Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery
Hornblower Cruises & Events
24 Carrots
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
The Langham
Lake Forest Limousines
 Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort
Vicens Forns Photography
InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Westin St. Francis
The Bridges Golf Club
A Day Like No Other
Quail Lodge & Golf Club
Terranea Resort

In the Spotlight | $5000 5-STAR CALIFORNIA VACATION GIVEAWAY

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We’re thrilled to be partnering with Issuu for the launch of their digital magazine sales! To help celebrate, we’ll even send you a free print edition when you buy a digital copy between now and November 27th.* Not only will you receive both digital and print magazines, but you will also be entered into the #GoldenIssue giveaway, featuring a mini-moon curated by Ceremony’s publisher, Amy Harrick. The winner will enjoy three relaxing nights with his/her loved one at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA. They’ll even have one of Amy’s favorite photographers to capture it. Exciting, right?! More details, including additional giveaways with Man of Metropolis and Sweet Paul Magazine, here: issuu.com/golden.

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Ceremony Magazine San Diego 2017 | Beauty & the Balance

 Beauty & the Balance
at Tabacón Grand Spa Resort, Costa Rica

By Andrea Berning

Courtesy of Tabacón Grand Spa Resort

Balance. It’s what everyone desires. The modern couple looking for a once-in-a-lifetime destination wedding or honeymoon getaway can find that perfect blend of adventure and relaxation at Tabacón Resort. Located in the heart of Costa Rica at the base of the Arenal Volcano, Tabacón offers ample opportunities for adventure including rainforest zip-lining, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, nighttime rainforest hikes and waterfall excursions. Their 5-Star accommodations paired with natural thermal springs, exquisite dining and luxurious spa services then allow a couple to unwind in style from a day of thrilling activities. Set within the confines of the rainforest Tabacón Resort is in close proximity to adventure for all levels of thrill seekers.

Nature lovers cannot miss taking part in activities that showcase the natural wonder of this gorgeous country. A daytime horseback ride meandering through the foothills surrounding the volcano is a must-do. The views of the volcano and the lush scenery are utterly breathtaking. However, a night hike may provide even better opportunities to spot nocturnal mammals that are often elusive during the day. Armed with a flashlight and ample determination, night time is the right time to spot one of Costa Rica’s symbolic creatures such as a red-eyed tree frog or a sloth. A short ride outside of the resort gets you to La Fortuna where a majestic waterfall plummets to a clear pool of water that is ideal for swimming after a 500-step hike down a scenic path to reach it.

Looking to take nature up a notch? Jacamar Naturalist Tours take guests on an adventure of a lifetime. Venture out to the top of the canopy for an exhilarating zip-line ride through the rainforest. Then, swing through the rainforest like Tarzan swing to get the full jungle experience. Get closer to nature by hitting the rapids on a whitewater raft tour down the Rio Toro and possibly witness tropical birds and exotic animals winding through the canyons.

Courtesy of Tabacón Grand Spa Resort

Days filled with adventure build up an appetite. Explore a local soda in La Fortuna for comidas típicas (authentic Costa Rican cuisine) or venture back to the gorgeous confines of Tabacón for a casual meal at their restaurant, Ave del Paraíso, for Tabacón’s delicious take on Costa Rica’s famous dish, casado típico criollo, which is the customary meal a wife would make for her husband. A more relaxing option would include donning swimwear and slipping up to the Arenal Pool Bar where small bites such as ceviche and guacamole pair well a libation made from Costa Rica’s signature sugar cane alcohol, guaro. Ah, pura vida!

Relaxation is what brings Tabacón Resort its renown. Arenal Volcano’s natural thermal springs flow through the resort providing guests with a luxurious locale to warm weary muscles that have been worked from a day of energetic fun. Meander through the spring’s pathways to a literal Shangri-la. The Shangri-la Gardens are an exclusive experience for only Tabacón’s adult guests. Its privacy, replete with cascading falls and the steamy springs, sets the stage for romantic interludes. The thermal springs are within close proximity to the resort’s luxurious spa accommodations where Costa Rica’s natural environment is incorporated into each spa treatment. From the local products infused into the massage oils to the outdoor bungalows, couples can escape to even deeper tranquility. ‘The Idyllic’ is the quintessential couples massage bringing the soothing sounds of the rainforest into the ultimate bonding experience. Be sure to request to take a plunge in a relaxing milk bath following the massage. While basking in the outdoor tub, you may even spot an exotic monkey lurking above you in the natural canopy.

Top off your dreamy experience with a Private Gala Dinner where your personal chef freshly prepares a gourmet feast in an open air rainforest bungalow lit by shimmering candles. Each course is paired with sumptuous wines and champagnes that bring out the flavors of each divine dish. A romantic meal is the ideal way to create a lifetime of memories from your luxurious experience at Tabacón.

Whether you’re seeking the thrill of outdoor adventure or a relaxing retreat Tabacón provides the perfect balance.

Courtesy of Tabacón Grand Spa Resort

Photos courtesy of Tabacón Grand Spa Resort

In the Spotlight | #GoldenIssue

Golden Issuu via CeremonyMagazine.com

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Issuu for the launch of their digital magazine sales! To help celebrate, we’ll even send you a free print edition when you buy a digital copy between now and November 27th.* Not only will you receive both digital and print magazines, but you will also be entered into the #GoldenIssue giveaway, featuring a mini-moon curated by Ceremony’s publisher, Amy Harrick. The winner will enjoy three relaxing nights with his/her loved one at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA. They’ll even have one of Amy’s favorite photographers to capture it. Exciting, right?! More details, including additional giveaways with Man of Metropolis and Sweet Paul Magazine, here: issuu.com/golden.

*Email mvotaw@ceremonymagazine.com with the magazine ordered and your address, and we’ll send you the print copy.

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Golden Issuu via CeremonyMagazine.com

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Issuu for the launch of their digital magazine sales! To help celebrate, we’ll even send you a free print edition when you buy a digital copy between now and November 13th.* Not only will you receive both digital and print magazines, but you will also be entered into the #GoldenIssue giveaway, featuring a mini-moon curated by Ceremony’s publisher, Amy Harrick. The winner will enjoy three relaxing nights with his/her loved one at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA. They’ll even have one of Amy’s favorite photographers to capture it. Exciting, right?! More details, including additional giveaways with Man of Metropolis and Sweet Paul Magazine, here: issuu.com/golden.

*Email mvotaw@ceremonymagazine.com with the magazine ordered and your address, and we’ll send you the print copy.

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In the Spotlight | Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia: A Romantic Oasis

Luxurious, rejuvenating and stunning, Rancho Valencia is an oasis of romance tucked among and atop the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, California. Full of Mediterranean-inspired charm and Southern California character, this lush property is the perfect location for the most important day of your life, all the special days leading up to it, or a relaxing honeymoon getaway.

Whether an indoor or outdoor celebration strikes your fancy, Rancho Valencia can accommodate large and intimate guest lists alike in impressive fashion. For a smaller event like a rehearsal dinner, the wine cave is a spectacular and beautiful option. If an airy, indoor-outdoor vibe is what you desire, the Sunrise Room and Sunrise Patio are perfectly suited for charming events. Of course, if you want to take advantage of the ideal San Diego climate, then the Croquet or Upper Lawns will impress! And who can forget a classic, ballroom affair? Rancho Valencia’s unique ballroom is full of thoughtful, luxurious details and offers an accompanying deck for additional space. No matter your guest list or ambiance preference, Rancho Valencia can exceed all expectations!

Not only does Rancho Valencia offer exquisite onsite celebration locations, the service and staff at this luxury resort are unmatched. Having received impressive accolades like #1 resort in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and a Forbes 5-Star ranking, their attentive staff is well-equipped to meet your every need. In fact, Rancho Valencia boasts an impressive staff to guest ratio of six to one. And you can tell! The perfectly manicured property, spotless and stunning rooms, and every other part of the resort speaks to the meticulous attention to detail provided by this incredible team of Rancho employees. You can be confident that an event at Rancho Valencia will be taken care of in the best possible way.

As a perfect compliment to their stunning property, the culinary options at Rancho Valencia are incredibly delicious and beautifully presented. With a large focus on farm-to-table cuisine, the chefs at Rancho Valencia visit a nearby farm, Chino Farms, daily to provide their guests with a fresh, delectable menu. Whether enjoying the The Pony Room, Veladora or having your event catered elsewhere onsite, your guests will be amazed with their flawless dining experience!

If a spa or tennis day is just what you need to de-stress before the wedding, Rancho Valencia can deliver in a huge way. Their 1.5 acre spa offers a variety of treatments, work out classes, lounge spots, and a serene pool area. If tennis is on your list, you’ll be impressed with Rancho’s award-winning tennis facility. In fact, Rancho Valencia was ranked #1 Tennis Resort in 2008 by Tennis Magazine.

After a day of wedding prep, relaxation or a healthy dose of both, you’ll be thrilled to retreat to your elegant suite. Unwind with a dip in your outdoor hot tub, enjoy drinks on the private patio, relax in the deep soaking tub, or sink into your luxurious bed — it’s all yours to enjoy!

No matter the event size, design style or reason for celebrating, you’ll be swept away by Rancho Valencia’s charm and overcome with the beauty, relaxing environment, luxurious accommodations and savory cuisine. After just one stay, you’ll be dreaming of your next trip to the ranch.

Want to see the inside-scoop from guests, brides, wedding professionals and Rancho Valencia-obsessed travelers? Take a peek on social media using #RanchoValencia and #HowDoYouRancho!

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Be sure to check back in for more Rancho Valencia details in Ceremony 2018!

Photography | Courtesy of Rouse Photography