One&Only Hosts Micro Wedding Ceremonies
Bespoke weddings in incredible romantic settings around the world
Intimate weddings have been considered the epitome of chic for some time, and more recently, have become a creative and resourceful way for couples to still celebrate their special union. Now more than ever, couples are embracing the trend to have only their very nearest and dearest attend their special day, allowing for truly memorable moments, shifting from large lavish affairs, to focus on finding locations that match couples’ personalities and creating love-filled experiences for their guests.
With beautifully appointed suites and private villas, once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences and secluded spots amongst mesmerizing natural landscapes, One&Only provides the ultimate setting for romance. In some of the most remote destinations around the world, One&Only’s collection of resorts provide unmatched sites for couples to celebrate with their loved ones. From private yacht ceremonies on the azure waters of Mauritius, to whitewashed chapel vows framed by tropical blooms in Mexico, an intimate wedding with One&Only is a dream setting to say ‘I do’.
One&Only Portonovi – An Original European Destination
The recently opened One&Only Portonovi, at the entrance of Boka Bay on Montenegro’s Adriatic Sea, is an ideal choice for a European destination wedding. The resort offers both indoor and al fresco event spaces overlooking pristine waters, dramatic forests, and surrounding medieval towns. From a private stretch of white sandy beach with views of the bay, to a flower draped gazebo at the resort’s courtyard, Il Giardino, each offering a memorable location to host a wedding. With Herceg Novi renowned for beautiful flowers that blossom throughout the year, the resort’s florists can create truly spectacular floral displays showcasing mimosas, magnolias, and camelia blooms from the region.
One&Only Portonovi’s crown jewel is Villa One – an oasis within the resort, complete with unobstructed views of Boka Bay and supreme privacy. The villa can be transformed into a dream setting for an event, welcoming up to 30 seated guests. The villa offers three bedrooms, a private bar and expansive garden, a perfect spot for dinner under the stars, or a casual wedding breakfast by the pool. Alternatively, the historic, tiny church, ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’, in the beautiful Bay of Kotor, offers a nod to the rich culture of the region for nuptials. This small man-made islet, accessible only by boat, was built as a tribute to an icon of the Virgin found on a sea cliff near Perast and is considered a shrine to the safe passage of seafarers and fisherman throughout the centuries.
One&Only Le Saint Géran - Tropical Island Escape
Cradled between an aquamarine lagoon and the Indian Ocean in Mauritius, the iconic One&Only Le Saint Géran is a timeless destination where local craftsmanship, hospitality and style have been seamlessly woven together to celebrate the unmatched location of the resort. Just some of the special elements that can be arranged for a sensational experience include helicopter rides to remote islands with surprises only for the couple to discover, firework displays on remote nearby islands, or a Traditional Sega show, a highly emotive musical genre with local instruments originating from the ritual melodies of mainland Africa sung in Creole. The team at One&Only Le Saint Géran take time to get to know and understand the needs of the couple ahead of their big day and tailor the occasion according to traditions from cultures around the world as desired.
There are several idyllic locales at One&Only Le Saint Géran for an intimate ceremony, such as The Pavilion, for up to 10 guests and perched over the stunning lagoon, or, complete with its own infinity pool, terrace, and private access to the beach, Villa One is the most exclusive address in Mauritius, and can host celebrations for up to 20 guests. Featuring a soft, neutral palette of cool sandstone floors with mother of pearl and silk accents, this elegant two-bedroom villa provides an atmospheric backdrop for a romantic union. Spacious private dressing rooms provide ample space for couples to prepare ahead of their ceremony, with the dining room able to host up to ten seated guests. The lounge, dining and bedroom spaces open onto an expansive terrace with mesmerizing ocean views perfect for sunrise breakfasts, sunset cocktails, and all-night dancing. Bespoke menus are prepared by Villa One’s personal chef in the fully fitted kitchen or dedicated outdoor kitchen and grill and can be served on the shaded open-air dining area.
One&Only Palmilla - Baja’s Most Romantic Coastal Location
As Baja’s most romantic coastal setting, One&Only Palmilla is a hidden retreat located at the end of a cape, originally designed as an authentic luxury hacienda. Couples can embark on a spiritual journey together, designed to invigorate the senses and truly connect them, by concluding their last day as single souls with an event inspired by the rituals of the revered Mayo tribe of Sonora. The traditional Sunrise/Sunset Purification Ceremony embraces the rays of both the morning sun and sunset with the burning of copal incense and medicinal herbs renowned for their purification properties - cleansing aura, mind, and spirit. With the soothing rhythms of local drums and ocean waves, couples are guided through a transcendent meditation ritual, concluding with an ancient prayer to the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature herself.
The Celebrations Team will help create a dream event for couples, from a small private ceremony in the resort’s very own chapel to a celebratory toast on the shores of the alluring Sea of Cortez. Immersed in tropical greenery, One&Only Palmilla’s whitewashed chapel sits picture-perfect on a hilltop, looking out over the resort’s lush gardens and sun-kissed coastline. Framed with palms and tropical fauna, the charming building can welcome up to 40 guests for an intimate ceremony, complete with a horse-drawn carriage to make a grand entrance. Majestic arches and architecture will transport guests to the timeless decadence of the 1950s, when the resort first opened and quickly established itself as a Hollywood favourite, only accessible by yacht or private plane. Romance fills the air for couples walking down the aisle as they are escorted by a live mariachi band, transitioning from the ceremony venue to the reception area in true local style. Alternatively, shimmering waters, and golden sands surround the serene Turtle Beach, which offers the ideal backdrop for a small, relaxed wedding where a blessing by the resort’s Shaman will consummate the union in front of a bonfire.
One&Only Mandarina – Breathtaking Jungle Backdrop
On a rare undeveloped coastline along Riviera Nayarit, flanked by jungle-clad mountains and the vast Pacific Ocean, One&Only Mandarina is a serene haven unlike anywhere else. Whether on the shores at The Jetty or elevated amongst the trees at Alma and Carao, each discreet space has its own ambiance, offering either consummate privacy or the buzz of a lively environment, depending on the couple’s desire.
For those looking to incorporate a more spiritual element into their special day, a Shaman can offer couples a spiritual blessing inspired by the customs of the Wixarika (Huichol) people, dating back hundreds of years which incorporates a ceremonial cleansing, and traditional chants to the beat of handmade wooden drums.
On a mesmerizing beach, the Jetty Beach Club offers a tranquil backdrop for a dream-like celebration, with nature taking centre stage, complete with a soundtrack of gently lapping waves and a dramatic coastline in full view. Alternatively, the terrace of the expansive Grand Villa is ideal for couples who want to preserve the moment for themselves. Veiled by towering palms with unspoiled views of the Pacific Ocean, the villas have a romantic charm, complete with a private pool, hot tub, a large terrace, and dining pod - a spellbinding spot to raise a toast to forever.
One&Only Reethi Rah – A Private Island Affair
One&Only Reethi Rah, the Maldives’ ultra-luxury all-villa resort with 12 pristine white sand beaches, is a serene spot for an intimate wedding. Meaning ‘beautiful island’ in the local language of Dhivehi, One&Only Reethi Rah is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters on its own private island and offers couples a breathtaking backdrop for small ceremonies and vow renewals. For couples with creative imaginations, even the proposal can become legendary. Couples can choose to exchange vows in their own villa, or on a private stretch of the beachfront surrounded by the magic of a celebratory Maldivian Bodu Beru performance – a local tradition of sailors of the Indian Ocean, with romantic melodies accompanied by drumming and singing.
Alternatively, ceremonies can be hosted at ‘Fanditha’ – the resort’s beachfront restaurant to best showcase the island’s cinematic sunsets. With guests’ feet in the sand, this is a perfect location for a chic, laid-back affair. For more formal ceremonies, the Wedding Pavilion located on the northern tip of the island, can host the bride, groom and the Master of Ceremony under a traditional thatched roof adorned with fresh fragrant flowers whilst up to 30 guests watch on.
Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, One&Only is conceived as a hallmark of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. The exclusive collection includes One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Palmilla and One&Only Mandarina in Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in The Blue Mountains in Australia; One&Only Desaru Coast in Malaysia; One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda and the recently opened One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro. Additional resorts in development include One&Only Kéa Island and One&Only Aesthesis in Greece and One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai, as well as communities of One&Only Private Homes around the world.
For more information or for reservations, please visit oneandonlyresorts.com.