There are dream weddings and then there are dream-come-true weddings at The Breakers. Yael and Matt’s destination wedding was as magical as it was marvelous.

Yael & Matt

Enjoy these gorgeous images from their wedding, courtesy of Andrew Duany Photography

The Mediterranean Ballroom
The Breakers’ Mediterranean Ballroom was transformed into a glowing, floral dream room for the ceremony.

The Girls

The Boys

The Venetian Ballroom

Matt, Jeff & Yael
The Yummy

Want more? Enjoy a look inside Yael & Matt’s incredible evening with this wedding filmy by Senderey Video Productions

Congratulations Yael & Matt

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  1. Astrid and Rene Feb 25, 2011 / 12:34 pm

    Absolutely beautiful and what a fun couple!

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Great news: Today is National Margarita Day! To celebrate such a splendous holiday, The Breakers is serving up specialty margaritas in all of our restaurants and bars. Stop by tonight for a yummy treat!

National Margarita Day

In case you get thirsty at home this weekend, here is the recipe for one of our specialty margaritas — the Ultra Premium, better known as the Reserva de la Familia Grande Oro Margarita.

What you’ll need:
• 2 oz. Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Anejo Tequila
• 1 oz. Cointreau
• 1 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice (1 lime)
• 1 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
• 1 oz. Fresh squeezed orange juice (1/2 orange)
• 1 oz. Agave Nectar
• 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier

How to:
• Step 1: In a large cocktail shaker with ice, combine tequila, Cointreau, juices, and agave nectar.
• Step 2: Shake vigorously.
• Step 3: Serve up in a chilled martini glass or on the rocks with a salt rimmed glass.
• Step 4: Finish with a Grand Marnier float.
• Step 5: Add a fresh lime wedge to garnish.

Note: This recipe makes one cocktail

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In the past two days you’ve heard engagement session advice from Donna Newman and Alain Martinez. Today, we turn to Mel & Co.

Expert: Mel Barlow

From Mel & Co: “The whole engagement part of getting married is all about having fun and showing your personalities and how they shine together. You can be a little bit wild in ways that you can’t so easily get away with at the wedding. Engagement photos should highlight your excitement for people to see. Pulling out those moments and characters is what makes our job fulfilling.”

Engagement photos

Choosing the location:
Pick a location that suits your personalities and will make you feel comfortable. Meaningful spots like your first date cafe or your neighborhood can be great places. We also have a handful of places we love and can recommend if the couple is unsure, but know the feel they’re looking for.

What to wear:
As far as attire is concerned, dress as if you are going out on a special date. Wear something that makes you feel good but something you might not wear often.

  • Ladies: Heels and something dressy. Be unique! Yellow, red, bright pink shoes. Do not feel pressured to buy a new outfit just for this, unless you want to. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful and that you would wear on a night out — even if you feel like your attire is overdone. Bold stripes, polka dots, and patterns are great for stylized shots. Accessories like belts, bracelets, hats, scarves, earrings, necklaces, etc. are always great accents.
  • Fellas: Suit jackets, vests, slacks, jeans, caps, colorful ties, button down shirts. Bold stripes, polka dots, and patterns, are also great men. Stylish shoes like wingtips, oxfords, chukas, hip sneakers, etc.
  • Working with Mel & Co.:
    The best photos come when couples relax and forget that we are even there. Candid shots are really telling and we are known for them. We have an organic approach that makes our couples feel at ease.

    Don’t forget:
    Ultimately, this sounds silly, but be yourself and wear what makes you feel comfortable!

    Photos from some of Mel’s favorite engagement shoots…

    Engagement photos

    Engagement photos

    Engagement photos

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    1. europeistyka Feb 22, 2011 / 04:44 am

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    Yesterday we shared some photo shoot advice from Donna Newman. Today, we have some advice for the guys — from one man to another.

    The expert: Alain Martinez

    Engagement photos

    What to wear:
    Dress up a little! Guys, a polo shirt, with a white under shirt and your same blue jeans since college is not going to cut it. Spend some time together shopping after looking for some inspiration in stylish non-high-fashion magazines such as GQ, Details, and others alike. If none of this helps you, a classic button-down dark color shirt with the sleeves rolled up and some dark tone jeans will work just fine.

    Clothes to avoid:
    All white, or all light color outfits. Lighter colors tend to draw the attention away from you and toward the outfits, and in most cases make people look larger than they are. Dark colors are more elegant and slimming, this is a fact. Avoid horizontal lines or outfits that are not flattering to your body, regardless of the skills of your photographer or even a little help from Photoshop.

    Find a great spot:
    Go to two locations if possible — one could be what your photographer suggests and the other one could be your pick. Consider: Where do you hang out? Where did you meet? Where did he propose? What do you do on the weekends, boating, surfing, picnic, play with your dog? All these are elements that could be incorporated into your session to make it more unique for the two of you. Avoid picking locations that are too crowded, unless that’s what you are looking for, and definitely avoid the beaten path.

    How to make it ‘real’:
    Have fun and interact with each other throughout the session to give your photographer some real moments. Try to do something different every time you hear the shutter go off. After your photographer has placed you in a spot where the lighting is good and the background is attractive, don’t stand there stiff hoping for your photographer to direct you. Whisper something in her ear to make her giggle, a subtle kiss in the forehead, cheeks, shoulders, hands, spin her around.

    Don’t forget:
    It’s easier said than done, but try to forget that someone is there taking your pictures and the result will be natural looking, candid pictures that you will love and cherish for many years to come.

    Photos from some of Alain’s favorite engagement shoots…

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    For a very unique idea, check out Alain’s own engagement photo shoot.

    Check back tomorrow for engagement photo shoot advice from Mel Barlow.

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    1. Sarah Rigos Feb 17, 2011 / 12:07 pm

      Great photos and dress tips Alain!

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