“We love you, Fátima González! You are by far the best choice we made in and for this wedding. We entered into this as professionals for a project and left (wait, I am not leaving! Are you??) as friends. I love you as I love my family. Thank you for everything!” – David
“My now-husband and I knew from the very beginning that we wanted to get married in Galciia, his hometown. It is a place very special to him, and now, to me as well. As much as I agreed with the decision to get married in Galicia, I was terrified. I come from an Indian family, and weddings are, for us, gospel. I was completely at a loss as to how to plan an elaborate Indian wedding in Galicia… when, by the way, my husband and I live in Amsterdam and would not be able to plan the wedding on-site in Galicia. How to plan an Indian/Galician wedding multicultural, multi-religious, multilingual wedding from a distance?
I found her randomly through her blog and contacted her with my specifications of my 4-day wedding extravaganza, which included horses and flying decorations down from New Delhi. She didn’t bat an eye. I still remember how calm and collected she was as I was sending her email upon email of things I wanted for the wedding. We met in Galicia a few months later, and she helped us distil our ideas; helped us formulate what was most important to us (food for David, drinks and dancing for me); what we wanted to accomplish; what was the feeling we wanted to impart. She helped us decide to have a distinct day for the Indian affair, and another day for the Galician one, rather than mashing them both together, to pay proper homage to both our cultures and families.
In the beginning, when we first started working with her, I was terrified. How would she know what was important to the Indian culture? Would she understand our traditions? Would she give weight and importance to those elements I wanted but that she might not understand? All I can say is: I NEEDN’T HAVE WORRIED, and looking back now, I really wish I hadn’t. I would have saved myself so much time and grief, because she ALWAYS GOT IT.
Fatima was fabulous. From the get-go, she absorbed our ideas as her own; she treated this as she would her own wedding. She found us the best suppliers, and if we were wanted another option, she’d have one for us in a matter of days. She gave us unending strength, time, dedication, exclusivity…including Skype calls at 11pm when we were busy during the day and couldn’t speak. Whatever I asked for, even in passing, she was on it. She made sure that anything that could be remotely important for me – no matter that she might not understand it – she would do her utmost to make it happen.
Long story short, Fatima was the best part about our wedding. Yeah, we had great venues; we had amazing food; the decoration was outstanding; the entertainment is yet to be surpassed… but aside from all that, Fatima was truly the best part about our wedding. She began as a service provider, but quickly became a close friend. She ensured that our 3-day wedding was PERFECTLY executed, to the point that, to this day, 7 months later, we still get texts and emails about how great our wedding was. Seriously.
Trust me, brides-to-be, especially you foreign ones who are stressing about planning a destination wedding long-distance and perhaps dealing with another culture or language… I know what you’re feeling. I was there too. Trusting someone with your big day – that day you’ve been planning in your head for ever and ever – and hoping that they’ll understand what YOU want and see what you see in your head… it’s a terrifying prospect. But Fatima is IT. She is EVERYTHING. She gets it. She understands what it’s like to plan a wedding from afar, the excruciating difficulty that accompanies having to make a choice blindly, via email or text. And she’s on your side… every single step of the way, she’s there to make sure you get what you want… and trust me, she FIGHTS for you and your vision.
We owe everything to her. She’s an absolute genius, a treasure, a friend. Our wedding would never, ever, ever have been as successful without her. And if we were ever to get married again, no matter where in the world, we’d book her all over again. No questions asked. And you know what? The next time around, we might just let her do it all herself… that’s how much we trust her.
Thank you, Fatima. Gracias, con todo mi corazon. – Nikki