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A Destination Wedding Venue in Paradise That Prioritizes Guest Safety Above All Else

As things start to get back to our ‘old’ normal, you may start looking into venues…destination venues and you’re going to want to take note of this Caribbean dream in Jamaica, Round Hill Hotels and Villas. Round Hill offers a variety of luxury amenities on its lush 110-acre peninsula from private villas with pools to an award-winning chef and spa for you and your guests to have quite the wedding weekend. With top-notch wedding vendors and planners who take care of absolutely everything, your venue search will end here. And, as the world works on getting back to where we were, your mind will be at ease as they have enhanced their protocols including rapid on-site COVID-19 testing, customizable PPE and, even have a new virtual wedding package! Read on below and check out all of the breathtaking views Round Hill offers.

Couples are assigned a Master Wedding Planner who will ensure every detail is flawless and beautiful but safe. Our team of seasoned experts will help create the perfect romantic experience for a variety of events – weddings, popping the question, planning a private romantic dinner, or celebrating an anniversary.

In addition to enhanced property protocols, our team can customize PPE gear and sanitation kits, stations and decals branded for the occasion to ensure the maximum well-being of all guests in attendance. Rapid on-site COVID-19 testing is available for all guests in the comfort of their own private accommodation. Arrangements can be made prior to arrival and tests are administered by a local medical practitioner to ensure a safe & hassle- free experience.

New virtual wedding packages allow for extended gatherings through a hybrid in-person/virtual format. By utilizing an array of high-tech amenities offered, couples can invite to 100 additional guests to virtually participate in the celebrations designed to make them feel as much a part of the festivities.

A variety of locations outdoor and open-air spaces – conducive the social distancing – are available to host contained groups for wedding ceremonies, dinners, receptions, and other events – couples can celebrate a lifetime of love amidst a backdrop of striking golden sky reflected off gentle turquoise waters or dance the night away under dimly-lit lanterns as palm trees sway in the evening breeze. All our venues provide a magnificent panoramic view of the turquoise Caribbean waters, enclaved in the verdant hillside rainforest. 

The Spa Lawn is a magnificent wedding venue with a lush lawn that stretches to the sea and an 18th Century Great House as the picturesque backdrop. Perfect for ceremonies and cocktail receptions. The Hanover Room is situated on the hillside just above the shoreline, banquet room features floor-to-ceiling French windows. This wedding venue onto the Hanover Terrace and connects to the Georgian Grille – providing the ideal opportunity to have an indoor/outdoor event. 

Our Round Hill Beach is sun-kissed with white sand creating an intimate, casual, natural setting for a rehearsal dinner, barefoot wedding ceremony, lively cocktail reception, or fun wedding reception. The Infiniti Pool Sun Deck is a beautifully stoned deck with sprawling open space surrounded by rugged rocks and tropical foliage. The stunning sunsets make this location perfect for a small ceremony or cocktail party. 

Throughout our package selection are thoughtfully crafted touches incorporating local vendors and artisans and ensure an authentic Jamaican experience from beginning to end including:
Food: The use of fresh vegetables and herbs from our on-site Organic Garden in your dinner menu. 
Local artisans: Custom décor options utilizing the beautiful tropical flora around the property; locally made personalized items including welcome amenities, gift items, and souvenirs. 
Service vendors: A- list of internationally recognized service providers including professional photography and videography services to capture every moment. 

Photography: Amanda K Photography | Photography: Saab Weddings Photography | Photography: Anne Rhett Photography | Wedding Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas

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Round Hill Hotel & Villas Is Our #1 Wedding Venue in the Caribbean – Here’s Why!

There are endless places to say “I do” in the Caribbean, and with so many beautiful places to choose from, the decision of which to pick can feel a little bit daunting. But don’t worry… if you’re dreaming of tying the knot on one of these heavenly islands – we’re making the decision of where to host your wedding weekend in paradise the easiest choice ever. Read on for 5 reasons why we’re dubbing Round Hill Hotel & Villas our #1 wedding venue in all of the Caribbean.

 

1. Weekend exclusivity

This is one of our favorite things about Round Hill Hotel & Villas – they only host one wedding per weekend. How amazing is that!? This way you don’t have to worry about your guests being confused on who’s wedding is where or hearing another wedding’s cocktail hour during your ceremony (cringe-worthy…). It also allows for unparalleled service and undivided attention given to you and your guests during your entire wedding weekend… guaranteeing every moment is personalized to perfection.

2. Your very own wedding planner

Paradise shouldn’t include caring about timelines, stressful deadlines or worrying about anything besides where you’re getting your next piña colada – are we right?! Lucky for you, Round Hill’s talented and dedicated staff of wedding planners will take care of everything for you. From making sure the décor is looking on point to assisting vendors with anything they need. Sounds pretty ideal, huh?

3. Super flexible wedding packages

Because Round Hill knows that not every wedding budget is the same, they offer multiple customized wedding packages that allow you to choose a package that best fits your budget! No matter you’re throwing a big beach bash with 200 guests or an intimate ceremony with just your closest few – Round Hill can do it all (for the price you’re looking for!)

4. Endless venue options

Another perk of being the only couple getting married during your wedding weekend is being able to choose from all six of Round Hill’s various venue options. Want your ceremony on a sprawling lawn? You got it. Want your reception in the sand on the beach? Done! Round Hill truly has a wedding locale option for every style.

5. Fun activities for your guests

With the plethora of fun things to do at Round Hill during your destination wedding weekend – it’s impossible for your guests to run out of entertainment! From water sports to yoga and tennis, to spa days and jazz nights – the fun vacay activities never ends.

Photography: Amanda K Photography | Photography: Brandon Hicks

How to Host the Perfect Destination Wedding From a Bride Who Knows

One look at Round Hill and it’s easy to see why it’s one of our fave spots on the planet. The gorgeous accommodations, the tasty cuisine, the breathtaking views… You guys, this place is awesome. But you know what’s better than listening to us go on and on about all of its amazing attributes? Hearing from a real bride who knows firsthand. Say hello to the insanely gorgeous Leanna, a bride who tied the knot in one crazy cool celebration, handsome groom and candlelit reception included. Scroll for an awesome Q&A sesh.

Q: HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON ROUND HILL AS YOUR WEDDING DESTINATION?

Long story short, we fell in love at first sight. Although, my family is originally from Jamaica, most of our guests would be travelling from abroad and we wanted a location that was convenient and showcased the best Jamaica has to offer. Prior to selecting a venue, we planned a 2-week trip driving all over Jamaica – from Montego Bay to the Blue Mountains – to visit venues we had been eyeing online. Round Hill was the second venue on our itinerary and we were blown away. Every inch of the resort is pristine — the pictures simply do not do the property justice. Everyone we met was warm and welcoming. Most importantly, we trusted they understood the vision we had for our special day.

Q: WERE YOU ANXIOUS ABOUT PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING, AND DID THE ROUND HILL TEAM HELP ALLEVIATE THAT? HOW?

Absolutely! We live in New York City. We knew planning from that far would be challenging and our tastes can be quite discerning (read: picky). The Round Hill team was very helpful in easing a lot of our concerns and answering every question we had along the way. They know the very best vendors on the island and were flexible in allowing us to use some vendors we had also sourced ourselves. We could rest assured that our wedding would be top notch while avoiding a lot of wasted time doing extensive research on our own.

Q: WHAT MADE THE PLANNING PROCESS EXTRA SPECIAL FOR YOU?

Focusing on the little details that made each guest feel special and showcasing our personality as a couple. 50 to 60 of our closest friends and family were travelling great distances, so many of the details I planned were to make their stay as seamless as possible and help them feel appreciated for sharing this weekend with us. Each welcome bag included a handwritten note, a few of my favourite Jamaican snacks, sunscreen, mints, heel protectors (for the ladies), bottled water, and a bottle of rum. We made sure paper fans were on hand during the outdoor ceremony and instead of standard place cards, we had each guests’ name laser cut out of wood as a keepsake.

Q: BRIEFLY TAKE US THROUGH YOUR WEDDING DAY.

That morning, we both woke up nervous and anxious, but we fully trusted Racquel, the Round Hill wedding planner, to deliver on everything we had planned. We opted not to have bridal parties to keep it simple. Instead, we invited family and a few close friends to share the afternoon getting ready with us at two separate villas. When the photographer arrived, the day moved pretty quickly from there. Running slightly behind schedule made for somewhat of a hurried first look and shortly after we were shuttled to the ceremony site, the Spa Lawn. Our absolute favourite part of the day had to be the ceremony – the setting sun and ocean backdrop, looking down the aisle to see your soon-to-be husband, and reciting your vows in front of everyone you love. It was nothing short of magical. Lots of hugging, champagne, and pictures ensued.

Another highlight of the day was seeing the reception site! As a detail-obsessed person, for months I tried to envision it all. Yet, I still wasn’t prepared for how beautifully it would all come together. Two days prior I had handed over two large suitcases of wedding décor to Racquel and, with no explanation at all, she had arranged everything exactly as I had envisioned.

Q: IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?

Not much. Everything turned out better than I could’ve imagined. If I had to choose one thing, I would’ve taken a few more deep breaths, spent less time worrying about the weather or my look and more time in the moment, soaking up every second with family and friends. I would’ve taken a few more bites of that delicious food too, lol.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PERSONS PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING?

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine your entire family and all your close friends spending quality time together in an immaculate resort on a beautiful island. A destination wedding can be a lot more to think through, but all the minutiae of wedding planning will be absolutely worth it. And of course, choosing to work with people that you trust with your life is essential in helping you enjoy every minute of it.

Whether you dream of an intimate celebration with just close friends and family or a grander affair with all of your loved ones, Round Hill can make it all happen… and beautifully. Plus, with six fabulous venue options, amazing wedding packages and a team of talented planners that know everything about pretty I do’s, you can rest easy knowing that your every detail is being taken care of – even from far away. Leanna and Mario’s wedding was a dream come true, and yours can be just as magical. Contact Round Hill today to start planning that wedding in paradise.

Photography: Adrian McDonald | Ceremony Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas | Reception Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas | Groom: Mario Zillner | Bride: Leanna Wilson

A Hibiscus Bouquet + Palm Frond Motif Are the Epitome of Summer

Since summer is my favorite season, I was delighted to see this Caribbean Bridal portrait inspiration session by Shannon Leahy land on my desk. With its palm frond motif, refreshing green palette, hibiscus bouquet by Bows + Arrows, and stunning Jamaican beach location, it celebrates all the best things summer has to offer. I’m ready to pack my bathing suit and jump right into the enviable gallery of images by Sylvie Gil Photography!

From Sylvie Gil PhotographyThis beachy styled shoot is the perfect inspiration for a tropical destination wedding. Shot near Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, we went for a relaxed, dreamy vibe with just a Bride in a flowy white gown and a single reception table set on the sand. The palm tree motif shows up in the gorgeous landscape as well as the lining of our understated mustard invitation suite. A loose, hibiscus-studded bouquet and centerpiece complement the dark wood accents of the paper goods and reception table.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning + Design: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Stationery: Bourne Paper Co. | Bridal Boutique: LOHO Bride | Location: Half Moon Resort | Model: Ariel McFarlane

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The Dreamiest Beach Wedding With Dinner on the Ocean Pier!

Imagine the softest, prettiest, most ethereal beach celebration of your wildest dreams and that, my friends, is this wedding. Set in Montego Bay, Jamaica, it begins with a ceremony on the island’s white sand beaches followed by dinner on a breathtaking ocean pier. Of course, behind every amazing wedding are amazing vendors and Meggie Francisco Events + Tracy Enoch Photography are two of the pros who made it happen. Follow your tropical wanderlust with even more this way in the gallery.

From Tracy EnochMary and Mike exchanged vows on the white sand beaches of Montego Bay, Jamaica surrounded by an intimate gathering of their close family and friends. Using a soft pastel color palette, Meggie Francisco of Meggie Francisco Events succeeded in designing a warm and minimalistic event that emphasized the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Using locally foraged foliage to compliment the soft white and pink tulips that were shipped in from the states, Leslie Dupre worked her magic and created stunning floral elements used for the wedding day. Mary and Mike began their wedding day celebration on the beach exchanging rings and vows, and ended the evening with an intimate dinner under the stars and dancing at one of the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica resort clubs.

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Photography: Tracy Enoch Photography | Floral Design: Leslie Wild | Invitations: Scribbles And Swirls | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall | Planning: Meggie Francisco

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Colorful Jamaica Wedding Designed With Effortless Island Elegance

If I had to describe this wedding in one short phrase, “easy, breezy island elegance” are the words that jump straight to mind. Karen and Mark hoped to give their guests a tropical escape and a celebration set in Montego Bay, Jamaica totally fit the bill. Shannon Leahy Events and Bows & Arrows infused the affair with color-happy moments, and the one and only Sylvie Gil captured everything behind the camera.

From Sylvie Gil… Karen & Mark’s Caribbean wedding was a lovely spring departure from the bustle of city life. The ceremony and reception were highlighted by richly colored island florals, a bright tropical color palette, and coral and pineapple accents. The couple integrated plenty of custom designs with the surrounding Jamaican culture – monogrammed “escort cups” for guests, ikat table runners, local flowers, and steel drums at the farewell brunch. A relaxed and idyllically beautiful affair, this wedding is the definition of effortless island elegance.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Cakes by Noida | Invitations: Bourne Paper Co. | Ceremony Venue: Half Moon Resort | Reception Venue: Golden Castle Golf and Spa | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Rings: Cohen Diamond | Makeup: Gourmet make up | DJ: Elite Media Concepts | Band: Ritual Salon & Spa | Transportation: Jamaica Tours (JTL) | Pool Cover + Lighting: Starlite Productions | Rentals: Novelty Party Rentals | Video: Elite Media Concepts

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Top 10 Reasons to Get Married at Round Hill Hotel and Villas

You probably don’t need convincing that rushing off to paradise to tie the knot is a really good idea, but just in case you were looking for a little somethin’ to push you in the right direction, our friends at Round Hill Hotel and Villas are here to break it down for you. Think of it as 10 friendly reminders as to why Jamaica is the best place ever to celebrate, then grab those suitcases and get to planning.

ONE: ROMANCE, ROMANCE, ROMANCE

You can’t say “I do” without a big ol’ side of romance and Round Hill Hotel and Villas most definitely delivers on every front. Think an awe-inspiring Montego Bay locale (on a private hillside!), secluded beaches and a never-ending list of romantic activities (hello, sunset cocktails and candlelit dinners) that will make your entire stay the wedding/honeymoon you’ve always wanted… and more.

TWO: YOUR OWN DEDICATED WEDDING PLANNER

They say it takes a village and when tying the knot, that couldn’t be more true. Luckily, at Round Hill Hotel and Villas, you’ll never be going at it alone, because their talented staff of wedding planners will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process. Yep, every single detail will be completely taken care of, which means you can sit back with that cocktail and totally relax with your love.

THREE: A TRIP TO JAMAICA WITH ALL OF YOUR LOVED ONES

The best part about destination weddings? They’re a wedding and vacation all wrapped up into one. Which means saying “I do” against a stunning paradise-filled backdrop (hello, Round Hill Hotel and Villas), then sharing an amazing vaca with all of your loved ones. It honestly doesn’t get any better… or more fun.

FOUR: WEDDING PACKAGES TO FIT ANY BUDGET

Whether you plan on an intimate wedding with just a few of your closest friends + family or want to party the night away with everyone you’ve ever known, Round Hill Hotel and Villas has a customizable package perfect for you and yours. From small, laid-back beach affairs to elegant four-course dinners, your vision is their reality. And that’s why we love ’em.

FIVE: NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT

Saying “I do” in Paradise isn’t just 24-7 lounging on the beach – you definitely need to get your party on, too. Which is why we love Round Hill Hotel and Villas awesome options for keeping things lively, like live Calypso music and romantic jazz under the stars. Sooo fun.

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SIX: A RANGE OF BEAUTIFUL VENUES TO CHOOSE FROM

Been dreaming of that perfect seaside locale since before you were even engaged? Or maybe an elevated terrace with panoramic views or a sprawling beach is more your thing. Either way, Round Hill Hotel and Villas most definitely has THE spot that will make all of your dreams come true… AND take your breath away.

SEVEN: OCEANFRONT ROOMS + LUXURY VILLAS

For all of those moments pre and post-wedding that you’ll want to kick back and relaxRound Hill Hotel and Villas has a sophisticated + completely luxurious room or villa that is more than perfect for you and yours. From their island-inspired 2-6 bedroom villas to their Ralph Lauren-designed oceanfront rooms, you’re entire stay will be dripping in absolute luxury.

EIGHT: GET PAMPERED

After an entire year (or more!) of planning your Big Day, you’ll be ready to spend some time getting completely pampered. Trust us. So, what better way to unwind than with an indulgent spa treatment with breathtaking views of the ocean at Round Hill Hotel and Villas? It’s awesome.

NINE: AWARD WINNING CULINARY OPTIONS

Six words: James Beard award-winning Executive Chef. One that creates beyond tasty dishes inspired by Jamaica’s bounty and cultural influences. Think a completely custom event menu that will more than impress your guests with fresh ingredients and herbs + veggies from Round Hill Hotel and Villas’ on-site organic garden. Yum.

TEN: CREATE UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES

Saying “I do” to the one you love is truly about being in the moment and creating those memories that will last a lifetime. And, honestly, there is no better place than Round Hill Hotel and Villas to help you host that special day. With a talented staff, breathtaking views AND unparalleled exclusivity (only one wedding per weekend!), you’ll be living the dream you’ve always wanted. Contact them today to celebrate under the stars.

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What: Round Hill Hotel and Villas is giving away a 50-minute Couple’s Massage at the Spa Lawn Gazebo!* A brief stroll along the aquamarine sea, on a nature path rimmed with Jamaica’s exotic greenery, will lead you to The Spa at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Here you will retreat in an 18th century Great House “Welcome Wharf” with sweeping lawns and views which offer the ideal setting to replenish your mind, body and soul. Body, facial treatments and beauty salon services are performed in an oasis of serenity by trained professionals. *Valid until October 31, 2017

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us the one reason you would LOVE to say “I do” at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. (Ex: The ocean backdrop is everything I ever dreamed of!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 10, 2017. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Closer to Love Photography | Photography: John-Paul Teutonico | Photography: David Massey | Photography: Raquel Reis | Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Photography: Alan Smith | Wedding Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Bridal Beauty 101: Finding That Perfect Style for Your Gown

You’ve found that dress of your dreams and now it’s time to focus on putting the entire look together with hair and makeup.  Need help? Well, we’ve got you covered, because today we’re joining forces with Jennie Kay for a quick run-down on all things beauty with tips + tricks on achieving that glam wedding day look, no matter the gown or style you’re dreaming of. Let’s get started.

LOOK 1: CASUAL GLAMOUR

Your style? Laid-back with a big ol’ side of sophistication. Which means rocking a stunning gown that shows some skin and hair + make-up that is just as sleek and glamorous. Jennie Kay suggests pairing your dream dress with a rope braid pony or soft low bun that is dressy enough for a wedding, but is also completely effortless.

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LOOK 2: VINTAGE ELEGANCE

You’re a vintage-inspired lady looking to rock that elegant lace number, but still maintain a modern, yet sexy edge. Jennie Kay’s tip? A bright red lip for that much-needed side of sophistication and a stunning updo that frames one side of the face, plus sweeps across the back in a beautiful style that is reminiscent of the past.

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“Look at the way you wore your hair at your initial dress fitting. It usually mimics your initial idea on how your hair should be.” – Jennie Kay Beauty

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LOOK 3: BOHO BEAUTY

Crave a look that is soft, romantic and free, just like you and your wedding? Then this fab boho look from Jennie Kay Beauty is sooo for you. Simply keep your hair natural in wave and texture and add three gorgeous braids for a little pop of WOW.  Want to add a little glamour to the look? Really make those eyes stand out with just the right shade of shadow and mascara.

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LOOK 4: SWEETLY CLASSIC

For those of you who want to keep it sweet + classic on the Big Day, Jennie Kay suggests a low twisted ponytail that is equal parts show-stopping and wholesome. Pair it with subtle makeup (like a light pink lip) and a gown that has just a pop of sass and the results are absolutely timeless.

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LOOK 5: TOUSLED SOPHISTICATION

Waves are a girl’s best friend and when it comes to a wedding day look that is equal parts laid-back and sophisticated, Jennie Kay keeps those tousled waves down with just a few sweet strands pulled back for a look that is all sorts of romantic. Add some soft pink lips and some barely-there makeup to complete the look.

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Contact Jennie Kay Beauty to create a seamless, stunning look from head to toe… you won’t regret it.

Breathtaking “I Do’s” at Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Celebrating your “I do’s” with your nearest + dearest is always a fabulous thing, but celebrating in Jamaica at Round Hill Hotel and Villas?  Even better.  Think crystal blue waters, golden beaches and a timeless island elegance that is sooo pretty.  It’s vaca meets wedding and it’s seriously everything you’ve ever dreamed. Want to know more?  Check out Jill + Andrew’s gorgeous wedding…

Situated on a breathtaking 110-acre private enclave, hosting your Big Day at Round Hill Hotel and Villas is the best decision you’ll ever make… other than saying “I do” to the one you love, of course.  I’m talking luxury villas, boutique oceanfront rooms and award-winning cuisine all coming together for a stay that will quickly become the best trip ever.  From their luxurious spa to their ah-mazing yoga classes to their stunning selections for ceremony AND reception locations, every last aspect of your nuptials is totally covered.  Which means you can sit back and relax (literally) while the fabulous staff at Round Hill Hotel and Villas handles everything.  It’s awesome, lovelies.

Ready to jet off to paradise for the wedding of a lifetime? Contact the talented staff at Round Hill Hotel and Villas TODAY to begin your journey to a celebration you’ll remember for always.  We can’t wait to see the amazing results.

Photography: Saab Weddings Photography

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Top 10 Reasons for a Round Hill Wedding + A Promotion!

Any wedding set against the beautiful backdrop known as Jamaica is tops in our book… and when it comes to choosing the right venue in our fave tropical locale, the always-amazing Round Hill is IT.  From the stunning secluded beaches to the beautiful oceanfront villas to the fab customer service, there are sooo many reasons why a Round Hill wedding is a total MUST.  Here are our top 10.

1. Romance, Romance, Romance – Your wedding day is all about the romance, and when it comes to adding a little bit of Cupid’s magic to your festivities, Round Hill has you totally covered.  Picture love-filled days spent lounging on golden beaches (or paddle boarding in the warm ocean waters), followed by yummy cocktails and candlelit dinners.  YES.

2. Outstanding Service – Planning your Big Day?  Not always easy.  But with the ah-mazing team of wedding experts at Round Hill, you don’t have to worry one bit.  Think your very own dedicated wedding planner there to help you every step of the way, guaranteeing a flawless affair that goes off without a hitch.

3. Amazing Getaway – Destination weddings are awesome for sooo many reasons, but topping the list of reasons you should jet off to Round Hill?  A dream vaca with all of your family and friends.  Think an entire weekend (or week!) spent relaxing in paradise with your loved one… and a whole lot of fabulous memories you can cherish for always.

4. Fabulous Wedding Packages for Everyone – Whether you’re dreaming of a small, intimate affair with your nearest and dearest or a grand 250-person event, Round Hill can accommodate your Big Day plans… no matter the size.  From relaxing dinners seaside to four-course meals that are all sorts of elegant.

5. Fun-filled Nightly Entertainment – Days spent lounging on the beach and nights spent soaking in all of the amazing entertainment that Round Hill has to offer?  Sounds like a dream vacation to me.  From dancing the night away to live Calypso music to relaxing under the stars with romantic jazz as your soundtrack, every night at Round Hill is unique and memorable.

6. Beautiful Venues – Whether your dreaming of saying “I do” on a sprawling lawn overlooking the ocean, on a breathtaking terrace with panoramic views or barefoot on the beach, Round Hill has a plethora of crazy gorgeous settings seriously perfect for you and your Big Day.

7. Stunning Rooms and Villas –  Saying “I do” in style is easy at Round Hill… and so is relaxing in their gorgeous accommodations.  Think sprawling, 2-6 bedroom villas + Ralph Lauren designed oceanfront rooms that are the definition of island luxury.  We love.

8. Luxurious Pampering – And speaking of relaxing… Round Hill’s indulgent spa treatments are just what you and your loved ones will need after each and every one of your fun-filled days.  I’m talking some serious pampering, complete with sweeping ocean views.  Now that’s awesome, lovelies.

9. Award-Winning Cuisine – Impressing you AND your guests with a custom event menu is something that Round Hill knows a thing or two about.  And their on-site organic garden and James Beard award-winning Executive Chef make it all happen in true Jamaican style.  Think insanely tasty options utilizing fresh veggies and herbs and infused with cultural style. Yummy.

10. Unforgettable Memories –  Each weekend at Round Hill is offered to just one couple, which means your that your special day will be totally exclusive.  I’m talking a day completely devoted to your and yours and your breathtaking wedding.  Unforgettable memories, indeed.

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Contact Round Hill today to being your journey towards an amazing destination wedding.

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Photography: Alan Smith | Photography: Raquel Reis | Photography: Saab Weddings Photography

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Romantic Destination Wedding at Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay

It’s not everyday you meet the love of your life while on vacation in Jamaica, but for this beautiful duo, it totally happened.  So when it came time to choose a locale perfect for saying “I do,” Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay was IT.  Think breathtaking scenery meets sandy, seaside nuptials meets dancing the night away in the place where their love first began.  Tracey Jazmin captured every crazy gorgeous moment and THE VAULT is proving that fairytales really DO exist.

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From Tracey Jazmin… Ben and Steph’s wedding took place at the Secrets Wild Orchid Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica and was one of the most emotional weddings I’ve ever been to. From love notes, to handwritten vows, to a sweet father daughter first look and some heart wrenching first dances, I assure you that even my waterproof mascara was gone that day.

But tropical Jamaica wasn’t just any place for Ben and Steph; it was where they first met! Both taking a much needed vacation, Ben from Ottawa and Steph from Chicago, their paths crossed and then started their journey to forever so seemingly so Jamaica was the perfect place for them to tie the knot!

The events continued with a hilarious and incredibly welcoming family and group of friends that were sure to make Ben and Steph’s wedding one to remember. Before the evening bonfire, dancing and yoga battles started one of Steph’s best friends, was even challenged by the bartender to a Mai Tai chugging contest.

Opting for a quick day after session the following evening, we spent our last hour of daylight taking advantage of the beautiful grounds and all the resort had to offer until the sun had finally set behind the hills.

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Photography: Tracey Jazmin | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Engagement Ring: True Bijoux | Rings: True Bijoux | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay | Bridal Boutique: Vera's House Of Bridal | Bride's Barefoot Sandals: Jewels By Michele | Groom's Attire Boutique: Ernest

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Colorful & Cultural Wedding at Secrets St. James Montego Bay Resort

It’s a fact that each and every wedding gives me a daily pinch-me-please moment. And today that moment was made possible all thanks to this Secrets St. James Montego Bay Resort celebration captured by Natalie Franke. It’s so alluring it has officially left me in a tasteful trance of paradise. It’s the type of gallery that is tropical with a traditional twist and we’re loving every minute.

From Natalie FrankeAfter falling in love with these two at their Baltimore Engagement Session, I knew that their American-Indian Fusion Wedding was going to take my breath away! What I didn’t expect, was to be seated at Sarah’s parents table for dinner… which lead to near teary-eyed moment for this veteran photographer. Oh friends, I truly couldn’t believe it! Such an unexpected honor!

There were so many moments of this special day that took my breath away… from the first moment Sarah put on her wedding gown to the beachside ceremony where Mohit saw his bride for the first time, all the way through her surprise wardrobe change during the reception – Everything about this wedding was perfect! There were tears and laughter… And I truly cannot imagine a more perfect setting for their special day!

Photography: Natalie Franke Photography | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Wedding Dress: Garnish Boutique | Jewelry: Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Venue: Secrets St. James Montego Bay | Photography - Assistance: Kate Ann Photo

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Jamaica Destination Wedding in an Ancient Aqueduct

Ready to get lost in a sea of pretty? Well, sit down, because thanks to Sunglow Photography there is so much Jamaica gorgeousness waiting for you below. With the stunning Hilton Rose Hall orchestrating an event that will make your jaw drop, this gallery will be sure to inspire your entire day.


From Sunglow PhotographySandy and Ryan traveled to Montego Bay Jamaica for a tropical intimate wedding with close friends and family. From their visit the year prior Sandy was set on exchanging their vows under the 18th Century aqueduct ruins located on the Hilton Rose Hall property.

The wedding details were all handled by the staff at the Hilton Hotel — very appealing since planning a destination wedding in a third world country can be challenging.

Photography: Sunglow Photography | Floral Design: The Hilton at Rose Hall | Ceremony Venue: The Hilton at Rose Hall | Reception Venue: The Hilton at Rose Hall

Elegant Jamaican Destination Wedding

The sparkling Caribbean ocean, this fabulous bouquet, and this absolutely lovely blushing Bride; I’m pretty sure this wedding right here is the definition of paradise. Natalie Franke and Krista Jones captured it all and the picture perfect weather added a silver lining to every moment between this sweet Bride and Groom. As I dream of a Jamaican vacation, this gallery is where my travel fantasies will begin.

From Natalie Franke… There aren’t words in the English language that could adequately describe how incredible Hannah and Mark’s wedding truly was! When we arrived at the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of this tropical coastline and the rich history that the resort has developed in Jamaica! Add in an exceptional couple like Hannah and Mark and I knew that I was in for the wedding of a lifetime!

From the beach ceremony to the portraits around the resort, I felt like I was constantly having to pick my jaw up off the floor sand! Everything was styled perfectly and Hannah was one of the most beautiful brides that I’ve ever seen! And not only is she gorgeous, but she has such a compassionate heart! When she found her dress at The Brides Project in Ann Arbor (a bridal boutique where all the proceeds go to the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor) she decided to become a volunteer bridal consultant and after working with the organization for a few months was hired to run it! She dedicates her time to helping brides find the perfect gown and raising proceeds for a good cause in the process.

Can’t you see why I fell in love with these two? Ah! Hannah and Mark are an incredible couple and this entire weekend was one for the record books!

Photography: Natalie Franke Photography | Floral Design: Blooming Designs | Wedding Dress: The Brides Project | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors TN | Engagement Ring: Mark Broumand | Wedding Bands: Urban Jewelers | Lighting: Jackie Jackson Entertainment | DJ: Devon Reid | Wedding Venue: Half Moon Resort | Photography - Assistance: Krista A. Jones Photography

Round Hill Hotel and Villas

One of my oldest + best friends is starting to plan her very own destination wedding. And my biggest piece of advice to her? Book the Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Located in breathtaking Montego Bay, Jamaica, this hidden gem offers an intimate and elegant venue with an incredibly laid-back vibe.

Easily accessible from most major international cities, Montego Bay, Jamaica has everything you and your guests would want in a destination — golden sand beaches, breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea and lots and lots of sunshine! The venue has an assortment of venues on site such as the Spa Lawn and Hanover Terrace that can accommodate intimate celebrations for two or weddings of up to 150. Round Hill even assures exclusivity, promising you that your wedding or event is the only one for the weekend. Featuring Ralph Lauren inspired oceanfront hotel rooms, luxe 2-6 bedroom private villas with pools + dedicated staff as well as an award winning culinary team and on-site wedding planners, what’s not to love about Round Hill Hotel and Villas?

There is something so romantic and special about this venue, I’m just dying to visit! To top it all off, Round Hill offers couples on-site wedding planners and a concierge to make sure planning is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Head over here for more information and to get started with booking your big day!

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Photo Credit for last Image: Jeremy Harwell

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Coral + Gray Jamaica Wedding

Winter is upon us New Englanders so I’m officially in hibernation mode. For the next several months I’ll be daydreaming of warm weather and beaches, starting off with this beautiful wedding in Jamaica. Under the guidance of Travel & Events With Style and captured by Dwayne Larson Photography, this celebration has me soaking up every single seaside photo and craving more.

From The Bride… Sean and I wanted to chose a destination that would reflect us as a couple – Sean has been brought up with a Jamaican influence and it has shaped his life since he was a child. When we decided we wanted a beach wedding it seemed like a natural choice for us. Plus it gave everyone an excuse to escape one of the coldest cities in Canada!

As a graphic designer, I started with the stationery design, and the everything else seemed to roll out from there. We wanted our wedding to evoke simple, casual elegance and compliment the gorgeous natural backdrop of Negril. Our color palette was coral, greys, white and a light seafoam green. I based our invitations off a casual handdrawn script I made of our names, and since it was a beach wedding I chose to incorporate stripes to give it a nautical feeling. I chose coral as our main color because it felt tropical and I knew it would look great with the clear blue water as a backdrop. I had custom rubber stamps made with a graphic of the island with a heart overlaying Negril to customize various items. I had the main invitation letter pressed, and tied the pieces together with grey and white bakers twine.

Once the invitations were tackled I got to work planning craft nights with my friends to ensure we had decor that reflected us as a couple. One of our favourite things to do as a couple is to go to see live music, and travel to music festivals. My maid of honour found vintage sheet music at a thrift store that we used to make table runners, and pinwheels to label the bride and groom chairs. We made a backdrop for the guest table out of garland made with music sheets and paper in the color palette I chose. I chose to incorporate shells to tie in the beach theme, and made boutonnieres for the wedding party and family with starfish, grass and music sheets.

We had our ceremony on the beach with the waves crashing just feet away from us. We wanted an intimate feel for the ceremony. The aisle was lined with white lanterns with ribbons flowing from the chairs, and flowing white curtains on bamboo framed the altar. For our guestbook, we really wanted something that would encourage guests to write something more personal, so we made a book with various questions for guests to answer on each page.

Making sure our friends and family had fun at the reception was really important to us, and our choices for music reflected that. We had prepared our own playlist with a wide range of motown, soul, reggae, funk and hip hop, and had spin the bottle dance offs. A highlight of the night was when guests wanted us to kiss, we made them hula hoop. To end the night we set off Chinese Lanterns over the ocean.

My friend Dwayne Larson did our photography, and my maid of honour who is lead photographer with Victoria Anne Photography couldn’t help but snap a few shots for us when she wasn’t fulfilling her attendant duties. It was so great having two people that we feel comfortable with there to capture our day.

I cannot express enough about how much our wedding planner Jaime Valdes- Riench did for us. Planning an event from so far away adds a lot of stress and she made the process unbelievably simple and stress free – she kept us on track with decisions, gave us honest feedback, coordinated meetings with hard-to-nail down vendors and seamlessly planned the flow and sequence of our event.

Photography: Dwayne Larson Photography | Floral Design: Tai Flora | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Beach Set Up: Riu Palace Riviera Maya | Invitations And Stationery: Jaime Alissa Design | Photography - Assistance: Victoria Anne Photography | Wedding Planning And Travel Agent: Travel and Event With Style

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Style Me Pretty Destination Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

Saturdays are pretty amazing, but when you throw in a meet and greet with RebeccaMarie Photography, it takes it to an entirely new level of awesome.  I’m talking an entire day devoted to gorgeous imagery that just so happens to be overflowing with love, emotion and, of course, pretty.  Spend some time getting to know her, lovelies… and don’t forget to check out her sweet discount below.

From RebeccaMarie Photography…  RebeccaMarie started learning about photography at the age of fifteen and excelled from there working alongside some of the best in the business, since 2004. Destination travel is a deep passion of hers and so is love. RebeccaMarie believes in combining the two, to capture your love story and has had the opportunity to travel internationally throughout her career.

RebeccaMarie Photography has been published numerous times together with her international friend Isabelle Kline Design, producing beauty through each image.  Her style has been known to be organic, vintage, ethereal and romantic.  A lover of travel and meeting new people.

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Ocho Rios Tower Isle Destination Wedding

It just so happens that I was in Ocho Rios almost 5 years ago on my honeymoon, so when I saw a destination wedding in Jamaica with Lauren Fair Photography on the agenda today, I had some pretty high expectations. And leave it to Lauren to completely blow them all out of the water. She captured the wedding (and the island) flawlessly and as luck would have it, it’s all right here.


From the stunning bride… Kyle and I decided to have a destination wedding because it would’ve been impossible to throw a fete as nice at home because the groom comes from a very large family. We knew right away that the most important aspects of our wedding were him and I. After perusing website after website, we came across Couples Tower Isle, a resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica with one very special feature… it’s own private island. In addition, the resort was a hot spot for hollywood royalty in the 50’s and featured art deco styling and clean lines. It reminded us of our favorite hotel back home (The Chelsea in Atlantic City, NJ). I knew we had found our venue! We selected 10/4/13 as our wedding date, our dating anniversary was 4/10 so we felt it fitting. Working with the hotel staff was great, I received phone calls from the wedding manager multiple times in the weeks leading up to our arrival to iron out details and to assure me that everything was going to go off without a hitch!

We traveled to Jamaica and were joined by 26 friends and family members and 4 very talented vendors, Lauren & Tim of Lauren Fair Photography and Greg and Olivia of Willow Tree Films. Photography and videography is extremely important in a destination wedding since not everyone was able to travel with us. There was an itinerary for the weekend including rehearsal dinner on Thursday night, the wedding on Friday and a farewell sunset cruise on Saturday. The hotel catered to our group and surpassed every one of our expectations.

We started our Friday with a quick breakfast, then Kyle and most of the wedding guests went out on the early morning snorkeling trip while I relaxed on the beach for a bit. I think that’s the best part of a destination wedding, I was laying on the beach the same day I said “I do”. There was no stress, no pressure, everything was laid back and it felt amazing! I then headed off to the spa for my hair and makeup appointment. My mom came by a little later and Lauren and Olivia showed up to capture getting ready. After that, we met up with Greg and Tim and ate lunch at the buffet before getting into my dress. After changing into my dress, we set off to meet Kyle for our first look. I was on the verge of tears as I walked towards my groom, so happy that this day had finally come. We then took our formal pictures in the jungle in front of the resort and out on the beach before heading towards the private island.

Kyle and the guests were the first ride over to the island, I would be the last boat to go over. While the guests were on the island waiting for my arrival, the sky above the resort looked as if it might storm, but when I arrived on the island the skies cleared right up. I was given one of our signature cocktails when I got off the boat and a few minutes to sip before walking down the aisle. The music began and I started to head towards my groom. Tears immediately started falling down my face. I don’t think there was a dry eye on the island. What an incredible moment to share with an intimate group of people. Kyle and I wrote our own vows, and tearfully recited them to each other, exchanged rings and the traditional “I Do’s” and sealed it all with a kiss.

The sun was setting on the other end of the island so we raced toward it for some beautiful pictures. I didn’t hesitate and jumped right in the water (only up to my knees) and Kyle needed some more coaxing, but eventually he joined in. I’m so glad he did because those pictures are among our favorites!

Cocktail hour began immediately and flowed flawlessly into dinner and dancing. We were careful to include some traditional Jamaican wedding traditions. Our wedding cake was covered with a ‘veil’ and our mothers lifted the veil to reveal our peach colored cake to our guests. After that, we fed each other pieces of cake from his lips to mine and back.

My favorite detail was my wedding bouquet which was placed inside of a conch shell. I had small and large white orchids with purple hydrangea interspersed. The conch shell made a wonderful souvenir since flowers cannot be brought back from Jamaica.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Videography: Willow Tree Films | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Ceremony/Reception: Couple's Tower Isle | Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co. | Sea Shell Jewelry Holder: BHLDN

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Jamaica Wedding at The Hilton at Rose Hall from Amy Arrington Photography

What do you get when you pair the stunning work of Amy Arrington with a dreamy Jamaica destination wedding? Well apparently you get pure gorgeousness. Her images are like a virtual vacation to this couples’ most precious moments of their big day, and you can see every last one right here.

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From Amy ArringtonKelsey and Kevin were married in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica, on April 6, 2013. Their ceremony took place on the beach between two palm trees with the clear Caribbean ocean in the background. To keep with the tropical theme, Kelsey wore a pink hibiscus flower in her hair, and Kevin wore a fun straw hat. One of our favorite details from their wedding was their “save the dates,” which were airline ticket themed. Another favorite detail from their wedding was the parting gifts for the guests, which were monogramed beach towels draped over each one of the chairs. 

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Wedding Venue: The Hilton at Rose Hall

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica Wedding from Christina McNeill

This wedding right here?  It’s amazing.  A pink-filled love fest type of amazing with an adorable bride and groom and crystal blue waters filling every last image.  It’s the kind of day that you totally wish you had… and totally wish you could attend.  It’s just that awesome.  And when you dive into the full gallery of lovely captured by Christina McNeill?  Well, you won’t know what to do with yourselves.  So sit back, relax and start your Friday off right here.

From Christina McNeill… Kelsey and Cory had an awesome wedding in Jamaica, on a private island no less. They married at Couples Tower Isle, a resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The hotel decor was inspiring and pretty amazing, so on top of an amazing outdoor venue they also had some sweet spots indoors for photos.

From the Bride… We began looking at venues near our home in New Jersey, but the costs were just adding up and nothing was ever quite what we were looking for. We didn’t want the typical country club or reception hall, and we wanted to be married outdoors. At the time of our engagement, I was going through many difficult things in my life, and wedding planning just added to the stress. That’s when Cory suggested a destination wedding, and the idea stuck. I went on a hunt for the perfect resort, and Couples Tower Isle stood out. The location, the package, and the price were just right. The resort was gorgeous, and after many hours researching and scouring the resort’s forums for others’ wedding experiences, we took the plunge. Without ever having been to the resort, we booked our wedding there!

The Tower Isle was the biggest draw to this Couples resort. There were so many gorgeous resorts but none of them featured a private island which you could have the ceremony, cocktail and reception on. The island was too gorgeous to pass up. Also the fact that everything would be taken care of by my coordinator and there was very little planning to do made our wedding more beautiful and stress free than I could have imagined.

Walking down the aisle and seeing my groom in tears was probably my favorite moment of the day. I had always joked with him that if he didn’t cry when he saw me come down the aisle, that we would have to do it over and over until he did! Turns out he didn’t even need to see me – as soon as the music started playing, he started crying. He’s never been a very emotional guy, so seeing him get so emotional was super sweet.

Photographer: Christina McNeill | Dress: Rosa Clara | Ceremony Venue: Couple's Tower Isle | Reception Venue: Couple's Tower Isle | Shoes: Creativesugar | Necklace: Wow That's Beautiful | Catering, Cake, Coordination: Couple's Tower Isle | Earrings: Cherry Hills | Hair Flower: BombshellBlooms | Knot rings: The Jewelry Girls Place | Yes bracelet: Creative Design By Thao (Etsy Shop)