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Confessions of a FRESA

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ell, we can tell you and furthermore, show you all what Fresa Weddings stands for. However we think that its really important for you to hear from couples who once stood in your shoes.

These fabulous Fresa couples that came before you have written about their experiences with us. They are all also more than willing to give their personal information if you should have further questions!

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Nat & Coedy ~ May 20, 2017 ~ Akiin Beach Club

When you think of your dream wedding and dream day you think it can be perfect. What you don’t imagine is that it can actually be better than perfect. Kristee and her team are beyond your wildest imagination and exceed perfection. From the moment I first contacted Kristee (pre-engagement might I add haha) she was so excited and enthusiastic about what I envisioned for my big day. Throughout the year and the countless emails I sent leading up to the wedding, adding things and people last minute (like 4 days before the wedding last minute) Kristee handled it like a pro. She made sure that every detail was taken care of and I didn’t have to worry about a thing. I got to sit back and enjoy my wedding day stress free! I did a site visit with my mom before the wedding and getting to meet Kristee in person was such a great experience. She is so kind and loving and makes you instantly feel as though you’ve known each other for years. She makes every detail about your wedding important to her and not because that’s part of her job, but because she genuinely cares and want’s to make your wedding as perfect as humanly possible. The wedding day was unbelievable. I had a vision of what I hoped it would look like and it was blown out of the water. TeamFresa is just WOW! They turned a beautiful venue into a spectacular one!! All of my guests kept coming up to me saying they felt like they were on a movie set. The vendors that Kristee has hand selected are the best I’ve ever seen. BesoBrides, are a husband/wife hair/makeup team and they literally make magic happen. Her florist is incredible, one of my guests is a wedding florist back home and she was blown away. The DJ, food, cake, venue – perfection! Everything Kristee does, she does with her whole heart. She pours herself into every little detail and her passion shows in the beautiful weddings she creates. Thank you Kristee from the bottom of my heart for making my dream wedding a reality. XOXO Natasha and Coedy

Nat & Coedy ~ May 20, 2017 ~ Akiin Beach Club

 

Jess & Brian ~ December 2, 2017 ~ Akiin Beach Club

If you are looking for someone to help you plan your wedding in Mexico from a distance who already has great venders they know and trust, Kristee and her team are your people. It was so important to me to not only have a team helping me plan my big day from far away but that my wedding itself was unique! I didn’t want it to look like every other beach wedding I had seen and Kristee does just that. She worked with me (a lot) going back and forth on all the details and design elements until it was perfect. Actually the way I found Kristee was as I was figuring out where to get married I kept saving and liking these beach wedding pictures from various internet sites (Pinterest, The Knot, Wedding Wire) and when I tracked every photo back it was Kristee’s design every time! If you are looking to work with a local expert who you can trust and whose unique design talents will blow even the highest bridal expectations, look no further! I seriously couldn’t be more pleased and wish we could relive it everyday! Most beautiful wedding and most pleasant experience of my life! Kristee is the perfect teammate while planning your wedding.

Danielle & Jeff

Jess & Brian ~ December 2, 2017 ~ Akiin Beach Club

 

Jess & Brian - Dec 2

Kristee with Fresa Weddings is truly one of a kind! I don’t think I can ever find the appropriate words that will do her justice for how amazing, organized, energetic, full of unique ideas, caring, and overall AWESOME she is and was for me through the whole planning process up to the wedding day. Her ability to take my vision and make it everything I wanted and more was a true dream come true! She works with an amazing set of vendors including Vanessa Jaimes Florals, Archive Mexico, DJ Diego, and Beso Brides, just to name a few. Not only are the vendors world class, but her team at Fresa was AH-MAZ-ING. They were extremely nice, accommodating, and made sure I had everything I needed each day! If you are planning wedding in Tulum, Mexico, I would encourage you to make your wedding a several day event as well. Kristee was my planner for our wedding AND our Welcome Party. The Welcome party was a great way to have each of the guests meet and get comfortable with each other for the remainder of the week leading up to the wedding day. Kristee helped me plan an unforgettable night with tacos, margaritas, and Salsa dancing lessons (best idea EVER!!!). On the wedding day I did not have to worry about one thing. I showed up, married the man of my dreams in the most gorgeous setting ever, and then partied the night away with my friends and family. After hundreds of emails leading up to the day, meeting Kristee and her easing any stressful thoughts, and then her putting on the wedding of my dreams, I cannot thank her enough! If you are planning a wedding Tulum or nearby……BE A FRESA BRIDE! You will not regret it! I recommend Kristee with Fresa Weddings with no reservation! GREAT TEAM and the BEST in the business!

Jess & Brian

Jess & Brian – Dec 2

 

Amber and Mauricio - Nov 17

Kristee and the Fresa team were amazing! They were there from the beginning with all of our issues with postponing the date and creating a magical wedding within our budget. I don’t know what I would have done without her. She created a special day which we will never forget.

Amber and Mauricio

Amber and Mauricio – Nov 17

 

Jordan & Wheeler - Nov 12

Kristee was absolutely amazing. I am a known control freak and I felt totally comfortable completely handing over the reins. She is organized, diligent, and has phenomenal taste. We chose our venue sight unseen and we still have friends commenting about how beautiful and perfectly “us” it was. Kristee made everything so easy and stress-free. Planning the wedding was an absolutely great experience. I’m just sad it’s over!

Jordan & Wheeler

Jordan & Wheeler – Nov 12

 

Shane & Brandon - June 24

I stumbled across the Fresa Weddings website when researching destination weddings in Mexico and knew immediately that I HAD to be a Fresa bride! (Have you seen their gallery?! Heart eyes emoji!) I can honestly say that the entire planning process was pretty easy. Kristee is super sweet and quick to reply to emails/questions. I sent her pictures of what I envisioned and the vibe I was going for, we had one phone conversation and boom!, the wedding of my dreams occurred! Every detail was perfect, the flowers were absolutely stunning, and every guest was raving about how our wedding will be really hard to top! We stayed at an all-inclusive resort and witnessed numerous weddings throughout our trip and are SOOO happy with our decision to have a private wedding! It can be scary to be in another country and booking a venue without visiting it or trying the food but I had complete faith in Kristee’s recommendations. Having someone you can trust to pull off a beautiful and fun wedding (especially when you aren’t there to check anything out) is priceless! They also have an awesome team of vendors they work with so you know you’re getting the best. If you are thinking of doing a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya area (you should definitely do it!), make the best decision of all and hire Fresa Weddings! We couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out. Thank you so much Kristee and the Fresa Team! You guys are awesome!

Shane & Brandon

Shane & Brandon – June 24

 

Brittany Morico - May 28

Kristee! You are AMAZING. I knew from the minute I found you & saw your incredible work & attention to detail that you were my girl! From the first email to the last you totally saw my vision & on our wedding day you brought it to life in the most incredible way. I know I’ve told you this many times already, but you have a DREAM job! Anthony & I can not thank you enough for making our day so beautiful & special. I wish you many more years of success, you never know, maybe one day many years from now I will be contacting you again to plan our future children’s weddings! We can start a family tradition! Thanks for everything

Brittany Morico

Brittany Morico – May 28

 

Crisitn & Evan - April 16

Working with Kristee at Fresa Weddings was an absolute dream!

My husband and I really wanted to do a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen. Instead of getting married at our resort, we envisioned a private venue with all of the customization and personal touches we would have had in Texas. Kristee delivered just that! She is awesome to work with – punctual, organized, kind, creative, personable… the list goes on and on.

My mom and I made a trip down a couple months before the wedding and met with Kristee, saw the venue, taste tested our dinner, etc. She made us feel so at ease!

The wedding day was absolutely magical – better than I could have ever dreamed! Thank you so much Kristee and Fresa Weddings for make our big day perfect! We are forever grateful.

Cristin

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Crisitn & Evan – April 16

 

Mother of Crisitn & Evan - April 16

If you are planning to get married in Playa del Carmen, Kristee and the Fresa Team are the ONLY way to go! From our first interaction with Kristee we had complete confidence in her. Kristee has the perfect combination of passion, professionalism, and creativity to create your dream wedding. We can’t imagine having someone else! Fresa far exceeded our expectations as we arrived at the venue, not only were our guests in awe, so we’re we! They took all the random “things” we brought to Mexico and used them perfectly to create the most beautiful and personalized wedding. Kristee is also very organized and keeps the evening running smoothly, her calming demeanor is perfect for brides (and their mothers). From the moment we arrived in Mexico we were able to relax and enjoy our time, we literally had nothing for the wedding or reception to do! Kristee handled it all! Seriously, look no further!! If we could give Kristee and the Fresa Team 10 stars we would!

Traci Curtin

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Mother of Crisitn & Evan – April 16

 

Stefania & Michael

How do I begin this review when I have so much excitement to spill out all at once of how unbelievably amazing Kristee Smith and Fresa Weddings is. Kristee is my angel and savior and even that is an understatement. She defines dedication, excellence, hard work, compassion, support and perfection. I am forever grateful for her and her remarkable team.

She took a chance with me and that says a lot. Allow me to explain. I was referred to Kristee by my best friend who had her as a resource in Mexico to help find vendors for her wedding. Our emails started off by me asking for advice on where to go, who to contact and how to make a destination wedding a success and the entire time she was an enormous help and very kind. I was beyond lost and she came to my rescue. After just a couple of conversations, I felt so connected to Kristee. She has this ease about her that makes planning a wedding a pleasure. She agreed to be my wedding planner despite her not working out of Cancun which is where I was getting married. That alone should tell you a lot about the beautiful person that she is, hence why I call her my angel and savior.

I embarked on the wedding planning journey with a person that turned out to be a friend. There aren’t enough words to praise Kristee and thank her for making our dream wedding a reality. From simple emails to check in on me and my well-being all the way to hour longs calls and elaborate layout and design emails, she was ALWAYS present.

The whole wedding planning process from first contact to the day we said “I Do”, flowed so well and made me feel so confident. Kristee cared deeply about ALL of me during our time working together. I wasn’t just another client. Her devotion to the bride and groom deserves great admiration. I will end with this, there were bumps in the road with other vendors not related to Fresa Weddings and it poured on our wedding day and our wedding was outside; despite all of that, Kristee was my rainbow after the rain, my hope and my guiding force to making our wedding the best day ever.

Kristee THANK YOU!!!!!! Thank you for being the most amazing professional and loving person. Your passion for planning weddings is beyond evident in everything that you do and is incomparable. I will continue living thanking you and your team for blessing us with unforgettable memories. We love you! Xoxoxo – Stefania & Michael

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Stefania & Michael

 

Chia & Jeannes

Kristee, you are such an amazing wedding planner and we are sooo thankful and proud to have you planned our wedding.
When we first met in Playa Del Carmen, we knew right away you were the right person to be our wedding planner. You were just so easy to talk to, you understood what we were looking for in terms of location and were honest in terms of what you think fits us vs something that just looks good.

I had sooo many questions and you were always responsive, patient and detail in your answer and this professionalism continued until the day of our wedding. You really put in the effort and thought through what we needed for the wedding, what’s missing, what fit and didn’t.

The wedding was soo beautiful, we really couldn’t have asked for more. Even to this date, I looked at pictures and am still awed!! It’s hard to believe that was our wedding!!!! Love Love Love!!!! Did I say Love? Everyone loveedd our wedding (including those with expensive taste)….the flowers, the décor, the lighting, the furniture, the dance floor…. It was just WOW!! I remembered looking at the décor the night of the wedding and said to myself “This is how I pictured it to be….but more”. Two months later …guests are still talking about how amazing our wedding is!!! People even complemented on how friendly and accommodating your staff are. Ahh Kristee, I have nothing but good words and compliments for you and your team!!!

For DIY brides out there….I HIGHLY recommend having Kristee in your team. We brought our DIYs too (about 10 different items – which is a Lot!!), but there is no way we could have put them together the way Kristee does. And trust me the last thing you want to worry about that day is how the décor comes together….and you do not want to stress your family and friends with this task either. This lady really GOT IT!! She understand what your wedding style is, and will put together something that you are gonna love!!

I have to say that we are soo lucky to have found Kristee online (through a website that she does not even use anymore). For any couple, destination or local, who wants to have a memorable wedding, you need to have Kristee on your team.

Chia and Jeannes
July 26, 2015

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Chia & Jeannes

 

Justyna & Scott

Our wedding in Mexico was everything we could have wanted and more, Kristee and the Fresa team were the ones responsible for making it happen. Upon meeting Kristee for our venue search we got a great vibe from her. She took us to the venues we asked to see and we eventually settled on Grand Coral Beach Club. Planning a destination wedding isn’t the same as an in town wedding, especially when you’re planning in a totally different country. Kristee was up front about the obstacles we would encounter along the way due to the location of the wedding (Mexico). When we ran into any of these obstacles Kristee resolved each situation quickly and to the best of her ability.

Possibly one of the most impressive things about Kristee was her ability to instantly understand and relate to my wife’s vision for our wedding. Kristee worked hard to see that we had everything we could have wanted for our big day. The ceremony site was absolutely beautiful and the decoration of the venue was even better. Kristee’s demeanor was always professional, helpful, and supportive. She has a true talent for what she does and our wedding is still talked about as the greatest party ever by our friends and family.

Thank you Kristee and Fresa for giving us the best wedding we could ever hope for.

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Justyna & Scott

 

Mel & Julian

We could not have wished for any one else than Kristee and her team to help us plan our wedding in Tulum! From the first skype until the wedding – and even after – she was and is always available, very fast in responding and always concerned that everything is well. I had the feeling to be her only bride 🙂 Our wedding involved a year planning and about 100 guests from 12 different countries, which it was so fun and exciting and one week before our big day when we finally met again we were just so happy. Kristee took care of absolutely everything, we could simply enjoy a week of holiday with our family and friends and let the wedding day come! It was just beautiful, it turned out like we imagined it and even if we unfortunately weren’t able to entirely respect our budget and a couple of tiny things were not exactly the way we planned, nobody noticed and we had the most wonderful day. Akiin was the best choice we could have made and with Kristee’s touch it looked just breathtaking. She even helped us setting up our self-made photo-booth which was a big hit! Our guests had an amazing time and are still talking about all the fun and love-filled moments we experienced together. For any couple who is thinking about getting married in Playa or Tulum, go to Kristee, she will make you feel calm, safe, happy and excited 🙂 a million thanks to Kristee and her team for making our day so perfect!”

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Mel & Julian

 

Milissa & Sherif

Kristee saved my wedding!!!   My wedding was scheduled for late November 2014 at the Hilton Cabo San Lucas, which was destroyed by Hurricane Odile about 60 days before the wedding date.   Cabo was out. We didn’t want to change the date, and we had 40+ guests with plane tickets, and a few “musts”:

1) No mega-resorts or all-inclusives

2) Beach-front ceremony

3) A fun and relaxing event for our nearest & dearest who were willing to honor us by joining in this special event

4) Direct and reasonably short flight from DFW.

Cancun seemed our best bet. After talking to a few wedding planners in the Cancun area, I lucked upon Fresa’s website, and immediately got a great vibe. Kristee seemed to specialize in exactly the type of ceremony I wanted.

After a few phone calls and emails, I knew I had gotten really lucky.   We were able to reserve at the Omni Puerto Aventuras, and from there, Kristee worked out every single detail. Transportation, photographer, videographer, hair & makeup, flowers, dj, welcome event at a local bar, rehearsal dinner at a nearby villa on a cliff overlooking the ocean, all the décor for the ceremony and reception and other events too. Every single vendor that she put me in touch with was outstanding. And there were so many great extra touches – for example, we had about 12 kids at the reception, and she brought out glow sticks and balloons for them; they LOVED it.

She asked me questions about what I had in mind, and then sent options that were fabulous. She kept me informed about budget at every step of the way, and any time I felt something was more expensive than I wanted, she was quick to provide alternatives. There were NO unpleasant surprises.

Her attitude, and that of her entire staff, is the best example of customer service that I have ever dealt with. Her passion for what she does shines through. Every one of my guests commented to me that “your wedding planner is incredible”. And she is.

As stressful as it was to have to start over with wedding plans 2 months before the date, I truly feel that we ended up with an event so much better than what I had originally scheduled. And I give 100% of the credit for that to Kristee and her team. She created a magical event for us, and we are forever grateful.

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Milissa & Sherif

 

Mandy and Steven

Kristee, Happy 1 year Anniversary of our amazing Tulum wedding! I still get goose bumps when I recall our big day. It was magical in every way!

Let me start by saying, you are a ROCK STAR! Not only are you an amazing wedding planner, you are truly a wonderful being. I knew from the 1st day we skyped that you were on my team and certainly someone I could call “my people.”

You made planning our wedding effortless for us from start to finish. You are kind, creative, down to earth and funny. You were assertive when you needed to be. You understood our budget, and helped us stick to it. You took my random calls when I needed a sounding board. And you helped me design the most perfect wedding for Steven and I, totally us and totally our vision.

You went the extra mile is so many ways. When we finally got to meet you in person in Tulum, I was sort of nervous and you said, “have a margarita girl and relax, it’s handled.” That felt amazing! We got to hang with our family and friends the days before the wedding and just chill. Be on vacation while all the details got taken care of. Steven and I did yoga and went for a swim the day of our wedding. That’s how blissed out we were. How many brides get to say that!

Our wedding day was flawless. So many sweet unexpected touches and surprises. When we walked into Akiin, we were both in total awe of how you totally captured our vision and then took it to the next level. We could not have asked for a more beautiful space, ceremony and reception. You even had our “taco cart” personalized with our names and wedding date on the front. Loved it!

Every concept I offered up, (we opted for a on the beach lounge type look) you met with excitement and vigor. I felt you to be on my side the entire time. All of your suggestions for music, flowers, food and décor were spot on. Our guests had an amazing time and we are still telling funny stories of dancing for hours in the rain and just having the time of our lives.

Kristee you are one of a kind and I am so grateful to have stumbled upon you. For any couple who is looking to get married in Tulum, Kristee is your woman! She is on it! And I hope you feel, as we did, totally at ease, secure and celebrated.

Mucho Besos and Gracias!

Mandy and Steven Smith

May 3rd, 2014

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Mandy and Steven

 

Julia & David

We both wanted to thank you so much for one of the most memorable days of our lives.  You went above and beyond our wildest expectations and made our wedding something we will truly remember for a lifetime. Not only for us but for all of our guests as well.  Everything felt so very relaxed and stress free for us the entire wedding as you directed the day and made sure that everything went smoothly. The whole set up and all the details were perfect!

And lets talk about the food. WOW!!!! So good. Everyone complimented how tasty everything was.

From David’s nauseous entry (haha) to Julia’s bouquet, from the whole ambiance to the last dance we could not be more grateful for your excellent work that day.

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Julia and David Seltzer

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Julia & David

 

Lauren and Greg

Thanks to Kristee and her fabulous team at Fresa, our wedding day was pure joy beyond anything I could have imagined!

Kristee has an energetic personality that shines with passion for her work. She offered the perfect harmony between detailed organization and impeccable design… In the end she completely exceeded our expectations!

During the planning process – Kristee brought great energy, encouraged my creative ideas, tackled all the nuts and bolts and was always available for swift communication regardless of the distance.

During the wedding weekend in Mexico – My husband and I we were able to relax into beach mode upon arrival, spending time with our friends and family having margaritas, focusing on the celebration rather than the details leading up to our big day. The Fresa team, on the other hand, worked hard to create the perfect rehearsal dinner and wedding day back to back. She worked overtime, starting at 2pm for the rehearsal dinner and not wrapping up until 11pm. The following morning she turned around and was at our wedding venue at sunrise and didn’t leave until midnight!

Our friends and family are still gushing about the wedding. Each vendor amazed us with their talents and exceptional level of service, starting with the brilliant hair & makeup team of Beso Brides, to the insanely gorgeous flowers by Vanessa Jaimes, the jams by DJ Diego that kept the dance floor packed all night, wrapping up with Akiin Beach Club team that prepared our gourmet feast served by their outstanding staff – the whole event was perfecto!

I think the best complement a bride and groom can receive is how they exude happiness and joy on their wedding day – that was easy for us, we didn’t have a single issue, instead we were in constant wonder knowing how lucky we were to call this extraordinary party our wedding. We were nothing but smiles, consciously savoring each blissful moment of our day… and I really have to thank Kristee and the Fresa team for making it possible!!

Thank You, Gracias, to la luna and back!
Lauren & Greg

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Lauren and Greg

 

Justin & Jane

From the start Kristee and Fresa Weddings has been incredible to work with!  Kristee has been prompt at emailing me back with my many questions. She really tried hard and thought of different ways to help me keep the my budget in check. We had our wedding at Akiin beach club in Tulum and the setting was absolutely breath taking. The wedding was so beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. The whole thing went off without a hitch and we had so much fun! Kristee and her team are great at what they do! They thought of all the details, I didn’t have to worry about a thing while we were there.

Akiin was so beautiful, I loved the flowers, the decor,and the food was amazing! The DJ had us dancing all night. We really couldn’t have asked for anything better. I know our guests loved it all and raved about it. A destination wedding is definitely the way to go!  This was a wonderful experience and we have you to thank. 🙂

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate all that you have done and the hard work that went into making our day special.

Justin and Jane

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Justin & Jane

 

Allison and Paul

As soon as we got engaged we made up our minds that we would have a destination wedding in Mexico and the planning ensued. Although we wanted to have a destination wedding, we decided against a resort wedding as we wanted to plan a wedding that was specific to our style and taste.

We performed an extensive search to ensure we were hiring the right wedding planner to help plan our perfect wedding. We considered selecting the wedding planner as our most important decision and thus took our time and left no stone unturned in conducting our search. We reviewed all potential wedding planners in the area by reading hundreds of reviews, looking through wedding pictures, scanning multiple wedding forums, comparing biographies and even went as far as conducting interviews for our favorites. Hiring Kristee, the Fresa team and their entire network of wedding vendors was the best decision we could have made. Now that our wedding has sadly come to an end, looking back we have absolutely no regrets working with Kristee over the past year planning our wedding.

Kristee and her team stood by our side from day one of planning and had a very methodical and organized approach to ensure every little detail was addressed. Since we were not visiting Mexico in advance of the wedding, Kristee successfully coordinated and assisted in every single wedding detail from suggesting guest accommodations, communicating with wedding vendors, organizing guest transportation, setting timelines, providing wedding day itineraries and much more. We had a vision of the type of wedding we wanted, but Kristee was the one who made this vision a reality by constantly exchanging ideas and what would work within our budget. Kristee always responded to our questions and concerns in a clear and timely fashion and kept us on the right path.

During our planning, we also decided to host a welcome party for all of our wedding guests the night before our wedding. We originally decided to plan this at the resort with the resort’s wedding coordinators, but soon realized that we needed Kristee’s help. Not only did Kristee plan a magical wedding for us, but the Welcome party was set at a private villa overlooking the ocean with a very chill beach theme which was exactly what we were looking for.

The morning after our welcome party and wedding, we had multiple guests come up to us to let us know that the night before was “epic” and some of the most fun they have ever had and they were not even the ones getting married. Kristee and her team executed our welcome party and wedding with perfection and looking back can’t believe all of the special little details that were incorporated. The décor, scenery and attention to details were 110% above and beyond what was promised to us over the last year and strongly recommend Kristee and the Fresa team for any future wedding.

Thank you again to Kristee and her team for making our wedding festivities more than we could have ever imagined!

Allison and Paul

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Allison and Paul

 

Hannah and Lyle

I simply cannot not say enough wonderful things about Kristee and the Fresa Weddings team! My husband and I originally planned on getting married in Texas where all of our family lives but we ultimately decided on our favorite place, Playa del Carmen! The thought of planning a destination wedding was a bit daunting in the beginning, but then enters Kristee. I should also add that I reached out to a few different wedding planners and Kristee is the only one who responded the same day, and boy am I glad she is the one who did. From the first time we chatted over Skype I knew my search for a wedding planner was over. Except in my opinion, Kristee is more than a wedding planner–she becomes a friend in the process and truly cares about YOU and every detail that goes into making your day everything you have ever dreamed of.

Mexico tends to function at its own pace, yet Kristee is all about what works for you. She is extremely interactive (and always so enthusiastic, it’s infectious!) via email and Skype and responds to every single email/ idea–you can only imagine how helpful and reassuring that is while planning a wedding from a different country.

If you are considering getting married in the Rivera Maya area and are at all apprehensive, don’t be….you just need Kristee! So many of our guests said it was “the best wedding I have ever been to!” and that was all possible because of Kristee and the Fresa Weddings team.

Thank you times a million!!!

Lots of love,
Hannah & Lyle

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Hannah and Lyle

 

Curtis and Jennifer

I recently had the pleasure of working with Kristee Smith at Fresa Weddings for my destination wedding in February!   I started out very stressed as planning a wedding in a different country is a lot of work.  After speaking with Kristee that very first time, I knew I had to have her plan my wedding.  She was very pleasant, friendly and knowledgable!  The days leading up to the wedding she kept in contact every few days or so.  The day of the wedding all I had to do was relax and get ready, she did everything.  She went above and beyond and I would highly recommend her to anyone planning a destination wedding!  Thank you Kristee for making my destination wedding every thing I always wanted it to be.

Thank you again Kristee!  Curtis & Jennifer

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Curtis and Jennifer

 

Erika & Kevin

It’s funny how in today’s world we are heavily reliant on reviews and so quick to post negative experiences.  However, we often forget or prolong to state the good. Good does not even half way sum up our experience with Kristee and the Fresa Weddings team. They are PHENOMENAL.  After emailing with a couple other wedding planners, my husband Kevin found Kristee who almost immediately responded to our inquiry and set up a call for that same week (meanwhile she was traveling but somehow still squeezed us in).  We were hooked from the very second we exchanged hellos.  She even made me cry—in a good way because she asked how we met and emotion just overcame me.  She gave us more than enough information and extremely helpful suggestions to book our first site visit which was a year before the actual wedding date.

Kristee came to pick us up at our hotel and spent an entire day with us showing us around Playa del Carmen and ultimately the hidden gem of Puerto Aventuras where I immediately fell in love with the chapel.  It was very important to us to have a catholic wedding and she made it another priority to show us around all the catholic churches that were available even though Mexico is pretty strict about not allowing wedding planners to facilitate the actual wedding process.  That came to be a bump in the road later on in the wedding planning process but she grabbed the reins and helped us out with that as much as she was allowed to do.  Ok back to first site visit!  We went to 3 different locations and she had pictures and all the information like pros and cons attached to each place. Afterwards she drove us back to our hotel and she expertly suggested we sleep on it and she would pick us up the next day to visit the properties again.

We chose Puerto Aventuras because we fell in love with the little village, the church and the Omni.

The year leading up to the wedding was filled with daily emails(no exaggeration), skype calls, Pinterest ideas, etc etc.  Kristee responded to EVERY single one and in depth.  She answered all my questions with in depth, calmed my worries—I often joked she was my 2013 BFF but she really became that–she just totally got our vision and would even send a bunch of options/suggestions/pictures etc etc.

Another thing I loved about Fresa was when it came down to making final decisions she gave us pricing based on our first option but then without asking would give us pricing on alternatives/backups.  Oh and she stayed within and always kept our budget in mind!  We went over our budget (who doesn’t! lol) but only because this was our choice and wanted some add-ons etc.  She went on to help us plan activities ie/catamaran ride, rehearsal lunch AND welcome party.

We held our welcome party at a beautiful villa Casa Mariposa, within walking distance from the Dreams PA hotel.  This was a last minute decision and she literally helped us get a food vendor, décor, theme etc within 2 weeks.  We had a white themed party asking our guests to wear all-white but the décor/theme was Mexican Fiesta.  Vibrant colors, Mexican music—it was a hit and all our guests raved about it!

The next day was wedding day!!!!  I wouldn’t have changed A SINGLE THING.  They know when to take charge and most importantly get it done right.  I really wish I could write down every single example—but there are too many!!! It would literally be a daily diary of 2013!

The week of our wedding had forecasted rain everyday and she sent us a random email with this quote:  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain”  I had heard it before of course BUT it was the best reminder that rain would not ruin our day.  Kevin used this in his speech thanking all our guests and we found it and now framed in our bedroom.

Fresa Weddings’ work made our wedding week the most memorable experience.  Their professionalism was on point but I loved how ‘business’ became familiar and in the friendly sense—they are extremely organized and attention to every single detail is impeccable and not unnoticed.

Summary of Pros:

  • Quick response
  • Constant communication
  • When she was busy, she took the 30 seconds to shoot me email saying so and would tell me when she would respond and never failed
  • Gave HONEST opinions
  • Awesome and reasonably priced vendors
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Trustworthy—this is really so important when dealing with a wedding planner in a foreign country.  Kristee/Fresa always had our best interests FIRST and that was always shown

Cons:

  • There are no cons when you have Fresa weddings planning your special day!

As I’m writing this I realize how much I miss the daily emails and even getting a little emotional reliving and remembering everything— we still keep in touch and I know we have gained a lifetime friend, too =)
If you are planning a destination wedding/vow renewal ANYTHING in the Riviera Maya area—do not even search further—FRESA WEDDINGS needs to be your choice.  We have zero regrets choosing them and only wish we could do it all over again!

Erika & Kevin

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Erika & Kevin

 

Ashley & Nick

When Nick and I decided to have a destination wedding in Mexico I had simultaneous feelings of elation and dread. Elation because what could be more gorgeous than having a wedding on the beach in Mexico surrounded by loved ones? Dread because how in the world was I going to pull this off this gorgeous beach wedding from hundreds and hundreds of miles away?

Enter Fresea Weddings.

The day I found Kristee from Freasa Weddings it felt like a thousand pounds were lifted from my shoulders. I should note here that up until this point I had tried to plan the wedding myself and had gone as far as reserving the venue and Chapel, but after this was constantly running into road blocks. It was everything from language barriers and cultural barriers to not getting called back and not having my visions understood. I started having nightmares that the wedding would be a disaster until I spoke with Kristee.

At our initial Skype chat she really took the time to understand the overall look and vibe I was trying to accomplish. From there she really took the ball and ran with it. Within weeks she was sending me pictures and ideas for flowers, decorations, dessert tables, cakes, music, dance floors, etc. What had once seemed like wedding impossible finally was becoming wedding possible!

The things I really loved about working with Kristee was that she took all the worry out of my hands. She dealt with all the vendors directly and set up delivery times, placement of decor, etc. She also mapped out a day-of-plan from the moment I woke up to the moment the wedding ended, so everyone from the bridal party, to the DJ, to hair and make-up, to the servers knew what they had to do and when they had to do it. Literally all I had to do on my wedding day was wake up and the rest was taken care of.

Speaking of the wedding day, there really are no words to say how beautiful our wedding turned out (and I’m not just saying this because it was our wedding). Somehow, Kristee turned my vision into a reality that was even better than I had dreamed possible. Words can’t do it justice so you will have to look at the picture to take my word for it. Everything to the smallest detail was beyond my expectations. All my guests told me it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to. And beyond the esthetics, it was also fun! Kristee set up two lounge areas next to the dance floor so people could rest before jumping back into the party. And literally the dance floor was packed from the first song to the last. It was truly a magical day that we will remember forever.

So if you are planning a wedding in the Rivera Maya it would be a crime to pass Fresa Weddings and Kristee up. Beyond her talents for design, organization, coordination and attention to detail Kristee has the key element anyone would want in a wedding planner: a strong listener.

When planning our wedding with Kristee it didn’t feel like I was working with a corporation who was going to give me a cookie cutter beach destination wedding, it felt like I was working with a friend who was listening to what I really wanted and truly cared about making our dream wedding into a reality.

Thank you so much to Fresa Weddings and Kristee!!!

Ashley & Nick

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Ashley & Nick

 

Peyton & Greg's Wedding

Kristee,
WOW! You are the best!  Peyton’s wedding was like a vacation for me.  You helped me plan everything in advance so upon arrival in Tulum, I just sat back and watched you work your magic.  There was NO stress that you hear so many Mother-of-the-Bride’s talk about.  You totally understood my vision, KEPT me on BUDGET, and created even more than I had envisioned.  Akiin was the perfect venue and you were the perfect wedding planner.  Since I am also a wedding planner in the states, my expectation was high.  But your delightful personality, creative talents, and positive energy produced the magical experience I was dreaming of for Peyton’s wedding day.  Thank you again. You are amazing.

-Allison

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Peyton & Greg’s Wedding

 

Peyton & Greg

Kristee was a positive and supportive force in planning our beach wedding in Tulum, Mexico. Greg & I had visited Tulum on two previous occasions, and we already had somewhat of a vision for our wedding. As well, my Mom is a wedding planner so I had very high expectations, of which Kristee met them all.
Always enthusiastic, communicative and incredibly caring, it was apparent she truly cared for us well before we even met in person. She’s sincere and joyful and made me feel as if she was planning a wedding for one of her closest friends. Kristee’s attentiveness made us always feel special, and she most definitely created a very special wedding for us— even more beautiful than I could’ve imagined. She was quick to grasp our vision and addressed so many fine details- from the decor to the walkway down the beach to my hair/makeup- that honestly would’ve never crossed my mind in the midst of it all. Kristee is a professional AND a kind person. She truly went above and beyond and is obviously quite exceptional at what she does. Above all, she made me feel as unique and timeless as every bride should. Our friends and family who attended the destination wedding continue to rave about it!

-Peyton & Greg

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Peyton & Greg

 

Chris and Christine

I found Fresa wedding’s website while “Googling” for wedding ideas. I knew right away I had to figure out how to have a Fresa wedding! Kristee was always replying quickly to my numerous e-mails and she was always available to set up phone calls. Her personality and enthusiasm made the wedding planning a breeze. She was able to create our vision while staying in our budget, even with our unexpected last minute change of venue due to the Grand Coral Beach Club fire.  Her ability to communicate so easily made delivering bad news seem like it was good news. It made the whole process feel like everything was under control. She had back up plans and options laid out for us before she even talked to us. We were now excited to see the new venue. This is true customer service at its best. She greeted us at our resort when we arrived in Mexico. Our family loved her instantly. On the wedding day, the venue was perfect! From the hair and makeup, the DJ and the photographer, we couldn’t have asked for better. She went above and beyond any of our expectations. She even helped us deal with an issue that occurred on the wedding day of the resort we were staying.  Thank you Kristee, we could not have done it without you!

Chris & Christine

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Chris and Christine

 

Jess and Orlando

“everything went just how i imagined it would!”

“So Fresa weddings was a great choice! From the first email, Kristee responded super quickly and with great enthusiasm, which is pretty rare in Mexico! I actually think she might have been the only wedding coordinator to reply the same day, and where that wasn’t possible she gave an explanation (eg on a site visit) saying when she’d be back in the office.She took the vague ideas I had of what i wanted and turned them into something far better than i’d imagined. I had such a vague idea of colour scheme and specific details and she brought it all together into something much more coherent.
She was super calm, even when i changed my venue one month before the wedding (!) and it was great to meet with her on a site visit so i could try to visualise what we were talking about. On the night she was working hard in the background managing all the little(and big details) and checking in with me to make sure i hadn’t gone crazy (super nervous). You can tell she works really hard, and that she cares about what she does, and i was able to relax knowing that she had everything under control.
All in all, I’d definitely recommend her for brides who don’t know where to start with their DW. Thanks Kristee and Fresa team! =)“
Jessi

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Jess and Orlando

 

Zar James

Hi everyone!

Just got married last week on May 24th!  The only word I can think of is “Magical”!

Fresa Weddings was “on it” from beginning til end.  Kristee and her team took care of all the little details and kept us running on schedule.  Me and my groom were stress free!

We were relaxed and enjoyed our wedding with our guests and didn’t worry about anything.  Everything went off without a hitch; the fireshow on the beach, the mariachi band, the surprise flash mob choir at the ceremony, even the lanterns as a grand finale were beatiful!

I had fun at my own wedding because I handed over the reins to a very competent team with Fresa Weddings! I had total faith in them and I would highly recommend them to anyone considering getting married in the Mayan riviera! They know what will ‘work’ and what won’t and whether mother nature will be for or against us but IF IT’S IN THEIR POWER, “No” is not a word in their vocabulary!

These guys are THE wedding planners in Mexico!! They will make your day magic! – Zar & Zul

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Zar James

 

Sandra & Christian

“Kristee: Thank you!

It was a true pleasure working together with you. Flying in from Europe to evaluate a destination wedding in Mexico we met with a couple of different wedding planners. Most of them seemed to know exactly where to take us and what to offer, regardless of our personal ideas or wishes.

You can imagine how pleasantly surprised we were when we had our first encounter with Kristee’s work: we checked in to our second hotel and were greeted by a flower arranged matching our pre-discussed ideas and a personal note from Kristee, wishing us a warm welcome.

From that moment on, we were constantly positively surprised by her caring attitude, personal touch and her willingness to adapt to our needs. Instead of showing us her “favorite” locations, we discussed our ideas and adapted the route accordingly. After each location we discussed our likes and dislikes, getting closer to what we really wanted each step until we fell in love with “our” dream location.

If you are looking for someone who cares for you, ensures that you can relax on the way and who is fully focused on making this day your special day we can highly recommend Kristee.

Thank you, Kristee, for making our trip so special. We wish you all the best for your future endeavors and gladly recommend you to our friends,

Sandra and Christian”

Sandra & Christian

 

Judi & George

My husband and I were recently married in the Riviera Maya and had the pleasure of working with a fabulous wedding planner, Kristee from  Fresa Weddings. (kristee@fresaweddings.com)

Our story began like most, wanting to marry in a beautiful, meaningful location. We are in our late 50’s and have travelled to the Tulum Corridor since the 80’s. We have seen many weddings at the all- inclusive resorts and they just seemed to be missing something and cookie cutter.  Knowing the area well, speaking passable Spanish and having friends living there, we embarked on this venture alone.  “This should be simple” was my thinking but wow was I wrong! We ran into vendors not returning calls, going out of business, contacts leaving one venue and not relaying information to the next employee, deposits not recorded by vendors. It was overwhelming and a disaster just 2 months before the wedding.  I was spending more time just verifying information had been received by the vendors then moving forward on new plans. Enter Kristee…..what a God send!

I contacted her and placed it all in her hands (which was very difficult for me to give up planning to anyone).  She made it so easy.  Within 2 weeks, she had conducted a site visit and came up with a workable plan to get back on track.  She found vendors with a much better price point for us, confirmed with prior vendors, tracked our deposits we had already made, hired musicians and fired vendors that just were not working out.  The list goes on and on as to what she did to ensure a fabulous wedding.  All her communications were upbeat, positive, and informative and she responded to most within 24 hours! Everything she said she would do, she did! The ideas she brought to our event put the finishing touches on the day!  Wow, does she have spunk and a magnetic personality.

On our wedding day, she and the team worked tirelessly in the sun, all day! She designed our wedding tables and the wedding altar. She even raked sand to ensure perfection in the photos. Our suite was decorated, which she orchestrated (unbeknown to us).  Kristee, worked closely behind the scenes to keep the staff at the resort on track, she handled any requests we threw her way with such grace and professionalism.   The photographer Melody was fabulous!  She captured our day beautifully and with such perfection.  What a wonderful wedding we had, thanks to Kristee and Melody.

If anyone has any questions, or would like to hear more of our story, please feel free to contact me at hp801@aol.com.   If you think you don’t need a planner in Mexico, think twice! Even with my experience in the area and knowledge of the processes we wouldn’t have been able to create such a memory without her. Kristee will ensure your wedding is as you envision it should be and the assistance is well worth the minimal investment.  Kristee will make the planning fun and the final outcome will be a memorable wedding day.  She has the contacts to ensure a great event!

Thanks again Kristee!

Judi and George Gumpert

Judi & George

 

Tina & Mike

“WOW!  One word to describe Kristee.  I have been putting off writing this review because I can’t find the words that would clearly explain how fabulous Kristee and her staff are.  We renewed our vows on June 12th after 30 years.  When we were first married, we didn’t have much, but after 30 years with this man, we earned an event of our dreams.  Kristee gave us that and so much more.  I called because Kristee is the only planner out doing Sky Lanterns and ladies if you haven’t seen them, you must check it out.  They are unbelievable and your guests will talk about your wedding for years.  She responded quickly and was very willing to help.  You see I thought I had planned my whole wedding myself and didn’t need a wedding planner. I couldn’t of been more wrong, had I not hired Kristee my wedding would of been a disaster.  This is Mexico and things work different than in the States.   Kristee talked with me for a long time making sure she understood my vision and budget.  One of the many great things about Fresa is that they have many sites in which to choose from so your no locked down to the rules a big chain hotel.  She explored every possible avenue for me.  From riding in on a horse, to my fire dancers ( who were unbelievable by the way.  Imagine cirque du soleil meets fire) music, dinner, dancing, decorations (also incredible I don’t know who made them but they were just beautiful) finishing the evening with the lanterns.  How did I ever think I could be the bride and coordinate all the events of the evening at the same time.  We ended up having our day at the Grand Coral.  It is a beautiful private location.  So you don’t have to end your party a certain time because of other guests at the hotel.  Our dinner was served on the beach and after all the festivities everyone went swimming in the pool..what a perfect way to end the night.  Kristee’s team made everything run smooth.  I just had to enjoy my day and family.  Kristee has you covered even when something doesn’t go quite right,  she always has a back up.  I hired myself a guitarist to play during the cocktail hour and dinner. Well he didn’t show, Kristee stepped right in, she knew it might happen and had our DJ there early and ready to play. Our guest never knew. Kristee saved the evening.

Kristee is professional, caring and passionate.  She lives to see that you have the day of your dreams!

Kristee, if your reading this, Thank you from a place deep in my heart.  Our day was everything we hoped for and more.  And no that your not my wedding planner anymore, I proud to call you my new friend. Thank you, thank you, thank you“

Tina

P.S you can see pictures of our beautiful day on the Fresa website.

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Tina & Mike

 

Mother of Julie - Julie & James

Kristee, “We LOVED our wedding at Secrets Capri, thanks to you!!!! You did a superb job!!! Your attention to detail was terrific and gave me a great deal of comfort! I thoroughly enjoyed the BBQ set up on Thursday evening, followed by the MOST FABULOUS sarapes for warmth as we went to the beach for FUN and S’MORES 🙂 !!!! The torches added great flair and it was enjoyed by all!!!!!!!!!!!! I was soooo sad that I left before the amazing moon rise that I heard so much about!!!! Friday’s rehearsal dinner was VERY SPECIAL!!!!! The setup was perfect and the food DELICIOUS!!!! How could we ask for more? The evening was very classy and FUN as I look back on it. Everyone enjoyed it so very much! The atmosphere was warm and elegant and again,…I was so grateful for our PERFECT wedding coordinator! You kept me calm and cool 🙂 THE BIG DAY was SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!! The rain and weather in general were totally cooperative to allow the ceremony to continue outside. The setup was truly beautiful (I am a little prejudice) but it was truly wonderful!!! The cross was PERFECT also. The cocktail party was so much fun and DELICIOUS appetizers. All bars were so very well done! The Flop Shop I loved and appreciated so very much your distributing the flip flops for me to a good cause. You just simply added so much detail that was of immense assistance. The food at the reception was terrific…the cakes…over the top…especially the groom’s cake! It was PERFECT! We also LOVED the delicious and WONDERFUL cake for Dr. DeVorkin’s birthday. I hope that you received the duffle bag and trunk that we left behind the photographer’s desk setup. The reception went very well also. The groomsmen were great entertainment. The DJ did a great job and was VERY accommodating! You just never know how things work out but everyone has commented on how much fun they had in your lovely setting from beginning to end. I have bragged to everyone how WONDERFUL our wedding coordinator was. I would recommend our experience to anyone!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to share!!! If you are ever in Houston…we have a waiting list of people who would love for you to stay with them…starting with the Cards!!! Julie and James LOVED their wedding which made it all soooo worth it for a mother and dad!!! We love you!” xoxox Mary
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Mother of Julie – Julie & James

 

Marcia & Greg

“The Wedding was FANTASTIC!!! Kristee went ABOVE and BEYOND from start to finish! I knew I had found the right person to plan my wedding by the speed at which she returned my first email! It was ALL uphill from there!!! Secrets is so Lucky to have her, and I would recommend her to EVERY single couple I encounter” ~ Greg & Marcia

Marcia & Greg

 

Veronica & Leo

“We would like to Thank you so much for putting together such a Beautiful Wedding for us! We had SO many people compliment every part of the Event! (Food Drinks Set up…Everything!) We are so Pleased that our special day was brought together with such care, detail and Thought! Thanks so much Kristee 🙂 ” – Veronica & Leo

Veronica & Leo

 

Julie & James

“Oh my gosh, Kristee….I have sat down to write you an email so many times but I had so much to say I just didn’t know where to start. It is soooo great hearing from you today!!! You are just the most amazing person EVER!!! I can’t begin to even thank you enough for all you did that weekend. You truly have a gift for what you do because you always stayed so calm and just “got it done”. Thank you so much for the kind words about the people at our wedding. I will relive those moments every day for the rest of my life, I’m just so grateful for my family and friends…and of course, James. The wedding was more than I ever expected in my wildest dreams. The detail that you included in everything you did was so special.

I just can’t ever begin to thank you for everything. Every time I came to you with a question or concern about how something would play out, you would just smile and say “It’s taken of care of.” or “Great! We’ll do that”. And then I never had to worry again. The welcome dinner and bonfire on the beach was AMAZING!!! The way it was decorated, the blankets, the torches, everything. I’ll never forget that night. Everyone just raved about it. The rehearsal dinner was so elegant. And the ceremony went off without a hitch. The reception was amazing. The DJ was great. It was just all so surreal. James and I have been so sad since we’ve gotten home because we want to do that weekend over and over again. It was just magical. Kristee, thank you so much for everything. It sounds weird but I miss you and hope I can just send an email now and then to see how you’re doing. I saw you on Ryan’s Facebook and was like, “Wait a second, she’s MY friend first!” Ha! I just wish the best for you and please do keep in touch.” Love love love, -Julie

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Julie & James

 

Debora & Rick

“Kristee now how could we ever forget you! You planned the best day of my life! Deborah and I still to this day are still just amassed at how well you took care of us on our special day! As far as I’m concerned not a problem at all in sending photos and using those on your site! You just have to make sure I get the link when you are up and running.

Again you are fantastic and I look forward to seeing your business “Fresa Weddings” as successful as you are! I copied Deborah “the good one in our family” & she will be getting with you.
Thanks again for remembering us & can’t wait to see the site!” – Rick

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Debora & Rick

 

Andrea & Jon

“Words can not express how thankful and grateful we are for making our wedding day absolutely perfect. Every detail exceeded our expectations. Thanks to you it will be a day that none of us will ever forget.” Sincerely, Andrea & Jon

“We could not have been happier with our choice to have our weddings at Secrets Capri. We, as well as our guests, absolutely loved the resort: from the service, to the accomodations, to the food, and, of course, our wedding. Kristee was the best and made our day so very special. She really went out of her way to make everything perfect. It was really more than we could have ever expected. Our wedding is one of the best and most memorable days of our lives and we owe it to Secrets Capri and Kristee, our wedding planner. Thank you so very much. You will never know how much this meant to us. “
Thanks,
Andrea Feher

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Andrea & Jon

 

Martoca

“I have seen Fresa Weddings work and I am a believer. I see many wedding planners come and go since we have a venue. So I know a good one when I see one. The critical factors for a wedding planner in my humble opinion are that they actually like what they do, that they look out for the bride and understand the venue and the area they work in and how the vendors operate.

Fresa Weddings passes my test with flying colors. So I look forward for Fresa weddings in Puerto Vallarta soon!

Great work girls, congrats!!”

– Jimmy Basanez

Martoca

 

Lori & Richard

“Our wedding at Secrets Capri was absolutely beautiful, it couldn’t have been more perfect. Kristee, and all the staff were so friendly, helpful and accomodating. The decorations on the beach, our wedding cake, and the flowers were all wonderful. We are so happy and greatful that we got married in Mexico at Secrets Capri. Thank you all so very much for our perfect wedding day!” Lori and Richard Juhasz
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Lori & Richard