Great Advice from Bride about Planning a Destination Wedding

Recently, Destination I Do magazine featured a destination wedding of Vika + Igor, photographed by none other than the talented Choco Studio. The wedding took place in Riviera Maya, Mexico last year.

Barcelo Maya Resort Wedding

The bride gave a lot of great tips on how she was able to pull off a wedding of her dreams. Here are some of my faves:

Riviera Maya weddingTip #1 – use a travel consultant to make travel easier for guests

The couple hired a travel consultant who got the couple and their guests a group rate. Guests emailed their travel confirmations to the consultant who then created an itinerary of arrivals for Vika. This way the couple knew about the safe arrival of their guests without having to organize dozens of flights themselves.

Tip #2 – hire a wedding coordinator

The bride said she helped by staying on top of things, getting local wedding favors and keeping all the information the couple needed organized.

Tip #3 – incorporate travel into the wedding experience

Vika sent guests pre-travel packets with customized luggage tags, brochures and a wedding itinerary. Once everyone arrived, they received an “out of town bag” with personal labels and the couple’s wedding logo. The bags included a hangover kit, first aid kit and beach kit.

 Riviera Maya wedding

You can see more photos and read the rest of the bride’s tips on Destination I Do.


Choco Studio in San Francisco Brides

I’m so excited to see one of my favorite real weddings photographed by San Francisco Wedding Photographers Choco Studio featured in San Francisco Brides!

The wedding of Laura and David at Radonich Ranch, a 100-year-old family owned fruit cannery in Santa Cruz county, featured beautiful pink and red details with the groom’s adorable seer-sucker suit and an absolutely sensational strawberry cake. You can see more photos from the wedding on Choco Studio blog.


Ceremony & Reception Venue: Radonich Ranch
Hair & Makeup: Tera Hardwick of Faust Salon
DJ/Band: All Occasions
Florals: Suzie’s Flowers
Catering: Vignette Events
Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston