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A few months back, Bryan and I were invited by Katie from Ever After Honeymoons to experience Four Seasons Bora Bora and all it has to offer! So along we went with some of our dearest friends–who luckily happen to be some of the best in the wedding industry–Jose Villa, Joel Serrato, and Cortnie Purdy (of The Venue Report). Because we all came with our significant others, we were able to experience the resort as honeymooners, but because we came as a crazy fun group, we also had a taste of what it might be like to host a mini destination wedding here! All of which was out of this world! So are you ready for a few images by Jose Villa, a film by Joel Serrato, and a retelling of our trip? Because it’s comin’ at ya!

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The minute you arrive in Bora Bora, you understand that all the photos and everything you heard about the water just does not do it justice. I can’t begin to describe the beauty! Bora Bora is on of the few places in the world where over-water bungalows are viable, so it naturally feels like a dream walking out to your room over water!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

While at the resort, we had a chance to try out several of their excursions. We loved that Four Seasons had so much to do–a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure! With several restaurants and pool/beach areas, there’s always more to discover! We had a chance to take a jet ski tour around the island and it is something I’ll never forget. At one point, we stopped in the middle of the ocean, jumped off our jet skis, and were standing waist deep in crystal clear aquamarine water. Did I mention that we were standing…in the middle of the ocean? Totally surreal!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

While we were on site, we recruited a couple (that had decided to get married AND honeymoon at the resort–kind of the perfect place to do just that sort of thing) to do a mini photography session, because you needed to see just how dang romantic this place is!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Did I mention the pool, the beach, the private kayak rides to the mini-island, and the service that comes with all of this? We were so well fed, you had to roll us back to the airport! One of the days, while enjoying this view, we were pulled away to enjoy a couple’s massage, which was absolute perfection and one of the only reasons it’s worth leaving this view.

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

The view from our private bungalows (with a sunken tub that opened out to your private deck) was pretty unbelievable. Sunsets? Magical. In room service? Felt like a 5 start restaurant. Indoor living room, outdoor dining room,

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Even the arrival to Four Seasons is next level. A boat picks you up from the airport and escorts you to the resort, where you are greeted with fresh juice smoothies. Golf carts escort you to your room, where your bags have magically arrived alongside treats that seem to magically appear throughout the trip, like fresh juices served in coconuts, fruit trays, chocolate assortments, flower petal turn down! Oh my! The surprises never seem to end!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

We also got to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Four Seasons whisked us away on a speed boat with the greatest tour guide of all time (ukelele serenades came as a bonus!) to snorkel with fish and eels, then to swim with sting rays (scary but incredible) and then of course to dive with sharks. Literally–an absolute life changing experience! Oh and then of course lunch on a private island with picnic tables in the water–totally normal, right?

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

All in all, what we loved most about Four Seasons Bora Bora is the versatility. You can enjoy the resort with friends as much as you can with just your spouse. Want to get married? No problem–you can elope and keep it intimate, or invite a big group of friends (and we know this because we got to experience what Four Seasons actually does for a wedding reception–complete with decor, candles, live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a four course meal by an award winning chef). Planning a honeymoon or anniversary? If you want adventure–they can deliver. If you want privacy–no problem! Romance? Need you ask? Private dinners, massages, candlelit dinner on your private balcony over the water? Yep, that too. Four Seasons specializes in saying yes and making your requests possible.

Of course, we couldn’t share all the images, without adding a gorgeous video by Joel Serrato.

We can’t thank our gracious hosts at the Four Seasons Bora Bora enough for letting us experience their piece of paradise. We’ve been so excited to share this all with you! And if you are interested in booking a trip, email Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons who can plan it all for you!

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Bryan and I just got back from our AMAZING trip to the Four Seasons Bora Bora. While packing, I thought it would be fun to snap a few shots of some of the items I packed for my beach bag!

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While headed into tropical heat, it was necessary to add a few extra ingredients to my skincare routine, so besides my fave sunscreen and hand cream, I added in Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and DailyAdvance Lotion. Because of sunburn, sand, and salt water, I wanted something super gentle that would soothe AND cleanse, so I knew I could count on Cetaphil’s crazy mild formula. Same goes for the lotion which is honestly as hydrating as it gets…even for sensitive skin!

Wedding Blog Cetaphil Summer Essentials

I also brought along my BeautiControl sunscreen, and a great hydrating mask and made sure to have PLENTY of water on hand to make up for all those cocktails by the pool.

Wedding Blog Cetaphil Summer Essentials

Other must-haves on the trip include fun shorts, a great ipad case, a striped hat, pretty reading material, and some fun patterned pants to keep the sun at bay when the harsh rays strike.

Wedding Blog Cetaphil Summer Essentials

Wedding Blog Cetaphil Summer Essentials

This is a collaboration between Cetaphil and the AOL Lifestyle Contributor Network. Compensation was provided by Cetaphil via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cetaphil.

Carillon Beach in Panama City Beach, is a wedding destination that offers what many do not: choice of venue! Even if you love the idea of a wedding “vacation” and want to escape the beach, you might not necessarily want your actual vows to take place on white sands (though…so pretty…they’d be hard to resist.) We love that Panama City Beach not only offers gorgeous stretches of beach, but also a secluded chapel under the oaks by a lake, beautiful pavilions overlooking the beach, elegant green spaces, or even a ceremony under lights strung across the cobblestone streets in a charmingly recreation of an elegant Southern town.

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We also love that active couples can invite their guests and friends visiting Panama City Beach to paddleboard, or charter a large catamaran for a sunset sail (complete with a full bar!).

Wedding Blog Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is both laid back, yet elegant, combining the full services of an incredible staff alongside a vacation vibe that will take the stress out of wedding planning!

*Panama City Beach is a sponsor of Grey Likes. All opinions are blogger’s own.

Two years ago, Bryan and I had the privilege of staying at Secrets Maroma and ever since, we’ve been HUGE fans! We even convinced some of our friends to go to Secrets for their honeymoon, which they LOVED and in turn, sent another set of friends (and the list continues!!!). So of course we are beyond beyond excited to see that the new Secrets Playa Mujeres Resort & Spa is set to open in November 15, located in beautiful Playa Mujeres, and situated on a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beachfront in an idyllic location just minutes north of downtown Cancun.

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This brand new, adults-only, all-suite resort boasting spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea from most of the 424 suites, as well as ground floor suites with direct swim-out access to a pool from a private terrace. Secrets Playa Mujeres Resort & Spa is Unlimited-Luxury® Inclusion, which means that your stay comes with complimentary breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day, including unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits, 24 hour room service, pool and beach wait service, endless daytime activities, green fees, and even live nightly entertainment, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues.

Wedding Blog Playa Mujeres Resort and Spa

To celebrate the opening of Secrets Playa Mujeres, a special introductory offer is being offered now through April 28, 2014. Reserve your stay now for travel from December 1, 2014 through December 1, 2015 for special rates starting at just $147 per person per night.

Additional Secrets Resorts & Spas can be found in Mexico: Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Riviera Cancun, Cancun, Cozumel; Dominican Republic: Punta Cana; Jamaica: Montego Bay

*Secrets is a sponsor of Grey Likes. All opinions are blogger’s own.

We’ve recently been introduced to Paradisus Resorts and it’s already got us thinking about our next honeymoon getaway. (Can all future trips as husband and wife be referred to as a honeymoon getaway? I’d like to think so.) With locations in both Cancun and Playa del Carmen, they are the perfect place to consider for a one-stop destination wedding and honeymoon!

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Paradisus starts with their offer to help you plan your entire wedding! Packages include coordination, custom design, and even help with documentation to make you an official Mr. and Mrs. One of the perks I absolutely love is that you can visit the location prior to the wedding with your fella, and the value of your stay can be credited toward your wedding! Plus, you get 15% off all spa packages, so a couple’s massage would be the perfect way to de-stress from planning! In addition to all that, honeymoon and anniversary specials are available so you can sip champagne, be pampered, and enjoy your time celebrating as husband and wife.

Whether you love the idea of Cancun or Playa del Carmen, Paradisus is an absolute dream Mexico wedding and honeymoon destination!

On top of all that, you can actually book your trip, wedding, and honeymoon through Apple Vacations, who will take care of your travel arrangements, and will put you in touch with an experienced wedding planner to coordinate the day of your dreams. They offer a Group-Ease program, featuring promo-code discounts for groups as small as ten guests! Book 10 or more rooms, and get airfare credits on exclusive vacation flights and a free hotel stay. An absolute win-win if you are planning a destination wedding!