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Testimonials and Letters of Recommendation

Weddings

Dear Gisele,

We appreciate so much your attention to detail during the organization of our wedding in Oaxaca. We received various compliments from many of our Mexican and Brazilian guests who greatly enjoyed the special Oaxacan touches such as the Calenda street parade and the traditional brass band. Without a doubt it was an event we will keep in our hearts forever.
Teresa y Cassio
Brazil, May 2015

As well as Gisele´s great organizing skills and superb taste, she is also a master of miracles. Despite pressure due to incesant rain that forced us to change many things at the last minute, the wedding of my daugheter was splendid. I don´t exagerate if I say it surpassed everybody´s expectations. Many thanks to our wedding planner who made it all possible.
Ana Terán
Mexico DF
October 2013

Dear Gisele
I want to thank you for the wedding. We had the best time ever. It couldn´t have been better!
Samia Haddad
Jan 2013

Gisele,
Possibly the most essential quality of a wedding planner is more than a quality, it is an art. The art of knowing how to reconcile. More than diplomatic, calm, impartial and a good listener, Gisele always understood and knew how to reconcile the different ideas my husband and I had, and made them come true. She also has a gift for elegance and simplicity, in perfect alignment with Oaxaca as a context. She knows how to work with the local people and helps support the artisans and vendors, while keeping in line with high levels of quality. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and people from three different continents thought this was one of the best weddings they had ever attended. Gisele was for us like a fairy godmother (besides being pretty and trilingual!)
Gabriela & François, Paris, August 2012

Gisele - The ceremony with the shaman was wonderful and the roof of the place you suggested was the perfect setting. Your assistant was also very nice and helpful. Thanks again for seting us up with such a wonderful experience. All best, Guy, USA Nov 2011

Hello Gisele,
We really miss not writing to you this week! It feels funny...
We want to thank you for helping us put together this fabulous wedding. We had a great time! All our guests said it was perfect. Even the food. Truly it was beyond our expectations (and we are very demanding). I´m sure we couldn´t have organized something like this with anybody else.
Thank you for making it possible,
Michelle & Benoit, New York, Oct 2011

Hi Gisele,
It was such a wonderful wedding. Thank you so much! We are very happy with everything I wanted for our special day. It was lovely having you organise our wedding day, and even better that we could have you at our wedding ceremony.
We'd love it if you came to Australia for a visit! But we really miss Oaxaca and hope to travel back at some stage, so we'll be sure to make contact whenever that happens in the future. Take care!
Danisha Hagerman, Sydney, Australia, April 2011

Gisele,
We want to thank you for the excellent work you did organising our wedding. On the day of the event everything turned out well with no surprises. Knowing you were in charge made it possible for us to feel comfortable and completely free to enjoy the event . We recognize your experience and good relationships with the staff of Casa Oaxaca. Besides that the decoration was perfect and the music you helped us find was excellent; everybody praised the guitarrists and Martha, the Chéquere group and Sebastián the DJ.
Claire & Jaime, San Francisco, Nov 2010

Dear Gisele
Thank you for speaking to me at the reception. You planned a spectacular wedding. My two unmarried daughters want you to move to the US. My son-in-law said he will never attend another wedding unless it has fireworks. Great work!
John T. Ruff, Atlanta, August 2010

December 2009
Thank you so much Gisele for organizing our perfect wedding in Oaxaca - it was a dream come true! Everything was truly magical...the ceremony at the botanical gardens, the fancy car, and the dinner at Casa Oaxaca were exactly as we had imagined for our small, intimate celebration. You were able to make great suggestions for us that matched our wishes, especially since we weren't able to see the venues before our wedding trip. Oaxaca is such a romantic place - we're so glad we decided to get married there, and to have you plan our dream wedding for us!
- Rod and Deb, Ottawa, Canada.

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November 2009
Dear Gisele, Thankyou so much for helping us plan our beautiful Oaxacan wedding. We never could have created such elegance, charm and magic without your help. All of the people you brought in- chef, musicians, artist, decorator, photographer- were amazingly creative and highly professional.
We were completely pleased with how everything turned out. We would without hesitation recommend you to anyone planning an event in Mexico.
Con cariño, Adriana & Mark, Chicago, USA

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August, 2009
My husband and I made the decision to get married in Oaxaca in July 2008. Since we live in New York City, we searched for a wedding coordinator to assist us with all of the planning. We found Gisele's website after a Google search and contacted her. Right from the beginning, she was warm and inviting. She helped us plan our dream wedding weekend and executed it perfectly. We were fortunate to make two trips to Oaxaca prior to the wedding to meet with each vendor and finalize the little details. During these visits, we were treated extremely well simply because we were with Gisele. Everyone in the town treats her with the highest respect and it showed in their actions towards us. Her dedication to her job of planning a magical weekend could not have been better. We highly recommend Gisele's services for any event in Oaxaca, especially a wedding. We, along with our friends and family, appreciate her help creating such a memorable and exciting event.
- Gina Gutierrez Pesce, New York.

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Corporations

December 2012

Dear Gisele,
Thank you again for such a wonderful week in Oaxaca. Your assistance with negotiations with the hotel and planning of the big party were invaluable!

Kind regards,
Kristen Vissers
Coordinator, Office of the President
Rainforest Alliance

rainforest

 

"Gisele, It was an immense pleasure to have met you in Oaxaca. The French journalists and myself got to see some marvelous places with you. We were all fascinated and hopefully we'll be able to come back soon. Thank you very much indeed!"
- Patrice Laure, Conseil de Promotion Touristique du Mexique, Paris, France.

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I'd whole-heartedly recommend Gisele Pérez-Moreno to co-ordinate your trip to Oaxaca. She is warm, welcoming and organised, and what she doesn't know about the local area and people just isn't worth knowing. We had a perfect time on our press trip thanks to her help and expertise. - Zoë Curbishley, Press Officer, UKTV.

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School For International Training. 30 January 2004

I want to thank you and your Equis-O Eventos team for the coordination and support provided during our Leadership for Social Justice Institute in Oaxaca earlier this month. This was an especially important event for us because in addition to the 60 Fellows in the Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Program from all over the world who came to Oaxaca for the Leadership Institute, we also had several board members and other special guests in attendance.

The arrangements you made at the hotel for our rooms and meals as well as the special reception, tour and dinner at the Centro Cultural Santo Domingo actually exceeded our expectations and the additional details of beautifully crafted hospitality gifts, flowers, decorations, music and Oaxacan ambience made our participants feel very special. When you told us that your bilingual program staff would be your "hands" because you could not be everywhere to make sure the program was running smoothly, you neglected to say that they were also your head and heart as this is clearly what so many people communicated in their evaluation of the program. Many of our participants had never been outside of their own countries and much less to Mexico, so the warm smile of the staff and their intelligent active program support was a great source of comfort for everyone from arrival at the Oaxaca airport to departure. The constant support of Equis-O Eventos allowed us to focus on our program agenda and not worry at all about administrative or logistical details that frequently detract from the experience.

I also want to acknowledge how professional you were in working with us over several months on a very tight timeline to negotiate the many additional services that were needed: simultaneous interpreting, sound equipment, computer set up, transportation, catering, printing, photography, musicians, etc. etc. It all came together perfectly Gisele, and I hope you realize how invaluable your knowledge, contacts and creativity all were in the success of our first program in Oaxaca. You can be sure that we all returned home with warm memories of Oaxaca and a desire to return soon.

I would be certainly pleased to provide a recommendation for your services, so do not hesitate to give a prospective client my name and e-mail.

Thank you again for all your hard work, professionalism and commitment.
Roberto Mugnani, Program Manager, School for International Training (SIT)
PO Box 676 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302 USA, Tel: 81 (802) 258-3339

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PepsiCo Corporation, Annual Board Meeting,
February 15th 2002.

This is a long overdue note to say thank you for the incredible job you did for the PepsiCo board meeting. Everything was perfect, just as you said it would be.

Every PepsiCo guest was struck by the excellent job you did and the personal touch you lent to the proceedings. As the first time visit to Oaxaca for most of our participants, they were also mesmerized by your hometown and I heard many promises of plans to return for a visit.

As mentioned, if I can be of help as a "referral" source for your business,
I hope you won't hesitate to use my name. I would be honored to trumpet
your superb professionalism, knowledge and creativity to anyone.

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American Society of Pharmacognosy
The 42nd Annual Reunion took place in Oaxaca and was organized by Equis-O Eventos. We coordinated the creation of the Abstracts Book, the transport logistics, the registration of participants, the making of the gifts, the setup of the meeting rooms (4 rooms simultaneously), the cocktail reception, a "Calenda" with handmade candle holders and giant puppets related to herbal remedies, the poster session and the formal dinner at the closing ceremony.

Of special interest were the themed-visits we offered: hill-walking with indigenous healers who taught the participants how to identify and use medicinal plants. Also, visits to the temazcal sauna/steam baths and guided tours of archeological sites were very popular among participants.

NGO's

Dear Gisele,
I am so very grateful for your wise and friendly guidance and your flexibility in organizing the tour for the Houston Seminar group. Without your help we might well have abandoned the project. But it worked out so well -- far beyond our expectations. Your ears may have been burning Tuesday morning during out board meeting as we all sang your praises!
- Dorry Shaddock.

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International Congress of Historical Organ Restorers
Oaxaca has 60 officially recognized historic organs and as a result was chosen as the ideal meeting place for world-renowned organ players, organ makers, restorers and specialist musicians. Equis-O was responsible for the organization of the entire event; transportation logistics were challenging as visits were made to various churches in villages far from the city, arranging of meals in those villages, registration of the participants, coordination of the concerts in various churches, publicity for the congress as well as the printing of necessary materials.

In 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007, Equis-O Events was responsible for the organization of the Festival of the Institute of Historical Organs of Oaxaca (IOHIO).

 

“Miradas Cruzadas - Dual Visions” Roundtable
During 6 days in the City of Oaxaca, Mexican and "Chicana" artists and investigators were reunited to analyze the similarities and differences between their experiences as artists and as women. Equis-O Events organized the registration of participants, the work sessions, the coffee services and the inauguration buffet with Oaxacan "tamales" (maize-flour wraps).



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