14 Stories and the W Retreat and Spa in Vieques

We have some very exciting news that we've been working on for months.  The press release pretty much says it all, but the short story is that 14 Stories and the W Retreat and Spa in Vieques Island (Puerto Rico) are announcing a special same-sex wedding planning partnership.  It thrills me to be partners with the W, especially since Starwood Hotels is consistently a great ally to the LGBT community.  Keep reading for more details.




Contacts: Anna Tabakh, Quinn & Co., tel. 212.868.1900, ext. 225, atabakh@quinnandco.com
Keith Flanagan, Quinn & Co., tel. 212.868.1900, ext. 356, kflanagan@quinnandco.com

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island Launches the Nation’s First LGBT Wedding Planner Partnership

New York (September 2, 2013) W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island has launched what is believed to be the first exclusive hotel partnership with an LGBT wedding planner, the renowned Bernadette Coveney Smith, founder of 14 Stories, to offer destination wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.         

The “14 Stories Wedding Day Experience” partnership pioneers a new era of hotel service for same-sex couples with the nuanced experience of Smith and 14 Stories, the first business in the United States to specialize in planning legal gay and lesbian weddings. Same-sex couples hosting their wedding at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island will receive customized services to the likes of 45 on-site planning hours with 14 Stories, a legal marriage ceremony in NYC or Boston, one pre-wedding meeting on Vieques Island with Smith and the property’s esteemed culinary team for an intimate tasting and planning as well as Smith’s attendance to personally oversee the ceremony and rehearsal. Smith’s planning will ensure seamless coordination of the couple’s dream wedding along with inventive themes for décor, entertainment, photography and guest activities.

“W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island naturally fits 14 Stories with our aligned values and aesthetics,” said Smith. “Peace of mind for LGBT couples is fully integrated at the retreat, and paired with the location’s picturesque landscapes. It’s the ideal spot for destination weddings.”

The collaboration also assists with personalized vows and ceremony wording for same-sex couples, post marriage resources that specialize in the LGBT community including financial planners and insurance brokers, and will contribute a donation to a marriage equality charity on the couple’s first anniversary. Additionally, couples will receive a personalized website where guests can book sleeping rooms, view photos, learn about wedding festivities and connect to the couple’s complimentary registry. As a signing bonus, couples will receive 12,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points which can be redeemed towards a free night at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island and other onsite options.

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island is intimately located just eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico on Vieques Island. Since opening, W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island has welcomed the island’s gay and lesbian travelers with custom packages for LGBT retreats and PRIDE celebrations as well as hosting 2011’s “Out on Film” festival. With 13 states in the U.S. (as well as the District of Columbia) now with legalized same-sex marriage, W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island will become yet another destination to embrace LGBT ceremonies.

“LGBT travelers have sought out Vieques Island for decades,” said General Manager of W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, Greg White. “We’re excited to provide yet another reason to celebrate our same-sex couples and travelers.”

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island’s 14 Stories Wedding Day Experience starts with an investment of $12,500 and can be booked by contacting the Destination “I Do” Team, director of weddings at destinationweddings@starwoodhotels.com or by calling (877) 796-8515. More information is available at www.wvieques.com.

About W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
W Retreat & Spa-Vieques Island opened its doors on March 25, 2010 as the first W Retreat & Spa in North America. Located eight miles off the Southeast coast of Puerto Rico on the peaceful and untouched island of Vieques, the Retreat & Spa features 156 stylish guest rooms and suites, all with private patios and balconies, providing unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel offers a mix of serenity and natural beauty, inviting guests to escape to an untainted paradise that blends soft adventure with soothing relaxation. A Caribbean wonderland blessed with two private palm-lined beaches, the property flaunts waterfront leisure spots such as Living Room, Fire Pit, Lawn and Paradise Edge; five scrumptious dining options; an AWAY Spa for ultimate revitalization and relaxation; and a contemporary seaside sanctuary full of natural wonders and pure indulgence. W Vieques is an undiscovered oasis created by an innovative team of designers including lead designer, Patricia Urquiola, of Milan based Studio Urquiola, renowned design firm, Rockwell Group Europe who collaborated with Patricia Urquiola on the spa and public spaces and architectural firms, Sierra Cardona Ferrer and EDSA. For more information, please visit www.wvieques.com.


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