Romance Travel Group is excited to announce a new partnership with destination wedding photographer, Andrea White!
Tell us a little about you?
I am 31 years old living in the Twin Cities. I am newly married to my handy husband Ryan. Together we enjoy woodworking, painting, and traveling. Our love for the outdoors has us camping and goal setting to explore each National Park. My happy place is at the lake, enjoying the water and being with family. You can spot me out of a crowd with a camera around my neck documenting life’s beauty.
How did you get into photography?
My love for photography started as a kid. I was obsessed with disposable, digital ( any camera ) you name it! In college I took my first film class and began to love the dark room. From there I started to learn new techniques and bought my first Canon DSLR. I love capturing people in their element; raw, real and full of genuine emotions. Along with portrait photography I have also developed a freelance business photographing commercial + residential properties.
Life is unexpected. One day a woman randomly reached out and said she liked a college project I had posted online and wondered if I would take her engagement photos. This was uniquely where It all started. This was pre-Pinterest craze and I remember buying a Bride Magazine studying poses and brainstorming ideas. From there, I posted a few images on Facebook and everything took off. I love the photo-journalistic approach to a wedding and how I can document step by step one of the best days of your life. Seeing friends and family enjoying life with one another is one the best things to be a part of.
What is your favorite part of a wedding day?
Some of my favorite moments on your wedding day happen right away. I like capturing all the behind-the-scenes memories while you’re getting ready. Once the images are delivered, you and your spouse get to relive your special day all over again. You finally get to see each other's hidden moments and of course the first-look that follows. Grab a tissue! My goal is to really move you and bring you right back to that special day.
Can you share a moment during a wedding that took your breath away?
That's a tough question! I feel like each wedding has those moments and it's hard to pick! Where you can usually see me shed a tear are the moments when the bride/groom walk down the aisle or at speech time when your dad, mom or grandparents get vocal about why they love you.
How would you describe your photography style?
I’m always striving for fun and genuine pictures. Not to posey and more go-with-the-flow moments. I love giving direction and communicate well with the bride + groom before the wedding. It’s important to know what your style is and what you want most out of your photos! Here in my one woman show, it is and will always be about quality. I don’t rush through the process. I don’t outsource my editing, and I don’t believe in slapping on a filter. Every image is selected, edited, and individually retouched.
What would your past wedding couples tell us about you?
My feedback generally consists of a few prided items;
1) Great with direction, friendly and funny.
2) Timely, always on track with editing deadlines and sneak peeks for those needed “Thank You” cards.
3) I can’t wait to use you again when we have babies!
Any advice for our future destination wedding couples?
Being a former destination bride with Romance Travel Group I have so many tips! I would love to chat more depending on what you’re wondering about. I could ramble on in this section for a few paragraphs, but If I had to say 3 things…. It’s the best decision we ever made, you and each guest will have absolutely so much fun, don’t stress about the little stuff everyone is so happy to be there!
Your guy popped the question and now it’s your turn! Here are 5 fun ways to propose to your favorite girls!
Bride Squad Apparel
What’s more fun than a t-shirt or tank to show everyone they are part of your squad? Online stores like Etsy have a large variety of cute tees, tanks and shirts your girls can wear to everything from your bachelorette party to the morning of your wedding while you’re getting ready. Customize the apparel with your wedding hashtag, the girls’ names or simply, “bridesmaid” or “maid of honor.” Hand it to them in a pretty gift bag and they’re guaranteed to say, “I do!”
Create a Bridesmaid Box
This idea calls for a little more creativity, but we know you’re a crafty bride, after all! So, why not put together a decorative box filled with things you know your girls will love? We’ve seen fun things like personalized wine glasses or koozies, candles and chocolates, keychains and jewelry, a photo frame or a coffee mug…the sky’s the limit! You know your girls best!
Message in a…Balloon
A fun twist on a message in a bottle! Simply cut out strips of paper and write your proposals on them. Then, blow up a balloon and slip your message and confetti or sequins in the opening before knotting it shut. After that, you’ll want to tie a piece of ribbon to one end of the balloon. On the other end, you’ll want to tie a hole-punched note that says “pop me” with a safety pin attached to it. Give it to your girls and watch the confetti fly as they laugh with joy! Simple and cost-effective!
Personal and Sentimental
For all you sentimental brides, this idea is for you! Compile all your favorite pictures of you and your bestie(s) together. Create a collage of all your fun memories, or, perhaps you have one awesome picture that would look great in personalized frame. Include a hand-written note of all the great times you’ve had together and voila! Instant tear-jerker. Be sure to include the tissues!
This is So Punny
If you’re one for sarcasm and one-liners (and donuts) you’ll love this bridesmaid proposal! One that we love in particular is the “donut proposal.” With this one, you’ll need a couple small boxes (for each girl) and a box of donuts. Put some tissue paper and a donut in each box. On the inside top of the box, write “be my bridesmaid/maid of honor?” On the outside of the box write, “I DONUT want to get married without you!” How cute is that!?
We know nothing can top your man’s proposal, but these bridesmaid proposals come in at a close second! Have any other fun ideas for us? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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Finally –a Wedding Package that is Exclusively for YOU!
Forget the world around you and soak in this one-of-a-kind wedding experience that was created exclusively for you and your loved ones. Here are some of the exciting details about the Exclusively You Wedding Package by Karisma:
Karisma Resorts understands the important details for your special day. And now at Azul Beach Riviera Maya and Azul Beach Negril, the experts will go above and beyond to make you and your beloved feel like royalty. From the ceremony décor, all the way to the flatware on your tables, your Signature Wedding Designer will make sure everything is thoughtfully curated for you. Other perks include a 2-night private destination wedding dress rehearsal, personal on-site coordinators during your stay, attire attandants, and your very own private butler!
Experience a truly authentic reflection of your love at this one-of-a-kind, exclusive wedding event. Here, your Exclusively You ceremony will include a premium wedding location, access to a private beach area, a non-demoninational minister or judge, services of spa attendants for your bridal party, signature accents, a wedding certificate, and much more! Another perk? You and your entire party will be the only wedding on-site for the day, ensuring your day is exclusively for YOU.
For the Couple
What would The Exclusively You Wedding Package by Karisma be if it didn’t go above and beyond for the bride and groom? That’s right. We’re talking VIP services centered around YOUR preferences. Some of these services include private in-suite check in, packing and unpacking your luggage, a groom’s room to stay in the night before the wedding (pending availability), nightly turndown service, a bridal spa suite for the girls to get ready in, sunset cocktails and gourmet bites delivered to you daily, and so much more! Afterall, this day is about YOU.
For Your Guests
Don’t worry, your guests are important to Karisma, too. Your Exclusively You Wedding Package will pamper your loved ones throughout their stay with a variety of VIP services. Some of them include, an Azul Beach Resorts welcome bag, a wedding guests conceirge, a group itinerary, an exclusive pool or beach section, a group cooking class, and a semi-private group dinner reservation, just to name a few. Oh, and they didn’t forget about the little ones either. Karisma loves families! Your guests with children can expect kids’ robes and slippers upon arrival, cookies and milk delivered daily, a kids’ conceirge to coordinate activities, access to the kids-only lounge, and a Kids Wedding Activity Pack to keep them fully entertained. Phew!
Your complimentary honeymoon package includes all the romance you’ll need for this trip. Some highlights are: a private candlelit dinner on the beach, breakfast in bed, 15% off spa services, a 2 for 1 sky massage, a romantically decorated honeymoon suite, a tropical floral arrangment, and a 1-night anniversary voucher for your next stay. And as always, Karisma will ensure your honeymoon is all. about. YOU.
Does this Karisma Wedding Package sound like something you’ve been dreaming about? Then click below and we’ll be sure to send you some additional info!
Embracing zen, tranquility, and its natural surroundings, a Xolumado Inspirational Village celebration offers you and your guests one of the most unique wedding experiences we’ve seen yet. Here are 4 things that set it apart from your average wedding
Listen as the tranquil sounds of nature greet down the aisle. Here, your ceremony will be a true reflection of the history and culture that surrounds you! Submerge your wedding guests into this completely private and unique setting and exchange vows amidst the gorgeous tropical backdrop of this truly remarkable location.
Now that you’ve said “I do,” it’s time to celebrate in style with your wedding guests! Savor over delectable food options, prepared cuisine by a Gourmet Chef, then graze by your private international open bar throughout the reception. When the music starts, it is time to head over to the dance floor and take center stage for your first time as man and wife. Sounds like a party to us!
One of our favorite things about this venue is that there are only 41 rooms. If you have a guest list of 70-80 people, your wedding group will fill the whole resort and you can enjoy the property in its entirely, just your family and friends, being pampered and waited on exclusively by the incredible staff especially trained for service at Xolumado. Talk about a WOW factor!
Xolumado is only steps away from the 5-star, all-inclusive Generations Riviera Maya resort. This means that you and your guests will have full exchange privileges at both resorts. Think “stay at one, play at two.” Generations is a beachfront resort with 5 outstanding restaurants and 3 bars for you to indulge in. You’ll have the best of both worlds!
Interested in this truly unique Karisma wedding experience? Then click here to receive more info about a Xolumado Secret Garden Wedding today!
FREE SKY WEDDING OFFER!
Book your 10+ room wedding with us by June 30, 2019 and travel by December 31, 2020 and take advantage of our exclusive offer, a $1700 savings! The Sky Wedding ceremony location accommodates up to 200 people, depending on resort, and includes the following amenities:
A Private Enclave
Take your destination wedding experience to a whole new level at El Dorado Casita Royale. Here, you’ll enjoy a private, luxurious enclave exclusive to you and your wedding guests. Your private enclave offers 17-34 luxury oceanfront casitas, secluded sparkling pools, and your own little “village” to spend time with loved ones.
Karisma will bring all the fun to you! Enjoy an array of private events and entertainment right in your Casita enclave. We just love the Mexican Beach Fiesta and live Mexican band and DJ, to name a few!
Exclusive Butler Service
It wouldn’t be a true Karisma Experience without their signature Mexican hospitality! Have a request that may sound impossible? Not a chance. At Karisma, you and your wedding guests will receive personalized butler service, to tend your every need.
Speaking of signature hospitality, once you go Gourmet Inclusive, you won’t want to go back. Known for their world-renowned and internationally-inspired cuisine, this is truly a foodie’s dream come true. Priding themselves for their locally-sourced ingredients and artful culinary touches, you certainly won’t leave here hungry.
Private Ceremony and Reception
With a Karisma Memorable Moments Signature Wedding Collection, you’ll receive the style and quality you’ve been dreaming of. Choose from an array of private ceremony and reception locations, signature services and inclusions, all customized to your liking.
Start your marital bliss the right way with a Memorable Moments Honeymoon Package. Some incredible perks include a private candlelit dinner on the beach, breakfast in bed, 2 for 1 sky massages, 15% spa services, romantically decorated honeymoon suites, and oh so much more.
Spend the remainder of your stay with this complimentary upgrade in a tropical overwater bungalow. Set on one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya, it’ll be the cherry-on-top of your Private Enclave Wedding experience.
Does the El Dorado Casitas Royale Private Enclave sound like the wedding experience you’ve been waiting for? Then click below, and we’ll get you started!
Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway - All Inclusive is a stylish, intimate, and exclusive beachfront hotel in downtown Puerto Vallarta that offers the perfect location to experience first-hand the charm and magic of Mexican traditions present in every corner of this picturesque town-city. This beachfront adults-only retreat assures an exceptional experience for sophisticated travelers.
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