boasts a championship tennis court, 25-meter infinity pool, golf green, exterior bar, private library, and 3D cinema with Sonos sound. Six years in the making, Villa Takali was built to be the ultimate in matrimonial memories.
Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Greece – Venetian Cleopatra Miramare
Venetian Cleopatra Miramare is located on the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea in the ancient Country of Greece. For thousands of years, Greece has attracted people far and wide with its ancient Power, timeless Beauty, friendly Culture and rich History. However, within the gem lies a single Diamond forgotten. Located at Mount Pelion, sits a fishing village that is untouched by time, unspoiled by Technology and has a hidden Paradise on Earth. Damouchari is surrounded by mountains, where legends declare the Centaurs once lived and clear waters where villagers used to say sirens sang the sea’s song. There are spotless beaches with smooth stones from the sea’s enchanting touch that invite you to swim and explore. A 500-year old trade route lies next to Damouchari providing a beautiful hike along the mountains and providing breathtaking views of the sea. The historic route also leads to hidden beaches along the cliffs.
Villa Elizabeth, Hawaii
Hawaii – Villa Elizabeth
Villa Elizabeth is a spectacular, majestic, oceanfront retreat with 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. Water features and bamboo greet you at the entry of the home. The two-story estate has a mosaic tiled pool, gardens and stunning ocean views from any room. The estate is walled and gated, offering security and privacy. This property is owned and curated by kathy ireland® Worldwide.
Sunset, Puerto Vallarta
Mexico – Villa Bahia
Perched above the ocean in the sought-after South Bay of Puerto Vallarta, Villa Bahia opens its doors as a luxury villa experience to its guests. Villa Bahia is only steps away from the most exclusive beaches, and only five minutes from the Romantic Zone and the Boardwalk. This luxurious oceanfront getaway is an ideal wedding destination in the Mexican Riviera. This 5-bedroom villa offers panoramic bay views, modern conveniences, atmospheric interior décor, original artworks and hand-crafted furniture. The 38-foot infinity pool and 6-person outdoor spa is served by a full kitchen and bar, where our full-time staff can prepare your BBQ and cocktails while you experience magical sunsets over the Banderas Bay.
According to Tommy Meharey, VP with kathy ireland® Weddings, "We provide unparalleled solutions for people in love, ensuring their special day is truly extraordinary, allowing them to begin a new life together in the most beautiful places in the world."