July 19, 2017

Many women dream that their wedding will be idyllic with white horses, rose petals and flowing champagne, often overlooking that weddings are hard work. At left, Carin Hunt, left, and Wendy Madeiros make their living by taking the stress out of weddings and other special events. They just opened their storefront in Key Largo two months ago.
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Many women dream that their wedding will be idyllic with white horses, rose petals and flowing champagne, often overlooking that weddings are hard work. At left, Carin Hunt, left, and Wendy Madeiros make their living by taking the stress out of weddings and other special events. They just opened their storefront in Key Largo two months ago. TRMV Photography and FILE

KEY LARGO — Wedding planners Carin Hunt and Wendy Medeiros love all the elements that go into making a couple’s big day a success. The two recently partnered up to double down their services offered through their business, Key Destination Weddings & Events. Their wedding planning services deflect the stress from the bride and take it head-on. 

The two had strikingly different weddings themselves. Hunt had 180 guests at her Hollywood glamour wedding, while Medeiros invited only 25 to her elegant sunset sail nuptials. 

“Every bride is different,” Hunt said. “But whatever it is that they want, we find a way to get it done.”

Hunt said her favorite part about planning a wedding is getting to know the bride, sometimes the groom and becoming a part of their lives. 

“They get excited as the day nears, and we do hair and makeup trials and tastings,” she said.

Lots of women dream that their wedding will be idyllic with white horses, rose petals and flowing champagne, often overlooking that weddings are hard work.

Someone actually has to bring the horses and roses, and order the champagne and someone will need to pour it. There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into the behind-the-veil details of a wedding.

Hunt and Medeiros are the ones who will zip-tie ribbons to chairs, hot-glue shells to cards, string white lights and polish glasses.

“What we do makes our brides wake up the next day never knowing how much work went into it. They’re none the wiser and that much happier,” Medeiros said.

“We’ve even been named in a few speeches recently and that made us feel good,” added Hunt.

Collectively, the two consultants have 30 years of experience in event planning, and both Hunt and Medeiros have cool-headed and calm demeanors. It’s likely that neither get sweaty palms or panicky, which is a job requirement to succeed as a planner.

The new business also includes event planners Ann Machesic and Jamie Kronheim, The team all met through working at the Hilton in Key Largo, booking venues, of course.

Key Destination Weddings & Events has already hosted events with more than 1,000 people and as small as just a handful of guests. Each venue is custom designed and catered to fit the needs of the celebration.

Hunt has planned weddings in Utah, Georgia and the Bahamas. The team will travel anywhere for a wedding and be involved in as little or as much as the bride wants them to be.

The business offers different levels of service: “It’s a Date,” which finalizes all details starting the month before the wedding and sets up your decorations; “Holding Hands,” which helps polish the package and pulls all the elements together; and “Long Term Relationship,” which starts with creating Pinterest boards to polishing the flatware the day of the event.

The coordinators leverage their industry contacts to get the best service, and often they become a part of wedding party. Hunt has served as the flower girl for a bride she became friends with.

Being a wedding planner demands being a mediator at times. Hunt sometimes quells family tiffs between brides and moms. 

“It’s mom who just wants the best for daughter, even though it’s not what she wants,” she said.

Medeiros said her expertise comes right before the brides walk down the aisle. 

“Sometimes I ask them a funny question or ask them about a memory — just to get their minds focused on something,” she said. “I have to talk them off the ledge, so to speak.”

Hunt said she’s good at being the fashion police by fixing straps or pinning pockets and hems. She brings makeup remover for wedding gowns and she’s an ace at finding the bustle for the train. 

“Then sometimes I go and pour champagne if I need to,” Hunt said.

The two are now planning their very own Destination Wedding Show scheduled for October at the Dolphin Point Villas. It’s a wedding industry trade show, but they’re planning on making it fun and out-of-the-box.

For more information on Key Destination Wedding & Events, visit keydestinationevents.com, stop by 97665 Overseas Highway or call 305-916-5571.

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