We were married on May 28, 2011 at the Riu in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I could not have prayed for a more beautiful day. I strongly recommend a destination wedding to anyone looking for a stress-free wedding!
First let me say that Shelli Nornes was my life saver! From the very beginning she was great with helping me choose a resort that would accommodate my party. I had 100 guests attend my wedding and she took care of everyone. She was no longer just my wedding specialist... Shelli became a personal travel agent to everyone in my party. People were making changes to their rooms, the number of nights they were staying, who they were rooming with, their flights and so forth. I believe I still had guests adding to my guests list a month prior to departing. With 100 guests, there was always someone with a question or concern, none of which I had to deal with. Shelli took care of it all. She remained calm and professional. She eased everyone’s concerns and took care of everyone’s needs.
Once in Jamaica, everyone had an AMAZING time. We all enjoyed the excursions, shopping, jet skiing, volleyball games, the poolside bars, the jerk hut and just lounging at the beach. The staff and the wedding coordinators at the Riu were just as amazing. Our guests arrived throughout the day on Wednesday through Friday. We had gift bags designed that we wanted to give to our guests as they arrived, and the front desk took care of handing them out. They made sure majority of my guests’ rooms were all in close proximity to each other. For those they were not able to keep nearby, they upgraded to a suite for their inconvenience. They upgraded my husband and me to a huge suite where we had an after-reception party with at least 40 of our guests. Any and everything we requested the response was "No problem, Mon."
My only concern the entire week was whether or not it would rain on my day. My wedding was planned for 2pm, and everyday leading up to the wedding day it rained during that time. However, the day of the wedding, it was absolutely beautiful, not a cloud in sight. Because I had so many guests, they had to make some last minute changes to my reception location, but I didn't notice the difference.
I am truly thankful for Shelli. I could not imagine pulling this off without them. My guests are already asking me to plan a 1 year anniversary/reunion back to the resort. So Shelli, you may be hearing from us very soon!!!
Thank you! N&J