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Weddings on the High Seas

Real Wedding: A Wedding Planner’s Wedding in Mexico

(Photo by Adventure Photos)

by Guest Blogger, Chris Valliere, WPICC of Wild Lotus Weddings

Have any of you out there ever wondered what a “Wedding Planners” wedding would look like. Everything from the big details to the very fine details. Well let me tell you how excited I am to finally be releasing this blog out to the public. As most of you know “Wild Lotus Weddings & Events” was started mid November of 2013 and I’ll be honest when saying we had quite a few doubts. In fact, the biggest question we were asked over the course of this last year was why? Why did we decide to become wedding planners? This blog as well as Part 2 will show you that we became wedding planners because we had so much fun planning our own wedding.

We knew that when we first started planning our big day our destination of choice was going to be Mexico. However, one of the biggest problems that we ran into was picking what resort. After trying for several weeks to narrow down the options and not really having much luck we contacted our travel agent, Miss Wendy White from Travel Time in Whitecourt, AB. She was able to answer all our questions and turns out there is a lot more that couples need to be aware of when planning a destination wedding. First, we had to make sure that our resort was affordable for our guests. In fact, we had looked at several resorts where they were charging anywhere from $2500.00 – $4,500.00 per week, a little expensive for the average person. The second thing that we had to consider was whether or not the resort would perform a same-sex marriage. Once we narrowed down our options using these two major variables we could easily decide what resort we were going to go with.

In the end we picked the beautiful Now Sapphire, located in the heart of the Riveria Maya. This resort truly provided the perfect atmosphere for a perfect day. When we first arrived we were greeted with champagne and moist towels and then brought into a separate check-in area for the preferred club.

Within hours of being on the resort we met with our amazing wedding planner, Anel Torres. We had an hour long meeting with her to present our details as we had planned our entire day from home. We also brought a lot of our decorations to Mexico from Canada; linens, custom menus, programs and even lanterns. We presented that to them in the meeting and not once that whole week did we have to verify details. Needless to say, the wedding could not have gone any more smooth. Everything was perfect, from the menus, to the programs and even the beautiful violinist playing “Unchained Melody” as we walked down the isle with each of our parents.

The best part about the day, besides marrying my best friend and having all our amazing family and friends there. Was that through out the whole day we were constantly excited. As it seemed everything that Anel Torres and the Now Sapphire Team did, they just kept topping! For example; they went above and beyond with our blue ocean signature drinks and all our h’orderves. With several bartenders and servers walking around all night, no one was ever thirsty or hungry, we were treated like kings!

Our journey to Mexico to be Wed was truly the most amazing day of our lives! We had such a great time together and with our family and friends. I truly recommend a destination wedding to anyone that is wanting to get away from home and relax.

Enjoy the photos!

Muchas Gracias Anel Torres & Team Now Sapphire!

A beautiful introductory shot! (Photo by Adventure Photos)

A beautiful introductory shot!

After falling in the ocean we were finally able to get this shot! (Photo by Adventure Photos)

After falling in the ocean we were finally able to get this shot!

A beautiful "Sand Ceremony" using our wedding colors! (Photo by Adventure Photos)

A beautiful “Sand Ceremony” using our wedding colors!

(Photo by Adventure Photos)
Walking hand in hand as partners and best friends! (Photo by Adventure Photos)

Walking hand in hand as partners and best friends!

 Tight hugs and lots of love from Grandma! (Photo by Adventure Photos)

 Tight hugs and lots of love from Grandma!

(Photo by Adventure Photos)
Toast to the Newly Weds! (Photo by Adventure Photos)

Toast to the Newly Weds!

Our beautiful wedding bands designed and crafted by our amazing friend, Taylor Gardiner out of Vancouver, BC. (Photo by Adventure Photos)

Our beautiful wedding bands designed and crafted by our amazing friend, Taylor Gardiner out of Vancouver, BC.

(Photo by Adventure Photos)

Ceremony: The Now Sapphire
Reception: The Now Sapphire
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal
Grooms/Groomsman Linens: Island Importer
Rings: Taylor Gardiner
Photography: Adriana Rocha from Adventure Photos
Destination Wedding Planner: Anel Torres, The Now Sapphire
Wedding Planners: Chris Valliere-Kowalchuk & Chad Kowalchuk of Wild Lotus Weddings & Events
Decor: Simply Beautiful Event Rentals

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A “Must Do” Before Your Clients Say “I Do”

As wedding planners, our goal is to ensure our clients’ wedding is a milestone that will be filled with cherished memories of their “ever after.” One way we can do that is to encourage them to protect the true symbols of their love – their engagement and wedding rings – with a separate jewelry insurance policy. By mentioning Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and its Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance coverage,you can help your clients live worry-free knowing their special moments and memories are being protected by the established experts in jewelry insurance since 1913.

Many people may have a standard jewelry rider on their homeowners or renters insurance, but the worldwide, comprehensive coverage* from Jewelers Mutual covers damage, loss, mysterious disappearance (unexplained loss) and even loose stones while they are being set by your jeweler, where other carriers can fall short.  In fact, Glamour Weddings recently endorsed  jewelry insurance as one of the three most important things to do to avoid major wedding mistakes.

Your clients will be surprised at how affordable jewelry insurance can be.

Rates depend on where you live. But for most people, purchasing jewelry insurance coverage from Jewelers Mutual will cost 1-2% of the value of the jewelry. For example, if your client has a $5,000 engagement ring, it could cost as little as $50 a year to protect.

In addition to worldwide, comprehensive coverage, benefits of a Jewelers Mutual policy include:

  • Same Kind and Quality: Repaired or replaced jewelry will be virtually indistinguishable from the original, especially important with name-brand jewelry.
  • Use Your Preferred Jeweler: No need for multiple estimates from various jewelers.
  • No Deductible Required: And no limits on the value of coverage.  A minimum annual policy premium is $25.
  • Automatic Coverage: Customers with an existing policy from Jewelers Mutual enjoy up to 30 days of automatic coverage (subject to a limit of up to $10,000) on any newly acquired jewelry items.
  • Exceptional Customer Service: From applying for a quote to the actual replacement and repair, Jewelers Mutual is known for putting the customer first.

What’s more, we’ve all heard stories of clients losing their rings on their honeymoon, so take the opportunity to educate them on the importance of properly protecting their rings BEFORE they take off.  And while doing so, you can share these tips to help your clients keep their jewelry safe and sound while traveling:

  • Choose wisely. Pack light and take only the jewelry you’ll wear while traveling and at your destination. The 4-carat diamond ring you save for special occasions? Probably not. The pearls that go with everything? Definitely.
  • Make a list. List all the jewelry you’ll take with you. Keep one copy with you and store it separately from your jewelry. Leave another copy at home. Also take pictures or a video of your jewelry.
  • Carry it on. Never put jewelry in checked baggage. Instead, wear it or stow it in your carryon bag. If you wear it, take extra care by slipping a pendant inside a sweater or turning your ring so only the band shows.
  • Keep it with you. Put your jewelry in a favorite bag you’ll carry while traveling. Don’t leave your jewelry in an unattended car or suitcase. When checking into your hotel or condo, don’t hand your jewelry bag to hotel staff. Carry it personally.
  • Use the safe. Always store jewelry in the in-room safe when you’re not wearing it

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