Thank you for stopping by. PicturesbyTracy & Michelle McKibben Photography have joined together to photograph destination weddings! We have both been invited to travel internationally, covering all aspects of multi-day destination weddings. We’ll be using this blog to post information about recent updates or news, photography ideas/tips, weekly happy hour with Allure and images and info about our latest destination weddings! Stay tuned:)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Link from Stephanie Wheeler: Destination Bride

Secrets of a successful destination wedding
Take advantages of resources to make your wedding a spectacular event

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Hour with Allure {Color Board}

I just love the Tiffany Blue color that is popping up everywhere. It is so light and fun and definitely goes well with a beach wedding! The inspiration for this board came from the middle picture of the bride and groom running through the water.

Thanks to the following for the pictures:,,,,,,,

Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Hour with Allure {Win a Honeymoon!}

JW Marriott Las Vegas Sweepstakes!

Have you ever wanted to spend your honeymoon in one of the most fun cities in America???? Well here is your chance to win a fabulous honeymoon to Las Vegas!!! Wine and dine in some of the world-renowned restaurants, try your luck at the tables, get a romantic couples massage and go see a show! It is all there waiting for you...all you have to do is sign up through Destination Weddings Magazine's website.

The prize package includes:

4 nights accommodations in a suite
50-minute Couples Massage at Aquae Sulis Spa
Champagne & Strawberries upon arrival
Breakfast Buffet in Ceres Restaurant each morning
One dinner for 2 in Ceres (Value $150)


Monday, August 18, 2008

Happy Hour with Allure {Hot Spots to Tie the Knot!}
I found this article on about Hot Spots to Tie the Knot and it caught my attention. Yes, everyone has heard about the grand weddings that Walt Disney World has to offer brides, but what about these other places...have any of you ever thought about doing something like the following? If so then let us know..we would love to hear your ideas!
-Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
-Bridal Cave (Camdenton, MO)
-Underground Seattle (Seattle, WA)
-Disney's Fairytale Weddings (Disneyland, Anaheim, CA)
-Burning Man (Black Rock City, NV)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Happy Hour with Allure {Win a Trip!}

You could win a trip to FABULOUS Chattanooga!!! Just go to Tennessee's Website and enter to win. It is just that easy! Chattanooga really is a wonderful place. There is SO much to do there that you will definitely need to bring good walking shoes! It is right on the river so you have the beautiful view with the mountains surrounding the winding river, parks along the river, a walking bridge that is made just for walkers or bikers that hangs high over the water and lights up beautifully at night, plus much much much more! For a full listing of everything there is to do in Chattanooga, go to Good Luck!

Happy Hour with Allure {Wedding Customs Around the World}

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I found this article on and found it interesting. I always love to learn about other cultures especially when it comes to their wedding traditions! If you are doing a destination wedding to any of these places, through in some of the local culture to make your wedding special!

India: Hindu weddings include a ritual called saptapadi, a religious rite that traditionally involves the bride and groom taking seven steps around a ceremonial fire. The steps go hand in hand with seven vows, representing nourishment, strength and health, spirituality, happiness, progeny, longevity, and friendship and fidelity. Under Hindu law, the marriage is not legal until the saptapadi is complete.

Mexico: It's customary for the groom to give the bride 13 gold coins, trece monedas de oro, to represent his commitment, trust, and confidence in her. Her acceptance means that she receives his trust and confidence unconditionally, with total dedication and prudence. The coins are then blessed by the priest during the ceremony.

Italy: Food figures big in an Italian wedding — even before the reception begins. At the end of the ceremony, candy-coated almonds, called confetti, meant to represent the sweetness in life, are tied into small bags and tossed to the bride and groom. The bags are also presented to guests as wedding favors.

Sri Lanka: Buddhist weddings take place on beautifully carved wooden platforms called magul poru.

Morocco: Before the wedding, a Moroccan bride has her hands and feet painted with henna tattoos to represent good luck, protection, and the transition from unwed woman to wife.

China: A bride is virtually guaranteed a good hair day for the wedding, since a "good luck woman" (any woman who has a healthy son, husband, or daughter) prepares the bride's hair for the ceremony. The hair is combed four times.

Ireland: A bride sews an ornament in the shape of a horseshoe into her dress for good luck, or she may carry a horseshoe in her bouquet.

Brazil: It's customary for a bride to be fashionably late to her wedding. This helps ensure that the groom will not see her in her wedding dress before the ceremony begins.
Kenya: The day after the "real" wedding, Swahili brides are the focus of a ceremony called kupamba. It's a chance for the bride and other women to show off elaborate dresses and hairstyles.

Kenya: The day after the "real" wedding, Swahili brides are the focus of a ceremony called kupamba. It's a chance for the bride and other women to show off elaborate dresses and hairstyles.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Happy Hour with Allure {Chinese Inspiration Board}

Since the focus has been on China, I thought I would create an board for all of you brides to inspired by :)
Chinese Proverb: Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Happy Hour with Allure {Destination Spotlight: China}

With the Olympic games beginning this evening, I thought it was no better time than now to spotlight China as a Destination Wedding location. If you have ever been to China you know that it is not your typical vacation do not go expecting to lounge around on the beach and do nothing. China is romantic, but in a completely different way than someplace like Paris. It has a vast amount of history and culture, and if you let yourself really experience the "true" heritage, it can be a vacation like no other.

With ancient temples, statues, and botanical gardens with exotic flowers, it is the perfect setting for a wedding. You can step back in time (over 5000 years) by visiting these sites, while still being surrounded by new and astounding skyscrapers that seem to go on forever.

The best times to travel to China are around the Chinese New Year (which is in Jan. - Feb. depending on the lunar calendar), May 1st, July - August, and in the Fall (but avoid October 1st, it is a holiday week for China).

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