It might be all this bipolar weather we’ve had in Western New York, but I’ve been dreaming of some sunny far away destinations. Destination weddings are perfect for the couple who really want to focus on what their special day means to them, and who may just want a smaller ceremony and guest list- all while taking a little “vaca” from normalcy.

I’m swooning over these destination weddings I’ve pulled from some of my favorite wedding sources, and gathering some inspiration for my first wedding of the season coming up soon! Enjoy!

Turks and Caicos Islands is the perfect tropical getaway for a destination. This gorgeous couple shined through a rainy ceremony on the beach, with a background of gorgeous blue ocean there’s no need for many decor touches as they stuck  with a pretty neutral pallet. I love their swag bags given to guests at the hotel!

Real Wedding: Ian & Arielle, Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Ian & Arielle, Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Ian & Arielle, Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Ian & Arielle, Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding

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Real Wedding: Ian & Arielle, Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Ian & Arielle, Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Ian & Arielle, Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Ian & Arielle, Turks & Caicos Destination Wedding

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Photography by: Craig Bruce, Brilliant Studios

Seen on: Bridal Musings

I’m pretty obsessed with this wedding that took place in Portugal. The paper hearts lining the aisle, the balloons and tassels and the giant flowers add such fun whimsical touches while the lighting and table settings create a romantic atmosphere to die for.

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

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Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Mike & Naila, Portugal Destination Wedding

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Photography by: Sean Flanigan

Seen on: Green Wedding Shoes

The perfect mix of playful touches and modern clean lines in this Costa Rica wedding tied together both the bride and groom’s personalities. The ghost chairs and ceremony spot is breath taking amongst all the greenery. I love the post cards guests signed and sent to the couple, and the signature cocktails look like they were a hit!

Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

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Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

Real Wedding: Jean Pierre & Jennifer, Costa Rica Destination Wedding

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Photography by: A Brit & A Blonde

Seen on: Style Me Pretty

Last but not least, this Pike Market wedding is a destination wedding wild card. Not all destination weddings have to mean beaches and exotic locations. I love the idea of getting married amidst an everyday location, especially one like Pike Market! This fun loving couple had a small ceremony full of great color and energy that made from some amazing pictures to cherish.

Real Wedding: Jonathan & Danielle, Pike Place Market Wedding

Real Wedding: Jonathan & Danielle, Pike Place Market Wedding

Real Wedding: Jonathan & Danielle, Pike Place Market Wedding

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Real Wedding: Jonathan & Danielle, Pike Place Market Wedding

Real Wedding: Jonathan & Danielle, Pike Place Market Wedding

Real Wedding: Jonathan & Danielle, Pike Place Market Wedding

Real Wedding: Jonathan & Danielle, Pike Place Market Wedding

Real Wedding: Jonathan & Danielle, Pike Place Market Wedding

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Photography by: Courtney Stockton

Seen on: Green Wedding Shoes

 

Be sure to keep tabs on all our inspiration via Pinterest…

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Win all of the products (as seen above) used on the actors of Scandal HERE!

For the finale of Scandal, the gals behind Pretty Connected & Glamazon Diaries hosted quite the Twitter party at the Carlton Hotel. The girls had the opportunity of chatting with Scandal makeup artist Denise Hooper prior to the finale who walked them through each and every product.  After a brief reception where guests were treated to Tiziano wine and food by Davios Modern Italian Restaurant, we began our #PrettyGlamazonSCANDAL tweet up and were walked through the products used on the star’s of Scandal. Caravan Studio’s hair stylist Valerie Star was on hand to create the famous Olivia Pope flip as well as hair styles seen on Scandal characters, Abby, Mellie and Quinn using the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Marcel Curling Iron. She hooked me up with the best side french braid that turned into a fish tail braid, something I could never accomplish on my own which is why I can’t wait to get into their stylist studio! Thankfully, Dean Fournier, international makeup artist from Lorac was on hand to spruce up my face with the Lorac Pro Palette colors used on the show. I’m really look forward to testing some of the products I had never used before from Mario Badescu, Kate Somerville, Sebastian and Kevyn Aucoin. The Neutrogena makeup remover wipes happen to be in my top 3 favorites along with the Skyn Iceland hydro cooling firming eye gels. They’ve truly come in handy with late nights followed by super early mornings!

Many thanks to Lara of Pretty Connected & Makeda of Glamazon Diaries for having me & hosting a great Twitter party!

My spicy deviled eggs have been a family favorite for years, and recently got an upgrade after tasting the deviled eggs on the menu at Vera Pizzeria. Known for their hand crafted cocktails and specialty pizzas, the deviled eggs immediately caught my eye. Topped with crispy fried shallots and capers with the right amount of kick, I knew I had to try to make these-just in time for Easter Sunday!

Spicy Deviled Eggs

What You’ll Need

Hard Boiled Eggs | Mustard | Marie’s Creamy Italian Dressing or Mayo |Frank’s RedHot Sauce

For the topping: Capers |1 Shallot |1 Tbsp Flour |1/4c Oil

What You’ll Do

Once cooled, slice the hardboiled eggs in half

Mix together yolks, mustard, dressing, and hot sauce to taste until consistancy is creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the 1/4c of oil to a frying pan. Heat oil to medium.

Thinly slice the shallot and separate into rings. Lightly coat with flour. Carefully add to frying pan and fry for about 1 minute on each side until crispy.

Season egg whites with salt and pepper. Fill the egg whites with yolk mixture (use a pastry bag if you’re feeling creative).

Top with fried shallots and capers.

by Erin Scherer