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Secrets Maroma Beach Wedding – Rachel and James

“I’ve never been one of those girls who dreamed about a big wedding – in fact, I would say quite the opposite.  I wasn’t sure I’d ever get married (until I met James), and even still, I knew I didn’t want a big local wedding; the idea of exchanging vows barefoot on the beach was my idea of perfection.”

“We both LOVE to travel, so the idea of heading to paradise with our closest friends and family seemed like a no brainer.  Our first trip as a couple was to Riviera Maya in Mexico several years prior (although we stayed at a different resort), so it seemed fitting that we celebrate spending the rest of our lives together in the same region as well.  The best part was, we got to spend a whole weekend with our loved ones, as opposed to just one whirlwind night.”

“We both decided to write our own vows, which actually turned out to be my favorite part of the ceremony.  James tends to be very laid back and easy going, and doesn’t seem to take anything too seriously, so when it came time for his vows I was very surprised at how emotional they were!”

“His vows were incredibly special – very touching, straight from the heart, and had everyone in (happy) tears – including James himself!  I’m so glad we decided to write and share our own thoughts; I think it definitely added a special, memorable touch.  We even had guests approach us afterwards to tell us how much they loved and appreciated hearing our own vows, and how special they thought they were.What was the most amazing moment of your day?

” 3 years ago, at Happy Hour, YOU…Changed…my life! Not only did I meet my future best friend, I found EVERYTHING I’ve ever been looking for … My ENTIRE life.” – James’ vows

James: “The most amazing moment of the day was once the music started and she walked out in her dress. It was very emotional for me. I remember thinking I was the luckiest man alive and so very blessed to be surrounded by friends, family, and the love of my life.”

Rachel: “For me the most amazing moment was actually walking barefoot on the beach towards James.  I had both parents escort me down the aisle, but the only thing I really saw was him at the end, with the beautiful beach in the background.”

“I wanted to run at that point – it was like I couldn’t get to him fast enough!  I just remember thinking to myself, how lucky am I, that I get to marry my best friend?  The reception and party was amazing too, but I’ll never forget the moment when I turned the corner and saw him waiting for me.”

“I have to say, from the very beginning of this process, even before we selected the venue, the del Sol team was AMAZING. I was even able to Skype with a member of the team, before paying any kind of deposit. That just showed me how much the team (and the company as a whole) is truly invested in the process, and dedicated to making our wedding day truly special. ”

“The level of customer service and communication was out of this world – from the responsiveness, to the patience in answering all my questions (and I did have a ton of questions), to the actual wedding day – it was perfect, and worth every penny.”

“Debora was FANTASTIC!  I could not have imagined a more perfect addition to our day.  She was fun, expressive, and so creative!  One of the things that drew me to del Sol from the very beginning was the style of photography; I really liked the more candid shots, which I think Debora was great about capturing.  She even used random things, like ribbons as filters, in some of the photos.  Some of the guests came up to me afterwards and commented on how great the photographers were.”

“I think one person even said to me, “they were hustling out there!” meaning, they were running around like crazy trying to capture everything they could, which I truly appreciated!  I couldn’t have imagined our day without Debora and the del Sol team – thank you for making everything so special!”

“I actually worked backwards by choosing del Sol FIRST, then choosing the venue: Secrets Maroma Beach!  I knew from the get go I HAD to have del Sol for our wedding, so once that was squared away. I was able to look through the del Sol website at other wedding photos from different venues and do my own research based on what I thought we’d like. ”

“We knew we wanted an adults only resort, and based on my research, all the reviews of Secrets Maroma beach were stellar.  I knew I wanted a beautiful (swimmable) beach, so the powdery sugar sand and crystal blue water sold us. I had heard of the Secrets brand but had never stayed at a Secrets or AM resort – and it did not disappoint!  The staff was amazing and so genuinely helpful.”

“Our wedding coordinator Valeria was everything I could have hoped for and more!  She made everything seem so easy and effortless, she answered all my questions and was super organized. I don’t think I could have imagined trying to plan something like this from afar without her help and calm demeanor.”

“After returning stateside, we were asking ourselves how can we possibly vacation anywhere else now?  We were so spoiled at Secrets Maroma, and we can’t wait to return for our one year anniversary!”

“I had never been to a destination wedding before, let alone try and plan my own, so I would say one of the hardest things for me in planning a destination wedding was to relinquish control to people we’ve never met and a place we’ve never been to.  I just kept reminding myself that this is what they do – destination weddings day in and day out, all year round.  I trusted that Valeria and the del Sol team knew best, and followed their lead(s). I tried to keep an open mind, and also remind myself that most of the minor details won’t matter, and most people won’t remember them anyway.  It’s not the wedding or the wedding day that matters – it’s the marriage!”

“So for any other brides out there contemplating a destination wedding – I would say DO IT!  It was the best decision we could have made.”

A huge, enormous thank you to Rachel and James for their wonderful words! Muchas gracias y Felicidades chicos! 

Principal Photographer : Debora

Second Photographer: Vanessa

Desination Wedding Location: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Wedding Dress: Katie May Los Angeles

Groom suit: Perry Ellis 


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