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The bride and groom: Shannon & Aaron
The photographer: Wendy Wezensky
Travel agent: Terrah Rominger

~ Bride Interview ~
What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

We wanted an easy to plan wedding but also a wedding that would be unforgettable for our guests. We knew that all the specific details that come with a traditional wedding weren't as important to us as the vacation we'd get to share with our friends and family. Destination weddings are great in that you can make it as personal as you'd like or you can have an already planned "check list" type of wedding. We were somewhere in between where we did want certain things personalized for our taste but most things we just wanted to be taken care of when we arrived. It was the best decision we could have ever made for ourselves and also our guests had the best time.

What made you decide on the resort/venue?

Our travel agent, Terrah, listened to our needs for our wedding and our guests and she gave us a few ideas of resorts in the area we chose. In the end after researching our options we chose The Royal in Playa del Carmen. We chose this resort because we liked the idea of having an adults only resort and a kid friendly resort right next door to each other. Since they were sister properties the guest from The Royal could go next door and visit the kid friendly Gran Porto. This worked best for us since we did have families with kids at the wedding and on our vacation. So we were able to split our time between the two resorts and spend equal amounts of time with all guests of our wedding.

Who was your photographer, and if you had one, your videographer?

My photographer was my cousin, Wendy Wezensky. I am lucky enough to have a very talented photographer as a cousin so it worked out well that she was already invited to our wedding! She and her family stayed at the Gran Porto but she was able to take all of the professional photographs for the wedding and also for the Trash the Dress. We did not have a professional videographer but we did have a good friend record the wedding with our camcorder.

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?

I think the biggest difficulty in planning our destination wedding was the communication between us and the wedding coordinators. I believe this is due to the fact that the wedding coordinators at The Royal are so absolutely busy with weddings going on daily at the resort. Since we wanted our wedding as care free as possible the lack of prompt communication was not a huge problem for us. I knew that once we were there everything would work out just fine given this resorts track record in magnificent weddings. And everything did work out perfectly! I wouldn't have changed a thing about the wedding or the experience. My new husband and I came out unscathed by wedding stress! Just how we like it!

What was the highlight of the experience?

The highlight for me had to be our family and friends that made it to our wedding. We had 40 guests come with us to watch us get married and party with us at our beach reception. When we were at home planning for our wedding we'd surf the internet and see so many pictures of strangers weddings at The Royal. Each and every one of the photos we saw were beautiful, but none of the photos were pictures of OUR guests at those weddings. It was all just strangers at a gorgeous wedding. What made it the absolute best for us was stopping to look around and see our family members and friends faces in the chairs at our ceremony and reception. We see our family and friends on a regular basis here at home but it was so magical to look around and realize that all of those faces traveled such a long way to see us get married and share our wedding and our weekend with us. It was a trip of a life time to have people from all aspects of our lives come together and vacation with us. Without our destination wedding I don't think that ever would have happened.

Biggest surprise?

The biggest surprise had to be how perfect everything turned out. With a destination wedding you pretty much assume that something, some hiccup, will happen to not make it perfect. The resort was so beautiful and the wedding department at The Royal is the best. They really strive to make sure everything is perfect and just the way you want it. The whole weekend, including the wedding, was so perfect it was almost surreal. During the trip and even once it was all over I just kept thinking it was all a dream. A vacation and wedding can't be that perfect and be real. But apparently it can be because I have photographic evidence!

If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?

I would tell anyone planning a destination wedding to not be stressed out about it. That is why people choose to have a destination wedding right? At least that's why we chose one. Besides the fact that we wanted it to be in a paradise location, we didn't want the added stress of the tiny details that no one remembers later anyway. We weren't to consumed with the flowers, the linens, dinnerware, ribbons, bows, and all the typical things that some will stress about. We wanted to just worry about having fun and getting all of our friends and family there to share our day. We tried to keep it as laid back as possible and remember the reason we were there was to get married. The main focus was a man and a woman who wanted to share their life together and everything outside of that was just small potatoes. If any bride getting married anywhere will keep that one fact in mind I guarantee the whole experience will be less stressful and will be a happier memory to look back on.

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Awwe, Shannon I am so incredibly happy how everything turned out! It was truly wonderful working with you and your guests. ♥ !

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