Cruise & Travel Experts
, Swannanoa, NC 28778
How long have you been planning destination weddings?
While I have only been planning destination weddings and honeymoons professionally for the past few years, I was born into the industry. My mother was also a travel agent, so I have had the pleasure of traveling the world from an early age.
Why did you choose to become a Destination Wedding Specialist?
There is a big difference between loving to travel and planning travel. I have always loved to travel but I didn’t realize my gift for planning travel until several years after graduating college. The single most important event that made me transition from chemist to travel counselor, was working with a travel agent for my own honeymoon. The travel agent I worked with wasn’t interested in getting to know me or planning the perfect trip for me, she was just interested in booking me a certain resort chain because it worked in her favor. The experience was awful and I never want another bride to feel as frustrated and stressed as I did. That’s why my niche is romance travel, planning your honeymoon and destination weddings should be stress-free and fun! I take the time to get to know my clients, so that their ideas become a beautiful reality.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I would be lying if I said I didn’t have the greatest job in the world. From bridal shows, to initial meetings with clients, the satisfaction of matching a couple with the perfect resort or cruise and hearing from my couples upon their return home….I love it all. If I had to choose though, it would be the excitement in the calls and emails that I get from my brides – I love feeling like I have truly made wishes come true!
Which destination is your favorite and why?
I have been on safari in South Africa, cruised the Greek Isles and visited mosques built 5000 years ago and somehow, none of these experiences can match my own honeymoon in Aruba. Aruba will forever hold a special place in my heart…a feeling that I want to create for you!
Do you have a quick tip for us?
Don’t procrastinate, don’t choose your best friend’s honeymoon or wedding, share the planning, don’t short change your budget, don’t rely too heavily on internet research and work with a travel professional