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Weddings in Paradise

Postby KarenS » Fri Jun 02, 2006 7:31 am

From a recent press release: "St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (May 26, 2006) Destination weddings have become all the rage for a variety of reasons, including the very user-friendly marriage laws of many locales, the great vacation (and family reunion opportunity!) that's an integral part of the experience, the affordability of marriage packages being offered by resorts and the growing amount of resources for brides wanting to tie the knot in an exotic milieu.

St. Maarten is home to some extraordinary sunsets and appropriately gorgeous beaches perfect backdrops for an exchange of vows. The Maho Resort Group owners of the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, the Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino and La Terrasse Suites at Maho Village have taken Nature's gift into account and added an unbeatable plus for brides-to-be: Monika Popek, their newly appointed Corporate Wedding Manager and planner extraordinnaire.

'All of our resorts have always had a large commitment to guests wanting to tie the knot at any of our beautiful properties,' said Director of Sales & Marketing Brice O'Keeffe. 'Now, we offer a one-stop shop for brides to be. Monika is the consummate planner she's absolutely the ultimate expert on weddings away!'

With a stellar resume chock full of catering experience, Popek brings a keen understanding of the service world to The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino: she knows how to work with people, how to give them what they want and how to make them happy. Popek joins The Maho Group of St. Maarten from New York's Elbow Beach Resort, a division of Mandarin Oriental Hotels & Resorts, where she served as the Catering Sales Manager for four years. There she gained ample experience developing and maintaining relationships with top-tier accounts from start to finish. Prior to working for Mandarin Oriental, Popek served as Catering Coordinator for the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York and the Executive Housekeeper PM assistant for the Paramount Hotel in New York.

As Corporate Wedding Planner, Popek will coordinate all the details and ensure every request is fulfilled, taking on the complicated task of planning a wedding in hand and freeing the bride for more important things (such as shopping for honeymoon clothes!) Every resort under her wing offers special wedding packages with venues that take advantage of St. Maarten's incomparable island beauty. These packages include the services of the on-site coordinator, marriage license, cake, champagne, corsage and boutonniere, plus a one-category upgrade for the lucky couple.

For more information, please contact Ms. Popek at 904-342-6533 or e-mail"
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