Tori Johnson and Victor Velazquez (Valentine’s Day 2009)

When our daughter, Tori, told us she wanted her wedding in Vieques, we were overwhelmed with the task before us. Tori lives in a different city, and we all work at full time demanding jobs. We had been to Vieques to visit some of her fiance’s family, and knew of one hotel we could use for the reception, but had no idea how to find multiple vendors.

I found Weddings in Vieques’ advertisement in one of the brochures I had brought home and Tori and I had a conference call with Sandy. We had already begun negotiating with the hotel to have our guests stay there and have the reception there, but the hotel was becoming very difficult to contact, and offered little or no assistance. Enter Sandy, the lifesaver. Through all of the trials and tribulations of changing venues, changing vendors, and meeting our very particular requests, Sandy was there. She assured us that we had all in place for a wonderful destination wedding.

When Tori and Victor arrived, Sandy and Bill took care so that all of their needs were met. When our immediate family arrived, she was there to assure all went smoothly. She delivered Welcome Bags to our many guests who were staying all over the island. The wedding week was a series of well orchestrated, beautifully planned and executed events, sprinkled with humor and love. Sandy and Bill were terrific. Sandy’s blog described Tori and Victor’s Valentine’s day wedding as a “Fairytale Wedding Weekend”. It was that and more. Our family and friends still talk about it and how wonderful the food, location, tours, beach party, etc. were. They refer to the reception at the Playa Martineau as a ‘fairytale setting’. We could not have done any of that without Sandy, Bill and their team. In fact, we would not have gotten off the island if it were not for Sandy and Bill!!

There were 10 of us taking the ferry on President’s Day, for a late afternoon flight to San Juan. The ferry was full and we had no way of getting to San Juan. Enter Sandy, the lifesaver, again. Within 10 minutes she arranged a chartered flight for us, and had a Van on the way to pick us all up at the ferry. Bill was there at the airport to make sure we had no problems in getting on the planes. I had heard from friends that you really depend on the wedding planner when you have a wedding, but what I didn’t know is that you come to think of them as part of your extended family. Sandy and Bill weren’t just the planners, they were as much a part of the Johnson/Velazquez wedding as our family and friends. Thank you both for the wonderful memories you helped us to have.

Pat Johnson, Mother of the Bride, Married in Vieques on February 14, 2009

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