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and happy getaway for everyone.
When there's a destination wedding, party planners like to head out in advance to
make sure everything goes smoothly.
"There's always an expression of love shown by guests who travel thousands of
miles to attend weddings," says Gail Ball, who has guided five destination celebra-
"It can be more stressful at the outset, but people soon understand that the
details may not be as precise as they had hoped. Soon, the destination takes over;
everyone lets go and there's a lot of fun."
To avoid problems, Ball goes through a checklist covering the particulars, such
as transporting the wedding gown. Some brides book airplane seats just to hold
their dresses.
Lorrie (Garbarz) and Bryan Geoffrey of Sylvan Lake also wanted a beach setting
for their destination wedding. They chose Islamorada in the Florida Keys. About
100 guests were able to join them for the parties preceding and following the cer-
emony, conducted by a Florida rabbi.
The Geoffreys decided on a destination wedding because they had such good
times traveling to distant places for others' weddings. Since the event was in
Florida, they felt comfortable about traditional choices for the secondary parties
and the menus.
"We wanted to spend a few days with our family and friends and step away from
real life," says Lorrie, a business development representative. "The partying started
with a welcome reception that had my husband playing guitar and entertaining our
Bryan, whose family had been active with the Birmingham Temple in Farmington
Hills, thinks people liked being away from home for a few days, but there was
one very serious hitch - a dangerous storm threatened to keep their event inside.
Fortunately, the bad weather passed them by.
"The sun setting over the ocean made the wedding very dramatic," says the groom,
who operates parking facilities. "We just didn't want our day to be over in eight hours
and having everything away from home allowed us to extend the celebration."

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