Abby & Richard, Everything… and More at El Dorado Maroma

Abby & Richard

Everything… and More at El Dorado Maroma 

Bride: Abby
Groom: Richard
Resort: El Dorado Maroma
Agent: Terrah

Photographer: Lauren Ashley Photography

“Everything was great… everything was what we dreamed of and more.  The staff was so friendly.   The coordinators were great… mainly Patty… she was a rockstar!    Thank you for all of your help.”  – Abby

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Wedding coordinator interview!

Hello wedding world! Today I am excited to have a special guest from the beautiful beaches of Mexico – Rafaela Lantigua. Rafaela is the Wedding Department Manager for Lomas Travel and for all of the Karisma weddings. She is THE beach wedding guru and a wonderful asset to the Weddings by Legacy Travel team.

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Rafaela and me at the GIVC ceremony at the El Dorado Royale.

Hello Rafaela and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us today!
MY PLEASURE AND THANK YOU TERRAH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY…

So how long have you been helping plan dream weddings for the Karisma resorts?
WITH LOMAS FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS AND OVER TWO THOUSAND WEDDINGS LATER….HAHA

What is your favorite part about your job?
SEEING THE FACE OF THE BRIDE AS SHE WALKS TOWARDS HER FUTURE HUSBAND AND HER NEW LIFE.

What are some of the most fun/memorable weddings you’ve planned?
WELL TERRAH, THERE HAS BEEN SO MANY…AS EACH ONE HAS ITS OWN SPECIAL TOUCH…KEEPING IN MIND THAT OUR JOB IS TO MAKE THEIR DREAM A REALITY. THERE WAS A WEDDING TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR THAT WAS UNIQUE. THE BRIDE WAS OF MEXICAN DECENT AND WANTED HER WEDDING TO FALL ON THE DAY OF THE DEAD. IT WAS HELD AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL DORADO MAROMA. SHE REQUESTED THAT THE CHURCH AND RECEPTION WAS ALL IN THE DAY OF THE DEAD THEME. THE COLORS, THE DECORATIONS, EVERYTHING WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL! THE ORANGE COLORS AND SKULLS MADE IT VERY AUTHENTIC MEXICAN. EVEN THE CAKE WAS A SKULL! IT WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE, UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL.

How do you feel about wedding favors? Have there been any impressive or creative ones that made you stop and admire?
I LOVE WEDDING FAVORS!!! ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT THE BRIDE OR HER FAMILY HAD HANDCRAFTED…THOSE ARE ALWAYS SPECIAL….THE ONES THAT IMPRESS ME THE MOST ARE THE ONES THAT ARE HANDMADE OR OUT OF RECYCLED MATERIAL, BEACH BAGS, NOTEBOOKS WITH DRY FLOWERS TO MENTION A FEW.

Being in a tight economy right now, would you suggest an area to cut costs or downsize?

DEFINITELY VOTIVES AND CANDLES ON THE BEACH…DUE TO THE WIND AND COST.

Is there anything new and exciting going on with Karisma weddings?
WE ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING NEW AND INNOVATIVE GOING ON AT OUR HOTELS…FROM THE BRAND NEW SPA AT EL DORADO ROYALE CASITAS, A NEW SWING BAR AT AZUL SENSATORI, A PRIVATE GARDEN LOCATION AT EL DORADO SEASIDE SUITES…AND MORE! JUST ASK US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

If you were to give some tips or advice to a soon to be bride, what would it be?
PLAN EARLY SO YOU CAN HAVE OPTIONS ON CEREMONY TIMES AND LOCATIONS.

A big thank you to Rafaela for all of her comments. 🙂

If you are interested in having that stress-free, picture perfect destination wedding, feel free to call me at 972-517-9130 or toll-free! 1-866-329-7157. I’m here for you as well as some of the best coordinators out there like Rafaela. It’s what we do best! 🙂

Fabulously yours,

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The Azul Beach Hotel

Hello wedding world!
I recently returned from a trip where I visited the beautiful Riviera Maya of Mexico. The Riviera Maya is definitely one of my most favorite destinations to travel to. A couple of reasons why: the white powdery sand, blue waters, friendly people, history and endless activities to try.
While there I had the privilege of experiencing the following resorts along with hanging out with their fab wedding teams:

* THE ROYAL in Playa del Carmen
* The El Dorado Maroma
* The Azul Beach Hotel

Each of these 5 star all-inclusive resorts are completely gorgeous and unique in their own ways. If the Riviera Maya interests you, give us a call so we can help you decide which would be perfect for you and your guests.

Before I go, I leave you with one of the videos I shot with Caribe Photo while there:

Happy planning!

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