I don't know why I did not find my newly hired wedding coordinator Ilse Diamant on this website ((scratching head)) I looked and didn't find her so I write this in case anyone is lost and wants a truly special wedding venue in Riviera Maya and a wonderful coordinator. True to her last name she is truly a gem! I must share her with this community because I know how nerve wrecking to go somewhere where you don't know much about services. My fiance, Jeff and I did a surveying of the Riviera Maya last August (2010). We booked appointments with several coordinators at different resort hotels. By the end of our trip we knew one thing, we loved Riu Palace Riviera Maya but were not thrilled with their wedding options.
We came back home rather disappointed but then my mom told me about a Mexican tv star who had recently married in a chapel by the sea. So there I went looking for places that fit that description. Quite by accident or serendipity I found "Capilla de Santa Maria del Secreto" (which means "Chapel of St. Mary of the Secret"). I was taken by the beauty of the pictures posted on the website. I was impressed with how professional the coordinator sounded. I looked her up on facebook and all seemed so wonderful. But you know the saying "too good to be true" ? Well this place was BETTER!!!
I recently came back from my "scouting" trip to Riviera Maya with my mom and wanted to meet Ilse and see the chapel and grounds for myself. One word: SPECTACULAR!!! Another Word: MAGNIFICENT! The place was more breathtaking than any picture I had seen. When we met Ilse she was hired on the spot. Her professionalism is equal to any professional in the states or better. She had everything planned out. She had all vendors in time staggered appointments to meet us and present to us what they envisioned for our wedding. Starting with the bar service called "Bitter-Sweet Movil Bar" (which had an arrangement of AMAZING drinks)... I'm dreaming of the mango margarita now. Everyone from the baker to the florist, dj and photography was truly professional. Behind it all was my very own personal "Jennifer Lopez"... Ilse Diamant! Her visions for my wedding were completely personalized and she was very considerate of my conversations about our budget arranging vendors that were affordable and completely professional. I am so happy to have found a place where I can have a church feel right on the beach. The reception will also be an elegant affair with a touch of whimsy (toes in sand). The best of both worlds.
I cannot wait for November to roll around so I can marry my prince charming in a little chapel by the beach ((Sighs))
Please contact me if you have any questions about what I saw. BTW Ilse is VERY, VERY good at returning emails within a reasonable time (which was not always the case with other hotel coordinators I wrote to).