Dad really did know best

April 18th, 2017

When Raquel Alphonse and Ted Drougas decided to tie the knot, the bride-to-be knew she wanted a destination wedding.  “My dad’s favorite ‘paradise’ was always Aruba," shares the bride.  Sadly, Raquel’s father passed away two years ago, but choosing Aruba as the locale for her nuptials was a special way to honor his memory and share this day with him...

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

Raquel and Ted arrived four days prior to the wedding.  It was the first time they had stepped foot on the island where they would celebrate one of the most important days of their lives.

Aruba Destination Wedding | Aruba Beach Brides

“It was beyond postcards…and not only is the island beautiful—
 just so friendly and welcoming."

Aruba Destination Wedding | Aruba Beach Brides

 Like most of our destination brides, Raquel did the majority of the planning long distance from her home in Boston.

“I chose Aruba Weddings 
For You as my planner because they were initially recommended by a friend who had used them,” informs Raquel.  “The entire team was phenomenal…they made the whole planning experience just wonderful, she adds. 

Aruba Destination Wedding | Aruba Beach Brides  
Raquel wanted a very romantic beach setting.  She chose a mermaid-style wedding dress with layers of pleated white tulle, and kept her color scheme simple and tasteful with touches of blush and gold. 

She brought some of the special touches and décor items herself, including the Chinese lanterns that adorned the reception. 

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

Aruba Destination Wedding | Aruba Beach Brides


Guests enjoyed a lavish Caribbean buffet that comprised a variety of salads including Caesar salad with focaccia croutons, tri-color coleslaw, and tomato and cucumbers with fresh dill.  Pan-fried coconut grouper, New York sirloins fresh off the grill, jerk chicken, and barbecue pork loin gave guests a variety of main course options, served with Caribbean rice pilaf and corn-on-the-cob. 

For dessert, in addition to the wedding cake, a dessert buffet was offered with sweet delights like carrot cake, apple pie with Chantilly cream, brownies, and cheesecake.

Aruba Destination Wedding | Aruba Beach Brides


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What our brides are saying

"Planning a destination wedding can sometimes be stressful being so far away, but the vendors and wedding planners in Aruba made it so easy and stress free. They answered emails and phone calls very quickly. They made the wedding of my dreams into reality. We wouldn't have changed anything…it was the best day of our lives! ".
Christine Castiello
Long Island