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The Best of Our 2018 Peru Destination Weddings

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2018 has been a great year for us, actually a very busy one! We planned many destination weddings and elopements in Peru’s main destinations, such as Cusco, Sacred Valley and Lima. We had the opportunity to be part of amazing wedding celebrations, rustic, classic and boho weddings, romantic wedding proposals, charming elopements and Andean ceremonies in the mystic atmosphere of the Sacred Valley. We experienced the very essence of love and we are extremely grateful to the couples who chose us as wedding coordinators.

Say I Do in Peru started the year working on a rustic-style destination wedding held nearby Lima. This wedding was a great success for us, the first of the year and felpe us adquire the confidence and the right spirit for the following months. Decorations were amazing and we really enjoyed setting up all the rustic details, such as wooden tables, wooden signs, blackboards, the beautiful flowers decorated swing and all the beautiful and scented flower decorations all over the reception area. What we really loved of this wedding was the desserts table with little sweets, such as lemoncard tartelets, cupcakes, little “suspiro a la limeña”, chocolate truffles, chocolate popcakes and a beautiful naked cake in the middle of the table. We also loved the reception area, with the wide dancefloor and the lighting all over it.Rustic style reception -minRustic style centerpiece and swingCatering rustic style-min (2)Party, Rustic StyleCredits: Tahuano Photography

We were also part of an emotional wedding proposal this year, this kind of events are quite new for us, but this year we started planning Peru wedding proposals as well and we are very happy about this new chapter. This wedding proposal was held in an amazing beach house at south of Peru’s capital city. The atmosphere we created was extremely romantic, with a path of red and white rose petals that brought the couple to a beautiful oceanfront patio, where the actual proposal happened. Of course there was a live music soundtrack, with a singer and an acoustic guitar and a small catering service with champaign for the toast. Nothing better than a romantic beachfront wedding proposal!

Romantic proposal scenerypath of red and white rosewedding proposalCredits: Lara Momentos

In April we had the chance to plan another outdoor destination wedding in a stunning venue, this time the couple opted for a villa overlooking Lima metropolitan area. From the villa´s grounds you could enjoy a beautiful Lima’s skyline, the view was really amazing. The villa has a beautiful outdoor area with a quite large swimmingpool (of course at the end of the party all the guests and the newlyweds jumped in the swimming pool!). What we loved about this wedding was the amazing reception table, a long rectangular table for about 50 people with a beautiful flower arrangements. All the decorations were very neutral, with white flowers and wooden elements. There were also an amazing cheese table and a dessert table with a naked cake as well. The topper of the wedding cake was sooooo cute, the real cherry on top of the cake.Amazing venueA long rectangular table -min (1)Cheese table-minbeautiful lights for your weddingfun with weddingsCredits: Danae Soch Photography

We were also part of several Andean ceremonies in 2018, mostly celebrated in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. Usually there is a shaman with two assistants celebrating this kind of mystic ceremonies. This is a very spiritual moment and also very intimate. We have organized elopements (just for the couple) and intimate ceremonies as well, only for few guests, usually direct family and close friends. The setting is folkloristic, the use of Peruvian traditional and colorful fabrics is the “leit motiv” of the event, and the traditional clothes of the shaman and his assistants contribute to create a very traditional atmosphere as well. We talked about Andean wedding ceremonies in details in a previous article.Andean Ceremony decorationCeremonia andinaAmazing Andean CeremonyAndean ceremony in a beautiful landscapeCredits: James Aragon Photography

We kept organizing wedding proposal this year, we had another one in a suggestive vineyard, located in the central area of Peru, few hours south of Lima, in Ica region. The couple loved wines and the husband to be really wanted to find an evocative place with a beautiful landscape to get engaged, so the Vineyard was the perfect spot for them. We loved being part of this event!

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Vineyard Wedding ProposalCredits: Micho Guerra Photography

One of the main destination for weddings in Peru is obviously the Sacred Valley, a charming and mystic place where you can breath the real essence of Peru. We had a Jewish destination wedding there in july with amazing decoration. The venue is literally merged into the wild nature of the valley, saying beautiful doesn’t give justice to the magnificence of the landscape we enjoyed there. Decorations were really elegant and classic, the huppah was decorated with white flowers and white fabric on the top, bridesmaids chose elegant burgundy dresses for the occasion. The colors white and burgundy really matched well together. For the cocktail area the couple opted for a beautiful refreshments table with Peruvian traditional details, hanging lanterns with flowers decorations, a wooden bar and live Andean music band as soundtrack. Also for the reception the burgundy color was a must have, just have a look at the flower centerpieces, they were amazing, a touch of color under the beautiful and immacolate tent. The bar chosen was amazing as well. The reception was held under an elegant white tent, with a big chandellier at the center. Everything was definitely on point.

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Rustic WeddingCredits: Marco Nishiyama Photography

In july we had another charming wedding in the Sacred Valley, this time it was an intimate Andean ceremony under a very clear blue sky. The ceremony background was amazing, the Andes chain really creates a stunning scenary, perfect for amazing wedding photos. We loved the lighting of the tent, the wedding cake made of cupcakes (this was a very original choice) and the elegant flower decorations.

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We closed the year with a traditional Peruvian destination wedding in an oceanfront villa nearby Lima. The couple opted for traditional Peruvian decorations, with Peruvian fabrics, colourful flower arrangements, little llamas decorations, Peruvian-style embroidered tote bags as guests favors, a traditional “turron de doña pepa” cake. All the decoration details were amazing! The venue was actually one of our favourite venues, a Romane empire style villa located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you basically get married merged in the Ocean breeze and in a classic atmosphere. I can ensure you that the feeling of getting married there is amazing.

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Peruvian Oceanfront WeddingCredits: Lara Momentos

Those are just few of the celebrations of love we planned this year, there were much more weddings, elopements and unbelievable emotions we lived. We are deeply grateful for our job and we hope our couples will charish everlasting memories of their wedding celebrations.

However, we need to go back to reality now, since we have to get ready for this 2019 wedding season, which is already full of new destination wedding adventures, new venues to be discovered, new couples to meet and much more. This year we have to cope with a lot of planning and coordination work as well to make our couples wedding dreams come true, and we cannot wait for it!

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The best of our 2016 weddings

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So the 2016 is over and it was a great year, full of challenges and successful destination weddings in Peru. Me and my team worked extremely hard to satisfied and fulfill all of our bride and groom’s requests. At Say I Do in Peru we believe that we cannot start a new year without looking back at what we have done so far and making a point on what we have done well or wrong, what we have learnt and what we have achieved the past year.

In 2016 we have learnt that there are no obstacles impossible to overcome and we actually worked hard to achieve our couples wedding goals. We have learnt that each couple is different, each couple has their special point of views and it has a special way to deal with the wedding planning process. I have grown up a lot this year personally and professionally and I am extremely proud of what I have achieved and the wonderful weddings I have planned in Peru’s most amazing destinations!

The idea of this article is to collect the best moments, details, decorations of our 2016 weddings and it is indeed an opportunity to make you people understand what is my work about!

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So here the most amazing sweet table from a wedding I organized in November, with French macarons, decorative macarons towers, chocolate truffles, tarts (lemon, chocolate, pecan), traditional “alfajores”, a Peruvian sweet filled with “dulce de leche”, and much more. This special table, placed at the entrance of the reception area, was decorated with white orchids, glass vases filled with water and white candles, the impact was awesome and the sweets were deliciousssss! The theme of the wedding was Art Deco so the decorative elements added were in line with it, therefore we can see geometrical patterns structures, black, white and gold color scheme and white orchids, the bride’s flower choice for the entire wedding event.

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Here the most amazing scenery of 2016, this picture say it all. This is an elopement in the middle of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, organized in a beautiful property nearby the Urubamba River. We found this stunning venue for this lovely couple after a visit in the area and we felt in love with this colonial church and the beauty of the well-maintained grounds. On top of that, the presence of the Andes makes this venue even more charming. The tent structure was actually really simple, since the aim was to preserve the beauty of the place itself. We add few flower decorations on the tent and we opt for this elegant white wrought iron chairs. The result was amazing, as you can see.

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Here the most elegant ceremony tent for this couple who wanted to get married in a beachfront location. We selected Paracas as destination and it was easy to create this elegant and sophisticated wedding atmosphere there. White, light grey and taupe were the main colors for this wedding celebration by the Pacific Ocean. The white chairs, the elegant chair decorations, the white petals on the aisle and the white and greenery tent give the setting a magnificent elegance, enriched by the Ocean breeze and the light blue clean sky.

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This is without doubt one of the most amazing wedding shot of 2016, we love the symmetry of the elements and how the colors combined with the background. This snapshot absolutely summarizes what an Andean wedding is, what are the mysticism and intimacy behind this kind of ceremony and the brightness of the colors of that moment. The venue selected was located in Cusco, it was a ground area rounded by Incas walls, a very quiet place, ideal for this kind of intimate ceremony.

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The wedding cake has always a special place in a wedding celebration, it is a decorative element so it needs to be beautiful, but of course it also needs to be delicious! Here one of our favorite from 2016 wedding, this wedding cake was actually an art piece, with the perfect flowers decorations and the two doves as topper, to represent the romance and kind of the bride and groom’s love. In Greek mythology doves are associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who was always depicted with doves fluttering around or on her arms; we really loved the romance and the idea beyond this unique wedding cake.

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We also loved this romantic entrance of bride and groom to the hacienda we selected for their wedding. This was a beautiful country wedding nearby Lima and we loved how all the rustic and country elements combine between each other to recreate the perfect atmosphere of a Peruvian Hacienda wedding. This white carriage was the cherry on top of the cake, and all the wedding guests were totally amazed by the beauty of the horse and the carriage’s flower decorations.W1A_4877

This is just a little part of our 2016 weddings and I feel extremely proud of the job I have done, and happy to be part of these couples’ life forever… but now let’s start focusing on the 2017 weddings, I need to get back to work! 😀

In Elopement/ Save The Date/ Venues/ vow renewal/ Wedding Trends

Thinking about eloping in Peru? Here everything you need to know!

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When you look into the dictionary for the word “to elope” the meaning is to run away and to not come back to the point of origin. We usually use this word to refer to run off to be married with your lover usually in an intimate and private ceremony without parents and direct family. The definition of elopement has changed during the years and it has lost day by day its negative connotation, since it was usually used for weddings where lovers got married without parental or societal consent. However today the meaning has changed, as I said, and elopement is a very special way to affirm your love and it is becoming a common practice.

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While some couple love organizing big weddings, there are other couples who do not enjoy this and they prefer a more intimate and private event. Being abroad and visit a new country is always exciting and combining a trip with a marriage is even more exciting! So, why do not run away and elope in Peru?

I have organized many elopements in Peru since I started working in the industry. Favorite spots for elopement are Cusco and the coast, especially in the northern region. Due to the magic of the place and the spiritual atmosphere you can find the old capital city of the Inca Empire is one of the best places to elope in Peru. Also Tumbes or Mancora are beautiful spots for beach elopements, which you can do during your romantic escape in one of the beautiful beaches placed in the north of Peru. I personally love the idea of two lovers going in a beautiful and stunning setting to confirm their love in a very special way. Choosing to elope actually means that you do care about your marriage and that the only important person you want to share that moment with is your lover.3-28

What to consider for your elopement? First of all you have to choose a memorable and charming venue, there will be the two of you or perhaps a friend or few family members and the venue must be awesome! I would say that it is one of the main actors of the event, a part from you and your significant one. Elopement is all about lovers, atmosphere and venue, since you will not have guests and big decorations.

For a perfect elopement you also have to choose the right photographer since he has to capture the atmosphere of your special ceremony. It is necessary to have visual prove of your wedding since there will not be guests and you may want to tell others about your wedding. So a visual memory of your elopement is highly needed!

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A big pro of an elopement is that is stress-free. There is no need to plan everything in advance, there is no need to decide on seating arrangement, there is no need to consider your guests food allergies, there is no need of waiting for RSVP, there is no need to plan how your bridesmaids will be dressed…and believe me all these details are crucial for a successful wedding event. This is a big pro of opting for an elopement rather than a proper wedding.

Another pro is that you can make it fast, that means that organizing an elopement is obviously faster that organizing a real wedding with ceremony and reception and all the details related to them, so you do not need to start planning it one year and half in advance, just take your time to see what you really want and need to make your elopement special! Remember that elopement is all about you, your partner and the venue! These are the three elements!

To the other end a big con of an elopement is that your family and friends will be mad at you both guys because you did not say a word on this and you did not share such an important moment with them. If you choose to keep it as a secret, sometimes couples opt to share this idea with family and sometime there are few friends and family members who do not mindto travel with them. But in case you keep it totally secret, do no panic, just be prepared to strong reactions, do not take them personally and do not feel the need to justify yourself. To elope is your choice, and you can always organize a vowels renewal or a reception for direct family and friends after you got married. Having a post-elopement party is quite common nowadays
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