Back in the early nineties, I visited Vatulele, a private-island resort in Fiji. One night, two guests spontaneously invited me to their barefoot wedding on the beach. The bride arrived on a boat rowed by Fijian warriors, and everyone toasted the couple with champagne at sunset. I remember thinking, This sure beats the standard country club affair.
Little did I know I was watching the beginning of a phenomenon: the destination wedding. A dozen years later, it has become one of the most popular ways for couples to get married—and an impetus for this new magazine, which also covers the best in honeymoons and romantic escapes. Fittingly, Travel + Romance represents a union: between Travel + Leisure and The Knot, two industry leaders dedicated to delivering levels of travel and wedding expertise—and style—that you won't find anywhere else. Travel + Leisure and The Knot have also joined forces to create the companion Web site travel-romance.com, an essential online resource for honeymoon and wedding planning.
This launch issue is a journey in and of itself, featuring vacations you'll both love, 30 dream destinations, and exclusive travel deals around the globe. We also take you to four glamorous destination weddings and show you how to plan your own. It's sure to be love at first sight. Let me know what you think and what you'd like to see in the next issue at firstname.lastname@example.org.