Throughout The Breakers’ history, the Palm Beach resort has been known for its European-inspired architecture. For bride and architect Deborah, it was more than just the stunning architecture that led her to choose the locale for her destination wedding; it was “spectacular, authentic, well-thought design from ceiling to floor.”

Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

“I was trained as an architect and now studying for my PhD in Architectural History at UCLA, so the architecture of my wedding space was really important to me,” Deborah told us. “ I fell for The Breakers immediately, it was just the perfect place (and space) for us! I had the wedding of my dreams.”

Enjoy a look back at their breathtaking wedding, photos courtesy of Amy Hill Photography

The Welcome Dinner
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

The Beautiful Bride
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

The Oh-La-La
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

The Girls
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

The Boys
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

The Tradition
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

The Grand Entrance
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

The Reception
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

The Happy Couple!
Real Wedding: Deborah & Paul

Congratulations Deborah & Paul!

Special feature: Check back every Friday for a new fabulous real wedding at The Breakers.

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The Breakers’ Weddings and Special Events team loves to celebrate, so we certainly wouldn’t pass up an ice cream related holiday – and we hope you don’t either!

Happy National Ice Cream Cone Day!

Happy National Ice Cream Cone Day!

To celebrate, The Breakers is offering a complimentary serving of homemade mint chocolate chip, coconut or chocolate fudge ice cream with purchase of dinner at The Flagler Stakehouse, The Italian Restaurant and The Seafood Bar.

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Calling all former brides and brides-to-be! Do you have a romantic, charming or rather hilarious proposal story? We want to hear it! Share your story by this Friday, September 23.

Facebook Proposal Contest - Win A Guerlain Makeover!

Enter our Facebook Proposal Contest today for a chance to win a full makeover at the prestigious Guerlain Boutique at The Breakers – and – a bottle of the newly released Shalimar perfume.

Enter to Win Today: Share Your Proposal Story On Our Facebook Page Now!

How it works:
For three weeks — from Sept. 1 to Friday, Sept. 23 — visit The Breakers Weddings Facebook page and post a comment on our wall with your proposal story. Then, ask your friends and family to vote for you by hitting the “Like” button under your comment. Every fan of our Facebook page is invited to vote for the proposal story they connect best with.

The Prizes…

The Makeover:
The client list for Guerlain’s two celebrated make-up artists has included Princess Diana, Catherine Deneuve, Martha Stewart, Venesaa Redgrave, Tory Burch and Mary Higgins Clark. Share your story and get the most “Likes” on our Facebook and we’ll add your name to this list!

The Perfume:
The original Shalimar – the legendary Parisian boutique’s most famous perfume – was created in 1925. With fresh floral notes and a burst of sensual flavors, the newly released Shalimar Parfum Initial is a modern twist on the classic scent.

Choosing a winner:
The proposal story that receives the most Facebook “Likes” by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 23, will win a Guerlain makeover and a bottle of Shalimar Parfum Initial.

The Rules & Restrictions:
• Only one Facebook proposal story post per person is permitted.
• The comment must be posted on the wall of The Breakers Weddings Facebook page between Thursday, Sept. 1 and 5 p.m. EST Friday, Sept. 23.
• Facebook fans are allowed to “Like” more than one post.
• Guerlain Makeover and Shalimar Parfum Initial are non-transferable and must be redeemed by September 23, 2012.

Our team can’t wait to read your proposal stories on our Facebook page! Good luck!

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The Breakers’ esteemed historian, Mr. James Ponce, has treated US and global visitors to weekly walking tours of the Palm Beach resort for the past 28 years – and now he needs your help!

Providencia Award - Mr. James Ponce

Mr. Ponce is a finalist for the Providencia Award and the public will choose the winner. The prestigious award is given by The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau annually to a local business, organization or an individual that has made an extraordinary contribution to the vitality and prosperity of Palm Beach County as a desirable tourist destination.

This year marks the first time in the award’s 22-year history that the recipient will be selected by public vote. Your vote!

To cast your vote, please log onto
www.plambeachpost.com/providencia by September 30.

 
History on the Historian:
 
Mr. Ponce is the local authority when it comes to Palm Beach history, and numerous national and local media outlets have prominently featured him for many years. He is 94-years-old and takes pride in sharing many anecdotes about the pioneers and developers of the island, particularly the life of founder Henry Flagler who originally built The Breakers in 1896.
 
Between The Breakers and monthly historical tours of Worth Avenue, Mr. Ponce has shared his knowledge about the early days of Palm Beach with nearly 50,000 people over the decades.
 
Mr. Ponce was raised in St. Augustine, the city from which Flagler masterminded the development of a railroad down Florida’s east coast. His father, Raymond A. Ponce, was Flagler’s undertaker.
 
After high school, Mr. Ponce went into the hotel business, but then entered military service with the US Navy during World War II and the Korean War. At the end of his duty in 1952, he worked at the front desk of The Breakers. He then continued his career in Palm Beach with The Colony and Brazilian Court hotels, and in 1977, he returned to The Breakers as an assistant manager until his retirement in 1982, when he became The Breakers’ historian. He is also the official historian of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
 
Thank you for voting for Mr. James Ponce, our team couldn’t be more proud of him and his accomplishments!

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