DIY :: Spiced Blood Orange and Coconut Daiquiri

Even though it's a bit cold outside in many parts of the world, we promise this drink will transport you to a tropical island. Plus, everyone can use a daiquiri every once in a while! My Diary of Us brings us this amazing cocktail and tells you exactly how to create it.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup of Freshly Squeezed Blood Orange Juice (or use regular orange juice if you can not find blood oranges.)
  • 1 Can of Light Coconut Milk (you can use full fat too and it will be extra creamy)
  • 1/4 Cup of Honey
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup of Spiced Rum
  • Ice

Directions:

  • Place ice in the blender, about halfway full.
  • Add the rest of your cocktail ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Add more ice for a thicker consistency.

For more cocktail inspiration and healthy dishes, hop over to My Diary of Us blog.

Real Lake Garda, Italy Wedding by AV Photography

Gareth and Hannah of the UK opted for a sweet little elopement in Gardone Riviera, Italy, because what is more romantic than running away just the two of you? After a short official ceremony at town hall, the two enjoyed the historical city and the backdrop of Lake Garda for their photos captured by AV Photography.

Photographer: AV Photography

Insider Tips :: Hiring a Wedding Planner

After planning a wedding for many months, the most important part of the experience is being able to enjoy your wedding day! How do you ensure this happens? You hire a professional wedding planner to make sure the day flows smoothly and the design comes together seamlessly.

Jonathan Yonkers Photography

Jonathan Yonkers Photography

Here we have some advice from two of our preferred vendors with many years of experience in destination weddings. First is Jonathan Yonkers, an incredibly talented videographer and photographer:

Getting married is without a doubt one of the most memorable and significant events in our lives. Having all events go as planned is everyone's dream. After going through this process over a hundreds times with my clients, I can testify with my own experience that having a wedding planner is key for a successful destination wedding. The difference between having a wedding planner or not having a wedding planner is night and day. The amount of stress, time and arguably money saved by the bride and groom, simply makes it a no brainier and I can not recommend it enough.

Here some suggestions on hiring a wedding planner:
Look at their work. Make sure you like their style.
Talk to them, make sure there is good chemistry.
A private wedding planner is not the same as an in-house wedding planner.

Jonathan Yonkers Photography

Jonathan Yonkers Photography

Julie Comfort of Comfort Studio also has some sound advice on spending the extra money to ensure your wedding is everything you could imagine and the importance of a hiring a professional wedding planner:

I highly recommend hiring a local planner who has experience navigating the unique challenges of coordinating events in Costa Rica, where timeliness is taken for granted, resources and access are fairly limited, communication is constrained to Spanish, and where the natural elements threaten to intervene. Local coordinators are uniquely qualified to put together a timeline that accounts for the rapidly changing light (since the sun sets much quicker near the equator), the hottest times of day, the incoming tides, and the seasonal rains. They'll make sure to schedule your ceremony when the sun is low enough to be comfortable for your guests, while still allotting enough time afterward for portraits during the best light. They know the best venues with the best service and food and will steer you away from the ones whose beautiful website photos carefully omit that their wedding ceremony spot is directly next to the volleyball courts. And they will be honest with you about why the hotels offer the best rates in September when the hotels themselves will not (hint: because it rains every day).

Comfort Studio

Comfort Studio

Comfort Studio

Comfort Studio

Private wedding planners are different than in-house wedding and event coordinators at hotels and resorts. Private wedding planners specialize in weddings and usually have more experience, great relationships with the local wedding vendors, and the attention to detail that can be overlooked by hotels.

Make sure your wedding day is everything you wanted by enlisting a professional to take care of the details and handle all of the logistics!

Real Costa Rica Wedding by Jennifer Harter Photography

Denisse and Ariel were married on the beautiful beaches of Playa Hermosa on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. All of the simple, chic details were handmade by Courtney from Simply Rustic Events creating the perfect ambiance with the background of the cute little beach cottage where the party was hosted. And Jennifer Harter was there to photograph the festivities!

Making A Statement :: Bridal Anklet

New destination wedding trend alert: the bridal anklet! If getting married barefoot on the beach sounds ideal to you, consider a simple floral wreath for your ankle or even a tasteful beaded cuff to tie your bridal look together.

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