Photobook: Mexican Beach Wedding

Bride: Heather
Groom: Michael
Resort: El Dorado Casitas Royale
Agent: Audrey

 

Hitched Without a Hitch – Lauren & Kyle’s El Dorado Royale Wedding

Hitched Without a Hitch

 Lauren & Kyle’s El Dorado Royale Wedding

Videography by: Helium Factory

Bride: Lauren
Groom: Kyle
Resort: El Dorado Royale
Agent: Terrah

Lauren & Kyle Moore

Photo Credit: Helium Factory

Before you get teary eyed at the sweet videos our bride and groom shared with us, see what they had to say about their special day!

*It was really, really wonderful as far as the rehearsal. It was just without a hitch!*

*I’m telling you, from the cocktail party to the wedding, it turned out perfect *

Here’s the proof!

To finish off the wedding festivities, Lauren and Kyle decided to Trash the Dress!

In our opinion, Lauren and her dress look just as gorgeous in this multi-color fashion 😉

Tiffany and Brandon say “I do” at the El Dorado Royale

Bride: Tiffany Anfield
Groom: Brandon Cotton
Resort: El Dorado Royale
Agent: Nicki

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My Husband and I always ventured to have a nontraditional wedding. We wanted to do something “out of the box” and enjoyable. Due to large families a wedding in our hometown of Chicago was far too expensive. We came across Legacy Travel and the rest is history. We loved our agent Nicki. She was very attentive, patient, and knowledgeable. She helped us decide on a resort. We chose the El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Surprisingly we had a large group of friends/family attend. That was our biggest concern. We were able to communicate all of our needs via email with the onsite wedding coordinator. That process was simple and easy as I could do all the planning from the comfort of my own home. Upon arrival the resort was absolutely stunning!  The staff was welcoming, pleasant, and extremely helpful.  All of our guest are still talking about what a great time they had. Not only were they able to attend our wedding, but also they were able to relax and enjoy an actual vacation. Words cannot express what a great time we had with all of our loved ones.  The wedding went off without a hitch. Our friends and family were able to dance the night away at our breach reception. It was simply amazing! The sunset was an amazing perk. If I could do it over I wouldn’t change a thing. Be cautious of how windy a reception on the beach can be, bring tons of sunscreen, and lastly HAVE FUN!

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Kendra & Cody ~ Wedding at The El Dorado Royale

The bride and groom: Kendra & Cody
The photographer: Jackie G. Photography
The resort: The El Dorado Royale
Travel agent: Marty Boehlke

~ Bride & Groom Interview ~

What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
Cody: I am from Texas and Kendra is from NC. Since we both have family in different states we decided to have a destination wedding because we did not want to make any of the family members mad because we had the wedding in either Texas or NC.
Kendra: We both always dreamed of having a destination wedding but didn’t think that we would be able to. The more we researched venues, we realized that some of our family would have to travel regardless of where we get married. As we got closer to creating our budget we realized we would be able to do our destination wedding.

What made you decide on the resort/venue?
Cody: We went to the El Dorado last May and we loved the place. So since we wanted to have a Destination wedding, we thought since we have been to the El Dorado and loved it, why not get married there.
Kendra: We were looking at Mexico because it is a rather easy trip from Texas and one of the least expensive places to fly to. We also liked the idea of going somewhere we had been and were familiar with so there wouldn’t be any surprises. We visited the El Dorado Royale the year before with a group of friends and had an amazing time. The food was incredible, the service was top notch and we were completely satisfied with our first experience. We also wanted all inclusive and adult only, so it was an easy choice.

Who was your photographer, and if you had one, your videographer?
Cody: Jackie G. and she was amazing. I would recommend her to anyone doing a destination wedding.
Kendra: We chose to bring our own photographer and she was AMAZING. She knew us and our style and did an incredible job… contact information is on her website … http://www.jackiegphotography.blogspot.com

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
Cody: I did not have one. Ask my wife because she did all the planning but I think everything went seamlessly.
Kendra: I took care of most of the details with small projects for the ceremony but had an offsite coordinator that would email details back and forth. It was relatively easy considering my mom was my florist and we were pretty specific with what we wanted. People don’t realize that these large resorts do multiple weddings a day so they are great and details and making sure everything is right… you have to be somewhat flexible since you won’t be meeting face to face or seeing everything before hand but it was great.

What was the highlight of the experience?
Cody: On the wedding day the weather was not that great. Overcast and looked like rain was approaching. At 1.00pm all the clouds disappeared and there was not a cloud in the sky and at the time of the wedding the weather was perfect.
Kendra: The service and attention of the staff and coordinators were amazing. Everyone was so attentive to the fact that we were getting married and really made it their priority to treat us that way.

Biggest surprise?
Kendra: The over the top staff at the resort who went above the call of duty to make sure that your experience was the best it could be.
Cody: My watch and “other” present Kendra gave me. (and the fact that we got to hang out with Angel who was one of our bartenders last year)

If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
Kendra: Enjoy the ride, be flexible and relax… it was the most un-stressful wedding process ever.. and totally worth every minute and penny! Also don’t go over the top with all the tiny details, it will be gorgeous regardless… look at the location how can it not be.

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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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