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In 2014: Destination Weddings on the Rise, particularly for Mexico.

13 Jan


Destination Weddings on the Rise

Mexico City, Mexico. January 12, 2013:  According to Yahoo Finance, destination weddings are on the rise.  They are up an estimated 20% due to sites like Instagram and Pinterest promoting exotic locations for brides. Bodas Destino, which literally means “Destination Weddings”, is a promotion and wedding planning company, and is proud to offer fabulous events in wonderful locations for engaged couples who want a romantic destination wedding. Bodas Destino services international clientele and provides plenty of lovely getaways.   Destination weddings to Mexico and other Latin American countries are increasing in popularity among international couples.  According to the Knot Market Intelligence 24% of couples in the United Sates are now choosing to have a destination wedding. Cancun CVB, also publishes that 30% of them are international weddings, with Mexico accounting for 24% of that number, which equates to about 25,000 couples annually, providing a truly memorable experience that is sure to be unforgettable, destination weddings are hard to top.  People from all over the world are traveling to Latin American locations to have the experience of a lifetime among beautiful landscape and unforgettable views.  Many people turn to Bodas Destino to provide the best weddings in Mexico and Latin America.  For couples that are looking for special events, destination-wedding resources or planners, Bodas Destino procures convenient planners, locales and other top professionals for couples. With access to the most breathtaking destinations and venues in Mexico and Latin America, part of its portfolio, guests will have the time of their lives.

Noe Ariza founded Bodas Destino in 2012. Ariza formerly worked as Commercial Director for the well-known Nuestra Boda magazine.  A partnership was recently secured with Carmen Laborin, which will provide a fabulous addition to Bodas Destino due to his experience with Mexican tourism and special interest travel from her work with the Mexican government, tourism & hospitality industries, which procured more destination weddings to Mexico.  Ariza and Laborin are both members of the Association of Bridal consultants and Bodas Destino’s partners. Laborin was appointed “Rising Star 2012” among the top travel agent professionals who are 35 years old or under, by Vacation Agents and Agents@Home Magazines.   More services will be available due to the addition, and she provides excellent promotional and consulting capabilities, along with brand recognition skills.  If you are looking for a destination wedding in Mexico or Latin America, Bodas Destino can help you throw your dream wedding, for Bodas Destino is an ambassador for the top special events’ professionals and locales.


FOR CONTACT: Bodas Destino

Phone: +52 (55) 8421-9565

Email: hi@bodasdestino.com

Twitter: @Bodasdestino

Facebook: BodasDestino



Wedding by Carmen Laborin. Photo by: Humberto Castilla



ZANKYOU MAGAZINE: El amor y los rituales sagrados de la Boda Shamanica Maya

20 Nov

I’ve been asked to collaborate with ZANKYOU (Gee I so love their name!) a fabulous worldwide wedding registry, wedding website provider and super fun magazine with a number of useful and current articles on all weddings-related topics. One of their best features is that it provides brides & grooms free personal -and easy to use- website builder to publish and share with their loved one the main aspects about their upcoming wedding.

I’ve featured my first article on something I’ve suddenly been hearing and people commenting a lot about lately, and that is the MAYAN culture, with all the end of the world buzz (not happening like that by the way, at least not according to our savvy Mayans) but mostly because of people trying to go “back to basics” when it comes to marrying the one they love, putting aside more and more the formalities of the traditional ceremonies in the quest of authenticity and more meaningful exchanges of vows and commitments. For that and with the help of some very kind guides and friends I’ve written this first collaboration named “El amor y los rituales sagrados de la Boda Shamanica Maya” (How your Spanish knowledge these days by the way?).

Ok, while my articles are currently in Spanish on ZANKYOU MEXICO, I found that my article could easily be translated into english language VIA GOOGLE URL TRANSLATE (what a tool uh!?) and so I’ve come to have a second version of my article right HERE for you, may you want to check it out. It is on LOVE AND SACRED MAYAN SHAMANIC RITUALS for non-traditional or spiritual wedding celebrations. I really hope you like it, and if so please share your comments and click like for me would you 🙂

My next article in ZANKYOU MEXICO is about the great destination of LOS CABOS Baja Sur, Mexico. If you have any suggestions on topics you would like me to talk about, please let me know what it is, as I’d love to write more for you and the topics of your interest.

Hope you like my article on ZANKYOU.



Mexico’s official website has a revamped design and content including a Destination Weddings’ micro site

9 Jul

The Mexico Tourism Board is the organization entrusted to coordinate, design and develop the national and international strategies for tourism promotion for Mexico, specifically the one responsible of promoting the numerous incredible destinations and activities that Mexico has to offer, as well as Mexico’s many natural and cultural locales. For this matter and looking into way of spreading the good news and all the wealth that Mexico has to offer for first time visitor and for long time travelers alike, the tourism board has today re launched its website on a new and more friendly platform, with revised and more useful content and social networking capabilities so we can all share the best of Mexico’s to the world, including the amazing exotic locales that the country offers for destination weddings’ groups or other special celebrations.

A dedicated weddings micro site style, is part of the revamped Visit Mexico site with an impressive amount of information including destination weddings destination profiles, Mexico specialists & wedding planners directory, frequently asked questions, photographer directory, honeymoon travel advise, etc. Make sure you check out the new Mexico Weddings website: http://www.visitmexico.com/en_us/VisitMexico30/Weddings__Romance

In 2011 Mexico had a record breaking year for tourism, with 23.4 million international travelers visiting our destinations; which was historically Mexico’s best year for international tourism. In 2012 already about 4.9 million international tourists have visited Mexico in the first five months of 2012 representing a 5% increase year on year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR GUIDANCE ON DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN MEXICO, check out the new Mexico Weddings website or for specifics you can e-mail: weddings@visitmexico.com . Be our guest. Marry Mexico.


23 Mar

NEW YORK, March 22nd. 2012 – Destination Weddings Meet the Sensitive Needs of Today’s Couples, and for that reason Mexico invites travel agents and wedding planners to their 2012 familiarization trips so they can experience first hand.

While most couples on their honeymooners head south for Mexico’s perfect beaches and pristine waters, that’s not all there is to see and do. With decades of experience in wedding and honeymoon planning, Mexico wants to woo the world as its new capital of romance! Exotic cities, luxurious spas, rich traditions, vibrant history, friendly locals and a multitude of bonding experiences, make the allure of Mexico hard to resist when it comes to L-O-V-E. And some of the world’s most popular celebrities are taking notice. Mexico has already had success in attracting several high-profile stars to its gorgeous locales for romantic honeymoon getaways. In fact, US Magazine declared Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita as two of its “A-List Honeymoon Destinations,” for hosting couples such as actress Hilary Duff and hockey player beau Mike Comrie, as well as reality starlet Khloe Kardashian and L.A. Laker hubby Lamar Odom. It’s no surprise that Mexico was the only destination mentioned twice on the list, because when it comes to honeymoons, romance and weddings, Mexico’s got skills.

The country’s exotic locales, accessibility, romantic atmosphere and favorable climate are only a few of the reasons why more and more couple’s are finding themselves marrying south of the border. Having decades of experience in the destination wedding industry, the country offers knowledgeable wedding specialists to partner up with, creative event production and out-of-this-world culinary offerings. Not to forget, that with a number of cultural, adventure and social activities, a wedding in Mexico is the perfect excuse for a guilt-free mini-vacation! What truly sets Mexico apart as a prime wedding location is the great attention to detail placed on weddings. This is primarily due to the importance of marriage in Mexican culture, which ensures that every wedding in Mexico is only of the highest quality.

On top of that, destination weddings are “a profitable match for agents” says Travel Market Report, and Mexico is the number one locale for creating unforgettable destination weddings memories for anyone’s clients. For that reason, the Mexico Tourism Board, along with a number of local VCB’s and their Secretaries of Tourism in Mexico, have come together to invite qualified TRAVEL AGENTS & DESTINATION WEDDING SPECIALISTS from USA or Canada to participate on any or all of their “2012 VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIPS” scheduled on several dates ranging from April 30th., to November 7th., 2012, and covering 9 cities and beaches of Mexico that have romance product of excellence.

As a semi-hosted buyer program, the destinations aim to bring top wedding planners or related travel specialists to their magical destinations in an effort to showcase their locales as the perfect location for honeymoons, weddings & special events. The primary goal this trip is to increase their visibility and its premiere facilities and services, as well as strengthen the relationships with travel industry partners for an amazing opportunity to learn about the beauty, folklore, traditions and modernity of colonial jewels of Mexico, unparalleled in beauty & value, as you know, there’s nothing better like living the experiences firsthand.



(4 days/3 nights) 30 April – May 3rd. 2012 . Open to 20-30 guests.

Cities of origin: Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, San Diego and Seattle (AIRPORT: SJD / Los Cabos International Airport).

CONTACT:  Paloma Palacios / info@visitloscabos.org

Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels and resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing and much more. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach. Couples looking for the perfect place to get married and/or have their honeymoons need not look farther than the intimate and breath-taking location of Los Cabos. Warm breezes, star-filled nights, and endless beauty are the perfect combination for a romantic and luxurious wedding or honeymoon for lovebirds seeking a memorable experience. It’s Time2SayIDo!  www.Time2Cabo.com

*NOTES: Special flight rates might be offered for this destination with AA or The Los Cabos Hotel Association, might be able to reimburse qualified attends up to 250 USD per person, as travel aid.


(4 days/3 nights) May 22-25th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT: PVR / Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport).

CONTACT: Ana Regla / ana@visitpuertovallarta.com

Puerto Vallarta is a place full of fantastic food, culture, natural beauty and romance. The cobblestone streets, charming colonial architecture and lush landscape make Puerto Vallarta a unique location for your destination wedding, vow renewal or romantic getaway.

Puerto Vallarta is a popular choice among couples planning destination weddings because of its picturesque views, beautiful flora, clear-blue waters and magnificent mountains. Have your ceremony at sunset on one of Puerto Vallarta´s pristine beaches or exchange vows with a view of the mountains

*NOTES: Special flight rates might be offered for this destination.

CANCUN & COZUMEL (5 days/4 nights) June 18-22nd., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

18-20 CANCUN / 20-22 COZUMEL.

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT:  CUN / Cancun International Airport)

CONTACT: Rocío González Jonguitud / rgonzalez@cancun.travel

Cancun is the perfect setting for love, pleasure, passion and experiencing unforgettable moments. It is a magical place where you can be in harmony with nature while enjoying all the comforts of a large city set in the lush jungle. Cozumel, a dreamy caribbean island setting, fun day trip excur­sions, good restaurants and duty free shopping. For Cancun product guide, click HERE.

CHIAPAS (5 days/4 nights)  July, 4-8th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin:  Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Dallas (AIRPORT: TGZ Angel Albino Corzo International Airport )

CONTACT: Patricia Castellanos / pcastellanos@destinochiapas.com

Chiapas is a great place to discover just how much more Mexico has besides beaches and all-inclusive resorts. Chiapas has beautiful colonial cities, vibrant indigenous culture, fascinating archaeological sites, and incredible natural beauty, from rain forests to waterfalls.  San Cristóbal the former state’s capital, where you’re being hosted, has gorgeous architecture, fascinating museums, and exquisite restaurants and bars.

QUERETARO (4 days/3 nights)  august, 21-24th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles. (AIRPORT: QRO Querétaro International Airport)

CONTACT: Graciela Gorraez / ggorraez@queretaro.gob.mx

Querétaro is a cultural and historic state recognized, more than once, as World Heritage. It is a natural paradise for finding adventures and discovering ancient traditions. It is an artistic, fun, safe, and romantic place. We invite you to meet the splendor of México.

RIVIERA NAYARIT (5 days/4 nights) September 18-22, 2012 / Open to 10 guests

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT: PVR / Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport).

CONTACT:  Richard Zarkin / rzarkin@rivieranayarit.com

Riviera Nayarit is an exciting and wondrous adventure; here you’ll have the best experience upon your arrival. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains, a stunning treasure awaits you — Riviera Nayarit, a tropical wonder whose coastline stretches for almost 200 miles, and whose southern border unfolds just 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

This destination provides a backdrop of intense skies, emerald mountains, abundant vegetation and endless beautiful golden beaches for an unforgettable celebration experience. In every beach, in every little town, the lush vegetation, the extraordinary animal species and the beauty of nature will leave you totally awed. Nayarit’s coastline winds north through the municipalities of Banderas Bay, Compostela, San Blas, Santiago and Tecuala

MERIDA (5 days/4 nights)  October 7-11, 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles. (AIRPORT: MID)

CONTACT: Rosa Elena Vermont / rosa.vermont@yucatan.gob.mx

Merida, in Yucatan state is a perfect fusion of past and present, It is a constant dance of colors, aromas, sounds, flavors, textures… It is a never ending mosaic of prodigies to be discovered. Due to their status as a multi-cultural state and vibrant cosmopolitan city, Yucatan and Merida have become some of the trendiest places in Mexico. Luxury, exclusiveness and comfort, show themselves in their luxurious properties of finest style and care as if born for hospitality.

Their motto is to smile and make their visitors smile. The hospitality, the warmth of their locals and their singularity, sets them apart, and pride them into sharing it with their visitors, who easily become friends.  To know Yucatan is a unique experience, always different. Yucatan it’s said to be a “Land of Universal Wonders”

IXTAPA (4 days/3 nights)  November, 4-7th., 2012 / Open to 10 guests

Cities of origin: Los Angeles Calgary, Houston, Phoenix, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, Denver & Minneapolis. (AIRPORT: ZIH Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport ).

CONTACT: Guillermina Camarena / guille.camarena@visitiz.com

Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, is a dual offering of deluxe resorts and vil­lage charm; romantic tropical bay setting, good water sports and golf, very relaxed pace.

During the VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIP, participants will enjoy a number of activities, site inspections, as well as some social events at properties, to be presented on an ITINERARY from each destination, with a fantastic program they have come up with for your enjoyment and convenience. This will be sent to you on expression of interest with them.

Complimentary registration for this VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIP includes:  

  • 3-4 nights’ accommodations in a top hotels & resorts. Individual rooming.
  • All meals on program at destinations
  • Airport transfers to/from the destinations and hotels as well as TO/FROM tours, activities.
  • Planned social & recreational activities on program.
  • Attendee certificate from local VBC office as a destination expert.

***The local destinations have arranged with hoteliers & local vendors on additional incentives, which will be confirmed during the main destination presentation, for those attendees that close a wedding group within the next 45 days of the familiarization trip***

Interested planners and romance travel consultants willing to attend may direct their inquiries or RSVP’S directly the representatives for the participant destinations.  We suggest as early as possible, and no later than 1.5 months before each of the familiarization trips’ dates, since it’s a wonderful educational opportunity to be treated into Mexico’s premier destinations, spaces are limited.  Confirmations will be then confirmed directly with you, by each of the destinations based on those guests that fit the agent/wedding planner criteria, on first come first serve basis.

Aeromexico and American Airlines premier Mexico partner with a large number of daily direct connections from USA to Mexico tourist destinations will be offering discounted rates for agents attendant these Mexico familiarization trips.

Please allow MEXICO the opportunity to HAVE YOU AS GUEST OF HONOUR on our Fam Trips designed for you to experience all that these magical Mexican locations have to offer as wedding destinations for your clients’ memories for life.

Look forward ot seeing you soon in Mexico.


Carmen Laborin


 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  Mark Twain

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About the Mexico Tourism Board. The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico’s tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Created in 1999, the MTB functions as an executive agency of Mexico’s Tourism Secretariat, with autonomous management and the broad participation of the private sector. The MTB has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Find additional Mexico tourism news by consulting MEXICO’S OFFICIAL pages on the following social media sites:





The latest… From Wedding Salon Chicago’s getaway winners, to The International Wedding Summit, passing by the Biz Bash blast had.

21 Oct

It’s Fun Friday times indeed for Erin Rohde & Sarah Dodds, from Roselle & Chicago respectively for they were announced today they are the so very lucky winners of the past WEDDING SALON that took place at the W Hotel Chicago a few weeks ago, where more than 700 brides gathered to enjoy, as the Chicago Wedding Planning Examiner, on October 5, says: for “Cookie-Cupcakes, Natural Accents, Colors of the Rainbow, Attention to Detail & Fashion Inspired Weddings, Amongst the Hottest Trends for 2012” showcased.


Erin Rohde, is taking a trip of her life with her beau to PUERTO VALLARTA in Mexico, staying at the BARCELO Puerto Vallarta, 4 days/3 nights all-inclusive, with transfers arranged by Tropical Incentives , round trip flights courtesy of the bet Mexican Airlines Aeromexico, an evening of guaranteed fun for “Rhythms of the night”  produced by Vallarta Adventures & to end the night with class and style, a dinner for two at renowned Cafe des Artistes. Oh la la!.

On the other hand who will be enjoying CANCUN at is best is Sarah Dodds, who along her fiancee will be staying for 3 nights at the Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort. 4 days/3nights all inclusive stay for two. courtesy of TROPICAL WEDDING EXPERTS.

It was a fun fun event the one in Chicago, and among the lines of the “The Hottest Bridal Trends for 2012 Unveiled at the Wedding Salon” they acknowledged the Mexico Tourism Board, for Puerto Vallarta & Cancun as the ultimate go-to destinations in 2012.

Make sure you follow “TAT’S TIPS” for more news on the upcoming shows & wedding trends, where of course we will be treating you with plenty of surprises.

For those of you who by any reason, don’t know who the author of TAT’S TIPS is, of course Tatiana Byron, celebrity event planner and founder of The Wedding Salon, which produces luxury and high-end bridal expos in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, by the way, know that she’s launching a new business-to-business event for wedding professionals called The International Wedding Summit, which will take place November 1 in New York City, presented itself through a series of ongoing discussions with industry professionals. “Those attending will be wedding vendors from all different categories,” says Byron. “It ranges from photographers and videographers to invitation companies and travel companies. They’re business owners or people in charge of marketing for their business.” she says.

The Summit will have a series of educational sessions that take a question and answer style format, with Byron asking industry professionals for their business insights. Some of the topics that will be explored include brand building, social media, blogging, how to start a business and the art of Web marketing. Professionals from Google Weddings, Vera Wang, Kleinfeld’s and The Knot will be in attendance. Other non-wedding related speakers will be weighing in on topics in attempt to offer insight into successful business strategies at large that can be implemented across a variety of platforms.

For those of you eager to learn bore about “It gets to the core of how successful people become successful,” Byron says. “We have Dylan Lauren, who is the founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world’s largest candy store, and Rory Tahari, vice-chairman of Elie Tahari. They are not in the wedding business but we’re having them in because they’ve both executed successful business strategies. Rory Tahari transformed their brand to be a $500 million company. We’ll be addressing what the turning point was in her business, what were some of the key decisions you’ve made and what were some of the challenges you’ve faced within your business?”

Clients that have previously participated in roundtables and new companies will be invited to attend the International Wedding Summit, with a maximum of 100 attendees.

“Wedding marketers reach a new consumer base each year, which can lead to failure in so many start ups,” she says. “We have pulled together the best business minds behind the biggest brands in bridal, as well as renowned entrepreneurs to create the ultimate learning experience for business owners.”

Some of the BIG names that will be available to attendees of this Summit, and sharing their adventures are: David Berke, President of Colin Cowie Lifestyle, who we happened to say hi to during Colin Cowie’s master presentation on Biz Bash, Shawn Rabideau  (Celebrity Wedding Planner, Bethenny Getting Married), as well as Mark Ingram, Founder, Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier who we haven’t seen since he kindly hosted us for Wedding Salon’s Wedding Boothcamp along with marvelous Carley Roney, Founder of The Knot, bright, sexy, strong woman who we just saw at Las Vegas Wedding MBA, legendary Sylvia Weinstock, Founder of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, Mara Urshel, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld Bridal, Michelle Rago, Michelle Rago Destinations & Google Weddings, Dylan Lauren, Founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar and Rory Tahari, Vice-Chairman of Elie Tahari.

Some of the personalities taking part of the summit were of course at the most recent BIZ BASH event in NYC, which main goal is to reach the meeting and event planners, marketers, strategists and which basically covers the top markets such as New York, Boston, South Florida, Los Angeles & Chicago, not only with conference & trade shows but with great print magazines & online page with very useful references.

Thanks David Adler, for braking your diet while we had lunch at delicious Mexican Restaurant “Toloache’ in NYC, but above all for the great job done putting together a great program for this year’s NY event at the Javits Center just this past Wednesday, where I was more than happy to see &  hear Colin Cowie, whose sexiness I love, but mostly appreciated was his master presentation and ongoing inspiration -who by the way happens to be having a photo shoot these days in Mexico for a campaign with Palace Resorts. He has been more busy now that he recently launched his superb and chic COLIN COWIE WEDDINGS site, which has a beautiful and friendly platform for any bride to enjoy and use for their wedding planning. Also in attendance of Biz Bash (the leading trade publication in the event industry) event, was nominated for Social Planner of the Year awards, Shawn Rabideau.

The event’s highlight was to met in person with MEETUP founder and smarty Scott Heiferman, who on a heartfelt and simple presentation reminded us importance of #connecting.

Along the dynamics of the conference and also in the hallways, we were seduced by an almost magic and truly electric presentation of a so very talented violinist playing amidst a background of current top hits, managed graciously by  super energetic Premier Talent Entertainment’s, President, Troy Curtis.

Two amazing planners’ friends of mine who where there on top of everything at the event, were Andrinique Davis from Andrinique Special Events based in US, but with offices even in Mexico, produce sophisticated local and destination affairs, she has a fun blog if you want to keep up.  The one that deserves the most recognition here is definitely Caty Gomez from Caty Gomez Events, top planner and venues owner -based in Mexico, with offices in Acapulco & Riviera Maya but producing events nationwide- who came all the way to NYC just to check out Biz Bash event and meet with some local vendors for updates on most current products and trends on the industry. She is by far one of the most relatives and entrepreneur women I’ve met, and I’m very very proud she managed to get to NYC, whatever the excuse was originally.

I unfortunately missed out on the magnificent THE KNOT GALA this year and again held at the New York Public Library (still can’t get over last year’s Preston Bailey’s floral sculptures of “Bride & poodles”) but NYC keeps promising amazing happenings on daily basis so know that I’m open for invites. On the meantime I’m ready and confirmed for the The International Wedding Summit on the 1st. November & “Dia de Muertos” Show Installation on the 2nd., in NYC, ABC’s 2011 Annual Business of Brides Conference November 6-8, in Baltimore, MD., and the Wedding Salon NY on the 14th.

Fun Friday to you all.

Be Happy, and Love always,


P.S. Quick reminder on the “Marry Me in the Riviera Maya” wedding contest that has already been opened to Facebook fans and will be held from October 1st-31st, 2011. (You got to check it out. Wish I could participate, if I only had a willing man whom I loved and was committed to, I’d be the first one for sure to share my story and our creative wedding proposal, so simple). Read on here

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