8 unique hotels perfect for honeymooners

So you're starting to plan the honeymoon and your search results are full of all-inclusive mega resorts. If a massive cookie-cutter resort with wristbands, techno poolside music, and overcrowded bars isn't your cup of tea, check out this list of romantic boutique hotels around the world.

1. Azulik Hotel and Maya Spa in Tulum, Mexico- This adult-only, clothing-optional lodge is set in the jungle with tree houses overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The eco-resort implements self-sustainability systems. The rooms have minimal electricity and are lit with candlelight creating a magical ambiance perfect for a romantic getaway.

 
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2. GoldenEye Hotel in Oracabessa, Jamaica- All of the villas and cottages at GoldenEye come with private porches with views of the lagoon or the Caribbean. They also come with private outdoor showers (and some have bathtubs). Nothing brings you closer to nature than showering in the open air. It's a fact. Also, it was here where Ian Fleming dreamt up James Bond, 007, hence the name GoldenEye.

 
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3. Perivolas Hotel in Oia, Greece- This idyllic hotel is made up of restored 300 year old caves that used to be the homes of local fishermen and farmers. The 30 individualized suites overlook the Aegean Sea and there's an infinity pool that's perfect for relaxing and enjoying the view. 

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4. Juniper Hotel and Bistro in Banff, Canada- If mountains and wilderness are your jam, look no further than Banff National Park.  At Juniper Hotel and Bistro you'll have panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies and can enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing, and horseback riding. Bonus: This hotel is more budget-friendly than some of the others on this list.

 
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Nearby Lake Louise

Nearby Lake Louise

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5. La Chèvre d'Or in Éze, France- Located on the French Riviera, Éze is a small medieval village known for it's beauty and charm. Its many art galleries, shops, and restaurants attract tourists and honeymooners from all over. Rooms at La Chèvre d'Or are decorated with elegant furniture and have spectacular views of the Mediterranean.  Celebs like to dine at Chèvre d'Or Restaurant during the Cannes Film Festival. 

 
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6. Phi Phi The Beach Resort in Phi Phi Don, Thailand- Phi Phi Don is an island that is famous for being the location where "The Beach" was filmed.  Visitors go here to enjoy the breathtaking blue water and participate in various water activities like snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. Phi Phi The Beach Resort is a 2.5 hour ride from Phuket and the rooms feature tiki wood furnishings and private balconies. 

 
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7. Sultan Cave Suites in Cappadocia, Turkey- Cappadocia is known for it's fairytale landscape with unusual formations that have been carved out by ancient eruptions and erosion. The formations are known as fairy chimneys and today houses and hotels have been carved out of the rock. 

 
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8. Treehouse Lodge in Yucuruche, Peru- Located in the Amazon Rainforest near the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, the Treehouse Lodge offers rooms high up in the treetop canopy where you'll enjoy watching monkeys and birds at eye level. And not to worry, you won't have to forgo any of the comforts we enjoy on the ground. Each bungalow has running water and fresh clean linens. 

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12 St. Louis Date Ideas

1. Play some of your favorite board games at Pieces, a St. Louis board game bar and cafe located in Soulard. Their library of games includes the classics like Sorry, Operation, Pretty Pretty Princess, and Yahtzee, among others you've probably never heard of. 

2. Go to brunch. Who doesn't love brunch? One of our favorite places is Cafe Osage, located just down the street from Juno Bridal. Sit outside in the garden courtyard and enjoy the fresh food they grow themselves. 

3. Have a picnic in Forest Park. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, some cheese, some fruit, and relax in the sunshine. 

4. Take a dance lesson. Majestic Dance Studio hosts a salsa date night where you can learn the basics of salsa. And in case you need a little liquid courage to get on the dance floor, drinks are served!

5. Take a train ride to Hermann, MO. Hop on the train in Kirkwood and it's an hour ride to the beautiful wineries of Hermann. Once you reach the train station in Hermann you can catch the Hermann Trolley and they'll take you to all the local wineries.

6. Research beer at The U.R.B. (Urban Research Brewery). Located across the street from The Urban Chestnut in the Grove, The U.R.B. is a small pilot brewery. They brew very small batches of experimental beer. The customers sample the beer and provide feedback. 

7. Create a custom hand-poured candle at The Candle Fusion. They have over 100 different fragrance oils to choose from to create your custom scent. While the candle is setting grab a drink next door at MaryAnn's Tea Room.

8. Play a game of Frisbee Golf. White Birch Park in Hazelwood has a fun short course that's great for beginners. 

9. Go to a jazz club. Grab dinner and see a live jazz performance at Jazz at The Bistro.

10. Catch a comedy show. Have some laughs with your date at Helium Comedy Club or The Improv Shop.

11. Play with fire at Third Degree Glass Factory. Take a class and create a work of glass art. 

12. Be a kid at The City Museum. What could be more fun than having a few adult beverages and then running around a giant adult playground? Climb through caves, slide down the 10 story slide, and then hit the bar again. 

20 Rehearsal Dinner outfits

Obviously, here at Juno we are laser focused on helping you find your perfect wedding dress. But today we're going to help you find that perfect white outfit for the night before the wedding. We've collected our favorite 20 looks for that intimate dinner with close family and friends. 

1. For Love and Lemons Luna Maxi Dress- $246

2. Nicholas Mosaic Lace Halter Dress- $417

3. Lulu's Resort Life maxi dress - $59

4. Shopbop's Parker Dress- $202

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5. Anthropologie's Lace Halter Mini Dress- $148

6. Revolve's Charleston Dress- $167

7. Asos Lace Fishtail Midi Dress- $83

8. The Jetset Diaries Camila Maxi Dress- $299

9. Asos New Look Premium Cutwork dress- $68

10. Diane Von Furstenberg Asymmetric Lace Wrap Dress- $598

11. Revolve's Biondi Jumpsuit- $473

12. Asos Frock And Frill Embroidered Lace Skater Dress- $203

13. Asos Heavy Applique Crop Top Midi Dress- $128

14. Zimmerman's Sueded Silk Plunge Short Dress- $475

15. Lulu's Pop Life White Strapless Jumpsuit- $74

16. Anthropologie's Faustina Dress- $658

17. Anthropologie's Moira Lace Dress- $418

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18. Donna Mizani's Leona Ji Low Dress- $205

19. The Jetset Diaries Voyage Mini Dress- $178 

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20. Asilio's Nadia Dress- $407

First dance songs

Picking a wedding song that hasn't been used hundreds of times can often be tricky. No one wants to hear "All of Me" by John Legend at another wedding. Here is a list of perfectly unique first dance songs that won't have your guests giving you side eye.

1. "All the Pretty Girls"- Kaleo 

2. "Into the Mystic"- Van Morrison

3. "This Feeling" -Alabama Shakes

4. "First Day of my Life"- Bright Eyes 

5. "Harvest Moon"- Neil Young

6. "Riptide" - Vance Joy

7. "3 Rounds and a Sound"- Blind Pilot 

8. "Can't Help Falling in Love"- Ingrid Michaelson (Cover) 

9. "Phone in a Pool"- Ben Folds

10. "Your Song"- Elton John

11. "River"- Leon Bridges 

12. "The Most Beautiful Girl"- Flight of the Conchords

13. "I'll Try Anything Once"- The Strokes 

14. "Die with you"- Beyonce 

 

By Laura Kohnen

The most iconic Veils

Throughout history the veil has been a staple for the complete bridal look. It originally symbolized the groom taking possession of his wife. Symbolism that, rightfully so, has been swaying the modern bride from wearing a veil on her wedding day.  However you perceive the veil, wearing it it has played a role in some of the most iconic weddings for a very long time.

 

There was of course Queen Elizabeth II, who wore a Cathedral style veil to her wedding to the handsome Philip in 1947.

The always stunning Jackie Kennedy on her wedding day in 1953 wearing a floor length veil. 

In 1967, at just 21-years-old, Priscilla and Elvis Presley were married in Las Vegas, while she wore this stunning veil.

Bianca Jagger, who was later quoted saying “my marriage ended on my wedding day,” wore this iconic hat veil during her wedding to Mick Jagger in 1971. 

Gwen Stefani paired her veil with her colored gown for her wedding to Gavin Rossdale in 2002.

When Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise in 2006, her veil was made by Giorgio Armani with 400 feet of tulle and 70 hours of labor.

Like many of the other royal women before her, Kate Middleton went with the traditional veil route to her wedding to Prince William in 2011.

Perhaps one of the most influential weddings to date, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s 2014 wedding, Kim opted out of wearing a veil. So the question is, are veils over? While this may come as a surprise, given the increase of less traditional weddings, in an article by the New York Times, they found that the majority of women photographed during 2016 for New York Weddings' Spring issue were wearing a veil. 

By Laura Kohnen

👀 Look how we customize wedding dresses

Did you know we can customize a wedding dress to make it perfect for you?

  • step 1: Find a dress you absolutely love
  • step 2: Tell us what you would change to make it even better
  • step 3: We customize it to make it your PERFECT wedding dress

Check out these examples...

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Truvelle's "Carrall" gown has a beautiful taupe satin lining and wrap around ribbon. For a bride who doesn't want THAT much color in her dress we can change the ribbon and skirt lining to white. 

This Daalarna gown has a plunging neckline to the waistband. Don't want that much of a plunge? We can raise the neckline as much or as little as you'd like.

Truvelle's "Cordova" gown normally comes with a romantic lace trimmed slit in its chiffon skirt. Here it is with a waterfall chiffon skirt instead. 

This Daughters of Simone dress with or without sleeves. You choose.

The possibilities are endless!

7 Honeymoon ideas for adventurous couples

1. For the glamorous campers...you can now rent Airstreams!  For a week you can have your very own luxury trailer, starting at just $4,500 on airstream2go.com.  When is comes to road-tripping in America, it's hard to beat a scenic drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. Take in the views at Big Sur, explore the seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and catch some waves at Surfrider Beach in Malibu.

2. For the couple that wants to give back... volunteering for your honeymoon could be the perfect way to travel and experience other parts of the world.  Check out lovevolunteers.org. They'll pair you up with an exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunity in the country you select. Workaway.info is another great resource that allows you to experience a new culture without spending a fortune. A lot of the programs give you a free place to sleep and eat in exchange for work, whether that means instructing a yoga class at a hostel in Puerta Rica, gardening at an eco-lodge in Venezuela, caring for horses on a farm in France, or teaching English to children in Morocco.

Juno owner, Claire Ketterer, volunteering in Honduras through lovevolunteers.org

Juno owner, Claire Ketterer, volunteering in Honduras through lovevolunteers.org

3. For the sporty couple...hike to Machu Picchu. This is a honeymoon option that requires some preparation. The busiest months are from May-September and you must make a hiking reservation a few months in advance. It is also recommended that hikers are in good shape before taking on the mountain.  

4. Another option for sporty couples is to bike through Patagonia. There are only two routes that are accessible to bike through Patagonia- through Argentina or through Chile. The road through Argentina is dry and runs east of the Andes. The road through Chile is more challenging and is exposed to the Pacific.

5. For those seeking a pilgrimage... Camino De Santiago is a 500-mile walk starting in St. Jean Pied de Port, France and ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. While walking the whole thing takes as long as 35 days, travelers that do not have that much vacation time can pick the trail up in many different locations and make the walk as short as one day.  

6. For exotic animal lovers... a safari would be the perfect opportunity to see elephants, cheetahs, gorillas and so many more animals outside of the zoo.  Go gorilla trekking in Uganda's Bwindi Forest National Park or venture to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to see lions, zebras, wildebeests, and some of the largest crocodiles in the world. Check out the luxurious glamping accommodations at Kirawira Serena Camp.

7. For those that just want a relaxing, chic honeymoon... 10/10 would recommend the French Riviera. Stay at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, which has hosted the likes of Paul McCartney, Elizabeth Taylor, Ralph Lauren and Frank Sinatra. If this is a little out of your price range, Nice is much more affordable and just a 30 minute ride from Cap Ferrat, where it is free to walk around and private beaches are often accessible for a price.  

 

By Laura Kohnen

Juno Open house

In celebration of our grand opening, Juno had an open house party.  We gave full access to anyone who wanted to check out the dresses and the shop.  Here are some photos from the event.  Enjoy!

Bride-to-be, Paige, tries on a Mary Lee design flower crown while enjoying a glass of champagne.

Bride-to-be, Paige, tries on a Mary Lee design flower crown while enjoying a glass of champagne.

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

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Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Open house attendees mingle around Juno's fitting rooms. Photo by Cassandra Lu

Open house attendees mingle around Juno's fitting rooms. Photo by Cassandra Lu

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Juno owner, Claire Ketterer, poses for a picture with her aunt Barb. 

Juno owner, Claire Ketterer, poses for a picture with her aunt Barb. 

Close-up details of a Truvelle dress. Photo by Cassandra Lu

Close-up details of a Truvelle dress. Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Photo by Cassandra Lu

Sara, Becca and baby Norah admire the unconventional gowns. Photo by Cassandra Lu

Sara, Becca and baby Norah admire the unconventional gowns. Photo by Cassandra Lu

Claire Ketterer's siblings and family friends catch up by the front desk. 

Claire Ketterer's siblings and family friends catch up by the front desk. 

Lauren and Madison, of St. Louis, try on Mary Lee Designs flower crowns. 

Lauren and Madison, of St. Louis, try on Mary Lee Designs flower crowns. 

Hair piece from the Untamed Petals collection. Photo by Cassandra Lu

Hair piece from the Untamed Petals collection. Photo by Cassandra Lu

 

By Laura Kohnen

Modern Wedding Registries

Like many things in the world of weddings, traditional registries and the things that were once considered poor etiquette are turning into a thing of the past. Today’s brides don’t have to register for things they don’t really want- like china or a third toaster.

Here are some alternative ideas for the less traditional couple:

For couples that still need things but not necessarily the things you get from Bed Bath and Beyond… simpleregistry.com. This site allows couples to register for any item on any website.

For the couples that love experiences… the site honeyfund.com allows couples to register for things like dinners out or surf lessons on their honeymoon.

 

For the couples that are remodeling dream homes… Home Depot and Lowes have a gift registry.

For the couples that really feel like they have it all… ask for family and friends to give books or movies that they find meaningful.

For the couples that love to shop local… ask your favorite boutiques and small shops if they have any options to do a gift registry. They might make special exceptions to accommodate.

For the exceptionally charitable couple… ask guests to donate to your favorite charity in your names. You can also register for charities you like at idofoundation.org.

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For the couples that just want some cash… registering on a site like tendr.com offers a classier way to ask for the thing people really want. 

 

By Laura Kohnen

ABOUT OUR DESIGNERS: DAALARNA

Our dresses that travel the furthest come from Budapest, Hungary. Daalarna designs gowns that are feminine, refined and timeless.

Daalarna’s chief designer, Anita Benes, feels that a successful designer is someone that never compromises quality, professionalism, and customer service. Benes ultimate goal is to bring bride’s dreams to life. Her ideal client is a bride that wants to enjoy her wedding day as a real woman. To Benes, this means that the bride wants to preserve her individuality and not feel like she’s dressing in a fancy costume on her wedding day

Daalarna's chief designer, Anita Benes. 

Daalarna's chief designer, Anita Benes. 

Along with wedding dresses, Daalarna also creates eveningwear and kidswear. Each Daalarna product is tailor-made for individual orders. The dresses abide by the philosophy of style with the highest quality.

 

 

By Laura Kohnen

About Our Designers: Truvelle

In 2013, Gaby Bayona took the Vancouver bridal industry by a storm with the launch of her unconventional Truvelle collection. Since then, Gaby Bayona has created four bridal collections and just this year, she has expanded her line to include social attire. Truvelle also collaborates with four different designers to make headpieces, jewelry and intimates.

Truvelle gowns. 

Truvelle gowns. 

Much like her wedding gown collection, Gaby Bayona got her start in the bridal industry in an unconventional way. Bayona’s mother was a seamstress and she brought Gaby to work with her, this is where she learned her passion for design. At 18, Gaby was creating prom dresses using blush, ivory and gold. The dresses were receiving a greater response from brides than from high school students.  This is when she realized that she could bring something innovative and fresh to the bridal industry.

Gaby Bayona, owner and Creative Director of Truvelle. 

Gaby Bayona, owner and Creative Director of Truvelle. 

Truvelle dresses are made completely in house in their Vancouver flagship store. The unique designs are also sold at boutiques worldwide. We are so excited to offer these modern designs at Juno! 

 

By Laura Kohnen

About Our Designers: Theia

Similar to our other designers, the creative director behind Theia was not originally interested in designing wedding gowns. Don O’neill was born in a small village west of Ireland. He was originally working as a chef until he earned a full tuition scholarship to the Barbara Bourke College of Fashion and Design. He later worked in Paris for couture designer, Christian Lacroix and then he worked in New York for Carmen Marc Valvo for ten years. Next, he created the largely successful eveningwear collection, Badgley Mischka Platinum label for Badgley Micschka.

 
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In fall 2009, Don O’Neill debuted his original collection, Theia. The collection was inspired by the Greek Goddess, Theia, and is meant to bring out the inner goddess in every woman. The brand primarily sells wedding gowns in addition to evening gowns, cocktail dresses and bridesmaid dresses.  

 
 

Theia's elegant gowns have been worn by celebrities like Emmy Rossum, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.  The collection has been the subject of praise by Vogue, The New York Times and InStyle. Theia is sold at Nemann Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and many specialty stores, including Juno! 

 

By Laura Kohnen

About Our Designers: Olia Zavozina

            “If you can dream it, we can make it,” is the motto of Nashville based designer, Olia Zavozina. The designer’s personal goal is to make any bride as happy as she can. She achieves this goal with her beautifully structured and completely customizable wedding gowns.

The brilliant, Olia Zavozina. 

The brilliant, Olia Zavozina. 

           Born in Siberia, Russia, Olia Zavozina, always dreamed of moving to America. At the age of 18, she moved to Nashville to attend college and never went back to her home country. While in school, she studied Business and earned her MBA in Business Administration Management.  She has always had an interest in clothing, which lead her to start her own business, designing wedding gowns, when she was only 21. At age 26, her designs were picked up by Nordstrom. Now the brand is sold at 15 out of 18 Nordstrom Wedding Suites. Olia Zavozina brand is also sold throughout the US at many individual boutiques and on February 25th, Juno Bridal will be added to that list. 

            What we love about this unique brand is that the gowns are made to order. This means that they can be made to fit any bride’s body type and can be changed based on a bride’s preferences. Bride's can choose different fabrics, embellishments, silhouette and so much more to create a completely unique dress. AND Olia Zavozina's dresses have been worn by tons of celebrities- like Hayden Panettierre! 

Hayden Panettiere in Olia Zavozina's Delia Blush Gown.

Hayden Panettiere in Olia Zavozina's Delia Blush Gown.

 

By Laura Kohnen

About Our Designers: Daughters of Simone

Daughters of Simone (DOS) is another one of our many bold and brilliant designers coming to Juno in February. Similar to Alyssa Kristin, DOS felt as though the free-spirited bride was not being represented in terms of wedding dresses. Ashley and Brittany Castanos are the sisters behind this Bohemian label. The sisters, who were raised by a carpenter father and an abstract artist mother, always had an unorthodox vision of beauty.

Daughters of Simone began when Brittany Castanos questioned her lack of connection to the commercial wedding industry. Inspired by her mother’s own 1970’s off-the-shoulder wedding dress, Brittany taught herself the skills to redesign old dresses she found at local thrift stores. As demand started growing, she asked her younger sister to help out. Ashley, who was a graduate student at the time, began hosting bridal fittings out of her apartment in San Francisco.

What started as a few redesigned, vintage gowns and a personal vision to inspire the tenacious women of the world, turned into a brand that offers four inspired collections. We are so excited to offer gowns from these inspiring women starting February 25! 

Brittany's wedding in 2015- Her dress design will be available at Juno

Brittany's wedding in 2015- Her dress design will be available at Juno

In case you were wondering who Simone is:

            “The name was inspired by the philosopher Simone De Beauvoir. A woman who did her own thing, took names, and always left a mark during a time when that just wasn’t cool for women to do. She is the heart and soul of DOS and the label strives to sprinkle her in everything they do,” –Daughters of Simone 

 

By Laura Kohnen

About Our Designers: Alyssa Kristin

While shopping for a wedding dress in 2013, Alyssa Kahle (Kristin), was frustrated by a lack of selection. She wanted something timeless and chic that made her feel beautiful and confident. Feeling that her own interests were not represented, she decided to design her own dress.  

Taking an interest in sewing and fashion at the age of four, it made sense for Kahle to take on designing her own dress. At the age of nine, Alyssa Kahle had even written “create my own wedding dress” on her bucket list. In July 2013, she made this goal a reality by walking down the aisle at her own wedding in her Alessandra design. 

 
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Alyssa Kahle attended the University of Wisconsin. She originally intended to study Textile and Apparel Design, however, she later decided to switch to Finance. After college, she began a career as a public accountant, pushing her passion for design to the side. It wasn’t until searching for the perfect wedding dress that this passion resurfaced and the Alyssa Kristin Bridal brand was created.          

Alyssa Kristin Bridal Collection includes bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and bridal accessories. All garments are designed and created in Chicago. The designs are chic and timeless with a distinctive touch for the modern, confident bride. Kahle intends for these dresses to ensure a happy bride who feels like her most beautiful self in her dress.  

 
 

Juno Bridal is excited to be the first boutique to offer the Alyssa Kristin collection in Missouri. This designer and more will be coming to our store February 25! 

 

By Laura Kohnen