Category Archives: Celebrations

Michelle & Marc’s Wedding

My Bride & Groom, Michelle & Marc, were married on November 1, 2014. Their beach wedding and reception was held at Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC. The couple’s flowers were done by Nga Vu. Congratulations to the happy newlyweds!

CeremonyShell Island Oceanview Ballroom

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“Lisa helped make our wedding the perfect day! From the beginning, she took the time to truly listen to our vision and offered numerous unique ideas and suggestions to help make our dream wedding a reality. Lisa is such a kind and thoughtful person, not to mention an amazing wedding planner. I honestly could not have done it without her! We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with Lisa and to gain an amazing woman as a lifelong friend. Thank you for everything!

Michelle Brammer

A TIME TO CELEBRATE & GIVE THANKS

As I reflect back to this time last year, so much has happened. This time last year, Daddy was with me and I was celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family. I had launched my business, and was hopeful about the prospects the new year would bring. Since that time, Daddy has gone on to be with the Lord, and my business has not grown, or taken off as quickly as I thought. It’s been a challenging year and at times very difficult, but in spite of circumstances, I still have so much to be grateful for.

  • I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to be with, and care for my Dad the last 6 months of his life.
  • I’m thankful that my Dad is no longer suffering, for I know he’s in a better place.
  • I’m thankful to have a Mom who loves and supports me. I know she has my back, for she shows me in so many different ways.
  • I’m thankful for a network of family and friends who not only support and encourage me, but provide constructive criticism that helps foster my growth.
  • I’m thankful I’m still in business, and that during this past year, God has given me what and who I’ve needed to coach and assist me in building this business.
  • Lastly, I’m thankful for you, clients and prospective clients. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to do what I love, but it would not be possible were it not for you. Thank you for trusting me and allowing me to serve you.

These are only a few of the reasons I am grateful. I could not possibly list them all, but it’s nice to be able to share and hopefully encourage you to reflect on all the reasons you have to be thankful. Life is certainly not easy, and the journey is not always sweet, but we always have something to be thankful for.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

You Are Invited to Romance Travel Night

I’m looking forward to our upcoming Romance travel night on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 PM. Romance travel is generally focused on destination weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries, but anyone can join us. You don’t have to be getting married or going on a honeymoon to plan a romantic getaway. Maybe you want to plan a trip during the Valentine’s holiday, do something different and extra special for a proposal, or get away before the baby comes. Whatever your reason or personality, I’ll help you find your perfect destination.

I’ll discuss the top romantic spots, give tips for destination wedding and honeymoon planning, and feature some great AMResort properties in Mexico. I’m excited about sharing my experiences and photos on my recent visit to Mexico! Even if you are not planning something immediately, come arm yourself with ideas and information for when the time comes.

Join me for a fun, informative evening that will include refreshments and door prizes. Space is still available, RSVP at http://destinationweddingsandhoneymoons.eventbrite.com.

I can’t wait to see you there!

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa is one of my top picks from the AMResorts Destination Wedding Fam!  It’s found in Puerto Aventuras, a private gated community located approximately 12 miles south of world famous Playa Del Carmen.  Puerto Aventuras is in the heart of the Riviera Maya, 56 miles south of Cancun.

Dinner at El Patio

Family-Style Reception Dinner

The first highlight of our visit was the wedding reception family-style dinner set up in the beautiful El Patio restaurant.  The water view from the wall of windows, the sparkling tree in the midst of the space, all the lighting and decor, made the look of the room absolutely magical.  Our menu consisted of an appetizer, Bruschetta with proscuitto, Bruschetta with proscuittoLettuce and Pear Salad with Caramelized Walnuts Vinaigrette, the main course, Beef Fillet and Shrimp, and for dessert, Wedding Cake.  Afterwards I would have gone home happy, but the night did not end there.  The second highlight was a bonfire on the beach with drinks, a variety of desserts, marshmallows for roasting, and a fire show for entertainment!

Dreams Puerto Aventuras did a wonderful job of providing a glimpse into the many things they have to offer.  That same evening while we were there, the resort was hosting an Oktoberfest themed dinner buffet for their guests set up around the pool area, and a couple was having an intimate wedding and reception on the beach.

Beach Wedding Reception

Beach Wedding Reception

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa is a great place in a great location.  Not only is there an on-site dolphinarium with dolphins, sea loins, and manatees, but there are many activities, restaurants, and shopping within walking distance.  This is a fun, friendly resort, an enjoyable place for families and friends to gather!

GREAT Destination Wedding FAM with AMResorts

Just returned from the best FAM ever with AMResorts in Cancun, Mexico!  The focus was destination weddings, and truly there appears to be something for everyone.

If you are not familiar with AMResorts, it is a collection of all-inclusive luxury resort destinations, each with its own unique personality.  The beachfront resorts are located in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.  The collection includes Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas.

During our week we made 13 site visits that included Now Jade, Secrets The Vine, Dreams Cancun, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Secrets Silversands, Now Sapphire, Dreams Riviera Cancun, Secrets Maroma Beach, Secrets Capri, Dreams Puerto Aventuras, Secrets Aura, Sunscape Sabor, and Dreams Tulum.  The resorts are located within Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Tulum.  These properties are beautiful, varied, and welcoming.  The accommodations were plush, the food delicious, staff friendly, and the wedding set ups were impressive.

The reason I’m excited about AMResorts, and Cancun as a destination is because of the following:

  1. It’s easy to travel there, with nonstop flights from many airports.
  2. Moving through customs was relatively quick and easy.
  3. Our scheduled ground transportation was courteous, prompt, comfortable, and safe.
  4. With the varied AMResorts located in Cancun and the surrounding area, there are many options for different personalities and budgets to make your destination wedding, honeymoon, or special occasion dreams a reality.

I learned and experienced a lot, and I cannot begin to share it all within this post, so I’ll be featuring some of my favorites over the next few weeks.  This was my first visit to Cancun, but it certainly won’t be my last!

The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.