I count myself lucky to have been able to find Yara del Rio as our wedding planner in Cartagena. While my now husband and I have family in Colombia, none of them are near Cartagena; and so, it was scary to plan a destination wedding when we had no references to go by and very little reviews to guide us….in comes Javier from Javier Barrera Productions (who was mentioned in one of the few reviews I found on-line), whose expertise is music and has an amazing band. He recommended Yara as a wedding planner. From the moment we reached out to Yara, her professionalism as well as down to earth nature were mind settling. She recommended great vendors and provided us with various options. She stands by the people she recommends and takes personal responsibility for the delivery of their services. Claudia and Adriana from Adriana Santos Mora Catering & Eventos were amazing!! Our guests are still raving about the food and the beautiful displays. Jose Luis from Manteles & Linos, our decorators, was always professional and the flowers and overall decorations were incredible. Yara understood our ideas and was able to relate them to the vendors; she always made herself available when we reached out to her. The great relationships she has with the vendors were reflected in the whole event. Our photographer Manuel and his team from Pedraza Productions are truly experts in their field! They made us feel welcome and comfortable at all times. Yara also helped us with suggestions and vendors for guest events for the day after the wedding as well as before the wedding( chiva ride, island tours, ect). Jessica who is part of Yara’s team and also works with IVC Productions (the lighting vendor) was very helpful with everything from receiving packages sent ahead of time to ensuring that my bra didn’t show at the wedding! I would recommend Yara to any friend and family looking to tie the knot in Cartagena. She is honest, professional, knowledgeable in her field and a fairy godmother, who can help to make your dreams come true!
Claudia and Adriana from Adriana Santos Mora Catering & Eventos were amazing!! Our guests are still raving about the food (sea bass in coconut sauce, pistachio stuffed mushrooms, mid-night sancocho, etc, everything was great!), and the beautiful displays. They provide tables, chairs, utensils, they provide it all. True professional and masters of their art.
Jose Luis & Martha Isabel from Manteles & Linos, our decorators, were always professional and the flowers and overall decorations were incredible. They wrapped the tree trunks with lights and had birdcages as well as lanterns decorating the event. Did I mention that the flowers were out of this world? They were :)
My bouquet was cascade style and they also decorated the flower girl's carriage. Beautiful!
The house is a beautiful home from the 17th century!
Kateryne, the administrator is a pleasure to work with, she is extremely helpful. There aren't words to describe how great and welcoming the whole staff is :)
Celina the lead housekeeper and chef is an amazing woman who radiates love and whose food is finger-licking good.
The backyard and pool are very comfortable.
For the actual wedding venue, the house was spectacular. The high walls and beautiful trees in the backyard gave the event an enchanting feeling. Great open space!
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