Amy Pearson and David Copeland (June 2011)

Dave & Amy Copeland Wedding in Vieques Island, Puerto RicoRight from the start, we knew we wanted to get married on a beach, and Puerto Rico was a major draw for many reasons. During my first conversation with Sandy, it was clear that she had thorough knowledge of the logistics involved in planning a destination wedding, which was a big selling point. It remained clear through the process that she has worked hard to develop solid relationships with everyone from vendors to property rental agents to the lady who processes the marriage licenses. I can’t imagine bringing 47 friends and family to a rustic, unfamiliar island for a long weekend without that level of experience.

It was hard to make so many choices without being there to see, taste, and touch the way you can when you plan a wedding at home, especially when you put all of your trust in someone who you have only spoken with by phone. So we were a little nervous about what would happen when we arrived. But from the minute we touched down, it was clear that everything was under control and everything was going to be great. I can honestly say that I did not worry about a single wedding-related issue from arrival to departure. She and her team had it under control. Even when it rained through most of the day of the wedding, Sandy and Bill’s calmness and confidence made me totally relaxed. It allowed us to enjoy our wedding weekend like we were guests there too.

The most important thing for us (other than leaving the island legally married) was for our guests to have an awesome time. They did. They still talk about it months later. they talk about the venue and the food. They talk about the perfect balance of planned events and downtime through the weekend. They talk about how great it was to have those events (welcome party, beach party, biobay) because by the time the wedding day arrived, everyone knew each other, thus making our wedding the one big party that we really wanted it to be.

Our wedding was exactly what we wanted, and we could not have done it without Weddings in Vieques.

Amy and Dave Copeland, Married in Vieques on June 4, 2011

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