Rachel and James are Getting Married!

April 1, 2017

Rachel and James’ Story

  This love story began back in December 2013, at the least romantic, and very cliché, place of all… work. Depending who you ask, the story of how Rachel and James met may differ. Rachel would say she noticed James first, teasing him endlessly about the number of boxes he had stacked around his cubicle, and the disarrayed state of his workspace. James would say he was the first to approach Rachel, using a barcode scanner (unbeknownst to Rachel, it wasn’t even charged) as an excuse to walk over to her cube and strike up riveting conversation. Regardless of whom you ask and what they may tell you, the end result was the same – James and Rachel had their first date, an after work “happy hour” for two, at Oya in DC on December 19th.  They talked for so long that night about everything from movies, to bucket lists, to traveling; they were the last two people in the entire restaurant, as the waiters and bartenders began cleaning the tables and stacking the chairs to shut the place down. The rest, as they say, is history.  After spending countless hours on the phone, and seeing each other nearly every day at work, it was clear these two had a real connection. They both share a love of travel, a love of dogs (Rachel WAY more so), and a love for their family and friends.  They also balance each other out in ways that only the truest matches can – James is the calm to Rachel’s storm, and Rachel balances James’s goofiness with pragmatism and endless list making to keep him organized. Despite any differences they may share, they are best friends and can both agree, “it just works.”
  The proposal – Knowing how close Rachel is with her family, James figured what better way to propose than in the house she grew up in, in front of her family! With the ring burning a hole in his pocket, James asked Rachel’s dad for his blessing before a nice, casual Sunday night family dinner. After getting the thumbs up, but knowing he couldn’t wait too long to pop the question (Rachel’s dad would have to tell her mom, and her mom is notorious for not being able to keep a surprise), James decided to carpe diem and ask that same night. As Rachel was sitting on the couch in the living room with her mom and brother, James came in and proclaimed he had an announcement to make. Rachel thought he was joking (those of you who know James, know this isn’t a stretch)… until he pulled out the ring box! He got down on one knee, and asked Rachel to marry him right then and there. Of course she screamed yes, and so begins their happily ever after. They can’t wait to share the rest of their lives together, with James’s two children and Rachel’s four-legged love, Kyla, and look forward to celebrating with everyone in Mexico!

A Note From Rachel and James

Welcome to our Dreams and Destinations wedding website! We are so excited about our upcoming wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and are overjoyed at the thought of having our closest friends and family there to help us celebrate. We are getting married at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, and hope you all will be very pleased with the overall service and amenities available to you, while enjoying the exquisite beach and sugar white sand they are known for. The resort is adults-only, all inclusive, and covers all of your food, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), entertainment, and more. As we get closer to the wedding we will have additional information for everyone on timelines, events, and group activities.   Melinda Webb-Huggan is our travel agent and will take excellent care of you. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to hear more about the options, please feel free to reach out to her directly. She will be our point of contact for booking your stay at Secrets Maroma and can help with accommodations, flights, transfers, and travel insurance. Please reference her contact information on this webpage. Thank you and we cannot wait to celebrate with our favorite people in Mexico!

Secrets Maroma Resort and Spa

Welcome to Maroma Beach! Voted one of the top beaches in the world and once you relax on the sugar white sand you’ll understand why.  Secrets Maroma Beach is an adults-only oasis for guests 18 years of age and older located only 20 minutes from Cancun airport, 20 minutes from the shopping and nightlife of Playa de Carmen, and on one of the best spots on world famous Maroma Beach.   Secrets Maroma offers exceptional service, comfortable suites with king or double beds, full Italian marble bathrooms offering jetted whirlpools and most suites with ocean views. Guests will enjoy daily refreshed minibars and 24-hour room and concierge services.   Some suites offer direct swim-out access from a private terrace as well.

Rachel and James’ guests will be able to select from a wide range of dining and entertainment options on resort.  Non-motorized water sports are included and the snorkeling from shore is amazing here.  You will have a choice of 6 gourmet a la carte restaurants ranging from Pan-Asian, to Mediterranean flavors, to seafood,  to authentic Mexican favorites at El Patio (a favorite), and French cuisine.  For guests who enjoy a wide variety of cuisine there is also a buffet restaurant that offers a large variety of options.   Spa lovers will not be disappointed either the Pevonia Spa at Secrets Maroma is one of our favorites in the Riviera Maya (spa treatments are not included).

At Secrets Maroma these amenities are included in your vacation package:

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
  • All taxes and gratuities included
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi and free international calling to the US, Canada and Mexico withUnlimited Connectivity.

Enjoy a sneak peek of the wedding resort here!!


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Room Rates

Resort rates below are based on a 3 night minimum stay and are room total per person, based on the indicated room occupancy for 3 nights (this is the minimum length of stay and may be increased if preferred).  Rate below includes room accommodation, taxes, gratuities, inclusive amenities listed above AND round-trip NON-STOP ground transfers from Cancun (CUN) airport to the resort.

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Initial Deposit of $100.00 per person – Due at time of booking 

Final Balance Due by January 23, 2017

You may submit your deposits via our payment form at www.wheredreamslead.com/payment/ .   If you have any questions regarding your room for the wedding, or if you are interested in a room category not listed on this page, please contact Melinda directly at info@wheredreamslead.com

(If you mark yes for insurance please include cost of insurance in initial deposit.  Please see below for cancel for any reason insurance pricing)

Wedding Guest Payments


Dreams and Destinations Travel will gladly assist you with your  airfare to Cancun, Mexico. If you choose to book your own tickets, please fly into Cancun International Airport (code CUN).   Air can be added at anytime to your package, although we do recommend you book earlier, rather than later, since March and April are popular travel months.  For guests who choose to purchase cancel for any reason insurance we are also able to offer a payment plan for flights on most airlines upon request.  You must purchase cancel for any reason insurance to select a payment plan for your airfare.

Terms and Conditions and Cancel For Any Reason Insurance

Travel insurance is not automatically included in your package and can be priced for you by Melinda (rates may also be viewed below).   Payment for cancel for any reason insurance must be included with initial deposit if you select yes on the payment form.  Insurance is highly recommended as travel suppliers, airlines and resorts often charge fees for trip change/cancellation after payment has been made. Dreams and Destinations Travel Agency is not responsible for penalties or fees should you change or cancel your trip. The cost of insurance is nonrefundable and insurance policies are non-transferable.

Secrets Resorts are adults only for guests 18 years of age and older.  

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Secrets Maroma Resort and Spa

Playa Maroma, Mexico


Melinda Webb Huggan




To book your room for Rachel and James’ wedding please use the wedding guest payment buttons on this page.

Wedding Guest Payments

Payment plans are available upon request